BetheLingo is a glossary for future, new, current and past members of the Bethel College community.
If you know of a term that should be included in BetheLingo, e-mail us.
Mennonites identify with this hymn more than almost any other. It is more often referred to by its former number 606 in the old Mennonite hymn book (it is #118 in the current one) than by the actual hymn name, "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow."
The Administration Building
Bethel contracts with Aladdin Food Services to provide meals in cafeteria.
The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, an affiliate organization that offers music and dance instruction to the Newton community, located in the basement of Memorial Hall
Bethel College Mennonite Church, located on campus (or the Bethel College Motorcycle Club)
BIFL (pronounced "biffle")
Basic Issues of Faith and Life, a required interdisciplinary course that brings together students and faculty for a common educational experience to study issues of historical, theological and contemporary significance
Book ReViews is an independent bookstore in downtown Newton that sells used books.
A store in Schultz Student Center where you can buy school supplies, basic toiletries, snacks and lots of Bethel gear. Also the location of Office Services (mailing, printing, copying).
The Bubbert Awards is an annual student film festival, usually conducted in May.
Where Mojo’s Coffee Bar & Bakehouse is located in Schultz Student Center
Center for Academic Development, which provides tutoring and other academic support to students at no cost
The cafeteria, located in Schultz Student Center
Cross-Cultural Learning, or Champions of Character Leadership
An annual event for students featuring a sit-down dinner served by faculty and staff, a jazz performance, and a reception at Goerz House (home of the college president)
The Bethel Collegian is the student-run newspaper.
Bethel’s one-of-a-kind shared educational experience that’s required of all students
A speaker series that takes place Monday and Friday mornings, designed to build community, broaden horizons and allow for exploration of value issues. Attendance at a certain number of convos is required.
The milk machine in the cafeteria
Cow in the library
A legendary campus prank from the early 1960s in which students managed to coax a live cow into what was then the library building (now home of Mennonite Library and Archives)
Sand Creek, which runs through the east side of campus. Sand Creek Trail, a nature trail that’s open year-round and is a favorite of walkers and runners, follows Sand Creek.
A local doughnut shop that opens at 11:30 most nights and stays open throughout the night. This late-night study spot features cheap and tasty doughnuts.
Ethnic Mennonite foods
Among the more common foods are German (peppernuts, aka pfeffernussen) and Russian (borscht, New Year’s cookies, verenike, zwieback). All can be sampled at Fall Festival.
An annual festival on campus that features music and theater performances, ethnic foods, craft vendors, alumni gatherings and homecoming athletics events. Open to the public.
A song and dance traditionally performed by the Thresher football team after each home win, originally taught to the team by former assistant coach Joe Jefferson
Built in 1893 by David Goerz, a Bethel founder, Goerz House was the first private residence on campus. At various times, it has hosted study rooms, the college infirmary and the YMCA. One famous resident of the house was Joseph Kesselring, a New York actor and singer who was a choral instructor at Bethel from 1921-23. Many believe he modeled the set of his play, Arsenic and Old Lace, on the living room. Goerz House now serves as the home of the college president.
The open grassy area in the center of campus
Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts, an annual series held in conjunction with Hesston College
Bethel’s ever-elusive and ageless prankster
A lounge located in the basement of Haury Hall that features ping-pong, a pool table and TV
The Jerry Table
The stone table inscribed "Jerry," on the lawn west of Thresher Gym, was placed in memory of Bethel student Jerry Voth, who died of polio in September 1957. The table was built with funds given by Jerry's friends at Bethel.
Bethel’s FM radio station, 88.1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, of which Bethel is a member along with 12 other schools
Kansas Independent College Association, of which Bethel is a member, along with 19 other private colleges
A retirement community in North Newton
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, an affiliate organization of Bethel
Liberal education advisor, which every freshman is assigned for help with course selection and other issues
An educational program for senior citizens that occurs every Wednesday morning during the school year in Krehbiel Auditorium and the cafeteria
Lighting of the Green
A ritual of lighting the Advent darkness with small candles while singing Christmas hymns and carols, all in a circle around the Green
Mennonite Church USA, the national Christian denomination with which Bethel College is affiliated
Major exploration advisor, the advisor in a student’s major field
Located at the main trailhead of Sand Creek Trail, a place for small groups to meet around a fire for discussions or worship
Mennonite Library and Archives provides a large collection of books and periodicals on Mennonite history, theology and related topics. It also stores the permanent records of the college and Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.
Another name for Warkentin Court, a residence hall made up of modular dwellings
An annual mud volleyball tournament sponsored by the Student Alumni Association
A popular 24-hour dining and study spot in Newton is Charlie’s Restaurant, most often referred to as Newell’s, the truck stop at which Charlie’s is located.
A men’s a cappella ensemble made up of Bethel students
Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, part of Bethel’s general education requirements
The Plainsman, aka The Peanut Man
A tall sculpture carved out of a tree trunk by local artist John Gaeddert, at the trailhead of Sand Creek Trail near Memorial Grove
Sand Creek Community Gardens
This is a commons for the community, a place where food can be produced and shared with others. It is just on the other side of the line of trees on the north side of Memorial Grove.
An undergraduate research paper and presentation required by a number of majors
A week-long event planned by Student Activities Council (SAC) that typically includes the Bubbert Awards, games on and off campus, and a dance
The official mascot of Bethel College. Read the story behind the Thresher.
Awards given to seniors who make outstanding contributions in their academic fields
Jenzabar Internet Campus Solutions/Learning Management System, a place on the Web where students and faculty can obtain information on advising, registration, class locations, schedules, grades, syllabi, attendance, etc.
Excellence in sports performance awards, given mostly to students
Thresher Zone, used often to create community connectedness, especially at athletics events
Trail of Two Cities
The hiking-biking trail that runs alongside Sand Creek and east of Voth Hall and the mods (past the softball field), that connects the cities of Newton and North Newton
Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity; the annual URICA Symposium in April showcases the work of students.
Synonymous with the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, an annual bluegrass event popular with Bethel students, which takes place the third weekend in September
A women’s a cappella group made up of Bethel students
A student exchange program between Bethel and Bergische-Universität-Gesamthochschule-Wuppertal in Germany
YAWP! is the online student-run creative journal, which accepts submissions from Bethel students, faculty, staff and alumni.