There's more to life at Bethel than classes & seminars

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  • 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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Ich bin Berlinerin

I’m pretty pleased so far with my time here in Berlin, which is already half over! We have German classes from about 9 till 2:30 every day, which gives us the rest of the day to do whatever we want. Read More


On Tuesday, September 18, I was able to witness my first criminal trial. My presence had been requested for jury duty. All of my life I have heard people whine and groan when they realize they have jury duty. Not me. I couldn’t have been more excited. I sat there for two hours while the judge excused people who couldn’t qualify as jurors (for various reasons). One man stated that he couldn’t be a juror because the prosecuting lawyer was his wife’s drum instructor. Read More

New On-Campus Position

After seeing President Barry Bartel pretty much everywhere I went, I thought of something. Whether it be sitting in convo and chapel, cheering on our teams at pretty much all of our sporting events, or generally being visible all over campus, the man is everywhere. So to reward this fervor and diligence to being a part of the Bethel community, I say we give him a little protection. He is, after all, the Prez. Read More

My new hat

Brad's new hat

I just got out of Poetry Writing Workshop. Tonight, we discussed Richard Hugo’s idea that you should not write a poem about anything that should have a poem written about it. So, I’m going to make a post about something that is not one of the many interesting things happening on campus right now. Read More

Finally in Germany!

So we made it to Germany on Saturday. We spent almost 22 hours traveling, with only the 3 hours of sleep we got on the overseas flight. I had a moment of near panic when the plane started the descent into Germany, but that passed. Read More

Labor Day?

Soooooooo why do we have school on Labor Day? I know, school just started last week, but so did countless other colleges and universities around the country, and that hasn’t stopped them from taking the day off in recognition of a national holiday. Is it just me, or do you get a little more upset every time you hear someone say “have a nice, long Labor Day weekend”? Maybe it is just me. Read More

walk of welcome

Today is the first day of classes, so last night the campus community gathered for the opening convocation. There is a new tradition here for the opening of school, which I hope will endure for many years to come. As a part of the first convo, our first-time freshmen students (class of 2011!) are invited to walk across the stage in a symbolic act that prefigures their eventual graduation from Bethel in four years. Not only is this a way of introducing new students to the rest of the community, but also a formal way of welcoming each of them into the community as important individuals. The ceremony concludes with a ringing of the bell and a walk around the green. This “walk of welcome” involves two circles: one involving returning students, faculty, and staff and moving clockwise, the other including any new faces to campus and moving counterclockwise. As everyone files out of the auditorium, the two lines move in opposite directions and eventually meet in front of the administration building where each new person is greeted by each returner. Once everyone has shaken several hundred hands, the ceremony is over and the school year has begun! Read More

allow myself to introduce…myself

Lowell Wyse

Hello all readers of this Bethel College blog!My name is Lowell Wyse and I serve as an admissions counselor at Bethel. This means that I have the privilege of working with a number of students who are considering Bethel. We have five admissions counselors on staff, and we each have a designated territory. These territories usually change slightly from year to year. My territory this year includes northeast Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan (my home state!), Wisconsin, and Colorado (my favorite state!). I also get to work with students from our neighbor/sister institution Hesston College. Read More

When I Grow Up.


I was digging through an old box of memorabilia a couple of weeks ago and came across a book I had made in the second grade at Moundridge Elementary. The story was all about me, written by me, and illustrated (very poorly) by me. The story covered all sorts of odds and ends: my favorite food (at the time it was okra…hmm), my favorite color (green, I wouldn’t allow myself to come to like the color pink), and my favorite class: P. E. and Math (ha! Hahahahaha…*sigh*) You might be wondering what this story has to do with Bethel College. Read More

Top Ten Reasons August 25 Won’t Come Soon Enough

10. Austin M-J’s washtub bass9. Analyzing media with C C-D.8. The return of Alcohol Awareness week, an on-campus campaign to educate students on the dangers of alcohol consumption.7. Working in the Mennonite Library & Archives, the unlikely (but undeniably) most rock’n’roll place on campus. Read More