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Cheryl Bostrom

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Elizabeth Grodahl and Maddie DeBilzan | For the Clarion Cheryl Bostrom does not support Donald Trump. But leading up to the election, she prayed that he would win. Bostrom is adjunct faculty and an alumna from the Bethel graduate school. Her husband, Matt Bostrom, is the Ramsey County Sheriff. This past year he has combated biases, oppression and threats due to the issues regarding police brutality. He recently received an acceptance letter from Oxford University to research how law enforcement interacts with the community. Bostrom appreciates Trump’s declared support for law enforcement. “Hearing him speak (about) respect for law enforcement is a huge encouragement,” Bostrom said. And although she may not think he is a godly man, Bostrom finds solace in the fact that he surrounds himself with advisers who are, especially Mike Pence. Her vote also relied heavily in the prospect of a supreme court justice who aligned with her values.…

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Conor Nordmeyer

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For Conor Nordmeyer, social media didn’t have the same impact on his presidential candidate vote like it did for others. Logan Clabaugh and Emily Johnson | For the Clarion It’s 2 p.m. on election day. Freshman Conor Nordmeyer arrives at Valentine Hills Elementary School to vote for president just six hours before the polls close. Like many college students, this is Nordmeyer’s first experience voting for president. Nordmeyer doesn’t have much faith in either major candidate. Leading up to casting his first presidential vote, Nordmeyer was in the middle of a self-motivated social media fast. “I needed to cut myself away from social media for a little while,” Nordmeyer said. “(I needed to) live in the moment instead of being on Facebook every five minutes.” While he wasn’t specifically aiming to avoid the countless election posts that have been filling the feeds this election season, the decision certainly affected his voting experience.…

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Cash Rodamaker

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Karina Ritzman and Annalise Beeson | For the Clarion Senior Cash Rodamaker at Bethel sits back as his roommates cheer at the TV Tuesday night. Rodamaker didn’t have a strong opinion either way in this election. During Election Day and the months before, he remained hopeful. “God is still the King of this nation, and he doesn’t need to conform to our governing system.” Rodamaker said. He was confident in God’s power over this election. Rodamaker was concerned on how this election makes Christians look, and more importantly how Jesus looks to America. Evangelical Christians were a large number of votes for Trump, so does this mean that Christians feel the same way about minorities as Trump? “Jesus would treat the minorities with love, respect and acceptance.” Rodamaker said. Trump expressed harsh views on keeping minorities out of American borders, such as his plan to “build a wall,” but as Christians, Rodamaker…

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A space to come together

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Bethel Student Government and the Election Committee came together Tuesday night to watch the election. Madeline Koengeter | Freelance Dressed in blue jeans, khakis, sweatshirts and button downs, students at Bethel University participated in the Election Night Party event Nov. 8 in the Underground from 7 to 11 p.m. Students sat in clusters with their laptops out, chatting and doing homework. Bethel figures such as Vice President of Student Life William Washington and Provost Deb Harless were in attendance along with many political science professors. The majority of students said that they attended the event because they were anxiously waiting for the results. The main draw was that they wanted to see who would succeed in the presidential campaign. Being at the party allowed them to have a discussion of facts. “I didn’t come to look at the results, I could google the results,” said senior Cash Rodamaker. “It’s easier just to walk…

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Bethel to host political debate

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The College Democrats and the College Republicans square off Oct. 26 in the Underground. Anna Bauer | News Reporter Bethel’s College Democrats and Republicans groups will debate Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Underground. College Democrats member Berit Turnquist explained that the idea for hosting a political debate resulted from dialogue between both groups, in which an underlying desire for carrying out “civil, productive discussion about political issues” was present. Determining which issues are top priorities to discuss was difficult. College Republican Chair Sam Krueger states that this particular debate will be grounded on policy. “We get enough candidate gossip and negative messaging everywhere else in our lives,” Krueger said. “If the politicians do not have time to talk about policy then we will do it ourselves.” One of the debate’s anticipated impartial moderators Caitlin Navratil seconded this focus, adding, “We will be talking about everything from race relations, foreign policy, gender…

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