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Allegra Vieux


February 25, 2014

Once Upon a Sunday Afternoon

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Greetings Bloglings.

I’d like to start by giving a shout out to Jordan Warren, member of the Pioneer Class of 2018. He asked the question, “What really goes on when class is out of session?”

Answer: MNU PD.

…well, maybe not after every class. Hopefully this will paint the picture:

One Sunday afternoon, my friend Konner and I got this idea to make a video speculating a day in the life of our very own Campus Safety, with influences from hit TV shows The Office and Reno 911. A trip to Goodwill and a few phone calls later, this video was created.

What’s interesting about this video is that we ad-libbed the whole thing and made up the plot as we were going. Also interesting: no one in the video was friends before it was created. I had never met JT or interacted with Cole. I called up Sean (Officer Mahoney,) who I only knew from class, and Lauren, who only knew Konner and myself.

Needless to say, a force to be reckoned with was born that day, and I’m happy to call them all my friends.

Jordan (and any other future Pioneers out there,) I hope this captures a little bit of the community on campus, and I hope you like this video!

Allegra Vieux


February 23, 2014

Monday Night Football

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Greetings Blog World-

If you are out of the loop, football in America has been over since the Superbowl (who knew?)

..But that doesn’t mean our Athletic office and football players have been sitting quietly.

This semester, about 700 recruited football players, all from California, have transferred in to start morning workouts and practices.

Also from California, MNU’s newest Head Football Coach: Brian Willmer! Coach W is the 6th head football coach in the program’s history. He coached at Azusa Pacific University and was an integral part of leading the Cougars to become conference champs in 2013 after just their second year in NCAA Division 2!

For those who don’t know, MNU is NAIA Division 1- so we are thrilled to have the experience of Coach Willmer on campus!

Along with professional success comes his personal success, as Coach Willmer has a gorgeous wife and 5 beautiful children. So long SoCal, kids, welcome to Kansas!

Here are some pictures from the press conference on campus last week:

President Spittal  opening the conference

President Spittal opening the conference

Athletic Director Kevin Steele introducing Coach Willmer

Athletic Director Kevin Steele introducing Coach Willmer


MNU's new head coach!

MNU’s new head coach!


Coach Willmer and Kevin Steele taking questions during the conference

Coach Willmer and Kevin Steele taking questions during the conference


Coach if you need a babysitter, I wasn’t joking about wanting to be best friends with your children.

Check out the original article here:








Haley Raydo


February 23, 2014

BIG Dreams from a BIG God

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Hello friends!

So… This week was pretty crazy!  It was Spiritual Deepening week, the Olympics were in full swing, and this crazy Kansas weather has been through practically 4 seasons in a week!  With plenty of things to do this week, I had kind of put off thinking about what I was going to write about.  Reflecting back I tried to come up with a common theme of the different events of the week, and one that came to mind was BIG DREAMS.

Now if you know me, I am a big dreamer.  I am always dreaming of the future and different plans.  But this week I have really felt God challenge me in a different way.  One week a semester we have Spiritual Deepening week where an invited speaker comes and speaks at various chapels.  There are the regular Tuesday/Thursday chapels, and then they add Sunday-Thursday night plus a Wednesday morning for extra time to listen to the speaker. For Spiritual Deepening week this semester we had a guy named Scott Daniels come in.  Monday night Scott shared about us serving a BIG God, that we should surround ourselves with BIG people, so we can do BIG things.

This really challenged me.  It challenged me to see the world in a different way, because our God is BIG and He wants to use ME and YOU in BIG ways!  Can I stress the word BIG enough? 😉 Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about the little things, but it does mean that we need to allow our BIG God use us to do BIGGER dreams than what we can possibly think of.

In correlation with that message, I have been watching the Olympics almost every night this week. Watching these athletes compete was so exciting!  These people spend most of their lives training to get a chance to make the team, or for some to get on that podium.  Imagine these people so many years ago explaining to their parents the dreams they had to be on the Olympic team, and to hear their country’s national anthem up on the podium.  Their parents probably thought they were crazy!  I mean, the OLYMPICS?! That’s a BIG dream!

U.S. Gold medalists for ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White!  I was rather excited to see them with gold.

U.S. Gold medalists for ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White!  I was rather excited to see them with gold.

But I think that is what is so cool about watching these events.  These athletes had and have big dreams, and they put in all they can to accomplish these dreams.  Reflecting on this gave me a chilling question… What would this world and the kingdom of God look like if Christians had the mindset of Olympic athletes to achieve BIG GODLY dreams?  WOW

So I am now praying that God would not let me see Him as a little God, but as a God who has BIG plans and BIG dreams for me and for all of us.  So maybe this can be a good challenge for you as well!  Where are you in life? High school?  God has BIG dreams and plans for you right where you are at.  College? God has BIG dreams and plans for you right where you are at.  And so on..

I encourage you to think BIGGER!

Quick, random side not for you… a couple of guys (whose names I do not know) built Olaf from Frozen!  Props to you guys!


Oh and photo cred for the chapel picture goes to the awesome David Luna! :)


Thanks for stopping by!


Joey Alligier


February 20, 2014

Inductive Application

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If you have seen my recent blogs, they are missing a key component of the UNIVERSITY.. Academics! I just wanted to take a smidge of of what I am learning and give you a glance in. photo 2 (1)This is what Dr. Dean Flemming likes to call an Inductive Study.

This is for The Book of Acts class I am currently taking. We are going through the whole book and looking at prescriptive and descriptive texts from scripture. We take this passage and evaluate narrative construction, repetition, key words, really simple things that, when put together, make something beautiful and so applicable.

The piece above is from Acts 5. It may seem like a bunch of writing and random arrows, but it is really a culmination of personal and group analysis. In the analysis, we talked about God’s character, Jewish Law, and the actions of the Holy Spirit then and now.

I want to show you this not to only showcase how cool Flem-Dog is; but to show you what this university is about.

What you learn in the classroom shouldn’t stay just there. It should enable you to change your daily life and impact the lives around you. Real world understanding is grasped in every class; whether when we leave or in our future career. I am blessed to learn about the Bible with my peers and mentors and get to find out ho God is daily.

Talk about challenging…

Joey Alligier


February 15, 2014

I’m Snow Fed Up

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Good ol’ Home on the Range
Given statehood on January 29th, 1861
The Sunflower State
Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole

Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.

I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes. Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.

Moral of the story:

1)The only times snow is okay is when:

I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold.
and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life.
ICICLEOn the other hand, this looks pretty sick! So, it’s not all horrible

As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.

I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!

Keep on and keep God,

Haley Raydo


February 14, 2014

6 Things I Wish I Knew In High School

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Hello friends!

Happy Valentines Day to all you blog readers out there.  Whether your single or your in a relationship, I truly hope you feel the love of the Lord today!


Now with all that out of the way, I can begin with what I have been wanting to talk about. Last weekend I went to my high school’s homecoming basketball game.  All I can really say is that it was very strange being back.  I mean so much has changed.  This brought back memories of my high school days (yes I am aware it has only been a year), but these memories reminded me of how much I have learned and how much I have grown.  There are so many things, looking back now, that I wished I would have known.  And so.. that is what I decided to write about.  The 6 things I wish I knew in high school.

I wish I would have known:

1.  You can be the most popular person in school, but in a few years no one will care.

Now I am saying this to more of my freshman year of high school self.  There is something about high school that brings so much pressure to fit in and to be liked.  And the truth of it is, no one will care when you leave high school.  Now I am not saying that it is a bad thing to make friends, but by the time you graduate everyone goes their separate ways.  What will really last the test of time are the friendships you make by showing true godly love and compassion.  So if you’re in high school or even in college (the concept still applies) don’t stress about the number of friends, stress about the quality!

2.   No one will remember what you wear, but if there are pictures being taken… They will most likely end up on Facebook.

I am literally embarrassed about some of my old pictures from high school.  Sometimes I am rather confused about my fashion choices.  But good news people… THERE IS A DELETE BUTTON.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming... but very funny.  Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with... and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming… but very funny. Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with… and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

3.  Don’t get involved with the drama!

Now I am not a fan of drama, but a big part of my personality is that I am a peacemaker.  So naturally I like to solve problems and create a piece.  Although there were times that I really just needed to stay out of things.  Drama follows you everywhere you go in life.  The people who always told me that it’s just a high school thing.. LIED!  However, learning how to deal with it earlier on in life will definitely come in handy in college.  So stay out of the little things, don’t involve yourself when you don’t need to be involved!

4.   Boys will drive you crazy (and vice versa) and it is ok to take a chill break from them!

No but seriously… Do I have to expound?  You have the rest of your life ahead of you to deal with the opposite sex.  Don’t put yourself through the craziness if it can be avoided.  (and if you are happily dating in high school… good for you! It is rather difficult!)

5.    “You have your whole life ahead of you…”

Yes I know that makes me want to roll my eyes too, but it is so true!  It is easy to forget because your whole life all you have ever known is school, but their is a majority of your life waiting on the other end.  Although your choices do make a difference later on down the road, there is still a ton more life ahead to make even better decisions. The seemingly big things at the moment (no matter what stage of life you are in) are extremely small in comparison.

6.    1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not anyone look down on you because you are young…” 

So often the thought that I was too young held me back from what God wanted to do in me.  I thought, “I’ll do that when I am married and have a job..” It was so easy to let my “status” as a high school student define me, but God has things for us no matter what stage of life we are in.

Anyways… That is all I have! If you have anything to add you can always comment down below!

Thanks for stopping by!


Haley Raydo


February 8, 2014

Snow Day Shenanigans

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Hello friends!

Well it is that time of the week again… time for a new blog! This week has been rather crazy.  I mean we only had 3 days of classes due to snow!

IMG_2623The great thing about college snow days is.. You are in college! So you are stuck on campus with all of your best friends!  They even extended open dorm times (guys in the girls dorms/ girls in the guys dorms) so of course that is always nice!

There is something so sweet about a snow day… Just the feeling the night before, “I don’t have to go to classes tomorrow…” is the absolute best!  You stay up late (which means watching movies or watching my friend Randi own some guys at ping pong), you sleep in late and take your time in the shower, and you spend all day with no plans!

My friends and I spent part of our day sledding on Lanpher Hill (right next to the freshman boys’ dorm) and my friend Dan decided to bike down the hill as you can see in the video.

I hope you all had great snow days! If you are in high school right now, just wait until college for your snow days!

Thanks for stopping by!


Allegra Vieux


February 7, 2014

Come Clean

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Okay blogging friends. If you tuned in last week, you probably have a very skeptical view of my buddy Stephen. Normally with friends like Steve, I would just allow you to keep on believing that he is the man that will never trust a fart again.

But now I’m feeling guilty because some of the information was fabricated. tainted. false.

So it’s time for me to come clean. (enjoy the sweet sounds of Eisley while reading.) I’m reposting the story here. Follow my commentary (of my own story) to find out what actually happened on that Tuesday afternoon.


One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Okay he’s never been in love with me. It’s an on-going joke that for some reason to me never gets old. Sometimes when he asks me a question, like “why can I not do __ the right way?!” My automatic response in the past has been “I don’t know Steve. Maybe it’s because you’re in love with me?” Gets him (ehhh …me) every time.

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

I wouldn’t call it accurate to say “usually” before “delighted.” More accurate would be to say, “Sometimes, the professors are delighted that he actually decided to show up to class.”

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

The above paragraphs contain about 95% truth if the subject matters are reversed. The reality of the situation is that as I shouted “STEPHEN!!” I looked at him like a deer in the headlights. I could not make eye contact. I began talking aimlessly. Nothing mattered in this moment because of a personal matter. Read on:

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

-> A couple days later, I sent a few text messages to Stephen. In the series, I said something to the extent of “Stephen, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry that in the moment your head was in my car the other day, I crapped my pants. I hope you know that I don’t just do this on the reg. I wasn’t feeling well. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

JUDGE ME if it’s what the Lord is calling you to do, blog world! I did it! I crapped my pants in front of a dude. In the United States. Yards from my dorm room. Had I ever done this in Mexico while I was camping and the closest outhouse was a quarter mile from my tent? No. What about on a job site with no running water or usable facility? No. Okay well what about after a hot pepper challenge with my teammate Fernando? NO! It happened on Campus in the luxury of all these amenities!

In my defense, there were a lot of things working against me. I am a vegetarian and there is a lot of fiber in my diet. I hadn’t slept and had a lot of coffee and caffeine: natural laxatives. I had my first ever surgery and it was on my abdomen, so food wasn’t processing correctly…

And as I shouted, “STEPHEN!!” it was just too much pressure on my abdomen.  

Why did I tell him? Because I thought for sure he knew! And I interpreted his silence as assumption. Assumption that this is a regular thing in my life. At least by telling him myself, I could control the message that was sent. (Public Relations class came in handy.) I could let him know this was a one-time thing. And you know why I’m feeling so guilty? Because as students have asked him about this situation, he has gone along with it to protect my pride. EVEN AFTER I THROUGH HIM UNDER THE BUS.

And now the entire world knows about my bowel issues. If you would like to join with me and prove that this happens to everyone at some point or another, post your story below! We can laugh about it together and rise against the judgers who claim this has never happened to them!  We can start judging them for lying!

Hopefully I didn’t lose any of my followers for this… Oh well. That’s me.

Over and Out!




Joey Alligier


February 6, 2014

How to: Thrive as a Pioneer

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This one goes out to all my high school peeps who are looking into MidAmerica!

College is a nerve-racking thought/experience; don’t get too ahead of yourself. 
It’s not as scary as TV says!
This place will become your home. 

Here are 5 specific pieces of advice to thrive as a Pioneer:

1) Seconds are okay…sometimesWe’ll start off easy.
The buffet style food sends your brain synapses into a whirlwind. THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. 
The freshman 15 is a real crisis that deserves attention in today’s society.
In all seriousness, get ready for an overload..
O and don’t forget SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAYS; it’s like manna from the Lord and BACON FRIDAYS; if you get up…
And I know you’re wondering, and yes, it is okay to have cereal FOR EVERY MEAL
Just take it slow, alright.

2) Wear big coats.
This one has to be kept under wraps…
It’s also multi-faceted.
Wear a coat/ because this is Kansas and who knows what the weather will throw at ya
and also wear one  so you can sneak more than 1 piece of fruit out of Campus Center..SHHHHH

Moving on.

3) Write it down.

There will be a lot going on.
This is a beautiful opportunity to get organized. The flip side isn’t going with the flow, it is getting overtaken by the flash-flood-type waters.
Use different colors for social events, tests, readings OR you can categorize by classes!
However you do it, WRITE IT DOWN.
Trust me…

4) Save, save, Savers

College means you don’t “pay as you go”
You pay at specific times and after your 4 years.
This means it will seem like you have a lot of money at times to “JUST SPEND”
This may be true, but you should start a savings account in case of a rainy day (We already talked about how the weather changes)
Fellas, you might get a lady, in that case, there are a lot of “rainy days” AKA Starbucks trips.
Another way to save money is to shop at Savers, it’s like a Goodwill.
On my list of steals, not literally, from there is a $10 pair of Sperry’s, a $3 Ralph Lauren Polo scarf, and a $8, $200 Bally dress shoes. 

5) Yes. Yes. No.Say yes to things more than you say no.
This is college and a smaller college at that; that means numerous opportunities.
My freshman year I was the Freshman Associated Student Government President, in the play and musical, a student blogger, working in admissions, on the improv team, playing intramurals, working at Chick-Fil-A. Needless to say, I should have said “NO” to a few things and “HECK NO” to a couple others.
In short, GET INVOLVED, but don’t load your plate too full. Then you won’t enjoy it.
BUT, get off your booty and out of your dorm room, go to Wal-Mart with friends and play some tag or something.
Take advantage of the big and little things.grid

6) I know, I said 5, get over it. 

This one needs your utmost attention.
You come to college and figure out who you are, what you’re becoming, and who you want to be.
There is NO need to throw someone else in the mix right away.
Don’t argue with me. 

We are not settlers; WE ARE PIONEERS. 

There you have it, the 1st installment of the “How to:” series from yours truly

Comment with questions, comments, and/or suggestions for the next installment!

Keep on and keep God, 

Joey Alligier


February 1, 2014

Talk About Action Pact…

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Let’s just say this weekend has been fun….
I am beyond thankful to have a nice, warm, safe place to stay.
In the end, what’s life without some…questionable….events? Right..?

An Action Pact kinda day..

Click the link and check out a TASTE of the craziness that is a part of my life.