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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Cru Culture

Large t-shirts, Nike shorts and Chacos. This has been the long-going trend for college girls, especially those at UMHB. This look has illicited the taunting of college guys who claim that all girls look the same with their typical attire and similar hairstyles – long, straight hair thrown into a ponytail, messy bun or worn down. It has become a running joke for the male population around campus. But, who are these guys to judge now? Recently, the guys have been sporting their own version of the “sorority girl” look. Here are some examples of the style these mockers have been perpetuating. Footwear: This is one of the most important things to look for when identifying the “frat look.” They are strictly limited to boat shoes. The brand is open-game, but popular ones include Sperry’s and Polo. They are known for being comfortable, but they lack in hygiene department when worn without socks. Chacos might not be the cutest shoes, but at least they allow for comfort and breathability. Pants: You’ve probably seen this trend; the ever-so-popular cargo shorts with one-too-many pockets and 50 shades of khaki. Another popular go-to choice are Chubbies; the short, vibrant colored shorts that make you question whether a guy was even in his right mind when he chose to wear them. Let’s make this clear: The shorter the shorts is not better. Shirts: We can’t forget about fishing shirts and collared polo shirts to add to the outfit. You will almost never see a guy wearing a graphic t-shirt unless it is to promote their club. Solid, bright colors or plaid button-downs are also a must with this style. Add a frocket to the shirt of choice, and you are basically wearing a sign that says “frat guy wannabe.” Accessories: To complete the trend, top it off with a pair of Oakley’s or Raybans, a hat (backwards, of course) to go atop their semi-long hair and a watch of your choosing. Frattire is a real epidemic these days, and it has made its way to UMHB’s campus, despite the fact that we don’t have fraternities. Long gone are the days where the college males ganged up on females for looking the same. The tables have finally...

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Cru Culture – Back to school 2015
Sep01

Cru Culture – Back to school 2015

Summer is over. And we all know what that means; school is back in session. It is overwhelming, yes. We just had a four month-long break and now we are expected to jump into school like we never stepped away from it. Yes, some people took classes over the summer. Some went above and beyond and went to class Monday through Friday. Others who couldn’t do that, due to summer jobs and vacationing, decided that online courses were the way to go. Either way, we can all agree that summer classes just aren’t the same as going to class during the fall semester. What most people are worried about is getting back into the swing of things and getting as close to smooth sailing as possible before the semester gets harder. One thing that might help is to wait after the first week of classes to get books. We’ve been there before; that second day after you’ve been to all your classes and your professors have confirmed which books you need to get. It sounds like a good idea to go buy them now, but you might have better results if you wait. The lines in the bookstore are winding through clothes racks and bookshelves and out the door during the first week of class. It takes more than an hour to get your books. No one has that kind of time. Wait until after the first week. You probably won’t use your books the first week of classes anyway. Another rule of thumb is to get a planner. Most students start out with one, and then kind of hop off that boat when they realize it gets difficult to keep up with as the semester progresses. This might get you into trouble, especially when the homework starts piling up and papers are due every other week. Without a planner, poeple tend to forget about those simple things that actually end up being worth a lot of their final grades. Lastly, manage your time wisely. College is a great experience and it’s about having fun and gaining new friends for a lifetime, but it’s also about getting an education. Don’t forget to have fun and make memories, but make sure you’re staying on top of your classes, deadlines and getting enough sleep. Yeah, summer is over and it’s bittersweet. Freshman are getting used to campus life and everyone else is just excited to see their friends again. It’s going to be hard, but one thing is for certain: Christmas break is only a few months away and that’s enough motivation to get anyone through the...

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Faculty art inspires students
Sep01

Faculty art inspires students

Professors of the College of Visual Arts have a chance to show off their talents through the 2015 Faculty Art Exhibition. The exhibit opened Monday in the art gallery of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts and features works of 10 professors. The department holds a faculty exhibit every other year, but this year’s exhibit serves a dual purpose as the department is a candidate to receive accreditation from the National Association for Schools of Art and Design. “We’re having a sight visit team come and they’re interested in seeing both the student art and faculty art, so we’ll have both displayed all over the building,” said Department Chairperson Hershall Seals. The exhibit is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 17. A reception will be held Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The exhibit offers a wide variety of media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpting and graphic design. Seals said this opportunity allows professors to put concepts they’ve taught their students into practice. “This exhibit displays for the student that their teachers know what they’re talking about, and shows a variety of art practices,” he said. “We have a range of two and three dimensional work in the gallery, and it brings legitimacy to what we preach and practice in the studios and the classrooms.” The gallery is a way for professors to serve as inspiration for their students outside of a traditional classroom setting. “The teachers are role models for our students, and this display is a visual way that we can communicate to our students what we’re all about as creative people,” Seals said. Professor John Hancock has a series of mixed-media pieces on display that combine painting and printmaking. He believes it’s important for art professors to practice what they preach. “I like to put my money where my mouth is and let them know that I’m not just a teacher, but an artist,” he said. “I make art without purpose or reason, other than I make art, and they should make art too because that’s what an artist does.” Seals said Hancock’s work allows the viewer to find meaning in what they see. “They are works of art that are intended to be confrontational,” Seals said. “It’s highly charged with the possibility of interpretation. Anybody can imagine what they want to from his work and it tells a lot about the person that’s imagining what they see.” The work of Professor Ted Barnes on display include paintings that were inspired by his travels. “I have made trips to Egypt, Rome, Israel and the Canary...

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