I play basketball here at Bethel and our practices start tomorrow! That is September 28th! This is very early for any basketball team to start and I can't believe it is here already! Conditioning is over with and it is time to get down to the fun stuff! I have to admit that it is weird to be starting basketball while volleyball and football and other fall sports are just in the middle of their seasons. It will give us a lot of time to prepare!
Our team looks very good this year. We have a lot of seniors and a lot of freshman and then just one sophomore and one junior. We will have a lot of experience with our seniors and a lot of raw talent with our freshmen. It will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out. I hope we are able to push each other in practice and make each other better. Our freshmen are really great girls this year! It should make for an exciting season! We may start practice early, but our first game is not until Nov. 4th. So... enjoy all of the fall sports right now, but be ready for men's and women's basketball this winter because both teams have been working very hard!
Fall Fest is less than a week away and I can already feel the excitement. Fall Fest is like the homecoming of Bethel, it is full of alums and people from all over the community. People are able to visit different tents on campus and explore something new. I know for the women's basketball team, we will be selling Russian Pancakes. This is always exciting. There will be a lot of food, games and festive activities for everyone. Oh and don't forget soccer plays at 12:00 and 2:00 at Thresher Stadium against Friends. The football team will be playing against Bethany College at 7:00 pm so come out and support your Threshers for an all day event of fun and excitement.
Stress, stress and more stress. That is where I found myself this past week, not to mention the week before. I was constantly complaining about all the work to be done for my classes and the jobs I hold here on campus. Ask my roommate, and I’m sure she could tell you that I was downright grouchy! Amongst my exceedingly full schedule I somehow found myself sleeping at 10:00 am last Wednesday morning. That next hour at 11:00 am, Bethel has scheduled a time for Chapel lead by our campus pastor Dale Schrag. Although all students are encouraged to attend, no one is required to fill up that hour of your week at a church based service. Read More
Study groups are amazing. I know that sounds super nerdy, and it probably is, but the fact remains that study groups are probably the best way to prepare for a test.I have an Organic Chemistry test this Monday, and I just spent 2 hours in a study group, comparing material that I did know, material that I didn’t know, and concepts that I was a little shaky on with 3 of my classmates. And in nearly every case, we were able to fill the gaps in each other’s knowledge. Study groups can be super intense and incredibly stressful with the wrong mixture of people, but with the right group, studying can be pretty fun, especially when the topic-specific jokes and puns start flying! Read More
I never had a job in high school. I was too busy with activities and my parents kept telling me that I would have plenty of time to work later in life. Knowing that I would no longer have my parents' money for the necessities of dorm food and movies I decided to get a job in the bookstore.
My two hours a week at the bookstore have so far been extremely entertaining. I get to take the outgoing mail to the post office, stuff students' mailboxes, answer the switchboard phone, and other random things that Mary and Shirley find for me to do. They know all of Bethel's secrets and are the people to talk to for many random questions. The bookstore is pretty much the center of everything that happens on campus. Read More
Well school is off and running and I already have tons of homework! One thing about being a history major is that there is a lot of reading involved!
However, I did make time to attend the grand opening of our new coffee shop on campus. Mojo's ( located in Bubbert's) looks great! And awesome transformation took place in there this summer. The tables and chairs were replaced with coffee shop tables and chairs and there is coffee shop artwork. It really seems like this is going to be a place where many people can hang out. It will be a great place to sit and do homework, hold meetings, or just chat with friends. Also, the coffee and pastries and cookies were great! Student life was able to provide the students with free snacks and $1.00 coffee drinks. There was also live music to enjoy in the coffee shop. I cannot wait for it to open for good on September 20th so I can buy coffee and relax in a great new space! Maybe my homework will not seem quite as intimidating if I am surrounded by the sights and sounds and smells of Mojo's!
Wow! Elimination has really amped up people with excitement. There have been many people sitting in class soaking wet from their opponents vengeance. The most exciting events of elimination have been right outside of the caf. After a delicious meal in the caf (being sarcastic) one is ran down by their opponent with water, and for the lucky ones who have escaped they are hungry again. For those who are not so lucky, they have been drenched with water and they are hungry again. I'm pretty sure that's not a fun experience. All in all I think elimination has gone above and beyond this year and I enjoyed watching all the action from the caf windows at dinner last night!!! :>>
Hey Everyone! Sorry this has taken me almost two weeks to get around to but we ALL know how beginnings and endings of the school year are. Between the rush of getting to see all my friends and classmates again I have the extremely exciting opportunity of having lovely new modmates this year. But first let me tell you a bit about myself. My name is Melissa Nicole Volk (Melissa Nicole for Facebook's sake) and I am a junior here at Bethel College. I was born in the town of Newton, went to a Catholic school and then to the public high school in Newton also. Yes, I would consider myself a true Newton Railroader through and through and now I have expanded my lines of alliance with the Threshers. Read More
Last night saw an event that's been a campus ritual: the yearly Luau Dance at the beginning of the year. The Luau was a fun event, for me the combination of planned and spontaneous that is enjoyable about Bethel.
The night began at 5:45 when our Mod ate at a parent's house. We had absolutely delicious taco fixings, then hung around to play ping pong and Rock Band until we ended up at the Thresher football game. We joined the Student Section, cheered, and then we were ready for the dance. Student Life had sno-cones they were giving out, which were absolutely delicious. They had hired a former Bethel student to DJ, and he was blasting some house by the time we finished our sno-cones. We made eye contact with each other, and it was time to dance. We moved onto the sand volleyball court that was our dance floor for the night and a wave of people followed, transforming the court into a seething cluster of students breaking it down. Read More
Hi! My name is Megan Leary, and I'm one of the 140-some freshmen on campus. I'm from North Newton and grew up about a half mile from campus, so Bethel has always been on my radar. I started looking for colleges early in high school and considered going far away from home, but then I realized that every time I looked at another college I compared it to Bethel and never found anything that offered all that Bethel offered. It's such a small campus that you can be involved in so many things. I play oboe in Wind Ensemble, write for the Collegian, work at the bookstore, and go to Druber's, the local donut shop, at every opportunity. Read More