Candace Black visits Bethany

by Ethan Becker

While some students believe that poetry is a lost art, many others still love the style of written art. To try and convince others of that position, Inkwell invited poet Candace Black to speak on campus. The talk featured Black sharing some of her poetry with the students, and then ended with a Q&A section.

“[The talk] was really successful,” said sophomore Emily Kjeer, who helped put the event on. “There were more people in attendance than we thought there would be, and more people asked questions.”

The talk was organized by Inkwell, and Kjeer is their programs editor. She was happy with how the Black talk turned out, and was optimistic that Bethany could have more lectures like this in the future.

“I think students could learn the perspective of a successful writer, who’s also down to earth and still wants to help new writers.” says Kjeer.

Other students expressed the same optimism.

“It went really well,” said senior Hannah Bockoven. “Inkwell used to invite writers to speak at campus and I’m hoping that this talk is Bethany starting that again.”

Bockoven was also excited about what students who don’t necessarily like poetry could take away from this event, and more events like it.

“Hearing poetry can be really special,” she says. “It can really change someone’s perspective on writing, and it can be different hearing the author say the poem, and then talk about it.

“I thought it was interesting hearing about how she drew inspiration from everything around her; swimming, nature, she even drew inspiration from when her kitchen was being remodeled!” said Kjeer

Bockoven and Kjeer both seemed to hit on the idea that Black’s talk could open up students ideas of poetry.

“I never had a big interest in poetry,” says Freshman Chris Nelson, “but after the talk I figured out that poetry was an interesting way to express yourself.”

The event ended with a Q&A session where students were able to ask questions about her inspiration and writing process. Kjeer hopes that the session helped students with their own process, and showed them that inspiration can come from anything that’s around them. In the end, Black’s talk showed that, even if you don’t like poetry, there’s a way for good poetry to stick with anyone.

Red Eye Film Festival triumphs in its biggest year yet

By Ian Overn

From the first stages of development to the final touches of post-production, the average Hollywood movie takes upwards of a year and a half to complete. The students participating in this year’s 12th annual Red Eye Film Festival had seven days.

Granted, a four-minute short film is a little different than a feature-length blockbuster, but the Red Eye participants still had quite a hefty to-do list. Finding time outside of their normal classes, teams of three to seven students spent countless hours brainstorming, writing, shooting and editing their films.

Originally, the Red Eye Film Festival was a small project meant just for a few teams of Media Arts students to create a short film in one weekend. The rules were based on the 48 Hour Film Project, a worldwide time-sensitive filmmaking competition. Since then, it has only grown.

Although Red Eye is a Media Arts event, it is open to students of any major, and has even spread to other colleges in the Mankato area, namely, Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College. With 19 teams of students participating, this year had the biggest turnout yet.

Production began around 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, when each team of students was given a prompt consisting of a genre for their movie, such as “Romantic Drama,” “Haunting Horror” or “Time Travel,” as well as a character and prop that were required to appear in the film. From there, the students were given free rein over the project. They could spend their time however they wished, as long as they had a finished movie to submit after the seven days were spent.

One of the unique aspects of the film festival is that it is available not only for those students studying to enter the film industry, but for the casual filmmaker as well.

“Red Eye is more about having fun with a film than it is about serious film production,” said Festival Director Kurt Paulsen, “The best part is the audience. You get to take this film and put it in front of a couple hundred of your peers.”

“Last year our team’s motto was ‘We’re just here to make a good movie with friends,’” said third-time Red Eye participant Hans Bloedel. “We had a ton of fun last year, so this year we decided to reassemble as much of the team as we could and go for it again.”

In addition to being just plain fun for the casual filmmaker, Red Eye allows those serious about the art of film to hone their craft.

“I always look at creativity like a muscle,” said first-year Red Eye entrant Caleb Rosenau, “You have to work your creativity in order to become more creative. Nothing tests your creativity like saying, ‘Hey, make a movie that’s four minutes in a week with stuff we tell you to do.’ That definitely…forces you to push yourself.”

The 2017 Red Eye showed off several respectable entries. A group from South Central College ended up winning Best of Fest with their film In the Red, a drama about a man discovering his wife is cheating on him with his accountant. The film was beautifully shot and masterfully edited, earning the Best Cinematography award as well.

Bethany teams ended up taking home awards such as Best Sound Design for the film Noted,Best Script/Story for the film Naive and Best Performance for What’s Her Name.

At the end of the day, Red Eye is also a great bonding experience. Being a part of a team with a common goal and working hard to create something can be very fulfilling.

“Sometimes things don’t always go the way you want them to, which is totally normal,” Festival Programmer Seth Grabow described, “That’s the time to pull together as a group and use creativity to make it the best a team can.”

The fall production makes a striking debut

By Ian Overn

You think you’ve got it bad? Well, chances are the characters of Bethany’s latest theatre production, “The Women of Troy,” have got it worse.

“The Women of Troy” is a tragedy written in the year 415 B.C. by Greek playwright Euripides. Set in the city of Troy after it has fallen to the invading Greek army, the play follows a group of women who must stay steadfast through unimaginable sufferings as their lives fall apart around them.

This version of the play was written entirely for Bethany—Bethany Seminary student Jacob Kempfert transcribed a completely new translation of the original Greek text. Working collaboratively with Inniger, Kempfert then modified and adapted the direct translation for the modern stage.

“Jacob is a really accomplished writer and playwright,” said Inniger. “A lot of translations that we read and are out there maybe have a great grasp on the language, but don’t have that sense of drama or that sense of what makes a good play…since he is very strong in both places, it was a really nice balance and created a really excellent script for us.”

“[Euripides] is just a masterful, lyrical writer,” said Lydia Lonnquist, the actress playing Hecuba. “So much of the emotion is already placed in those words…Everyone was just able to instantly get into character.”

In addition to an original script, the play boasts an entirely original score composed by Inniger. It features Ken Freed and Sharon Rodgers from the Mankato Symphony Orchestra playing viola and cello, respectively, as well as Bethany’s own Mary Martha singers who provide the soundtrack with an authentic choral sound.

“There’s only a couple scenes where there isn’t going to be any music playing,” said Assistant Director Tessa Snyder. “I’m really excited. It really helps the pacing and the energy of everything…It’s so good.”

One unique aspect of the production of “The Women of Troy” was an extended period of table reading. While typical plays will spend just two or three days focusing on the text itself before getting the actors on their feet, “Women” took over two weeks in the table work stage, allowing the actors to better understand the script itself before having to worry about perfecting their onstage presence.

“It was actually incredibly beneficial and a really cool process to just slow down and take it in and absorb the text,” said Inniger. “Once we got on our feet and really started acting, you could see the difference there.”

“It gave everybody a more defined idea of their character and their character’s relationships to everyone else,” said Snyder.

As a director, Inniger has done his best to nurture the individual creativity of his cast members while still fitting their styles into his overall vision for the play.

Lonnquist stated she greatly admires Inniger’s directing style, praising the fact that he promotes deep thought into the mindset of one’s character.

“Before he tells you to do stage directions or anything, or even how you should be thinking of your character, he always asks you first and then figures out what best to do from there. I always love that, that he makes us make our own decisions,” she said.

“The Women of Troy” was originally written in the midst of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta and was intended as a commentary on the capture of the island of Milos by Euripides’ own people. Its message resonates with audiences even today.

“It’s almost 2500 years old, this play, and the same issues that they were dealing with back then are just almost word-for-word the same stuff that we’re dealing with today in politics, and in the world…it’s important to me to look at history and see how you can compare that to our modern world,” said Inniger.

“The Women of Troy” will run for two consecutive weekends on Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-18. Tickets can be purchased online at the Bethany Theatre Department’s website. Admission is normally $10, but Bethany students are able to purchase tickets for free using the promo code “student17.”

By Joshua Ray Amiling

Society likes to complain. One such complaint is that people today, especially young people, do not care about art. While this may be true, the Bethany Student Art Show demonstrated that there are indeed young people who care and want to share their love of art. The show was a wonderful exhibition of the creative minds and diverse skills of  talented Bethany art students. People who attended the show came away impressed with the various incredible works.

“I do think young people like art but what’s happening in a situation like this, they are actually doing it, maybe at a higher level than ever before. And so, they are celebrating each other’s achievements. They’re looking at their friends, they’re looking at their colleague and saying ‘Wow, I didn’t know how good you were,’ and I think that’s opening their eyes to possibilities within themselves,” said professor William Bukowski.

The importance of the event was not lost on the students either. As punch and sausages were served, compliments were also distributed to artists present at the show. The room was filled with audible gasps, ‘wow’s’ and ‘great job’s.’

“It was really awesome to see other student just like me [and] all the hard work they put in. All the students are my age are going through the same things…but yet all these students are able to dedicate themselves and work on art…I think it’s really important in this era to make sure kids learn how to paint and learn how to do art because that’s a lost talent…and people are losing sight of art,” said sophomore Ruth Mayer, after viewing the different works.

“It is intriguing that though we are all students, we all have a different medium in which we create our art,” sophomore Robert Barr said about the show.

“It’s definitely really interesting [to have my photo displayed]. It’s my first time ever having my art in an art show. So it’s a unique feeling…you get a sense of pride when people see your artwork,” said freshman Caleb Rosenau who had a photo of his displayed.

Students’ reactions of having their very own art displayed in the show expressed gratitude and humility.

“I feel that I am mediocre at best to be with all these others artists I call classmates and fellow Bethany students,” Barr said of his work.

One of the highlights of the night was when several students paraded out dressed in handmade costumes of just paper products. People got a kick out of the outfits. Among the costumes was a furnished bookcase, a fully functioning spinning windmill, the cute comic book tiger Hobbes, the creepy movie character Jigsaw and more.

“It was really, really, really, really hot. [The] kids loved it though. They loved throwing trash at me and I loved throwing trash at me. It was a back and forth game,” freshman Dominic Flunker said. He was Oscar the Grouch, complete with a garbage can and trash.

Students took away skills that they could apply later as they grow in their artistry.

“Displaying my art helps me get my name out there but it also gives me time to realize…how to frame things and how to set things up so later on I can put this thing together if I ever display my own art again. It also helps me if I want to teach people,” Mayer said.

Do young people dislike art? If the Student Art show had a say, the answer would be a resounding “No.”  It was a rousing success, and students look to continue making fantastic art.

Tell It To The Wind hits big

By Noah Dale

Bethany Lutheran College has a very successful and storied history when it comes to

Photo courtesy of Benji Inniger

theatre. The 2016- 17 school year was no differ­ent. With Icehouse and The Music Man having already wrapped up production, there was time for one more. Written and directed by Benji Inniger, Tell It To The Wind lived up to the hype.

A collection of folk tales with roots in China, Russia, Venezuela, Japan and Mexico, among others, the play was influenced by several Disney classics. The play includes a variety of original music, puppetry and dancing.

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Art students reflect on their experiences

By Maureen Ragner

Art is something that can be incredibly expressive. It can tell stories without having to say words, or show someone’s perspective on any subject. It can also show what has influenced the artist.

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Photo by Tessa MacPherson

On April 20, seniors Jacob Walter, Kylie Ternes, Allison Norton and Tanya Sherrard showcased their capstone projects in the second senior art show of the month. Each project was unique to the senior and showed where their interests were poten­tially going to take them in the future.

Walter’s works of art were landscapes painted with watercolors.

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Speechless impresses for fifth year in a row

By Megan Cavanaugh

The fifth annual Speech­less Film Festival hosted by Bethany Lutheran College gave students and community members a chance to view almost 100 short films, in 18 different genres, repre­sented by 24 countries, in one weekend. Four filmmak­ers from

Photo by Denice Woller

Minneapolis agreed that this was “the most well put on film festival” they had ever been to.

There were four feature films, which ranged from 69 to 90 minutes in length, for those who are intrigued by longer developing plots. For the artful eye, there were genres such as Art, Anima­tion and Experimental. There was even a separate Anima­tion category, 100 percent safe for children.

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Four present art at senior show

By Megan Cavanaugh

Eat. Pray. Design. The first senior art show has encompassed a piece of each of these four artists’ lives.

Photo by Megan Cavanaugh

Cora Mumme, who will graduate in December 2017, derived her capstone from past family trips.

Coming from a close-knit family, Mumme wanted to add that meaning to her art.

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Iconic musical makes its way to campus

By Jessica Berlinger

Music, dancing and joy filled the Sigurd K. Lee Theater on Feb. 3, the opening night of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man.


Photo by Jacob Stratton

The Music Man is about a small town in Iowa that finds hope. It opened on Broad­way 60 years ago and is still a beloved musical today. It is well-known as it has cast members ranging in ages from elementary school through college. It draws a crowd to see children in the cast alongside their colle­giate counterparts.


“This show is very well-known, and it’s cool to be able to perform shows that no one knows, and also shows that lots of people know,” said senior Christian Rank.

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Musicians proclaim Christ’s birth

By Maureen Ragner

On the second-to-last week before the end of the semester, Trin­ity Chapel was shaken from top to bottom by strong voices and loud instruments proclaiming Christ’s birth.

Photo by Jacob Stratton

As a yearly occurrence, the music brought people from all walks of life to Bethany’s campus to take in the festivities. They filled their ears with the joyous sounds of college students using their God-given gifts to thank him for what he has done, for not only those present, but for every soul on earth.

Christmas at Bethany was held Nov. 30-Dec. 4. Trinity Chapel was filled with choral, string and orchestral music following Christmas themes, and was accompanied with readings from the Bible that pertained to the cele­bration of Jesus’ birth.

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Icehouse breaks the ice opening night

By Jessica Berlinger

In the middle of a frozen lake in Minnesota, two men devise a plan to bring their friend back from Florida, with a few perks of their own.

Photo by Jacob Stratton

The play Icehouse writ­ten and directed by Profes­sor Peter Bloedel opened Friday, Nov. 11 in front of a full audience in the Sigurd Lee Theatre. The play portrays the stereotypical Minnesotan lifestyle, cold weather, ‘Minnesota Nice,’ accents and beliefs all included. This Minnesota comedy began about 12 years ago and was written over the course of about six months.

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Scandinavian folk music graces Bethany’s campus

By Maureen Ragner

Music across cultures can be an interesting thing to consider, especially when inventive instruments are brought into play as well.

On Sept. 30, a four-member group from the Twin Cities known as Tjärnblom, or “lakewood flower” in Swedish, played a large number of Scandinavian folk tunes in the Trinity Chapel.

Most of the instruments the group used were Scandinavian in origin. One such instrument was the nyckelharpa, a string instrument that has four main strings and twelve resonating strings that can change the sound of the note being played just by the player pressing keys that are on the neck of the instrument.

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Photo by Jasmine Zhang

Theatre Physics is going strong after 23 years of laughter

By Maureen Ragner

Slapstick comedy and magic tricks are a staple of the theatre department at Bethany, and they all collide every single year to create a hilarious, performance that hardly anyone on or off campus ever wants to miss.

This year was Theatre Physics’ 23rd year of production, and this year has proved to be no less enter­taining than the previous.

“It’s so stupid that it makes it fun,” said freshman Abigail “AJ” Mildebrandt.

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The Bethany Theatre Department took a trip to visit theaters in Minneapolis, Minn., and ended with a performance of "Wicked" at the Guthrie Theatre. Left to right: Juniors Olivia Lee and Cassandra Wiershke, sophomore Kasey Gratz Photo courtesy of Cassie Wierschke
Photo courtesy of Cassie Wierschke

Theater department explores the many stages in Minneapolis

Published on October 31, 2013

Written by Shawn Loging
Scroll Staff Writer

“Break a leg” may be commonplace in the theater, however, a group of people backstage work to make sure there are no broken legs by the end of the show.

In order to give backstage and technology scholarship students a better understanding of what goes on in the theatrical world outside of Bethany, nine students and three faculty members traveled to Minneapolis, Minn. on Oct. 23 to explore different local theaters in the area.

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Photo by Benjamin Inniger
Photo by Benjamin Inniger

Theatre Physics: 20 years of laughs

Published on October 3, 2013

Written by Brittany Titus
Scroll Staff Writer

For two and a half weeks, students and Bethany alumni ran around, juggled and acted out crazy yet laugh out loud skits in preparation for Theatre Physics, which celebrated its 20th years of humor on Bethany’s stage.

For the weekend of Sept. 20, Theatre Physics put on five sold out shows. Since it celebrated 20 years, alumni cast of past Theatre Physics performances were asked back to perform some of their memorable skits.

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Photo by Elisa Mayer
Photo by Elisa Mayer

Jazz swings smoothly into spring concert

Published on April 20, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

Despite technical difficulties, the Bethany Jazz Band and their audience came together for the group’s final home concert of the semester.

The concert was held in the Ronald J. Younge gymnasium on Apr. 14. The band played a variety of songs such as “Gospel John,” “April in Paris,” “Stolen Moments” and more.

Many of these songs featured a number of solo performances from the 13 students who participate in the group.

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Photo submitted by Megan Maschoff
Photo submitted by Megan Maschoff

Concert Band shares music with the Midwest

Published on March 26, 2013

Written by Megan Maschoff
Scroll Staff Writer

With suitcases packed, instruments strapped down and a full tank of gas, the Bethany band was ready for yet another band tour.

After having traveled to the nation’s capitol last year, Bethany’s concert band stayed closer to home this year as they traveled to smaller towns in central Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin to play at various small schools and churches.

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Photo submitted by Kao Yang
Photo submitted by Kao Yang

Harting recital: crescendo to climax

Published on March 7, 2013

Written by Tim Wildauer
Scroll Staff Writer

Family, friends, faculty and students gathered to hear senior Michael Harting perform various musical pieces from around the world. This was his senior recital, which is a showcase of everything that music students have learned in their studies.

Harting estimated that there were about 140 people present at the recital. “It was really cool [for] me to see so many people there. I was quite surprised,” said Harting.

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Viola phenomenon performs with string band

Published on February 5, 2013

Written by Lexi Titeca
Scroll Staff Writer

There are few concerts that can make a member of an audience laugh, cry and be full of joy at the end. This was the case when Kenji Bunch, a world-renowned composer, played the viola at Trinity Chapel.

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Photo by Megan Grunke
Photo by Megan Grunke

Abel ties cracked and dirt art to nature

Published on January 24, 2013

Written by Aaron Wendorff
Scroll Staff Writer

Decaying sidewalks, statues missing arms, and “perfection through imperfection.” For Tom Abel, this is art at its finest.

Abel, whose ceramic work is currently on display in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, is an artist who aims for imperfection. His plates are cracked and his vases appear ancient.

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