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Webster Dictionary defines vespers as “the sixth of the canonical hours that is said or sung in the late afternoon” or “a service of evening worship.” It comes from the Medieval Latin "vesperae" which is the plural of "vespera" for evening. Encyclopedia Britannica provides a bit of background into vespers as an “evening prayer of thanksgiving and praise” in the Roman Catholic liturgy. Scholars believe that vespers may be based upon Judaic forms of prayer. The first vespers services likely took place as early as the fourth or fifth centuries with cathedral choirs and monastic orders. Lucernarium, which literally means “lamp-lighting time,” was an early name for vespers; it referred to the lighting of candles for the services which were held in the early evening. At Bethel, the Sunday evening Vespers service is “crafted primarily for prayer, praise and worship” according to the Campus Ministries webpage. This is typical of the current Protestant view of vespers in the 21st century.


Giving back through shopping ■■Organizations establish a buy-one, give-one philosophy for philanthropy

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As a college student with student loans and student pay rates, it’s hard to be philanthropic. These days, there are hundreds of charities looking for donations. However, some organizations make it easy for students to make smart purchases and still feel like they are giving back. The idea of one-for-one was popularly pioneered by TOMS Shoes. TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need when one pair is bought. Other companies have branched into non-clothing items. One World Futbol is spreading joy to children in

need by giving unique soccer balls to communities around the globe. These special soccer balls are made using materials that do not require stitching or air and are still the same size and weight as a standard soccer ball. Tim Jahnigen, the inventor of these special spheres, was inspired by Darfur refugees who were playing soccer using a ball of trash tied up with twine. After seeing this, he decided to create an indestructible soccer ball that could be given to children everywhere. To give a soccer ball to a child from around the world, consumers can simply buy a soccer ball for themselves. So far, balls have been given to chil-

dren in Rwanda, South Africa, Iraq and Haiti. One Million Lights provides clean, safe lighting to impoverished areas in the form of a solar light. In most of these areas, families are currently spending at least half of their incomes on kerosene to light their houses, even though it is not safe and does not provide adequate illumination. The lack of lighting in impoverished areas contributes to disease, pollution, underemployment and lack of education. Bringing light to these parts of the world provides a ripple effect of positive change. For each specialized solar lantern sold, One Million Lights gives

one to someone in need; so far they have distributed more than 20,000 lanterns to 25 countries across the world and continue to spread light to thousands of others. Warby Parker, an eyeglasses company, provides a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell. About one billion people around the world do not have access to glasses. When they are provided with glasses, adults can increase their incomes by 20 percent or more, and students can get a proper education. Warby Parker has given the gift of sight to more than 85,000 people with its “buy a pair, give a pair” campaign.

News Web censorship Two bills—the Senate’s Protect IP Act and the House version, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—were introduced into the United States Congress, aiming to protect American intellectual property. While the bills don’t have the same intention as China’s nationwide system of Web censorship, the effects could be similar. Currently, social networking services like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are granted immunity from prosecution as long as the sites act in good faith to take down infringing content when rights-holders identify it. SOPA would destroy that immunity. Websites would have to censor all user content; if even one user posted copyright material, that website could be shut down.

Three Danish super cars

Pizza is a vegetable

With only 15 cars available, a mere three of the new Danish super car, Zenvo ST1, will be available in the United States. The U.S. model—the Zenvo STI 50S—will have a base price of $1.8 million, a 1,250 horsepower and a seven-speed f1 transmission. The 12 remaining Zenvo STI’s, available throughout the rest of the world, have the slightly less appealing horsepower of 1,104 and a manual transmission. Waiting eight months, customers have a choice in the handmade car’s color, the type of leather for the car’s interior and the kind of tires.

The United States Congress rebuked the new USDA guidelines for school lunches that would have increased the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in school cafeterias. In lieu of the guidelines, Congress has declared that the tomato paste on frozen pizza qualifies as a vegetable. Large food companies like ConAgra and Schwan pressured Congress to comply with their financial interests. The proposed USDA guidelines would cost about $6.8 billion over the next five years, and food companies have spent more than $5.6 million lobbying against them.

91-year-old track star

Defying physics

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Teens self-harm The Lancet study, which repeatedly surveyed almost 2,000 Australian adolescents over 15 years, found that one in 12 individuals self-harm in their teenage years. While 90 percent of teenagers who self-harm will stop by the time they reach their 20s, it should not be thought of as just a phase. Self-harm is one of the most significant predictors of suicide. Of those who commit by suicide, around 50-60 percent have a known history of self-harm. Self-harm itself, according to research, is often used to “protect themselves from attempting suicide and their families and friends from experiencing their mental pain.”

At 91 years old, Olga Kotelko can certainly give others a run for their money. Fourteen years ago, at the age of 77, Kotelko began track and field. Enjoying it so much, she joined a local club and has continued with it. Kotelko competes in the 100, 200 and 400 meter sprints, and the high, long and triple jumps. Automatically, Kotelko has three world records in the jump events, as there are no other women in her 90-year-old age group that do any jumping. Those aren’t her only world records, with over 600 gold medals, Kotelko broke over 10 world records last year alone.

In September, a team of experts at CERN found that neutrinos, which are tiny particles, might travel faster than light. However, there were critics of the report. So the team improved the test by creating much shorter bunches and ran the experiment 20 times. After running their improved version of the experiment, the team confirmed their result. This result will have to be confirmed independently, but only a few facilities worldwide have the detectors needed for the experiment, so it will likely be several months before any results are shared.



From the classroom to the clinic ■■ Changes in the nursing department expand student experience and emphasize community involvement.


Simulated hospital rooms in the nursing department at Bethel give students a safe place to practice. M argaret G ill

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Bethel’s nursing department has recently undergone notable changes that are making a significant impact on the program. Dr. Beth Peterson, chair of the nursing department, said the department has begun to accept students sooner in their school career than ever before. Acceptance begins in the spring of the student’s sophomore year rather than the beginning of junior year. Peterson explained that it is difficult for students to spend two years without taking any

nursing classes or knowing if they made it into the program. “There is so much for the students to learn—not only skills in the lab, but understanding the whole health care system and how it works. This way students get an earlier start,” said Peterson. Three years ago, the department largely relocated from the fourth level of the Hagstrom Center to the location of the former Dining Center. The new and improved space provides room for offices, classrooms and many new simulation labs. The program now has a strong emphasis on experiential learning, which


is heavily credited to the simulation labs. These labs use computeroperated dolls as patients and allow the instructors to create real-life situations in order to practice skills and decisionmaking. The experience is about learning—not evaluation—so if the students make mistakes, they do so in a safe environment. One of the changes the nursing program now offers is Community Engagement. This is a new requirement in the program, where students are divided into small groups and work with a number of local agencies

and organizations. Community With increased enrollment in Engagement strives to help stu- the last two years, Bethel does dents learn to work as a team, its best to accept and accominteract with the community modate as many students as and learn what the community possible. Mary Erickson is one needs. It helps establish long- such student accepted into the term relationships by learning nursing program. She is a part directly what is helpful and use- of the class of 2013, the first ful to the community. class to experience the changes “The program is important to to the program. Erickson was both students and faculty who accepted as a second-semester are part of it and teaches them sophomore, credit-wise. Erickhow to work together with the community, to figure out what “There is so much for the the community wants students to learn—not and needs and then only skills in the lab, but to help provide that,” Peterson said. “It can understanding the whole be anything from takhealth care system and ing blood pressures how it works.” to teaching kids the importance of washing hands.” -Dr. Beth Peterson, Future plans for Nursing Department the nursing program include educating its students about global health is- son loves the new program and sues, especially by providing stu- the faculty who run it. She said dents the opportunity to study the faculty really take interest in abroad for a semester, which is their students. The Community often difficult for nursing majors Engagement program has given due to busy schedules. So far Erickson the chance to work there are plans for a semester with a different ethnic group. in Uganda, as faculty members Erickson is in the process of dishave strong relationships with covering what that community Uganda Christian University. needs, and then establishing a Once there, students will be en- nursing intervention based on rolled in nursing courses while those needs. interacting with an unfamiliar Erickson said, “Community country. There is also a proposal Engagement is an awesome opfor a three- to four-week trip to portunity. As Bethel students, Norway, as well as Estonia–a Eu- we claim that we are reconcilropean republic with high pover- ing people back to the Lord and ty and an insufficient healthcare being salt to the world, yet we system. Students will work with are so contained here. As nursNorwegian nurses and nursing es, why don’t we get experience students in clinics. and then go change the world?”


Waste Week: 214 pounds of food trashed ■■The Creation Restoration club spent two days recording how much food and liquid is wasted during DC lunch


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pounds of food wasted during lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) on Monday, Nov. 14 liters of liquid wasted during lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) on Thursday, Nov. 17

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Creation Restoration club volunteer helps students measure how much liquid they are throwing away.

A study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that every year more than 34 tons of food go to waste in America. College campus dining centers can be guilty of food waste because of how easy it is to go through the buffet-style lines and take much more food than a person can actually eat. Bethel’s Creation Restoration club saw these statistics and initiated “Waste Week” to make these statistics more real to students and encourage change. The group’s main goal for “Waste Week” was to raise awareness in a visual way of how much food and liquid is actually going to waste during each mealtime at Bethel, according to co-presidents sophomore Colin Veerman and junior Kirsten Wahlberg. “You take what looks good and realize you don’t really want it,” said Veerman. On Monday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 17, the Creation Restoration club recorded how much solid and liquid waste was thrown out during the three-hour lunch period by collecting and measuring it. On Monday, all of

the wasted food was scraped off students’ trays at the entrance to the dish return in the Dining Center and measured. The same was done with liquid waste on Thursday. They also counted the number of students who ate during both lunchtimes, so they could find an average amount of waste per person. Trayless Tuesday was an effort to calculate how much water is wasted with the use of trays. Also, without trays, students could not pile up as much food as normal and were forced to take a little and go back for more. Bethel tried Trayless Tuesdays last year, and the idea has also gained traction at other local colleges. The College of Saint Benedict’s dining center went completely trayless this year, and after only three months, the school has reduced waste by 38 percent, according to a news report by Kare11. The long-term goal of Bethel’s Creation Restoration club is to implement Trayless Tuesday every week or at least make the idea of being trayless common at Bethel, said Veerman. The co-presidents’ challenge for Bethel students is to be mindful of what they are taking. The little things add up, said Wahlberg.



No-Shave November hits campus ■■Male students ditch shaving and show off their facial hair for the month J on W estmark

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Josh Sheard

Austin Hatch

Paul Weidner


Whether it began as a lumberjack Halloween costume that stuck, a preparation for the bitterly cold winter or a reaction to a season of high testosterone, the month of November is now commonly affiliated with “No-Shave November.” It is clear from looking around campus that it is here to stay—at least until the end of the month—but for what reason? According to some Bethel No-Shave November participants, the tradition does not carry much significance. “I do it because I’m lazy,” Bethel junior Josh Sheard said. “I just don’t like to shave.” He is not alone. Seven out of 10 No-Shave November participants indicated laziness as one of the top reasons why they refuse to shave throughout the month. The other three participants said they either wanted to change it up or liked the way it looked. Other repeated reasons included extra warmth from the fall wind and something to play with in class. Bethel junior and year-round facial hair wearer Joe Held sensed another reason for the tradition. “I think that a lot of people use No-Shave November to make some kind of statement about their manhood,” he said. Sheard admitted that he did feel he was asserting his masculinity in the process. “Freshman year I attempted it and it didn’t come in quite as well,” he said. “But now it’s like, ‘Yeah, I can grow a beard.’ " Whether these trivial reasons are representative of the whole is uncertain. However, there is another November facial hair tradition with a very explicit purpose. During Movember, instead of full beards, participants grow out only their moustaches for the 30-day stretch. Movember is an international organization that began in 2003. According to their website, the goal is to “raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.” The men, or “Mo Bros,” grow moustaches and collect sponsorships. They use their facial hair as a conversation starter on the topic of men’s health, and the funds go toward research and raising awareness. In 2010, the nearly 450,000 registrants raised more than $80 million for the cause. Sheard acknowledged the stark contrast between Bethel students’ motivation and the health fundraiser, and he hoped there will be a legitimate reason for No-Shave November in the future. “No-Shave November kind of builds community over not shaving,” he said. “But how cool would it be to have NoShave November equal prostate cancer awareness month?”

Joe Held

Isaiah Gatheridge



On-campus jobs:

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With 1,200 students working on campus, it is not surprising that campus jobs and their pay rates are widely discussed. Dawn Reed, the Senior Financial Aid Counselor and Student Employment Coordinator, explained that based on volume, Facilities Management and Food Services are the largest employers. However, jobs for Facilities Management and Food Services are second to the lowest pay rate on campus at $7.80 an hour. This rate falls into group five of the six

groups campus jobs are divided into. Group five also includes jobs such as shuttle drivers, as these jobs are exceptionally difficult to fill. The lowest rate on campus is $7.30, according to Reed. This rate applies to student workers during their first year at a job such as a teaching assistant (TA), tutor, receptionist and many others. If students return for a second year, their pay is increased by 25 cents an hour. This happens every year the students return to work and is applied to every category except group six, in which jobs are already at a higher pay to begin with.

$7.80 $7.30 All students who do not qualify for the other groups

• Administrative Assistants • Tutors

Group 1 Special Increments (N/A to Group 6)

Summer 2011 Rates

Jobs which require

license/certificate, or exceptional level of responsibility

• CDC Asst. Teachers • Student Managers, Bookstore • Indoor Security • Lead Tutors

Group 2

Exploring the options for working on campus and the different pay rates that come with it

Some students are paid even more depending on their job description and whether the job requires a license or certification. Among these students are patrol officers, traffic officers, those who work in Information Technology Services, child development and Safety and Security. Security supervisors and EMTs rank highest with a rate of $10.70. Bethel’s pay rate is partially determined by state and federal minimum wage requirements. “Minimum wage is currently $7.25, so we are above minimum wage,” said Reed. However, other factors do contribute to how these deci-

$8.10 Jobs which require professional expertise

• Asst. Electronics Service Tech. • Computer Center Workers • Computer Specialists • Computer TAs

Group 3

sions are made. John Bergeson, the Chief Financial Officer, and Jeff Olson, the Director of Financial Aid, review pay rates each year and make decisions. Olson explained that other factors for determining rates include the history of the rates, where the money is coming from and whether there is a change in revenue or a change in the number of positions available. “If there is no difference in how much money we have to pay students, for us to increase rate of pay may mean fewer jobs,” said Olson, “so we want to look at all of these different variables.”

$7.80 • Seminary Students

Jobs in departments where student jobs are exceptionally difficult to fill

• Food Service • Housing • Physical Plant • Bus Drivers

• Security Supervisor/EMT


• Security Officer

$9.75 • Student Manager II

$9.50 • Student Manager I


• Traffic Control Officer


• Software Applications Asst.

Group 4

$.25 per hour per year of experience in department $.25 - Student supervising other student workers (except Security) $.60 - Travel to off-campus Community Service, Development or CAPS locations $7.30 to $10.00



Group 5

Group 6


• Computer Village Manager • External grant funding • Student filling staff positions



It's the weekend, and no one is here

■■Campus becomes deserted as students head home on weekends B y K atherine K irby

of The Clarion Staff

A weekday at Bethel is full of hundreds of students bustling around the BC, grabbing coffee with friends at Royal Grounds and choosing from a plethora of platters in the Dining Center. After an exhilarating five days of schoolwork, students are graced with a weekend to partake in Bethel Student Association activities, attend a football game or relax with friends. With plenty of options for activities – which Bethel schedules to encourage students to reside on campus – why are we considered a suitcase campus? One reason may be that the majority

of students who attend Bethel are from areas that are in close proximity. This might make it very tempting to “run home.” For those who are from out of town, the weekend silence on campus may come as quite a shock. When Friday rolls around, Bethel seems vacant – a dramatic change from the busy campus throughout the week. Some who stay on campus thoroughly enjoy it, while others find aspects of it frustrating. One student who enjoys the peacefulness is Matthew McKeever. “Staying on campus for weekends is one of Bethel’s hidden secrets,” he said. “They may seem very empty, but there is plenty to do.”


Yet maybe this aspect isn’t so hidden, as many students attend an array of Student Activity events. From cosmic bowling to Bethel Idol, students are provided with an opportunity to engage in a wonderful community. “I’ll stick around on a weekend for a great SA event, even if it means my Saturday night DC dinner consists of spinach and cheerios,” said Claire Stanchfield. I spoke with students who agreed that Bethel’s food options on the weekends are minimal, visitation hours are difficult, and if you aren’t a football fan, then Saturdays pose few alternative activities. Ross French said that the visitation hour restrictions make


Limited food options is one reason why students leave campus.

staying on campus for the weekend less appealing. Bethel’s Student Activities has done a superb job of providing an event for students most Friday nights, which isn’t typical at a lot of schools. When it comes

to the weekend food choices and a lack of a variety of activities, it is understandable why students tend to abandon campus. If there could be an improvement in these areas, more of our fellow students might be tempted to stay put.


World Population: 7 Billion

■■ The growing population gives us new chances to make life on earth better

B y A lex K empston

of The Clarion Staff

On Oct. 12, 1999, the world welcomed its sixbillionth inhabitant, a milestone that made many world leaders apprehensive about overpopulation problems. Not much more than a decade later, on Halloween day, the seven billionth occupant was born, and with it, more apprehension about our beloved earth’s future. The Center for Biological Diversity released a statement saying, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction.” They claim that because we have so many people, the consumption rates go up, which is destroying our planet.

This is not true. In order to survive, it is obvious that we must consume. But humans are not just consumers; we are also producers. With the freedom to advance and populate comes a new generation with new ideas and ways of solving consumption issues. When China instituted a law restricting families to one child in 1979, the policy not only limited the future workforce, it weakened the nation’s economy. The law contradicted the natural cycle of life. China is now a capitalistic economy, having learned from its previous mistakes. Despite the one child policy, it has turned itself into an economic powerhouse, but it's uncertain how long they can sustain their

success. Our growing population is not a curse to the world. Yes, we have pollution. We even have hunger problems. But this is nothing we cannot overcome. Humans continue to innovate and advance every year, and if people are given the freedom to do this, our world will not die out because of overpopulation problems. Life on earth is a learning experience. We find out what works and what does not work. With the birth of every child comes a potential gift to the world for discovering innovative ways to enrich human life. With the freedom to explore new ideas come advances that will continue to solve the world’s problems.

Replacing dollar bills with gold coins ■■

With the state of the U.S. economy, this could become a reality

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of The Clarion Staff

With the cost of producing the dollar bill rising rapidly every day, lawmakers are looking to gold as a cheaper form of currency. Not only would a sack of dollar gold coins be cooler than a wallet, but switching over to gold would also save taxpayers millions of dollars per year. The average shelf life of a dollar bill is around three and a half years, compared to a coin, which can last for hundreds of years. According to Republicans in the House of Representatives, the switch to gold would save $184 million in taxes per year, and Newsmax. com reported that after a few decades, that number would reach into the billions. For a country that is $15 trillion in debt, this seems like an obvious and easy way to save a lot of money. But this switch would be difficult. Many of the opposing Democrats are from eastern states where almost all of the major paper factories are located. The switch to metal would be damaging to their states’ economies. The same politicians claim that the U.S. already has 1.2 billion dollar coins sitting idly in vaults and that producing more coins would just be a waste of money. But with more than three billion bills being destroyed each year, chewing up production money at an alarming rate, a solution must be concocted soon. Along with all of the rational reasoning, there is a lot of sentiment surrounding bills. People love their cash, and it would be hard to aban-

don an aspect of life that is so instilled in American tradition. However, even with the opposition, progress is being made to exterminate the bill. Utah has already adopted the coin theory, allowing citizens to exchange their bills for gold, and England recently started installing ATM machines where people can trade cash for gold bars. According to a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve, 75 percent of Americans still prefer the dollar bill, but with our country’s struggling economy, cutting costs and reducing taxes would be a relief. Politicians are still toying around with alternative currency options, and with the many other issues in our government right now, it could be years before a decision is reached.




Deck the halls with preparation Bethel students are tuning up for Festival of Christmas

“It’s the biggest event of the school year.”

Dennis Port

Artistic director, Bethel Choir and Festival Choir director


By Matt Kelley for The Clarion

Fifty-five years is a long time. In 1957 the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, Sputnik 1 became Earth’s first artificial satellite, “West Side Story” and “The Music Man” were taking Broadway by storm and Bethel’s Festival of Christmas debuted.

This year’s Festival of Christmas, the 55th annual, will continue the tradition Dec. 1-3 in Benson Great Hall. After so many years, it’s impossible to separate Festival from its history. “It’s humbling, but you feel a responsibility to keep up the quality,” said Amanda Snyder, a senior and the Bethel Choir soprano section leader. The tradition per-

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meates everyone’s Festival experience, from patrons to musicians to directors. Dennis Port has been a part of 23 Festivals, six as an undergraduate and seminary student and 17 as a director. As artistic director, Port is the conceptual mastermind and begins the planning process with a single thought, which becomes the theme. He started

developing this year’s theme – “Let the Heavens Rejoice!” – 14 months ago; the clock is always ticking toward the next Festival. Festival combines six autonomous music groups – the Bethel Choir, Women’s Chorale, Male Chorus, the Wind Symphony, the University Orchestra and Bethel's Handbell Ensemble – into one mega-group, totaling nearly 300

musicians. Coordinating such a large event is an enormous undertaking, and it takes its toll. “I’ve pulled my share of all-nighters during Festival week,” said producer Kevin Shull. “It’s almost a 24/7 job during the last two weeks.” Despite the late nights and hard work, Festival of Christmas is worth the trouble to everyone

Focus relishes the teamwork aspect. “It’s personally rewarding from a sense of accomplishment each year,” he said. “But there’s also a sense of community accomplishment and unity that’s wonderful.”

Whether it’s because of delighting in others’ joy or enjoying the communal aspect, Festival has a way of sticking with people. Directors and musicians all share the sentiment that once someone experiences it, he or she can’t wait until the next Festival of Christmas. Of course Festival is not unique to Bethel – many colleges in the area have elaborate Christmas concerts. Because there is so much “competition” in the area, Festival has become a gathering of the Bethel community. While anyone is


involved for a cornucopia of reasons. Port points to his students as the reason why he puts in countless hours. “It’s all about students…a whole new crowd of students that think they’re part of something special,” he said. “And that’s great to see.” Shull, who has produced 15 Festivals,

welcome, the event is largely attended by alumni, students, parents and donors. With such a loyal constituency, Port tries to make each Festival new, while still maintaining the strong traditional elements. The event has certainly gotten more technical – now including about 300 light fixtures – and Port has planned this year’s opening processional unlike any of his others. It’s this innovation, combined with tradition, that keeps patrons coming back every year, and it’s the community feel that makes Festival of Christmas special to

Bethel. But there’s also a higher purpose to the whole process – a ministry. Senior Wes Mouri, Bethel Choir tenor section leader, said, “This is a big deal. This is something that really impacts lives – something that’s important.” After all the meticulous planning, hours of decorating, dozens of rehearsals, precise technical adjustments – after all the commotion, it’s still worship. Shull said, “When you bring 300 people together and, with one voice, lift up the praises to the Lord and proclaim His coming, that is very powerful.”

“The excitement, not only of the participants, but the excitement of the audience — the people who love Festival and come to it every year — adds to the tradition.” Amanda Snyder

Senior (Fifth Festival), soprano section leader

Two cellists from the University Orchestra prepare for the concert.

Bethel's Wind Symphony rehearses this year's Festival pieces.




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Celebrity look-alikes

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of The Clarion Staff

These Bethel students have all the looks of Hollywood stars—just without the six figure salaries.

Jared Johnson and Ryan Gosling

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Jed Carlson and Michael Cera

Claire Stanchfield and Selena Gomez

Kayla Christy and Kirsten Dunst

Justin Wind Hayes and Evo Morales

Dale Durie and House

Cooper Johnson and Garrett Hedlund Do you know another Bethel celebrity twin? Email us at



Downtown dialogue explores art culture and Christianity ■■Bethel alum Ruth Pszwaro opens Interstice(s) exhibit for artists to show how faith impacts their world and encourage community conversation


B y K ate B eecken

of The Clarion Staff

The garage door in the picture is old and weathered, yet for Bethel art professor Dale Johnson, it packs a powerful message about Christianity. Johnson has created numerous works of photographs and paintings layered together depicting a variety of doors. His work will be on display along with other local artists at the Interstice(s) show at the Hennes Art Company in Minneapolis from Dec. 2-7. The show is sponsored by MacLaurinCSF, an organization dedicated to ministry at the University of Minnesota. Bethel alum Ruth Pszwaro is the

program coordinator and is leading the art show. Pszwaro said she has spent years navigating the gap between faith and art, and she wants to help the Twin Cities community engage in the dialogue. The show is named “Interstice(s),” which is defined as the small space between things. The idea of the show is to follow Christ’s example of inserting himself into our world, by displaying art that breaks boundaries and brings Christ back into art culture. According to Johnson, Pszwaro invited him to be part of the show because his work fits the theme of visualizing Christianity in new ways. “Christ said ‘I am the door,’” Johnson explained, “access is the key, and extrapolating from that, doors become a

visual metaphor.” This is one step in MacLaurinCSF’s larger purpose of recognizing God in secular realms. “We thought about how to have a conversation on Christianity and the arts, and we really wanted to draw upon things that matched our mission,” said Pszwaro, “the mission to strengthen the Christian intellectual in the Twin Cities, and to do that by bridging church and university.” Oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, ceramics, stoneware, installations and photography are all included in the show. The first exhibit is all 5x7inch responses to the theme, and the second exhibit has a variety of pieces. Pszwaro said that she wants to bridge Christianity and art culture by

creating a place to talk about them and show how they are relevant to the community. The gallery opens with a two-day symposium to jump-start the dialogue on how Christianity intersects with culture. Dr. Mark Sprinkle, a Senior Fellow of Arts and Humanities at the BioLogos Forum, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. He will address how creativity, imagination and art can serve as a bridge where people struggle with science and Christianity. When the MacLaurin Institute partnered with Christian Student Fellowship, their primary goal was to bridge Christianity and the University of Minnesota. According to Pszwaro, through various activities and small group discussions, they reach across

many disciplines to students and faculty at the university, ranging from economics to health professionals . “Conversations breed ideas, ideas breed action, action breeds transformation,” said Pszwaro. Johnson said that it is interesting for Bethel students to have contact with Christians at the art show from all kinds of backgrounds. He said that despite Christ’s example, churches aren’t always inviting, which has led to his metaphor of the door. Both Johnson and Pszwaro are using art to create access into Christianity. Pszwaro invited Bethel students to the show to participate in the dialogue and begin networking with established local artists.

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As retirement approaches, Carlson reflects on his 40-plus years ■■

G.W. Carlson reflects on his academic career, his love of books and his passion for the Gospel

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His office is a library of sorts. Covering each wall, stacked on his desk and lining every shelf, books are everywhere in Dr. G.W. Carlson’s office, and that is exactly how he likes it. “I’m a book-a-holic,” said Carlson, as he sat comfortably lounged in his chair wearing a colorful Snoopy tie. “I read three or four books a week.” According to Carlson, many people tease him for his book collection, but only until they are in need of one that he has. Carlson entered his freshman year at Bethel in 1961 along with the other 250 students in his class. He lived in Edgren— not the one over on Freshman Hill, but rather the Edgren over

near the State Fair Grounds, on Bethel’s old campus. It was there that he majored in history education and graduated in 1965. Carlson then went on to teach high school for four years, while working to get his master’s degree. Eventually he returned to Bethel in 1968 as a part-time professor, where he met his wife. He solidified his position as a full-time professor in 1970. Fast-forward more than 40 years, and Carlson is now planning his retirement after 44 years of teaching at Bethel. For Carlson, it has been his love of “interacting with young people and watching them grow” that has kept him here for nearly half a century. Carlson said he has four dreams for each person he teaches:

1. “They all will accept Christ as Savior and Lord and be fully committed to the Gospel.” 2. “They are deeply committed to find ways to cultivate a Christian spiritual journey.” 3. “They are life-long learners and that we’ve given them skills to believe that this is only the start of their learning, not the end of their learning.” 4. “They are deeply committed to service. The Gospel demands that we engage in the lives of the marginalized, the lives of those who need to experience the Gospel.” Carlson has been driven by what he calls “decade questions” over his lifetime. For him, decade questions should strive to answer something that matters to an individual and that may have a significant impact

on the way the individual lives. Carlson believes that without asking these challenging questions and seeking to enrich academic and spiritual growth, life will fly right by. The last decade question Carlson has been striving to answer is, “What encourages courageous Christian living?” He’s been inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer as he challenged Hitler, Clarence Jordan in his fight against segregation in the South and Dorothy Day for setting up soup kitchens for the homeless. “Why did they do that?” asked Carlson. “And am I developing in my own spiritual journey the empathy and skills and the courage to make those decisions when they come to me? That has been my last decade question.”

G.W. Carlson’s Favorite Books - "Soul Survivor" By Philip Yancey

- "One Day in the Life

of Ivan Denisovich" By Alexander Solzhenitsyn

- "Education of a

Christian Prince" By Desiderius Erasmus

- "Messy Spirituality" By Michael Yaconelli

- "Welcoming Justice" By Charles Marsh & John M. Perkins

Bethel: 1960s to 2011 According to Carlson

• There was only one women’s sport: 3-on-3 basketball. • Women had “hours” in their dorms, meaning they had to be in their dorms by 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. depending on their year in school. The men did not have this rule. • Many offices were in houses on the old campus. The living and dining rooms generally served as classrooms. • There was something called Founder’s Week, in which a significant number of major evangelical figures would come to Bethel and students were encouraged to listen to them speak. • The “in” thing to do for one of your first dates was to go to Como Park. This was a place where you could begin the relationship. • Flameburger on Larpenteur was the place to go. Carlson describes it as the “greasy spoon.” • Enrollment was a little more than 1,000 students. • The cafeteria was in the basement of the girls' dorm. • Edgren was the freshman male dorm and Bodien was the freshman female dorm. 14 • THE CLARION • NOVEMBER 22, 2011


Professor G.W. Carlson, in his office on campus, has worked at Bethel for over 40 years.


Thanksgiving: Bethel students share their Thanksgiving traditions A break? ■Enjoy ■ time to rest, but add a side of studying to your turkey and pie to get the most out of your five-day vacation

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Thanksgiving break is approaching quickly, and for some, not quickly enough. As ‘countdown to Thanksgiving’ signs on dorm room doors finally reach the single digits, excitement builds. For some students, the break will mark their first time home since the beginning of the school year, and among those are freshmen eagerly awaiting the comfort of home after their first few months of college. There are some decisions for students to make when going home as to how they will spend their time. Thanksgiving can be a much-needed break for busy college students, but also a great time to get caught up on reading, papers or studying for upcoming exams. There is something to be said for taking a complete break and preparing mentally and physically for the last month before Christmas. A lot can be accomplished during this time, like catching up with friends and family, or Black Friday shopping to get great deals on those Christmas gifts. There are also lots of hours open for students to work over Thanksgiving, since stores need the extra help. However, the few extra days

also provide an opportunity to get caught up or get a head start on homework and exams. This can help in the upcoming weeks, taking some of the stress away and providing a more enjoyable end to the semester. Plus, it always serves as a reminder that Christmas break is also approaching fast. The third option is to have a balance of both work and rest. Try balancing time and creating a schedule. Perhaps the drive or flight home lets you get a few hours of work done. Or decide to spend one day doing homework, and then commit to closing the books for the rest. Once you’ve decided how to spend Thanksgiving break, it is just a matter of time until the day rolls around. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November to commemorate the end of the harvest season and also to give thanks. Thanksgiving itself means the act of giving thanks, or a grateful acknowledgement of favors. It is a holiday marked with traditions. For many, this means turkey, football and going around the table saying what one is thankful for. Some of our own Bethel students have a few more family traditions that they participate in each year.

Chad Cyboran

– “Every year we watch 'Rudolph

the Red-Nosed Reindeer' on Thanksgiving.”

Kristin Wyss

– “Every year we go deer hunting,

and then we sing the song ‘The Lord is Good to Me.’ Then we eat ham…not turkey!

Hope Laroche

– “My brothers and I weigh our-

selves before and after we eat, to see who can gain the most weight, but they are boys and they always win.”

Michael Davis

– “On Thanksgiving before the

Davis family puts on their socks, we sing the Thanksgiving socks song… but no, seriously, we hook sleds up to fourwheelers and pull each other around.”

Caitie Helle – “We sing the Johnny Appleseed song instead of saying grace.”

Nicole Wriedt

– “We always guess how many

hunters we will see on the way to my grandma’s, and then the winner gets the first piece of pie.” NOVEMBER 22, 2011 • THE CLARION • 15

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When asked in September if Twins General Manager Bill Smith would be returning next year, Jim Pohlad, the COO of the Twins, stated that “we are not a knee-jerk organization” and “he’s had a very tough situation.” Due to this public vote of confidence, and given the fact that the Twins have not fired a GM since 1961, nearly all Twins fans were shocked with last week’s announcement that Terry Ryan had replaced Bill Smith as the GM of the Minnesota Twins.

Why the sudden need for change? Jim Pohlad cited the reason for Bill Smith’s firing stemming from “philosophical differences.” These “philosophical differences” were discovered during meetings held during the offseason. Jim Pohlad, as well as other team executives, simply disagreed with what direction Bill Smith wanted to take the Twins following a disastrous season.


After a four year break from general managing duties, Terry Ryan returns to the job he held for 14 years. Ryan replaces Bill Smith, who was named Ryan's successor in 2008.

Who is Terry Ryan, and why should Twins fans be excited about his return? Terry Ryan is the well-respected former GM of the Minnesota Twins, serving as the Twins GM from 1994 to 2007. During his tenure as GM, Ryan received the executive of the year award in both 2002 and 2006. As a trained baseball scout, Ryan is best known for his abilities to find and draft young, undervalued players. Perhaps the best example of this was his trading of minor leaguer Jared Camp for Johan Santana. With Terry Ryan now back at the helm, Twins fans can rest assured that they have a competent, respected GM.


Opinion: Roughing the passer, keeping the faith ■■The intense and unending criticism of young quarterback Tim Tebow needs to be more focused M att K elley

final minutes, Tebow flipped the switch, passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns, then scoring Tim Tebow is walking irony. the game-tying two-point converThe already-legendary quar- sion on the ground with only 17 terback has a Hollywood smile seconds left. The Broncos went on and a seemingly flawless attitude to win 18-15 in overtime, making predicated on hard work, sincerity the college football legend an NFL and ministry. He’s as charismatic hero for the first time. and humble off the field as he is The game was the perfect mifiercely competitive on it. crocosm of Tebow’s public life. Yet somehow the guy every fa- Doubters pointed to his pitiful perther wants his daughter to marry formance for the majority of the has become a polarizing figure, game as proof that he’s not an NFLsparking incaliber quarcendiary deterback, while bate about a apologists apThe tragedy of the shocking numplied fuzzy situation is that the ber of issues, rhetoric, saying public can't compartboth on and Tebow “willed off the field. the Broncos mentalize the many The trageto victory” or disputes. Messagedy of the situashowed that he board hermits throw tion is that the has the “clutch public can’t gene.” it all in a big pot of compartmenUnforTebow stew, and it's talize the many tunately the usually Christianity disputes. Meslasting impressage-board sion from the taking the hits from hermits throw game was a fad fans. it all in a big called “Tebowpot of Tebow ing,” defined stew, and it’s by tebowing. N usually Christianity taking the hits com as “to get down on a knee from fans. and start praying, even if everyone For the most part, people see else around you is doing somein Tebow whatever they want to thing completely different.” What see – nothing he does resolves the started as a quick prayer after the endless debate. Look no further game-winning field goal led to than his first start at quarterback thousands of people submitting this year on Oct. 23, when his Den- photos of themselves “Tebowing.” ver Broncos faced the then-winless It sparked a pop culture phenomMiami Dolphins. enon. For the first 55 minutes he Many Christians applauded the was awful, completing only four trend, seeing it as free advertiseof 14 pass attempts for an ane- ment for prayer. Some cynical nonmic 40 yards, while the Dolphins believers saw it as a self-promotion built a 15-0 lead. In the game’s tactic by an overrated player. And by

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Tebow has faced scrutiny not only for his play on the field, but also for his Christian faith off of it.

the Detroit Lions had seen enough. Coming into town with the reputation as the dirtiest team in the league, the Lions pummeled Tebow and the Broncos 45-10. Afterward an unnamed player said scathing words about Tebow’s play, calling him “a joke,” among other things. The real harm occurred during the game, though. After a firstquarter sack, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch dropped to one knee and rested his forehead on his fist, mocking the “Tebowing” pose. Tight end Tony Scheffler did the same after scoring a touchdown. And that is where the line was crossed. Tulloch and others made the

mistake of seeing Tebow’s production on the football field as a function of his faith. Just because he plays like a joke doesn’t mean his religion is a joke. Tim Tebow prayed spontaneously and sincerely after the Miami game. While he says he endorses “Tebowing,” he never meant for it to be his universal symbol. And he certainly never meant for his football skills, his fame and his faith to be so intertwined in the public’s eye. I’ll never understand why people can’t compartmentalize. Can’t I love his leadership but hate his accuracy? Can’t I be wowed by his faith while giggling at his slow-as-

molasses release? The public will never come to a consensus on Tim Tebow. He’s an intensely Christian man whose fame has grown to idol status, a virtually blameless man who’s more controversial than any dogfighting-rink-leading quarterback could be – he’s walking irony. Football fanatics flood NFL. com message boards with religious debates after every Broncos game – what a nightmare. We need to separate his faith from his football. If Tim Tebow plays poorly, it has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. And his religious beliefs should have nothing to do with our criticisms.

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Christian Ponder offers hope for years to come ■■Rookie quarterback shows poise in the pocket and is willing to make the big play

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Donovan McNabb was obviously not the long-term solution that the Vikings so desperately needed. Through the team’s first six games, it was clear that McNabb had a hard time sustaining drives. The harsh reality hit home against Chicago when Christian Ponder replaced McNabb in the fourth quarter. Ponder did surprisingly well for a rookie, throwing for 99 yards on nine of 17 attempts. In his first full start, Ponder put the Vikes in position to defeat the defending Super Bowl Champion, the Packers. On the first

play of the game, he hit Michael Jenkins down the sideline for a 79-yard completion; the drive finished with a one-yard touchdown completion to Visanthe Shiancoe. Ponder finished the game with 225 yards passing, two touchdowns and two rookie mistake interceptions. The Vikings lost 33-27. Ponder's next start was in Carolina against the Panthers. The headlines sported the matchup of Ponder versus Newton, the number one overall draft pick. Ponder was elusive and impressive on third-down conversions, going 9-10 for 101 yards alone in a 24-21 win. Ponder has given the Vikings a

downfield passing game, averaging 15 yards per completion. He has also opened up some running lanes for running back Adrian Peterson, who ran all over the Packers for 175 yards. However, Ponder's presence was next to none as the Vikings lost 45-7 on Monday Night Football. In the last 10 prime-time games, the Minnesota Vikings were 2-8 and have been outscored 279-185 in those games. The Vikings have lost four of their past five Monday Night Football games. There was really nothing the first-year quarterback could have done differently. He played fine, but the Vikings secondary was

scorched by Aaron Rodgers’ four touchdown passes. Even the Packers’ backup quarterback, Matt Flynn, found the end zone against the hapless Vikings’ defense. The only seven points that the Vikings scored came from a Randall Cobb fumbled punt return, giving the Vikings a short field; Adrian Peterson finished the drive with his tenth touchdown of the year. The fact is that Christian Ponder has brought some rejuvenation to Minnesotan spirits, even if the scores and results don't reflect that very well. If you can't handle the worldly troubles of the front page, Christian Ponder will give you an excuse to skip straight to the Sports section.


Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

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Seniors Ethan Anderson (4), Matt Wetherell (1), Ben Jameson (24) and Sam Porter (59) lead the Royals out onto the field for the team's matchup against St. Olaf on Oct. 1, 2011.

As season ends, seniors wrap up football careers ■■Bethel's 42-7 win over Augsburg on Nov. 12 marked the end of a solid season, but also the playing days of 22 seniors B y R ob L e M ay

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The 2011 football season, as in recent years, proved to be very successful for the Royals. Despite missing the playoffs, the team won eight of 10 games while playing in one of the toughest conferences in the country. With the season coming to an end, it is time to say goodbye to players who have put their hearts and souls into the football program for the past four years. Many seniors have been part of a historic run for the Royals, including being a part of the 2010 playoffs, which marked

one of the most successful seasons in school history. It was that season that Bethel knocked off Wartburg, Wheaton and St. Thomas in consecutive games to reach the national semifinal game, before losing to Mount Union. Over the course of their collegiate careers, Bethel seniors have all contributed to the Royals’ amazing record of 32-12 over the last four years, including wins on every opposing MIAC team’s home turf. A large portion of the team’s success is pinned on star seniors like quarterback Josh Aakre and linebacker Billy Morgan, to name a couple. However, Aakre and

Morgan are just two key seniors among 20 on this year’s squad. With over 100 players on the roster, only a select few received credit for their hard work by performance on the field. Some seniors sweat it out in practice for four years and were valuable members of the team, but never saw playing time. Senior punter Ben Jameson had an interesting journey to Bethel and overcame adversity to make a name for himself on the football field. Jameson transferred to Bethel as a sophomore in 2009 and planned to play wide receiver. He found it difficult to get playing time, and like any

competitor, he wanted to help the team. “We were too stacked at wide receiver, and I just wanted to play,” said Jameson. After he spent one year playing on the JV squad and helping on the scout team, a new position opened up. The summer before Jameson’s junior year, he knew that the punter position was open. “We graduated our punter,” he said. “I got a chance to make an impact on the team, and it worked out well.” Even though it was foreign to him at the time, hard work at the position change paid off. Jameson was the Bethel punter for two seasons, and this

season the punt team held opponents to under one yard per return. The wins and losses are all part of the game and may be forgotten by many of the players years from now. But they will not forget the memories they made with each other. Senior offensive lineman Sam Porter said, “This team was like my family at Bethel; every memory includes my teammates.” As the season comes to a close, the seniors will be graduating and moving on to life without football, but one thing is certain – they will never forget the friendships they created.

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The Clarionion - Bethel's own slice of "The Onion" Freshman Hill littered with piles of dirty laundry ■■ As freshmen boycott the new free laundry system, the Hill is swamped with dirty delicates

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The seemingly inaccessible staircase that elevated Bethel to first place.

Bethel breaks stair record, set to receive donation

New washers and dryers were installed this past summer that replaced ailing equipment and established free laundry services to campus residents. This upgrade was applauded by most, but the 2011 freshman class met the change with opposition. A group of students calling themselves “Fresh Ain’t Free” held a boycott. “We don’t want somethin’ for nothin’!” said the leader of Fresh Ain’t Free, Derrick Lamaster, at a rally held around the giant pile of dirty laundry on Thursday. Lamaster explained to the crowd of students that they should be allowed the same privilege of paying for

laundry, just like the classes before them. Freshman students started the pile of dirty laundry when they ran out of places to put it inside. It became a symbol of the movement and was quickly adopted by Fresh Ain’t Free as a sponsored expression. The pile continues to grow even as campus security has increased the frequency of Prius drive-bys. “I don’t care how many times they drive by, I’m throwing all my old clothes out and going shopping!” said freshman Carmen Salazar as she left Bodien Residence Hall with credit cards in hand. Tina Linerit is the head of the Bethel laundry committee and signed the free laundry policy

into effect. When asked about the Fresh Ain’t Free movement, Linerit said, “We understand that students feel free laundry is charity, and Bethel does not want to pity its students.” Linerit spoke at a small press conference Monday saying, “We have been in negotiations with Fresh Ain’t Free, and we are working toward a type of donation system. We expect this to be resolved in the coming weeks. We ask that freshmen begin to collect their laundry from the hill.” In the meantime, students are encouraged to use the free laundry system normally, and leave whatever monetary compensation they wish in the form of loose change in the dryers.

■■Bethel to be recognized for number of stairs on campus

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The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators of Stairs selected Bethel to receive a $22,000 donation after breaking the Minnesota record for “Most Stairs on a University Campus.” The announcement came after NCIIS architects and hikers determined Bethel’s campus to have 15,529 slightly different sized stairs. “We’re going to use the money to build more stairs!” shouted the coordinator of campus pathways, Abraham Rightwell.

Rightwell placed the recordbreaking stair on Nov. 2 and has been waiting vigilantly for the news since then. “I knew we broke it. I’ve been doing this for 42 years; I’ve walked every one of them stairs with my own two willywackers,” said Rightwell. Rightwell has plans to add even more staircases and stair size variations to the Bethel campus. “There’s nothing these kids like more than a little variety, a little spice in life!” said Rightwell. The NCIIS donation will be presented at an award ceremony scheduled for Jan. 21.

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The engulfing mound of pungent clothes grows slowly as freshmen continue to abandon their laundry near Edgren Residence Hall.

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