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The yes man

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Micah BigEagle comes to Bethel with a lot more life experiences than the average freshman.  By Laura Osterlund Micah BigEagle knew how they looked at him wherever he went. The 6-foot-7 redhead was a white unicorn; the only sign of the Western world that could be seen for miles. Now a freshman computer science major, BigEagle has a collection of stories to tell about the adventures he had between high school and Bethel. He applied to the Rotary Youth Exchange program before graduating from high school, which sent him to study business in India. While in India, BigEagle did yoga with the Education Minister of his state who aggressively told him to breathe. He had a freak-out moment in the middle of a grocery store when he saw a bag of Lay’s Sour Cream chips. He broke his foot while playing basketball and had to wear a hot-pink, full-length cast…

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What it feels like … (creativity edition)

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[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to get stuck in a rut Mary Hitt sat in a computer desk chair. She waited at an easel. She fiddled a 7B pencil in her hand as she longed for inspiration. She reminisced on days when ink flowed from her Micron pen and when her creative ideas had to be condensed instead of started. Without inspiration Hitt had few artistic roads to explore. Being an aspiring graphic designer means hitting walls, getting stuck in ruts.   “It feels like you have nowhere to go to try and solve a creative problem,” she said. “It can be defeating to be tracking along with a project or…

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What it feels like… (to impact others)

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[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like… to guide a student to the humanities For the first time in her career, professor Sara Shady thought to herself, “If I had a different career, what would it be?” Shady doesn’t remember a time she hasn’t spent a year in school. Being a professor at Bethel University for 17 years has created many opportunities for Shady, but now more than ever, she has been challenged. Shady remembers always being fascinated by the idea of philosophy, especially the intersection between ideas and culture. “How different ideas have the power to shape the culture that we’re living in, but how culture also influences and shapes our ideas,” Shady…

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What it feels like … (generic edition)

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[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like to … check IDs Sophomore Riley Smith surveyed the entrance through glass panes. Inside the small security hut at the west entrance of Bethel University, he leaned back in the black padded office chair during his first ever security shift. As the sun set the gate closed. He waited for low beams and complaints. Six female students arrived in force. Smith followed the code and asked for IDs. All six. “Do we have to?” the driver asked, as if told to complete her math homework. If Smith wants to get paid, they must. Since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester, Bethel students have been forced to…

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What it feels like … (performance edition)

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[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to play a really wrong note Keegan Feller stood in front of three judges, ready to give a performance in order to find out where he will be placed. “Whenever you’re ready,” one of the judges said. Keegan began to play his alto saxophone, and six measures in, he began to sweat. His brows became moist, his hands began slipping on the keys of the sax and the stage lights beat down on his forehead as if a heated lamp had just been turned on and focused on him.  He plays a wrong note.  He just messed up, he just gave up his spot as first…

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What it feels like … to be the only one

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[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to be the only student in a meeting full of adults. Former Student Body President processes big changes alongside staff and faculty. Katie Finney folded down the blue seat in CC313. She put her backpack on the ground beside her and sat down. Finney’s eyes shifted to the double doors as faculty, and only faculty, filed in. Minutes later, the meeting began and the members of the Bethel University Faculty Senate began to process the decisions made regarding recent budget cuts. The faculty-only meeting took place last spring after President Jay Barnes sent out a university wide email about budget cuts. Finney described it as “an…

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What it feels like … (sports edition)

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  [Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to get checked into the boards The puck soared off the Bethel University hockey player’s stick and headed straight for the boards. The referee’s whistle was about to stop the play with an icing call. Unless, the puck could be stopped. Sarina Goos, a senior forward, skated across the ice as fast as she could. She was neck and neck with her opponent in an all out sprint. “I was just looking at the puck, trying to get there and beat her out, when all of a sudden I was on the ice,” Goos said. Despite the rules of the game which state checking is…

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Breakfast held Friday for women in business

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Bethel’s Business and Economics Department hosts event to inspire women. Bethel University’s Business and Economics department invites all undergraduate students, alumni and employees to the Women in Business Breakfast event Nov. 17 from 8:50 to 10:30 a.m. in The Underground. Breakfast will be provided, followed by discussion featuring Kristin Pardue. As co-founder and CEO of Rêve Consulting, Pardue will be speaking about the power of stepping out in faith. “I’m hoping her story resonates with us and inspires some of these female students to not only major in business, but really to see the possibilities of the marketplace in their life,” Associate Professor of Business Mary Ann Harris said. “The combination of hearing her and having discussion at tables … and seeing this community of women together, should inspire further commitment and further interest in vision.” –Abby Johnson, Clarion correspondent

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A reading break from work

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Kirsta Graf will be reading to kids at the Dunn Brothers where she works. Kirsta Graf, a senior at Bethel University who is in the BUILD program, will be reading several stories to children at Dunn Brothers on County Road D at 10 a.m. Nov. 16. She will cozy up in the coffee shop to give back to children through the power of stories. “I like when the kids look at the pictures,” Graf said. Graf will not be nervous for her reading time with the kids. She is also an employee of the establishment, familiar with the hustle and bustle of the coffee shop. Although her previous reading only brought in one child, perhaps due to Minnesota’s abrupt entrance into winter the previous night, she will continue to read each Friday morning to however many kids show up. – Carmen Syverson, Clarion correspondent

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Dorm hosts alcohol awareness night

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Nelson Hall will update freshmen on the dangers of alcohol abuse. Nelson Hall is hosting Alcohol Awareness Night for freshmen Nov. 15 at 9 p.m.  with the goal to educate students about substance abuse in a residence hall setting. There will be drinks set up at the fake bar with a root beer keg and non-alcoholic Jello shots. Students will mingle through various stations as they answer trivia, try on fatal vision goggles and play drinking games such as Tippy Cup, receiving a stamp for each drink they consume. At the end of the night, an app will add up all of the drinks after accounting for gender and weight, revealing a blood-alcohol concentration that is fatal for many students. “It’s easy to think that the (Bethel) covenant is harsh, or ‘Yeah, we’re Bethel; we’re a dry campus,’” Resident Assistant Jensen Potts said. “First, it’s a fun event. But it also…

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