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November 13, 2014

A Very Special Veteran’s Day

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As you all know Tuesday was Veteran’s Day and now matter how you feel about the military, you just have to sit back and admire the sacrifices that they endure everyday to keep us safe, and help us enjoy the freedoms we have today. Just like Coach Willmer told us the other day, “Our freedom isn’t free, somebody else pays for it.” This day is now very special to me, you never really realize how important something is until it hits you personally. For me, this day is about my friend Cory Ellis and his family.

This is one of my best friend's Cory Ellis. He is a marine stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I'm so proud of him and I'm honored to be friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can't wait to see him again.

This is one of my best friends Cory Ellis. He is a corporal in marine core. He is stationed in Japan. He is coming home in a couple of days, from his first tour of duty. I’m so proud of him and I’m honored to be his friend and grateful for the sacrifices he made. I can’t wait to see him again. 

It takes a special kind of person, to able to take on the commitment that the armed forces require. The Ellis family knows that commitment all too well. First things first, this family is like my second family. They embraced me and made me when one of their own, when I was just a stupid kid high school who didn’t know any better. Some of the best moments in my life were made with this family. For example the creation of the wolf pack, the 4th of July incident, and I can’t forget the Fall Fridays when I had meatball subs before football games. They are a blessing, and I can’t even imagine who I would be  if they were were not apart of my life.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

The Ellis kids in all their glory. This was when Cory graduated from boot camp. There is Cory in the middle (the oldest), Ryan on the left (second-oldest), Colin on the right (second-youngest), Morgan (youngest) in the middle.

These guys are a collection of characters but I love each and everyone of them to death. As you know Cory went into the military, he is a corporal in the marine core. Cory has probably the sharpest wit this side of the Mississippi, he has a comeback for everything, and when you think you finally got him, that’s when you fall into his trap. Ryan is an enigma all of his own, you never really know what he is going to do, but I’ll tell you this right now don’t underestimate him, this little guy has more heart than anyone will ever give him credit for. Now we have Colin, this kid is just nuts sometimes. Yet you can always catch him in the some spot, downstairs in office, usually watching Netflix. He also wants to go into the military when he graduates from high school like his big brother. He scares me a little bit, but I can’t wait to see the man he becomes. Last but certainly not least we have Morgan, the baby of household, (sorry Maddie). She is just a little bundle of joy, who can catch you slipping at any moment. She always knows how to brighten my day or completely tear me down, but I don’t care I still love her.

The parents, Glen and Tammy Ellis. Glen's nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tammy Mom.

The parents, Glenn and Tami Ellis. Glenn’s nick name is Papa Ellis, and I just call Tami, Mom. They were high school sweet hearts and they’ve been married for 22 years

Lets start with Papa Ellis (sorry mom), Papa Ellis served in Air force. He technically still serves as a reservist. He is also a police officer for Simi Valley Police Department. He is just a big teddy bear, a little bit too old school but that’s why we love him. Don’t let him fool though, this guy still has it. Just ask Cory. Everyday this guy does all he can to provide for his family and then when he steps out of the house, he goes and protects the people of Simi Valley. He is always there for his family no matter what. He is the man, I aspire to be. Ok now here we have Mom, the best way to describe her role in the family is to have watched the movie Remember the Titans. She is basically Denzel Washington aka Coach Herman Boone in a sense. In the immortal words of Coach Boone, “This is not a democracy, this is a dictatorship!” Mom is the same way, she is just and fair, but is not afraid to put her foot down. She treats everyone the same no matter who you are. She is 2nd toughest woman I know behind only my own mother.

The Ellis family is also a sports family. All the men in the family played football (I played with Cory in high school). Colin however took it to another level and also wrestles in high school. Morgan is a cheerleader and is insanely flexible. Ironically Tami is the only one, who never played a sport, but she is one of the loudest fans you will ever meet. I can’t tell how many games, I could hear her screaming at us over everyone else in the crowd, plus she doesn’t care who will hear her. She has even called me out on the carpet a few times, when I dropped a ball, or had a bad play during my high school playing days. That’s just who she is and there is no one else like her.

Anyway, this is my second family. I can’t wait to see them when I go back home for winter break. I got some stories for them and I can’t wait to hear their stories either and also have one of the famous (well to me) Ellis meatball subs. Also to all the men and women out there put their lives on the line for us here at home or anywhere else in the world, thank you so much for your service. I know it may not be said enough but I am grateful for all you do for us. Come back home safe and rejoin your families and hopefully one day, I have a chance to give a little back to you for all you have given to us.

 

Katie Linsey

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November 13, 2014

5 Things Phonathon Taught Me

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For the past six weeks, I’ve been working at the MNU Phonathon. What I thought would just be another job has turned out to double as a ministry and be a place where I’ve met some really great friends. Here’s some things I’ve learned through this experience…

1. You never know where life will take you

At Phonathon, I’ve had the great privilege of talking to alumni, parents, and friends of the university that have lived great lives with many unexpected turns. It’s always interesting to hear how God works in people’s lives and leads them to places they never thought they’d end up. I get to hear the stories of the people that changed their major 17 times and still aren’t working in their field of study, but are following God’s will for their lives with so much joy. Talking to people that have experienced unexpected change in their life gives me encouragement. It gives me hope to know that God will lead me where He wants me; in whatever fashion He wishes to do so.

2. Everybody has a story

I especially love talking to alumni of the university because I get to hear about their lives after they graduate. Their careers, relationships, children, etc… Everybody has a different, unique story. It’s so fascinating to hear people’s journeys and where God has led them so far in life. Some stories are crazier than others, but every story is beautiful and special.

3. You’ll never know if you don’t ask

Okay, this one is a little more light-hearted. At Phonathon, we like to ask donors to slightly increase their gifts from previous years to give them the opportunity to support students at MNU on a higher level than they did before. There have been times when I’ve felt a bit uncomfortable asking, but more than I have expected, donors have been happy to increase their support. This has taught me a practical lesson… that we won’t ever know if we don’t ask. This can be applied to many aspects of life. I want to live a life of boldness, not of fear. I want to take chances. (Yes, I realize the comparison is a bit of a stretch, but there’s some truth hidden in there somewhere.)

4. It’s good to help people we don’t know

If you read my blog from last week, you know that I recently sponsored a child with my friend. I don’t personally know her, but I want to help her because I have the means to do it and I want the best for her. This is how some of the donors feel about the students at MNU. A lot of them have told me that they are praying for me and wish me the best of luck in my education. They are more than ready to give me advice and listen to my experiences at MNU so far. And, then, they show that they care by giving a financial gift that goes to student scholarships. It’s really encouraging and refreshing to know that, here at MNU, we have an army of people out there praying for us and supporting us. This pushes me to try to help people that I don’t personally know, because they may need me.

5. Prayer is powerful

At Phonathon, we have prayer cards at every station, which are cards that we can fill out for donors if they need prayer for anything. I think that’s one of my favorite things about Phonathon—that we can ask donors if they need prayer, and then actually pray for them as a team. It’s powerful stuff, guys. The donors are so thankful that we care enough to pray about them, and we are thankful that we get to be involved in their lives… even if it’s in a minute way.

So… there you have it! Just a few of the many things Phonathon has taught me. It’s been a great job for the past six weeks. I’m definitely going to miss it.

Shameless plug: If this sounds fun to you (and it is!), apply next year! :)

-KT

A few of the friends I’ve made at Phonathon. We rock those headsets pretty hard.

Luther Okeyo

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November 11, 2014

Baker Week

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Aright I want you to picture this, it’s late in the fourth quarter, Baker has driven down to our 3 yard line and they are lining up for a 20 yard field goal. If you know anything about football you know that a 20 yard field is a chip shot for any kicker (well most kickers). The game will be won or lost on this play. George Tombaugh with the call…

If there ever was a play that exemplified our season, this is it. Every time it looked like we were down and out, somebody comes up with a huge play to keep us alive. This time it was Coop and Primetime coming up with the play this time. Throught out my MNU life, one of the biggest and parts of it are times we play Baker no matter what sport. I mean IT’S BAKER!!! Ok it’s really hard to explaining you just gotta be here to experience it.

Anyway back to the game. If you weren’t able to watch the game, you really missed out on a great game. I mean it really had everything, think about it, it was homecoming week, IT WAS BAKER WEEK, they were ranked as the #2 in the nation. Nobody really gave us a chance, to win the game. From the very beginning, the game went back and forth, but we struck first with Coop picking off a Baker pass, in which turned into a field goal. After swapping TDs, it just became a defensive slugfest with both offenses struggling to score. The score at halftime 14-10 with us winning. Javon Taylor had the play of first half with his 53 yard TD. George Tombaugh with the call…

Baker started the second half off hot. They scored twice in the 3rd quarter, but we responded with a TD drive of our own. Using a little trick we’ve been saving for a game like this. George Tombaugh with the call…

Baker wasn’t the #2 team in the nation for nothing. They took back the lead and had a chance to ice the game in the fourth quarter before Coop and Prime made the play of the game. But 2 penalties pushed us back to the 44 yard line. A couple plays later, on 3rd and 18, Sunshine found Simmy for a key first down, but Simmy did more than just get a first down. George Tombaugh with the call…

We ended up winning the game in overtime, on a 2 yard TD run on fourth down run by Erik May. It was a great game, probably the best game I have ever been apart of.  We took over the top spot in the HAAC, we once again shocked the world and now it’s time for us to finish the season strong. On a year where MNU was so supposed to be rebuilding, we showed everyone we are for real and we put the nation on notice.

One of the stand outs was Trent "Sunshine" Hedlund. He was 26-38 for a career-high 307 yards and 2 touchdowns.

One of the stand outs was Trent “Sunshine” Hedlund. He was 26-38 for a career-high 307 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Javon Taylor aka the muscle hamster, once again balled out, he is the horse that really carries our offense.  He ran 14 times for 60 yards and caught 6 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Javon Taylor aka the muscle hamster, once again balled out, he is the horse that really carries our offense. He ran 14 times for 60 yards and caught 6 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Ok it's about time that this kid gets his props. This is our kicker Cristian Casillas, he is only a freshman but he is the best kicker in the HAAC, and on of the best kickers in the nation and HE IS ONLY A FRESHMAN. He leads the nation in field goals, total field goals, scoring and is second in the nation total scoring. This man is a beast.

Ok it’s about time that this kid gets his props. This is our kicker Cristian Casillas, he is only a freshman but he is the best kicker in the HAAC, and one of the best kickers in the nation and HE IS ONLY A FRESHMAN!! He leads the nation in field goals, total field goals, scoring and is second in the nation in total scoring. This man is a beast.

 

 

Haley Raydo

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November 10, 2014

Christmastime in Spin 105

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Hello friends!

So today I have a little video because well…. We decorated for Christmas!  Yes it’s early, yes it’s ridiculous. The way I see it, we only have 2 weeks of school after Thanksgiving and that isn’t near enough time to enjoy it.  So we went all out early.

Also there is some randomness at the end that I cannot explain, literally that is Spindle 105 (#spin105).

Anyways have a good week and be filled with the Christmas spirit a “bit” early…

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Samantha Moore

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November 10, 2014

Be: Advice Givers

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This is what happens during office hours for Associated Student Government! MNU Advice from Presley, Lauren, Duby and Kylen.

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Mariah McCommon

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November 9, 2014

Pinterest Partay

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So, funny story real quick. I’m typing on my 3rd laptop since college started. It’s only been 3 1/2 months and I broke my phone and my last 2 laptops were being dumb. I’m praying 3rd times the charm with this laptop because I’m praying to the Lord Jesus I don’t lose everything again. Who doesn’t love technology right?

Anywho! I was talking with my RA about posts and strangely enough we ended up talking about Pinterest. So today’s post will be on cool dorm room ideas found on… the one and only PINTEREST.

The Ultimate Dorm Room List

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For the ladies:

For the fellas:

The key to an awesome dorm room is to be creative and try new things! And always make sure your roommate is on board with rearranging. That could get awkward.

Have a great week everyone!

Aaron Merrell

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November 9, 2014

Lessons I Learned from Olivia Pope

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Hey guys!

Okay, so I know that my blogs have been SUPER serious so far, but I promise I’m not usually so boring and depressing.  I wouldn’t say I’m super funny, but I’m certainly not serious all the time. Like, at all.  I am actually a little too sarcastic for my own good, and I like to use my words (usually) to fight my battles, and while your tongue can get you in trouble, it can be the best way to get a point across.

I am a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes’ show Scandal on ABC.  You may recognize her name from the creation of other great programs like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and more recently, How to Get Away with Murder.  Her shows feature drama, action, comedy and everything in between.  They are the perfect balance.  Have I mentioned I love her shows? I do.

The lead character on Scandal, Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) is a revelation.  She worked her way to a prominent, but not political, position in Washington.  She is interconnected, has friends and enemies, and is able to assert herself clearly, leaving no room for misunderstanding. Obviously, there are some aspects of Olivia’s character that we wouldn’t agree with, but we can learn some things from her.

So I’m taking a page out of the Britney Lewis book, and I will now present some of the lessons I’ve learned from Olivia Pope, in .GIF-and-caption form:


 

 

 

 

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1. It’s okay to admit defeat.

It sucks to be wrong sometimes, and I used to have a big issue with admitting I was wrong.  This is a pride issue – and Lord knows I still have plenty of it – but I’ve learned to understand that this is how you learn sometimes, even though you really just don’t want to.


 

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2. At the same time, there are toxic people and situations to avoid.

What’s right for you is between you and God, and some people just aren’t gonna get it. Surround yourself a #SQUAD you can trust and grow with and SLAY.


 

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3. Embrace your talents.

We’ve all got stuff we excel at, and you don’t have to shy away from it.  If you’re the best at eating fast, use it! If you’re the best at forestalling, use it! Whatever it is, you can use it to your advantage, and for God’s glory.


 

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4. Don’t be afraid to go straight to the top.

Got a problem or dream or vision or whatever no one wants to work with you on? Go above them. They won’t help you? Go above them.  Keep looking for people who can help you who have some serious authority and will chase a dream with you.  After all, they say connections are everything.  In another sense, don’t be afraid to go to the VERY top with issues.  Prayer is SO powerful and god won’t deny you or put you down.


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5. Have confidence, and dress well.

‘Nuff said.


 

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That’s it for this week.  Hope you all have great week and remember you can ask us any burning question on your mind!

IT’S HANDLED.

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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November 6, 2014

Meet Siska

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Hi, friends! During Homecoming week, I decided to sponsor a child through Compassion International, which was one of the best decisions I could have made, but also a very unexpected decision.

As a Christ follower who grew up going to lots of Christian concerts, I’ve heard the “sponsor a child tonight” speech countless times. Every time, I would wish that I could, but never did because I didn’t have the money and I thought I was too young.

As a member of Rend Collective eased into yet another “sponsor a child tonight” speech at the concert Friday night, I reached for my phone and planned to tune out the entire thing. I thought I knew exactly what he was going to say, and I also thought I knew exactly what my answer was going to be… “no.”

It’s not that I didn’t want to sponsor a child, because I’ve always thought it would be a cool idea, I just didn’t think I was qualified to. As a college student with no steady paycheck, I tried to tell myself that my financial state was reason enough to decline this invitation to change someone’s life. As I half-listened to the speech that night, I felt my heartstrings being pulled – really hard. I thought I was hearing God tell me to sponsor a child, but I wasn’t totally sure that it was Him.

As the speech came to a close, the guy from Rend Collective asked everyone who was interested to raise their hands, and Compassion International volunteers would come around and give us a child packet.

As I raised my hand, I told God, “Alright, if you’re truly telling me to sponsor a child, then give me a really cute little girl that I can’t say no to.” I was also praying super hard that He would provide the funds for me to do this, because I was nearly positive He was calling me to sponsor a child (and I was scared that I couldn’t do it).

When I received my packet, I opened it up to find the most beautiful little girl. Her name is Siska and she’s from Indonesia. She loves church activities, singing, art, and playing with dolls. And I love her.

Once I saw her, deciding to sponsor Siska was an easy decision to make. I was so excited to sign up and I wasn’t even worried about the financial aspect of it. I knew that I wanted to help this girl.

My friend, Brandon, and I ended up sponsoring her together. I’m really stoked to start this journey and write her tons of letters. I’m already thinking about what to get her for Christmas… it’s so fun! I can’t wait to get to know her and be a part of her life.

This Tuesday in chapel, a representative from Compassion International came and spoke. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time, knowing that other MNU students were hearing about the opportunity that I had the previous week. When service was over, I saw lots of MNU students crowded around the Compassion International table. My heart smiled super big.

Sponsoring a child is a huge decision, and not one to be taken lightly, but it’s definitely rewarding. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on Siska!

(If you want to learn more about Compassion International, visit www.compassion.com)

-KT

Samantha Moore

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November 4, 2014

Be Blessed!

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Ashlea’s Senior day! My roommate who plays soccer played in her last home soccer game of the season Saturday! ash senior day

It was also French’s senior day! French is obviously from France and I got to walk with him for his senior day since his parents live in France. He has been one of my best friends for four years now and is aways making me laugh and making me smile. He is one of the funniest guys I know and is one of my best friends!

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When Sonic gives away .50 cent corn dogs on Halloween you obviously have to get one. This is Marissa! She was my roommate my Freshman and Sophomore year and we have been great friends since then. She is always here for me and we are always doing something fun! She is a fellow Psych major!

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This is Lauren and my beautiful engaged sister. We had a birthday party on Saturday for my friend Taylor! These two girls make me laugh.

erica lauren Okay I had to post a picture of my BEST FRIEND Remi aka my Corgi. She was a bumble bee for halloween so this is a picture of her in her costume on Halloween night! Isn’t she just the cutest.

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Haley Raydo

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November 3, 2014

My Nights In with Dr. Meredith Grey, Dwight K. Schrute, & Haley James Scott

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Hello friends!

Can you believe it’s November? Because I can’t!  But no complaints from me, this is my favorite month of the year! Anyways.. I am sitting here jamming to Taylor Swift’s new album (yeah me and all my roommates are a little obsessed you can follow me on twitter if you want to really understand my obsession: @haleyraydo) wondering what I should write about this week.  Between the heartbreak from the Royals (I am still a very proud, loyal fan), us putting up our Christmas decorations (yes we are those people), again our suite’s obsession with Taylor Swift, me writing more music diligently, and what not… its been hard to think of a lot of other things (including our studies whoops).  Thats life though, its easy to get distracted from what is really important… like Netflix, Netflix is important right?

Seriously though, how much of my time goes toward watching Netflix?  Um a big chunk. It’s seriously a time-sucking machine.  I think one of the biggest lies people tell themselves, “I’ll just watch one more episode.” No you won’t!  Its a trap!  I mean from the Dr Meredith Grey to Dwight Schrute, these people really make me happy.

Now here is the standard argument against Netflix.  It becomes an activity that takes us away from the opportunities from what is around us! First of all think about all the quiet times with the Lord you could have, the extra hours of studying, the time to take a friend out for coffee, a chance to get out and volunteer, and so forth.  Don’t fall into the modern time sucking machine! Your time is valuable.

Now I am going to be crazy and argue FOR NETFLIX.  We all have stressors in this life and it is always good to have a time to unwind and relax.  If you are going first to the Father for comfort then there is nothing wrong with a little Netflix!  If you find the right and appropriate show and use self-discipline why not! We all need that time.  Been studying for hours? Unwind, plop your feet up and watch a show.  I mean some can even be educational I mean who knew you could grow your own trachea? Watch Grey’s Anatomy and you can see how Alex Karev does it.

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Am I making stuff up?  Probably but hey if we are filling our minds with clean things, not neglecting our responsibilities, putting the Lord and our time with Him first, and maintaing relationships with friends and family, how could it be a problem?  There is no shame in a Friday night-in with Netflix!

P.S. My favorite shows: The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey (not on Netflix unfortunately), One Tree Hill. And yes I know two of those are extremely depressing, I have to work in The Office to make me feel better.  Why I still watch shows that make me sob who knows- I think I am just a bit emotionally invested.

Thanks for stopping by,

Haley

Also let me know what shows you recommend!