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BSG investigates its own election

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BSG appeals committee investigates discrepancy in GPA requirement for BSG President and Vice President and the late announcement of the opening of applications. By Clarion staff Bethel Student Government student body president and vice president elections were held Feb. 21. Student Body President Kennadie Anderson and Vice President Lucas Bentrud were the only candidates on the ballot, along with an option for write-ins. However, due to some discrepancies between the BSG constitution and the election bylaws, and questions about the timing of the email which announces the opening of the applications, an appeals process will delay the election results, according to the Vice President of Student Life William Washington. The email informing students about president and vice president applications came out late this year, according to guidelines in the BSG operations manual, which states: “An email should be sent out in the second week of January informing the student body…

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Women’s hockey team wins back to back

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The Royals started their first 2-game win streak of the season. By Taylor Fondie and Joe Hiti, Sports Reporters Four Bethel University players scored, including two goals from sophomore forward Bri Stafne, in a 5-2 win over Northland College at the Bethel University Arena in Blaine. The Royals beat Northland 4-0 the night before.  “We came into the second down by a goal and we all knew what we needed to do,” said Stafne, who scored in both the second and third periods. Freshman goalie Emily Auge made 34 saves on 36 shots in her first win of the season. The Royals head into next weekend’s home-and-away series against Saint Benedict with a two-game win streak.  “Keep the momentum coming,” Stafne said. “We haven’t won two games in a row, it’s exciting for all of us girls to feel that.”  

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Royals beat St. Kate’s

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The Bethel women’s basketball team edged out St. Kate’s 64-55 at home. By Zach Walker, Clarion Sports Reporter In game full of fouls, steals, and lead changes, the Bethel Royals defeated the St. Catherine’s Wildcats 64-55 Jan 5 at Bethel University’s Robertson Center. Scoring for Bethel was evenly spread. Hannah Johnson led the team with 14 points, while Taite Anderson and Makenna Pearson followed with 12 points each. Sam Orth and Danica Cambrice led the Wildcats with 12 and 11 respectively, the only players with double-digit points. Makenna Pearson proved essential to the Royals during the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of threes and leading the team in steals with five. Despite a tough shooting night, the Royals proved dominant on defense. Running a full-court press for most of game and a zone defense in the halfcourt, Bethel forced 22 turnovers. “Our zone came up big for us today,” coach…

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Parents of former BUILD student file lawsuit

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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…

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The wheels on the bus go ‘round when you call

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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…

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Journalism in a Christian community

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I’ve had many students confront me with views that seem to reflect a general misunderstanding of what The Clarion’s role is at Bethel University. Here’s a clarification. By Maddie DeBilzan I love Bethel University. I wear blue and gold to every Saturday afternoon football game. I love walking through the halls to see strangers holding doors for strangers. I love that I can leave my backpack outside of the Dining Center. I love saying “Hi” to people I barely know, and I love having roommates and classmates who push me to be better. I also love being a journalist. I love asking questions and having a professional reason to be curious. I love the adrenaline rush of having to submit a story six minutes after the football game ends. And I love piecing all my chicken-scratch notes together until a story is formed – one that’s honest, raw, and true.…

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Steady offense boosts Royal football to victorious home opener

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By Jared Martinson A bright, breezy afternoon reflected the mood at Royal Stadium on Saturday: the Bethel University football team defeated UW-River Falls in their home opener by a score of 32-27. Offense was aplenty in the matchup of Royals and Falcons. Bethel tallied 468 total yards while River Falls accounted for 324. The tone was set early in the game by the Royal defense—the first two River Falls possessions did not reach midfield. That staunch performance allowed quarterback Jaran Roste and the offensive unit to amass three scores on three first-quarter drives. A touchdown catch for Drew Larsen and short runs by Sam Gibas and Gideon Erharbor (the latter of which was set up by a big punt return from Tavian Swanson) gave Bethel a 20-7 after one frame, and a stagnant second quarter for both teams kept the same score going into the halftime break. River Falls struck…

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Campus Ministries: renamed and revamped

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By Jasmine Johnson When walking through the skyway towards the Wellness Center, it is easy to miss the recent changes that the formerly-named office of Campus Ministries has made. After the Advancement and Development Team moved to the Anderson Center, Church Relations was no longer necessary as an independent department. Since Bethel remained connected to many local churches, the majority of these responsibilities were handed over to Campus Ministries. Some initiatives, such as Work with Purpose in Bethel Seminary, stayed with their previously designated departments. The rest were given to Campus Ministries. With so many changes happening around the office, a new name was necessary. The sign hanging in the Hagstrom Center now states Bethel University Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations. “We don’t just do ministries, but we also do a lot of one-on-one, formation and care for students, and so we thought Christian Formation was a better…

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Opinion: introverts face welcome week

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By: Emily Jan and Jasmine Johnson As our van pulled up to the curb, the Welcome Week crew cheered at the top of their lungs. I (Emily) was rushed into Bodien as the people around me screamed my room number while bringing all my beloved belongings to my new room. The experience was much more enthusiastic, loud, and overwhelming than I had expected. Although Welcome Week was fun for me, it was also hard because I am half extroverted and half introverted. No matter how much energy and enthusiasm returning students and faculty exhibit during Welcome Week, the response to the excitement is not always mutual. With the crammed schedules and nonstop social interaction, these first few days can be very overwhelming for anyone looking to take in their new surroundings slowly. When arriving at the dorms for the first time, swarms of people move every belonging from the family…

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Bethel’s incoming students

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By: Emma Melling | Freelancer As the 2018-19 school year begins at Bethel, the incoming group of 623 students are from across the country and world. Here’s a map from Dan Nelson, Chief Institutional Data and Research Officer at Bethel, that will show you where they come from. This graphic does not include four new freshman coming from out of the country, 121 new PSEO students or 16 new BUILD students that are starting this fall. The statistics used to create this graphic are not Bethel University’s official enrollment numbers for the 2018-19 school year.

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