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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


Proposal previews and cabinet changes

Recent executive turnover and innovative ideas discussed at community gathering By Jasmine Johnson The Underground echoed with the lyrics of happy birthday Tuesday morning as faculty and staff gathered for updated information from President Jay Barnes and the cabinet. The morale was lifted compared to the meeting two months earlier after the announcement of the budget cuts around campus. Barnes began the meeting by addressing the many staffing changes and temporary stand-ins within the cabinet. The search for a new Chief Enrollment Officer “proceeds more slowly than I wish,” Barnes said. Amidst all this change, Barnes also announced Senior Vice President for Advancement Mark Miles’ resignation from the university effective Dec. 15. He accepted a position as chief development officer in Seattle that is closer to his daughter’s family. Barnes asked Associate Vice President for Alumni and Family Relations and Advancement Operations Jim Bender to serve as the temporary chief… Keep Reading

What it feels like… (to impact others)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like… to guide a student to the humanities For the first time in her career, professor Sara Shady thought to herself, “If I had a different career, what would it be?” Shady doesn’t remember a time she hasn’t spent a year in school. Being a professor at Bethel University for 17 years has created many opportunities for Shady, but now more than ever, she has been challenged. Shady remembers always being fascinated by the idea of philosophy, especially the intersection between ideas and culture. “How different ideas have the power to shape the culture that we’re living in, but how culture also influences and shapes our ideas,” Shady… Keep Reading

What it feels like … (generic edition)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like to … check IDs Sophomore Riley Smith surveyed the entrance through glass panes. Inside the small security hut at the west entrance of Bethel University, he leaned back in the black padded office chair during his first ever security shift. As the sun set the gate closed. He waited for low beams and complaints. Six female students arrived in force. Smith followed the code and asked for IDs. All six. “Do we have to?” the driver asked, as if told to complete her math homework. If Smith wants to get paid, they must. Since the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester, Bethel students have been forced to… Keep Reading

What it feels like … (performance edition)

[Editor’s note: “What it feels like” is a new Clarion series – inspired by Esquire magazine – written by reporters who want to share the stories of the Bethel students you pass by in the hall every day. – Maddie DeBilzan, editor.] What it feels like … to play a really wrong note Keegan Feller stood in front of three judges, ready to give a performance in order to find out where he will be placed. “Whenever you’re ready,” one of the judges said. Keegan began to play his alto saxophone, and six measures in, he began to sweat. His brows became moist, his hands began slipping on the keys of the sax and the stage lights beat down on his forehead as if a heated lamp had just been turned on and focused on him.  He plays a wrong note.  He just messed up, he just gave up his spot as first… Keep Reading


PHOTOS: Bethel basketball teams sweep home opener doubleheader

Royal cagers score wins over River Falls and Crown By Jared Martinson Second half turns close game into comfortable victory for women’s basketball Plenty of Bethel community members headed home for Thanksgiving weekend on Tuesday, but the Robertson Center gym was packed for the first hoops action of the season. The Bethel women’s team defeated UW-River Falls by a score of 62-47, using a 14-0 run in the third quarter to cushion their lead. Senior center Hannah Johnson showed her interior dominance again with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance while junior forward Taite Anderson added 16 points. The women are 3-0 for the first time since 2013-14. Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer’s squad travels to play a conference game against Augsburg next Wednesday. Jenson paces another balanced attack as men’s team runs away from Crown Jack Jenson scored 20 points to lead the Bethel men’s team past Crown College by a score of… Keep Reading

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