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A Week at KCACTF
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MNU Track&Field and the Key to Our Success
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Football, Didsbury, and Rivers&Robots
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The People of MNU
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Pizza-Bachelor-Monday Nights
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Fitness & Fine Art
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Productive Procrastination
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Trailblazer 101
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Missions at MNU
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Week one of Spring semester NTC style

A Week at KCACTF

In between workshops group selfie

This week 12 students including myself spend the entire week in Des Moines, Iowa participating and competing at the Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival Region 5.  This festival invites college students from all over the mid-west. Here are 3 things I took away from my week at KCACTF:

MNU students in the kitchen preparing dinner

1. MNU Theatre is high quality. 

Throughout the week the festival had different shows from colleges all over. Just about every night we got to go see a different play. Some were okay but others were truly disappointing. Many of the shows had poor acting. I was reminded of the the high standard that Heather Tinker (Professor/Director at MNU) holds her students to.

Othello before the acting began

2. Dancing is Fun!

This week many of the MNU students had the opportunity to take dance classes such as Broadway Boot Camp and Musical Theatre. I probably had the most fun in these classes. We learned dances from Big Fish and Hairspray as well as basic Ballet and Jazz techniques. We definitely are not the best dancers out there but we giggled our way though!

3. Zombie Burger is Delicous. 

If you havent been to Zombie Burger in Des Moines I would highly recommend it. We ate dinner there one night and I regret nothing. Not only was the food epic but the zombie decor was top notch.

Zombie Breakfast at Tiffany's poster

The Zombie Toy Story Poster

The Zombie Lord of the Rings Poster

A final thought: This week the festival challenged all the students to really branch out and meet people. They even made it a selfie swap competition. I won said competition. (Go look on my Instagram elisasfinsta). But even more than that I got to meet so many people that are so different from me. People that believe very differently than I do and people who were very kind and loving. It made my week even more fun! Blake Holden and I made a bet to see who would obtain the most selfies throughout the week and I won said bet. To see the ending result of this bet you are gonna have to be present at MNU’s next Improv Show on February 23 @ 9:30pm in Smith 200. 

Elisa holding her award

This is a picture of me taking a selfie on stage whilst receiving an award for most selfies

Stay Classy,

Elisa

Ericka, Elisa, Quinn, and Amanda at the theatre

 

MNU Track&Field and the Key to Our Success

  Some say it is the athletes. Some say it is the attitude. It may be the leadership, or some higher power intervening. One way or the other, it is not too daring to say that MNU Track&Field program has been successful. I am extremely proud to be a part of this incredible team that, in my opinion, embodies all of the things above. We are nothing else but a group of individuals, with different goals, beliefs, and backgrounds. However, our leadership, mainly coach Wiens, has been able to find a philosophy that speaks and resonates with all of us.[…]

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Football, Didsbury, and Rivers&Robots

This last week I went to my first English football game. It was a smaller game, with only like 2000 people there, but their crowd was crazy. The entire crown was singing and chanting the entire game. I feel like our crowds at our games do chant sometimes, but not as much as this crowd did. I also did a tour of Didsbury to show what the town that NTC is in looks like. After our tour of Didsbury we went to city center to a small concert of a band called Rivers and Robots in a small coffee shop called Nexus art cafe.

The People of MNU

These are the people of MNU. Well, not ALL of the people, but a few! We’re not that small! Also, the reason Landen and I are dressed up in this video is because we are starting a campaign to make mondays more enjoyable, by dressing up and looking fly. Join us next week for another collaboration video with Chace as we head to Colorful Colorado to go skiing!!! It’s gonna be great.

Pizza-Bachelor-Monday Nights

A new year has started and that means to prepare for the next season. One way to do that is intense team bonding time on Monday nights over the Bachelor in Spindle. Anyone who has time can come by and even the new recruits for next season come by occasionally. Besides testing, workout, and Indoor practice, this a relaxing, different environment to meet in although “relaxing” is relative. Watching the Bachelor always triggers heated discussions and of course, we can never agree on one opinion. This week, it was all about Corinne and whether she should stay or not. While[…]

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Productive Procrastination

As students we face many labels, requirements, and obligations. We, so called Millennials, are constantly being told what activities to avoid in order to be successful in life. We even admit that many of those advices are perfectly reasonable and meant for our own good. On the other hand, if we followed all of the recommendations we would be nothing else but a bunch of boring and bored geeks. On a more specific tone, we all agree that one of the most enjoyable activities, one that happens to be the most criticised, is watching TV-shows. There is a bit of[…]

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Week one of Spring semester NTC style

So this week was the first week back at school. We did not start till the 16th of January and that was only if you had an intensive. If you did not have an intensive then you do not start school until the 23rd of January. This is really nice because it means that you get an extra long break. An intensive means that you take a three credit hour semester long class and cram it into one week. They do school a little different over here in the UK. First of all, we only go to school Monday, Tuesday,[…]

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