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The Power of Aimless To-do Lists

By Tori Sundholm | For the Clarion   Last week, I scribbled down “send brother happy birthday text” on my to-do list and crossed it off with the gusto of completing a 12-page research paper on literary theory. The trick to a successful to-do list starts with writing down the simplest task – clip toenails, heat up pizza, send grandpa a Snapchat. One essential component: never write down anything you actually need to accomplish – start paper that was due last week, prep for presentation, and a place to live. This will only leave you staring at Monday’s “write humor column” bullet point at 3:50 p.m. on the Thursday that Prince passes away, while simultaneously reading First Ave’s newest tweet, “All Night Dance Party. Tonight. 11:00PM | 18+ | No Cover | First Avenue” You go to the dance party. All night. The truth is I’m surprised I made it to… Keep Reading

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What I Learned From Sankofa: “Don’t Assume You Know Everything”

  The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Clarion or of Bethel University. If you are interested in responding or contributing an opinion piece of your own to the Clarion, please contact Editor-In-Chief Jared Nelson at jan83277@bethel.edu Rachel Forde | The Clarion I could sum up my two degrees and combined eight years of education in cross-cultural ministry in one phrase: “Don’t assume you know everything just because you’re white.” I needed every one of those eight years to learn that lesson and I still miss the mark as often as I hit it. It’s hard to see your own ethnocentrism when you have spent your whole life being told, explicitly and implicitly, that your culture is the pinnacle of human civilization. It’s embedded in our very language: “First-world vs. Third-world.” “Developed vs. Developing.” “Civilized vs. Savage.” Most of our labeling others seems to… Keep Reading

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The Beginning of Progress

  A review of Mark Yarhouse’s sexuality talk from the perspective of a gay student Jonah Venegas | The Clarion The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Clarion, its staff or the institution. If you would like to submit a response or an opinion piece of your own, please contact Editor in Chief Jared Nelson at jan83277@bethel.edu. Speed walking through the BC on my way to the Underground, I checked the time on my phone. It was already 8:01 p.m. on April 7 and I was late. I was a bit reluctant at first, but I was going to see Mark Yarhouse, a psychologist and professor from Regent University give a talk on sexuality. From what I had heard and read of him in the past, I wasn’t incredibly optimistic about the event, but the Underground was relatively full, so I slid into… Keep Reading

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Primary Issues

Where do candidates stand on student issues? Steve Evansen | The Clarion The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the institution or The Clarion. If you would like to respond or submit an opinion piece of your own, please contact Editor in Chief Jared Nelson. When Minnesota holds its caucuses on March 1, many Bethel students will be presented with their first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. These first-time voters will face a litany of choices, some of whom offer vastly different visions for the role of government in society. As students consider whether to participate and, if so, who to support, one issue worth considering is higher education reform. One of the primary impediments for students hoping to join the workforce and start a family after graduation is the crushing burden imposed by student loan debt. Statistics from the Institute… Keep Reading

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#BeBethical: Let’s Make it a Thing

Jason Stormer |The Clarion The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the institution or The Clarion. If you would like to respond or submit an opinion piece of your own, please contact Editor in Chief Jared Nelson. What it do? Welcome to the first edition of “The Royale with Cheese.” The reason I’m addressing myself as Cheese will be explained later. Regardless, I hope you’re all picking up on the Pulp Fiction reference that this column’s named after. Man, I love that movie. Don’t you love the scene after Bruce Willis gets knocked out by the store clerk and… Sorry, I’ve got to stop there. It wouldn’t be Bethical of me to continue. I also love that word, Bethical. It’s a brilliant play on words. Doesn’t that just perfectly summarize the manner of which our university wants us, the student body, to represent ourselves?… Keep Reading

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“Laugh In Remembrance of Me”

Why laughter and Christianity go hand-in-hand. Trevor Erickson | The Clarion The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the institution or The Clarion. If you would like to respond or submit an opinion piece of your own, please contact Editor in Chief Jared Nelson. I never acknowledged it myself, probably because there was no afternoon where I dressed in black and ate cold ham sandwiches. Though I hadn’t attended a funeral, I still felt an inky blackness as though I had. My eyebrows were sore from thinking, staring into infinite puzzles. My mind was haggard from all the dead ends and the doubts they midwifed. My throat had a lump: I wasn’t sure how to say anything meaningful at all. I don’t know how many times I’ve talked about things ‘being brought into conversation’ with another thing, which has become code for not… Keep Reading

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Letter From The President: The Campus Master Plan

Zoe Vermeer | The Clarion The following was written by Bethel’s student body president, Zoe Vermeer. The views in it are Vermeer’s only and do not necessarily align with those of The Clarion. Nine months ago I was asked to join the Campus Master Plan (CMP) Steering Committee as the College of Arts & Sciences student representative. Walking into the first meeting, I had little understanding of the CMP and how it would affect the Bethel undergraduate student experience. As I sat in meetings over the next few months, my eyes were opened to the reality that administration planned to move some of CAS over to the Anderson Center (ANC). At first, I was hesitant. One of the things I love most about Bethel is the small campus feel- the fact that all academic buildings are connected. I feared how moving part of CAS to the ANC would affect students’ academic… Keep Reading

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Profanity in the Theatre

The following is an opinion piece and does not reflect the views of The Clarion. If you would like to submit an opinion piece in response or on another topic, please email Editor-In-Chief Jared Nelson at jan83277@bethel.edu. Emma Martin | Freelance If you recently saw Bethel’s production of “God of Isaac”, you may have noticed swear words as well as sexual innuendos. In response, you may ask, “why would Bethel allow such a thing?” As a Teacher’s Assistant for the theatre section of Introduction to the Creative Arts, I’ve read responses and thoughts on the show as a whole from Bethel students, and often there is mention of feeling uncomfortable due to the language and content. Now, I was raised in a Christian home and was taught that cussing was frowned upon as well as making sexual references. It was down right inappropriate and even sinful. Therefore, I can understand… Keep Reading

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The Privilege of Ignorance and the Danger in Security

The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Clarion and its staff. If you have response or an opinion you’d like to see published, please contact Editor-in-Chief Jared Nelson at jan83277@bethel.edu Cherie Suonvieri | Freelance As a white woman born and raised in the United States, I have the privilege of ignorance. I have the ability to choose whether or not I want to follow what has happened in Beirut, Paris, Ferguson, or even what’s happening in Minneapolis. If I keep up on the news, I’m considered informed. But if I don’t, the only thing I might lose is a bit of pride in social situations. I come from a culture that idolizes security. This was demonstrated to me by the overwhelming concern for our well-being, poured out by our parents and loved ones back home when we (a group of 25 study… Keep Reading

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