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    Model UN prepared for its annual conference. By Lindsey Micucci Bethel University’s Model UN attended the American Model United Nations… Keep Reading

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    A former BUILD student’s family is suing Bethel for disability discrimination. This year, a pilot program was initiated to incorporate… Keep Reading

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Dr. Corrow leads research in face blindness

Bethel University professor Dr. Sherryse Corrow sheds light on not-so-rare cognitive disorder.  By Emma Eidsvoog A woman walked onto an elevator with a stranger. The door closed and after a few moments she began to recognize the features of the man. Maybe it was the color of his hair, or the way he stood or what he was wearing that made her realize the elevator stranger was her brother. This situation is common for people living with face blindness, or the inability to recognize faces. Technically named prosopagnosia, face blindness affects about 2 percent of the population and Bethel University psychology professor Sherryse Corrow is a leading expert in the disorder. She has spent 10 years of her life researching prosopagnosia to better understand it and raise awareness. If someone suspects they have prosopagnosia a doctor may not have a way to diagnose them or may not even know the… Keep Reading

Becoming the person she needed: From homelessness to Street Ministry

Bobbie Jo Chapkin started a street ministry in the North Minneapolis community to reach the marginalized with love and the message of Christ.  By Molly Korzenowski  Bobbie Jo Chapkin rushed toward Merwins Liquor on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, yards from Sanctuary Covenant Church. A woman with long black braids, Tatiana, emerged from her car. Upon seeing Chapkin, a smile appeared on the woman’s face. BJ, her nickname for Chapkin, cares. Chapkin, a Missional Ministries and Digital Humanities major at Bethel, knew right away what the goal of her Digital Humanities capstone would be.  She wanted to do an internship allowing her to work with people living on the margins, a place she knew very well. This passion led her to work with Sanctuary Covenant Church on Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, a community shrouded in stereotypes. “I wanted to shed some light on what it’s really like, show… Keep Reading

Keeping the ’90s alive

Sophomore Zach Fisk runs an Instagram Clothing account that will one day lead to a brick and mortar presence. By Diana Clark It was all about the hunt. For 5-year-old Zach Fisk, it was about the hunt for Fisher-Price Rescue Hero action figures that were no longer being made. His parents, Paul and Heather Fisk, started taking him around to different thrift stores to find these toys. “It was a hunt. The joy of finding something,” Fisk’s mother, Heather, said. Now at 19 years-old, sophomore business major with an entrepreneurial focus, Fisk has turned that hunt into an Instagram-run clothing store called Thrift-fil-a where he buys and sells used vintage clothing. Fisk grew up in Bothell, Washington not far from Seattle. Besides starting to buy toys and electronics from thrift stores at a young age, Fisk had a natural knack for selling too. “I’ve always been a little thrifter,” Fisk… Keep Reading


Bridging two worlds

Professor Jessica Henderson explores technology’s effect on her life through new exhibit.  By Jasmine Johnson Family members, friends, students and faculty crowded into the wooden encased Eastlund Room Nov. 8. The original setup of 98 chairs was not enough for the endless line of supporters streaming through the double doors. “Some of us when we go on sabbatical will rest, but Jess just made a lot of artwork,” gallery director Michelle Wingard said. “So much artwork that our entire gallery is Henderson-ified.” With the help of faculty development and alumni grants, design professor Jessica Henderson was able to complete the Johnson gallery exhibit “uhhh, u there?” during her time off on sabbatical spring 2018. The collection explored the half-and-half nature of her exposure to technology: half of her life free from it and the other half absorbed and surrounded by it. From her first Internet search for Mad Magazine to… Keep Reading

The yes man

Micah BigEagle comes to Bethel with a lot more life experiences than the average freshman.  By Laura Osterlund Micah BigEagle knew how they looked at him wherever he went. The 6-foot-7 redhead was a white unicorn; the only sign of the Western world that could be seen for miles. Now a freshman computer science major, BigEagle has a collection of stories to tell about the adventures he had between high school and Bethel. He applied to the Rotary Youth Exchange program before graduating from high school, which sent him to study business in India. While in India, BigEagle did yoga with the Education Minister of his state who aggressively told him to breathe. He had a freak-out moment in the middle of a grocery store when he saw a bag of Lay’s Sour Cream chips. He broke his foot while playing basketball and had to wear a hot-pink, full-length cast… Keep Reading


Crossing the Divide

Bethel volleyball player reflects on self-founded organization to give kids the chance that she had. By Sam Johnson She had a dream to become a professional dancer. That was all she could think about. As this seven-year-old girl was running to meet a stranger, her smile was the only thing that mattered. It was the brightest smile that Ellie Hoyt had ever seen. As they were talking, Hoyt encouraged her to pursue her dreams, but she learned it was not that easy. “My mom says we can’t afford it but one day I will be able to,” the girl said. That was when Hoyt knew she had to do something. It was not okay for her to see these children have dreams that will never come to fruition just because their financial situation limits them. “They could be the next Michael Jackson; they could be the next Michael Jordan, but… Keep Reading


A space for Catholic students

New club provides opportunity for Catholic students to gather and share faith By Emma Melling The room is quiet, the only sound a fan whirring in the distance. A group of six sits on wheeling chairs patterned with blue, green and brown. Hands raise to make the sign of the cross as junior Grace Nichols prays. “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is a meeting of Bethel’s new Catholic club, a space for Catholic students to gather, live life and talk about their shared faith. After trying to get the club off of the ground since spring of 2018, the club was finally passed and made official Oct. 29. Club leader, junior Grace Nichols, talked about why the club was started. “The heart behind creating this is that it’s hard to be Catholic at Bethel, for many reasons,” Nichols said. “You kind of feel casted… Keep Reading


Model United Nations expands

Model UN prepared for its annual conference. By Lindsey Micucci Bethel University’s Model UN attended the American Model United Nations simulation conference in Chicago, Illinois Nov. 17-20, along with 90 universities from across the United States. The conference covered topics ranging from international security to environmental issues. In each committee, the goal is to work with other “countries” to create resolutions and solutions to the issue topic that’s being discussed. Although some schools see the conference as a competition, Mariah Marr, senior political science and international relations major and head delegate of Venezuela, emphasized the learning experience she sees from representing another country and taking the simulations seriously. According to Marr, all students are going into the conference with the goals of passing as many resolutions as possible and representing Bethel well. Last year, Bethel could only send 10 people to represent one country. This year, because of the spark… Keep Reading


The case for BUILD

A former BUILD student’s family is suing Bethel for disability discrimination. This year, a pilot program was initiated to incorporate BUILD students into CAS classes. By Emily Jan, Elena Vaughn and Maddie DeBilzan Local news outlets lauded Bethel University’s Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) program in 2016 for sending its first round of students through to graduation. The Star Tribune named it “one of only a few such programs in Minnesota to give students with intellectual disabilities a chance at college life.” But Nov. 14, Christopher and Jennifer Camota Luebke claimed that Bethel did not uphold its word and failed to follow state law when their son – who left Bethel last year – was not treated equally as a student with intellectual disabilities. The parents are suing Bethel for disability discrimination. The student of the family who sued, whose name was not released, attended Bethel’s BUILD program in the… Keep Reading


Story unfolds for campus theft

Students lose cameras, computers, and class time. By Zach Walker One facilities management cart, two men and a car. That’s all it took for more than $55,000 worth of media production equipment to be stolen from the communication studies department at Bethel University Nov. 6. The motive of the crime is still unknown, but the case is currently under open investigation by the Ramsey County Police Department. “The Office of Safety and Security is currently investigating the crime with multiple local law enforcement agencies,” Bethel Director of Risk Management Zachary Hill said. According to Hill, although the case remains partially unresolved, the robbery itself was caught on camera and the logistics and effects have been determined. “What we know about the incident is that the two unknown males entered campus in the evening… and spent a significant amount of time in the Johnson Art Gallery,” Hill said. On Nov. 7… Keep Reading

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