Oh my gosh, look at her video
Sep17

Oh my gosh, look at her video

Any music video featuring a parental advisory disclaimer begs for attention on all forms of media. But Nicki Minaj’s new music video “Anaconda” makes viewers question where our generation is headed in terms of entertainment.   The almost-five minute, grueling production needs a parental advisory warning to limit the ages of viewers — that’s how raunchy Nicki gets for an otherwise catchy song.  So what is all the buzz about that’s making celebrities and YouTube stars jump to make a parody?   The content of the video is nothing short of horrendous and disrespectful to women. The introduction shows scantily-clad dancers in their underwear, while Nicki is in chain links, leaving nothing to the imagination.   To make matters worse, the short shorts are followed by a meaningless workout portion where again, Minaj wears close to nothing.  As a whole, there is no central theme, adding to the pointless and provocative chaos.   If videos like this become so popular, with over a hundred million views, what have our values as a society come to?   Famous funny woman Ellen Degeneres capitalized on the video’s success, making her own hilarious version of the song while mocking its raciness. Ellen appears in short jean shorts and tights, trying her best to twerk without laughing. This is probably the only version worth watching, though.   Minaj herself viewed the spoof while the audience on the live talk show laughed and enjoyed the lighthearted video, which provides a stark contrast with the actual VEVO version.   This questionable behavior turned viral video isn’t a first for Minaj. She has released numerous videos that advertise sex, drug usage and superficial values. Whether she admits it or not, her videos are degrading to women as well as men.   “Anaconda” implies that it is okay for men to value women based on the size of their butts, something that our culture has begun accepting and promoting. Women with insecurities and interest for attention create these “music” videos, showcasing their assets. The sad thing is, Minaj has grown in popularity over the years.   Maybe it’s time for our culture to re-evaluate our standards of beauty, and the dynamic between male and female interactions. Why are we accepting such crude, explicit behavior as normal and desired?   Save yourself the time and “oh my gosh, look at” something other than her butt and music...

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Cru Culture: Tinder
Sep17

Cru Culture: Tinder

Can you really swipe left or right to find true love?   Tinder, a “meet new people” app, seeks to do just that. The program has had an impact on college students everywhere, and UMHB is no different.   The application counts on the fact that people really do judge a book by its cover. When you sign on, you create a profile of pictures and a short biography of yourself. Then, Tinder technology takes over and provides you with profiles of the opposite sex that live within a certain distance of you.   If you like what you see, you swipe right and hope the other person does the same for your profile. If it’s a match, a conversation can be started from either end.   But if you swipe left, neither person ever knows and communication can’t be made in any way. Seems pretty simple, right?   Wrong.   There are always do’s and don’ts in the dating world, but how can you navigate the uncertain waters of this unconventional social site?   To all the men out there looking to find Mrs. Right, start with removing pictures of you with your exes and other random women. No matter how pretty the leading lady standing next to you in your photo is, it doesn’t make viewers of your profile jealous. It just makes them think you’re a player, and probably won’t get you many “right swipes.”   Then there’s the issue of starting a conversation. The guy should definitely make the first move and keep traditional chivalry as alive as possible in such a modern situation.   “Hey” just doesn’t cut it. In fact, a corny knock knock joke would be a better way to get a woman’s attention. She will probably have an inbox full of hellos. If you want to stand out, be original.   To the women, keep your biography simple. Telling the whole world you want to be a cat lady or that you frequent Starbucks just makes you look like everyone else, too.   Whether you’re new to an area, looking for love, or just searching for new friends, make your intentions clear in your profile, and you can save yourself some trouble.   All that to say, happy...

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Exploring Belton: Small town sights
Sep17

Exploring Belton: Small town sights

Welcome Week has become a distant memory for most since classes have started, and the days are only going to get harder as the semester goes on.   But college students are notorious for squeezing whatever free time they can find in their week and using it to help  unwind from the constant struggle we call school.   Contrary to popular belief, Belton has plenty to offer students. The best part is—if it isn’t free, it’s pretty darn cheap. Score.   A lot of Crusaders find themselves driving to Waco to enjoy a little bit of country dancing at Wild West. But why drive 45 minutes when you can enjoy the student event known as Own the Night. It happens every other Thursday night in one of the back parking lots off of University Drive.   “Own the Night is a place where we can go that’s close by on campus…. We are able to meet up with our friends on a week night to take a break from studying. Not only can we meet up with our friends, but meet new students while two-stepping to country music,” sophomore nursing major Natalie Acevedo said.   The students who put on the event play other types of music to get everyone out on the floor. The event is free, but if you’re feeling generous, you can donate a dollar or two for the people who provide water for everyone. This is a fun way to spend your Thursday and a chance to meet more of your fellow classmates.   If you’re looking to get your grub on, look no further than downtown Belton. Here, you will find varieties of different foods to satisfy any cravings a hungry visitor may have.   Miller’s Smokehouse, a barbecue place, was named Texas Monthly’s “Top 50 Best BBQ Joints,” and that’s not because of the location.   The owner, Dusty Miller, was studying accounting at UMHB when he decided to open the little restaurant. Since then, the food has left customer’s feeling satisfied and dreaming of the next time they can come back for more.   Crusaders have been enjoying Miller’s since its opening in 2008, all while seeing it grow into the popular place it is now.   Another popular place is The Gin. Located downtown in an old cotton gin building, the restaurant sits right off  Nolan Creek and has much to offer. One popular entree they serve is called the Akaushi burger, a high quality meat that can only be found in Yoakum, Texas, and Japan. Enjoy the burger with their homemade chips, and you have an authentic meal from The...

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Saddle up with Cru Riding Association
Sep17

Saddle up with Cru Riding Association

Owning your own horse is not required. On Sept. 3, the Cru Riding Association held their first meeting of the fall semester. Many UMHB students were in attendance. When asked why she was interested in becoming a member, freshman biology major Grace Gibson said, “I rode horses almost eight years ago at a camp and fell in love. It is just too expensive to own and maintain a horse by myself.”   The riding club has been an unofficial association for four years at UMHB, but this year is its first year as an active organization. The riding club president and senior nursing major Kelsey Kunk said, “We are now able to receive funding, which enabled us to become an active association.” Vice President and sophomore nursing major Erica Lowe said, “Members are limited to UMHB. Family members are welcome to accompany students, but are not able to ride the horses.”   Members are required to do three hours of community service and participate in riding days. Riding days are pre-arranged days designed for the group to ride for three hours. There are between 10 and 12 riding days for this school year, ranging from free to $15 per student. Price is determined by how many members RSVP for that particular scheduled riding day. Saturday, Oct. 4 is the first riding day. Water and snacks will be provided. Plus, the association participates in horse-related attractions, seminars, movies, performances and shows to as a club.   The group has partnered with Anne’s Barn in Holland to provide six to seven horses for the members to ride. Members may also utilize their own horse with prior permission. All levels of riders are invited, from beginners to the most experienced. Transportation to and from riding days and required equipment are provided by UMHB.   In October the association will be searching for members who are interested in holding an office in the club. Positions available include president, historian and public relations. Current advisers for the club are Heath Cox from the physical plant department and Megan Owen of the records...

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New union excites students, faculty
Aug27

New union excites students, faculty

Students let out a collective gasp of awe as they arrived on campus for the semester. The spacious long-awaited Bawcom Student Union, which forms the visitors’ side of Crusader stadium is finally open and functional for use by the campus population.   The light, airy concept is accentuated by wall comprised almost entirely of windows offering three stories of sweeping panoramas of the football field below. Headquartered in the new facility are the Campus Activities Board, the Student Organizations Office, the Farris Band Hall and administrative offices.   The first floor is dedicated to the Campus Store, residential dining, the 1845 Grill and The Depot, a coffee shop proudly brewing Starbucks Coffee.   “I really like the space,” junior marketing major Jessica Pitcathly said. “It’s really going to change life on campus especially because all the organizations and activities are located here.”   Not only is she impressed with the convenience of the building, but she enjoys the new dining options.   “This is so much better than Hardy (Hall). I really like all the different choices there are of food. The good food and the new space make this a place students want to be,” Pitcathly said.   UMHB alumnus and Assistant Director of Campus Activities is excited to see ‘The Union,’ as it’s popularly called, come to fruition.   “This building is amazing and students are going to love it,” he said. “There are so many little details that really make it a building for students. From a CAB stand point this building really opens up endless opportunities for us to program, and the location of our office puts us right in the flow of students.”   The building brings him joy as a Crusader and ignites his pride for his alma mater.   “As an alumnus, I am super excited about this building. We had nothing like this when I was a student…. But the best part of this building is that it keeps with the core of what UMHB is about and opens the doors for endless opportunities to build community in any setting,” Sutton said.   Another group of people thankful for the new building is the band department now housed in the Farris Band Hall. Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Instrumental Studies and Conductor of the Blackshirt Spirit Cru, Nils Landsberg said is thrilled to have a new state-of-the-art facility for his students to practice in.   Landsberg said, “The students are ecstatic…. Now we have one of the best band facilities in the state.”   Not only is he pleased that current students get to enjoy the benefits, but he...

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Student missionaries visit the queen
Aug27

Student missionaries visit the queen

England is the land of Queen Elizabeth, hot tea with milk, lush countryside, a rich history and lots of rain. But it’s also the home of beautiful people in need of the gospel.   Though many people consider England just an extension of American culture, the missionaries UMHB deployed this summer quickly learned that going anywhere across the world provides a culture shock.   The Crusader team split into three groups, each stationed in a different part of Middlesbrough. Students lived with British families, living day to day life with their hosts. This provided a very real glimpse into English culture.   University Chaplain Dr. George Loutherback led his team to Nunthorpe, where they worked primarily in schools. This included performing skits and teaching the gospel.   Assistant Director of the Baptist Student Ministries Jena Coulson took a team to Eston, where they used soularium cards to generate spiritual conversation with locals.   Junior art education major Alana Filban went with Coulson’s team and will most remember the people she encountered.   She said, “I built a lot of long-lasting relationships and unexpectedly got close to members of my own team.”   Pastor Trey Bledsoe and alum Jake McGinnis worked with the last group stationed in Teasside, where they worked in the community and alongside Middlesbrough Community Church.   Though each group had their own assignment, the teams focused on loving every person they came in contact with — whether that was starting new relationships or building on old ones.   Senior nursing major Katherine Zuraitis has been on the trip three times with the MCC team.   She said, “When I first decided to go on the England mission trip, I did not entirely understand what we would be doing. Once I got there, I realized how important it was to the community.”   Because Dr. Loutherback has been taking teams across the ocean for several years now, UMHB has built relationships with the people there that continue to grow with each trip. So on the traditional sightseeing outing to York, the Americans got to bring some of their English friends for some tourism and laughs.   While in the quaint town, Crusaders enjoyed fish and chips, antique shopping and visits to the Cathedral.   Senior Christian Ministries major Dane Kemp was a first timer this summer. He has always wanted to go, but was surprised at how much the country impacted him.   He said, “The stories people told of God … were amazing…. It took almost no time for God to move in amazing ways, and I knew I wanted to go back the instant I...

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