I can’t wait till fall break weekend, because it means we are halfway through the semester. Also we get a big break from school, as we have not only the weekend but Monday and Tuesday off as well. As for basketball we get a break from school but two-a-days start during break. the two a days won’t be too bad because on that Tuesday we will have our first official basketball scrimmage as well as Volleyball will play against Tabor!!!
Fall Fest just finished up here on campus. There were many booths set up all around campus. My mom and grandma joined me here for the weekend festivities. First we worked at our basketball booth. We sold Russian Pancakes at our booth to raise money for our trip to Florida. We are playing in a tournament in Daytona Beach. We are pretty excited about it. Then we spent some time walking around and enjoying all of the booths. We tried a lot of different food including New Years Cookies and Verenike. We also listened to some of the music performers. We had a really good time.
Okay now that September is over hopefully things are starting to slow down. I know personally that September was a month filled with busy days that consisted of mountainous amount of homework, being gone every friday and saturday out of state for volleyball matches, trying to attend bible study and other teams games, and squeezing in time with friends when possible.
Looking back on the month there were many exciting things going on at Bethel. The Volleyball team is now 15-8 and 6-1 in conference. We are done with non conference matches and now can concentrate on our conference goals. The soccer teams are playing their hearts out against tough competition day in and day out. I am never surprised by the copious amounts of bruises and lumps they all get from their brutal games. The football team is battling a lot of injuries, I personally had a friend go through shoulder surgery, and another had back surgery in the last two weeks. Never forget about all these athletes, that while they are at Bethel filling their minds with a whole lot of knowledge, they also are sacrificing their bodies to bring pride to our teams!
On Friday night, the Student Activities Committee hosted a campus-wide game of Persecution. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the game, allow me to fill you in: Persecution seeks to mimic to some extent the lives of the early Anabaptists as they fled religious persecution in the 16th century.
The point of the game is to work one’s way from safe house to safe house (located in different areas around campus) without getting tagged by a person carrying a broom. If one is tagged, one must go to the jail, where the jailer subjects the prisoners to ridiculous rules. A prisoner may be set free from jail, but only at the jailer’s discretion. Once a person has been to all six safe houses, they receive the password to “heaven.” The game is played at night, wearing all black, and the “Anabaptists” travel in groups of 4 to 10, depending on whom in the group has already been tagged. Essentially, it’s a giant game of Tag, with multiple people who are “it,” and lots of secret passwords.
One of the best things about Bethel is life on campus. I’m not sure what percentage of students live on campus, but it’s very high. This makes for a very tight-knit community.
My floor in Haury Hall is actually two girls’ halls, but we do most everything together. This past Sunday our two RAs, Lindsey and Jordyn, organized a tie dye party for the 30-some girls on the floor. For most of us it was a fun way to spend time with friends we had already met, but I also talked for the first time with some girls who I had said hi to when passing in the hallway but had never really talked to before.
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