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December 11, 2012

The Atypical Typical Finals Post

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My final in New Testament is gonna be a killer! 8 page study guide, over 200 questions to prepare for, and it’s early on Friday morning. OUCH! But that’s okay, the class was very informative, evaluating Professor Flemming’s clothing choices with a fellow classmate through Twitter everyday was fun, and the jokes of Dr. Dean were very…. humorous. I appreciate the class and the ability it presented to grow in walking with Christ.

Taking a break from that subject, another break taken was at the Procrastination Party. This event was for students to say, “Studying, schmudying!” and say, “HELLO!” to some karaoke. It was a time full of fellowship,fattening, yet delicious goodies, and some glorious singing. We heard everything from the Backstreet Boys to the the Pokemon theme song. It was a great time to end a great semester.

  

After experiencing, for me and multiple other friends who were in heaven, the glorious adventures of a revolutionary figure in history named Napoleon Dynamite and a few bowls of cereal, it is back to studying (or playing Dead Space 2) and trying to affirm the grades in classes we are sure of or hopefully get through a certain class by the skin of our teeth (which is a saying I have never understood). The New Testament test isn’t ready for Joey and his mad Jesus knowledge!!… Positive thinking, right?

Keep on and Keep God,
Joey

 

 

 

Emily Lawler

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December 9, 2012

{Emily} Cheer

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Hey Everyone,

Here is a little highlight reel of my last four years cheering at MNU, hope you enjoys the video clips.

{Emily}

Allegra Vieux

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December 9, 2012

Wrap it up!

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What a crazy semester it has been- I don’t think I can say I’ve had crazier!

A few things I won’t miss about Fall 2012.

No Shave November. (featured: Jordan Dages)

Studying and working on projects like… a cute metaphor that is not coming to my mind at the moment. (featured: Rachel Boan)

Cramming my brain with an infinite amount of ways to market products..

What’s interesting is that, all the things above are truly the things I enjoy the most about MNU as well. Any university will have No Shave November contests. Anywhere you go, you’ll spend long hours studying and writing papers and being creative. Any marketing classroom you enter, you’ll learn about the newest, the best, the coolest way to market products or services.

The difference between anywhere else and MNU: the community. The relationships. The fun!

Sure No Shave November is disgusting. But you know who isn’t? Jordan Dages. For all prospective students out there- meet Jordan. He’s hilarious and has Duck Dynasty quotes for days.

Studying is no fun. But you know who is? Rachel Boan. This girl has a heart for people, a mind of wisdom, and the moves like Jagger. She is everything I could hope to be and she kills it on the basketball court! It’s people like Rachel that will make you want to study, not because it’s fun, but because studying together somehow miraculously makes it a good time.

And the love/hate relationship of my life: marketing. I’m a marketing major. Clearly, I love Marketing. The hatred? I will never be able to mindlessly shop again. The picture above are buttons from JCP’s newest campaign. Just by walking into the store, you get these cute little buttons that have codes on the back. Everyone’s a winner- you enter them in online and get free JCP cash. What the heck?! Why didn’t I think of this!? And sure, maybe learning about all the different ways to successfully market products, services, businesses, and people will make me want to vomit at times, but at least the person who is teaching me all of this is cute and does not make me want to vomit!

For the official record, Prof Wallentine would hate to know that I took her picture during class and posted it not only on instagram, but now on this blog, but this woman deserves so much recognition! She makes learning fun, and cares about my entire being- how I am academically. How I am spiritually. How I am physically. How I am emotionally. I’m blessed to go to a university with professors like her. If I could grow up and be half the person she is, then this world would be blessed like none other. Lisa Wallentine, I love you for everything you are, stand for, and all you do. You push me (and the rest of your students) to be the best we can be and beyond. Your self sacrifice and willingness to go out of your way for your students is appreciated and we cannot express thank you in the written word!

From complaining to mush and everything in between- Coming at you from Spindle Lobby-

Over and out!

 

Allegra Vieux

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December 9, 2012

….and the campaign theme is…!

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A few weeks ago I blogged about my Promotion Management class project.

For those of you just tuning in, our Promotion Management class was given the assignment of creating an Integrated Marketing Communications campaign for Blue Springs Harley Davidson.

After 3 months of slaving away at creating the perfect project to present to our client and about 7 all nighters later, I present to you:

The introduction/Overview:

“There is truly nothing more exciting than the sound of a Harley-Davidson
motorcycle on the highway. Whether that bike be the highlight of a long car ride
across the Midwest or a short trip across town, there is something to be said about
the tradition and patriotism of a Harley.

At an early age, people adopt the idea of owning a motorcycle quickly. It is every
young boy’s desire to own a Harley. Somewhere along the lines, reservations cloud
the childhood dream of riding down the highway on a Hog. Some of these set backs
create unanswered questions. Questions of safety. Comfort. Space. Association.

Our response:

“Leave it to Harley!”

If it’s comfort you want, then leave it to Harley.
If it’s safety you’re after, leave it to Harley.
If you want a luxury bike with room for your everyday needs, leave it to Blue
Springs Harley-Davidson to have you covered.

This campaign will break down the stereotype of bikers by using the influential
and iconic Cleaver family of “Leave it to Beaver,” a popular television show the
target market grew up loving and respecting. Overcoming the reservation of
bad association will be the focus of this “Leave it to Harley” campaign. Because,
after all, reserved, conservative families like to have fun too. The family friendly
advertisements will use nostalgia to bring the target (and the target’s biggest
influencers,) to an acceptance of motorcycles from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson.
The interior of the all new store will be masculine enough for the man’s man, but
nostalgic to bring out the child at heart. The customer lounge and service will leave
wives and significant others longing for a trip to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for
their own escape from reality.

If it’s your wife’s approval you want, leave it to Harley.
If it’s a safe, family-friendly environment you’re after, leave it to Harley.

For anything you want, you can rest in the reliability and comfort that you’re in the
hands of Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. When you’re here, you’re family. So take a
load off and just leave it to Harley!”

no semester long project would be complete without a photoshoot at 3am, right?

My project partner, Colin Starr, and me:

It’s a good thing we clean up nicely for GAME DAY.

A special shout out to Amanda Nigus who designed all of our materials and brought the campaign to life through the visual arts!

After presenting once to our classmates and professors, I am excited to share that our campaign made it into the top 3, presented to our awesome client Lori of Vibe Marketing, and we will find out on Friday if we were chosen!

Over and out!

Allegra Vieux

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December 9, 2012

National Society of Leadership and Success

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How boring does the title of this post sound?

I wish I could describe the excitement that comes with this title! Allow me to try.

For the first 3 weeks of my past summer I spent in a classroom learning business statistics. One of the nice things about MNU is the summer courses- you can take a class for a few hours a day and in 3 weeks you’re done with a gen-ed requirement! I digress…

I was in the business office on a break one day getting coffee and a professor asked me if I would be interested in starting “some national leadership organization,” and included that there was a scholarship offered for doing it. Uh… yes please? As an entrepreneur at heart, I loved the idea of starting something while I’m at MNU that would be continued even after I’m gone. So long story short, I went through an extensive interview process, got accepted and then boarded a plane for training. I met 25 other wonderful interns there for training from all over the country. We had a blast and learned about what it means to start a chapter on campus.

When I got back to school, I began seeking out executive board members and advisers.

Ladies and gentlemen of MNU Blogs, I introduce to you, the dream team.

Adviser Ron Jackson

Co-Adviser Dr. Yorton Clark (featured bottom right, pranking my vehicle.)

2013 President Allegra Vieux (me!)

Vice President Stephen Rowell

Secretary Madi Collins

Treasurer Savannah Hoit

….nothing boring about this crew! We are an executive board devoted to leadership and changing the world. We have various chair positions filled as well, but we’ll save those potentially embarrassing pictures for another day at another time.

 

Over and out!

Kelsey Cranford

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December 5, 2012

A Weekend Away….The National Youth Workers Convention

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A couple weekends ago I joined the ministry majors and Professor Mark Hays on a trip to Dallas, Texas, for the National Youth Workers Convention. We all got up at the crack of dawn, piled into the MNU van, and made our way to the conference where we would be joining thousands of other college students, youth pastors, and youth volunteers. In going I was hoping for some more insight and wisdom into what it looks like to be a pastor’s wife and what all to expect in being involved in full-time ministry. My fiance is a youth pastor and throughout the past year and a half I have become increasingly involved in his youth ministry, loving the relationships I have been able to establish with the junior and senior high gals. In preparation for the time ahead I want to make sure I am soaking up all I am able to now during this stage in my life so that I may be better equipped for ministry in the future.

Our retreat to Dallas was great in so many ways. I loved being able to simply explore the convention center on my own and go to whichever sessions peaked my interest. There was space for silence and solitude in our schedule, allowing for time to process and be still, and of course there were all kinds of speakers covering a wide range of topics. Some of my favorite speakers included Doug & Cathy Fields, Bob Goff, and Tony Campolo. I loved hearing Doug and Cathy’s take on how they have developed and maintained a healthy marriage in the midst of ministry–something that, in looking at those involved in full-time ministry, is seemingly quite rare. Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, was extremely inspirational, having experienced the most amazing adventures all across the globe. Tony Campolo, who is a speaker, author, pastor, social activist, and professor of sociology, was so intriguing to listen to. His phenomenal, world-reknown book, Red Letter Christians, simply focuses on taking seriously the counter-cultural teachings of Jesus and, more specifically, embracing the lifestyle Jesus describes in the Sermon on the Mount. This man who speaks in countries all throughout the world is coming to MNU this spring and I am so unbelievably stoked to hear him speak again! When Campolo spoke at the conference, it was so neat seeing just how humble this man is in how he speaks of others and himself. His book is extremely challenging to believers and is very intentional in making us re-evaluate our lives and our hearts. However, at the same time, he was completely honest and transparent in that many of those who have studied under him, such as Shane Claiborne, have far outdone him in living the life that Jesus spoke of in the Scriptures. I love how self-aware he was in talking about his own life and how honest and genuine he was so share that with all of us. How quickly people want to follow someone who admits his own failure in following the call God has placed on his heart. It is then that we are able to believe, if only for a moment, that perhaps our imperfections and brokenness could actually be used for God’s glory.

After Campolo spoke and the masses surrounded him for questions, pictures, and signatures I noticed his wife sitting in a row to the side on her own, making small-talk with a couple people as they left. There is something so intriguing to me about leaders’ wives. I often wonder what it looks like to be in these ladies’ shoes, being married to and supporting a husband whom is responsible for leading countless people. So often these women fade into the background despite the prominent role they have in the life of their husband and thus in the people he’s leading. In seeing Campolo‘s wife I had to go talk to her and hear her story. In doing so, I got to sit with this lovely lady, Peggy, for 30 minutes before they had to take off for their flight, and got to hear her journey from accepting Christ in her young adult years all the way to now. It was so neat getting to hear her perspective on her and Tony’s life together in which she was extremely honest and transparent about. I am so thankful for having experienced this moment with her and getting to peek into her life story.

All in all, I loved the opportunity to join the ministry majors in going to this conference and am so thankful for all the insight gained through such amazing people. That’s all folks!

Emily Lawler

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December 2, 2012

{Emily} Ugly Sweater Party and Basketball

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Hey Guys-

Here are a few clips from the Ugly Sweater Party and the mens basketball game.

See you next week. I PASSED THE PRAXIS!!!

{Emily}

Joey Alligier

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November 30, 2012

That’s Why We’re Friends!

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is the first installment of a revolutionary idea called “That’s Why We’re Friends.” This will be an inside look of, what I feel, defines MNU: Community.

I am a Freshman in Lanpher. Without going into too much graphic detail, let’s just say it can get CRAZY! I mean come on, we’re dudes from all over the place, living under one roof, what’d you expect?

The picture above is my room which I share with my DAWG Josh Woodward. Josh looks like the complete opposite of me, but only until you put us in the same room and especially compare our senses of humor.

Today we’re going to take a deeper look into what makes a hall, a hall. It’s kind of like the church in how it it less dependent on the structure, even though it is very nice mind you, and focuses more on who resides there.  There are around 25 guys on each hall. This gives way for growth, discussions and lots of diversity.

The diversity lies in where we come from, the personalities we have all developed and are now clashing. Some transitions go smoothly and others are like using your car key to open your garage or maybe a safe. But when it’s good, it’s awesome. You find people who, like Josh and I, who starting bonding on day one. We went to Se7en E11even bought some Hot Pockets, bananas, and milk to make cookie milk shakes with some meal-shake-yummy-formula I brought from home. Needless to say, that’s a bond never to be broken!

The discussions are a very special thing! They can be had between people whose faith is sound and thus creates growth or with people who are hurting, lost, and confused. I almost prefer the latter; it creates bonds that I believe God set forth to happen. Take for example a sonic trip. I took a guy on the hall who was relatively opposed to Campus Center and didn’t have a car. My view on this young man was once somewhat negative, ticked me off a bit, and hurt my heart to see him make the choices he was. He then blew all of that away. With a tiny piece of his past, his choices, his struggle. I obtained a view on a once God filled-fearing-and-praising young man whose priorities got mixed up. This made my heart smile because I began to see a need in him and a God who fit perfectly.

The growth is the best part. From the butting heads to the deep theological discussion it is produced. Accountability is established, encouragement is given, and love is displayed. For all this to happen a helpful verse is Proverbs 28:1, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as BOLD as a lion.” I believe to make community work you have to be bold. That’s where growth begins. This is my hall. Not the white cement walls, but the people that reside within them and the talks that bring those same people together.

From the sitting and planning out starting a revolutionary idea to having conversations about some weird, but bonding topics, I would not trade the community I have. It is molding me into someone who realizes more than he did before. It’s all a part of God’s plan. I pray that you would seek community around you, because community is the backbone of any meant-to-be-broken-yet-redeemed individual.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Phillip Prado

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November 29, 2012

THE SICKNESS!!

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It’s that time of year isn’t it?  The moment the weather begins to get colder, the coughing and stuffy noses begin to increase rapidly.  Thats right, the sickness is coming back and the cold season is here, as expected.  Many of us here at MNU have fallen victim to this evil health factor. I being one of them.

This has been enough of a stressful week already, and now this!?  The aches and the pains, the sneezing and the sniffling, the coughing and the hacking, it’s all part of the endless circle of reasons we continually have to struggle to just get by.  With finals just around the corner, and winter break immediately after that (WOO), our health is the last thing we need to be worrying about right now.  We should be studying, doing homework, and psyching ourselves up for this big tests.  HA who am I kidding?  We would be procrastinating, hanging out with friends, and just simply being college students.  Most of us can’t even focus on anything but winter break!  But NOO! No we are stuck in bed, too achey to do anything, too sick to be around people for an extended period of time.  These are the times when you say to yourself life sucks sometimes

But amidst all of the illness and all of the sorrow there is hope!  There is a light that shines in this tunnel of sore throats and swollen sinus cavities!  There is good in every negative and the good is plain to see once you look.  Before we were all sick zombies we lived life as aimless procrastinators: Kings and Queens of wasting time and goofing off!  We were lazy without cause, did stupid things for no reason, and there was simply no excuse.  So remember you’re not alone friends! I am with you, and many others like myself.  Just keep your heads up and look at the bright side:  at least now you have a legitimate reason not to do your homework! ;)

 

 

 

And this is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein that I added just for fun:

Cherith Campbell

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November 28, 2012

The one where I explored the streets of Rome.

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Well this past week I was in ROME! So here is a recap of all that I got to do. :)

Day ONE: We arrived. Got checked in to the cutest B&B I have ever seen. Then we went out and ran into Auralian’s wall and then ate at a pizzeria. Each of us got a massive full sized pizza for only 5 euros!

Day TWO: We got up. Bought our Roma passes for transportation and discounts to all the places we wanted to go. Headed to the area of the Roman forums and passed Capitoline hill and Trajon’s column on the way. We got our first glimpse of the Colosseum and had our first gelato! Then in front of the forum we were approached and offered a tour. The girl was from England and the guy from North Carolina. We went with a guide named Fabio! On the tour we met this couple that was on a four month journey across the globe! They were from Australia and had been through Asia and now were in Europe. We saw the Imperial Forum, Palentine hill, and the Colosseum. Everything was so amazing. Later we picked a restaurant to have our Thanksgiving dinner at called ‘Wanted.’

Day THREE: We saw the Baths of Caracalla this day. They were massive! It was actually a complex and was more for social swimming…without swimsuits. Also we went through the Capitoline hill museums and that was really cool. There were beautiful paintings and sculptures and murals. Then we went to the Piazza Novana where the artists district was and bought some paintings. The Pantheon was next. It is one of the most well preserved buildings and you can definitely tell when you see it. After the Pantheon we went to the Trevi fountain! I threw in a coin and can only hope that the saying is true- that when you throw a coin in the Trevi you will return to Rome. For some reason I have had this attachment to the Trevi and I had looked forward to seeing it the whole time. And let me say- it was everything I had hyped it up to be. I was not disappointed. I loved it! We went to the Trevi multiple times during the week. :) That night we went to the Hard Rock Cafe Rome and had an American meal for the first time in three months! IT WAS FANTASTIC! I have a bacon cheese burger and french fries and a hot fudge brownie sundae. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)

DAY FOUR: This was the Catacombs which was pretty cool but not my favorite place. The history and stories behind it is amazing though. We walked done some roads out on the Catacombs and that was absolutely beautiful. We were more out of the city so the landscape was incredible. We also went through an open market which was a lot of fun but very hectic as well. There were vendors trying to get you to look at their stuff and bargaining was kinda crazy. We ate a basement restaurant that night and witnessed a lady translate in three languages at the same time within ten minutes! It was so cool to experience that.

Day FIVE: This day was dedicated to the Vatican City. We ended up getting a tour for this as well and getting to cut thousands of people to get in! There were people that waited in line for hours with just hopes of getting in before they closed the doors. Inside it was so packed and getting around was madness. But it was so worth seeing all of the famous sculptures and painting, especially by Michael Angelo and Rafael. We saw the School of Athens painting and the Sistine Chapel! The Sistine Chapel is truly incredible. We then later cut hundreds of people on our own to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. Waiting in lines are for squares. When in Rome right?!  :)  We went to a little hole in the wall pizzeria by the Vatican for lunch and it was definitely some of the best pizza I have ever had! Then we had gelato on the Spanish steps after that. On our way back to the B&B we stopped by the Colosseum one last time. Hayley and I sang the song ‘This is what dreams of made of’ from the Lizzie McGuire Movie in front of the Colosseum! Probably one of my favorite memories- it was so much fun and a perfect way to end a wonderful trip!

And as for all of the little details and inside jokes/memories…What happens in Rome stays in Rome.  ;) 

Learn something new today: Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world there is a duck watching you.