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What it feels like … (sports 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 get checked into the boards The puck soared off the Bethel University hockey player’s stick and headed straight for the boards. The referee’s whistle was about to stop the play with an icing call. Unless, the puck could be stopped. Sarina Goos, a senior forward, skated across the ice as fast as she could. She was neck and neck with her opponent in an all out sprint. “I was just looking at the puck, trying to get there and beat her out, when all of a sudden I was on the ice,” Goos said. Despite the rules of the game which state checking is… Keep Reading


Gathering as one body in Christ

Student Ministries and United Cultures of Bethel partner for event about faith and culture. By Emma Melling Colored table runners in stripes of blue and green cover the circular tables in The Underground. White string lights run around the room and markers and slips of paper rest on the tabletops. A sampling of the Bethel community gathers in this space to reflect on one question: how does culture shape how we experience God? One Body, an event co-hosted by Student Ministries and United Cultures of Bethel on Nov. 13, focused on what it means for culture to impact faith and what it looks like for Christians of different cultures to interact with each other in ways that reflect the body of Christ. As the event began, members of Student Ministries led the group in worship. Interspersed with songs of praise were Bible verses that were read in different languages, including… Keep Reading


Bethel football blitzes Wartburg 41-14 in first round of NCAAs

Jaran Roste made his routine read on an option run and 15 seconds later found himself in the end zone. That’s been a common occurrence and a point of emphasis for the dominant Bethel Royals offense. ”It starts up front with us,” the freshman quarterback said after the game. “Our offensive line does a great job of creating holes for our guys to run through.” En route to a 41-14 thrashing of Wartburg College in the first round of the Division 3 NCAA playoffs, Roste and the Royals rushed for 387 yards and added 47 through the air. A handful of explosive runs padded the 35-0 lead Bethel built by the halftime break. Wartburg head coach Rick Willis knew the kind of fight the Knights would have to be in against Bethel, having faced the Royals multiple times in the regular season and playoffs over the last decade. “We couldn’t… Keep Reading


Coverage Alert: Bethel Football hosts Wartburg in NCAA first round today

Follow the Clarion today for in-depth playoff football coverage! By Jared Martinson Saturday afternoon at Royal Stadium is expected to be just as cold as last week and even more raucous. The Bethel football team (9-1) plays host to Wartburg College (8-2) in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. It’s the Royals’ first playoff appearance since 2013. For extensive game coverage and updates throughout, be sure to follow Jared Martinson on Twitter @Jar_Head88. The Clarion Staff will be providing news and notes outside the lines of the field as well. The contest begins at noon on the campus of Bethel University. Admission is $4 for students (with a valid ID) and $8 for adults. Keep Reading


Parents of former BUILD student file lawsuit

Student’s parents express concern for the failed promises BUILD program claims By Jasmine Johnson Rather than the all-inclusive, open environment advertised, Christopher and Jennifer Camota Luebke claimed that Bethel did not uphold its word and failed to follow state law when their son was not treated equally as a person and student with intellectual disabilities, according to a recent story by Fox 9. The parents are suing Bethel for disability discrimination. The student’s name was not released in any of the statements. He is referred to as AC. He attended the program fall 2017, but his parents withdrew him from Bethel after it was clear that he was not receiving the opportunities as promised. When enrolling in the BUILD program, his parents were told that he would be able to engage and participate with non-disabled students, which is not what happened according to their attorney Phillip Villaume. “What we were… Keep Reading


A vision for ChurchTogether

Bethel Seminary’s live stream event emphasizes community and collaboration. By Jaimee Hood Bethel Seminary hosted a local streaming of the 2018 ChurchTogether Summit Nov. 10, which provided practical tools for men and women working together in ministry. An interactive screen of responses could be seen throughout the event at each site as anonymous participants used #ChurchTogether to express their thoughts. “Women can do anything in academia,” one participant said in the anonymous online forum. “Women can do many things in business. Women in ministry are so limited in comparison, when the church should be leading, not lagging behind.” The event was part of SheLeads, an annual summit hosted by Missio Alliance. The summit seeks to unite men and women for the purpose of advancing the church both locally and globally. This year’s theme was inspired by the #ChurchToo movement that grew out of the #MeToo social media campaign. The church… Keep Reading


Athlete turns passion into mission

With only one trip down to Guatemala, Becca Brubaker knew she was called to serve with her sport. By Sam Johnson Bethel University senior Becca Brubaker felt such a strong calling when she was working with local communities in Guatemala during her spring semester studying abroad, she decided not to leave.   “God kept telling me I need to stay.” Although the Bethel study abroad program lasted a semester, she was convinced her time in Guatemala was not quite over. After prayer and deliberation, she listened to what God was telling her and partnered with a missions organization that she stayed with over the course of the summer. Working with Students International—a non-denominational Christian ministry organization that partners with full-time missionaries in countries such as Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua—Brubaker learned to love the new culture. Soccer is one thing that is important to the youth in Guatemala, so… Keep Reading


The wheels on the bus go ‘round when you call

The campus shuttle change to on-call reduces overall cost By Lindsey Micucci On a rainy Monday night, sophomore biology student Josh Carlberg called the security office to send the shuttle to the CLC circle to get a ride to his room in North. “I like that the shuttle is warm and I’m not getting rained on,” Carlberg said. Carlberg rides the shuttle at least two or three times a week. He discussed the improved convenience to the on-call shuttle. For years, the Bethel shuttle ran routes according to a strict schedule. The change was made this year to protect drivers and save on mileage and fuel. Transportation and Fleet Services Specialist Josiah Williams said that there are both short term and long term benefits to this switch. In the past, shuttles ran during the service hours, which contained infinite loops around campus with no passengers on the vehicle more often… Keep Reading


Bethel football upsets No. 9 St. Thomas, boosts playoff hopes in final regular season game

Well-rounded performance on Senior Day gives Royals a chance at NCAA Tournament By Jared Martinson Jumping up and down at a football game in 20-degree weather is a common occurrence, but Royal Stadium wasn’t going bonkers because of the frozen conditions. The Bethel University football team (9-1, 7-1 MIAC) flew around on offense, defense and special teams en route to a victory over the University of St. Thomas (8-2, 6-2 MIAC) on Saturday. The win all but secures an NCAA playoff at-large berth for Bethel, and likely knocks the Tommies out of the postseason picture. The Royals were paced by the running game early on. Their first drive culminated in a 41-yard scamper by running back Sam Gibas. The sophomore carried 18 times for 72 yards on the day. After a quick three-and-out stop by Bethel’s defense, the offense was pinned down inside the 10-yard line for their second possession;… Keep Reading

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