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Sex-trafficking survivors tackle modern-day slavery

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Speaker and founder of Rebecca Bender Initiative, Bender offers support to other survivors through recovery in her program. By Emma Harville Rebecca Bender woke up and rose out of bed as the sun slowly reached its way across the horizon. Her daughters slept peacefully in the other room as she sipped her coffee and began her daily devotions. An all too familiar vile feeling began to creep up inside of her as the sun’s rays washed over her. In another life, sunrise had signaled that it was time to go “home” to a master manipulator and controller after a long night of working. It was time to go home to her trafficker. “I felt like the Lord said, ‘How can you sit here in your warm house with your nice cup of coffee when you know what it’s like to be more afraid to go home than you are to…

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A Rhoad(s) map

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Music professor Mark Rhoads reflects on his time here at Bethel University as retirement nears. By Nick LaFrombois Mark Rhoads sat fence-side in his launch chair on a bright, sunny day as he waited for his daughter Allison to compete. The smell of horse sweat and manure fills the air. Dressed in boot-cut jeans, a white-frilled western shirt and an old beat-up cowboy hat, Allison sits on her chestnut colored horse, hooves stamping in place in anticipation. She takes off, and the race is over in five seconds. No matter how short the memory is, for music professor Dr. Mark Rhoads, the memory lasts a lifetime. These are some of Rhoads’ favorite memories with his daughter Allison. Hooking up the horse trailer to his 81’, ¾ ton, forestry green Dodge pickup, driving Allison and her horse, Rags, to various horse tracks around the Twin Cities to compete, and eating at…

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On my own two feet

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A double amputee, Elena Evans made strides longer than she ever imagined possible. By Zach Walker Elena Evans loved summer camp. Suspended by paracord at the top of a rock wall, she surveyed Trout Lake. The water and the trees and the toddlers stared up at her like she was royalty. Releasing her grip, she descended through woodland air, the smell of pine and campfire smoke welcoming her back. The rope went slack as she landed on feet that weren’t hers. Novocherkassk, Russia — In 1996, there was no cure for physical deformation. No medicine, no therapy, no special care. Most kids learned how to walk. Evans did too, just on her knees. Evans was born with feet that curved in. Not the standard angle, but a sharp diversion toward the opposite calf. She did a sort of shuffle across the orphanage floor, her feet lagging behind. It was there…

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The Oscars: five movies to watch before Sunday

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By: Zach Walker The 91st Academy Awards are this Sunday, and you know what that means. Well, for most of you, it means nothing. Just another day to skim 50 pages of Humanities reading or watch Gordon Ramsay ask where the lamb sauce is. But it should mean something. If not the awards show itself, than the films. The art behind it. Here are the five most important Oscar films this year. If you watch anything, watch one of these.   1. Green Book An Italian bouncer and a black pianist walk into a bar in the deep South in the 1960s. Not a joke, but the movie of the year. This period-piece shatters Hollywood stereotypes and sets a new standard for what a best picture nominee can and should be. It’s heart-wrenching, hilarious, and urgent. If you’re budget only allots enough for one ticket, go see Green Book. If…

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Power to the Panthers

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United Cultures of Bethel hosts informative documentary screening By Elena Vaughn Many people know the phenomena of Marvel’s movie Black Panther, but fewer know of the Black Panther Party movement of the 1960s. United Cultures of Bethel sought to address that, showing Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution in CC313 to an audience of 12 in celebration of Black History month last night. The film covers the history of the Black Panther party movement, from its origins as a self-defense and social welfare group in Oakland California to the national political campaigns and activism, taking note of the guerilla warfare against police that brought down the Panthers. This 2013 documentary features interviews with many prominent members of the Party. “Black history is a lot more than slavery, it’s also the future,” UCB Director of European Americans in Solidarity Madelynn Hollander said when describing the purpose of the event. Following the…

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Badminton, roundnet and neuroscience. Oh my.

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BSG welcomes eight new groups to the clubs and organizations roster. By Laura Osterlund The BC bustles on a snowy Tuesday afternoon with voices and music. A ring of tables surrounds “the egg”, and behind them stand representatives for BSG clubs. Various clubs are showcased such as rock climbing club, International Justice Mission, anime club and women’s lacrosse. Standing amongst the ring were representatives for the recently approved and added clubs. This year, eight clubs have been created. This includes the Catholic Student Association, badminton club, roundnet club (similar to Spikeball), neuroscience club, ski and snowboard club, Oasis For Orphans, unified sports club and Leading Women of Tomorrow. So far, five of these have been approved as official BSG clubs. “These new clubs offer unique possibilities to the student body that were not previously available,” Executive Director of Clubs and Organizations Logan Lasley said. “Every club that is passed allows…

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Student’s design comes to life in mural painted by Bethel community members

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The Advanced Painting class hosted a Painting Party in the Makerspace for students to piece together sophomore graphic design student Thanh Nguyen’s vision.   By Emma Harville Art students Lauren Cosby and Megan Olson grip their paint brushes as they layer hues of blue paint over the geometric shapes formed by carefully laid blue Scotch tape. Other students kneel on the plastic-covered floor and climb ladders to reach the top of the 16’ mural in the library’s Makerspace Monday night. Students who wander in are greeted by Cosby, Olson, and other students of  professor Amanda Hamilton’s Advanced Painting class, and are encouraged to grab a paint bucket, brush, and get to work. Thanh Nguyen, a sophomore graphic design student, designed this mural when she entered a juried competition in Fall 2018 open to all art and design students at Bethel. The committee included Kent Gerber from the Makerspace, as well…

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50 Years in the Making

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Built in 1968, Nelson Hall is set to undergo its first extensive renovation this coming summer. By Zach Walker   The Bethel University freshmen currently residing in Nelson Hall are living like their parents. Sheltered by the same red and black brick walls, wandering around the same shack in the center of same lobby and peeling T-shirts away from sweat-covered skin caused by the same lack of air conditioning. These students are experiencing the Nelson of old, the Nelson of 1968. Come fall 2019, the decades-old dorm will feel like it was just built. Construction will begin the day after students leave for summer break. The idea is to create an open environment. Shack, which is currently placed in the center of the lobby, will be moved to the side of the building, creating more space for a community lounge. The closed-off kitchen will also be connected to this space.…

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MBB: Royals fall to conference-leading Tommies

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Bethel loses to rival St. Thomas 75-86 at home. By Abby Pautz and David Pirrie Last time these two teams faced off, the Tommies won 68-65. Wednesday at Robertson Center Gym, St. Thomas, undefeated in conference play, won again 86-75. In a game full of lead changes, the Tommies ended up shooting a 50 percent while Bethel finished at 45 percent. In the first matchup Dec. 5 at St. Thomas, the Royals led 33-22 at half. St. Thomas ended up coming back in that game. Saturday, the Royals were down 38-35 at half, but couldn’t come back as the Tommies shot 87 percent from the free throw line. The Tommies’ Anders Nelson and Connor Blair led the team with 21 points and 7 rebounds each. Nelson also went 8-for-8 on free throws. The Royals’ Granger Kingland scored 17 points and gathered 10 rebounds and Matt Ambriz also had 17. “I thought…

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Royals fall to the Auggies

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The Bethel Royals lose to the Augsburg Auggies 74-67 By Abby Pautz and David Pirrie Last time the No. 3 Augsburg Auggies and No. 4 Bethel Royals faced off in women’s basketball, Bethel blew 4 point lead with a 2 minutes remaining in the MIAC opener. In this hard fought game with over 5 lead changes in 3 minutes with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Royals didn’t get any luckier and were outplayed with the final score being 74-67. History repeated itself as the Royals were up 32-27 at half. However, being outscored 21-11 in the 3rd quarter put the Royals in a hole they couldn’t climb out of. There were bright spots on both teams as the Auggies’ Arianna Jones lead the team with 15 points, while Tamira McLemore scored 14 and led in rebounds with 6. The Royals’ Taite Anderson put up 15 with 7…

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