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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Boston Brass

It is not every day that a renowned music group comes to perform at a small college such as Bethel. But yesterday as I was walking through the Fine Arts Center on campus I heard the most amazing sounds of brass instruments warming up in the wings of Krehbiel Auditorium. So I stopped what I was doing and sat down in one of the cushy theater seats towards the back of the room. Read More

(Inter)Cultural Experiences

Culture consists of language, ideas, beliefs, customs, taboos, codes, institutions, tools, techniques, works of art, rituals, ceremonies and symbols. One aspect that comes to my mind when thinking about culture is food. Countries have specific kinds of food, different ways of preparing meals and different eating habits. There are specific meals for different countries by names of restaurants, for example. There are Asian restaurants, Mexican food seems to be pretty popular in the U.S. and there is even a German restaurant, Imbiss, in Wichita. At the German Imbiss you can get meals called “Bratwurst,” “Kartoffelsalat,” “Sauerkraut” and “Wienerschnitzel” (a German dish, although it is named after Austria’s capital). Read More

production week

If you have ever experienced Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, then you no doubt recall the role of the “First Priest.” The First Priest’s memorable (and only) line, “He is virtuous?” helps to set the tone for Act II, and his several other appearances as an escort for the “lead” characters and a member of the chorus of priests make the role especially important to the overall plot of the show. Fortunately, as a member of the 2008 cast of The Magic Flute at Bethel this week, I am up to the challenge. (Removes tongue from cheek.) Read More

Mexico and the Metaphor of the Wall

Probably every U.S. citizen has heard a lot about Mexico, about immigration and about issues caused by illegal Mexican workers in the U.S. A lot of people in the U.S. are of the opinion that there “is a problem” with illegal Mexican workers and with Mexicans who immigrate into the U.S. But only few people know about the problems Mexicans have to face when they want to enter the U.S., either as legal or illegal immigrants. The book “Crossing Over” by Ruben Martinez gives the reader a first idea about how difficult it is to cross the border. Furthermore, the book describes a family tragedy, because it tells the story of a poor Mexican family who lost three family members who tried to travel into the U.S. as illegal workers. Read More

A message from a concerned forensics student

When asked what their favorite convocations of the year are, most students would say either the Academy Award Shorts or the Forensics Road Show. Sadly, both of these loved convocations are absent from the schedule this spring.While I adore the Academy Award Shorts, I have more to say about the disappearance of the Forensics Road Show. Read More

Celebrating Christmas in the USA 2007

Celebrating Christmas in a different way…I am a foreign exchange student from Germany and I am staying at Bethel for two semesters. I came to Bethel at the end of August, one week before classes started, and I will go home at the end of May. So, I am here for a lot of celebration days, among them Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and probably the most exciting: Christmas. Read More

Congress has better things to do

As I discussed in one of my previous posts, I don’t think Congress should be wasting its time carrying out an extensive investigation into whether or not individual baseball players (namely Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte) took steroids and/or HGH. If you’re not familiar with the issue, just flip on your TV and watch Clemens testifying before a Congressional committee right now. Read More

TP takes stage — almost

Convocation coordinator Dale Schrag described Friday’s campus prank as “thoughtful,” but unfortunately the streamers creating a canopy on the stage of Krehbiel Auditorium had to come down to make way for a projection screen at the opening convo for the spring semester.

Chinatown in Chi-town

Just got back from Chicago a couple of days ago. I went with the Studies in Drama class for about a week, saw some shows, and got a feel for the cornucopia of cultures present in the city. I finished the journal that was required for the class earlier today, and I couldn’t fit the experience into 12 pages there, so I won’t try to do justice to it now. Here’s a little excerpt from the journal though, from the afternoon we spent in Chinatown: Read More

The obligatory “New Year’s Resolution” post

Over break, it seems VH1 has made an attempt to saturate the airwaves with the movie “High Fidelity.” This is fine by me; it’s a great film, and it keeps me horribly occupied, as I cannot turn it off if I see that it’s on. One of the funnier quirks of the main character (played by John Cusack) is a tendency to make top-5 lists of everything imaginable, such as jobs, break-ups, things he loves about a girlfriend, or songs he wants played at his funeral. So, in the spirit of the season, here’s my top-5 list of resolutions for 2008: Read More