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Uncovering Inequality

For activists, Blacks Lives Matter is about more than protesting; it’s fighting for equality. Marissa Gamache | News Editor Police brutality, racial profiling, protests, killing, hurt, anger, death, tragedy, change. The North Minneapolis neighborhood has experienced all of these things and more. “My one nephew, he gets stopped every week by the police, and he knows what to do so that nothing happens,” Professor Karen McKinney said. “ This is ridiculous.” For many individuals living in North Minneapolis, being stopped by the police is a regular occurrence. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota report shows from 2012 to 2014, out of 96,000 arrests for low-level crimes, blacks were 8.7 times more likely to be arrested than whites. This may lead to assumptions about the people of North Minneapolis, but Tanden Brekke of Campus Ministries sees the population differently. “The people here are different than what [the statistics] are describing,” he… Keep Reading

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Bethel Student Government Elections Uncontested

Elections for this year’s student body president and vice president are uncontested this year, giving Pres. Zoe Vermeer and VP Taji Onesirosan an opportunity to look at next year. Abby Peterson | The Clarion When students gathered their blankets, sweatshirts — and one futon — to lay on the hill outside of the Community Life Center for the Sept. 11, 2015 Movie on the Hill, Student Body President Zoe Vermeer saw it as a sign Bethel Student Government was doing its job right. Five months later, February elections for President and Vice President show only one option: Zoe Vermeer and Taji Onesirosan; the current President and Vice President of BSG. Voting for the President and Vice President took place Feb. 17-19. “Our term is only half over, which is kind of crazy, but over the last semester I would say it has gone so well,” Vermeer said. While Vermeer and… Keep Reading

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Faculty Senate Discusses Campus Master Plan 2.0 Future

Dust settles over proposed master plan as senate comes to compromise for moving forward. Marissa Gamache | News Editor With deliberation over for now, the dust is settling after a fury of frustration from the College of Arts and Sciences faculty. Faculty senate has come to an agreement on the proper way to move forward with the Campus Master Plan (CMP). The Board of Trustees will be meeting this week to tackle the issue of how to best implement the plan. Questions now arise as to the fundraising that will be necessary to execute the plan along with a definitive picture of what CAS will look like 7-10 years from now. The plan has morphed into a fast-changing set of possibilities for what is to come of the expansion of Bethel’s 3900 campus and the utilization of The Anderson Center. Originally calling for education, communication, English- journalism, philosophy and the… Keep Reading

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Saves for the Sergeant

Goaltender uses the memory of his father to propel him toward the future. Jason Stormer | Sports Editor Jesse Garcia IV wanted a treat after a February practice in 2015, so he drove to a Mc Donald’s near Armadillo Deck Rink in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Garcia IV played goalie for the Granite City Lumberjacks of the NA3HL. He was waiting in line at the drive thru after ordering a hot chocolate when his phone started ringing. It was his mom. He was expecting her call. He knew it wasn’t going to be good news. He knew it was going to be about his father’s doctor appointment. He was right. Jesse Garcia III’s appointment did not go well. She told Garcia IV to go his father’s house in Maplewood as soon as possible. As he rushed back to his apartment, he grabbed enough clothes to be able to stay a few… Keep Reading

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Cloud of Witnesses

Bethel’s Political Science Department copes with the loss of two professors in less than 3 months. Christine Ramstad | Features Editor On December 9, 2015 students and faculty gathered in offices around campus and shared tears over the passing of Bethel political science professor, Stacey Hunter Hecht. She was 47. On February 1, 2016, the department learned of another loss. Long-time political science and history professor, G. William Carlson, known as ‘G.W.’ to most, died at the age of 72. “It was like a one-two punch in the gut,” political science professor Fred Van Geest said. He keeps a small space heater in the corner of his office — a keepsake from the sorrowful and therapeutic day he cleaned out Hunter Hecht’s office, shortly after returning from winter break. While sorting what remained of her belongings, mostly books and files, he realized the full extent of her career. It wasn’t… Keep Reading

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Black History Month Events

Since 1976, America has officially recognized February as Black History Month, celebrating the history of African Americans and their central role in the growth of the United States. Here at Bethel, we have many different events that you can attend to celebrate with the rest of the country! Monday, Feb 15th  Mixed Blood Theater: Daughters of Africa The Underground @ 5pm Fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, and many others, this exuberant, music-driven celebration of African American women’s triumphs and accomplishments features a striking collection of profiles of the famous and the forgotten. Thursday, Feb 18th Doc & Discuss: “The Language You Cry In” CC 313 @ 6:30pm The Language You Cry In tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah… Keep Reading

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A Pocket Guide to the Republican Candidates

It’s Barack Obama’s last year in the oval office, as his predecessor will be chosen in roughly 13 months. After two debates, here are the top Republican candidates in the polls and headlines. Sarah Nelson | The Clarion   Keep Reading

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First-time Photojournalists

During the first weekend of February, the ENW120 Photojournalists took on Bethel University sporting events. Showing up big time at track meets and basketball games, these pho-jo’s tried their hand at shooting the craziness of sporting events, capturing the action and the documenting the athletes’ emotions as they competed. Their guides? Tried and true photojournalists Morgan Spiehs and Andrew Dickinson (and the infamous Nathan Klok, of course). Check out their best shots below! Keep Reading

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