VOLUME 88 â€˘ NUMBER 11
Thursday, March 7, 2013
p. 7 BU's 2013-14 student leaders
p. 13 Bethel's families on campus
p. 16-17 Spring athletes to watch
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rules for PSEO students? Michaela Mohs For The Clarion
Some may joke that PSEO students are technically still in high school or too young to go to Gadkin, but are there any academic differences between undergraduates and PSEO students? PSEO students typically have to take classes to not only fulfill general requirements (and, if they have decided, classes for a major), but also to complete high school requirements. Additionally, housing and meal plans aren’t covered as part of the PSEO tuition or fees paid for by the state. According to the Bethel PSEO application, PSEO students are “regarded essentially as freshmen.” There are a few restrictions, however. One restriction related to academic options is that
full-time or parttime PSEO students cannot take any biblical or theological courses with the prefixes BIB, THE or YOM. A student can return to complete their undergrad degree at Bethel and take one of these courses the year after participating in the PSEO program. A second restriction for PSEO students at Bethel deals with personal entertainment. Based on federal laws put in place several years ago, all university libraries are restricted from lending Rrated movies to PSEO students regardless of their age. If a PSEO student tries to check out such an item, their library card
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generates a “flag” notification, making it impossible for the transaction to be completed. David Stewart, the director of libraries at Bethel, said that this federal law is not a “question of reduced services, or of personal freedoms” but rather something that the Bethel libraries are required to practice.
NASCAR’s leading lady
Life in the slow lane
On Sunday, Feb. 24, drivers raced in the 55th Daytona 500 in Florida. James Franco, the grand marshal for the race, changed the famous opening statement a bit: “Drivers – and Danica – start your engines!” He was acknowledging Danica Patrick, the first woman to win the pole at a Sprint Cup race, which meant she was the lead driver to start and had the first choice of pit stalls. When introduced to the crowd, Patrick received as many cheers as popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Throughout the race she was consistently in the top 10, and she finished in eighth place, living up to the hype that had many people calling the race the “Danica 500.”
In Britain, an increasing number of cities have decided to lower speed limits to 20 mph on all residential roads. Part of the cause behind this “go-slow revolution” is the British Conservative Party, which set guidelines last month for local communities to make 20 mph limits one of their “priorities for action.” Currently, polls show that citizens don’t mind the slower speed limits, and a survey by a British newspaper showed that one-third of local governments had already lowered their speeds or plan to. Some cities imposing slower speeds include Oxford, Cambridge and Liverpool. More cities are looking to make all their streets 20 mph, not just residential ones, to improve safety.
Fishy labeling Oceana, a non-profit ocean conservation group, reported their findings after a two-year investigation: about onethird of fish bought at supermarkets, restaurants and sushi counters was mislabeled. They discovered this “fish fraud” was surprisingly consistent around the country after volunteers collected fish samples from 647 vendors in 21 states. Nearly 75 percent of sushi restaurants had at least one fish sample mislabeled, while this seafood substitution was found at only 18 percent of grocery stores. Because over 80 percent of the seafood in the country is imported, it’s undetermined whether the mislabeling – such as farmed salmon from Chile masquerading as “wild caught from Alaska” – occurred at supplier, distributor or retail level.
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Toxic swim: Not worth It
New ingredients for road salt
Students suspended over Shake
It sounds like a good deal: swim in one of several Chinese rivers and earn thousands of dollars. However, the upset Chinese citizens posting such offers online don’t believe officials from the local environmental protection bureaus will take them up on it. Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported that 64 percent of groundwater, in 118 Chinese cities, is severely polluted. The offers started when journalist Deng Fei asked his Twitter followers to post pictures of polluted rivers in their hometowns. People used the pictures to speak out against the current state of rivers that used to be used for drinking water and washing clothes. Deng proposes that the environmental offices be controlled by Beijing, not the local governments.
Every winter, state agencies lay down about 10 to 15 million tons of road salt in order to combat icy roads. Because much of the salt eventually runs off into nearby ponds, streams and roadside soil, more environmentally and financially friendly options are being tested. Wisconsin uses cheese brine mixed with salt, which uses about 30 percent less salt and saved about $40,000 in the first year. Other cities in Illinois and Minnesota have started using beet juice and sugarcane molasses to help road salt stick and to reduce dependence on rock salt.
Many students in Michigan recently had a few days off – but not for vacation. More than 30 Milford High School students were suspended for spans of three to five days because of their involvement in a Harlem Shake video shot in one of the school’s classrooms. In most Harlem Shake videos, a lone person dances while everyone else in the room carries on as normal. The scene then cuts to a crazy dance segment involving large numbers of people. The latter stage is responsible for the Milford High School suspensions, since the students displayed suggestive dance moves. Four other high schools have suspended students for similar videos this month. March 7, 2013 • the clarion • 3
Alumni survey shows shows high employment numbers, mixed feelings about some core values
n The survey, sent to three graduated classes, helps focus attention on areas that may need attention
Mary Polding For the Clarion Results of the 2012 alumni survey were recently released, indicating surprisingly high levels of employment, but also confusion on some of Bethel’s key core values. The survey is given to those who have been out of Bethel for one, five and 10 years. While alumni further out from graduation seem to have more interest in providing feedback, the survey revealed many positive results regarding students’ experiences post-Bethel. Every year from June to October, several faculty members and staff develop questions and manage communications with hundreds of alumni in order to get a better understanding of how students' time at Bethel influences their professional and personal lives after college. The survey results are compiled and
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sent out in a report to administrators, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees. Typically, departments receive detailed reports of the survey results, and each group may determine if action is necessary. In the past, the Board has created various task forces to monitor issues brought forth by the alumni survey. Here, we examine a couple key findings from this year’s alumni survey, from the 2011, 2007 and 2002 graduates. Perhaps one of the most interesting findings was the low unemployment rate. The one- and five-year alums recorded just 1 percent unemployment, and 10-year alumni were at 3.4 percent. Being the Bethel community that we are, it would only be natural for us to wonder how we stack up in comparison to other college grads, particularly to those from the University of St. Thomas. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average unemployment rate
96.6% 10-YEAR ALUMNI
for college graduates in 2012 was 9.4 percent. The University of St. Thomas has not released its 2012 data yet, but in 2011, St. Thomas recorded an alumni unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. According to the survey, Bethel alumni attribute a large part of their success in the job market to Bethel’s loyal faculty. One alumnus said, “People continued to push me and believe in me, and I really appreciated that about the staff at Bethel.” While the unemployment rates showed substantial success, the alumni survey reflected a frustrating sentiment towards certain aspects of Bethel’s core values. Survey participants were asked to rank the core values in terms of how their experiences at Bethel helped them to develop in those particular areas. “Learner” and “Truth-Seeker” received consistently high ratings across alumni results, while “Reconciler” and “World-
95.5% ST THOMAS ALUMNI (2011) (2012 results not yet released)
Changer” were ranked lowest, with significantly less enthusiasm. Perhaps these results will bridge the apparent gap between the administrators' and students' views on reconciliation at Bethel, although the students’ opinions seem to remain quite inconsistent. Joel Frederickson, a Bethel psychology professor and a member of the team that works on these results, said, “Reconciliation continues to be the core value that receives the widest range of responses. Some recent alums think that Bethel focuses too much on reconciliation ... Others complain that Bethel does not do enough related to reconciliation.” Overall, this survey presented strong feedback for Bethel’s administration and staff to examine. While it indicated areas of attention, it provided positive feedback in terms of alumni satisfaction and preparedness.
News College Republicans get things rolling again n Club
plans on getting involved on campus and beyond
Jon Westmark News Editor After a long hiatus, the Bethel College Republicans reorganized their club with a new constitution, new elected officials and an announcement of increased involvement with the statewide organization in a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The group met sporadically three times prior to this year’s presidential election, but when current club president Paul Hultgren returned from studying abroad this semester, he and a small group of others who share his passion for politics decided to get organized. “During the election we were kind of missing in action or occupied with other things,” he said. “It fell apart so we’re just trying to restart it.” They wanted to do it the right way. “We’re trying to be more formal and professional – more of a legitimate club rather than just a bunch of dudes and a few girls that get together and do political things,” Hultgren said. The small party drafted a new constitution, adapting and
amending the St. Thomas and Carthage College versions to make it something unique to Bethel’s group. Following Robert’s Rules of Order – a formal structure for moving through motions, elections and votes – the group presented and ratified the constitution and elected an executive committee. Andrew Hasek, the chairman of St. Thomas’ chapter of College Republicans, attended the meeting and spoke about his campaign to be the chair of the Minnesota College Republicans. Since taking over as St. Thomas’ leader last April, Hasek, a junior, has helped the St. Thomas chapter grow considerably, tripling the group’s email list, increasing meeting attendance from five to 60 and privately fundraising $1,200. Hasek has selected Bethel sophomore Zach Berry to serve on his platform committee. Berry, who was also elected as secretary of the Bethel chapter, will join eight other college students from around the state to propose and edit ideas for Hasek’s campaign, and if Hasek is elected,
will help bounce ideas off of him during the one year term. After a frustrating failure to organize an event for the presidential debate last fall, Berry feels like the group is finally moving in the right direction. “The club was at a pretty apathetic stage,” he said. “We were there, sure, but in terms of our motivation, nothing, absolutely nothing.” Being nominated to Hasek’s platform committee was a pleasant bonus, but Berry hopes that the connections with Hasek, whether he wins the state chair or not, will lead to partnerships and collaborations with other chapters. Hasek also hinted that there was a good chance that, if he is elected, one of his three vice chairs will come from Bethel. For Hasek, networking and helping build other groups not only develops camaraderie between Republicans at different schools, but it is also a crucial part of his campaign. The chair is voted upon by delegates from across the Minnesota chapters, and the number of delegates
from each chapter is determined by the overall size and strength of the group. The candidate’s running platform has less to do with conservative philosophy – as the chair must abide by the state Republican platform – and more to do with effectiveness in growing the organization. Whether Hasek’s campaign is successful or not, Berry is excited for the future of the club at Bethel. “It’s just great that now we have this passion, the drive and the motivation,” he said. “So now we’re just setting fire.”
90.6% St. Thomas College Republican chairman Andrew Hasek presents his platform and answers questions at Bethel's meeting.
AVERAGE RATE FOR COLLEGE GRADS (Results from Economic Policy Institute) photos for the clarion couresty of bethel college republicans
Club members listen to Bethel College Republican president Paul Hultgren as he discusses the club's new structure.
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News Bethel announces major housing changes
News BSA names 2013-14 president and VP
Life confident that despite potential snags, the change is n After an uncontested election Ashley Ancona and Jacky Arness are declared next year's student leaders good for the community
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With the housing process underway, Bethel students have a few different options than in years past. Because undergraduate housing is being removed from Fountain Terrace and transferred to Widen Hall in the fall of 2013, North Village will split into two dorms – North Woods and North Waters. However, these changes raise questions other than what color shirt the new dorm will wear for homecoming. For the past two years,
the Office of Student Life has been attempting to move all single undergraduate students to the main campus. Jim Benjamin, the associate dean for resident life, explained that they sensed students felt “forced to live in Fountain.” Moving forward, Benjamin and his colleagues want to offer an alternative they think will better suit the community in the long run. Fountain Terrace will become a Bethel-run apartment community, instead of a dormitory. The hope is that it will foster a true apartment style community, which will consist of students from the seminary, graduate school and college of adult and professional studies as well as faculty, staff and married undergrads. Minor renovations will begin this summer to prepare each building for the switch. These changes will be similar to the shift Wessman underwent two years ago when it was converted from seminary housing to undergraduate dorms. Though housing has undergone change for a few years, the newest shift may be the most drastic yet, raising concerns from students of both dorms involved. Seminary families will be especially affected by the change, particularly those with children. The current residents of Wingblade and Widen have developed a strong sense of community which will likely
be lost as students and their families decide where to live. Some current residents of Fountain Terrace also face a difficult decision. Each resident of Fountain receives a 20 percent discount on their housing costs. As they move back to campus, this discount will dissolve, leaving some students without affordable housing alternatives. In the midst of these internal changes, more off-campus housing options will become available this coming fall. EStreet Flats is a new student housing development a mile from campus on the corner of Country Road and Lexington. The new apartments will be inside the renovated hotel previously used for Northwestern College housing. E-Street plans on offering a range of amenities and apartment styles for all college students in the area. With Fountain Terrace no longer a community option off of the main campus, some Bethel students may opt for the offcampus college community of these new apartments. Benjamin is not worried about this potential competition or the possible loss of seminary residents. He is confident the housing changes will be positive for the Bethel community as a whole by fulfilling his office’s goal “to have all on-campus housing truly on campus.”
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campaign against opponents. “I think that a competition excites people,” Arness said. “If With the recent approval they see people actually runof juniors-to-be Ashley Ancona ning against each other, they and Jacky Arness as next year’s want to know what they’re runBSA president and vice presi- ning for. ‘What do you stand dent, the student body will be for? What is BSA?’ Those quesled by canditions come to dates who ran the front unopposed of people’s for the secminds.” ond consecuBoth of tive year. The next year’s pair was still leaders were subjected to bothered by standard scruthe trend of tiny of Student unopposed Life, and a vote elections. Ar– admittedly ness said that of meager it’s difficult turnout – took to pinpoint a place online Ashley Ancona reason why Feb. 26 and 27. so few stuPresident “I think BSA dents have is really lucky, "I really want to surround welcomed the because I know myself with people who challenge of they’ll have a think outside the box. leading BSA fantastic team Sometimes we get stuck the past two for next year,” doing the same old thing. years, but she said Austin La- Those events are awesome, indicated that roche, current but as we grow, we need to it may be due student body challenge ourselves to do to a comfortpresident. zone mindset. things a little differently." “Honestly, “People are even if there very much were five teams running against routine-oriented – at least them, it wouldn’t matter. I think that’s been my perception,” this team’s going to do a great she said. “So often trying new job, and I’m really excited to things doesn’t sound very apwork with them. I feel like this is pealing. If they haven’t been inthe team that God has brought volved in the past, it’s not really to BSA.” on their radar.” While Ancona and Arness Ancona attributed the trend are both excited to be in lead- to early graduation – the same ership roles, they both said that problem plaguing enrollment they would have preferred to numbers and the university
coffers – and the popularity of study abroad programs. It appears to be getting more difficult to find good candidates. By the time students are mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared to lead, many of them are seeking off-campus opportunities or already starting their careers. Another problem is that the student population lacks knowledge about BSA and its leadership, something that Ancona and Arness want to address directly. The leadership team indicated that its early priority would be “bridgebuilding,” connecting BSA to other organizations and institutions in the school. The goal is that educating and engaging involved students in other areas will increase participation and leadership. With capable students having to decide where to allocate their time – as an RA, in athletics, for Welcome Week, as a part of BSA or in countless other ways – it’s easy for these groups to contend for the attention of those who want to get involved. “Sometimes it feels like we’re competing against each other, when really we’re working for the same cause: to make everyone’s experience at Bethel University the best it possibly can be,” Ancona said. “My biggest goal is to see how we can work with those other organizations so students don’t feel like they’re picking between one and another.” Ancona pointed directly to
the athletic department as an has helped her see more clearly example, saying that BSA needs what Bethel’s true assets are to do a better job supporting and where the university needs teams and athletes if it wants to to improve. tap into the leadership potenThe next step in the process tial already present in sports. is hiring a team of executives to Arness reiterated the goal manage specific facets of BSA of building connections, adding and work directly under Ancona that Bethel’s and Arness. With the size gives its exception of student body a few select the opportunitasks reserved ty to be more for the BSA collaborative, president – compared to namely meetlarger schools ing regularly where factions with President are more comJay Barnes and mon and divioccasionally sive. with the Board While of Trustees – Bethel’s size Jacky Arness the president isn’t new to and vice presiAncona, the Vice President dent are free campus itself is. A year ago "As VP, I love that I have to divide reshe was at In- what I see as a very ap- sponsibilities diana Wesley- proachable role. I think VP as they see an University, is a position that students fit. Although have frustrated by feel really comfortable com- they certain school ing to, and I really hope to months to adpolicies and capitalize on that. I really just, the pair searching for want to see that aspect of sees Arness in constant coman alternative my role fulfilled." munication that better fit with the exher academic needs and personality. After ecutives, with Ancona’s input finding a home at Bethel this reserved for final decisions. At this point, Ancona and year, she’s poised to take over as the BSA president, who also Arness don’t know all the nuserves as president of the stu- ances of what their jobs will be next year, but as Laroche trains dent body. Some may see her limited them, the picture will become time on campus as a hindrance, clearer. According to Laroche, but Ancona sees the experience that learning process is one of at IWU as an advantage. She the most rewarding aspects of said that time at another school the position. March 7, 2013 • the clarion • 7
Coping through the distance
how to make a long-distance relationship work
Lexi Beasley For The Clarion Prior to last semester, Ben, my boyfriend of three years, and I had not gone more than 10 days without seeing each other. And believe me, 10 days was quite the hiatus for us. Now, however, we have lengthened that gap to three and a half months – a drastic change from our normally intertwined life at Bethel. Last semester I traveled from Minnesota, where I’ve
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lived my whole life, to the Big Apple, where I spent a semester taking writing classes and doing an internship at Verily Magazine. However, moving to New York City for almost four months meant that Ben and I would have to participate in the dreaded long-distance relationship. The summer months before I left were spent emotionally and mentally preparing for the time away from him — yes, I was that girl who cried at the thought of leaving her true
love. But the lessons I have learned have been invaluable, not only for our relationship, but also for both of us as individuals. There are many articles that I’ve seen about whether or not one should enter into a LDR, but what I haven’t seen are ones about people who have actually participated and succeeded in this difficult journey. And since Bethel stresses studying abroad (and I highly recommend it!), many students have to get used to the idea of being apart from their significant other. Thus, I want to explain both the highs and lows of our time apart and share the three key lessons I learned. 1) Use, But Don’t Overuse, Technology Technology can be a huge blessing for those who have to manage relationships across long distances. Skype, cell phones and the Internet have made keeping up with loved ones seem a bit less daunting. Ben and I tried to keep our communication up so even though our lives were totally separate, at the end of the day, we still felt connected. Sending him a picture of my walk through Central Park or something that reminded me of him was always a fun thing for both of us. Letting him see a picture of my world made it feel less like there were 1,013 miles between us. However, putting the cell phone down can be equally beneficial. While our time spent together
at college has been wonderful, many times friendships with others can suffer. Being separate allowed Ben to spend ample amounts of time with his college buds and allowed me to develop friendships with girls in New York. Constantly using your phone undermines this and defeats the wonderful benefit of being totally present with friends. Maintaining time away from the screen is just as important as time on it. 2) Plan Ahead One of my favorite things I did to prepare for my time away was surprising Ben with a basket of presents the day before I left. Each present was labeled with a date — one for every week I was gone. Though it took some time (and money), every week both he and I were able to look forward to it. Every Sunday we would Skype and he would open the present marked for that day. The presents ranged from a new movie to a couple packs of gum. By planning ahead, Ben knew how much he meant to me and was reminded of this every week. Having things to look forward to besides the end date, which can seem so far away, was key to the enjoyability of our time away from each other. 3) Become Your Better Self Through my semester in New York, I was truly able to develop as an individual more than I ever have. Coming into college with a boyfriend, I
never felt like I was on my own, though I loved being able to have Ben so close and always being able to talk to him when I wanted to. After moving to New York, this level of comfort changed dramatically. I could no longer walk five minutes to his dorm. So instead of pining away and feeling bad for myself (which I will admit I did on occasion), I decided to use this time as a way to grow individually. Everything very quickly became solely up to me. Grocery shopping and making every meal myself, though sometimes challenging, became fun! (I totally took for granted Bethel’s cafeteria!) I even learned how to cook chicken — something I was terrified of before. That one took a full Skype session with my mom, so I suppose I can’t take full credit. Taking the subway every day and having none of my previous comfort system around me, allowed me to grow and become more independent. And Ben appreciated it, too! No one likes feeling like someone is totally dependent on them for their happiness, especially during the dating years!
The Covenant: What is our intent? Craig Henkel For The Clarion The Covenant is not wrong; however, I question the purpose. I see an Old Testament approach to a New Testament promise – a New Testament promise in which Jesus only gives us one overriding law: to love God and love people. According to this one law, everything else falls underneath. I see a list of rules that hinders authenticity and creates a scale of hierarchy. Was this the purpose? Of course not. But there is a cycle of thought in which covenant breakers and covenant keepers are tainted by the lie that one is “better” than the other. When does this
cycle stop? But, I might add, are there really any covenant keepers anyway? What I mean is keepers of the only true Covenant that matters – Christ’s Covenant with us. Do we not all fall short in matters of our Covenant relationship with our King, Jesus Christ? So what does this mean? It means that whether a person simply gossips, swears, consumes alcohol or has frequent sex before marriage, we are all the same in regard to sin. We are all the same not by what we do, but by what He did. I find students following the covenant not necessarily because of their love for Christ, but so that something doesn’t get taken away. It is followed not out of love, but out of fear
of losing something – a fear produced not just by losing a spot on the team, but by losing self-image and respect from judgmental eyes. Shouldn’t I rather be concerned that when I break the Covenant, Christ’s Covenant, that I am turning my back on the one true Love that never fails me? To have legalistic “punishment” for breaking Bethel’s covenant would be to place a grading system on our sin. Something like gossip is often generated from the principle that someone is less, due to wrongdoing. This can be detrimental to a community. Gossip, or breaking the covenant, sometimes results from the very thing we’re trying to destroy.
Let us be authentic for a minute. On judgment day, it will not matter whether you break Bethel’s covenant or not. And that’s beautiful. That is what Christ’s freedom refers to: the freedom from sin due to grace. What will matter is your heart. It is a scary thought, but might Bethel’s covenant hinder us from seeing what the real Covenant is? I’m talking about the Covenant relationship that has open arms without having to earn it ... a gift – without having to pay a fine or a duty in order to be granted grace, without having a tally count of how many “crimes” you have committed. I’m not saying Bethel is bad, or the covenant itself is bad. It is how the covenant is being
both implied and applied. Bethel is an incredible school, but to say that it does not have any flaws would be to say that Bethel has some sort of divinity. Flaws are good; flaws create growth. Think about what our relationships would look like if everyone were flawless. If that were the case, there would be an overwhelming amount of constraint, because mistakes tend to be the best way to relate to one another, and the best way to show and receive forgiveness. This is an individual battle, but it is up to the community to tackle. Forgiveness has been demonstrated in the most beautiful way possible, and it begins with three nails and two pieces of lumber.
My time away from Ben, though difficult at times, produced many unexpected blessings. Our time apart has increased the love and admiration that I have for him and has made me feel so lucky to have such a good guy by my side. As they say, distance truly does make the heart grow fonder! March 7, 2013 • the clarion • 9
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THE The word “Frenchy” probably conjures an image of a lady swiping your ID card for meals and flirting with all of the boys behind you in line. Nothing appeared to have changed at lunch on Thursday, Feb. 21. Frenchy was wearing a gray skirt and a purple sweater for “Purple Thursday,” and she was still flirting with all of the boys. But something was different. That day Frenchy was not swiping cards, but rather, she was giving hugs, taking pictures and signing water bottles in a farewell celebration. After 12 years of service at Bethel, Charlotte “Frenchy” French is retiring. Sodexo Manager Bob Schuchardt knew of Frenchy’s plan to retire last summer and started slowing down her schedule in preparation. She began working only the lunch shift in the fall of 2012 and officially retired in January, but Schuchardt knew that a Bethel icon like Frenchy needed a retirement party. On Feb. 21,“Frenchy Day” in the Dining Center featured Frenchy’s favorite DC foods, personally signed water bottles, cake and ice cream, and hugs and pictures with Frenchy and her husband, Bob. Charlotte French started working with Sodexo at North Central University, where she was mainly doing accounting and payroll. When North Central’s contract broke with Sodexo in 1990, Frenchy moved to Bethel. “She took a lot of pride in her office work. She would go to the bank every day until it became too much,“ said Dannette DeLaMatter, the Sodexo office administrator. In more recent years, it would take Frenchy an hour to go to the bank on County Road E and back. That hour was extended
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“Come on Chatty Cathy!”
“Soccer? You should never hit a girl.”
“I love my boys.”
“Study the books not the girls/boys.”
“Good morning Pocahontas. I didn’t know you rose from the dead.”
on Friday, when the bank had free popcorn – Frenchy insisted on bringing some back for the entire staff. Frenchy started at Bethel by running the “coffee cart” at the old CLC, which served as a type of concession stand for commuter students. She would sell coffee and pastries, and she loved getting to talk to all of the commuters. From there she went into the old Dining Center and then to the current Monson Dining Center. Since retiring, Frenchy is enjoying having time to clean out her drawers and watch the Price is Right. DeLaMatter mentioned that Frenchy has completed only one drawer: her photo drawer. In Frenchy’s farewell letter to the student body, she gave advice, including, “Keep God first in your life and seek His help when faced with challenges.” She ended with the phrase, “I love each and every one of you.” DeLaMatter underlined that in planning this letter, Frenchy wanted the younger generation to understand that just saying hello to an old person would make their day. “She realized that she was certainly on a whole different playing field than the kids she was around, yet still trying to connect with them was a big deal to her,“ DeLaMatter said. Frenchy will be dearly missed by many of the students and staff at Bethel. “She was a mother to the students,” said Schuchardt. “We are definitely going to miss her.” Although Frenchy may no longer be swiping cards at Bethel, her quotes and your stories will live on, helping us remember the icon that she is to the Bethel community.
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“Good-looking boys wear ties.”
“You look pretty in a dress, honey.”
“Oh, that’s okay. Go right in honey.”
“It’s your favorite meal today.”
“You’re on my list.”
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Raising kids amidst the ruckus
n RDs Amanda Ahlm Culture Editor
reflect on the experience of living as a family on campus
Greta Sowles Staff Writer
On Tuesday morning the majority of Bethel students were woken up by a call at 5:42. “Bethel University staff, students and faculty, due to winter weather, classes are canceled Lissner 106 has light blue walls, for Tuesday, March 5.” Students groggily tweeted about the snow day and then went back to bed. For many, this was a day that they thought would never come during their years at wood floors, multiple hanging finBethel. The real questions is, what did Bethel students do with this unexpected day off? ger paintings, and toys decorating every couch and chair. The apart“Getting bigger biceps in preparation ment, which lies at the end of a hall “I’m going to catch up on some homework -Josh Little of college suites, is the home of Paul for spring break.” that I should have done days ago.” and Brooke Berg and their two sons -Katie Chapin Bridger, 4, and Oakley, 2. “I’ll PRobably go outside and play in it.” Berg may be the resident direc“Pack for warmer weather.” -Steven Seaberg tor of Lissner Hall, but he is also a -Krissi Dines husband and a father. A 2003 grad“Order $50 worth of chinese delivery uate of Bethel's psychology depart“I’m going to read the Wall Street ment and graduate of the seminary, with the other girls on my Floor! It's too Journal and drink chai tea.” Berg has been a resident director cold to go to the DC! " -Sarah Boadwine since 2004. He served his first year -Matt Sundquist at Sterling College in Kansas, and then moved to Bethel, where he “Try to shovel off people’s cars.” “Go build A FIre and make some hot soup." spent three years on freshman hill before moving to Lissner. -Neil Eukel -Briana Teal Becky Johnson, the RD of Bodien Hall, and her husband, Erik, have “I’m gonna be a bum and play some “I slept in. That was pretty fun.” raised their daughter Addie at BethPokemon.” el, amidst the chaos of college life. -Cameron Braund -Grady Rolando Addie, now 16 months, was born during Johnson’s first year as the RD of Bodien during the 2011-12 school year. The Bergs and the Johnsons represent a growing number of resident director families on campus. Raising children on a college campus has its definite benefits, including a deep-rooted support system and a never-ending supply of babysitters. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be in another season of life where I’ll have so many people volunteering to babysit,” said Berg. “That’s really such a gift.” He added that his kids serve as a buffer, often allowing him to make life-to-life connections with the students. Berg has enjoyed having his summers, Christmases and spring breaks off, as well as the simple 12 • the clarion • March 7, 2013
breaks in the day since that time allows him to be an active dad. While Johnson did highlight the accessibility to great babysitters, she also mentioned the importance of support. “We have a lot of support for being new parents because we have people around us, connected to us and who know us and are really open to helping us out,“ she said. Raising kids on a college campus can also be a challenge. Johnson emphasized that her job can be relationally demanding, which can occasionally be a hindrance on her relationship with Addie. “I wonder if at the end of the day sometimes, I have given so much of myself in a relational way that I don’t have as much to give to my family,” Johnson said. In addition to this relational aspect, there is also a certain lack of privacy that RDs experience. There is a “fishbowl” atmosphere, where students are interested in everything that an RD does. “Sometimes there is a sense that you crave to be a little bit unknown," Berg said. For Johnson, the challenge may lie predominantly in the fact that she lives beneath a floor of firstyear men. “Some of the intrusions with shared life can be challenging," she said. “I am trying to raise a baby underneath a floor of men. I realize that it might not always be a sweet, calm atmosphere.” Johnson has to use discretion in situations where she must confront students about the noise level. While she cannot call up to the guys every time, she has been able to determine when the intrusions become disrespectful. Fortunately, Addie has grown accustomed to the constant noise,
and is a pretty heavy sleeper. Berg has experienced similar situations, in which staff meetings in the office adjacent to his apartment have kept Oakley awake. He, however, takes the blame, understanding that it would take the simple step of shutting the door or asking his staff to be a little quieter. Both Johnson and Berg love the energy of a college campus and affirmed that the influence has been largely positive. “I love that there are more people that are engaged with life, thinking critically, thoughtfully considering their faith,“ said Johnson. “There is more genuine openness, and it is really beneficial to have it around [Addie].” “College students have been incredibly positive influences on my
kids," added Berg. Johnson and her family will be moving to North Waters next year, where she will continue her RD duties in a different setting. “I am feeling torn between the things we need as a family and what is required of me in the RD role,“ she said. “I am hoping that it will be a better match.” Berg and his wife, who is due in April with their third child, will be moving on to their next chapter of life. He turned in his letter of intent in January but has not made any definite plans. With a seminary degree, Berg hopes to get involved in pastoral ministry. “Lissner will forever be a really special place for my family, “ he said. photos for the clarion by drea chalmers
Oakley Berg, 2, has become a member of the Lissner community thanks to the willingness of his dad Paul to let him interact with the students.
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Bethel students 'do the Harlem Shake' n Groups
of students participate in the 30-second YouTube craze
Amanda Ahlm Culture Editor The "Harlem Shake" song has been ringing in people’s minds since the fad went viral. The Harlem Shake videos, as seen on YouTube, are approximately 30 seconds long. Videos
start with one person, and then the screen cuts to a crowd of people in costumes doing their interpretation of the Harlem Shake dance. The Harlem Shake is an actual style of dance that originated in Harlem, N.Y. in 1981. According to a video called
“Harlem’s Response to the Harlem Shakedown,” members of the Harlem community have responded to the YouTube phenomenon with negative feedback. Despite potentially “doing it wrong,” Bethel’s own students have taken part in the YouTube sensation. Three Harlem Shake videos have been filmed on Bethel’s campus. While some of the videos were advertised and planned thoroughly, sophomores Nathan Brubaker and Eric Eiter took a more spur-of-the-moment approach to their weight room video. “For us, it wasn’t about how many views we could get,” said Brubaker. “We were just sitting around looking for something to do on a Friday night,” added Eiter.
While getting views was not their intention, they have already racked up over 5,000 views on their video. The 30 second video took very little planning. The group of over 20 students grabbed what they had for costumes in their rooms and headed over to the weight room just as it was about to close. The whole process, according to Brubaker took about 30 minutes. On the other hand, the freshmen’s Harlem Shake video was a more planned out process, with a message sent out to the freshmen, giving details about the filming of the video in the BC. Because of their more calculated approach, this video had more people and more costumes. “I think the freshmen’s video is super impressive because of all the costumes, but
each one is unique and funny in its own way,” said Brubaker. While the video is a good way to build community, and a fun way to spend time, there have been negative repercussions of Harlem Shake videos at other schools. Some videos, in an effort to take the trend to the next level, have resulted in school disruption and major damage of school property. Because of this, some students, most recently a University of Alabama student, have faced potential expulsion for their Harlem Shake efforts. The videos done at Bethel, however, have all been filmed after official school hours, as to not disrupt classes or events, and have not being destructive to campus property.
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The weight room Harlem shake featured over 20 freshman, sophomores and juniors.
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The class of 2016 performs the Harlem Shake in the BC.
Students post anonymous confessions nA
Facebook page provides a “safe” way for Bethel students to share their deepest secrets Amanda Ahlm Culture Editor In the digital age of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, forums and endless other communication technologies, people are relying more on the shield of anonymity to share their viewpoints. While anonymity is by no means a new idea, technology has allowed people to hide behind the screens of their laptops, tablets and smartphones. Long gone is the snail-mail, PostSecret method of sending in anonymous confessions. Instead of coming forth and openly voicing opinions, people are relying on social media to voice anything controversial. "Confessions" Facebook sites have been popping up, featuring colleges across the country. Some Bethel students followed the trend, making a page for other students to post their confessions. Confessions are submitted to an “anonymous” SurveyMonkey page, and these may or may not be posted to the Facebook page, depending on content. In an email conversation, when asked why the page was made, the creator said, “We thought that it would be a cool thing to laugh about, and just kind of see where it goes. Honestly I didn't think there would be so many people on board so quickly.” While the admins have censored the posts to some extent, many borderline offensive posts have gotten through the filter.
Confessions can be sent to a SurveyMonkey link to be anonymously posted on the Facebook page.
versity pages have remained active, the page for Loras College was shut down, according to Des Moines’s WhoTV.com. The comments were not representing the school’s values, so some students came forward and asked for the page to be shut down. With that being said, students have been heavily posting and commenting on the site in the past two weeks. With hundreds of comments, the Bethel community has not given the site administrators any reason to stop what they are doing, and some people have even encouraged the site through their comments.
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SOFTBALL The Royals softball team will have experience on its side this season with 16 returning players on the roster. Among the talented bunch of returners for the Royals is Kal Sorensen, one of only five freshmen in the conference named to the MIAC All-Conference team last year. In her impressive first season, Sorensen started all but two games while batting .311 and leading the team with 23 RBIs. The first baseman also showed skill with the glove, fielding at an efficient clip of .945 for the year. Head coach Rod Radcliffe was impressed by Sorensen in 2012 and looks for her to build on her successes this season. “Kal is a very balanced player; she’s one of our best hitters and has one of the stronger arms on our team,” said Radcliffe, adding that Sorensen has been working hard to “improve her fielding consistency and retool her swing to hit for a higher average.” Radcliffe praised Sorensen’s well-rounded game, saying, “You could see Kal anywhere in the infield because she’s versatile enough to play in any spot in the case of injuries.” Wherever Sorensen is found on the diamond this season, her impact is sure to be felt in all aspects of the game.
BASEBALL When Bethel’s baseball team took the field for the season opener, freshman Jake Hanzalik stepped onto the mound for the first time as a Royal to try to start the season – and his collegiate career – with a victory. He succeeded on both counts. Hanzalik held Northwestern to just three hits and no runs in six innings of work, finishing with three strikeouts, one walk and a win. Demonstrating poise beyond his years, Hanzalik calmly defused threats posed by the Eagles like an established veteran. “He stepped into a difficult spot as a freshman starting the first game of the year, but there’s no way you would ever guess he’s a freshman based on his performance,” said sophomore shortstop Nik Anderson. “Even when he gets into a slight jam, he gets himself out of it with ease. The kid’s an absolute phenom.” Showing that his first start was no fluke, Hanzalik took the mound last Tuesday against UW-Stout and posted four strikeouts over six innings to earn his second win. With a wicked windup that features his signature leg kick and a fastball reported to have topped out at 91 mph in the season debut, count on Hanzalik to continue to baffle batters all season.
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WOMEN'S TENNIS A spring of change has come to the women’s tennis team this year with the introduction of new head coach Drew Fernelius. Additionally, the return of top singles player Abby Edin bolsters the team’s lineup but bumps the rest of the singles players down a peg. Senior captain Steph Brown has taken this reordering in stride and has been an energizing presence as both a player and leader. Brown set the tone for her team in this season’s early outing against Saint Scholastica, highlighted by a pivotal 6-4, 7-5 singles victory against renowned opponent Alexis Gunderson to help the Royals take down the UMAC powerhouse. “She played incredibly well,” said sophomore teammate Abby Kreklau. “She stayed very focused the whole match and proved that she was a top competitor against a really good opponent.” Playing in the No. 3 singles position after being No. 2 for the majority of 2012 might deject some players, but Brown has a team-first attitude and cares less about rankings than team success. “Beyond her abilities as a player, she’s just such a great leader for our team,” said Kreklau. “Her energy is so contagious. She brings the best out of all of us.”
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WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
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For track athletes whose season begins in early January, studying abroad over interim is usually out of the question. Limitations, however, ought not be associated with Courtney Fregeau. After all, the junior sprinter has refused to limit herself to any one event. Over her collegiate career, Fregeau has run in 60-, 200- and 400-meter individual races and has been a part of five relay teams that hold Bethel records. While roaming around Europe over J-Term, Fregeau and teammate Ashley Quick worked out in whatever way they could – running hills, interval training and the like – when most people would have used the trip as a vacation from training. To head coach Andrew Rock, such discipline is what makes Fregeau such a sound all-around runner. “Courtney is talented, but it’s not enough for her to just be talented,” explained Rock. “She works really hard to develop that talent.” The hard work is paying dividends all over the track. In Bethel’s invitational meet, Fregeau recorded a second place finish in the 200-meter and another in a photo-finish 4x400 meter relay. She finished first among all other Division III competitors in the 400-meter at the University of Minnesota’s Snowshoe Open following her first place performance in the same event at Grinnell College, where her time of 60.46 seconds fell just 1.44 seconds shy of Bethel’s record. Not bad, considering her late start to the season. As the year goes on, Fregeau’s potential in her multitude of events is as one might expect: limitless.
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MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
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Although sophomore Matt Berens is known for his aptitude as a runner, he’s gotten quite good at leaping up the 3000-meter conference rankings as of late. Riding the momentum of a strong cross country season this fall when he qualified for nationals, Berens entered the track season with intentions to improve on his already strong times from last spring. Each meet this year has marked another improved time for Berens, most recently at the Snowshoe Open at the University of Minnesota, where he finished second among all Division III runners in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:37.91 – a personal best. Berens now finds himself second in the MIAC in the event, and head coach Andrew Rock points to his work ethic as the cause. “He’s an incredibly hard worker,” said Rock. “He puts in a lot of miles when nobody else is around and trains when nobody else is willing to do extra work.” Making consistent improvements is customary for Berens, so don’t expect him to slow down when he’s so close to the conference’s top spot. “He’s got a shot to win it,” Rock said. “He’s had a great start, but I think you’re going to see him continue to improve.” March 7, 2013 • the clarion • 17
Sports Women’s hockey closes out an impressive season
Sports Bigger than a game n Men’s
basketball supports Blake Nicols in his father’s battle with cancer
a midseason slump, the team made a respectable playoff run Jared Nelson For The Clarion
After advancing two games into the MIAC playoffs, the women’s hockey team was defeated Feb. 28 in the semifinal game against the Gustavus Gusties, a powerhouse team yet to lose in conference. However, the Royals (11-5-2 MIAC) didn’t go down without a fight. Having won its first playoff game against St. Catherine University, the team took an early lead against the Gusties and controlled the majority of the game before falling apart in the third period, ending in a 2-3 loss.
Although the Royals made an impressive run, their campaign didn’t begin as smoothly as the second half of the season ended. At the end of December, the team was finishing up a tough stretch in its schedule and was just over the .500 mark. “We had a very difficult schedule in the first half of our season,” said head coach Brian Carlson. “We had some tough competition, which was really good for us. We ended up where we wanted to be.” The squad took a hiatus from conference play and began 2013 in Europe, traveling the continent and playing three games against professional and national teams during their nine-day
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Junior forward Cristina Masten leads the team in scoring with 24 goals and 13 assists for a total of 37 points of the season.
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trip. The Royals jumped right back into conference play upon their return to the States, but they were still feeling the effects of their trip overseas. “You can never be 100 percent sure how the team is going to react to a trip like that, but there was some recovery time involved,” Carlson said. “There is no question that it took a toll on us.” Although the trip had adverse effects on the team’s physical condition, junior forward Cristina Masten said the trip brought the team much closer as a unit. “The best part about it was the chemistry that came out of this trip,” Masten said. “Not only were we able to see things that many people don't get to see, but we were able to do it with our teammates. That made the trip even more unforgettable.” The Royals dropped their first three games after the break, but it didn’t take long for them to find their stride. They played their best hockey of the year to close out the regular season, winning six straight games in the final stretch. According to Carlson, a monumental win against St. Thomas helped get the team on the right track. Coupled with a successful series against Concordia, a conference leader, the Royals’ win against the Tommies helped propel them upward in the
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standings and proved that they could compete with any MIAC team. “The six-game winning streak showed that we peaked at the right time,” Carlson said. “Our goal was to be a playoff team, and we achieved that and gave ourselves a crack at a run to the NCAA tournament.” Masten attributed the lateseason momentum to the chemistry the team has been building on and off the ice throughout the year. “The key for our team throughout the last part of the season has been how well we have been playing as a unit,” Masten said. “We just really came together with everyone making big contributions.” Carlson also gives much of the credit to the five seniors on the team. Biz Huss, Molly Eagles, Sarah Kartak, Kate Wahlin and Jess Newstrom have show-
cased the experience that Carlson said is crucial to the team’s performance. Besides strong leadership, the team also depends on young talent. Masten was selected twice for the MIAC Women’s Hockey Athlete of the Week award, and junior Lindsay Burman was an All-Conference selection. Freshmen Caroline Kivisto and Erika Allen were also selected for the MIAC AllRookie team. With all the individual accolades and contributions from players who will return next season, Carlson is excited about the team’s future. “Our level of intensity is key for us,” Carlson said. “We rely a lot on our goaltending and scoring. When we pressure, we’re a hard team to beat.”
A team’s record can’t represent the unselfish nature of its players, nor can it represent the love and encouragement found among its members. In the same way, the men’s basketball team’s 11-9 MIAC finish could never convey the incredible support senior guard Blake Nicols received from his teammates as the season drew to a close. On Dec. 27, Nicols received the news that his dad, Robert, had been diagnosed with bone cancer. What had begun as intense back pain a few days earlier evolved into the frightening diagnosis that changed Blake's perspective. The news made everything else in Nicols’ life, including basketball, pale in comparison. Two days after his dad’s diagnosis, Nicols was supposed to return to Bethel for basketball practice, but he still wanted to be at home with his family. “I didn’t want to leave,” Nicols said. “Basketball was still important, but my family became more important, and I felt that I should be at home.” Even though Robert was optimistic about his battle with cancer and insisted that his son returned to Bethel, it was hard for Nicols to focus on basketball while his dad was struggling at home with chemo. “When I came up here [after I found out], I had the worst practice of my career,” Nicols said. “Once I told the team about my dad, everybody was extremely understanding and supportive. Basketball made me block out what my dad was going through and focus on something else extremely important to
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After senior guard Blake Nicols shaved his head in support of his dad's battle with bone cancer, the rest of the team followed suit.
me.” Robert knew he was going to lose his hair as a byproduct of chemo, and in the ultimate show of support, Nicols told him, “When you lose it all, I’m losing all mine.” Robert lost all of his hair on Feb. 3. The following day, Nicols arrived at the game against St. Thomas with his head completely shaved. After the game, assistant coach Justin DeGrood initiated the idea of every player shaving his head in support of the family. “Whenever a member of your family is suffering, physically or emotionally, you do everything in your power to support them,” DeGrood said. “Organizing the haircuts is minuscule compared to what [Nicols] and his family have done for our basketball program.” Nicols didn't want his teammates to feel obligated to shave their heads, but by the time the Royals made it to their Saturday game against Saint Mary’s, every player and coach had shaved their heads in support of Nicols. That evening, the Royals posted a 94-46 victory, but it was more than just the win that mattered – it was the love and support Nicols received from his team. “Before the game was even over, I was tearing up a bit,” he said. “The completely unselfish gesture they made for my dad shows how unified we are as a team.” Although the Royals’ season ended earlier than they had hoped, it was a special season for Nicols because of the people he was able to play with and what they were playing for.
“When you play with people that you love, it becomes more than just a game,” Nicols said. “We played for something bigger than ourselves, and that’s the unique thing about playing for Bethel: we play to honor the Lord.” Basketball is certainly more than a game for Nicols and his dad. In fact, Nicols believes it has become a special kind of therapy. “I think going to school here and playing basketball here was in itself a treatment for my
dad, because he gets to watch me and know that I am being taken care of,” he said. In Robert’s battle with cancer there are good days and bad days, but both Nicols and his dad approach the journey with determination and optimism. Finding joy in sharing life’s moments together on and off the court has been essential for a father and son facing something much bigger than a game.
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The Clarionion - Bethel's own slice of "The Onion"
Student risks life and limb for fashion’s sake C ollin D’Kopps Of The Clarionion
We have all heard the phrase, “beauty is pain,” but last week one Bethel student took that concept to the extreme. On Monday, sophomore Jennifer McYoung took an unexpected trip to the emergency room as a result of her choice in fashion. Her morning began like any other: picking an outfit. “Since I really hate Mondays, I decided that I wanted to be comfortable. My obvious choice was a Bethel sweatshirt and a pair of black leggings,” McYoung said. She had recently purchased the leggings at Target and had yet to wear them. “They felt good when I first put them on,” McYoung commented. “I mean, they were a little tight, but there’s no such thing as too tight when it comes to leggings.” As McYoung went about her day, attending classes, chapel and meals, she
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began to notice a strange feeling in her feet. “They felt a little tingly, I guess, but they were also getting cold and throbbing a lot,” McYoung said. “And my UGG boots generally keep my feet very warm, so I knew something was up.” By dinner she was feeling intense pain in her feet. After getting back to her dorm room, McYoung took off her boots and realized her feet were red and swollen much beyond their normal size. “It kind of freaked me out. I generally pride myself on having pretty feet, but that night they just looked gross,” McYoung said. Her roommates immediately took her to the ER. Savannah Milton, one of McYoung’s roommates, commented, “When we decided to take Jenny to the ER, she could barely walk, and she couldn’t feel her feet at all. I was seriously worried that they would have to be amputated!” When the girls arrived at the ER,
the doctors quickly realized that McYoung’s leggings had been cutting off circulation to her feet all day. Out came the scissors, and soon the new leggings were nothing but shreds of fabric on the floor. McYoung asked the doctors to compensate her for the leggings. They denied her request. The roommates returned to Bethel later that evening, with McYoung sporting a pair of scrub bottoms. Her only instructions from the doctors: never wear leggings that cut off blood flow. McYoung said, “I honestly don’t think they were too tight … I probably just wore them too long.”
Since McYoung’s incident, other girls have reported instances of losing circulation in their feet as well – just not to this degree. But this epidemic is not about to change fashion trends on campus. McYoung is planning on visiting Target within the next few days, and new leggings are on her shopping list. “I might go down a size,” she stated. “I think I just need to give myself more time to break them in ... work my way up to wearing them for a whole day.” Despite the health hazards of wearing leggings, it looks like Bethel girls will continue to cling tightly to this popular fashion item.