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What it feels like … (creativity edition)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to get stuck in a rut Mary Hitt sat in a computer desk chair. She waited at an easel. She fiddled a 7B pencil in her hand as she longed for inspiration. She reminisced on days when ink flowed from her Micron pen and when her creative ideas had to be condensed instead of started. Without inspiration Hitt had few artistic roads to explore. Being an aspiring graphic designer means hitting walls, getting stuck in ruts.   “It feels like you have nowhere to go to try and solve a creative problem,” she said. “It can be defeating to be tracking along with a project or… Keep Reading

What it feels like… (to impact others)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like… to guide a student to the humanities For the first time in her career, professor Sara Shady thought to herself, “If I had a different career, what would it be?” Shady doesn’t remember a time she hasn’t spent a year in school. Being a professor at Bethel University for 17 years has created many opportunities for Shady, but now more than ever, she has been challenged. Shady remembers always being fascinated by the idea of philosophy, especially the intersection between ideas and culture. “How different ideas have the power to shape the culture that we’re living in, but how culture also influences and shapes our ideas,” Shady… Keep Reading

What it feels like … (generic edition)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like to … check IDs Sophomore Riley Smith surveyed the entrance through glass panes. Inside the small security hut at the west entrance of Bethel University, he leaned back in the black padded office chair during his first ever security shift. As the sun set the gate closed. He waited for low beams and complaints. Six female students arrived in force. Smith followed the code and asked for IDs. All six. “Do we have to?” the driver asked, as if told to complete her math homework. If Smith wants to get paid, they must. Since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester, Bethel students have been forced to… Keep Reading

What it feels like … (performance edition)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to play a really wrong note Keegan Feller stood in front of three judges, ready to give a performance in order to find out where he will be placed. “Whenever you’re ready,” one of the judges said. Keegan began to play his alto saxophone, and six measures in, he began to sweat. His brows became moist, his hands began slipping on the keys of the sax and the stage lights beat down on his forehead as if a heated lamp had just been turned on and focused on him.  He plays a wrong note.  He just messed up, he just gave up his spot as first… Keep Reading

What it feels like … to be the only one

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to be the only student in a meeting full of adults. Former Student Body President processes big changes alongside staff and faculty. Katie Finney folded down the blue seat in CC313. She put her backpack on the ground beside her and sat down. Finney’s eyes shifted to the double doors as faculty, and only faculty, filed in. Minutes later, the meeting began and the members of the Bethel University Faculty Senate began to process the decisions made regarding recent budget cuts. The faculty-only meeting took place last spring after President Jay Barnes sent out a university wide email about budget cuts. Finney described it as “an… Keep Reading

What it feels like … (sports edition)

  [Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to get checked into the boards The puck soared off the Bethel University hockey player’s stick and headed straight for the boards. The referee’s whistle was about to stop the play with an icing call. Unless, the puck could be stopped. Sarina Goos, a senior forward, skated across the ice as fast as she could. She was neck and neck with her opponent in an all out sprint. “I was just looking at the puck, trying to get there and beat her out, when all of a sudden I was on the ice,” Goos said. Despite the rules of the game which state checking is… Keep Reading

One body event Tuesday night

Panelists answer questions on faith-life and community. One Body – a Q&A panel with Pastor Dan Adler, Pastor Edrin Williams, Ann Vu, Scott Soshay, and Mari Torres – will be held in The Underground at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The 90-minute discussion is a new event put on by United Cultures of Bethel and Student Ministries. The six panelists will answer questions surrounding culture and community. It is open for students to ask questions about how culture impacts their faith community at Bethel. Food and worship will accompany the discussion panel. “Our hope and prayer for this event is that people come with open hearts, ready to learn more about our own cultures and celebrate the differences in the cultures of others as well,” said Jessica Nafe, Executive Director of Student Ministries. –Chloe Peter, Clarion correspondent Keep Reading

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Bethel grad at 19. Princeton Seminary at 20.

Former Bethel student takes her passion and talent to the next level. By Diana Clark Michaela Silvis never felt like she got to have the “freshman experience” the fall of her freshman year at Bethel University. Now that she’s at Princeton Seminary, she’s excited for what many students dread: a community bathroom in her dorm hall. Silvis started at Bethel when she was 17. “Most people forget or don’t know,” she said. “But in my head, [age was] going to limit me. It was so hard for me to say things and have authority.” Despite her age, Silvis was involved with activities all through her years at Bethel, including student activities, Shift, City Front, and multiple jobs around campus. Silvis wrote in her “What is Ministry?” paper, in theology Professor Erik Leafblad’s intro class, that ministry is “being present in another’s humanity and encountering Christ through it.” This was evident… Keep Reading

Three animated films for fall break

Bethel University students can make the most of a Friday off by catching up on homework, or they could dig into some classic animated movies to inspire themselves to do that homework during the weekend. Inquiry class sophomores suggest these three: Cuteness Overload Despicable Me (2010) can simply be described as the opposite of despicable.  It tells the story of an evil villain who grows to love three young orphaned girls, the cutest group of girls anyone will ever see on a movie screen. The youngest girl, Agnus, will literally tug at the heartstrings when she does something cute, such as when she wins a stuffed unicorn and screams, “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” It kind of makes you wanna die, of cuteness overload. Basically, if you don’t plan on watching this movie, then just consider yourself a hater of cute adopted orphaned girls that turn a hard evil villain… Keep Reading

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“The craziest, best day ever”

An inside look at the hearts and hands behind welcome week By Jaimee Hood and Molly Korzenowski Marisa Griner, a welcome week crew coordinator and senior, waved triumphantly as a car pulled up in front of freshman hill on move-in day Aug. 23. Standing in the road with a black headset and a smile, Griner is where she is supposed to be. Until a golf cart sweeps her away to the west parking lot. Although move-in day activities officially started Aug. 22, Bethel students have been preparing since the application process began last November. Crew members worked 150 hours in just the last two weeks, Griner said. With three event coordinators, eight committee heads and over 60 crew members, students and faculty leaders worked hard to create a comfortable move-in atmosphere for freshman. Crew member Abigail Goetzman said a lot of praying got her through the long hours of preparation… Keep Reading

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