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Columnist: Samuel Krueger

My take on Kaepernick’s protest

By Sam Krueger There is a massive disconnect between the American public about what Colin Kaepernick’s protest means. Let me get two things out of the way. First, Kaepernick absolutely has a right to express himself the way he has. Few people disagree about this. Second, he has accomplished his goal, as long as his goal was to do everything but draw sympathy towards his cause. A Reuters poll taken months after the start of the protest shows that 72 percent of Americans think that his method of protest is unpatriotic while 61 percent said they do not agree with his movement. In addition, support for the Black Lives Matter movement, an organization that aligns with his views, has actually decreased in the year following his first protest. Surveys show that almost 60 percent of Americans now view the movement unfavorably. Multiple polls conducted and analyzed by Fivethirtyeight in 2017… Keep Reading

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Introverts face welcome week

By: Emily Jan and Jasmine Johnson As our van pulled up to the curb, the Welcome Week crew cheered at the top of their lungs. I (Emily) was rushed into Bodien as the people around me screamed my room number while bringing all my beloved belongings to my new room. The experience was much more enthusiastic, loud and overwhelming than I had expected. Although Welcome Week was fun for me, it was also hard because I am half extroverted and half introverted. No matter how much energy and enthusiasm returning students and faculty exhibit during Welcome Week, the response to the excitement is not always mutual. With the crammed schedules and nonstop social interaction, these first few days can be very overwhelming for anyone looking to take in their new surroundings slowly. When arriving at the dorms for the first time, swarms of people move every belonging from the family… Keep Reading

Columnist: Samuel Krueger

Clarionion

By: Sam Krueger Sodexo Bob reopens cold case of Missing Omelet bar chefs Under increasing pressure from the student body, Sodexo Bob has recently decided to re-open the months closed investigation into Bethel’s missing omelet cooks. When asked, Senior Andrew Mattern said “I still can’t believe they’re gone… Sometimes you really don’t appreciate what you have until you don’t have it anymore”. Student Senate Grants President Barnes declaration of war In an unprecedented move, President Jay Barnes appeared before the student senate and urged them to declare war against long time rival, University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Theological differences are the alleged reason for the conflict, but many are speculating that it has to do with UNW’s sponsorship of Take Back Bethel, a group some faculty believe to be sowing discontent among alumni. Woman Accidently Graduates from Bethel Seminary Kelly Anenson of Maplewood accidentally wandered into a seminary classroom 4 years… Keep Reading

Columnist: Samuel Krueger

The Freshman Survival Guide

By: Sam Krueger Top 7 Things Every Freshman Needs No. 3 Lead Pencil This may seem like a no brainer, but not only are these good to write with, they can be stuck in the ear canal, eraser first, as a way to block out your upstair neighbors’ 4 a.m. band practice. A portable cellphone charger This is useful for the required freshman intro courses that you will inevitably spend 100% of on your phone. A parakeet Commonly used by 19th century miners to test air toxicity, the parakeet has become an essential safety device for any dorm that contains more than one college level athlete. A guitar For 4 a.m. band practice. 60 dollars cash Even though your friend Chad says that cryptocurrency is the way of the future, having physical cash at your disposal never hurt anyone. Your wits Important, but commonly left at home, your wits will… Keep Reading

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Opinion: introverts face welcome week

By: Emily Jan and Jasmine Johnson As our van pulled up to the curb, the Welcome Week crew cheered at the top of their lungs. I (Emily) was rushed into Bodien as the people around me screamed my room number while bringing all my beloved belongings to my new room. The experience was much more enthusiastic, loud, and overwhelming than I had expected. Although Welcome Week was fun for me, it was also hard because I am half extroverted and half introverted. No matter how much energy and enthusiasm returning students and faculty exhibit during Welcome Week, the response to the excitement is not always mutual. With the crammed schedules and nonstop social interaction, these first few days can be very overwhelming for anyone looking to take in their new surroundings slowly. When arriving at the dorms for the first time, swarms of people move every belonging from the family… Keep Reading

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Nothing good happens after midnight

Giving meaning to recycled advice. By: Jamie Hudalla  | Freelancer Here I am: a worldly, wisdom-laden senior writing to you so that you can successfully soak up your college experience. If you thought getting through that first sentence was hard, good luck with the next four years. If sarcasm daunts you, good luck with the remainder of this column. Though I would score low on the sentimental scale, I’ve reflected on the last three years and wondered how they slipped by without my appreciation. I’m going to unpack the things you should pay attention to, so you don’t have to write a column senior year about how you wished you learned them sooner.   If you’re a freshman, prepare to understand one-third of this. If you’re a senior, put on your rose-colored glasses and reminisce with me. If you’re anything in between, you’re metaphorically the middle child and don’t matter.… Keep Reading

Clarionion

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 clarion@bethel.edu. Keep Reading

Letter from the editor

By Maddie DeBlizan On Jan. 5, I stepped off a New York City-bound plane and caught a turbulent taxi ride to 10 Hanover Square in lower Manhattan. I didn’t know a soul. I clutched my handheld alarm in my coat pocket the entire ride, just as my grandmother had instructed — just in case the taxi driver turned out to be a serial killer. The following four months, I waffled between sheer wonder and utter fear. But that’s how New York City works: one second you’re on top of the world, and the next second you’re clutching your personal alarm in your coat pocket, or stepping in dog poop with your brand new shoes, or running from a bearded man who is fast-approaching you with a sign that reads “free hugs”. One time, a woman next to me on the subway candidly reached into her bag and handed me a… Keep Reading

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