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Sept. 27, 2012
Feeling the thrills of Theatre Physics By Halla Henderson
to Bloedel, is the key for the production. Students bring their own ideas and skills to create a production that is a unique personification of each individual’s own abilities. With just three weeks to write the show, the
actors have to find a way to create a performance that is packed with quirky skits and an energy that is always electric. The performance is based on taking chances and using unusual materials such as
bull whips, tap lights, and other assorted items. The show is so engrossed in the process of forming new ideas that the performances have been known to be created just days or hours prior to the opening show. Luckily,
it is that down-to-the-wire excitement that creates such a thrilling performance. The fun, sometimes downright goofy, style not only appeals to the audience, but also to the performers as well. Kasey Gratz, who is in Theatre Physics this year, cited her previous experience as an audience member as being a factor in her decision to audition for the group. Aside from being an exciting experience to express the quirkiest aspect of one’s talents, it was a chance to interact with some of the veteran performers. Gratz found it to be not only a huge learning experience but also a welcoming place to interact with and meet new friends. Theatre Physics is an entertaining display for both the audience members as well as the cast. But most of all it is just plain fun. The bottom line is clear: Theatre Physics is a continual hit due to the energy of the show and the lively spirit of both the cast and the show itself.
you on September 11th?” at least once in the last 11 years. I have been asked that question multiple times. However, as time goes on, I am asked that question much less. For the first several years after the attacks, I found myself knowing that the anniversary of 9/11 was merely days away. This year was different. I did not know about the anniversary until the night before. I have heard many others say the same thing. This makes me wonder, when will Sept. 11 become history, or has it already? I will start out by saying that I do not think it is history yet. I would still call it a current event. The fact that I am writing about it still shows that it is still an important anniversary. Although, while I feel like it is still current, I believe that it is on its way to becoming history. Last year 9/11 started becoming history. In May 2011, Osama bin
Laden was killed. Many people refer to his death as justice for America. Whether or not it was true justice is another discussion in itself, but the point is that the man responsible for planning the attacks was punished. This brought closure to many people. Last year was the 10th anniversary of the attacks, so it was still largely recognized. However, the memorial was unveiled, which I feel brought even more peace to Americans. The museum was scheduled to open this year, but financial disputes ceased construction for some time. While it is unknown when the museum will open, Freedom Tower is expected to open in late 2013. I believe that September 11 will stay current until both the museum and the Freedom Tower have been opened to the public. It may be longer, but I doubt it will be any shorter.
Perhaps some people strongly believe that it will never become history, or, at the very least, not until all who witnessed it have passed on. To those people I would ask if they still recognize the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, or another such historical event. The attack on Pearl Harbor was another horrific attack on America. It occurred on December 7, 1941. I imagine that it was recognized for many years, but it is hard to say for certain. The conditions of the attack were much different. The Japanese attacked a naval base, while terrorists killed innocent civilians on 9/11. They still remain similar in the fact that they were both surprise attacks and many people died. Surely there are people who continue to recognize the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor, and that leads to my final question: Is history purely individual?
Do individuals determine what gets remembered and what does not? I believe so. Surely those who watched the attacks happen live on television will recall it longer than those who saw it later that day on the evening news. Surely those who were in New York City and saw the towers fall with their own eyes will remember it for years to come. And surely people who lost family and friends on that day will relive it for some time. Age makes a difference too. The attacks do not have the same effect on me as they do for someone who was older at the time and understood the significance of the tragedy. I am sure that, in time, 9/11 will fade from the memories of most people. Whether it is in three years or 30 years, no one can know. While I feel that this is a natural and unavoidable part of all tragedies, I hope that we never forget.
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hat do twin juggling acts, prop comedy, stilt-walking, and short scene acts all have in common? They have all been performed in some form or another during the annual Theatre Physics. Influenced by Vaudeville and skit-based theatre, the event is a collaborative effort between the students who perform and the man behind the production, Peter Bloedel. This year’s show, performed on Sept. 23, was the the 19th incarnation, and it involved the art of illusion and the published play “The Rules of Comedy.” The production and brainchild of Bloedel, Theatre Physics has been a general progression and is largely influenced by his own early love of Vaudeville. It draws on prop comedy and relies mainly on a general idea or concept, not plot, to bring the production to the stage. Collaboration, according
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Theater Physics was one of several activities during Fall Festival. Under the direction of Peter Bloedel, the cast of 12 students collaborated to create skits which earned many laughs and rounds of applause.
9/11: The inevitable transition from current event to history
o this day I recall walking into class on Tuesday, finding my seat, and then turning around to see that the television was on. It was strange; my teacher never had the TV on. She and all of the students were watching the news program and listening as they talked about two planes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City. Now, I understood what they were talking about, but I did not truly understand what it meant; I was only seven years old. That is where I was on Sept. 11, 2001. I am sure almost everyone has been asked the question, “Where were
Sept. 27 2012
Donate Plasma to Help Save Lives and Make Money By Lexi Titeca Scroll Staff Writer
ost college students often complain of not having enough money and wonder how to pay for next semester’s tuition. BioLife Plasma Services in Mankato is here to help. College students ages 18 and older can sign up at BioLife, donate plasma, and make up to $220 per month. Donating plasma is also beneficial because it saves lives. The plasma collected at BioLife is used in many life-saving therapeutics (the treatment of someone who is trying to prevent or fight a disease or other illness) that benefit thousands of people every day. Plasma is the yellow liquid portion of whole blood that can be easily replaced by the body. Plasma makes up approximately 57 percent of whole blood and consists
primarily of water and proteins that help the body control bleeding and infection. Plasma serves as an aid in the circulation of both red and white blood cells and platelets. There are five main therapies derived from plasma: hemophilia therapies, blood volume replacement, immune support, pulmonology deficiency therapy, and surgical hemostasis/tissue sealing. Plasma cannot be artificially made in a laboratory, and it can only be collected from healthy adults. On average, BioLife gets 1,000 to 2,000 donations per week. There are approximately 600 to 800 milliliters of plasma safely collected from each donation. Donors can safely donate twice a week with a day in between donations. If a student has a desire to learn, grow, and inno-
School Supply Drive to Help Local Organizations By Megan Maschoff Scroll Staff Writer
chool supplies shopping has always been something that children secretly look forward to. Picking out a cool new backpack and getting a new box of 48 crayons – life does not get much better than that. Sadly, however, some children do not get to experience this happiness, and that is what Bethany wants to change. This month, Bethany is hosting the Paul Ylvisaker School Supply Drive. From now until September 28th, students can donate school supplies (or money to purchase the school supplies) to help children that cannot afford them. “The idea jumped out at me when I was looking through past service events Bethany had done,” said Brittany Nash, coordinator of the Paul Ylvisaker Center for Personal and Public Responsibility. “Students enjoyed it last time we held one, so it made sense to hold another one.” And what is there not to enjoy? Not only will students get to help other students whose families cannot afford school supplies, but there will also be a reward for them too. Whichever dorm, organization, or club collects the most school supplies will receive a $150
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BioLife Plasma Service is a trusted plasma donation center. Students can earn money, save lives, and possibly create future careers.
vate, working at BioLife would be a good career choice. In order to get a job at BioLife, one must have a high school degree, and on the job traning is offered there. Kayla Beehler, a Senior Regional Marketing Representative for BioLife, said, “BioLife Plasma Services is an industry
The Anderson Hall ladies are well on their way to collecting many school supplies for the drive.
prize, which they can put towards whatever they want. Second and third place also get a nice sum of money for their efforts for the drive. “Aside from the cash prize, it is a great way to show servant leadership. It will also look good on a resume, showing your potential employer that you have a passion for helping others,” stated Brittany Nash. The items collected for the school supply drive will be given to the Salvation Army Back-Pack Program (for next year’s school year) as well as the on-campus group, S.T.O.R.M. (Service Through Outreach, Relief, and Missions). Items being asked for include glue sticks, notebooks, crayons, and rulers. Collection boxes for either supplies or money can be requested for the Paul Ylvisaker center.
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leader in the collection of high quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma based therapies. BioLife operates and mantains numerous stateof-the-art plasma collection facilities throughout the United States and collects nearly 3 million liters of plasma per year.” BioLife
Many Americans are dissatisfied with the current direction that the nation has been taking and this includes some college students. The goal of this group is to educate people about and promote conservative ideals. Jason Mason said “it’s good to have a political organization on campus. Most students either don’t care, or think they know everything. It’s good to have a group that informs people about what is actually going on.” This fall, their main objective is to promote the lesser known Republican candidates and increase awareness about absentee ballots.
Young Americans for Liberty Young Americans for Liberty is connected with a nationwide organization that began as a support club for Ron Paul. Since then, it has evolved into the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses. Because it is part of a national group, they cannot endorse specific candidates, but it encourages political pro-activeness. Amanda Johnson said this about the group: “Our goals are to encourage people to vote and give information on what each of the candidates stand for.” Once it is approved by the National Field Director, educational materials will be available to all members.
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Campus Q&A “Do you prefer Mac or PC?”
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Julia Muckenhirn Freshman
PC “It’s the only one I’ve used.”
Sophomore PC “I grew up with it.”
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Senior Spotlight: Rachel Enstad By Halla Henderson Scroll Staff Writer
ince changing her major to Psychology, following a stint as a Biology major, Rachel Enstad has developed not only a clear idea of the degree she wants, but also the career path she has chosen. Some might go down the traditional path in the field of human or social services, but Enstad has decided to become a wedding planner. She will be opening a wedding planning business, Uniquely4You Weddings and Events, that is aimed at “an elegant for cheap” feel with a focus on Bethany students and couples. Her inspiration behind the venture? Enstad said, “I took a marriage and planning class where there was a set budget and I loved it.” Enstad took an online certification class and began the process of creating a small business. Not only is a new business an exciting start to life outside of college, but the support of
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her family has been crucial as well. “They were completely supportive of me and my choice,” she said. The fourth of six children from Andover, Minn., it was that support from a loving family that gave her the foundation for who she would aspire to be. Enstad is not without memories of mischief or fun. “I was six or seven at a friend’s house and we decided to cut each other’s hair. Her mother found us after and was like ‘what are
you doing?’ I was fine with it though,” She said with a laugh. It was times with friends that were some of her best experiences as a student at Bethany. Extracurricular activities provided fun and exciting times during her years at Bethany. Enstad has been involved in concert choir, the Mary Martha Singers, and the Choraliers. Currently, she finds her position as a Resident Assistant to be a busy but enriching experience. One of her worst, but humorous memo-
ries was the time she spilled milk all over herself. It was an embarrassing moment for her. As a senior she has found a few things to pass on to her fellow students, like a belief in time management. “Time management is everything, without it you fall back academically and socially,” said Enstad. She also maintained that students should remember to stay involved in activities, such as going to games and supporting the athletes and BLC. She also wanted students to know that it is okay to change their major and plans. Enstad says that the faculty and staff have been wonderful in helping her when she made the decision to switch majors. Nevertheless, whether it has been discovering her true passions, meeting new people or finding the support of Bethany to be crucial, Enstad has managed to successfully discover her path and let it shine down.
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Sept. 27 2012
In divorce, are the kids really all right? D
ivorce isn't something people understand or talk about, despite how common it is today. I still get weird looks when people find out my parents are divorced. Karen Klein knows that divorced parents worry about how their kids are feeling about what happened. She did. Which is how she also knows that parents almost never ask, rightly suspecting that the answers won't ease their minds. Surprisingly, those unsettling answers may not be about the divorce, but about falling in love. Klein, a local photographer and visual artist, first explored the impact of divorce on kids about 25 years ago, while working through the end of her own marriage. "I was curious how divorce affected young people on the brink of thinking about starting their own relationships," she said. Last year, she met a group of eight young women, all college students, and was taken aback to learn that seven were from divorced families. She saw how differ-
ently they viewed the world and began wondering how the impact of divorce had changed over the years. The result is "Broken Circle: Children of Divorce," a photo project in place at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Union through Oct. 5. "The kids from [20 years ago] did have something to say, but mostly it was about hoping to have a happy family," she said. "I knew when I started with this new group that it would be very different. There's this thread about lacking trust and security in relationships, a hesitancy about marriage and kids." That made sense to her. But Klein was caught off guard by the students' surprise that someone was asking how they were feeling, and how they thought their parents' divorce was affecting them. "Over and over, I heard, 'We don't talk about this. Nobody's ever asked me,'" Klein said. "They didn't talk about it, not even among themselves." Oftentimes, as a child of divorce, it is easiest to think about the separation and pain of your parents when dissecting a divorce. Yet no one ever asked me to
my face, "How do you feel?" ... For the first time I was not a child of divorce, but rather my own person who was shaped and molded by the divorce. Klein said parents are reluctant to probe too deeply. "They're afraid of what the kids may say, and you can't undo [the divorce]," she said. "I mean, no one starts out saying, 'Hey, let's see how screwed up we can make our kids.' But one thing leads to another." Indeed, many of the young adults' brief essays, which accompany their photos, say that their parents' divorce came as a relief, with lessened tension, fewer fights, an end to abuse, an explanation for the secrets. Their lives, however upended, felt oddly better. But as they grew up to contemplate their own adult relationships, other outcomes have emerged. Many are skeptical about the likelihood of a lasting marriage. Not that they won't aspire to that, but they have fewer illusions. They fear betrayal. They withhold trust. For the time being, marriage is the lowest priority, something that
I have learned is not the most important thing. -- Annah Some said they've learned from their parents' mistakes. They regard themselves as wisely cautious, more mature, even steely. They have higher standards for a relationship. They realize they can weather a lot. They know that people change. They wish they could be more trusting, but choose to see that glass as half-full. I have trust issues, but it's also good to realize that you never know what's going to happen, so it's helped me to not become too emotionally involved in things that can hurt me. -- Heather Klein is careful to say that the project doesn't presume to make judgments, or claim epiphanies, but simply seeks to help parents realize the value of asking their child, "How are you feeling?" The project has value for young adults fortunate to have happily married parents, "since kids of happy marriages may marry a child of divorce," she said. "It helps to know where what they may see as crazy thinking is coming from." Klein's photos and the
students' thoughts have been collected in a book that's being lauded by marriage lawyers and family counselors, and finding a spot in office waiting rooms for some serendipitous thumbing. "We don't give young people a place to express themselves about the long shadow that divorce casts on their lives," said Bill Doherty, a professor of family science at the University of Minnesota. "Especially divorce not handled well by the parents." Klein praised the students' willingness to share their feelings, even as some may be difficult for parents to hear, which is why they are identified only by their first names. She also draws on her own experience when she said that parents will do anything to believe in their kids' resilience. "We need to believe that while our lives are fouled up, they'll be fine," she said. "But there are a lot of wounded birds out there. They will survive the best they can, but how they are going to do that may not be clear until they're 10 or 15 years down the road."
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randparents dote on their grandchildren to the tune of about $52 billion each year, the bulk of which ($32 billion) goes to school tuition and other education costs, according to "The Grandparent Economy," a study by American Demographics founder Peter Francese. It follows, then, that they would want a say in that education. A growing number of grandparents are helping with class projects, checking homework, even attending parent-teacher conferences, says Cheri Burcham, a family life educator at the University of Illinois Extension. "Their top concern is helping their grandkids succeed in school and advocating for them with their teachers," says Burcham.
Marry that information to the fact that 5.4 million American children are being raised by their grandparents, according to 2010 Census figures, and you have a national portrait that looks a lot different from the back-toschool ads. With the right approach, this dynamic can benefit all parties. Experts say grandparents should keep the following in mind, as the new school year marches on. Ask, don't tell. "Ask questions rather than giving answers," says Mount Sinai School of Medicine psychiatry professor Georgia Witkin, author of "The Modern Grandparent's Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to the New Rules of Grandparenting" (NAL Trade). "The parents may be feeling somewhat guilty that they're not able to do
more, and you really have to be sensitive to your son's or daughter's feelings. 'Would you like me to talk to the teacher, or is that something you'd prefer to do?' 'Would it be helpful if I go to the parent-teacher conference?' Constantly let them know you see them as the parents." Keep the school in the loop. "The biggest point is to communicate with the principal and teachers from the beginning _ not just at the parentteacher conferences _ to explain the situation and learn how to work with them for the benefit of the child," says Burcham. Should emails be directed to the grandparents? Will the grandparents be chaperoning field trips and volunteering in the classroom? Does the school have a phone number and other contact information
for the grandparents? Be realistic, and vocal, about your boundaries. "The grandparents may have some health issues of their own or be on limited income," says Burcham. "The stress can be overwhelming." Your health and well-being have to remain a priority. Enlist reinforcements. "I often suggest that grandparents have their grandchildren write down the names and phone numbers of one student in each of their classes so they have someone to contact to help at homework time if something is beyond the grandparents' understanding," says Burcham. Do some research. Your state's Department on Aging can likely offer resources and tips on tutors and other educational aids, says Burcham. Start with the National
Institute on Aging website at www.nia.nih.gov. Grandparents.com offers a "Grandparents' Guide to Education" (type "education" in the website's search field) with a gradeby-grade primer on what you can expect your grandchildren to be learning in various subjects from kindergarten to eighth grade. Be confident. "Teachers are relating to grandparents very much the same way they would to a parent," says Witkin. "There is no generation gap. We're all listening to The Black Eyed Peas. Everyone's watching 'American Idol.' My daughter's reading '50 Shades of Grey' on her iPad. I'm reading '50 Shades of Grey' on my iPad. We're all living in the same world."
Sept. 27, 2012
Step back in time at the Renaissance Festival By Brittany Titus Scroll Staff Writer
ith the smell of turkey legs and fried pickles in the air, the sight of belly dancers and Irish music playing in the background, it appears that the Renaissance Festival is here once again and it is time to take a step back into the olden days. The festival will be open from Aug. 18 to Sept. 30. It has over 100 shows, including Robin Hood, a hypnotist, juggling, dancing, cooking demos and magic tricks. There are also numerous stores ranging from pottery, to vintage clothing to wooden mugs, there is something for everyone at the festival. There is also a lot of food
to choose from, such as roasted corn, hearty soups, apple dumplings or fried green tomatoes. With 16 stages for the performances, there is never a dull moment. “My favorite show was a performer called ‘Moonie.’ He juggled on a tightrope and acted as a comedian. He was so much fun to watch and he was my favorite part,” said sophomore Olivia Lee. “I’ve been going to the festival since I was in middle school and I’ve always had a great time.” Each weekend there is a specific theme, such as Chocolate and Romance or Italian Carnivale. There are special events, such as wedding vow renewals or an Arabian horse show.
If shows were not enough, there are plenty of other activities: a men in tights competition, a chocolate pie eating contest and a charity auction. Most of the festival-goers would dress up as they did so many years ago. From being a knight, king or fairy, there are several people dressed up in different attire. “I had a nobleman’s costume from an assignment in high school, so I figured I’d use it where I could. But I really liked the festival. It is loads of fun to walk around and see all the different shops and entertainments,” said sophomore Nick Lilenthal. “I was called the ‘fairest maiden of them all’ by a
New iPhone 5 leads to confusions By Brittany Titus Scroll Staff Writer
ith new technology getting updated practically every year, one wonders if this new technology is even worth pursuing. With new features, thinner layering and a new look, the iPhone 5 is said to be the best of the best. But are all of these new gadgets really necessary? These new features would include a bigger screen, enabling it to have another row on the home screen for icons, better camera quality, having Siri, which is a personal assistant that is used by voice command, such as sending text messages or calling a friend (if not already having it on a previous cell phone) and having an aluminum backing on it instead of glass, making it harder to have the screen cracked. “I pre-ordered the phone because of the new features it has. I like how there will be faster networking and a newer camera, which is fantastic. If you are into the Apple ecosystem then you should get this new phone,” said communications professor Philip Wels. But the downside of this,
for example, would be that there is a new charger on the bottom of the phone, which is smaller, making the previous chargers useless. This means that a new adapter would be needed, costing at least $30. Senior Michael Harting worked at an Apple store for four years, specializing in Apple material. Selling
iPads, iPhones and iPods, he suggests these products to customers, and thinks that the new iPhone is worth purchasing, even though there are faults with the iPhone as well. “If you are going from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 I would definitely upgrade.
You would have the newer features such as Siri and you would have a 4G network, meaning better connections. But if you have a 4S (an iPhone generation 4 including Siri), the features are pretty similar so it would not really be worth upgrading,” said Harting. “But if you really wanted to, then wait until your contract ends, otherwise you would be spending a lot of money just to upgrade.” Also, according to Yahoo. com, the iPhone is “boring” because some of the older features are not updated, such as unlocking the home screen with your finger instead of using face recognition, and having a wireless charger instead of using a cord. “I have the iPhone 4S and I am very satisfied with it. The difference between phones is not worth getting rid of your current phone for the new one,” said sophomore Logan Hoppe. “I would say do not waste your money and keep the phone you have.” “There will always be something new or better in the years to come. This new phone isn’t anything different,” said Harting.
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This year is the first that live mermaids can be found at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The mermaids are located in mermaid cove next to the children’s realm and the queen’s pub.
bunch of Irish dancers and performers. They would kiss my hand and try to steal me away,” said junior Emily Dworak. “This was my first time going and I loved it.” With so much to do many visitors feel it is worth visiting for a day to witness what it would be like in the time of the Renaissance.
People of all ages can enjoy the many wonders of the festival and try out new things. “It is fun to see all the shows and performers and be able to step back in time and see what it was like and imagine it is real. It made it more enjoyable that you can be a part of that period,” said Lee.
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Sept. 27 2012
By Jonah Menough Scroll Staff Writer
Last weekend past, present, potentially future students and many others flocked to Bethany to enjoy Fall Festival. The festival hosted a variety of activities this year. Among some of this year’s highlights are Theatre Physics, Arts on the Green, an Alumni reunion and an Open House for potential BLC students.
The Theatre department put on five performances of Theatre Physics. The show was created by Peter Bloedel, 19 years ago. However, the plot of the skit changes each year, based on the collaborative effort of Bloedel and the cast members. “I audition kids for various talents,” said Bloedel. “If they can walk on the back of their toes, yodel, juggle, swallow swords or any kind of weird thing, I want to
know about it and then we try and work that kind of stuff into the show.” Once the members have been cast, they all get together and try to come up with ideas for the show. This year’s show included many different themes, including “Where’s Waldo” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Bloedel estimates that around 1,300 to 1,400 people came to see one of the performances this year.
“I think it was an exceptionally good cast this year. We had really strong people who seemed very natural on stage and who really understood humor,” said Bloedel. Despite this year’s success, Bloedel admits that sometimes the show might not go as well as he had hoped. “Sometimes we’ll knock it out of the park, and other times we’ll say ‘Well, that didn’t go so well,’” Bloedel
said. Another important feature of the Fall Festival is the Arts on the Green. It now includes many more activities since it began 10 years ago. Arts on the Green was originally started by Eric Ouren and Andy Overn but now includes many others, including Lois Jaeger. “One of the things I remember most from the first year or two was Sidewalk Art,” said Jaeger.
“There were some great drawings, from the YFAC to the Old Main.” Despite its popularity in the first few years, Jaeger says that Sidewalk Art has not been as big of a hit in the last few years, mentioning no one participated in it this year. However, there were many other activities this year, such as live music, Draw with the Artists, Make & Take Craft, Face Painting
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and more. With all these activities, Jaeger says she cannot pick a favorite. “That’s like picking a favorite child, I can’t,” Jaeger laughs. “I like the whole atmosphere. I like the sense of community that it builds on campus.” Along with Theatre Physics and Arts on the Green, many other activities took place. There were many class reunions, which, according to Jake Krier,
brought more than 200 alumni back to Bethany. “It’s always wonderful to get our alumni back and have the ‘Bethany Family’ together,” said Krier. “The stories from their time here on campus are always fun to hear, and to see former classmates reminisce really shows how meaningful their time here at BLC was.” In addition to more than 200 alumni, Bethany also welcomed 23 students and
their families to campus for an Open House. With other events such as kickball, a band concert and a 5K run, there was something for everyone this year. “It was fun,” said Nostvick. “It was cool seeing all the alumni, especially in the band. There was this much older alum in the flute section and she was telling me stories about when she went to Bethany.” Junior Cassie Wierschke
said that she also enjoyed Fall Festival. “There was always something to do during Fall Festival,” said Wierschke. “The highlight for me was Theatre Physics, the show always makes me laugh especially after a busy day of Arts of the Green.”
Sept. 27 2012
Speaker illuminates on state’s caonstitution amendment vote By Shawn Loging Scroll Staff Writer
lections erupt with hot button issues that pit neighbor against neighbor. Come Nov. 6, Minnesotans will go to the polls to vote on such an issue. The Marriage Protection Amendment is giving voters the option to define marriage as strictly between one man and one woman. This was the topic for Constitution Day 2012, as Bethany welcomed the co-founder of Lawyers for Marriage Evan L. Wilson to speak on the topic. Lawyers for Marriage is part of Minnesota for Marriage. History Professor Ryan MacPherson said that Constitution Day exists for two purposes: as an educational event to teach people about the Constitution and to fill a national requirement. “Since 2005, I believe, there has been a federal law that requires every educational institution that receives federal financial aid to have an annual Constitution
Day. That is why it had to be precisely today, Sept. 17, which is the anniversary of the signing of our Constitution,” said MacPherson. The History Department sponsored the event with PAMA (Promoting Awareness Motivation & Action). PAMA advisor Patti Reagles said this was a continuation of the political focus the group started last spring, and as the vote comes closer, PAMA wants to help people understand what it all means. “We talked with MacPherson about Constitution Day and decided to collaborate. We tailored the event to be an educational forum rather than a political debate. We wanted the information out there,” said Reagles. Wilson explained the issue in terms of law and social construct, in that marriage is a contract between a man and a woman, containing obligations like generating offspring. The bonds of parenthood contain a biological, social and legal element and protecting marriage in
its current status provides for the best outcome of a child. Minnesota currently has a law defining marriage between a man and a woman, but Wilson explained that this is not as strong as a Minnesota Constitution Amendment. “A number of months ago, I attended a public forum put on by the Human Rights Commission in Roseville, Minn. They put on the forum to talk about the Protection Amendment that is on the ballet. I attended the forum and was disappointed to see that only one side was being presented. A gay rights group was brought in to talk about the amendment. There was not accurate information being presented; it was completely one sided,” said Wilson. Wilson said, “I thought, as a lawyer, that people needed to understand the legal and social impacts if marriage is redefined. I took that idea along with some others that had the same sort of thinking and we ended up finding each
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Evan L. Wilson speaks to a packed lecture hall about the Minn. Marriage Protection Amendment vote on Constitution Day.
other to create this group that presented the other side.” This is an important issue for Wilson because as a lawyer, he sees redefining marriage as having an effect on the human rights everyone enjoys, from free speech to religion. He also sees it affecting the relationship between father, mother and child. “We have been trying to share a lot of factual statistics that show how the institution of marriage is already being weakened in Minnesota. We talk about the purpose that marriage serves; it has a public purpose [in regards to family structure]. The state cares about this in a way that they do not care about other relationships that do not have the same potential,” said
Wilson. Wilson also stressed the importance of what each selection on the ballot means. A yes vote means in favor of defining marriage as one man and one woman. A no vote will mean the opposite, and if the ballot is left blank, it will count as a no vote. This was part of the reason why PAMA started a political focus last spring. “We knew that our campus needed to have an understanding on what the vote meant, specifically, what a yes vote, a no vote and blank vote means. We knew that we really wanted to get that message out,” said Reagles. Wilson said, “If we are serious about protecting marriage, we have to put it in our [state’s] Constitution.”
Viral video wrong causes protest in Middle East By Shawn Loging Scroll Staff Writer
hile much of the world grew addicted to the dance of Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” another viral video made its way through the Middle East and the world’s Muslim population, spawning a case of deadly violence. The protests are in reaction to a clip from the film “Innocence of Muslims” made by Egyptian-American film producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who released the clip, with Arabic subtitles, in early September. The clip is of a film that depicts Islam’s Prophet Mohammed in a mocking fashion, according to CNN. A large theme in the protest has been Anti-American. On Tuesday Sept. 11 in Banghazi, Libya, while a group protested the film outside, several gunmen attacked the U.S. Consulate, setting fire to the building. Four Americans were killed including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens,
Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith. Sources confirmed to CNN the attack looked planned and the protest outside served as a distraction. The working assumption is that a pro-al Qaeda group is behind the attack and some 50 people have been arrested in relation to the attack. The London based think tank Quilliam told CNN that at least 20 militants are to blame for the attack, and the FBI is investigating the attack, but is still waiting to get into the country. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said, “In Libya, the government is not [provoking] AntiAmericanism, it is fighting it, openly declaring America [as] an ally and friend. The country is pro-American by a 2-to-1 margin.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people of Libya or government of Libya…” “Chris Stevens fell in love
with the Middle East as a young Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Morocco. In the early days of the Libyan revolution, I asked Chris to be our envoy to the rebel opposition. He risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better Libya. The world needs more Chris Steven’s,” said Clinton. While the focus is centered on Libya, the start of the protest is rooted in Egypt. CNN reported the same day as the attack in Libya, protesters in Cairo were climbing the wall outside of the U.S. Embassy tearing the US. Flag down. An Egyptian blogger posted the clip that led to the protest. An Egyptian named Ahemd told CNN, “These protests are a bad image for Egypt. Of course I’m against insulting Islam, but it is the undereducated, poor people who are out here causing problems. All I want for Egypt is security and
stability.” Nearly two weeks after the attack, protesting has spread to most Islamic countries. From Tunisia to Yemen and Pakistan, people are rallying against the video. Protests have not been limited to those areas, as protests have formed outside of U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Canada, Europe and Australia. On Friday Sept. 21, the United States and other nations closed embassies and suspended diplomatic missions in the Middle East and other Islamic countries because of fear that some protest posed a risk to lives. “Across the Middle East, there have been protests railing against the United States and the West in general. Even in these places, however, keep in mind that these crowds number in the hundreds – perhaps thousands – in countries with tens of millions of people. They make for vivid images, but they do not tell the whole story,” Zakaria said.
About two years ago, the big story in the Middle East was the Arab Spring, where huge protest emerged to push change in their dictatorship controlled countries. Zakaria said that the current situation is a result of the Arab Spring. Because of some 50 years of oppression, the society has erupted and now the world is seeing what is inside. “[I]n many of these countries – particularly those that have toppled dictatorships – the most important reality is not of bad government but of weak government,” said Zakaria. Zakaria said, “In Libya, Yemen and even Egypt, the state has lost its ability to control its public. In a sense this might be progress. Egypt did not see protest like this before because Hosni Mubarak’s regime would arrest and even shoot protesters.” (Source: CNN)
Sept. 27, 2012
Award winning organist performs in Trinity Chapel By Lexi Titeca Scroll Staff Writer
ecently Bethany’s chapel was filled with the wonderful music of award winning organist Dean Billmeyer on Sept. 16. Billmeyer began a musical path at the age of five and continued to play in college. He first attended the Eastman School of Music on an academic scholarship where he studied with David Craighead. He then went to study the organ and harpsichord at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with Robert Anderson and Larry Palmer. Further studies took
“The organ music was memorable and the skills of the organist were very impressive to me.” Anna Schroeder freshman
him to Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, to study with Michael Radulescu as a Fullbright Scholar. Following that he returned to the United States and completed
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A quick bow was taken by Dean Billmeyer after his first piece performed at the organ recital.
his doctorate at Eastman. The same year that he received his doctorate, he accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, succeeding the renowned professor Heinrich Fleischer. He is now known as one of the most highly respected instructors in the Midwestern United States. In 1980, Billmeyer competed at the First Dublin International Organ Festival Competition and was crowned the winner. In 1988, he was awarded Second Prize at this competition.
After this achievement, the Irish Times wrote, “[Billmeyer] showed why he had been so highly regarded by the juries. This was consistently intelligent organ playing, particularly strong in this grasp of structure. Phrasing and articulation were unerringly maintained, whilst elegance of ornamentation in the chorale prelude was particularly affecting. Nor was there any lack of virtuosic skills to meet the greater demands of
the Reger.” Because of his achievements, he is now known as one of the world’s best recitalists. At the concert, Billmeyer played a collection of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and American composer William Albright. In his first set, Billmeyer played Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor,” “Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele” and “Prelude and Fugue in B Minor.” These pieces varied in stylistic ways. In his second set, he
played Albirght’s “Fanfare/ Echo,” “Curio I (trio),” “Scherzo (Chimaera),” “Jeu,” “Recitative-chorale” and “Mountains.” All of these pieces had unique sounds ranging from representing a trumpet player in a quiet corner alley, to a worldly, fat sound. He then ended the performance with Bach’s “Erbarm’ dich mein, O Herre Gott” and “Prelude and Fugue in E Minor,” which were both meditative. In review of the concert, freshman Anna Schroeder said, “The organ music was memorable and the skills of the organist were very impressive to me, being a musician myself. My favorite piece was “Jeu” because [Billmeyer] was outstanding in how he played the stops on the organ. If given the chance, I would see [Billmeyer] perform again.” Billmeyer continues to teach at the University of Minnesota and holds recitals throughout the Midwest.
On chicken sandwiches, pro-football and human rights By Leonard Pitts Jr. MCT Staff Writer
e are gathered here today to discuss two recent controversies about same-sex marriage. One comes from the world of pigskin, the other from the world of chicken fat. You are surely familiar with the latter. It unfolded a few weeks ago over comments by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A. In interviews with the Biblical Recorder newspaper and radio host Ken Coleman, he confirmed his company’s opposition to samesex marriage. “Guilty as charged,” he told the paper. Cathy’s comments kicked off one of those only-inAmerica firestorms. Gay rights groups denounced the fast-food chain. Conservatives responded with a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which reportedly drove the company to record sales. Gay rights activists held a “kiss-in” that was less successful. The mayors of San Francisco, Chicago and Boston pronounced Chickfil-A unwelcome in their towns. Conservative pundits
noted, correctly, that an elected official who seeks to punish an unpopular opinion tramples the First Amendment. The Jim Henson Co. withdrew the Muppets from promotional deals with the restaurant chain. And, oh yeah, some idiot carrying a bag filled with Chick-fil-A sandwiches walked into the Washington offices of the conservative Family Research Council where he shot and wounded a guard. “I don’t like your politics,” he reportedly said. That’s a lot of furor over one man’s opinion. And you have to wonder why Dan Cathy’s views were news. Chick-fil-A’s conservative Christian orientation has been known for years _ it supports groups like the FRC and even closes on Sundays. So Cathy’s comments, objectionable as they are to supporters of marriage equality, did not really tell us anything new. Which brings us to pigskin. It seems one Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Maryland state lawmaker, recently wrote Steve Bisciotti, owner of the NFL’s Baltimore
Ravens, insisting that he “inhibit” one of his players, Brendon Ayanbadejo, who has been working in support of gay marriage. The Ravens refused, and Burns’ letter brought him a ton of condemnation, most notably from another player, Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings, who penned a profane, yet cogent reply online. For what it’s worth, if the Ravens wanted to punish Ayanbadejo, they theoretically could. Sports leagues have broad latitude to police behavior deemed “detrimental” to the game. John Rocker was banished from baseball for 14 days in 2000 for remarks offensive to gay people, foreigners and minorities. Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 in 2011 for using an anti-gay slur. But the NFL has taken no such action here. To the contrary, Ayanbadejo says he has been overwhelmed by support from his teammates and other players. Think about that: the NFL is a temple of testosterone, a shrine to manly men doing manly things and as such, you would expect it
to be ground zero of heebie jeebies over all things gay. Apparently, it is not. Apologies to Sam Cooke, then, but a change has come. What else can you conclude when even young conservatives like Meghan McCain now disavow conservatism’s opposition to marriage equality? Or when you consider that in 1995, just 27 percent of us supported it and now half of us do? This is not to say the battle is won. It is not. Still, things being as they are, one finds it difficult to worry overmuch about a bunch of people who think buying chicken sandwiches can forestall what seems increasingly inevitable. Every revolution has its dead-enders who bring up the rear, fighting for the lost cause. But the trajectory of this particular revolution seems clear. So the headline here is not the old news that Dan Cathy opposes this human right, but the pleasant surprise that Brendon Ayanbadejo does not.
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Sept. 27 2012
A house within a house for the grandparents By Jim Buchta
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)
INNEAPOLISGet ready, kids: Grandma’s moving in. Maybe Grandpa, too. That’s the hope, anyway, at the Bonaire housing development in Maple Grove, Minn., where the hammers are flying as crews put the finishing touches on a model house that includes a completely self-contained, onebedroom apartment aimed at buyers who want a dedicated space for the parents, in-laws or their grown children. It’s being built by homebuilder Lennar Corp., which says it’s the first production builder to offer multigenerational buyers a housewithin-a-house complete with its own entrance and garage. “In this market it will be a game changer,” said Lennar’s Minnesota division president, Bill Burgess. “It gives people another opportunity to change the way they retire.” It’s all part of a growing trend that’s expected to have a big impact on the way builders design and sell homes in the coming years as social and economic shifts change the way people live. It’s also a way for Lennar to increase home sales. Builders are still digging their way out of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, and it gives buyers a fresh option at a time when there hasn’t been much innovation.
To be sure, multigenerational living is nothing new. For years, people have found creative ways to make space in their house for a friend or relative. The concept is a mainstay in many parts of the world, especially in places where housing is expensive. In the U.S., multigenerational living was relatively common until a suburban building boom helped make housing more affordable. The Pew Research Center said the trend is on the upswing. Last year, almost 17 percent of Americans lived in multigenerational households, including households with parents and adult children, as well as skipped generations with grandparents and grandchildren. That’s up from 12 percent in 1980. The primary driver in recent years is economic. The recession forced many families to double up to save money, and a tough job market meant that many college grads had to move home. The Pew report showed that the trend actually helped reduce the poverty rate. There’s been a cultural shift, too, by way of new entrants to the U.S. who are more accustomed to such arrangements. Stephen Melman, director of Economic Services for the National Association of Home Builders, called it an “underserved market,” and said that a significant portion of these households have the buying power to choose high-quality housing that specifically meets
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A family that stays together, stays together. A recent housing trend revisits traditional multi-generational living.
their needs. Future growth of multigenerational households largely depends on the direction of the economy, he said. “If the recovery is in full gear two years from now, the college students will move out, as will other relatives,” he said. “Immigration trends could dictate the second part of the demand. If more high-income people come to the U.S. for good jobs, that would foster more demand for multigenerational households.” At its sprawling subdivision amid the rolling cornfields in a developing corner of Maple Grove, Lennar hopes to be on the front edge of the trend with its “Next Gen” series. Burgess is proud of the fact that the house doesn’t look any different than others in the development - the suite’s exterior entry door and garage entry face sideways, so they’re not visible from the street. You can also enter the suite from the front foyer of the main part of the house through a
lockable door that looks like another closet door. The suite can be configured in a variety of ways. The 3,600 square-foot model has a 600-square-foot one-bedroom apartment with an eat-in kitchen, a living room, laundry and a bedroom. All of it is tucked into the main floor of the house where a formal dining room is typically situated. Burgess is optimistic that the concept will be a home run for families that want a new house, but don’t want to shoulder the entire financial burden. At $579,970, the Next Gen home in Maple Grove will surely appeal to move-up buyers. Burgess says that he’s also getting a positive response from parents who want to proactively prepare for a time when an adult child might have to move home. “Some say, ‘In this economy I want to be able to give my kids a helping hand,’ “ he said. “I think the important thing is that this home has the ability to change and grow and flex as your
family does.” Wendy Danks, director of marketing for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, said that for years builders and their clients have been coming up with clever ways of accommodating a relative within their existing floor plan, often by transforming an unused office or bedroom and nearby bathroom into a separate suite. Pulte Homes, for example, offers several plans that allow buyers to customize the plan to fit their family’s needs. Pulte’s Marv McDaris said that its Newberry plan, for example, has a first-floor “flex room” that can be used as a study or library, but has a closet and adjacent bathroom with a shower and can easily be used as its own living suite. “Through our research and experience with prospects and buyers in the Twin Cities, we have seen demand for spaces to accommodate multigenerational needs and we expect that demand to continue,” McDaris said. Danks said that in new houses, the concept is more common in upscale custombuilt houses like the 6,300 square-foot house with its own mother-in-law suite that was featured on a Parade of Homes tour a couple years ago. Burgess said that the idea was recently launched in Arizona. The company quickly sold about 100 of those plans, giving the company the confidence to bring it to other markets.
SAT college entrance exams lowest scores in forty years By John Hildebrand Newsday (MCT)
ational reading scores on the SAT collegeentrance exam have sunk to their lowest point in 40 years, and the proportion of test takers deemed fully prepared for college remains flat at 43 percent, the test’s sponsors announced Monday morning. The average score on the exam’s “critical reading” section among this year’s college-bound seniors dropped to 496 points, down one point from last year and 34 points from 1972. Each of the SAT’s three sections -
critical reading, writing and mathematics - is scored on a range of 200 to 800. Writing scores also dipped one point from last year, to 488 - the lowest result since an essay-writing section was added to the test in 2006. The average writing score in that initial year was 497. SAT math scores remained steady from last year, at an average 514 nationwide. That score, too, was down from a peak of 520, recorded in 2005. The College Board calculated that 43 percent of SAT takers in this year’s freshman class were wellprepared for studies at four-
year colleges - the same figure as in 2011. That’s based on the percentage of students scoring a combined 1550 points - an indication they would earn a B- average or better during their first year of college. “When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing,” said Gaston Caperton, president of the Manhattan-based College Board, which sponsors the admissions test. The College Board itself has faced criticism since last year, when security lapses in SAT administration led to charges of cheating
against more than 15 Long Island students. The case revolved around a graduate of Great Neck North High School, Sam Eshaghoff, who was charged with accepting thousands of dollars for taking the college-admissions tests for other students, using forged student IDs. As a result of that investigation, the College Board has put new security precautions in place for the next round of SAT testing that begins Oct. 6. One new requirement that will take effect early in 2013 is that test-takers will have to upload photos of them-
selves for the tickets that are issued to those scheduled for testing. According to SAT results released Monday, New York State’s average reading score dropped two points from last year, to 478. Writing scores also were down one point, at 469. Math results rose a point, to 498. The proportion of New York State students taking the SAT - 88 percent - is one of the highest in the country. As a result, New York’s score averages tend to be lower than averages in states where student participation rates are lower.
Sept. 27, 2012
Bethany soccer teams adjusting to changes By Megan Maschoff Scroll Staff Writer
hange. It is nothing new to the Bethany soccer teams – they see it every year in some way, shape or form – but this year, change may be more evident than others. For the men’s soccer team, the change comes in the form of 17 new players – 14 of them freshman and three transfers. “I recruited most of them,” said head coach Rob Pipal. “There were lots of letters and emails involved throughout the process. For some of them it came right down to the wire [before they decided on Bethany]. Having 17 new guys, though, creates competition. It pushes the players to be better because they have that much more competition for playing time.” The recruiting has paid off. Freshmen Benjamin Moldstad, Joseph Perez, Jason Buechler, and transfer, Michael Loquercio are currently leading the way for the Vikings in goals for the season. “When I recruited them, I
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Junior Juan Garcia sets an example for the younger recruits, as he takes the ball down the sideline in hopes to score a goal.
knew they were good. I did not know how quickly they would blossom though. If they can do this this year and continue to mature…they will be dynamite,” said Pipal. Junior Johnny Luna, one of the three captains of this year’s team, feels the same way. “I believe that this year our team has added some great freshman talent as well as returning players. Our motivation and drive to win this year is great. We are setting the bar high this year and
have great expectations. I am very excited to see what this season brings,” said Luna. While the freshmen and transfers are continuing to adjust to soccer at Bethany, lone senior and captain, CK Pock looks to close out his college soccer career with the impressive numbers he has had in previous seasons. “CK is a quiet leader, but he has great character. He plays with all his heart. He dies for his team. He has become like my son [in the past four years], so I want to
see him go out with a bang,” said Pipal. Change is also evident for the women’s soccer team, but for them instead of new faces, it is a new formation. “We changed how we defend and how we attack. Last year, we used the 3-5-2 formation – three defenders, five midfield, and two offense. This year, we are using the 4-3-3 formation, which means almost everyone is playing a role they have not had before. It leaves us more vulnerable to the competition, but it still has its benefits,” said head coach Derick Lyngholm. Sophomore transfer and Lakeville, Minn. native, Kathyrn Scislow has been a big part of helping the Vikings be successful with the new formation and in games as a whole. With four goals and four assists on the season so far, Scislow finds herself as one of the top players for the women’s soccer team. “She has a very good touch with her shot. She is like our point guard – she plays a very important position. She has done a good job so far,”
said Lyngholm. And while both the men’s and women’s teams adjust to these small, yet significant changes, there are likely to be both wins and loses. With a current record of 3-6, and a conference record of 2-2, the men find themselves in a good spot to end the first month of the season. “It is nice to be about even right now – we are at a good spot. Mistakes are made, but the kids are playing well,” said Pipal. “I expect to see us make the Final Four because we have people that can play.” The women’s soccer team currently holds a record of 5-4-1 with a 3-1 conference record, putting them in a three-way tie for first place in the Upper Midwest conference. “The biggest thing to do now is to win the games we are favored in. It will help to continue boosting confidence for the playoff run,” said Coach Lyngholm. Men’s and women’s soccer will now be playing conference games for the rest of the season.
Students provide content for sports network By Shawn Loging Scroll Staff Writer
ethany Lutheran Viking fans have a little something extra to help fill their craving for their favorite BLC team; Viking Sports Network is bringing in some new content. Junior Preston Schultz heads the Viking Sports Network with the help of primarily four other Bethany students: sophomore Brian Christensen, freshman Megan Maschoff, sophomore Ryan Alligood and senior Collin Alligood. They work in tandem with the Bethany Athletic Department to produce the content that airs on the Viking Sports Network. “It is starting because I am a person that is very interested in broadcasting and I am a huge sports fan. I noticed that our athletic department and our sporting teams did not have any coverage, per say. There
was a gap in my education and I wanted to put my talents toward broadcasting Bethany athletic events,” said Schultz. Even though the network is not entirely new, the content Schultz and the others produce is. Schultz said, “The project that I have set up was brought in over the summer. I was in talks with the athletic department from July 14 to Aug. 15. This was when we were designing plans.” “I approached them and asked if they would be okay with having a highlight show put together. We could put the highlights on the web, their Facebook page and across social media. I thought this would be interesting because of the outreach we would have; it could reach out to parents, friends and fans that cannot necessarily make it to the games. That was one of my
main reasons behind [starting] it,” said Schultz. However, Schultz also sees the Viking Sports Network as an educational tool for students to get broadcast experience outside of the communication department. It allows students a place to learn and explore. One such person is Christensen, who said, “I joined the Viking Sports Network because I wanted to expand my experience at Bethany. The Viking Sports Network is a great program for those who want to know the basics about shooting, editing and putting sports on the Internet. It is a great opportunity for those looking for something to expand their horizons at Bethany.” Currently, what is produced is a two minute highlight of the game that is oriented to Bethany Viking fans. They add graphic design, audio engineering,
pre and post game interviews and statistics from the game. Schultz hopes to add a spotlight segment featuring players and coaches. Schultz has not heard a great deal in response to the Viking Sports Network, but the little he has is positive. “[People] like that we are putting highlights of the games up and I know the coaching staff likes it, especially the soccer coaches because they have very little material out there. They appreciate the work we have put in for them and it has opened the door to do little side projects. We are taking our videos and converting it over to coaching videos for them. That has been a new learning process along with the whole media experience,” said Schultz. “I love what Schultz is doing with Vikings Sports Network. It is great for play-
ers to look at the replays. It is also cool that kids looking at Bethany can see how the team is doing. It helps to have our website look professional, up to date and supporting our teams. Schultz deserves a lot of credit for all the hard work he and his team is doing to put out is professional looking replays from numerous angles and replaying them on our BLC website,” said men’s soccer coach Rob Pipal. Schultz said, “Students have approached me and said that they like what we are doing; athletes appreciate the coverage and there is a mom that loves all that we have place on Facebook.” The highlights can be found on BLCVikings. com and Facebook.com/ BLCVikings. In addition, if students are interested in joining the Viking Sports Network, email Schultz at Preston.Schultz@blc.edu.
Sept. 27 2012