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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The Day I Remembered I´m Not at Bethel

¨Piensas que deberia existir la pena de muerte?¨ This is the question my Ecuadorian Culture teacher presented us in class today. Pena de muerte = Death Penalty. What a wonderful subject for the bright sunny day I was witnessing on the other side of the window-pane. Not. Our teacher was asking us, as North Americans, what we thought about the Death Penalty. She was asking if we think it should exist.The death penalty does not exist in Ecuador, nor in any other country in South America. But it does exist in the United States. Read More

Fall is here!

As I walked to class today, feeling the wind, seeing the set up for Fall Fest, I realized today is the last day of September. Some people say that September begins the season of fall, with the coming of school. Some people say the autumnal equinox is the true beginning of fall.For me, fall is a feeling. The feeling of cool, crisp air blowing through campus, letting me break out that jacket after a summer of heat and humidity. (sigh, that’s a good feeling). Read More

Classes in Ecuador

70 sentences using a unique list of given verbs/adjectives… an essay describing the use of a technocratic model in the fight against poverty… reading of a legend that explains the origin of the city Guayaquil… A weekend in the cloud forest with 8 friends… TIME FACTOR. Read More

A Stressful September

I would say that this year is off to a good start, but it’s already the end of September, and the school year is well under way. This is a little bewildering to me. I suppose that living in town all summer has lessened the excitement of coming back to Bethel for school, but this year just seems like a continuation of last year instead of a whole new chapter. This combined with the fact that it’s my last year at Bethel makes for an interesting set of emotions to start off the year. Read More

It Will Open Your Eyes…

The book Dead Man Walking, by Sister Helen Prejean. She spoke to us in convocation yesterday and it was so moving. The convo was shorter than usual, and before she spoke I had a some doubts regarding her ability to speak, as well as her topic- abolishing the death penalty. Picture it, this tiny elderly woman with a white lace collar shirt and an old fashioned, black coat and black pants. She had large glasses and peeked out from under her mop of gray hair. Her face was deeply lined with years… of grief I suppose. I think the Bethel student body was a little surprised to hear her strong southern voice come booming out at first. We all got a good laugh- and she had a great sense of humor. Little did I know that I would end up crying. I want to read her books now- she spoke so well and with such passion. I wish that she would come back and tell us more about what she’s seen and done and is currently doing in this movement. Read More

Getting Underway With Classes

So, we are now in the last week or so of September and classes are going strong as well as the balancing of homework, sports, and social life. My classes, thankfully, are not too stressful but are keeping me busy. I am a business major and I love it! I just took my first test of the year today and I believe I did quite well! I am currently in all business classes: Bus. Law, Accounting, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. I am actually excited for this semester because all of these classes interest me in some way. The only thing that will be challenging is that I have an on-going marketing plan as well as an on-going business plan in two different classes and almost each week there is something due on either one of the plans. So I am being very diligent on writing my due dates on a calendar! :) Read More

Wake-up Call

There’s nothing like a 2:30 a.m. wake up to foster some group bonding. Scene: I was asleep. Had been for about 2 hours. My dream was getting crazy though, because suddenly there was a HUGE ‘crack!’, to which I chose to ignore, in my dream. But then I heard voices. My roommate was asking me if I had heard that lightning strike. Girls in my mod were saying to go outside. Somewhere in the distance I could hear the high-pitched screech of a fire alarm. Read More

Two in ONE: Professional Chef and Host Mother

Living with a host family is much different than living on campus. My house is fairly quiet because my Ecuadorian brothers have already moved out of the house and I don’t have a host father. I live with one host mother. She is a short, beautiful lady who loves to cook. When she was younger she was a caterer for weddings, large fiestas, and family gatherings.

Cake my mom made

Every evening Maritza, my host-mother, cooks up a delicious hot meal for me to eat. Read More

Rehearsal!

I’m at rehearsal for the Fall Fest play as I write this. We’re working on “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s American classic. Rehearsal for this play has been different than any of the other plays I’ve been in at Bethel (which is all but one since I was a freshman, and the one I wasn’t in only had one part for a white male, and it went to a senior, as I was a freshman at the time), mostly because the cast is so big. Many larger plays are impossible to produce here just because there aren’t a huge number of us that are even interested. But John McCabe-Juhnke has decided to plow through, and he somehow got enough fantastic people to audition. Read More

Exhaustion

Officially I have reached the point of exhaustion. 5 or 6 hours of sleep for the past three nights. On a better note, I have accomplished a lot in the past few days. Yesterday I had a great bassoon lesson. A new teacher for me, but I felt like I really proved myself. I left feeling new motivation for learning excerpts, and excitement to work on something I didn’t finish last year. I learned some cool fake fingerings for faster passages, and I was refreshed on the Saint-Saens Sonate- 4th movement. Read More