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President Jay Barnes announces retirement

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On Thursday, February 28, Bethel University President Jay Barnes announced he’ll retire June 30, 2020, when his second six-year term concludes.  Jim Green, former board president and current board member, is heading the search committee for the next president.  Prior to the announcement, Benson Great Hall bustled with nervous excitement as faculty, staff, administration, board members and students gathered for an unusual event. 35 members of the Board of Trustees, along with members of the Board of Governors, sat on the left-most side section of Benson Great Hall as the chapel commenced. Groups of students, parents and community members sat scattered among the Great Hall as President Barnes began to speak. As Barnes took the stage, photos flashed across the screen of himself, evolving from a youthful provost to a bald, photoshopped version of himself. March 5, a community gathering will discuss the next steps.  “I know that we have…

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Becoming the person she needed: From homelessness to Street Ministry

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Bobbie Jo Chapkin started a street ministry in the North Minneapolis community to reach the marginalized with love and the message of Christ.  By Molly Korzenowski  Bobbie Jo Chapkin rushed toward Merwins Liquor on West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, yards from Sanctuary Covenant Church. A woman with long black braids, Tatiana, emerged from her car. Upon seeing Chapkin, a smile appeared on the woman’s face. BJ, her nickname for Chapkin, cares. Chapkin, a Missional Ministries and Digital Humanities major at Bethel, knew right away what the goal of her Digital Humanities capstone would be.  She wanted to do an internship allowing her to work with people living on the margins, a place she knew very well. This passion led her to work with Sanctuary Covenant Church on Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, a community shrouded in stereotypes. “I wanted to shed some light on what it’s really like, show…

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Keeping the ’90s alive

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Sophomore Zach Fisk runs an Instagram Clothing account that will one day lead to a brick and mortar presence. By Diana Clark It was all about the hunt. For 5-year-old Zach Fisk, it was about the hunt for Fisher-Price Rescue Hero action figures that were no longer being made. His parents, Paul and Heather Fisk, started taking him around to different thrift stores to find these toys. “It was a hunt. The joy of finding something,” Fisk’s mother, Heather, said. Now at 19 years-old, sophomore business major with an entrepreneurial focus, Fisk has turned that hunt into an Instagram-run clothing store called Thrift-fil-a where he buys and sells used vintage clothing. Fisk grew up in Bothell, Washington not far from Seattle. Besides starting to buy toys and electronics from thrift stores at a young age, Fisk had a natural knack for selling too. “I’ve always been a little thrifter,” Fisk…

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Bridging two worlds


Professor Jessica Henderson explores technology’s effect on her life through new exhibit.  By Jasmine Johnson Family members, friends, students and faculty crowded into the wooden encased Eastlund Room Nov. 8. The original setup of 98 chairs was not enough for the endless line of supporters streaming through the double doors. “Some of us when we go on sabbatical will rest, but Jess just made a lot of artwork,” gallery director Michelle Wingard said. “So much artwork that our entire gallery is Henderson-ified.” With the help of faculty development and alumni grants, design professor Jessica Henderson was able to complete the Johnson gallery exhibit “uhhh, u there?” during her time off on sabbatical spring 2018. The collection explored the half-and-half nature of her exposure to technology: half of her life free from it and the other half absorbed and surrounded by it. From her first Internet search for Mad Magazine to…

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The yes man

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Micah BigEagle comes to Bethel with a lot more life experiences than the average freshman.  By Laura Osterlund Micah BigEagle knew how they looked at him wherever he went. The 6-foot-7 redhead was a white unicorn; the only sign of the Western world that could be seen for miles. Now a freshman computer science major, BigEagle has a collection of stories to tell about the adventures he had between high school and Bethel. He applied to the Rotary Youth Exchange program before graduating from high school, which sent him to study business in India. While in India, BigEagle did yoga with the Education Minister of his state who aggressively told him to breathe. He had a freak-out moment in the middle of a grocery store when he saw a bag of Lay’s Sour Cream chips. He broke his foot while playing basketball and had to wear a hot-pink, full-length cast…

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

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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;…

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Communications studio equipment stolen

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Early Wednesday morning a significant amount of computers and other tech equipment were stolen from the communication studies department editing suite and podcast production office. By Maddie Christy and Jasmine Johnson The Bethel snow crew found a loose facilities management bin the the West parking lot outside Heritage Wednesday morning. They rolled it back to the facilities management barn, assuming it had blown away in the wind. Snow crew member Riley Windler’s supervisor Johnnie Sowards mentioned in passing that the extra-large bin had been involved in a robbery. “I thought he was joking,” Windler said. “Turns out he wasn’t.” Wednesday morning the editing suite and podcast production office were found emptied of their equipment. In Artie Terry’s 9 a.m. Media Production class, he walked in unaware that the equipment was missing. He was shocked that the TV studio cameras they needed to use for their class were gone. Terry’s following…

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