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  • Committing social sciences

    Alumni and faculty gathered to commemorate the closing of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Reconciliation Studies By Elena Vaughn… Keep Reading

  • More than a Bible study

    By Zach Walker 162 Minnesota Hispanics attended the 7th Spanish-Speaking Seminar for Pastors and Leaders March 30, with the next… Keep Reading

  • Faculty load adjustments

    Provost Deb Harless presented the recommendations and results of the Faculty Load and Structure Working Group in reducing expenses to… Keep Reading

  • Talking about the tension

    Conversations arise around a recent statement released from the BTS department. By Sam Johnson On May 1, the Bethel faculty… Keep Reading

  • $5 within 5 miles

    By Taylor Fondie College students are often running tight on money and time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy… Keep Reading

Culture, Arts & Lifestyle

  • More than a Bible study

    By Zach Walker 162 Minnesota Hispanics attended the 7th Spanish-Speaking Seminar for Pastors and Leaders March 30, with the next… Keep Reading

  • Built-in best friends

    Halle and Hadley Rittgers share what it’s like to be twins Interview and photo by Laura Osterlund Who is older?… Keep Reading

  • Transforming Bethel’s DNA

    Chief Diversity Officer Ruben Rivera discusses exclusive Christianity and tackles what it means to be a reconciler amidst diversity in… Keep Reading

  • A 1950s Hangover

    Ring by spring culture is reminiscent of the 1950s. By Josh Towner Graduation in May. Wedding next February. Then, life.… Keep Reading

  • A life without taste

    Bethel University freshman uses a rare diagnosis as motivation to become a nurse. By Kate Holstein Anna Bruno managed to… Keep Reading



Spring in to these ice cream shops

By Taylor Fondie With temperatures rising now that spring is finally here, it’s the perfect time to hit your old favorite, or maybe discover a new place for a creamy treat. This list doesn’t cover nearly all of the ice cream shops in Minnesota, but it gives some of the top selections of where to go and what to order. Izzy’s Ice Cream 2034 Marshall Ave St.Paul, MN Recommended Flavor: Chocolate Peanut Butter with Burnt Caramel for the Izzy’s Scoop The most iconic ice cream shop in Minnesota, offering many tasty ice cream flavors with a novel and smart twist. Izzy’s is home to the Izzy scoop, a delightful mini scoop on top, think of “the cherry on top” but instead of a cherry, it’s ANOTHER scoop of ice cream. Licks Unlimited 31 Water St Excelsior, MN 55331 Recommended Flavor: Fat Elvis Licks Unlimited always has a line out the… Keep Reading


From small town to the Big Apple

Lacey Benz studies at Bethel and learns to fuse her faith and business career together. By Judd Martinson and Emma Eidsvoog Lacey Benz went from growing up on a farm in Blue Earth, which has about 3,000 people, to studying at Bethel, to riding the subway and interning in New York City for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Now studying economics, finance and international business at Bethel University, Benz knew Bethel was the place for her after seeing a Welcome Week video during her second visit to campus. “I just knew at that moment, ‘Wow, God has called me here to Bethel,’” the Bethel senior and Chief Investment Officer of the Royals Investment Fund said. Since studying at Bethel, Benz has noticed the difference between her classes at a Christian university and her secular high school. “In every single class I take faith as an aspect that we talk about at… Keep Reading


A team of many jerseys

The Bethel Club Lacrosse team is making a splash but many do not know about them on campus. By Joe Hiti On a beat-up Bose speaker, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus is blasting through the SRC. “One more, one more,” Kyle Ramsey yells calling for the ball during warmups. The sound of sneakers on blue clay courts. The smell of sweaty gear in the air. Lacrosse balls zinging into the blue net surrounding the court, their makeshift field. Players stretching and taking shots in their collection of high school, college, and summer camp practice jerseys. Sitting at one end is a single lacrosse net. This is practice for the Bethel men’s club lacrosse team. “The team has been around Bethel since the early 2000s,” junior captain Chase Larson said. “But really the last couple of years we’ve grown.” “Right now we’re on track to… Keep Reading


Prism: Not just a Bible study

The discipleship group for LGBTQ+ and same-sex attracted students formed last spring under Campus Ministries, following the vision of Bethel University By Zach Walker and Jared Martinson When several students approached Assistant Campus Pastor Jason Steffenhagen about starting an official group for LGBTQ+ and same-sex attracted students, he grabbed a notepad and pen and listened. He contacted Pastors Matt Runion and Laurel Bunker with the idea of starting an LGBTQ+ discipleship group. Through that discussion, Prism was born as another vehicle for Bethel students to live out the first core value of Bethel University — following Christ and living out the teachings of Jesus. “[Students] wanted a space to be in community, to grow in their faith, to be able to talk about their faith,” Steffenhagen said. ”We talked about the need that we were seeing in our students and the areas where other forms of discipleship might not have… Keep Reading

Letter to the Editor: Dan Rotach

Adjunct professor of psychology Dan Rotach responds to reactions in the aftermath of Jamie Hudalla’s column, Naked and Unafraid. As a result of a recent article in the Clarion about sexuality, a number of people have asked for clarity in what I teach in GES208, Human Sexuality, at Bethel University. This is a general education course that looks at sexuality from an evangelical faith basis, and looks at sexuality as it is portrayed in contemporary culture. The course description is this: “An examination of authentic and inauthentic human sexuality, focusing on the nature of sexual and reproductive functioning, sexual self understanding, sexual dimensions of interpersonal relationships, and ethical dimensions of sexuality.” There is a section in my class called “An Honest Hermeneutic” where I empower the students, when they are forging any life-shaping decisions, especially about sexuality, that they read, interpret and apply the Bible in ways that it was… Keep Reading


Athletic training program moving into graduate school

By Sam Johnson Amid administrative changes, Bethel is transitioning its program into the graduate school, creating mixed emotions on campus. Since 2001, Bethel University has been one of two schools in the MIAC to offer athletic training as a degree, along with Gustavus Adolphus. But recently, administration is making some changes to the academic process of the curriculum that has existed in the undergrad school since its inception 18 years ago.   The approved changes, made by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education), is causing administration at Bethel to change the educational requirement for students to now be taught athletic training at the graduate school only. That is consistent with any school in the country that previously offered an undergrad program in athletic training. According to associate provost Dr. Deb Sullivan-Trainor, this means that athletic training students at Bethel are going to be given the “3-2” academic setup.… Keep Reading

Culture Arts & Lifestyle

Built-in best friends

Halle and Hadley Rittgers share what it’s like to be twins Interview and photo by Laura Osterlund Who is older? Halle: I am older by two minutes. How are the two of you similar? Hadley: We both did all the same sports growing up, and we both are passionate about art and science. Hadley: We have similar friends, but we also have different friends. Halle: I would like to say though, with all of this, I feel like we’re kind of equally similar and equally different. I feel like sometimes we’re so much alike, and we are identical and stuff, but we still definitely have our differences, and I think that balances us out a little. Hadley: College has let us find our individuality. Halle: I also think we’re similar just with certain things we like and similar styles, but not exactly the same. Like we still have our own… Keep Reading


A warm community in a cold climate

Vice president for Student Life Dr. William Washington braced the outdoor cold for an inward warmth. By Dr. Washington I was content and comfortable at the institution where I had attended as an undergrad and served various professional capacities for over 28 years. My wife and I would often remark that if I left that place, we would move somewhere warm where I could work on my suntan year-round! Minnesota, especially this year, would not fall under the category of “warm.” Although I was looking for a warm climate, the Lord was looking for me to be in a warm community. So, who is Bethel? What makes Bethel a warm community? It’s the people – students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni. When I first had the opportunity to interact with students, I experienced first-hand their thoughtfulness, character, and integrity. I saw how much they loved each other and the Lord. Bethel… Keep Reading


Paradox panel

Three professors discuss artwork from the new gallery show By Elena Vaughn The Underground was packed with students and faculty Wednesday night for The Paradox of Beauty panel discussion. Art professor Wayne Roosa, philosophy professor Carrie Peffley and English professor Angela Shannon engaged in discussion about The Beautiful, the new exhibit in the Olson Gallery. The exhibit is sponsored by Christians in Visual Arts and features 33 artworks focused on the theme of beauty in the fallen world. Art professor, gallery director and CIVA board member Michelle Wingard moderated the event. Roosa gave a thoughtful musing on the different paradigms of “classical beauty” and the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “Beauty is not a thing,” Roosa said. “It is more like an agency, the living dynamic.” After Roosa’s remarks, Peffley discussed the difference between kitsch, surface level aesthetic appeal and true beauty. “The beauty of true… Keep Reading


The self-serving identity crisis

A manifesto on being a 20-something with a migrating identity. By Jamie Hudalla | Columnist Recently, I put myself in a time-out for the weekend. Three friends and I took a writer’s retreat to Door Country, five hours and 12 Amish-crossing signs away. We rented a cabin in the woods from a white-bearded man named Ransom. He had freezers full of meat, windows without blinds and a bidet in the bathroom, so we slept with kitchen shears under our pillows. We survived the night and wandered Sturgeon Bay the next morning until we found a bookstore. Popping our heads in morphed into an hour and a half endeavor. A middle-aged man named John worked the front desk. He was a retired nuclear physicist, or in his words, he made very little objects that made very big booms. He’d lived in Israel and Russia, attended John Hopkins University and owns a… Keep Reading

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