Cru Culture: On your own or with a date, five things to do on Valentine’s Day

One day, in third century B.C., there was a Roman priest named Saint Valentine. He served under Emperor Claudius. Emperor Claudius believed that single men would be better soldiers than married man. So, he passed a law making marriage illegal for all young men. Saint Valentine saw how horrible this law was, so he began marrying young couples secretly. When Claudius found out about Valentine’s rebellion, he had him killed. Valentine was brave and defiant, ultimately choosing love over war. For this, Valentine was canonized by the Vatican, and two centuries later he was given a feast day, the day the church honors and commemorates a saint’s life. Can you guess what day this was on? February 14. There are several other traditions related to Valentine’s Day. In France and England, the holiday marks the beginning of the bird’s mating season. This symbolizes love, fertility, and the promise of spring. Valentine’s Day rose to popularity in the United States in the 17th century, where friends would exchange small gifts and notes of affection. The first Valentine’s Day card was sold in 1840 by “The Mother of the Valentine,” Esther Howland. Today, over one billion cards are sent each year. But want to do more than exchange cards? Do you want to go all out for your significant other? Well, keep reading on and we’ll give you a few ideas for this weekend. Are you single? No problem. These five things you can do by yourself or with friends. Trust me, you’ll “love” it. Before we get started, the weather on Valentine’s Day (a Sunday) is looking a little bit rainy (50% chance). Warm, with a high of 75, but rainy. So, if you want to do anything outdoors, you may want to try Saturday. Go on a picnic Yes, it’s simple, and cliche, but it’s effective and fun. Make sandwiches, don’t forget candy and drinks, bring your ice cooler, and turn on your ultimate romantic Spotify playlist. You can’t go wrong. (Bonus: Bring chocolate covered strawberries, pineapples, or an Edible Arrangement.) Go to the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum There’s plenty of interesting exhibits, artifacts, and a locomotives to check out. Call their hotline for information on admission and hours. Or visit their website at www.rrhm.org. Plan something together A lot of times, people think the gifts and presents given on Valentine’s Day have to be a secret. However, with your significant other or friend, you can openly talk about how you are going to spend the day. You can go to the spa, go to the movies, or simply stay in and watch Netflix. It takes the pressure...

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Popular series return as part of Spring TV lineup
Feb16

Popular series return as part of Spring TV lineup

From superheros to sitcoms, this Spring’s TV lineup has something for everyone. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to in the coming months. Legends of Tomorrow, TV-PG This season, on the long awaited spinoff of the CW’s popular shows Arrow and the Flash, we will get a look at the minor characters who play both heroes and villains as they pair up with Rip Hunter, portrayed by Authur Davill. Hunter decides to go against the Grand Time Council and put together a ragtag team of heroes and villains who are forgotten about, and who play no major role in the timeline. This team consists of White Canary, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Captain Cold, Atom, Heat Wave and Firestorm. When they realize that Rip Hunter is on a revenge-like quest and their futures were forgotten, they become upset and want nothing more to do with Hunter’s mission. But, when they realize they have an opportunity to time travel and become legends, things change. black-ish, TV-PG One of ABC’s most popular programs returns to finish season 2 by asking a question that everyone would like to know, can a man and a woman be friends? The episode focuses on the main character and narrator, Dre Johnson, who is portrayed by Anthony Anderson, and his wife Rainbow, portrayed by Tracee Ellis Ross, who becomes jealous and a little freaked out when Dre’s childhood best friend and international pop star Gigi, portrayed by Tyra Banks, stops by to visit. Rainbow tells Dre she finds it weird that the two spend so much time together and that Gigi takes Dre to red carpet events and to celebrity hotspots. During Gigi’s time with Dre, she tells him that her boyfriend doesn’t like their friendship. So in attempt to make Gigi upset, Dre begins to call Rainbow his “bestie” and do the same activities that he did with Gigi. In the end Gigi’s boyfriend and Rainbow realize that Gigi and Dre are really just friends and they would rather allow the two hang out than deal with their significant other’s ridiculous best friend activities. Fresh off the Boat, TV-PG Television’s favorite Asian American family is also back. After ending the first half of the season on a Christmas episode that was as funny as it was festive, the Huang family are getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their family back in Washington D.C. Unfortunately something occurs and they are stuck in Orlando. Still in the spirit of celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Huang family sets out to find others. They find themselves at the Asian-American Association of Orlando, where...

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Valentine’s Day ideas for the student on a budget
Feb16

Valentine’s Day ideas for the student on a budget

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and we know what that means—heart-shaped Reese’s peanut butter cups, long-stemmed red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, dates, and sometimes even a marriage proposal. As a college student, funds are limited. So, if you’re looking for a way to treat your Valentine to a romantic night without spending a fortune, here are a few ideas that won’t break your budget. 1. Don’t have money to spend on a fancy restaurant? Either order take-out from a local restaurant or cook for your significant other. Women love when you cook for them, and it’s cheaper than going to a fancy restaurant. Next, go to That Art Place here in Belton, and paint pieces of pottery together. The shop offers mugs, plates, figurines, and more with various designs ranging from $10 to $20. If you call ahead on Saturday night and mention you’re on a date, you will get a 10 percent off discount. Or if you want to pay a little more, the shop is offering couple’s canvas painting or fused glass projects that comes with a complimentary rose and desserts. Finish off the day by watching the stars and drinking hot chocolate in the Quad. 2. Do you and your sweetheart like being outdoors? You can check out a kayak or a canoe for less than $20 at Recreation Equipment Checkout at BLORA and take a romantic kayak or canoe ride down Belton Lake. Bring along a guitar and play a special song for your special someone. After you finish kayaking, explore the trails by the lake together, before enjoying appetizers at Dead Fish Grill, The Gin, or BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. 3. Would you rather see a movie? The Grand Avenue Theater is showing classic romantic comedies Sunday night for $5 a person. You may not be a huge fan of chick flicks, but you will score huge points with your date if you’re willing to sit through one. The theater’s café’ will be offering Valentine’s Day-themed entrees. After the movie, indulge in The Gin’s special red velvet cheesecake with a chocolate-covered strawberry on the side for $5.95 or make your own frozen yogurt concoction at the Weigh Station next to The Gin in downtown Belton. You can mix and match these ideas, check out Pinterest and Groupon.com, or create your own unique idea. No matter what you decide to do for Valentine’s Day, choose something from the heart, and I can guarantee that she’ll like it. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make a memory that your special someone will remember for years to...

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Cru Culture Ring by Spring, or so it Goes

Do you have aspirations? Goals? Of course you do, you’re in college. Every college student dreams of the day they walk across the stage and tell their momma and papa that they have earned their college degree. But here at UMHB, female students might also be looking for something else as they finish their college career. Some of these students don’t want to cross the stage and just grab their diploma. They want to grab their diploma with a ring on their finger. And not just any ring. That ring. The ring. If you’ve been on campus long enough, you know a roommate, classmate, or friend that has gotten engaged or taken a trip down the aisle. And if you haven’t been around long enough, you should get to know the term “Ring by Spring.” This term wasn’t originally coined here at UMHB, but in Christian college culture in general. Many students grow up in a household where marriage is a great thing to look forward to in life. Many brought these ideals and values to UMHB with them. But while some may be looking forward to finding their soulmates while they’re finding their careers, some students feel like this aspect of our school’s culture is overwhelming at times. “[Ring by Spring] is rather hilarious and a bit ridiculous. As soon as I got [to UMHB] I knew,” said junior English major, Rebecca Pesqueda. “There were so many details with it, too. Getting married in Manning Chapel, going around Burt Pond three times to find ‘The One.’ Sometimes it can be a bit much.” Many students can relate to Rebecca. In an environment like Cru Country, influence is inevitable. Friends begin dating other friends, and you may be the odd man out. And no matter how hard you try, peer pressure can be very real. One day you look around and see everybody has their “somebody.” Not only are you trying to juggle classes, work, and extracurricular activities, but you have to be in a relationship too? Although it’s just a silly slogan, the unspoken pressure can weigh on your mind without you even realizing it. Senior Political Science and Speech Communication major Kelzye Isham, who is recently engaged, explains what “the ring” should truly be about, and why students shouldn’t lose sight of the seriousness of finding a lifelong mate. “I fully believe that college can be a great chance to form relationships, both romantic and not,” she said. “However it is crucial that forming a lifelong relationship should not be the center of focus. This focus diminishes opportunities to find lifelong friends and experience such a fun...

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Lip Sync Battle: A show fit for the Queen

For those of you who can’t binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix because you don’t have a Netflix account, don’t worry. There is still hope for quality entertainment on cable television! Lip Sync Battle is a fairly new reality show on Spike that got its pitch from a popular karaoke segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This popular show takes classic karaoke to the next level by allowing celebrities to dance, dress up, and perform their favorite songs in front of a live audience. The first episode aired April 2, 2015 and has yet to disappoint. With LL Cool J as host, and model Chrissy Teigen providing colorful commentary, the show is thriving.Viewers tune in weekly to see their favorite pair of A-list celebrities go head-to-head in a lip sync battle. Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum set the bar high during the premiere of the show’s second season with phenomenal performances of Beyonce’s “Who Runs the World” and Genuine’s “Pony.” The “Queen Bee” herself even made a guest appearance along with Paula Abdul and some of Channing’s Magic Mike co-stars. The star couple had the audience and viewers raving about their performances. The list of star-studded guests has ranged from comedian Kevin Heart to actress Anne Hathaway, and the list will continue to go on into the third season. Spike officially announced the hit show, which is currently in its second season, will be returning for a third season consisting of 20 new episodes. This comes at no surprise to those who love the show. Lip Sync Battle smashed viewership records when they pulled in 4.7 million viewers in one episode and three days worth of video-on-demand and DVR playback. Its initial premier was one of the highest-rated shows to ever premier on Spike. The show now has versions airing in Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Philippines, and the United Kingdom. The popularity of the show has clearly made its mark on the world. So the next time every one is binge-watching on Netflix or Hulu, you can catch the stars on Lip Sync Battle on Spike HD channel 112 Thursday nights at 9...

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Star Wars makes the big bucks
Jan28

Star Wars makes the big bucks

“Luke, I am your father.” Darth Vader’s gravelly voice echoes through the chamber. “No, that’s not true,” one-handed Luke Skywalker screams in disbelief and agony before he jumps down a hole into the abyss. Most Americans instantly recognize this iconic scene from the franchise that changed the course of cinema. Star Wars, directed by George Lucas, pushed its way into the box office in May of 1977. Considered a low budget B-movie, Star Wars opened to only 43 theaters. However, each week more theaters began to show the movie. Star Wars remained in theaters for almost 70 weeks, and made more than $460 million. “The first Star Wars was so appealing because it brought a new genre to the big screen with a great storyline that hadn’t been heard before,” sophomore Christian studies major Franklin Groseclose said. From this point on, Lucasfilms began licensing the brand to other companies for merchandise. In addition to the usual action figures and T-shirts, some rather unorthodox items have been spotted including airsickness bags, Darth Vader toasters, and fishing gear. During the next 28 years, Lucasfilms released five more Star Wars films, including three prequels to the original Star Wars movie. Star Wars was renamed as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when these prequels were released. Disney bought the franchise in 2012 for $4 billion from George Lucas. Once they acquired the franchise, Disney instantly expressed interest in adding onto the Star Wars saga. “When I heard that Disney owned Star Wars, I was angry, because it seems like they own almost everything. But when I saw the new Star Wars movie, I was very pleasantly surprised,” freshman nursing major Michaela Williams said. In December of 2015, Disney released Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thousands of moviegoers of all ages flocked to see the new movie featuring old characters such Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo, and new characters such as Finn and Rey. “Star Wars is a movie franchise that a generation has been able to pass to the next,” Groseclose said. “Since our parents grew up on it, they understood what it would be like to see Star Wars once again, and it is appealing to the younger generation because of the action and that it was probably part of their childhood as well.” After just 20 days in theaters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens beat Avatar’s $760,507,625 domestic gross to become the #1 grossing movie in the nation. For those of you who have not seen the newest movie, let’s just say that Disney left everyone with a cliffhanger. I guess we’ll have to wait until...

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