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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SGA hopes to have big impact on campus policy
Oct06

SGA hopes to have big impact on campus policy

Student Government Association representatives recently met for the first time this semester to indoctrinate new members and brainstorm about ways to improve the student experience on campus. The organization had many new ideas at this first session because of an influx of fresh faces. “The only people that are returning senate members are those on the executive cabinet and then one or two of the other senate members. So we have a fresh senate; they’re still learning how everything works,” External Vice President Kirstie Wallace said. Despite many being new to SGA, the senate members are ready and excited to bring their ideas of change to the table. “SGA is not just about pushing agendas, but rather representing the 3000 students that attend UMHB,” Freshman Class President Tyler Baker said. “It is the only club at school that can have a direct effect on policy. I joined because I wanted to be involved in helping make our school even better.” Getting involved and listening to classmates is exactly what the members are doing. At the SGA meeting on Sept. 22, the senate members threw out many ideas that had been brought to them by fellow students. One of these ideas was inspired by a concern about the sun glare from the windows on the first floor of the Student Union Building, as well as in Mayborn Campus Center. “I propose getting blinds where the computers are in the SUB. It’s really bright and you can’t see the screen if you’re using the computers,” senior Senator Collin Cavendish said. “[I propose] possibly getting blinds and fans in Mayborn as well.” Another issue SGA hopes to address has to do with parking restrictions. Students have mentioned that commuters are being allowed to park in residential parking spots at all times, but residents are only allowed to park in commuter parking spaces after 2:30 p.m. Freshman cell biology with clinical lab science major, Bryanna Edwards, agrees with this issue and has expressed her frustration with the lack of parking spots closer to residential and academic buildings, and the competition this has led to. “As a Remschel resident there is very little parking. We are always competing with Stribling residents and other students for parking spots by the dorm. I know commuters take lots of residential spots as well because there isn’t enough commuter parking either. It’s just a constant competition for spots,” she said. Other ideas mentioned during the meeting were a return of the Homecoming 5K, a Day of Culture, and benches to provide seating at the bus stops. The association also voted to nominate sophomore Treasurer Jake Fereday as the...

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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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Easter Pageant continues to draw crowds after 76 years
Apr15

Easter Pageant continues to draw crowds after 76 years

Hundreds of students, staff and locals gathered Wed. April 1 to witness the last days of Christ’s life. Everything from his first miracle to his suffering on the cross and his resurrection from the tomb plagued the crowd with a multitude of emotion.   For this year’s 76th annual Easter Pageant, university president Dr. Randy O’Rear personally selected senior nursing major Nathan Forester and senior public relations major Jasmine Simmons to represent the life of Jesus and Mary, respectively.   “When I was asked to portray Mary in Easter Pageant, I was very honored and a little confused.” Simmons said. “When it comes to being chosen for something like that you never think that it will be you.”   Forester selected his 12 disciples, and Simmons chose seven ladies to represent her mourners for this year’s production. Throughout the year Forester and Simmons each led his and her group through practices, weekly devotion and random fellowship activities.   However, it was more than just logistical training that led to a successful show. Many of the committee, crew and cast challenged themselves to prepare outside of practice.   “Getting ready to portray Mary was a preparation of the heart,” Simmons said. “Being casted as one of the leadership roles of Easter Pageant, people might assume that you have everything worked out.”   The same circumstances applied to senior public relations major Payton Pierce, who was chosen by President O’Rear to lead this year’s production.   “A lot of that was preparing myself for the role of leadership.” Pierce said. “The Lord sort of dropped this in my lap and said, ‘Here you go! Run with it.”   While practices never proved themselves flawless and the cast and crew bore the weight of responsibility on their shoulders, each person knew that the experience continually proved itself rewarding.   As Pierce focused on relationship building and encouragement towards the cast and crew, she was able to understand the best way she could lead by example.   “I did this by giving myself grace and knowing the Lord has given me this opportunity,” Pierce said, “And in anything and everything I do, I’m going to glorify him through it.”   This year sophomore nursing major Morgan Greentree, who considers Easter Pageant one of her favorite university traditions, participated as a crowd’s member for her second time.   While she never partook in a production quite like this one, she loves being a part of this UMHB tradition because it serves as her little reminder of what Christ did for her and everyone else that day on the cross.   “We want to show...

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