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Kelsey Cranford

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March 5, 2013

Academia.

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I’m at this point in the semester where all the homework and craziness is getting the best of me. This past semester I had some upper division elective spots to fill and, since being a Sociology major and Psychology minor, I thought it’d be good to take some classes from the one remaining behavioral science major–Criminal Justice. Now, having taken no Criminal Justice classes prior to this semester, I of course thought it  best to jump into a senior-level course focusing on the most debated and controversial issues within Criminal Justice. NBD. Piece of cake.

Needless to say, the confidence has waned a bit since then. This class as well as the two other Criminal Justice classes I’m taking have proved to be a challenge. The first couple weeks of classes I pretty much spent most of the time feeling like a dumdum, having absolutely no clue about anything that was going on. Yet, they all have proved to by extremely interesting and I am so glad I made the decision to take the classes I did. Right now I’m brainstorming and researching internship opportunities in the area now that I’ve technically hit my senior year (graduating in Dec ’13!) and need to do my internship/practicum here soon that’s required to graduate. As much as it may seem like a burden to some, I’m super stoked about it and feel more prepared due to the Criminal Justice classes I’m in. I’m at a place where I have a general idea of what I want to do after I graduate but its still pretty vague. I’m hoping that through this internship the Lord would provide a clearer direction on what I’m supposed to pursue after graduation.

All this to say, a lot of the internships and/or future job opportunities are in the realm of Social Work and often involve some sort of casework. This is when you work with and represent people who are disadvantaged in society and need treatment or help. Taking the Criminal Justice classes that I am  I think I will help me feel more prepared for this kind of work and opens up ideas for different types of internships or future jobs.

Sorry if some of this is dry, I know Academics isn’t the most invigorating topic to read about, but its incredibly important! I have been so blessed by the education I am receiving here and have felt so challenged by my professors. Bo Cassell, my Sociology professor, is phenomenal and always has such interesting insights that provoke tons and tons of class discussion and learning. He is also someone I greatly respect because of his spriritual depth and leadership. What could be cheesy devotional thoughts or quick prayer times at the beginning of class are refreshing, insightful, challenging, and completely heartfelt. I’m so blessed to have a professor to learn from, not simply from an academic aspect, but in a completely holistic way–by simply watching him live.

That’s All Folks! Enjoy the coming week!

Emily Lawler

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March 3, 2013

{Emily} Observation and Interviews

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Hi There,

I apologize that all my posts have been short and dry. I look forward to having more fun editing and creating quality videos for you to enjoy- my busy schedule is just getting the best of me! Hang with me. I hope you are well! See you next week lovely friends!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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March 1, 2013

Just Another Coffee Engulfed, Library Stationed, Book Digging Session

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It was a nice break while it lasted, but our snow days are officially over!  Now it’s back to the dreaded homework we have been putting off and the horrid tests coming up we neglected to study for.  The bustle of school is back and it is time to get into the common groove once again.  So it’s time to load up on coffee, hit the library, and dig our Pioneer noses in the books.

Now, during one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, nose digging sessions….wait, I probably shouldn’t say nose digging should I? It doesn’t quite sound like what I am trying to say if you know what i mean. :\  What about nose booking??  Hmmm…nah.  What about book nosing???  Hmmm…nope.  How about dig booking???? Ugh that doesn’t work either!!  WAIT! Book digging?!  Well, that sucks too, but I guess that will have to work now won’t it?  So let’s start over, shall we?

During one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, book digging sessions, I had another moment.  It’s one of those moments that hit me oh so often and I am struck by an idea or I become inspired.  I have blogged about a few in the past and I’m sorry if you don’t like them but I enjoy sharing what it is I am thinking so here it goes!

Lately I have been spending some of my time with someone in particular who I believe really needs a friend now.  He’s going through some things and I feel a calling to be there for him when he needs someone most.  Now, I’m not gonna say who this person is, or what’s going on in their lives but I will share my thoughts behind the situation.  I feel like God has asked me to reach out to this person in any way possible whether it’s staying up late and hanging out, inviting him to events and things around the school, or just being there when he needs to talk.  I have been doing my best to show him that not only I love him and care for him, but God loves and cares for him WAY more than I could ever dream!

So here I am, studying, when this person crosses my mind.  I start wondering how he’s doing and if he is alright.  And that’s when I begin to notice that not only have I been doing what I can to help him, but he is also helping me just as much.  He is showing me a way of caring for someone in which I really haven’t put into perspective before.  He is teaching me what it’s like to love and be loved simply for being a child of God.  This is even more true because we both have almost nothing in common.  I don’t hang out with him to gain anything or to profit in any way, and he doesn’t accept me because we have the same interests or share the same hobbies.  We merely grow together for one devouring, overpowering, and deep truth:  God created us both and the love he has for us is perfect.

Because of this person, I am looking at the world through new eyes.  I am beginning to see my professors, friends, co-workers, strangers and every one else in between the way I believe God sees us.  Since I work at a daycare, this is how I have looked at the children I work with already, but thanks to this person that I now call a dear friend I am beginning to bridge the way I see those kids to the way I see the rest of God’s creations.  This is huge to  me.  It is a point in life I think every disciple of Christ needs to come to in order to further their spiritual life. Christ is amazing and I have known that for some time now, but if it wasn’t for this school, and the people I have met here, I might not have begun to realize how infinite his perfection really is.

This school has allowed me to grow in so many ways it’s not even funny.  From the good times, to the bad times, MNU is playing a huge role in shaping who I am going to be for the rest of my life.  Whether it’s from the people, the classes, or even my personal relationship with God, I am learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ here, and I am so thankful for that.  And anyone else coming to this school better hang on because MNU will take you on one heck of a ride!  But hey, don’t worry, no matter how bumpy the ride is I can guarantee you will be happy with how it ends up.

 

Cherith Campbell

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February 27, 2013

The one where you get the lowdown on Mabee.

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Mabee Library: 

*As you walk in the library you should look to the left and give a nice smile and friendly hello to the student workers at the front desk.

Bottom level - This is the “social level.” If you want to talk and socialize and if you’re okay with your studying being randomly interrupted by your peers then this level is where you should be.

Dewey’s - On the bottom level we have our coffee shop/cafe. They have tons of specialty drinks like coffee mixes, frozen blends, ciders  etc. There are also other bottled and canned drinks such as pop, Izze, fruit juices, Sobe, etc. Along with many different kinds of drinks you can also pick out some fruit, snacks, sweets, muffins, sandwiches, etc. Dewey’s is a great place to stop on your way to chapel or class or just an awesome way to start off your studying.

Big computer room - Also on the bottom level there is a big computer room. Sometimes this is used by classes but most of the time it is open for everyone to enjoy. This is a great resource for those who don’t have laptops but these computers are mostly used by students to print assignments, notes, etc.

Top level - This would be the “antisocial level.” If you need to focus and don’t want to be bothered or distracted than you should take the spiral staircase upstairs to a comfy couch/chair, study cove (blocked off desks), or isolation rooms.

*The lights throughout the library will flicker letting you know that you have 10-15 minutes until it closes. Except for finals week when its open later or special reasons when it could stay open later or close earlier.

Mon-Thu 7am-11pm
Closed for Chapel (Tue) 9:15-10:45am
Fri 7am-6pm
Sat 12-5pm
Sun 8-11pm

 

24 hour computer room - Late night prints after procrastinating to write a paper or copying training packets the morning of the seminar because you procrastinated.

24 hour Kresge room - Late night studying because you procrastinated or the place to go when you feel like distracting those who procrastinated.

 

Learn something new today:  Taylor Swift gave Greg his big break!

Check out Greg’s debut performance!

 

Photo feature: Samantha Lee Herring-Moore

Photo credit: Taylor Esparza

 

Kelsey Cranford

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February 27, 2013

Just some funnies for your week.

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My fiance found this gem and I simply have to pass it on to you all. THIS LADY IS FOR REAL.

 

Allegra Vieux

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February 27, 2013

Stephen Rowell interview of sorts

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Attention MidAmerica Nazarene University Blogs followers:

Planned for this week’s episode was the much anticipated interview of MNU’s own Stephen Rowell. Stephen gave advice and described the role of the best friend of a guy in the relationship. He comes with much expertise, and I am sorry to announce that due to circumstances which were out of my control, the interview was tampered with. See below.

Check out the hilarious interview which unfolded.

Over and out!

Joey Alligier

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February 26, 2013

The Ships of Relation

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Relationship: Ring by spring baby!

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Ahhhh, the beautiful S.S. Relation. Some are more party cruise ships, maybe one like the ship above (partially majestic, functional, and the destination acquired) or maybe just a row boat for one. As detailed as we could get about the way parts of a ship could reflect the many different facets presented in the realm of relationships, let’s just focus on what’s true and what may be something that we’ve just picked up along the way. In today’s society there are numerous misconceptions and unspoken rules that may cause quite the blunder at times.

If you’ve seen the vlog by my fellow blogger and hilarious friend Allegra featuring my good bro Andy, you know that MidAmerica has it’s own rules, regulations, and guidelines. My personal favorite, even though I have experienced it, is the “3 strikes and you’re in” rule. If you are seen around Campus, alone, with an acquaintance of the opposite sex you are automatically associated as a Facebook official couple, or at least very close to it. While this is typically incorrect, it gives free reign for friends to rag on you and point out what you already know happened and really have no idea how they found out (even though this is normally a positive happening). The guys probably take it to a higher extreme as compared to the girls, because let’s face it, that’s what guys do in relation to things from a sale at Taco Bell to an intense Intramural basketball game. As a freshman, I have fallen victim to this rule even though nothing was official.

Even though I have not officially gotten into a relationship here, the atmosphere and environment has helped me grow more than I had realized even before the past two days. Seeing positives and negatives, being challenged by Christ, and having to make decisions on my own are preparing me for the rest of my life.

Sometimes one grows weary trying to fight worldly inhibitions and selfish desires related to relationships. I believe these are often (and have been affirmed to the fact) personal boundaries set and nothing should hold you back from something that might change everything. All of this was put into perspective in a talk that I had with a few friends on Sunday night about certain situations and people. The best part of all of it was knowing these are my bros and they have my back.

Relationships can get messy, difficult, and flooded with emotions. In these times it is crucial to seek God and the guidance from people with an outside perspective. As someone who has recently been told they are introspective it is difficult to take a step back and evaluate as typically I am engulfed in one area that catches my attention. Instead of resembling me, aim to resemble Christ. He is the perfect propitiation of relationship and what love should look like.

Never let the world’s views determine the tint of the glasses you look at your surroundings with; in life in general and definitely relationships. You may miss an upcoming opportunity or you may never realize something or someone that has been there while you pursued the less important things of this life.

Relationship: The perfect out-showing of Christ’s love within us despite worldly, selfish, or short-term inhibitions.

Cherith Campbell

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February 21, 2013

The one where classes were cancelled!

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SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!

We all just found out recently that our classes have been cancelled for tomorrow! We were all freaking out and yelling down the halls and calling people. Yes – college kids get just as excited or even more excited about not having classes! Right after we found out that we didn’t have class I called up my friend Hannah and we decided to watch the recording of the bachelor: Sean tells all! It is so much fun to live among all of your friends and have the freedom to do whatever you want because you are in charge of yourself! :)

 

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Learn something new today:  

– You forget 90% of your dreams.

– In our dreams we only see faces that we already know.

– Animals dream too.

– If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.

Kelsey Cranford

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February 20, 2013

For the Ladies.

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VickiOf all the places one would expect to find inspiration or an encouraging word, I believe the restroom would perhaps be the last place. However, this one cheesy 90’s poster in a ladies restroom on campus reminded me of a conversation that I had this past week with a woman that works with me at the Learning Center, which is a daycare program on campus. This vibrant, 67-year-old lady who has worked with children for years has spent most of her adult life as a pastor’s wife. This role of supporting her husband in ministry had often brought along pressures and expectations in which she felt pushed into being somebody she wasn’t. In telling her story and reflecting back on her life, she told me to always remember to be faithful to myself and to not allow myself to slip into living for man rather than the Lord. In so many ways, however cheesy it might be, this 90’s poster I discovered in the restroom said just that, so I thought it only best to pass on to you. Ladies, PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED.

 

I Have the Courage to Be Myself

I have the courage to embrace my strengths–Get excited about life–Enjoy giving and receiving love–Face and transform my fears–Ask for help and support when I need it–Spring free from the superwoman trap–Trust myself–Make my own decisions and choices–befriend myself–Complete unfinished business–Realize that I have emotional and practical rights–Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal–Honor my own needs–Give myself credit for my accomplishments–Love the little girl within me–Overcome my addiction for approval–Feel all my feelings and act on them appropriately–Nurture others because I want to, not because I have to–Set limits and boundaries and stick to them–Say yes only when I really mean it–Have realistic expectations–Take risks and accept change–Grow through challenges–Be totally honest with myself–Correct erroneous beliefs and assumptions–Respect my vulnerabilities–Heal old and current wounds–Treat myself with respect and teach others to do the same–Plan for the future but live in the present–Value my intuition and wisdom–Develop healing, supportive relationships–Make forgiveness a priority–Accept myself just as I am now.

Joey Alligier

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February 19, 2013

What’s Next?

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15836_landscape_curvy_roadIt’s that point in the semester and the year when things start to get crazy. Relationships become tense and possibly broken, stress is out of control, and New Years resolutions become distant and put on the back burner for next year. School is weighing down and Spring Break is looking pretty nice! The weather isn’t helping much either. It’s cold, cloudy and that means BEDTIME IS ALL THE TIME! Metaphorically, the road/mountain we are on is presenting numerous curves and twists that are throwing off your alignment. Why is it happening like this though? Maybe it’s because the place we are at is beginning to seem doldrum-like with work, school and we want something more exciting or just different.

What do we do to combat this feeling of wanting to give in to the lackadaisical behavior that would most certainly bring about unfortunate consequences? What happens when we see the world around us fall into questionable crumbles that resemble something we thought we once knew? How do we react to a prowling sense of complacency? What’s our answer when all we can ask is, “What’s next?”

Well, my friends, I am here to encourage you to not give up. Why? you ask. WELL, think of the options the glory to come. The relationships have potential to be remedied, Spring Break is around the corner, the INSANITY Workout is right where you left it, and the weather is likely to get better soon (Maybe not the next 3 days, says half of Facebook). The doldrum-like state is combated with numerous things; the late night “bro” time, the epic prank war, the weekend family adventure, or reconnecting with what set you off on the right foot the first time. After all, there are so many possibilities that await! Take me for example, Resident Assistant next year, Public Relations team this summer, and friends who continue to be there to persistently build me up!

What should often set us off on the right foot is Christ. When we are close to Him we view the world through tinted glasses that allow loving broken people, seeing the beauty in tomorrow’s possibilities and not focusing on today’s roadblock, and/or being there for people who need you. Yet, the world constantly throws us loops that take away momentum and leave us a tad bit winded.

James 1:12 says,
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

or 1 Peter 5:10 says,
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

Let this be the breath that fills up your lungs and gives you the strength to make it through the Old Testament memory tests, the INSANITY-level 2 workouts, and the cold treks through the blinding, toe-frosting, yet endless possibility filled snow. When the questions and worry begin to mound about what’s around the corner remember; worrying is taking responsibility for something God never intended you to be concerned about. Let Christ be your answer to, “What’s next?”

Keep on and keep God,
Joey