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April 25, 2013

Photoboothin’

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Once upon a time, there were 7 girls named Katy, Konner, Debbie, Lindsay, Ashley, Morgan, and Allegra. These awesomely talented and beautiful ladies were all in Public Relations, in which they were assigned a project. The project was to create a benefit event for a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit chosen was Teen Challenge, and at the event, they decided a photobooth would only be appropriate. So the girls searched the highs and lows of Pinterest and found the above background, made with colored table cloths from the dollar store.

A party busted out in Spindle 102, also known as Allegra’s dorm, also known as the HQ.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, and you should DEF be there!

But what event would be complete without including the many faces of the Teen Challenge ladies?

Emily Lawler

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April 25, 2013

{Emily} Nearing the End..

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Hope you enjoy this week’s video. Please be praying for job opportunities.

Cherith Campbell

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April 24, 2013

The one where chocolate gets you an A+

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This past weekend was MAX! This is where church youth groups comes from all over the region to compete in different sports. There’s basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, etc. So many teens come to this event and it is so much fun to just see people everywhere on campus.

My old youth group was there so I got to see the kids that were younger than me. Some of my family also came because my cousins were playing in the basketball tournament. I loved getting to watch my little cousins play and see how much they have improved  since other times that I have seen them.

Friday night was Naz night at Worlds Of Fun! Students from MidAmerica and the youth that was on campus for MAX were able to go to WOF a day before it opened. My boyfriend and I went on a double date with my best friend and her boyfriend and it was a blast! We rode rides and ate sugar and then went to Waffle House afterwards. We had such an amazing night and really the whole weekend was just a great time.

Learn something new today:  Eating chocolate before studying and or taking a test increases your chances of understanding information and passing with a high grade! So go shovel in some hersheys!

Joey Alligier

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April 24, 2013

Thas’ Why We Friends!

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MNUPioneersIn another installment of the focus on community here at MNU, we will evaluate the simple things. The simple, easily over-looked things can have the most impact.

When someone says, “Hi!” as you walk across campus, when a friend sits to have lunch with you, or you get that uplifting text that hits right where you needed it or maybe even a simple “Happy Birthday”. In the large scheme of spending 4 years here or especially in life, these seem like nothing. However, we don’t always see what’s going on underneath! That, “Hi!” could have come in the midst of an insecure thought about people not caring. Or that text could have been the light when the day seemed so crummy.

I, for one, can attest to all of this. I have and I have seen people put up walls just to see who cares enough to peek over or break through. The simple things are like picking those walls apart one brick at a time. It always seems like when I feel the most down is when people always say, “Hey”, interrupting the attack from the Devil on my mind. Because of the people have treated me, I try to reciprocate the behavior.

Recently, the simple acts like being vulnerable or opening my room to 8th graders for MAX has been so impacting; on myself and them. They see the love of this campus and the Lord and I am filled tremendously! As weighing as it can get, I would not trade putting myself out there for others.

The best part, I’m not the only one. People all over this campus care just like this and even more so. Even when it’s difficult there are people there. Professors, students, visitors who get it, they are willing to put their heart on the line to help and to put forth the effort in the little things.
The next time you see someone walking across campus open a door, say, “What’s up”, or admire the cool Boy Meets World shirt they have! You never know the impact you could have from a simple act.  It’s all about ordinary people doing a little extra and pointing to an extraordinary God. That’s what MNU is about.

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Keep on and Keep God,
Joey

Kelsey Cranford

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April 23, 2013

Almost There

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IMG_3077IMG_1688IMG_0275334d89d0101d11e2aa6822000a1ea033_7IMG_5437IMG_0274I just cannot quite believe that the semester is soon coming to a close. Here we are with two and a half weeks of classes left–there is a light at the end of the tunnel! This is about the time of the year when it seems like everyone’s running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I must say my mind is feeling a bit scatterbrained trying to keep up with everything, so I apologize if this post is just absolutely random.

The biggest news I have to share is that I unexpectedly won $250 this past week! Our library on campus gives out a research award every year in which students can turn in papers they have worked on for classes for a cash prize. I turned in a research paper that I have been working on for most of the semester for a Criminology class that looks at whether or not crime could be seen as beneficial to society. I am very thankful to say that I won the award and the cash moneysss. There is seriously nothing better than getting paid the big bucks to do school work. PTL!!!

This last weekend my fiance and I and the youth group got to put on a sports and arts clinic at our church for kids in the area with special needs. We had about 35 kids come and provided basketball, volleyball, soccer, and arts & crafts for them to participate in. Both Zach and I have worked for Helpers Inc. in the past (an organization that provides care for kids with special needs in the Kansas City area) which provided us with connections to the Blue Valley area’s specail olympics. We were able to invite kiddos involved in this program to come participate in our clinic as a form of outreach and service to the community. It was so great watching our students interact with these beautiful children and have a blast doing so. How absolutely refreshing it is to be with people who truly treasure and enjoy the simple things of life.

Beyond that, I am afraid there is not really much more to report. Life lately has been filled with papers and projects and preparing for finals in a couple weeks!! Wish me luck!!

Phillip Prado

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April 18, 2013

Life Lessons From the Mouth of an English Teacher

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HEY GUYS!! Lately I’ve been sharing some of my classroom stories with you guys, and I think it is about time for another one.  Don’t you?  OF COURSE YOU DO!  So here goes! :P

The other day I was in class, English Composition II, and we were talking about our government.  The professor handed out a citizens test to see if we were knowledgable on our government and it’s history.  A series of groans and mumbles echoed across the room as he began telling us about this test we were about to take.  The class wanted no part of this.  I heard some students say things like “Why do we need to know this for English class?”  or “We’re not even getting a grade so I’m not doing this” and even a few “This is pointless” remarks.  The professor just laughed and continued to hand out the test. We got into groups, filled out the test, and the the professor gathered out attention again to go over the answers.

At first it seemed like this did, in fact, have no relevance to the rest of the class.  Some of us know a lot about our government, while others not so much.  But after we had gone over the answers, and after we had wrapped up the test the teacher asked us “So why did I have you go over this?  What was the point of this?”

The class had no idea.  We were all under the assumption that this had no relevance to the other papers we were writing and essays we were analyzing.  This test seemed to stick out like a sore thumb, and to have no place in our regular curriculum. Then the professor began to explain that it wasn’t to just see how much we knew about our government, but that we need to make ourselves knowledgable.  Knowledgeable about our government, about our essay topics, about the culture and situation behind the essays we are reading, even about our faith and our own lives.

So here is a class, not wanting to cooperate, complaining, and neglecting to open up to this teacher. Then all of the sudden, this professor comes out and gets really deep and meaningful with us.  It made us feel kind of shallow and mean.  What the professor said was true, and real, and we needed to hear that for the class; we needed to hear that for life in general; we needed to put our own assumptions aside and just listen for once.

This was awesome!  I’ve never been in a class that has been as personal as this one before.  We talk off topic, we communicate, both by listening and speaking.  Most classes are just lecture, lecture, lecture.  But this class we learn by conversation, by sharing stories, opinions, and beliefs.  In this case the professor showed us an important life lesson that was intended to make us more successful in our curriculum, yet that’s not where it stayed.  I believe the point of class is not to learn a subject enough to pass a test and then go on with our lives, but to gain useable, applicable life lessons and knowledge that we can use to make us better holistically.

I am thankful that MNU has professors like this.  Professors that aren’t afraid to actually communicate with us, to bring us in, and to send us out of the class with a lesson we can apply.  You had to be there to really understand what I am trying to say, I just hope you can see how important this is to me, and how important it should be to any college student across America.  So don’t shut off these opportunities.  They are really vital to you. Especially in college, the time of your life when you are really trying to find out who you are and where your place is in this vast world. Just pay attention. You might learn something here and there. :)

 

Cherith Campbell

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April 18, 2013

The one where you learn about delectable lemonade! <3

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SUMMER IS COMING! and lemonade makes me just itch for some summer sun, lake, sports, friends, activities, and freedom!

<if you can’t tell i’m experiencing a little bit of summer fever.>

so i thought i would share a fabulous lemonade recipe with you. :)

Lemonade Baby!  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

PROCESS

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice and sliced lemons!

ENJOY SOME TASTY LEMONADE WHILE YOU WAIT FOR THAT LAST CLASS BELL TO RING!

Learn something new today:  Guess what?! You already did! ^ You learned how to make a delectable pitcher of lemonade! Congratulations!

 

Kelsey Cranford

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April 17, 2013

the Real, the Beautiful

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This past week I received the extremely exciting news that I have officially been accepted as an intern at The Keeler’s Women Center for this upcoming summer! The past couple months have been spent in prayer asking the Lord to offer direction and guidance in my search for an internship, and I am so excited and relieved that He has provided such an amazing opporunity. The Keeler Women’s Center, located in downtown Kansas City, seeks to wholistically serve women in the urban core of KC in which they provide a number of different services and programs to do so. Some of these services include free counseling; English tutoring; spiritual formation classes; education on parenting, nutrition, and other subjects; care packages; a food pantry; and various clubs such as book clubs and knitting clubs. They are purposeful in serving these women from all different facets and I am so exctied to be able to be involved in each of these programs. In learning more about what God has called me to do in regards to a career or vocation, I know that he has created a passion wtihin me for coming alonside and advocating for women and that I really thrive off one-on-one time with others. In playing off of those 2 extremely vague ideas, I am praying that God would direct me through this internship and help me gain a better understanding of what He has called me to do at least for the near future. Needless to say, I am absoluley stoked about the learning that will take place this summer and for God to shape me through this experience!

Kind of going along with this and also going back to this passion I have to advocate for women, I found this video on facebook and had to share. The Dove Campaign has been promoting the following video in an effort to continue to foster healthy perceptions of beauty amongst women. It is extremely interesting and moving and I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch.

Emily Lawler

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April 14, 2013

{Emily} Four More Weeks..

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One more week of student teaching- I can hardly believe it. I hope you are well. Thank you so much for investing briefly in my vlog.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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April 11, 2013

MNU Has Secret Admirers? What???

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HEY GUYS!! Story time!!!

So I was in class the other day, taking notes on my laptop, and this girl in front of me starts discretely chuckling to herself.  At first I ignored her, and continued listening to the EVER SO EXCITING lecture that was being presented by the very entertaining professor in the font of the class :|.  The only problem was that she continually kept giggling, and showing her computer to the girls sitting beside her, who then in turn began giggling themselves.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was struggling to stay awake.  This was definitely one of the most…unadventurous classes I have had in my very minimal college experience.  So in my fatigued state I gave in to my curiosity and wanted to see what was so funny.  So I slowly leaned forward to look at this girls computer to see what was so funny, trying not to be noticed so I didn’t look like a total creeper.

NOW I KNOW I shouldn’t have been nosey! And I know I should’ve just continued to do my notes! But I didn’t…so oh well boo hoo :P.

ANYWAY! So i’m looking at here computer right?  And what do I see?? Facebook… At first I was like “DUUUMMBB!” because I thought they were probably laughing at stupid posts or little memes. But then I looked again and realized it wasn’t just any Facebook page. Oh no!  It was about MNU! And not only was it about MNU, but it was a confessional! After a second of snooping, I could see that this page was a place for MNU students to anonymously confess their feelings for one another! This really really off set me at first.  I was like “WHAT THE HECK??” So I quickly opened up Facebook on my laptop and navigated to the page MNU Secret Admirers.  At first I was kind of turned off to the idea.  I thought it was a ridiculous idea and that it could open up a window to some bullying/pranking.  But once I began to read it, I found that it seemed that MOST of these confessions were pretty sincere.  It turns out that college students can be somewhat mature :P! Of course there are some fake ones, and some joke posts, but these are pretty easy to weed out from the authentic confessions.  I spent the rest of class reading this page (which was a bad idea! Never browse the internet during class!), and actually found it to be pretty amusing.

It doesn’t say who started the page, and the submission process goes through google docs, which is explained on the page itself, and is completely anonymous.  Someone had to be pretty creative to think something like this up, and has to be pretty committed to keep up with managing the page. To me, its a place where people can say the things they can’t get the guts to say to the people that they feel need to hear it.

So if you don’t go to MNU quite yet then this is a little peak to what’s on the minds and hearts of some of your soon-to-be fellow Pioneers.  So just go see whats up, read some posts, and learn some things about some people without actually knowing who they are…yet. :)

And if you DO go to MNU, then check it out, post the things you wish you could say to the people you wish could hear it, or just read what’s going on with some people.  And WHO KNOWS, you might read one about yourself!

 

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