Pause for thought: Decision 2008
Oct21

Pause for thought: Decision 2008

By Joshua Thiering Big questions loom as we barrel down the homestretch of 2008. Big questions like: What should I major in? Who should I vote for? Should I get a hair cut? Well, don’t fret my little fretting freshman. I’ve got some answers for you. But they aren’t about silly things  the “main stream media” covers like majors and presidential elections. Instead, like Santa, or the three wisemen (if your feeling preachy), I come bearing gifts to those who care about their hair. These gifts are in the form of a point counter point of the ever important issue of hair cuts. Pro: Hey you, get a haircut. Your head looks like a mangy cat. Call the vet! Haircuts make it look healthy, and you’ll get less dandruff — a win-win situation for everyone. The Bird’s Nest is not just the stadium where the Olympics were held. It’s your head! Shave it, you haggard, kinky-haired Chia Pet. A hair stylist should hijack your hair.  Your hair is an abomination. It ruins your witness. Think about God.  Think biblically. Your mother tells your grandmother it’s time to get the shears.  We will cheer if you shear! “Your hair looks like a bush,” said senior Andrew Dickerson, who is a reliable source of unreliable sources. Cut your hair.  It isn’t famous. It’s infamous. You look like Saddam Hussein when they pulled him out of his hole. You were seen on campus and thought to be Bigfoot. Con: No, don’t shear thy righteous bangs. Thou long, flowing mane doth glow in the sun’s golden rays. Doth the shaved lion roar as loud? Nay, my friend. Your hair is a liberation; let us drink from its cup. The barbers are the truly barbarous. Maybe your hair has gone hay-wire. What is wrong with that? The armed services shave the heads of enlistees to maintain uniformity. They want you to be part of the mass. Be bold. Celebrate your differences. Grow it long and strong. Paint with all the colors of the wind. Or, better yet, think biblically. Delilah is waiting around ever corner, waiting to sap your strength. Take a walk on the wild side. Business in front, party in the back, isn’t merely the mullet. It’s the Missouri Compromise. You look like a mop head, but mops clean things. So what if you look like you stuck your fingers in a light socket? It’s only a testament to your electric personality. Oliver Herford once said, “A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.” Grow it long before it all falls out. Conclusion: As you can tell, by column...

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Opera theater exhibits talents
Oct21

Opera theater exhibits talents

On a Friday evening, many students head home for the weekend, but on Oct. 10, the students in the music department put on a show worth sticking around campus to attend. Junior Kathleen Shelton said it was an “opera scene show” consisting of individual songs from Sweeney Todd, The Bartered Bride, Madama Butterfly and many more. Senior Josh Hobratsch said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the show.” Kelly Criswell opened with “Adele’s Laughing Song” from  Die Fledermaus, followed by Leslie Cross with the “Lullaby” from The Consul. The department will host nine more performances. The Hillman Visiting Artist Series comes to campus Dec. 4,  bringing in top musical artists from all over the...

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Living examples of faith and business
Oct21

Living examples of faith and business

Dr. Seuss wrote a book on the wisdom of traveling. He told the truth of life’s ups and downs for millions of 8-year-olds to read, but disregarding age, its accuracy still applies. He says going anywhere is possible which describes UMHB’s 2008 Missions Emphasis Week theme—“Oh, The Places We Go!” The event started Oct. 20 and will conclude Oct. 24 at the chapel service. “It is a great opportunity to meet missionaries from around the world,” campus missionary Erica Valenta said. “We have 35 missionaries coming who altogether have served in 35 different countries.” The spin-off of the Seuss rhyme stresses missions are anywhere and now. The week sets students up with opportunities to show up and talk. MEW will host a variety of things showcasing all the different experiences of the missionaries. “Dialogue with missionaries; they’re incredible people, but real people none the less,” junior co-director Dennis Greeson said. “They are here to meet with you. Go to the different events and seminars, grab a missionary for lunch or dinner, take advantage of the opportunity to simply learn and have your worldview expanded.” The missionaries brought more than a speech. They offer their lives as an example of what being a missionary looks like. Dr. Jim King, dean of the College of Business, uses many missionaries with business backgrounds in his class to show students tangible proof that missions and work do interweave. He said, “Faculty members can talk about the integration of faith and business to accomplish kingdom purposes. And some of us have practical experience in what is normally called Business as Mission.  But when students have real business people like Dwight Nordstrom telling the students how they run real businesses and accomplish kingdom purposes, it carries a lot of weight in the eyes of students.” As a teacher, King recognizes the importance of exposing students to information that could potentially encourage them to combine their skill and work desires with a kingdom view. “It is especially important that faculty do everything possible to help students understand how they can utilize the gifts and talents that God has provided them to make a difference in their professional fields,” he said. “This is true for all majors without exception.  I believe that MEW provides the most convenient vehicle through which faculty can bring in experienced individuals in many, many majors to help the faculty give credibility to what they are trying to show students about the integration of their faith into their chosen fields.” King said of the many things to do, he finds the Missions Fair and seminars to be most helpful. “I strongly encourage students...

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‘Remember the Alamo’ in library exhibit
Sep30

‘Remember the Alamo’ in library exhibit

The Alamo has become more of an icon than an actual event in the minds of many Texans. However, as part of the “Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibits,” rare Alamo images and historical information regarding the battle have been featured in the library. “For a lot of guys my age, who grew up in Texas, we feel like the Alamo is one of the greatest stories ever told — besides the birth of Christ,” Professor of history and political science, Dr. David Chrisman said. He enjoyed the exhibit because it was “as much about the portrayal of the event as it (was) about the historical facts of the battle.” Changing Perceptions of a Texas Experience was the title of the exhibit, which was created by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “There’s a lot of misconceptions about the Alamo,” said Anne Price, head of public services. “The images (were) here to provide accurate information about what happened and how people believe it to have happened.” It gives students the opportunity to gain the knowledge they would learn at a museum by visiting their university library. “The exhibit helped me realize that the battle still holds relevance to our culture, and that more than anything — it’s a symbol of courage,” library student worker junior Sarah Parry said. The Alamo exhibit has already been removed to make way for the October display, that arrives just in time for elections, called Campaigns, Elections, and Presidents. Price said “Our goal here at the library is to provide added interest and our exhibits and forums and art galleries (are) how we do...

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‘Beware the Jabberwock…’

By Joshua Thiering In a watershed moment for modern anthropology, a group of men from Georgia claimed they had found Bigfoot. However, when placed under the intense eye of scrutiny, the dead body of the monster was found to be — a rubber gorilla costume. The Bigfoot hoax of 2008 means only one thing. The monster is still at large and could be on campus. No official sightings of Bigfoot have yet to be recorded at UMHB according to the Director of Campus Police, Gary Sargent. However, many students suspect paranormal occurrences on campus are not infrequent. “I think I saw the Chupacabra in the Sesquicentennial Plaza in mid scurry,” sophomore Micah Lynch said. For those of you who aren’t “in the know,” the Chupacabra is a monster from Puerto Rican lore best known for attacking and sucking the blood of goats. Lynch agreed that the sighting has left him with a growing concern for the safety of unaccompanied girls walking through the plaza at night. Lynch did not mention, however, that if the girls were accompanied by goats, it would actually increase their chance of being attacked by the Chupacabra. *NOTE: Girls should not take goats for walks late at night through the Sesquicentennial Plaza. * Side Note: Wouldn’t “Raising Chupacabra awareness for the goat owners near the Sesquicentennial Plaza” be a great platform for the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant? Pageant entries may never get the chance if Lynch gets his way. “I would like to set a trap to catch the Chupacabra. Maybe we can have a march, form a mob and get pitch forks,” he said. However, pitch forks are not available in bulk at Wal-Mart. There is no word yet if Lynch plans to take this issue before the Student Government Association. In other news of the paranormal, senior Brandon Blackshear saw a falling star the other day, but thought it “might not have been a falling star.” Junior Lindsay Hunt claims she has seen more falling stars than usual lately. Could an alien invasion be underway? Not likely. Hunt also claimed that she was the “tooth fairy.” Hunt has yet to take a DNA test. There was not much evidence to support the claim of a possible alien invasion except for a faculty member who commented off the record that some of the freshmen “look like aliens.” There are many theories circulating on campus; however, no hard evidence has been found to support any of the claims. Until more develops, keep an eye out for Bigfoot, and keep goats out of the Sesquicentennial Plaza. It’s better to be safe than...

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Wield the force like never before
Sep30

Wield the force like never before

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… “The galaxy is on the brink of total darkness. The evil Galactic empire has overthrown the Old Republic and now holds countless worlds in the grip of fear. “The Jedi Knights have been all but destroyed. Only a handful have escaped Imperial forces, disappearing into hiding across the galaxy. “The Emperor’s spies have located a lone Jedi Knight on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. The Sith lord, Darth Vader, has been sent to destroy him.” The Game In Review: A boy was kidnapped by Darth Vader on the planet Kashyyyk during the extermination of his father, the lone Jedi Knight. Darth Vader accepted the boy as his own personal apprentice and vowed to teach him the power of the dark side. The boy had a destiny. His name: Starkiller. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action-packed game that allows gamers to use the force like never before. The sound, graphics and characters all tie into the Star Wars universe with ease. The story takes place between Episode III and IV as Vader is completing Order 66, the command to kill every Jedi. As Vader’s apprentice, Starkiller’s duty is to carry out his master’s orders, and doing so in the game makes Star Wars fans as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. The presentation of the game is clear and makes use of brilliant lighting and great graphic elements. The sound: brilliant. Star Wars fans can reminisce over the many different theme songs they hear in the movies, along with several new compositions. Each planet that is visited has unique characteristics and parallels to what viewers see in the six Star Wars movies. Felucia is crawling with life and everything that is touched moves vivaciously. Kashyyyk is all fans could expect from the Wookiee  planet. Overall, the game does a great job in each area, excluding replay value. The 12-14 hour game is fun for about two run-throughs, but once  every upgrade and all of the different lightsaber power and color crystals are won, it becomes a little dull. The sheer amazement that one experiences when wielding the force like an excited infant is the best feature this game has to offer. Whether it is force lightning, force push, throwing the lightsaber or using a combination of each, this game has much to offer to Star Wars and video game fans...

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