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April 21, 2016

A Tribute To The People I Couldn’t Live Without

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This school year has been so much more than I ever could’ve imagined. I have had amazing opportunities I never thought would come. I’ve also had incredible people in my life that equip me to be successful and encourage me to be fully who I was made to be. This blog is dedicated to those people – the ones that I couldn’t live without.

1. My family


The first people I couldn’t live without are my family. My mom and dad have always been so encouraging in whatever endeavor I’m pursuing. They have been so gracious to support me in every stage in my life, and continue to show me that support even though I’m an “adult.” I know that if I ever need anything, they’ll be there in every way they can. My sister is also a gem. I look up to her so much, in ways she’ll never even know, even though she’s younger than me. Hanging out with her is so relaxing and fun. I couldn’t imagine life without a sister that is also a best friend.

2. Caitlin Alley


This girl… where do I even begin? We’ve been best friends for over 5 years, and even though I don’t see her as much as I’d like, I can still confidently call her my best friend. She is my number one sister in Christ, someone that I know will always give me wise advice and has my best interest in mind. She walks with Jesus daily, and that’s so evident in her lifestyle. She’s the kind of friend that will challenge you and also love you so hard through anything.

3. Hannah Bostic


I could not do college without Hannah. I have to see her at least 29 times a day or I’ll go crazy from missing her so much. She knows every detail about my life, what makes me happy or mad, and my heart from the inside out. She’s the best encourager I know. Her heart is full of love, grace, and patience. Her love for Doctor Who, board games, and sour patch kids are just great. Everyone needs someone like Hannah Bostic in their life. (but please don’t steal her from me)

4. Christen Zimmer


This girl is so in tune with the Holy Spirit. I love being around her because she is full of wisdom, love, and grace. She’s one of the most genuine people I know. I know that I can be completely vulnerable and honest with her, without her judging or condemning me. The nights of laughter and tears are ones that I am most thankful for, and will never forget. I’m so excited to see where the Lord takes this girl. It’s gonna be good.

5. Morgan Peiffer


One time we went to Colorado and it was one of my favorite trips because I got to learn more about Morgan’s heart and her quirks. She is such a unique, genuine, wise person. She is not afraid to face her emotions, fears, desires, etc. and I know she’s growing so much because of the way she leans into life’s happenings. I am learning so much from being a part of her life. She’s always uplifting, bringing happiness to my world if I’m having a mundane day.

6. Melodie Griseta


I will never forget the day we met a few years ago. We had everything in common, and we prayed with each other just minutes after meeting. I believe that encounter set the pace for our friendship. Every time we get together, we always talk about Jesus and what He’s up to in our lives. It’s a friendship that I look forward to growing because I always feel so uplifted and encouraged when I’m with her. Also, she shares the love for One Tree Hill with me so obviously our friendship is legit. I’m so thankful for the role she plays in my life!

7. Lindsey Allen


I met this girl at Youthfront LaCygne a few years ago when I asked her for directions to my cabin because I was SO LOST. Thanks for those directions, by the way. :) Lindsey has got something that not many people do. She’s got a unique spirit that is so inviting and loving. Whenever I’m with her, I feel so loved and cared for. She genuinely cares about my life and how my spiritual life is going. There’s no such thing as surface level when it comes to friendship with Lindsey, which I love so much. Thanks for always being there, even though we don’t see each other as often as I’d like.

8. Christa Johnson


She’ll always be my roommate, even though she’s not. I hate that I don’t see her more, but I’m so thankful for the time we spent together freshman year and over the summer. Christa is so real. That’s the best word I can think to describe her. She’s not afraid to be herself and be honest. She’s also a really great listener and gives great advice. Hanging out with her is always a fun time.

9. Canaan Bellis


This girl is so fun to be around. I know that whenever we hang out, we’ll have a fun time. I love the way she’s honest and uplifting. She really knows how to cheer me up when I’m feeling down! I love the late night food runs and Netflix binge watching. Thanks for always being there when I need you. It’s a joy being your friend. I’m really glad I met you this semester. :)

I’m glad that I could introduce y’all to the people that have helped me get to where I am today. I couldn’t do life without the love, support, and encouragement I receive from each of these people in unique ways. I’m so thankful that God knows who we need in our life and when we need them. :) What a good, good Father.

See you next week. :)


Div Tosinglo


April 15, 2016


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  • 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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Isaac Walker


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!

Div Tosinglo


March 23, 2016


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Dear, Bud

How are you doing? Good? Me too. Classes going well? You struggling a little? The taste of spring break got you all ready for summer? SAME, BROTHA, SAME! Well finish strong my man, we all want to see get that degree. Yeah no problem. Okay, here’s a little question between you and I, you know man to man? How are things with the ladies going? No, you can tell me I won’t tell a soul!  You’re struggling? These MNU girls can’t seem to give you a break? You even raise your hands up during worship at chapel? You even spend most of your time in the library studying? WHAT? YOU EVEN LET THEM CUT YOU IN LINE FOR SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAY? Dude that’s commitment! What are you supposed to do now? What? Your mom said be yourself? Nah, let’s keep that as our last resort. I found some of these Christian pickup lines online. It’s a Christian school, they are Christian girls, try them out. What’s the worst that can happen? I’m a genius? Oh, stop it. 😉




There’s no way she says no!



Just make sure she’s the only name and number on that list, you know?



You know because she so beautiful, you get it?



Try not laughing when you say this one.

Sometimes being cheesy pays off.



Because no one wants to do this alone.



Test this one on the Ministry Majors first, then branch out!



This one is very risky, because you don’t want to be known as the guy who keeps having dreams of God showing him his wife every night. That guy doesn’t even want to be that guy anymore.



Obviously we’re not going to use this one. This one is just for cracks and giggles.



Before she answers, tell her because if it is I’m not going to tell anyone. Then wink.



Even if you get turned down, my friend you’ll get a smile. Guaranteed!



Here is another one you have to close out with a wink. This will probably get you a eye rolling and maybe even a laugh,



Even if she walks away! I bet you really do put the “STUD” in bible study.


But yeah man that’s all I got for you. Did this work with my girlfriend? Umm well I’m single… What qualifies me then to give you advice? No, brother, what doesn’t qualify me? Exactly!




Katie Linsey


March 23, 2016

The Joy of On Campus Jobs

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One of my favorite things about MNU is the large variety of on campus job opportunities that are provided for students.

When I came into college, I had no clue how I was going to handle school and work, or even if I wanted to have a job. When I found out about on campus job opportunities, I decided to apply for a few and see how it went.

I ended up being hired as a student caller for Phonathon. I was also hired as a student blogger for the marketing department (which I’m obviously still doing now).

I’ve loved being able to work on campus because my supervisors have been very flexible and understanding. They want me to succeed in school and help me do that in any way they can. Plus, I never have to drive to work so that is great.

Like I said, last year my on campus jobs were Phonathon and student blogging. This year, I did those two jobs again. On top of that, I was hired as the Video Editor for the school newspaper (The Trailblazer) and I have a paid internship with Admissions.

I’ve gotten to meet so many incredible people, both students and staff, that have invested in me and helped me grow during my time in college. It’s a great way to make connections that can be beneficial in the future.

If you’re thinking about coming to MNU and you’re worried about working/money, don’t be. There are so many job opportunities on campus that make as much money (or even more) than an off campus job would.

I love my on campus jobs and wouldn’t trade them for anything!


Isaac Walker


March 20, 2016

Spring Break Adventures

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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


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!

Renee DeVault


March 7, 2016

Action Pact and Religions of the World

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I have been loving this semester of classes that I’m in as well as the events that I’ve gotten to do through Action Pact, the improv SERVE team that I’m a part of.

Friday Action Pact and VOP (Voices of Praise, the singing group that Quinn is a part of) got to work together to put on an awesome show for Heritage Christian Academy’s Father Daughter Banquet.

It was a great tag-team event with VOP singing and Action Pact playing some games culminating in a SERVE team showdown lip sinc battle before VOP performed their final set.

I love getting the chance to do theater as one of my jobs. It’s something I never would have expected to be doing this time last year.

Another awesome factor about this last week has been my Religions of the World class taught by Dr. Randy Cloud and Dr. Charles Christian. It’s required for my major but students can take it as an elective or a philosophy gen-ed class.

This week Dr. Cloud talked about Islam and some of the myths that we believe about Muslims. There was a large component about learning the facts of the religion including it’s history and practices but we also just had some great discussion time.

Dr. Cloud brought some traditional Islamic clothing into class for us to look at while he led the lecture.

Dr. Cloud brought some traditional Islamic clothing into class for us to look at while he led the lecture.

It’s really been an incredible class. Learning about other religions really has helped me understand Christianity better and some of the ways it is unique. My favorite experience by far was Saturday when I went with Dr. Cloud, Quinn, and Matt, a friend and fellow classmate (in my Hebrew class actually) went to a Messianic Jewish service.

The best way I could have described the experience was joyful. They danced during worship and clapped and smiled and shouted out. I loved watching the joy and reverence that they had for the Torah and the Gospels which they have a copy of in Hebrew.

I loved how they did one lesson from the Hebrew Torah (our Old Testament) and one lesson from the Gospels. The balance of old and new was beautiful both in testaments as well as in culture.

Be open to new experiences. I’m having a lot of fun.

Mackenzie Theiler


March 7, 2016


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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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Renee DeVault


February 29, 2016

Trapping the Mouse

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This last weekend I got the opportunity to play Mollie in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era England and is probably my favorite show I have been in.

The hair and makeup alone for this production was so incredibly fun. It took almost two hours for me to get fully ready with my makeup, hair, and costuming. Quinn and I had a lot of fun with it though.

I just thought I’d share some of our pictures from dress rehearsal week as well as some pictures of the actors and the set.


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Sam had some incredible aging makeup on him which I loved.


Nathan was by far the creepiest of us all. I could never tell if it was him or the facial hair though.


Taking my hair out every night was an interesting process. It always exploded far beyond anything I would have expected. If only I could harness that power for good.


Our set was incredible. I felt very at home on it by the end of the show and was quite sad to take it down on closing night but that’s the beauty of theater, every end has a beginning. The one act shows will be performed in this space next month and a new set will go up.


These next few pictures are from dress rehearsals before I got a different shirt and my face/hair done up like a 1950s barbie doll.


This role was probably one of my favorites because of the wide range of emotions that the character goes through. Mollie seems all bubbly and happy but she has a secret which haunts her through the whole show as well as what my director called “quite a backbone.” She’s a little crazy. But maybe it’s fun to be crazy.


This show was an awesome experience. I got to finally learn how to do a British accent and pencil my eyebrows…you know…essential skills learned in college 😉