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

Concert Choir Tour 2015

Concert Choir Tour 2015

The choir's annual spring break tour took them into churches of various denominations in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, where they experienced amazing hospitality from an equal variety of people.
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Bethel in bloom

Bethel in bloom

It seems like we just turned around and suddenly it's spring all over the Bethel campus.
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Spring Fling 2015

Spring Fling 2015

Above is a photo from 2015's Bubbert Awards fun. The Bubberts capped off Spring Fling week, which also included Ultimate Trivia, laser tag, Capture the Flag and Bethel Olympics. Plus an Iron Chef Cook-off with a secret ingredient...
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The end of another school year

The end of another school year

Wrapping up, finishing up and moving out, as another school year ends. Our bloggers appreciate coffee, friends, beautiful coffee, summer plans, study breaks and ... coffee.
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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

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