Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”
Sep10

Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”

Known for their folk inspired music, The Civil Wars’ new album, which is cleverly titled, The Civil Wars, is no different and does not disappoint. They haven’t strayed far from their roots of the song “Poison and Wine,” which debuted in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite that put the folk duo, John Paul White and Joy Williams, on the  charts. The cover of the album is a black and white image of a colossal smoke cloud. This reflects the edginess of the collection, since some of the songs are titled, “Dust to Dust,” “Devil’s Backbone” and “Disarm.” In addition to the two making their mark on folk music, they are also recognized for their talent of harmonizing really well and have been nominated for several awards. White and Williams performed at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala to honor Morgan Freeman and Elie Wiesel. They can go “Tell Mama” all about that. The song entitled “Sacred Heart” on this album was written and performed in French. The inspiration came from the extravagant view of the Eiffel Tower while the pair were in a flat hanging out during a visit to France. Translated, the basic meaning of the song is waiting for someone. “I’ll wait for you there. Will you come for me?” Their most popular song from this album, “The One That Got Away,” might be a little too close to home since rumors are spreading around that the duo are not on talking terms with each other. Hopefully, they won’t be saying this about each other soon. In an interview with VH1, Williams discussed the small feud with co-singer John Paul White. “It took a lot of energy, honestly. We both have very different work styles, but I’d like to think that creative tension actually ended up serving the album well in the end….We created something even more raw and aching and real than anything we’ve done to date.” The band wanted to represent that all of their listeners feel alone at one point or another, and did so with the song, “Dust to Dust.” This, yet again, is ironic as they might be feeling lonely since they stopped speaking to one another. “Oh, you’re acting your thin disguise, all your perfectly delivered lines, they don’t fool me, you’ve been lonely, too long.” Despite all of the melancholy surrounding the artists no longer creating relatable music, the album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Even though there might have been tension, they masked it well. If this is the last album we will hear from the two, at least we can say that it...

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Cru Culture
Sep10

Cru Culture

You’ve all seen them: those guys and girls wearing oversized fishing shirts, even though they probably don’t own a boat, much less a fishing pole. Pair this trendy top with some name-brand, too-short shorts, and you have created the “fratty” look that college students across the country choice to sport. Frat life, right? Well, wrong. Unfortunately, UMHB doesn’t have a fraternity or sorority. Why look like a frat boy without a home? Homeless doesn’t look good on anyone. A great alternative to this fashion faux pas lies just under our noses. Literally. On the bottom floor of Mabee Student Center, a treasure trove of affordable gems awaits your discovery. And you don’t need a treasure map to find it. Have you heard of a nifty little thing called Cru Cash? It’s free dollars on your Cru Card, y’all. Use those bad boys in the UMHB bookstore, just down the stairs of Mabee, and nab yourself some great deals. It’s practically free, especially if you live in a campus apartment. When you moved in, the university gave you $150 on your handy dandy card. Swiper, please swipe it. So board the Cru style train and stop by the bookstore. Preferably, you should go in the morning before the line wraps around the hallway and do a little rack raiding. Look through the hangers of T-shirts, hoodies, shorts and sweats for the best deals. A lot of clothes have been marked down because they sold so fast. It’s a wonderland of Crusader clothing in there. UMHB isn’t about the frat life. It’s more about comfy cute, and an oversized tee with some stretchy pants or jeans is just what the Cru doctor ordered. Nursing...

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Faculty Art Inspires Student Creativity
Sep10

Faculty Art Inspires Student Creativity

On a Thursday, at 5 p.m., prime study time for students and usually when professors are making their commutes back home, some students and faculty chose to stick around campus. Why? They were at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts enjoying a collection of art showing just what professors can creatively do. The exhibition presents works from different areas that include photography, graphic design, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. “We are artists first and teachers second,” Hershall Seals, chair of the art department, explained about his and his colleagues’ dual careers. Seals’ goal for the exhibit is so students can see what their professors are producing outside of mentoring them in the classroom. Seals explained that shows can happen every two or three years at art schools so that students can have a better understanding of their professors. He described how the art world is always growing, and this provides for education for all students, not only art majors. Although Seals is head of the department and put together most of the show, he found time to also create his own art for the exhibit. Seals described his displayed work as fused blown glass and “an ongoing series of assemblages of found objects” that have been put together. While studying a series of art from Yvonne Cao called Typographic Transition, junior graphic design major Brittany Davis said she especially likes this type of art the most. Being a graphic designer herself, along with creating comics and her own works, Davis relates to Cao’s kind of design. Davis, who had a noticeably big interest in the faculty show, said she likes to “see where the teachers are coming from” and how they apply their works and knowledge of art to their teachings. Sophomore art major Elizabeth Motley admired the art work and said it is interesting to see what her professors can do. She experiences what they know and now gets to see their work and what they can do outside of the classroom. Motley explained how she gets a “better understanding of where they are today as a teacher and as an individual.” Outside of playing basketball for the university, Motley said she enjoys art because it lets her express herself in a different way with no limitations. Since the art department has moved from Presser into the new building, they have been putting on different art shows regularly. Along with the current one, senior art shows have been seen in the exhibit room. For Homecoming, there will be another exhibit located in room 206 of the Baugh Center on Friday, Oct. 18. The show will count...

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Bringing home royal baby
Aug27

Bringing home royal baby

Once upon a time—July 22 to be exact—people around the globe rejoiced at the birth of a prince. England gained a new heir, and the world fell in love with a tiny baby. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is just over one month old, but the infant has already changed history. The baby’s arrival meant that, for the first time since 1894, three generations of direct heirs to the throne are alive at one time. Thanks to the increase of social media, His Royal Highness had the most anticipated birth in recent history. How many people get their own Wikipedia page before their first birthday? It all started when the fairy tale romance of Prince William and girl-next-door Kate Middleton swept fans off their feet. By the royal wedding in 2011, a generation was captivated as history was written before their eyes. UMHB junior English major Sarah Tipton spent seven weeks in England this summer. She recalls witnessing the nuptials on television. “I remember getting up at four or five in the morning with my mom and sister to watch the royal wedding,” she said. “I watched the entire ceremony with so much anticipation.” The moment William and Catherine tied the knot, excitement for the birth of an heir commenced. When the news broke on Dec. 3, fans of the couple rejoiced. Estimates for the due date, name and sex of the child were speculative. People began placing wagers on everything from the birth date to the baby’s future career. British bookies brought in well over $1 million. The traditional royal birth announcement was displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, but the baby’s arrival was officially declared first in a palace press release á la 21st-century. Gun salutes and the ringing of bells filled the country. Iconic landmarks lit up blue to signify the birth of a boy. Photographers staked out St. Mary’s Hospital waiting for the picture-perfect moment. While she appreciated the excitement surrounding the prince’s arrival, Tipton found the media obsession a bit extreme. “Every news station wanted to be the first to catch a glimpse of HRH and it became a bit of a circus,” she said. “But I did enjoy how people celebrated the royal baby.” Two days after the birth, William and Kate selected their son’s name. While designating a princely name seemed notable, it is the smaller decisions William and Kate make that will likely infl uence others. The royals will certainly be scrutinized as they raise their son. “I think Will and Kate’s parenting choices are already having an impact … Doubtlessly many mothers will take into...

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Animation hits summer cinema
Aug27

Animation hits summer cinema

Summer blockbusters have become a big part of American culture. This year was no exception, as moviegoers of all ages had a wide variety of options to whet their cinematic appetite. What this year lacked in drama, it made up for in animated classics. America’s favorite villain-turned-hero, Gru, returned to theatres in Despicable Me 2. This time, instead of pulling off the world’s most impressive heists, Gru is on the other side, tasked with hunting down and stopping an evil criminal who intends to take over the world. The movie delivers everything that fans of its predecessor could possibly want: an engaging story, plenty of action and those hilarious yellow minions. Another animated sequel has excelled at the box office. Monsters University goes back in time from the 2001 film Monsters Inc. to the college years of Mike and Sulley. The movie shows that the relationship between the two friends hasn’t always been so strong, as both have dreams of becoming the world’s best scarer, and a rivalry soon ensues. The two are forced to rely on each other in order  to accomplish their dreams, and a life-long friendship begins. The film does a great job of giving viewers a look into the past and revealing the unusual path that leads to the bond between the two besties. The top-grossing movie of 2013 to date has been Iron Man 3. The post-Avengers world of Tony Stark can be described as shaky at best as he faces the fear that he might not be as invincible as he thought. With the help of a young fan, Stark is able to outwit his opponents and once again save the world from imminent doom. Robert Downey Jr. offers the audience a side that hasn’t yet been seen of his character as he must work to overcome a lack of confidence for the first time in his life. The film offers viewers all the action and a dramatic conclusion they’ve come to expect from the...

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Music state championship brings high school students and their instruments to campus
Apr17

Music state championship brings high school students and their instruments to campus

The campus was alive with the sound of music as students from across the state flocked to Belton to compete in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state competition for solos and ensembles April 12-13. Voice events were held at First Baptist Church in Belton while all instrumentals took place at UMHB. Audiences were allowed inside of Presser, Shelton Theater, Mayborn campus center and FBC’s sanctuary to listen to the students’ music. Awty International School of Houston teacher Sina Thompson talked about the determination that students show in preparation for the contest. “They’ve worked so hard to get here,” Thompson said. “They compete in other events besides this one.… I’m really, really proud of them.” She also talked about the growing popularity and strength of the music program at her school. In years past, Awty has not been known necessarily as a strong music school. “I heard a couple of the kids on the bus today. One said ‘why are we going to this?’ and the other said ‘because we’re good,’” Thompson said. “And so they’re proud of their work, and it motivates them to keep going.” Sprawled across the quad and filling the SUB were students with trumpets, saxophones, violins, cellos,  guitars, basses, drums and more. String quartets could be seen practicing under the shade of trees, drum lines seated under a large tent kept a perpetual beat and duets and trios alike found isolated corners to practice. In short, a beautiful cacophony of sound flooded the campus. TAPPS State Music Director Vena Williams orchestrated the event in coordination with the university. She hoped a critical review of students’ performances would help them improve their talents. “The God-given talents of the students are challenged to meet a standard … (so) we can measure their progress,” Williams said. “We want our students to develop their talent into the best they can be. The students and directors leave the event with information concerning what they can do to improve their skills.” Members of Kappa Kappa Psi served as volunteers to help run the event. “We have people stationed everywhere around campus to help various events that are going down,” sophomore church music major and group parliamentarian Lantz Crosthwait said. Williams praised the work the university did to help the contest go smoothly. She said, “UMHB faculty and staff and FBC staff put forth a tremendous effort for our organization and our students. The remarkable work done by the UMHB team makes this State event...

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