The Bell County Museum comes to life
Oct29

The Bell County Museum comes to life

atural History comes alive in the popular Night at the Museum film, the Bell County Museum came alive on Oct. 23. from 5 to 7 p.m. for parents and children of the Belton and Temple areas. The American Marketing Association hosted the event where more than 600 children and parents enjoyed activities. Members of the association dressed up as different characters, gave out candy, read stories, and helped with games. Participants walked into each room of the museum where they had the chance to interact with various historical figures from Bell County’s past. Each figure briefly explained who they were, and showed the children various artifacts from their story. Some of the historical figures that the children met included: Quannah Parker, a chuck wagon cook, Lewis Hines, an archeologist, and a ghost prisoner. Each figure stamped a passport for the children once they spoke to each one. If a child visited every character and received a certain number of stamps, they received candy. “There were a lot of families coming in. The kids looked like they were having a blast. It was a really good turnout,” sophomore marketing major and door greeter Sara Chivvis said. Children and parents could also have their picture taken at a photo booth, listen to the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, visit the ghosts of various historical homes in the area, or participate in a craft. This year was the third consecutive year that the AMA has put on Night At the Museum at the Bell County Museum. “We were approached by the museum three years ago because they had the idea to do this Night At the Museum event, and they wanted to get help from an organization on campus. They came to us as the American Marketing Association and asked us to help them,” sophomore finance major and head planner of the event Skylar Kuretsch said. Although the event was loads of fun for the children and parents, it required a lot of planning. “I started meeting with the museum in August, and I’ve come almost every week to meet with them. It went really well tonight,” Kuretsch said. The AMA students enjoyed being able to get involved with the community through this event. “I just wanted to get to know more people and be a part of AMA,” said freshman marketing major Reagan Scafer who gave candy out at the event. “This seemed like a fun way to get to be a part of the community as well as an on-campus...

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Black’s film gives audiences ‘Goosebumps’
Oct29

Black’s film gives audiences ‘Goosebumps’

Remember that time in your life when reading one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps would keep you up all night? Well get ready to have Stine-induced insomnia because his world-renowned books have come to life on the big screen. Gee, thanks, Rob Lettermen for giving life to the books that gave children everywhere nightmares. But the movie actually isn’t that scary. It’s much like the movie Hocus Pocus. They both are the same type of movie – a children’s scary/horror film. Even though Goosebumps is technically classified as an action fantasy movie and Hocus Pocus is a fantasy movie, the two movies both have similar features. Jack Black portrays R.L. Stine in the PG-rated film, and brings his signature style to this fun horror film. Black is best known for films like School of Rock (2003), Nacho Libre (2006), and the Kung Fu Panda series. With Black’s comedic timing and stellar acting from other cast members, this movie doesn’t disappoint. It is well on its way to becoming a Halloween classic. Stine’s books were known for many creepy, scary things. So, what all made the cut? Well there are clowns, werewolves, haunted cars, invisible children, evil gnomes, giant bugs and so much more. But one of Stine’s monsters plays a role as a main character in the film, and he doesn’t like to be called Dummy. The film begins with a newly single mom and her high school aged son, Zach Cooper (portrayed by Dylan Minnette) moving into town. Like in most scary movies, the main character sees a girl next door, Hannah (portrayed by Odeya Rush), who catches his attention. Then her dad, R.L. Stine, gives the boy a warning to stay away. Of course, the boy chooses to ignore the father’s warning, which leads to the freeing of terrible monsters. Also, the movie features the typical character who is fun, loveable, and goofy, played by the Texas actor Ryan Lee, whose last lead role was in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Super 8. Lee’s character’s name is Champion, but he is more of the town klutz. He immediately becomes friends with Zach. Of course, he thinks this is going to be a normal friendship, but instead leads to a wild night of hunting monsters. By the end of the film, the chump becomes a champ. Overall, this is a wonderful film. It makes you feel like a child all over again, with references to the books and even including the author of the books, R.L. Stine. In an interview on the morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Black stated, “R.L. Stine is nothing like the way I...

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Cru Culture
Oct29

Cru Culture

Most college students value sleep, but because they are often pulling all-nighters, hurriedly writing forgotten essays or just hanging out with friends until the early hours of the morning, they don’t often get the rest they need. This lack of sleep makes students long for the days when naptime was a scheduled part of the day. To combat this sleep deprivation, students are making sure that they get some Z’s throughout the day, through 30-minute nap breaks between classes, catching a few winks in their vehicles, or skipping meal times to catch up on rest. If only there was a class you could sign up for that condoned sleeping and gave you credit for doing so. Sleep has become essential to the average college student, but it is costly. Carving out time for a quick nap has almost become a game. When can I nap? Where can I nap? How long can I nap? But seriously, if you don’t have a list of the most comfortable spots on campus to sleep, are you even playing the game right? One of the biggest fears in the napping world is over-sleeping. It isn’t the same as turning your alarm off for your 8 a.m. class and accidentally rolling back over and missing it completely. No, sleeping too long during your nap is a different kind of terror that everyone knows about. You wake up from a deep sleep in a dazed-and-confused state. Was that ten minutes or ten hours? But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this. Freshman who have not yet mastered the art of napping should take notes. If you know you are going to be up late cramming for a test, plan ahead for your nap. Even if it’s a small cat nap, anything will help to keep you running until the end of your day. Another great tip is to set multiple alarms. When you’re in such a deep sleep for such a short period of time, it’s easy to confuse your alarm for something in your dream. And you don’t want to miss reciting the speech you prepared all night for. It is also important to not sleep in your bed. It’s so temping to do this because it’s comfy and it’s yours. But it’s a trap. This is where you’re used to sleeping for long periods of time. Just skip the routine all together and opt for the couch or even the floor (if it’s carpeted, of course). Naps are a privilege, so don’t take advantage of them. Follow these rules and guidelines so that your social and academic life can continue to thrive...

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Zombies, murders, and princesses, oh my
Oct15

Zombies, murders, and princesses, oh my

Big screen summer blockbusters have fizzled, but the small screen is just beginning to heat up. With the fall TV lineup in full swing, fans will be shocked to learn that their favorite characters are taking some surprising turns, and that their favorite celebrities are making some “scream-worthy” cameos. American Horror Story: Hotel, FX, TV-MA Note to self never try to sass Kathy Bates. The first episode of this new season proves that this will be one of the creepiest seasons of the show yet. Vampire children, zombies, ghosts and so many other creepy things that will definitely leave anyone who watches this season a little paranoid the next time they check into a hotel. Even though it was a sad time for a majority of the American Horror Story fandom when Jessica Lange announced that she would not be returning to the show as a regular cast member, there was some rejoicing when none other than Lady Gaga joined the cast. Some questioned Gaga’s acting skills, but Gaga proved them wrong. This character is a perfect match for her. Today’s horror movies should take some notes. Scream Queens, Fox, TV-14 In just a few episodes it has already become one of the most talked about shows of the year. It is definitely a wonderful year to be Ryan Murphy who created the hit show. The show is a wonderful mix of American Horror Story and Glee. As the title implies, there is a bunch of screaming on the screen, but despite the show’s scary undertones it is actually really funny. Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande, Lea Michele and so many other stars make this so wonderfully casted. With this star-studded cast, and wonderully creative scripts from Ryan Murphy, this amazing world of red devils, stereotypical sorority girls and frat boys, and of course a mystery that makes a horror comedy successful. Modern Family, ABC, TV-PG Everyone’s favorite television family is back on the air. The first episode hopped through the families adventures this summer, which made there summer seem like all summers too fast. Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Andy (Adam Devine) finally revealed thier feelings for one another, but of course as all romantic interests on any television show, their timing doesn’t match up. Hopefully this season we will see these two have more of a relationship. We also got to see Alex (Ariel Winter) headnig off to college, so we should see more of Alex in her own setting. Whatever happens, there is bound to be tons of family drama, life lessons and plenty of laughs. Once Upon a Time, ABC,...

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Cru Culture
Oct15

Cru Culture

We’ve all been there before. With minutes to spare, you are rushing to your afternoon class. You’re frantically searching for that close parking spot that will allow you just enough time to fast walk and get to class right on time. That’s the goal anyway. But it hardly ever works out that way. Instead, you spend ten minutes searching for that parking spot, only to find yourself parking a mile away from class, walking into class late and forcing the professor to give you a tardy. An awkward predicament to be in. Parking on campus has turned into a mock-up of The Hunger Games. Especially for those commuters who don’t start class until the afternoon. Parking is somewhat easier when you have an 8 a.m. class that allows you enough time to get to campus early and get that perfect parking spot. For those of us who enjoy sleep, or just got lucky enough to opt out of an 8 a.m., it’s a little harder to find somewhere to park our cars. We are either forced to leave our houses entirely too early just to make time to find a spot, or we have to sprint to class after having to park miles away. Another alternative is parking in a faculty parking spot that could potentially result in a parking ticket from campo. As a commuter, it is necessary to get a parking spot because that is how we get to campus. It doesn’t make it easier when students who live in on-campus housing choose to drive because it’s too far of a walk or because it’s too cold to walk. Commuters don’t have the option to walk from where they live at all. Complaints about the parking situation have been an on-going thing since anyone can remember. Certainly, there are solutions to this reoccurring problem that the university can do to help fix the problem. But all of that takes take, so until then, be curtious of others. Really, the walk isn’t that bad. And it’s unfair for those of us who do commute to have to be forced to park off campus or in a commuting parking lot that is nowhere close to where we need to go. For those freshmen who are just unaware and to the upperclassmen who are just fed up with having to walk from your apartments, just be considerate of those students who drive 20 or 30 minutes to campus every day. Walking to class is the least you can do so that those of us who have no other choice but to drive, actually receive a decent spot without having to...

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1989: an album reimagined
Oct15

1989: an album reimagined

On Sept. 21, Ryan Adams released his reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s newest album 1989. Ryan Adams is best known as an indie rock musician, but has also been successful as an alternative country artist, poet, painter, and producer, producing albums for artists such as Willie Nelson and Fall Out Boy. Adams’ take on 1989 comes from a dark time in his life as he and Mandy Moore, his wife of six years, were going through a divorce. This heartbreak adds a sense of vulnerability to Swift’s playful album. Adams’ emotion-filled track list takes listeners on a journey of the sadness and loneliness Adams felt. Many of Swift’s more upbeat titles such as “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” are slowed down in this rendition and infused with Adams’s whispery vocals, creating a sense of daunting distress. The powerful ballad “Out of the Woods” is stripped and lengthened to six minutes in Adams’ version of the song. Although the track has a darker tone to it than the original, the beautiful violin at the end of the song leaves the same hope of the future that Swift’s version does. One of the most raw and real moments in the album occurs in “Bad Blood” as Adams sings the line “You say sorry just for show.” Whereas Swift’s take on the song sounds more about revenge and anger towards her subject, Adams instead focuses on the sadness of losing someone who was once so close to him. Adams does, however, offer a few light-hearted moments throughout the album. “Welcome to New York” begins with the chirping of a flock of birds and keeps the same upbeat nature of the original song, just replaced with his signature rock sound. “Wildest Dreams” also keeps its whimsical instrumentation, but loses its dream-like sound as Adams’s burden-heavy voice tells a new story. Adams’ overall interpretation of 1989 is bittersweet. Many of the fun tracks on Swift’s album were reinvented as ballads, and many ballads were given an even deeper and new meaning. Saying that, Adams is very serious in his rendition of the pop album, causing many of the tracks to lose their exciting, amusing sound. But Adams keeps the integrity of the album, rarely changing lyrics, and instead simply applies each track to his own life in this hard time. However, the honesty in Adams’ voice can’t be replicated. He often sounds as if he’s about to break down in the middle of a song. It’s this realness that makes you feel like you are at a Ryan Adams concert and he is standing just feet away. Yet Adams’s take on Swift’s record hasn’t...

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