Hello all you voracious Bethel readers out there. It’s my pleasure to begin a blog for the “Beyond the Green” blog, but before I take you on a verbal tour of the college, let me introduce myself.
My name is Ben Histand, and I’m a fifth-year senior most recently from North Newton, Kansas. I’m a Business Administration major, and I’m also a member of the cross country and track teams, but like most Bethel students, I don’t fit into a specific mold. I do a lot of different things on campus, some of them more official than others: I’m a member of Men’s Ensemble, and we’ve got bi-semester concerts; I’m not in the Bethel College band or Orchestra, but I still get together and play with others and jam for the fun of it; last year I organized a meditation group and a film club.
My name is Claire Unruh and I grew up in Clay Center, Kansas. I am entering my third year at Bethel College, dual majoring in Biology and Bible & Religion, with an anticipated minor in Chemistry. Upon graduation from Bethel, I plan to eventually enter medical school, specializing in surgery.
When I say that I am majoring in both Religion and Biology, I often get strange looks, as if the two areas were mutually exclusive. To me, they are not. In fact, they are complementary. However, I’ll leave that particular bit of introspection to your personal discernment. Religion and Biology have interested me for years. There’s nothing I love better than a solid discussion of personal or communal theology, and nothing that gets me more excited than human biology. I think that they are both wonderfully complex and fascinating subjects. The biology classes at Bethel have taught me how to study well, to effectively read a textbook, and the importance of multi-colored highlighting. From my Bible & Religion classes, I have learned how to think and not just mindlessly regurgitate facts and processes, as well as learning to evaluate societal themes and the importance of adopting a personally relevant theology.
This past weekend was planned to be an awesome filled weekend!…But due to weather, intramural softball was rained out on Saturday. MudSlam was canceled due to bad weather–but it was actually sunny so some people still played! Allen Wedel was pumped that he still got to play MudSlam. He had been looking forward to MudSlam for a looong time! Send off for Summer was the only thing not canceled! Students stood in line for free t-shirts (the first 75 students) and the Student Life staff grilled the hot-dogs and hamburgers. There were inflatables, pie was thrown into faculty faces, and students played catch with a football. This was very fun for everyone and it was a great time to spend with friends before heading into finals and then moving home for the summer. Even though softball and MudSlam was canceled, the weekend still ended up pretty good. Send off for Summer is always an event students look forward to. …Now the weekend is over, it is on to studying for finals!
Uh oh for fun, get ready for the best weekend of your college careers. This weekend is going to be filled with so much fun and excitement. Starting on Friday, after classes end there will be a game of capture the flag in the dark!!! Yay! Then on Saturday it is the annual intramural softball games where there is a lot of fun and excitement. Even if you’re not a participant, many go to lay out in the sun and cheer on their peers and of course barbecue. You can’t have a softball game without a barbecue. Last but not least, there is Sunday. Who can forget mud-slam, that icky sticky rolling around in the mud all day volleyball game which implies win or go home!!! After you’re all washed up from the mud, you should go to send off for summer. Yay my favorite part of the year because it is the last time to spend time with your buddies before everyone leaves for the summer. Remember the first 75 people at send off for summer get free t-shirts.
I just finished up my last class of the semester! Once May hit, everything began to get crazy and hectic! My classes are done now–but onto finals next week! I am fortunate enough to only have one final test left and a final paper next week. I cannot believe that the school year is coming to a close, seniors are about to move on, and summer jobs are about to start up! Time has flown by since spring break. This is both a good and bad thing. I have had so many projects and papers to get done in a short amount of time, so I have been stressed to the max. Now that most of my whirlwind is done, I am able to de-stress just a bit before my last push to the end. I can see the end in sight and I am soo excited!
Until this weekend I didn’t know it was possible to get sick from stress. I suppose it has happened to others though. Dizzy after not taking care of my body or personal health, chronically tired, apathetic, lack of appetite, I just stayed in bed…. what a fun way to enter in to the last three weeks of school.On the bright side, these next few weeks are PACKED with activity. Read More
Well friends, it seems that the year is quickly drawing to a close, which means that you probably think I’m going to talk about how busy the end of the year is, what all I have to accomplish yet, and how much I’m looking forward to summer. Well, you’re right, kind of. There is a lot to do, but so far I don’t feel overwhelmed. I need to write two or three more papers and memorize a monologue for my Living in Performance class. I don’t think that school will be too terribly hectic, but having lots and lots of Masterworks rehearsals towards the end of this week will probably stress me out. There’s one thing about having choir every day for an hour, and then there’s another thing about having it for four days straight for at least three hours at a time. As much as I love Poulenc’s Gloria and Stravinsky’s Requiem I feel like it’s going to be a struggle for me to stay attentive and optimistic facing such a grueling schedule. I’m not saying that so much practice is unwarranted either, we are not to the performance level with these pieces yet and could honestly use all of this practice time. It’s just…well…inconvenient for getting homework done and having a life. Oh well, it’s only 4 days. Read More
May is here and you know what that means. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I will go ahead and tell you. School is almost out, graduation is coming up, and summer is on the horizon. Although May is a time to celebrate, it’s also a time to buckle down and get all the last minute assignments that are being assigned done. These assignments can make or break a grade especially with it being so close to the end of the year. Although there are positives and negatives to the arrival of May, one can always relax by going and enjoying the beautiful May weather on the Green or playing catch with friends. May is the month that gets you out of a funk!!!
Today marks the fourth week since I left Kansas, meaning tomorrow I will have officially been in Germany for a whole month! It’s kind of hard to believe my time here is already a quarter over :(. But I don’t want to think about that right now. I’d rather talk about all the fun stuff from this past weekend!I’m going to go ahead and say I think I weigh about 5 pounds heavier after this weekend. First, on Saturday it was the birthday of one of the international students from China, Bin. There were about 10 of us who gathered in his apartment for a sumptuous feast of authentic Asian food prepared by him and another one of our friends, Tan, from Singapore. Though it wasn’t exactly like “American” Chinese food, it was more similar than I had expected, with chicken and sweet and sour sauce and the works. All of us brought something to contribute, preferably something representative of our own country. I brought peanut butter and jelly (of which no one actually partook :)). Valentina, a student from Italy, made real tiramisu, and the usual tradition was kept: we put candles on the cake and sang “Happy Birthday”–only we sang it in 3 different languages: English, German, and Chinese! Surprisingly enough, the Chinese version is to the same tune as the English version. Read More
I’ve never been sure what to think about the spread of the American culture throughout the rest of the world. Some people say it’s a bad thing–that too much spreading of the American culture causes other cultures to be stamped out, ultimately creating a single monoculture for the whole world. I can see why this might be a concern–after all, even though I’m in Germany, I still see/hear many traces of my country here: the movies playing in the theaters, the shows on TV, the music on the radio. Not to mention the fact that the majority of the people I encounter know at least a little bit of English. Read More