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Eyes Open Abroad

International crises such as the terrorist attacks in Paris and the movement of Syrian refugees impact study abroad programs. Keep Reading


A World Apart

Syrian immigrant and longtime dining center worker fears for loved ones back home and sheds light on crisis of her people. Sarah Nelson | Staff Writer Fayzah Sattout lets out an infectious laugh and explains how her favorite time of the year is Ramadan, a holiday recognized by Muslims as a time of fasting. She’s no stranger to working shifts in the Dining Center without eating or drinking all day, and jokes about enjoying fewer bathroom breaks because of it. She recalls winning a $250 prize one August during a Sodexo meeting to prepare for the upcoming school year. Because the money was meant to buy food, she couldn’t accept the prize. But Sattout always presents her faith in a dignified manner. “I’m proud of my religion,” Sattout, a devout Muslim said. Sattout grew up in Syria, where she attended a university and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. In… Keep Reading


Pocket Guide to the Democratic Candidates

With former VA. Senator Jim Webb out of the race, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head for the democratic bid. Sarah Nelson | Staff Writer Bernie Sanders After 16 years as Vermont’s sole representative in the House and currently serving his second term in the Senate, Sanders is demystifying the sobriquet of “socialist” with surging popularity among college students feeling the Bern.   On the Issues: Economy: Sanders identifies as a democratic socialist, saying the ideology is not tied to Marxist beliefs or ridding of capitalism. Income inequality is one of the most prominent issues on his platform, and Sanders demands that wealthy corporations pay a fair amount of taxes. He also wishes to break up big banks.   College Debt: For those enrolled in public universities, rejoice! Sanders wishes to model America’s higher education system after Germany by making public universities free. He vows to also cut student… Keep Reading


How It’s Made: Academic Calendar

Marissa Gamache | News Editor Vice-President and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Deb Sullivan-Trainor is in charge of the puzzle. Policies, guidelines, lists and approval groups are all aspects of stitching the academic calendar together at Bethel. She’s tasked with all of the logistics that go into making the puzzle pieces fit snugly. The Academic Calendar Policy guides Sullivan-Trainor and serve as a basis for laying out the possible options for how the academic calendar will look. While the whole process only takes up about two percent of her job, according to Sullivan-Trainor, it is still a cumbersome project that has faced numerous hiccups in past years. The office of Academic Affairs, guided by the Academic Calendar policy first penned in 1984, takes charge of planning each academic calendar. Scheduled two years in advance, Sullivan-Trainor must take athletics, holidays and music tours among other agendas into consideration when… Keep Reading


Bringing Funk to the Bunk

Brendan Whalen pounds the final nail into the wood, with his dad by his side in the garage, their project is finished. Whalen, a freshman, builds and sells bookshelves for lofted dorm beds that give students a storage space by their bed. These Top Bunk Bookshelves, as Whalen calls them, act as a headboard with shelf space that gives students a place to keep things by their beds. They are made-to-order with customizable color and can be purchased for $40. Jon Pytlak, Whalen’s roommate, purchased a bookshelf for his own bunk because he was tired of reaching down to his desk to grab his phone. Keep Reading


Letter from the President

I get the impression that to the Student Body, the Board of Trustees seems like this large, mysterious body — a group of people who no one really understands. We, as students, sense that they are significant, but we are not really sure why. I asked a few individuals what they knew about the Board of Trustees and here were a few of the responses: “I know they meet,” “not much,” and “it’s a group of people with a lot of money.” Keep Reading


President Barnes talks about CCCU and Homosexuality to Faculty Senate

Perched directly across from a gaping hole in the oval of faculty, Bethel’s president Jay Barnes wore an ominous look, showing little excitement for the coming conversation. President Barnes had one hour to address the faculty senate meeting about his letter, co-authored with Scott Ridout, president of Converge Ministries addressing the churches affiliated with Converge Ministries. Their letter was an affirmation to churches’ congregation that both Bethel and Converge, in the wake of uncertainty with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), would continue to hold fast in the traditional beliefs of marriage between one man and one woman. Keep Reading


Does Anybody Hear Me?

For music students, the risks of hearing loss seem obvious. Yet, I’ve almost always been the only person wearing earplugs in all my musical activities. Keep Reading


Guarded Heart

A security guard with a brown paper bag was knocking at the door. Professor William McVaugh opened the door during Human Anatomy Lab and all McKenzie Van Loh saw was a heart being returned. McVaugh assured the guard it was a pig heart, not a human one. Keep Reading

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