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Hailey Kendrick


November 20, 2015

Terms You Learn in College

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Last week it dawned on me that my vocabulary has recently expanded. Upon coming to college, there are several new terms that I’ve had to learn and use in my every day vocabulary. I wanted to share those with you all in hopes that you don’t have to stare blankly back at those would use them on you in your years to come.

Love Language: This is the verbal and nonverbal communication between you and your significant other in which you express how you feel. I’d never heard anyone say this until this year…and now everyone does. The hard part is everyone has a different way of expressing that they love you. For some it’s time, others it’s gifts…so on and so forth.



Final Exam Schedule: You actually have a set schedule for when you take each final AND this is decided by the university AND it’s probably not the normal class time. This is new to highschoolers. When finals come, there will be a totally different schedule for when you’re allowed to take them.



Chapel Points: Spiritual formation credits that you have to complete. You must have 40 points each semester. Period.

Mark Hamilton is my academic advisor.

Mark Hamilton is my academic advisor.

Academic Advisor: This is basically your new best friend. Get to know them so they can best help you in your academic needs. This is the person in charge of your major and you will meet with each other to help plan your schedule.

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Kingdom Come: Once a month, on a Tuesday, there is another chapel opportunity. It’s a late night chapel service that serves as a communion service for anyone and everyone. It can be more hype than regular chapel and is a blast to attend.


No, but really?

No, but really?



Twirp: Whaaaaaat? This is the girls-ask-the-guys out dance. That’s right ladies, go get your men!





legendsLegends Village West: If you’re from the area, then you know. If you’re not from here, you might be confused. Legends is the outdoor mall in Kansas City. I worked there for 3-4 years…so don’t expect parking on weekends. It’s fun and has lots of things to do!

Registrar: These are the college officials that are responsible for your schedule. Their office is located in Lunn (then take a right).

CLEP Tests: It’s this magical thing where if you’re smart, have an extra $100, you can pay to take a test. If you obtain a certain grade, then BANG, you get the credit for that course and DO NOT need to actually take the course. Magic.

Lynsie Petersen


November 18, 2015

It’s My Turn to Be Brave

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It’s funny how a song comes into your life at just the right moment. I know that God has a way of doing that, whether it’s a song by a Christian artist, like “This is the Stuff” or “Beautiful, Beautiful” by Francesca Battistelli, or a more secular song, like “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, if you need to hear a song, God will bring it into your life, and at just the right moment.

I have a list a mile long of songs that have impacted me. This list includes “Christian” music, “Secular” music, and of course, show tunes. Right now, the number one song is “Brave” by Idina Menzel.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I adore Idina Menzel. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to her. I’m definitely not the only one, and I have one of the smallest boards out there. We (her fans) call ourselves Fanzels, and we’re only a wee bit crazy. But, the main reason I love her is her blunt honesty with her fans.

Screenshots from my Pinterest board. 792 pins and growing...

Screenshots from my Pinterest board. 792 pins and growing…

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Idina wrote “Brave” after a bad fight with her (then) husband and the lyrics paint the story of a woman who is contemplating the idea of leaving her man (boyfriend, husband, etc…) and she’s saying that it might hurt, but she has to be brave and do what is best for her.


This song doesn’t apply to my life in that sense, but it’s about being brave, despite the circumstances. The first verse sounds like a desperate prayer for help:

Don’t know just where I’m going
And tomorrow, it’s a little overwhelming
And the air is cold
And I’m not the same anymore
I’ve been running in your direction
For too long now
I’ve lost my own reflection
And I can’t look down
If you’re not there to catch me when I fall.

The chorus echoes this plea for help, from this woman to herself:

If this is the moment I stand here on my own
If this is my rite of passage that somehow leads me home
I might be afraid
But it’s my turn to be brave
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye
At least it’s the first day of the rest of my life
I can’t be afraid
Cause it’s my turn to be brave

Lately, I’ve been feeling hurt and let down by the one person in my life that has promised to always be there for me, my best friend. I’ve known this song for a few years, but now I’m beginning to relate. It’s hard to stay in a friendship you feel hurt by and I don’t want to leave, but I don’t want to stay either. I need to be brave and make my decision. But frankly, it’s the bridge of the song that gets me:

And I might still cry
And I might still bleed
These thorns in my side
This heart on my sleeve
And lightning may strike
This ground at my feet
And I might still crash
But I still believe

“But I still believe”, this line is incredibly powerful. I definitely tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, but I believe that God has made my best friend and I friends for a reason. He wants me in her life, and yeah, it’s rough and sometimes, she’s a thorn in my side, but I still love her.

Just a small collage of my best friend and I.

Just a small collage of my best friend and I.

It’s funny how God can take any song and impact your life with it.

What song has impacted your life? Tell me your stories below in the comment section! :)

Renee DeVault


November 17, 2015

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! I attempt to blog about newspaper!

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When I decided to come to MNU, one of the first things I did was grab one of the newspapers from Bell Center when I went to a choir concert. I’m not even sure I read the whole thing, to be honest, but right from the beginning I knew that an element of my life was going to be wrapped up in this paper.

At MNU the paper is called The Trailblazer. The print edition comes out roughly three times a semester, and the online version is usually updated every week.

Over the summer I met with the advisor, Melinda Ablard-Smith, for coffee at Starbucks. Nervous, I told her that, despite having little to no journalism experience, I was wanting to potentially write for the school paper.

Melinda was incredibly helpful in answering all of my questions, and she assured me I would be able to sign up for–and fit into my schedule–the class.

Basically, how the newspaper works is students enroll in a class, called Multimedia Workshop, which is a one credit hour class that meets at 6:30 Monday nights. This semester Melinda is teaching a journalism workshops at 5:30, before class, where we all get together, eat good food, get chocolate thrown at us for answering questions, and just generally have a good time together while learning the nuts and bolts of journalism.

Advertisement last year for students interested in signing up to work for the Trailblazer

Advertisement last year featuring the modeling talent of Josh Brisco to promote Journalism at MNU.

The actual Multimedia Workshop class splits into students doing Yearbook or Newspaper, and then the Newspaper students further split into three categories: the editors, the reporters, and the video team. This semester I am a reporter.

At the beginning of the actual Trailblazer class session, Melinda sits down with all three groups and goes over a short journalism lesson, recites a bible verse, asks for prayer requests, and then leads the team in a group prayer. Then she dismisses the video team and turns over the class to the Editor-in-Chief, our fearless leader, Robbie Wegley.

Robbie and Josh (Joshua Brisco, Managing/News Editor) usually talk through some specific things the reporters need to work on (like the fact that I keep forgetting to submit pictures with my stories), talk about some current events both in the world and at the school, and then go through story pitches.

Every week the reporters and the editors turn in story pitches–ideas for stories or topics we think the Trailblazer should cover. In class, Robbie reads through the pitches, asks those who pitched them to expand upon their ideas, and decides which stories make the cut. The stories are then assigned to reporters, who usually have the rest of that week to get the story done and sent to their section editor.

I’ve worked mostly with Josh, for news, and Morgan Peiffer, for life stories. Wyatt Stark edits sports, and Sydney Wright edits opinion pieces. Katie Linsey edits the videos, and Hailey Kendrick is the graphic designer.

The Staff

The Staff

When I first started writing stories, I was pretty freaked out. I had never conducted an interview, or wrote any sort of news story before, but the editors really helped me out. If anybody is thinking about being a reporter next semester, I would highly encourage it even if you don’t have any journalism experience. The writing is very different than writing for school papers, or almost any other assignment I’ve been given.

It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, I just get to talk to people about what they’re passionate about, and I help them communicate that passion to people who may not have otherwise been able to hear about it. That’s my favorite way of looking at articles.

For example, I got to talk to people involved in the LQVE Haiti Passion to Serve project for my first article. I got the article done, but I also got to hear their stories about Quincy, their vision for the future, and their passion for what they are doing. I count it as a great privilege.


And of course not all stories are like that, but I have yet to be assigned story that didn’t require me learning something new in order to write it. Yes, it is a lot of hard work, but I have met so many people I never expected to meet.

How many students have sat down for half of an hour and really talked to the Manager of the IT department or the head of Campus Security? They are incredible people who have a lot of passion for their jobs, and they taught me things about their respective departments that I never knew, ways they are serving the school that I would have otherwise overlooked.

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It took me out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways, but I think that is what makes it one of my favorite things I do on campus. I am forced to learn in order to continue, and I’m forced to work closely with people if I want anything to get done. In the end getting the paper out is a team effort, and I’m incredibly proud of it.

I also think that having a completely student led newspaper that is allowed to talk about tough subjects, present opposing sides to issues, and investigate the school itself speaks incredibly highly of MNU. It is hard to brag about The Trailblazer without bragging about this school.

The Forum is one of my favorite sections of the paper where opposing viewpoints about an issue are discussed.

The Forum is one of my favorite sections of the paper where opposing viewpoints about an issue are discussed.

And most of all The Trailblazer is just fun…at least for me it is 😉

The people who work for the paper know how to talk to people, know how to tell a good story, and tend to enjoy being around each other. I love hearing everybody’s opinions about topics in class, and I also enjoy listening to them talk about what is happening in their lives and around campus.

Plus you get to experience the hilarity of Josh after class ends, and that’s always fun.


Trailblazer Online Link

Isaac Walker


November 13, 2015

10 Times Liz Lemon Embodied The MNU College Experience

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Liz Lemon is a pretty strange woman from the hit TV series 30 Rock.  I think that she perfectly and strangely captures the college experience here at MNU.  I am sure that everyone here has experienced at least one of these Liz Lemon moments.

  1. When you can’t figure out how to hook up the cable in your dorm room.Liz-Lemon-Cable

2. When you are looking forward to Glow With The Flow at the end of next semester because you know this year is going to wreck you.                                    30-rock-i-need-to-dance-this-out

3.  When you walk into Campus Center the first time and and realize it is a buffet…


4.  When you stay in your dorm instead of going out with your friends to do “homework”.


5.  When you are trying to look on the bright side of things when school is trying to bring you down.


6.  When you make new goals at the start of every semester to try and make better grades.yes-to-staying-in-more-30-rock

7.  When you leave Kingdom Come feeling extra #blessed.


8.  When you are in your dorm at night and see on Snapchat your friends are hanging out with out you.


9.  When it is time to graduate and get your life together.


10.  But then you realize you still don’t know what you want to do with your life…


Div Tosinglo


November 12, 2015


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College is fun. College is hard. College is independent. College sometimes feels lonely. College is change. But one of the thing I didn’t realize college became for me until recently was home.

I was on my annual walk, which is a day I set once a year to go on a walk. I really hate walking hence why I only do it once a year. I rather sit through a weekend long marathon of Pretty Little Liars than to get up and go on a walk. But I digress from my point. I was on my walk through the campus mall when it hit me that this place was my home.

Remember when you were a kid and you moved into a new house? That house was a house until you were convinced it could become a home. Because in a home you could be vulnerable, silly, but most importantly you could be yourself. I think coming into college your heart already has a home and the address isn’t 2030 E college Way.

I don’t blame your heart for not calling this home right away. But just like that house you moved into waited so will college. College will wait for you to lower your guard and make some pretty awesome friends. College will wait for you to allow yourself to join a welcoming community of believers who will love on, and will always be there to hear you out.

Home is assurance that no matter how your day may end up you’ll always have a place and people to come home to. Come home to vent, pray, laugh, cry, and even Netflix binge with. College needs to become home for you. And I hope and pray it does, friend.

Lynsie Petersen


November 12, 2015

Happy Places

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Last week, I spent my week with some insane people, doing what we love: performing.
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We have this warm-up where you close your eyes and go to your happy place. It’s all about focus and relaxation. I always close my eyes and think of the stage, because I am happiest when I’m onstage.


The view from my happy place

I know not everyone feels the came way, so I asked the cast where their happy place was, and in unison, they responded, “Brigadoon!”. I knew they weren’t serious, so I waited until we were at dinner after the show and asked, and a majority of the cast responded with their real happy place.

I got answers I expected like “open fields, on the beach, standing in the sun, my room, my bed, listening to music, and my ‘nothing’ box”. Others answered with places that fit their personality, “Disneyland while watching the fireworks, At Walmart at 1 AM with friends, and in the middle of a Yu-Gi-Oh battle”. There was one answer that just melted my heart, our leading man, Quinn, said that his happy place was his girlfriend, Renee (Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic and, yes, #RelationshipGoals).

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I love performing and I love the feeling of my adrenaline pumping as soon as I walk on the stage. If you want to see me in action, November 19th at 9:30 in the Tipping Point, Action Pact Improv is back in action. I would LOVE to see you there!

Tell me your happy place down below! :)

Also, if you just need a good laugh, watch this final vlog I made about the show.

Stephanie Krohn


November 12, 2015

Undecided – Which Major should I chose?

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The first semester of this year is about to end. Registration for next year’s classes has begun, and many probably think this: “Is this the right major?” Or “Which major should I pick after I am done with my GenEd classes?”

This is normal. It is an important decision because you certainly don’t want to spend more than four years in college, collecting a huge amount of student loans to pay off afterwards. Although it will determine what you are going to do after college and which direction your life will take, I always look at it from another perspective. Whatever you chose, in the end it is up to you what you make off of it. Also, there are so many great opportunities out there, it would be really hard to “mess up your whole life”. Don’t think of it as “there is only one major that fits me and I need to figure out as quickly as possible which one it is”. No, there are probably several. Maybe you can combine two or minor in another one. You can take classes in other fields in order to get all the credit hours. The most important thought is that what you chose is right and you can make it fun and interesting by putting all your effort in it.

When I was chosing my major, I had two preferences. I can’t really remember how I came up with my choices of Communication and Sports Management, but those were two fields I was interested in and they didn’t seem too difficult. So when deciding for MNU, I also decided that Communication was the best fit for me. My advisor made my schedule for the first semester. Normally, I am the student that never participates in anything. I get good grades, but I’d never do any additional work and always try to minimize my efforts. My first semester though was the opposite of what I preferred. I was a part of the MNU newspaper, the Trailblazer, which not only requires a lot of work in your private time, but also a lot of responsibility, and talking to a lot of people. I need to take this class six times, and as you can imagine I wasn’t really excited about that. I thought about changing my major to something with math because I love to work with numbers and it never requires extra work or interaction with other people. One solution. Simple. Communication showed me other sites: creativity and spontaneity. After the first semester, I fell in love with it and added Broadcasting as a minor. I started to develop a huge curiosity for how to talk to people and analyze them. I love cutting videos for the newspaper and I constantly get better at it. I don’t know yet what I am going to do with it in the future, but I know God has a plan for me that will work out.


Taking pictures for Digital Photography

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In Melinda’s Journalism Workshop – food and drinks were provided


The interview with the Dewey’s stuff was really fun! Check out the video on the website of the Trailblazer

All I want to say is that sometimes it takes time to love what you do. If you are really unhappy with your major, you should change it of course! But if you are like me, then there are a lot of ways that are the right ones. Sports Management would probably be as interesting as Communication.

I didn’t know about all the technology hidden in Smith: new cameras, green screen, and professional microphones. Also, this year the Communication Program offered a professional journalism workshop. Whatever you chose, MNU offers so much surrounding the major. I suggest you just take a closer look!

Katie Linsey


November 11, 2015

10 Things That Change After Freshman Year

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This is my second year at MNU, and although I’m going to the same school and studying the same thing, it seems vastly different from my freshman year. There are quite a few things that have changed, small and big. Here’s my personal list of things that have changed since freshman year. I hope this can apply to other students besides myself. :)

1. The amount of times you eat at Campus Center

It’s not necessarily that I eat out more, but I get real tired of the having the same thing for dinner every day. Maybe that’s my fault for being picky about what I put into my body. All I can say is I’m real thankful for the stacks of soup and protein bars in my suite.

2. The amount of studying you do

I study a lot more than I did my freshman year. It’s quite ridiculous, actually. It was easy to get away with cramming the night before and pretending I knew what I was writing about in essays last year, but not this year. Not at all. As I’m getting into upper level classes, I’m having to put a lot more effort into my assignments, tests, and projects.

3. Your relationships

So many of my relationships have changed this year… including with friends, family, and faculty. I’ve lost and gained friends this year, but the friendships I’m investing in this year have a more real sense of permanence than last year. Freshman year, it’s easy to befriend everyone and go on coffee dates with many people, but after that, there comes a point when you don’t have time for everyone you’ve befriended. Following that realization is a choice to invest in people that will become your closest friends. My relationship with my parents has also changed as I become one step closer to entering the “adult world.” I rely on them a lot more to get me on my feet and teach my practical things. I also appreciate their presence in my life a lot more than I did freshman year. My relationships with faculty have become more deep and meaningful, as I’m beginning to have the same professors for multiple classes. It’s incredible to realize how much my professors really care about me beyond my abilities in their particular class. It’s been fun getting to know them personally and continuing to learn from them.

4. Dorm life

Freshman year dorm life is an amazing thing, but it doesn’t last forever. I don’t think I have the energy to live in the freshman dorm for all of my college career. After freshman year, dorm life becomes a lot more chill (at least in Spindle). People have so much going on that it’s harder to just pop into someone’s dorm and hang out for hours. Everything has to be planned, it seems like.

5. The amount of time it takes you to get ready in the morning 

Last year, I tried a lot harder than I do this year. It was probably because I was new to the community and cared what people thought. This year, however, I care very little about what people think about my appearance. And even if I did care, I definitely care about an extra 30 minutes of sleep more. Less make-up, less nice clothes, and less heat on my hair… that’s how it goes.

6. The amount of fruit you steal from Campus Center

Like I said, Campus Center doesn’t see me quite as much as it did last year. Because of that, the amount of fruit I steal has to increase so that I have an apple to eat every day (and a banana in case I want to mix it up). Remember, folks: The bigger the backpack or the coat, the more fruit for your room.

7. Your wardrobe

This goes along with taking less time to get ready in the morning. The amount of crewneck sweatshirts has increased and the amount of jewelry has decreased. It’s all about the fuzzy socks and the baggy sweatshirts.

8. The amount of times you walk to class

Campus Security has been sure to teach me which parking lots I can’t park in, unfortunately, since I was never taught that in Freshman Seminar. It’s all about finding the parking lot that’s closest to your class and leaving 5 minutes before it starts, right?

9. You don’t have time for every single event on campus

I have gone to significantly less ASG and sporting events compared to freshman year, but that’s not because I don’t want to go. It’s because I don’t have enough time in my life to do everything. There’s always something going on, and that’s great, but it’s not gonna happen every time. And that’s okay.

10. The amount of times you check how many Spiritual Formation credits you have

It’s not that I don’t love chapel, it’s that I have 37 assignments due tomorrow and that extra hour in the morning would be really handy. As long as I get exactly 40 points, it’ll all be okay.

So… there you have it. 10 things that have changed since freshman year. Although there are a lot of changes with sophomore year, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve had a pretty good school year so far.

Thanks for reading!



Hailey Kendrick


November 10, 2015

Dating at MNU

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For those who don’t know, I have a boyfriend that doesn’t go to MNU. Austin attends Saint Mary’s in Leavenworth, KS (the polar opposite direction of Olathe.)

Even though I get to see all these happy couples together on campus, sometimes I’m happy that he doesn’t go to the same university as me. One reason being that he is incredibly competitive with me; the other is that “Ring by Spring” is so real it’s scary.

Here at MNU, if you sit with a member of the opposite sex 3 or more times, you are automatically considered dating. Oh my. I hear you all gasping now.

One of my friends, Caleb, decided to make a video about the dating culture at MNU…featuring yours truly.

Please enjoy.

Mackenzie Theiler


November 9, 2015

– – – – St. Louis – – – -✗

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Travel Destination #2 . . . . Hello, St. Louis, Missouri.

#tb Here is a Recap of my Halloween weekend. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween this year! My weekend consisted of meeting up with family and friends on halloween. We ended up attending, a Birthday/Halloween Costume Soiree. I dressed up as a sailor girl, and my best friend, in the picture below, was the king of life guards on duty. After having dinner with family, we were walking back to our hotel and we ran in to Captain America. My night was made complete! Fun Fact: My favorite superhero of all time is Captain America. He obviously was not the really Captain America, but I must say, his costume was spot on!


Best Friend Photo. That bunny behind us though! Got to love halloween, people get really creative with there costumes.

My life is Complete. I found Captain America!!! ❤️⚪️💙

My life is Complete. ❤️⚪️💙       I found Captain America!!!

Rooster is the place to go for an excellent morning breakfast. Before heading to the big game (Rams vs. 49ers), we stopped there to have a delicious meal. If you are ever in St. Louis, this is one place that you must stop and eat. This french toast was divine, just by looking at it, it is alluring. The fruit, was also, exceedingly fresh. I will without a doubt, be going back there again.


Rooster – St. Louis Breakfast Done Right! #FrenchToast #BerriesandCreme

St. Louis Breakfast

Rooster – Banana Nut French Toast with a side of Fruit


This was my first, live, NFL game that I have ever attended. To be able to experience this, was incredible. We sat on the Rams side and our seating was swell. I am a 49ers fan though, but my best friend is a Rams fan. This was an early birthday present from me to them. I do have to say, thanks to my parents, for being able to get us such awesome seats. I am so grateful for the trip I got to receive.

Mackenzie Theiler: Saint Louis Pic of Niners vs. Rams game

Rams Won 27 to 6 against the 49ers. Sat on the Rams side! #EdwardJonesDome

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