Volume 89 路 Number 5
THE BETHEL UNIVERSITY
CLARION Thursday, October 31, 2013
Go and Do: a case for global justice p. 14-15
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Why are dances not in The Underground? M ichael U rch Staff Writer
In the past, Bethel dances have taken place in The Underground. However as of this year, this is no longer the case. Essentially, the reason is simple. The Underground is not a facility that is fit for equipped to host a dance, and this is a concern of student safety. According to Heather Richards, assistant dean of student programs, the capacity of The Underground for dances is around 500 students. The problem is clear when on considers that the attendance of the Homecoming dance was approximately 900 students. The Underground is simply too small to host a Bethel dance. The biggest issue is the heat and
humidity created with so many active bodies in such a small space. According to Richards, Bethel hired contractors to come and study the environment during a dance, and they measured high levels of humidity. “It is not built for this kind of activity,” she said. “It is a hazardous environment.” Bethel even attempted several things to resolve the issue. Large dehumidifiers were brought in, and the room was cooled down as much as possible, but the problem remained. The Underground would become so humid that condensation would collect on the pipes. Sara Mulliken, executive director of student activities, wants to be clear that there will still be dances at Bethel.
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“We are reviewing other facilities to ensure that we have a safe space for people to dance,” she said. “It is not the end of dancing by any means.” The process for finding a dance space is extensive, and BSA is waiting on facilities management on some other possible locations. One possible location might be the Monson Dining Center.
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Learning for the Love of God: Part 3 Greta Sowles
Everyone has a life question. You know, that one question that we are all dying to ask God when we enter the pearly gates. Is there life on other planets? What is the nature of reality? What was creation really like? Opitz and Melleby suggest that the best students are reflective about what they are learning and how it is shaping their beliefs – their worldview. “A worldview is a pair of spectacles we wear, and we see everything through its lenses,” Opitz and Melleb says in Learning for the Love of God. And worldview has permeated the education
system, as it is used widely in discussions on faith, philosophy and society. Opitz and Melleby go on to discuss the dangerous fact that worldviews are generally absorbed through socialization. Worldviews are not evaluated like a selection process in which we choose the most ideal. In some ways, we are born in to them and then live them out “relatively unreflectively.” The biggest danger in this is that the media carries our culture’s dominant worldview, and this makes living with a new vision of life difficult, if not impossible. With such worldviews pressing in on every side, how will you maintain strength and loy-
alty to your deepest and strongest beliefs? While it isn’t easy to take off our worldview glasses, it is delightful when you put on a pair of glasses that bring new clarity. The world is a much more beautiful place. Adding to this, Opitz and Melleby suggest that our vision of reality is fragmented into millions of pieces and our academic studies are just these fragments. Sometimes all that we need is a picture of the whole. And what better place to look for that than the Bible? The Bible is the most ideal picture of wholeness. The biblical gestalt, or story of wholeness, spells out like this: creation, fall, redemption and consummation. God created and
was devastated when His creation fell into sin. In response, He sent His son Jesus Christ as a redeemer to the fallen creation. As Christians, we are called to look at this example and apply it to our every day lives. That’s the gospel, and if we were able to view our world through gospel lenses, life would be whole, and we would be able to obey God’s commands. But because of sin, those lenses became foggy with confusion, pain and disobedience. In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of good seed sown in a field that was overtaken by the enemy’s weeds. God has provided us with good seed – the chance to excel in school
and friendships; however there is also seed sown by the enemy that attempts to fog up our lenses and tear us down. Many recognize the fact that culture’s worldview and demands do not match God’s commands. The challenge often seems insurmountable. We can be assured that in the end, the Kingdom of God will prevail with beautiful clarity. But until then, we are presented with a challenge. As Opitz and Melleby suggest, facing the challenge means being disciplined in our study of the biblical gestalt. But good news: the risky challenge is sure to bring adventure and joy.
What's happening around the world? E ric E iter
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Ohio, United States: The 22-year-old man from Ohio who made a YouTube video confessing to killing a man while driving drunk was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and a lifetime revocation of his driver’s license. Haiti: 3D printers recently arrived in Haiti and are being used to make things such as umbilical cord clamps and other simple, yet necessary, medical devices. This innovation allows direct access to the materials instead of going through the corrupt government system.
Harbin, China: A smog emergency in a Chinese city of 11 million people caused the temporary shutdown of schools, the airport and public bus routes. This shutdown of the northeastern city is expected to last 24 hours. Blue Mountains, Australia: Bush fires stretched along a nearly 1,000 mile line in Australia, burning an area about 10 times larger than Minneapolis. The fires were caused by live ordinance exercises conducted Egypt: Former Egyptian President Hosni Beirut, Lebanon: A multinational deal has Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years, was convicted secured the release of nine Lebanese citizens by the Australian military. Over last year on charges involved with killing who were abducted in Aleppo, Syria in May 2012. 1,500 Australian fire fighters hundreds of people who were protesting him. His These nine were freed following the release have been combating the blaze. retrial for those crimes began earlier this week. of two Turkish pilots who were kidnapped two months ago. OCTOBER 31, 2013 • THE CLARION • 3
Homelessness: Up close and personal Jenny Hudalla
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The following is a blog post from Jenny Hudalla, a student currently studying abroad on Spain Term. Homelessness isn’t something we like to talk about over lunch. Like many social issues, we tuck it away in the section of our minds labeled “not applicable.” Indeed, because the vast majority of us rarely come faceto-face with homelessness, we’re able to let one of the country’s most pressing social problems fly under the radar. While our collective neglect of the topic is concerning, perhaps even more concerning is the way in which we interact with people on the streets. How do we react when we do come in contact with homelessness? If you’re anything like me, you’d probably rather not answer that question. The cultivation of my attitude toward beggars began when I was very young, and the list of reasons that I shouldn’t give PHOTO FOR THE CLARION COURTESY OF JENNY HUDALLA them money seemed endless. “Don’t hand out cash! They’ll On a block full of designer shops with tuxedo-clad doormen, consumjust use it for drugs.” ers spend tens of thousands of euros on accessories without giving “What are you thinking, this woman a passing glance. taking out your wallet? They’ll snatch it right out of your hand.” However, this distrust – com- passing glance. “Don’t bother helping them; bined with my lack of proximity So there you have it. It’s not they’re not really homeless. They to the issue – is the very thing a reaction I’m proud of, but it’s a probably have an accomplice that enables my shameful and reaction that society has taught watching where you store your conditioned reaction to home- me is normal and even acceptmoney, and they’ll pickpocket lessness. It goes like this: every able. I don’t know if I ever would you later.” time I encounter a beggar, I avert have addressed my intentional Indeed, I was brought up to my eyes, give them a wide berth evasion of people on the streets consider the homeless with a as I pass by, and do my best to put if it weren’t for my trip to Rome, certain level of distrust, which the experience out of my mind as Italy, where the implications of wasn’t entirely unwarranted. soon as possible. my ignorance hit me so hard that The above mentioned scenarios On a block full of designer my attitude turned a full 180. have played out enough times for shops with tuxedo-clad doorTo give you a bit of context, parents to justify warning their men, consumers spend tens of I had been traveling around children about scams and petty thousands of euros on accesso- Cinque Terre and Tuscany for thievery. ries without giving this woman a nearly a week before arriving 4 • THE CLARION •OCTOBER 31, 2013
for a 4-day stay in Rome. Having spent hundreds of dollars on vacation lodging, pizza and gelato, I had a difficult time swallowing the destitution I found in Italy’s capital city. Between the metro and my B&B – a route I walked every day – there were at least five people who appeared to be homeless or in a state of extreme poverty. Their faces are etched in my memory: the young man with the disfigured leg; the man wearing plaid and stroking his weathered dog; the woman covered in cloth, rocking back and forth with her face pressed to the ground; the man on his knees, hands clasped and openly pleading for help. And then the one that hit me the most: the little old woman who approached me outside of a sandwich shop. With one hand clutching her cane, she feebly motioned for the food I had just bought for a measly 3 euros. Without thinking, without feeling, I gave a slight shake of my head and instinctively turned my back. I hardly made it ten steps before being hit with a hurricane of self-disgust. This woman hadn’t been asking for money, and she was too old to pose any kind of threat. All she had wanted was food, and there I had been, holding a giant sandwich. Matthew 25:42 sprang into my head of its own accord. Jesus is talking about how the righteous and the wicked will be separated on Judgment Day, when he will turn away those who turned away from him during their earthly lives. He says, “Away with you . . . For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me anything to drink.” He goes on to say that when we refuse to help those in need, we are refusing him.
It’s almost a week later, and I still can’t shake the feeling that I failed Jesus that day. I’ve been so mindlessly ignorant of homelessness that I have never truly considered the Christ-like response to such an issue. But how did I become so uncompassionate? It all comes back to that seed of distrust. We have become so hardened to the world, so skeptical of the goodness of humanity, that we have brainwashed ourselves into believing that it’s okay for us to turn away from beggars. After all, their intentions could be malicious, right? We could be putting ourselves in danger, right? Right. But let me ask you this: who are we to judge their intentions? Who are we to put our own well-being before the well-being of others? The Bible is clear. God is the judge, and we are to serve Him first, then others and then ourselves. So what excuse do we have? It might not be practical or even possible to give money to every person we encounter on the streets, but could we spare some change every now and then? Probably. Could I have spared my sandwich that day? Absolutely. At the very least, we should start treating the homeless like people instead of an unpleasant stain on the wall that we’d rather not see. I know this isn’t a comfortable topic. In fact, it’s quite uncomfortable to think about giving a few dollars or, in my case, a recently purchased sandwich to someone whose intentions could just as easily be malicious as they could be honest. But that day in Rome, it was infinitely more uncomfortable for me to look that old woman in the face and refuse her, knowing that I might have just refused Jesus as well.
Trading homosexuality for holiness
n Christopher Yuan describes what it means to be a homosexual living a Christian lifestyle Sarah Boadwine News Editor
On Wed Oct. 16, Christopher Yuan enlightened campus with his eye-opening view of sexuality in relationship with Christianity. Yuan is a Christian who has taken a step toward holiness by giving up his sexuality to become celibate in the name of God. Yuan is a current member of Bethel’s seminary and spends a large amount of his time traveling and telling his life story. His chapel speech left many faculty and students either pleased, upset or confused. Yuan was brought to campus as part of a relationship program that is funded by grants and offered annually. At the age of nine, Yuan, a non-Christian, viewed pornography and came to the realization of his same sex attractions. Yuan later left his family to move to Atlanta where he found himself worshipping the creation and not the creator through his addiction to money, fame, drugs and sex. “In my world, I had become God,” Yuan said, describing the situation. Yuan’s father gave him a Bible that he ended up throwing in the trash can. His parents cried out to God for him but nothing reached him until he was arrested for drug possession with a 10 years to life sentence. While in prison Yuan found himself, an upper middle class
male, in the presence of common criminals. In his mind he had become trash. Yuan found a New Testament in the garbage can and took it back to his jail cell where he began to consider Christianity. “What we have in our Bibles is not just ink and paper, what we have in our bibles is the very breath of God,” Yuan said. While in prison Yuan found himself in the nurse’s office where he was given the news that he was HIV positive. For him the days after that were dark, lonely and HIV status felt like a death sentence. Yuan came into contact with a prison chaplain who knew of his sexual orientation and who proceeded to give him a book about Christian homosexuality. Yuan found this to be a distortion of God’s word and he couldn’t finish the book. Yuan looked to the Bible to find justification for homosexual relationships and was unsuccessful in finding it. At this point of his life he decided to put his identity in Jesus and not in homosexuality. “The opposite of homosexuality is holiness,” stated Yuan. Yuan’s prison sentence was shortened to three years and he went on to attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago after leaving. “Christopher is a person who has chosen to live a biblical lifestyle in terms of his sexuality as a single man who has experienced same sex attraction,” Vice President of Student Life Edee Shultze said.
Yuan's talk brought up the question in students and faculty at Bethel of whether his view of the opposite of homosexuality being holiness coincides with Bethel’s beliefs and whether people should give up their sexuality for God. Bethel University’s Covenant for Life Together states, “We believe that sexual intercourse and other forms of intensely interpersonal sexual activity are reserved for monogamous, heterosexual marriage.” Schulze stated that she believes the stance Yuan gave at chapel is a reflection of Bethel’s core beliefs and that he is a model of Bethel’s belief in sexual, intimate relationships being reserved for one man and one woman in a marriage relationship. Schulze also brings up the fact that sexuality does not just mean sexual activity. “Sexuality is not just sexual activity, there is a lot more to that. It’s how somebody presents themselves or surrounds themselves with aesthetic things,” Schulze stated. Schulze believes that Yuan’s stance helped to challenge students by the concepts of holiness and celibacy, and hopefully inspired and empowered students to make holy choices--other Bethel community members had different beliefs. One student refused to comment because of a worry of having a different view than the majority of people on campus, and other professors said
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Yuan, a Bethel seminary student sparked campus discusison by asserting that he had given up his sexuality to become celibate.
that they too had no strong stance on what was said. Jim Beilby, professor of biblical and theological studies, responded to Yuan’s stance with some questioning. Beilby stated that he isn’t absolutely sure what Yuan meant by his stance that he “traded in his sexuality for holiness." “My gut response is that
holiness should be a given or, rather, it should be a given that we strive for holiness," Beilby said. "And anything that gets in the way of that pursuit, whether it is a job or a hobby or a relationship or a self-understanding or a sexual orientation, needs to go. Maybe that was his point in the first place."
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Lindquist, Stein awarded physics grants
Convocation 2013: Faith and Science
Throughout the past 500 years, science in Western civilization has become exponentially more sophisticated. Much modern scientific progress began with scientists like Copernicus and Galileo. Though many of the revolutionary scientists possessed faith, the church removed its hand in the control of scientific progress by the end of this era. This change had its benefits, allowing scientists to freely work without harassment from the church; however this shift in thought eventually created a dichotomy between science and faith. Modern scientists like Richard Dawkins represent the opposition of the amalgamation between science and faith. “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world,” said Dawkins. Though Christianity is certainly met with opposition in various areas of the scientific world, many believers wish to bridge the schism between science and faith. This mindset is manifesting this year at Bethel through the form of the 13’-14’ convocation series: A Faithful Science. The primary purpose of this year’s convocation is to affirm the belief that this world belongs to God, and scientific fields proclaim the glory of God and stand as a testament to his awe-inspir-
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While recent times at Bethel have been filled with news of department cuts and employee layoffs, there have been moments of goodness in times with seemingly nothing to celebrate. In the physics department, two grants have been awarded. Keith Stein recieved a $143,557 grant and Nathan Lindquist recieved a $252,393 grant, both from the National Science Foundation. Stein noted that in years past, physics students approached the lab experience through the traditional method that many of us have come to know – that is, “the recipe book.” The recipe book style of labs gives students a numbered, detailed explanation of how to perform the lab, and often times, as Stein remarked, “produces predictable results … [which are] cookie-cutter in nature.” Instead of having his students follow typical recipe-based labs and produce “cookie-cutter” results, Stein wanted to see his students become more involved in the process. “In the real world you will face open-ended problems that you need solutions to,” he said. Stein would instead like to see his students engage in projects, which he believes “encourage students to think both creatively and objectively,” as they are responsible for all aspects of the project, rather than just following a set of instructions. "[Projects] are a real-world experience that involves problem solving … [and] produces an unknown solution, much like in the real world,” Stein said. Luke Ness, a junior in the physics department, described his experience with the open-ended projects as positive, remarking, “I feel that it was a great experience because you
have to think about the concepts, and how to want to apply them, which is a lot tougher conceptually, than following a boring cookie-cutter lab someone has already set out for you.” While the process of implementing the changes from lab to project style learning in the physics department may take some time and effort, Stein is hopeful that his students will be able to take more away from the learning experience through the changes that will be made. Lindquist's grant from NSF is entitled “Super-resolution plasmonenhanced imaging and spectroscopy with patterened metallic surfaces and dynamic illumination.” The grant is for over three years and its main purpose is to support research to develop new methods of taking extremely high resolution chemical images of surfaces. These new images will help students to not only see what something looks like under the microscope but also what it is made out of. Lindquist says that his students are already involved in this project, setting up lasers, building an atomic force microscope, making special surfaces with chemical patterns and re-configuring their microscope. He also stresses that students will now be able to attend national conferences, present and publish because of this grant. Lindquist believes that these are great opportunities for his students. “I plan to involve this research directly in some of our advanced lab class projects and senior research projects. Plus, incorporating new and exciting science into any lecture is always a good idea,” Lindquist said.
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ing greatness. Convocation seeks to accomplish this by inviting scientists and scholars to address the student body and present how God’s glory is displayed within their various disciplines. The first section of this series focused on how the makeup of the galaxies and the pursuit of astronomy reveals God’s majesty. To begin the series, Bethel was proud to welcome Dr. Jennifer Wiseman as the first speaker. Wiseman is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where she previously headed the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics. She is also the director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. While still an undergraduate, she codiscovered the comet 114P/ Wiseman-Skiff. She conducted post-doctoral research in star formation as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. Wisemen kicked off the Convocation series when she spoke on Friday Oct. 18. She told about her experience working with the hubble telescope. Utilizing pictures of far-off galaxies, she demonstrated the machine’s amazing power, as well as God’s amazing power and design displayed in the universe. She ended her speech by urging the student body to investigate and examine the world around us to learn more about the God who created it. The convocation series
displays an interesting progression with its planned topics. It began by discussing astronomy and the universe. The next session will feature Dr. Daniel Hastings a professor of engineering systems and aeronautics and astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His area of expertise also features outer space, though his credentials focus more on the physics of the space travel systems. The subject of the third speaker, Dr. Dorothy Chappell, will be more down to earth as she discusses biological topics. The dean of natural and social sciences, as well as a professor of biology at Wheaton College, Chappell focuses on areas of biochemistry and genetics. The final speaker, Dr. Shaundra Daily, will focus on technology and education, and will discuss a constructivist strategy for education. These four topics are becoming more pertinent to daily life as the series progresses. It begins with space and the universe, scopes into life on earth with biology and genetics, and finally applies directly to social affairs with technology and education. Throughout each session, the speakers desire to create tangible connections between their various fields and the Christian faith, demonstrating how God works in the various sciences. This series strives to bridge science and faith, and will hopefully be the catalyst to Bethel students for developing wise, critical minds when it comes to the relationship between faith and science.
Cuts made to fight for financial health
n Prioritization and Preview process eliminates multiple majors and staff members Sarah Boadwine News Editor
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With the end of financial hardships far from near, Bethel has made the decision to take appropriate steps in reprioritizing aspects of the university. On Oct. 18 President Jay Barnes sent an email to the student body addressing the recent cuts that have been made in a process known as Prioritize and Review. This process started during the 2012-13 school year as a plan of action to take that next step in curing Bethel’s financial state. The mission of Prioritize and Review was to review departments based on how essential they are for the university to move forward. The process included the review of majors (including emphases and tracks), minors, programs and certificates in each of the university’s schools. A specific set of seven criteria was established in order to review these programs in an appropriate and effective manor. The criteria included contribution to the unique mission and focus of the school, enrollment trends in the past 10 years, number of graduates as a percentage of a whole in the school, number of student credit hours produced (CAS) or number of student credit hours sold (CAPS/GS and seminary), cost and/or margin, internal impact, use of assessment data for program improvement and unique or distinctive contribution to the university. These criteria where closely examined and reviewed by a working team of faculty and staff led by the
VP/Dean of each individual school. The cabinet concluded on an overall target of $7 million on cuts for the prioritization process. By Sep. 6, each of the teams submitted a list of recommended cuts. The majors and programs that have been cut as a product of this process are as follows: • applied performance (composition and vocal) • French education • middle level education, French endorsement • music education • sacred music • science education • anthropology and the holistic development tracks within sociocultural studies • technical design emphasis in theatre • French minor • Antioch Way program For all of these departments, students who have declared a major in CAS or enrolled in a specific degree program in CAPS/GS or the seminary will be able to complete their degrees. Along with the elimination of these academic departments came the eliminations of 14 faculty and staff members. Four of these positions were tenured. Cuts were made throughout all of the schools of the university. “During the Prioritization and Review process we examined all areas of the university to plan strategically for the future of the university… That process has identified some staff positions for elimination, created a small number of new positions and identified several positions for modification or reassignment” Director of Human
Resources Cara Wald said in an email that was sent to faculty. Of the total full-time positions at the university, approximately 24 percent of the seminary faculty positions were eliminated, six percent of CAPS/GS faculty and four percent of CAS faculty. Other changes that were made in response to the review include capping the admission of the social work program to 24 students a year, shifting science education classes to the graduate school, moving art education methods classes to the graduate school and eliminating all German courses. “This work reflects very hard choices and is critical to our ability to move forward with our mission,” Executive Vise President and Pro-
vost Deb Harless said, in an email sent out to staff in regards to the Prioritization and Review report. Further position eliminations will take place during upcoming months. Staff in St. Paul whose positions will be eliminated will receive notice on Monday, Nov. 11. Along with this, staff members whose positions will be eliminated at Bethel’s San Diego campus will be notified on Nov. 8. All of these staff members will have the option of working up until Nov. 22. Some Bethel positions have been modified due to Prioritize and Review. Human Resources will address those modifications and their necessary adjustments on Nov. 11 and 12. The university is not taking this
process lightly and is offering services to help its students and staff cope with the necessary cuts. On Nov. 12, President Jay Barnes will host a time of prayer and will address the affected staff and their families. On Nov. 13, BSA will be sponsoring a town hall meeting in Benson Great Hall to give students a stronger understanding of the Prioritize and Review process along with a chance to ask questions. The most recent cuts are to be followed up with another round of cuts later this year. How these cuts will affect Bethel and its students is not clear.
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A DV ICE LEX & KEN from
As the weather gets chillier, I never want to wear a coat in the buildings because I get too hot. But if I don't the walk from my dorm is freezing. What should I do?
The views expressed in the following piece are not to be taken literally. Please interpret them with a grain of salt or perhaps a whole handful.
I have given up sweets until Christmas, but the Halloween candy aisles are screaming at me. How do I resist?
I have been shopping around at local Halloween stores, and I cannot seem to find anything that is Bethel appropriate. What should I do?
Lex says: Dear Coat Conundrum, This problem seems totally insurmountable. Give up.
Lex says: Dear Sugar Withdrawal, Sometimes when my small child is screaming I will just leave the house, maybe see a movie or go to dinner, come back in a couple of hours. By then he’s finished. When we’re out doing errands, I have a pair of noise cancelling headphones that I put on. This way I can complete our necessary activities without being bothered by whatever is bothering him. I’m pretty certain these same strategies will work against the nihilistic cries of candy.
Ken says: Dear “letter writer”, This reminds me of a question we received a few days ago, which read as follows: "Dear Ken and Lex, I am the writer of an advice column for a student newspaper at a local University. I suspect that the editor of the paper is sending me fake questions. How should I handle this?" I agree with Lex about the coat, I think you should just give up. Maybe walk over to the coffeeshop to get a decaf chai latté. Perhaps send a question off to the advice column of a local student newspaper.
Ken says: Dear Haunted at Byerlys, Screaming architecture is never a good sign, so your problems may be more significant than an occasional Snickers bar. According to an entire genre of movies from the 1980’s, it is likely that your grocery store is located over the site of a former graveyard, or insane asylum. Action is necessary. Next time you go to the store, you need bring along either: 1. a carload of nerds with ghost finding equipment, 2. a fake Shaman, or 3. a small child who “sees things” to determine if the problem is ghost related, UFO/alien related, or just in your head. Only then can you determine a proper course of action. Or you might try screaming back. I myself often randomly scream at grocery stores. I find it makes checking out much faster.
Ken Says: Dear Costume Fretter, I am assuming that you must be male, since all the costumes sold for women by stores like Party City are completely reasonable and appropriate for all occasions, including family reunions and baptisms. Furthermore, in an attempt to encourage young women to aspire to careers other than nursing and law enforcement, Party City has expanded their costume selection to include more “real life” careers. These include the Sexy Database Administrator, the Sexy Accounts Receivable Processor, and the Sexy Vice President in Charge of Marketing and Research for the Upper Northeast Region. The good news for you is that the Bethel bookstore has felt your pain and has expanded their offerings for this Halloween. Check out the bookstore’s newest “Famous Theologians” costume section! Some examples include: -The Rick Warren, with baby boomer goatee and cool California vibe. -The Nadia Bolz Weber, with temporary tattoos and latté. You can find this costume in the “Emerging” church section of the store. Unfortunately, no one really seems to know where that section is, or even how one might find it. It moves around a lot. -The Greg Boyd, complete with drum set and frustratingly ambiguous sense of theological certainty. -On the far, far right end of the display is the John Piper, with glow in the dark lightning bolt. Hope that helps. Happy Halloween!
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Lex says: Dear Moral Masquerader, “Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.” Wait, shhhhh, do you hear that? I believe that’s the dark elder daemon god Cthulhu whispering to you in the darkness. Halloween is like Christmas for Satan. You can dress however you like for it, cuddly kitten, fuzzy bunny, helpful nurse. But no matter how pure or cute, if you celebrate All Hallows' Eve, you might as well be answering the call of dread Cthulhu.
'Halloween' remake: better or worse? Anna Scholl
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It’s not uncommon to notice that at least one movie in theatres is a remake of a previous work. In an age where technology is advancing to greater heights with new opportunities for special effects and advanced cinematography, this generation of cinema has become captivated by the idea of taking what already has been and forming it with modern visuals and themes. One genre has considerably been the most preoccupied with this action: horror. Ranging from the golden age of slasher films to the spiritual thrillers that arrived later on, the concept of frightening an audience has certainly evolved over the years, giving upcoming film artists a multitude of inspired perceptions on how to twist the stories that originally scared audiences thirty-plus years ago. One of these filmmakers, Rob Zombie, decided to direct and remake one of the most prevalent films in the
slasher-horror genre: Halloween. Originally directed by John Carpenter as a low-budget independent film released in 1978 starring Jamie Lee Curtis, it depicted the tale of psychiatric escapee Michael Myers and his murderous rampage through the town of Haddonfield, Ill. Consisting of subtle visuals, gripping characterization and one of the most recognizable scores in the horror genre, Halloween became one of the grandfathers of the slasher genre and is responsible for many of the tropes seen in such movies which followed it. Proceeding it were multiple sequels, though none lived up to the standards of the first. Fast forward roughly thirty years later, Michael Myers and his terror-inducing franchise are revisited in Rob Zombie’s re-imagining of Carpenter’s '70s classic. Garnering mixed reviews from both fans and critics, Halloween’s remake has been sliced open, dissected, inspected, diagnosed and sewn up so many times. It’s a marvel
that it’s still alive, breathing and still brewing a poisonous mixture full of skeptic insight, optimistic responses and downcast disapproval from hardcore fanatics. What separates Zombie’s remake from Carpenter’s original is the focus. Carpenter’s Halloween wasn’t as concerned with the character of Michael Myers, other than the fact that he was a disturbedsince-birth psychopath stalking the quiet suburban homes of Haddonfield on Halloween night with nothing but an eerie pale mask and a simple kitchen knife wielded in his maniacal palms. Zombie’s Halloween brought new light to Myers' character, offering the entire first act of the movie in developing the background of his downward spiral into insanity. Beginning when he was a child and gradually advancing to his present-day adult physique, Myer’s character is fleshed out and even supplies the audience with a mild level of sympathy for the child-turned-killer. That being said, Zombie’s re-
make contrasts what made Carpenter’s original the revolution it was: restraint. While the 2007 reimaging threw out innumerable grotesque images, profanities and scenes to make the audience squirm in their seats with discomfort, the 1978 original used a low budget to its advantage. Clever cinematography and an abundance of well-fashioned foregrounds in order to set the haunted atmosphere are just a few aspects that Zombie’s film, unfortunately, absconded from. Arguably portraying the difference between modern filmmaking and earlier generations, the diversity between the two visualizations of Michael Myers' story are set apart by what they show to the audience. With the original, it leaves much to imagination, allowing the audience more creative space to think. The remake does the opposite, rousing enough repulsive imagery within the viewer so that they are more focused on the film rather than what they are think-
So when the question as to which film is better and of course there will always be arguments on the matter, the approval and satisfaction are completely placed in the hands of the person viewing the film. If subtlety and open-canvas analyzing are what one seeks, then Carpenter’s film is nothing short of a ground-breaking addition to the line of slasher films. Despite this, Zombie’s film still contains the vital ploy of weaving Myers' backstory into its plot, thus offering more heart and depth into its fearsome images. The best strategy would be to view the original. If the story is compelling enough and the viewer wishes to learn more about the character of Michael Myers', then the remake delivers an absorbing, sensitive outlook on the psychopath of Haddonfield. Whichever the audience prefers, both films instigate an original terror that’s hard to find in many horror movies of today.
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from The Clarion Tr ick- or- Canning G reta S owles
Thousands of kids who canvas the streets across the Twin Cities, dressed up as princesses, ninjas, pumpkins and superheroes will be joined by Bethel students on Halloween. But while most trick-ortreaters seek Snickers, Skittles and marshmallow popcorn balls, this particular group of Bethel students will be collecting cans. They call it trick-orcanning. This Halloween, Student Ministries is partnering with SHIFT teams and Good in the ‘Hood, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, to help provide food for poverty-stricken homes in Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. Approximately 80 SHIFT leaders and their teams will be traveling in vans to communities immediately surrounding Bethel, asking for food donations instead of candy when they knock on the door. The
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food donations will then be brought to Good in the ‘Hood the following day. Student Ministries team member Travis Walls, who coordinated the event, hopes that it will be a way for students to realize the scope of their impact. “There are so many different ways that you can serve others without actually serving them,” Walls said. With no particular goal in mind, Walls imagined that if every student got five cans, the 80 students would accumulate 400 cans in total. And that’s a conservative estimate. According to their website, Good in the ‘Hood has served over 1.2 million pounds to families in need since 2010. Walls added that Good in the ‘Hood needs $150,000 worth of food a year to serve the families. This provides the families with enough food for the entire month. Student Ministries Executive Director Neko Vanevenhoven said that the event is really about
realizing that serving is bigger than just at Bethel. “At Bethel, it’s easy to get caught in our Bethel bubble and to think that just being here is good enough. What we are really called to do is to go out and serve," Student Ministries Director Tyler Sorensen said, echoing Vanevenhoven. Walls, Vanevenhoven and Sorensen all mentioned that they wanted Bethel to be seen from the outside as the community of believers that it claims to be on the inside. This Halloween, the trick-or-canners are not seeking candy or even cans alone, they are hoping to be the hands and feet of Christ.
'What we are really called to do is to go out and serve.'
How old is too old to go tr ick- or-treating? D evin A we
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"If you can get away with it, so I mean if you look like you're twelve, but you're really like twenty."
"You're never too old to go trickor-treating. Like ever. I'm going to be like fifty years old and still go trick or treating."
"I feel like there isn't really an age. It just depends on who you're with."
"Around junior high or a little older, it gets a little weird to be trick-or-treating, but I wouldn't say it's not OK. You just have to be selective about the houses you go to."
"I'm a firm believer that you can never be too old to go trick or treating, no sir."
Halloween History Halloween as it is called today, dates back over 2,000 years ago to ancient Celtic tradition in what is now Ireland. The Celts celebrated their new year on Nov. 1, called All Saints’ Day, signifying the end of their summer harvest and the start of the cold, dark winter period, often associated with death. Festivals were held on the day before the new year began, Oct. 31, where it was believed that the boundary between the dead and living world were blurred and ghosts roamed free. Costumes and masks were worn at these festivals to ward off ghosts and spirits. This day was called All Hallows’ Eve and eventually Halloween. Parades were began throughout Europe where sweet treats were given to children in costumes. This evolved into the tradition of trick-or-treating that many children take part now. By the 1900s, Halloween was a secular holiday in America centered on community and children’s entertainment. It is estimated that Americans spend over $6 billion on Halloween, making it the country’s secondlargest commercial holiday. www.history.com
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Jay Milbrandt stands with children at a juvenile prison in Thailand, where he spent summer 2008 addressing human trafficking.
Go and Do: A case for global justice
n Business Professor Jay Milbrandt talks about his drive to seek justice for those trafficked Cherie Suonvieri Culture Editor
“It’s a hidden evil,” Eva Sedjo, president of Bethel’s chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), said. After drug dealing, human trafficking ties with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, according to IJM. Not only that, it’s the fastest growing. In response, students at Bethel have come together to raise awareness.
IJM is a human rights agency that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals with IJM go into communities and work with local officials to enforce preexisting rules to protect the oppressed. Bethel’s chapter of IJM focuses on sex trafficking and serves to raise awareness within the Bethel community and to provide a place to respond and act.
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“We focus on the hope and the justice that can be brought about,” Sedjo said. The group partners with two local ministries, Source and Breaking Free. Both fund Annex, a transitional home for women who are brought out of prostitution or sex trafficking. “We have volunteer opportunities with them that gives Bethel students a chance to interact with the issue,” Sedjo said. While Bethel’s IJM focus is on raising awareness, the communi-
ty recently welcomed a professor who has played an active role in the fight for the justice. A 2004 Bethel graduate, Jay Milbrandt returned in fall 2013 as a professor in the business department, but not before spending several years as a Global Justice lawyer. Milbrandt earned his law degree at Pepperdine University and then took a trip to Thailand for a summer to address human trafficking in 2008. Once Milbrandt arrived, however, he grew to know the people
on a personal level, and his onesummer commitment turned into much more. “You become attached,” Milbrandt said. “It’s not just a number or a statistic… It’s the six-year-old girl that sat on your lap and colored a butterfly, and you know that if you come back in seven more years, she’s going to be across the street in the brothel.” Milbrandt continued on pg.13
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These relationships drove Milbrandt even more to continue putting the skills and knowledge he’d gained to work. While reaching out to the children on the street, he became aware of the number of them who were stateless—legally existing nowhere. The stateless status of these children means they are unable to attend school, travel or hold jobs, making them easy targets for trafficking. “They’re the most vulnerable; they’re the least of the least,” Milbrandt said. “They start off selling flowers and trinkets to customers in the brothels.” The children will continue to do this until their early teen years, and then often end up working in the brothels. It’s just the “eventual course of things.” According to Milbrandt, there hadn’t been much action on the
behalf of the stateless, so that was where he turned his attention. He wrote articles, made a short film and spoke on behalf of those who are stuck in statelessness. Milbrandt has also helped sponsor children on the street in efforts to get them citizenship. “You can get it, it’s just a big process… Most people can’t do it unless they have legal help,” he explained. But sometimes even when one does as much as he or she can, situations can’t be helped. Milbrandt shared a story of a girl named Faifah who he had met on his first summer in Thailand. She was 14 years old, stateless and had grown up alone on Thailand’s streets. She called him her brother. While Milbrandt was back in
the U.S., he received the news that Faifah had been caught by police during a brothel raid and was being sent back to Burma. While in Burma, she was seriously assaulted, and then trafficked; her mother tried to sell her.
When Milbrandt first heard of the arrest, knowing she was on her way to Burma, he began calling everyone he could think of in Thailand, trying to get them to do something. In short, they wouldn’t. It was a difficult case, and most were unsure of what to do. When Milbrandt finally reached someone who was able to go to the jail where Faifah was being
held, she had already been sent across the border. “Once she was in Burma, there was nothing we could do… no earthly thing,” Milbrandt explained. “There’s no law; no nonprofits.” Along with a Thai woman, he ended up going to find her at her brothel. “That’s hard. When there are cases where you feel completely helpless. You don’t know what to do and everyone you consult with says there’s nothing they can do.” Even with the tough cases, Milbrandt continues to press forward. “It’s brought scripture to light in some new ways—going to visit those who are the least of these in our world…” he said. “To be able to do something, to be able to be God’s hands and feet is remarkable.” Though the demand for
human trafficking continues to rise, so does the awareness of the issue. Every day more lights are being shone on the dark crime. But what is missing? According to Milbrandt, much attention is paid to the symptoms, but not enough to the causes. “We celebrate the brothel raids and we overlook the preventative side of things. If we could solve the stateless problem, we would prevent a huge portion of vulnerability,” he said. Milbrandt wrote a book called Go and Do as a testimony to the role God asked him to play and as an invitation to readers to join the story. “As we step out on this journey, we discover an incredible truth: our need for purpose matches someone else’s need for survival,” the book reads on its back cover. “And there is nothing more fulfilling than that.”
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As Dan Minea’s senior year at Bethel University kicks off, he is not only the head of Bethel Business & Economics Association (BBEA), but he is also leading a spring break missions trip to Guatemala. Minea has a lot on his plate for his final year, but being busy is all Minea has ever known. Minea was homeschooled until the fifth grade when his family moved from Burnsville to Shakopee, and he started public school. During high school Minea enjoyed football, basketball and track. He kept busy with sports, work and CIS (College in the School) classes. When it was time to start thinking of colleges, Minea admits that Bethel wasn’t on his radar, but his final decision was based on following God’s plan. “God was really saying, you gotta go to Bethel.” Minea said. Minea kept on a busy track at Bethel by starting up an ultimate frisbee league his freshman year. His junior year he was asked to be the graphic designer for BSA and worked on major projects including Gadkin movies, Nikdag movies and banquet recaps. His plans for senior year reached even higher when he applied for executive director of communications and marketing for 14 • THE CLARION • OCTOBER 31, 2013
BSA along with applying for the president position of BBEA. Minea learned the day of his interview for the communications and marketing position that he had landed president of BBEA. “That was awesome and such a blessing,” said Minea. Being president of BBEA comes with a lot of responsibilities. BBEA is the largest branch of BSA, and its members exceed the size of BSA itself. BBEA consists of 16 head positions with the president, Minea, and two vice presidents, Mike Schmalzer and Kelsey Kielb. The remaining positions are occupied by heads of particular departments, such as in graphic designers and social media coordinators. BBEA meets weekly and discusses ways that they can help students apply the skills that they are learning at Bethel. “At BBEA we give people a chance to apply practical skills,” Minea explains. The practice of these skills include site visits for students who want to learn more about certain businesses and more activities that allow students to apply their learning. A recent project that the BBEA club is working on is coordinating how to host a small business internship fair at Bethel so students have easy access to connect with local businesses for possible internships. Having personal experience with an internship at the small business of Nemer Fei-
ger, Minea knows the importance of landing that first internship and being a light in his workplace. Minea was the only Christian out of his regular co-workers at Nemer Feiger. Minea realized that by being a trusting and reliable worker he could show God’s light in his work environment. “Business is not just a place to do work, but it is a mission field in itself," said Minea. Along with being the president of BBEA, Minea is involved in mission work. This spring break of 2014, he is leading a mission trip to Guatemala through campus ministries and Students International. He will be leading a group of 15 students, whose goals are to establish intentional relationships and to be involved with the longevity of the mission. Minea stresses how ministry goes beyond our God-given skills and blessings into a desire to know the people and improve their living for the long term. It is clear that Minea has accomplished a lot at Bethel University and plans for his future are just as bright. His ultimate dream would be to make an avenue of action available for global injustices through marketing. For now, Minea is focused on landing a job after he graduates in the spring. He is interested in working with a local advertising firm, Periscope, which he resonates with because of their emphasis on athletics. “I have no idea where I’m going to end up but I’m trying not to get too rooted and just say 'God, wherever you want me, I’ll go.'”
Mollie Jacobson for The Clarion While the group of six settled into their chairs on stage, they smiled at each other as they tentatively plucked the first notes meant not only to warm themselves up, but the crowd as well. The fleeting exchange of smiles and offhand comments ended abruptly as they quickly got lost in the music, closing their eyes and focusing on the instruments before them. The group of musicians was Manalive. They made an appearance at Tuesday night’s Coffee House, playing the acoustic version of a few of their favorite songs. Manalive consists of six members–Aidan Fealy, Ben Thiry, Michael Davis, Seth Hartland and siblings Adam and Amanda Hendren. They’ve known each other since high school and have always loved playing together simply for the joy of creating good music. Last spring, an opportunity arose that prompted them to make their musically gifted group official. Adam Hendren’s favorite band, From Indian Lakes was coming to Minneapolis, and he took a chance and sent them an
email asking if him and his friends could be their opening act. This shot in the dark turned out better than they could imagine. From Indian Lakes said yes. It was at this time they realized they needed to come up with a name for their band. They settled on Manalive, feeling like the sound of it fit the image and genre they were going for. The night of the concert was eye-opening, and they realized that this dream of theirs could become a reality if they worked hard and put themselves out there. “It was an awesome experience,” said Fealy. “The members of From Indian Lakes stayed at our apartment after the show, and we sat around and talked about life and music. It was so cool to realize that these guys are just like us, and if they could do something big, we can too.” Its not often that a group gets a gig before they even form a band, but Manalive proudly continues to break the status quo. Within five months of creating the band, they had booked a show opening for Parachute and Matt
Hires—two names that are commonly heard playing on radio stations such as the popular Cities 97. They played a sold-out show at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis. The energy was palpable among the crowd, and the excitement of Manalive was infectious. It was an exhilarating night for all of them, and it was only the beginning. This December, the indie/alternative group will be heading down to Houston, Texas to record their EP at DS Recordings, one of the top recording studios in Texas. From there, they don’t know what will happen, but they’re taking chances and seeing what the future holds. “Well, we all know you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take,” said Michael Davis jokingly. “But in all honesty, it’s cool that we get to do this, and I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten to be a part of it.” Interested in hearing their music? Check out their upcoming events at www.facebook.com/manalive OCTOBER 18, 2013 • THE CLARION • 15
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Women’s Basketball. Coming off what was largely a rebuilding season in 2012-2013, head coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer is excited about the opportunity for improvement. He has just four upperclassmen, calling his roster “very young with a lot of time to grow.” Herbrechtsmeyer has already seen many improvements, most importantly the chemistry and camaraderie on and off the court. The team has specific goals pertaining to its standings in the conference this season. The toughest games this year will likely be against St. Thomas, St. Benedict’s, Gustavus, Concordia and St. Mary’s, and their goal is to be in the mix with those teams and make it to playoffs. Herbrechtsmeyer is looking forward to the journey. “I feel really good about the chemistry this year and how we’ve grown,” he said. “The freshmen are very athletic and promising and the sophomore class has made a huge jump in improvement from last season. Come out and watch us play, we’ll be an exciting team to watch this year.” Men’s Basketball. The men’s basketball team is all about experience, as half of their roster consists of seniors. One of those seniors is four-year varsity contributor Quinn Gorski, who says that they’re striving to continue the good relationships from last season. His hope is that the team continues to be a great group of guys who care about each other in the midst of both wins and losses. The biggest rivals this season will likely be St. Thomas and Augsburg, but Gorski notes that the MIAC is very competitive top to bottom and each game will present a challenge. The team is very excited about the new system and first-year head coach, Doug Novak. “There’s a unanimous increase in energy compared to previous years,” Gorski said. “Come to the games. We’d love to see people out there, and we’d love to see support from the team. We’re really looking forward to representing the Royal community.”
As evidenced by the brief flurries and plummeting temperatures, November is nearing and autumn is coming to a close. Bethel sports fans can look back on the fall season with satisfaction, with promising teams that competed hard for the first few months of school. The football team has created a considerable amount of buzz around campus, as their un-
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defeated record has earned them a national ranking and they hope to be playing well into the winter months. Joining them will be the men’s and women’s hockey team and the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Practices are underway for all of these teams, as they begin games within the next few weeks. Here’s a little of what to expect:
Men’s Hockey. “MIAC men’s hockey is a very tight league with very few points separating the top team from the bottom team. In fact, the coaches voted to implement a shootout to determine the outcome of ties because there are so many of them,” head coach Charlie Burggraf said. Burggraf is looking forward to a lot of returning talent this season, providing the team with improved depth in a variety of postions. MIAC leading scorer Mitch Hughes will anchor the offense along with play-making linemate Brock Raffaele. The defense is led by seniors Tyler Swanson and Tyler Sorensen. Tony Larson, a 2012-2013 All-MIAC performer, is joined by a slew of newcomers that are expected to contribute greatly. Among them are Travis Walls, Michael Bond and Philip Cameron. The Royals kick off the season with their first game on Nov. 1 at Fogerty Arena in Blaine against the Gusties at 6 p.m. Women’s Hockey. The 2013-2014 women's hockey team is captained by Cristina Masten and assistant captains, Lindsay Burman and Kali Johnson. According to sophomore Alyssa Franz, the team's chemistry and community were the key aspects that led to its success last season. A major goal for this season is to carry that over and get the freshmen acclimated to the team. Gustavus and St. Thomas will be the toughest tests for the Royals this season, but Franz says that they’re up for the challenge. The roster is full of young talent, and the team expects to be on the hunt come playoff time. Franz and the rest of the team hope to see the Royals faithful at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Their first game is Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
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When kicker Nathaniel Van Loon was sidelined in Bethel’s game against Wartburg with an apparent knee injury, fellow sophomore Andrew O’Reilly was assigned the kicking responsibilities. Head coach Steve Johnson and his staff preach a “next man up” mentality, meaning every player must be ready when his number is called. According to Johnson, O’Reilly has done an exceptional job replacing Van Loon, saying that number 85 is as good a kicker as there is. In replacement, O’Reilly has done something Van Loon has never done, and that is win the highest weekly honor for a kicker: the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week. O’Reilly won the award in his first start against Carleton, going 8-forPHOTO FOR THE CLARION BY DREA CHALMERS 8 on extra points and again the subsequent week after he Sophomore Andrew O'Reilly won the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week twice, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. booted the 31-yard field goal O'Reilly became Bethel's starting kicker after Nathaniel Van Loon was injured during the team's first game. in the third quarter that would prove to be the difference together and off. We can point his body in case the team ever tique me.” against Augsburg. each other to Christ,” Van Loon needed him. Weight lifting is When Van Loon was asked Despite the competition for said. The pair spent the sum- a culture among the football about how he was responding the spot of Bethel’s starting mer in South Carolina as a part team, and O’Reilly has been to his injury, he showed prokicker, O’Reilly and Van Loon of the Summer Training Proj- diligently working without found faith. are close friends off the field. ect through Campus Outreach. knowing if he would play. “In a way, it is hard because Their friendship, described as They lifted, kicked and condi“I was so impressed with I’d like to be able to do active a brotherhood by sophomore tioned together, training for him. He jumped into the cul- things and play on the football Jake Thompson, is noticed by the season. ture without worrying about team, but I’ve also realized many around campus. Their “It was kind of a surprise his playing time,” Coach John- that it’s God’s plan. God does bond as kickers began last fall, when Nathaniel went down,” son said. “That shows charac- sweet things,” he said. and they’ve been encouraging O’Reilly said. “Usually a kicker ter.” “He is handling it really one another ever since. doesn’t get hurt.” Furthermore, O'Reilly's well. Knowing him, he’s re“Van Loon is a brother in Despite his initial astonish- friendship with Van Loon has ally competitive, and he really Christ. He knows everything ment, O’Reilly was prepared helped him develop his kicking. wants to play,” O’Reilly said about me,” O’Reilly said. to take over the kicking posi“[Van Loon] knows a lot of his close friend and injured “It’s something sweet [for tion. He had worked hard in about kicking,” O’Reilly said. teammate. “He’s probably reus] to be on the football field the weight room to strengthen “He’s able to watch and cri- ally angry that he’s not playing,
but I have not seen him angry about it once,” said O’Reilly. In high school, Van Loon tore a ligament in his ankle while playing soccer. The injury caused him to put on some muscle in the weight room, play football, and ultimately come to Bethel. According to Van Loon, were it not for that injury, many things that have been influential in his life may not have happened. “I’m really happy for Andrew -- that he’s doing well,” Van Loon said. “I wish I was out there, but it is really sweet that he’s doing so awesome. He’s a good friend of mine, and I really like to see him succeed.” Thompson doesn’t notice any difference in how they treat each other. No matter who is playing, Van Loon or O’Reilly, their friendship remains strong. “They both have such a solid foundation of having identity in Christ to where their identity of being a starting kicker doesn’t mean anything to either of them,” Thompson said.
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Senior Linebacker Seth Mathis is a strong specimen upon first glance. The golden locks of hair that flow from the back of his helmet rivals that of a shampoo model. He resembles Clay Matthews or a modern day Samson; but take a closer look and you’ll find that not only does Mathis possess physical strength, but he also has an inner strength that comes from fierce determination and a loving heart. The last time Mathis had his hair cut was four years ago when he found out that his father was diagnosed with cancer. “When he was first diagnosed, I found out about a group called Locks of Love,” Mathis said. “They accept donations of human hair, which they use to make wigs for kids with medi-
cally-related hair loss." Mathis' dad has since fought and won the battle with cancer, but that hasn’t stopped Seth from making a difference. There are thousands of children who are victims of an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, which causes the hair follicles to shut down. This results in hair loss not only in the scalp but often times in the eyebrows as well. For Mathis, the answer was easy. "When football ends this year, I will get my hair cut," Mathis said. "It's about 10 inches long. I have encouraged the guys on the team to grow theirs long and donate it to Locks of Love too.” Senior Jesse Phenow has grown out his mane to a similar length and plans to donate with his teammates. Mathis’ younger brother Landon, a sophomore linebacker, plans to donate as
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well. Take a quick look at Bethel’s team photo and you’ll see just how many people have followed his example. "Seth is a leader, on and off the field," head coach Steve Johnson said. "He is not overly vocal, but has earned the respect of his teammates with his hard work and ability. He is kind, humble and an all-around great guy. The other players see one of the most talented players on our team being one of the hardest workers, and they respect that and follow him." Mathis' path to Bethel was somewhat atypical for a fouryear player. Coming out of high school, Mathis was highly recruited and decided to walk on at the University of Minnesota. After feeling dissonance within their football program during summer camp in 2009, he chose to take a year off of football and take
some classes at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. That August, Coach Johnson called Seth on a whim. The phone call was just a casual check in to see how things were going. The call ended with “Coach J” saying “see you tomorrow at camp.” Mathis showed up the next day, and the rest is history. If you have seen the Royals play in the last four years it isn’t hard to identify Mathis on the field. Not only does he have a Thor-like appearance, but he also performs remarkably well on the field is astonishing. This year alone, Mathis has amassed 77 total tackles, averaging 11.1 per game. Add in two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown and Mathis is a top contender for MIAC Defensive Player of the Year. In Mathis’ time at Bethel, he has a total of 304.5 tackles, mak-
ing him Bethel’s all time leading tackler. He has also earned an All-Conference award twice, and was selected as an All-American. “While Seth obviously gives us so much on the field, he gives us even more off the field with his character, dedication and hard work,” fellow linebacker Lee Tenenoff said. There’s no doubt that Seth is making a difference on and off the field with what he does as a player and with what he gives back to the community. For now, the locks will stay as he looks to continue leading Bethel’s undefeated charge into the NCAA playoffs. His Samson-like strength and courage will still be present even after the hair is gone.
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nMen and women lean on unity through ups and downs of season J ared N elson Sports Editor
As the temperatures plummet and the snow begins to fall, Bethel’s cross country team packs on layers as they hit the trails for practice. They’re preparing for their conference meet on Nov. 2 at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul. Mixed expectations surround the men’s and women’s teams heading into the final stretch of the season, as the men have dealt with a number of crucial injuries while the women attempt to improve on their 2012 season which saw them finish near the bottom of the MIAC. “We had big question marks coming into the year,” said Jim Timp, head coach of the men’s and women’s team. “We gradu-
ated a lot of people from last year on a men’s team that finished near the top of the conference and we were looking to make improvements on the women’s side.” The 2013 campaign began well for the Royals, as the men opened the season with a victory at the Augsburg Quadrangular meet. Bethel was led, as has been the case for the entire season, by junior Matt Berens. “Matt is extremely dedicated to the sport and able to balance the challenges of being a student and an athlete very well,” Timp said. Berens’ consistency this season has resulted in three MIAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week awards. According to Coach Timp, Berens is in a good position to qualify for the national meet, meaning he could potentially be running
competitively until nearly December. The improvements on the women’s side are a result of the emphasis they’ve placed on depth and chemistry. They employ a technique called “pack running” in which they stay together as a group during races in order to push one another and ensure that nobody falls behind. Junior Melody Walton says that the team will continue to focus on the pack as they head into the Championships at Como. “We contended with some very strong teams at the Grinnell meet earlier this season, which was very encouraging,” Timp said. “They’ve been running well all season and I think the women have a real shot at the top five at the conference meet.”
The men have similar aspirations for their next race, as they feel that they’re slowly ascending to full strength after an injury-laden stretch of the season. According to Berens, the team has only run one race with their entire roster healthy, and that was at Augsburg, a race that Bethel won. What makes Bethel’s cross country team unique is that the 13 men and 18 women all run under the guidance of one coach. “We don’t view ourselves as two separate teams,” Timp said. “The unity is the main thing that defines us as a program.” The men and women share a training and meet schedule which has allowed them to form bonds with one another that extend far beyond the finish line. “You see a lot of other teams
in the conference that have separate men’s and women's teams without any camaraderie,” Berens said. “It’s fun to have the two genders together to hang out and support each other.” Walton agrees, saying how happy she is that the team is able to spend such a large amount of time together. Timp is hopeful that the bond among his athletes will benefit his team on the course of the race on Saturday, and he is sure that it will benefit them in the course of their lives. “Our love of running has drawn us together, but our faith in the Lord has allowed those connections to reach a deeper level,” Timp said. “These connections have turned into relationships that will last a lifetime.”
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The Clarionion - Bethel's own slice of "The Onion" Halloween Dos and Don’ts Jack Olanturn
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DO: Wear a cool costume that won’t need an explanation to be appreciated. Some time-honored favorites include superheroes, pirates and various monsters. DON’T: Pick a costume based on how well-known it is. I swear, Zombie-Nazi may seem like a great idea, but other people will not have your appreciation for history. DO: Get into character: To really make your costume stand out, you have to go the extra mile and ensure that people understand it’s not just a costume. Now it’s a part of who you are. For example, when wearing a Batman costume, one should spend the first part of the party in the corner brooding about their dead parents, then angrily punching anyone they see who’s offended them in some
way. NOTE: Dead parents are preferable, but not necessary for this to work. DON’T: Get too into character. This one kind of depends on your costume, so you might want to do some research before deciding if this applies to you or not. While people would admire you using a fake pirate ship to get to the party, no one would enjoy the subsequent murder, looting and drunkenness associated with real pirates. All of this stuff is doubly true if you go against my earlier advice and pick Zombie Nazi as your costume. DO: Find a group of buddies to go with. One Batman is good, but if you can form an entire Justice League with some of your friends, you’ve just made your costume exponentially cooler. Or you can make an entire Justice League out of Batmen. It’s arguable that this is the superior version. DON’T: Take this as a necessity.
If your costume is Freddy Kruger, you don’t need to bring a bunch of recently murdered friends with you to the party. It may add to your authenticity, but it would ruin the party atmosphere. DO: Shout well-known quotes from your character. Pirates should be yelling out “ARRGH” at every opportunity and characters from television shows should say their catchphrases at every opportunity. If you want to be an especially kind person, you’ll set-up other partygoers to say their catchphrases that require multiple people to pull off. When I wore my Batman costume, I was sorely disappointed that no one ever said, “I swear to God,” so that I could pounce on them and scream “SWEAR TO ME!” Doing this might just make their day. DON’T: Make your costume a mix of characters. Robot Superman/ Dinosaur Pirate Werewolf may seem like a good idea, but the
execution is too hard to pull through. DO: Go trick-or-treating. My advice is to borrow a small child for the night. If you let the child ring the doorbells, then the residents will be more likely to give you candy, thinking that you’re the small child’s escort for the night. DON’T: Kidnap said child. Even if you think you’re helping the child by freeing them from their parents. I mean sure, their parents may have dressed them up in a stupid costume, or refused to let them out of the house for fear of people like you, or denied you candy, but it is never worth it to kidnap the child, dress them in an infinitely cooler costume, and give them a great night of enjoyment because the police chase really gets in the way of the trick-or-treating. Although if your costume is a wanted criminal, it does add to the authenticity. I’ll
have to look into whether the pros outweigh the cons on that one. DO: Eat as much of your candy as possible before the police catch you for kidnapping that kid. If you’re going to be caught, you might as well get something out of it. DON’T: Eat so much that you puke on the big scary guy named “Sugar.” Unless you think you’re sick enough that you could do it again if you had to. Okay, here’s what you’re going to do. When the cops throw you in jail, make a big show of puking all over the floor. Then start screaming at your fellow inmates “You want some of this? Huh, do ya? Then don’t come messin’ with me, SON!” Hopefully this will intimidate them so much that they refuse to come near you. Enjoy your Halloween!
ner. The world would never be the same for Sanderson. When assigning lab partners, Professor Francis Crick didn’t have any rhyme or reason. He just assigned them based on what he was feeling that day. On this particular Wednesday, he felt like playing matchmaker but never thought any of them would work out. “I haven’t seen a couple work out since Oxygen and Magnesium got together. It was like OMg.” Rachel Walker stumbled into lab that morning not wanting to talk to anyone. She took her seat and waited with angst for her lab partner to be assigned. When Professor Crick read out the names, she looked over at Mike and suddenly her angst was
gone. Mike looked over at Rachel and didn’t have any reaction, like when combining sodium and potassium—nothing happens. However, once they started going on their lab, which that day happened to be about identifying ions and some other scientific mumbo-jumbo, a spark lit on the Bunsen burner of love. At one point Mike was overheard saying to Rachel, “I’ve got my ion you,” which was met with embarrassed giggles from Rachel and groans from those close by. She flirtatiously replied back, “You must be made of copper and tellurium because you are CuTe.” As the lab progressed, groups moved away from them because the chemistry and biology pick-up
lines became too much. The final straw was when Mike lowered his voice to a quiet yet audible level and said in Rachel’s ear, “You must be a compound of beryllium and barium because you’re a total BaBe.” Finally after five hours, the lab ended and the bond between Rachel and Mike was covelantly solidified. The rest of the class was scheduling meetings with their advisers to find a different lab time. When approached for comment Sanderson said, “She was so cute, she made my zygomaticus majorly contract.” The Clarionion reached out to Bill Nye the Science Guy for clarification. “I haven’t heard that one in
awhile, but most people would just say she made him smile…” An insider for The Clarionion recently told us that Rachel and Mike were planning on making candy in the chemistry labs for their first date and have a nice Bunsen burner lit dinner of Ramen Noodles and dihydrogen monoxide. Mike dreams that this will be the first of many dates and hopes for a positive future with his new lab partner. In the end, this new formation gives hope to new bonds forming between other chemistry students.
Chemistry students find chemistry with each other Adam McBaum
for The ClariOnion
In the realm of Bethel’s laboratories, there are experiments taking place dealing with endothermic reactions, exothermic reactions and other things most of us never stop to think about. However, one experiment is taking place right now as you read this—the experiment of love. Sophomore Mike Sanderson walked into lab one Thursday in September for another day of stress, experimenting and writing. With his notebook in one hand, beaker in the other and his lack of confidence with the opposite gender in tow, he sat down in his spot waiting to be assigned a lab part-
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This issue features Bethel speaker Christopher Yuan, what Bethel students are doing for Halloween, Bethel professor Jay Milbrandt and the sc...