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Taking a Stand Against Islamophobia

Seminar encourages understanding of the Islamic faith Kelly Hinseth | Staff Writers Sarah Nelson | Staff Writers On April 14, 50 students, faculty and community members gathered in the Eastlund Room for the Responding to Islamophobia seminar. Standing before the group were three people of the Muslim faith: an African-American, a white woman recently converted from Lutheranism and a lifetime Muslim from Pakistan. The panel of three shared their testimonies and backgrounds and answered questions taken from the audience about their religion and faith. “One of our main goals for the [seminar] was to talk about differences and to put a face to a label or a name,” Janna Burger said. Burger, a junior, is the leader of the Better Together club. Better Together is an organization that was started this year after Burger and a number of other students saw a need for a better understanding of other religions… Keep Reading


Political Divide

A seemingly split student body raise questions of political tolerance and understanding among Democrats and Republicans. Marissa Gamache | News Editor Cece Gaines | Freelance Kellie Lawless | Freelance President of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) chapter at Bethel, junior Sterling Harer was energized by the number of Bethel students that went out and cast their vote on caucus night. On March 1, over 150 students from Bethel showed up at the designated Republican caucus site, blowing last year’s number out of the water. Last year, Harer recalls fewer than ten showing up. “I am very proud of Bethel students on caucus night,” Harer said. The local GOP also took notice, sending Harer emails of appreciation over the support that Bethel showed on Super Tuesday. With a strong CRNC and currently no College Democratic National Committee on campus, some voices are seemingly silenced from the political conversation because the… Keep Reading


Monday Morning Coffee: Ginkgo

  Because everyone needs at least one cup of coffee on a Monday! Lexi Friesen | Social Media Editor Coffee Shop: Ginkgo Menu/Prices: Senior Nikki Betzler stated, “The ice cream wasn’t outstanding. It was like something you would buy at the grocery but I was craving it and it did the trick.” The ice cream was $2.50 for a single scoop. I tried an Americano (10 oz.) because I can’t go to a coffee shop and not try the coffee, especially if I am writing a coffee review! I paid $1.75 for a little bigger than a shot glass cup of coffee. Nothing special, just a regular tasting cup of coffee at 8:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Good thing I have a senior seminar paper to write. I am not ashamed to admit that I also bought an Italian strawberry soda – I’ve never had one before and I… Keep Reading


Road to Reconciliation

Abby Peterson | The Clarion Led by Bethel professor Karen McKinney, Bethel seminary alum and Mohican Jim Bear Jacobs and student Conor Rasmusen, the spring break Sankofa trip focused on traveling to both current and sacred Native American sites, including renowned Ojibwe author Jim Northrup’s home on the Fond du Lac Reservation, Pipestone National Memorial and Fort Snelling State Park. The group traveled to Reconciliation Park on March 16 to visit the mass execution site of 38 Dakota men in 1862. The execution remains the largest in US history. The park, a small scrap of land next to a Mankato city road, stood out from the city because of a white bison statue the size of a pick-up, placed where the hangings took place and a scroll-shaped sign flanked by stone benches that read “forgive everyone everything.” The trip brought the group back to the Twin Cities the cloudy day of… Keep Reading


Housing the Humanities

The Humanities program partners with Student Life to pilot Bethel’s first Living and Learning Community. Lauren Clyne | The Clarion There are big changes coming to the Humanities program, but not in structure or curriculum. The changes are coming in housing. Next fall, Humanities students will be put into groups of 15 to 25 and housed near each other in each residence hall. Humanities Teacher Assistants will be assigned to each freshman dorm to lead study sessions throughout the year. Professors will visit the groups on a rotating schedule for informal Q&A opportunities. The change is partly based on the estimated 10 percent of freshman students that drop the Humanities Program and switch to CWILT within the first month of classes. “The unique program tends to overwhelm students within the first month,” Director of the Humanities program Joey Horstman said. “We would like to retain those overwhelmed students rather than increase… Keep Reading


Do More. Get Hired.

  Bethel graduate John Griffith, ’84, turned a business degree into a VP position at Target Corporation and shares secrets to his success. Marissa Gamache | News Editor As a varsity football player, Campus Coordinator and Resident Assistant, John Griffith dipped into many different clubs and organizations while attending Bethel. Voted “Most Inspirational Player” four years in a row on the football team, Griffith had drive that distinguished him from the crowd. Griffith studied business and economics at Bethel and later pursued his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He served as the Executive Vice  President of Property Development for Target Corporation. Griffith credits to many people in his life who were willing to support him during his times of doubt and struggle. “I wasn’t planning on going to college. I wanted to continue working; my parents begged me,” Griffith said. After working construction jobs throughout… Keep Reading


Bethel Wellness Center: Up and Running

Wellness Center strives to cement status as the premier health center at Bethel. Godfrey Mpetey | The Clarion On Oct. 12, 2015, Bethel University ushered in the long-awaited Wellness Center (WLC). The Bethel community’s implementation of a facility to replace its dated facility aims to administer health, fitness, nutrition and wellness to the entire Bethel community. The sprawling 11,000 sq. ft facility offers workout space on two levels, fitting 37 pieces of cardio exercise equipment and numerous weight training and free weight stations on the lower level, the Penz Strength Center. A fitness studio located on the second level provides an environment for the community to join classes such as yoga, Zumba and kickboxing. In addition, Biokinetics calls the WLC home as the third level expands space for assessment areas and classrooms. Five months after it opened, the WLC continues to promote health and wellness on campus to students. “Our goal… Keep Reading


Interns on a Mission

A behind-the-scenes look at Praying Pelicans Missions and the interns leading short-term trips. Lexi Friesen | Social Media Editor We see the Facebook posts and hear the testimonies, but what goes on behind the scenes to make mission trips happen? Bethel students are getting an up-close view at the operations as interns for Praying Pelicans Missions (PPM), headquartered in Bloomington. Several former interns from Bethel have been hired by PPM as full-time staffers, including 2015 graduate Trent Anderson and 2011 graduate Denny Meints. In 2003, PPM began mission work in two communities in Belize. Now, their organization has expanded and serves Central America and Caribbean nations such as Jamaica, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Haiti. The vision of PPM is to impact the world for Christ by providing pastoral leadership, empowering local pastors and congregations, building relationships in communities and creating healthy and safe spaces for people to serve on short-term… Keep Reading


When It’s Close to You

Bethel student Brook Stensgard woke up the morning of March 22 to find out the city she was sleeping in had been bombed by terrorists. Abby Peterson and Marissa Gamache | The Clarion Hey I heard something happened in Brussels this morning. Are you OK?” Stensgard immediately searched the news on her phone. Bombings. Brussels airport. Terrorists. Brussels, Belgium woke up Tuesday, March 22 to the sound of explosions in the city’s main airport, where suicide bombers killed 32 people and injured at least 300 more, according to the New York Times. Two hours later, another bomb exploded in the subway station of downtown Brussels. ISIS took responsibility for the attacks. Stensgard had been staying at Bodenseehof Bible School in Germany for the past six months and was enjoying a brief visit in Belgium with her uncle Ray before returning to the United States. “Going to Bible School in Germany… Keep Reading


Unity in the Underground

UCB sees largest turnout of the year at Black History Month Coffeehouse. Cece Gaines | The Clarion The United Cultures of Bethel hosted a Black History Month Coffeehouse Friday, Feb. 26 in the Underground. The doors opened at 8 p.m. and the Underground soon filled with eager students and faculty. The turnout was unexpected, as the total was higher than any other UCB event this academic year. Junior Anthony Mutua was one of the hosts for the evening and described the event as “a positive educational platform to honor and celebrate a diverse people.” With education in mind, the night kicked off with a lesson on color. A segregation activity placed students at tables based on how their skin mirrored the brown paper bag. In the 1900s, upper class black communities and sororities used the bag as a barometer between white and black hues, determining if a black person gained… Keep Reading

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