There's more to life at Bethel than classes & seminars

Beyond the green is a place students to share the joys and hardships of being a Thresher.

  • Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

    Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

  • Mod Life: Finding Fun Amidst Stress

    Mod Life: Finding Fun Amidst Stress

The End of a Tennis Season

The End of a Tennis Season

This past weekend were the conference tournaments for the men's and women's tennis teams. Unfortunately, neither team made it to nationals but that does not discount the great and successful seasons they had.
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Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

Over the past month many of Bethel’s students have been working on the opera, The Pirates of Penzance.
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Bubbert Awards 2014

Bubbert Awards 2014

This year’s Bubberts Awards were on the evening of April 12th. Bubberts was great as always! Everyone looked super spiffy and fancy.
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Concert Choir In Europe

Concert Choir In Europe

The Concert Choir gave a bittersweet farewell to our European choir tour with a final concert on Sunday, this time in front of the friendly faces of Bethel’s campus.
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Easter springs up!

Good Friday has come and gone, and Easter is in two days! I can hardly believe it. The Bethel campus has been a buzz with sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and happy students basking in the sun. Springtime livens the hearts of those who have been in hibernation during winter, and it calls to the warm breeze of summer. Read More


So it’s the first of April, and even though this is a day known for pranks and humor, the nice weather we’ve been having this week is no joke. I’m always amazed at how much the seasons and weather in general affect my moods/activities throughout the year. Having been born in the spring has always made me love this season, though I’ve come to appreciate the new leaves and green grass even more than getting presents on the day of my birth as my life has gone on. I notice that I’m usually happier during the spring, which I think may very possibly be directly related to how much exercise I get. It’s so much easier to go for a run or play volleyball with friends if the weather is nice than during our harsh Kansas winters. Sure, I could go to the basement of Memorial Hall and lift weights or run on the treadmills, but it’s just not the same, you know? Something about hearing the pound of my feet on the Bethel trails or feeling the sand of the volleyball pit between my toes just makes me feel more alive. It’s almost as if when the Earth is reborn every year I am too, and that’s a pretty cool feeling. Anyways…. Read More

Break Is Over Already?!

So this is the first week back from spring break…and nobody can seem to get in ‘class mode’. It may have something to do with the fact that the weather outside is amazing, but it also has a lot to do with that it is the time of year when the academic grind comes in. We have about 2 months left of school so now all of the projects, papers and tests before finals start to pile up. As a student I need to begin to buckle down and get out of spring break mode. This is easier said than done, but it is something I have to do! I have a book report due next week, two tests next week, and a paper. Well, here it goes the craziness of the rest of the year! Bring it on!

Spring Break BaCk to the GrEeN

Spring break is the ultimate break for many at Bethel College, but the Monday after break is over seems to be one of the unity experiences at Bethel. Today many of the students were so excited to finally be back from their trips, see their peers and faculty members as well as sharing in one another’s stories about their spring break. The excitement and the joy that I have seen on everyone’s faces today is what makes me love Bethel College – because of the fun, warm and loving environment.

Spring Fake

I might still be frustrated with the way life works. Oh well.The Student Teacher Handbook tells me that I must follow the schedule of my cooperating school, not Bethel College. It’s really too bad then that our Spring Breaks did not line up. So while all the Bethel folks were studying and taking midterms, I took a drive home to Iowa. Most exciting event while I was home: Seeing The Steel Wheels in concert. The first time I saw them was here at Bethel as a freshman. If you like bluegrass, or americana, or beautiful harmonies, check them out. Plus it was a chance for me and my dad to hang out. And it was one of the best concerts I’ve seen. But then I had to turn around and head back to Kansas just as my modmates started driving south for Texas. Ugh.I’d ask for pity, but here I am, doing my student teaching thing, with a (mostly) empty campus, and I still love it. Read More

Spring Break

Around this time it is usually when many students take advantage of the break to do a service project through the school or the church. Many students have decided to go to Hati, Chile and Nicaragua. These opportunities are great ways for the students here at Bethel College to experience new things while serving others. These experiences and opportunities will allow each student to seek, serve, grow…Bethel College!

Developing an Individualized Major

Hi everyone! My name is Cassidy, and I’m a sophomore from Elgin, Ill. I’m currently a double major in “English” (more on that later) and Psychology, but that’s all about to change.I’ve got big academic plans for the next few years, and as of Tuesday, February 16, I’m one step closer. Someone upstairs (probably literally) passed the Individualized Major proposal, allowing crazy kids like me to do a lot more work in order to achieve their blended major dreams. Read More

The Aftermath

So, the great opera known as Die Fledermaus is finally over. Our Saturday night performance was the best that I could’ve hoped for and I’m extrememly proud of how everyone performed to the best of their abilities that night. It was a good journey with a group of people that became kind of a family to me, which is probably what I’ll miss the most. However, there seems to be too much to be done in the present to be nostalgic about the past. Read More

Spring on Campus

The weather is finally beautiful outside, and when the weather is nice, people start to come out of hiding. I love spring for that fact. On campus when the weather is finally nice after a looooooong cold winter, everybody enjoys the nice weather on campus. It’s fun to see the community because on the green there will be random games of ultimate frisbee. Between the mods and Voth there are games of touch football and groups of people playing catch with a football or baseball. When the weather gets even nicer–sand volleyball becomes a normal activity to take part in. It’s so exciting to finally have wonderful weather that we can get outside and be active in! Our campus is so beautiful, and it has space to offer outside activities. I’m sooo excited it is finally spring weather!!!

Die Fledermaus!

Well, hello, my faithful readers! It has been a few weeks, hasn’t it? If you read Ryan’s post, then you probably already have an idea of what I am going to talk about: our upcoming operetta, “Die Fledermaus”! This will be my second opera to perform in at Bethel. My freshman year I was in “The Magic Flute,” which was a lot of fun, so I was excited to have another chance to be in an opera here. I was also in the musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” last year (we alternate between musical and opera each year). You may have noticed I wrote “operetta” instead of opera. I’m not an expert on this stuff, but from my understanding, operettas are always more comical than regular operas and also have more dialogue. This is definitely true of “Die Fledermaus”–we’ve been rehearsing for almost a month now, and we’re still laughing during rehearsals! Read More