ATTENTION BLOG READERS: You DO NOT want to miss out on this awesome video of Mock Rock! This is basically our schools talent show that took place here on the MNU campus in our Land Gym. ( I do realize that the video I first posted was only 28 seconds long, but I have the full version up now, so go watch the full one!) :] sorry guys!
Check it out cause there are some awesome clips of people showing their talents, and just being hilarious.
In the first clip is a group of MNU students performing a skit to the song “What does the Fox say?” and if you don’t know who Granny Franny is, go check out Britney’s blog about her! She’s pretty awesome! :] At the end of this skit, she takes off her fox mask, everyone realizes that it was her, and the croud goes crazy. :] It was definitely a surprise to many students. Also, both my phone and my ipod died in the middle of this, so i didn’t get the ending where they announced the winner, but if you were awesome and you watched the video all the way through, the last guy to perform (“YOYO Matt”) was the winner!
So guys, i hope you enjoy and get a glimpse of the wonderful activites that are held at MNU and catch a glimpse of the sense of community here that i am constantly SO thankful for! Sorry this wasn’t a video of the basketball game like i said it would be, but that is coming soon! I hope you got a laugh or a smile out of the Mock Rock video! Thanks for stopping by!
The truth is, when it comes to Campus Center, you either love it or you hate it–but most MNU students fall in-between.
When students come to visit–for example, SCOUT, Senior Visit Day, MAX–the food is at an all-time high. Everyone is in a good mood because there are actual food choices that we can live with. I mean, the Campus Center staff spoils the newbies; they shower them with grilled food, special dips, soups that taste good, and other delights. The bread is always fresh; the fruit is hand-picked from the ripest trees, and the desserts are to dies for.
But when there is no one to impress, everything changes.
Now, I’m not saying that the food is terrible–because it’s not. Compared to most Nazarene schools, MidAmerica has the most choices to choose from, and the taste of it is at least a 7.5 on a scale from one-ten.
But I am saying, once you’ve been around for longer than a semester–long enough to gain the freshman fifteen–everything starts to taste the same…and that, my friends, is no bueno.
However, where there are cons, there are plenty of pros.
If the food sucks that night:
–There are always sandwiches and wraps at the sandwich bar–you can never go wrong with a sandwich and chips.
-There’s a waffle maker…YUM
-There’s at least six different cereal types to choose from.
-There’s so much ice cream…I’m not even sure what all the flavors are.
-And, as of recently, they’ve added to baby grills–that’s endless opportunities right there!
IF all else fails, you can buy a packet of Ramen Noodles for 97 cents at Walmart.
Oh, but I’m not done yet. There are two special days that MNU students can’t get enough of: Wednesday nights and Thursday lunches.
Wednesday Nights are typically called meat nights. There are usually steaks, fried chicken strips and shrimp to choose from–those are the normal choices, but they differ from time to time. And every now and then, we have theme night; it could be all Japanese food, all French food, or all Brazilian food–you really never know until you get there, and really, a lot of the food is quite good.
On Thursday afternoons, there’s spicy chicken and fries—Nuff said.
So this week happened to be SCOUT. Basically if you are unfamiliar with this term, this event is a time where high school students get to come see what it is like being at MNU. They get to spend the night with some current students, attend classes, and get information on the school. It really is a fun event! My sister and some of her friends came up from my high school this Thursday night. We hung out and they asked some questions. One question that they seemed really curious about (as simple as it was) “Sooo… like, what do you do? Besides class… What do you do on the weekends and when you have free time and what not?”
Here are some of the girls that stayed with me for SCOUT. My lovely sister is the one on the end (left).
I saw some posts in the MNU Graduating Class of 2018 (shoutout peeps!) and thought…. you know this would be kind of a fun blog! So without further ado… I present to you…
“Soo I’m done with class and I don’t have any homework… What do you want to do?”
Duhh, half-priced apps!
Ok soo this one we do probably the most frequently besides movie nights (which consist of almost every night) and naps (because you have to recover from your late night apps run). Applebee’s has become a weekly thing for most Pioneers. I mean 3 bucks for some good food… Why not? It really is the highlight of most of my weeks.
Hey we can watch a movie in Lanpher Basement!
Ok so hanging out in the basement is more of a freshman thing… but regardless we have plenty of movie nights… and when it is not open-dorms the basement/lobby is a good place to go!
Eh, I’m gonna take a nap.
Ok this is by far the most frequent one, or the one every student wishes was the most frequent one. I mean you have to recover from your late night extravaganzas… Am I right?
Welp we always got Apple’s to Apples.
Board games are sometimes a go to… and what better group game than Apples to Apples?
It’s a Tuesday right? BWW’s?
This is more like a special treat… But cheap wings?! They are great
Oh wait it’s Sunday… 50 cent bowling!
We haven’t done this too much yet, but recently my friends discovered that there is a bowling alley not too far from campus that has a pretty good Sunday deal!
We could go to the library… and “study”
Ok let’s be real about 2 things:
1. You always have homework. Even when you “don’t” have homework… you still have homework. Its the college life.
2. Even if you do have homework, if you get a study room with a group… you probably aren’t going to get much done. There have been some instances where they have been very productive, but most of the time not so much…
Uh… hello there is an intramural basketball game… Can’t miss that
Ya so intramural basketball games are pretty fun to watch. And I am sure they are fun to play too…. I just wouldn’t know 😉 Anyways you have some good, competitive teams and then you have some teams that just go to have fun. It is always a blast!
Here are the Dribblers… One of my personal favorites to watch. (photo cred to whoever put this on facebook ) They really are the Dream Team though!
*Sit on the couch while waiting for a good hour to decide that you are actually too tired to do anything and that sitting on a couch for an hour was a complete waste of time*
And sadly this is true most nights……. We over think too much.
Anyways I hope this gave you a picture of some of the things we do for fun! Obviously there are plenty of ASG events (movie nights, late night munchies, different holiday parties, etc.) and there are plenty of hall/dorm events that your R.A. plan out, but this is just a look at a normal, nothing-to-do night. The great thing about MNU and college life is that you live with all of your best friends, so even the boring things are fun and exciting!
I’d like to start by giving a shout out to Jordan Warren, member of the Pioneer Class of 2018. He asked the question, “What really goes on when class is out of session?”
Answer: MNU PD.
…well, maybe not after every class. Hopefully this will paint the picture:
One Sunday afternoon, my friend Konner and I got this idea to make a video speculating a day in the life of our very own Campus Safety, with influences from hit TV shows The Office and Reno 911. A trip to Goodwill and a few phone calls later, this video was created.
What’s interesting about this video is that we ad-libbed the whole thing and made up the plot as we were going. Also interesting: no one in the video was friends before it was created. I had never met JT or interacted with Cole. I called up Sean (Officer Mahoney,) who I only knew from class, and Lauren, who only knew Konner and myself.
Needless to say, a force to be reckoned with was born that day, and I’m happy to call them all my friends.
Jordan (and any other future Pioneers out there,) I hope this captures a little bit of the community on campus, and I hope you like this video!
If you are out of the loop, football in America has been over since the Superbowl (who knew?)
..But that doesn’t mean our Athletic office and football players have been sitting quietly.
This semester, about 700 recruited football players, all from California, have transferred in to start morning workouts and practices.
Also from California, MNU’s newest Head Football Coach: Brian Willmer! Coach W is the 6th head football coach in the program’s history. He coached at Azusa Pacific University and was an integral part of leading the Cougars to become conference champs in 2013 after just their second year in NCAA Division 2!
For those who don’t know, MNU is NAIA Division 1- so we are thrilled to have the experience of Coach Willmer on campus!
Along with professional success comes his personal success, as Coach Willmer has a gorgeous wife and 5 beautiful children. So long SoCal, kids, welcome to Kansas!
Here are some pictures from the press conference on campus last week:
President Spittal opening the conference
Athletic Director Kevin Steele introducing Coach Willmer
MNU’s new head coach!
Coach Willmer and Kevin Steele taking questions during the conference
Coach if you need a babysitter, I wasn’t joking about wanting to be best friends with your children.
Good ol’ Home on the Range Given statehood on January 29th, 1861 The Sunflower State Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole
Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.
And the current home to a HORRENDOUS WHITE SUBSTANCE THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.
I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes.Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.
Moral of the story:
1)The only times snow is okay is when: 1) IT’S LEAVES WITHING 24 HOURS 2) IT GETS SCHOOL CANCELLED
I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold. Shorts Tevas and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life. On the other hand, this looks pretty sick! So, it’s not all horrible
As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.
I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!
Well it is that time of the week again… time for a new blog! This week has been rather crazy. I mean we only had 3 days of classes due to snow!
The great thing about college snow days is.. You are in college! So you are stuck on campus with all of your best friends! They even extended open dorm times (guys in the girls dorms/ girls in the guys dorms) so of course that is always nice!
There is something so sweet about a snow day… Just the feeling the night before, “I don’t have to go to classes tomorrow…” is the absolute best! You stay up late (which means watching movies or watching my friend Randi own some guys at ping pong), you sleep in late and take your time in the shower, and you spend all day with no plans!
My friends and I spent part of our day sledding on Lanpher Hill (right next to the freshman boys’ dorm) and my friend Dan decided to bike down the hill as you can see in the video.
I hope you all had great snow days! If you are in high school right now, just wait until college for your snow days!
Okay blogging friends. If you tuned in last week, you probably have a very skeptical view of my buddy Stephen. Normally with friends like Steve, I would just allow you to keep on believing that he is the man that will never trust a fart again.
But now I’m feeling guilty because some of the information was fabricated. tainted. false.
So it’s time for me to come clean. (enjoy the sweet sounds of Eisley while reading.) I’m reposting the story here. Follow my commentary (of my own story) to find out what actually happened on that Tuesday afternoon.
One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.
The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.
In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell.
Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!
Okay he’s never been in love with me. It’s an on-going joke that for some reason to me never gets old. Sometimes when he asks me a question, like “why can I not do __ the right way?!” My automatic response in the past has been “I don’t know Steve. Maybe it’s because you’re in love with me?” Gets him (ehhh …me) every time.
Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.
I wouldn’t call it accurate to say “usually” before “delighted.” More accurate would be to say, “Sometimes, the professors are delighted that he actually decided to show up to class.”
That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.
As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!“
Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.
The above paragraphs contain about 95% truth if the subject matters are reversed. The reality of the situation is that as I shouted “STEPHEN!!” I looked at him like a deer in the headlights. I could not make eye contact. I began talking aimlessly. Nothing mattered in this moment because of a personal matter. Read on:
A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”
-> A couple days later, I sent a few text messages to Stephen. In the series, I said something to the extent of “Stephen, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry that in the moment your head was in my car the other day, I crapped my pants. I hope you know that I don’t just do this on the reg. I wasn’t feeling well. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”
JUDGE ME if it’s what the Lord is calling you to do, blog world! I did it! I crapped my pants in front of a dude. In the United States. Yards from my dorm room. Had I ever done this in Mexico while I was camping and the closest outhouse was a quarter mile from my tent? No. What about on a job site with no running water or usable facility? No. Okay well what about after a hot pepper challenge with my teammate Fernando? NO! It happened on Campus in the luxury of all these amenities!
In my defense, there were a lot of things working against me. I am a vegetarian and there is a lot of fiber in my diet. I hadn’t slept and had a lot of coffee and caffeine: natural laxatives. I had my first ever surgery and it was on my abdomen, so food wasn’t processing correctly…
And as I shouted, “STEPHEN!!”it was just too much pressure on my abdomen.
Why did I tell him? Because I thought for sure he knew! And I interpreted his silence as assumption. Assumption that this is a regular thing in my life. At least by telling him myself, I could control the message that was sent. (Public Relations class came in handy.) I could let him know this was a one-time thing. And you know why I’m feeling so guilty? Because as students have asked him about this situation, he has gone along with it to protect my pride. EVEN AFTER I THROUGH HIM UNDER THE BUS.
And now the entire world knows about my bowel issues. If you would like to join with me and prove that this happens to everyone at some point or another, post your story below! We can laugh about it together and rise against the judgers who claim this has never happened to them! We can start judging them for lying!
Hopefully I didn’t lose any of my followers for this… Oh well. That’s me.