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March 22, 2016

Chicago and Championships

March 22, 2016 | By | No Comments

Over the break a few friends and I stayed at Jordan’s house in Champaign, IL which we used as a home base for getting to Chicago and exploring the city. We had some mishaps along the way such as losing Levi’s bag on the side of the highway when, wrapped in a trash bag to protect it from rain, it escaped the ties binding it to the roof of our car and didn’t even make it into Missouri.

Unfortunately we didn’t realize this had happened until we were a few hours into the trip.

Levi handled things really well though and we were able to lend him clothes/take him on last minute runs to Target so he didn’t have to wear the same two outfits every day of our trip.

We also got to lead worship at Champaign First Church of the Nazarene which was an incredible experience for me. I love being able to serve God along side the people God has put in my life.

I have included some pictures from our Chicago adventures.

The Water Tower mall had a giant Lego store that we went crazy for almost as much as the fancy tea shop that let us have free samples.

The Water Tower mall had a giant Lego store that we went crazy for almost as much as the fancy tea shop that let us have free samples.

Chicago has a free zoo! We got to see all sorts of animals including some crocodiles which are my very favorite.

Chicago has a free zoo! We got to see all sorts of animals including some crocodiles which are my very favorite.

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You can't beat $5 symphony tickets. Their symphony hall is absolutely beautiful and we got to hear some awesome pieces played...plus dressing up all fancy is always fun.

You can’t beat $5 symphony tickets. Their symphony hall is absolutely beautiful and we got to hear some awesome pieces played…plus dressing up all fancy is always fun.

As soon as I got back from Chicago the Trailblazer hit the ground running by covering the men’s basketball game against Georgetown in the Final Four of the NAIA championship. While the men did lose they played a great game and we got to be right there with them.

Joshua, our Editor in Chief, and Chace, one of our video reporters, got press passes and spots reserved for us at the press table. Josh and I sat almost dead center court.

It was probably the most fun I’ve had at an MNU game before although Josh did most of the actual work since he’s writing the story…and actually knows something about sports. After the game we went and did some interviews with the team.

I have a lot of respect for the student athletes on campus. I couldn’t even imagine taking the classes that I’m taking now while also going to workouts and practices everyday with games and tournaments all thrown in. I’m so glad that so much of our community is showing up to championship games and being so supportive.

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Mackenzie Theiler

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March 7, 2016

SEMESTER OR QUARTERS📚🗓

March 7, 2016 | By | No Comments

Why are colleges set up differently then others? As in, why are some colleges set up as a quarter system, verse’s some are set up as a semester system? What makes them, so, different from one another?

Well, the difference, for those that do not know, a semester is 14 to 16 weeks and a quarter is 6 to 8 weeks. There would be 2 quarters for 1 semester. I go back and forth if, I like semesters or quarter systems better. I like that there is only 8 weeks, which makes it crunch time all the time. I also, like, that one can take more classes in a quarter system; whereas, semesters you are stuck with those classes till school is out. I do like, in having a semester system, there is more time to get your work done; and if you get injured, like me, you have time to make up work and still, stay on top of class work.

I feel like one’s preference would be if they are, a “go, go, go,” or they like to take their time and things slow. My JC school were semesters. Here, at MNU, it is also, step up as semesters. I really like taking summer classes, though; because they are, only, 6 to 8 weeks long. I seem to preform better, when my classes are in a shorter amount of weeks. Then again, if, I had an excellent professor that did not teach us, with such high difficultly, and went about a different approach, as in, “we know absolutely nothing about this class,” teach us SMARTER not HARDER! They would be a lot more successful kids. Professors should reach out to the attendance, find there interests, not just teach the class, straight out of the book!

If you are taking semesters, it helps to find classes you are interested in. Sometimes, though, there are classes that are not as fun, but you have to take them to get your degree. Being in a semester there are more changes to change your grade than in a quarter. It is a lot more rigorous and one must be focused. Taking semester classes though, there is a lot more room and error for someone to slack off and get sick of the class. It, too, takes a lot of focus and staying on track to finish with a good grade.

For those of you who have not started college yet, or you are a parent, and trying to help your son or daughter find a school. I would encourage them to look into, if they want to be in a quarter system school or a semester system school.

Whichever school you decide to attend, Rate My Professors is an awesome site, where previous students wrote about what they thought of their professor. This can help you decide what professors are good, bad, and fit your needs as student.


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Mackenzie Theiler

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February 15, 2016

The Road to Recovery

February 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

The first few days after surgery, all I wanted to do was sleep, sleep, and more sleep. The pain medication, the doctor provided me, made me sleepy within, 30 minutes. I would say by day three or four, the pain was excruciating. So, I made sure to just stay in bed and keep it elevated. Crutches, are for sure, my new cardio. Within the first couple of days, I knew, I had to get my tolerance built up. I did not start actually crutching a lot, until, day five or six; but my arms sore the first few days. The hardest things for me to do is, crutch up and down stairs, stand on, just, my one leg, and showers. I have fallen twice on the stairs, once, going up and once, coming down. Luckily no one was around. I ended up getting a few little bruises, on my arms. It was quite comical! 😅 It is hard to balance on my one leg, because it, too, has no stability. It has gotten a little easier, but still, quite, difficult. What is showering, anymore? I tried to shower a couple of nights, after my surgery. I ended up getting my whole boot, very, wet. I had to blow dry it. Then, the following day, I went and saw the trainers to have them look at it; just to make sure my stitches and wound did not get wet. Luckily they were dry. So now, I use baby whips, and exfoliating clothes, to wash my body. I wash my hair in the sink. One downfall of living in the dorms is, not all of them have tubs. So, it is difficult to stick my leg out of the standing shower, with no tub.

Today, I went into the training room to have them clean my dressing (bandage). They cleaned where the doctor made his incision and gave me new bandages.  Hopefully within the next few weeks, when it is completely healed, I will be able to get my stitches taken out. For now, one step at a time. I cannot wait to get back out there on the track, but it is extremely important, I do not rush my recovery or this surgery would have been for nothing.

I will continue to keep you all posted.


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Mackenzie Theiler

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February 3, 2016

Surgery is Near

February 3, 2016 | By | No Comments

The start of my MNU Track and Field career, has taken a turn. What may, some days, feel like a set back, is actually a step forward in the right direction. It has been a while since, I have talked about track and the new team on campus. This last fall, I was hit with some, saddening news. The news was, that, I was going to need surgery on both my ankles; if I wanted to continue running, and be able to walk in the future.

Towards the end of last semester, I found out that my season had come to an end, before my  season had begun. I tried to do everything I could, not to go through with the surgery. I tried strengthening, rehab, continuing to run. Nothing was working and the pain continued to grow worse. So, I had to come to the realization that surgery was my only option, if I ever wanted to step back out on the track. As for this season, the first season, of having track and field back at MNU, I am sad that I will not be contributing, physically, to the success of our teams season. Instead, I will be contributing by, supporting, cheering, and rooting my fellow teammates on, at the finish line.

This season, I had set, extremely, high goals and expectations; but now, those goals and expectations are on hold. What I have to focus on, now is, the road to recovery and rehabilitation. It is going to be a long process but I have great doctors, physical therapists, and strength trainers. I am going to have a strong recovery and come back even stronger. Though, I have never had surgery, I am not that nervous, because I know, in the end, it will get rid of the pain and I will be able to be more successful on the track, than, I ever thought imaginable.

My surgery will be taking place tomorrow and I plan to keep you all posted on, how everything goes, and share with you, my journey back to preforming next season! Crossing my fingers, it all goes well!


 

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Isaac Walker

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January 29, 2016

My Hymn For The Weekend

January 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing.  I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.

Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping.  For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people.  I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold.  It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big.  Not as many people are there selling their goods.  It was definitely still worth the trip though.  We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.

Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness.  From there we walked over to the market.  Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought.  I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea!  We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries.  They were ‘fracking’ delicious.  I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS!  I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens.  Don’t ask why.  That’s a long story for another time.  Maybe next week’s blog?

After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it.  I am sorry.)  We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street.  I LOVE Chinese markets.  This one smelled like fish though.  Like it smelt really bad!  They had a big fish market in the back.  They would chop it all up for you on the spot!

When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner!  We had kale salad (did not like it.  Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers.  It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!

Amanda served as our photographer for the day!

This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This was the gang for the weekend.
Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.   V artsy and hipster.

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.
V artsy and hipster.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures.  This is me awkwardly trying to decide of I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.  It was an overwhelming task for me!  Look at all my options!!!

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus.  Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it.  So she did and she did not hate it.

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.  Look at our cute heads.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands.  Here are some spices.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.

Here are some v artsy apples.

Here are some v artsy apples.

I was not aware that the picture was taken.....

I was not aware that the picture was taken…..

If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”.  V means very.  As if it was not short enough already.

But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime!  Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.

Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault

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December 15, 2015

Is there life after finals?

December 15, 2015 | By | No Comments

Yes.

Let’s just clear that up.

Finals, for all the bad mojo we attribute them, do at least one really good thing. They help us to realize how much we have learned over the semester.

I just want to do a quick review of what I’ve learned this semester. I had to shorten it by quite a bit because life happened this semester and life is hard to summarize.

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Don’t be afraid to be busy.

I was incredibly busy this semester but looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any of it. I had incredible experiences in the Honors Program, on Trailblazer staff, being a track/cross country manager, being in the musical, blogging, being on improv team, and doing classes for two majors.

I loved it.

I learned not to be afraid of being busy. Being busy meant I got to meet an incredible amount of people on this campus and when I look back on the semester I know that I got a lot done.

Coach Wiens, the track/cross country coach, said to me this semester that God gave us our bodies and our minds so that we could use them. That really stuck with me.

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Don’t be afraid to have a little school spirit.

“We’re all in this together,” the elementary school girl who was secretly in love with High School Musical in side of me chants.

I love loving this school. I love investing in our community.

When we are proud of this place and show support it is showing support for not only our athletes but for everyone who works to make the school what we know it to be.

We show pride in our coffee shop workers, library staff, the people who make our food, people who make our campus beautiful, professors, student  and professional workers of all kinds who invest their lives in this school.

I have invested my life into this school and I love others who have invested their lives. So yes, I will be MNU’s super fan and actually enjoy every minute of it.

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Don’t be afraid to date an awesome, hilarious, fun-loving, supportive and generally incredible person.

If you find one you happen to like and they happen to like you as well…well then enjoy it. Go through life with another person who makes you smile and who isn’t afraid to tell you what you don’t want to hear.

Find somebody who is willing to fight with you in order to make a relationship work and somebody who is willing to go through life with you desperately seeking God’s help for every step because neither of you have life quite figured out yet and that’s ok.

Don’t be afraid to have a best friend like that. Don’t be afraid to have a romantic relationship like that. People are awesome and letting them into your life can bring out a part of you that you would have never seen on your own.

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Don’t be afraid of things going wrong.

Stuff happens.

The dumb stuff that you do doesn’t define who you are it just explains a moment of time which shaped you. Little things, big things, it doesn’t matter. Our identity is in Christ and a sea of stupid choices is not even a drop compared to the great grace and love of the God we define ourselves by.

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Don’t be afraid to explore.

My friends and I explored down town Kansas City and it led to a huge passion for ministry in that area being awakened.

Exploring new things, ideas, or places can be a bit un-nerving but it’s something we have to do if we ever want anything new to happen in our lives.

Also just explore Kansas City, it’s really cool down there. Be proud of where we are.

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Don’t be afraid to depend on other people.

We were created in the image of a God who by definition is in community with himself. We were thus created to be in a community, created to need one another and when we operate in a way in which we were created to operate God is glorified.

When doing theater, you have to depend on everybody- actors, costumers, light technicians, sound technicians, back stage crew members, the set designer, the set builders, the director, the stage manager, and anybody else whose work went into the show. In the end, the product is something that was previously impossible individually but made possible by working together and depending on each other.

So I will try to make the most of life after finals by remembering what was learned, what relationships were gained this semester. My prayer for this week is that I will be profoundly thankful for the gift of education and what life I have lived.

 

Mackenzie Theiler

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December 5, 2015

Fall Semester Is Almost Over 📚

December 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

There are only two weeks left of our fall semester. We call this period of the semester “crunch time.” This is where a lot of students are trying to do anything and everything to get their letter grade from a B to an A; or for those students struggling to pass that tough class, with a C or better. This is when, students start asking their professors for extra credit, or if there is anything else they can do to get their grade up.

A biology professor of mine, ounce said . . .

“Why would I trust and spend my hard earned money on someone who ‘half-worked’ their way through class and cheated on exams, just to get by? This student who, half-work’s their way through their degree only, ‘half-knows’ their field of study. Would you have faith in that person to be able to preform at the highest level of their job?”

An example this professor used, was a doctor . . .

“Lets say, you need surgery or medical attention of some kind, and the doctor YOU receive, ‘half-worked’ his way through school. As he examines you, he has to google, what it is that could possibly be wrong with you; or he has to look up, what and how much medication, he should give you. This doctor probably did not try very hard in his undergraduate and/or graduate classes. Two, he probably only majored in this field of study for the good pay.”

He is simply stating that the field of study you are majoring in, you should known like the back of your hand, without having to look it up. It should be second nature to you. Find something that is exciting to you, that you can wake up every morning 9 times out of 10, and be excited about what you are studying/majoring in, and one day do for work. If you are majoring in something that doesn’t excite you, then, maybe you should find something that does. At the end of the day, your grades really do matter.

Most internships look at your grades, to see what kind of student you are. They want to know how serious you are about your field and if you truly want to preform well in this field. Your grades reflect that. I understand not everyone is perfect, but if it looks like you are giving it your all, it will show.

After you receive your degree and have worked internships, you are now ready, to be hired by the company or facility you want to work for. They look more at your internships, rather than your grades, because they want to see if you have work experience, in that field or in fields related to that. Most students do not realize, and I believe this is the point, my professor was trying to make, if you have good grades, you have a good work ethic, if you have good work ethic, then the your employer can count on you to get things done. If you have okay, but not good grades, you may have a good work ethic, but just not try as hard; so, you may do well but it is harder for you to get things done.

With all this being said, YOUR GRADES are important. The amount of effort and care you put into them reflect, your determination and dedication to your major and field of study. Find something exciting and interesting to learn, that you can be proud about!


 

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Katie Linsey

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December 1, 2015

Christmas in KC

December 1, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hi, friends! The holiday season is here, so I’ve put together a list of things to do in Kansas City around Christmas time. I hope you’ll check some of these out!

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  1. Candy Cane Lane

Established in 1958, this street of houses has incredible Christmas light displays. It’s fun to fill a car with friends, grab some hot chocolate, and drive down this street! Candy Cane Lane is located on the 7900 Block of Outlook Street, Prairie Village, KS, 66208.

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2. Sar-Ko Par Park 

A park with a Christmas lights display that is located on 87th & Lackman in Lenexa. The lights are staying up until Sunday, January 10. This park includes a lake and a beautiful walking trail, surrounded by lit trees.

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3. Christmas Card Lane

Christmas Card Lane consists of a few streets of houses with Christmas light displays. It is located west of Ridgeview & north of 151st street in Olathe. This display is available to view until New Years Day.

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4. Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is located at Cornerstone Park. The address for that park is 215 N. Center Street in Gardner. This park includes many Christmas displays and is a fun family friendly place to check out.

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5. The Ultimate Santa Adventure

This simulation takes getting a picture taken with Santa to the next level. More information about this innovative new holiday experience can be found here. Packages start at $35 per group.

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6. Plaza Lights

I’m sure all of you already know that the Plaza at holiday time is beautiful. If you’ve never been, I highly encourage it. The extended holiday hours of the Plaza are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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7. Crown Center

The most beautiful place to go ice skating in all of Kansas City during the holiday time. Crown Center is located at 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108. It costs $6 a person to ice skate (children and adults over 60 are free).

Have a Merry Christmas, y’all!

-KT

Mackenzie Theiler

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November 5, 2015

– – – – – Traveling to New Places – – – – – ✗

November 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

The adventures have begun . . . . . . Two weeks ago, got a three day weekend! MNU calls it “fall break.” It is really just a Friday off from school, but I was not complaining! So, I made a spontaneous decision, to get away for the three day weekend. I needed to take a break from all the midterm exams and studies.

When people ask, what city I am from in Northern California, I say, Sacramento. Why, because it is the closest city to me, for someone who, does not truly know California. I am actually not from the city, nor am I a city girl! I am actually from the country, and I am a country girl at heart!

What better way, to start exploring new places, than to drive to Nashville, Tennessee. For those of you, who have never been there, you must go. The total drive time from Olathe, Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee, was about 8.5 hours. Fun Fact about how big California is:  From my house, I can drive to Eugene, Oregon, in about 8.5 hours. It was the most perfect weekend to be in Nashville. There were so many events going on! The Tennessee Titans had a football game, along with the college team Vanderbilt University. The Nashville Predators (hockey team) played the Pittsburg Penguins; Nashville lost by one. They also held the Ragnar Relay Serious, it was a 200 mile relay race from Chattanooga to Nashville. Multi-team race with 6 people on each team. The last thing Nashville had going on was a Political Meeting. I also got to see the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. They were not lying when they say, “Nashville is lit up in neon lights” at night. Broadway is the main strip where everyone goes in their country boots and cowboy hats to have a great night. On the Broadway strip they have really scrumptious food places. This was an eventful and awesome weekend to be in Nashville, Tennessee!

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Mike’s Ice Cream – Voted one of the top three ice cream places to go to in Nashville, TN. Waiting in a block long line was worth it!

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Red Velvet Ice Cream 😋🍦

 

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The Stillery – This five cheese layered mac and cheese monstrosity topped with a spicy buffalo chicken breast was the BEST dish I have had in a while.

 


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Katie Linsey

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November 4, 2015

Kansas City is the place to be.

November 4, 2015 | By | One Comment

In case you haven’t heard, the Royals won the World Series. One amazing thing about going to MNU is that it’s 20 minutes from Kansas City, which is extremely convenient when events such as this happen.

I’m a huge Royals fan, but mainly I’m a huge Kansas City fan. I love the Royals, but I couldn’t name every player on the team and I don’t know everything there is to know about baseball. I’ll admit that I don’t watch every game, but I don’t think that makes me any less of a fan than the other 800,000 people at the parade yesterday. We’re proud of our city. We’re proud of our Royals.

I’m so proud of the Royals that I changed the name of our business building from “Metz” to “Royalz” for a week.

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Photo courtesy of Haley Adams

I was even proud enough to skip class on Tuesday and go to the parade/rally (along with many, many other MNU students). It was cool to see lots of students and families gathered to celebrate our team. I felt like I was surrounded by 800,000 of my best friends.

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Long story short… I’m proud. We all are. And rightfully so, because we did it. We won the World Series.

-KT

(Cover photo courtesy of Alex Jolley)