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Justice and Cat Videos: A Guide to Social Media Activism by Mary Jo Goosmann

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Editor’s Note: The following article is by Mary Jo Goosmann, Academic Services Administrative Assistant here at NCU. Here, Mary Jo reflects on the potential dangers and the positives effects of social activism on social… Continue reading

Truth Spoken in Love: a Reflection on NCU Speaks

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“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”-Ephesians 4:15 Every year since my first at NCU, I… Continue reading

Travel Hacking 101: It’s Probably Cheaper Than You Think

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that most people want to travel more—or, at least they say they do. In my conversations centering on anything travel-related, a consistent statement I’ve encountered across a… Continue reading

A Rad Place: Reflecting on a Semester in Nashville by Chelsea King

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Editors’s Note: The following article is by Chelsea King, a Northwest Christian University alum and music student. Here, King reflects on her off-campus study experience last semester at the Contemporary Music Center in… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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