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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



Reelection results

School-wide email announces 2019-2020 presidential pair By Elena Vaughn The Brushaber Commons was crowded on Wednesday afternoon with a youth outreach organization recruitment table, the study abroad fair and a Bethel Student Government station. BSG held their reelection for the 2019-2020 Student Body President and Vice President. BSG social media director Kory Dahlstrom estimated a turnout of 50 voters within an hour. Senior senator Taz Song’ Ony observed a lot of energy and effort from both BSG and the student body. The election results exceeded the previous record for student participation, recording 1,111 voters after duplicates and false IDs were removed from the count. “There’s never been a time when a computer was just sitting open,” Executive Director of Student Senate Josh Turek said. “People have been voting all day.” The election results were emailed to students Friday morning. The 2019-2020 Student Body President and Vice President will be Kennadie… Keep Reading


Quick Feet: Men and women finish top five in 4×400

The Bethel men’s and women’s track teams place top five in the 4×400 relay By Joe Hiti Run, run and keep running. This was the only thing going through the mind of the Men’s 4×400 team for Bethel this weekend as they finished second in the preliminary round of the 4×400 event at the NCAA indoor track and field Championship in Boston. The preliminary race was close and saw the Royals team finishing .42 seconds behind the first place team Washington university and .08 seconds ahead of the third place team La Crosse Wisconsin. They then went into the final round ready to show what they had. The Royals ran in the finals for the 4×400 and finished fifth. The team was lead by senior Carl Klamms fastest leg of the race at 47.785 seconds. They also had juniors Shawn Monroe, and Isaac Erickson, and freshman Nolan Metz. “Coming out… Keep Reading


Let’s talk about socialism

By Sam Johnson Healthy conversations spark over a roundtable discussion of socialism. A full cookie platter and lemonade pitchers welcomed students to the Underground Tuesday evening for a conversation about democratic socialism. Bethel’s college democrats club, with the help of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), put on this event for a dozen students and community members attending the roundtable discussion. DSA Twin Cities chapter co-leaders Rita Allen and Nick Raymond led the conversation. Raymond began by talking about how he became passionate for democratic socialism, citing the 2016 election as his catalyst to begin advocating for socialism. “It ignited a fire in me,” Raymond said. He wanted to do something. Because of that, he joined DSA. For Raymond, his passion for socialism goes beyond the label. “Democratic socialism is about democracy,” he said. “I am a democrat with a lower-case ‘D.’ I believe in democracy.” Allen discussed the essence of… Keep Reading


Maxwell resigns as head soccer coach

The head coach for the Bethel women’s soccer team resigned last week By Joe Hiti Coach Amanda Maxwell announced that she will be stepping down as the head coach for the Bethel women’s soccer team on Tuesday and has accepted a teaching position in Ecuador. Maxwell will be resigning with a 60-57-11 record in her seven year tenure. She led the Bethel women’s soccer program to its first MIAC playoff appearance in 2014. She holds the record for the most wins in a season as a head coach with eight in 2016 and reached that mark again in 2018. Maxwell also coached the program’s first All-American when Britney Monteon was selected to the second team by the United Soccer Coaches. “She stuck with me through the transfer process and continually encouraged me to strive not only in my soccer career, but as a Christian,” Monteon said. Maxwell was not only… Keep Reading


Bob Goff speaks love into Bethel community

Bestselling author and speaker discusses the importance of authenticity and being present By Emma Harville Crowds of excited students gathered in front of Benson Great Hall almost an hour before chapel was scheduled to begin Friday morning, clutching copies of Bob Goff’s New York Times bestselling book Love Does and hoping to get as close as they could to the author and speaker known for his goofy smile and infectious laugh. Goff walked on stage wearing his iconic Red Sox cap and a mood ring on his finger, speaking to a packed audience about the importance of authenticity. Minutes later when his cell phone rang, he tossed it into the crowd, asking a student to turn it off as he yelled out the passcode. “Now you know the password of every bank account I’ve got,” he said. Goff challenged the audience to take genuine interest in people, including enemies and… Keep Reading


Presidential candidates debate

BSG Candidate pairs share their opinions and goals for their presidential campaigns. By Jasmine Johnson “Riptide” by Vance Joy echoed against the walls of the Underground Monday night as two candidate pairs running for Bethel Student Government leadership took the stage for a public debate. Bags of fresh popcorn and BSG notepads laid on a fold-out table and students started to trickle in, completely filling the set tables. Current Student Body President Kennadie Anderson and Vice President Lucas Bentrud sat across from candidates Sean Doherty and Kristina Curtis with Executive Director of Student Senate Josh Turek moderating the questions. In the informational handout provided to the audience, both candidate pairs were provided the space to state their goals and hopes for their presidential terms. “We are passionate about advocating for those who feel that they don’t have a place or voice at Bethel and aspire to make Bethel a better… Keep Reading


Surviving the spotlight

Freshman Ty Koehn has won an ESPY and appeared on Good Morning America, but his 10 seconds of fame can’t end soon enough. By Josh Towner Koehn worked on the wad of Big League Chew bubblegum in his mouth as he looked to see who the next batter was.  One more out would punch Mounds View High School’s ticket to the state tournament. His heart sank as he recognized his longtime friend Jack Kocon step up to the plate. The two had played basketball and baseball together since elementary school. Koehn and Kocon were both seniors. With Mounds View leading Totino-Grace four to nothing in the last inning, Koehn knew this was likely Kocon’s last at bat. Kocon was the same guy who hit a walk-off just days earlier against Mounds View. Koehn worked to a 2-2 count. Mounds View’s ticket needed one more strike. The catcher signaled for an… Keep Reading


Suited for simplicity

Freshman Seth Haskin embodies the old days one suit at a time. By Zach Walker Seth Haskin spied on two families from a Dennys’ booth. Holding the laminated menu, he glanced from pair to pair, split by era, trapped motionless in only two dimensions. On one side sat a father and son adorned in the fashion of the 1950s. A three-piece suit and striped polo ordering dinner. Across from them, a similar family sat 60 years in the future. Haskin, adorned in a suit and tie, his daily garb, grinned at the older pair. The grin remained as he ordered a bacon cheeseburger. Haskin, a freshman at Bethel University, looks out of place. Surrounded by ripped jeans and hoodies, he walks the halls like a Dickens character would walk a cobblestone path. A top hat is placed firmly upon his head in the winter. Bow tie and suspenders always. “Everything… Keep Reading


BUILDing Relationships

By Carmen Syverson John Chouinard sat at Buffalo Wild Wings this fall semester with both first-year and second-year BUILD students. They all looked at him. Students he had just met. And students whom Chouinard reminded to do laundry every Monday night. Chouinard could see the growth in his second-year students and the potential of the first-year students all around one table on that fall evening. Chouinard, a junior at Bethel University, just filled out his application to be a BUILD housing mentor for the third year in a row. During Chouinard’s freshman year, he received an email from the BUILD program asking for applicants to be BUILD housing mentors. With no plans for roommates in place, Chouinard took the email as a sign to apply for a kind of housing situation that would look different from his classmates. Before coming to Bethel, Chouinard attended a small high school in Colorado… Keep Reading


The hometown hitter

A lifetime of playing baseball supplied Brian Raabe with the wisdom he needed to become a coach. By Jared Martinson Five-year-old Brian Raabe knew what his life was going to be. It was the same process as the rest of the kids in New Ulm, Minn., a small German town 98 miles southwest of the heart of the Twin Cities. When your hometown has as many professionally-kept baseball fields as city council members, you’re more likely to end up on a diamond than in an oval. And so Raabe dreamed a little more and worked a little more to find a way. Only the large metro-style cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud can lay claim to owning as many big leaguers as New Ulm when it comes to Minnesota natives. Longtime catcher Terry Steinbach headlines the six ballplayers who have been recorded as major league participants. Brian Raabe… Keep Reading

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