Spring Fling has started off with a bang with a fantastic talent show last night. I feel that there was a vast amount of talent shown by all the Bethel students who participated. Every show was a joy to watch and there was not one dull moment. The Bethel community had what I felt was a great turnout, with a majority of the students showing up to watch their peers perform their talents. But this is not it for Spring Fling for there will be more to come this week.Tonight there is Minute to Win It after the famous game show that allows one to get a task done in one minute faster than their opponent can. Tuesday there is ultimate Frisbee and limeades. Sounds good to me and Wednesday there is Iron Chef. Let’s see who at Bethel has been hiding their top chef abilities. Thursday is Mafia wars, that should be a blast from the past! And of course the ultimate red carpet event, The Bubbert’s Awards. Read More
This past weekend was the Kansas MCC Sale. For those non-Mennonites among the readers, it’s a chance to go to Hutchinson, eat a LOT of really good food, visit booths with lots of interesting things for sale (anything from bad trucker hats to furniture to jewelry to old fabric remnants to more food), go to three different auctions (general, quilts, children’s), slide down a GIANT SLIDE and mostly just eat a lot of food and hang out for a morning. At least half of the Bethel campus makes the trek over the weekend, and so there’s ample opportunity to spend time with friends, walk around, get sunburnt, and of course, eat a LOT of really good food (sense a theme here? Mennonites are all about the food). The proceeds from everything purchased at the sale goes to the Mennonite Central Committee, which is a faith-based aid organization with branches all over the world, so we can indulge in a bit of guilt-free spending, knowing that it will go to a good cause.
I’m not sure if it’s been said at all on this blog, but Mojo’s is one of the best things to come to Bethel. The coffee bar opened at the beginning of the year and has had fairly reasonable prices for really good drinks, sandwiches and desserts. It was especially convenient the few times I have missed the window for supper or lunch in the cafeteria. I don’t even want to think about how much money I have spent at Mojo’s.
Like many incoming college students, I didn’t drink coffee. Some still don’t, but some are like me and have grown to love the smell, taste, and affect coffee has. Some of the flavored drinks have really mild coffee flavors and it’s really easy to get used to it.
I’ve been waiting since the beginning of the year for spring on campus. The grass is green again, the temperatures were in the 70s before spring break, and flowers are starting to bud. Bethel has such a great landscape with so many trees and big green spaces. Unfortunately, when we all moved back in yesterday it was about 34 degrees outside and lightly snowing. That’s just kind of how spring is in Kansas though. You have to take the bad with the good.
On a happier note, today is my first birthday as a college student! It’s amazing how many people have told me happy birthday face-to-face instead of just on Facebook. I love having so many amazing people around me every day.
Whew! Having fun is tiring work! The week is nearing a close, and as we travel I continue to be amazed at the beauty around me, both in the landscapes we are surrounded by and the people surrounding me. There are a lot of new members in the choir this year, and we have had a lot of fun as a group, getting to know one another better and laughing a lot. Every day I grow closer to people I have cared about for a long time as well as people I am just beginning to know and care for.
We work hard on our music, and performing concerts every night can be tiring. But the energy for that work often comes from our friendships and community. We lean on each other and learn from each other, bringing our joy to the music we create together. I love to sing no matter where or what or with whom, but to sing beautiful music in gorgeous landscapes with people I love . . . how can I keep from singing?
Naomi Graber: 3-25-2011
For the past week, Bethel College has been on Spring Break. For me, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was pretty stressed, getting a little burnt out, and just ready for a nice, long break. Most of my friends had exciting weeks planned – at least half of them were going on the Choir Tour to the Pacific Northwest (details of which can be read on this blog), the tennis team visited the Southeast, a couple of my modmates went skiing in Colorado, and a handful of other friends took roadtrips to California, Colorado, and San Antonio. My Spring Break started at approximately 6pm on Friday, when a caravan of 3 vehicles left the BC parking lot to drive to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas for 3 days of rock climbing, camping, and cooking outdoors. Read More
Today is our sixth day on tour. The first full day of concerts in Washington was a difficult one; we had the privilege of singing in a Catholic cathedral with amazing acoustics. We arrived there with no time to rehearse in the space so we went on cold turkey. This was a challenging concert but we persevered through, and over the next few days sang three of the best concerts we have ever done. Today is our second day in Oregon. Today we spend the majority of the day on the beach throwing the Frisbee or just walking around the gorgeous Oregon coast. My favorite thing about this day involved Open Road. We made a circle right on the water and sang “Here by the Water” and we took stones and placed them in the water. This event made me realize how truly lucky I am to be involved in this group, and how much I am looking forward to the rest of this tour. Read More
When we were all loaded on the bus and ready to leave Menno Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dale announced, “The service this morning made this entire choir tour worth our time.” I fully agree with this statement. We started the morning after a full night’s sleep in the beautiful landscape of western Washington. I had the opportunity to give the senior reflection before we sang, and I talked about feeling overwhelmed before leaving for choir tour but being thankful for everyone in the choir and everyone who helped comfort me and encourage me during the past few days that we were traveling. I also talked about how I picture the music we sing. I see it as something more than sound waves bouncing off the walls and people in the places we sing. I picture the choir’s harmonies as love that is being poured out to our audiences.
Now that spring has arrived, you will see more students up and about around the Bethel campus. Tennis is still going strong but the nice weather allows for them to really enjoy the outdoors. Track is under way with plenty of meets for student to enjoy with the outside sun. Don’t forget golf, they have tournaments coming up that you are sure to enjoy. And who can forget such leisure activities such as ultimate Frisbee, sand volleyball, walking, running and biking the trail. The great spring weather brings an array of students out and about the campus.
The food committee consist of a group of students that are allowed to sit before the overseers of the cafeteria food and constructively give criticism about the cafe food. The food committee’s advisers will ask questions like how do you rate the cafe food, what needs to improve, what area do you like or dislike in the cafe set up, what needs to be changed, how can it be better, what additions would you like to see to the cafe. Sitting on the food committee offers a great opportunity to students to put in there input about the food.