Everyone is getting ready for Halloween. This Thursday the caf had a dessert buffet of Halloween candy and Halloween colored cake. I may have pigged out on candy corn that day…
We also have Trick-or-Treat off the street tomorrow where kids can come and trick or treat here instead of going to strangers’ homes. I’m really excited for this because I remember trick-or-treating here as a kid and being completely lost in Haury Hall. Everyone is perfecting their costumes for tonight’s Halloween dance. I’m excited to see the entries for the costume contests.
I’ll post pictures after the dance.
At Bethel, one of the things that gets emphasized in talking with prospective students is the opportunities that you’re afforded because of the closeness of the student body and administration. This post is about a real-life example of making a difference in the way our college operates.
I’m taking an upper-level business class, Managing Organizational Change, with Mr. Becker. As part of our class, the five of us are working closely with Dr. Perry White to enact an organizational change at Bethel College. The project that we are undertaking will be something that goes beyond our class, and is something that we’ll be participating in throughout the year.
I built up a lot of excitement for fall break. I have a class at 8 every morning so the idea of finally getting to sleep in for a few days sounded like absolute heaven. The sleeping in was great, and the fact that I got to hang out with friends without having class was great too, but now going back to class is harder than ever.
As we all know the school year is extremely busy. Many of my friends, fellow classmates, and even teachers have been looking forward to Fall Break. Now that it is here though, to myself and my modmates four days does not seem long enough. Wouldn’t it be nice if fall break was a week like Spring Break? It is easy to understand that Fall Break is shorter though because we have Thanksgiving Break in a little less than a MONTH!! The fall weather has started to set in and campus is becoming more and more beautiful. The leaves on the tree by the Science Building have started to turn a bright red and everyone seems to be excited about this weather change. I personally feel a bit torn. I am not a cold weather person at all and while I am trying to enjoy the 70 degree days I just know that with fall comes winter. Soon campus will be under a cover of frost..and then snow! But the exciting thing about winter is Basketball Season!! Read More
There is little in this world that is more beautiful than four-part hymn singing. Today was the Hymn Sing Chapel that occurs once every semester. It is, without doubt, everyone’s favorite chapel. For 30 minutes, we do nothing but sing hymns, sharing our favorites with our fellow students, professors, and community members. It is a time when we can all sing the old familiar hymns that everyone knows by heart and learn new ones to add to our repertoire. The chapel is usually pretty full, over 100 people, singing with all their heart, soul, and considerable vocal talent.
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.