Revival hopes to ignite faith
Mar10

Revival hopes to ignite faith

During a Wednesday chapel in January, Wes Hamilton, a teaching pastor at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, captured students’ attention as he humored the audience while speaking of Christ’s love. “In any relationship, in any commitment… you have to know, in advance, everything that’s involved in that relationship,” he said. Hamilton encourages students to understand what is required and expected in all relationships. “And your faith, your relationship with Christ, is no different.” Ready to visit the campus and speak to students again at Revival — the university’s spring tradition held under the big white tent — Hamilton expressed his excitement for the upcoming event during a luncheon with the Revival steering committee. The committee learned more of Hamilton’s passion for the Lord. One of Revival’s co-directors, junior elementary education major Rebecca Widmer, finds Hamilton “intriguing”. She said, “One thing that really stuck out to me was that he was so real with us. He had a great sense of humor and was able to inspire us in a way that was encouraging.” By asking committee members why they are passionate about Revival, Hamilton made the group feel comfortable. “He wanted to get to know each of our hearts on a deeper and personal level,” Widmer said, “Some of the things he challenged us with will really allow us to think about this commitment.” Unraveling truth, Hamilton wants people to know “by following Christ you must understand, that you’re basically signing a blank check with your life…. You have no idea where this may take you, what He may do with you, or ultimately, what this will cost you.” This year’s revival theme is based on Jeremiah 24:7, “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord.” Open to the community, the event is held March 22-24 at 7 p.m. Adviser, Dr. George Loutherback is eager for Hamilton’s return. “He already has sort of a pulse beat of our campus,” Loutherback said. “Because he was here, he encountered students at Chapel, and at the luncheon he kind of got to know where we are spiritually and what our needs are.” Loutherback scheduled him to come to Chapel for those particular reasons. “He is fired up about coming here and already feels a connection between us, and that’s what excites me,” Loutherback said, “I don’t just want to have somebody coming in from wherever and doesn’t know who we are.” He believes Hamilton “has a good heart and is a good person” to be spiritually interacting with college students . The message Hamilton feeds is the same to any one, and his ability to connect...

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Uncertainty haunts fans
Mar10

Uncertainty haunts fans

By Emily Keahey Psychological thriller, Shutter Island, stuns viewers with sudden twists and an uncertain ending. Set in 1954, U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) go to the infamous Ashecliffe Asylum. Located on Shutter Island off the coast of Massachusetts, this nearly impenetrable mental hospital houses only the most dangerous criminally insane. They have been dispatched to investigate the disappearance of a murderess named Rachel Solando. The mystery is how she managed to escape; her cell has a secure metal bolt and is protected by guards 24/7. Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) even says, “It’s as if she vanished through the walls.” While talking to Cawley about the facility and its treatments, Daniels learns that there is a war going on in the psychiatric community. Some believe in human experiments, which include lobotomies, while others are trying new psychotropic drugs. Cawley says they believe in listening to the patient and trying to make their existence more comfortable, but with all the creepiness in the movie, viewers get the feeling that he may not be completely honest with Daniels about the subject. Strange interviews with patients, an uncooperative staff and restricted buildings lead Daniels to quickly realize that something much more sinister is going on. Frustrated by the case and lack of progress he has made, Daniels threatens to go to the FBI, but the following day a hurricane hits and makes it impossible for the ferry to get to the island. As expected, the extra time on the island is where things get really interesting. Although some questions seem to be answered, even more are raised. Daniels seems to be haunted by the patients around him. The flashbacks of World War II and his dead wife add to his anxiety and the movie’s suspense as the line between reality and illusion blur. Director Martin Scorsese’s adaption from Dennis Lehane’s novel is fantastic. It is a dark, gothic plot that twists and surprises viewers until the end. From the initial fog on the ferry ride over to the razor-like cliffs of the island, an ominous mood is set. The performances from all the actors and actresses are great. Dicaprio’s unwavering accent is quite impressive, and Kingsley’s performance is one of the best he has done in years. Within the first weekend, Shutter Island earned more than $40 million and held the top of the box office list for two weeks. Originally scheduled to release last October, many suspected that the February premiere was a bad move, but the high ratings proved those pessimists wrong. This terrifying thriller keeps viewers captivated. Although it may be...

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Spring opera production proves: the show must go on

A beautifully performed, spring operetta, The Merry Widow, opened at Temple’s Cultural Activities Center this past weekend. With many setbacks during the rehearsal period of the production, the cast and crew came together to put on a great show. Director of the operetta was Dr. George Hogan, who praises the dedication of everyone involved. “There were days that we couldn’t have practice, like the snow day,” he said. “Other days some people had to miss due to illness. We also had a problem with our costumes being sent to the wrong city. But everyone persevered and didn’t let any of this get them down.” With a few bumps in the road, the cast and crew needed a way to lift their spirits. Luckily this production is light hearted and quite comical in areas. The main character is young widow, Hanna Glawari, who is extremely wealthy due to her husband’s recent death. Glawari decides to go to Paris were she is wooed by many men for her fortune. She does run into an old lover, Danilo, but his current life consists of wasting money at a maxim, women and drinking. With much bickering and uncovering of a fib, they are then together. With other little stories intertwined into this big one, The Merry Widow, is an opera that captures the audience with elements of comedy, exceptional singing and gorgeous costumes. Glawari was played by senior vocal performance major Kathleen Shelton. As a senior, she has worked on many UMHB productions in the past, but was happy with this one. “These past two months we as an ensemble have worked so hard. So many hours have gone into rehearsals, and we’re forced to turn down other fun things to do, but all for the greater purpose of the show,” she said. “But it’s what I absolutely love to do, so it’s no problem for me.” For Shelton, there is no greater satisfaction than to put forth countless hours of rehearsals, memorizing hundreds of lines and getting in front of people she doesn’t know in order to give them an hour and a half worth of content. “The Friday night audience was everything we could have asked for,” she said. “I think they really enjoyed it, and I know we did, it was so nice to finally have laughter and applause after months of delivering lines and learning notes.” The Merry Widow was performed by more than just UMHB students. An array of actors in the operetta ranged from UMHB staff and faculty. Also people of the Belton and Temple community were a part of the cast and crew. One of the...

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Shrimp 03/09/2010
Mar10

Shrimp 03/09/2010

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Shrimp 02/23/2010
Feb25

Shrimp 02/23/2010

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Cru Film Project under way
Feb25

Cru Film Project under way

This spring’s Cru Film Project is The Last Waltz, written by junior mass communication major Mateo Gamboa. Waltz is a 92-year-old man who has slipped into a coma due to the severity of Alzheimer’s disease. Because of the death of his wife years earlier, he has pushed everyone dear to him out of his life. He is also traumatized by his actions when he was in the military. However, the highlight of this production is when Waltz suddenly wakes up from his coma and decides to love and live the rest of his life to the fullest. Waltz makes every effort to become a part of his estranged family and mend the wounds with them. Ultimately he makes his peace with God as well. Though the cast and crew have only met a few times, one of the producers of the film and professor in the communications and media department, Dr. Diane Howard, sees the potential of this becoming a great film. “We have had rich, insightful discussions and rehearsals of this screenplay,” she said. Working at the university for 21 years, Howard always enjoys seeing new scripts come on her desk for the Cru Films project each year. “My students have been writing their own scripts and screenplays for the 21 years that I have been at UMHB,” she said. “Our students have produced outstanding original work in many categories for many years.” The script doesn’t call for a lot of actors. The granddaughter of Waltz is named Melody, and this character is played by sophomore performance studies major Rachel Jeske. “I participated in Cru Films last year and it was a really great experience to learn what being on a movie set was like,” she said. Jeske, along with the rest of the cast and crew, enjoys this year’s script. They all give Gamboa a lot of praise on the originality of the story. “Mateo’s script is really good. It covers many generations of family, so I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it. It’s authentic and real,” Jeske said. ”It’s easy to like a script when it’s so honest.” One of the crew members is senior performance studies major Terrance McGee, who is the student director. He wants this to be the best production it can be because he values the quality of the film. “I just want everyone to fully commit,” McGee said. “The people we have for this production are amazing, so I know it will be a great journey.” The film will have two screenings for the public. The first will be Monday, April 19, in Lord Conference...

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