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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WHAT!? No School?

Growing up in Kansas, the few and far between days of no school were highly cherished. Snow days were most often the reason for a brief break from school. I do recall one other ¨no school day¨ because a fellow classmate spilled mercury all over our science lab in Middle School. However, never in my life have I not had school because of a demonstration!Last Wednesday, all classes at the University of San Francisco were canceled because there was a country-wide strike against the proposed education law in Ecuador. All university students were invited to participate in the march to the President´s Palace in downtown Quito. I did not participate as it is illegal for foreigners to partake in demonstrations outside of their own country, but I heard many streets were shut down and thousands of students and faculty of universities across Ecuador flooded the plazas and streets outside of the President´s Palace. So what is this proposed education law? Read More

Reflections on Fall Break

I come to this message a bit scatterbrained. A little confused (where did October go?) Perhaps not the most rested.Fall Break did bring welcome respite; I got to go home and visit my parents, who are struggling with an empty nest now that my younger sister is doing service in England. I got to see old friends who live too far away, and spend time in one of my favorite places.And all that was wonderful, and needed.But did I get any homework done? Not a chance… Read More

A Welcome Respite

Midterms are over. Fall Break kicks off right as my last class of the day ends, which means come 3:50, I have no responsibilities until next Wednesday. Well, ok, scratch that, I still have a few things to do this long weekend. I’m heading back to Manhattan, my hometown, tomorrow so I can get started on a fundraiser for European Choir Tour (I need to do a big fundraiser if I expect to put a dent in the $3000 dollar cost for that trip), and I have to report in to my new job as a dinner cook on Tuesday, and I of course have reading and maybe other homework for classes before Wednesday. But right now, I need this break, and it couldn’t start on a better day. Read More

An athlete in training

Wow, it’s been too long since I last posted! I feel like I’ve been neglecting my duties here. September seems to have gone by in a breeze, and October is well on its way!A lot has happened since I last posted, but there is one recent development in particular that I would like to talk about today: I joined cross country! Yes, it is the middle of the season, but I ran a half-marathon 3 weeks ago–a life-changing experience that I just wasn’t ready to let go of yet. I decided I needed something else to keep me motivated to continue running every day. When I found out the women’s team was just one short of having a full team, I thought, well, why not?? Read More

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