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Defense helps Royals top Gusties

In a matchup of high-seeded MIAC teams, Bethel’s defense makes a statement in the win. By Sam Johnson Swarming hands. Moving feet. Pressuring each possession. On a typical, cold Wednesday night in February, the Bethel Royals had the Gustavus Gusties feeling the heat all game long. The ever-present defense led the charge to a convincing win for the Royals as they locked up the third seed in the MIAC playoffs, defeating the fourth-place Gusties 68-48. The home Royals began the game making their presence known on the defensive end of the floor. With starting guards Bella Williams and Haylee Barker disrupting passing lanes on the press, the Gusties scored a season-low seven first quarter points. But more shocking, they had more turnovers, nine, than total points scored. Second quarter action didn’t show much improvement for the visitors. They were held without a field goal until the four-minute mark and ended… Keep Reading

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50 Years in the Making

Built in 1968, Nelson Hall is set to undergo its first extensive renovation this coming summer. By Zach Walker   The Bethel University freshmen currently residing in Nelson Hall are living like their parents. Sheltered by the same red and black brick walls, wandering around the same shack in the center of same lobby and peeling T-shirts away from sweat-covered skin caused by the same lack of air conditioning. These students are experiencing the Nelson of old, the Nelson of 1968. Come fall 2019, the decades-old dorm will feel like it was just built. Construction will begin the day after students leave for summer break. The idea is to create an open environment. Shack, which is currently placed in the center of the lobby, will be moved to the side of the building, creating more space for a community lounge. The closed-off kitchen will also be connected to this space.… Keep Reading

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WBB: Royals hit triple digits, beat Knights

Bethel leads wire-to-wire to maintain the third spot in the MIAC standings. Next game is Saturday at home versus Macalester College. By Sam Johnson As the Bethel Royals women’s basketball team held tight to the third spot in the MIAC standings Wednesday night, their next challenge pitted them against Carleton Knights, who came into the game winless in the conference. The Royals won 100-52 in a game it led from start to finish. Bethel jumped out to an 11-1 lead within the first four minutes of the game. From the opening tip, the Royals sprinted down loose balls and trampolined for offensive rebounds. By the end of the quarter, Bethel had a 12-point lead, fueled by eight offensive rebounds in a game where they totaled 18. The second quarter played out like much of the first. Carleton’s turnovers ignited Bethel’s fast breaks. A 21-4 run helped the home team extend… Keep Reading

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Dr. Corrow leads research in face blindness

Bethel University professor Dr. Sherryse Corrow sheds light on not-so-rare cognitive disorder.  By Emma Eidsvoog A woman walked onto an elevator with a stranger. The door closed and after a few moments she began to recognize the features of the man. Maybe it was the color of his hair, or the way he stood or what he was wearing that made her realize the elevator stranger was her brother. This situation is common for people living with face blindness, or the inability to recognize faces. Technically named prosopagnosia, face blindness affects about 2 percent of the population and Bethel University psychology professor Sherryse Corrow is a leading expert in the disorder. She has spent 10 years of her life researching prosopagnosia to better understand it and raise awareness. If someone suspects they have prosopagnosia a doctor may not have a way to diagnose them or may not even know the… Keep Reading

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A space for Catholic students

New club provides opportunity for Catholic students to gather and share faith By Emma Melling The room is quiet, the only sound a fan whirring in the distance. A group of six sits on wheeling chairs patterned with blue, green and brown. Hands raise to make the sign of the cross as junior Grace Nichols prays. “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is a meeting of Bethel’s new Catholic club, a space for Catholic students to gather, live life and talk about their shared faith. After trying to get the club off of the ground since spring of 2018, the club was finally passed and made official Oct. 29. Club leader, junior Grace Nichols, talked about why the club was started. “The heart behind creating this is that it’s hard to be Catholic at Bethel, for many reasons,” Nichols said. “You kind of feel casted… Keep Reading

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Model United Nations expands

Model UN prepared for its annual conference. By Lindsey Micucci Bethel University’s Model UN attended the American Model United Nations simulation conference in Chicago, Illinois Nov. 17-20, along with 90 universities from across the United States. The conference covered topics ranging from international security to environmental issues. In each committee, the goal is to work with other “countries” to create resolutions and solutions to the issue topic that’s being discussed. Although some schools see the conference as a competition, Mariah Marr, senior political science and international relations major and head delegate of Venezuela, emphasized the learning experience she sees from representing another country and taking the simulations seriously. According to Marr, all students are going into the conference with the goals of passing as many resolutions as possible and representing Bethel well. Last year, Bethel could only send 10 people to represent one country. This year, because of the spark… Keep Reading

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The case for BUILD

A former BUILD student’s family is suing Bethel for disability discrimination. This year, a pilot program was initiated to incorporate BUILD students into CAS classes. By Emily Jan, Elena Vaughn and Maddie DeBilzan Local news outlets lauded Bethel University’s Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) program in 2016 for sending its first round of students through to graduation. The Star Tribune named it “one of only a few such programs in Minnesota to give students with intellectual disabilities a chance at college life.” But Nov. 14, Christopher and Jennifer Camota Luebke claimed that Bethel did not uphold its word and failed to follow state law when their son – who left Bethel last year – was not treated equally as a student with intellectual disabilities. The parents are suing Bethel for disability discrimination. The student of the family who sued, whose name was not released, attended Bethel’s BUILD program in the… Keep Reading

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Story unfolds for campus theft

Students lose cameras, computers, and class time. By Zach Walker One facilities management cart, two men and a car. That’s all it took for more than $55,000 worth of media production equipment to be stolen from the communication studies department at Bethel University Nov. 6. The motive of the crime is still unknown, but the case is currently under open investigation by the Ramsey County Police Department. “The Office of Safety and Security is currently investigating the crime with multiple local law enforcement agencies,” Bethel Director of Risk Management Zachary Hill said. According to Hill, although the case remains partially unresolved, the robbery itself was caught on camera and the logistics and effects have been determined. “What we know about the incident is that the two unknown males entered campus in the evening… and spent a significant amount of time in the Johnson Art Gallery,” Hill said. On Nov. 7… Keep Reading

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Proposal previews and cabinet changes

Recent executive turnover and innovative ideas discussed at community gathering By Jasmine Johnson The Underground echoed with the lyrics of happy birthday Tuesday morning as faculty and staff gathered for updated information from President Jay Barnes and the cabinet. The morale was lifted compared to the meeting two months earlier after the announcement of the budget cuts around campus. Barnes began the meeting by addressing the many staffing changes and temporary stand-ins within the cabinet. The search for a new Chief Enrollment Officer “proceeds more slowly than I wish,” Barnes said. Amidst all this change, Barnes also announced Senior Vice President for Advancement Mark Miles’ resignation from the university effective Dec. 15. He accepted a position as chief development officer in Seattle that is closer to his daughter’s family. Barnes asked Associate Vice President for Alumni and Family Relations and Advancement Operations Jim Bender to serve as the temporary chief… Keep Reading

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PHOTOS: Bethel basketball teams sweep home opener doubleheader

Royal cagers score wins over River Falls and Crown By Jared Martinson Second half turns close game into comfortable victory for women’s basketball Plenty of Bethel community members headed home for Thanksgiving weekend on Tuesday, but the Robertson Center gym was packed for the first hoops action of the season. The Bethel women’s team defeated UW-River Falls by a score of 62-47, using a 14-0 run in the third quarter to cushion their lead. Senior center Hannah Johnson showed her interior dominance again with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance while junior forward Taite Anderson added 16 points. The women are 3-0 for the first time since 2013-14. Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer’s squad travels to play a conference game against Augsburg next Wednesday. Jenson paces another balanced attack as men’s team runs away from Crown Jack Jenson scored 20 points to lead the Bethel men’s team past Crown College by a score of… Keep Reading

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