Hello, Bethel College Community, family, and friends. Greetings from the Concert Choir in the great state of Washington! Yesterday we drove to Wichita, KS and began our tour with an evening program at Lorraine Avenue Church. Several members of the congregation treated us to a wonderful meal and shortly afterward we performed our first concert, which went well, though I think we can perform even better if we’re able to get a little more rest somewhere in the next few days. The last week of midterms was hard for me at least. The people of Lorraine Avenue and Hope Mennonite church graciously let us stay at their homes afterward, giving us soft beds and lots of food. After an early flight and a slight delay in Denver we arrived in Spokane, where we ate a hearty dinner at a cool local restaurant called the Rusty Moose before rushing off and performing in a cathedral called St. Aloysius on the campus of Gonzaga University. Read More
This past week has been chock full of musical performances at Bethel College. Most of the Bethel ensembles have performed in one capacity or another, as well as an influx of guest musicians performing along with them.It started Friday, when during Convocation a Grammy award-winning saxophonist taught us about music theory and the relationships of notes to each other, and how that plays out in a song. Later that night he performed with Bethel’s Jazz Ensemble I, who played along with Jazz II and the smaller Jazz Combo. It was an inspiring show of Jazz. Read More
It’s about that time again. Midterms. There’s nothing more productive than a student faced with 4 exams in the coming week, not to mention an entire campus! It’s the time when the entire campus realizes, “Oh hey, it’s time to buckle down and study!” Several professors have long papers due this week, and almost everyone I know has at least 2 exams, if not more. Read More
One of the activities I have enjoyed the most this year is being a writer for The Collegian, the student run newspaper on campus. We meet once a week to either critique a just-released issue or plan for the next issue, or both. The people involved with the newspaper are all really excited about what they do.
For a communications major or minor you can take Journalism Practicum as a class, or you can get paid to be on staff. As a math and science person, I fall into the latter category which is also nice because I get paid to write articles and I usually choose ones I know will be fun to write. It’s like getting paid to have a hobby!
Who doesn’t love saving lives? Especially when there’s pizza involved. Well, at Bethel one of the ways that we show our appreciation for our fellow man is by showing up to donate blood. It must be hardwired into our Mennonite DNA (don’t worry, if you’re non-Mennonite you too can develop a deep appreciation for volunteering) to do what we can to make the world a better place, and one of those ways is by having a blood drive. Who doesn’t love having Vietnamese food? Not the International club. They took a trip down to Wichita to eat at a delicious Viet restaurant and experience multiculturalism through their stomachs. It was rightly glorious. Read More
Tonight I’ll be vicariously involved in a special tradition that Bethel takes part of every year: the yearly KMEA concerts. This is the showcase for all musical groups, both high school and collegiate, that sing or play in the state of Kansas. And this year, of all the groups that could have been chosen, our very own concert choir achieved the very prestigious distinction of singing in the final slot on Friday night. This means that in the eyes of the KMEA, the Bethel College concert choir is the best choir in all of Kansas, better than any of the KCAC, better than Newman or any of the other Division II schools, and even better than the three Division I schools that are located in Kansas. Read More
As part of the Service Learning Scholarship from Bethel, I volunteer as a nurse’s aide in the surgical department of the Newton Medical Center. I put in 60 hours a semester, which works out to about five hours per week. This year, I’m volunteering from 6-10:30 am every Thursday. It means that I have to wake up at about 5:00 am, which is less than ideal, but it’s really the only time that I can fit in such a large chunk of time. It helps that I absolutely love every minute of volunteering at the hospital. It’s a great way to gain experience in the medical field. Occasionally the head nurse is able to get me into the surgical suites to view procedures. I’ve seen a knee replacement, parathyroidectomy (removal of a parathyroid gland), hernia repair and several heart catheterizations. The doctors have always been very good at pointing out different anatomical landmarks and making sure that I can see exactly what they’re doing, to the point of pulling up a stool for me (I’m pretty short) and letting me peer over their shoulder. It’s an unparalleled rush, seeing the inner workings of the body displayed less than two feet away. Read More
Although the women’s basketball game on Thursday, February 18 did not end on a high note, it is a night that the six seniors will remember and cherish forever. It was the night of our last home game in the regular season, and it was a night of honor. The six seniors were recognized for their hard work on and off the court through their time at Bethel. The night may have not gone according to plan, but the togetherness that the six seniors have built through the years showed as they huddled together one last time at the center of the court.
As you can see in Claire’s post from last week, we recently had the first snow day for Bethel in a very, very long time. Believe it or not, that snow is completely gone and has been for a few days.
A week after the crazy -20 degree weather we had a high of 75. Not even kidding. It’s like the groundhog was right for once. I don’t completely believe that winter is gone now, but rumor has it tornado season is supposed to start soon, which would be very early. Don’t worry too much about tornadoes here though. I have lived in North Newton for 16 years and the closest I have ever been to a tornado was on Christmas Day at my cousins’ house. In Florida.
For the first time in about 20 years, Bethel College has officially cancelled all of its Wednesday classes. There was much rejoicing when the e-mail first came out – plenty of shouting and dancing in the mod’s courtyard. These first 2 weeks at Bethel have been more or less defined by weather cancellations. One of my weekly classes has cancelled 2 classes (read: we haven’t met yet), a Biochemistry lab was postponed, and I’ve been called off work several times.