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Stranded during Sandy:

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The election is over. The political banter has been expelled momentarily with weary and sometimes exasperated sighs. Those elected ready themselves to move into their newly appointed offices, while those who lost examine what to do next. As a nation we must move ahead with the choices we made. But for many, the question still remains: What did my vote mean? How did it stack up in a broader context? We’ve compiled the results of the presidential and amendment votes from the state level down to the precinct nearest Bethel to help understand how we voted. Level State

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East Coast aftermath

CIA director resigns

Syrian war crimes: both sides guilty

The storm is over, but many on the East Coast face staggering losses: over 100 people in the U.S. died and the storm produced millions of dollars in damage to homes and infrastructure. The cost to clean up the damage will be the largest since Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City is rationing gasoline in an attempt to address fuel shortages. The extensive flooding and lack of power and gas led to closed gas stations and long lines at those that remained open. As of Saturday, Nov. 10, about one-third of the city’s gas stations were operating.

CIA director David Petraeus resigned from his position on Friday, Nov. 9, after admitting to having an extramarital affair. The FBI discovered the affair, apparently by accident. For an official of Petraeus' status, the affair was a serious security violation and intelligence threat. The announcement was unexpected, as Petraeus was a respected leader, wellknown general and possible presidential candidate. Before serving as CIA director, Petraeus played a key role in turning around the failing war in Iraq and pulling out U.S. troops. Deputy Director Michael Morell will now be the acting director of the CIA.

A recent video shows the increasingly complicated situation in Syria. The video appears to show Syrian rebels kicking and then executing soldiers they captured. The U.S. has supported the rebels in the civil war. Syrian President Assad’s regime has long been known and condemned for human rights abuses. The video leaves the U.S. with questions of how to show support with growing accusations of war crimes committed by the rebels. As violence increases and the death toll rises, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for unity in the rebel leadership and has suggested U.S. involvement in selecting candidates.

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The Kresge rock reflects the Bethel community's variety of views on the Minnesota marriage amendment, which failed to pass on Nov. 6.

Amendments and referendums On Nov. 6, Minnesotans voted against amending the state constitution to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. Minnesota is not the only state where voters decided on marriage laws. Maine residents passed a referendum to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses. In Maryland, voters approved a similar referendum to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses. Washington also passed a referendum that legalizes same-sex marriage. This election is the first time a popular vote has passed a measure in favor of same-sex marriage in the U.S.

Elephant speaks Korean

An elephant in South Korea can imitate human speech through controlling the sound he makes by putting his trunk in his mouth. Koshik is a 22-yearold Asian elephant from South Korea’s Everland Zoo. Scientists recently published a paper documenting his remarkable achievement. Although there are reports of an elephant from the USSR in 1983 who could reproduce human speech, Koshik is the first speaking elephant to be reported in a scientific record. Scientists attribute his accomplishment to his extensive close contact with humans. Koshik can reproduce the sounds for the Korean words “hello,” “good,” “no,” “sit down” and “lie down.”

NHL Lockout On Friday, Nov. 2, the NHL announced that the Winter Classic is canceled due to the player lockout. The Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game, was scheduled to take place at the University of Michigan’s stadium in Ann Arbor. The league plans to hold the next Winter Classic at the stadium. Fans, players and local businesspeople are disappointed by the cancellation. Officials apologized, but stated that time had run out to save the Winter Classic. The lockout began Sept. 16. The Winter Classic is one of numerous cancellations, but is more significant than other regular season games. November 15, 2012 • the clarion • 3


Destination: Argentina

n Professor

plans cultural road trip with his son

DAY 5: Guadalajara DAYS 8-9: Oaxaca DAY 16: Granada DAY 23: Panama to Cartagena

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DAY 41: Cuenca DAY 46: Machu Picchu DAY 50: La Paz

DAYS 59-60: Iguazu Falls

DAYS 64-66: Buenos Aires

News Greta Sowles Of The Clarion Unless the snow, ice or freezing cold prevents it, Jay Rasmussen, professor of education, rides his motorcycle to Bethel nearly every day. While this may seem crazy, it is nothing in comparison to the 12,000 mile motorcycle journey Rasmussen plans to take with his son this next summer. For the past two years, Rasmussen has been planning a father-son motorcycle trip from his home in Roseville, Minn. to Argentina. The idea came from watching a documentary called "The Long Way Around," which follows two motorcyclists in their trek around the world. Rasmussen and his son, Conor, became interested in taking a trip of their own after watching the program. Eventually, Rasmussen brought it up to his wife. To his surprise, she suggested going sooner rather than later. They have been planning the trip ever since. Rasmussen’s motorcycle of choice is the Kawasaki KLR 650cc, which he bought last summer. This motorcycle is used by the United States military, primarily because it is built for durability. Rasmussen and his son have spent many hours modifying their motorcycles in preparation for the trip. Some of the modifications include a new windshield and seat, heated grips, a truck horn, lockable aluminum panniers for storage and metal crash bars. Rasmussen has already planned the route, which he ran by Professor Jeff Port of the biology department a couple of years ago. After leaving Minnesota on May 21, the route will take them through the States, across the Texas-Mexico border at Laredo, through the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Puebla, Morelia and

Oaxaca, and farther south from there. “I think it is a fantastic opportunity and a great experience to share with his son,” Port said. “The Pan-American highway through the South American continent takes you past some amazing vistas and through incredible countries.” Rasmussen’s primary planning concern was an area of jungle between Panama and Colombia called the Darién Gap. This piece of jungle stretches for 60 miles with no road and is controlled by “narcotraficantes,” or drug traffickers. Since flying the motorcycles to Colombia is expensive, Rasmussen researched and found a boat that would take them and their motorcycles from Panama to Colombia. The German sailboat that will take Rasmussen and his son to photos for the clarion courtesy of jay rasmussen Colombia only leaves once a year Jay and Conor Rasmussen pose by their motorcycles that in June, so it is imperative that they modified for their long trip. Rasmussen and his son get to it on time. The boat operates some- and to experience something what like a youth hostel — help- new.” Guadalajara ing operate the boat cuts down Both Professor Rasmussen travelers’ expenses. The boat trip and Conor are highly interested Oaxaca takes four to five days and stops in Latin American culture and at islands along the way, where language. “The big thing is to exGranada Rasmussen and his son will snor- perience the culture,” Rasmussen Sailing from Panama City to Cartagena kel and do other fun things. “It’s said. He believes a motorcycle is all about the experience,” said the best way to experience a cularound Darién Gap Rasmussen. ture. “You feel the weather, you Upon reaching Argentina, smell things, you hear things and 5 Cuenca Rasmussen, his son and the bikes people want to talk to you, unlike will fly back home. If all goes as the isolation of a car with winMachu Picchu planned, they will arrive in Min- dows,” he said. La Paz nesota by the middle of August, For Rasmussen, the second almost three months after they main objective is to connect with Iguazu Falls departed. his son. Conor is looking forAlthough Rasmussen is aware ward to the trip from a ministry Buenos Aires of the trip’s risks, he is not ner- perspective. He wants to carry vous. “Every day something un- Spanish Bibles and evangelize predictable is going to happen,” throughout the trip. notice the bikes and are super cuThe duo will be taking pictures he said. “You can’t expect that Conor described the evangeli- rious.” and videos to document their exeverything is going to be fine. cal advantages of riding a motorConor is currently taking a gap perience. Their photo blog will be You’re better off expecting that cycle. “People just want to talk to year to be involved in the Interna- sent to select people via email. As you’re going to hit difficulties and you,” he said. “You’re a novelty. tional House of Prayer. He will be of now, with six months left bechallenges every day; but every Here in the States riding a mo- attending Bethel next year and is fore they begin, anticipation of one of those challenges is an op- torcycle, nobody pays attention interested in psychology and Bib- the trip is what keeps Rasmussen portunity to meet some people much, but in these countries they lical and theological studies. and his son motivated.

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News Moving beyond awareness


Buckthorn bustin'

nCreation Restoration retakes Bethel's environment by eradicating invasive species

nBethel student takes the

next step in fighting injustice against women Jon Westmark Of The Clarion

For Bethel sophomore Katie Chapin, it started in an unlikely place. She was in the library, studiously reading her assigned text for PHI210L: The Modern Mind, when she found herself in an unfamiliar situation. As tears streamed down her face, she realized the stories she was taking in weren’t just mental notes for a test. She was reading “Half the Sky,” a book co-authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning advocacy journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The Half the Sky organization aims to bring about equality by focusing on six issues women are facing around the world: forced prostitution, gender-based violence, sex trafficking, maternal mortality, education and economic empowerment. Chapin was especially affected by the stories of maternal mortality. “I didn’t really think of it as a big issue today, but in countries like Uganda, women die every day from having children,” she said. “Our society is so advanced. Why aren’t we helping them keep their women alive?” Since reading the book last spring she has become a campus ambassador at Bethel, starting a fundraising group and organizing initiatives to get the word out. She believes education is essential. “Education overarches everything,” she said. “If you keep a girl in

school, they don’t marry as young, they don’t have kids when they are young and it keeps them from being sold. It raises their standards as human beings.” Education is important on both ends, according to Chapin. After finishing the book, she began following the movement on Facebook and receiving news via email. When asked to become a campus ambassador, she jumped at the idea. "I feel so called to do this,” she said. After a short interview, she became a part of the program. Her first task is to inform Bethel students about the issues and show how to get involved. She showed the "Half the Sky" movie on campus in October before a crowd of about 40 people. “I didn’t know some of them – so that was good,” she said. Along with celebrities and international figures like Eva Mendes, Hillary Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon, the film follows Kristof and WuDunn as they get to know victims and listen to their personal success stories. Chapin is currently working on the second initiative as campus ambassador. “Now it’s more about the book and getting that on campus and into common reading,” she said. Chapin has been working with campus ambassadors from other schools on a way to get the book into places beyond the philosophy department. “We’d like to eventually incorporate it into the CWC and

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K aylin Creason For the Clarion

photo for the clarion by erin Gallagher

Sophomore Katie Chapin's first task as a campus ambassador is to spread the Half the Sky movement on campus.

Humanities programs,” she said. In addition to her work on campus, Chapin continues to be involved in other areas. “Half the Sky has this Crowdrise group that I started a fundraiser for,” she said. “They give you a list of like 30 organizations and their descriptions. You can pick one and start a fundraiser for it.” She believes the best part about these groups is microfinancing. “If you lend $20 you get it back

at some point because the women pay back their loan,” she said. Through microfinancing, women are able to start their own initiatives. She cites the Somaly Mam Foundation as an example of what someone can do when given a chance. After escaping sex slavery in Cambodia, Mam created her organization, which has helped more than 7,000 girls escape the sexslave industry – some as young as three years old. “These victims use

their experience to empower others, and that is the beauty of the entire issue at hand – it's working from the bottom up,” said Chapin. According to Chapin, Bethel has been active in the discussion of sex trafficking and domestic violence, but there is always a need for more action. “A lot of people do know about the issues,” she said. “I think people’s question now is, ‘How can I help as a middle-class American in a private Christian university?’”

Buckthorn is overtaking Bethel’s campus. Creation Restoration co-president Colin Veerman estimates that over 90 percent of Bethel’s campus contains buckthorn. Creation Restoration is a student-led club committed to preserving Bethel’s environment. “Our goal is to lead Bethel’s faculty, students and staff in a more sustainable direction and to teach and learn more about God’s creation together,” co-president Kirsten Wahlberg said. Eradicating buckthorn is one of Creation Restoration’s main goals. Buckthorn is a tree characterized by glossy, oval-shaped green leaves and black, berrylike fruits. It is an invasive species in Minnesota, according to Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources. Buckthorn is a problem because it threatens the health of the environment. “It out-competes all the native species,” Veerman said. “In 50 years, when all the taller, older trees die off, there’s nothing to replace them but buckthorn.” The invasion of buckthorn on campus has a community-wide impact. Because birds eat and excrete buckthorn’s fruit, they spread the seeds throughout the surrounding area. Bethel’s buckthorn may be seeding the surrounding neighborhoods. “It’s not just a Bethel issue,” Veerman said. The problem is growing so rapidly that members of the surrounding com-

munity have offered to remove Bethel’s buckthorn themselves. A few years ago, they cut down buckthorn from the shoreline of Lake Valentine, but it grew back. Buckthorn’s growth is largely uninhibited. Because it is native to Europe, the plant has no natural predators in the United States. “It gets worse and worse every year unless you do something about it,” Creation Restoration member Kayla Westerlund said. Last year, Creation Restoration began removing buckthorn from campus. They divided the campus into buckthorn-infested zones to make the project more manageable. This year, they are working on the zone between Seminary Hill and Lake Valentine. Creation Restoration led two buckthorn removal events this fall in which members of the group, along with student volunteers, used shrub-clippers, handsaws and chainsaws to cut the pesky trees. After they were cut and removed, Facilities Management chemically treated the stumps to prevent the plant from growing back. So far, they have eliminated buckthorn from half of Seminary Hill. Walking on the path by the hill, it may look like everything has been cut down, but that’s a sign of progress. “It does look like we’re just cutting down the woods, but really this is good for it,” Wahlberg said. In the spring, Creation Restoration

will begin planting native grasses and other tree species to help rebuild the environment. Creation Restoration approaches environmental issues from a Christ-centered perspective. “We were meant to be stewards of God’s creation,” Veerman said. Responsibility is one of the club’s core beliefs. “The way we live has a direct impact on the world, the community and the environment around us, which has a direct impact on our quality of life,” Veerman said. On campus, the group is also committed to reducing waste from the Dining Center and maintaining the health of Lake Valentine. Last spring, they adopted Lake Valentine from the DNR. Off campus, they partner with other environmental organizations such as Great River Greening and the Sierra Club to clean the Mississippi River, plant trees and remove buckthorn. They also advocate for environmental issues in the Twin Cities. For information about how to get involved with buckthorn removal or for more information about Creation Restoration, contact Kirsten Wahlberg at or visit the club’s Facebook page.

After hours of cutting buckthorn at Creation Restoration's fall event, students pose proudly with their tools of choice. photos for the clarion courtesy of colin veerman

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'Do you speak African?'

Ellie Adamson For The Clarion

“Why, yes,” I say. “I also speak European and Asian. Do you speak North American?” This is often what I want to say in response to that inane question that I have been asked too many times. But I respond politely, “No, African is not a language. But I do speak French.” However, inside I want to scream and hit my head against a wall. It appalls me that so many people I meet throughout the U.S. are completely unaware of the rest of the world, its geography and current events. What needs to change to make people less ignorant? Africa is not a country. It is a continent, one that is larger than the United States, China and Europe, combined. Africa contains 54 countries and two disputed territories. There are over 2,000 languages spoken within the continent, and more are constantly being discovered. Why is it that so many people have such a small and limited view of the size of the continent and richness of its peoples and cultures? I have been to numerous countries around the world, and I find that people in the U.S. are the most ignorant. Others are more educated on current affairs and world events. What is it that makes Americans so different? (Please note that "American" means only citizens of the U.S. in this context.) I believe that our education system has failed to teach students the importance of basic geography. Unfortunately, I am often hard-pressed to find people who can name five countries within each continent. When introducing where I grew up as the daughter of missionaries, I have to say Senegal, West Africa, because on its own, not many people would know where to find the country of Senegal. The American education system needs to focus on knowledge of basic geography to create interest and appreciation for different cultures. The Senegalese

are very up to date on international issues. The Senegalese love President Obama because he is concerned with global affairs, has visited Sub-Saharan Africa and is African-American. When a couple of my relatives were visiting, they carried around bags full of Obama pins to give to venders or people they met along the street. The Senegalese appreciated the pins so much that when bartering for prices, if my relatives would include a pin in the deal, the venders’ asking prices would drop by 2,500 CFA (around five dollars). I doubt that many Americans would know the President of Senegal or want one of his presidential pins. Senegal, a developing country, is more educated on the rest of the world than one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world. I find that priveledge is often the heart of the problem. Americans feel entitled to the power they have and believe their experience is universal. Why do you think American tourists are viewed as extremely rude, annoying and inconsiderate? Privilege! Tourists consciously or unconsciously expect the rest of the world to be similar to the U.S.: that it will feel, move and communicate the same way. I know many Ivoirians, Senegalese, French, etc. that have a disdain for all Americans, even those who are not tourists, because of the example others have set. Americans should realize that they are extremely fortunate compared to the rest of the world, and this advantage should neither blind them from seeing the richness of other cultures nor inhibit their ability to enjoy and learn from them. Too often privilege becomes entitlement, which turns into conceit, rudeness and ignorance. The answer to this problem is education. If Americans understand cultural differences and acceptable practices at the minimum, they will gain a richer understanding and appreciation for the culture and country they are living in or visiting.

Travel abroad. A classroom education is not enough. College is the perfect time to hop on a plane and go! Visiting or living in a country allows you to taste and see for yourself the way the country runs, how its history has affected its present and future goals, and how its citizens live and understand the world. Expand and change your worldview. Do not think that because you live in the American ‘melting pot’ that you are culturally sensitive or have an educated worldview. Americans have been blessed with so much freedom and opportunity, opportunity that billions of our world’s citizens will never receive. My father works with university students in Senegal, and many dream of someday traveling to the U.S. to further their education, get a good job and live the American dream. Too many Americans have taken this liberty for granted. Do not let entitlement make you complacent or dull your sensitivity and worldview. In Senegal, I do not ride an elephant to school. I have running water and electricity. I do not have a pet tiger – tigers reside in Asia. It is possible for me to be a white African-American. These statements may seem absurd, just as the questions that preceded them. I am embarrassed by how many times I have been asked questions like these. I am often angered by the ignorance that so many Americans display, insulted by the implications and stereotypes about other cultures and appalled at the lack of cultural and international education. How is it that in a technological and global age people are so disconnected from the rest of the world? Why are school districts and education boards not emphasizing and noticing the lack of comprehension and cultural adeptness in their students? With proper education, perhaps on your next trip abroad, your behavior would reflect that of a culturally sensitive tourist, and the drop you make in the pool will not disrupt but rather add to the water’s ebb and flow.

Views J enn Hillier For the Clarion

Jim Lewis For the Clarion I was interested in the recent article describing the yoga research and practice of Bethel co-eds (The Clarion, Oct. 25, 2012, "Exercise science students research yoga's effects"). Knowing that I teach and have written about the Hindu practice of yoga, a colleague asked whether a yoga class at Bethel was appropriate. After carefully reading the account of Courtney Sperry, a couple of comments seem warranted. It seems clear their research is to discover and report the physical benefits of yoga for a 2013 sports medicine conference. What a fine and appropriate educational experience. But I note Ms. Bergeson and Ms. Dillner recount that authorities they consulted indicate that part of the claimed benefits of yoga is "spirituality." I am very interested in what students do with that

dimension of yoga. Historically, yoga has powerful roots in Hindu religious thought. It is my view that yogic practices can be beneficial for a large number of nonreligious purposes, (physical culture, chronic pain management, etc.) but to have effect, yoga must be consciously uncoupled from the metaphysical and religious goals with which they are so often associated. To do that requires some careful investigation. While in Northfield recently to see the Royals play the Oles, Professor Jim Hurd and I visited Carleton's campus and its impressive Skinner Chapel. We met two women students who told us that they lead an informal class called "Holy Yoga." That day they were to combine yoga with meditation on Psalm 139 and the Christian hymn, "All Things Bright and Beautiful." How natural it would be for a Bethel yoga class to copy the Carleton pattern.

photo for the clarion by drea chalmers

This article is a response to the article "Exercise science students research yoga's effects" which can be read online at clarion/articles/2012/october/yoga-research.

I would like the opportunity to share a few thoughts in response to the article “Branded into Brotherhood.” I was disheartened when I opened the Oct. 11 Clarion and read about how some freshman men are choosing to brand themselves. The article concerned me on several levels. I was very concerned that the tone of this article seemed to glorify an activity that has obvious health risks and the probability of long-term regrets. It is equally concerning that the article suggested that “brotherhood” is developed through juvenile activities rather than depth of relationships. As a member of the Bethel University Residence Life staff, I feel compelled to clearly state that Bethel is not in favor of or supportive of "branding" in any way, and in fact, we would discourage it and consider it to be an unwise decision. While we cannot regulate students’ personal decisions to brand their bodies, putting any type of social pressure on other members of the floor to partici-

pate is not acceptable. This type of behavior would fall under the category of hazing, a practice that is absolutely out of line with Bethel's community values. We have very plainly communicated our expectations with the men who live on the second floor of Edgren Hall. Our desire is to see students come into community in the residence halls and find a space where they can learn and grow in faith, knowledge and maturity. I want nothing more than for our students to find brotherhood, sisterhood and deep friendships. I encourage the men of Edgren to build deep friendships on their floor. However, my hope is that they, and other students, would find a more meaningful way to form that connection. When I think back on the experiences in college that created real connections with my friends, they have far more to do with weekly breakfasts, shared service to others, Bible studies, trips together, supporting each other in sorrows and joys,and sacrificial acts of friendship on behalf of each other. These are the types of activities that create long, lasting ties.

photo for the clarion by drea chalmers

This article is a response to the article "Branded into Brotherhood" which can be read online at october/e2-branding. November 15, 2012 • the clarion • 9

stranded during sandy

10/30 p.m. - Tuesday

11/4 - Sunday

Just about 24 hours after Sandy struck New York City, the city remains quiet — no honking, no subway noise, just some wind gusts every so often. In Breezy Point, Queens, over 100 homes were destroyed due to fire and winds wreaking havoc in that area. We have been asked to stay inside at this point, so I have been relying on news coverage to see what has happened.

Although New York is far from back to normal, it’s starting to feel like most things are up and running again. Most subway trains seem to be running, and a lot of the power around the city has been restored. However, there are still a number of homes and businesses without power, and the main concern is the cold weather, with temperatures dropping to 30 degrees at night. Many who are without power have no way to keep warm and have been encouraged to find shelters where there is heat. Bloomberg estimates that up to 40,000 people may need to relocate due to storm damages and cold weather. The number should hopefully be cut in half once power is restored fully and people are once again able to heat their homes again. Classes resume as normal tomorrow.

Lexi Beasley For The Clarion

10/31 - Wednesday

Hello, Bethel! So here I am in New York City about to go through the “storm of the century,” — kind of exciting, a little scary. I live right across from Manhattan in Long Island City in Queens. I don’t know what to expect since, like many of you, I’ve never been in one of these things before! Hopefully I will be able to keep you all updated as these next few days happen!

Halloween was canceled for us today — I didn’t realize you could cancel a holiday, but apparently you can! Even though subways have not been running, classes came to Packard Square today. Three of our professors in Brooklyn drove to our apartment and met for class sessions this morning. Relief efforts are underway in much of the city and Mayor Bloomberg assures us that “we are on our way back to normal.” The last death count that I heard was 26 in New York, as well as billions of dollars in damages and repairs. There has been some encouragement, however, as the community seems to be coming together to help each other. Stores and restaurants were giving away free food to those who needed it, and people were offering up their homes to others in need of power to charge their electronic devices.

11/1 - Thursday 10/28 - Sunday Today was primarily a day of preparation (as well as evacuation for hundreds of thousands of people in Zone A, which is mainly along the coastline). We were instructed by our professors to get non-perishables that would last us a number of days: water, candles, matches, flashlights, batteries, etc. The subways in NYC were shut down at 7 p.m., which was weird, as millions of people use them daily. Grocery stores were packed! A lot of them ran out of water and bread. Now it’s just a waiting game — we’ll be quarantined in our apartments for the next couple of days.

10/29 a.m. - Monday Today the storm started to hit us, and New York has not been this quiet since I’ve been here! Classes have been canceled today and tomorrow, but no one knows what the rest of the week will look like. It’s been pretty rainy and windy all day — with flooding along a lot of the coastlines. We filled the bathtub with water, have the freezer/refrigerator on the highest setting and have pots with water in the fridge! We are supposed to get the brunt of it at 8 p.m. At that point, we’ll be able to see how powerful Sandy really is.

10/29 p.m. - Monday We still have power here in Packard Square Apartments — thank God! Much of Manhattan, and other parts of NYC are without power. The winds have been pretty crazy in our area. My windows have been shaking as the wind howls and whistles. Many of the NYCAMS students got together this evening in our center coordinator’s apartment and watched the news while we ate snacks.

10/30 a.m. - Tuesday As the sun came up this morning, the devastation and destruction were revealed. Words like “catastrophic” and “historic” have been used to describe Sandy’s effects on the city. In a briefing this morning, Mayor Bloomberg updated us on a number of things: millions are without power, there has been extensive flooding in almost all underground tunnels, resulting in subways remaining closed for at least three days, schools are closed tomorrow, there have been at least 10 deaths in New York. The NYU Hospital as well as the Coney Island Hospital had to be evacuated due to power losses, and airports are closed with no flights coming in or going out. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that 90 percent of people on Long Island are without power.

Power is slowly being restored to some areas in NYC — the hope is for most of it to be restored by Sunday evening. As many people’s power went out on Monday, many will have gone without it for almost a week. Today I heard that 37 people have died in New York and 74 total in the states. Please continue to pray for those who have lost everything. As the nation moves on from the freshness of this disaster, many are in dire conditions. It will be weeks, even months, before this city can reach conclusive steps in fixing the damages, and even then, much of New York will never be the same.

11/5 - Monday Though 61 of the original polling sites have been relocated, New Yorkers are being encouraged to get out and vote tomorrow! This is an encouraging sign since many people were questioning whether or not the city would be ready by election day to proceed with voting.

11/7 - Wednesday

Today I was able to work with Metro Ministries in Coney Island in their relief efforts. Packing up trucks full of food and supplies, a large group of us went to Coney Island to deliver a hot meal, bottled water, boxes of cereal and breakfast bars, toiletries and hygienic care, flashlights, etc. When we first got there, I was shocked to see so much trash in the streets as the water levels had picked everything up and scattered it all over the place. Much of the area was still without power. It was extremely cold today and began snowing in the afternoon about the time we left to go to Coney Island. Those who came and got a hot meal or other supplies were extremely grateful. One woman who came to our truck even told us that Metro Ministries were the only ones who have come to help out that area.

11/2 - Friday I left my apartment today for the first time since Sunday! It was nice to be able to finally walk around and get some fresh air. There was one subway line that was running from the station outside my apartment — there are usually three. I headed over to Manhattan, but the station only went as far as 34th Street. We’ve been asked by the director of NYCAMS to not go past 23rd Street at this time, as much of that area is still without power and recovering. As I was walking back, I saw a water cooler outside a store with a sign labeled “Free Drinking Water.” I frequent that area often, and it was odd to see vacant stores and evidence of the storm all around me. I am thankful that I was able to go to Manhattan today and get outside the four walls of my room, but I also came face-to-face with what I’ve been hearing on TV — the harsh reality that is currently New York City.

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Culture $urviving Black Friday for Dummie$ Gadkin: Striving to live up to expectations nSome tips for making the most of the day after

Thanksgiving and a preview of some of the deals Amanda Ahlm Of The Clarion Thanksgiving is only a week away, accompanied by the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. This year, instead of the early bird getting the worm through the early opening times, the real winners are the night owls. Stores have set their opening times to as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. If you are planning on going out during the late hours of the night or the early hours of the morning for any of the major stores' “doorbusters,” there are a few things you need to know to keep yourself from going insane. 1. Do your research. Look at all the ads, especially if you are going for a big-ticket item, and make sure you are getting the best deal. Most ads put the regular price in the ad; otherwise it can be found online. Several Black Friday items are advertised as huge savings, when in reality, the amount of savings isn’t worth the time. 2. Make a plan. On Black Friday, the stores are set up in a mazelike format, so your purchases cannot be quick. Don’t get distracted! Stick to your plan for each store; you will be more efficient and won’t end up with useless things you bought because they were cheap. 3. Bring a friend. Waiting in line is typically cold, crowded and boring, so it isn’t ideal to be solo during this event. It is much more enjoyable to have at least one person with you. That way, you can take shifts standing in the line, someone can make a coffee run and you spare yourself from making “friends” in line out of boredom. 4. Wear warm clothes. Dress in layers, so that once you get into the store you can take a layer off and don’t

have to boil in your three winter coats.

5. Drink a lot of coffee.

If you aren’t a coffee drinker, you should probably become one for this day. Not only will you be staying up all night, but also there is a lot of walking and standing involved. If you are against coffee, find another (warm) source of caffeine, because you will need it.

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6. Bring coupons and ads.

Although most of the deals don’t need coupons, some do, so it is better to be safe than sorry. Also, whether you bring the ads in paper or on a smart phone, it is much easier if you have them, because you can ask an sleep-deprived sales person to help you find what you need. 7. You need to commit. If you are going for the big “doorbusters,” you have to pay the time for the price. Don’t expect to arrive at the store’s opening time and walk out with a $50 HDTV. If you are choosing to go for anything on the first page of the ad, you need to expect to arrive hours before the doors open, or be disappointed.

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goes on to make one of Bethel's most popular traditions possible? Nicole Patricelli For The Clarion

Gadkin, a long-time Bethel tradition that both unites the campus and induces emotional chaos, has now concluded. The movie is probably already on YouTube, the good times are embedded in our memories and the fall-out is just about over. Yet, with all of this activity, the hard work that goes into running an event such as this can

sometimes be overlooked. Sophomore Jessica Young, director of BU Traditions, and senior Lauren Berfeldt, Traditions Committee member, know exactly what goes into planning such a large-scale event. These two are part of a larger team that works to maintain and improve some of Bethel’s most famous events, including Gadkin, Nikdag, Saint Skate and the Homecoming Cheer. Specifically for Gadkin, the

committee begins individually brainstorming ideas as early as July. The general outline for the project is fairly simple, as Young said, “We know what it should look like, so it’s a matter of starting with the basic ideas.” As soon as September hits and meetings begin, the team works to establish a running list of potential activities and themes. As a general rule, they aim for at least 50 possibilities to ensure they have enough options to combine all three events to make a cohesive theme. Next, Young and her committee start networking with as many organizations as possible, continuing to narrow down their options

based on a few different factors. As Young explained, “Capacity is one of the obstacles and so is price.” Many of their original ideas are eliminated because of these two elements. Also, while planning, the team must keep the past events in mind. To ensure no repeats, they consult event evaluations from past years. Yet, planning Gadkin is not just about choosing the events. Other components, such as the movie and the number of participants also play a role in the planning process. On average, around 275 pairs of students participate, amounting to 550 students in all. Hoping to sell all of the tickets,

as they have been able to in the past, the committee puts a lot of effort into designing a theme and a movie that will appeal to Bethel students. In order to maintain a consistent theme, the team brainstorms for hours on end to come up with the perfect limericks for "the ask." All of this planning must be under the radar, compounding the challenges for committee members. Overall, orchestrating this event can be a difficult task. However, for those who put it together, it’s also very rewarding. Berfeldt said her favorite part of the process was “just seeing how everyone is going to respond and hoping people like it.”

8. Have some Christmas cheer. With the pushing, shov-

ing, lines and lack of sleep, it is easy to make enemies. Don’t enter the event thinking, “I’ll never see these people again, anyway.” Have your Thanksgiving cheer carry over from the day before.

9. There’s always Cyber Monday. Are crowds and lines not

your thing? Check out store websites on the Monday after Black Friday for some equally great deals. The best part of this is that you can do it all from your couch.

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Dressed in James Bond attire, freshmen guys choose their "leading ladies" for the Gadkin weekend.

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nA switch from “Bethel Idol” to “Bethel's Voice” generates excitement and opportunity


In search of Bethel’s ‘Voice’ Michaela Mohs For The Clarion

Every year, amidst many different BSA events and holiday traditions, one competition stands out as a chance to discover new talent across Bethel’s campus. This competition, formerly know as “Bethel Idol,” gives students a chance to share their singing talents and become a campus celebrity. This year’s competition has gone through a change, switching from “Bethel Idol” to “Bethel's Voice." But why the change from an event modeled after the TV show “American Idol,” to one with a different format, based

on “The Voice”? Music Productions, part of Student Activities and new to BSA this year, organized the competition. Planning for this school year’s event began in June. When the group examined feedback from last year’s “Bethel Idol,” they felt that the event needed a change. Simply, an event name with “Idol” in it didn’t represent the values of Bethel University. The name wasn’t the only thing that changed, however. “The Voice” is a different format from that of “American Idol,” so the Music Productions team restructured the singing competition around the new name,

"Bethel’s Voice.” Junior Dayna Pitts, director of Music Productions, believes that the reception to this change is really positive. “People are embracing the new format,” Pitts said. “Word has gotten out. Lots of younger students auditioned, more than double the amount of people auditioned [from last year].” The new format seems to be as popular as the television show it’s based on. Auditions were held Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, and contestants were notified by Thursday, Nov. 1, if they made it to round one of the competition. According to Pitts, “There was so much talent this year.”

And as a result, 12 contestants were chosen by the judges, as opposed to eight contestants last year. The top 12, consisting of six guys and six girls, were paired up to do duets for round one, known as the “Battle Round.” The event will take place Friday, Nov. 16, in the Underground, from 9-11 p.m. However, unlike “Bethel Idol,” the competition is less of a popularity contest, as it isn’t judged by the audience. Instead, the judges will eliminate singers until six remain for round two. In round two, the judges will again eliminate contestants, leaving only the top two. Finally

in round three, the winner of the competition will be chosen by the audience. “I’m excited to have something new and different,” said Pitts. And so are the top twelve. Freshman Ariana Babcock, one of the top twelve, said that “nothing is better than the chance to perform in front of an audience.” Both Babcock and her duet partner, sophomore Jake Nold, are excited to be part of Bethel’s own version of “The Voice.” Although, in Jake’s case, he probably wouldn’t have auditioned without a little encouragement. “My friends convinced me, forcefully, to try out.”

Festival of Christmas takes on international flair music department plans and prepares for this muchanticipated Christmas tradition Courtney Sperry For The Clarion This year Bethel will host its 56th Festival of Christmas "Oh How Joyfully! An International Festival." Dennis Port has been the artistic director of this event for the past 18 years. Port stated that this year's Festival is centered around the hymn "Oh How Joyfully" by the British poet Brian Wren. He said it will function as the “feature anchor piece” of the event this year. They wanted to incorporate an international theme as well, exemplifying the third line from the poem, “…waits the world on Christmas Eve.” As the music departments prepares for Festival, Port enthusiastically said, “I like the fact that I’m never just going through the motions.” He described that the format for Festival will be broken into three sections, based on the three verses of the poem, and will also include narrations in other languages by students from the Bethel community. Other than English, the languages featured will be Swahili, Russian, Spanish,

Mandarin, German and Swedish. There will also be musical pieces from other countries, including a Spanish carol, a festive Argentinean piece entitled “Navidad Nuestro” and the song “Silent Midnight,” which will be sung in Mandarin. Bach's "Mass in B Minor" will also be sung, which, according to Port, will be the high point of Festival because of the piece’s recognition. Bethel campus pastor Laurel Bunker will be narrating the opening and closing of the show. The event will include approximately 250 Bethel student performers from musical groups such as the Bethel Orchestra, Bethel Wind Symphony, Bethel Choir, Women’s Chorale, Handbell Ensemble, Bethel Chamber Orchestra and the Men’s Royal Singers. Two of the 70 students from Bethel Choir, Callie Turner and Shatera Graham, are enthusiastic about performing this year. For Turner, a senior, this will be her fourth and last year singing in Festival. “It’s going to be really hard,” Turner said. “I remember my first time out. I was so excited and I was

so nervous.” Even though it is sad to recognize this as her last Festival, Turner is grateful for her choir experience. “I’m just going to savor the moment. The Bethel Choir community is so important to me and we’re just like a big family," Turner said. "I will look forward next year to be in the audience because I’ve never actually watched it.” On the other hand, Graham, a freshman, is going to be participating in her first Festival. She expressed the value of the international theme this year to her personally. “It doesn’t matter what ethnic background you are. What matters is that we’re all children of God, and we’re going to come together and we’re going to praise God through this worship.” Since much of the music is in other languages, Graham said that, “You feel really accomplished after you learn them.” After participating in Festival this year, Graham will get to cross another item off her bucket list. “It’s really exciting…the more I think about it, the more excited I get.”

Oh, how joyfully, oh, how hopefully, waits the world on Christmas Eve! Love comes healing, God revealing. Friends, be joyful and believe! Oh, how joyfully, oh, how peacefully, sleeps the world on Christmas Night! Sins are covered, grace discovered. In our darkness shines the light! Oh, how joyfully, oh, how thank fully, wakes the world on Christmas Morn! God has spoken, death is broken. Alleluia! Christ is born! -Brian Wren

Dates and Times Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets for the November 29 show are $12 - $15. Tickets for the November 30 and December 1 shows are $16.50 - $19.50. Tickets may be purchased by mail order or through the Bethel Ticket Office. Group discount rates are available and there are special rates for child and student tickets.

Photo for the clarion by Erin gallagher

The Bethel Choir rehearses in preparation for the big week of Festival.

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Sports Sports Lindsay Burman: From Division I to Division III Running back to Bethel: It's a family tradition nThe

hockey player gave up her scholarship to come to Bethel

MacKenzie Newman For The Clarion Lindsay Burman was born to play hockey. Her love for the game developed at a young age through watching her older brother play in high school. After trying soccer and gymnastics, a first-grade Burman told her mom she wanted to be a hockey player, and she stuck with it. Burman’s impressive play for Cambridge High School netted her several NCAA Division I offers. Ohio State University, Niagara Falls University and Quinnipiac University offered her substantial scholarships to come and play for them. Burman ended up at Quinnipiac in Connecticut after falling in love with the small school, the hockey team and the attitude of the coaches. For Burman, life at college was much different from life in high school. The distance

between Minnesota and Connecticut made her feel isolated from her friends and family, forcing Burman to rely on God and His word. “I had to lean more on my faith,” she said. “I started to reconnect with God a lot more than usual. I never got into faith until I really didn’t have a lot of people to lean on.” When the hockey season began, Burman experienced immediate success, playing on the first and second lines for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. However, her performance on the ice was overshadowed by incidences with her coaches off the ice. Due to several events during her freshman hockey season, Burman decided that it was in her best interest to transfer. She began to look at other colleges such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison and St. Cloud State University. Burman never considered Bethel until

one of her teammates encouraged her to look into it. While Burman continued to pray and explore other colleges, she couldn’t get Bethel out of her mind. After completing her freshman year at Quinnipiac, she made the decision to transfer. “Everything came back to Bethel,” she said. “I came back to do a visit, and I fell in love. The atmosphere and everything fell into place like I was supposed to end up here.” Now a junior at Bethel, Burman doesn’t regret her decision to move from Division I to Division III at all. “My decision wasn’t just based on hockey; it was based on faith,” Burman said. “I would rather have my faith be greater than the sport.” According to Burman, there are many differences between Quinnipiac and Bethel, but the best change has been the support she has received as a

Royal. Due to academic complications, Burman was forced to sit out last season. This year, she is enjoying the opportunity to play and has a positive outlook for the women’s hockey team. “Our team is so connected,” she said. “We have a lot of

good chemistry, and I feel we will make it far.” Lindsay’s hockey journey once led her to a place where she felt isolated. Now it has led her to a community that supports her not only in hockey, but also in her faith.

Women's hockey schedule CONCORDIA COLLEGE

Fri., Nov. 16 - 7 p.m. Moorhead, Minn.




Sat., Nov. 17 - 2 p.m. Moorhead, Minn.


Fri., Nov. 30 - 7 p.m. St. Paul, Minn.

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Sat., Dec. 1 - 3 p.m. Blaine, Minn.

GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE Sat., Dec. 8 - 2 p.m. St. Peter, Minn.

Photo for the clarion courtesy of bethel sports information

Former Division I hockey player Lindsay Burman is now a forward for a Royals squad that went 9-7-2 in conference last season.

nMarshall Klitzke and his father have both left their mark on Bethel football Jared Nelson For The Clarion Few people are more influential in a young man’s life than his father. A father instills morals and teaches lessons to his son with the hope that he will grow into a successful man of integrity. Tom Klitzke and his son Marshall Klitzke share more than a home and a last name; they share a passion for Bethel football. Tom was a running back for the Royals under Chub Reynolds from 1976-1979. He amassed 2,250 yards on 577 carries and still remains in the top 10 for rushing yards in Royals history. Tom regards his time at Bethel as some of the best years of his life. “My experience was great,” he said. “I feel fortunate that I came in at a time when the program was at its peak, both in terms of spirituality and football.” Tom said this connection between football and spirituality is still a large part of the program today. “There have been many physical changes since my day, with bigger, faster and smarter players,” he said. “The similarities are what the program is being built upon: men of God.” Marshall is a just a freshman, but he already feels deeply connected to the Bethel football program. “My dad has been taking me to games since I was a little kid,” Marshall said. “I kind of always knew that I was going to end up here. I didn’t really look anywhere else.” “I never really pushed Bethel,” Tom said. “But deep down I believed in what was happening here, and I knew it was a well-

led program. I think watching the great games over the years may have triggered [Marshall’s] interest in coming here.” Now that the younger Klitzke is continuing the family tradition in blue and gold, he is enjoying a successful season. Marshall finished the regular season as the Royals’ leading rusher with 353 yards on just 55 attempts for a whopping 6.4 yards per carry. He hopes to continue his high level of play and perhaps surpass his father’s mark on the all-time rushing list. “With [Brandon] Marquardt and [Jesse] Phenow both going down with injuries early in the season, I had to step up, and I’ve been able to show what I can do,” Marshall said. Tom has always played a big role in Marshall’s career, coaching him all through high school. Marshall credits his father with his development as an athlete and a young man. “At a young age, [my dad] got me into the weight room and training hard,” Marshall said. “He always pushes me to do the extra stuff, and I still get texts from him all the time, encouraging me to find the cracks and seams [when running the ball] and to focus on the little things.” Tom gives credit to the coaches and team leaders that have been a part of Marshall’s life and made him the player and man he is today. He is confident that Marshall’s dependability, work ethic and desire to learn will lead him to a successful career with the Royals. Tom said, “I pray that Marshall gets from this program a lifetime of memories, great friendships, and a deep faith and love for God.”

Photos for the clarion by matt kelley and courtesy of bethel sports information

Marshall Klitzke's lightning speed has made him a dangerous member of the Royals' rushing attack this season that featured Brandon Marquardt, Jesse Phenow and Derek Waldbillig.

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NHL lockout continues to frustrate fans


Regular season BU football awards

nInterest in the league diminishes as owners, players fail to agree Neil Vance For The Clarion November is a time most sports fans love. The NFL is in full swing, the

NBA is just getting started and collegiate sports are moving into the playoffs. However, one sport is notably absent this year: professional hockey. The NHL lockout has already cost the league nearly two full months of action, including the preseason and 326 regular season games thus far, not to mention the popular Winter Classic, played outdoors on New Year’s Day. For some, the lockout has brought to mind the 2004 work stoppage, which forced the league to cancel the entire season. Although the league

isn't at that point yet, the best-case scenario appears to be a 66-game season beginning on Dec. 1, provided an agreement between the NHL Player’s Association and the NHL can be reached soon. If a shortened season does occur, many fans will draw a comparison to the last NBA season, which was also limited by a lockout. The shortened NBA season was largely successful, but it is unlikely that a shortened NHL season would be as well-received. Junior hockey fan Neil Eukel expressed concern about the lockout’s effect on the sport itself. “Most hockey fans are casual followers of the teams, and lockouts do not allow the sport to grow in America,” he said. “There simply are not the big names like there are with the NFL and NBA, and there are very few die-hard fans in the U.S.” With money and fan loyalty at stake, many don’t understand why the lockout occurred in the first

place. There are a variety of issues forming a barrier to negotiations, the biggest being the percentage by which hockey-related revenue should be split between the players and owners. The owners are looking to increase their share, and the players are trying to maintain their current revenue. However, there are many other issues as well. These mainly include other ways to limit the growth and costs of contracts, such as setting a maximum length on player contracts, lengthening entry level contracts, eliminating signing bonuses and extending how long a player must be in the league until he can be an unrestricted free agent. Among other issues are player pensions and whether or not current contracts would be honored under the new agreement. This lockout came at an especially unfortunate time for Minnesota Wild fans, as the team spent big money this offseason to bring in

top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, adding to an otherwise young upcoming squad. “The Wild would have been a top-five team in the West if the season had gone as scheduled,” Eukel said. “They would have been fun to watch and very competitive.” Now, fans may never find out how the hometown squad would have done this season. Although all hope is not lost and negotiations are occurring, action must be taken soon. “Not having a season is a loselose situation,” said senior NHL fan Nick Habisch. “The owners aren’t making any money, and although some players are playing overseas in other leagues, they are not making nearly as much money as they would in the NHL.” Hockey fans must hope that mutual motivation is enough to strike a deal in time to save at least part of the season. If not, the NHL may suffer lasting consequences.

Matt Kelley Of The Clarion

Offensive MVP: Erik Peterson, QB, sophomore With the poise and efficiency Peterson displayed this year, it's easy to forget that he's just a sophomore in his first year as a starter. His completion percentage of 66.7 led the MIAC and broke a 12-year-old school record. The running game took a hit this year with injuries to running backs Brandon Marquardt and Jesse Phenow, and Peterson stepped up with 218 yards of total offense per game and 20 total touchdowns, while turning the ball over just eight times.

Defensive MVP: Seth Mathis, LB, junior Mathis was fourth in the conference in total tackles with 105, and his role as a tackling machine is well known. But it was as a pass defender that Mathis truly stood out. The junior's four interceptions were tops among MIAC linebackers, but it was the timing of those picks that made the difference, with each coming at a critical moment in a close game. On a defense that was talented and disciplined across the board, Mathis shined by making huge plays at critical times.

Unsung Hero: Mitch Hallstrom, WR, junior After playing safety in 2011, Hallstrom switched back to receiver this year and immediately became Erik Peterson's favorite target. His 10 catches in the opening game against Wartburg set the tone, and Hallstrom went on to lead the MIAC in catches this year with 61 and post the second-most receiving yards in the conference with 665. Why hasn't he gotten more attention? No touchdowns. Regardless, Hallstrom was an invaluable chain-mover this year.

Most fun to watch: Jesse Phenow, RB, junior Although Phenow had to fight through injuries in the beginning of the year, his tenacity and passion showed throughout the season. The long-maned junior, who led the Royals in rushing in 2011, totaled just 291 yards this year but scored five touchdowns in six games. Even on crutches on the sideline, Phenow was a leader for a team that prided itself on toughness, sincerity and passion. Add a punishing running style, and Jesse Phenow was pure entertainment. Photos for the clarion courtesy of MCT

Zach Parise (9), captain of the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils last season, will be an exciting new addition to the Wild once the NHL season begins.

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Photos for the clarion by Drea chalmers and matt kelley

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The Clarionion - Bethel's own slice of "The Onion"

Bethel freshman battles heavy eyelids

nStudent searches for new methods in attempt to stay awake Marsha M. Allo Of The Clarionion Bethel student David Mackleberry admitted to the press on Monday that he has trouble staying awake in class. Last week, Mackleberry woke up to a puddle of drool on his desk and his professor looming over him. “I couldn’t remember where I was,” admitted Mackleberry. “But when I came to, I realized I had fallen asleep.” Mackleberry’s professor, who will remain anonymous, said that the student falls asleep often in class. Mackleberry confirmed this with reporters, saying that he has been experimenting with

new ways to stay awake in class. “I’ve tried staring at the lights in the ceiling for a while, but that didn’t work,” commented Mackleberry. “I try to drink water or eat something, but I always have trouble keeping my eyes open. I need some new tactics.” Mackleberry’s friends from class are also doing their best to help him out. Classmate Aaron Trentonson, who sits directly behind Mackleberry, stated, “When I see him start to nod off, I punch him in the arm or give him a kick in the kidney … whatever works.” Other classmates have tried coughing, nudging and spilling water on Mackleberry. Unfortunately, these efforts have not been effective. But with finals week a mere three weeks away, napping in class isn’t an option anymore. In light of this fact, Mackleberry will be forced to use the last weapon in his arsenal: caffeine. “I guess I will try drinking a lot of coffee in class,” commented Mackleberry. “I just can’t keep falling asleep.”

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Terrible ceramics project makes great modern sculpture nCrowd gathers in awe of the masterpiece Marsha M. Allo Of The Clarionion A ceramics project gone terribly wrong has resulted in an unexpected modern sculpture piece for junior art major Becca Townsend. Townsend told reporters that her ceramics project, originally intended to be a bowl, turned into an object that appears to be anything

but a bowl. “I don’t really know what happened,” explained Townsend. “It just … flopped.” Townsend decided to plop her bowl-like creation on a table outside of the printmaking studio. Over the course of a few hours, a crowd of fans was found gathered around the piece, marveling at its workmanship. A small group of admirers stayed for sev-

eral hours, seeking to find the meaning behind the oddly shaped sculpture. “It’s just so compelling,” commented one bystander. “The artist must have a deep and intrinsic meaning behind it all. It’s Brilliant.” After seeing the interest of the bystanders, Townsend has decided to turn her failure of a bowl into a modern piece of art.

The Clarion -- November 15, 2012  
The Clarion -- November 15, 2012  

Our sixth issue of the year. Inside: Stranded during Sandy, a motorcycle trip to Argentina, Black Friday shopping guide, BU football awards...