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Who chose the new carpet design in the library? K aylin Creason For The Clarion

Does the new carpet in the library have you floored? Whether you noticed it before reading this article or not, the main floor of the library underwent extensive re-carpeting over the summer. Some of you may be wondering: Who picked out the new style? Why did they choose what they did? Though professional designers, library staff and Bethel higher-ups all had a say, facilities management made the ultimate decision. They worked closely with two designers from the architectural firm DLR Group to select the new pattern. The decision wasn’t easy. “It’s not something we decided overnight,” said Building Services Manager Steve Porter. According to Porter, “Six to seven months of wrestling and deciding” took place before contractors laid the first square of carpet. As building services manager, Porter is responsible for all flooring throughout Bethel’s campus, including dorms, seminary, gyms and academic buildings.

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One of the most important aims of the new carpet, Porter said, is to make the library a welcoming place for students. Members of the project sought to brighten and enliven the library, with the hope of making it a place students would be excited to be in, whether studying, reading or just hanging out. During the many months of deliberation, designers and facilities management returned again and again to the same question: “Are the students going to enjoy it?” Well, students, what do you think?

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Seth Mathis makes a key second-quarter interception at Wartburg on Sept. 8, helping to preserve a shutout.

News Youth sets himself on fire

20 killed at Afghan funeral

Great white washes up

Gaza civilian Ihab Abu Nada, 21, set himself on fire on Saturday, Sept. 1. His parents said in a radio interview that it was due to his unemployment. Gaza’s unemployment rate is usually over 20 percent, and the unemployment rate among youth is 50 percent. This is the first incident of its kind in Gaza, but is similar to a case of a Tunisian youth who set himself on fire for similar reasons in December of 2010. Nada set fire to himself next to the morgue at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital and died of his injuries the following day.

A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens more at a village funeral taking place near the Pakistan border. The event was a funeral of a late tribal elder from the Shigi village of Dur Baba. The attack was targeting district governor Hamisha Gul, who was wounded in the blast. The district governor’s son was also at the funeral and was killed in the explosion. No particular group is currently being held responsible for the attack.

A great white shark was discovered dead the morning of Saturday, Sept. 1, on the shoreline of Westport, Mass. The adult male shark measured 13 feet in length. After conducting a four-hour field necropsy, biologists determined that the stomach of the shark was empty and that there were no signs of trauma, fishing hooks or foul play. This is the 11th great white shark to be spotted dead on the Massachusetts coast this summer.

Hiker trapped for four days

Kitten survives under car

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Windows 7 now No. 1 As of August, Windows 7 has surpassed Windows XP as the most popular desktop operating system. According to the August report from Net Applications, Windows 7 now holds 42.76 percent of the market share, which is only a fraction more than Windows XP’s 42.52 percent. Following these two is Windows Vista holding 6.15 percent of the share, Mac OS X 10.7 at 2.45 percent, and Mac OS X 10.6 at 2.38 percent. It took Windows 7 three years to make the move to the top. Windows 8 is scheduled to be released Oct. 26.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Daniel Samuelsen was hiking and fell into a tunnel near the mouth of Parley's Canyon in Utah. He broke his leg and was without food, water or a working cell phone; for four days and three nights. On the fourth day he decided he needed to take action. Daniel made a splint out of wood and began to crawl out of the tunnel all the way to a nearby highway where a motorist found him. The 33-yearold hiker is now in stable condition at a Salt Lake City hospital. There is a possibility that his leg may need to be amputated.

As a family from Connecticut prepared to start their road trip to Rochester, N.Y., they heard meowing coming from outside their car. The family assumed it was just a cat nearby. Little did they know that there was a kitten tucked away above the gas tank of their car. After hearing meows all the way to Rochester, they stopped at Smitty’s Transmissions where the employees raised the car up on a lift and found the little cat. The kitten, named Connecticut by the family, miraculously survived the trip by picking a perfect spot shielded from the heat and gasoline fumes.



Part two of two: New Bethel professors

nMeet the new faces that will be standing in front of Bethel chalkboards this fall R oberta F ultz

Of The Clarion

Geri Von Grey Education

Dan Halvorsen

Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science

Amy Poppinga History

-- “I think I always just dreamed of being a teacher,” Geri Von Grey said. She came to Bethel for undergraduate degrees in both psychology and education, but it soon became clear to her that education was her vocation. “Teaching others and helping them to work toward their goals and their dreams was my main motivation.” -- This semester Von Grey is guiding the Student Teaching Seminar for senior education students. The seminar allows future teachers to deal with the practical matters of life after college—licensure, job interviews and hands-on teaching experience. “It’s really fun to see students at the senior level when they’re ready to launch and get their first teaching jobs,” she said. -- Von Grey encourages students to enjoy their Bethel years. “It’s a really unique and wonderful time to pursue who God has called you to be, not necessarily only in academics but also in your social world and in your spiritual world,” she said. “Just holistically embrace this time in your life.” -- In the next few years, Von Grey hopes to take up the beekeeping trade at her family’s nearby home. She and her husband also aspire to someday climb Mount Kilimanjaro. -- Dan Halvorsen’s interest in health and wellness began within his family in Owatonna, Minn. His father was a physician, and his grandfather was a Lutheran pastor. During college he focused on chemistry and biochemistry, but was an avid collegiate athlete, playing a variety of sports including tennis and basketball. “For my master’s and Ph.D. work it was a natural fit to go into physiology, clinical physiology, exercise and nutrition,” he said. -- A former University of Minnesota professor, Halvorsen came to Bethel through Dottie Haugen, a Bethel professor emerita who was one of his master’s students. “She was very interested in doing more in the whole area of wellness here at Bethel, so I started to work with Dottie,” he said. Halvorsen has been a guest lecturer at Bethel for over twenty years and has spent the last two years as an adjunct professor. -- Halvorsen is looking forward to teaching Physiology and Intervention of Chronic Disease and Disabilities this semester. “It’s a brand new class,” he said. “It gets people thinking and doing some critical analysis on the whole world of exercise medicine.” One of his long-term goals is to develop “a more comprehensive body/mind/spirit wellness program here on campus.” -- Amy Poppinga has been interested in history since she was young. “I’ve always tried to think of what my life would be like if I had lived in a different time period,” she said. “I feel like I would have enjoyed living in different contexts.” Her subpar history teachers in high school frustrated her: “If there’s one subject that should be super interesting, it should be this one.” The quality teaching she experienced at college reinforced her enthusiasm. -- Poppinga is a Bethel graduate with degrees in history and social studies education. She taught high school students while completing her degree in Islamic studies. After 9/11 student interest in predominantly Muslim areas of the world vastly increased. Poppinga had stayed in contact with her Bethel professors and was asked to teach a class on the Islamic worldview. She has been adjunct since 2005 and this year joined Bethel’s full-time staff. -- “I have a heart for students who feel like they don’t fit the mold, especially transfer students,” Poppinga said. “Bethel can be a hard place to transfer to because people seem to have this phenomenal freshman experience, which is great. Just realize you’re never beyond making new friendships.”




Bethel professors juggle teaching and scholarship

nMark Bruce, Angela Sabates and Lex Thompson add to book list by Bethel professors L innea W hite

For The Clarion

Believe it or not, professors do much more than teach. They research, give presentations, write papers and in some cases write entire books. Several Bethel professors’ books are coming out this fall. Here is just a sample of their work. Mark Bruce from the English department just received a copy of his book "The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Shaping of Identity." This anthology explores the relationship between Medieval England and Scotland, featuring articles from respected contemporary scholars. At the beginning of the project, he and co-editor Katherine Terrell made a list of their dream scholars to write for the book. “We pretty much got our dream team list of contributors,” Bruce said. There is plenty of published information about English border relationships in the Middle Ages, but Bruce and Terrell noticed that little attention is given to Scotland, which is strange to Bruce because “it was a very violent place for several hundred years.” Bruce and Terrell organized a conference panel about the Anglo-Scottish border. They were fascinated by the subject and were curious how others in medieval studies would respond. The positive response prompted them to write a book. Now, five years after first discussing the idea and after two years of concentrated work, Bruce has a copy sitting on his bookshelf. Angela Sabates from the psychology department also saw a

gap in scholarship. The result was "Social Psychology in Christian Perspective: Exploring the Human Condition." This is the first textbook to look at social psychology from a Christian worldview. Currently, the field of social psychology is mostly reductionistic and naturalistic, according to Sabates. Researchers and experts in the field assume that humans are simply natural and material animals. Sabates said, “My goal was first to reach the students in Christian institutions who were unwittingly in a sense being conditioned in a narrowly reductionisitic way.” Sabates admits that the secular world may see her book as “only relevant to a narrow subgroup of the population.” She sees the textbook as a service to Christian students and scholars. Although she would like secular scholars to be challenged by her perspective, her primary goal is to serve fellow Christians. “My fundamental hope is that Christian scholars of all sorts can see that the ideas that stem from faith are not inferior or less ‘scientific’ than the ideas that stem from another assumption.” Professor Lex Thompson from the art department also has a newly released book: "Cave Drawings." Thompson explained that the book is an artist book, meaning that, “The book as a whole is a single artwork.” "Cave Drawings" features photographs and pencil drawings of caves. Unlike Bruce and Sabates, Thompson did not work through a publisher. He explained that artist books “tend to be produced the way art is produced,” which

often means the artist works independently. There are 100 copies of Cave Drawings. Thompson’s earlier artist books were made with three and seven copies, but sometimes, Thompson said, there could be thousands of copies of an artist’s book. “I probably have ten copies left at this point,” he said. “They’re almost gone… which is good. You want them to be gone.” Bruce and Sabates say that teaching and writing a book at the same time is sometimes difficult. “You do feel like you’re doing quite a juggling act when you’ve got your classes to teach and deadlines on a project like that to work on,” Bruce said. To make time for it all, Sabates noted that “a great deal of my work happened very, very late at night.”


Professors Mark Bruce and Angela Sabates pose by their most recent projects.



Key football coach receives kidney transplant nScott

Kirchoff leans on his faith through hardship J enny H udalla


Formerly a Royals QB, Scott Kirchoff now coaches the next generation.



Of The Clarion In February, Bethel quarterback coach Scott Kirchoff, 31, was reciting his wedding vows. In March, he was settling into married life with his brand new bride, Megan. And in July, he was beginning to prepare for the upcoming football season, just as he had done every summer for the last eight years. One afternoon, no different from any other, Kirchoff began experiencing nausea and loss of appetite. Coupled with headaches and general lethargy, the usually healthy football coach went to the hospital to ask a few precautionary questions. After some testing, Kirchoff’s blood levels pointed to a grim answer: kidney failure. Because kidney failure is much more prevalent among the elderly, the diagnosis came as a shock to both Kirchoff and his wife. “You never expect this to happen, especially in your first few months of marriage,” he said. “But this has certainly strengthened us and drawn us more intimate, which is what hardship does.”

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After receiving dialysis and having a catheter inserted near his heart for blood cleansing, Kirchoff was lucky enough to find a donor willing to give him a kidney: his own sister. Thanks to her generosity and selflessness, Kirchoff will receive a transplant on September 6. While his health should improve immediately after the procedure, the recovery could take up to six weeks. Kirchoff said that even though his wife, an assistant volleyball coach for the Royals, will tend to him during his hospital stay, she will not need to miss a significant portion of the season. Conversely, the football team will likely be without its quarterbacks coach until mid-October, posing certain challenges to both athletes and coaches alike. Starting quarterback Erik Peterson acknowledged that while proceeding without Kirchoff will be difficult, the team is already learning how to operate in his absence. The quarterbacks have taken it upon themselves to act as coaches for each other, critiquing their teammates’ performances while making sure to take advantage of the time they have left with Kirchoff before the

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procedure. “He shows up with a great attitude every day, even if he’s worn out,” Peterson said. “That gets the team going, because if he can go through this unbelievably hard thing and never complain, then what do we have to complain about?” Kirchoff has undoubtedly influenced both the organization and the players, a truth reflected in the overwhelming flow of support directed his way. Between colleagues inquiring after his health and athletes offering prayers, Kirchoff said there is nowhere he would rather be. “I’ve always been passionate about Bethel and the community of people that are here,” he said. “People care about where you’re going and what your journey is. That’s huge.” While Kirchoff’s own journey has been plagued by hardship of late, he portrays no hint of complaint or frustration. Instead, he displays the wisdom of a much older man, praising God in all situations. “When you’re grateful, your spirit is lifted, and you have more courage,” Kirchoff said. “The testing of your faith produces perseverance, which produces character, which produces hope.” Hope, it seems, is something he will never be without. Even in the midst of kidney failure, an issue fraught with complications, Kirchoff’s unwavering faith surpasses all fear. “Going through a hard thing like this has allowed me to see that God is faithful in all things,” he said. “I know that God is with me all the time, and that in itself has given me peace.”



Small changes, lasting significance for summer projects

nNo new buildings were built, but the projects pave the way for important improvements on campus J on W estmark

Of The Clarion

To students, two offices moving across the hall in the bowels of the HC building has little consequence— a pause and puzzled look at the vacant space next to the PO boxes and possibly a shrug at the new offices only a few strides away— but as it is with many summer projects, students are only seeing a part of a larger plan. The Facilities Maintenance and Security offices now sit where the old campus bookstore was when the Brushaber Commons were still ink on a page. Many students today may not have known the space existed because until this past summer, it was walled off. Shuffling the offices is one step in preparing for the construction of a new wellness facility, set to begin next summer. During the construction, the temporary classrooms in Kresge courtyard will no longer be available. The loss of these poses a real problem for scheduling. “We have to generate new classrooms to replace those,” says Tom Trainor, Vice President for Facilities and Planning. The old bookstore space had enough room to compensate, but its configuration wasn’t suitable for classrooms. The Facilities Maintenance and Security offices were, so they moved them across the hall and will use the vacated space for two to three classrooms next year. The complicated move isn’t without a payoff. “The most significant thing we did for students long-term this summer

is our planning for wellness,” Trainor said. The project is currently wrapping up the second of three design phases for the four floor facility, which will include eight classrooms, a top of the line fitness facility, health and counseling services offices, and space for the Biokinetics department. The Biology department also saw subtle changes over the summer in one of its labs. Additional vents and ducts were installed in AC157. However small, these changes are crucial in getting the Physician’s Assistant graduate program started at Bethel. The two year program, which will tentatively start in May of 2013, requires a cadaver lab. With the changes to AC157 it now has sufficient ventilation (turning over the air about 20 times per hour) to meet the strict guidelines for a cadaver lab. “We are overbooked for room in the Biology department,” says Professor of Biology Tim Shaw. “We need to make maximum use of our space.” According to Trainor, it isn’t only space that makes large projects difficult, it’s also disruption avoidance. “When your mission is teaching and learning, you’re limited in the projects you can do when school is in session,” he said. The summer projects helped avoid disruption. By moving the Facilities Management and Security offices, students will still have class space while the wellness center is being constructed. By improving room AC157, the cadaver lab can be set up for graduate students in the summer and undergraduates in the fall and spring.




Life outside of the Bethel bubble


nFrom the insights of a newly-married super-senior J oe J ohnson

For The Clarion

In ancient Greece, a person with an abundance of hair was seen as being wealthy and powerful. If the United States decided to adopt the same cultural values as the Greeks, I would be married to the most powerful and wealthy woman in this great nation. My love affair with my wife’s follicley-detached friends began on June 16, 2012, when I gained many things: A bride (obviously), a lifelong companion, a permanent housemate, a partner to share my innermost hopes, dreams and disappointments with and apparently all the free hair I could ever want. Right now you are probably thinking, “Come on, it couldn’t be that bad you whiny baby,” or “I get it, your wife sheds a bit, get over it!” Let me give you the run-through of my average day. I wake up at 6 a.m. with severe cotton mouth caused by a combination of my fall allergies and several foot-long hairs that were lodged in the back of my throat at some point during the night. Then I roll out of bed to answer nature’s call and start the day off with an empty bladder. Nine times out of ten I stare down at an artistic masterpiece, an organic dream catcher of hair floating in the water, that my wife created the night before while brushing her mane. Next I mope into the shower to prepare myself for the long day ahead. As I turn away from the shower head to wet my back, I

am greeted by what looks like three daddy long legs crushed against the wall. Luckily there are no scary spiders, but rather just more of my wife’s locks pressed against the shower tiles. The time comes to towel off, get dressed and pour myself a bowl of cereal. The kitchen is usually a safe place in terms of hair, but every once in awhile I am fortunate enough to get a 12-inch-strand of luscious human DNA in my Cocoa Puffs. After a goodbye kiss and hug farewell, I climb into my car and start my drive to St. Louis Park, where I am currently a student teacher. Around 6 p.m. I walk through my front door and am greeted by my beautiful wife and a delicious hot meal (nothing sarcastic here, it’s awesome). After the dishes are all cleaned up, it’s time to either unwind or do any necessary work for tomorrow. After some pleasant conversation and lovey-dovey husband-andwife stuff, the time comes to turn in for the evening. I put on my PJs and crawl under the covers with my better half. I hold her body close to mine, and close my eyes as I thank the Lord for how much He has blessed me. It is at this time (usually about halfway through my prayer of thanks) that my wife turns her head slightly and one more wad of hair is pushed into my mouth. Time for sleep. Okay, confession time: I may be embellishing just a tiny bit. And I may have failed to mention all of my nasty stray hairs that adorn our humble


abode. I may have also forgotten to mention that I make the majority of messes in our house…and I have only found hair in the toilet twice…and I’ve never woken up with hair in my mouth (but come on I had to get my point across! It’s called creative license people!). My name is Joe Johnson, and I am a super-senior at Bethel University. This past summer I became the luckiest man alive and married my best friend, Meghan Schulting (now Johnson). I said “I do” and with that took on the official title of husband and adult. But there is one problem with my scenario: I am still technically a college student fulfilling my student teaching credit. So I find myself in a very bizarre position: I am both a resident of the real world as well as the Bethel bubble. Throughout the coming Clarion issues I hope to offer insight to Bethel students as to what marriage is really like - not a glamorous view of this holy institution, but an honest perspective from someone who is trying to figure it out on the fly. In future issues I will share the good and the bad, the uplifting and the depressing, the frustrating and the sanctifying. Because after only two and a half months of marriage and having so much more to learn, one thing has become abundantly clear to me. A realistic understanding of marriage undoubtedly reinforces one thing: we all need a Savior, in the worst (and somehow greatest) possible way.

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The freshman woes of dating: worth it or not? nFreshmen feel the pressure to find their soulmate the moment they step on campus


G reta S owles

Of The Clarion

The green, algae-filled waters of Lake Valentine glisten in the sun, mirroring the image of Sem Hill and those that traverse the beautiful walkway between the CLC Circle and Bethel Seminary. Meanwhile, the hormones that rage on freshman hill reach a pinnacle as the third week of school convenes. In fact, the insanity of freshman hill provides a genuine picture of freshman hormones working a certain brand of magic. While eight freshman girls and boys pack into one tiny dorm room, sitting on beds together, sharing popcorn, and playing video games, it becomes clear that perhaps Bethel’s institutions really do create a pressure to date and to date soon. Courtney Coulter, a resi-

dent assistant (RA) in Edgren, can think of multiple couples that have already started to form in the first week of school. “It happened right away – people were exchanging numbers and flirting; they just think it ’s everything.” Philip Byers, the resident director of Edgren, agreed with Coulter. “You don’t have to be a master of observation to pick up on it. The flirting isn’t subtle.” Both agreed that the transition into college includes many different variables that make dating difficult. “It ’s not that it can’t work – it ’s just harder when a lot of stuff is up in the air,“ said Byers. In the first year of collegiate studying, a fresh dating experience can do two things. It can either distract from the greater purposes of fully appreciating a college education, growing spiritually, and

establishing friendships, or it can provide a synthetic buffer for the rich transition that freshman year demands. Either way, the freshman dating scene cannot be healthy. While some freshmen think that dating can happen if the time and person is right, I’d like to provide three reasons not to date during freshman year. First of all, the transition from high school to college makes a successful freshman relationship highly unlikely. Both Coulter and Byers mentioned that relationships that start within the first few weeks of freshman year often don’t work out. Alissa Wheeler, a freshman from Bodien, even mentioned that there is a new term up in the air called DDTR, which stands for “De-Define The Relationship.” This plays off of Bethel’s famous “Define The

Relationship” talk that often occurs in the first few weeks of a budding relationship. A DDTR represents the “breakup” talk. “Freshmen dive into relationships even though they don’t know what they are doing,” said Taylor Bothun, a current RA in Bodien. Dating also skews the freshman image of college, sometimes for the better but often for the worse. “I don’t think it ’s worth it. This is such a big transition. They are changing, and they should not be searching. It skews their image of college,” said Coulter, who added that in the first few weeks of school freshman girls are often trying to impress and are not their true selves. Finally, dating distracts from studying, which is the primary duty of a student. David Patterson, a freshman from Bodien, does not want

to date his freshman year but would rather “focus more on school and adjusting.” Patterson seems to represent the minority here. Numbers of other freshmen suggest that it ’s okay to date if “you’re ready and find the right person.” But I must question whether their discretion is God-centered and truly practical during the exciting but difficult transition of freshman year. Maybe it is my cynical attitude or my own hypocritical experience with freshman dating, but as far as I know, Bethel’s chemistry department is not brewing experimental love potions and nowhere in Bethel’s covenant is “finding a good Christian spouse” listed as a core value. Perhaps we should redefine the focus of Bethel freshmen. After all, isn’t true love worth the wait?



Local churches guide

nChurch-shopping the area to find a new church home Jenny Prater For The Clarion

GracePoint Church

Location: New Brighton Times: 9:00 and 10:30 am Denomination: Converge Wo wid e Transportation: CLC Circle 10:rld 10 am

Northbrook Alliance Church

Location: Brooklyn Center Time: 10:45 am and 7:00 pm Denomination: Christian Missionary Alliance Transportation: Contact church for location, 9:00 and 10:15 am, and 6:30 pm

Abundant Life

Location: New Brighton Community Center Time: 10:30 am Denomination: interdenominational

lic Church ce aptist Cathofro St John the Bton tain Terra , across the street m Foun

Location: New Brigh Sunday 0 am, 10:30 am, and 6:15 pm Times: 4:30 pm Saturday, 8:3 lic Denomination: Roman Catho

Rose Hill Alliance Church

Location: Roseville Time: 10:30 am Denomination: Christian Missionar y Alliance Transportation: CLC Circle 8:45 and 9:55 am 10 • THE CLARION • SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Location: Mounds View Times: 9:00 and 11:00 am Denomination: Baptist Transportation: CLC Circle and Freshman Hill, 9:30 am Quote: "I like how he challenges us in our relationship -Katirena Svoboda, sophomore


m p with God.”

Bethany Baptist

Location: Roseville Time: 10:45 am Denomination: Baptist Transportation: CLC Circle 9:10 am Quote: “We’re looking to expand into a younger adult area…especially young adults who…know kind of what they’re looking for. We want to incorporate their ideas.” -Mike Neumann, Youth Director

North Heights Lutheran Church Location: Arden Hills Times: 9:00 and 10:45 am, 6:00 pm Denomination: Lutheran

Substance Church

Locations: 4 service locations including Northwestern College, Fridley High School, Spring Lake Park High School, and the church Operation Center in Roseville Times: 9:00 and 11:00 am (Fridley and SLP), 9:30 and 11:30 am (NWC), 4:30 pm (OC) Denomination: Non-denominational

Grace Church

Calvary Church

Location: Roseville Time: 9:00 and 10:30 am Denomination: Baptist Transportation: RC Steps at 10 am

Location: Roseville Times: 9:00 and 10:45 am Denomination: Non-denominatio nal Quote: "I like it because I feel he’s preaching so people can grow in their faith rather than just focusing on how many people are in the church .” -Melanie DeJong, sophomore DESIGN FOR THE CLARION BY SHARA LEININGER



A Wedding on H


nNicole Willenbring, 2012 Bethel grad, won the competetion to experience her dream wedding at Target Field L ucy H ayes

For The Clarion

Little girls dream about their wedding day their whole lives: traditional white dress or hot pink party gown? Wedding on a tropical beach or inside of an elegant Cathedral? Very few girls even consider getting married on home plate in their favorite baseball stadium, but that’s exactly what Bethel graduate Nicole Willenbring (formerly Nettleton) did. Through a contest sponsored by JB Hudson Jewelers and the Minnesota Twins, Nicole and her husband, Mike, had the opportunity to say their vows in the same place that Joe Mauer hits his winning home runs. Nicole has been a Twins fan all of her life. In fact, the Twins are what bonded Mike and her together when they first met in seventh grade. With the assumption that she probably wouldn’t win, she entered herself and Mike into

the contest. A few months later, the couple was invited to a Twins game where, via Jumbotron, they learned that they were one of the finalists for the contest. From there, they rallied family and friends to vote for them to win. On June 29 the camera zoomed in on the native Minnesotan couple, announcing that they would be the couple to get married at Target Field. Of course, Nicole had to shake her original plans for a traditional church wedding. She said that she realized “the details don’t matter. As long as I get to marry Mike, it will be a success.” In the end, how many people get to say that they got married at Target Field? In addition to shedding any hesitation about getting married in such an unconventional setting, Nicole also had to entirely re-plan her wedding in just five weeks. She found out she won on June 29 and had her wedding set for Aug. 4. “Miraculously, Aug. 4 hap-


Nicole and Mike Willenbring, along with their wedding party, pose for post-ceremony photos to remember the momentous day for years to come.


pened to be open at Target Field,” said Nicole. She rapidly sent out “Change of Plans” cards to let her guests know not to show up at the chapel. With 250 guests, “getting word out was not easy,” but thankfully the wedding turned out “perfect.” Not only is the memory of the event something special, but a massive piece of Minneapolis now has intimate significance to Nicole and Mike. “It is super weird going to the stadium and seeing it now! The whole time I was there I was just thinking how I was standing on the field, in that batter’s box with Mike saying ‘I do,’” said Nicole. Since then, she and Mike have settled into a house in Roseville, where they play with their dog, Harley, and hang out with friends. After a crazy five months of planning and re-planning, Nicole proclaims with relief that they are “loving life without planning a wedding!”

Culture Guilt-free food for gluten-free folk

nBethel is learning ways to adapt to the growing gluten-free population C herie S uonvieri

” For The Clarion t r Nowadays, one need not tlook far for help with creating a -gluten-free diet. Many books, tblogs, websites and even several tmagazines have been devoted to offering recipe ideas and cooking etips to assist the gluten-free conasumer. While this diet is simply anwother fad for some, it has become ea serious health requirement for others. e Gluten—a protein found in ewheat, barley, and rye—wasn’t a tcommon term 15 years ago, but enow the phrase “gluten-free” can ebe heard on a daily basis due to the increase in gluten-sensitive eindividuals. Based on a study con,ducted by Joseph A. Murray, M.D., ,one in every 141 people are af.fected by Celiac Disease—a diges-tive condition triggered by gluten. - This sudden eruption of glueten sensitivity leads some to awonder if Celiac Disease is truly becoming more common, or if it has been previously present, and imply misdiagnosed or unrecognized. According to the Mayo Clinic website, the disease has, in fact, become more prevalent. A study was conducted using blood samples from the 1950s that were preserved in a U.S. database, and researchers concluded that antibodies associated with the disease occur four times as often in the blood samples from today. Celiac Disease and other forms of gluten sensitivity, such as allergies, are making themselves prominent among the country’s population, and those statistics do not exclude young adults. Living on a college campus with specific dietary needs can present

itself as a challenge to students. Fortunately, Sodexo provides gluten-free options at the Monson Dining Center, the 3900 Grill, and Royal Grounds. Elyssa Sheard, a Bethel junior, is allergic to gluten and has found the staff in the Dining Center to be very accommodating. “If you have the time, they’re always willing to fix you pretty much whatever you want,” she said. The Dining Center caters to the students’ needs by making glutenfree options available by request at every line.“The best gluten-free thing that they offer is the cookies,” said Sheard. There will be a review offered on gluten-free dietary meal options on Wednesday Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Monson Dining Center. Bethel’s Executive Head Chef Justin will explain the dietary format at the different stations in the Dining Center. Any students interested in learning more about these gluten-free options are welcome to attend.




B.Ro.S.: Bethel Royal Singers



A glimpse into Bethel's oldest musical ensemble A manda A hlm

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The Bethel Royal Singers, the ensemble formerly known as the Male Chorus, took root, as an all-male group before any of the other Bethel musical groups. It has been revised, removed and re-established throughout the years as participation has fluctuated. In most recent years, it was an elective choir that was an alternative for men who were not in Bethel Choir. However, according to Dennis Port, the conductor for the Bethel Royal Singers, participation in Male Chorus has been dwindling. Last year Port was approached by sophomore Krissi Dines wi th an idea to reshape the Male Chorus. They saw the lack of identity as the main reason why the Male Chorus was not as successful as the Women’s Chorale and Bethel Choir. With the aid of Dines, Port set out to reinvent the Male Chorus, turning it away from typical choral pieces and towards jazzier numbers that will “give the men their own identity,” said Port. Some of the pieces the men have begun to work on include “Start Spreading the News” and “Java Jive.” Because the group is still in the process of getting off the ground, no official performances have been set. However, Port hopes that this will soon change and believes that the group could potentially sing at an event once they are ready. Since there are no established deadlines, the group is still welcoming new members who are interested in singing.



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The Great Minnesota Do-Good-Together

nOn the last day of Welcome Week, freshmen and transfer students used their time at the fair to serve others L iz C arlson

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Bethel’s Welcome Week 2012 consisted of four days filled with activities for incoming freshmen, ranging from small group activities to a campus-wide, interactive version of the popular board game Clue. By Sunday, it seemed as though the events were finally winding down. But there was one final hurrah still to come. On Sunday Aug. 26, after a morning church service at Bethel, groups of freshmen were ushered towards buses that would bring

them to their afternoon service projects. Two of these buses were headed for a Salvation Army location mere blocks from “The Great Minnesota Get-Together." After arriving at the Salvation Army, Volunteer Services Director Tom McKee passed out “Bethel Cards,” or Bingo-inspired pieces of paper with random acts of kindness to be completed in service of fair-goers. Activities included asking an elderly person their earliest memory of the fair and listening to their story, making a pathway for a stroller, and giving away water bottles and backpacks pro-

vided by the Salvation Army. With nearly record-setting attendance numbers at 1,788,512 over the twelve days of the fair, there was no lack of people to serve. One of the favorite experiences for a group of Getsch girls was buying food for a woman who was confused about their intentions. “When we were walking away after giving her the cheese curds she was like, ‘That’s it?’” freshman Karli Persson said of the experience. Freshman Jocelyn Johnson’s favorite part was how the woman continually asked, “What’s the catch?” over

and over as they tried to explain to her what they wanted to do. They were finally able to convince her that they were simply doing a good deed and were representing the Salvation Army. Also in this group was Lindsay Edeen who “loved seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids we gave toys and necklaces to.” Two more of the suggestions on the Bethel Card included winning a toy at Midway and giving it to a child, and making necklaces at one of the booths and handing them out. What began as any other Sun-

day afternoon ended up being an adventure at the fair that most Minnesota-raised Bethel freshmen have never experienced before. The Minnesota State Fair is known as one of the greatest Midwestern events, perfect for a carefree day full of delicious treats and entertainment. Who knew it could also provide an incredible opportunity to “be the hands and feet of Jesus” and “serve suffering humanity through intentional outreach” as the Northern Division of the Salvation Army’s mission says?


Bethel students wander around the State Fair, carrying out random acts of kindness while representing the Salvation Army.



BU basketball serves it up in Germany


men's team traveled to Europe to work and play


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For many students, the last few weeks of summer meant fervently packing for move-in day. For 13 members of Bethel’s men’s basketball team, it meant packing their suitcases for a 10day journey filled with basketball, new cultures, service projects and personal growth. From Aug. 16-26, the team traveled in and around Berlin, Germany. According to head coach Jeff Westlund, preparation for the trip began long before they left, with seven vigorous practices meant to “build upon the athletic, spiritual and community aspects of the team.”

Once in Berlin, the team continued to work hard, putting in two practices and winning all five of their games against German competitors. Off the court, the team worked with two international service organizations, the first being Athletes in Action, a ministry that creates spiritual environments around the world using sports as its foundation. Through this organization, the Bethel team coached a basketball camp for youth and sent all of the proceeds to the German Cancer Society. Sophomore Quinn Gorski mentioned that this was one of the more powerful experiences of the trip. “We’re just a bunch


of Division III college basketball players, but those kids were so thankful that we were there,” he said. “Knowing that we made an impact on them and they made an impact on us as well was a pretty cool thing.” The team also had the opportunity to work with another organization, Serve the City, through which they cleaned up city parks and renovated a local group home for individuals with special needs. Sophomore Tyler Schmidt said, “Even though there were so many age barriers, language barriers, different culture barriers, we were still able to make an impact on the city and the kids that we coached.”

In the last post of his Germany trip blog, Westlund expanded on how this service affected the group. He wrote, “Many guys mentioned that whether it was picking up garbage, painting, pulling weeds, fixing chairs for Serve the City, teaching basketball to the campers or simply building relationships with Berliners, they believed this was honoring God.” Looking ahead to the upcoming season, one of the major team goals is making it to the national tournament. However, Westlund, Gorski and Schmidt all agree that there are overarching goals that permeate everything they do, some of which are “getting better every day” and upholding the team pillars of character, trust

and respect. Whether on the court, off the court, or out of the country, the Bethel men’s basketball team has a lot to offer. In the last few thoughts of his blog, Westlund examined the idea of unconditional love and how it relates to the trip as well as the future, challenging not only his team but also Bethel as a community. “So, can our team come off this experiential high of Berlin 2012 to live a life of unconditional love on their daily journeys as Bethel University basketball teammates, students, sons, brothers, and friends? Can we do it?” he asked. “With hope that lives in the love of Jesus we can ... and you can too.”

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larger team sets higher goals

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Work hard, play hard. That is what the Bethel men’s soccer team strives to do this season. With a few weeks of practice and a couple of non-conference games under its belt, the team is preparing for its conference season to start. In his second year of coaching for Bethel, Jeremy Iwaszkowiec looks to settle into and refine the systems that he built for the team last year. This is his first year coaching only the men’s team, and he hopes that the team will embrace his vision for the upcoming year.

According to Iwaszkowiec, this year’s schedule is intentionally much more difficult than last year’s, since Bethel will be up against harder teams and will have to work harder to win. “I would rather play good teams and get beaten,” said Iwaszkowiec. The team is unique this year with the number of fresh players it has. There are 16 returning players, 14 freshmen and two new upperclassmen. “It’s a lot of fun getting to know the new guys," said sophomore returner Jesse Caldwell. "A lot of the guys have a lot of potential, so the team will be looking good for the next couple years.”

With new players comes undiscovered talent, but there is also the challenge of figuring out how to integrate them into the team. In order to do this, the men have not only been practicing daily, but they have also taken part in some team building experiences, including worship services and a service project packing food at Feed My Starving Children. Iwaszkowiec expressed how blessed he feels to be coaching a “solid group of men that are passionate about both soccer and Jesus.” That being said, he does have goals for his team – not to win more games, but to put forth more effort and play consistently to


The soccer team has a brief meeting after their practice of the day.

match its competitors’ intensity. Last year, Iwaszkowiec saw his team playing hard for one-third or even two-thirds of the game, but then losing that competitive spirit

in the final portion. “I don’t care about results. The goal is to compete for 90 minutes against good teams,” Iwaszkowiec said.


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Sports BU football: blue and gold or black and blue?

nRoyals search for balance of injury avoidance and intensity J ared N elson

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As the season kicks off, Bethel's football coaches certainly have a lot on their plates. They are focused on evaluating talent, implementing plays, scouting, studying, scheming and recruiting. Like every team, the Royals are forced to deal with an inevitable and potentially devastating element of the sport: injuries. “There's a delicate balance between working your tail off, being physical because the sport requires it, and readying yourself without getting hurt,” head coach Steve Johnson said. Johnson and his staff are searching for that balance as they move

from preseason preparation to inseason routine, striving to bring the most competitive and healthy squad into every contest. “You need to ask if the injury would've happened anyway, or if it was a result of fatigue,” Johnson said. Injuries are a topic discussed among the entire team, because a crippling blow can affect anyone at any time. Johnson highlights the fact that losing a player to injury is as much of a psychological challenge as it is a physical one. Players recognize how much their teammates have invested into the season, making it difficult when someone goes down. This camaraderie was on display in training camp when wide receiver

Hans Duininck went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Duininck, a senior leader for the Royals, had put off donning the cap and gown in order to use up the remainder of his eligibility in 2012. “I wasn't around when it happened,” Johnson recalled, “but I came over and everyone looked like their mama just got shot.” Johnson noted that there was an entirely different feel to the practice after Duininck's injury. “It’s a cool thing on one hand,” continued Johnson, “because [the players] know how much Hans has put in, and when you put a lot in, the heartbreak is bigger.” Fortunately for the Royals, Duininck's injury was not as bad as ini-

tially thought, and he should be able to return for the Royals' conference opener against Carleton on Sept. 22. Duininck's teammate, junior Tommy Boyd, will be forced to miss the entire season with a nagging back injury. Boyd has three herniated disks in his lower back which send pain down his left leg all the way to his Achilles, leaving football out of the question. “I'm taking the year off from football,” Boyd said. “I want to get healthy and strong enough to play next year with the medical red shirt that I earned this year.” While Boyd admitted that he is disappointed he won't be able to play this year, he also understands that his role on the team still exists.

“Coach Johnson emphasizes coaching the guys beneath you to be a better player than you. I need to be there for the younger guys and help coach them up as best as I can,” said Boyd. Regardless of the amount of injuries that a team is dealing with, the players need to be ready when Saturday afternoons arrive. Injuries are often uncontrollable, but the Royals are focusing their efforts on keeping a healthy attitude heading into the season. “If something good happens, you gotta be thankful, and if something bad happens, you have to do the best you can with that,” Johnson said. “Either way, you gotta roll with it.”


Running back Jesse Phenow, last year's leading rusher, was added to the injury list on September 8 when he injured his ACL at Wartburg. A timeline for his return was not known.


Sports Wideouts to receive more responsibilities

nQB Erik Peterson will distribute the ball to his weapons early and often in 2012

- M att K elley a Of The Clarion e p To an outsider, it may appear das if the Bethel football team has changed its identity. For years the -Royals have been a run-first team, epredicated on intimidation and -physicality. With the aerial skills of efirst-year starting quarterback Erik sPeterson, however, Bethel fans gcan expect to see more pass plays ecalled. Despite a less run-heavy at,tack, head coach Steve Johnson ex-pects just as much physicality as in opast years, only this season it will ncome from a less conventional pohsition group – the receiving corps. This year’s group of pass-catchers should take a toll on defenders, both after the catch and while blocking in the running game. The catalyst for that physicality is junior wide receiver Mitch Hallstrom, who played safety last year. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses in the slot – too quick for linebackers and too big for defensive backs. “He’s got great hands, but it’s more than that,” Johnson said. “He’s powerful and explosive. You don’t often feel that in a receiver – for us it’s a mismatch on a 190or 180-pound corner or safety, because he’s 210. His gifts are his hands and his power.” Hallstrom, who played receiver his freshman year, had a career high 10 catches in the team’s first game at Warburg College on Sept. 8. Many of those catches came on bubble screens that allowed him to make plays after the catch and slowly wear down opposing cornerbacks. “You can be physical in the

pass game – that bubble pass to Hallstrom is like a sweep when he’s running a little kid over. Our goal is to be as physical as we can be.” Hallstrom says that playing safety gave him a more hard-hitting mindset, one that opponents aren’t often prepared for in a wide receiver. “My entire life I’ve been a defensive player, so I kind of have that mindset of being physical,” Hallstrom said. “Defenses will try to knock you around a little because you’re a receiver, and when you give it back to them they’re surprised.” But the physicality doesn’t stop with just one member of the group. Jared Schultz, a versatile junior, is just as big as Hallstrom, and Hans Duininck, a 5-foot-10 senior, is the best blocking wide receiver Johnson has ever coached. Perhaps the most talented member of the group, however, is senior Jay Hilbrands. At 6-foot-6, the towering Hilbrands is the Royals’ leading returning receiver. “He’s phenomenal,” Johnson said. “He’s had some knee things and injuries that have held him back, but he’s a talented guy – like pro potential. His hands are ridiculous, he’s got great speed and he’s 6-foot-6. There’s nobody better at running a fade, going over a smaller guy.” Johnson said that he looks for the same versatility in his tight ends. Senior Kyle Ulstad, 6-foot3 and 238 pounds, and junior Jeff Schmidt, 6-foot-6 and 282 pounds, are imposing forces for opposing linebackers and safeties to deal with, both in the running game and the passing game. But as it usually does, the Bethel offense will go as far as quarter-


Mitch Hallstrom (19) evades two defenders after one of his 10 catches at Wartburg on September 8.

back Erik Peterson can take them, distributing the ball to his talented weapons. “Our offense this year, especially with Erik having the arm that he has, is pretty explosive,” Hallstrom said. “We have Jay, who can catch anything; we have Jared, who is a hybrid and can do it all; we’ve got Grant [Mitchell], who is just a great route-runner; we’ve got Brandon [Marquardt], who’s got speed; we have [Jesse] Phenow, when he’s healthy, who is straight power; we have Erik, who’s poised and a great leader. It’s a fun crew to be around.”

Left: Jay Hilbrands (6) is the best deep threat on Bethel's roster. He averaged 13.2 yards per catch and scored three touchdowns in 2011. Right: Jared Schultz (89) makes an athletic grab in traffic at Warburg on September 8. His versatility will be valuable to the passing attack.


The Clarionion - Bethel's own slice of "The Onion" Area woman thinks bike keeps getting stolen nJordanson a victim of two-wheeled theft? M arsha M. A llo

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Amy Jordanson, a student living on campus at Bethel University, believes that her bike has been stolen multiple times. “I ride my bike to class and then when I come back hours later, it’s gone!” complained Jordanson. The thievery has taken place for a week straight, but Jordanson’s bike somehow always returns to the bike rack in front of her residence hall. “It just reappears. I’m not sure

what’s going on,” said Jordanson. Jordanson also claims that her bike is not even worth being stolen. “I don’t know why anyone would want to steal it. It is a piece of junk. Literally. I pulled it out of a dumpster last year.” Perhaps that is why the bike has been consistently returned. However, fellow bikers at Bethel University have cracked the case of Jordanson’s stolen bike. “We realized that Amy would park her bike at one bike rack and

then come looking for it at another,” said Mark Shoreburg, a biker. “So it’s not that her bike is getting stolen, but she’s just forgetting where she parked it.” “We started returning the bike to her,” commented Kayla Archfield, another biker. “We just couldn’t stand to see her so upset.” Jordanson has not yet come to the realization that no one is stealing her bike, so she continues to search for the culprit, well, until she reads this article at least.

What Are We Asking Siri? The answers to our math homework.

The temperature at which aluminum foil burns.

The lyrics to “Holocene” by Bon Iver.

How to perform the heimlich maneuver.

The phone number for 911.



Freshman student not sure why dropping lunch tray is a good thing nLunch crowd lauds broken dishes M arsha M. A llo

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Freshman Walter Hymmer was baffled on Tuesday when he dropped his lunch tray in the DC during the busy lunch rush. “When the tray fell and all my dishes broke, everyone stood and clapped,” said Hymmer. “It’s like they were pleased with what I had done.” Hymmer has been utterly confused since that moment. “I’m thinking about dropping my plate every day if it gets me that kind of reaction. It’s like I’m in the spotlight!” commented Hymmer. Hymmer also explained that he wasn’t sure why the entire DC

clapped for him, and that maybe he’d even clap for himself next time. “It’s just all so exciting,” commented Hymmer. “I love college! Whoo!” Hymmer isn’t quite sure what to make of this dining center fiasco, but he says he will continue to eat in the DC regardless of applause. Upperclassman Ryan Farling believes that this kind of drama will lead to the unpopularity of the DC. “Eating in the DC used to be so cool… until kids starting dropping their lunch trays.” Farling’s concerns are to be considered, but not seriously, due to the fact that dropping trays is something completely miniscule. Students will continue to be clumsy in the DC.

The Clarion -- September 13, 2012  

Our second issue of the 2012-13 school. Within you'll an opinion piece on hormonal freshman dating, an introduction to a new columnist, an a...

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