Humans Hits MBU


Photo by: Rebekah Rutledge

Graphic by: Rebekah Rutledge


HONY, or Humans of New York, has become a huge movement throughout the world and it has now hit Missouri Baptist University in the form of Humans of MBU.

Brandon Stanton, creator of HONY, goes around New York City (the city with a reputation for unfriendly people) and strikes up conversations with people on the streets of New York, snaps a few photos, and each night, posts a few of them to his site.

Throughout the semester MBU Timeline staffers Rebekah Rutledge, junior, and Morgen Filla, senior, will be doing impromptu interviews with students on campus.

The idea is to capture who each student is in that particular snapshot of their life.

Each quote and picture will describe that person exactly where they are, with whatever is on their mind.

Each post will be featured on MBU Timeline’s Instagram account.

As each student is introduced to the campus, #HumansofMBU will bring the MBU community together.

The idea behind #HumansofMBU is to share students’ stories, thoughts, struggles and anything else they are willing to share.

It is so easy to go to class every day without noticing who is around, but #HumansofMBU asks students to take notice of their fellow classmates, even ones they may have never noticed.

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Rebekah Rutledge

Rebekah Rutledge

Rebekah Rutledge, Social Media Editor of MBU Timeline, is a senior seeking a major in journalism, as well as a minor in public relations. In the past two years, Rebekah has founded and lead MBU’s Circle K International, a global service organization. Rebekah loves all things social media, as well as photography, writing and editing. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in public relations and account management.


About MBU Timeline


Here are some interesting facts about MBU Timeline, the student newsmagazine of Missouri Baptist University, in St. Louis:
*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
*The Bible verse that drives our mission is 2 Timothy 2:15 (Worldwide English Version): “Tell the true message in the right way.”
*The WordPress website has been up since late-fall 2013. We average about 3,000 sessions and about 5,000 pageviews per month.
*Our stories and galleries get as few as 40 or 50 hits, or as many as 8,000 hits.
*We have readers in every state and more than 90 countries around the world. We have several readers in South America, the United Kingdom, India and Australia.
*Most of our readers are in Missouri, followed by Illinois, California and Texas.
*We do not accept advertising as we are a not-for-profit online newsmagazine.
*We welcome contributors from all walks of MBU life, regardless of your major. Reach out to us on Twitter at: @mbutimeline.