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Who locks up campus at 2 am?


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All of the academic buildings are locked or automatically lock at midnight except the Brushaber Commons, which is completely locked down at 2 a.m. every day. Students are allowed in specific locations, such as art studios and physics labs on late-night building passes, but otherwise students are required to vacate the buildings. Christopher Herbst, third-shift supervisor for Facilities Management, explained that there are about 80 exterior doors checked several times throughout the night. There are an additional 12 doors that are locked and unlocked via computerized timers but are still physically tested to be sure they are latched and locked for the night. An additional 30 doors remain locked throughout the day but are still checked each night.

Update from the Senate

■■Theatre, saxophones and Sankofa have been on the November agenda for student senate

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- Bill 53-11 (funding student theatre ticket program) $6,000 allocated to theatre department for student ticket reimbursements. - Bill 53-13 (Bethel Jazz Orchestra Swing Dance)

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Facilities Management spends approximately an hour and a half each night checking and securing around 200 interior and exterior doors. Although there are sensors to swipe ID cards, students cannot access the buildings after 2 a.m.

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$1,200 to host Wes Anderson, alto saxophone guest artist from New York to play for a swing dance held by Bethel on Thursday, Dec. 8.

- Bill 53-14 (funding for Bethel Model United Nations)

$500 allocated to Bethel University Model United Na- tions to aid in entry fee for national UN conference.

- Bill 53-15 (supporting Sankofa)

$2,000 allocated for 15 scholarships for students attending Sankofa trip.

Upcoming Votes

- Bill 53-16 (Underground improvements and maintenance)

$3,000 possible allocation to continue and improve already exceptional student space supporting music, dance and other events.

- Bill 53-17 (Tent of Meeting Bill)

$1,200 possible allocation to reimburse the Tent of Meeting rental cost.

How You Can Get Involved - Suggestions box in the Loft - Contact a Senator or learn more at - Attend Senate (Monday nights at 7:30 p.m., in BC468)

News Measles in Europe

An Earth-like planet

Message in a bottle

According to the World Health Organization, there were over 26,000 measles cases in 36 European countries from January through October of this year. There were nine deaths and 7,288 hospitalizations; 90 percent of these European cases were among adolescents and adults who were either unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status. France, where six have died, has launched a national campaign to raise awareness about vaccinations. According to the World Health Organization Europe regional director, “The increase in measles in European countries reveals a serious challenge to achieving the regional measles elimination goal by 2015.”

About 600 light-years away lies a newly confirmed Earth-like planet called Kepler 22-b. The planet is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, has a temperature of about 22 Celcius and lies closer to its sun at about 15 percent less of a distance, with a year of about 290 days. This shorter distance is balanced by the 25 percent less sunlight it receives, which would support the existence of liquid water. Before Kepler 22-b was confirmed as a new planet, it was first identified along with another 2,326 candidate planets by the Kepler Space Telescope. Fourty-eight of them potentially have a similar ‘habitable zone’ to that of Earth and Kepler 22-b.

Eleven-year-old Curtis Kripple wrote about himself and his New York hometown in a letter for a school assignment. This letter was put into a bottle and set adrift 10 months ago by a fisherman. Ana Ponte and her family found this message in a bottle last week from the fishing village of Terceira, on the Azores archipelago, after it traveled 2,600 miles across the Atlantic ocean. Ponte’s brother and father found the bottle when they went to the sea to catch seafood in the morning. Ponte sent an email written in both English and Portuguese to Curtis’ school.

Postal Service cuts jobs

The Periodic Table

Beginning in April, 252 of the 461 mail-processing centers across the United States will be shuttered. An expected 28,000 jobs will be cut to save $3 billion. First-class mail volume is down to 78 million from nearly 100 million in 2006. It is expected to halve by 2020. Bill payment and other communication is increasingly done via the Internet. This cut means that letters will have to travel further before being distributed. Overnight delivery has been the norm since 1971; now, overnight delivery will be only possible for special cases like bulk deliveries. The projected loss for next year is a record $14.1 billion.

Discovered 10 years ago, element 116 and element 114 are soon to be officially included in the Periodic Table of Elements. If the names are officially endorsed, in five months element 114 will become Flerovium (Fl), in honor of the physicist Georgiy Flerov. Element 116 will become Livermorium (Lv) after the Californian laboratory where it was discovered. These elements were accredited after a three-year review by the IUPAC and IUPAP. Elements 113, 115 and 118 are still under review, before they can be named and included in the Periodic Table of Elements.

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Elderly ukulele star dies At the age of 101, Bill Tapia, a ukulele player who performed with Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley, died at his home in California. Widely believed to be the oldest performing musician ever to take to the stage, he received his first ukulele at age 7, began his career entertaining WWI troops in 1918 and released his first CD in 2004. Earlier this year, Tapia received a lifetime achievement award from the Hawaiian Academy of Recording arts. He was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2004.



Tackling the issue of student debt

■An ■ overview of President Obama's new Student Loan Forgiveness plan C helsey F alzone

of The Clarion Staff

Student loans are becoming a normal part of life for many people and seem like an unavoidable burden. However, President Barack Obama proposed a new program that grants grace, or “forgiveness,” to these loan-payers after 20 years.




This plan is being criticized because private loans are not included in the deal. Private loans are often harder to pay off because of strict lending terms and higher interest rates. This plan will provide no relief for those who are suffering due to the death grip of private loans. The Loan Forgiveness plan also fails to accommodate a large portion of students as it has strict qualification guidelines. Students who graduated in 2011 or earlier are incapable of qualifying for the income-based repayment program. Yes, they have student loans, too, but Obama’s plan does not incorporate these graduates. The list continues, while more and more students continue to swim in debt, despite governmental efforts to help college students. Obama is bypassing Congress to enact the plan in 2012. Also, some Americans believe this plan is rewarding irresponsibility. While the financially mature and responsible students pay back their loans in the proper timely fashion, they receive no reward, or forgiveness, in the end. Meanwhile, those who are so-called less responsible when it comes to repayment of loans ultimately receive forgiveness of their remaining balance. Some are claiming that this is downright wrong, unfair and illogical and contributes to the culture of entitlement. The goal of this program is to help individuals sustain a living with their careers and not be weighed down by student loans solely for choosing to continue their education. Obama has consistently assured Americans that this plan is to “energize the young Americans.”


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The Student Loan Forgiveness program states that anyone who makes the monthly payments on his or her loans for 20 years after leaving college is eligible to have the remaining balance forgiven. This program encompasses anyone with Federal Direct loans, Stafford loans, Perkins loans and military enlistment. (Individuals who hold a public service position for 10 years become eligible for loan forgiveness at that point, rather than having to wait the full 20 years.) A facet of the Loan Forgiveness plan is that the income-based repayment program allows qualifying graduates to cap their federal student loan payments at 10 rate of 15 percent. One percent of their must meet certain salary-toincome, as debt ratio requirements in order opposed Nationto qualify for this cap, and must also to the wide, college tuition has have one federal loan from after 2008 typical increased by more than and plan on taking at least one more 400 percent between 1985 in 2012 or later. and 2005, according to a study by Essentially, for those with both a Moody’s Analytics. Some high school Federal Direct loan (taken directly graduates are even considering if a colfrom the government) and a guarlege degree is worth the endless burden of anteed federal loan (provided by student debt. a lending institution but guaranA report released Nov. 11, by the teed by the government), it is StarTribune, showed 2010 now possible to lower total cost college graduates by combing both loans into a ended up with an average of Special Consolidation Loan. This $25,250 in student loan will lower monthly payments of debt. This was a 5 percent infederal loans by 0.25 percent. crease from the previous year. The debt trend shows no signs of ceasing. In an effort to provide a glimpse of relief to struggling students, Obama introduced his Student Loan Forgiveness program.


The solution



Chinese class broadens student views ■■ Although challenging, Bethel's Mandarin Chinese class is preparing students for real-world situations

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A famous Chinese proverb states, “You must persevere to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.” The Mandarin Chinese class that is offered at Bethel may seem like an impossible task to some students, but through perseverance, this class had high attendance this past semester. Dr. De Zhang is an adjunct professor who teaches Introductory Chinese I and has been at Bethel since 2007. With 19 students in the class, there is a highly commendable attendance despite the diffi-

culty of the class. Chinese is a category 3 language in difficulty whereas Spanish is a category 1. It takes about 23-24 weeks (575-600 class hours) to become educated in Spanish, while it takes 88 weeks (2200 class hours) to become educated in Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is an especially difficult language to learn because it is almost like learning two languages at once. First, one must conquer the Romanization of words, which is the use of the Latin alphabet to write Chinese. Because Chinese is a tonal language that uses letters, symbols and signs to

represent an entire word, its characters do not represent distinct sounds. Second, one must learn the characters of the written language. Rachel Day, a Bethel sophomore with a double major in biology and philosophy and a minor in Asian studies, is a student in the Chinese class. Day grew up in Costa Rica, where she learned Spanish and English simultaneously. When Day was about five years old, she felt God called her to be a missionary doctor in China. She has been teaching herself Chinese since she was 12 years old. Traveling to China for the first time last

summer for two months confirmed her calling to the country. Day said the language is “music to my ears.” This past semester at Bethel has been Day’s first official Chinese class. The class has been very useful in helping her fulfill her calling and dream. To Day, Chinese is important to Bethel because it is a good opportunity to increase diversity in the school. It is also relevant to business majors in particular, because Chinese is an important language in the current business world. Angela Wu, the only Chinese tutor at Bethel, has a history in Mandarin Chinese. Although she

was born in the United States, she moved to China when she was 5 years old. There she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and developed her cultural ties to the country. Wu said, “I will definitely use my ability as a Chinese speaker to just do some outreach. I love to connect with people, and language opens the door for me to do that.” Wu’s father is a pastor of a Chinese immigrant church in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, where everyone speaks Mandarin. “Language has the power of bringing people together,” Wu added, “even from different countries.”




How to succeed in business

B y K ate B eecken

of The Clarion Staff

The Human Resources department, corporate headquarters and coffee beans—lots of coffee beans—were all part of the Bethel Business and Economics Association (BBEA) site visit to Caribou Coffee last month. BBEA co-president Jake Villas said that site visits are an important aspect of the club, so students can see what careers look like in the real world. With nearly 300 BBEA members, Villas said that not only is the organization 10 percent larger than last year, but, “People are a lot more active, they’re engaging…and that makes it a lot better.” This growth has been mirrored throughout the business and economics department, which cur-

rently has about 510 students, including 120 freshmen, according to department chair Chuck Hannema. In addition to growing in numbers, the department also has a job placement rate that is over 90 percent. “Our students are being sought by a number of larger employers in the Twin Cities and that’s the most exciting thing for us,” said Hannema. Companies like Target and SPS Commerce are coming and saying that they want Bethel students because of their academic preparation, and their experience with alumni who have a work ethic, camaraderie and teamwork that is different from students from other colleges, Hannema said. Hannema credits the Christian values that differentiate Bethel students as being salt and light.

He said that the active alumni network is helpful in spreading that reputation, and the alumni also directly partner with current students by teaching courses and mentoring. Villas has found that networking is key to BBEA and career success. “’It’s not what you know but who you know’ couldn’t be any more true in business,” said Villa. Through Bethel connections, the club brings in big name speakers, including Rudy Leonard, a renowned portfolio manager, who spoke earlier this fall. Even more so, said Villas, students can build their personal networks through BBEA speakers and events, like the site visits to Caribou Coffee and Cargill. Since his freshman year, he has relied on these connections for interviewing advice and opening up career opportuni-

■■Bethel's biggest major excels in job placement and looks forward to future growth

ties. Along with networking, BBEA has a biweekly event—usually either a speaker or site visit—to show students possible career options. “I don’t think students understand all the opportunities, all the different fields you can go into, because there is so many aspects of business,” said Villas. The business and economics department also gives students a closer look at career options through required internships. “Getting out of the Bethel bubble before you’re employed is a valuable experience for students to help them articulate their position,” said Hannema. “They see if what they think they want to do is really what they want to do.” Beyond BBEA and internships, the department provides opportunities for various competitions

and is also partnering with Twin Cities high schools this spring. The business department has two trips to Europe (one for a semester and the other for interim) to study international business. They will be going to India this interim and plan to go to China in 2013. “Be intentional about how you build your resume while you are here,” Hannema said. The university administrative and strategic team has recognized the department’s success and highlighted it as a program for growth. “I am confident there are going to be a lot of changes in the future,” said Hannema. The department is currently reviewing their curriculum and reevaluating how they can position business within Bethel and outside to develop a national reputation.


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Bethel alumna wins pageant ■■2011 graduate Huldah Omesa is named Miss Africa Minnesota


Huldah Omesa was crowned on Nov. 19. B y N icole N ettleton of The Clarion Staff

Friends had always told her she should model or compete in pageants, but she just blew it off due to her busy schedule and lack of interest. Instead of going to the pageant, though, the pageant came to her, when she received an email informing her she had been accepted to the Miss Africa Minnesota pageant and would be representing Kenya. “Automatically, I knew it was her,” said Huldah Omesa, of a friend who registered her for the pageant. “I called her up, and she instantly started laughing because she knew what I was talking about.” After contemplating whether to follow through with the competition, Omesa, who was born in Kenya, recognized the opportunities winning a pageant of this sort would give her. “I realized I could use this as a platform to do what I want to do—eradicate extreme poverty in Africa,” she said. The competition consisted of volunteer services, seminars, an interview, a talent – Omesa played the

trumpet – traditional wear, formal/evening wear and swimwear. According to the pageant’s website, Miss Africa Minnesota looks for women who are “savvy, goal-oriented and aware,” and “must display these characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.” The final ceremony was held Nov. 19 at Spring Lake Park High School., where Omesa was officially named Miss Africa Minnesota. “When they called it out, I could not believe it. My legs buckled, and I fell to the ground. I just couldn’t believe it. It was incredible,” said Omesa. Winning the pageant means Omesa will now serve a one-year term, appearing at events in the African community in Minnesota. According to Omesa, having the title is invaluable as she looks to make a difference in the community and raise awareness about causes close to her heart. “Having the opportunity to say ‘I am Miss Africa Minnesota and this is what I’m about’ to the community is huge for me,” said Omesa. Despite moving to the U.S. at the age of 5, Omesa is very passionate about her homeland and the struggles that continue there. “I still have family back there who are really struggling with poverty,” said Omesa, who has returned to her native Kenya three times. With her new title, Omesa plans to return to Kenya in January to lay groundwork for a project that will benefit two schools – one from her mom’s village and one from her dad’s village. The plan is to send a 40-foot container (similar to a semi-truck trailer) filled with computers, books, shoes and clothing to facilitate education at those schools. Since winning the pageant, Omesa is candid about how it has opened doors for her to do what she has always dreamed of doing – starting her very own nonprofit. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this… But I’ve never really had the time or funds or the opportunity. I think God just created this opportunity for me to finally step into actually doing what I always wanted to do: start that nonprofit organization,” she said. As for the friend that signed her up for the competition? She couldn't make it to the final ceremony, but it didn't take long for her to find out that Omesa had won. “She called me up screaming, ‘I told you so, I told you so,’” said Omesa. “I was like, ‘Yes, you did. You told me so.’”

New prayer room opened in Lissner ■■ Lissner RD Paul Berg hopes sophomores will "encounter Jesus" in new prayer room B y H annah B itker for The Clarion

A call to prayer has swept across campus this fall, and Lissner Hall has taken a step toward sustaining the movement. Lissner’s second-floor study room was recently converted into a prayer room. Resident Director Paul Berg said the prayer room was inspired by a similar room in Heritage Hall, the work of Pray First and the Tent of Meeting that promoted 40 days of continuous prayer this fall. Berg said the idea for the prayer room originally came from his Resident Assistant staff. He then emailed the whole hall to get input from his residents. He received an abundance of responses in strong favor of the prayer room. Resident Assistants Mark Bostrom and Sarah Mikul led a meeting with the students who were interested in getting the prayer room started. Mikul said, “They were throwing out ideas left and right and really put energy behind the prayer room. It was so encouraging to see residents getting excited about prayer and crying out for our campus!” Berg said that he was nervous about backlash from residents asking where they would be able to study since they were accustomed to having the second-floor study room available. However, he said he was moved by one student who asked, “But where is there a place for me to go to pray?” He then realized that this was a project worth going forward with and that residents could benefit from a space for 24/7 prayer. To address any concerns about study space, the secondfloor conference room has been unlocked and is no longer reserved only for special meetings but is now open for students to use as a homework space. The second-floor study room has been fully converted. It has comfortable seating for several people, a CD player, a prayer journal and an easel for students to utilize during prayer. There is also a guest book that students are invited to sign. Berg said he is hoping the prayer room can serve the whole community, and students outside of Lissner are welcome to use it as well. Berg said that the primary purpose for the room right now is to be a place set apart for prayer. “We want it to be a place where students can come and meet God. I don’t think that prayer needs to look formulaic or it has to have a certain stepby-step approach to meet God, but my hope is that that would be a room where students can encounter Jesus,” he said. Lissner is now home to yet another resource on campus to help students reach out and seek God. DECEMBER 8, 2011 • THE CLARION • 7

Views College grads moving home hurts economy

â– â– By moving back in with their parents, even when employed, college graduates damage economic growth B y A lex K empston

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Griffin Sumstein woke up that morning, brushed his teeth and put on a freshly pressed suit. As he walked out his front door, he turned back and yelled, “Bye, Mom! I’ll be back in time for dinner!� According to Twentysomething Inc., 85 percent of seniors graduating in the spring of 2012 will move back home, adding to the almost 15 percent already living at home. Typically, in years past, excited students rolled out of college and established homes, funneling an average of $145,000 a year

into the economy, according to Moody’s Analytics. When college graduates move back home, the economy takes a hit because the money that could have been used to buy an apartment or house and pay bills, gets saved for other things such as paying off massive college debt. Nationwide, the class of 2011 averaged almost $30,000 dollars in student loan debts, which is the highest it has ever been. Since all of the money that could be funneled back into the economy is being used to get people out of debt, the young American workforce comes to a standstill.

With this record number of people moving back home to save money and pay off debts, the economy is taking a major hit at a time when it needs all the help it

85% of seniors graduating in 2012 will move back home can get. So do we blame the lack of jobs for driving students back under their parents’ wing? While there are many concerns over the supposed lack of jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a study show-

ing that the number of college graduates landing employment is actually on the rise. Contrary to popular opinion, even though the national average for unemployment is almost ten percent, close to 95 percent of all college graduates have jobs according to a recent study. The only problem is that they are using their paychecks to pay off college debt. Unfortunately, the BLS did not shed light on what jobs these college graduates are getting. Nevertheless, if one has a college degree, the chances of getting a job are a lot higher. The problem is not availability of jobs. There are jobs, and with college education, one’s chances

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Internet censorship

■■Two bills being discussed in the U.S. Congress try to protect companies from piracy but are broad enough to limit your right to free speech online B y S ara R assler

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Internet censorship? In America? Currently, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States are both discussing bills that could do exactly that. The bill in the House, the Stop Online Piracy Act, has been stuck in committee for months, but its slightly older sister bill in the Senate is on a fast track to be voted on soon. The Senate version of this bill is the PROTECT IP Act, which stands for Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011. While the clever acronym sounds like the bill is exactly what our country needs, parts of it are definitely not what the general population wants. Many public interest groups, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Fight for the Future and Demand Progress, have recently been calling on the public to contact their Senators and sign online petitions to keep this bill from becoming a law. Social media sites have exploded with opposition to these bills. Both of these bills have positive piec-

es that could help groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America and other groups in the entertainment industry. However, they are both over broad and could very possibly be used to instill online censorship.

Sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook would have to censor every post drastically in order to avoid being shut down. PROTECT IP uses ambiguous language that could be used against many social media websites, such as Tumblr, or new start-ups on the web who do not yet have the funding to filter as well as the government would want them to. The government would have the power to shut down entire websites for one infringing link; sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook would have to censor every post drastically in order to avoid being shut down. However, it is more likely that these sites would not

be the target but that smaller start-ups would be taken down, allowing for already popular social media sites to continue monopolizing the web. The reality is that many piracy websites will not be stopped. Although this bill will make it more difficult for these sites to exist on the web, there are still loopholes that many piracy websites will slip through but that legitimate sites will not. And all of this is for the entertainment industry; it is to hopefully force the public to feed Hollywood more money by buying more entertainment products. Those opposing these bills are not doing so because they disagree that artists should be paid for their work, but because these bills are using illegitimate means. They censor and block websites similarly to China and Iran to obtain the end goal. The government already has many tools to help stop piracy: they have the power to take down copyrighted content, sue peer-to-peer software companies and sue Internet users who discuss how to copy copyrighted content. In the end, government officials are required by this bill to properly judge a site’s intention in order for a court order to be granted, but guidelines on this are mostly subjective.



Bethel alumna Hannah Carlson returns to campus to play the harp. PHOTO FOR THE CLARION BY JARED JOHNSON



The Bethel Choir performs in the 55th Festival of Christmas on Dec. 3.


Bethel's Handbell Ensemble rings in the Christmas season in the Saturday night performance.



A violist in the University Orchestra performs Saturday evening to a sold-out crowd.



By Sara Rassler

of The Clarion Staff


The Scandanavian Smorgasbord treated guests to an array of goodies.


Unique desserts completed the Saturday night Smorgasbord.

The 55th annual Festival of Christmas reminded the Bethel community and hundreds of guests of the beauty and significance of Christmas. By serving those in need, Bethel has found additional ways to celebrate Christmas. Tri-Beta is participating in Operation Christmas Child this year and has been for several years. “Our goal is really to shift students' focuses beyond Bethel toward the needs of the global community. Operation Christmas Child is a great way to make even a small impact for the greater world," said Jenna Gaalswyk, Tri-Beta president, "especially during the Christmas season when we're reminded of how fortunate we are in the United States, OCC reminds us to look for ways to share what we have with those that really need it.” For the past five years, Lissner Residence Hall has part-

nered with Washburn Center for Children and participated in their gift drive. This year Lissner’s RD, Paul Berg, has challenged the students of Lissner to sponsor 45 children or families to make their holiday season a little brighter. The entire hall is gathering together to donate toys and other gifts to children and families in the area. Bethel Student Social Work Association hosted their annual Blanket Drive for the St. Stephen’s Homeless Shelter. Bethel Student Association called the student body together to partner with Operation Christmas Child this year. Their goal is to fill 1,000 boxes to send to children in need across the world. At the annual Dinner and a Miracle event on Dec. 3, they invited students to help fill a semi-truck with these boxes. These are just a few of the groups at Bethel that define the Christmas spirit as going beyond the music and lights and giving back to the world around them.





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Photo from Abroad Five tips for handling that finals stress

■■With finals looming ahead, don’t let stress derail your grade - use some of these tips to get stress under control and do your best

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It all comes down to this: Bethel students are preparing to run the gantlet of finals, where after three and a half months of work, grades hinge on two testing hours and a lot of Scantron bubbles. As the pile of textbooks, crinkled notes and unwritten papers grows higher, students feel the pressure to perform their best, yet that pressure can actually cripple their performances. The National College Stress and Mental Health Poll has found that 85 percent of students are stressed on a daily basis. The best strategy for handling anxiety might be plan-

ning ahead, staying organized and being prepared so you have nothing to worry about. But if you’ve reached the saturation point where your eyes are glazed over and you can barely spell your name, try these relaxing tips: 1. Jump in a snow bank Don’t underestimate the cleansing power of exercise and fresh air. After you’ve been sitting in front of a laptop or textbook all afternoon, a quick plunge into the snow helps refresh and revitalize. The Mayo Clinic recommends exercise for stress management because it releases more endorphins, which are feelgood neurotransmitters. A study by the American Psychological Asso-


ciation suggests that exercise may also produce more norepinephrine, which may improve the body’s response to stress. If snow diving isn’t your thing, try a short jog or a game of pingpong before you get back to your studies. 2. Play a round of Go Fish Got any threes? More importantly than which game you pick, try to take a break with a couple of friends. Talking with others can be key to stress relief, and the feeling of community can encourage you to keep going. Whether you grab a meal with your roommates or chat with a friend in between vocabulary terms, a social study break can make a big difference.

3. Get some shut-eye Try to avoid the all-nighters and take a power nap when you need it. Although the brain science is still divided on what exactly happens, it is unarguable that after a good night’s rest, people are more relaxed and patient. Not only will sleep help you unwind, but it can also improve your memory and concentration, so when you wake up and hit the books, your studying will be more productive. 4. Drop by Late-Night DC On Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, stop by the Monson Dining Center for the traditional Late-Night DC. Pizza, pop and brownies will fuel your study ses-

sion, and on Sunday night, latenight breakfast will be served. If you need a place with fewer distractions, head over to the library, open until 2 a.m. during finals week. 5. Dive back into the books Breaks are crucial to staying fresh, but the best way to guarantee success is to keep studying. When you’re ready to return to your desk, have a strategy for how to study a whole semester’s worth of information. Find an environment where you can concentrate and reward yourself as you finish tasks. Bask in the sense of accomplishment as you cross the last item off your to-do list and head home for Christmas break.

Culture Life as Bethel's first lady ■Barb ■ Barnes discusses her busy role as wife of the president B y H annah B itker for The Clarion

Call her Bethel’s first lady, or the wife of the president, but Barb Barnes likes to simply be called Barb. And that’s one of her favorite things about Bethel - the community atmosphere that allows her to be on a first name basis with so many. “You don’t find this at many schools,” she said. Barnes has come to the role of first lady from a host of different experiences. She is a registered nurse, but it has been more than 15 years since she has worked in the healthcare field. Since coming to Bethel, Barnes has served in several different ways. She had many unofficial duties as the wife of the provost before Jay Barnes became the president, and she was also the office manager of the Academic Enrichment and Support Center for many years. Today, Barnes has numerous responsibilities as the wife of the

president, and which is a position officially recognized by Bethel. She is employed part time as the Chief Executive Service Assistant. Barnes said her duties for this role include “accompanying the president on business travel and other gatherings, hosting people who come to campus, appearing at student events, hosting employee events and attending conferences.” There is no typical day for Bethel’s first lady. If she is not arranging travel, designing the Bethel Christmas card or hosting the Engaged Couples group at her home, she might be found attending an oncampus sporting, theatrical or musical event or an off-campus event with alumni or donors. In the midst of all this busyness, weekends sometimes bring a bit of reprieve. Saturday morning breakfasts at Pippins with her husband are one of the most consistent events on her calendar. Whenever possible, they take time on Saturday mornings to eat breakfast

together and discuss the past and upcoming weeks. She also said, “Sunday we try to reserve for ourselves and church as much as possible.” Although she does not have much time for it, Barnes enjoys many different hobbies and interests in her life outside of Bethel. She and Jay both like home repair and remodeling projects, and she enjoys everything from gardening, furniture refinishing and photography to finding bargains at Savers and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. “As you can see, activities I am involved with vary greatly with the week or the season,” said Barnes. She is thankful “that our Trustee Board supports the idea that I travel with Jay for most of these activities.” However, she also enjoys being on campus and observing students’ growth throughout their years at Bethel. Needless to say, Barb Barnes is a busy first lady with many duties and passions.

A week in the life of the first lady... Sunday:

• Attend church • Jay teaches his adult Sunday school class


• Work in the yard • Attend a dinner on campus in the evening • Host Engaged Couples group meeting at their home that night


• Lunch on campus with staff friends • Host the November employee birthday party in the President’s Office in the afternoon • Host a dinner honoring employees with 20 years of service to Bethel in the evening


• Flight to the East Coast


• Meet with two donor contacts


• Spend a day at NYCAMS • Meeting for the Board of Deerfoot Lodge that Jay is a part of, a Christian wilderness camp for boys in the Adirondacks of New York


• Eat breakfast at Pippins with Jay • Attend the Bethel football game • Eat dinner at an area restaurant with some football parents and the offensive line PHOTO FOR THE CLARION BY JARED JOHNSON

When her husband, Jay, was named President of Bethel in 2008, Barb Barnes became the first lady.




Freshman Julia Lambert joined her older sister, junior Laura Lambert, at Bethel this year.

Bethel Siblings:

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Coming into college as a freshman can be very difficult, but an upperclassman sibling can ease the transition. Freshman Julia Lambert joined her junior sister Laura this year and said that it’s always nice to have someone to go and talk to. She described the two of them as “kind of opposite.” Julia said,“I’m really shy and she’s really loud.” Laura agreed, saing how it’s nice that you always have someone who you know will love you, someone who understands you in a different way than anyone else. The two describe their rela-

tionship changing as they moved from both at home to both at school. “It’s more like we’re friends now rather than just sisters,” said Laura. They find themselves at a more equal stage in life and laughed that there is “less bickering.” At Bethel, Laura and Julia see each other at least once a day, usually passing through the hallways, and Julia described her embarrassment as Laura yells her name loudly across the hall. They find time to actually hang out about once every two weeks. Laura is majoring in theatre and psychology, and Julia is majoring in music and Spanish. Their relationship has come a



Sophomore Stephanie Skoog and her brother, senior B.J. Skoog, have the same major.

Sibling sets Laura and Julia Lambert and B.J. and Stephanie Skoog relay what it’s like to experience college with a sibling long way since the times of building forts together in Laura’s room, and at Bethel they both get to continue the relationship they’ve valued for so many years. Another Bethel sibling set is B.J. and Stephanie Skoog. For the Skoogs, Bethel is a family legacy. Their dad, aunts, grandparents and great-aunts and uncles have all attended Bethel. B.J. remembers thinking his senior year in high school that he did not want to come to Bethel for that very reason. Nevertheless, they both ended up here and have experienced not only what it means to have a sibling at the same school, but also have the same major, com-

munication studies, and the same emphasis, organizational communication. Steph, now a sophomore, remembered it being really helpful to have her older brother at Bethel to make the transition from high school to college easier. “It’s nice having not just a familiar face, but someone I could really go and talk to,” said Steph. “When she came in as a freshman last year, we kind of made it a point to at least be able to see each other a couple times a week,” said B.J., who is now a senior. They still try to continue that but have gotten busier as both of them are involved with extracurricular activities and work.

B.J.’s favorite part of having Steph with him at Bethel is being able to “live life together and experience things together.” However, a problem they run into frequently is that people think they’re dating. A number of people have come up to B.J. and said, “Who’s that blonde you were with?” to which he replies with a laugh, “That’s my sister.” Steph is one of the promoters for B.J.’s band, The Sota Boys, and is really glad to be able to help with that. “It’s been cool to work our way into really more of a friendship instead of just being siblings,” said B.J., “and if she wasn’t here, that would be a little harder.“


Bethel choir tenors continue tradition of Top-Notch Tenor

■■ Tenor section leader Wes Mouri talks about the fourth year of a silly but bonding tradition B y L exi B easley

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Some of you may have spotted the orange jumpsuit and blue knee-high socks strutting the halls this year; others may have yet to see the spectacle. It all started in 2008 when Wes Mouri was a freshman in choir. Mouri remembers it starting with a student named Titus Anderson. “Top-Notch Tenor,” or “TNT” as most call it, was inspired by Bethel Choir’s bass section. They have had their own tradition for many years of “Cute Bass,” where a bass has to wear a pink polo for doing something cute. “If the bass are going to be cute, then we’re going to be top notch,” said Mouri of the beginnings of this tradition. Mouri said it really isn’t a competition between the two, but it is rather something that celebrates each section. Every Wednesday, Bethel Choir breaks off into sectionals of soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It is in these last five to seven minutes of the sectional that TNT pops out its head. As Grant McEachern plays an original song written by graduate Brian Schroeder specifically for this purpose, the rest of the tenors nominate people who fit into the category of TNT. Mouri explained that doing anything from something really embarrassing to something really great can get you nominated to be the week’s TNT, though the embarrassing things usually win out. Things such as getting a girlfriend or getting a role in the musical would also warrant a person getting TNT, said Mouri. Mouri and Daniel Arend take about three to five nominations per week and then have the sec-

tion vote. “Whoever wins is required by top-notch law to wear the Top-Notch Tenor outfit the next week on Wednesday all day,” explained Mouri, “and if they forget to wear it or someone catches them not wearing it, they are automatically renominated for the next week and they win.” The outfit is new every year. Mouri started in the bass section as an incoming freshman, but remembers the outfit as a windbreaker jacket. When he became a tenor his sophomore year, the outfit had changed to a gold sequined jacket. Last year, Mouri’s junior year, the outfit was an African orange, green and yellow button-up shirt accompanied by a cow hat with a visor. This year’s outfit was inspired by a pair of footie pajamas Mouri asked for a few years back for Christmas. So he cut off the botPHOTO FROM THE CLARION COURTESY OF PAUL HJELLMING toms and included an optional headband or belt with the same Tenors from the Bethel Choir continue the "Top-Notch Tenor" tradition of dressing up in an orange jumpsuit. material, and McEachern donated the blue socks. Though this may be a funny tradition, it is one that the tenors really enjoy. “Tenors are proud of it,” -Jon Brown looks like Jesus when he has a beard. said Mouri. “It is embarrassing, but it is an honor.” -Taylor Bothun willingly carried a freshman girl up to her room. Mouri describes the Bethel Choir as truly being a community -Paul Hjellming has made treats 10 out of the 12 sectionals. that cares about each other, much like an extended family, and one's -Ben Thom made a deal with his girlfriend about doing pull-ups; she did individual section is one's immediher end of the deal, and he didn’t follow through with his. ate family. “Having things like TopNotch Tenor and Cute Bass build -Tony Blankers was made fun of by a professor in class. community in a fun way that lets you connect with people on a dif-Josh Palmer was nationally recognized at a drama conference. ferent level than just singing,” said Mouri. “So Top-Notch Tenor is -Justin Lassen made Easy Mac without water and made his townhouse great because not only do you hear about successes in people’s lives, smell of burned noodles. but you get to laugh with them in the moments that are kind of awk-Grant McEachern showed up half an hour late to choir. ward and hilarious.”

Reasons why tenors have been “Top Notch”:



Potential and perseverance: The Zach Haskins story B y M att K elley for The Clarion


Junior Zach Haskins runs at the 2010 Roy Griak Invitational.


Before the most important race of his life, Zach Haskins was unusually calm. But as nonchalant as his attitude was, getting to nationals was anything but easy. The Bethel junior finished 53rd at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship despite being only a year removed from a stress fracture in his left femur. Haskins' determination and relaxed approach beat his previous personal best by 32 seconds, running 8 kilometers in 24:57.98 at the Nov. 19 national meet. The stress fracture, which was diagnosed after last year’s cross country season, cost him the 2010 track season as well as many valuable training miles last summer. The ordeal helped Haskins rekindle his love of running and appreciate his opportunity at nationals. “The whole week I was just super grateful that I got the opportunity to get there,” he said. “To be honest, that kind of took some pressure off the whole week.” Remaining calm under pressure was a lesson that Haskins learned the hard way in high school. His junior year he cost himself a good finish at the state cross country meet by putting too much pressure on himself. With that in mind four years later, he tried to just enjoy his experience competing against the best Division III runners in the country. In a race with so much on the line, adrenaline can take over and cause runners to start unsustainably fast. Haskins’ experience in high school, however, taught him

to start at a calm, reasonable pace while his opponents fired off the starting line. After the first mile he found himself in 137th place, but he was unfazed. While others tired and slowed down, Haskins was able to maintain his pace, gradually moving up the leaderboard. Composure and control allowed him to finish in the top 60, only 10 seconds off AllAmerican pace. “Deep down I really wanted to be All-American,” he said, “but I tried not to think about that. I just wanted to run the best race I could run that day.” But Haskins wasn’t always one of the nation’s top runners. The making of an elite athlete started when he was 4 years old, running road races. Young Zach had running in his blood. His father was a runner at North Dakota State University and his older brother was a two-time All-American decathlete at Cornerstone University. Despite his pedigree, Haskins began to burn out in fourth grade and quit running with no intention of returning. Instead he played basketball and joined the swimming team. But in ninth grade, the call to run came, and he joined the track team. Even then the fit didn’t seem right, and Haskins almost quit in the second week. Yet he decided to continue running and learned to really love the sport in high school. But even after qualifying for the state championship run twice in high school, Haskins admits he wasn’t whole-heartedly committed to his sport to begin his college career. Only after his injury did he truly appreciate his sport and adopt ambitious off-season

training goals. His perspective was changed. Jim Timp, Haskins’ cross country coach, said, “God was working His perfect will through this circumstance… I certainly see a difference in him in his attitude. I think he doesn’t take things for granted.” The additional commitment paid off with an impressive showing at nationals for the Maple Grove native, but he’s the first to say that the team pushed him to excel as an individual. “I was super grateful to make it to the national meet,” he said, “but without any of the other guys, I never would have made it.” It may seem odd for an athlete in an ‘individual’ sport to have such a team-centered attitude, but both Timp and Haskins value the team’s camaraderie. Haskins’ primary goals for next year are for the team, not just for himself. He said, “As much fun as it was this year to go to the national meet, I know it’ll be a hundred times better next year if the team makes it.” That’s not to suggest that Haskins doesn’t have lofty personal goals for next year. He discussed garnering All-American honors next year and he even calculated his place among runners who will be returning next fall (28th; top 35 are All-American). But team always supersedes individual, from his injury rehab to his future goals. After years with Haskins, Timp has come to expect nothing less. “It’s been a very enjoyable experience for me to be his coach,” he said. “He’s truly one of the best runners I’ve ever had, and I’ve had quite a few.”

Sports The misery of being a Minnesota sports fan ■■ Minnesota sports fans can only hope to bathe in Wisconsin's current success in the near future

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There is going to come a day in everyone's life that he or she is already dreading: telling their future children what it is like to be a 21st century Minnesota professional sports fan. How and where would you even start? Actually, it should be a short conversation summarized in one word: disappointment. Gophers Jerry Kill is a good start to a large rebuilding process with the football team. They have not won anything of significance in the last 50 years. The Gophers basketball program will struggle against an

improved Big Ten Conference this year, because Trevor Mbawke suffered a season-ending injury, tearing his ACL. Last year the team lost 10 of their last 11 games. A bright spot for the Gophers is their hockey team. In the last couple of years they haven't been anything short of relevant, but this young 2011-2012 squad is determined to get back to the national championship. Ten years ago they won back-to-back national championships. Wild Despite their fast start this year, over the years the Minnesota Wild have been nothing to brag about. The only successful Wild team was in 2004 when

they lost in the Western Conference Finals to the Colorado Avalance 4-3. Timberwolves Ever since Kevin Garnett left and won a championship with the Boston Celtics, the T-wolves have been nothing short of horrendous. In the last two years they have compiled a total of 32 wins out of 164 games. Twins Coming off their second season at Target Field, the Twins had 99 losses and one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Twins have had a lot of success, particularly in the regular season but have had difficulties getting past the New York

Yankees. They did however win the last world championship in this city. (Outside of the Lynx, but it's hard to count that, as a very small percentage of Minnesotans would even recognize any of the players on that team) Vikings This has been the most rollercoaster franchise in the history of sports. As bad as it has been, we keep on watching. When they seem to be on a roll something will and has happened. The franchise is a mess right now. It’s been a tough couple of years for Minnesota sports fans. We've been sour to our Wisconsin neighbors because of all the

success they seem to be having. The Green Bay Packers haven't lost a game since last year's 7-3 loss to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. The Pack are certainly the clear cut favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The Milwaukee Brewers made the playoffs and compiled a 96-66 record; 57 of those wins came at Miller Park. The Badgers football program had another successful season rolling over the Gophers 41-23 on Nov. 23. Jordan Taylor is looking to lead the Badgers basketball team to their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Our time will come Minnesota; be patient.


Sports See it. Dream it. Live it!

NBA ‘Superteam’ trend leaves T-wolves behind ■■ Owners didn't do enough in the CBA negotiations to deter player movement or help small-market teams B y M att K elley

ference not large enough to be significant, but it can also be evaded by using a strategy known as the “sign-and-trade,” which The NBA is changing, and its team own- allows the player to end up on the team of ers are largely helpless to stop it. The NBA his choice and allows his former team to owners are convinced they’ve won the re- receive compensation. cently ended Collective Bargaining AgreeAs if star players didn’t have enough ment negotiations. For the most part, they leverage already, the sign-and-trade gives are correct, increasing their share of bas- elite players all the power they need to ketball-related income (BRI) by about $270 play where they want. Despite all their million compared to the CBA negotiation vicprevious CBA. However, the tories, the owners did It’s going to be players’ most valuable asset nothing to make players remains intact: freedom of think twice about changincreasingly difmovement. ing teams for more enficult for teams After the LeBrontroversy dorsement money and like Orlando, in the summer of 2010, when an easier road to a ring. the NBA’s best player joined The long-term reNew Orleans and forces with two other top sult of stars grouping Minnesota to players in Miami, a template together will be a dire keep players like was forged – superstars seek lack of competitive balsuperstar teammates in the ance – the rich will get Dwight Howard, largest media markets. Last richer and the poor will Chris Paul and season the Denver Nuggets get poorer. In a few Kevin Love. traded Carmelo Anthony to years a greater majority the New York Knicks for penof the game’s household nies on the dollar, because names will be in New the alternative was watching him walk York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Dallas away this offseason and getting nothing in and Chicago. return. It’s going to be increasingly difficult for Since free agency’s inception, players teams like Orlando, New Orleans and Minhave had the freedom to choose their em- nesota to keep players like Dwight Howployer, but there is now a universal stan- ard, Chris Paul and Kevin Love. dard for which teams are most desirable. Most of the basketball world derived an Players are willing to sacrifice total con- unusually large amount of joy from watchtract salary to be in larger cities. Kobe Bry- ing Miami’s attempt at a “superteam” fail ant made approximately $53 million from last year, but it’s only a matter of time until May 2010 to May 2011, and only $24.8 mil- one of these juggernauts hoists the Larry lion came from the Los Angeles Lakers. O’Brien Trophy. Teams organically built The league has tried to make staying around one homegrown superstar will put more lucrative than leaving by allowing soon be obsolete, but at least Chicago and incumbent teams to offer longer contracts Dallas can adapt. The Timberwolves, howand pay more per year. Not only is the dif- ever, are ill-equipped for the next NBA age. for The Clarion

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Offensive line coach earns AFCA award ■■ Greg Peterson is named AFCA DIII Assistant Coach of the Year B y B rock B uesing

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Head coach Steve Johnson was one of five Division III coaches selected as a finalist for Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year award.

Johnson named Coach of the Year finalist ■■ Liberty Mutual announces Johnson is in the running for the prestigious award B y N icole N ettleton of The Clarion Staff

Bethel head football coach Steve Johnson was announced as a finalist in the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award Tuesday. Johnson's votes placed him in the top 15 among all Division III coaches for the contest, and he was then chosen as one of five finalists by the selection committee. The award, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, was created in 2006 and

is given to one football coach from each NCAA Division. According to Liberty Mutual, the award seeks to recognize the coaches, "rewarding them for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence." Johnson is in his 23rd year as head coach of the Bethel University football program and has led the Royals to 18 winning seasons during that time. His success has not gone unnoticed, as Johnson has been named MIAC Coach of the Year five times

(1989, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007), and West Region Coach of the Year (1996, 2007, 2010). Earlier this year, the Minnesota Football Coaches Association selected Johnson as the 2011 Man of the Year for his dedication to leading and mentoring student athletes. If Johnson wins the award, he will receive $50,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. In addition, a $20,000 grant will be awarded to Bethel's alumni association, and Johnson will receive a Coach of the

Year trophy. The final decision will be determined by fan votes (20 percent), College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee votes (55 percent) and National Media votes (25 percent). The winner will be announced Jan. 9, prior to the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, La. Fan voting begins Tuesday, Dec. 6, and will run until Thursday, Dec. 22. All fan votes must be cast online at the contest's website,

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VOTE NOW! Winner to be announced January 9, 2012

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While meeting with a Royals receiver, Greg Peterson's phone rang and he wondered why someone in Waco, Texas, was calling him. It was a phone call delivering news that he was named American Football Coaches Association DIII Assistant Coach of the Year. “I was a little bit stunned and speechless not knowing how to respond,” said Peterson. “You hear it and you just kind of feel stupid because you don't say anything. Anyways it was a pretty cool phone call.” Head coach Steve Johnson believes Peterson's award is well deserved. "This is a great honor for Greg and a testament to his hard work and dedication to our program,” Johnson said. “He is the guy who works his tail off, has great poise and never needs a reward or credit.” According to the AFCA Press Release, the criteria for the award is “not limited to on-field coaching ability or the success of the team and players that these assistant coaches work with. Service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations and impact on student-athletes are all taken into account in the selection process.”


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

Alumnus returns to shovel snow

■■Winston Fitz returns to his former college campus in hopes of finding work in a downtrodden economy B y D anny V alentine

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Sidewalks on campus are clear thanks to the return of Winston Fitz.

Physics graduate Winston Fitz had ambitions of studying and exploring the cosmos, but an ailing economy and a shrinking job market forced him to trade in his microscope for a Bethel snow shovel. However, Fitz is not complaining. Fitz was elated to discover he had been selected out of 242 applicants for the snow removal position, saying, “I was shocked when they offered me the job. I can’t believe I’ve finally found work, especially somewhere I’m so familiar with!” Fitz now spends his mornings with a shovel in calloused hands

and blaring headphones over frigid ears. If he stumbles across a conversation while shoveling the endless mounds of heavy snow at 5:30 a.m., he is quick to explain how blessed he is to have a job. But not everything is as delightful as Fitz would have people believe. Early this winter Fitz was forced out of his apartment when he was unable to pay rent. Fitz explained that he found himself in quite a predicament when he could no longer manage to pay both his rent and student loans. After being evicted by his landlord, Fitz was forced to live in his car. “It isn’t so bad,” he said. “Newspapers are a lot warmer than you’d think!” he added. Fitz said he’s staying positive

and that he has to keep reminding himself, “With the nine dollars an hour they pay me to shovel snow, I should be able to pay my student loans back in 732 years...and that isn’t so bad.”

Professors still don't understand Moodle, computers ■■Students are confused and angry that professors still can't seem to grasp Moodle or set up a projector B y D anny V alentine

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“The professors are just so old!” shouted freshman Tiffany Rambough after looking through the Moodle grade section for her Australian Literature class. Totally confused by endless pages of color-coded figures, she forcefully folded her laptop and stormed off to that unfortunate professor’s office. Students all over campus are experiencing frustrations similar to Rambough’s, as professors are unable to efficiently navigate

Moodle or anything built after 1956. However, the problem of technological illiteracy seems to be impacting more than just Moodle grades. Sophomore Jered Flanstaff reports that one of his professors spends at least 20 minutes of class poking the keyboard and begging for someone to help him get the projector working. “It’s really sad. I hate to watch them bumble around the computers,” said Flanstaff. “They just look so helpless,” he added. “The number of reports saying professors are completely out


of tune with technology and the future as a whole is alarming,” said Trevor Walkwits, a junior and president of Keeping Old People Caught Up Committee. “We’ve just got to be more tolerant. We can’t expect them to adapt to new technologies so quickly. They’re old,” Walkwits explained. Walkwits said that it is important for students to help professors set up classroom technology in a timely fashion, rather than seeing how much time they can shave off a boring lecture by letting the professor sink into computer confusion.

Clarion - December 8, 2011  

Bethel Clarion - Issue 8 - December 8, 2011

Clarion - December 8, 2011  

Bethel Clarion - Issue 8 - December 8, 2011