Green’s new release: Turtles all the Way Down
Oct26

Green’s new release: Turtles all the Way Down

I had previously read Green’s The Fault in Our Stars when it first came out in 2012. I remember liking it, so when I heard about his new book Turtles All The Way Down, I thought I would enjoy it as well. So, I picked up the book and read it within a few days. The storyline: The novel follows a high school girl named Aza Holmes who, along with her loud and rambunctious friend Daisy, discover that local billionaire Russell Pickett is missing. There is a $100,000 award, so they are determined to get more information about his whereabouts to receive the money. In the process, Aza reacquaints herself with Pickett’s son Davis, who she used to be close friends with when she was younger. While all of this is happening, Aza struggles with major anxiety and OCD. She has “intrusive thoughts” in which simple things such as eating or kissing cause her to freak out. My thoughts: The story does not necessarily follow the tale of trying to find Pickett as much as Aza’s internal battle and how that relates to her connections with other people. Throughout the novel, she refers to her thoughts as spirals, a reference that basically resembles her never-ending worries. Maybe it’s because of her struggles, but boy, this girl speaks and thinks about some deep issues. Practically every word that comes out of her mouth is a metaphor. And it’s not just her character – it seems that everybody speaks in metaphors. The problem I have with this is that people, teenagers especially, do not talk like this. And maybe it’s just Green’s writing, but I got tired of the profound writing after the first page. I enjoy learning about deep, philosophical truths, but it began to sound so scripted, and not at all how people actually talk, that it actually deterred me from wanting to read more. Aza’s psychiatrist even discusses how Aza speaks in metaphors, and do you know how she addresses this issue? With another metaphor. Also, regarding the storyline, I thought it was going to be more of an action novel. However, the main characters practically stay within the same radius location-wise. Now, this can either be played out really well or not so, and I would have to go with the latter. The story began to feel repetitive within the first few chapters. I would actually categorize this book as self-exploration and romance. In addition, the product placement is ridiculous. Star Wars (including The Clone Wars, the TV show Rebels, and EA’s Battlefront as well as fan fiction), Chuck E. Cheese’s, Star Trek, and Applebee’s are mentioned...

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Mexican Restaurants: The Best spicy bites in BTX
Oct13

Mexican Restaurants: The Best spicy bites in BTX

1.Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 505 E Central Ave, Belton, TX Dining: Dine-in, Drive thru Something to try: The Beef Caldo (soup) is great on a cold rainy day, or when you’re feeling a little under the weather. This soup is accompanied by Mexican rice, onions, and cilantro. Taste: The food here seems to be a crowd pleaser for many UMHB students, however it lacks an authentic taste. Rating: 3/5 2.  La Perla Bakery & Taqueria Price Range: $2-$15Cru Cash accepted: NoLocation: 604 Waco RD, Belton Tx Dining: Dine-in, To-go Something to try: The pan (bread), made fresh daily, is an authentic Mexican treat and is often dipped in warm coffee or hot chocolate. The pan served here is fluffy and sweet, and leaves patrons wanting another bite. Taste:  Inexpensive and authentic. Each bite can be savored to the highest extent.  Rating: 4.5/5 3. Coronas de Oro Price Range: $5-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 219 S East St, suite D, Belton Dining: Dine-in Something to try: The Flautas here are fabulous. They are a mixture of homestyle and finer dining, The dishes here compliment each customers ll and leave those dining in satisfied. Taste: Though the location iaree, the prices and taste were mediocre. The food seemed to be more Americanized and had the most Texmex feel of all the restaurants. For an Americanized version of Mexican food, the taste was subpar. Rating: 2/5 4. Sol De Jalisco Price Range: $4-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 2100 N Main St, Belton, TX Dining: Dine-in Something to try: The torta, a Mexican styled sandwich, is definitely an item to try. Accompanied by crisp homemade French fries, this dish is sure to please any taste. Taste: The food here is classic Texmex, and is nice for an evening out. The food is prompt and feels homemade, but the lack of authenticity makes the overall experience less than extraordinary. Rating:...

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Stunt Night Preview: Classes prepare for this year’s Stunt Night featuring Crutoons
Oct13

Stunt Night Preview: Classes prepare for this year’s Stunt Night featuring Crutoons

Stunt Night is a tradition that has been a part of the university for 107 years. Every year, directors lead each class in performing a skit in front of a live audience, where two winners are selected – the audience’s pick and the judge’s. This year’s theme is CruToons where underclassmen and upperclassmen will take the stage and perform skits based on classic cartoons. The freshmen will be doing their play based on the square-shaped cartoon SpongeBob, sophomores will create a skit featuring the characters from The Fairly Odd Parents, juniors will pretend to be The Flintstones, and seniors will act base their performance on Scooby-Doo. These classic characters will come to life Oct. 19 and 20 in Walton Chapel at 7:00 pm. This is freshman business major Eunice Michaelson’s first year as director for her class. “Just to sum up our plot a little bit, this is where we dive deep into the world of Bikini Bottom,” Michaelson said. “SpongeBob and his friends are there and we see Sandy on the scene and she is devastated because she misses her home – the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.The plotline is SpongeBob’s trying really hard to cheer Sandy up because she’s having a really bad day. In the end, we’ll see if his efforts work or not.” Michaelson has high hopes for the freshman class, as the whole group is determined to win. Every freshman is bringing their unique talents to the table. “Every person that I’ve met here is so awesome,” Michaelson said. “And seeing them come together and working towards a common goal brings each other closer because there’s competition involved too. We want to win.” Junior multimedia and information technologies major Chase Mariott has enjoyed his time as a director for the junior class. “My favorite part about being the director for the junior class is just getting to hang out with our cast and my co-director,” The junior said that “Every practice is tons of fun and full of laughter.” “Our theme for the juniors is the Flintstones. So, we are all there, but the main focus is on the kids, Pebbles and Bam-Bam, and their transition from home to UMHB. There’s also some hidden chemistry between Bam-Bam and Pebbles,” Mariott said. This year’s classes are hoping to entertain a wide variety of audiences as nostalgia comes to the stage during Stunt...

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Blast From the Past: Classic TV shows  to revisit
Oct13

Blast From the Past: Classic TV shows to revisit

As a child, I grew up watching classic TV shows in black and white (and sometimes color). The older shows always had more appeal for me because they were clean, wholesome entertainment. Here are four of the best classic TV shows to check out. The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) What’s it about: Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) is a widower in the little town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy lives with his son, Opie (Ron Howard), and his Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier). Andy has his hands full refereeing small-time scuffles and reigning in his bumbling deputy, Barney Fife’s (Don Knott) well-meaning, but over-zealous schemes. Why you should watch it: The town of Mayberry and its citizens are easy to fall in love with. The stories are engaging and the jokes are corny. Andy doesn’t particularly follow a storyline, so you can jump in wherever you feel like it. In my opinion, the first six seasons, which are in black and white, are the best. Availability: All eight seasons of Andy can be found on Netflix. Favorite episodes: The Pickle Story (season 2, episode 11), Convicts at Large (season 3, episode 11), A Wife for Andy (season 3, episode 29) I Love Lucy (1951-1957) What’s it about: Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) is a housewife that constantly creates havoc for her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), as he strives to succeed in show business in New York City. The Ricardo’s live in an apartment complex owned by their best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance). Why you should watch it: You will never find another actress like Lucille Ball. She is one-of-a-kind. Her physical comedy is amazing. The chemistry between the four friends is heart-warming. And the episodes are just plain hilarious. Availability: Lucy episodes can be found on Hulu, CBS, and the Hallmark Channel. Favorite episodes: Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her (season 1, episode 4), Job Switching (season 2, episode 1), First Stop (season 4, episode 13) The Big Valley (1965-1969) What’s it about: The story centers around the wealthiest family in Stockton, California during the 1870s, The Barkley’s. The Barkley’s matriarch, Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck), lives on the Barkley Ranch with her sons, Nick (Peter Breck) and Jarrod (Richard Long), daughter, Audra (Linda Evans), and step-son Heath (Lee Majors). Why you should watch it: I have never been a big fan of Western’s, but I love The Big Valley. This western offers a little bit of everything: family, gun slinging, danger, humor, and romance. The Big Valley definitely isn’t a comedy like the others. It depicts the Wild West in...

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Fall TV show release lineup
Sep28

Fall TV show release lineup

Along with pumpkins and scarves, fall 2017 brings new episodes of crowd favorites. Here’s a look into what’s on the upcoming roster. September 20: • The Good Place (NBC, Season 2) The Good Place is a hilarious show staring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. Danson is the architect of the town that good people go after they pass away. Bell is a resident that doesn’t believe that she belongs there and is trying to right her wrongs so she can feel like she fits into this good place. September 21: • Gotham (Fox, Season 4) • The Orville (Fox, Series Premiere) September 25: • The Good Doctor (ABC, Series Premiere) • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Season 11) • Young Sheldon (CBS, Series Premiere) Set in East Texas, this series documents the young life of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. It follows the struggles of being a child genius in a normal world. • Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Season 2) • Me, Myself & I (CBS, Series Premiere) • Scorpion (CBS, Season 4) • The Brave (NBC, Series Premiere) September 26: • Bull (CBS, Season 2) • NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Season 4) • This Is Us (NBC, Season 2) The show that stole the   hearts of Amerans across the country is back for its second season. Follow the childhood and adult lives of triplets Kevin, Kate, and Randall as they deal with the joys and sorrows that life hands to them. • Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC, Series Premiere) • Lethal Weapon (Fox, Season 2) • The Mick (Fox, Season 2) • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, Season 5) September 27: • SEAL Team (CBS, Series Premiere) • The Blacklist (NBC, Season 5) • Chicago P.D. (NBC, Season 5) • The Goldbergs (ABC, Season 5) • Speechless (ABC, Season 2) • Modern Family (ABC, Season 9) • American Housewife (ABC, Season 2) • Designated Survivor (ABC, Season 2) • Empire (Fox, Season 4) • Star (Fox, Season 2) September 28: • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, Season 14) • How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Season 4) •Superstore (NBC, Season 3) • Will & Grace (NBC, Series Revival) • Great News (NBC, Season 2) • Chicago Fire (NBC, Season 6) September 29: • Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC, Series Premiere) • MacGyver (CBS, Season 2) • Hawaii Five-o (CBS, Season 8) • Blue Bloods (CBS, Season 8) • The Exorcist (Fox, Season 2) October 1: • The Toy Box (ABC, Season 2) • Shark Tank (ABC, Season 9) • Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Series Premiere) • Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS, Series Premiere) • NCIS:...

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Fantasy Football: Bringing Crusaders together
Sep28

Fantasy Football: Bringing Crusaders together

Football season is in full swing, and many UMHB students are making the most of it by getting together with their friends to play fantasy football. Fantasy football aficionados select professional football players in a draft at the beginning of the season. These chosen professional players make up a fantasy football team, which they pit against the fantasy teams of others in their league. Each week, teams earn points based upon the performance of professional players in NFL games, and the teams with the most points emerge victorious. Players earn six points for each receiving and rushing touchdown, four points for every passing touchdown, one point for every 10 rushing or receiving yards, and one point for every 25 passing yards that their professional players accrue each week. Teams also earn points for defensive efficiency and scoring. Bragging rights are the most common prize for fantasy football victories. UMHB students, like freshman accounting major Tyler Mora, feel motivated to play fantasy football for a variety of reasons. “I play because it allows me to both enjoy the sport of football and to make friends all at once,” Mora said. “I love the atmosphere of friendly competition.” To freshman psychology major Ryan McKissick, developing relationships through fantasy football is also important, but not paramount. “I play because my friends are playing,” McKissick said. “But I really like winning.” Other students, like freshman biology pre-med major Megan Skains, are new to fantasy football and are trying it out for the first time. “I heard people in my Cru group talking about it and it sounded like fun,” Skains said. “It’s been a great experience so far.” “Fantasy football requires attention to detail, patience, and a basic knowledge of professional football. At the same time, it is an excellent way to discover more about the game,” Mora said. “I’d recommend it to anybody who wants to learn more about football,” Mora said. “It’s a good gateway for anybody who doesn’t know much about the sport.” Last week, Mora suffered a loss by an extremely small margin. He is now 1-1 (one win and one loss) in his league, but is glad things are staying interesting. “My season started off well,” Mora said. “But the competition is rather stiff in my league, so all the games have been close.” McKissick is also hopeful for his season. Despite having drafted a solid team, he fell to Mora in week one, but remained unfazed, and bounced back for a victory the following week. Others, like Skains, have had less luck. She starts the season 0-2, still looking for her first victory. “My season isn’t starting...

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