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As the Director of Seasonal Events for Student Activities, senior Olivia Cordova is responsible for organizing Movie on the Hill. She and her three committee members began arranging the event over the summer. The process was long, exhaustive and involved the cooperation of many different departments. The first item on the agenda was to pick the movie. After much deliberation, Cordova and her team decided on "The Hunger Games." For Cordova, it was an obvious pick. “It’s such a popular movie right now, so I just thought it would be a good choice,” she explained. Assistant Dean of Student Programs Heather Richards had to approve the movie before it could be shown, but that’s not the only approval Cordova had to get. To avoid violating FBI AntiPiracy laws, Bethel had to obtain licensing rights before showing "The Hunger Games" to a crowd of students. While easy to get, the rights aren’t cheap. “In order to watch a movie with over 20 people, you have to pay a huge bill. So it’s a huge price range just to bring this movie onto campus,” Cordova said. The Seasonal Events committee still had plenty to do after se-

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curing approval for the movie. Booking Seminary Hill and Benson Great Hall, contacting audio/visual personnel to set up projection equipment, reserving garbage cans, hanging up posters, chalking, manning a commons table and making popcorn were just a few of the pre-event duties Cordova listed. “There’s just a bunch of little things that you don’t even think about,” she said. In the end, everything came together, even the popcorn. “There wasn’t enough popcorn right away,” Cordova said. “But eventually, we had leftovers.” Movie on the Hill had a great turnout this year, with 500 to 600 students in attendance.


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NFL replacement officials give conflicting signals regarding the last play of the Monday Night Football game on Sept. 24 between the Packers and Seahawks. The play was ruled a touchdown catch for Seattle receiver Golden Tate and the Seahawks won 14-12.


New missile defense system

Occupy: One year later

Romney video clips

While on tour in Tokyo, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a new military agreement with Japan. The arrangement would install a second missile defense radar on Japanese soil, better protecting both parties from North Korean ballistic missile attacks. Previously, the U.S. had set up similar radars on ships in the Asia-Pacific area, which are now able to protect other areas. Though Panetta and other officials have been quick to say that the missile defense system is not aimed at China and that it does not imply any underlying suspicion, the announcement was interpreted by China as distinctly anti-Chinese. This does not help tensions between China and Japan, already high from an ownership dispute of the Senkaku Islands.

The Occupy Wall Street movement had its anniversary on Monday, Sept. 17. Over 100 activists, marching through the streets of Manhattan, were arrested for disorderly conduct such as blocking sidewalk traffic. Looking back, analysts say that the movement has been effective in that the main slogan, “We are the 99 percent,” has been adopted into mainstream politics and could figure in the upcoming election. The Occupy movement was thought to have fizzled out after a lack of street protests over the summer, but appears to have made a comeback, as evidenced by three days of rallies and arrests. Occupy is “still part of the conversation,” declares protester Caleb Maupin.

During a private campaign fundraiser in May, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a few less-than-polished statements to make about the American voting public. The fundraiser was recorded on video and has been recently released in short clips. In one clip, Romney said that about 47 percent of Americans will vote for Barack Obama in the November election because “[they] are dependent upon the government, [they] believe that they are victims…entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.” The voters spoken of are those who don’t pay income taxes and therefore may not be attracted to Romney’s plans of lowering taxes. The Obama campaign responded by saying, “It’s hard to serve as president when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

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Teachers' strike ends Starting on Sept. 10, about 26,000 teachers of the Chicago Teacher’s Union went on strike, causing most of the district’s public schools to close down. Major issues behind the strike included the length of the school day and the threat of job losses due to teacher evaluations based on student success or failure. As the strike continued, the 800 members in the union representatives’ House of Delegates negotiated with the Chicago school district. More than 350,000 students in Chicago public schools were affected by the teachers' strike. Union members voted on a new contract to extend the school day and create pay increases on Sept. 18, sending the students back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Made-to-order organs

Instead of creating artificial hearts and other necessary organs by means of small machines, a new process has been tested and confirmed to be successful as a new way of creating organs organically. In this field of study, known as tissue engineering, organs needed by patients can be created from a combination of plastic and the patient’s own cells. The organ is outlined with a scaffold made of the porous plastic material, then implanted with stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. After spending a day in an incubator, the synthetic organ is placed within or on the patient, and left to re-grow cells with the body’s natural processes.

Macaroni vs. Facebook

To many investors’ dismay, the day of Facebook’s initial public offering (IPO) did not live up to the hype surrounding the company’s stock. The Facebook shares (FB) went public on May 18, at the price of $38, but in the following weeks the prices fell quickly, with the current price now at about $21 per share. Investors may be more likely to invest in a company with a more tangible product. For example, Annie’s Organic Foods (BNNY) is currently at almost $48 per share, up from $36 on May 18, the day Facebook faced reality. Annie’s is best known for boxed macaroni dinners with bunny shapes. The home-grown company’s success is a stark contrast to Facebook’s loss. SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 • THE CLARION • 3


New commuter regulation causes a stir

n The Office of Security and Safety takes a new approach to an old rule


For the first time, Bethel commuters automatically receive the hang-tag parking permits.

K aylin Creason For The Clarion Effective this year, Bethel automatically charges commuters for parking permits – a fact that has brought up questions among those who drive to school. The $90 parking permit fee is billed to commuters’ student accounts “in the same way you get charged for a lab fee or the student activity fee,” says Nathan Freeburg, Associate Dean for Leadership and Community Development. To revise the parking permit policy, Freeburg worked closely with Andrew Luchsinger, Chief of Security and Safety at Bethel. The primary purpose of the new policy is to enforce a rule that already existed. “Commuters have always been required to have a permit,” Luchsinger explained. In

the past, many commuters ignored this rule. “Over half of commuter students weren't registering their vehicles,” Freeberg said. As a result of the policy change, commuters are no longer required to register their vehicles. Commuter vehicles will now be identified by rearview mirror “hang-tag” permits. The change came after many complaints concerning the window sticker permits. In years past, changing a vehicle required peeling off the permit, bringing it in, obtaining a new one or calling in the change on a daily basis. "That system was just not working for our community,” Luchsinger explained. Hang-tag permits can be transferred easily from vehicle to vehicle, making it easier for students to drive different vehicles to school. Another aim of automatically assigning permits to commuters is


to “reduce the ‘adversarial’ role that security may have had in the past with some community members,” Luchsinger said. The office’s website reports that “the Office of Security and Safety reserves the right to ticket, immobilize and tow vehicles, at the owner's expense, which are parked on campus in violation of any parking regulation.” Parking permit violations include altering or forging a permit, improper display of a permit and lack of a permit. First time offenders usually receive warnings for their violations, but recurring offences can incur fines as high as $300. Security hopes to avoid some of these incidences by assigning parking permits. “By changing the process to be an automatic one, we are less likely to have to enforce the regulations through ticketing and immobilization of vehicles – saving

those owners time and additional fees,” Luchsinger said. To many commuters, the change has been a welcome one. Freeburg and Luchsinger both report that the hang-tag permits have received a lot of positive feedback. Others appreciate the fairness of the new policy in demanding that all commuters pay for a permit. “Just because you didn’t know there was a form to fill out, or you knew and purposely chose not to, doesn’t mean that somebody who’s doing it the right way should be punished,” says senior Andrea Kanani, who has been commuting to Bethel and paying parking permit fees since her freshman year. On the other hand, a number of commuters are less than delighted by the policy change. Many would rather risk getting fined than pay the $90 fee every semester. Others

do not want to pay for something they don’t use. Not all commuters drive themselves to school. Many prefer to bike, take the bus or carpool with friends or family members. “Assuming that all off-campus students are driving is unfair,” says senior David Krolak, who carpools. “Between two people [in a carpool] you’re only going to be taking up one spot all year.” There are some exceptions to the new rule. Students who purchase Metro College Bus Passes receive free parking permits. Commuters also have the option to petition the policy, though only two students have done so. Other concerns are being dealt with as they come. Parking permits are available for pick up in HC103.


Third-party candidates may spoil, swing election

nVirgil Goode and Gary Johnson won't win the election, but they may shape it Jon Westmark Of The Clarion No third-party or independent candidate has won an electoral vote in a presidential election since George Wallace garnered 46 in 1968. That is not likely to change in this year’s election, but third-party and independent nominees may swing or even decide the results on Nov. 6, 2012. In the 2000 election, the decision came down to who would win Florida’s 25 electoral votes. The state margin ended up being 537 votes. Green Party liberal Ralph Nader took 2.7 percent of Florida’s popular vote with 97,488. Without Nader in the race, some speculate many of his supporters would have voted for Gore, changing the result of the election. Political science professor Christopher Moore says that if a third-party candidate is going to affect this coming election, they need to do what Nader did in 2000—draw a considerable amount of votes and do so in a state that is significant. Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode may achieve both of these things. He served as a congressman of Virginia for six terms. According to Moore, last election was a “tipping point” for Virginia, which hadn’t been won by a Democrat in 48 years. It is now considered a “battleground state” with an average of recent polls showing a 4.5 percent lead for Democrat Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney. Goode’s numbers came out around 2 percent and Libertarian candidate Gary

Johnson took about 4 percent. Many experts speculate that the considerable pull of Goode and Johnson could hurt Republican candidate Mitt Romney, due to their more conservative agendas. Johnson also looks to gather votes from supporters of Republican Ron Paul, which could further split the Republican vote. Johnson is not apologetic about the possibility of taking votes away from Romney. "I can't imagine a Ron Paul supporter who is going to support Romney," he said during a visit to Washington in June. Regardless of if the election comes down to a “swing” state like Virginia, Moore sees other ways in which the third-party and independent candidates can affect the course of the election. “There’s been a tradition of third-party candidates swinging the focus of the debate,” he said. To attract votes that may go to third-party candidates with similar agendas, Democrats and Republicans may be forced to focus on issues that third-party candidates feel strongly about. With smaller budgets, rules prohibiting them from taking part in debates and state ballot access laws, it can be difficult to project a platform as a third party. Some candidates may run for president to give their central issues publicity, according to Moore. In 1992, Independent candidate Ross Perot not only bolstered his numbers by taking part in debates with George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but he also brought his opposition to the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the forefront of

the discussion. This election season, though no third-party or independent candidates meet the requirements to take part in debates, they may still shape the landscape of discourse in the election. Moore cites Paul’s focus on

fiscal issues common in the Tea Party movement as one example. At this point, Goode is on the ballot in 27 states. Johnson’s name will appear in 47. Both of them are on the ballot in Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Colorado, which are all thought to be close races.



News Professional paws on campus

nBethel's first service dog brings a new understanding to the subject


Emily Dyer embraces Bethel's first service dog.

Nicole Patricelli For The Clarion Some returning students may remember the joy that service dogs created on campus last

spring when they were brought in to help relieve stress during finals week. But beyond their lovable faces and soft fur, what are service dogs really about? What is their job and how does having


a service dog on campus this year affect Bethel? Under the new regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are defined as “dogs that are individually trained to work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” This can include serving an individual who has a wheelchair, visual impairment, hearing impairment, seizure disorder or mental illness, just to name a few. Not just any dog can be a service dog. Because of the specificity of the tasks these dogs are “hired” to do, they must go through rigorous training from the time they are puppies until they are qualified for certification. The Invisible Disabilities Association describes this training process in detail. It begins by socializing the dog by exposing it to a variety of different situations, people and environments so that the dog is prepared for anything. After the initial preparation, there is more specific training analyzing the dog’s temperament. In the final stage of training, public access programming, the dog is taught to ignore all distractions while on the job. The entire process can take anywhere from six months to a year. After training, the dogs can’t be sent directly into the field. Because each dog is trained to work with a specific disability, they must be matched with their handler by personality and specialty. Schedule, activity and living environment are some of the items taken into consideration when choosing a dog. The ADA clarifies where and when the service dog may be

used on the job. They stipulate, “State and local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all public areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.” While it seems simple enough, many public locations run into problems in being adaptable enough to cater to a service dog. The presence of Bethel’s first service dog has been a big success for the school according to Natalie Beazer, Director of Disability Services. She said there several situations to take into consideration when prepping Bethel for this type of responsibility. The school needed to work out the dog's license fees between the county and the city, discuss where the dog would go to the bathroom and form agreement policies between all parties involved. While it took some time to work out, it demonstrated the school’s ability to accommodate all kinds of situations, according to Beazer. “It has taken on a new dynamic and I think it makes Bethel a more welcoming environment for persons with a service dog,” she said. In regard to how everything is working out so far Beazer said,

“Everything is in place and so far, no complaints.” She stressed there are still some etiquette pieces that the Bethel community as a whole should know. First, always ask the handler for permission before approaching or touching the dog and respect the handler’s decision to say no. Second, always remember that the dog is an employee. Whenever it is wearing a harness, it is working, even when sleeping. Also, abstain from activities such as feeding or intentionally distracting the dog. If the dog is distracted, it will not be as alert and this can be potentially harmful. Third, be respectful of the handler and his or her boundaries. Do not ask about the reasons for a service animal; just honor their decision to be as open as they wish. Those interested in more information can visit Disability Services in the Student Life Office. Bethel also offers a course with professor Ruth Nelson, Disabilities and Giftedness, which spends some time discussing service animals in detail. Nelson recommends checking out Helping Paws, which was named the “difference-maker organization” of September by KTIS.

SERVICE DOG ETIQUETTE 1) Always ask the handler for permission 2) Remember the dog is an employee 3) Be respectful of boundaries

News Urbana 12: Global experience, personal calling nConference seeks to enlarge student perspectives and focus individual purposes Jon Westmark Of The Clarion How does the largest student missions conference in the country communicate something as personal as God’s call for individuals? It starts small — it starts with 12. The triennial Urbana conference in St. Louis, Miss. will bring around 18,000 students from around the world with the express purpose “to compel this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.” The theme for this year’s conference is “It starts with 12.” According to Associate Campus Pastor Matt Runion, who coordinates the event for Bethel, this is an important aspect of what Urbana is all about. “I think the theme goes back to the disciples,” he said. “It is a personal

The focus on the individual is central to the conference’s structure. There are seminar series and various tracks tailored to fit a variety of interests, ranging from poverty and justice to the mission of healthcare. If students have multiple interests, they are encouraged to “mix and match to build [their] own series that reflects where God may be calling [them].” According to Runion, realizing an individual calling is one of the best things about the conference. “It might not be ‘now I know I’m supposed to be a career missionary’ and now we’ve created 18,000 more career missionaries,” he said. “It’s more about engaging and participating in God’s global mission, whether it’s to give more generously, to go short-term or mid-term after graduation, or possibly long-

Students are also able to meet face-to-face with hundreds of mission organizations from around the world. Each morning students meet in small groups to discuss the passage of the day. This year’s texts will come from the Gospel of Luke. After the Bible study, the students will converge on the Edward Jones Dome to worship as a community. For Runion the multicultural communal worship is also a lifechanging experience. “This is a great place to discern God’s call, to be inspired, to learn and to hear from leaders around the world in a setting where there are people from a lot of different walks of life,” he said. Runion looks forward to listening to keynote speaker Calisto Odede, Senior Pastor at Nairobi Pentecostal Church.

“It was a glimpse of heaven,” said Patty Lin, a senior who went to Urbana 2009. “There was unspoken community among strangers for the sake that we were brothers and sisters in Christ.” Lin plans to attend her second Urbana this winter. This year’s conference runs from Dec. 27-31. Bethel President Jay Barnes and the executive leadership team will be chartering a 55-passenger coach bus from Bethel to the conference. Students can register for the

journey in a global community.”



conference at Urbana’s website for $399. Bethel is offering a limited number of $100 scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students interested in applying for scholarship should contact Matt Runion in Campus Ministries before registering. On Oct. 8, Campus Ministries will hold a reception for Adam Jeske of the Urbana Leadership Team from 3:45-4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Brushaber Commons.

Thousands of students from all over the country worship together at Urbana 2009.



Life outside of the Bethel bubble

nLife-lessons on marriage in Menards Joe Johnson For The Clarion

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Is this what the rest of my life is going to be like? Is this how I am going to spend the remainder of my Saturdays? These were just a couple of the questions racing through my mind last Saturday. I was at Menards with my wife Meghan, and if you hadn’t already guessed, I didn’t want to be there. It’s not like I was dragged there. In fact, I think it was my idea to go. However, I decided once we got there that it was torture to be there. We were spending the day trying to finish our newest DIY project: building a headboard for our bed. This ended up being a pretty cool project, but in that moment at Menard’s all I could think about were the things I would rather be doing. And when I do something that I don’t want to, I turn into a giant baby. So there I was in the mid-

dle of a hardware store paradise, wearing a diaper, a bonnet and shaking my rattle. Well, not really. But judging by the way I started acting, I wasn’t far from that. Whenever my wife said anything to me, I was incredibly short in my response. If she wanted my opinion, I told her that I didn’t care. When she asked me if I was okay, I replied that I was fine while doing everything possible with my body language to let her know that I wasn’t. There were a lot of words to describe what I was doing, but no matter how you put it, I wasn’t being a good husband. I can’t say that I was thinking clearly in that moment, but I think my logic was centered on the notion that if I wasn’t having a good time, then my wife shouldn’t have a good time either. This is just one of the many experiences I have had as a married man that has reinforced a truth that I really don’t like: I am sinful.

I often think that I can be a good husband on my own. Unfortunately, I am shown on a daily basis that I cannot. I usually put myself first and rarely display the self-sacrifice that I am called to as a Christian husband. But please do not read this (especially if you are a young man thinking about popping the question) and think that there is no hope. Even though marriage reveals how riddled with sin you truly are, it also helps you see how beautiful the Lord’s grace is. No matter how crappy of a husband I am, I know that there is always grace for me - not just from my Savior, but from my God-fearing wife as well. Marriage is frustrating, and it is the biggest challenge that I have ever faced. But I know that I can get through it, because on my right I have Him and on my left I have her.

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Views A bad Apple nWill

the release of the iPhone 5 be all it is cracked up to be?

a - Amanda Ahlm y Of The Clarion t e When you hear the word s “apple,” what does your mind think of first? Does it go straight s to an image of the fruit or does n it go through a list of electron- ics all associated with the Apple o brand? - This is the power of maru keting. Apple has successfully w changed the common consumer’s first reaction to the name of - their brand. They have captured - their audience and now can put m whatever price tag they want on - their products, with the knowledge that people will still buy. t Bethel is not free from this e Apple fascination. The company n caters to college students with t their education promotions and e school-geared applications, making MacBooks, iPads and iPhones common items to be seen around campus. With the release of their latest technology, the iPhone 5, it is time to question what really is new and improved about this piece of equipment. What makes it different from competing smartphones with similar capabilities? Or more importantly, what makes it different from its predecessor, the iPhone 4S? The new iPhone will feature a thinner body (7.6 millimeters), lighter weight (112 grams) and a larger screen (4 inches). In addition to these changes to the body of the iPhone, buyers will also receive a pair of Apple’s new headphones, that are claimed to be “more comfortable for more people than any other earbudstyle headphones,” according to the Apple website.

With few software changes though, the consumer must ask, “Is it worth the price tag?” The 16GB model can be purchased for $199, with a new two-year contract. The price goes up by $100 for each memory upgrade. While hardware, look and feel are important, the real reason for a phone is the software. If Apple is not going to provide many new advancements in terms of functionality in the iPhone 5, the value of the gadget drops. The one major software ad-

vancement poses many potential problems. Passbook is Apple’s way of minimizing tangible credit cards and other walletfillers such as boarding passes and coupons. The app organizes cards and cashiers can scan them straight from the phone. However, there are thousands of ways this electronic wallet database could go wrong. The phone could die, freeze, get lost, fall in the toilet and the list goes on. The proud iPhone user would then be stuck at the counter without the form of payment

they were planning on using, and they may have to resort to using “old-fashioned” green dollar bills from their real wallet. Finally, the iPhone 5 will feature a new Lightning connector for charging and docking, which means the old accessories, cords and docks will not be compatible with the new iPhone. This forces people who use those add-ons to shell out another $100 or more

to get new compatible accessories. Despite my personal wariness toward the new Apple device, I have no doubt that Apple will be able to sell plenty of phones. As the iPhone 5 is just starting to fly off of the shelves and into consumers’ eager hands, the real review is yet to be determined. If you got the iPhone 5 and have an opinion, let us know!




Women's Fall Fashion Amanda Ahlm Of The Clarion

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fur boots. Well, just put on a pair of long socks underneath the co boots on a chilly day and you are bound to stay warm.

Colored Jeans Sure, colored shorts are great during the summer, but as the weather cools down don’t revert back to boring denim jeans. Find a pair of colored jeans or corduroys to serve as a fall statement piece. Wear them with a plain shirt for a more conservative look or pair them with another color to achieve a fashionable color-blocked outfit.


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Catching up with the president


Laroche's sister, Hope, was able to shed more light on his personality outside of school and BSA.

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may know the face and the name, but here is a chance to get to know more about Bethel's student body president Cherie Suonvieri For The Clarion While he may be well known by many upperclassmen, this year’s Bethel Student Association president, Austin Laroche, is still a stranger to some of Bethel’s incoming students. As one of the more prominent faces of the Bethel community, Laroche has made efforts to meet numbers of people on campus. Laroche is from Bradford, Pa. and naturally a “die-hard Steelers fan,” he said while wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers t-shirt. “And I like to talk”. The senior is studying biochemistry at Bethel. “I spend a lot of time downstairs in the basement labs and a lot of time in the library studying,” Laroche said. As for his future plans, he isn’t quite certain yet. “What I always say is that I know I want to go to heaven, and between now and then I don’t really care.” he said with a laugh. “If I were to guess, I’d say possibly med school.” Regarding his position as student body president, Laroche’s first comment was, “I love it!” While it is a lot of work, Laroche said he has enjoyed working with a great team. As the president, he has two main responsibilities. One is to oversee BSA. “It’s a very large group,” he said. “And underneath that there are a lot of different organizations and departments. I kind of oversee that as a whole.” The second main responsibility of the president is to act

as the primary liaison between the students and the Bethel administration. He communicates student concerns to the administration and presents administration concerns to the student body. What motivates a person to become Bethel’s student body president? “I get asked that a lot,” Laroche said. “There were a couple reasons. One—I thought it would be a lot of fun, to be honest. Two—I thought it would be a great ministry and great opportunity to give back to Bethel.” Laroche, like many other students, credits much of his growth to his Bethel experience. He explained that during his time here he’s grown spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Laroche has branched out relationally as well. “I’ve built so many great friendships on campus, and I’ve had so much fun,” he said. “I’ve gotten so much out of this and Bethel is something I’m passionate about because of that.” Another thing Laroche has a passion for is honoring God in all that he does as an individual and as the president. He stated that his goal is to make a strong point that glorifying God is the mission of BSA. “I believe wholeheartedly that we are not able to serve the student body to the best of our abilities if we’re not doing everything we can to seek God,” he said. Another goal Laroche has in mind for this year is to make himself available to the students. He hopes to be out where people can talk and interact

with him. As for his personal goals, Laroche said the list includes getting straight A’s, remembering to sleep every now and then and solidifying relationships he has established with his peers before he graduates. As the student body president, Laroche is a strong leader among Bethel students, but he has proven to be a leader outside of the Bethel community as well. Hope, Laroche’s younger sister, a sophomore at Bethel, was able to shed a little more light on Laroche’s personality. “Austin is one of the most extroverted, outgoing people alive... so he knows everyone,” Hope said. “So I kind of came up known as ‘Austin’s sister’... and that was my name for a while.

Which was okay. If I’m to be anyone’s mini-me, I’m glad it’s him and not someone weird.” In regards to Laroche’s personality, Hope said that the charisma he possesses has always been one of his natural qualities. She also reiterated the fact that he loves to talk. “But he is also very kind and a very good listener, and I think that’s a side a lot of people don’t get to see of him.” said Hope. Hope also shared that when she and her brothers were younger, they weren’t allowed to watch TV often. Laroche, being the oldest, took initiative and came up with imaginary games that the siblings could play to entertain themselves. “To this day, my brothers are my very best

friends...[Austin] was always like the good leader, the good mentor.” she said. “We were different ages and interested in different things, but he was always so good at being creative and bringing us together.” In the same way, Hope sees that Laroche has applied his leadership skills in his college community. “It’s definitely on a different scale, but he has to be creative and involved in different activities and in people’s lives to bring things together and build it up,” Hope explained. “If Austin runs his presidency like he led our little family tree club, I think it will be fantastic. I think the student body will come together and really be strong under his leadership.”





Celebrating their differences


United Cultures of Bethel helps students of any ethnicity or race find their identity in their culture and learn about other cultures Lucy Hayes For The Clarion


UCB gathers for a picture at a conference last year in Chicago.

The United Cultures of Bethel is a student-led branch of Bethel Student Activities that allows students to celebrate their own culture and learn how 14 • THE CLARION • SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

to interact with other cultures. The organization is centered around building community within distinct cultures, as well as branching out and interacting

with people of other ethnicities. UCB is made up of five subgroups, representing the five most common cultures among Bethel students. Junior Baolue Vang, Executive Director of Intercultural Programs, said that the subgroups are an “off-space” for students where they can “just be without fear of judgement or questioning.” The groups allow the students to be rejuvenated and supported by people who can encourage them in their culture. The five subgroups that UCB covers are Asian Christian Fellowship, Moya (African/African-American), First Nation (Native American and Indigenous Peoples), Voz Latina (Latino) and Peacemakers (Caucasian). Each group meets weekly to discuss issues going on in their individual lives, and cultural issues outside of Bethel’s gates. The subgroups allow students to connect with others of their culture and help each other grow in their personal identities. It also will encourage them to reach out and become reconcilers on Bethel’s campus, in the Twin Cities and in the world.

The subgroups are led by directors who each represent a specific culture and have a passion for understanding other cultures. Junior Josh Phenow, the Peacemakers director, says that they strive for “living together respectfully without making the world a melting pot.” In addition to the five subgroups, there are program-wide events for which all students in UCB, as well as any other students on campus, join together to celebrate culture and practice reconciliation. Some events include the Asian Heritage Festival, Black History Month, Day of the Dead, multi-cultural worship, simulations and storytelling events that celebrate folktales of different cultures. The goal of these events, according to Vang, is to “bring awareness, discussion growth, and healing” to Bethel students. Often times, even students who aren’t plugged into a regular subgroup show up at the big events that UCB holds, giving a larger group new cultural understanding and experience with cultures outside of their own.


Meet the Directors of The United Cultures of Bethel Gorpu Sumo, a sophomore, is the Moya director. Moya means “spirit” in South African Bantu. Her small group bonds by engaging in activities like classroom meetings, DC dinners and offcampus hangout time. The subgroup also plans times to go to local schools and talk about their African/African-American culture. Moya is an inclusive subgroup, “for anyone seeking support or who has sparked an interest in African/African-American affairs.” Edwin Gonzalez, a senior, is the director of the Latin American group, Voz Latina. Gonzalez's mission is to “create conversation about issues that surround the Latino community.” It’s a place for students to speak about their culture and build a positive identity as individuals and as Latin Americans. Gonzalez prefers to “let it flow” in discussion, starting each meeting with a prompt or question to get the conversation started. The first, and most important, question Gonzalez asks is “Who are you?” Jerry Xiong, a sophomore, leads the Asian Christian Fellowship group. This subgroup meets once a week and is open to any students who desire to connect with Christ. Xiong and his subgroup meet once a week. Xiong's vision for the year is to cooperate with other universities in the Metro area and join in their efforts to celebrate the Asian community, as well as broaden the group's fellowship beyond Bethel.

The newest addition to UCB is First Nations, lead by senior Iwalani Ka’ai. First Nations “creates a space for indigenous peoples to honor and remember their ancestors as well as look forward to what it means to be indigenous in an American society.” Ka’ai hopes to get enough people together to do a circle, which is an indigenous form of dialogue and way of being. Her plan is to reach out to other campuses to document and discuss the way that indigenous peoples interact with today’s society. Josh Phenow, a junior and the leader of Peacemakers, has a passion for reconciliation. As the director of the Caucasian group -- the majority of students on campus -- he strives to educate his subgroup about the basics of race, ethnicity and culture. Phenow’s goal is to “shake up campus and spread awareness and understanding campus wide." The directors recognize the growing number of students of color that are beginning to attend Bethel University and are eager to invite all students into the conversation about culture.

For more information of UCB, the directors or any of the subgroups, go to



Sophomore runner rises in the ranks nMatt

Berens finishes first at Les Duke Invitational

Jenny Hudalla Of The Clarion Cross country athlete Matt Berens shattered his previous careerbest time when he took first at the Les Duke Invitational on Sept. 8 in Grinell, Iowa. Finishing with a time of 25:33, Berens trimmed a whop-

ping 33 seconds off his personal record and hopes to repeat the process by the season’s end. “It was a good way to start the season,” Berens said. “But my goal is to finish eight kilometers in under 25 minutes.” Only three runners in Bethel history have accomplished this

Questions we asked Matt Favorite sport besides cross country: NASCAR. Like many NASCAR drivers, I have a mustache. And it’s like Mario Kart. Other hobbies: I don’t have any other hobbies anymore. Probably finding mischief to get into with Brent Schultz. Major/minor: Biochemistry and chemistry with a minor in math. Dream job: Engineering.

feat, but Berens is determined to add his name to the list. Having improved tremendously from his freshman campaign, the ambitious sophomore certainly has head coach Jim Timp’s vote of confidence. “Matt has all the tools to become one of the best in Bethel’s history,” Timp said. “His drive and determination is what sets him apart from most. This has allowed Matt to make a big jump in performance already this year.” The Oakdale, Minn. native joined cross country in his sophomore year of high school, running around 30 miles a week. Now, four years later, he has nearly tripled the distance, completing 80 miles every week. Coupled with eating right and getting enough sleep, Berens is doing everything he can to make himself better – and so is his team. Seniors Zach Haskins and Matt Schafer, who make up the other

two-thirds of Bethel’s top trio, continually challenge Berens on the course. While the red-hot sophomore beat Haskins by five seconds in Iowa, the tables turned at the St. Olaf Invitational on Sept. 15, where the seasoned senior finished with a time of 26:44, five seconds ahead of Berens. “Everyone’s pushing each other to get faster,” Berens said. “The guys on the team hold you accountable for running your miles, and it really makes a big difference in how you perform across the season.” The team’s dedication and discipline stems from the knowledge that this year’s athletes are some of the best runners Bethel has ever seen. Determined to take advantage of this potential, the team has set its sights on nothing less than qualifying for the national meet. According to Timp, the realization of this goal hinges on the improvement of the fourth through

seventh positions. He looks to Haskins, Schafer and Berens to encourage these other runners and keep them motivated. “Matt’s hard work and performances set a great example for the younger runners,” Timp said. “They can see through Matt’s efforts that it is possible to be very good if you have the desire.” As a reflection of his humility, Berens attributes both his success and his grit to one overarching purpose: running in a way that honors Christ. “Being a Christian athlete requires a lot of perseverance,” he said. “You have to compete with an attitude that you’re using your body to glorify God through what he’s created of you.” Despite the stamina that being a Christian athlete entails, it is clear through both his statistics and demeanor that Berens isn’t out of breath yet.

Favorite vacation: Going to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Fondest memory of freshman year: Halloween 2011 with Zach Haskins and Joel McDougall. I was the hallo-weiner. Favorite thing about Bethel: Just the community and how friendly everyone is, and making close relationships with the guys on the team. Favorite DC food: Chicken parmesan. If you could meet anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and why? Justin Timberlake. He’s brought us so many great things. 16 • THE CLARION • SEPTEMBER 27, 2012


Sophomore Matt Berens was named the MIAC men's cross country athlete of the week for winning the LDI.


NFL fans throw the flag on replacement officials nThe referee lockout takes its toll on professional football

issue for the league and of- wouldn't have been able to get ficials. Replacement refs ap- away with if the refs had a few peared in Week 1 of 2001, but more years under their belt.” a settlement was reached and Gorski likens the situation the lockout quickly became an to that of a class with a substiafterthought. Fast forward to tute teacher. “The class always 2012, and there is an obvious acts a little different with a difference. The gap between sub,” he said. “They just don't what the refs are asking for and command the same respect as what the league is willing to the regular teacher.” give them is much larger, leavThere is no doubt that the ing coaches, players and fans game has a slightly different perplexed. feel with replacement refer“I'm really frustrated,” said ees blowing whistles, throwing Bethel junior Quinn Gorski. flags and keeping the players in “This is a million dollar prob- line. They have certainly been lem for a billion dollar league.” the most recent target of frusGorski is trated fans. But is right. For a "I'm not necessarily it fair to expect league with a mad at the replace- the same quality yearly revenue ment officials. I'm of officiating out of over $9 bil- more upset with the of the replaceNFL for not handling lion, a few hunments? this and taking care dred thousand of this in due time, “They dollars per ref- I guess. I think with shouldn't neceseree is barely all the success that sarily be held to noticeable in this league is hav- the same stanthe empire that ing, you don't want dard,” said Keefe. the NFL has this to be a damper." “But, as fans, we grown to be. want the same More than - Justin Tuck, quality of play. PHOTO FOR THE CLARION COURTESY OF JEFF WHEELER/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/MCT Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier takes out his frustration on a side judge in a home game last year. While anything, the New York Giants We want to see many have groaned about officials in the past, coaches, players and fans alike are seriously questioning fans just want defensive end the integrity of the competency of replacement officials this season. the best posthe game mainsible product on tained. As an emJared Nelson league and officials expired at game officials last season was the field. According to Bethel’s ployee of the NFL, you're going For The Clarion the end of last season, and ef- $149,000. Under the NFL's junior quarterback Tom Keefe, to be subject to high expectaforts to create a new CBA have last proposal, that would in- the performance of the re- tions, and that's just the way it The NFL season is in full stalled. As a result, the own- crease to more placement offi- is.” swing, and the top story ers have locked the officials than $189,000 "I'll be honest -- they're cials is affecting At the end of the day, the among football aficionados is out of work. In their absence, by 2018, but like fans. One of the the integrity of coaches will still coach, the not about a budding superstar, the league has employed 140 the National refs was talking about the game. players will still play and the a key injury or another Brett replacement officials who will Football League his fantasy team, like: “The players fans will still tune in to watch Favre comeback. Instead, labor serve as field judges, referees Referee's As- 'McCoy, come on, I need are taking ad- the most popular sport in negotiations between the offi- and linesmen until a permanent sociation is still you for my fantasy.'" vantage of the America. cials and the league office are settlement can be reached. not willing to refs,” he said. “As professional athletes, creating a buzz among football At the center of the issue sign on the dot“They know they you have to make a lot of ad- LeSean McCoy, fans everywhere. is the almighty dollar. Accord- ted line. can get away with justments,” Gorski said. “This Philadelphia Eagles The collective bargaining ing to's Darren RovThis is not an some things that is just another adjustment the running back agreement (CBA) between the ell, the average pay for NFL unprecedented they probably players will have to make.”



Women’s volleyball strives for toughness

nThe young team shows its strength with a 9-6 record Michael Whartnaby For The Clarion

For a team that has big shoes to fill, upperclassman leadership and toughness have helped pave the way for Bethel volleyball this year. After a hot 9-3 start, the players and head coach Gretchen Hunt have set the pace for the rest of the season. Hunt, who is in her 11th year of leading the team, reached a milestone early in the season against Martin Luther College during the Bethel Invitational -- winning her 200th career match. Her career record is now 204-151, giving her a win percentage of .569. Although team dynamics have changed from last year, Hunt still expects the upperclassmen to lead the team and set an example for the younger girls. She credits seniors Amy Baumetz, Caitie Helle, Val Smith and junior Rachel Bloom for demonstrating the toughness she preaches.


“I want our players to get a little grit when things go bad,” said Hunt. That grit showed when sophomore setter Cierra Nickel went down with an injury right before a road match at Concordia. Needing to fill the void, Hunt called on defensive specialist Bloom to step into a position she had never played before. “I wasn’t totally blindsided by it,” said Bloom. “And I definitely felt comfortable.” The Royals lost the close match against Concordia and went on to drop another to St. Olaf, but despite these conference losses, the team is working hard to demonstrate the toughness their coach desires. As a testament to the team’s depth, the freshmen have been adjusting well to the higher level of competition and are proving to be assets on the court. “The freshmen have to take on a big role and are filling big shoes,” said Bloom. “I know they will be tough.”

This year the freshman players represent seven states outside of Minnesota, which is something the team has never experienced before. “All of the freshmen are really competitive,” said Hunt. “Adjusting to college isn’t always easy, but they have come in and competed.” The team’s goal is to focus on winning each game one-by-one and to display fierce determination as MIAC competition begins to heat up. With a 0-3 record in conference play, the Royals will have to give their all in every game if they want to return to the playoffs. Only the top six teams advance to the highly competitive conference playoffs, so when it comes to qualifying, every match matters. Hunt can tell the players what they need to do, but they understand that it is up to them to execute it. “Gretchen brings intensity and a sense of urgency,” said Bloom. “But she can’t put that in us. We have to bring that ourselves.”


Senior Caitie Helle executes a spike against St. Olaf on Sept. 12. The Onamia, Minn. native has recorded 172 kills this year.


Twins baseball wounded by lack of quality pitching nFuture

success hinges on the men on the mound

Neil Vance For The Clarion Admit it. We’ve been spoiled as Twins fans over the past decade. It may seem like it has been an eternity since the Twins were contenders, but it has really been less than two years since they were last playing October baseball, capping a run of six division titles in nine years. The past two seasons have been, admittedly, less positive. The only questions left to answer this year are whether the Twins will be able to finish ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the division and if they will be able to finish with a better record than last year’s 99-loss campaign. That is not to say that there has been nothing positive to build off of this year. There have actually been a handful of

bright spots worth mentioning. For starters, Josh Willingham has been a huge acquisition for the Twins. Signed to a three-year, $21 million contract last offseason and brought in to replace Michael Cuddyer in the lineup, Willingham has filled in admirably and ranks among the league leaders in home runs and runs batted in. Joe Mauer has also returned to classic form, bouncing back from a 2011 season riddled with injuries to reclaim his place among the league leaders in batting average. He leads the league in on-base percentage. With Justin Morneau’s miraculous health, Scott Diamond’s impressive rookie season and Ryan Doumit’s team-friendly two-year extension, we can see a glimmer of hope.


Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is under pressure to get Minnesota back into playoff contention.

However, it is clear that these bursts of positivity do not characterize the team, as the Twins are still near the bottom of the American League standings. So what does Minnesota need to fix to be competitive in 2013? It ultimately boils down to its weakest area: starting pitching. This year the Twins rank near the bottom of the American League in nearly every meaningful pitching category. Unfortunately, next year’s rotation is wrought with uncertainty. After his strong rookie year, Diamond seems to be the only lock for the 2013 rotation so far. Samuel Deduno is also likely to get a shot to hold on to a rotation spot, and the team is hopeful that top prospect Kyle Gibson will be fully recovered from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last year. But that leaves at least two spots in the rotation up for grabs. One option to fill one or both of those roles is via trade. The Twins have particular depth in the outfield, which has led to speculation that Denard Span could be moved to bring in a starter. Span has a teamfriendly contract in place for two more years, which furPHOTO FOR THE CLARION COURTESY OF JEFF WHEELER/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/MCT ther increases his value. With Ben Revere, Josh Willingham, Standout rookie Scott Diamond was a bright spot in the Twins' rotation Chris Parmelee and other top this year, posting a 12-8 record and a 3.64 earned run average. prospects looking for major the club could consider bring- to bring in some pitching from league time, it may be time to ing in someone like Ryan Demp- outside the organization if they cash in on that depth. ster, Edwin Jackson or Brandon are serious about competing in The Twins could also make McCarthy if there is significant 2013. If not, it could unfortusome noise in a deep free payroll room. Cheaper options nately be more of the same for agent pitching market. A gem like Joe Saunders or Jeremy the hometown team. like Zack Greinke will be out of Guthrie are also a possibility. Minnesota’s price range, but Simply put, the Twins need


The Clarionion - Bethel's own slice of "The Onion" New iPhone charging cable 6" long

nStudents get off the couch to charge their phones Marsha M. Allo Of The Clarionion

Ever wanted to plug your phone into the wall and be completely immobile until it is charged? Well, that time has come. Along with the release of the new iPhone 5, Apple is releasing the first ever six-inch charger. This new device not only takes up less space, but also lets your phone dangle freely from the electrical outlet. Apple users all over are jazzed about the new cord. “I don’t have to worry about all

that extra charging cable bunched up on the floor,” commented Harry Lindquist, an avid Apple consumer. “No one will ever be able to trip over my phone charger again!” The six-inch cable features a three-prong head on one end and Apple’s equivalent to a micro-USB on the other, just to switch things up a bit. The cord is extremely thin and is barely noticeable against a white wall. In addition to its lower visibility, the cable is also very impractical. Charging your phone closer to the wall will eventually make you

an outcast as you shy away from socialization in any given room (unless they like to hang out near walls). This will intentionally force you to use your new iPhone 5 to stay in touch with people in the same room. Although this six-inch charger cable may seem like a step backward, most people go with the flow because Apple makes it and Apple is awesome. Apple users everywhere now have the convenience to charge their phone anywhere… six inches away from a wall.


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