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Things to consider before investing in a business
Feb09

Things to consider before investing in a business

Students in today’s world are always looking for money. A college education can be costly and finding a job that pays a decent amount is hard to do without a degree. Therefore, many students have turned to becoming distributors for companies that sell products such as cosmetics, jewelry or clothes. Many times students will invest in these companies because they think it is an easy way to make fast money. However, students tend to not do their research. When that happens, these “fast money” businesses can turn into money traps. This leads us to the question, “should students start a business while in college?” There is no easy answer to this question due to the incredibly complicated nature of these businesses. So here’s some advice that students should consider before they invest in a business. Make sure you understand what the business entails. Some of these businesses require a hefty fee to join. Others require you to order and sell a certain amount either monthly or quarterly and if you do not meet that amount you could lose your distributor status. Make sure you have the available funds it takes to start the business. Many of these companies advertise the best of the best success stories. They show the distributors that made $100,000 or more in their first year. What they don’t show is the amount that these distributors invested initially before they became successful. Make sure you have time to invest in your business. These businesses rely on a large social media presence. First you have to take the time to set up a social media page that is welcoming and informing. Daily posts, games, and giveaways are what will bring in the buyers. In addition, you will have to take time to host parties and demonstrations online and in person. Investing your time and money to be a distributor can be a good thing for college students. However, to be successful, one must consider the pros and cons of a business venture. If one of these businesses appeals to you, remember to do your research and talk to other distributors before taking the plunge into the business...

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Should the campus become closed?
Feb09

Should the campus become closed?

There are only two major events that happened on campus in the past few years that would cause concern. On Jan. 25, an email was sent out to students and faculty about a suspicious man whom they were hoping to identify. According to campus police, he did not do anything illegal, but had approached students earlier in the week and said things that made students concerned. No threats were made, and the police were able to identify the man on Jan. 26 with the help of the Belton police Bell County Sheriff’s department. The last major incident was a sexual assault that happened at Independence Village during the spring semester of 2017. With the most recent incident on campus, some students have said they felt that the UMHB campus should become closed. These students think that this will make the campus safer. I personally think that the campus is already safe and that a closed or “gated” campus would be more restrictive to students and Belton civilians. Thankfully, up to this point there haven’t been any other major crimes on campus. UMHB’s Chief of Police, Gary Sergeant, said that in the past year there has been less than 100 crimes committed on campus and a majority of them were minor offenses. “The university has always had a strong commitment to campus safety, and we do our best to find a happy medium between security and accessibility,” Sergeant said. Technically, UMHB is considered to be an open campus. A closed campus is identified as a campus that restricts access with fencing, gating, guard stations and special access cards for students/faculty. UMHB has shown consistency with certified police officers patrolling 24/7 and security guards who patrol the buildings and parking lots. All resident halls can only be entered by students living there and all other buildings on campus require a cru card for entry after the buildings close. UMHB also has trained professionals on call (254-295-5555) and a total estimate of around 400 security cameras spread around campus. There are universities such as Rice University and Dallas Baptist University that are gated and have very strict rules for students. There are other colleges like University of Texas or Baylor University who are considered open campuses because of how spread apart and open to the public they are. Compared to these schools, I believe UMHB is well balanced with security and accessibility. UMHB would not be able to completely close off the campus because of where the campus is located and how integrated we are in the surrounding community. There are many neighborhoods surrounding our campus, and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd...

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Why Christian hip-hop is important in society
Feb09

Why Christian hip-hop is important in society

No other art shifts the culture more than music, and each era has its own dominant genre. While it can be debated, the evidence shows that hip-hop is this era’s reigning genre. On Jan. 3 of this year, Billboard released an article that stated “R&B/hip-hop music was the year’s biggest genre, accounting for 24.5 percent of all music consumed.” While this was the most powerful genre of 2017, there seems to be no sign of it stopping. Within this genre, a unique transition is happening, something that could eventually steer the direction of the entire music industry. Christian hip-hop is not a sub-genre. There is no difference between it and “secular” hip-hop. The difference remains in the content – Christian rappers often choose not to swear, to profess their beliefs and to bring a more positive outlook into the music. The movement had an early birth in the 80s with early artists like MC Sweet and Stephen Wiley. However, the popularization came with DC Talk in the 90s. Artists like Gospel Gangstaz and Cross Movement were notable during this decade. In 2004, the Reach Records music label formed. It became the home of artists such as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and many more, who have infiltrated hip-hop with their movement. While Christian hip-hop is still largely unnoticed, it has produced multiple albums that have topped the Billboard Top 200, the highest ranking album chart in the U.S. Lecrae has collaborated with artists such as Tori Kelly, E-40, Big K.R.I.T., Ty Dolla $ign and many more – all secular artists. Andy Mineo has also worked with Jon Bellion, whom he toured with as well. However, the most popular artist in Christian hip-hop is neither Lecrae or Andy Mineo. Nathan Feuerstein, aka, NF, 25 year-old rapper, has become one of the most unstoppable forces to emerge from the Christian hip-hop community. His album Perception, released on Oct. 6, 2017, hit the Billboard Top 200, and its single, “Let You Down,” catapulted into the Billboard Hot 100. It is currently in the top ten of most streamed songs daily on Spotify. Faith in hip-hop is no stranger to the secular scene. Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, 2Ppac and many more have exhibited their faith in God more than once. Chance the Rapper even released his own rendition of “How Great is Our God” on his mixtape titled “Coloring Book.” With hip-hop’s early-on establishment as the unrestrained genre, fit to voice the needs of the oppressed and fight social injustice, its explicit content became a signature. Before, to have “clean” hip-hop songs with no swearing would have been almost an anomaly. However,...

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Living in London- Week 1
Jan24

Living in London- Week 1

There are so many things that I never thought about in preparing to live in London for three months. Cell phone usage, power converters and which credit cards work internationally were all new thoughts to me. Here I was debating between which sweaters to take and whether to bring a swimsuit, while my financial security and ability to talk to my family were at stake. Luckily I have family members who are brighter than I am, and have prepared me more than I could on my own. For Christmas I received a converter, two guide books to London, sweaters, long johns, an identity-theft protection purse and more advice than I could ever want. In my other out-of-country experiences, I simply converted whatever money I had at the airport to the local tender or hoped that the vendors accepted american money. I learned that airports have some of the highest exchange rates (will cost more), and that local banks is the best place to withdraw money (with a better exchange rate). As far as phones go, extended international service is expensive. If I don’t want to pay a $600 roaming charge every month, a local phone or SIM card with a pay-as-you-go plan is easily the cheapest option. Most health insurance plans, including mine, are domestic plans. Meaning, they do not cover illness and injury in other countries. Luckily, London isn’t a third world country and has pharmacies for mild sicknesses and hospitals for more serious ones. At this point, I’m just hoping I don’t have to use either. Another complication involved in my specific study abroad experience is that I’m dating someone who lives in Temple. That means that we’ll be doing long distance for three months. Although he’s coming across the pond to see me in February, there will still be long stretches of time where we don’t see each other. All I can say about it is that I am grateful for modern technology, so I can still see him even from miles away. I’ve been here for five days, and still getting lost on the way to the corner store. I live in a flat in central London with 11 other Texas women, and so far, the biggest issue has been finding bathroom counter space in the mornings. I knew I wouldn’t be driving in London so I didn’t think that the opposite flow of traffic would be an issue, but I find myself looking the wrong way trying to cross the street every time I come to an intersection. The professors accompanying our group have exhausted us well. I can confidently say I’m sleeping in...

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Got Milk? The pros and cons of drinking milk
Jan24

Got Milk? The pros and cons of drinking milk

“Got Milk?” was a popular ad campaign launched in 1993 and discontinued in 2014 by the California Milk Education Processor Board. It had celebrities, professional athletes and even fictional characters sporting milk mustaches and encouraging the American public to drink more milk. But in recent years, many sources are saying that milk isn’t as healthy as everyone thought. So, are there any benefits of milking milk? Growing up, my family of five (but mostly me) would consume multiple gallons of milk a week. Milk was the only drink option during dinner. We were told to drink, so we’d have strong bones. True story: I’ve never broken a bone. I’m chalking it up to all the milk I’ve had. According to medicalnewstoday.com, one cup (244-gram) of whole milk contains 276 mg of calcium, which not only helps maintain strong bones, but also helps maintain normal blood pressure and is a key component in blood clotting and wound healing. The National Institute of Health recommends that adults get 1,000 mg of calcium per day. Milk also contains several B vitamins, such as vitamin B 12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin (National Diary Council). Theses vitamins help break down food into fuel. One-cup of milk also provides about 16% of the Daily Intake of protein, which builds and repairs muscle tissue. In a Nov. 22, 2016 article published in the Journal of Food and Nutrition titled “Milk and Dairy Products: Good or Bad for Human Health? An Assessment of the Totality of Scientific Evidence,” Dr. Tanga Kongerslev Thorning stated that recent evidence points to milk intake reducing childhood obesity. Milk and dairy intake seems to reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While milk has several benefits, I found almost just as many articles giving reasons why we should lose the milk mustaches. According to medicalnewstoday.com, high calcium intake has been associated with ovarian cancer in women as well as prostate cancer in men. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests increased intake of milk could lead to acne flare-ups. In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in lactose intolerance, which means that our bodies can’t fully digest the lactose or sugar found in milk. After weighing the evidence, I believe that too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing. Milk has many benefits, and for those who can drink milk, I don’t think there’s anything wrong in continuing to drink milk – as long as people stay within the recommended limits. I believe that it’s important to weigh the pros and cons and decide what is best for your body. There are also many milk alternatives such as...

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Presidential criteria may be forever changed
Jan24

Presidential criteria may be forever changed

What will presidency mean in 2020? Something has shifted in the political climate, and perspectives are starting to radically alter. The 2016 presidential election produced a president, Donald Trump, with no political experience, which was perceived as one of his strong points. He was an outsider. USA Today called him an “anti-establishment outsider.” At least a large portion of Americans today do not consider political experience to be the most important factor in deciding which candidate to vote for. Recent events only confirm that. On Jan 7, Oprah Winfrey, the famous TV show host, philanthropist and entrepreneur delivered an emotionally charged and resonate speech at the Golden Globes. She had just won the Cecil B. deMille award, which is given to those who have had a major impact and influence on the entertainment world. She was the first African-American woman to ever receive this award, so her acceptance speech rang forth with “a new day is on the horizon!” This refers to a recognized, new age of equality and respect among men and women. This speech headlined everywhere overnight, with the question being asked: could Oprah Winfrey be president? The hashtag titled as “Oprah2020” skyrocketed on Twitter, with even NBC posting a tweet in favor of a potential Oprah presidential run. A multitude of various media outlets approved the idea, and even a few talk show hosts, such as Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel, did the same. This is despite Oprah Winfrey having any political experience. However, with the current president also lacking that experience, that might not be of much weight against her in a campaign. While President Trump’s current approval rating may be at 36 percent (Gallup News), his supporters feel he is functioning as a President and has been capable of the work. This is all despite a lack of experience. While Oprah has since refuted any ideas of actually running, this desire for outsiders to fill in U.S. politics is catching on. Numerous celebrities, actors and music artists have considered their own presidential campaigns for 2020, including Kanye West, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Rock and even Katy Perry. Much of this activity among the celebrity world can be attributed to the wide range of diversity that has hit U.S. politics in the past fifteen years. From Barack Obama becoming the first African-American U.S. president to Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism, to Hillary Clinton being the first woman to be the democratic nominee for presidency, to President Donald Trump today. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2016, Dwayne Johnson responded over whether he might enter the political ring, saying, “It would be a great opportunity to help...

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