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As a passionate Christian who lived in Jordan for nine years before coming to Bethel University, one might presume psychology major Heidi Hankin maintains huge and definite plans for her future. But conversation over cocoa on an overcast Monday afternoon parted the clouds on a perspective one might not expect. Keep Reading


Profanity in the Theatre

The following is an opinion piece and does not reflect the views of The Clarion. If you would like to submit an opinion piece in response or on another topic, please email Editor-In-Chief Jared Nelson at Emma Martin | Freelance If you recently saw Bethel’s production of “God of Isaac”, you may have noticed swear words as well as sexual innuendos. In response, you may ask, “why would Bethel allow such a thing?” As a Teacher’s Assistant for the theatre section of Introduction to the Creative Arts, I’ve read responses and thoughts on the show as a whole from Bethel students, and often there is mention of feeling uncomfortable due to the language and content. Now, I was raised in a Christian home and was taught that cussing was frowned upon as well as making sexual references. It was down right inappropriate and even sinful. Therefore, I can understand… Keep Reading


The Privilege of Ignorance and the Danger in Security

The following is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Clarion and its staff. If you have response or an opinion you’d like to see published, please contact Editor-in-Chief Jared Nelson at Cherie Suonvieri | Freelance As a white woman born and raised in the United States, I have the privilege of ignorance. I have the ability to choose whether or not I want to follow what has happened in Beirut, Paris, Ferguson, or even what’s happening in Minneapolis. If I keep up on the news, I’m considered informed. But if I don’t, the only thing I might lose is a bit of pride in social situations. I come from a culture that idolizes security. This was demonstrated to me by the overwhelming concern for our well-being, poured out by our parents and loved ones back home when we (a group of 25 study… Keep Reading


Eyes Open Abroad

International crises such as the terrorist attacks in Paris and the movement of Syrian refugees impact study abroad programs. Keep Reading


A World Apart

Syrian immigrant and longtime dining center worker fears for loved ones back home and sheds light on crisis of her people. Sarah Nelson | Staff Writer Fayzah Sattout lets out an infectious laugh and explains how her favorite time of the year is Ramadan, a holiday recognized by Muslims as a time of fasting. She’s no stranger to working shifts in the Dining Center without eating or drinking all day, and jokes about enjoying fewer bathroom breaks because of it. She recalls winning a $250 prize one August during a Sodexo meeting to prepare for the upcoming school year. Because the money was meant to buy food, she couldn’t accept the prize. But Sattout always presents her faith in a dignified manner. “I’m proud of my religion,” Sattout, a devout Muslim said. Sattout grew up in Syria, where she attended a university and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. In… Keep Reading


Pocket Guide to the Democratic Candidates

With former VA. Senator Jim Webb out of the race, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head for the democratic bid. Sarah Nelson | Staff Writer Bernie Sanders After 16 years as Vermont’s sole representative in the House and currently serving his second term in the Senate, Sanders is demystifying the sobriquet of “socialist” with surging popularity among college students feeling the Bern.   On the Issues: Economy: Sanders identifies as a democratic socialist, saying the ideology is not tied to Marxist beliefs or ridding of capitalism. Income inequality is one of the most prominent issues on his platform, and Sanders demands that wealthy corporations pay a fair amount of taxes. He also wishes to break up big banks.   College Debt: For those enrolled in public universities, rejoice! Sanders wishes to model America’s higher education system after Germany by making public universities free. He vows to also cut student… Keep Reading


How It’s Made: Academic Calendar

Marissa Gamache | News Editor Vice-President and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Deb Sullivan-Trainor is in charge of the puzzle. Policies, guidelines, lists and approval groups are all aspects of stitching the academic calendar together at Bethel. She’s tasked with all of the logistics that go into making the puzzle pieces fit snugly. The Academic Calendar Policy guides Sullivan-Trainor and serve as a basis for laying out the possible options for how the academic calendar will look. While the whole process only takes up about two percent of her job, according to Sullivan-Trainor, it is still a cumbersome project that has faced numerous hiccups in past years. The office of Academic Affairs, guided by the Academic Calendar policy first penned in 1984, takes charge of planning each academic calendar. Scheduled two years in advance, Sullivan-Trainor must take athletics, holidays and music tours among other agendas into consideration when… Keep Reading

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