See you in the spring semester!

Bluffton student body, faculty/ staff, community members and anyone else who might be reading this:

On behalf of the Bluffton Connection staff I would like to thank you all for your support in what has been an interesting rebuilding period for us. Due to final exams the week of Dec. 8-12 and Christmas break after that, there will be no new content posted until we return to school in the new year. Please check back with us on Jan. 5, 2015 when we will begin our spring semester.

Music review: T.I.’s “About the Money (Remix)”

Artist: T.I. Feat. Young Thug, Lil Wayne & Jeezy
Song: About The Money (Remix)
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap
Rating: 4/5

The King of the South released the official remix to “About the Money” the hit single from his newly-released album Paperwork.

The “About the Money” original version topped the billboard charts at #1 while trending on twitter as soon as it dropped. The remix could have the same effect that the original had in the clubs and radio airwaves. T.I adds Lil Wayne and Jeezy to the remix, two artists who are known for killing remixes.

T.I announced recently that he will be dropping two more albums this year titled, “The Return”, and “Love and Liability” (According to HotnewHipHop) . T.I discussed how these three album coincide with each other in various ways.

Check out Tip’s “About the Money Remix.” Let us know which you liked better, the original or remix?

Meet: Kapumba Chinyanta

Why attend Bluffton University?

It’s easy to connect with students and professors. The small campus is very appealing. The tutors are amazing and help him improve his studies.

What about the professors do you like?

They’re able to give specific ideas on assignments. When he has personal problems, he likes when professors are able to zero in on the problems and find solutions that can assist him.

What are you studying and why?

He is studying Accounting because he wants to understand how businesses are being run; mostly if the business is profiting or not.

Organizations that you are involved in?

He has been involved in Bible Studies, Accounting Club, Youth Camps (his church) and ICON, where he has been a member of 3 years.

What is your belief?

If someone practices something they really love, then they will become better at it.

Favorite sports?

Soccer and swimming.

Favorite Soccer team and how long have you been a fan (supporter)?

Juventus and since he was nine years old. Their playing style is what drew him in.

Advice for incoming first year students?

Encourage the students to love what they do and stay focused on their school work in order to be successful.

What is one thing about this University that helps you not to miss Zambia (his birthplace and home)?

The University feels like home to him and the friends that he has made are like his family here. The church that he attends also helps make him feel at home so he misses his home less.

Who has made an impact on your life since attending Bluffton University?

Paul Neufled Weaver has impacted his life in a great way. Weaver has shown him compassion and understating, especially when Chinyanta is going through a tough time. The university counselor has also played an impactl. There are a few others as well: Louise Matthews, Pastor Jim King, Roy Couch, Donald Fom, Ryan Laidlaw, Nate Thomas, Sam Stuckey, Chris Wagler, Ryan Johnson-Eyers (Dash), Jeremy Amstutz, Daniel Mushangwe and Appiah Adubofour.

2014 word of the year “vape”

With competitors such as “bae, budtender, normcore, and slacktivism”, the word “vape” won the 2014 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year.  Vape is the action of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or other similar devices.

The Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is chosen each year based on the trending of the word throughout the calendar year. It is also based on the cultural significance and the potential for longevity in the English language.

According to the online Oxford Dictionary the usage of the word “vape” was prevalent through the year, but peaked in April of 2014 when there was controversy around the idea of being able to vape inside of public places.

Past words of the year have included: podcast, unfriend, GIF, and selfie.

When asked about the word of the year professor of English at Bluffton University Jeff Gundy first responded with “what does that mean?” He then proceeded to talk about how this year’s word in relation to past words of the year stating, “it is not as ambiguous as selfie, since I am on Facebook I see more selfies than I see people vaping” and “podcast is still in use…selfie is also still prevalent…it’s hard to tell what is going to happening with the e-cigarette and vaping”.

Even though “vape” has been chosen as word of the year this does not guarantee it a spot in the Oxford dictionary.  Unless the word secures longevity it will not be considered for placement in the dictionary.

Friendly neighborhood spider surprises terminally ill boy on his fifth birthday [video]

images (34)-1Spiderman surprised a terminally ill Jayden Wilson on his fifth birthday. Mike Wilson, Jayden’s father, came up with the idea to have a replica Spiderman surprise his son. Jayden has been diagnosed with a grade-four brain stem tumor which carries with it an average life expectancy of about a year.

“He’s still with us fighting it all the way today, but at least he has Spiderman to take care of him,” said Mike.

Mike is very happy he got to catch it on camera, and so are we!

The amazing SpiderDad! I think he deserves dad of the year. Click here to watch the clip.

Kevin Hart gives Jameis Winston words of wisdom

download (33)-1Comedian Kevin Hart has been on an unstoppable grind lately establishing himself as a great comedian/actor and business man. While promoting his upcoming movie “The Wedding Ringer,” Kevin Hart and Hart Productions made a stop at Florida State University to talk to the football team. You can’t go to Florida State without talking to quarterback Jameis Winston; and oh boy did the star comedian have a few words for Winston.

According to TMZ, Hart told Winston, “You need to stop doing dumb s—.”

Kevin Hart is known to take shots and roast people. Hart continued joking with Winston in front of the laughing football team by saying, “I started to bring a bunch a crab legs to see if you was gonna take ‘em!”

Click to watch the video.

Winston looked salty about the jokes. Do you think Kevin Hart got the point across? How mad would have been at Kevin? Let us know what you think!

Music review: Detroit Vs. Everybody

500_1415676531_shady_detroit_vs_everybody_cover_10Artist: Eminem Feat. Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, Trick Trick (Prod. by Statik Selektah)
Song: Detroit Vs. Everybody
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap
Rating: 4.5/5

Detroitttttttttttttt! Eminem drops a banger featuring some of Detroit’s coldest Mc’s, recruiting Dej Loaf, Danny Brown, Royce Da 5’9, Big Sean, and Trick Trick.

Dej loaf started off the track with her smooth singing on the hook. Then Royce started off the first verse with some ill bars; Big Sean followed suit with the second verse where he rips it (Detroit style). Danny brown delivered his verse. Eminem had the last verse ending the song with a bang before the Mayor Trick Trick closed the track speaking.

The single” Detroit Vs. Everybody” will be featured on Eminem’s “Shadys XV” compilation which he plans to release November 24th.

“Shady XV” will be a two-disc album that will include a greatest hits compilation from the label, as well as new records from Eminem and Slaughterhouse.

To listen to Eminem’s new single “Detroit Vs. Everybody” click here.

Who do you think had the best verse? Who else should have been on the track from Detroit? Let us know what you think.

Facing our fears for Spiritual Life Week

The overall winners of the Fear Factor event: Josh Burkholder, Alicia Rodriguez, Aimee Lugibihl, Katey Ebaugh, and Tobin Eicher

The winning team of the Fear Factor event: Josh Burkholder, Alicia Rodriguez, Aimee Lugibihl, Katey Ebaugh, and Tobin Eicher

Sometimes, being a follower of Christ means doing stuff we really don’t want to do. Sometimes, we have to take a leap of faith and pray that everything will be ok in the end. And sometimes, we have to transfer wet dog food from one bowl to another using only our mouth to carry it.

That’s what participants in Spiritual Life Week’s Fear Factor event last Monday did. Founders Gym turned into a game arena as teams of four or five were pushed to their limits in food-related challenges. One student from each group competed at a time, attempting to beat the clock and the other groups.

Pig’s feet, dog food, spam, and sardines were among the foods consumed during the various challenges. While a few got sick, most contestants kept the food down and walked away from challenges smiling and laughing.

After each fear factor challenge, members of the spiritual life week planning committee asked students to come up with an analogy pertaining to the previous food item consumed and relate it to the theme for the week, No Fear in Love. It’s based off of 1 John 4:18, as were the rest of the week’s activities.

The highlight of the week was a free concert by Christian rapper “KJ-52” (pronounced kay jay five two), and Florida native Jonah Sorrentino on November 20th.

Daila’s playlist selection

Bluffton Students,

My playlist selection for this week is titled Chandelier by Sia. Before previewing the song, think about pain and happiness. Can the two be simultaneous, or are the two isolated from each other? After you listen and watch, I am interested in your comments. What do you think is going on in the video? What does her dance symbolize? How do the song and video make you feel?

The video is a dance number by one dancer who incorporates ballet, gymnastics, and new age moves.

Listen to the song and view the video by clicking here.

To read the lyrics click here.

Give this song a few minutes of your time.

I hope you enjoy insight to my personal playlist selection, expect another post soon.

Another woman accuses Bill Cosby of rape

Some nasty allegations are circulating around America’s number one family man, a man who was looked up to and idolized by countless fans. For about a decade now, Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by women who say he forced alcohol and drugs on them.

Cosby and his lawyer have repeatedly said that the allegations are untrue. Bill Cosby has never been charged or prosecuted.

Since 2005, a handful of women have claimed to be victims of sexual assault at the hands of Bill Cosby. This year, those accusations resurfaced, and on Monday (November 10, 2014) one of Cosby’s accusers, Barbara Bowman, turned public once again with an article in the Washington Post. She has also spoken live with CNN.

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Bowman claims she was drugged then raped, though she said she never saw drugs. “I woke up out of a very confused state not in my clothes.” She said she knew her body had been touched without her permission. She explained that she woke up in this state several times in the course of her contact with Cosby. She told CNN that Cosby told her she had been drunk.

Bowman was an aspiring actress at the time. She told CNN that Cosby was a mentor to her; someone who she thought would mold her talents. She expressed that she loved him just as America loved Dr. Huxtable. Bowman met Cosby at the age of 17 in 1985. She claimed the abuse started after she turned 18.

According to CNN, when asked about the allegations Saturday during an interview on NPR, Cosby did not respond — instead shaking his head “no,” according to the interviewer, Scott Simon.

Again, Bill Cosby was never prosecuted on any charges.

On Monday, the comedian (pretty sure it wasn’t Bill) – or whomever is in charge of his Twitter account, put out a challenge with a picture of Cosby in a cap: “Go ahead. Meme me! #cosbymeme.”

The Internet didn’t hesitate to humiliate Cosby in reaction to the allegations.

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One Twitter user’s response to the challenge issued by Cosby’s account.

 

Does this change your perception of the comedian? What questions do you have for the victims? Could this tarnish his reputation? Should Bill Cosby drop his silence and speak out? Let us know what you think!