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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.

Ad Building

The Administration Building

Aladdin Food Services

The company contracted by Bethel to provide meals in the dining hall.


The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, an affiliate organization that offers music and dance instruction to the Newton community. It is located off campus in Newton.


Bethel College Mennonite Church, located on campus; or 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

Book ReViews is an independent bookstore in downtown Newton that sells used books.

Thresher Shop

A store in Schultz Student Center that contains very few books but lots of Bethel gear.

Bubbert Awards

The Bubbert Awards is an annual student film festival usually conducted in May.


Where Mojo’s coffee bar is located in Schultz Student Center.


Center for Academic Development, which provides tutoring and other academic support to students at no cost.

The Caf

The cafeteria, located in Schultz Student Center.


Cross-Cultural Learning, or Champions of Character Leadership.

Christmas Gala

An annual event for students featuring a sit-down dinner served by faculty and staff, a jazz performance, a dance and a reception at Goerz House (home of the college president).

The Collegian

The Collegian is the student-run newspaper.

Common Ground

Bethel’s one-of-a-kind shared educational experience that’s required of all students.

Convo, Convocation

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 Cow

The milk machine in the cafeteria.


A legendary campus prank from the early 1960s in which students managed to persuade a live cow into the library building (now home of Mennonite Library and Archives).

The Creek

Sand Creek, which runs through the east side of campus. Along the creek is Sand Creek Trail, a nature trail that’s open year-round.


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, a.k.a. pfeffernussen) and Russian (borscht, New Year’s cookies, verenike, zwieback). All can be sampled at Fall Festival.

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.

Father Abraham

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.

Goerz House

Built in 1893 by David Goerz, a Bethel founder, the Goerz House is 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 served as choral instructor at Bethel from 1921-1923. It is believed by many that he modeled the set of his play, Arsenic and Old Lace, after the home’s living room. Goerz House now serves as the home of the college president.

The Green

The open grassy area in the center of campus.


Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series, an annual series held in conjunction with Hesston College.

Herman Bubbert

Bethel’s ever-elusive and ageless prankster.

The Hub

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 constructed in memory of a Bethel student, Jerry Voth, who died of polio in September 1957. The table was constructed with funds given by his friends at Bethel


Bethel’s FM radio station, 88.1.


Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, of which Bethel is a member.


Kansas Independent College Association, of which Bethel is a member.

Kidron Bethel

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.

Life Enrichment

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.

Memorial Grove

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 as well as stores the permanent records of the college and Mennonite Church USA.

The Mods

Another name for Warkentin Court, a residence hall made up of modular dwellings.

Mud Slam

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.

Open Road

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, a.k.a. 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 in the northeast area of the Bethel College campus.

Senior Seminar

An undergraduate research paper and presentation required by a number of majors.

Spring Fling

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.

Thresher Awards

Awards given to seniors who make outstanding contributions in their academic fields.

ThresherConnect (JICS)

Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution/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.

Threshpy Awards

Excellence in sports performance awards mostly for 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 that connects the cities of Newton and North Newton.


Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity; the annual URICA symposium in spring 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.

Wuppertal Exchange Program

A student exchange program between Bethel and Bergische-Universität-Gesamthochschule-Wuppertal in Germany.


YAWP! is our online student-run creative journal. YAWP! accepts entries from Bethel College students, faculty, staff and alumni.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.