Truth Matters.

Author

McKenzie Van Loh

McKenzie Van Loh has 19 articles published.

I am a journalist from Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota. I seek to make a difference with my writing, photos and videos by reporting truth and displaying the worth dignity in those I meet.

Building a future for disc golf

in Sports by

Bethel University’s brand new disc golf course attracts professional competition. By McKenzie Van Loh and Godfrey Mpetey | Additional reporting by Josh Towner Professional disc golfer Chris Porter approaches the tee pad. He furrows his brow as he inspects the concrete surface through his dark-rimmed glasses. Too much sand. He hastily reaches for his straw broom and begins to sweep away the competition-or the dirt they left on the tee pad that is. Excess sand can lead to slipping during the final step of the throw, and Porter will not take that chance while competing in Bethel University’s first PDGA sanctioned disc golf tournament. The tournament, hosted April 22-23 attracted disc golfers from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Canada. 100 amateurs competed April 22 and 60 pros competed April 23. Every spot in the tournament filled. Theology professor Jim Beilby, alongside manager of grounds Josh Gerth, had proposed plans for…

Keep Reading

One last chance

in Sports by

The broomball champions rise to the surface after a Jterm of ice battles. By Maddie Christy | For the Clarion Bright white stadium lights pierced the sky over the rookie ice rink on campus Thursday night, Feb. 9. Billows of smoke floated by carrying the warm gooey scent of roasted marshmallows and piping hot chocolate. All four doors of a white Chevrolet Avalanche truck stood open, singing melodies of Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, and The Chainsmokers. A few dozen fans bundled in scarves, mittens, parkas, and Love Your Melon hats leaned against the boards anxiously awaiting the start of the Broomball Championship game. Dump and Chase, with a perfect season at 7-0 entered the rink confidently. “Win or lose, it’s been a good year of broomball,” sophomore Brett Norling of Dump and Chase said. “I am just happy to be here, but a win would be nice.” Genetic Advantage, fresh out…

Keep Reading

Shoe flyin’ high

in Sports by

By McKenzie Van Loh | Sports Editor  Freshman Shawn Monroe knelt on one knee, his shoelaces entwined in his fingers beside St. Olaf’s indoor track. He pulled the laces of his neon yellow New Balance Md400 spikes extra tight, hoping he would forget how nervous he felt. His first collegiate 400 meter race was about to begin. Deep breath. Line up. Start. Monroe Jolted forward on pure adrenaline, cutting in at the 150 meter mark of the track. With every stride, his confidence recharged. Until about 25 seconds in. At the 200 meter mark, another runner stepped on Monroe’s right shoe. As the shoe shifted on his foot, he lost his balance, lost his rhythm. I can’t win this race anymore, Monroe thought to himself.   But, with his shoe sliding around on his size 13 foot, he kept running. Stomping toward the 150 mark, Monroe knew the shoe needed to…

Keep Reading

23 years later

in Sports by

By McKenzie Van Loh | Sports Editor Junior Karl Olsen shakes his legs one more time before getting on the blocks for the last heat of the 200 meter dash at Macalester College. Olsen approaches lane five beside Jack Schultenover, a Macalester runner who had clocked times under 23 seconds before- a goal for Olsen. With Schultenover in his peripherals, Olsen jolted off the blocks with hopes of at least keeping his pace. Within seconds, Olsen converged with Schultenover’s steps, aligning strides for a few short moments until emerging to the front of the pack. 19…20…21…22.45. Olsen finishes first in his heat, and immediately looks at the scoreboard. 22.45. A lot better than he expected. 30 seconds after finishing the race, Bethel alumni Mark Rice finds Olsen to inform him that he had just broken the all time school record of 23 years by .03 seconds. “I didn’t really know…

Keep Reading

Who won the race?

in Culture Arts & Lifestyle by

By Mckenzie Van Loh | Sports Editor With the shot of a gun, 248 hungry Cross Country runners launched onto a ripe, grassy course, tearing the ground behind them with hopes and dreams of victory. The women’s MIAC championship race was now underway, and tension ran higher than Bethel’s dammed creek amidst the sinkhole construction. My green headband poked through the mass of filthy legs, oscillating ponytails and chunky face paint. I scanned the crowd of spectators in a quest to spot my friends and family. “Hey, Kiddo!” my dad said as he peered through his camera lens. Click. As the runners squeezed together, rivalries among all 12 of the competing schools loomed over the crowd. With little room to maneuver around one another, elbows flew and feet were nicked. We moved like raging rapids. No room to breathe or make a wrong move. The current of racers ripped around a…

Keep Reading

Can Fossil Fuels Be Moral?

in News by

Bethel students and faculty respond to Alex Epstein’s unexplored argument. McKenzie Van Loh | Sports Editor Posters tacked across Bethel’s campus advertised an event taking place Oct. 17 called “The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels,” an educational session on fossil fuels presented by Alex Epstein, a writer who specializes in the topic of energy. The posters stirred controversy across Bethel’s campus in the days preceding the event. The event was hosted by Bethel College Republicans. “Last year we had RepublicEn, who are Republicans who accept climate change and want to do something about it, so I thought it would be cool to have another speaker come in with another way to look at it,” sophomore Sam Krueger said. Krueger, President of Bethel College Republicans, was contacted by The Coalition for the Secure Energy Future (CSEF) in regards to the event. “CSEF had come in last year to talk about a diverse energy portfolio and so he…

Keep Reading

Friday, Oct. 21

in News by

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. McKenzie Van Loh | News Reporter Bethel News A new issue of The Clarion was released yesterday! Check out the newspaper stations around campus to pick up your copy today! The guest speaker in chapel today is Shaundra B. Daily. She will be talking about “tension and connection at the intersection of technology and community.” Bethel’s volleyball team will play against St. Thomas tomorrow at Bethel. Games are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Local News George Edward Lowe, a 45-year-old from St. Paul was charged after breaking into a woman’s apartment and forcing her to sit on the couch with him while he smoked a cigarette and drank a beer. Read the full story here. The Mall of America has recently opened a free Prince Exhibit, according to Kare 11. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 14. Read…

Keep Reading

Go to Top