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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

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