Category Archive: Arts & Culture

Reflection on serving in Mexico for the second year

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Hola amigos! As we all prepare our brains for all the work that comes with the end of the semester, many others here at NCU are also preparing their hearts for a missions… Continue reading

Earth Day! Brought to you by ASNCU

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Hey Everyone! In light of today being Earth Day, we teamed up with ASNCU to create a little video about how to celebrate our earth. It includes VP of Environment, Steven Ray and At… Continue reading

NCU Anonymous: Student Views on Marijuana Use

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Editor’s Note: The following article is the first in a new series on the Beacon Bolt which will be called NCU Anonymous. Each edition of NCU Anonymous will highlight a controversial topic, and… Continue reading

On This Day: NCU Student & Staff Reflections on Good Friday

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Editor’s Note: The following collection of quotations features the thoughts and reflections of NCU students and staff on Good Friday. From the Christian church calendar to the immense pain of Jesus’ sacrifice on… Continue reading

Moses Story. A Video Recap

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Hey Everyone! This past weekend the music department put together a production called A Moses Story.     I had the privilege of attending the rehearsal to get some up close footage to… Continue reading

Motivation for our last four weeks. As told in Gifs

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Hey Beacon Bolt readers! I can imagine you’re all trying to adjust back to waking up early for school instead of sleeping in till 11am and having your mom complaining you’re not doing… Continue reading

Cherry Popsicles, French Braids, and Sewing Lessons: A Spring Break Visit

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We visited you today, like we often do when we’re home. Its spring break this time, so the cherry trees that line the Tacoma streets are starting to blossom in shades of pastel… Continue reading

Mr. Beacon Highlight Video

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Hey everyone! This past Friday we had our annual Beacon Night event, Mr. Beacon! For those of you that do not know what it is, it is a male pageant show to raise… Continue reading

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

NCU Prayer Room: A Reflection on Katy Noel

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Hey Everyone! This past week, Katy Noel opened an NCU Prayer Room right down the hall from L203. For those of you who do not know Katy, she is a student here at… Continue reading

Bryce and Tomás: Why do we make videos?

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Hello fellow readers, In this article, Bryce and I just wanted to show you what it means to us to be making videos at the beacons and how we associate it with art.… Continue reading

Reflection on Rebecca Bender: Human Trafficking

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Hola Amigos, If you missed chapel last Tuesday, then you missed a great speech by Rebecca Bender. To sum up her personal story for the purpose of this article, Rebecca spoke about human… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.