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Renee DeVault

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April 18, 2016

Have a little Fun, will ya?

April 18, 2016 | By | No Comments

I have been learning some valuable lessons about having fun this last week.

It seems like it would be easy, like Oh, of course I know how to have fun, don’t you? But in reality, in the middle of the insanity that is April, I found myself focusing on the stress so much that I nearly forgot how to have fun.

Tuesday the Sophomore class council threw a Napoleon Dynamite prom. IMG_1962

It was hosted in the tipping point in the Land Gym building on campus. The movie was playing in the tipping point, there were tater tots in the cafe area, and a disco ball and music in the actual gym area.

What ended up happening was a crazy dance party to some 80s music which, when done by theater people, ended up being very dramatic and probably horrifying for outside observers. There is definitely a difference between dancing to impress and dancing to be silly and funny.

We were not trying to be graceful…and that was a good thing.

It was one of my favorite nights of the semester so far though. I always forget how fantastic friends and dancing go together. Any chance you get, do something silly with people you love. Like perform at an improv show for new pioneer students where you can pretend to be a gerbil for a few minutes.

Gerbils don’t have homework. It’s nice.

Speaking of silly, newspaper has really ramped up this week. Joshua and I conducted interviews for the new Trailblazer staff and we’re doing interviews for our next print edition coming out on April 27th.

Being on Trailblazer staff is a lot of hard work but it’s also one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had. The people are fun, we get to talk about what is happening on campus, and we get to talk about what’s happening in the news and world around us.

Having to work is 200% more fun when you love the people you’re working with. I think this applies to studying for finals too, I am definitely getting people together that I enjoy to do some studying this year. We all have to get work done, but that doesn’t mean we have to be miserable.

Take a nod from St. John’s Sabbath rest challenge and take some time to play this week.

Photo credit Katie Linsey

Photo credit Katie Linsey

 

Isaac Walker

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April 15, 2016

Unbreakable

April 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

One of my favorite Netflix original series is back on!  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 is back on Netflix and I could not be more excited!  I plan on watching it all this weekend.  After doing so I will give you a little review.

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Season 1 was pretty good.  The show is about a a woman who is a survivor of a cult.  Kimmy and a few other women were retrieved from a bunker where they lived for over ten years.  Kimmy is now out and living in New York City.  The show follows her and the friends that she makes.  The show deals a lot about how we, as humans deal with pain and trauma.  We all have a past and we all have to deal with it.

I want to know!  What is your favorite show on Netflix?  Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time friends.

Div Tosinglo

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April 15, 2016

THE CURE FOR MNU’S SINGLENESS IS HERE

April 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

  • Our university is under attack. Our greatest enemy is greater than running out of toilet paper, your  8am class, getting busted for staying later for open dorms, and even bigger than finals. What’s bigger than all of that? The large epidemic of singleness that has prolonged its visit upon our campus. We have been called to “be fruitful and increase in number; to multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) (After we ring by spring first, of course). But how can we ring by spring if there is such a big gap between the guys and girls on this campus? So I took it upon myself to single handily (No pun intended) save our school. I believe that one of the biggest causes of this plague is ignorance. The guys don’t know what the girls want. The girls don’t know what the guys want! Enough with the assuming! So I asked a friend of mine (Who is a girl) and also girls around campus this simple question: What do MNU girls look for in a guy? and did the same for the guys. No more being lost in translation this is as direct as it’s going to get!

 

All a girl wants is….

  1.  A guy with a nice smile
  2. A guy who isn’t afraid to associate with people outside of his friend group
  3. A guy who is a little weird
  4. A guy who believes the best in other people/ Extends grace
  5. A guy who is humble yet confident
  6. A guy who is not cheap but frugal
  7. A guy who appreciates my weird and awkward moments
  8. Chivalry (don’t let it die even though some girls don’t want you to hold the door for them… DO IT I WANT YOU TO)
  9.  A guy who is assertive & can lead me
  10. an adventurous guy
  11. A guy who is willing to sing in the car with me ( just pray she’s not a Taylor Swift fan)
  12. A guy who has good hygiene
  13. A guy who consults Jesus before he consults me
  14. A guy who puts others before himself
  15. A guy who can hold an intelligent conversation

All a guy is looking for is a girl who…

  1. is genuinely kind to everyone
  2. has a nice smile, show your pearly whites
  3. Can pick up on sarcasm and relay it
  4. has pretty eyes
  5. is confident , but not an ego maniac
  6. brushes her teeth
  7. dresses modestly 😊
  8. is exclusive about her relationship with God
  9. Doesn’t pressure the future.
  10. Laughs at my jokes, even if they aren’t that funny (Preach it!)
  11. Will let me open the door
  12. Rub my head
  13. Values herself
  14. is selfless
  15. has a cute laugh

 

 

There are pros and cons to going to a small university. But today. In this blog it’s a pro. Because you get to know pretty much everyone! And I can honestly say that the majority of the guys live up to these desires, and the same goes for our girls. Maybe this joke about singleness goes deeper than just dating. Maybe this blog speaks truth about how unfamiliar we are with one another as a community. Maybe it’s a call out of our comfort zones and cliques, and a call to branch out! Or maybe it’s just another sneaky way to reawaken MNU Mingle. Who knows? But if this blog was the exact push you needed to find your future husband or wife. Just remember….to give credit where credit is due! 😉

 

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Renee DeVault

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April 11, 2016

When all you need is love but all you have is work

April 11, 2016 | By | No Comments

You know there’s a problem when you trudge up the steps of Smith on a Monday morning after having slept for three hours, get to the top of the stairs, realize your 9am class is on the bottom floor, walk down the stairs, realize you’re having small group Bible studies in place of class…and yours is happening in your office…on the top floor, so you sigh and accept your fate and trudge back upstairs only to realize that you left your backpack in the bathroom…downstairs.

There is no amount of coffee in the world that can solve April.

On top of classes I have events almost every single day this month. Some of it is stressful but the majority of it is fun. Things are coming to an end. I have end of the year banquets, final research presentations to attend, tests to take, and four improv events this month which must be done.

But in the midst of chaos and business God has been hugely at work in my life and in the lives of my friends. Quinn and I went to CauseCon, a young adult conference that my home church, Vineyard Community Church. It was incredible to get to attend some extensive teaching and do some worshiping with over 400 other young adults all weekend.

While it was crazy busy and meant Quinn and I were driving all over the Olathe/OP area, the business meant we learned about Human Trafficking, some theories of worship, new ways to share the gospel, new theological ideas, and made several new friends with Christian Young Adults all over the country.

Sometimes busy is good.

Business is what drove a friend of mine to come to my small group and ask for prayer. He felt overwhelmed and done with life but it lead to our group unifying in prayer and calling on God. God can work in our mountain of fiery stress.

I would encourage all students/faculty/humans to not let the stress of these last couple of weeks cause distance between friends and God. Mutual stress among friends can draw people together and coming to an end of ourselves can turn us towards God.

Renee DeVault

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April 4, 2016

The Story Behind “All About Lewis”

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This last week I performed in two of MNU’s student directed one acts. One of these one acts was a play called “All About Lewis” and stands to be one of the most interesting creative collaboration processes I have gone through to date.

I first wrote this script, about an egotistical talk show host named Lewis Daily and the plots of his producer, Debora, to get him fired, my freshman year with three of my best friends. Since then I have adapted the script several times to make it more of my own but the original heart of the show and the characters were created in a group.

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I have some amazing memories writing that script and looking back on things, it is one of my favorite projects I have collaborated on. It especially means a lot to me because the three people are now all away at college and one of them is in another country. Bringing this script back to life reminded me of them and how much I appreciated their impact on my life as well as brought about a sort of deep sadness for our lives being lived so far apart now.

When Quinn switched his major to Speech and Theatre Education and found out he needed to direct a one act for his class I volunteered to adapt the script from two hours to twenty minutes, a process which was much more difficult than I expected. I had to make calls on what was vital to the story, what was funny, and what was not.

It was like cutting up my favorite shirt to make handkerchief.

I never realized how connected to my stories and characters I can become. That was a huge realization for me-an awakening of the heart passion for writing and story telling that God has given me.

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It also tested my relationship with Quinn in very unexpected ways. When I gave him the script I was giving up a lot of control that I never realized I would have difficulty giving up. I had to learn to trust his judgment and remember that my way of doing things is not the only way…and may not even be the best way or the right way.

Another interesting element was the cast. I was given the opportunity to play Debora, a character I created, but all of my other characters were in the hands of actors and utterly out of my control. Joshua Brisco, a good friend of mine who played Lewis, brought a whole different element to the character than I had ever even imagined and I loved it.

At first I couldn’t stand that people were messing with my ideas and not doing what I had envisioned, but when I started to step back and look at what was happening I realized that it was good…there was a diversity of talents and viewpoints that was being brought to this project that I would never have been able to do myself.

 

Josh and Alex during one of the show segments. Photo by Mischele Brisco

Josh and Alex during one of the show segments. Photo by Mischele Brisco

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

The show was great. After all of the internal struggle of letting go of something I had held onto so tightly and allowing it to be influenced by other people, the show turned out better than I could have expected it to. And bringing other people in allowed for my story to be shown to people who never would have gotten to experience it had it just been left sitting on my hard drive as it otherwise would have been.

We are designed as people to be in collaboration with one another. God said that it was not good for Adam to be alone. Man was created in God’s image and God is, by definition, a cooperative God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-working in harmony, perfect interdependence, and collaboration.

I had to learn to be dependent on Quinn and my fellow cast members for “All About Lewis” to happen. I had to allow this project which means so much to me in the memory of my friends to be vulnerable to the work of others.

I believe in doing this I become a little bit closer to the person God designed me to be- intensely passionate and creative but willing to trust and be in collaboration with those who have been put in my life.

 

Isaac Walker

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April 1, 2016

King of All Fruits

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Hey friends!

So those of you who know me know that I like adventure.  I also really like Asian culture.  So if there is an Asian market, you best know I’ll be there buying all sorts of amazing foods.  A few nights ago, me and my roommate/best friend decided to try something new together.  We wanted to eat the King of All Fruits.  Also known as the Durian Fruit.

Here is a bunch of the fruits in a pile.

Here is a bunch of the fruits in a pile.

Drove to an Asian super market that is about 15 minutes from campus to purchase the fruit.  They are rather large fruits.  About the size of a water melon and the spikes on them are actually very sharp!  So it was kind of painful to hold.

But what is so special about this fruit?!

I am so glad you all asked.  They are known for their smell.  When cut open, they smell very bad.  They are considered the worst smelling fruit in the world.  And I can confirm that this is a true fact!  When we bought it, the whole fruit was frozen solid.  So we stuck it in a bowl and put it in our hot shower.  After about 20 minutes, it was thawed enough to cut open and eat.

Someone cutting a Durian fruit open.

Someone cutting a Durian fruit open.

What the inside looks like.

What the inside looks like.

The moment we started cutting it open, the smell started to reach our noses.  It was a nice combination of banana, raw pumpkin, pineapple, and butt.  And it tasted exactly like it smelled!  I can see why people would like it but I did not.  Not for one second.  The texture was what got to me the most.  It was so mushy.  It was just yellow, smelly slime.

So needless to say I did not like it.  But I encourage you all to go out and try some Durian!  It is a good cultural experience.

Here is a video of children eating some Durian.

Until next time friends!

Isaac Walker

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March 20, 2016

Spring Break Adventures

March 20, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

Friday night, I got back from a crazy spring break.  No I was not partying, drinking, or waking up with my friends then discovering a dead body that forces us to make a blood oath so no one ever reveals our secret.  Instead, I was hiking through the Smokey Mountains with Kairos.

19 of us went to rough it up in the wilderness for three days.  We left last Tuesday and drove to Nashville.  We explored a little of downtown Nashville for a few hours then stayed the night at a church in Nashville.  The next morning we drove to our first hiking destination.  All the outlooks were blocked off because they were unstable so we really could not see the waterfalls to well.  From there we drove to Pizza Hut for lunch.  After we got our stomachs full we drove to our final destination where we stayed for the next three days and two nights.  The hike to our camp site was not too difficult.  It was about 2.5 miles and it was beautiful!  The weather was perfect too!  It was about 75 degrees and never rained!

The second day we hiked a little further to a site known as Virgin Falls.  It was a  massive waterfall that flowed out of a cave.  We hiked to the bottom and it was wild. The waterfall was creating huge gusts if wind and mist was flying everywhere!  After that Phil and I hiked to the top and explored the cave that the waterfall flowed from.  It was literally the largest cave I had ever been in!  The next day we packed up and came home!

Here are some pictures of our adventures.

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Hiking to our camp site.

Hiking to our camp site.

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The waterfall at our camp site.

The waterfall at our camp site.

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Chilling at our campsite.

Chilling at our campsite.

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Exploring the river.

Exploring the river.

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Hiking to Virgin Falls.

Hiking to Virgin Falls.

Overall, I loved the trip!  Everyone on the trip grew closer and we all had a blast together!

Until next time friends!

Isaac Walker

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March 11, 2016

Spring Break

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Hey friends!

As you all know, this is the last day of classes before our Spring break starts.  Most of us are leaving campus.  Tuesday, I am leaving at 7 in the morning to drive to Tennessee with Kairos.  We are going to be backpacking through the Smokey Mountains.  I have gone on several trips with Kairos and this will be the second time for me in the Smoky Mountains.  Last time I went backpacking through them was two years ago.

We will be back late Friday night.  I am going to do my best in taking pictures to have enough good pics to blog with next week.  I will be posting the blog on Saturday because I wont have access to internet.

Here are some pictures from the trip two years ago.  I did not have as good of a device to take good pictures two years though.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip.  This was also as close as we got to it.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip. This was also as close as we got to it.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is the river we crossed.  I love the color of the water.

This is the river we crossed. I love the color of the water.

This is me slightly over packed.  But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This is me slightly over packed. But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This cave is the one we camped in.  The water at night was perfect to sleep to.

This is another waterfall we hiked to.  It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This is another waterfall we hiked to. It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

Hopefully I can get better pictures this time around.  If you all remember, say a few prayers for our group as we are trekking through the mountains.

Until next time friends!

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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February 28, 2016

Taking a break from community, but not breaking away from it.

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I love being around people. I love all the sharing that goes on. From sharing stories, frustrations, weird dreams, class discussions, passions, desires, who’s cute, who’s not, the list goes on and on. I believe community makes us better for each other. But could there also be a season of cutting back on people time, and increasing solitude time.

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon has reached old age, and writes what I would call a  “this is what I’ve learned” book. His guidance sound much like one a grandfather would give his grandchildren. My favorite chapter in the book, and possibly even throughout scipture is Ecclesiastes 3:1-6

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

When I read this I hear Grandpa Solomon say that life is lived out through seasons. I hear him say no one season defines the entirety of your life. I hear him say all is healthy to go through if carefully balanced out.

I needed this truth as I toyed with the idea of solitude. I feared that I would come to enjoy not being around people so much that I’d never want to be social again. But this verse speaks truth to me. We live in and out of seasons. And this is my season to pull back, and find God in the solitude.

I think the comforting understanding that this new season is one God has lead me to, and when it’s time He’ll lead me out of it.