Tips and tricks to decorate your college dorm room
Aug29

Tips and tricks to decorate your college dorm room

Freshman year can be scary and exciting all at once. Making new friends, finding out where all of your classes are, staying on top of your college courses, getting involved in the community and finding a church home are all new things to juggle. What better way to prepare for the year than to spruce up your living environment? Decorating and organizing your dorm room will help build your feng shui and ease you into the year ahead. While you’re doing your homework, you want to have a nice and relaxing environment to do so. Some ways to create a calming atmosphere in a small space are: •Succulents (on a window sill or desk) •Wallflowers fragrance plugs •Carpet/rug •Posters/wall art •Standing lamp •Whiteboard/cork board calendar Feeling homesick? Here are some remedies: Make sure to bring reminders of your friends and family to keep them close, even if they aren’t physically present. •A photo wall mural on a bulletin board •Photos on the wall with washi tape borders •Picture frame of family/friends •Knick-knacks from family and friends, or items reminding you of your town Dorm rooms are tiny, so when friends or guests come over, the living space becomes even more cramped. Here are some ways to add more seating: •Fold up chairs with cute cushions •Beanbag chairs •Inflatable chairs Want to stay organized? There are many thrifty and creative ways to store your belongings in your dorm room. •Colorful plastic bins to stack on top of each other •Mason jars for pencils and pens •Hanging closet organizer (for snacks, larger items or shoes) In addition, make sure you check your dorm’s guidelines to see what you can and cannot decorate with. For instance, some living spaces with sheetrock walls require you to use picture hanging nails and thumbtacks instead of command strips. Talk to your RA if you have any questions regarding what you can use. Remember, it is important to make your living space as welcoming as possible so you can relax, socialize and study in an appealing environment. This is now your new home, therefore it is essential to love where you...

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Cru Crunch: a freshman’s guide to hidden treats in the area
Aug29

Cru Crunch: a freshman’s guide to hidden treats in the area

While campus offers us a good selection of food, sometimes students want to get around to explore area eateries. But because It can be daunting to figure out an area’s dining options when you first arrive at your new school, we have compiled a short list of some of the restaurants here from a huge selection actually available in the area. These restaurants offer a bit of variety in types of food from some of our nearby restaurants and can offer a start in new students’ exploration of enjoyable and delicious food experiences while attending UMHB. To find more available restaurant options, continue to follow the Cru Crunch series or check out your local Yelp. 1. B Town Burgers- A juicy burger joint located at 508 Sparta Rd near Belton High School. This burger joint offers both dine in and drive through options. The food here is well-priced and sure to please many low-budget college students with big appetites. It is rated 4.6 stars on Yelp and 3.5/5 by our own Cru Crunch writer. 2. Dead Fish Grill- This lakeside seafood joint meets all your seafood cravings. Everything from catfish, to Cajun, to pasta all at an affordable price. Make sure to swing by on the weekends for live music and an amazing view. With 4 stars on Google, home-style comfort food is only a 10-minute drive from campus, located at 2207 Lake Road by Belton Lake. Feel free to sit inside to soak up the A/C or sit on the patio and enjoy the nice lake breeze. 3 Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que- This classic barbeque restaurant features customizable dining options. It is rated 3 stars on Yelp and 4.3 stars on Google. There is plenty of room for large groups and it also offers carry out options. It is located at 702 Central Avenue and is open seven days a week. 4. The Gin- Open daily for lunch and dinner, this steakhouse is set in a 1920’s building with a menu filled with delicious Texas-style meals. With sandwiches, burgers, chicken and tacos, you can’t go wrong when ordering from The Gin. Conveniently located at 219 S East Street beside Nolan Creek, foodies can enjoy a variety of good food in the center of town. This Gin is just a short 4-minute drive from the heart of campus. It is rated with 4.2 stars on Google and 3.5 on Yelp. 5. Sweet Confections- Located at 2449 N Main St., this little café has sweets and sandwiches galore. Although they specialize in homemade desserts, the sandwiches are also a yummy treat. This is a sweet stop for those looking for a quick sweet...

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UMHB Table Tennis Club brings an uncommon sport to campus
Feb21

UMHB Table Tennis Club brings an uncommon sport to campus

The university has many campus organizations that are not as well-known as others, but are still valued by students. The Table Tennis Club is one of the smaller novelty organizations here on campus. The Table Tennis club, also known as the Ping Pong Club, has been on campus for almost two years and is overseen by club president and founder Luke Hering, a senior business computer information system major. “I used to play ping pong with all my friends in McLane Hall and we thought that maybe we could get together with more people that wanted to play but didn’t have any friends to play with. It is fun because it is a way to get away from the schoolwork and into a relaxed environment,” Hering said. The Table Tennis Club meets every Friday at 5 p.m. in the Mayborn Campus Activities Center, where members play ping pong while hanging out with each other. Members describe the meetings as casual, relaxed, and entertaining all at the same time. Milana Vockovic, the club’s vice president, is a sophomore graphic design major who joined the club in the fall of 2017. “I didn’t know that the club was a thing until I was playing ping pong with my friends and I was like ‘we should start a club.’ Later, when I looked on the club roster, I found out we already had [a club], so I joined and became more involved,” Vockovic said. “It’s hard because we don’t have a lot of access to more ping pong tables and it is such a confined space. But we hope to expand in numbers and equipment.” Dr. Kaleb Heinrich is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department who sponsors the club. “Early on I had a handful of them in lab and they had talked about getting together to play ping pong. We started meeting normally to do it and I then encouraged them to make a club,” Heinrich said. “The professional clubs are important but relative to that this club is very relaxed and very inclusive. Anyone of any level can come, we have even had staff and faculty come and play with us as well.” There are around thirty members and the meetings usually consist of two to ten people. John Swords is a sophomore business management major who comes to the club meetings often. “I was talking to Luke about tennis when Luke introduced me to the table tennis club and said I should try it out,” he said. “I enjoyed the thrill of the game and how it is fast paced, and it requires hand-eye coordination. It is a...

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Local flea market provides a fun shopping experience for all ages
Feb21

Local flea market provides a fun shopping experience for all ages

Driving down Highway 190 was a pretty uneventful way to spend a Saturday morning. My friends and I were craving something exciting and different to do, but we weren’t entirely sure what that would entail. We decided it might be fun to check out the Bell County Flea Market. So, we put the location into the GPS and headed to 1930 George Wilson Rd, which is only six minutes away from campus. As we found a parking spot and headed out, my excitement grew. It had been years since I had been to a flea market. My greatest memories taking me back to when I was in elementary school and my parents would take me on an early Saturday morning to score good deals on household items. I was shocked to discover that the market was fairly desolate, my friends and I being some of the only travelers at this site. However, it was freezing that day, so I assumed many regular shoppers stayed home to avoid the cold. Regardless, I was surprised that there weren’t many people there. After checking out some of the booths, I soon discovered that this flea market was a trove of hidden wonders. From tin plates representing famous pop culture figures or vinyl albums, to antique jewelry boxes or a giant Sinclair dinosaur statue. This flea market has items that are sure to please a wide variety of people. There are stories behind the items, as many of the objects found at the market are vintage and collectible, but there are also stories behind the vendors. David Lambert is one such seller who runs a shop at the Bell County Flea Market. “I’ve been in this store for five years,” Lambert said. “I’ve been setting up here at the Bell County Flea Market since 1989.” In response to what his most interesting interaction with a customer was, Lambert was quick to give his answer. “They’re all interesting as long as they give me cash,” Lambert said. Lambert went on to describe his buying method, in which he tries to make a dollar on every item he purchases. “If I can sell it for only $50, even though it’s worth $300, I’ll buy it for $49. On Saturday, I normally try to sell about 4,000 items and make a dollar a piece on them.” “We’re closed on Sunday, even though the flea markets open,” Lambert said. “Before I got saved, I was a publicist for Roadrunner Records. I was in the metal scene for about twenty-two years. I gave them opinions and ideas on how to better their image to sell their albums and...

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Students celebrate Christmas in various forms across the globe

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Many of us have grown up in the United States associating Christmas with stockings, Nativity scenes, caroling, and sugar cookies. But those who are descendants of other cultures, sometimes have their own traditions when it comes to the holiday season. Mexico Professor Karla González grew up in Mexico, surrounded by Christmas traditions that combine the classic Spaniard/Catholic traditions with those of the indigenous people. “The Christmas celebrations in Mexico typically last two weeks and are very family-oriented,” Gonzalez said. “One of the most important traditions of the Mexican culture is the celebration of Las Posadas, where a group of people walk around the city to recreate Mary and Joseph coming to Bethlehem.” The group of walkers knock on a predetermined door and are rejected, as Mary and Joseph were at many of the inns. They continue this route of knocking on doors while singing a song about Mary’s story. In the end, the group will convene at a home, where they are invited inside. There is a big celebration with many family members and friends inside the house. The turkey or ham isn’t what you would eat for Christmas dinner in Mexico; instead, several varieties of tamales are served. “The ladies will all get together in advance and spend an entire day making tamales in preparation for the Christmas season,” Gonzalez said. “These tamales are filled with chicken or pork, but there is also a sweet variety for dessert.” They also serve many warm drinks during their celebrations since many times there are so many people that they have to celebrate outside. One of these drinks is a traditional atole. This is a corn dough-based drink, flavored with sugar cane and seasonal fruits. “They also serve a fruit punch, but not an American version,” she said. “It’s one more like a hot cider made with local tropical fruits, and boiled with cinnamon and sugar cane.” The children in Mexico do believe in Santa Clause, but when they receive presents they believe it was brought by Baby Jesus. One way you see this is by the nacimientos found in the plazas and at home. These elaborate Nativity scenes are more important to the Mexican culture than a Christmas tree. Australia To our friends down under, the concept of “let it snow” is completely foreign. Australian traditions are very unique and adapted to the climate that they live in. Dr. Claire Phelan grew up in Australia and shared some of her favorite Christmas traditions. “Walking down the streets there is the Australian equivalent to seeing the Macy’s Christmas displays in New...

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Halloween DIY: Costume Edition
Oct29

Halloween DIY: Costume Edition

Who needs to buy one of those expensive, cheaply-made costumes from a big box store when you can make a DIY costume? As college students, we don’t have much money to spend on Halloween costumes. So, why not make one yourself from clothing articles you already have. Here are some helpful tips for making a costume that is sure to be a hit. Be inspired by your favorite TV shows and movies. Are you a Frozen fan? Then maybe you could dress up as Anna or Elsa. Or do you like Despicable me? Dress like a minion. It is easy and cute. Star Wars fan? Dress like Princess Leia or Darth Vader. For example, if you want to be Leia, find a white dress, make a grey utility belt using gray paper and a Sharpie, and role your hair in Leila’s signature side buns. Go to Walmart Walmart has plenty of character themed t-shirts like Batman or Superman that you could easily add pants or a skirt to creat a one-of-a-kind costume. Make sure you pick a costume you have time to make. It would be a shame to pick a costume that you do not have time to make depending on how close Halloween is. Find a few friends to help Don’t make your costume alone. Grab a few friends and make a night out of it. Look at what you have in your closet Sometimes you can make a costume with what you have already without having to purchase anything. One year I dressed up as Miss America. I used one of my old formal dresses, borrowed a fake crown from my little sister, made a sash from some ribbon lying around, and voila! It’s okay if you can’t sew There are many different ways to make a costume without knowing how to sew. You can even buy fabric glue from a craft store or Walmart at a minimal cost. Be modest You can have a cute costume without sacrificing your modesty. Making your own costume allows you to have control over how low your neckline is or the length of a skirt. Combine costume ideas If you can’t decide between two costumes, combine them. If you’re stuck between dressing up as Hannah Montana or a zombie, be Zombie Hannah Montana. Be Creative Don’t just go with the cookie-cutter costume that is the latest hit this year. Pick something you really want to be, and think outside of the...

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