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by NICK VAN CLEVE Contributing writer Every day in America, 3,300 lives are taken through abortions. Attempting to bring the statistic to life during spring 2013, HBU Students for Life organized 26 volunteers who worked over 150 total hours to staple, paint and erect over 3,100 crosses, forming a “Cemetery of the Innocents.” Each cross stood for one life lost daily, and many of these lives contribute to the number of over 23,000 abortions performed in Houston annually. While some students may view the display as “preaching to the choir,” members of

HBU Students for Life found in a campus poll conducted fall 2012 that 59.7% of Huskies believed abortion should be illegal, though the University’s official stance is pro-life. Joshua Jones, president of HBU Students for Life, considers it important to reach students with the pro-life message and the Cemetery of the Innocents is one of the ways this organization hopes to begin changing hearts and minds. “It can be easy to dismiss or forget a truth if we do not see it in front of us,” Jones said. “Each of those crosses [represents] a precious little boy or girl.” After the club boxed the

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IT launches changes to services By RAMON MADDEN Business and science editor

The University’s Information Technology department recently implemented changes to Blackboard. Blackboard used to be hosted by the campus, meaning when the University would have an issue with its network on campus, Blackboard was affected. Now, a company outside of campus will manage the University’s servers and other online systems. This improvement will help the University avoid frequent issues with Blackboard. Despite the new changes, students and professors are still able to access all tools and applications. “Everything is still integrated; we have all the publishing building blocks including Turnitin, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and different books from different departments across campus,” Joan Talbert, academic technology support manager, said. Talbert added that steps have already been taken to improve the system. “I think the biggest advancement


is that we got integrated with Banner,” Talbert said. “That means that, if you add 15 hours and decide to dropped to 12, Banner will remove you from Blackboard immediately, versus having to stay in the class until the University removes you manually.” The Information Technology department is not yet finished pushing Blackboard forward. Online classes are currently in Moodle with Learning House, but that will soon change. “All the classes are coming from Moodle to Blackboard by fall, so all the online classes will be on Blackboard,” Talbert said. When this happens, students will no longer have two separate icons for online and onsite classes in their LaunchPad on my.hbu. Instead, there will be one icon for both applications, simplifying navigation. The Information Technology department plans to continue advancing Blackboard and setting up focus groups for feedback in hopes of making student and administrative use more efficient.


Hodo family honored through naming of residential building


University leaders join Doug and Sadie Hodo in officially dedicating the Sadie and Doug Hodo Residence College April 28. By TABATHA TRAPP Advertising manager The building known to students as the Lake House, home to

more than 300 residents, will now be known as the Sadie and Hodo Residence College. The Sadie and Doug Hodo Residence College was dedicated

April 28, 2014. According to President Robert B. Sloan, Jr., the six story building boasts “one of the greatest views of the city of Houston.” The dedication was opened by Whit Goodwin, vice president of Student Life, who described Dr. Doug Hodo as someone who exemplified honor, integrity and gave great hugs. The Hodos are long time friends of the University and, through the special remarks given at the dedication, an impact of more than 20 years of service can be seen. Doug and Sadie Hodo began their time at the University as students. After becoming alumni, the Hodos returned to the University and served as assistant director in residence life and secretary. “When we started, God always put us with students. We lived in see HODO, page 3


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Healthy Summer Treat

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CAMPUS BRIEFING Husky Hunk Pageant

The Husky Hunk pageant will take place May 7 at 7 p.m. in Belin Chapel. The event is free for everyone.

Powder Puff Football

The first annual blondes versus brunettes powder puff football game will take place in Holcombe Mall May 8 starting at 12 p.m.

SPB Puppy Playtime

With all of the stress that surrounds finals, the Student Programming Board and Faithful Paws are proud to announce that they will be bringing a variety of canines to campus. The event will be held across campus May 8 from 1 – 3 p.m.




The Student Programming Board is sponsoring the 2014 Spring Fling. There will be food trucks, water games, dunk-a-professor, tye-dye, mechanical bulls and a DJ for all students to enjoy. The event will take place May 9 in front of the Lake House from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Museum contest convenes By KATHRYN KELLY Contributing writer

The University announced the 4th annual “A Piece of the Past” museum essay contest winners March 27, 2014. “‘A Piece of the Past” museum essay contest was inaugurated in 2010-2011 to encourage student research into the artifacts in the Dunham Bible Museum, the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts, and the Museum of Southern History,” according to the University website. “1st and 2nd place awards, of $500 and $250 respectively, are given for essays for each of the Museums. The Grand Prize Winner receives $1500. In 2014, the Fine Arts Museum and Contemporary Art Gallery were added as participants. Funding for the contest has been generously provided by The Joella and Stewart Morris Foundation and Mr. Isaac Heimbinder.” Dr. Anthony Joseph, associate professor of history and faculty head of the contest, believes that the contest is beneficial for students both


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monetarily and academically by allowing students to further their understanding of artwork and artifacts. “The purpose of the contest is to encourage HBU students to visit the museums on campus and to grow in appreciation for the enormous cultural riches that the museums contain,” Joseph said. “This is really a contest about how material objects, artifacts or artwork anchor us in our culture and helps us see where we have been and where we are going.” This year’s grand prize winner was sophomore Andrew Jimenez. Jimenez’s chosen artifact can be found in the Southern History Museum; his winning piece is entitled “America’s Heroes: Houston’s WWI Training Camp.” “The artifact that I wrote about, a WWI photograph, dealt with the history of Houston Memorial Park, something that was completely unbeknownst to me; part of the park was used as an emergency WWI training camp,” Jimenez said. “Euphoric is probably the best description. I’m humbled that the judges chose my piece out of all the others.” • On pg. 8 in the “Business etiquette dinner” article, “etiquete” should read “etiquette.”


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exhibit in March 2013, Celts for Life – a pro-life club from the University of St. Thomas – borrowed the display and erected it for a week in October. They then passed the crosses to the Pro-Life Aggies who set them up later the same month; University of Texas at San Antonio returned the exhibit to HBU Students for Life. Understanding that women often feel that abortion is their only choice, HBU Students for Life did more than display crosses to spread the pro-life message this spring. Executive member Jacquelyn Espineli led the creation of a “Pregnant & Parenting Student Assistance Fund” and raised over $1,000 from students, faculty and friends through various fundraisers. The fund is projected to offer approved young mothers a grant of $500, starting fall 2014. The club hopes the fund will enable women to make a more empowered decision, as well as tangibly demonstrate the love and support available to women facing life-altering choices. • On pg. 9 in the “Backtalk” section, “Spongebob” should read “Spongebob Squarepants.”

When HBU Students for Life presented the crosses for a second time in Holcombe Mall April 1219, it would coincided with Spiritual Life’s display of a larger cross for Passion Week.

Though it might have been a coincidence from our perspective, it wasn’t from God’s perspective. – Joshua Jones


“Though it might have been a coincidence from our perspective, it wasn’t from God’s perspective,” Jones said. Club members were glad to see the crosses publicly represent the truth that Jesus offers hope and redemption to those considering abortion. Errors and comments can be reported to: (281) 649-3670 Brown Administrative Complex, room 225

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Lupe Hernandez participates in one of Phi Kappa Psi’s events during Jailbreak and pies Gairet Snow and Taylor Watson in the face. Several Greek events took place within the past weeks for the purpose of raising funds for their philanthropies or charities they support.

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The World in Headlines

“Google sells out of ‘Cotton’ Glass model in hours.”

-CNET On April 16, Google began selling Google Glass.

“A year later, Boston Marathon runners race again.”

-CNN On April 21, Meb Keflezighi won the men’s division of the 2014 Boston Marathon.

“Rescuers rush to South Korean ferry accident.”

-The New York Times On April 16, a ferry sunk off the coast of South Korea.


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the men’s dorms with two kids for six years,” Mrs. Hodo said. Dr. Hodo served as the second president of the University from 1987 to 2006. During his presidency, many recalled the impact that Dr. Hodo had on their life. Mark Denison ’82, chair of HBU Board of Trustees distinctly remembered the memorable welcome Dr. Hodo extended to him. “The first time I met him was at an alumni gathering at homecoming. He sought me out because I was an alumnus. I had no position, but he made me feel special.” Denison referred to Dr. Hodo as someone who loves people so very much, “he loves people who can’t pay him back.” Sadie Hodo joined Denison in remembering all of the precious moments she spent with her family on campus. Her goals are to make more friends for the University. She referenced and thanked the Guild, her housekeeper, Josephina Gonzales, thanked her husband and encouraged everyone to trust in God. Board of Trustees member, David Stutts, also recalled the Hodo’s impact on his life. “Doug and Sadie are two of my

favorite people. I grew up with them here. I have lot of memories of watching HBU basketball games with them and with my younger sons.” Mon’Sher Spencer ‘08, assistant director of Residence Life was influenced upon first meeting Dr. Hodo. “Hodo introduced himself to me and recognized me right after I was accepted. My HBU experience was made. He made a huge impact on my life.” Dr. Hodo opened up by joking, “the older you get, your tear ducts and your bladder change places.” He recalled how the University was perfectly positioned and he still visits annually. He recognized those in the audience who had served during his term, and gave special recognition to his wife and Jesus. After finishing his speech, Dr. Hodo received a standing ovation and Dr. Sloan closed with a dedicatory prayer. A ribbon cutting ceremony and small reception followed in the Hodo Residence College lobby. “The Hodo’s helped create the legacy that I get to continue,” Sloan said.

University’s police department hires officers Adams and Rivera By TRENT ROGILLIO Contributing writer

Due to the growth of the University, two new police officers, Quintin Adams and Jessica Rivera, were hired by the University’s police department March 24. Chief Charles Ragain strongly felt that the University’s police department needed to hire two new officers to keep up with the growth of the student body, as well as the future expansion of the University. “Both of the officers came to the University with a positive attitude,” Ragain said. “Both desire to provide safety to the entire faculty, staff, students, visitors and property.” Adams was drawn to the University because of the Christian foundation and values it is built upon. “I like to surround myself with kindred spirits,” Adams said. “I was drawn to HBU because it is a Christian campus. I knew that I could be who I was and express what I believed.” Rivera was drawn to the University because it is a private university and she liked the University’s professionalism.

“The University has a lot to offer students and employees,” Rivera said. “I have enjoyed working at the University so far. HBU has a professional environment for students and faculty.” Prior to working at the University, Adams worked at Houston Community College for nine years. “Working at Houston Community College and working at HBU are like night and day,” Adams said. “At Houston Community College, I felt like I had to watch what I said about my beliefs because of the rules held by the college. I am much more comfortable here at HBU. At HBU you do not have to downplay who you are.” Before working at the University, Rivera worked with the Houston Police Department for six years. “Working for HBU is much different than working for HPD,” Rivera said. “I worked at the jail and dealt with prisoners. The biggest difference is that here at HBU, the students show me a lot of respect that I did not receive from the prisoners.” Adams has enjoyed his experi-

ence at the University so far and gives credit to the people he has interacted with on campus. “It has been a pleasure working here,” Adams said. “Everyone has helped me out and it has been great seeing everyone help each other.” Chief Ragain shares similar feelings with Adams on what it is like working for the University’s police department. “The people are what make working at HBU so enjoyable,” Ragain said. “I have been with HBU for close to 12 years and my experiences at HBU have been wonderful.” The two new officers re still currently in training, learning a system that is new to them. Adams has several goals and feels that he can achieve them while he works at the University. “While I am at HBU, I want to move up in rank,” Adams said. “I want to continue to be a police officer long into the future as a way for me to continue to give. Right now, I want to learn all that I can so that I can continue to give all that I can in the future. I want to be the best

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University Dean Team gets muddy for good cause By ANGELLE COLE Lifestyle editor

On April 12, several University faculty and staff participated in the Texas Mighty Mud Dash to benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The Texas Mighty Mud Dash is a 5K run that includes over 20 obstacles. Participants can compete as individuals or in teams, and the race is open to everyone. Dr. Robert Stacey, associate provost, and Dr. Jodey Hinze, interim dean of Smith College of Liberal Arts, participated in the event last year. In an effort to build teamwork and unity this year, Stacey and Hinze composed a team with other faculty and staff. David Hao, associate dean of Student Success, Dr. Renae Schuman, dean of Nursing and Allied Health, Dr. Matthew Boyleston, dean of the School of Fine Arts, and Dr. Jeffrey Green, courtesy of ROBERT STACEY and MIGHTYMUDDASH.COM dean of the School of Christian The University’s Dean Team posing before and after the Mighty Mud Dash April 12. Thought, were the missing links who completed the team. and wildlife, as its name suggests. Schuman leads a very healthy leagues as well. The event was held at the Sam All proceeds from this race were lifestyle and competes in different “I love interacting with my colHouston Racetrack in North Hous- donated to the foundation. team events. This year, Schuman leagues in a different setting as we ton. The course included over 20 Stacey was a track and field was the only female on the mud collectively took risks and overmilitary-style obstacles and lots athlete during his high school run team. came obstacles,” Hao said. of mud. It was a unique experi- years, but his past experience as an “I was the only female this time The University is well known ence when compared to traditional athlete did not prepare him for the but I hope to see others participate for its diversity and Hao appreci5K races; this race truly tested the mud run. in the future,” Schuman said. “I ated the opportunity to work with endurance and strength of the run“I ran in high school but the love doing team events and I es- unique professionals ourside of ners. Mud Run is different from any- pecially loved this team! I have the University’s walls. The Texas Mighty Mud Dash thing I’ve experienced,” Stacey done several of these events but “HBU is the best place to supports the Texas Parks and said. “The race is not simply a this time I felt even more part of work,” Hao said. “Where else Wildlife Foundation. The mission test of one’s ability to run or fin- a team.” would you find such an intellectuof this organization is to preserve ish quickly; it is more a test of true Hao enjoyed the opportunity to al team voluntarily taking on such and protect Texas national parks endurance.” participate with a team of his col- grueling physical endeavors?”

Style Lately Healthy Summer Treat


The arrival of summer sunshine brings cool treats with it. For many students, the summer can be a time to get into shape or begin maintaining a healthy lifestyle without the pressures of university life. Here is a great recipe to satisfy the sweet cravings without abandoning fitness goals!

Summer Time Fruit Cones Ingredients:


2 medium nectarines, chopped 1 cup small fresh strawberries, whole 1 cup fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons fresh strawberries, mashed 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon I cup reduced fat whipped topping 4 ice cream waffle cones

1. In one bowl, combine nectarines, whole strawberries and blueberries. 2. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed strawberries, ginger and cinnamon. Fold in whipped topping. 3. Fill each waffle cone with ¼ of the fruit mixture, then top each cone with 2 tablespoons of whipped topping mixture. Repeat layers until full.

Serve immediately. With this fun and easy recipe, summer get-togethers wiil be unforgettably sweet!

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Dove Beauty campaign instills confidence By ANGELLE COLE Lifestyle editor

The Dove Beauty brand has been successful in creating real emotion by placing real women and their problems on a public platform. Recently, Dove released a beauty advertisement that encouraged women to embrace their beauty in a unique way. The age of plastic surgery and body modification adds pressure on women to look and act a partiular way. The manner in which women are portrayed has reconditioned the minds of both men and women about the “proper” way a woman should look and feel about herself. The premise of this particular Dove campaign was a patch that would help the wearer become more beautiful and feel more confident in herself. Three participants from all walks of life committed to wear the Dove Beauty patch for two weeks. As expected, the women came back for follow-up consultations after their three week trial and the patch had worked; they were completely changed. After reviewing the video blogs the participants had kept, each woman did not notice a difference within the first few days. As the days passed, though, the women began to feel more beautiful and confident. Some began to be more adventurous and try new things, while others began to receive more compliments from others. After giving their testimonials, the advisor who administered the patches revealed to the women that the secret ingredient of the Beauty Patch was nothing. The patch was a placebo used as a push to help the women begin to see how truly beautiful they really are. The women were shocked. There is no secret ingredient for being more beautiful. Each and every person was born beautiful. It is the heart, the soul and Christ within that creates a beautiful exterior. Believe in this kind of beauty and let no one rob the confidence one was born with. Always remember one is born flawless; makeup or and any other beauty modification can only enhance, not create, beauty.



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Game of Thrones on Seat of Review By JOSEPH WEBSTER

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to take over CBS’ “Late Show” By KATIE BROWN Entertainment editor A mere week after longtime host David Letterman announced his retirement, Late Show producers announced his replacement – Stephen Colbert. Colbert – host of “The Colbert Report,” a popular Comedy Central talk show – will take over the Late Show in 2015. Colbert’s presence on the Late Show will ultimately improve the show by adding a new, younger flair to the long-running popular television program. Some critics have speculated on the wisdom in hiring Colbert as a replacement, especially since most of “The Colbert Report” viewers are younger – late teens and 20’s. For the most part, the Late Show viewers are middle age and older. However, having Colbert as the replacement will boost ratings because younger viewers will be drawn to watch the program and older viewers will watch either out of habit or because of a genuine appreciation for Colbert. Colbert’s current show is not necessarily geared towards younger people. The show’s airtime, along with the station it airs on, are both contributing factors to Colbert’s younger audience. When Colbert takes over the Late Show, both of those conditions will change and viewers of a variety of ages will inevitably be drawn to tune in. Even if Colbert’s presence on the show gives it a new, younger flair, viewers should not complain. Colbert’s wittiness jabs at pop culture; this unique way of entertaining audiences should be welcomed by Late Show newcomers and longterm fans. David Letterman has become older, less animated in his jokes and almost stale in his hosting. It seems that one of the main reasons he continues to host the show is merely because he has been doing it for so long. Today’s culture seems to revolve around making everything new and improved so it is definitely time to update the Late Show. Colbert taking over the Late Show in 2015 is a progressive move for producers; viewers should at least give him a chance.

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Game of Thrones, based on the popular novel, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” has finally reached the ‘seat of review’ in The Collegian office. The popular show features intense action, gripping story lines and mystical happenings. If viewers can ignore the inclusion of a few inappropriate scenes throughout the series and instead look to the captivating imagery and expertly shot angles, they may find themselves with a new favorite show. Each episode is an emotional roller coaster of well crafted progressions. Every development follows an overall storyline that is quite similar to the novel. Conflict arises along the basis that every noble family in existence desires to control the Iron Throne, the center of influence within the Seven Kingdoms. The program features the amazing talents of actors such as


the striking Emilia Clarke, who stars as Daenerys Targaryen, Lena Headey, who portrays the mother of King Joffrey, who is acted out by the young Jack Gleeson. The actors come together nicely on

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screen and each plays their part well enough that it becomes difficult for viewers to avoid building relationships with them. Of course, all is not well. Some viewers have been lost or simply turned away by the controversial sexually-themed scenes in the series. They are often graphic and awkward to watch – especially for those who may be more conservative – but, if they can be overlooked, they might not pollute the entirety of the show’s image. In fact, a few of these scenes serve to strengthen plot lines when the arcs are examined as wholes. Game of Thrones was cre-

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ated by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, both of whom also serve as the executive producers, main writers and showrunners for the series. The show is produced primarily in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at Paint Hall Studios – the largest production to ever be filmed in the area. Other locations that have been used to create the beautiful scenes that the characters find themselves in include Malta, Iceland, Croatia, and Morocco. Game of Thrones airs on HBO every sunday at 8:55 p.m., eastern standard time.

The newest rendition of the famous Godzilla franchise hits theaters May 16. One of the world’s favorite monsters is pitted against some of humankind’s latest scientific advancements. The epic is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars actor Aaron Tyler-Johnson. Photo courtesy of:

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A brand new television show that aired April 20, “Salem” explores the mysicism and supernatural reasons behind the Salem Witch Trials in 17th century Massachusetts. The thrilling and historic show airs on WGN America on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST and will run through the summer. Photo courtesy of:

A film with a dark twist on a classic fairytale, “Maleficent” opens May 30. The highly anticipated Disney film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the prospective of Maleficent – the vengeful fairy who put the sleeping spell on the princess. Staring Angelina Jolie, the film is filled with thrilling magic and important themes.

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To Our Dear Readers

The Collegian has existed since 1963, but I have been a part of The Collegian since 2011. Since then, I have watched the paper and the community of The Collegian evolve from a strictly professional layout and atmosphere to one of the best and most fun organizations to be involved in. The Collegian has taught me professionalism, newswriting, reporting and photography, as well as bringing me closer to some of the greatest people I have ever met, and helped me make connections for my future career. Having the opporturnity to work here made my college experience better than I imagined it would be. The professionalism of the paper and the prospect of being published brought me to the organization, but


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the lasting friendships and great connections encouraged me to stay. There is nothing like a college newspaper to bring together the faculty and student body. I look forward to watching The Collegian continue to grow and mold even more students into well-adjusted professionals who are also fun and awesome people to be around. Thank you, Collegian staff and readers, for teaching me so much and making me into the person I am today.

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Sweet Arleen’s is coming to Houston Cupcake Wars multi-winner plans to set up shop locally


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In the near future, a major cupcake corporation will be expanding to the Houston area. The three-time Cupcake Wars winner Sweet Arleen’s is bringing its prize winning treats down south. Sweet Arleen’s is a bakery founded by Arleen Scavone after national problems put her out of a job in the business field in 2003. She decided to combine her long -time passion for baking with her knowledge, skills, and experience in business to start building the Sweet Arleen’s brand into what it is today. On Nov. 30, 2009, Sweet Arleen’s opened their first shop in Westlake Village, California. The company has now grown into a franchise that, as of June 1, 2013, consists of eight locations plus food trucks. Soon, the Sweet Arleen’s of Sugar Land will be added. “Houston is very community based,” Scavone said. “Texas is like our second home.” Scavone and employees of Sweet Arleen’s have been known to be very community service -oriented. They have participated in giving speeches, sponsoring events and even providing treats to the Boys & Girls Club, Relay for Life, Bark for Life, American Cancer Society and many more. Sweet Arleen’s staff has also been known to hire high school, college and graduate students. “We plan to hire locally in all communities that we serve,” said Scavone As good as Sweet Arleen’s desserts may be, the company will have to face stiff competition from current local favorites such as Crave Cupcakes and Sprinkles. However, Scavone believes that her company will be able to com-

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Arleen Scavone setting up a cupcake display at Sweet Arleen’s in California. pete by staying true to their process. “Our culinary treats match with the Houston market place,” said Scavone. Sweet Arleen’s has been known to use the finest ingredients possible, like fresh strawberries and real peanut butter. Their cupcakes are prepared by professional chefs and are bigger than the normal-sized cupcake, which Scavone describes as “muffin size.” This, of course, is great since “Everything is big-

ger in Texas.”

Texas is like our second home. - Arleen Scavone

Scavone predicts that her high quality cupcakes and bread puddings will be pleasing to her com-

Eight-legged freaks!

Acrobatic Eight Legs A new species of spider recently discovered has the ability to move by means of “flic-flac jumps.” The Cebrennus rechenbergi can propel itself off of the ground and do several flips through the air while moving at a speed of nearly two meters per second.

As if rgular spiders were not creepy enough, there has been documented evidence of “super spiders.” There are several species of these types of spiders who posscss very unique abilities that will do much more than just make your skin crawl and will unfortunately, enhance your arachnophobia.

Blind Cave Huntsman Sinopoda scurion is the first huntsman spider discovered with no eyes. However, this arachnid is still able to hunt in the darkness of caves and trees. Not only is it a blindfolded killer, but it also has no pigmentation; it appears to be completely translucent. This makes it very hard to notice as it blindly attacks predators and prey alike.

Spiders that are creepier than normal.

pany’s future customers in the Houston area. She also hopes that her number one pastry, red velvet cupcake, will find favor among the locals since it is “a beautiful southern treat with a delicate twist.” Arleen Scavone plans to open a HUB model — full restaurant — and a food truck here in the Houston area. These trucks may even make a few stops on college campuses every so often. Get your stomachs ready for a treat— a Sweet Arleen’s treat.

Stick Spider This spider has the appearance of a small twig or stick, a form of camoflauge that helps it remain undetected by predators and allows it to attack its prey with stealth and agility. Although humans are not normally bitten by this spider, it would be wise to take caution when deciding on which stick to use when playing fetch with your dog. With the new information that some spiders on this planet that we call home have unique abilities such as these three, makes going outside more terrifying. Arachnophobia is common and logical, especially knowing that there are so many new and creepy species out there. It’s Weird!

to college. While in grade school, summer vacation is used for rest and fun with friends and family. In college, however, most summer breaks revolve around taking care of business. In addition to resting, every college student should either be participating in an internship or getting a job over the summer break. Internships are ideal for college students because they can help students gain valuable job experience in their particular field of study, as well as make connections with people who can advise them concerning their future career and possibly help them get their foot in the door. Internships also help students retain information learned during the school year, thus promoting long-term memory of important information. A summer job — or even a paid internship — provides students with a necessary resource: money. In order to pay for upcoming semesters, it is recommended that students earn and save money over the summer break when they can work full-time if not taking classes. This helps to not only reduce debt, but also reduce the stress created by the common inability to comfortably afford college. With the countless rest and sleep sacrificed throughout the school year, catching up on rest is a must over summer break. Getting lots of rest will help promote good health and stimulate the body and mind for the upcoming semester. Although having fun and enjoying one’s self over the summer break is possible and should be considered, college students should prioritize their schedules and use their free time to their best of their abilities. Both of these objectives can be done through a summer job or internship, in addition to rest and relaxation.

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A grace that heals This column focuses on how God’s grace applies to everyday life.

Life throws some major curveballs our way. Even in the midst of life’s best moments, no one can know exactly what lies around the corner. As Christians, life does not become worry-free and easy; in fact, Jesus warned that there would be trials and obstacles to face in life. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world: John 16:33. While there is no guarantee of an easy life, there is a promise of victory over any situation or difficulty that the world throws at us. The question does not revolve around whether there will be disappointment, heartbreak and unmet expectations, but rather, where is healing found when those circumstances do arise in life? When things do not go as planned, it is hard to see God’s purpose and good will in all of it. In those moments of hurt, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that God has it all under control. The promise of a brighter future and hope seems like a joke when compared to the harsh reality of the moment. The present situation often overwhelms one’s thoughts and in that time, any hope of good seems to be gone. It is funny though how we forget the severe and undeserved suffering Jesus endured on our behalf when we find ourselves in the middle of dealing with hardships.The seemingly unfair troubles and situations we face are nothing when compared to the amount of sacrifice and grace it took for a perfect Savior to subject Himself to such rejection and hurt. Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His

wounds we are healed: Isaiah 53:4-5. All this was done for the promise of hope, peace and even joy in our day-to-day disappointments and mishaps. Jesus has truly been through it all and Scripture overflows with promises and declarations of God’s redeeming work in and through our lives. When trust is put in people and circumstances, one can end up hurt and disheartened. There are times when all that promised to heal and renew ends up causing more damage and emptiness, but there is one thing that can be fully trusted and relied on: God’s grace. While the present moment may be far from ideal, God has already done so much for us and He is far from finished. God’s grace did not end on the cross; God’s redemptive plan is not just about saving us from our sins. God longs to renew us daily and continues to redeem us from the hurt and brokenness that life’s unexpected setbacks and letdowns bring us. Christ did not simply come down to pay the penalty for sin and leave us to deal with life’s struggles. Redemption is found through knowing that the One who loved us enough to give His life for us is also walking besides us every step of the way. When peace and healing from a difficult situation seem far away, it is important to take a step back and take on a new perspective. While the gravity of pain and suffering is never something that is to be taken lightly, it also does not help to dwell in that state of self-pity and woe. Through Christ’s work on the cross, death was overcome. Knowing this, it becomes possible to confidently place trust and find hope in His steadfast love. Healing, regardless of the situation, is found in letting go of fear and hurt in order to cling to the promises that flow out of God’s amazing grace.

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Should students take summer courses?

By DAKOTA BOWMAN Staff writer Although taking a break from school during the summer is ideal, there are many benefits to devoting one’s time to taking a few summer courses. Taking a class or two during the summer months is a great way to decrease one’s workload during the school year. In addition, “minimesters” offered by the University are completed in only two weeks, saving students valuable time and money. The short duration of the two-week period allows students to take advantage of all the benefits of a summer course without having to spend a majority of the break in classes. The University also offers more incentives to continue school during the summer. In addition to furthering one’s major or taking an elective during the summer, students can acquire CLW credits just as if it were a regular school semester. By focusing on necessary CLW credits and hours during the summer, students will have more spare time for other activities and classes during the fall and spring semesters. Also, it allows students who may be falling behind in earning their mandatory CLW credits and set them back on track to meeting all the qualifications and requirements for graduating. Another reason students should take advantage of summer classes is to keep their minds sharp during what would otherwise be sluggish months. If students keep their mindset in an academic, critical thinking mode all year round, the transition back into full-time school in the fall will not be as difficult. Other factors – such as living in the dorms for students who do not live near the University and the inconvenience of no on-campus food service – should be considered when deciding whether to continue education throughout the summer. However, the benefits of this opportunity often outweigh the inconveniences.

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By KATIE BROWN Entertainment editor In order to prepare for a successful fall semester, students should use the summer to relax or take on part-time jobs instead of taking summer courses. An academic sabbatical over the break relieves students from the high stress of classes without interfering with students’ ability to graduate on time. School years are getting busier and more stressful for students. The pressure of on-campus groups, internships, tests, papers and social activities pull students in several different directions leaving students exhausted at the end of the semester. By the time summer comes, students should be relaxing and preparing themselves to face the fall semester with a fresh start and rejuvenated drive to succeed. Another option to pair with relaxing over the summer is a parttime job. Students who are too busy for a part-time job throughout the school year should work throughout the summer. If students take on a part-time job and save the money they earn, money will be one less thing to worry about during the following semester. Students will still be able to graduate in four years if they are attentive to their academic plan and take the proper amount of hours each semester. If students remain diligent and focused during the school year, a break is not only deserved, but necessary. Because scholarships only last four years, students should take advantage of the financial assistance and make the most of their time in school; taking care of academics during the school year gives students the time to relax or get a job over the summer. Relaxing or earning extra money is an efficient way to build prepare financially and mentally for a new school year. If at all possible, students should avoid taking summer courses and enjoy their summer to the fullest.

Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson Faculty adviser



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Students concerned regarding use of tuition Students attending a private university may worry about the seemingly overwhelming price of tuition. Most students trust the University to put every penny of their tuition to good use; however, two recent observations on campus have created the doubt in tuition being spent wisely. While it is important to keep the University well-manicured and presentable, the price of landscaping the campus can be expensive. The tuition and fees breakdown on the University’s website does not disclose the amount of money spent on the upkeep of the grounds, which presents several questions: Do students’ tuitions cover these expenses? Are these expenses lumped into the $467.50 fee titled “General Fee – Fulltime/Part-time (per semester) fall/ spring?” One may also wonder if the University has a contract with a landscaping company that requires these frequent landscape changes a certain number of times each academic school year? Keeping students fully informed on the apportionment of their tuition is very important and – although upkeep of the University is vital – frequently digging up and replanting flowers that are

healthy and blooming seems to be more of a waste than a necessary expense, regardless of whose money is being used. The water sprinklers on campus have also created concerns. Although watering the grass and plants on campus is necessary, broken water sprinklers and overwatering the campus seems to be becoming an issue. Small sections of grass – such as the strip separating the pathway between the baseball and softball fields – are being watered for extended periods of time; these sprinklers water the small strip of grass and then overflow, essentially watering the pavement. Sprinklers in front of the Sadie and Doug Hodo Residence College – formerly known as the Lake House – are known to make puddles of water in the grass at night, which is a clear sign of overwatering. Sprinklers in the Brown Courtyard water the benches along with the plants, an inconvenience to any student who would want to sit down. Administration should consider adjusting the timers on all sprinklers to avoid hurting the landscaping by overwatering it, as well as wasting water in general.


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On asking questions By RUSSELL HEMATI

Chair, Department of Philosophy

M a n y tell me that their childhood religious life was not a place for weighty questions. Rather, the questions they were encouraged to ask concerned Biblical trivia: How old was Solomon when he became king? What disciple replaced Judas Iscariot as one of the twelve? What type of animal swallowed Jonah? The desire to find the right answer even spilled over into little contests, like the “sword drill” where children would compete to be first to find a given chapter and verse. Points were deducted if you had a notched index! Later, they began to ask questions that have no trivia-style answer. Questions like: Why did God disapprove of the reasoning given by Job’s friends? How can David be a man after God’s own heart? To what do the many symbols of the book of Revelation refer? How

can it be that God is so near, yet seems so distant when we pray? When Jesus says that it is difficult for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, is he talking about me? Many tell me that in their religious life these questions were never encouraged, and thus they felt that they should ask them elsewhere. Others tell me that these questions were indeed asked, but then given an answer – the “right” answer – and the questioner instructed to believe. Further questions, or dissatisfaction with the answer given, constituted a problem that itself needed a solution. In a context where faith and doubt are imagined as enemies, how can believers express their struggle? How can they honestly proclaim their belief and then beg God to help their unbelief? How can someone wrestle with God, as our spiritual patriarch Jacob did, without appearing as an anomaly or a danger to others? Likely the desire to squelch the enduring questions comes from genuine concern. Questions are dangerous,

especially when we cannot simply look up the correct answer. This concern is well founded if, that is, faith and doubt are enemies. At the beginning of Patmos Hölderlin wrote, “Where the danger lies, there grows the saving power also.” Questions, especially the kind that can never be answered, remind us that Christianity is not a system of ideas. Faith is not a set of propositions. There is comfort in systems and sets, since everything is solved in advance and all that one needs is a good index. But comfort is not safety. In order for him to be saved we must let the questioner risk himself with his questions. We must help the questioner ask well, and ask often. I believe, not in spite of the questions and the doubts, but because of them. Because I can ponder the great riddle of the world – that it exists, that good and evil are real, that love is stronger than death – with the only Being patient enough to endure my doubting. I believe, not because I always have answers, but because I can lean into His everlasting arms.


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I Wrote This Instead of Writing a Paper by LAUREN OTTO It’s almost midnight and you find yourself in the same position you swore you wouldn’t ever put yourself in again. It’s almost as if fate has once again drawn you to this tragic, yet comedic moment. You meant to work on it before, but cleaning your room and doing that one thing at the place was much more important at the time. You pull every trick you know in order to lengthen this paper as long as you can. “It is because of this rather interesting and fascinating fact that William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, also known as What You Will, is written in a particular way that reminds the reader or audience member, in as much as, unfortunately, firstly, secondly, finally, however, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo.” Perfect. You contemplate risking whether or not your professor would notice that you changed your periods and commas to size 14 font while the blinking cursor continues to taunt your blank mind. Glaring back at it only seems to worsen your headache. Caffeine would do the trick in this case, but your roommate drank the last Dr. Pepper this morning and going anywhere else to get your fix means having to put on normal clothes. As the time gets slowly closer and closer to your deadline, you realize that crafting this fastidious paper was much more precarious than you had anticipated, but with an uncomplicated right click and the assistance of your word processor’s thesaurus lexicon, you are well on your way to sounding intellectual. You type out rapidly about how you completely photosynthesize with what Feste the clown, also known as the court jester, has to say about the matter. You aren’t really sure what the matter is, but I digress. You decide to bring in one of your favorite movies into the paper as a source since Twelfth Night and She’s the Man are totally the same things, right? “Duke wants Olivia who likes Sebastian who is really Viola whose brother is dating Monique so she hates Olivia who’s with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who’s crushing on Duke who thinks she’s a guy…” Writing becomes a bit easier now that you’ve brought something in it that you actually like, but the page limit is coming up and there is no way you’re going over. Comparing and contrasting the movie to the play wasn’t exactly what the paper was supposed to be about, but it’s a lot easier than analyzing the relationships of the characters and explaining the hidden secret meanings Shakespeare put in his plays. As you get to your last sentence, you press the final button with a flourish and do a triumphant dance around your room. You excitedly plug your laptop into your printer and set it to print. As your printer whirrs, slams, and clicks you wonder why the science world hasn’t made these things work any better than they did 10 years ago. Suddenly, it stops and beeps three times and the tiny screen on the front lights up to deliver its message. “Out of cyan. Please replace cartridge immediately.”

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THE COLLEGIAN CROSSWORD Across 1. Who played The Joker in the 1989 film “Batman?” 2. Kryptonite is his weakness. 3. Acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2009. 4. Uses webs to ensnare his enemies. 5. Stanley Lieber is more commonly known as _____________. 6. Has a bat for his insignia. 7. Has an adamantium skeleton. 8. Who played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the 2002 film “Spider-man?”

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1. Talks to fish. 2. Son of prize-fighter Battlin’ Jack. 3. The fastest man alive. 4. Batman’s sidekick. 5. The adoptive brother of Thor. 6. Fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology. 7. Who played Bane in the 2012 movie “The Dark Knight Rises?” 8. Captain America’s primary “weapon.”


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Years of Husky Sports

I. Men’s soccer conference tournament champions in 1982, 1984, and 1985.


Men’s cross country Trans-America champions from 1982-1985.

III. Participants in NCAA

men’s gymnastics championships in 1982 (10th place) and 1987 (7th place.)


1983 NCAA highjump champion, Ricky Thompson.


Men’s soccer TransAmerica Champions from 1982-1985.


The 1985 4x800 relay team featuring Charlie Foreman, Lowell Jones, Nureldin Ramirez and Alfredo Lahuerta completed that season ranked eighth in the USA with a best time of 7:20.66

VI. In 1987, Colin Stuart Montgomerie becomes first proffesional athelte from Houston Baptist University.

VII. In 2007, Baseball becomes Region VI Champions and place 3rd in NAIA Baseball World Series.

Huskies take series from ACU with 7-4 win By KEVIN HARRIS Asst. sports editor

The University’s softball team stepped up to the plate and defeated the Abilene Christian Wildcats 7-4 at Poly Wells Field April 27, taking the series 2-1 and improving their overall record to 19-25. After being tied 4-4 two innings into the game, the Huskies shut out the Wildcats for the remainder of the game after scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one run in the sixth inning, securing the win. Sophomore pitcher Shannon O’Conner led the way for the Huskies, pitching the final 6.2 innings and striking out five batters, one shy of her career high, to secure her seventh win of the season. O’Conner only allowed seven hits, two runs and one walk. The first hit of the game occurred when Huskies’ senior utility player Lauren Schwirtlich hit a single down the right side. The Huskies failed to capitalize as the Wildcats secured three straight outs. The Huskies defense got off

By KEVIN HARRIS Asst. sports editor

The University’s men’s golf team concluded the final round of the Southland Conference Championship Tournament with a seventh-place showing April 23 at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. Junior Preston Stanley led the Huskies with an overall total score of 219, securing sixth place spot with three strokes above par. Stanley’s best effort was seen in the second round, when he carded a 72 to stay on par for the

In 2013, the first ever football program at Houston Baptist University was started.

round. The Huskies got off to a slow start and carded a score of 305 in the first round, starting off the tournament in seventh place. The Huskies stayed consistent throughout the event, scoring totals of 305 in the second round and 302 in the third round. Huskies’ junior Brandon Wilhide carded an overall total of 229, tying for 21st place in the individual rankings. Freshman Val Almendarez tied for 24th place, finishing with a total of 230. Junior Andy Ariens struggled right out of the gate and carded a 79 in both the first and second

rounds, tying for 42nd place in the individual rankings. Junior Jeffrey Merrell got off to a slow start as well, shooting an 84 in the first round and finishing with a total of 241 to tie for 44th place. Sam Houston State University captured first place with an overall total of 878, getting off to an early lead with a total of 290 in the first round. Bearkats’ junior Zach Cabra was off to a hot start, and hit a 69 in both the first and second rounds, finishing off the third round with a 72 to win first place

BASEBALL (20-21)



The Huskies took the lead back at the top of the fourth inning when sophomore second baseman Shay Orsak scored on a double and sophomore utility player Kirsten Schwirtilich scored on a wild pitch, giving the Huskies a 6-4 lead. K. Schwirtilich scored on a double, giving the Huskies a final

lead of 7-4 over the Wildcats. The Huskies will conclude their regular season with a three-game series against the Texas A&MCorpus Christi Islanders May 3-4 at Husky Field. The University’s seniors will be honored shortly after the last game of the regular season May 4.

in the individual rankings. SHSU proved their overwhelming lead as they finished six strokes less than second place Southeastern Louisiana. Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin tied for third place with overall totals of 898. Lamar University carded an overall total of 910, finishing for fifth place. McNeese State University finished for sixth place, carding a total of 911. The Huskies are preparing to return to action in the fall 2014 when they begin their second season in the Southland Conference.


In 2002-03, Men’s basketball had a 31-3 record and ended the season as the NAIA’s top-ranked

In 2003, Volleyball becomes NAIA Region VI Champions.

courtesy of HBU Athletic Department

Sophomore utility player Kirsten Schwirtilich steps up to the plate as the Huskies defeated the University of Houston Cougars 7-4 April 23 at Cougar Field.

Huskies place seventh in SLC Championship



to a rough start when the Wildcats managed to load the bases with two outs against them. Wildcats’ senior outfielder Madison Buckley scored on a fielder’s choice, giving the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead. Wildcat freshman outfielder Taylor Brown scored on a fielding error, ending the first inning with a 2-0 lead over the Huskies. The Huskies came firing back at the top of the second inning and managed to load the bases with two outs against them. Junior catcher Melissa Herman ran home on a wild pitch, giving the Huskies their first score of the game. The Huskies managed to keep scoring as junior utility player Victoria Granchelli came in on a double, senior utility player Daniella Rodarte scored on a wild pitch and L. Schwirtilich scored on a double. These performances gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead. The Wildcats managed to score two runs on five hits, tying the game 4-4 at the end of the second inning.

SOFTBALL (19-25)

April 25

Abilene Christian

2-4 L

April 23

Houston (Game 2)

April 26

Abilene Christian

3-0 W

April 26

Abilene Christian (Game 1) 8-18 L

April 27

Abilene Christian

6-3 W

April 26

Abilene Christian (Game 2) 8-6 W

April 29

Texas Southern

2-4 L

April 27

Abilene Christian

6-5 W

7-4 W


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