Created to Create: Reflections on Art and Worship by Gabrielle Herron

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Editor’s Note: The following article is by junior Gabrielle Herron. Here, Gabrielle, a music major from Olympia, Washington, shares her experience as a worship leader, musician, and visual artist, and how her art… Continue reading

How Can I Avoid “Fake News?”

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Jesus & Community: Local College Groups to Check Out

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College is stressful—it’s a universally acknowledged fact, highlighted by social media, reiterated by memes, and pervading much of student culture. It seems that much a college student’s daily life is spent frantically working… Continue reading

Missions Trip Promotional Video

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Hey Everyone! This past week I put together a video that promotes our missions teams! Particularly we’d like to invite you to the Dessert Auction that is March 3rd. There is a $10… Continue reading

Valentines Day? A Reflection by Tomás and Shivonne

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Shivonne and I hope that if you are in a relationship, you will enjoy your time with each other and go out to dinner or go watch a movie! PS.… Continue reading

Donuts and Discussion Recap

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Hi everyone! I wanna dish out the dirt, as they say, regarding the recent ASNCU-organized Donuts and Discussion event that was goin’ down last Wednesday.   Firstly, I find it necessary to address… Continue reading

Airplanes, Instagram, & Alaska: a Reflection on Christlike Authenticity

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I write this now on an airplane bound for Eugene from Seattle. It’s a small plane, only two people to a row, and since it isn’t very full, I have two seats to… Continue reading

Church and the Idolization of Marriage

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In this article, Shivonne and I just want to touch on the topic of how the church can sometimes idolize marriage. Right in time for Valentine’s Day, right? Our view on marriage, whether… Continue reading

Radical Authenticity: an Interview with Stephanie Tait

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Editor’s Note: The following interview is a spotlight on Stephanie Tait, an author, speaker, and blogger who the Northwest Christian University community had the opportunity to hear speak in chapel last year. Here,… Continue reading

Does Social Activism Still Work?

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Friendships and Community: Article Series by Tomás and Shivonne!

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  Hello Everybody!  My name is Tomas Carradero, and my amazing friend Shivonne Robinson will be helping me out with this article. This will be the first of three articles that we like… Continue reading

Intramural Basketball!

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Hey Everyone! Here is a short promotional video for our Intramural Basketball Program! Come join us! you can join with or without a team on Mondays, 9pm at the MEC! Contact Taylor irons if… Continue reading

The Top 5 Barista-Recommended Drinks in the Beacon Beanery

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When ordering drinks in NCU’s campus coffee shop, the Beacon Beanery, most students opt for the classics—mochas, lattes, chai lattes, and smoothies. While these tried-and-true favorites satisfy the need for some morning caffeine… Continue reading

Are Comedians Today’s Philosophers?

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7 Fun Ideas for the Holidays

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Christmas karaoke is a thing.

Behind the Scenes Experience Christmas

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Hey Everyone! This past week I put together a behind the scenes look of Experience Christmas! It includes videos and interviews of the people involved in Experience Christmas! If you did not see the… Continue reading

5 Simple Ways to Give Back

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It can be as heartfelt as writing a letter or donating a box of food.

Bloom: A Short Story of Poverty & Identity by Gabrielle Morales

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Editor’s Note: The Beacon Bolt is honored to publish the  following short story by sophomore Gabrielle Morales. Here, Gabrielle, an English major, writes from the perspective of a conversation between her and her… Continue reading

Dressember: Wearing Dresses to Protest Violence Against Women

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Wear a dress and join the global movement against human trafficking, violence, and slavery.

Winter Crock Pot Recipes for College Students

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For many, college is the first time students get to dip their toes into adulthood. That might come in the form of many things: paying bills, making doctors’ appointments, doing laundry, and, perhaps… Continue reading

5 College Student Thanksgiving Moments, As Told By Memes

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As a college student living away from home, heading back to your hometown for Thanksgiving break can be a magical moment. After almost three months away, a long weekend of visiting family, seeing… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions!

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Hey Beacs! This week I found some really cool people who have interesting Thanksgiving traditions. I asked around school and was able to interview 5 people. Here is the first, and one of… Continue reading

Dance Your Way to Fitness with PE 107

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It seems, sometimes, the world is divided into two camps of people: those who love to exercise, and those who loathe the very idea of the activity. If you happen to fall into… Continue reading

Meet NCU’s New English Professor, Dr. James Watson

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  Author’s Note: I interviewed Dr. James Watson; he shared about his experiences as an author, how he became a professor, and expressed a great deal of love for his family. Could you… Continue reading

NCU Students Share Thoughts on Being a First-Time Voter

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Election Day, the culmination of months of research, televised debates, and Facebook arguments, is here. Many college students are facing their first presidential election unsure of who to cast their vote for, and… Continue reading

A Guide to Thinking About Political Correctness

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Life as… a Non-profit Youth Ministry Director

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I had the privilege of interviewing alum, Tauna Nelson, who graduated from Northwest Christian University in 2007. She has been an powerful participant in youth ministries across a wide scope of organizations, serving… Continue reading

How to host your own Friendsgiving

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As November comes upon us, fall begins to wane, and the semester starts to wind down, most students will start to make their travel plans for the Thanksgiving holiday break. While coming together… Continue reading

The 7 Best Apps for College Students

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Tools to make your life easier.

Homecoming Recap

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Hey fellow Beacons! My name is Tomás Carradero, and I am the co-video editor and producer at the Beacon Bolt! Along with the video above, I just wanted to share how homecoming week… Continue reading

You Don’t Have To Go It Alone…

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In honor of Alcohol Awareness Week at Northwest Christian University, Student Programs will be hosting a “Float and Facts” gathering in the cafeteria on Thursday, October 27 at 12 PM. According to Student… Continue reading

Thoughts of a First-Time Voter

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3 Amazing Autumn Drink Recipes

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Autumn has arrived in its usual splendor of crimson and gold foliage, clouding the skies with curtains of rain and a chill perceptible enough to make us break out our sweaters and scarves.… Continue reading

The Story of Jesus, Thomas Egan, and You

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By Gabe Piechowicz As the fall storms start to stack up on the coast range and roll through the valley, our hoodies have come out and the march of old man winter has… Continue reading

What’s Your Secret?

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The departments of Campus Ministries and Student Programs will collaborate this week to launch a revival of the “Post Secret” project at Northwest Christian University. “Post Secret” originally began as an art initiative… Continue reading

Five Fall Haikus by NCU

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  “Pumpkin spice is nice, Drink it hot or even iced, Pumpkin spice is life.” –Taylor Irons, sophomore   “Don’t fall for my charms, I’ll only leaf you alone, All flat jokes must… Continue reading

Life as… Kent Willocks the NCU Grounds Manager

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Gardening is an art form. We have to acknowledge that God is a creative God and He created nature first!

Introducing Bryce and Tomás

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Hey All, My name is Bryce Reese Michael Hagan, and I’m youngest of two in my family from Center Valley, Pennsylvania. I’m as new to Oregon as I am to NCU this year,… Continue reading

A Beautiful Opportunity to Serve

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Hi! My name is Britnee Joaquin, and I am a sophomore here at NCU. I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua last year and the experience challenged and encouraged me to see… Continue reading

10 Reasons to Mission Trip!

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Having participated in 8 trips, each about a week long, I feel qualified to reflect on my favorite reasons to participate in a mission trip – particularly with your friends at NCU. First off,… Continue reading

10 Great Places to Eat at in Eugene

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NCU students share about their favorite restaurants in Eugene.

Life as…a Custom-Made Person

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Editor’s Note: The following interview is the first installment of the Beacon Bolt’s new series, “Life As”, a series documenting the unique lives and perspectives of NCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This… Continue reading

5 Fun Things to Do Off-Campus in Eugene

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Are you new to NCU and want to know the city more?

This is how the Force works: State of the University Address 2016

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Northwest Christian University students, faculty, and staff attending chapel today were first greeted by an iconic clip of Han Solo and Finn in the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens before being… Continue reading

The Lockdown on Literature

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Books in libraries, schools and bookstores in the United States are often challenged and removed from shelves, restricting the accessibility of information that should be available to readers everywhere.

Salutations From Sierra

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A brief introduction.

An Introduction Letter Between Friends

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Dear Reader, No, that’s not right. Because you’re not just a “reader” (although you are reading this). “Reader” implies that this is a one-way relationship. I write stuff, you read it, and that’s… Continue reading

Final Thoughts

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Honestly, there’s not much to say. There are just a couple school days left before another year is in the books. The first for some, the last for others. Each year has had… Continue reading

Camping Oregon

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The Beacon Bolt is a publication of the student body of Northwest Christian University. Camping is by far my favorite thing to do during the summertime. I absolutely love getting a group of… Continue reading

Beacons Booking Tickets to Conference Track Meet and Beyond

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As the CCC Conference Meet nears, NCU will have a strong representation from our track and field athletes. With a solidified distance program that has been in place for years and fledging sprints,… Continue reading