One of my favorite bits of Bethel tradition is our long-standing ability to pull off fantastic theater productions with a student body that hovers right around 500. Opening night of the second theatrical work of the semester, Agnes of God, is tonight. I went to the dress rehearsal last night to do a bit of photography (and get a sneak peek at the show!), and it was incredible. The actresses (Sara Volweider, Justine Erb, Audra Miller) almost disappeared into the portrayal of their characters, a chain-smoking psychiatrist, a nun and her Mother Superior. The production was haunting and full of makes-one-think moments.
So I have lived in Kansas for my entire life and love the change of seasons. I would be bored without the constant changing of weather that makes Kansas what it is. This weekend we had our first “snow” of the season, which I don’t actually count as snow because it didn’t accumulate and it wasn’t below freezing. It definitely caused a lot of excitement on campus though.
This weekend and this week are also the second round of Humans vs. Zombies. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, it’s kind of a college campus thing. Like Facebook was. It’s basically a huge game of tag where you start with one “zombie” who “infects” (tags) the humans. The humans can stun a zombie by shooting it with a nerf gun or throwing a sock at it. The players are identified by a bandana around the head for zombies and a bandana around the arm or leg for humans. The humans are usually also identifiable by the huge nerf guns they tote around campus. I am not participating in this game because I hate being paranoid and would like to get to class without people chasing me, but a lot of my friends play and enjoy it.
Yes indeed, you’d better believe it. The team was started a few weeks ago by a couple of students, and they’ve been playing informal games on Saturday afternoons.
The game is played on the Green, and as in the “real” sport, players run around with brooms (or Swiffers!) between their legs while dodging Bludgers and trying to score goals past the Keeper.The Bethel games have done a pretty good job of sticking true to the famous Harry Potter sport, with the only obvious difference being that the game is played on terra firme rather than up in the air.
Hey Everyone! Okay so today is a day of chances and opportunities. The football team has their last day at Sterling at 1:30pm. Also the Volleyball team is playing in the championship game of their post-season tournament at Friends at 8pm. Both of these match ups will be intense and worth watching. The volleyball match will be streamed online also. The basketball teams also have games today. The men are in Nebraska and the women have a game at home!
This past weekend my own fall sports experience at Bethel College came to an end. We had our last meet of the season, the KCAC championship meet at Kansas Wesleyan. It was terrific weather, and both the men’s and women’s teams performed admirably. We exceeded all pre-season predictions to finish fifth for each team. The last meet saw some of the best performances of the season as we finished on a strong note. Now we turn the page on another part of life, looking forward to the trailing end of the semester and the upcoming class projects and finals that are increasingly staring us down. We have two and a half weeks of solid work ahead of us before we get our last pre-Finals respite, Thanksgiving Break. Read More
The start of November means that it is time to switch gears. Football, Soccer and Volleyball have almost completed their seasons. They all have their first league game this weekend! I wish them all good luck in their tournaments!
It is getting colder outside and that means basketball season is rolling around! I am so excited, of course, because I am a basketball player! This is my favorite time of year! Women’s basketball’s first game is Thursday in Oklahoma and the men’s first game is here at home on Friday, November 5th! Come out and support our basketball teams! I know everyone on campus is pretty excited to kick off this season. We have such a great fan base and the students really come out and support all of our teams. This is one reason I really love Bethel!
Since you are fully informed of the Halloween activities that took place on campus this weekend I won’t go in to that!
I want to talk a little about my student teaching experiences. I am a senior History major and I am working towards getting a teaching certificate. In order to do this I have to have many observation hours in the classroom. For my school and community class we are visiting schools in nearby Wichita. The school we are currently visiting is a bilingual school. They teach both English and Spanish in equal amounts. Some of the classes are in English and some in Spanish. The school is a magnet school for Kindergarten through 8th graders. They get to choose who they allow to go to school there. They choose half of their students to be native English speakers and the other half are native Spanish speakers. Read More
I was apparently deceived. Instead of simply giving a summary of fall break and a preview of the Halloween dance, I’ll be able to tell you how the dance actually went. Thank you procrastination!The Halloween dance was last night in the Cafeteria from 10:30 to 1 AM, and it was pretty fantastic. As a mod, the nine of us had decided to go as the Fellowship of the Ring and we were all decked out. We’d decided on it weeks beforehand, so our costumes were actually pretty legit. We entered the dancehall swords flashing at 11 to a fantastic DJ blasting some dance music and proceeded to get our dance on. Read More
This past weekend has come and gone and now students get to relax after Fall Fest! Fall fest is one of the most exciting festivities at Bethel, and it includes activities all weekend, including club booths, good Mennonite food, and many activities and sports to watch. I have enjoyed Fall Fest for most of my life, coming from a town close to Bethel, but this year I got a completely new perspective on Fall Fest. Last year in the middle of May, a good friend and now my roommate, Julia Huxman, randomly found me and asked if I was interested in auditioning in the fall musical, Into the Woods with her. I thought about it for about 5 seconds, shrugged my shoulders and happily agreed. The next day, we had to audition with a song and spoken acting part to determine our parts in the show. We then started to practice on the very first day of school. Read More
This past weekend, most of the students at Bethel enjoyed a 4-day fall break where they could go home and spend a few days with their families. I wish I could have gone home to visit my family and get some home cooking, but instead I stayed at Bethel and had the pleasure of singing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. This was a new experience to me and I felt a bit overwhelmed by it and unsure how it would be. Once we got there, and started practicing, it took no time to change my mind. We sang the second symphony by Mahler, which our choir has been preparing for since the beginning of the school year. It was fairly difficult for me to enjoy the music and I thought it was going to be a very long and dull weekend. Boy was I wrong. Read More