please let your babies grow up to be cowboys

the ranch

If you’ve been browsing on Netflix lately, chances are you’ve seen a show that incorporates top-grade country music, an iconic mustache, and an unfortunate pair of Ugg boots.

The Ranch is a sitcom unlike anything else Netflix has produced to date; filmed with only a handful of different sets in the studio, its essence is a throwback to other classics like Cheers or Full House.

Ten episodes of the first season were released on April 1st of this year; with each show only being half an hour long, a binge-watcher could do some serious damage in just one day.

Everyone in my household actually came together to watch history unfold: Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher, the infamous Steven Hyde and Michael Kelso, teamed up again as the Bennett brothers.

Colt Bennett, played by Kutcher, is the hometown football hero, who has arrived home with his tail between his legs after falling short on his dream of becoming a big-time professional football player.

Jameson ‘Rooster’ Bennett, played by Masterson, has continued to help out his daddy on the ranch for the last 15 years while Colt has been away. With a lot of the same quirks and mannerisms as his character “Hyde” from That 70s Show, this beer-guzzling redneck has the best “horse walks into a bar” jokes on television.

Sam Elliott portrays their father, Beau Bennett, who’s the living definition of a stubborn old ox. Thankfully his voice is enough to cause any woman to swoon to the floor in a puddle of mush — my mother included.

While the story unfolds, we see the screenwriters taking full advantage of the fact that the show is not on cable; there are multiple instances where characters drop the F-bomb, or some other forgivable four lettered words. You will also see a hiney — I’m not gonna say who’s — but the ladies will not be disappointed.

And if you’re a George Jones fan, there’s a scene that is pure GOLD.

Some of the haters/critics alike argue that the show is nothing that we haven’t seen before. Colt is just another son who is seeking the approval of his father. Beau is just another cranky, hard-headed old man who can’t even stand the fact that there is almond milk in his fridge: “What the *bleep* is almond milk…show me the tit on an almond.”

However, the show’s charm emulates a family many viewers either relate to, or enjoy learning more about. It takes a character that would otherwise be made into a cliche and manages to poke fun at it in a loving-family way.

The Bennett men win the medal for quick-wit sarcasm and stubbornness; without a doubt, Colt and Rooster have learned from the best. Sam Elliot’s lines in this show are a mix between the ideals of your grandfather and the comedic wisdom of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.

Just some examples include: “What kind of *bleep* spends 85 dollars on a pair of jeans?”, “Sushi is fish for men who don’t know how to build a fire”, and “A man doesn’t grow a mustache, the mustache grows the man.”

Many of Beau’s ideals may seem old fashioned, but there’s enough modern-day turmoil occurring between his marriage and the state of the ranch for the character to be relatable to the generations after him as well.

The Ranch is one of those shows that can perk you up regardless of the mood you’re in. My family would sit down and watch it at the end of the day for the same reason we’d turn on Jimmy Fallon after the news — it makes you smile.

More episodes are set to debut later this year, but the release date is still pending. Hopefully they air sooner rather than later; I miss seeing me some Rooster!

Carlos Martinez elected as Student Trustee

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Image taken by Ryan Prochaska

The students of Black Hawk have spoken, and there’s a new Student Trustee on campus, one dedicated to making improvements on campus for a better student experience.

Freshman Carlos Martinez, who is pursuing a degree in pre-engineering, was elected as the new Student Trustee to represent the students on the Board of Trustees. Before Election Day, Martinez squared off in a debate with fellow candidate Rowen Burroughs, in a final attempt to influence undecided voters why he would be the best choice for the position.

The debate consisted of questions about how the candidates would go about serving as the Student Trustee, and the changes they intend on making if elected.

Martinez will serve as the Student Trustee for one year, during this time, he looks forward to serving as a voice for his fellow students and hopes to ultimately make Black Hawk’s campus experience better.

Overall, the responsibilities of the Student Trustee is to serve as the voice of the students on the Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee can bring up any concerns or improvements that could be made in the best interest of the students, and that’s exactly what enticed Martinez to get involved and run for Student Trustee.

“I wanted to play a role, and actually be able to influence what’s going on,” said Carlos Maritnez. “Many times, students are only here at Black Hawk for two years, and they really don’t get involved. I want to show the students there’s an opportunity to get involved, and we can make changes on campus to make things better for the students.”

Martinez encourages suggestions on what exactly needs improved at Black Hawk, so if you see him on campus speak up and don’t be shy, it takes a voice for change.

Easy Eats: French Toast Roll Ups

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French Toasts Roll Ups:

prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4-5 minutes

over all time: 15 minutesfrench toast

Ingredients:

3-4 slices of any type of bread (your choice)

4 strawberries

2 or 3 eggs

Nutella

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

3 teaspoons of granulated sugar

Optional: syrup or powdered sugar

If desired, other fruit works to.  Makes great strawberry banana roll ups

Directions:

  1. Remove crust on all sides of bread.FT2.jpg
  2.  At one of the short sides on the bread spread a good amount of Nutella. Be careful not to put too much on or it might not roll up.
  3. Wash, cut, and layer on the strawberries or your choice fruit on top of the nutella half. Make sure to cut up the fruit relatively small so that it’s easier to roll.  Once the Nutella and fruit are placed on the edge, roll till the end of the bread.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Whisk two or three eggs in a medium bowl set aside.
  5. Combine the cinnamon and sugar on a flat plate.

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6.   Here comes the messy part: carefully dunk in the egg making sure to coat the whole                roll.  Then, roll in the cinnamon sugar till completely covered.

7.  Take the rolls and cook them in a greased pan on the stove.  It doesn’t take to                            long to cook these, but do make sure the egg is cooked through.

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8. Once cooked top with either syrup or powdered sugar and eat.

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Gabbing with Grunt: Why your New Year’s resolution flopped

We’re only an entire month immersed into the New Year; however, I abandoned my New Year’s resolution about 28 days ago. Perhaps it says something about my character, or my lack of motivation, but it could also be saying something about the entire tradition itself. Continue reading “Gabbing with Grunt: Why your New Year’s resolution flopped”

Good Eats! Cheese. Enough said.

When doing research for recipes that appeal to college students, it is believed that the college student diet consists of ramen and pizza. Though not completely untrue, it is overlooking an under-appreciated staple item that can make anything taste good. Put enough cheese on anything and Continue reading “Good Eats! Cheese. Enough said.”

Promoting the old and the new at activities fair

If you were anywhere near the East entrance of Building 1 on Thursday, August 27th, the first thing you would have smelled is popcorn. On the likely chance you followed your stomach (or happened to be wandering to or from your car), you would have encountered BHC’s Activities Kick-Off! Continue reading “Promoting the old and the new at activities fair”

Gabbing with Grunt: Surviving your first year of college

romperxwhatsappIt’s hard to forget your first day of college – the uncertainty, the sense of maturity, the inexplicit need to wear sweatpants. You no longer have to ask permission to go to the bathroom. You no longer have to worry about being late because you can’t open your locker (everything you need is on your back). Continue reading “Gabbing with Grunt: Surviving your first year of college”