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President and provost update Bethel faculty

By: Emily Jan and Jasmine Johnson Bethel University faculty gathered in Benson Great Hall for the annual faculty retreat Aug. 21, where awards are handed out and faculty prepare for the upcoming year. The afternoon lineup of speakers included Provost Deb Harless, faculty senate president Chris Gehrz, and President Jay Barnes. The president and provost presented numbers regarding the budget and enrollment. Despite the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Seminary, and General Studies  enrollment numbers being 4 percent short of reaching this year’s goal, Bethel expects to exceed its College of Arts and Sciences goal of 2,370 students by welcoming 2,383 undergrad students for the upcoming academic year. In addition, 120 Post Secondary Education Option and 30 Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development students will be attending this fall. Harless emphasized the positive impact the increase in PSEO students returning to complete undergraduate degrees has had on enrollment numbers.… Keep Reading

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Thursday, Dec. 15

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. CeCe Gaines | News Reporter  Bethel News Today for breakfast and midday, the dining center is open during normal hours. Dinner is served from 4:45 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. The 3900 Grill will be open from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Also, Royal Grounds will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. If you still need a flu shot before winter break, Health Services has a limited number of flu shots available. Walk-ins are accepted. Students need to bring their insurance card. Flu shots are free for all staff. Local News Ten Gophers football players have been suspended from all team activities in preparation for the Holiday Bowl, according to the Pioneer Press. Find out what caused the suspension here.  Two men stopped to help a man stuck in the snow and then robbed him, according to the Pioneer Press. Read the fill story here. A Woodbury developer is… Keep Reading

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Wednesday, Dec. 14

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. Anna Bauer | News Reporter Bethel News Stop by the seminary today from noon to 1 for a time of devotions, discussion, and spiritual reflection with David Clark. Need to rent out a Bethel vehicle over J-term? Defensive Driving sessions will be held Jan. 3, 5, 19 and 31 at 11 a.m. The campus store is the place to be for taking care of last-minute details before leaving for Break! Pop in for J-term textbooks, graduation regalia, textbook rental returns and book buy-backs. Local News According to the StarTribune, an unidentified woman was found dead in Highland Park in St. Paul on Dec. 12 around 11 a.m. It’s been speculated that she suffered from frostbite on account of not wearing weather-appropriate clothing, but police remain uncertain at this point. Read the story here. Paul firefighters burned down the 13 remaining… Keep Reading

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Tuesday, Dec. 13

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. Abby Petersen | News Editor Bethel News Therapy Dogs will be on campus today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Brushaber Commons! A coloring booth will be available outside of Student Life from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Drop by the bookstore to buy your books for interim beginning this week. Local News The family of a University of Minnesota student whose son died of hypothermia in 2013 filed a federal lawsuit against the first responders, saying not every measure was taken to save his life, according to the StarTribune. Read more here. A woman was found dead near Highland Park area in St. Paul on Monday morning, according to the Pioneer Press. Read the full story here. MPR reported that blacks are more likely than whites to be ticketed during traffic stops in St. Paul. Read the… Keep Reading

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Friday, Dec. 9

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. Abby Petersen | News Editor Bethel News Today is the last day of classes. Drop by the cookie tent outside of Royal Grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Head to the CCC at 12:30 p.m. for a showing of the movie “Dakota 38.” Therapy dogs will be on campus next week Monday and Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the BC. Local News Minneapolis police officer Efrem Hamilton has been relieved of duty during an investigation of him firing a gunshot at a car that accidentally hit his squad car Nov. 20, according to the StarTribune. Read more here. Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are being encouraged to get extra shots this season for meningitis, according to the StarTribune. Read why here. National and World News Two brothers in Lebanon, Pennsylvania are dumpster diving to… Keep Reading

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Thursday, Dec. 8

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. CeCe Gaines | News Reporter  Bethel News Stop by the BC to support students from the art and design department as they sell handmade pottery from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Student Ministries is hosting Thrive, an event focused on the telling and celebration of students’ stories from 9 p.m.- 10 p.m. Don’t miss the 10:19 and 5:40 Jazz Orchestras as they play swingin’ favorites on the Egg from 7 p.m. -11 p.m. in BC! Local News The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is making stops in the St. Paul area this weekend, according to the Pioneer Press. At every stop, the train gathers money and supplies for food shelves and local charities. Also, there will be live music and food for sale at stops. Click here to find out locations and times. Are you looking for holiday gifts to give to family and… Keep Reading

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Wednesday, Dec. 7

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. Abby Petersen | News Editor Bethel News Bethel’s International Justice Mission chapter is fundraising to donate to the Dressember Foundation. Dressember raises awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Purchase a pin for $2 in Brushaber Commons today and Friday. Beginning in January, the shuttle will be making an extra stop at Rosedale Mall at 1:10 p.m. and Target at 1:15 p.m. The shuttle will leave the CLC circle at 1 p.m. Make sure to attend the cookie tent Friday between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local News A North St. Paul woman was charged with second-degree manslaughter after a 6-month-old infant died while in her care Aug. 8, according to the StarTribune. The infant died at Children’s Hospital after being strangled by her seat belt. Read the full story here. Ramsey Count Sheriff Matt Bostrom is retiring from his… Keep Reading

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Tuesday, Dec. 6

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. CALLIE SCHMIDT | NEWS REPORTER Bethel News Head to the Underground tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a dialogue around same-sex romantic relationships with Dr. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, professor at North Park Theological Seminary, and Reverend Dennis Edwards, Senior Pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church. Bethel’s International Justice Mission chapter is fundraising to donate to the Dressember Foundation. Dressember raises awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Purchase a pin for $2 in Brushaber Commons tomorrow and Friday. Art and Design students will be selling handmade pottery this Thursday and Friday in Brushaber Commons from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mugs, bowls, plates, vases and other ceramics will be for sale. Local News According to the Star Tribune, a wrong-way driver on Interstate 494 caused a head-on crash and killed two people in Bloomington Sunday. A security guard shot and killed a man during an… Keep Reading

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Monday, Dec. 5

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. Kylie Gregory | News Reporter Bethel News Visit the Underground tomorrow for a productive discussion of same-sex relationships from 7-9 p.m. Tomorrow in the Eastlund room at 6 p.m., three teams of students in the Leadership Studies department will showcase their capstones! Treats provided! Local News “Vote Shaming Letters” appeared in several Minnetonka homes the day before the election, stating which members of each neighborhood had voted in previous elections, according to the Star Tribune. Find more details here. A division of the U.S. State Department recently told Minnesota officials that the state will take in 2,505 refugees in 2017, as stated by Pioneer Press. Click here for more information on the process. National News The Army Corps released a statement saying that the Dakota Access Pipeline route would be denied, no longer leading it through Native American land.… Keep Reading

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Friday, Dec. 2

Current news from Bethel, Minnesota and beyond, brought to you by the Clarion. Zac Villarreal | News Reporter Bethel News Bethel University’s 60th Festival of Christmas continues tonight at 7:30 p.m, followed by two performances Saturday at 2:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m. The festival features performances from the Bethel choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Wind Symphony, Festival Orchestra and the Handbell Ensemble.. Student Activities will be having the Bethel Christmas dinner today from 5-10 p.m. at Chippewa Middle School. Dinner will be provided from Chick-fil-A, Buca, Cane’s and more. Busing will be provided from the RC steps. Bethel women’s hockey team prepares for a weekend series against St. Catherine University tonight at 7:30 p.m. Local News St. Paul mayor of the last decade, Chris Coleman, will not run for reelection, according to the Star Tribune. Read the full article here. St. Paul police released a video to local immigrants in four languages telling them ‘Don’t be… Keep Reading

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