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Bethel’s past, present and future

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Shaped by founders and changed by time, Bethel tries to pinpoint its identity. By Jasmine Johnson The first time Holly Haugen knew she would attend Bethel, she was 7 years old. Wandering through the halls with her grandma and hearing stories about spending time in the coffeeshop for hours, roller skating on the weekends and attending football games from her alumni parents, she was convinced of her love for the university. “I always told my cousin ‘We’re gonna go here,’” said Haugen, a freshman communications studies major. “I always had a plan of coming.” When looking into what Bethel has been, is now and will become, the university’s identity can be defined by many different factors: gathering spaces, faith, denomination, enrollment, academics, moving forward. Although these factors also contribute to other postsecondary institutions, director of admissions Bret Hyder says that something about Bethel is different. “Have you ever been to…

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Prepping for Pull-a-Print

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Art and design club promotes their spring event By Jasmine Johnson  Art and design club co-leader Hannah Brue wanted to be a part of an art club in college, so she decided to make this an option for other students too. Brue talked with art and design office coordinator Julie Thoreen, who suggested combining with existing design club. Since the club was already established and Brue would be expanding it, the department supported this suggestion. “I was looking at the board of clubs that BSG funds and they’re all sports related or major related, but there wasn’t a single one for art,” Brue said. “So I was like, ‘We have to change this.’” Starting next school year, the club plans on hosting monthly events involving a variety of activities from design workshops to painting nights. Brue also brought up the idea of shack take-over, which would bring art events into…

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Presidential candidates debate

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BSG Candidate pairs share their opinions and goals for their presidential campaigns. By Jasmine Johnson “Riptide” by Vance Joy echoed against the walls of the Underground Monday night as two candidate pairs running for Bethel Student Government leadership took the stage for a public debate. Bags of fresh popcorn and BSG notepads laid on a fold-out table and students started to trickle in, completely filling the set tables. Current Student Body President Kennadie Anderson and Vice President Lucas Bentrud sat across from candidates Sean Doherty and Kristina Curtis with Executive Director of Student Senate Josh Turek moderating the questions. In the informational handout provided to the audience, both candidate pairs were provided the space to state their goals and hopes for their presidential terms. “We are passionate about advocating for those who feel that they don’t have a place or voice at Bethel and aspire to make Bethel a better…

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Catholics in community

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After months of organizing, a new Catholic-centered club on campus begins. By Sam Johnson If you walked into The Loft on the fourth floor of the Brushaber Commons last night, you would not have heard silence. Sounds of laughter, worship music and tumbling Jenga blocks bounced off the three walls and garage door. Tables topped with board games, coloring sheets and ice cream welcomed students to the Catholic Students Association (CSA) kickoff event. For a campus that prides itself on instilling Christian values, this is the first Catholic-centered club being offered to students. Since the university doesn’t provide a designated shuttle to any mass service, junior elementary education student Grace Nichols wanted to make a group that reached out to Catholics on campus. When she came to Bethel as a freshman, Nichols found that she was not fitting in. As a Catholic, she felt marginalized. She felt that in some…

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Housing for all

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Cabinet affirms innovation proposal for on-campus living requirement By Jasmine Johnson During the November community gathering, Innovations Working Groups presented possible proposals they could implement to improve the university. Three months later, president Jay Barnes announced the actions taken to move forward with some of the recommendations. The first of these confirmed proposals was a required, on-campus housing initiative for students under the age of 21 to “increase the feeling of community,” Bender said. In his presentation, Bender also stated that Student Life supported the pursuit of this idea, since it would further unify students. The original purpose for these innovations was to “increase productivity, reduce non-payroll expenses and provide new nonacademic revenue.” When discussing the pros and cons, Bender continued by saying that studies indicate this is good for students, Bethel has enough available housing and it is common at other similar institutions. “We came to this idea to…

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Bridging two worlds

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Professor Jessica Henderson explores technology’s effect on her life through new exhibit.  By Jasmine Johnson Family members, friends, students and faculty crowded into the wooden encased Eastlund Room Nov. 8. The original setup of 98 chairs was not enough for the endless line of supporters streaming through the double doors. “Some of us when we go on sabbatical will rest, but Jess just made a lot of artwork,” gallery director Michelle Wingard said. “So much artwork that our entire gallery is Henderson-ified.” With the help of faculty development and alumni grants, design professor Jessica Henderson was able to complete the Johnson gallery exhibit “uhhh, u there?” during her time off on sabbatical spring 2018. The collection explored the half-and-half nature of her exposure to technology: half of her life free from it and the other half absorbed and surrounded by it. From her first Internet search for Mad Magazine to…

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A space for Catholic students

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New club provides opportunity for Catholic students to gather and share faith By Emma Melling The room is quiet, the only sound a fan whirring in the distance. A group of six sits on wheeling chairs patterned with blue, green and brown. Hands raise to make the sign of the cross as junior Grace Nichols prays. “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is a meeting of Bethel’s new Catholic club, a space for Catholic students to gather, live life and talk about their shared faith. After trying to get the club off of the ground since spring of 2018, the club was finally passed and made official Oct. 29. Club leader, junior Grace Nichols, talked about why the club was started. “The heart behind creating this is that it’s hard to be Catholic at Bethel, for many reasons,” Nichols said. “You kind of feel casted…

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Model United Nations expands

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Model UN prepared for its annual conference. By Lindsey Micucci Bethel University’s Model UN attended the American Model United Nations simulation conference in Chicago, Illinois Nov. 17-20, along with 90 universities from across the United States. The conference covered topics ranging from international security to environmental issues. In each committee, the goal is to work with other “countries” to create resolutions and solutions to the issue topic that’s being discussed. Although some schools see the conference as a competition, Mariah Marr, senior political science and international relations major and head delegate of Venezuela, emphasized the learning experience she sees from representing another country and taking the simulations seriously. According to Marr, all students are going into the conference with the goals of passing as many resolutions as possible and representing Bethel well. Last year, Bethel could only send 10 people to represent one country. This year, because of the spark…

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The case for BUILD

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A former BUILD student’s family is suing Bethel for disability discrimination. This year, a pilot program was initiated to incorporate BUILD students into CAS classes. By Emily Jan, Elena Vaughn and Maddie DeBilzan Local news outlets lauded Bethel University’s Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) program in 2016 for sending its first round of students through to graduation. The Star Tribune named it “one of only a few such programs in Minnesota to give students with intellectual disabilities a chance at college life.” But Nov. 14, Christopher and Jennifer Camota Luebke claimed that Bethel did not uphold its word and failed to follow state law when their son – who left Bethel last year – was not treated equally as a student with intellectual disabilities. The parents are suing Bethel for disability discrimination. The student of the family who sued, whose name was not released, attended Bethel’s BUILD program in the…

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Story unfolds for campus theft

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Students lose cameras, computers, and class time. By Zach Walker One facilities management cart, two men and a car. That’s all it took for more than $55,000 worth of media production equipment to be stolen from the communication studies department at Bethel University Nov. 6. The motive of the crime is still unknown, but the case is currently under open investigation by the Ramsey County Police Department. “The Office of Safety and Security is currently investigating the crime with multiple local law enforcement agencies,” Bethel Director of Risk Management Zachary Hill said. According to Hill, although the case remains partially unresolved, the robbery itself was caught on camera and the logistics and effects have been determined. “What we know about the incident is that the two unknown males entered campus in the evening… and spent a significant amount of time in the Johnson Art Gallery,” Hill said. On Nov. 7…

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