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THE BETHEL UNIVERSITY
CLARION Thursday, February 20, 2014
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women's Basketball p. 16
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How much does Bethel spend on heating? Sarah Boadwine News Editor
In the dead of winter, with the snow falling and the wind blowing, only one thing can keep students comfortable as they further their education at Bethel: heat. Going to school in Minnesota comes with spending a large portion of the year cold, but one thing that most students don’t know is how much money the school spends to keep its students warm all winter long. Manager of Energy and Technical Services Doug Gabrielsen said there is no way to differentiate the amount spent on heating from the total cost of gas to fuel the school.
“Part of the reason is metering,” Gabrielson said. “We are not able to differentiate how much gas is used for heating versus cooking. Also, in the academic buildings, we use the same boilers to heat the buildings and to supply water to the sinks throughout the buildings.” Either way, Bethel has to spend a large amount of money on gas and electricity. Last year, the electric bill was $880,433 and the gas bill was $241,897. Gabrielsen said that paying for utilities at Bethel is just like paying for heating at a person’s house, meaning that students should watch their electricity and gas consumption. Students can help reduce the school’s expenses by conserving energy. “Everyone who saves energy, turns
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off lights and turns the thermostat down helps Bethel to save money,” said Gabrielsen. While winter rages on, heating will remain a saving grace for the students of Bethel, offering a warm escape from Minnesota's bitter temperatures.
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Learning for the Love of God: part 6 Greta Sowles Editor-in-Chief
A few issues ago, part 5 of Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby outlined the biblical narrative as creation-fall-redemption-consummation. Chapter six helps connect these ideas to faithful learning. These four parts of the biblical narrative are translated into integration-idolatryinvestment-imagination. Through this, Melleby and Opitz clarify the true reality of learning as a form of worship. Integration: To integrate means to unify or make whole, and Christian institutions have made it a foremost goal to "highlight the deep, rich and essential connections between faith and learning."
Opitz and Melleby suggest that integration is directly connected with creation in the sense that God is the One, the fountain of all knowledge and the ultimate anchor of all creation. Keeping this in mind, the authors say that seeking the wisdom and insight that connect our beliefs about God and the things of creation is the definition of integration of faith and learning. Our goal, as faithful students, is to continonusly pursue integrity in our words, our beliefs, our actions and our academic work. This is daily faithfulness to the One. Yet, "having an integrated perspective is not the goal, an integrated life is." Idolatry: The choice of sin was really the beginning of the human agenda. While these idols were often physical representations, in
the New Testament accounts, the idols are nothing in themselves, but rather represent unfaithfulness. More than ever, we must continue identifying dangerous idols, understanding that faith is not irrelevant in the task of academia. "Idols wear many disguises, and they go incognito to fit into particular discipline," Opitz and Melleby say, also suggesting that identifying idols in academic work requires discernment, prayer and ongoing dialogue. "Students must be on guard, as we have said, but they can also relax in the knowledge that 'all truth is God's truth,'' Opitz and Melleby conclude. Investment: This part of the biblical narrative holds to the central truth that all of life falls under the lordship of Christ. Our labor in
life is to be a faithful follower of Christ. We hear this so often, but what exactly does it mean? "Christians ought to pursue work that displays neighbor-love and contributes to the common good. We need to study and work, not for success but instead as an expression of faithfulness and service," Opitz and Melleby say. Once we understand that our master, Christ, cares about our life in this world, our investment in work and school takes on a new significance. Each vocation needs faithful leaders -- good teachers who know and love God, faithful accountants and creative marketing agents, encouraging pastors and leaders. Where do you see your calling as a faithful servant of Christ as it pertains to your future career or your current career as a student?
What's happening around the world?
Venezuela: Around 100 students were arrested during anti-government protests. The protests were fueled by high inflation, increasing violent crime and a shortage of some necessities. President Maduro issued a warrant for the opposition leader’s arrest.
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Central African Republic: The European Union announced that it will be sending 500 troops to the Central African Republic that will augment the 2,000 French troops already there. This country in central Africa has been in tumult since a rebel uprising overthrew the president in March 2013. The chaos has been characterized by clashing Muslim and Christian groups with rumors of ethnic cleansing. Afghanistan: Afghan authorities released 65 prisoners from Parwan Detention Center. U.S. officials strongly opposed their release, as many of the prisoners have been linked to multiple
deaths of American troops, Afghan security forces and Afghan citizens. Included in those released are an alleged Taliban explosives expert and an IED specialist.
Jakarta, Indonesia: An Indonesian volcano on the island of Java erupted, resulting in the evacuation of 76,000 people. The eruption generated a plume of ash and sand that
Imagination: This imagination comes with an undeniable sense of hope - hope for the glories of the new earth. In this age, "shalom," the Hebrew word meaning "peace that dwells," is the central emotion. In our current state, we enjoy moments of joy and peace, and sometimes we even dwell in them. Yet, why are we not eagerly anticipating the hope of perfect peace to come? "We need to liberate our imaginations from status quo asiprations and dreams of self-fulfillment," Opitz and Melleby say. Sometimes this world anesthitizes creativity, stunting the growth of our hopeful imaginations. The challenge is to live with purpose, a purpose connected to the purposes of God. Are you ready to imagine hope and live with purpose?
climbed 10 miles into the air. Seven airports were closed and much of the island was blanketed in a thick layer of gray ash.
Jacksonville, Florida: Michael Dunn has been convicted on four of five counts, including three of second-degree attempted murder. A mistrial was declared on the single count of first-degree murder. Dunn was arrested for firing a gun into an SUV filled with teenagers because their music was too loud. The shooting killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
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Bethel graphic design program takes shape Rachel Wilson Staff Writer
The Twin Cities are recognized worldwide for the arts. Be it photographers, art directors, writers, authors, graphic designers, painters, musicians or singers, Minneapolis has a thriving creative scene. According to the Minneapolis Creative Index 2013, Minneapolis is the sixth most creatively vital metropolitan area in the country, pumping over $700 million into the local economy in a single year. Bethel is jumping on board. While it boasts theatre and studio arts programs, Bethel is debuting yet another avenue for students to pursue the visual arts: graphic design. Beginning in the fall of 2014, Bethel will officially offer a graphic design major and minor. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Jessica Henderson, an
assistant professor in the art department. With the addition of the major, the department will also be changing its name from the art department to the department of art and design. Likewise, Henderson’s title will also be changing from assistant professor of art to assistant professor of design. In her three years at Bethel, Henderson has played an integral role in the creation and foundation of the major and minor. “We have a really rich studio art history,” Henderson said. “The demands for design increased so quickly that we woke up and were really behind.” Prospective students have displayed significant interest in a graphic design degree. Adding a major and minor will set Bethel apart from other nearby liberal arts schools. Aside from St. Mary’s and the University of Northwest-
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ern, Bethel is unique in offering such a program. While Bethel has had the infrastructure for a while, the board is finally formalizing the program. Countless Bethel graduates are working as designers both in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. “We’ve had a lot of students who have made a design career out of what we have had here,” Henderson said. “Students who are in business, in communication, in studio art . . . a lot of them are working as designers.” The graphic design major ranges from 68-75 credits and focuses on the physical, visual and theoretical principles of graphic design. The major consists of foundation classes, core classes (design and studio art) and an integrated emphasis, the latter of which allows students to hone in on one of three areas. Such areas include anthropology and sociolo-
gy, business, and communication. Through the integrated emphasis, students become well prepared to function in an ever-changing field using a variety of skills. “Good designers have the ability to draw connections across disciplines… to understand how people think, how culture works, how marketing and business principles work… which is an awesome fit for our institution,” Henderson said. Minors are made up of 21 credits and pair well with journalism majors, business marketing majors and literature majors, among others. Sophomore art major Tim Evancho is one of many students expressing his excitement over the new addition. "I am really drawn to creating graphics and [designing] things for a specific purpose," he said. Evancho plans on switching
from art to graphic design as soon as the option is implemented. “Everyone needs designers now… it’s just our visual culture,” Henderson explained. Students majoring or minoring in graphic design have a plethora of options to choose from for future work. Advertising agencies, design shops, branding agencies, in-house design teams and corporate companies, among countless other businesses, all have a high demand for graphic designers. Designers can work on internal or corporate communications or choose to freelance, a popular option today. Most designers, whether employed full time, part time or self-employed, freelance here and there. For more information about a four-year plan or class scheduling and sequencing, contact Jessica Henderson at cas-art@bethel. edu.
REMEMBERING TRAGEDY AND RESILIENCE By Emma Nichols for the Clarion
The Brushaber Commons plays host to student clubs and events throughout the year, but during the months of January and February, something new sat in the atrium that may have caused students to stop and look. Bethel University celebrated the lives of Holocaust survivors and remembered the lost through various related events in January and February, including the ‘Transfer of Memory’ exhibit in the Brushaber Commons atrium. The various events included the opening reception for the exhibit, a panel discussion on ‘Remembering through Literature, Film and Theology,’ a Holocaust movie showing and Holocaust Memorial historian Victoria Barnett sharing a message in chapel. The ‘Transfer of Memory’ exhibit, presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, KFAI Radio and Bethel University, featured photographs and short stories about holocaust survivors in Minnesota, photographed in their homes. Each story represents difficulties that have been overcome and the remembrance of a tragic event, though the overall message is of hope. “It has a presence. It stays for a month wherever
it goes, and we get to work with that community for other events to happen. It’s a great artistic platform for education in these communities,” explained Laura Zelle, director of Tolerance Minnesota and the exhibit’s curator. Zelle worked with Bethel to put on the events on campus. The exhibit’s photographer, David Sherman, believes that memory of the Holocaust is crucial now; he has seen many survivors he has known passed away. “This is the kind of thing we should be documenting so we know who they were,” he explained. “It won’t be long before there aren’t any more firsthand accounts, and I want to be sure to contribute what I can to maintaining that body of proof.” Once Sherman and Zelle developed the idea for the exhibit, they began by seeking out participants through press releases and flyers in Jewish communities around the Twin Cities. Those survivors who volunteered were photographed and interviewed in their homes and could say as little or as much as they wanted, which became the short paragraphs beneath each photo. Sherman enjoyed visiting each survivor’s home. “That made it special to me, that they were opening their homes and personal lives to us. It contributed nicely to their images, and they were photographed in a place that was comfortable and familiar to them,” he said. The exhibit travels to schools, religious and community centers, but both Sherman and Zelle expressed the importance of having the exhibit on a university campus like Bethel. Because of academic history learned in college, Sherman believes the photographs heighten the importance of this kind of memory. “The Holocaust is more than facts and figures
and numbers. It’s about people, hardship and overcoming hardship. History is academic, but I think there is a particular emotional piece that people need to understand,” he said. “It’s set up in the commons area, and it's busy. People contemplate there, they reflect and eat. This lends itself to conversation,” Zelle explained. She and Sherman wanted the exhibit to cause students to stop and observe. “I’m hoping that my images are emotive, I hope that they make people think. In a small way, I want to show the enormity of what the holocaust is about,” Sherman said. “The human spirit is incredible, and our ability to move on. But at the same time, we can’t forget what happened and the atrocities. We have to work and do everything we can so that we don’t let these things happen again.” Originally, the photos were to be in black and white, but those who worked on it decided that color photos were more appropriate in showing inspiration and pride in the photos. Zelle wanted the photos to show hope for the future rather than evoke memories of the past, as many black and white photos can. “Color spoke more to the future, lifted you up when you look at them. We didn’t want to hold people back to that time period. We wanted to bring the conversation to todays time,” she said. Zelle also explained that the purpose of the exhibit is for the survivors to be remembered as heroes rather than victims, as people who overcame great hardship rather than giving up. “It’s about understanding that everybody has a story and a past,” Zelle said. “The holocaust did not define them. They are not stuck in 1945 but they went on to raise families, and that shows resiliency and hope.” FEBRUARY 20, 2014 • THE CLARION • 5
News Ancona/Wanous and Reynen/Thielen compete in student body presidential race n Bethel
to hold first competitive election in two years Michael Urch Staff Writer
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Top, vice presidential and presidential candidates Dan Wanous and Ashley Ancona. Below, presidential and vice presidential candidates Andrew Reynen and Paige Thielen.
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Only the seniors on campus can remember the last competitive campaign for student body president. It has been two years since more than one candidate ran for the position, but this year, the student body has a decision to make. Current president and candidate Ashley Ancona is running for re-election. Ancona, a junior, is a double major in computer science and business entrepreneurship. Ancona refers to this year’s term as student body president as the “most amazing experience ever,” and she hopes to gain the same experience as president next year. Ancona’s vice presidential candidate is Dan Wanous. Wanous is a junior studying biblical and theological studies, economics and finance. His background includes two years as an RA and his current role as the executive director of student leadership for BSA. Ancona says she respects Wanous and sees him as a partner. Ancona and Wanous are both confident that their experiences and relationships have prepared them to represent the student body. “I think building bridges is really important, and we have the connections that are necessary to get that done,” Wanous said. Andrew Reynen, a junior studying accounting, economics and finance, is the second candidate running for office. Pulling from three years of experience on student senate, including his current position as senate president pro tempore, head senator, and exposure to many past presidents, Reynen is excited about what he can offer the student body. He said he hopes to help students benefit from all that BSA has to offer.
Paige Thielen is Reynen’s running partner and vice presidential candidate. As a student athlete majoring in nursing and psychology, Thielen is ready for action. She is the only sophomore candidate, but she has senate experience of her own and she believes that her exposure to different areas of Bethel has prepared her to represent students. She stresses the importance of giving back to the students and getting them involved. “The student government does great right now, and we have done a really good job getting information out about BSA, but we need to take a bigger step still in getting the students involved,” Thielen said. “Their opinions matter.” The student body president is the primary liaison between students and Bethel’s administration. The student elected will be the voice of the student body. Additionally, the president oversees BSA funding and appoints both the financial officer and BSA department executive directors, excluding student senators. The vice president oversees the legislative branch of the student body government and meets regularly with the BSA executive directors. Online voting will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 25 and end on at 10 p.m. on Feb. 26.
Want to learn more about the candidates? Come to the debate in the Underground on Monday, Feb. 24 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nursing’s Uganda Term canceled for Fall 2014 n Staffing
and curricular issues responsible for the holdup
Jenny Hudalla Copy Editor
Kirstin Paulson was sitting on her bed in Arden Village when she received the email that informed her and 41 other junior nursing students that the fall 2014 study abroad program to Uganda had been canceled. “I was extremely upset,” Paulson said. “Ever since freshman year, I’ve been working to get good grades and putting so much thought and prayer into this trip and then that dream was crushed.” Although the Uganda program was initially offered as an interim trip, the department launched a pilot semester-long trip last fall. Despite its success, the Office of Academic Affairs decided more time was needed to evaluate the program before it could be offered again. According to Pamela Erwin, associate dean of professional programs, the decision was made based on staffing and curricular issues and is not connected to Bethel’s broader financial struggles. “This situation is completely different from NYCAMS, which was canceled as a program altogether,” Erwin said. “The Uganda trip is simply not going in fall 2014, because we need time to evaluate last year’s pilot program and make the experience even better for nursing majors.” Senior Casie Ecklund, who was part of the fall 2013 trip, said it’s a shame that next year’s seniors won’t have the
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Nursing students furthered their education by spending a semester in Uganda during fall 2013. The program has been put on hold until faculty can refine it to best serve future students.
same opportunity she did. “The clinical experience we got in the hospitals in Uganda was unbelievable,” she said. “We had our pediatric and obstetric rotations, so we saw a lot of babies being born. Our patients were so humble, too, so it was really cool to teach them about their health and how to promote it.” Traditionally, the trip has offered nursing students the opportunity to take four Bethel courses at Uganda Christian University while gaining critical knowledge in obstetrics, pediatrics and public health. However, because students
are required to take nursing licensure exams, it is essential for them to be accompanied by professors who have both U.S. and Ugandan experience in those three areas.
“We want to make the Uganda semester study abroad even stronger and one that we can continue for the long haul.” Pamela Erwin
According to Beth Peterson, chairperson of the nursing department, there are not enough faculty members able to go next fall, and the department also needs time to restructure some of the course content to better implement it in a Ugandan context. “There are certain things we need to include in courses to prepare students for U.S. nursing practice,” Peterson said. “But when we take students to Uganda, we want them to learn from that healthcare system, too. It’s just a matter of putting the two together.” Further conversation with
leaders at Uganda Christian University and identification of faculty able to commit to the program will be key to the future of the program. Erwin said that while she knows many junior nursing majors are very disappointed, another year of preparation is the best option for current and future students. “Since this fall was a pilot program, we want to build on that experience,” Erwin said. “We want to make the Uganda semester study abroad even stronger and one that we can continue for the long haul.”
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Moya provides space for discussion, growth and unity nAfrican/African American group on campus works for positivity in cultural identity Sarah Boadwine News Editor
With the goal of opening Bethel’s eyes to the importance of cultural identity, Moya is a group for African or African American students working to grow together as individuals with the commonality of a similar cultural background, according to group leader Love Washington. The goal is for students to embrace their identity, first as being made in the image of God and then as being African or African American. According to Washington, Moya is a safe place for students to talk about social issues and life. It helps bring together a minority population on campus and give people a place to connect with each other. The group’s name, Moya, is a South
African Bantu word that means ‘spirit.’ Washington’s goal for the year is to promote positivity within the community itself and to give Africans/African Americans a place to come together as a community for devotions, prayer, discussion, activities and events. She also aims to give these students a place to develop positive thoughts about who they are. “A lot of things that you hear about the black community in the media is negative. They see us as ignorant and whatnot,” Washington said. “People need positive images to draw to within their specific culture and if they don’t have that they sometimes draw to other things that don’t represent them.” Washington firmly believes
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that it is hard for people to steer away from these negative views and discover who they are if they don’t have anyone to look up to. February is black history month, and Moya has multiple events planned. During the rest of the year, the group is still hard at work creating a resource for all students seeking support or for anyone who has an interest in African/African American life. Washington said Moya has faced many struggles at Bethel since its inception. “Moya struggles with the fact that we don’t feel that the Bethel community as a whole cares about cultural identity, and so it’s a struggle to inform people when they don’t have open ears for it,” Washington said. “As Christians, we are called to be the hands and feet of God, and
all parts are created for a purpose.” Washington strongly encourages the Bethel community to get on board with raising awareness of cultural identity. She stressed that God made every group of people for a reason and that every person has a purpose. “We all play a certain role, and we can’t eliminate one group because we don’t think they are necessary,” Washington said. “At the end of the day, God created that group for a certain purpose.” Moya is a subgroup under United Cultures of Bethel. According to Moya member Victoria Featherstone, Moya has helped her to get over culture shock and to feel comfortable in a community where she is a minority.
“Having a community of people that provide a healthy space to let out emotions and deal with the issues surrounding cultural differences has been great,” Featherstone said. “I am from Maryland, and before coming to Bethel, I didn’t have an experience where I was the minority.” Featherstone stressed that even though Moya and UCB are facilitated for specific groups of people, others are welcome. She believes that the best way to learn about different cultures is to talk to those who are from other cultures. “Moya is a safe space to share and discuss topics dealing with culture,” Featherstone said. “It has been a blessing to me and helped me to see the depth of the beauty of who I am as an African American.”
Opinion The following are letters written to the Clarion in response to the Sports (1-0) vs. Education (0-1) opinion piece. These are not the views held by The Clarion. If you agree, disagree or would like to submit a letter of your own, please e-mail email@example.com.
Jim Fitzgerald For The Clarion
Bethel University has a storied football program dating back 25 years to the arrival of Head Coach Steve Johnson. Johnson has transformed Bethel into a perennial powerhouse, which has earned the program many accolades. Apparently, there are some who think those accolades are paid too much attention. I disagree; playing sports at the collegiate level requires a heightened level of discipline, both physically and academically. In fact, Bethel’s student athletes are held to higher academic standards compared to the general student body. There are minimum GPA standards that all Bethel student athletes must maintain in order to remain eligible. In addition, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) not only recognizes athletes for their athletic achievements but also for their academic endeavors. Take for example J.D. Mehlhorn, who was recognized as a Capital One Academic All-American. Through programs such as these, we can see the emphasis that institutions place on academics. While some view college sports as a cost, which ultimately overshadows education, I believe that the benefits created as a result of college sports are too
numerous to address in this article. However, there is one issue that I must raise with the above cost argument. Bethel sports, like football, are revenue generating, which is why the school spends more on its athletes than it does on non-athletes. Non-athletes aren’t generating extra revenue for the university. Now, for those of you screaming out loud right now about the tuition you’re paying, keep in mind that we go to a Division III university. One of the differences between a Division I university and a Division III university is that schools can give full ride athletic scholarships at the Division I level, but they cannot at the Division III level. What does this mean? It means that Bethel’s student athletes pay the same tuition that nonathletes do, except that they also generate revenue for the university through their athletic abilities. In my opinion, Bethel does a good job of distributing recognition appropriately. Whether it be through the Dean’s List, the Bethel website or through receiving your diploma in front of a crowd at graduation, it gives credit where credit is due. When a collective group of 70-plus players accomplish something fantastic, credit is due. That is why we have a banner celebrating them at the entrance of our school.
Bruce Olson For The Clarion
In the December 5, 2013 edition of The Clarion, you included an opinion piece with the misleading headline “Sports (1-0) vs. Education (0-1).” The headline indicates that sports takes precedence over academics, which could not be further from the truth at Bethel University. I serve as the Faculty Athletics Representative for Bethel, which is an NCAA mandated position and serves as a liaison between academics and athletics. I would like to identify several issues in the opinion piece that are especially problematic. Issue No. 1: The writer states, “We hear stories about athletes with less-than-spectacular grades who receive full-ride scholarships.” First, Bethel University is a member of the NCAA in Division III, which is not allowed to give scholarships. The NCAA requires every Division III school to annually perform financial aid testing to ensure that more financial aid is not given to student-athletes than to the overall student population, and Bethel passes this test every year. The writer is referring to Divisions I and II of the NCAA, which are allowed to give scholarships. In addition, NCAA research studies indicate that student-athletes perform as well as, and in many cases better than, the rest of the student population in their academics.
Bethel’s own studies have supported this research. Issue No. 2: The writer uses statistics about spending on athletics related to an NCAA Division I program of $92,000 per athlete, with only $14,000 being spent on academics per student. Since Bethel is a Division III school and cannot give “full-ride” scholarships to student-athletes, our spending per athlete is a small fraction of the amount spent at the Division I level. Therefore, it’s difficult to understand why Division I information is used to support a position that we spend too much on our athletes, who receive no extra benefits for playing at Bethel other than some clothing with the Bethel logo on it. Issue No. 3: We celebrate both athletic and academic success among our student-athletes. For example, over the past two years Bethel has had two student-athletes (Nicole Wriedt and Gavin Maurer) receive a prestigious post-graduate scholarship ($7,500 per year for two years) from the NCAA, which awarded only 174 of these scholarships last year for all three divisions. This award requires both excellent athletic performance and academic achievement. In addition, J.D. Mehlhorn, a senior on the football team, was named to the AFCA’s Good Works team, which consists of only 22 athletes from all three divisions. This is a significant honor and another demonstration that our student-
athletes bring much more to the Bethel community besides competing on the athletic field. Issue No. 4: The writer notes at the end of their opinion piece, “I’m not suggesting that every student who aces a test get a banner hung in their honor, but perhaps a little more recognition for those students who excel in academics is needed.” Faculty would love to recognize students who ace their tests. However, we are prevented from doing so due to federal educational privacy laws. Furthermore, academics should, and does, receive recognition. If you visited Bethel’s website, you will notice many articles highlighting the accomplishments of Bethel’s faculty, students, programs, and even The Clarion back on June 27 (“Student Newspaper Receives Awards”). Whether it’s the Department of Physics receiving another major grant funding research, or a story about students winning a national math competition, there is significant coverage of academic achievements at Bethel. What I would ask is that opinion pieces reflect some reasonable research that fully supports the position presented, not rumors and innuendos. Our student-athletes work hard in both the classroom and the athletic field, and when they accomplish great things, we should celebrate with them, just like we do with academic achievement.
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black history month P atnacia G oodman Online Editor
G reta S owles
As the United States celebrate Black History Month this February, the Bethel community is also taking part. Moya, a United Cultures of Bethel group geared toward students of African descent, is hosting multiple events throughout the month to celebrate black history on campus. All of the posters promoting African American history and achievements, film forums and subsequent discussions can give rise to challenging emotions, and many raise questions about the importance of Black History Month, and why it is necessary to take time to cele-
brate black history apart from American history. When asked why Bethel students should get out of Black History Month, UCB Executive Director Zakiya Robinson gave an honest answer: “I think it’s really important that we get involved with Black History Month because Bethel has had some incidents in the past that have made African American and other minority students feel a little discouraged in the community. I think this month is about healing and understanding, and a lot of work has gone into boosting the image of African Americans – especially with things that happened around the world, like Trayvon Martin and the really negative light being cast on black people. So I think this month is about
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healing from that and not forgetting, but looking past and embracing the progress we’ve made thus far.” What is it like being an African American student on Bethel’s predominantly white campus? Although Lorrie Klutse, Dan Sandberg and Shatera Graham all grew up experiencing the academic world as black students in predominantly white schools, what would seem like an easy transition to Bethel came with its challenges. Junior Lorrie Klutse has split her life between Africa, where she spent her first 10 years in Togo, and America, where, apart from two years spent at Jackson Middle School in Brooklyn Park, she was used to low diversity rates and the feeling of being the
minority in a white-dominated school. While she mentions that race and diversity did not play a factor in her choosing Bethel, she recognizes that the issue is becoming much more of a topic on campus. “I know there are certain parts of my culture and the way I behave that I cannot necessarily display in this environment, because people are not accepting of it,” Klutse said. “The whole issue of culture and race and stuff, as much as we want to deny it, it’s very subtle, but it is there.” For Klutse, the difficulty lies in her interaction with African Americans on campus. As a first generation African, her roots are in Africa, but she also culturally identifies with white Americans because of her placement in white-domi-
nated schools. “I know how to behave and interact with Africans; I know how to behave and interact with white people; but I don’t necessarily know how to interact with African Americans, because I haven’t been around them enough to know how to do that,” Klutse said. Klutse notes that, to her, Bethel culture translates Christianity differently than Africans do. “Our Christianity to us means love your brother and sister as your own, which means correct your brother and sister if something is happening, but be honest about it, don’t sugar coat things too much. But the way that that is translated into the Bethel culture is turn your left cheek, turn your right cheek, and keep turning them for the rest
of your life.” This passive aggression is the type of micro-aggression that Klutse sometimes feels, and she challenges students to see that cultural differences are there. In terms of making this cultural gap smaller, Klutse mentioned the importance of putting aside blame and having honest conversations. “It is not always about black and white, it is about how we come together as a body,” Klutse said. “I think that [reconciliation] needs to come from the bottom up, and we are the bottom. We need to be willing to open our eyes and our minds and our hearts to having these conversations as a student body. “ Sophomore Shatera Graham grew up in Burnsville, a suburb of the cities, and quickly became used to being the only person of color in her classes. While this didn’t change when she began attending Bethel, her attention to racial differences did. Most of this was a result of her experience in Navigators. While participating in the program before school started, Graham felt as though Navigators was telling her that she was different and that she should stick with other students of color. While she acknowledges that Navigators is doing a lot of good on campus, she felt as though the group exploited her differences, making her aware of the masses of white people. “Everybody comes from a different background, everybody has a different culture that they come from, everybody has a different socioeconomic situation that they come from. So the color of my
skin is just prominent. It’s just what you see,” Graham said. Like Klutse, Graham has experienced the small but aggressive jokes that can be hurtful. “I think that is something we forget - just how much of an impact our words and our actions have on each other, “ Graham said. “And I just think as a whole, we need to work on filters in general.” From her Facebook account on January 17, Graham said, “Throughout my entire life, I have struggled with who I am. Many of my white friends think I’m black and many of my friends who are people of color think I’m white. I’ve found that in the process of trying to figure out who I really am that I make jokes about the half that I wish I wasn’t. No, I’m not talking about my white half. I’m talking about the jokes that I make that tear down who I am as a woman of color. I want to make it clear that I don’t want to partake in any more of those jokes or stereotyping when it comes to being half black.” Graham experiences both sides of micro-aggression because she often feels unaccepted in the black community, while her white friends are more likely to joke around in a way that cuts deep. Despite this, she maintains that her identity is not in her race, her friend group or any cultural identifier but in Christ alone. Junior Dan Sandberg has grown up in white-dominated cultures, going to school in Edina and later attending Lakeville North for high school, where he mentioned that he was one of 20 black students at his school. When
Sandberg came to Bethel, he had trouble interacting with other African American students because he felt as though they came from backgrounds much different from his. Apart from this, the transition to Bethel was relatively smooth. Sandberg has experienced micro aggression since he was much younger, but has slowly gotten used to the jokes and comments. Of all of the things, Sandberg gets most frustrated when people pick at his hair or make comments like, “You’re the whitest black person I know.” “Just because I don’t act according to the stereotypical African American does not make me less black or any more white," Sandberg said. "Why do you think that is okay? Why do you think that is a thing?” Adding to the conversation on Black History Month, Sandberg said that it really should be American History month, thereby making it a time to integrate everybody. “It is good and bad," Sandberg said. “At least we are looking and celebrating our past, but at the same time we are putting ourselves in a box.” Sandberg feels like more dialogue is necessary to help bring about reconciliation on Bethel’s campus. “Instead of having reconciliation as a giant banner, let’s rip down the banner. Let’s just talk and be human,” Sandberg said.
Pictured from top: Lorrie Klutse, Shatera Graham, and Dan Sandberg.
PHOTOS FOR THE CLARION BY DREA CHALMERS
n Three Bethel students share cultural lessons learned over interim Patnacia Goodman Online Editor
As many of us endured one of the coldest Januarys on record, some of our classmates decided to forgo the typical interim routine of one class per day - mixed with the occaisional broomball match - to cross borders and broaden their physical horizons. Rachel Hagen, Ryan Nichols and Matt Anderson took some time to share about their trips and how they navigated the different cultures they encountered. What program did you travel with? RH: I went on the Peoples and Cultures of China trip, where we stayed at Chongqing University of Science and Technology in Chongqing. RN: I went on the international business trip, where we toured six countries in Europe: England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. MA: It was the biology department’s trip called Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands: Natural History and Future Prospects.
What did you do while you were there? RH: We spent the first couple of days touring Beijing, seeing the Great Wall and Forbidden City and spending time getting acclimated to Chinese culture. Then we spent the last two and a half weeks at the university, where we started most of our days by doing some type of culture appreciation activity like a tea ceremony. Then we’d have lunch and do some exploring. RN: In each country we had a business site visit where they’d give us a tour of their business and talk about how they do business in other countries and interact with different cultures, along with the benefits and obstacles that brings. We also did cultural site visits in each country. MA: We flew into Quito and spent a day there before going to the Santa Lucia Cloud Forest. We went to the Galapagos Islands for a week, where we spent three days on a yacht going to the islands and observing and comparing the wildlife, visiting tortoise breeding centers and hiking a volcano on Isabella Island. We did a weeklong home stay in Quito, and after that we stayed in the Amazon Rainforest.
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What was something culturally difficult you experienced? RH: I was most surprised by the span of wealth I’d see just walking down the street. There would be beautiful skyscrapers and huge TVs on one street and the poorest of the poor on the next. It was hard to deal with because you’d see people walking around with so much and people who can’t stand because they haven’t eaten. RN: Aside from England, I’d say it was the language. Not knowing the language made it 10 times harder to operate. It really challenges a person to learn other forms of communication and at least a little bit of the language to get by. MA: The language barrier was difficult, especially since we spent a week with families who didn’t speak any English, so communicating was by far the hardest part. What did you miss about American culture? RH: Students are taught not to challenge their authorities because hierarchy in authority is so important there, and they respect their elders way more than we do here. They can have their own opinions but they aren’t able to talk about them so openly.
RN: This is really trivial, but I missed free refills and water at restaurants. MA: The thing I missed most was probably the food. The food in Ecuador was absolutely fantastic, but as the trip went on we were having the same meals over and over, and I missed the variety. What did you appreciated about their culture? RH: I love the way they treat those who are in authority, and there is so much more respect for people in general. Because of the way their family structure works, when students grow up, they are responsible for taking care of their parents and grandparents, which is why they push themselves to be successful. RN: Similar to America, a lot of the people have pride in their national and cultural identity. I really appreciated learning about different ways of life and approaches to issues, and I appreciated the experience more and didn’t worry about the maintenance of things. MA: It seemed like everyone we encountered was very accepting of Americans coming into their culture. They were very open and the things we were ignorant of they were willing to teach us. It was something we encountered consistently.
What is something that you took away from the experience that would make you say that studying abroad is worthwhile? RH: It’s great, because when else will you be able to go to these other countries, learn from someone who lives there and knows how things work, and be with people who are excited for you to come? I’m never going to get to go to China and experience it in that way again. I’ve studied abroad twice and both times I hadn’t known anyone else on the trip, so I got to meet new people. RN: At any university, you find that you get so entranced with life there and start to lose sight of what’s going on outside, and traveling abroad is a wonderful opportunity to get outside of your school and your country. You learn so much more than just classroom work. MA: The trip was a great way for me to get out of my comfort zone. It’s good to get out and see that there’s more to the world than just “Minnesota Nice” and the U.S. It’s good to see how other people in the world live and how we are similar and different.
Culture King Center plays developmental role in early childhood education
nBethel junior spends fall semester student teaching at the King Family Foundation CDC Cherie Suonvieri Culture Editor
Near the end of every calendar year, Benson Great Hall fills to the brim with parents, faculty and students alike, all gathered for what is considered by many to be one of Bethel’s favorite chapels—the CDC Christmas chapel. Most of the Bethel community is familiar with the CDC (Child Development Center) near North Woods and North Waters, but these children only make up half of the performing group. The other children come from the King Family Foundation Child Development Center, Bethel’s equally cute sister CDC in Frogtown. The King Cener was founded in 1998, and continues to be made possible under Bethel’s ownership and through collaboration with the Union Gospel Mission and Mt. Olivet Baptist church. The program means to provide for and encourage quality education in St. Paul. Bethel students are often seen passing in and out of the campus CDC, some there to volunteer, others there fulfilling required field experience time as elementary education majors with a pre-primary emphasis. The latter group of students also has the opportunity to spend time at the King Center. Junior Alyssa Biscoe completed her field experience during the 2012-2013 year, spending half of her time at the Bethel CDC and the other
half at the King Center. When fall of 2013 arrived, she was placed, and willingly so, at the King Center for a semester of student teaching. Biscoe described the experience as eye opening. “I grew up in a school without much diversity,” the Hastings High School grad said. She estimates that around 90 percent of the students King serves are African American. Biscoe also shared that many of the families receive government assistance for childcare. “A lot of the families want their kids to learn, but it’s a different dynamic working with families who have more difficult situations at home,” she explained. Designing a multicultural curriculum was one of the challenges Biscoe faced in her time student teaching. “I look at children’s books, and I don’t necessarily notice that they’re all white… I had to be intentional about picking things out that represent [the children's] culture,” she said. Despite the challenges, Biscoe’s time spent at the King Center has been fruitful. She explained that seeing the children’s love for school and learning, along with the relationships she’s developed with them, has been the most rewarding part. “I stopped in for an hour last Thursday, and they all remembered me—it’s those relationships and just being able to be a part of their education,” Biscoe said. Reflecting on both her experiences at the campus CDC
and at the King Center, Biscoe explains that activities take place in a more structured format at King, comparable to school. The overarching goal is to prepare the children for kindergarten. While learning readiness is said to be a priority, staff at the King Center also have a set of spiritual goals for the children, including increasing their familiarity with Jesus Christ, teaching them that God loves them and made them uniquely special, and helping them in growing their ability to love others. The King Center’s website explains that while Bible stories and Christian practices will be incorporated into the pro-
gram, the main faith emphasis will be illustrated through the teachers' involvement in the children's lives. From her time at the King Center, Biscoe has developed a desire to work in a low-income school district. “I’ve realized and seen, firsthand, the need that students have—” she said. “How much they need good teachers that really care about them, beyond just their education.” Biscoe noted that during her semester student teaching, she arranged for the children of the King Center to have a turn on the bulletin board along the wall in the BC between Student Life and the campus store, where typical-
ly photos, crafts or projects from the campus CDC have been displayed in the past. Now the two CDCs will alternate each month. Bethel students and faculty are also invited to celebrate black history with the King Center as the preschoolers present a program reminding attendees of significant contributions of African Americans throughout history. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ober Community Center Gym, 376 Western Ave., St. Paul.
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Senior art majors shed light on their creative process n Jonathon Engelien, Casey Nordine discuss inspiration for senior seminar
Rachel Wilson Staff Writer
An exhibit put on by senior art majors from the Bethel art department, "Along Iron Lines" is currently on display in the Johnson Art Gallery. The exhibit was created as part of the group’s senior seminar, and is constituted of a variety of mediums, including, but not limited to photography, paint, clay, design and redesign. "Along Iron Lines" is the first of two exhibits put on by the class. The latter show will take place during Art-A-Whirl weekend, May
16-18, at the Thorp building in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. The art produced during senior seminar is personal, unique and vast in nature. These are the first of several profiles following many of the artists taking part in the exhibit. "Along Iron Lines" will be on display through February 23. Stop by the Johnson Art Gallery to check it out. Name: Jonathon Engelien Age: 21 Major/Minor: studio art, art history minor Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids
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Why art: I've always had a lot of motivation to create. I have a very eclectic set of interests and frankly art is the only way of bringing them all together. What food, song and/or drink inspires you: To get inspired I listen to a lot of sacred choral music and liturgical pieces. However, I tend to be eclectic as well in the types of music I listen to. An example of this is that I've listened to Swedish choral music, Fountains of Wayne and Zac Brown Band recently while making art. Describe the research process, if any, before creating a piece: I
write and write and write in order to understand my thoughts and my artwork. My sketchbook is almost entirely notes and written ideas, rather than sketches or pictures. I also take a lot of time writing out different fiction of my own while working on visual pieces. Greatest revelation through creating art: I tend to tackle big questions in my art, such as the meaning of existence, what is the value of humanity, how are humans to relate spiritually with existence, etc., and one of the biggest answers I seem to always come up with is "I don't know," or "I don't
understand," and this fuels me to dig deeper and try to make sense out of what I've already looked at. In your opinion, what role does the artist have in society: I've found that art brings value to society; at least it brings value to myself. In many respects I think I want to benefit society, but the biggest reason for why I make art is solely for myself, my own sanity. However, I think it's through my own process and the interaction it has with other people, and I think it then begins to broaden the richness of our human experience. I'd say that the deeper I've dug into
Culture creativity and art the fuller my experience has been. Main inspiration for art created for your senior seminar: I've always done art in the frame of a post-apocalyptic world. My main inspiration for this work has been survival and the meaning behind it, which is similar inspiration to what I've always done. However, I've also really focused on narratives and fiction for this body. Theme(s) explored in your work for your senior seminar: My artwork for the show was made with the intention to make it appear as if it has been historically real, even though my pieces "come" from a post-apocalyptic world. However, I'd say to pretend that my pieces were real, and that they did come from some postapocalyptic reality, and in doing that I think our own themes of existence and the meaning of survival will come through. Future plans: I plan to go to graduate school in a few years, and before that I'll be going to
South Korea to teach English for a few years. Name: Casey Nordine Age: 22 Major/Minor: art major, art history minor Hometown: Rapid City, SD Why art: I am interested in the manner in which I can express questions and ideas I have about religion, society and life through visual and conceptual means. Work you most identify with: I identify most with my own work. I also identify with many of the subjects addressed in the work of Sam Durant. Greatest revelation through creating art: That I can ask questions without needing answers. In your opinion, what role does the artist have in society: I don’t think there is a simple answer to that question. Ultimately the artist is the biggest factor in determining what role they want to play in society. Personally I tend to take on the role of the critic and
participant. As a part of society, I am equally responsible for the issues I address. By accepting a portion of the blame I hope people see me as someone making an effort to improve society. An artistic outlook on life looks like: Defined by the dictionary, it looks like the way in which a person or group has or reveals natural creative skill or artistry. According to me … I have no idea. Main inspiration for art created for your senior seminar: Floating Signifier. “A signifier without a specific signified. Also known as an ‘empty signifier,’ it is a signifier that absorbs rather than emits meaning. For example, Fredric Jameson suggests that the shark in the Jaws series of films is an empty signifier because it is susceptible to multiple and even contradictory interpretations, suggesting that it does not have a specific meaning itself, but functions primarily as a vehicle for absorbing meanings that viewers want to impose upon it.” I address ideas and concepts that I believe either are or have been turned into floating signifiers. Terms such as Christianity have come to mean whatever an individual imposes upon it. Therefore, when I address aspects of Christianity in my work not only am I referencing a floating signifier, but I am aiming to create my own floating signifiers. My work will not emit meaning or answers to the viewer but rather exist as open-ended questions receiving whatever meaning is imposed upon them. These meanings become part of the work as it continues to absorb but never emit or rid itself of something previously implied. The question then becomes how does the viewer develop the
PHOTOS FOR THE CLARION BY KRISTINE SCHMIDT AND COURTESY OF CASEY NORDINE
meanings they impose? The ideas and beliefs presented to us throughout our lives help develop our perceptions. It is through these perceptions that we determine what sort of meaning should be placed upon something. Growing up in an evangelical Christian home and living in America my entire life, I am interested in exploring and questioning the ideas and beliefs that have stemmed from both of these environments. More specifically I am interested in the beliefs
and perceptions that have resulted from the mutation of the two groups into one entity, American Christianity. Themes explored your senior seminar: If I had to choose a “theme” for my work I would say it was the manner in which our perceptions influence our beliefs and ideas. Future plans: Moving back to the Black Hills with my wife and eventually getting my MFA.
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"We play for each other which makes it fun to work," Katelyn Vavra, pictured on right, said. Vavra is a team captain along with Micaella Petrich and Lindy Parker.
Historic year for women's hoops team continues
nCoach Herbrechtsmeyer's young team has come a long way with the help of his veteran leaders Jared Nelson Sports Editor
In terms of wins and losses, the 2012-2013 season was a forgettable one for Coach Jon Herbrechtsmeyer and the women’s basketball team. A 6-19 record left them among the bottom dwellers in the league and on the outside of the playoff picture. The 2013-2014 season was a new start for Herbrechtsmeyer’s team, as they’ve made a turnaround of record proportions, clinching a playoff berth and improving their record to 17-6 with a win over Augsburg last weekend. The current campaign has seen the most wins in nearly 20 years for the program in addition to the biggest turnaround in its history. According to Herbrechtsmeyer, the key to the improvement has been the leadership of the team’s upperclassmen. “They’ve done a great job since day one of setting a tone of togetherness,” Herbrechtsmeyer said. “We win together, we lose together and we practice togeth-
er. They’re focused when they need to be focused, but when its time to laugh and enjoy each other they can do that too.” Senior captain Katelyn Vavra has noticed a change too, specifically in the chemistry of the players on the team. “The atmosphere is a lot better this year,” Vavra said. “Everyone is positive on and off the court, which gives us better chemistry. We play for each other which makes it fun to work hard and play.” Fellow captain, senior Micaella Petrich, adds that the unity gives the team the feel of a family. “We are on this team to serve one another,” Petrich said. “I’ve never been on a team comprised of people so selfless, loving and joyful but still competitive.” Not only do the Royals have the intangibles that it takes to be a playoff caliber team, they also have the talent; and it didn’t take long for Herbrechtsmeyer and his staff to recognize the potential in this year’s team. “We were halfway through
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the first practice and [my assistant coach] Dwight looked at me and said, ‘Wow, this is the best team we’ve ever had,’ and I said, ‘by a long ways,’” Herbrechtsmeyer said. “The biggest part of it is that we’ve got fifteen kids who can play.” Much of the team’s production comes from their freshman and sophomore class, led by last year’s D3hoops.com Rookie of the Year Rachel Parupsky. As a freshman, the Arden Hills native led the MIAC in points, rebounds and blocks, but her workload this season has been lightened thanks in large part to the play of newcomer Kalli Zimmerman. The frontcourt duo is filling up the stat sheet this season, as both ladies are in the MIAC’s top 10 for points, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage through 23 games. According to Herbrechtsmeyer, the place that the freshmen have had the greatest impact is the defensive end of the court. “We didn’t have that big perimeter defender that Kalli can
sometimes be,” Herbrechtsmeyer said, “and when it’s not her, its [freshman] Shanni Moorse. We’ve got the right pieces at the right time and its fun to see it come together.” Herbrechtsmeyer is quick to add that the transition from high school hoops to the collegiate level is not always an easy one. According to him, freshman often have trouble adjusting to the speed and complexity of the college game, but the guidance of captains Vavra, Petrich and junior Lindy Parker has helped the freshmen jump right in to contributing roles. Vavra has held a variety of roles during her four years on the team, and she says it’s because of that experience that she’s able to relate to the younger players. “I’ve been in most of the girls shoes at some point during my four years so I can relate when I need to,” Vavra said. “I feel it’s my role to be stable and supportive of the girls, and they’re all so open and willing to learn and get better, which makes it easy to be a senior
leader.” Petrich echoed Vavra’s sentiments, saying that her experience has allowed her to become a better leader throughout the ups and downs of a season that spans five full months. Vavra, Petrich and Parker are the only players on Bethel’s roster with playoff experience, and their leadership will be as important as ever as Bethel heads into the playoffs. Currently sitting at fourth place in the MIAC and set to host a playoff game, it’s a challenge for which they’re more than ready. “I’ve never been more confident in a team than this one, being able to step on the court every night and know we can win. I’m pumped to see how far this team goes,” Petrich said. “We said from the beginning that we felt that we had the potential to be an NCAA tournament team,” Herbrechtsmeyer added. “Why not us? Why not now? Let’s go get it done.”
Sports From Canada to the state of hockey Westin Dewitt
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The men’s hockey team draws players from 12 different states and two from our neighbors to the north. Philip Cameron is one of those players, hailing from Hornepayne, a small town in Ontario, which he calls “the stereotypical Canadian hockey town of 1,000 people.” “I have always been on the ice,” Cameron said. “It snows eight to ten months of the year, so all you are really doing is spending time on the ice. I was interested in other sports, but we never really had it around because of the small town.” From the first time he put on a pair of skates at the age of four, hockey has been a part of his life. When he was a senior in high school, Cameron joined a junior hockey team. “It was great,” said Cameron. “I got the junior experience when I affiliated with the Westside Warriors in the BCHL.” Despite the positive experience with his teammates, Cameron wasn’t able to play because of what he calls “politics,” and vowed that his days would be different going forward. “I then joined the Penticton Lakers of the KIJHL,” he said. “Again, I had an unreal experience playing under a great coach who played in the NHL and overall, the guys on the team were really great, but finally, I realized the environment just wasn’t for me. I wanted a Christian environment around better people. It was great to have caring people around you all the time, but overall, I wasn’t in the same environment as the guys on the team.”
Cameron then made a switch to the top level of junior hockey, Junior-A, continuing his quest to find the right environment. “During my first year of juniors, I had the opportunity to go play Junior-A and I still had two more years left. I thought that if I continued on that path, I could possibly get a Division I scholarship,” he said. “But I was so fed up with the politics, so I decided to start looking at colleges instead.” Cameron filled out his application to Bethel, still unsure if it was the right place for him. “I didn’t know if this is where I wanted to be because my folks came here,” Cameron said. “I didn’t want to be that kid that goes to Bethel because his parents went there, but when I got here I met so many great people with such a great faith and unreal backgrounds. It was totally the place for me to be.” When asked what was different about life at Bethel compared to the junior hockey lifestyle, he answered confidently and passionately. “I was inspired by the change in the hockey team here,” he said. “Just being able to meet some of the guys and realizing that some of them went through a similar experience like me really helped. Just knowing that they are here for bigger purpose and not to party and have a fun time, but to build a bigger kingdom and hopefully inspire others to do the same and live a better lifestyle.” With a current record of 3-18-2 and two games to play, the 2013-14 campaign has not been going as well as Royal fans and players had hoped, but Cameron has enjoyed his time
with his new team and being at Bethel. “It’s the most fun I have had playing on a hockey team in my life. Even though the record has not been the best, the boys, including myself, realize that God is teaching us greater lessons right now,” Cameron said. “Just being able to learn the true definition of perseverance and no matter what, realizing that we are being taught more about God is going to put us ahead in the end. For our whole team to be open like we are creates the most unreal environment. That is ultimately why I wanted to be here. When the end of the season comes around, we truly believe that if we keep working hard, things will get better as the days go on.” Cameron understands that his days as a hockey player are numbered so he’s keeping his options open for the future as a business and biokinetics major. “My ultimate goal is to keep hockey in my life as much as possible, but have a job involving something with business or biokinetics,” he said. “Maybe run my own gym someday where I will be involved with more people and maybe spread a better environment and inspire others to do the same.” One might question why Cameron would turn down a potential scholarship and chance to play Division I hockey, but Cameron is clear. He chose Bethel because he wanted to grow in his relationship with God and join a group of men who want to serve Him on and off the ice and is thrilled for his next three years as a Royal.
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Freshman Philip Cameron hails from the small town of Hornepayne, Ontario. Cameron left his Junior-A team and a possible DI scholarship to play at Bethel.
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Sports c urre nt ol y mpic
medal count Country Germany Russian Fed. Netherlands United States Norway Switzerland Belarus Canada Poland China Sweden Austria France Japan
8 5 6 6 7 5 5 4 4 3 2 2 3 1
3 4 8 6 6 8 4 10 4 1 2 1 0 1 9 4 0 0 2 1 5 2 6 1 1 5 3 2
15 19 20 20 18 8 6 17 4 6 9 9 9 6
UNI T ED S TA T E S
gold medalists Freestyle Skiing: Men's Slopestyle: Joss Christensen Snowboarding: Men's Slopetyle: Sage Kotsenburg Women's Halfpipe: Kaitlyn Farrington Women's Slopesyle: Jaimie Anderson Figure Skating: Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis/Charlie White
ot her notable
gold medalists Team Trophy: Figure Skating: Yulia Lipnitskaya Only fifteen years old, she helped take the Russian team to victory. Snowboarding: Men's Halfpipe: Iouri Podladtchikov The new contender who upstaged Shaun White, stopping him from threetime gold medaling for the U.S.
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OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS The U.S. excelled in both men and women’s snowboarding, being awarded three gold medals. Sage Kotsenburg became the first U.S. gold medalist at the 2014 Winter Olympics followed by Jamie Anderson and Kaitlyn Farrington’s impressive runs. Kotsenburg’s 93.50 for slopestyle was unrivaled throughout both runs. His backside 1620 Japan was well received by the judges. Shaun White suddenly dropped out of slopestyle to focus on his halfpipe routine. Attempting to pull off gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov's signature trick, the YOLO Flip, White bailed twice on his first halfpipe run with a defeating 35. His second run faired better, but he didn't go big enough to medal. Swiss snowboarder Podlatchikov's smooth gold run scored a 94.75. White was attempting to be-
come the first American man to three-peat in snowboarding halfpipe. American favorites Meryl Davis and Charlie White championed gold for their ice dancing performance with an amazing 78.89. However, the favorite Ashley Wagner’s routine scored an unexpected and disappointing 63.10. Competitor Yulia Lipnitskaya from Russia helped her team take home the gold, becoming the youngest Olympic gold medalist in ladies’ singles. Her free skating performance featured the theme from the movie Schindler’s List, as she portrayed herself as the girl in the red coat from the film. —Chris DeWuske, layout designer
Sports what do you know
Top-left: Sage Kotsenburg wins gold, bottom-left: Iouri Podladtchikov pulls off his trademark flip, Shaun White hangs his head in disappoinment, above: Ashely Wagner competing in singles skating, top-right, Yulia Lipnitskaya winning gold during singles to the Schindler's List, Bottom-right: T.J. Oshie celebrates with teammates after scoring a shootout goal during their game against Russia. Pictures courtesy of NBC Olympics, Reuters, Getty Images, Jamaica Gleaner, and Matthew Stockman
MINNESOTA OLYMPIANS 19 athletes are representing Minnesota in Sochi, competing for the red, white and blue in hockey, curling, cross country skiing, biathalon, freeskiing and speedskating. These athletes aren’t just enjoying the mild weather of southwest Russia; they’re also enjoying successes in competition. Bloomington native Keri Herman finished tenth in women’s slopestyle skiing and Jessie Diggins from Afton placed eighth in 15k skiathon and thirteenth in freestyle sprint cross country skiing, with two more events remaining. It is the first Olympics for both Herman and Diggins. Despite the success of Minnesotans on the slopes, the North Star state is getting most of its recognition on the ice. Whether it’s former Gophers, current Wild members or athletes that were raised in Minnesota, there are 10 skaters for the men’s team and five for the women’s team, including 19-year-old Roseville native Lee Stecklein. No Minnesotan has made more headlines
than the hero of shootout between the U.S. and Russia, T.J. Oshie. Oshie netted four goals on six chances on Saturday to propel the Americans past a tough Russian team in front of an electric Russian crowd, preserving the U.S.’s undefeated record and granting Oshie international stardom. Oshie grew up in a hockey-crazed town in the northwest corner of the state called Warroad, and is the eighth hockey player from the town of just 1,770 to play in the Olympics. Former Gopher and member of the USA women’s team, Gigi Marvin was the prom queen at Warroad High School when Oshie was the king. His heroics created quite a buzz across a number of social circles, as his twitter account, @OSH74 gained 100,000 followers in the hours following the game and earned congratulatory tweets from the likes of President Obama and other A-list celebrities. —Jared Nelson, sports editor
People have inhabited Sochi, Russia for centuries. In fact, Sochi was named after a tribal nation, which inhabited Sochi until 1864. 34 years later, Sochi was given the status of a town on July 31, 1917, boasting a population of roughly 13,000. Two decades passed before the population of Sochi began to rise. Increasing the resort capacity of the city five times, Sochi moved toward it’s title “the Florida of Russia, but cheaper,” implementing a plan to support 200,000 tourists a year. The breakup of the Soviet Union created more difficult times for Sochi. A 1994 referendum hoped to host the Olympic games in 2002, but was unsuccessful. It was not until 2007 that Russia’s president Vladimir Putin was able to secure Sochi for a future Olympic location (he was accused of squandering huge financial resources to market for Sochi). It has been revealed that Sochi only had 15 percent of the necessary infrastructure for the games, and a reported $51 billion dollars has been spent on the 11 new venues. Regardless, some are optimistic about the possible growth the games could provide. According to the Sochi tourism website, “[these winter olympics] greatly influence the country’s economy as well as the spirit of its people”. Aside from the high temperatures that have regularly reached 60 degrees, complicating snow conditions and frustrating outdoor athletes, the general consensus among the athletes is that the conditions are commendable, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Needless to say, the American athletes are enjoying their time in Russia’s 52nd largest city. — Michael Urch, staff writer FEBRUARY 20, 2014 • THE CLARION • 19
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Student excels at not excelling Minnie Malwerk
for The ClariOnion
Slacking off is a simple inevitability of life, but one student, Sam E. Adekwet, has gone above and beyond the call of duty to lower his work ethic. Adekwet has dedicated his entire college career to putting as little effort as possible into his courses and serves as an inspiration to all. Fortunately, Adekwet was able to move around some of the things he wasn’t doing in his schedule to make time for a brief interview. What activities are you not involved in here? Adekwet: That’s a good
question. You see, I’m sort of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to that stuff. I don’t do sports, I’m not in any clubs and I’m not on any of the student committees. You name it, I don’t do it. Have you ever done anything here? Adekwet: You know, I actually struggled for a long time with my desire to be in theater. I was in a play during my freshman year, but then I realized that it wasn’t worth giving up everything I didn’t work so hard for. Through no work and selfdoubt, I managed to convince myself that theater wasn’t the place for me either, and I quit. I’ve heard you don’t even go
to classes. How are you pulling that off? Adekwet:. I just accept the fact that I’m never going to get any credits because I’m not smart enough, so I shouldn’t even try. My parents keep paying for me to live here because they’re desperately hoping that I’ll change without their intervention. I’ve been a sophomore for twelve years. You are an absolute inspiration. What is it like to stay in the same class for so long? Adekwet: Well, it’s always fun to see a new bunch of kids each year, but I always stay in touch with all of my friends who have graduated too. My first
roommate, Joe, actually has a wife, daughter and financial security now. When I even try to consider the stress and pressure he must be going through in his new position, it makes me shudder. Not everyone sees the world the way I do. My past roommates actually manage to delude themselves into thinking they want to move forward in life toward a challenging career. I try to save them and convince them not to reach their full potential, but they never listen to me. It is so hard being the only one who understands the pressure and what it does to people. Do you have any last words
for your fellow students? Never, ever believe in yourself and never try anything. Because if you try something, you might fail. And if you fail, then you’ll look dumb. That’s what makes my plan so brilliant. I’ll never look dumb, because I’m going to stay a sophomore forever thanks to the power of crippling anxiety, hesitation and self-doubt. There you have it. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can grow up to be just like Adekwet, a maladjusted 32-year-old who has absolutely no ambition in life.
Sodexo chef celebrates his love for pasta Tommy Vermicelli
for The ClariOnion
Pasta. Lots of pasta. Bowls upon bowls of pasta. Rotini, spiral, egg noodle, manicotti, fusilli, spaghetti, linguine.
I don’t talk to the chef in the salad line because he doesn’t have pasta. Salad and pasta don’t mix unless
Pasta. Kids lining up for pasta. Walking into the Dining Center and seeing the pasta line. Ordering their pasta and watching me cook it and bringing it to their table and eating pasta from Chef Vermicelli. I’ll add sauce to the pasta. Marinara sauce all over pasta, white sauce, pink sauce, anything that goes well with pasta, I’ll make it.
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you’re talking about Italian pasta salad, BLT pasta salad, or Chef Vermicelli’s awesome southern-style pasta salad.
I toss and turn at night dreaming of pasta recipes. Pasta put into a sandwich, pasta blended into a carb-
loaded beverage, pasta baked into a bread loaf. I wake up sweating in my pasta-shaped bed crying out for boiling water and pasta. Pasta gives you energy. Pasta is good for you. All-you-caneat pasta bowls in the DC. Late-night DC dedicated to pasta. Have a marathon to run tomorrow? Eat pasta. Alone on a Friday night? Eat pasta. Waiting for a beverage in the Royal Grounds line? Eat pasta. If someone came up to me and asked me if the pizza station is good, I don’t know how I would respond. I cook pasta. If someone came up to me and asked if the ice cream is good, I’d hand them a bowl of pasta. I cook pasta.
Published on Feb 26, 2014
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