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Solemn remembrance for 9/11
Sep11

Solemn remembrance for 9/11

It seems that most Americans have their own 9/11 story. There are those who had their flights delayed, those who found out from their sobbing teachers and those whose parents tried to shield their children from the tragedy. Some stories from overseas were not so different. I found out just as I was riding home from school in Germany where my family was living at the time. Since I was only nine, I certainly did not appreciate the gravity of the situation. All I knew was that my friends who knew people in New York were very concerned. My father’s story was different from the typical story. He was at the gate of a refugee center in Frankfurt, Germany, when he heard the news. His first reaction was not one of shock. He assumed that some small two-seater aircraft had run into one of the towers. When he entered the complex, he saw that the usually busy area was all but deserted. The refugee center was home to mostly Kurds, Turks and other Middle Easterners. It was uncharacteristic of them to stay inside and not be hospitable. One of my dad’s acquaintances invited him inside where four other men were watching the TV. No one in the room said a word. They all just stared at the TV. A Kurdish man stopped my father as he left the complex and told him in Turkish, “This shows that you can’t trust anyone–these were men of God who did this.” During the days following the tragedy, the world rallied around America. The German schools in our area closed their doors on Sept. 12. Non-Americans all over the world showed solidarity by holding mass vigils and grieving America’s loss. Some of my father’s Muslim friends even wrote him and apologized for a despicable act committed by their fellow Muslims. The tragedy had brought out the best of people, but it did not last. All the sympathy was soon lost as conspiracy and prejudice took hold. The United States invaded Afghanistan about one month after 9/11. Two years after that they invaded Iraq. International support soon began to fade. It started with Middle Eastern countries condemning the U.S. then continued with the populations of European countries as they removed support. Eventually, the initially ardent American public began to question the United States’ presence. More than 10 years later, we still have soldiers in Afghanistan, and Osama Bin Laden is dead. No doubt some good may have come out of sending soldiers to Afghanistan. However, once our soldiers leave, then all the good that was done will likely be undone. Was it really the...

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Why I chose to be a vegan

In a country that reveres barbecue, has a fast food chain on every corner and believes bacon should be a form of currency, I am a minority. I am vegan, meaning I do not eat any animal products (meat, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.), nor do I wear anything that exploits animals (fur, leather, wool, silk, etc.). I eat and wear nothing that comes from a sentient being. In a society that worships meat, I’m considered crazy to most, but there are three truths I have learned. First, did you know that humans are not natural omnivores? Crazy, right? Who would have thought humans, creatures with no claws or sharp teeth, are herbivorous? When was the last time you killed a cow with your bare hands and ate it on the spot? Our digestive system and jaw structure reflect those of herbivores. Just because we are capable of digesting meat does not mean we should eat it. I can also digest cardboard. Does that mean I should eat it? And why is it before we eat meat, we have to cook it then smother it in cheese, butter and ketchup? Also, why are we the only species that drinks milk long after infancy? Shouldn’t we stop drinking milk after being weaned just like other mammals? Second, if humans are natural meat-eaters then we wouldn’t see the difference between eating a pig and a dog. Carnivores in the wild do not discriminate between the “cute” animals; they typically attack the old, young and sick regardless of species. Why is it OK to eat one species of animal but adore the other? Pigs are ranked fourth in intelligence behind elephants, dolphins and chimps. Are they not better than dogs? We are all animals, and we do not have the authority to decide which animals should live and die. Finally, the global impact of veganism is huge. It has been proved if every person in the world went vegan, it would end world hunger. The amount of water and grain needed to feed livestock would feed more people than the meat of the cow. It doesn’t make sense to feed 70 percent of grain grown in the U.S. to cows while there are starving children on the world’s streets. You may be laughing while reading this, but vegans are making a bigger difference than perceived. Just look at the statistics. Not only is my chance of having a heart attack, stroke or cancer greatly reduced, but after being vegan for a year, I will reduce 3,267 pounds of CO2 emissions, save at least 25 animals and prevent five people from starving. Oh, and...

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Point is speech freedom

On a hot August day, unprecedented numbers of customers swarmed popular fast food restaurants. The massive lines brought traffic jams and record sales to Chick-Fil-A stores Aug. 1. The overwhelming support for the restaurant came as an uprising against criticism of company President Dan Cathy when he spoke out in favor of traditional marriage. Numerous conservative Christians, as well as some from the opposite side of the gay marriage argument rallied together to promote freedom of speech. For Temple, Texas, Chick-fil-A owner, Steve Joy, the onslaught of patrons that surrounded his establishments hit hard and did not relent. Joy said, “It started about 8:00 in the morning and ran through closing time.” Supporters were impressed with how well the employees handled the crowds. “First of all they were really tired, and second of all, I think they were inspired, too, by being part of a really big event,” Joy said. More than 170 miles away in suburban Houston, UMHB sophomore nursing major Rebekah Bogaard was working her summer job at Sugarland’s Chick-fil-A location. On Support Chick-fil-A day, they had nearly 3,300 customers. Bogaard said, “It was a historic day for my location, having a total sales of $26,000, which was more than it made at its grand opening back in 1996.” While Bogaard served the masses in Sugarland, sophomore church music major Christopher Stroup paid a visit to Stonebriar Mall’s food court in Frisco, Texas. He said almost all the customers were at the Chick-fil-A booth. Much of the criticism of the support effort attacked Chick-fil-A supporters by calling them hateful. Some people who generally disagree with mainstream conservatives patronized the restaurants because they understood that freedom of speech is a two-way street. According to CBS Los Angeles, Rosanne Barr, an actress and former presidential candidate, blasted Christians and Chick-fil-A supporters by tweeting that people who eat Chick-fil-A and worship Christ deserve to get cancer. After a backlash of tweets from people who had lost loved ones to cancer, she apologized by tweeting, “Christian liars: I never wished cancer on you. I said Jesus will punish you for your deceit. I said processed foods cause cancer.” It is this kind of speech that leaves many people wondering how standing in line at a restaurant that shares their values is hateful. Those opposed call for open-mindedness, but where is the tolerance in many of the things they say? It seems that liberals can say whatever they want, but when conservatives share their views, the idea of tolerance has...

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Forgive and Forget

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Missouri Republican Representative Todd Akin said of a rape victim’s chances of becoming pregnant. Since the comment, a volcano of criticism has erupted all over the country. People, women in particular, were offended that Akin would say such a thing since he is a man. They asked themselves how would he know what a woman could do in that situation. Akin, a six-term congressman running against Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview Aug. 19 in St. Louis if he would support abortions for women who have been raped. Forty-eight hours after the initial storm, he acknowledged that he “misspoke” and added that he understands that women can indeed get pregnant by rape. After he ignited such a political fire storm with his remarks, many Republicans want to eject him from the race. Despite many phone calls to pull out, including one from Republican vice president candidate Paul Ryan, Akin said that he would stay in the race against Democrat Sen. McCaskill. But let’s think about this. Akin isn’t the first politician to stick his foot in his mouth. What about Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Senator from Idaho Chuck Winder or former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi? None of them stepped down from their positions. One of them though who utters thoughtless words is Biden, who once suggested that Republicans would usher in a return of slavery. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” he said to a Virginia audience. Back in March, Winder suggested that women might falsely use rape as an excuse to obtain an abortion. “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage. Was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape? I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on,” Winder said. When Pelosi spoke about the new health care law, she said, “We have to pass it to know what’s in it.” Former Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Martin Frost said, “It’s very hard for party officials to force someone off the ballot. When I was chair of the DCCC, we always tried to encourage people to run, but once they won the primary, that was it. We never tried to force nobody off.” At some point there may be reason to remove someone from office or for them to step down because they really go overboard by saying mean and...

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Letter from Dr. O’Rear
Aug21

Letter from Dr. O’Rear

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor! Whether you are a new student experiencing college life for the first time, a returning upperclassman or a graduate student back on campus after summer break, we are glad you are here. Over the summer, our faculty and staff have been praying for you, preparing for you and anxiously awaiting your arrival. Now that you are here, we are excited to kick off the 2012-2013 school year! When you look around campus, you will notice many changes have taken place. The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, UMHB’s brand new art facility, just opened on the south side of the university. Next door, work continues on the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, while the student union building and the first on-campus home for our football team, Crusader Stadium are rising up out of the ground. The ongoing construction is a physical reminder of the blessings and growth we are experiencing at UMHB, and I am glad you are here to be a part of what promises to be a remarkable year in the life of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the many activities available to you at UMHB. During the fall, there is always something happening on campus. Go to as many events as you are able, try new activities, enjoy your classes and immerse yourself in the Crusader traditions. It is my hope that when you cross the stage to accept your diploma at the end of your educational journey, you will truly have received an education for life and had the experience of a lifetime. I am excited about our future here at UMHB, and excited that our future is you. Welcome home, Crusader!   Randy O’Rear, Ed.D....

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Student body president welcomes incoming freshmen to campus

I want to personally welcome each of you, the class of 2016, to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I am very excited to spend this coming year with each of you. Know that you have been prayed for, and you are still being prayed for as you begin your journey in this new chapter in your life. As your student body president, one of my goals is to see relationships formed on campus as we model the body of Christ. My prayer is that you will find friendships that you will obtain for a lifetime, and that you will have experiences that will last for a lifetime. I couldn’t agree more with the university’s motto, “Education for life…Experience of a lifetime!” I hope to see this become part of your college career. When I think over my time here at UMHB, being involved has been one of the most important aspects of my experience. Having attended a different university before coming to UMHB and not being involved there, I can truly say that this is the key to a successful next four years. Just as there are many parts to the body of Christ, there are many different ministries and organizations that make up this university and allow you to grow in your spiritual life. It is important to our campus that you are personally involved in one of these opportunities. It takes each of us to truly make this place a Crusader home. Another key to your first successful year is getting plugged into a church. Though it can be a scary moment, it is crucial to surround yourself with fellowship and believers in Christ. I pray that each of you will find a church home and plug yourself into that ministry. This year, let’s stand tall, be proud, hold up our C’s with dignity and form unity on this campus. From football players to baseball players to band members to First Year Council, let’s make this the best year this university has ever seen. Let’s truly live out Isaiah 6:8, as we say “Here am I, Lord. Send me.” This is your year, class of 2016, and I couldn’t be more excited to serve alongside each of you. Good luck as you embark on this new chapter. I am so glad that you have chosen UMHB to be a part of that. Now let’s go get ‘em Cru!   Kassidy Harris Student Body...

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