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Carving away the darkness

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How ceramics saved Bethel University artist Ben Soper from high school and college depression. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter Bethel University sophomore Ben Soper sits on a four-legged stool hunched over the front of the wheel in the fluorescent lit pottery studio in the basement of the Clausen Center. The floors and walls covered with clay. The room filled with both unfinished and finished works of art. Soper wears a camo hat, plaid shirt, crocs and black pants that will soon be caked in clay. At Bethel, most pottery students protect their clothes by wearing aprons and having a set of designated clothes to wear while they are working in the studio. However, he doesn’t have designated clothes and chooses to never wear an apron. Soper is the type of student who won’t study for art history or do homework for 21st century math, but will pull all-nighters every Monday in the ceramics…

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Life after addiction

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Ben Warnock sits cross-legged on his grey sheeted bed. Folding and unfolding his hands, breathing faster than normal, a half-mouthed smile disappears and reforms on his lips. Warnock is ready to share his story. He is ready to share his fight with alcoholism. Today Warnock is a recovery coach at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, helping men with addictions like his own find and claim a future without alcohol. To reach this point was not easy. It took years of heartbreak, relapse and prayer for Warnock to fathom a life free from alcohol. Warnock first drank alcohol during his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota with his girlfriend at the time. It was not until the couple broke up that Warnock turned away from God and turned toward alcohol. Within a year, he was drinking a liter of vodka almost every day and beginning an eight-year-long journey of in-and-out…

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A father is a father

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Two Bethel University students share their stories about their dad’s dying from alcoholism when the daughters were 7 years old. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter Editors note: “Jim Zevnick essentially drank himself to death while alone in his apartment Jan. 14, 2004″ should be “Jim Zevnick died alone in his apartment Jan. 14, 2004. With no alcohol in his system, doctors believed that he had a stroke or his body had just given out due to all the abuse” “Jim’s parents sent Jenna, Cally and Lisa to Big Sky Resort in Montana, to take their minds off of their dad’s death. That’s when Greg, Zevnick’s now step-dad, entered into Lisa’s life.” should be “They married about a year after Jim’s passing to Lisa’s parents invited Jenna, Cally and Lisa to Big Sky Resort in Montana, to take their minds off of their dad’s death. That’s when Greg, Zevnick’s now step-dad,…

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Interview Project: Justice Chaffee

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Bethel University sophomore Justice Chaffee shares about his struggles growing up as a black male in a predominantly white community. He comes from Virginia, Minnesota raised by his mother while his father, who was an olympian athlete, remained absent for the majority of his life. Chaffee overcame the negativity of racism, kept his head high through tough situations and now studies physical education at Bethel while playing for the football team. Also, in this video he reflects on faith and life’s journey. – Produced by Madyson Fortier and Bri Shaw and videographed by Miranda Weippert   

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#TFTB: What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

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In the words of sophomore Kristina Curtis, “There was a woman crawling out of the TV and I thought it was going to be real.” Bethel University students share about the scariest movie they’ve ever seen through this installment of Thoughts from the Bubble. The Ring, Sinister, Silence of the Lambs plus more are just a few skin crawling movies these students sat through and survived.   – Videographed and produced by Miranda Weippert, Madyson Fortier and Bri Shaw      

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J Term VS May Term

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Students from schools around the MIAC debate January term versus May term. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter January term is known as J-term at Bethel University. For many students, J-term brings a month of relaxation, a month of one class and not much else. J-term is the month of broom ball, movie marathons and many study abroad trips. January term is nothing new to Bethel University. In fact, the first interim  was held in January, 1970. “Before interim, Bethel had the traditional semester system,”Chief Institutional Data & Research Officer Daniel Nelson said. “Moving to the 4-1-4 academic calendar allowed fall term to finish before Christmas.” All 13 MIAC schools except for Augsburg, Carleton, Concordia, Saint Benedict and Saint John’s have the 4-1-4 academic calendars, which means that they have fall semester, January term then spring semester. “I like not having a January term,” Augsburg student Rachel Frantz said. “It means we get…

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Gary Long’s Road to Recovery

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Professor Gary Long opens up about his battle with urothelial carcinoma. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter Gary Long saw his wife Kathryn pull into the driveway as they looked into one another’s eyes. As she told him the news she had just received from his neurologist, Long found himself falling to his knees and into the arms of his wife. Long, a biblical and theological studies professor, was diagnosed with bladder cancer, urothelial carcinoma, in January 2014 during J-term at Bethel University. “Hearing the news was devastating,” Kathryn Long said. “Especially for a second time.” This wasn’t the only time cancer had struck the Long family. Alan, Long’s son, is a cancer survivor himself. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma the summer before his senior year in high school. “It killed me to think of my family having to face this brand of fear and pain again,” Alan said. “But as someone…

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‘It’s OK to cry’

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Losing a close family member for the first time reminds me how precious family is. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter I left work at Totally Tan late Thursday night and arrived home around 10:15 p.m. I knew my grandpa wasn’t doing well. I knew that he hadn’t been responsive all day and that the RN nurse who had come early that morning estimated he would only have a week at most, left here on this Earth. After walking through the front door, I headed toward the living room. A hospice bed – keeping my grandpa comfortable – took up a room once filled with recliners, a couch and a TV. My grandpa, Vernon Doran, was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer about five years ago. He passed away surrounded by loved ones Oct 13, 2016 at the young age of 77. He could build almost anything. A chair. A bookshelf. A…

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Bubblefeed

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Plan ahead for your Black Friday shopping. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter       In recent years, retail stores have started opening their doors early for those hard-core shoppers who wanted to get the best deals and discounts. When digging into why some stores have decided to stay closed Thanksgiving night it was found that many stores have commented saying that Thanksgiving is a holiday and employees should be home with their families – not working. Below is a shortened list of the stores staying closed for Thanksgiving 2016. Mall of America DSW Ikea Gamestop Barnes & Noble Marshalls Menards Staples Cabela’s Jo-ANN   Online shopping will still be an option and available for those stores that will be closed and will still have deals going up online, which means hard-core shoppers can still shop those deals with the luxury of sitting at home! Keep up to date on and…

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BubbleFeed

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Bethel’s first Bubblefeed highlights some must attend Halloween attractions in Minnesota. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter Halloween is just around the corner. Looking for a good scare? Check out some of these local Halloween themed attractions to help you get in the mood. The Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory located in Minneapolis. This Halloween attraction started a decade ago and is still an evolving annual tradition. All of this is put on by volunteers. You are required to be 18 years or older and fill out a waiver form. Find more info on dates you can attend and ticket prices here. Scream Town located in Chaska, MN. This Halloween attraction has eight different attractions to visit. Scream Town is located just perfectly outside the suburb atmosphere and feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. Find more info on dates you can attend and ticket prices here. Valleyscare located in Shakopee. Within this Halloween attraction…

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