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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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


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


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

I’m not late, I promise!

Ok, so I’m new at this whole blogging thing. Not sure how or what to do. But I’m just gonna go, and hope its an exciting ride!This dilemma has been part of my slowness in posting, but to be honest, I also noticed the rush of moving-in posts, and thought a later one could give a perspective.See, this is what I learn in college. How to say I’m not procrastinating in bigger and more convincing words. ;) Read More

Am I in over my head?

Probably. Then again, I do like to stay busy. I seem to be a little late coming out of the starting gate with my first blog post of the year, but I hope you’ll forgive me. So far school is going great! I remember coming here as a freshman last year and feeling somewhat intimidated and lost. This year, however, moving into the mods and meeting up with old friends has made the beginning of the semester completely different. I’m living in 6c with most of my closest friends from last year, which has gone swimmingly so far. I’m happy to have a good group of guys to live/hang out with. Being a sophomore has sort of taken the edge off of moving in and starting college too, since I’ve already done this once. Read More

Got Stress?

I do!Already a week into the semester, and I’ve got it! This semester my workload is actually surprisingly light–I’m barely full time. One might think that I have it easy (and I thought I did before classes started) but I don’t feel that way. Read More

One week down…

Whew!! It’s the end of the first week of classes, and I must say I am rather exhausted. Being a junior is hard work! I decided I wanted to be an English major last year, but my schedule is a lot more English-heavy this year. Since I am also getting a teaching license, I had mostly education classes last year. This semester I only have one education class and THREE English classes. This means a LOT of reading every night and soon lots of writing. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re an English major! Read More

Moving Jitters for Voth Hall

Moving back on campus was fun, exciting, and nerve racking all at the same time. I really didn’t know what to expect being that I have not seen anyone over the summer, and did not know what the people on my hall would be like. However due to many, many hall meetings I got know a bit about each person on my hall–that helped ease a lot of my nervousness. Being back on campus has been fun because I have reunited with my old buddies and met some new ones already.

The New Year

Well it is once again, another year at Bethel. So much has changed since my freshman year but so much has stayed the same. The night before last, I was actually nervous for the first day of school! I had a hard time falling asleep and then I woke up entirely too early. One would think that that sort of nervousness would fade over time… but it hasn’t. Yesterday, I sat in on the first convocation of the year. Mind you, I haven’t attended the first convocation since my freshman year–and I somehow missed my march across the stage while in the restroom. Faculty and staff spoke of the students that left a mark on them personally and each story was one of inspiration. I hope that one day I can live up to any student they spoke of. Read More