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    Mudslam, AKA The Dirtiest Volleyball You Have Ever Played

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    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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Hey people!Greetings from Karlsruhe, Germany! It’s a ten-hour bus ride from Leipzig (Leipzig did not have free internet, and this place only has it for twenty minutes at a time in the lobby, so I must be quick), and we also stopped at Buchenwald concentration camp. That hour-and-a-half stop on the way here deserves far more time than I can give it in a blog, so it will have to wait. Read More

Guten Abend

Hello friends. Currently I am sitting in my hostel/hotel room in Leipzig, Germany, after another long day of traveling and singing. To be honest, I never really envisioned myself being in a position to travel around Europe with a group of my friends, staying in nice hotels and singing to people all over the continent. So far it has been a fantastic journey, albeit very cold and snowy. We have both of those conditions back in Kansas, but the cold here bites a little bit harder and there is definitely more snow here right now than we probably get in an entire winter in Kansas, and it snowed every day for the first 4 or so days that we’ve been here. Read More

European Choir Tour!

So right now I am sitting in the lobby of a Leipzig youth hostel. That’s right, folks…I’m also on choir tour! It has been wonderful so far! We have been in Berlin the past few days, and we just arrived in Leipzig today and gave a concert tonight–our fourth one in the week and a half we’ve been in Europe. I haven’t had much of an opportunity to see Leipzig yet–we’ll get a tour tomorrow–so I’ll focus mainly on Berlin. Read More


As the title suggests, we have made it to Berlin. What I have to say next I will type very slowly so you are sure to completely fathom the significance.ILOVETHISCITYDid you get that? Good. Literally the only bad thing about anything here is that the weather is terrible and cash exchange places are closed on Sunday leaving me euro-less the day before the night of the opera. Read More

Our month of travels

I’m making a promise right now to post some pictures once I return from Europe. But I can’t very well upload photos to a computer that I do not own.That being said, let me attempt to describe European Choir Tour so far. This trip, as my good choir-mate Clint Harris said, is one that happens every 4 years. For the three years in between the choir takes trips during spring break around the U.S. and (sometimes)Canada. This is big though. It wasn’t in my original plan to be on this trip…. I am fortunate to be on this trip. Read More

Check it out, guys: I’M IN POLAND!!!

Yes, I am in Poland, as the title says, and as my wanton capitalizing would have you believe, I am very excited to be here. My being in Gdansk, Poland, right now, as I write this, is a direct result of my being in the Bethel College Concert Choir. Every year, the Concert Choir goes on some sort of tour around the United States (maybe even Canada) to sing in various churches and learn various things about different parts of the country. This normally occurs during Spring Break. Read More

Year in Review

This year I realized I have been abroad exactly half the year of 2009. In January I went to the Middle East with the famous Patty Shelly and some wonderful people in the class Jerusalem Seminar for interterm. That was also my first experience outside of the United States. This was an incredibly eye-opening time that led me to question the foundation of faith I stand on as well as the “justice” our nation proclaims. I came back to Bethel to enjoy a challenging semester, bid farewell to new friends who were graduating, and I packed my bags once again to leave for Ecuador in July for the remainder of the year. Read More

Goodbye Ecuador

Yesterday I arrived in Kansas after an entire day of traveling home from Quito, Ecuador.Things I will miss:Fresh fruit everyday.My host mother.Seeing beautiful mountains everyday.Going to the beach, jungle, or higher in the mountains in only a few hours. Read More

Study Breaks!

Wow!!! This week is full of lots of fun study breaks, which help relieve the stress of all your hard finals for the up coming week. Let me see there is a nacho bar tonight and a parent’s association gift that is to be given out to all Bethel Students. I always look forward to the nacho bar, and the gifts are pretty cool. My freshman year we got a thermos, and my sophomore year we got these cool coffee mugs with the famous Ad Building imprinted on it. Not only will there be nacho fun tonight along with our gifts from the parent’s association, there will also be a study bar with lots of snacks, cocoa, and coffee so you can stay up late snacking and being hyper, well and I guess to study as well. Read More

Getting in the Christmas spirit

It’s Saturday, and I am wrapping up the end of a crazy week! Not as much homework as last week…but still very eventful.First, on Sunday we had our annual Deutsche Weihnachten, or German Christmas, service. As the name indicates, it’s a tradition that involves a Christmas service entirely in German. And when I say entirely, I mean that includes all hymns sung by the congregation, all songs sung by the choirs (the Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus), the sermon, and all the scripture readings. Literally the only parts of the bulletin that were in English was the part telling people where their offering was going (Mennonite Central Committee disaster relief) and the part warning people not to spill their candle wax after lighting their candles and singing “Stille Nacht.” It’s something unique that I have really come to find gets me in the Christmas spirit! Read More