ONE worship builds community
Sep25

ONE worship builds community

Students prayed and sang side by side together at the ONE interdenominational worship gathering in Walton Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 25. It was an opportunity for a plethora of different churches from around the Bell County area to come together, which they do twice a semester. The evening started off with songs of worship led by the Temple Bible Church band.  Then the crowd was welcomed by two college pastors from local churches: Evan Duncan, the teaching and communications pastor at First Baptist Temple Church, and Shannon Soard, the college pastor at Temple Bible Church. Duncan’s message to the students in attendance of the event was that there is no exchange for faith or community provided by the church. His message was based out of the book of Acts 2:41-47. Duncan said that while we like to substitute some things in life, there is no substitute for our faith. “There is no substitute for the local church,” Duncan said. He encouraged the students to maintain their faith and to find a church to get involved with and plugged into. “It is not what you get out of it, but what you can bring to it,” Duncan said. He encouraged students to break their boundaries in order to find a church home. “Church community crosses boundaries,” Duncan said. ONE concluded with everyone reading the Nicene Creed, led by Shannon Soard. The atmosphere was reverent, engaged and worshipful. “It was a good experience to let go of my anxiety and give it to the Lord,” said Rynda Maddox, a freshman nursing major. “It was amazing to see so many college students worshipping together,” Liles said. “I thought it was an event that every freshman needed to hear…it was all about UMHB community…and was encouraging [students] to break boundaries,” senior physical therapy major Ellie Phelps said. For more information, contact Daniel McAfee, director of the Baptist Student Ministry, at...

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The Peanut Butter Falcon – Movie Review
Sep20

The Peanut Butter Falcon – Movie Review

It’s September, which means that we’ve finally reached my favorite season of the year. Oscar Season. The Peanut Butter Falcon is a perfect start to the art house and indie film segment of the film cycle. The film stars Zak (Zack Gottsagen), who plays a man with Down Syndrome. His character Zak runs from a state nursing home to have his hero, The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Hayden Church), train him to become a professional wrestler. While running from his nursing home caretaker (Dakota Johnson), Zak meets a fisherman on the run named Tyler (Shia LeBeouf) and so begins a fantastical Mark Twain style film in the deep south. On the surface, one could argue that The Peanut Butter Falcon is typical Oscar bait. The film has great acting, a great script, a diverse cast and is beautifully shot. These are all typical for Oscar films, but Falcon stands out because of its authenticity and boldness as well as because of the particular message that it carries. For instance, actor Zak Gottsagen actually has Down Syndrome like his character. This makes The Peanut Butter Falcon groundbreaking and exciting, especially because Gottsagen’s performance is so great. Hollywood films are often criticized for their portrayal of people with special needs and for not casting actors in the films who actually have those needs.  Recently, The Upside comes to mind. In that film, Actor Bryan Cranston gave an earnest performance of a man with Cerebral Palsy. However, Cranston doesn’t have Cerebral Palsy, there are actors who actually have Cerebral Palsy who should have been given a chance.  Another film, Rain Man, featured Dustin Hoffman giving a beautiful portrayal of a man with Autism, but he also did not have the condition of the character he played. Gottsagen isn’t the only standout of the film. LeBeouf plays his best role yet. LeBeouf has had quite a series of missteps lately in his acting career, but Falcon shows off his acting in an exciting way.  LeBeouf and Gottsagen have chemistry that is off the charts, and their friendship is what drives the film. LeBeouf gives an astounding performance as he displays the many layers of his character, Tyler. He is a rough person, but also loves Zak so realistically and beautifully throughout the film. There’s a scene where Zak tells Tyler that he isn’t a hero because he is “a Down Syndrome person.” Tyler responds beautifully with a question: “What’s that got to do with your heart?” The Peanut Butter Falcon’s message is clear and impactful. The film isn’t afraid to go to places that aren’t often shown on screen. Zak is consistently belittled by...

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FYC hosts “Back to the Formal”
Apr24

FYC hosts “Back to the Formal”

Multicolored lights, disco balls and a vintage photo booth were just a few characteristics featured at the “Back to the Future” themed formal held in Temple’s Main Street Hall on Saturday evening, April 6. The formal was raised two stories high and was decked out with an array of decorations that acknowledged the different decades of the past, present and future. First Year Collective hosts this annual event. FYC is a campus organization that provides a place of fellowship for first year students through leadership, community service, spiritual growth and school spirit. The formal has a different creative theme every year, and this year topped the rest with its expressive theme that shows off how unique our students can really get. Each student came out dressed to impress in outfits that represented different decades and their most popular fashion statements, some styled in tutu skirts and neon leggings to represent the 80s and others in bell bottom jeans and flower crowns to bring a bit of the 70s into the mix. The disco ball lit the floor as students danced the night away with their peers. The area was filled with crowd surfing, eating and tons of laughter, and the vintage photo booth captured the memories of friends and their blast to the past. “This was my last year to attend (Formal), so I really wanted to go and experience my last formal… I really liked the photo booth that they had this year,” said Jimmy Boutte, a senior education major. “I also liked the ‘Back to the Future’ theme. They even had old movies playing on the projector, which was really cool,” Boutte said. Formal was a great way to relax and have a good time with the semester coming to an end. The students at the dance each attended for a variety of reasons, whether it was to show off their rad style, display their great dance moves or just to hang out with their friends. They all can agree that “Back to the Formal” was a night to...

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DC’s new film “Shazam” slams into box office
Apr24

DC’s new film “Shazam” slams into box office

“Shazam” is the newest movie from the DC Cinematic Universe. It is about a fourteen-year-old foster boy named Billy Batson and his amazing journey to becoming a superhero. He finds a wizard named Shazam who gives him amazing powers that Batson must get the hang of. While he is still learning to use his powers, he must face an evil villain named Dr. Sivana. Asher Angel plays Batson in this movie and does a great job. He plays a boy who is looking to belong to a family. He got separated from his mom and has been searching for her ever since. When he gives up on finding his mom, he feels like he does not need a family until he is adopted by the Freemans and learns a valuable lesson about family. When Batson transforms into a superhero, he is an older man. This man is played by Zachary Levi. This is not Levi’s first role. He played a minor character named Fandral in “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” He also played Flynn Rider in Disney’s “Tangled,” as well as Chuck Bartowski on the hit spy show “Chuck.” He always gives the audience a great performance. He had to portray a fourteen-year-old boy in an adult body, and he did well. The performance was very believable. My favorite character is Batson’s best friend in the movie, Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie Kaspbrak in the hit horror movie “It.” Freeman’s character loves to geek out about superheroes, and he becomes Batson’s personal manager. He helps him control his powers, and he is a great friend to Batson. Sivana, played by Mark Strong, was the villain in the movie. He was going to wield the power of Shazam, but was found unworthy, so he went down a dark path. I think that people could relate to this character a lot because sometimes we all feel unworthy. Mark Strong gave a fine performance in this movie. I just wish that the director gave him more screen time. This movie was great, but it had some problems as well. Batson was a very reserved person, but when he became the super hero Shazam, he was way more joyful and silly. This is kind of strange to me, because they are supposed to be the same person even when he transforms. I also did not like the wizard giving Batson his power. The wizard tells Batson that only one pure of heart can have the power. I did not think he was pure of heart (or that anyone is). The wizard had unrealistic expectations. This movie...

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Midnight March
Apr24

Midnight March

Each year, UMHB seniors gather on a Friday night at the end of the spring semester for Midnight March. This year’s ceremony was held at midnight on Saturday, April 13. Students gathered near the Sesquicentennial Plaza in the Quad on Friday night in preparation for the seniors to arrive. During the week before Midnight March, members of the senior class decorate candles and distribute them to students and faculty who have impacted them in a positive manner during their time at UMHB. In addition, each senior chooses a member of the junior class to robe during the ceremony. At the event, students stand in a circle with their candles, and the seniors come around and light them. After all the candles are lit, the seniors robe the junior class. This gesture symbolizes the transition to the next group of seniors. After the juniors have been robed, the graduating class and the juniors usually sing the senior song, “Up with the Purple.” However, they did something different this year. Instead of singing the traditional song, all of the students participated in the Cru Spirit Dance, which is a fan favorite at football games and other school events. Senior Kelly Taylor, who is a double major in psychology and criminal justice, thinks that this change was a good one. “While ‘Up with the Purple’ is the senior song and it’s tradition to sing it, I feel that the Cru Spirit Dance was more fitting for this occasion because Midnight March is all about reflecting back on your time at UMHB, while ‘Up with the Purple’ looks more towards the future,” she said.“One of my first memories here is during Welcome Week at Spirit and Traditions, when the Cru Spirit Dance was played over and over and over again. It was nice to reflect back on that memory during this tradition.” After Midnight March ends, members of the graduating class can ring the Senior Bell. The bell is located near the Parker House, which contains the Musick Alumni Center and Museum. This year, free popcorn was available for students, and seniors were able to take home a commemorative cup. Bonnie Moriarty, a senior English education major, enjoyed being able to participate in Midnight March. “My favorite experience with Midnight March was how everything stayed centered on celebrating friendships at UMHB,” she said. “It was meaningful to light candles of underclassmen who impacted our time here.” Moriarty robed Chloe Poe, a sophomore education major. “I am so blessed to have a friend like Bonnie,” she said. “I hope I am as good[of]a dorm Resident Assistant as her. I can’t wait for when I...

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“The Music Man” performed at new PAC
Apr24

“The Music Man” performed at new PAC

UMHB proudly performed its musical of the year with Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts center (PAC) on April 12-14. While other events, such as plays, orchestra ensembles and guest performances, have occurred in the PAC since its opening last year, “The Music Man”was the first Broadway musical to be performed in the center. Many people were involved with the making of this musical. The entire cast sang, danced and acted as though they were the actual residents of River City, Iowa, where the musical takes place. The cast featured many UMHB students as well as faculty, recent alumni and community members. Many of the extras and child roleswere filled by community members who take lessons at the UMHB Music Conservatory. Auditions were held in late November 2018, and students who received roles enrolled in the Opera/Musical Theatre class for the spring semester. Producer Dr. Jonathan Gary knew that there were a lot of non-music majors who had experience and love for theater in high school who would be interested in auditioning, and he encouraged them to participate. As a result, many students from other departments on campus joined the cast and crew. Faculty members such as UMHB’s Provost John Vassar and Alumni Relations Secretary Shelly Claybrook also played small parts in the musical. Art professor Hershall Seals and the Painting I class helped create the backdrops. UMHB brought in Natasha Tolleson, who is the head of Temple High School’s theater arts department, to be Artistic Director for the production. Tolleson had won many awards and directed her fair share of musicals before working with UMHB on “The Music Man.” “It was a large staff that put all of this together under Natisha Tolleson’s artistic direction and Dr. Gary’s producing,” Lisa Clement, UMHB voice professor and the musical’s Music Director, said. Even the new student body president, Sarah Fox, participated in the musical as Mrs. Squires. “It was such a blessing to be involved with the very beginning of a new start here with theater at UMHB,” Fox said. “I am so grateful for everyone who spent so many hours creating something incredible for the campus and the community. I’m so excited to see the future of this program.” The show itself was spectacular. Set designer Erik Vose and his building team did a great job making the movable and interactive sets. Not only were the sets well-designed, but the crew did a great job seamlessly transitioning between at least six different sets. The backdrops and props were cleverly made and vibrant that every detail stood out on stage. The cast did...

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