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2017-2018 Social Media Editor of The Clarion. She is pumped about revamping the Clarion's social media accounts and getting people excited about journalism. In her spare time, she's running a photography business, giving tours around Bethel, and cuddling with her dogs. | kellie-lawless@bethel.edu

Digging into diversity

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Literature is beginning to shed light on topics ranging from mental disorders to racial differences, and Bethel University is following suit.    By Kellie Lawless and Sam Petterson | Reporters Susan Brooks believes in windows and mirrors. Or, more specifically, Rudine Sims-Bishop’s theory about windows and mirrors in literature. This theory divides books into how a reader experiences different cultures or experiences. Some books are windows, where the reader can experience the world in a different point of view, and some are mirrors, which reflect back to the reader who they are. “We can surround ourselves with mirrors if we want to,” says Brooks, English department co-chair at Bethel University – St.Paul. “It’s easy to do on Facebook. So books are a way that we can say no, I’m going to use this book as a window. I’m going to find books that help me understand or at least try…

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THE PULL: Author Jackie Lea Sommers

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  By Arts & Culture Staff | Edited by Kellie Lawless | Photos by Carlo Holmberg Jackie Lea Sommers graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul with a degree in creative writing. After working in the UNW Admissions office on the weekdays, she would spend her evenings and weekends writing what would become her debut novel, Truest. Her novel deals with issues of faith and mental illness, something that Sommers struggled with for over 20 years until she found treatment. Sommers lives in Minneapolis and is working on her second novel that is expected to be published in fall 2018. She visited Bethel University’s ENW360 Topics: Art and Culture Reporting class to tell stories about her struggle with OCD, her journey to publishing her first novel, and how they are closely intertwined. Look for more about Sommers on a future episode of Witty Ranter, The Clarion’s podcast. But for now, read and listen…

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The reason for thrifting

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Bethel students and faculty thrift to make the world a better place. By Kellie Lawless | Features Reporter Limberg gathers all of his thrifted clothing to show that most of his clothing is second-hand. “I think it is fun to enter into places and find something that has a story already but you give a new story,” Limberg said. Photo by Kellie Lawless. Trevor Limberg was 7 years old when he first stepped foot into a thrift store. He wandered through the isles of Savers with his mom, digging through cluttered shelves and dusty racks until he found the perfect toy at a perfect price: a Darth Maul lightsaber for two dollars. Even though he hadn’t yet seen Star Wars, he knew he had found a treasure in the midst of clutter. In high school, Limberg thrifted mostly for ugly Christmas sweaters. He started visiting thrift stores on a regular basis when he…

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Pentatonix concert review

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On their second world tour, a cappella group, Pentatonix, could carry a tune but not a whole show. Kellie Lawless | Features Reporter I first discovered Pentatonix after I walked out of the movie theater playing Pitch Perfect, starry eyed about the idea of a cappella, and searched for groups much like the Barden Bellas and stumbled across something much better. Since the release of their 2012 EP, the a cappella group, Pentatonix, has become somewhat of a phenomenon in both inside and outside of the acapella world. They have smashed every expectation set for them- including snagging their first no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, reaching over 1 billion YouTube hits, and having the highest charting Christmas album in 2015 since 1962.  The double Grammy-award winning artists are touring around the world for their second time and being the devoted fan that I am, I bought tickets (and made my friends buy their…

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Redefining healthcare

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Bethel University introduces the Center for Excellence in Healthcare. By Kellie Lawless | Features Reporter The conference center outside the Robertson Center Gym is about to get a makeover. Come early 2017, an office called Center for Healthcare Excellence will take over the conference room and will become another resource for students to explore  career paths related to healthcare. According to Ted Harro, a consultant who is working with Bethel on the project, The Center for Healthcare Excellence was designed looking at every aspect of what makes a healthcare system run smoothly as well as preparing students to use their skills in meaningful service, even if they are pursuing a degree that is not affiliated with the sciences. For example, if a student wants to work in a hospital atmosphere but is interested in studying communications, this office will help that student find ways that they can apply their skills in…

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Candidates face off in the first presidential debate

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By Kellie Lawless | Features Reporter Students gathered in the underground the night of Sept. 26 to watch the live-stream of the first presidential debate – and many are still unsure of who to vote for. “I am coming because I haven’t really kept up with the news lately but I think this is super important,” said senior history major Emily Ruud. “Since I am student-teaching this semester, I am going to get questions from high school juniors and seniors about government and how the election process works.  I need to be prepared to answer their questions and do it informatively.” The debate before the debate among the students gathered in the underground was if Donald Trump would come off as a bully in this debate or if he was going to step up and tone down provocative comments. It was clear within minutes of the opening question that Trump was going…

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