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Three professors discuss artwork from the new gallery show By Elena Vaughn The Underground was packed with students and faculty Wednesday night for The Paradox of Beauty panel discussion. Art professor Wayne Roosa, philosophy professor Carrie Peffley and English professor Angela Shannon engaged in discussion about The Beautiful, the new exhibit in the Olson Gallery. The exhibit is sponsored by Christians in Visual Arts and features 33 artworks focused on the theme of beauty in the fallen world. Art professor, gallery director and CIVA board member Michelle Wingard moderated the event. Roosa gave a thoughtful musing on the different paradigms of “classical beauty” and the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “Beauty is not a thing,” Roosa said. “It is more like an agency, the living dynamic.” After Roosa’s remarks, Peffley discussed the difference between kitsch, surface level aesthetic appeal and true beauty. “The beauty of true…

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The self-serving identity crisis

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A manifesto on being a 20-something with a migrating identity. By Jamie Hudalla | Columnist Recently, I put myself in a time-out for the weekend. Three friends and I took a writer’s retreat to Door Country, five hours and 12 Amish-crossing signs away. We rented a cabin in the woods from a white-bearded man named Ransom. He had freezers full of meat, windows without blinds and a bidet in the bathroom, so we slept with kitchen shears under our pillows. We survived the night and wandered Sturgeon Bay the next morning until we found a bookstore. Popping our heads in morphed into an hour and a half endeavor. A middle-aged man named John worked the front desk. He was a retired nuclear physicist, or in his words, he made very little objects that made very big booms. He’d lived in Israel and Russia, attended John Hopkins University and owns a…

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We are all Bethel stereotypes

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By Josh Towner I like to think of myself as an independent person who isn’t tied down by the cliches and stereotypes at Bethel. I don’t attend chapel very often, I go on rants where I curse like a sailor and I have occasionally broken the covenant. I don’t party at the U, but I’m also not a shift leader. I like to think of myself as a mature, nuanced person, separate from the Bethel bubble, but I also think my Vans look pretty cool. I have a hydro flask mug and a metal water bottle. I know what kind of panini I like, I say hi to Geetha and I enjoy sitting in the BC. I like to think of myself as a free spirit on a campus that seems to agree on a little too much, but when I truly examine who I am, I’m just another Bethel…

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Transforming Bethel’s DNA

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Chief Diversity Officer Ruben Rivera discusses exclusive Christianity and tackles what it means to be a reconciler amidst diversity in Bethel University’s community. By Emma Harville Junior Hilda Davis knows what it’s like to be the only one. Pulling up to Edgren Hall at Bethel University her freshman year, she knew that it would be different from Champlin Park, the diverse high school she spent her last four years at. What she didn’t anticipate was the lack of connection she would feel with the rest of the student body because of that difference. Davis was shocked during Welcome Week as white students flooded the campus, but she couldn’t seem to find many students who looked like her. She sat in several general education courses in which she was the only student of color. When she greeted a group of girls on her floor, she was met with little response. Discouraged,…

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Bethel seems scared

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Vinding is an English professor and Director of Writing at Bethel. By April Vinding Scared. It seems we’re mostly scared. Afraid to speak in class. Afraid there’s no job waiting. Afraid being at a small Christian school undermines our credibility as scholars. Afraid we’ll lose the jobs we have. Afraid we’ll never find love. Afraid the love we have is as good as it gets. Afraid to disappoint our parents. Afraid we haven’t given our children enough. Afraid of being unknown. Afraid of being known. And those fears are valid. I haven’t published for two years because the judgement I received when I divorced, from intimate friends and the church, destroyed my belief in the goodwill of strangers. I’ve stopped bringing treats to classes because students stopped saying thanks. I’ve stopped asking acquaintances to plays or yoga because half don’t even respond to the invitation. I’ve stopped asking some of…

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Presidential search update

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Faculty senate meeting included updates on the search for Bethel’s future leader By Sam Johnson Inside a conference room on the fourth floor of the Brushaber Commons, a faculty senate meeting took place on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. The emphasis of the conversation was updates on the presidential search process. The meeting opened with philosophy professor Sara Shady praying for the Bethel community to unite during this transition from President Jay Barnes to the university’s sixth president. With the presidential search committee members finalized, committee chair Jim Green along with fellow committee member Julie White led the discussion with the faculty. Green began by reiterating that the timeline is on schedule to begin searching for candidates in the middle of June and will run until the middle of January. The goal of the committee between now and mid-June, Green said, is to develop a presidential profile that lays out qualifications…

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10 shows to binge watch during the blizzard

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By Taylor Fondie Now that April has arrived, we’d hope the cold, snowy weather was behind us and the sunshine and flowers were here to stay, but not in this unpredictable state. Here’s a list of shows to binge watch while you’re stuck inside during the blizzard from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and more. Psych- On Amazon Prime If you’re looking for a good laugh with some suspense this is your show. Two fake psychic detectives getting involved in police shenanigans, but always solving the case at the end. Timeless- On Hulu If you’re looking for a mysterious drama this is your show. This high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results. Friends- On Netflix If you’re looking for a good laugh and relatable show. An iconic television show about 20-somethings in…

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Artie Terry’s road to recovery

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Bethel professor embarks on his journey in rehab By Taylor Fondie Communications professor Artie Terry suffered a severe stroke in Bethel’s parking March 4. Terry will soon be moved to Courage Kenny Rehabilitation facility, where they are very well known for extensive work with stroke patients. “We feel lucky he will be able to be transitioned there,” communications department chair and Terry’s wife Nancy Brule said. Finishing up a typical day at work, Terry walked out to his car in record-setting cold weather. He collapsed in the furthest parking lot from the buildings’ exit. Campus security found Terry 40 minutes later laying on the ground and had to wait an additional 20 minutes for an ambulance to come for medical help. Terry was rushed to the hospital and had suffered from a stroke and frostbite. The doctor said Terry’s case was serious, an 8 on a scale from 1 to…

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Weekend events in the Twin Cities

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Looking to get out in the Twin Cities and enjoy the springtime weather? Here is our list of cheap and free things to do in the Cities this weekend. By Taylor Fondie Final Four Fan Fest Tip off the weekend as you take your steps through the Minneapolis Convention Center a Final Four event presented by Capital One. A sports wonderland of interactive games, special celebrities, athlete appearances, autograph signings and much more. Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Nelson’s Ice Cream Opening The sun is out and spring is in the air, so Nelson’s Ice Cream will be opening both of their locations in Stillwater and St.Paul. Opening Saturday at 11 a.m. (Stillwater) & 12 p.m. (St.Paul) Goldy’s Run 2019 Join thousands of runners on the 5K route through the University of Minnesota’s campus or the 10 mile route that runs along the Mississippi River. Sunday 7 a.m. –…

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