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Catholics in community

After months of organizing, a new Catholic-centered club on campus begins. By Sam Johnson If you walked into The Loft on the fourth floor of the Brushaber Commons last night, you would not have heard silence. Sounds of laughter, worship music and tumbling Jenga blocks bounced off the three walls and garage door. Tables topped with board games, coloring sheets and ice cream welcomed students to the Catholic Students Association (CSA) kickoff event. For a campus that prides itself on instilling Christian values, this is the first Catholic-centered club being offered to students. Since the university doesn’t provide a designated shuttle to any mass service, junior elementary education student Grace Nichols wanted to make a group that reached out to Catholics on campus. When she came to Bethel as a freshman, Nichols found that she was not fitting in. As a Catholic, she felt marginalized. She felt that in some… Keep Reading


Bethel men’s and women’s track both finish fourth in conference meet

Both track teams for Bethel finished fourth at the MIAC indoor championships this weekend. By Joe Hiti Bethel entered the MIAC indoor championships placing in the top four in three of its last five meets and met that standard once again over the weekend. Freshman Lukas Walton finished top five in three events and set a career record in the long jump with a score of 6.18 meters. He finished fifth in the event and senior Kyle Stichman finished second in the event with a score 6.35 meters. Delia Labatt won the 400 meter dash by .01 seconds. She also helped Bethel finish first in the women’s 4×400 meter race. These were the only two events that the Bethel women’s team took first in at the MIAC championship. “During the last 20 meters, I was praying my legs would keep going,” Labatt said, “I saw the runner from St. Olaf… Keep Reading


Housing for all

Cabinet affirms innovation proposal for on-campus living requirement By Jasmine Johnson During the November community gathering, Innovations Working Groups presented possible proposals they could implement to improve the university. Three months later, president Jay Barnes announced the actions taken to move forward with some of the recommendations. The first of these confirmed proposals was a required, on-campus housing initiative for students under the age of 21 to “increase the feeling of community,” Bender said. In his presentation, Bender also stated that Student Life supported the pursuit of this idea, since it would further unify students. The original purpose for these innovations was to “increase productivity, reduce non-payroll expenses and provide new nonacademic revenue.” When discussing the pros and cons, Bender continued by saying that studies indicate this is good for students, Bethel has enough available housing and it is common at other similar institutions. “We came to this idea to… Keep Reading


The Oscars: five movies to watch before Sunday

By: Zach Walker The 91st Academy Awards are this Sunday, and you know what that means. Well, for most of you, it means nothing. Just another day to skim 50 pages of Humanities reading or watch Gordon Ramsay ask where the lamb sauce is. But it should mean something. If not the awards show itself, than the films. The art behind it. Here are the five most important Oscar films this year. If you watch anything, watch one of these.   1. Green Book An Italian bouncer and a black pianist walk into a bar in the deep South in the 1960s. Not a joke, but the movie of the year. This period-piece shatters Hollywood stereotypes and sets a new standard for what a best picture nominee can and should be. It’s heart-wrenching, hilarious, and urgent. If you’re budget only allots enough for one ticket, go see Green Book. If… Keep Reading


Bethel plays a game of runs, falls to Augsburg in MIAC semifinal

Bethel women’s basketball concluded another 20-win season in the MIAC semifinals at Augsburg. By Jared Martinson The lights in Si Melby Hall have gotten brighter over the years. The recently reduxed floor boasts the shadow of the Minneapolis skyline on one side. The air is heavy with tension. Emotions are running high in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball semifinals. In a game of momentum swings, long scoring runs and crucial plays that matter ten times more in hindsight than they feel like in the minute they’re happening, the Bethel women’s basketball team fought for a win against second-seeded Augsburg. They couldn’t cut through that air to advance to the conference championship, losing by a score of 79-70. “I’m not sad we lost, I’m sad that it ends our season,” head coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer said. “This team is really special.” The Royals jumped on Augsburg quickly, going inside to… Keep Reading


Bethel routed by St. John’s in MIAC semis

Royals could not match St. John’s’ shooting, rebounding as Johnnies advance to MIAC championship. By Sam Johnson 80 miles separates these two schools. A 90 minute drive up Interstate-94 provides a scenery that morphs from urban to rural. But in all that change, the commonality of basketball excellence is what brought Bethel and St. John’s together Thursday night for a MIAC semifinal matchup. The stage was set. A sea of red laced the backdrop and the intensity of the game settled like a fog onto Sexton Arena in Collegeville. This was the third meeting this year between these conference rivals, as they split the previous two meetings with both home squads coming away victorious. Even though the Royals last came to Collegeville in November, the Johnnie students made sure to let the visitors know that they were entering a hostile environment. Hours before the game, all around the campus in… Keep Reading


Power to the Panthers

United Cultures of Bethel hosts informative documentary screening By Elena Vaughn Many people know the phenomena of Marvel’s movie Black Panther, but fewer know of the Black Panther Party movement of the 1960s. United Cultures of Bethel sought to address that, showing Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution in CC313 to an audience of 12 in celebration of Black History month last night. The film covers the history of the Black Panther party movement, from its origins as a self-defense and social welfare group in Oakland California to the national political campaigns and activism, taking note of the guerilla warfare against police that brought down the Panthers. This 2013 documentary features interviews with many prominent members of the Party. “Black history is a lot more than slavery, it’s also the future,” UCB Director of European Americans in Solidarity Madelynn Hollander said when describing the purpose of the event. Following the… Keep Reading

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Badminton, roundnet and neuroscience. Oh my.

BSG welcomes eight new groups to the clubs and organizations roster. By Laura Osterlund The BC bustles on a snowy Tuesday afternoon with voices and music. A ring of tables surrounds “the egg”, and behind them stand representatives for BSG clubs. Various clubs are showcased such as rock climbing club, International Justice Mission, anime club and women’s lacrosse. Standing amongst the ring were representatives for the recently approved and added clubs. This year, eight clubs have been created. This includes the Catholic Student Association, badminton club, roundnet club (similar to Spikeball), neuroscience club, ski and snowboard club, Oasis For Orphans, unified sports club and Leading Women of Tomorrow. So far, five of these have been approved as official BSG clubs. “These new clubs offer unique possibilities to the student body that were not previously available,” Executive Director of Clubs and Organizations Logan Lasley said. “Every club that is passed allows… Keep Reading


COVERAGE ALERT: Bethel basketball teams hit the road for MIAC semifinals

After quarterfinal wins on Tuesday, Royal cagers look to win again and keep championship hopes alive. By Jared Martinson The 66-52 victory for the Bethel women’s basketball team on Tuesday was not guaranteed. Look at the first three quarters of play; the Royals led 41-38 struggling to be secure with the ball. Then a small burst of fast break scoring ensued and all of a sudden it was a 10-point game. They can’t afford to come out of the gates slow tonight, when they’ll go on the road to Augsburg (21-4) for the MIAC semifinal. The Auggies swept Bethel by a combined total of nine points in two meetings this year. The Royals (20-6) will face Augsburg in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. The men’s team scored early and often in the quarterfinal against Gustavus, running away with a 93-67 win. Matt Ambriz scored 22 points and three other Royals were… Keep Reading

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