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Haley Raydo

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April 26, 2014

A Look Back: Freshman Year

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Hello friends! We are at the final week of school here at MidAmerica.  It is exciting, sad, and weird all at the same time.  It is so crazy to me how I have already been through my first year of college! It literally flew by.  I had some great memories, and I learned a lot too.

So in honor of the end of school, here are some of my favorite memories =:

HOMECOMING 2013

I wrote a whole blog about this night… I mean it was absolutely insane.  We got to Uptown Theater had a bunch of fun, but we left in the pouring rain only to find that we had a flat tire.  So we got stuck downtown, in the pouring rain, with a flat tire, at a creepy gas station, for quite awhile.  It is something I will never forget.

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NEW ROOM AND ROOMIE

It was so exciting to move in with one of my best friends Mckenna Bessmer this semester! We had such a blast! This was our room:

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DAN WRIGHT

Yup my pal Dan Wright is one of my favorite memories this year basically because he is the most entertaining person you will ever talk to. If you are a student here and you don’t know him, or you are coming here next year, you need to meet this crazy kid.  He probably won’t even see this because he refuses to read my blogs (-__-) Basically he is a kid full of one-liners and he will make you laugh for hours.

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PLAZA WITH MY FAVORITE GIRLS 

If you have ever been to Kansas City during Christmastime… you know that the Plaza is the place to go (also Crown Center).  There is something so wonderful about Kansas City

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OLAF ON CAMPUS 

There really isn’t anything else to say.

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SNOW DAYS 2014

Basically one of the best things in life is being stuck on campus with all of your best friends in the snow with NO SCHOOL.

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WORLDS OF FUN LAST NIGHT

This weekend was MAX week! So we got to go to Worlds of Fun for Nazarene Night.  This is the Mamba:

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Basically this year has been absolutely crazy.  I have met some amazing people that I am so thankful for! It is going to be hard to leave all of them for a few months, but it is exciting to know I still have a few more years with these awesome people.  As a freshman you come to college, nervous but excited.  You meet people the first week and for the most part you move on and meet other people.  You have to get adjusted to the hard and long study life.  You have to get used to challenging professors and being responsible for your own grades.  It was a crazy experience for me, but I learned so much! And I grew up a ton!  All in a good way.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Allegra Vieux

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April 8, 2014

Oh the places you’ll go… On campus

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Hey there, Bloggers!

So last week I made a video about the places to hang out on campus featuring a few MNU students. It’s a different approach than the “typical student” would take to introduce you to common spaces on campus, so I hope it’ll keep you entertained for at least a minute and 49 seconds.

At the end is my roommate’s reaction to a prank we pulled on her last week. Enjoy!

Heather Engle

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April 1, 2014

antiqueing and sports

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Hello blog readers!

So if you don’t know this about me, I love to go to antique stores. I know a lot of them back home, but I haven’t had the chance to really roam around the Olathe/Kansas City area to find any within a good distance of MNU. This past weekend, I had the chance to roam. I went to an antique store called Lone Elm Antique Mall. From the outside it doesn’t look like a huge store, but on their flyer that I took after I roamed through this place, it says that have over 120 booths filled with antiques and various vintage things.

I know to some who are reading this, antiques might not be of any interest to you, but if you like to go to antique stores like me, are going to be living in Olathe, already live in Olathe, or attend MNU, this is a great one to go to! :] I also went to a baseball game this past weekend (picture below of my friends and I). It was a little chilly, but we managed with a blanket!  I wish I would have taken a picture of the baseball field, or part of the game, but I didn’t even think about it! (Sorry guys). I also went to our final four game for our basketball team! Our student section was getting pretty intense during the whole thing. The game was super nerve-racking, but it was definitely a huge accomplishment, so that made it all worth it! :]

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These girls are a complete joy to my life.

Well friends, I’ll leave you with some encouragement. I’ve been learning lately to not take things in my life for granted. And also that through hard times, God is still good. He is still the creator of the universe, and the creator of you and I. He knows everything and we need to not worry about every little detail in our lives. He is NEVER far off. Even if we are going through times that are tough, giving it to God is the absolute best thing you could do. He knows the depths of your situation and wants you to know He is walking right beside you through it all. :]

Thanks for stopping by!

In Christ’s love,

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. Intermural volleyball is starting up this next week and I am PUMPED! :]

Haley Raydo

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March 28, 2014

Just Stop and Learn to Be on the Beach: Life Update

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Hello friends!

So these last couple of weeks have been action-packed to say the least.  Last week was spring break and it was definitely much needed.  Because all my professors felt like pushing all of their exams and papers to the week before break, the week off felt so sweet.  The weather in Kansas was all over the place, at least so I heard.  I was in Texas with my family which was amazing! (60-70 degree weather days, it can’t get more perfect)

And for all you mid-westerners who haven’t seen the beach in quite sometime, here is the beach at Galveston we went to:

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Even this week back has been crazy! This Thursday was junior testing day so it was a day off for the rest of us!  My friends and I celebrated a late birthday lunch for Sarah and Anna (who are like the sweetest things in the entire world) and the night before we dressed up with our entire dorm and went to the Cheesecake factory!

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Also…. MNU made it to the Final Four in the NAIA tournament!  Nearly all of the school went out to support them too! Fans were going crazy! Unfortunately we fell just a bit short, but it was a crazy intense game until the end.  We are all so proud of our basketball team!

So basically you are up to date on my life. My classes have been a bit more challenging as of late, but I know that the Lord is taking care of me as I continue to be diligent!

Taking away from all of the craziness of the last couple weeks I will leave you with this advice: Live in the moment.  Now there are times where it is key to look to your future to make plans, and key to look to your past to learn.  But so often I think we get caught up in the future and past that we forget to look in the present.  There are many opportunities around us, we just have to open our eyes and grab them.

I was walking along the beach this spring break and I remember how I kept thinking about things that I needed to do for the next few weeks.  That is when God opened my eyes to see where I was.  I was on the beach on a warm day, which is not something I had experienced in a long time.  After this long, cold winter, I had been looking forward to a day like this for awhile, yet I was letting it slip away.  This is just one example of many in my life where I need to stop, and just learn to be on the beach.  Listening and smelling the waves, and letting my mind go to that peaceful place.  No matter where you are, take time to live in the moment.  Even if it is just sitting in class or having lunch with friends, you never know when you are going to wish that you were back in that moment.

Ok I’m done rambling!  I hope everyone’s year is treating them well! And I think it is finally time we can say Happy Spring!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Joey Alligier

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March 27, 2014

“..Let’s Pack Up and Move to California..”

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Life is full of decisions to be made. 


As you sit at the mind numbing computer screen you may be facing the dilemma of finishing your homework…or possibly finishing that episode of Prison Break. More seriously you may be deciding between colleges, jobs, living situations, etc.

How do we often find the answers to these pivotal points? Perhaps a pro/con list, ask friends, of course pray, overall we assess the situation and weigh the options. Which one is more beneficial to me?

While of course weighing options and evaluating consequences is necessary, sometimes you just need to do something. I tend to think we sit on the sidelines for so long awaiting our names to be called so we can rip off those sweet, throwback, button-up pants. Yet, some go their whole lives waiting for confirmation on a decision; in that time opportunity is being missed out on. Life is being missed out on.

During Spring Break last week I got to hang out with this friend. Now this friend has been through quite a bit; things of his own decision and others not so much. However, through these trials and valleys he is staring into the eyes of God. As he is staring he is impacting so many people with his passion and perseverance. He knows God will provide for him. He isn’t a Biblical Scholar, he hasn’t been to school for this at all, he is hardly around people who challenge him with this.

When I saw change in his life, I sought him out. So, over some FroYo he told me a story I yearn to somewhat duplicate and/or never forget. Like Hawk Nelson, he packed up and moved  to California… yet, he had no friends out there. He had no idea. This was a leap of faith.

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Throughout this story he exemplified what it meant to trust Jesus on a level more severe than the lackadaisical, hesitant, and questioning approach most American Christians take. Long story short; he left for change and then decided to return changed.

The moral of this story and what should be the moral of all of our stories is that we WILL NOT have it all figured out at any point. We will question, doubt, and think “What if…” Yet, somehow that is where life produces the most beautiful pictures. That can be seen in a sunset  on your way through Arizona when God’s face isn’t any clearer or it can be revealed in the loving acts of a stranger you felt somewhat “pulled towards.” Just take the trip, just ask her out, just ask that person for help.

Limit your pride, expose your vulnerability. 

I leave you with this.

It’s okay to play, pro/con, and think about things.
It’s not okay to worry, overanalyze, and miss out on this big world.
Take a risk.
Challenge yourself.
Jump.

Take the Leap

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

 

Allegra Vieux

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March 12, 2014

MNU News

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Good day to you, bloggers.

Here’s a video from last week our media department released. I make a brief appearance as the weather anchor. Because it’s about a week old, it was filmed/aired right before a snow storm.

Enjoy!

Joey Alligier

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March 11, 2014

Sweet Mother of Pickle

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THURSDAY NIGHT 9PM, TIPPING POINT, MNU CAMPUS….

There’s an improv show, you should come.

Allegra Vieux

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March 5, 2014

Microblogs, #Hashtags, and the Subtweet Movement

March 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

Blog world: Hello from Spindle 304!

Let’s talk about Microblogging.

Microblog: A type of blog that lets users publish short text updates. Bloggers can usually use a number of service for the updates including instant messaging, e-mail, or Twitter. The posts are called micro posts, while the act of using these services to update your blog is called microblogging.

When Twitter was first introduced in 2006, I think the general thought among everyone but the early adopters was, why on earth would anyone be interested in knowing every little thought I have? This was followed by a brief period of resistance, and then Twitter became the fastest growing social network and somehow gained hundreds of millions of users. What’s cool about the concept of microblogging is that it gives you a snapshot into someone’s day. Not a whole blog post or photo album on Facebook, just a thought, maybe with a picture. Fits in with the fast-food society thing. Did you know Hashtags were originally to look at trending topics? They still serve that purpose but now they’re more of a way to indicate an emotion with a tweet or just a funny addition. Oh, and people use them in everyday conversation. #MindBlown

So somewhere along the lines, tweets went from being a snapshot into someone’s day to being a snapshot into someone’s mind. They #transformationtuesday-ed into emotional posts about frustrations at work or blessings from family and friends or political opinions or prayers about the weather…

And then, people started to develop emotional connections or offenses to tweets they would see. Maybe they don’t agree with how I feel about my boss. Or maybe they think I shouldn’t categorize “things” as “blessings.” OR, maybe, they don’t like the President in office like I do (I know, shoot me.) Or maybe, they like the negative wind chills and two feet of snow when they walk to class… and maybe, they want their opinions to be voiced, without directing attention at me.

And then… the birth of the subtweet. According to Urban Dictionary,

It’s the shortening of “subliminal tweet” which is directly referring to a particular person without mentioning their name or directly mentioning them and it basically indicates that the tweet in which the hashtag is used is a subliminal tweet.

To sum it up, it’s passive aggression. It’s almost like talking bad about someone behind their back, except to their face without saying it’s them. For a light-hearted example:

@Me: Man, I wish this weather would clear up. I’m ready for some sunshine. #Spring

@SomeoneElse: I’m so sick of your complaining. The weather is not going to change because of twitter. #Winter

Or, maybe the disagreement did not happen on Twitter. A more modern, accurate picture:

@Me: I’m really tired of always being the nice girl. When you’re ready grow up, don’t come crying to me.

And then, the response:

@Friend: OMG are you okay babe? Love you! Call me!

(You can tell this isn’t a real friend because she doesn’t know already. The real friend ★’d it.

 

Other than the fact that this is completely inappropriate, it’s whiny and kind of annoying. When I get on Twitter, I’m looking for an escape. No, not a timeline of ambiguous, vague and attention-seeking posts.  If we wanted a diary of your emotions, we would have broken into your room and read your diary by now. And if you don’t have a diary, invest in one.

Maybe I’m just blunt. I don’t know. Here are the issues I see:

  • It is an effort to hurt someone.
  • You sound annoying.
  • It’s an immature action, and makes you appear childish.
  • You sound annoying.
  • It’s a half-empty glass way of life.

So I was thinking, I’m not going to change the world by posting a blog about this. But maybe in my small corner of the world, we could try something else.

I like genuine people who are real and have real problems. I’m not saying we should act like cupcakes and unicorns in the online-world. But maybe we could be passive aggressive about something else. Something that doesn’t have anything to do with other people.

If you’ve read the saga of my most embarrassing moment, it probably won’t surprise you that I have IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Frequently when I eat food, my stomach seeks revenge. So I was thinking the other day, I should subtweet my stomach.

@Challegra: You think you can just interrupt my entire day and monopolize my schedule? Maybe you should get a hobby. #Subtweet #IBSProbs

@Challegra: When I have to lay in bed for 5 hours because of the pain you bring, I’m not going to be in the best mood next time you talk to me. #Subtweet #IBSProbs

…Maybe your issue is the weather. You could subtweet the weather.

@YourUserName: I’m not going to sit here and pretend like everything’s okay. This has to stop. #Subtweet #WeatherProbs

@YourUserName: Go ahead. Try and rain on my parade. #WeatherProbs #Subtweet

Or maybe, your issue is Homework.

@YourUserName: Stare at me in the face all you want. You are not in my top priorities anymore. #HomeworkProbs #Subtweet

@YourUserName: You think you can use me for my intelligence and then leave until you need me again? I’m over this. #HomeworkProbs #Subtweet

This method is a little bit of a stretch as it requires a little more creativity, but it will make you a better person because of it! I think it could really catch on. Let me know if you’re joining the subtweet movement!

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Haley Raydo

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March 1, 2014

I Don’t Have Homework.. What Do You Want To Do?

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Hello friends!

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).

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?”

Answers:

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!

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Allegra Vieux

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February 25, 2014

Once Upon a Sunday Afternoon

February 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

Greetings Bloglings.

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!