The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 9, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Page: 2 of 4
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sound fairly easy but those late
Christmas break is over and nights will catch up to you and
students are getting back into the that 8 a.m. history class will come
routine of waking up early and early.
attending classes. The library will 4. Check your Hardin-
soon be overflowing with students Simmons email and Blackboard
wanting to use the computers and daily. Important messages and
printers. Students’ lives will start notes can be posted on the two.
to get busy quickly. It is important 5. School is your number one
to get back into those good study priority. Remember that grades
habits, which went out the door are important and getting assign-
over break, and to do your best ments in on time is ideal. Studying,
in your classes. Here are a tips of in college, is fairly important and
the trade that I, myself, have used vital. Activities, parties, and out-
or have seen others students use side activities are fun but school
from semester to semester. and its demands come first.
1. When a professor gives you 6. Don’t be a stranger to your
an assignment, write it down. The professor. If you need their help,
quickest way to forget something ask or email them. Everyone on
is when you end class and end up the HSU campus has a HSU email
talking with a buddy in the hall account and many professors are
way. Fast forward hours later and good about checking their emails,
you can’t seem to remember what 7. Speak up in class,
history article you were supposed Discussion is a necessity in any
2. Ask for help if needed.
Everyone struggles at something.
Remember that students get
class and many professors require
that you speak, not sleep, in their
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January 18 - Classes begin!
Mandatory dorm meeting at 10:30 for
January 21 - Despicable Me movie night
January 25 - Last day to change or register for
Last day for refund of dropped classes
Last day to change from credit to audit
Second Spring semester payment due
January 27 - Last day to change meal plan
January 25-28 - Senior ring sizing_
Spring 2011 Theatre Schedule
By Kelsie Nygren
The theatre: a place where people can for-
get shyness, take on a persona opposite of their
own, and wow an expectant, eager audience. As
the school year comes back into full swing with
the spring semester, there is plenty to look for-
ward to with the Hardin-Simmons University
theatre department. Auditions were already held
for the spring semester at the end of fall 2010,
garnering the attention of both theatre and non-
theatre students. There will be three shows held
in spring 2011: The Imaginary Invalid, The
Roads to Home, and DirectFest 2011.
The first of these shows, The Imaginary
Invalid, is a play by Moliere, first performed
in 1673 and the last work he wrote. The play
is directed by senior theatre major Spencer
Williams. It will be performed in Van Ellis
Theatre, February 17 - 19 and 24 - 27. The
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances
are at 8:00 p.m., while the Sunday is a 2:00 p.m.
matinee. The play is a French farce and follows
Agan, a severe hypochondriac, who believes
he is dying and wishes to marry his daughter
Angelique off, not knowing his daughter has her
own suitor in mind.
The second of the plays to be shown is The
Roads to Home by Texan playwright Horton
Fopte, written in 1982. It is t<? be directed by
Ronald Dean Nolen, the Assistant Professor of
Theatre and Artistic Director of the University
Theatre. The play will be performed March 31
- April 2, and April 7 - 10. It tells the story of
three women in early 1900 Texas, following them
with a sincere, straightforward look at their lives.
Foote is a personal favorite of Mr. Nolen.
Finally, the last performance of spring 2011
is DirectFest. Held every year, DirectFest is a
collection of one act plays put on by senior stu-
dents enrolled in the directing class. It will be
performed May 5-7. Mr. Nolen says that he
is, “very excited to work with the students who
take this class and where they go with this: their
choices, and how they go about the entire theatre
This past semester has been very success-
ful for the HSU theatre department, drawing in
record audiences for A Christmas Carol - not
only students, but people from the Abilene com-
munity at large. They had a great time hosting sev-
enth graders from Abilene Independent School
District, and look forward to following this suc-
cess. Mr. Nolen is extremely proud of everything
that has been done and looks forward to extend-
ing it with the great students participating.
free tutoring. Get on your black- time for yourself every once in a
board account and click on “HSU while. Get some exercise, read a
Resources” in the upper right hand good book, go to a game; anything
corner. There will be tutors that that allows you to relax for a while
you can email for help. Do not be and take a breather from school
shy about it. Everyone needs help for a few hours.
How Tax Cuts Help The Economy
By Eric Roten
On Friday, December 17, President Obama, with congressional
Republicans and Democrats looking on, signed into law the most signif-
icant tax legislation in a decade. President Obama spent weeks fighting
with his own party to get the extension of President Bush’s tax cuts for
another two years. This bill will extend the investments and income tax
cuts during a time when consumers are desperate for spending money.
This law includes those families whose income exceeds $250,000. It
also extends unemployment benefits for a year, cuts social security
taxes and extends a surplus of tax cuts for the low-income and middle-
This bill comes at a time when spending is needed most. One per-
spective on how to bring a country out of recession is to spend. When
consumers spend they are providing companies with revenue and
when companies have enough revenue to turn a profit they have more
opportunities. If they choose to grow the company then they will have
to hire more employees. By hiring more employees they are decreasing
the unemployment rate. This will cause the overall economy to start to
The only problem with this concept is that when the country is in a
recession, the consumer does not have a surplus of cash to spend, and
if the consumer does not have money to spend then companies do not
have enough revenue to cover their costs. Since the tax cuts are being
extended, people now will now be able to keep more of their income
and not have to turn it over to the IRS. This cash can then, hopefully,
be spent thus driving the economy upwards.
This was a hard-fought battle for President Obama because former
Speaker of the House halted movement of the bill through the House.
One of the main reasons it was halted was the thought that the govern-
ment needs to take as much taxes as they can in order to decrease the
deficit. The problem with this is that during a recession the consumers
in a country are in a deficit, so why should the government be any dif-
ferent? The first step to turning the deficit into a surplus is to turn the
country as a whole from an economic recession to an economic growth.
From left to right: Ben Skye, Wong Kui Moi, Katie Whitmore,
Cathy Lee, Lee Tak Vui, Yang Guang (Sunny) , Enja Xiong,
Shawn Chin, Pan Jing, Wu Yue (Kevin)
Photo by Stephanie Teoh
From left to right: Ben Skye, Wong Kui Moi, Cathy Lee,
Katie Whitmore, Lee Tak Vui, Enja Xiong, Yang Guang
Photo by Stephanie Teoh
Don’t forget to welcome our new international students!
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Hahne, Elyse. The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 9, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 18, 2011, newspaper, January 18, 2011; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth896643/m1/2/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hardin-Simmons University Library.