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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I am thankful for. . .

Sleeping inNot having morning classes (see above)LegosMusicRatsCracking open a book for the first timeMy dashing good looksLaughter Read More

Borscht in Ecuador!

My daily diet has consisted of chicken and rice. It is very nice, but a few weeks ago I was ready for a change. I was blessed to have my parents come and visit me in the beginning of November, and they stayed at a guest house of a large mission in Quito. My mom seems to find connections in every nook and cranny of the world, and she somehow made contact with a German Mennonite family living in Quito. Herman Schirmacher, the head of the household, was actually born and raised in Paraguay but then moved to Germany, got married and had five children, moved a few more times, and eventually ended up in Quito with his wife and three kids. He works for HCJB, a large Christian Radio Ministry that stands for Hands of Christ Jesus Blessing. It’s a large operation that also has a hospital, hydropower plant and high school. Read More

Of things to come…

Well it’s been a little while since I blogged last, but I was thinking about all of the cool things coming up the rest of this semester and next semester too, and thought I’d share a little. We watched Die Fledermaus on Thursday night for my voice class and because I’m in the opera and it really made me freak out a little because of how much work I’m going to have to do to do well in this production. Read More

I Can Smell the Thanks Coming

The caf has taken special interest in the meals this week–many of them are based on what is traditionally served for Thanksgiving meals. I like the fact that they have the holiday spirit, but boy is it making me long for my family’s traditional dishes. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break, a time to be thankful for family and NO SCHOOL!!!

My awful weekend (and a few good things!)

It all started on Friday…I started to get a sore throat, and it hurt to play any instrument. “This has happened before,” I thought, “where I get some awful cold right before a forensics tournament.” In an unrelated event, a close family friend ended up in the hospital and was thought to not live through the weekend.Saturday rolls around and I compete in forensics all day–I was worrying about this family friend. I was also drinking 2 bottles of orange juice and at least 4 bottles of water because my throat hurt SO bad. I had a hard time speaking loudly, and when I made it to finals in DI, I nearly nailed the performance but my voice wanted to quit a few times. Read More

Basketball Season has Begun!

The women’s basketball team has began the season this week. We are 2-1 with two big wins this past Friday and Saturday. As a player on the team I am so excited for this season! We, as a team, are expecting great things–such as a conference championship!! We have all been working very hard and our hard work has begun to pay off. Read More

What happened to October?

It seems to me that I must have skipped October. Something happened and I think I blinked too long. Suddenly it’s November and this semester is on the downhill slide. I think I also missed fall break–I am so looking forward to that Thanksgiving week Wednesday with no school.Forgive me, I am just tired! Read More

An eventful weekend

Whew! This weekend sure has gone by in a whirl. You could say mine started Friday morning when I headed up to Manhattan to participate at NATS at Kansas State University. NATS stands for National Association of Teachers of Singing. It is a voice competition for college students in the West Central region, including Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. So, as I was saying, I piled into the car with four other girls participating in the competition Friday morning and made the 2-hour drive to Manhattan. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other better. Three other students from Bethel also participated–so overall we had 2 guys and 6 girls. Each of us sang in one preliminary round on Friday. One has the option of participating in either the classical division or the music theatre division–or both–and each division is also divided into classes, i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, senior. Read More

Halloween Dance

Wow!!! So many people participated in wearing costumes this year which made the dance very interesting to be at. It was fun seeing a lot of students going all out to participate in the costume contest. All though I enjoyed the costumes, I will have to say the dance was really whack. I did not enjoy the dance at all, maybe because I am not a techno person, or maybe because the DJ kept playing really old songs. But I did not care for the dance very much, mostly because of the music selection. For the most part the Halloween aspect of it was great.

Feeling at home

Rain, rain, every day. That’s been how I’ve felt this Fall. It slows my day up a little and can make walking back and forth to class a little dreary.Yesterday morning I was late for work and running to my car in the rain, when. . . I took a mighty tumble. (ps- beware of shoes that were not meant for running, they will betray you every time.)When I fell, I hurt my ankle badly enough that I had trouble getting up and walking back to my room. I have to admit, I was pretty miserable as I slowly watched my left ankle swell and color throughout the day. Read More