Students prepare for summer missions
Apr24

Students prepare for summer missions

Summer break is just a few weeks away, and UMHB students are gearing up for various trips and adventures during their timeoff. Many people choose to spend their time serving others and spreading the love of God with people on summer mission trips. Here are four students’ plans for participating in mission trips this summer and next summer, and why they decided to serve. Robin Ontiveros, sophomore clinical psychology major: “I am going to East Islip, New York! I will be working as a summer recreation staff member with Crossroads Church. Overall, I will spend the whole summer there working with kids through sports ministries. I will have the opportunity to teach them volleyball, soccer and basketball while also having gospel activities. We will also be going out in the community and building relationships with people who may or may not know Christ. I am doing this through GoNow, and it was a completely last minute thing. I had been feeling called to mission for quite some time, but I kept ignoring it. Finally, I met with Mary [Hebison], who is in charge of [the] BSM here on campus, and she told me about GoNow. I prayed about it and felt God telling me to just fill out the application, so I did. He really took hold of everything and placed me in New York. It wasn’t one of my options, but after praying and hearing about it, I knew God was calling me there. I grew up Catholic, and East Islip is [a] majority Catholic community. Even now as I am fundraising and preparing to go this summer, He keeps on leading me and opening doors that seem difficult. I have never done missions before, so God has really been giving me peace, guidance and community through this new journey!” Sarah Ifft, junior public relations major: “I am going to Middlesbrough, England in May. This will be thefirst time I’ve ever left the country, so I am very excited about the trip! This will also be the first time I’ve gone on a mission trip, so I am thrilled to see how the Lord will use His team for His glory first hand. The team and I will be going around public schools in the Tees Valley area and sharing our testimonies as well as helping with after-school programs and local churches. We’ll [UMHB] be partnering with Stephen Corner of Big Kids and Mike Taylor of UK-USA ministries.” Alexys Wharton, junior nursing major: “I am going to Middlesbrough, England, and we will be going into schools and sharing the Gospel with children and adults. Only about 3 percent...

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Summer break ideas
Apr24

Summer break ideas

Summer is almost here, so get ready to set aside those textbooks and have some fun in the sun. Whether it’s hanging out with friends or exploring someplace new, this is a great time of year to get out and try something different. You might be one of the many people who are stuck without summer plans, or maybe you just don’t know what to do yet. However, don’t be alarmed because there are many fun and adventurous activities out there for you do, and many of them are right at your finger-tips. 1. Take a road trip. Gather some friends together and explore a new city or town. Texas is known for many things from the Austin hill country to fascinating historic monuments, and there is always something new to discover here. Not only that, but there are also many other states just waiting to be explored. After all, there is nothing quite like taking a drive on an open American road. 2. Have a bonfire. Summer is a great time to gather around the camp-fire and spend the evening singing and roasting s’mores. Playing games is also a popular bonfire activity, and it will ensure that everyone has a great time. Having a bonfire is a great idea for bonding with the family. It’s also a great way to reconnect and spend time with the ones you love. 3. Take a trip to the zoo. Take a day out the house to go visit some furry friends at your local zoo. Most zoos even offer annual passes which include year-round admission. Besides that, what’s cooler than seeing lions relaxing in the sun or a bear drinking from a stream? 4. Attend a festival. Do you enjoy live music, fun contests and food trucks? Summer festivals offer every one of these things and are always full of excitement. They are also a great way to meet new people and learn about different cultures. Typi-cally, they go on for sev-eral days at a time, which guarantees you plenty of time to have tons of fun. 5. Spend the weekend camping. Camping is a great way to have fun and get in touch with nature for a few days. Whether it’s jumping in a lake, go-ing for a hike or relaxing by the fire, this option will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors and wind down for a bit. So what are you waiting for? Find your sleeping bag and start...

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“Dumbo” fails to take off
Apr02

“Dumbo” fails to take off

Disney’s newest attempt to bring back the good old days with the remake of the 1941 classic “Dumbo” started as a giant flop, and it does not look like it will soar. This one hour and 52-minute movie left me disappointed and wishing I could just watch the classic instead. The movie itself has received a lot of mixed reviews, and I personally give this movie a 5 out of 10 rating. It was okay, but there were so many things that didn’t make sense and so many things that could have been improved. Ultimately, these flaws made the movie suffer. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Dumbo’s character, and I have ever since I was a little girl. However, I found myself uncomfortably shifting in my seat as I watched the mistreatment of Dumbo and multiple other characters, including circus performers. The animation was nice but could have been better, especially for a Disneymovie. There were times where I was really impressed with the computer-generated imagery (CGI). However, therewere many scenes where you could tell they were using a green screen, or the animation was obviously fake andoverly saturated. One scene that I did like was at the very beginning when the animated train carts looked so worn down but still had the vibrant color that screams “Circus!” I also liked how they kept in the hallucinating dream from the original film but made it more kid-friendly by having it be a magic bubble show instead. This scene was very well done and impressive. The storyline was slow but was similar to the original movie at the beginning. About 45 minutes into the film, the plot goes in a different direction and the movie goes even further downhill. The movie set and props were good at the beginning, but as the plot changes, the set starts to cross over time periods, making the movie less reliable. In the original movie, the cast consists entirely of animals, but in the 2019 remake, the main cast is comprised of humans. I personally think this is what really harmed the movie. The characters were flat, boring and underdeveloped. It often felt forced when Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, interacted with his children or implied love interest Collette, who is played by Eva Green. The lead villain V. A. Vandevere, played byMichael Keaton, was very plain and hadoverly basic motives. The film missesits overall message of embracing one’s flaws when Dumbo is born and everybody thinks he is hideous. They are so ashamed that they try to hide him from the public at all costs, and the only reason he...

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Rainy day date ideas
Apr02

Rainy day date ideas

Spring is in full swing, and with this seasoncomes rain. Rainy days can be charming, but they can make it difficult to plan dates. But don’t let the weather keep you from having a good time! Here are some great ideas to try on a rainy day. Indoor Nerf War Nothing is more fun than bringing out your inner child. Having an indoor Nerf war with your significant other is a fun way to stay dry on a rainy day while still having a good time. This is a date that I have participated in myself, and it was a lot of fun. I borrowed two Nerf guns from my nephew and a giant Nerf rifle from a friend. The only thing that I had to buy was more bullets, and that only cost me about five dollars. As my girlfriend was on her way over, I set one of the Nerf guns by the door with a note that said “I’m hiding inside, and I also have one, so be careful.” We spent roughly an hour and a half bringing out our inner child, and we had so much fun. This date is fun for people of all ages, from high school students all the way to married couples. Create Artwork This is a date that I have not yet done, but I fully intend to do it in the near future. You can get together with your significant other on a rainy day and paint with everyone’s favorite artist, Bob Ross. For those of you who don’t know, Bob Ross was an artist who was known for his TV show,“The Joy of Painting,” where he showed viewers a step-by-step way to paint beautiful scenery.This date is going to be a little more expensive because you will need canvas, paint and paint brushes. I did the math, and supplies will cost you roughly $30 dollars. Bob Ross had a very calm, soothing voice, so this could also be used as time to destress. You can find his painting tutorials onYouTube, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Rainy Day Picnic After reading this article, you might think, “Hey, these are supposed to be rainy day date ideas. I amnot going to have a picnicin the rain.” However, indoor picnics can be just as much fun! My girlfriend and I had plans for a picnic, but the radar said that there was an 80 percent chance of rain during the time we had planned for the picnic. I had to think on my feet, and I decided to bring the picnic inside. I set out a blanket with the picnic food, and we watched Netflix while...

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“How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy conclusion conquers box office
Feb27

“How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy conclusion conquers box office

The “How to Train Your Dragon” (HTTYD) series has sadly come to an end with the release of the latest film “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” on Feb. 22. This hour and 44-minute movie neatly ties up all loose ends while enticing audiences with breathtaking animation, multi-dimensional characters and great story progression. The HTTYD franchise is successful, and all three movies have ratings above 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The newest film has a rating of 93 percent. This movie deserves the great rating. The animation is astoundingly beautiful. The animators took the time to animate the wind ruffling fur on cloaks, little nicks in the metal on armor and faded scars on the dragons. This attention to little details changes the whole dynamic of the movie. The scenery and background art is also beautifully animated. One of my favorite scenes is when the dragon riders are flying through the clouds over the ocean. You can see the clouds and wind sliding off the wings and equipment so smoothly, making you feel as if you are in the sky with them. Another aspect that makes this movie stand out is the characters and the natural development of the story. At this point, the characters all have a great dynamic and are consistent in their development as individuals and as a team. Additionally, the characters are truly interesting and humorous. There is no cheap comedy here, just well-written characters with humorous jokes that fit the timing and their personalities. The plot of the movie is established well and includes an interesting subplot featuring Toothless’ efforts to befriend another dragon of his kind. In my opinion, the subplot makes sense and is played out very well alongside the main plot. However, having two story lines sets this movie just a smidge below the first two because of the slightly divided attention. I recommend that audience members stay during the credits for a nostalgic look at clips from the first two movies. I have been a fan of the HTTYD series since the first movie’s release in 2010, and I have enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop over the three films. I think this movie is the perfect ending to a great franchise. While I am sad the series has ended, I am extremely satisfied with how the writers and directors told fans goodbye in this movie. I give “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” a 10/10 and a wave as the franchise is put to...

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Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?
Feb13

Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?

Many people on Valentine’s Day don’t always have a special someone to spend their time with. Instead, many choose to enjoy it with their pets. Statistics show that American households this year alone will spend about $647.9 million on gifts for their cats and dogs (finder.com). However, whether it’s spoiling them with a treat, hitting the outdoors, or just watching a movie together, pets will always enjoy getting the attention from their owners. After all, Valentine’s Day is about spending it with the ones you love, even the furry ...

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