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Surviving the spotlight

Freshman Ty Koehn has won an ESPY and appeared on Good Morning America, but his 10 seconds of fame can’t end soon enough. By Josh Towner Koehn worked on the wad of Big League Chew bubblegum in his mouth as he looked to see who the next batter was.  One more out would punch Mounds View High School’s ticket to the state tournament. His heart sank as he recognized his longtime friend Jack Kocon step up to the plate. The two had played basketball and baseball together since elementary school. Koehn and Kocon were both seniors. With Mounds View leading Totino-Grace four to nothing in the last inning, Koehn knew this was likely Kocon’s last at bat. Kocon was the same guy who hit a walk-off just days earlier against Mounds View. Koehn worked to a 2-2 count. Mounds View’s ticket needed one more strike. The catcher signaled for an… Keep Reading


The hometown hitter

A lifetime of playing baseball supplied Brian Raabe with the wisdom he needed to become a coach. By Jared Martinson Five-year-old Brian Raabe knew what his life was going to be. It was the same process as the rest of the kids in New Ulm, Minn., a small German town 98 miles southwest of the heart of the Twin Cities. When your hometown has as many professionally-kept baseball fields as city council members, you’re more likely to end up on a diamond than in an oval. And so Raabe dreamed a little more and worked a little more to find a way. Only the large metro-style cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud can lay claim to owning as many big leaguers as New Ulm when it comes to Minnesota natives. Longtime catcher Terry Steinbach headlines the six ballplayers who have been recorded as major league participants. Brian Raabe… Keep Reading


A smile that matters

Freshman Justin Evilsizer is not an average sports fan, rather he lives his life bringing joy and positivity to everyone he meets. By Sam Johnson Click. Click. Justin Evilsizer sits at a ticket table in front of the Robertson Center, using his blue stamper to send a smiley face onto fans’ wrists. Click. The Bethel’s men’s basketball team prepared to go against St. Thomas and Evilsizer greeted everyone, Royal or Tommie, with fist-bumps, high-fives, or a nod and a smile. Instead of spectators gazing at a Raisin’ Canes gift basket on top of the table as they entered the gym, filled with a baby blue t-shirt, a plush dog with a ‘Canes’ bandana, and layers of red confetti, they glanced first to someone else. His bright neon green shirt helped catch their attention. It might still be seen even if the building lost power. “Enjoy the game,” the decked-out Royals… Keep Reading


On my own two feet

A double amputee, Elena Evans made strides longer than she ever imagined possible. By Zach Walker Elena Evans loved summer camp. Suspended by paracord at the top of a rock wall, she surveyed Trout Lake. The water and the trees and the toddlers stared up at her like she was royalty. Releasing her grip, she descended through woodland air, the smell of pine and campfire smoke welcoming her back. The rope went slack as she landed on feet that weren’t hers. Novocherkassk, Russia — In 1996, there was no cure for physical deformation. No medicine, no therapy, no special care. Most kids learned how to walk. Evans did too, just on her knees. Evans was born with feet that curved in. Not the standard angle, but a sharp diversion toward the opposite calf. She did a sort of shuffle across the orphanage floor, her feet lagging behind. It was there… Keep Reading


Women’s hockey team wins back to back

The Royals started their first 2-game win streak of the season. By Taylor Fondie and Joe Hiti, Sports Reporters Four Bethel University players scored, including two goals from sophomore forward Bri Stafne, in a 5-2 win over Northland College at the Bethel University Arena in Blaine. The Royals beat Northland 4-0 the night before.  “We came into the second down by a goal and we all knew what we needed to do,” said Stafne, who scored in both the second and third periods. Freshman goalie Emily Auge made 34 saves on 36 shots in her first win of the season. The Royals head into next weekend’s home-and-away series against Saint Benedict with a two-game win streak.  “Keep the momentum coming,” Stafne said. “We haven’t won two games in a row, it’s exciting for all of us girls to feel that.”   Keep Reading


Royals beat St. Kate’s

The Bethel women’s basketball team edged out St. Kate’s 64-55 at home. By Zach Walker, Clarion Sports Reporter In game full of fouls, steals, and lead changes, the Bethel Royals defeated the St. Catherine’s Wildcats 64-55 Jan 5 at Bethel University’s Robertson Center. Scoring for Bethel was evenly spread. Hannah Johnson led the team with 14 points, while Taite Anderson and Makenna Pearson followed with 12 points each. Sam Orth and Danica Cambrice led the Wildcats with 12 and 11 respectively, the only players with double-digit points. Makenna Pearson proved essential to the Royals during the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of threes and leading the team in steals with five. Despite a tough shooting night, the Royals proved dominant on defense. Running a full-court press for most of game and a zone defense in the halfcourt, Bethel forced 22 turnovers. “Our zone came up big for us today,” coach… Keep Reading


International Justice Mission: Bethel students work to end to human trafficking

IJM club leader Elizabeth Szilagyi dresses up for Dressember to raise money for trafficking rescue missions.  By Emma Eidsvoog | Clarion Correspondent A mother is someone who cares for their sick child, drives them to school and cheers them on from the pool bleachers. She does not sell them into sex trafficking. This situation was a reality for a human trafficking survivor who shared her story at an IJM conference in Texas where sophomore Elizabeth Szilagyi listened in her seat heartbroken by the testimony. The woman, now rescued and inspiring others to join the cause, prays for her mom to learn what she needs to learn while in prison. Szilagyi still remembers that statement. “So many times we think ‘Yes! They got into prison’, but we should actually be praying for these people,” Szilagyi said. “That they will also be saved because they are also captured.” Szilagyi leads Bethel’s IJM… Keep Reading

Becoming the person she needed: From homelessness to Street Ministry

Bobbie Jo Chapkin started a street ministry in the North Minneapolis community to reach the marginalized with love and the message of Christ.  By Molly Korzenowski  Bobbie Jo Chapkin rushed toward Merwins Liquor on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, yards from Sanctuary Covenant Church. A woman with long black braids, Tatiana, emerged from her car. Upon seeing Chapkin, a smile appeared on the woman’s face. BJ, her nickname for Chapkin, cares. Chapkin, a Missional Ministries and Digital Humanities major at Bethel, knew right away what the goal of her Digital Humanities capstone would be.  She wanted to do an internship allowing her to work with people living on the margins, a place she knew very well. This passion led her to work with Sanctuary Covenant Church on Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, a community shrouded in stereotypes. “I wanted to shed some light on what it’s really like, show… Keep Reading


Bridging two worlds

Professor Jessica Henderson explores technology’s effect on her life through new exhibit.  By Jasmine Johnson Family members, friends, students and faculty crowded into the wooden encased Eastlund Room Nov. 8. The original setup of 98 chairs was not enough for the endless line of supporters streaming through the double doors. “Some of us when we go on sabbatical will rest, but Jess just made a lot of artwork,” gallery director Michelle Wingard said. “So much artwork that our entire gallery is Henderson-ified.” With the help of faculty development and alumni grants, design professor Jessica Henderson was able to complete the Johnson gallery exhibit “uhhh, u there?” during her time off on sabbatical spring 2018. The collection explored the half-and-half nature of her exposure to technology: half of her life free from it and the other half absorbed and surrounded by it. From her first Internet search for Mad Magazine to… Keep Reading

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

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