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Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive
Mar08

Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Spring break is just around the corner, and for some that means the chance to go on a road trip. If you’re going to be in the car for any length of time, then you’ll want to check out these tips. Plan ahead. Look at a map ahead of time to view your route. Find rest stops and restaurants along the way so you’re not driving around searching for a place to eat when you’re hungry and tired. Pick out your comfortable clothing for the drive and make sure you charge any electronics the day before the trip to avoid frustration and boredom. Bring comfortable accessories. It’s a good idea to have a small blanket and pillow in case you want to take a nap. You can also bring along an eye mask or neck pillow if you think that would be beneficial to your comfort. Bring a Goody bag. Fill a bag with items that will keep you entertained, such as: a laptop or portable DVD player, movies, an MP3 player, books or magazines, art supplies, coloring books, or puzzle books. And don’t forget your headphones. If you get carsick then you might want to bring along an audio book to listen to or play verbal games like I Spy, concentration, or the license plate game. Talking to fellow passengers also helps keep your mind off the road. Bring paper and a writing utensil. There are games you can play on paper as well. MASH, Tic Tac Toe, Pictionary, and hangman are popular games to play while on a car ride. Plus, if you bring along a puzzle book you’ll need something to write with. Bring snacks. Having snacks and beverages can help stave off hunger when you’re not close to a service station or town. Some snacks that will keep your blood sugar level and your stomach full are: crackers, fruits, nuts, or sandwiches. But be careful. Don’t bring anything that will melt or make you too thirsty. If you drink lots of water you will need to use the bathroom more often, so try and only eat salty foods when you are at or near a service...

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Places to be, people to see: some destinations for your Spring Break
Mar08

Places to be, people to see: some destinations for your Spring Break

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells What does halfway through the semester signify? Studying for midterms, cleaning up your room so that it’s room check ready, and most importantly, planning a vacation for spring break. But you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to have fun over the break. There are numerous places to go within three hours driving distance from Belton. Austin area Austin is a great city if you want to interact with nature. This includes Zilker Park, which is home to Barton Springs Pool, which is a naturally-formed pool that is around 68-70 degrees year-round, Lady Bird Lake, and Zilker Botanical Garden. If you still want to go out and explore nature but don’t want to drive too far from campus, Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown is an interesting location. The cave gives you a glance into prehistoric times. Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin is a great destination that will give you information about how Texas came to be. You can also watch movies in the IMAX Theater, look at artifacts, and observe various presentations about the wonders of the Lone Star State. Zilker Park (1 hr 4 min) Bullock Texas State History Museum (1 hr) Inner Space Cavern (33 min) Dallas area Dallas is home to many museums, a thrilling art scene, and unusual shopping centers. The Dallas Museum of Art is ranked one of America’s biggest art museums and is a great place to check out local culture. NorthPark Center is interesting in that it integrates an art experience with shopping. Walking in the mall, you can see various paintings and sculptures which makes shopping all the more enjoyable. In addition, Bishop Arts District, located in North Oak Cliff, is named “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood.” This area has more than 60 independent stores that are sure to please anyone looking for unique items. Dallas Museum of Art (2 h 8 min) NorthPark Center (2 hr 19 min) Bishop Arts District (2 hr 4 min) San Antonio area San Antonio is all about the thrills and excitements. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is an amusement park that has everything from some of the country’s craziest coasters like BATMAN: The Ride, the “world’s first 4D free-fly coaster” to some more mild mannered rides like Bugs’ White Water Rapids. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels is one of the best waterparks in the nation, and is home to the ‘Master Blaster’ which is a water slide that is six stories tall and takes you uphill. If you’re not looking for that much of an adrenaline rush, there’s always the...

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Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area
Mar08

Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, five corn tortilla tacos and a drink for $7.00 It’s filling and yummy. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic to that of classic Mexican food, often prompt and can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. BOBO’s BBQ Food Style: Southern style BBQ Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: 2101Commerce St, Belton Something to try: The pulled pork sandwhich is a classic southern comfort food, but also very yummy and priced reasonably at $5.50. Seating: None Taste: The food is classic southern barbeque, and very tasty, but can be somewhat pricey. Rating: 3/5 3. Fire Street Pizza Food Style: Pizza Price Range: $11-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 8490 W Adams Ave, Temple Something to try: The Pimpchee Pizza is a great fusion of Korean and Italian classic, with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, cheese and a sweet glaze. Seating: Outdoor picnic-style seating Taste: This pizza place brings an Austin feel to the Belton/Temple area, with fresh pizza that’s better than just ordering take-out. Rating: 2.5/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood Price Range: $2-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: None Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, 1 sausage, and 3 sides, it is flavorful and very filling, priced at $17. Taste: The food here is pricey, but is worth it for seafood lovers. The meals are large and flavorful, and the menu offers a variety of seafood dishes. Rating:...

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Best and worst of local Chinese food
Feb22

Best and worst of local Chinese food

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Jake’s Chinese Buffet Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet or delivery Price Range: $2-$11 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: Belton Taste: Overall, Jake’s is mediocre. Though they have good soup and rice, the sauces seems to be Americanized and not as authentically chinese. Rating: 2.5/5 2. China Cafe Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffett, Sushi, Delivery Price Range: $2-$10 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Belton Taste: The food has a more authentic taste overall, but the restaurant doesn’t have a wide variety of menu option. Rating: 3/5 3. Saigon Cafe Delivery: Yes, but only to the Temple area. Dining style: Sit in, Take out Price Range: $2-$14 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food here is flavorful and there is a wide variety of food to choose from. Rating: 3.5/5 4. Dynasty Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet, sit down., take out, delivery Price Range: $2-$12 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food is more authentic, and the variety to choose from is huge. The taste and sauces are very good, and the lunch menu has a wide variety of options. Rating:...

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“Holy cats, Batman!”
Feb22

“Holy cats, Batman!”

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells “Clever and self-knowing.” “Smart, funny, and fast-paced.” “A great action/comedy on its own terms.” These are just some of the many reviews of the new hit movie The Lego Batman Movie which premiered on February 10, 2017. And with a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film seems like a shoe-in for an Oscar or two. The Lego Batman Movie is about, you guessed it, Legos and Batman. When something amiss goes on in Gotham City, Batman goes on a mission to prevent any more damage from being done. There are many obstacles in his path, though. There’s the new Commissioner of Gotham City, Barbara Gordon, who wants to defeat crime in a way Batman doesn’t agree with. Also, he finds out that he has adopted a boy, Dick Grayson, aka, Robin, who is eager to help Batman in any way he can. The movie tackles themes such as loneliness and the importance of friendship. Because Batman usually works alone, it is difficult for him to have to work with others. There are many aspects of the film that I enjoyed. At the beginning of the movie, the film pokes fun at itself by stating the obvious, like how an innocent bystander gets caught up in trouble, just like in other action movies. In fact, the movie does a really good job at making fun of its own story and the history behind Batman. There are a ton of references to old Batman cartoons and movies and how Batman goes through “similar phases”, as shown by Alfred, Batman’s butler, who pokes fun at him by listing different Batman films throughout the years. What’s unique about this movie is that it doesn’t just limit itself to the DC universe. There are numerous characters from other movies such as Voldemort from Harry Potter, Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, and a velociraptor from Jurassic Park. Another interesting thing is that The Lego Batman Movie practically acknowledges that the real world is out there because by referencing live-action movies. Also, the jokes in the movie are sure to please a wide variety of age groups. Batman, known to be a serious character in other films, brings about a new interpretation. He’s gruff, tough, conceited, and absolutely hilarious all at once. At the end of the film, you can really see his temperament shift to that of a more caring personality. However, that’s not to say the film doesn’t have any flaws. I thought it was a bit too fast-paced. There were scatterings of serious issues here and there,...

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