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Kelsey Cranford

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October 29, 2012

The Homecoming Madness

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Homecoming week is one of those weeks that is filled to the brim with all kinds of events. Two of my wonderful roomies are on ASG this year and worked their buns off trying to make homecoming week enjoyable for everyone. Every day was themed something different, including blast from the past day, reppin’ yo team day, and country swag day which lead up to our annual carbash and hoedown. Land gym soon became a sweat fest mixed with hay, cowboy boots, donuts, and cider. Everyone line danced until we were all completely drenched. The following evening was the homecoming banquet which was located downtown at the Uptown Theatre. Us ladies got all dolled up and primped ourselves until we could primp no more and met up with our men to take off. The venue was so fun and my dearest Lauren did such an amazing job getting all the details together so that we could enjoy the beautiful night. There was dancing this time around (pretty bawler for a Nazarene school) and we had a great time making fools of ourselves and looking absolutely ridiculous. The following night, after our pioneers crushed the yellow jackets (woot woot!), everyone went to Emerald City Gym which is basically a huge play place for the big kids. This place is filled with trampolines, rock-climbing walls, gymnastic equipment, ropes, and has a huge foam pit. It was basically a night where we revisited the good ol’ childhood days, which was just perfect. All in all, this past weekend was a riot. Thanks to all who made it possible!

That’s all folks!

Allegra Vieux

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October 29, 2012

Halloweekend

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I’m up to my ears in projects.

Homecoming banquet was on Friday.

3 sporting events Saturday.

and I worked all day Sunday.

………..I wouldn’t trade this crazy schedule for the world.

When I was in high school, I remember being scared out of my mind that I wouldn’t be prepared for college classes. My teachers all talked about time management and using planners. I would like to say to them that I’ve never been able to keep a planner. Every year I start out buying one thinking “this is going to be the year” and then I go strong for about a month or 2 and then lose it or quit updating it.

My dear friends, this is the year. If I could tell my high school self not to worry, and that classes are harder but my teachers would prepare me for what I need, I so would.

The good news is, I LOVE all of my projects and am SO excited, which motivates me to work on them. Right now for promotion management, we are writing an Integrated Marketing Communications campaign for Blue Springs Harley Davidson. We are working with partners, and the group that comes up with the best promotional campaign for BSHD 1. Wins! (I’m competitive) and 2. Presents it to the actual store owners, and gets a chance for their ideas to be used. Excited? juuusssst a little! Also, my partner and I plan to win and be used as the example for years to come. I’ll share our ideas and the reasons behind it once the other groups have solidified their campaigns and cannot steal our idea. :)

On top of all the school work, there’s so much going on for entertainment! Homecoming banquet this year was at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City (near Westport.) It was a beautiful night, and please note the cutest date ever, my nephew Mr. Lennox Vieux.

Then, there are sporting events! We hopped all around to the games because womens soccer, football, and mens soccer all overlapped. Can I just say how excited I am to be a Pioneer? Both soccer teams tied, Kei Kamara (of Sporting KC) made an appearance, and football won 55-0! Everything we do, we do with excellence.

Hope everyone has a happy Halloween!

Emily Lawler

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October 28, 2012

{Emily} Update: Praxis, STUDY FEST!!

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Hey all,

Hope you are doing well. Here is what is going on in my life right now!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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October 25, 2012

Homecoming Week!

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HEY GUYS!!!! Have you been feeling the MNU Spirit this week?? Cause I have!  This week has been pretty crazy!  Homecoming is just around the corner and the road there was long and obnoxious.  This whole week has been full of events and themes all the way from “Blast from the Past,” where we dress up like a previous decade, on Monday, to “Country Swag,” where we show the whole school how good we look as cowboys and cowgirls, today; from “Twin Day,” where we match someone else, on Tuesday to “Reppin Yo TEAM,” where we wear clothes that rep our favorite team, on Thursday.  I have to admit, my two favorite days were definitely Twin Day and Country Swag. On Twin Day we had a Smoovie night.  This is where we got the opportunity to watch a movie together and drink smoothies (get it? smoothie + movie = Smoovie).  We watched Disney’s Brave, ate popcorn, and drank smoothies until our hearts were content.  And then Country Swag, which was tonight,  we had a bonfire, as seen above, a carbash, and a hoedown.  It was an awesome experience.  Everyone in the school put there differences aside, came together to achieve a common goal, despite our problems and distractions, and accomplished that goal: to beat the living snot out of a car with a sludge hammer and burn some crap!!  Then we all kicked it at the hoedown and line danced the night away.  Now I can’t wait for the homecoming banquet tomorrow, and a night at Emerald City Gym and the homecoming football game Saturday (Go Neers!). Overall, this week has been awesome.  This is definitely a community that really gets us all involved and having fun.  Never have I felt so loved, so connected, and so at home as I do here.  MNU is just that, my home, and I’m proud to be a part of it

Kelsey Cranford

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October 24, 2012

The Honeybee Hive.

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I am convinced that the kind of people you surround yourself with shape who you become more than anything else in life. In coming to college, I knew that I needed to find a community of people who could not only support and encourage me, but also challenge me through speaking truth into my life. It is beautiful looking back on the past few years and seeing how the Father has taken me on this journey of provision in allowing me to share life with such good, good people.

I currently reside in Draper 2 on campus, otherwise known as the Honeybee Hive. I live with 5 beautiful ladies who have been super great to share an apartment with. I contemplated giving you all a sneak peek into our home, but after surveying the premises I thought it best to wait until it actually looked half decent. There have been so many good memories within these walls already, and I’m so thankful for each of us making each other a priority amongst the chaos. Just the other night my suitemates and I met up with a group of gals downtown at this adorable little restaurant called Chez Elle to celebrate my suitemate Lauren’s birthday. They specialize in making the most delicious crepes you can imagine and was a perfect spot for the occasion. We did what girls do best—we got all dolled up, took tons of pictures, and came back for a late night of slap-happiness.

Draper is great, not just because of the home-like feel and the amazing roommates, but because we have the dearest Patti as our RE. The other night she got out the fire pit and some hot cocoa, and invited whoever was around to join her and her wonderful hubby for a night of s’mores and sitting around the fire. She loves being involved in our lives and is always up for time spent together. It feels so good living on a campus where you are able to be in relationship with your residential staff and actually get to share life with them.

However, above all, the person who has really shaped this last semester for me has been my wonderful roommate, Miss Kailene Cloud. This gal is a gem, always thinking of others before herself regardless of circumstances. She has been such a rock for me and what a good, good journey it’s been getting to know her heart more and more over the past year and a half. She has such a refreshing spirit and has challenged me in countless ways through watching her work through life and follow the Spirit. In times of doubt and confusion her life has been a testimony to me that God is truly at work and actively involved in our lives. I thank the Lord everyday for providing her in my life.

That is all folks.  Sayonara.

Cherith Campbell

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October 24, 2012

The one where we live with ‘brothers.’ (monks)

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We just got back from Taize, France on Monday and it was quite an experience. We stayed in a monastic community where we lived in a community of brothers. A brother resembles a monk but just isn’t catholic. They have dedicated their lives to celibacy and to God. Taize is a community that is geared toward youth and they have hundreds and even thousands come to live in the community for a period of time.

We had prayer services three times a day. Before breakfast, before lunch, and then after dinner. The prayer services are very unique. Everyone sits on the floor and the whole service consist of singing chants, scripture reading, and silence. The brothers sit in the center area of the chapel building. It was very interesting to see the ways that they worshiped and the positions that they took. – bowing.

All of us were assigned work places in order to participate and give back to the community that we all lived in together. My group tore down these massive tents that people stayed in when they go there. It was such a specific task to tear down and fold everything and then put it away. Our ‘responsible’ or team leader was Pawel (25) and he was from Poland but had decided to volunteer in Taize for a year. Julian (19) was also another permanent (volunteer/worker) and he was German. He has until Christmas to work in Taize and then he will go to the United States to work in national parks out of Arizona. They were so nice and amazing to get to know.

Every morning we would partake in communion and every weekend they celebrate Easter. On Saturday we had a candle lighting service which was really cool to be apart of. These kids would light their candles and pass it along to the brothers who then passed it to us. Once you had the light you were to pass it to someone who did not.

The week we spend there was definitely a time to remember. We met people from around the world, learned the way of a monastic community, and really experienced God in a very different and interesting way.

Learn something new: Rubbing noses: the purpose/meaning of this cultural action isn’t to ‘rub noses.’ It is actually the idea of them getting close enough to breathe in the breath of the other person. It is an action of intimacy.

Joey Alligier

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October 23, 2012

Chosen

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On October 23rd in Community Chapel at College Church there was a group from Africa that belted it out, broke it down with some sweet moves, and definitely praised the Lord. They were called Chosen, and for good reason! They were “chosen” by God to excel at what I am incapable of, to do what I plan to do in that of bringing Christ to those EVERYWHERE, and also remind me of what I forget sometimes.

There are two separate things I’d like to focus on in this piece. First, what those amazing kids reminded me of. In one of the songs one of the young girls said something along the lines of, “No matter the struggle, the fight, the mountain to climb, God is there and will help.” Given that today wasn’t the most joyous of days to begin with, I felt like poop inside and out and nothing was really going right, this is what I needed to hear! Often times God uses the simplest things to prove Himself the strongest. Like the faith, and in this case-talent, of a child. This leads us to the next, more applicable section!

In the first section I mentioned two talents or actions. The fact that these children could break it down and I can’t and the ultimate goal of what they do and how I can connect. As atypical as these statements seem, they make perfect sense when we see them in a larger light. We are all distinctly designed instruments in God’s tool box. As 1 Corinthians 12 puts it, we are all different, yet integral, parts of the body of Christ. Some of us can dance and some of us can speak, some will lead congregations of people in a church, and some will start them. This topic doesn’t even include the people whose ministry is through their occupation, not strictly “ministry”. What all these ministerial positions or abilities have in common is the second part within my first statement. The talent is different but the goal and the anticipated outcome is the same; revealing the power of God.

We are all chosen for God’s ministry, even if we aren’t in “ministry”. This is apparent by the next thing that happened in chapel. MNU women’s basketball coach Aubrey Clair stood up and gave her testimony. She was actually semi-tricked into the whole situation. She wasn’t comfortable up there like the dancing/singing group was, but the impact had the same basis. God will guide, lead, and help us when it’s the most dim.

The avenues that God presented Himself were SO different, as there are in every day and everyone’s life. BUT our God is what remains, always. Through decisions to be made, issues to be faced, and trials to be won, He is there. There is never any reason to fear. So always remember, whether you are a singin/dancin fool or someone who was kinda baited into giving your testimony, you are here for God’s purpose, no matter the avenue. With Aubrey and Chosen it was the SAME stage, SAME God, DIFFERENT purpose, BOTH CHOSEN!

Keep on and keep God my friends.

Emily Lawler

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October 22, 2012

{Emily} Tour: See Our Dorm’s Living Space

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Hey Guys!

Here is just a quick peek at my dorm. This video shows the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. My bedroom is on the first floor, but there are two more bedrooms upstairs. I will film a dorm room tour as well! But Until then, hope you enjoy!

{Emily}

Allegra Vieux

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October 19, 2012

Gotta get down on Friday

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What happens at 4:30 on Friday in the back room of Admissions?

TLC dance parties, featuring student workers with special appearances by Admissions Counselors Dennis Miller and Jay Sandbloom.

Happy Friday, everyone! Remember, don’t go chasing waterfalls.

Phillip Prado

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October 18, 2012

Step Up

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Competition can be a crazy thing sometimes. I’m the kind of guy who loves competition, but I do not take it too seriously. So the other day Lanbarger House had a few dodgeball games in Land Gym and I see that there are a lot of other guys who love competition too…..but way too much.  They take it way too seriously.  There was name calling, cheating, lying, and it really just took away from the game.  And that’s really all it is:  a game.  It’s only a game and yet people treat these games like it’s life or death.  Yeah competition can be fun at times but why would you let something so petty consume you to the point of what looked like to me as hate.  Danny, the Lanbarger RE, was even called a racist because there were people who couldn’t stand the idea of losing.  I just thought to myself Danny? A racist? Are you serious?  This is one example of how we, as humans in general, have this tendency to point the blame.  We are quick to get defensive of our actions instead of just dealing with it, and then we get to this point when we messed up or we’ve fallen just a little short, it’s so easy to point the finger at others whether they are guilty or not.  And its not just in sports but in anything.  It’s in our school work, in sports, in friendships, and in just everyday tasks.  Why is owning up to our actions so hard?  Why can’t we just accept the fault?  I guess this just kind of hit me:  we really need to step up.  We are not kids anymore.  We need to step up as adults, as students, as friends, and most importantly as Christians.  If we don’t step up then we can’t go anywhere.  And if we don’t go anywhere we can not truly be happy.  We’re called to be so much more and we can’t afford to be petty.  I guess that’s just how I’ve been feeling lately and that’s what God has been speaking to me.