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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

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


Coverage Alert: Bethel Football hosts Wartburg in NCAA first round today

Follow the Clarion today for in-depth playoff football coverage! By Jared Martinson Saturday afternoon at Royal Stadium is expected to be just as cold as last week and even more raucous. The Bethel football team (9-1) plays host to Wartburg College (8-2) in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. It’s the Royals’ first playoff appearance since 2013. For extensive game coverage and updates throughout, be sure to follow Jared Martinson on Twitter @Jar_Head88. The Clarion Staff will be providing news and notes outside the lines of the field as well. The contest begins at noon on the campus of Bethel University. Admission is $4 for students (with a valid ID) and $8 for adults. Keep Reading


A reading break from work

Kirsta Graf will be reading to kids at the Dunn Brothers where she works. Kirsta Graf, a senior at Bethel University who is in the BUILD program, will be reading several stories to children at Dunn Brothers on County Road D at 10 a.m. Nov. 16. She will cozy up in the coffee shop to give back to children through the power of stories. “I like when the kids look at the pictures,” Graf said. Graf will not be nervous for her reading time with the kids. She is also an employee of the establishment, familiar with the hustle and bustle of the coffee shop. Although her previous reading only brought in one child, perhaps due to Minnesota’s abrupt entrance into winter the previous night, she will continue to read each Friday morning to however many kids show up. – Carmen Syverson, Clarion correspondent Keep Reading


White Christian Imagination event coming to Bethel

Pastor to discuss “how whiteness has disembodied the biblical narrative Monday. “White Christian Imagination: How Whiteness has Disembodied the Biblical Narrative” features church planter and senior pastor of Lighthouse Church Dee McIntosh and will take place Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Eastlund Room at Bethel University. The Bethel Reconciliation Studies program will host the event, which hopes to approach whiteness and its implications on society. “This work is about, ‘How do we understand this social construction?’” said Tanden Brekke, who teaches a course titled “European American Experiences, Whiteness, and Reconciliation.” The event is part of the reconciliation course’s guest speaker agenda but is open to the Bethel University community. Brekke hopes students will come with their questions and perspectives. –Judd Martinson, Clarion correspondent Keep Reading

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