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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Bubbert Awards 2014

Bubbert Awards 2014

The 2015 Bubbert Awards are coming on Saturday, May 2 -- read the post about last year's gala event.
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Getting it all done

Getting it all done

The URICA seminar is fast approaching (April 23-24). That means nail-biting and stress eating. That means it's time for end-of-the-year concerts and shows, playoffs, finals, graduation... That means deadlines!
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Life in Wuppertal

We’ve been here about three weeks now, we’ve started classes, and have gotten into the swing of things.There are about 50 exchange students here from all over the world, and there are lots of activities for us. This is nice, because it means that we’ve gotten to know the other people who, like us, just arrived here and want to make new friends. We’ve met enough people so it’s pretty easy to find entertainment in the evenings and during the weekends. Read More

In Rainbows: This is Radiohead

If you haven’t had the chance, nay, pleasure of listening to Radiohead yet, you’re missing out (and have been for over ten years.) Some say their sound is “too different” or “weird,” but I look at their unique sound as a mark of musical maturity. Read More

Into the Wild

This is a movie recommendation.Yesterday my best friend and I went to see Into the Wild, a new movie written and directed by Sean Penn, with original music by Eddie Vedder.It is the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young idealist who, upon graduating from college, decides that participation in society is worthless. So he takes off without a word to anyone, abandons his car, burns his cash, and starts walking around Arizona with his backpack. His next two years are spent exploring the beautiful western United States, meeting and relying on the kindness of strangers, and building up courage and strength for an adventure in Alaska. He is a reader of Jack London and Henry David Thoreau, so his mind is filled with ideas of living off the land and “sucking out all the marrow of life” (from Thoreau, look it up). Read More

from Berlin to Wuppertal

SO, Miriam and I are now in Wuppertal! We got here Saturday, but a lot of this entry will still be about Berlin, since I have the next 4 months to write about life here.By the time we left we had formed a pretty good little group of people that we went out with in Berlin, and it was sad to leave them. We also went to the Mennonite church the last Sunday we were there, where we met a guy who recently graduated from EMU, and a girl who is currently a student at Goshen. Small world, of course. Read More

Fall Fest

So, I thought it would be cool to do a post during Fall Fest, about Fall Fest. That’d be an awful novel, wouldn’t it? As it turns out, Fall Fest kicked my butt, and now I’m writing a post whining about it.Fall Fest, for those who don’t know, is defined by the BetheLingo page on the Bethel website as “An annual festival on campus that features music and theater performances, ethnic foods, craft vendors, alumni gatherings and homecoming athletics events.” This Fall Fest was a special one: due to the fact that our beloved Communications prof John M-J is on sabbatical, the “theater performances” were unable to happen. These were replaced by a Jazz Gala on Friday, featuring Jazz I and a quintet featuring guest artists and our own Jimmy Pisano, and the ridiculously named MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA on Saturday and Sunday, featuring just about everybody else in the music department. Read More

Meet Your Bloggers

Rachel GaeddertHometown: Larned, KSCurrent Grade: JuniorMajors: Social Work and Spanish major, I’m interested in working with immigrants and immigration policy. I love Spanish culture. I want to help people with my life, and find who people truly are. Involvement on campus: Chapel Planning Committee, Bethel Choir, International Club, Cross-Country, Avenue Eight, Intramural VolleyballHobbies: I love hanging out with friends and listening to music, playing the piano, running, playing volleyball, and stargazing.Why I chose Bethel College: I liked the strong music program, it was relatively close to home (2 hours), and I got the most financial aid here out of the other schools I was looking at.Other interesting facts: I love traveling. I love being challenged.

Heather GarrisonHometown: Hesston, KSCurrent Grade: SeniorMajor: Music Education, because I love music and I love sharing it with others Involvement on campus: band/orchestra, forensics/theatre, SAA, costume assistantHobbies: reading, sewing, mentoringWhy I chose Bethel College: I was unsure of what degree I wanted, and Bethel offered a great music program as well as a great science program. I either wanted to be a veterinarian or a music teacher, but either way, I wanted a well-rounded education with professors I could trust.Other interesting facts: I got married this summer and commute to schoolRyan GoertzenHometown: Goessel, KS Current Grade: SophomoreMajors: My majors are Social Work and a History and Government Teacher Licensure. Reasons for choosing them? Well I guess with Social Work I was just looking for a career path where I could help people (as corny as that sounds) and get something out of my job other than money. I couldn’t imagine just sitting in a cubicle all day every day working for my own wealth, and though that sounds noble, it’s more that I think I’d get bored. As far as the History degree goes, I’ve always loved history and had to face the fact that if I ever want a job in the field it would probably have to be a teaching position. I would prefer secondary education, but we’ll see. Involvement on campus: On campus I’m involved in Concert Choir, Jazz Band, SAA (I think that’s the name…whatever Dave Linscheid is in charge of), Informal Worship, and Radio…I think that’s about it, at least for now. Hobbies: My hobbies include but are not limited to, singing and listening to/playing music, spending time with friends, reading, working on my car, watching movies, etc. Why I chose Bethel College: I chose Bethel rather reluctantly at first, because my whole family wanted me to come here, and I figured I should be a good teenager and rebel. Overall however, I chose Bethel because of the great academic standing it has, the Christian values it tries to teach, and its music program. I wasn’t too sure about it at first, but I love this place now.

Naomi Graber
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Naomi GraberHometown: Elkhart, INCurrent Grade: SophomoreMajors/minor: Psychology & Bible and Religion/ Peace, Justice, Conflict Studies. Reasons? Concisely- I looked at all the classes I wanted to take, and these were the categories most of them fit under. Involvement on campus: Collegian, Student Ambassador, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Wind Ensemble, and different worship gatheringsHobbies: readingWhy I chose Bethel College: Because Bethel is home. Which sounds funny, since I’m one of the few out of staters here, but really, the community feel of Bethel is UNBEATABLE. It’s not perfect, and no one would ever try to tell you it is. But that’s what community is. After a year of service and living in community, I realized that relationships are what make life worth living, and the relationships I saw during my visit and have formed while I’ve been here are some of the most amazing I’ve ever seen.Clint HarrisHometown: Manhattan, KansasCurrent Grade: I am a Junior at Bethel.Major and Minor: I have a deep interest in talking. Hence my Communication Arts Major and English minor. I get to go to classes were I talk about why people talk, what they’re talking about, and their reasons for talking the way they do. Involvement on campus: This interest overflows into my chief extracurricular activities here at Bethel of being in shows and being a section editor at the Collegian, our campus newspaper; talking on stage and talking on the page, I love it. Hobbies: I do other things, sure; I play MarioKart Wii with my modmates and tell bad jokes. I’ve even done a bit of homework here and there. Hey, I’m in college.Why I chose Bethel College: And what a college. Bethel has been an incredible experience for me so far, and I can’t wait for the rest of it. To be honest, I was a little hesitant coming here at first. Being from Manhattan, K-State was the obvious choice (especially since my father is a professor there), but I felt like I needed a little more distance from where I spent the previous 18 years. I’d been raised in a Mennonite church, and had friends there who had gone to Bethel and couldn’t stop recommending it. Ultimately I visited and after staying on campus and eating lunch at a table with a group of people the admissions folks later apologized for letting me meet, I was hooked. There are good people here, smart people, funny people, interesting people who can’t wait to meet you in the dorms, in the classrooms, in the caf (that’s what we call the cafeteria; pretty clever, I know), or even chilling out, playing frisbee on the green. I’m glad you read this far in my bio and hope you’ll continue reading my blogs about my home-away-from-home, my future alma mater, my primary source of entertainment, my leg up in life, my intellectual stimulation, Bethel College.Krishna PhiferHometown:Humble, TexasCurrent Grade: JuniorMajor: Biology – I want to do something with the medical field Involvement on campus: Sports – basketball Hobbies: Watching movies Why I chose Bethel College: Sports and good degree opportunity Other interesting facts: I love to laugh.Kelly ReedHometown: Edinburg, TXCurrent Grade: SeniorMajor and Minor: Social Work, Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Involvement on campus: concert choir, drama productions, sometimes help with chapel, member of social work and Spanish clubsHobbies: reading, talking with friends, cooking, knitting and crocheting Why I chose Bethel College: I wanted to come to Bethel because I liked the close-knit environment. I liked knowing that I was going to really get to know people on campus, and that they were really going to get to know me. I like that Bethel nurtures all of my talents and interests, regardless of whether they have to do with my major. It was a much more personable environment than any other state school I visited.Monica SchmidtHometown: Haven, KSCurrent Grade: JuniorMajor: English Education–I’ve always felt that teaching is a passion of mine, and I chose English because I enjoy writing and editing papers and want to help kids who struggle with writing improve their written communication skills.Involvement on campus: Concert Choir, Avenue 8, musical/opera, private voice lessons Hobbies: Jogging, riding horses, crocheting, playing acoustic & bass guitarWhy I chose Bethel College: I first heard about Bethel College through my cousin who graduated from here the year before I started. I visited her a couple of times as well as went on a few campus visits and just felt comfortable with the feel of the campus. I also wanted to go to a school where it would be easy to get involved in activities on campus and interact with people from all different disciplines instead of just my own. Bethel has provided me with these opportunities.Other interesting facts: I love to travel and will be studying abroad in Germany spring semester!

Sharayah WilliamsHometown: Kalona, IowaCurrent Grade: SeniorMajor: Elementary EducationInvolvement on campus: I’m a member of Chapel committee, Concert Choir, Avenue 8 (the student led women’s vocal ensemble), and Student Activities CommitteeHobbies: reading for fun, writing poetry, yoga, dancing around with my friends, checking facebook, drinking coffee and enjoying good conversations with friends Why I chose Bethel College: There were many reasons and events that led to my decision, but ultimately it was the faculty that drew me in. I knew that if I was going to be working closely with the Education department, and with the choir, I wanted to be somewhere where I felt supported and cared for by the faculty. Bethel has been that place.Other interesting facts: I’m allergic to cats, but I have 3 at home. I’d rather be wearing a cute blouse and heels than a t-shirt and sneakers. And I love words.

Angela WoodHometown: Wichita, KSCurrent Grade: JuniorMajor and minor: I am majoring in Business with an emphasis in marketing and management, and I am also doing a Communications Minor. I chose to major in business because I believe that it fits me best. I am very interested in the business world and would love to eventually be in that industry after I graduate.Involvement on campus: I am involved in Women’s Basketball, and have participated in Multi-cultural club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.Hobbies: In my free time I love to read, play games, relax, and bake!Why I chose Bethel College: I chose Bethel because it was where I could play basketball and still get a great education. I also love the smallness of the college and the class size. I knew I would not do well at a big school, so I know Bethel is the place for me.

How do YOU “find” music?

Music is such a powerful force in my life. It always has been. My mother worked hard to cultivate that. Most of my childhood memories include some form of singing with Mom. When I was three, she bought me a kid-sized Mickey Mouse-shaped guitar. We played and sang together every night. Read More

What a year for baseball.

Has anyone else been following Major League Baseball this year? If you haven’t, here’s a quick update:- 3 players reached the 500 home runs mark (including A-Rod, the youngest player in history to do it)- Prince Fielder became the youngest player with 50 homers in a season- Jimmy Rollins joined the very exclusive 20-20-20-20 club- Tom Glavine reached his 300th win- Roger Clemens got his 350th- Trevor Hoffman became the all-time saves leader- And oh yeah, this guy named Barry Bonds set the new record for career home runs Read More

First Creekbusters Gig

Tomorrow, the new Bethel bluegrass band Radar Ray and the Creekbusters will play their first gig. Normally, I don’t get nervous about this kind of stuff. However, usually when I gig, it’s just me; no one else looks bad if I screw up. This is totally different. I have the opportunity to potentially turn five of my best friends into a complete joke in front of what I hope is a huge audience. Read More

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