League Cru vs. Cru Players
Sep14

League Cru vs. Cru Players

I sat down with two different gaming groups on campus, Cru Players and League Cru, hoping to discover tension between the two groups that would make for an entertaining story. What I discovered were two genuine, generous clubs with nothing but goodwill for their counterparts and the community of UMHB as a whole. Bells: Can you describe your organization? Jessie Moore, senior studio art major and president of Cru players: Cru players is a group for tabletop gaming and video games and anime and pretty much whatever we can get our hands on. It’s basically getting back to your childhood…We meet every Friday at the Moon building at 6:30 p.m. Maggie Rodriguez, junior graphic design major and president of League Cru: League Cru is pretty much the esports gaming community on campus. Matthew Boquiren, junior psychology major and vice president of League Cru: Esports is basically video games. In contrast to Cru players who play tabletop games like monopoly, we mostly stay online…We meet in Wells 131 biweekly. Set up is at 6:30 p.m. and we usually go until 11 p.m. Both clubs have a strong desire to serve the students at UMHB and do so through several different events. Rodriguez: We want to have teams enough to go to our sponsor’s competitions and win our students scholarship money. That’s our biggest goal right now. With our sponsors and with student orgs, we’re super thankful that we get to earn money and prizes that sometimes sum up to more than a thous and dollars. Moore: I like to provide at least a snack, because one thing we’re gonna do this year is raise awareness of student hunger. The basic meal plan is eight meals a week; and some students can’t afford or don’t have access to other meals. Bells: Events to look forward to? Moore: We’re going to have a chili cookout where anyone can cook, and a silent auction for student hunger. The chili cookout isn’t about the competition; it’s about hanging out with each other and raising awareness of the issue. We’re also doing a cosplay event for this first time this year. It’s open to everyone. The idea started with wanting to have a group of people from Cru players going to A-con [an anime convention]. One thing that will boost interest [in the anime group] is a cosplay contest. It’s a fun way to show off a costume and all of your nerdiness. Every other Thursday is anime night. We meet at the art building at 6:30 p.m. as well, and next week is our first meeting. We do it in art building lecture hall...

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Cru Crunch
Sep14

Cru Crunch

Looking for the best donuts in town? DONUT give up yet! Located at 2805 N Loop 121, Daylight Donuts is giving other local donut shops a run for their money. With donut prices ranging from $0.82 -$14, the value is unbeatable. Soft, sweet, and reasonably priced, these donuts are fantastic. “We come in most mornings,” said local high school students Riley and Garrison. “The apple fritter is so good, and so are the bear claw and strawberry filled. And the glazed are just really good. The donuts and the people here are so friendly.” Not only are the donuts divine, the staff is sweet and down to earth. They take the time to individually greet each customer to their store. Stepping into Daylight Donuts was a delight all around. Leo Camden, partner and owner of the store, spoke highly of the company. “We fell in love with Daylight because the product is so good. The company is about as fair and good as you could ask for. Everything’s fresh, everything’s made. Two weeks ago when Hurricane Harvey evacuees were here in town, we were feeding a lot of those evacuees, donating donuts and things. I called corporate and told them ‘we’re feeding these guys’ and they said ‘well we’re sending you a truckload of donut mix.’ Just a great company.” While there, try out the glazed donut. It’s simple and savory, with each bite seeming more sweet and easy to bite into than the last. It is easy to tell these donuts are crafted fresh each morning for their customers’ delight. When asked which donut was his favorite, Camden found it hard to choose. “All of them, but the sour cream old- fashioned is amazing.” Camden and his business partnerJeremy Jimenez are excited to be so near UMHB. They both grew up in the area so they are familiar with the CRU family. “We’re getting a ton of customers from UMHB. The football team has been hitting us pretty hard the past few days,” Camden said. “One of the coaches came in this morning and said ‘I’m buying some more for the guys,’ and so we’re excited. In between classes we’ll get some students come in here and they’ll hang out and enjoy a donut.” With savory menu items, friendly staff, and good prices Daylight Donuts is a quick and tasty treat for those in the UMHB and Belton...

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All Saints inspires audiences everywhere
Sep14

All Saints inspires audiences everywhere

The movie All Saints is a PG Christian film that was released on Aug. 25. The movie wasn’t heavily advertised before its release. Despite this, Rotten Tomatoes rated this movie as 93 percent fresh, and my personal rating would be a 7.5 out of 10 stars. The film runs for an hour and 48 minutes and includes footage of the congregation that the story is based on in the credits. The film centers around Michael Spurlock, who decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment in his sales career is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills. The movie is based in Smyrna, Tennessee and the movie was filmed in the same church. This movie is based on the true story of this Episcopal Church. History versus Hollywood even did a comparison of the two stories and concluded that there were only minor tweaks. While the movie isn’t a fast-paced action adventure or a slow and steady romantic comedy, it still has plenty of potential. The movie goes at a well-paced speed and has a straight forward plot. The movie gives each character enough screen time for the audience to know their role in the church and a little about their past. We know enough about everyone to understand their lives without needing a long backstory. It was the perfect amount of information to know these characters and feel empathy for them. I thought the actors did a splendid job. John Corbett played Michael Spurlock, and I believe he did a good job showing the emotional and physical struggles the real pastor went through trying to keep this tiny church afloat. Watching Nelson Lee portray Ye Win, the main refugee who seeks the church’s help, was inspiring. These actors helped make these characters feel as if this struggle was happening to the audience as well, and I believe it made the movie more enjoyable to watch. One thing I thought was cool was how the movie brought back the refugees and put them in the movie. They played themselves. Those are not extras. Those are the people this story happened to. In the movie, Atticus Spurlock (played by Myles Moore) becomes friends with one of the children refugees named Po (played by John Wise Win). However, the real Po is somewhere in the background and the...

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Hunter Rae Band  steals the show during  downtown performance
Aug23

Hunter Rae Band steals the show during downtown performance

Hunter Glaskae of the Hunter Rea Band performed an acoustic set of original songs from his new album Lovin’ Ain’t Free at the Gin complex Friday evening. His three-hour show included a series of blues-rock songs, personal anecdotes, and a five-minute break to hold a parrot brought in by an audience member. The full-length album’s release is the realization of a big dream for the band. “It’s always been our goal [to release an album],” Glaskae said. “Since its release, we’ve gotten some really good feedback and have gotten connected with a lot of good people.” The band’s music focuses heavily on three aspects: songwriting, making an impact for the Kingdom and creating a soulful sound. “We are a Christian-based band and the most important thing for us is our Christian identity,” he said. Their shared faith has been a consistent cornerstone of the Hunter Rea band since its inception in 2009. Glaskae and bandmate Adam Rea met at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor playing football. The pair’s career in music launched as they played various events for the university as well as around Waco and Belton. “[UMHB] gave us a lot of good opportunities,” Glaskae said. “Now, anytime we get to come back and play for UMHB, [we] love doing that.” Eventually the two members quit football to pursue their band’s dream, and added three other band members to complete their five-person band. Glaskae, who graduated with an international business degree, decided to pursue music full-time when he realized he didn’t feel quite right in corporate America. “I recently left my job at McLane Company,” he said. “I felt like the Lord was telling me to move. I felt like [He] was telling me to pursue some different goals and dreams.” Up next for the band is a radio tour around Texas and surrounding states, beginning in West Texas on Wednesday. The traveling tour will consist of a series of interviews with local country radio stations and will take them throughout Oklahoma and Kansas as well as Texas. “My greatest advice is to get out there and sound horrible,” Glaskae said. “I think the greatest thing is just to go out and be yourself and don’t let anybody change you.” Glaskae mentioned that their first few shows were full of missteps. “We were horrible. We weren’t seasoned musicians. We just threw together what we could,” he said. “As a matter of fact, my mic fell off the stage because the stage was so rocky. I asked an audience member, ‘would you mind putting that back there?’” Despite malfunctions of all kinds on stage, Glaskae and the Hunter Rea...

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Summer movie wrap-up
Aug23

Summer movie wrap-up

Summer is the best time to hang out at the beach, spend time with friends, and go and see the newest blockbuster at the theater. Here are some of the best movies that came out this summer. Dunkirk- Released- July 21 Rotten Tomatoes Score- 93% Top Cast- Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles Critic Review- Technically awe-inspiring, narratively inventive and thematically complex, Dunkirk reinvigorates its genre with a war movie that is both harrowing and smart. –Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail Plot Summary- Set in May 1940, this thriller covers the Dunkirk Evacuation that saved 330,000 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk. It follows the story of 6 men and their different perspectives of dramatic events surrounding them. Cars 3- Released- June 16 Rotten Tomatoes Score- 68% Top Cast- Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo Critic Review- This warmly sentimental G-rated film about facing new realities and recapturing lost dreams has, despite its relatively adult story line, a beguilingly effortless feeling to it, as if it had nothing to prove. –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Plot summary- Lightning McQueen is back in the third installment of this series. He finds himself becoming overshadowed by the new generation of racers, especially after a bad rollover that should have been career ending. However, McQueen proves that he still has a few more races left in him. Wonder Woman- Released- June 2 Rotten Tomatoes Score- 92% Top Cast- Gal Gadot, Chris Pine Critic Review- “Wonder Woman” is a superhero movie, and it fulfills the heroic and mythic demands of that genre, but it’s also an entry in the genre of wisdom literature that shares hard-won insights and long-pondered paradoxes of the past with a sincere intimacy. – Richard Brody, New Yorker Plot Summary- She started off as Diana, princess of the Amazons, but that all changed when she met an American pilot. After hearing about a conflict in the world around her, Diana decides to leave her home to help fight in the war, where she finally becomes Wonder Woman. Despicable Me 3- Released- June 30 Rotten Tomatoes Score- 61% Top Cast- Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker Critic Review- Steve Carell doubles your fun in Despicable Me 3 – voicing feuding twin bros. Carell is the life of the party and the main reason this animated blast of slapstick silliness packs appeal beyond the PG crowd. –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Plot summary- After being fired from the Anti-Villain League, Gru decides to travel to Freedonia. While there, he is reunited with his long-lost twin brother. These two brothers have to work together to stop a former...

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Cru Crunch: The best eats and treats around Belton
Aug23

Cru Crunch: The best eats and treats around Belton

Of all the adjustments that come with moving to a new place, finding great places to eat out is one of the most important things to college students on the go. For instance, those coming from big cities to small town Belton may have a difficult time adjusting to the limited restaurants that are available. As a result, when faced with the choice of attempting to find a tasty local eatery or simply sticking to fast food, many decide it’s simply easier to stick to fast food options. But I didn’t want to be stuck with just a few restaurants, so with a little curiosity and some help from handy resources such as Yelp and Google reviews, I developed my own list of foodie favorites. It’s called “Cru Crunch” and I hope it will inspire students to eat local and explore their new home town. 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, which comes with five corn tortilla tacos and a drink, for $7. Its filling and absolutely worth the visit. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic Mexican food. Servers are prompt, and these savory treats can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. Black Megs Food Style: Burger Joint Price Range: $1-$7 Location: 572 E Central Texas Expwy, Harker Heights Seating: Dine-in only Something to try: The Cowboy is sure to leave all southern comfort food lovers full and satisfied. The burger comes with an onion ring and barbeque sauce. It leaves you craving more for weeks. Taste: Savory, juicy, mouth-watering. With a wide variety of menu options, the possibilities of taste-bud approving meals are endless. Rating: 4.5/5 3. Saigon Café Food Style: Mix of Asian Cuisine Price Range: $2-$14 Seating: Dine-in Location: 220 SW H K Dodgen Loop, Temple Something to try: A bowl of Pho, Vietnamese soup, is served fresh here for $7. On cold days, this is a good place to warm up and enjoy the atmosphere. Taste: Filling, flavorful, and always satisfying. Saigon Café never lets your taste buds down. This spot is definitely worth the drive. Rating: 4/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood, Crawfish Boil Price Range: $2-$25 Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: To-go only Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, one sausage, and three sides. Because you get big flavor and a lot with your meal the combo is well-priced at $17. Taste: The food here is...

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