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Durand retires after almost 30 years on staff

By Megan Cavanaugh

Born and raised in the Neth­erlands, Spanish adjunct professor Tatjana Durand has had a unique life.

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Photo by Mariah Kragh

“It’s my life, it’s not very exciting. It’s fun, I enjoyed it and it’s mine, but it’s not very exciting,” she said.

In the middle of high school, she traveled to Spain for six months to learn Spanish. She loved it. Though, when she returned, her mother didn’t want her to go back. She did, however, allow her to go to Paris as a student.

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Oh, the places you’ll be able to journey

By Anna Meyer

College is known to be the best time in one’s life to travel and experience the world. There is noth­ing to tie one down and the opportunities are endless.

Next year Bethany profes­sors will be leading three different international trips to help strengthen those student horizons.

Professor Dr. Jennifer Wosmek will be leading a trip to China and Professor Bill Bukowski will take a group to Italy during spring break of 2018, while Profes­sor Adie Harstad and Dr. William Kessel will host a trip to Greece and Norway in May/June of 2018.

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Inkwell expands its reach in platforms

By Maureen Ragner

It is every writer’s dream to be able to say that he or she is published. On Bethany’s campus, there is a chance that students’ written works will be published and placed around campus to be read. That publi­cation is starting to expand its publishing borders, as well as its opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have their works end up in its pages.

Professor Elizabeth Horneber, with the help of the students that make up Inkwell’s staff, has recently been working to expand Inkwell into more than just a yearly publication. As of this year, they have created a blog, located at inkwellblc.wordpress, and have had events in the Lab, named “BLC Creates.”

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Snow Week at Bethany delivers snow

By Noah Dale

Every year, late in Febru­ary, Snow Week gives students an opportunity to take part in different activities. This year was no exception, but at the begin­ning, it seemed like this year’s snow week would not actually feature any snow.

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Photo courtesy of Renee Tatge

Monday was President’s Day, and there were no actual events planned as many students were away spending the day off with their families. However, there were special stadium cups offered.

Tuesday provided an interesting challenge in the form of Battle of the Sexes, a series of small competi­tive games pitting the boys against the girls. Held on the ground floor of Old Main, the boys took home the victory, although with a little assistance.

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A life of learning: Glenda Bossow

By Megan Cavanaugh

A truth Glenda Bossow, administrative assistant for IT Services, holds dear to her heart is that it is never too late to start something.

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Photo by Megan Cavanaugh

“It’s important for people to know that this is one of my guiding principles in life,” she said. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been. Age doesn’t stop you unless you let it. If you keep learning, you keep young.”

Bossow began working at Bethany part-time doing invoices and accounts payable in the business office in 1999. She worked part-time at BLC and Carl­son Craft.

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It’s all in the family: BLC alumni network

By Anna Meyer

Bethany is well known for its close, tight-knit community, Chris­tian environment and family-like atmosphere. It’s what draws people in, and it’s also what brings people back.

The alumni network at Bethany is special and something that sets the college apart.

“I would say we’ve got a very strong alumni network that wants to help and support the college in any way they can,” said Manager of Alumni Rela­tions and Annual Giving, Jake Krier.

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Coveted trip takes students to ice and snow

By Maureen Ragner

Out of all the possi­ble field trips that students can take over the course of a school year, there is always that one trip that students look forward to. Whether elementary, high school or college students, that feel­ing doesn’t change over the years, especially when it

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Photo courtesy of Katie Farquhar

means an escape from everything that brings students stress.

The Boundary Waters trip, which is normally arranged by Prof. Mark Wiechmann, took place over Feb 17-20. A record number of 40 students and 10 alumni made the trip to near Grand Marais, Minn.

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New majors join Bethany’s roster

By Maureen Ragner

Those who are preparing to enter into the work­ing world are required to have the proper tools of the trade. Some tools weren’t accessible on Bethany’s campus because they don’t offer specific classes or have the capability to offer certain majors to future students. However, Beth­any is working on adding some new tools to their educational toolbox.

In November 2016, Beth­any announced that the biochemistry, engineering and graphic design majors will be added to the 2017 curriculum. The hope is that these three majors will increase student inter­est and bring more to the college’s classrooms.

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BLC visits KCACTF again

By Anna Meyer

For sports teams, the end goal is to make it into the conference tournament and possibly nationals. For the theatre department, they don’t have a conference tournament, but an opportu­nity to showcase their work. This showcase is a festival called the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

“KCACTF is a national organization through the Kennedy Center education department that promotes, develops, and celebrates the work that is done in college and university theatre throughout the country,” said Benji Inniger, BLC theatre professor.

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Hed’s relationship with students is unique

By Megan Cavanaugh

To a woman whose dedica­tion to serving students goes beyond the normal, to a woman who refuses to retire because “these kids are my life,” to a woman who brings a smile to each student just by being in the cafeteria: we thank you for your service and hope you had a happy birthday.

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Photo by Megan Cavanaugh

Judy Hed has served with Bethany’s cafeteria, and Pioneer College Caterers now, for over 35 years and she is still going strong.

She first came to Mankato when her husband was trans­ferred as plant manager for Johnson’s Fishing. Meanwhile, her two daughters and one son lived and continue to live in Port Washington, Wisc.

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The inauguration: A ‘rebirth’ for America

By Megan Cavanaugh

Gray clouds encompassed the Washington Mall outside the capitol building as crowds gathered, perform­ers warmed up their vocal chords, military men and women in uniform seating the special guests attending, quiet moments hung in the air before the announcer’s voice began and erupting cheers bellowed from the crowds below, but outside the inauguration site protest­ers took to the streets, police restrained and protesters in other cities marched and chanted “Not my president” as many at home watched on television this inaugura­tion; whether pleased by his victory or filled with despair many felt as if they couldn’t catch their breath.

After a historic win over Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton, Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence were sworn into the highest office in the land on Jan. 20, 2017.

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Keeping order, saving $$$ and having fun

By Anna Meyer

Everyone can agree that the life of a college student can be extremely stressful. Just look at Twit­ter, Facebook, Instagram, everywhere you look there’s a post, a picture, a meme, that tells the poor life of a college kid. It’d be nice to have some help and comfort once in awhile.

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Photo courtesy of Theodore Manthe

According to Residential Assistant (RA) Elizabeth Heitman, that’s where RA’s come in.

 

“Mainly, in my mind, we’re there to support the resi­dents. We’re there just to be a friend to the residents and help them with anything they need,” she said.

During the course of this month and the next, Residen­tial Life coordinators Renee Tatge and Dean Manthe will be looking to hire new RA’s for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Staff testifies to “Moments of Clarity”

By Anna Meyer

Professors Jennifer Wosmek, Nicholas Hauman and Resident Manager/Seminarian John Spivey all have some­thing in common.

They all experienced “moments of clarity.”

Spivey put it this way, “there is no such thing as becoming Christian, you’re either alive, or you’re dead, but there are moments of clarity. You realize how dead you were and how alive you are now.”

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Some lessen college time and graduate early

By Megan Cavanaugh

If college is the best time of our lives, shouldn’t we try to prolong the experience?

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Photo by Jasmine Zhang

Although many students get a four-year degree, it often takes them more than four years to complete it.

According to an article in USA Today, the top four reasons why students haven’t been graduating on time are “a lack of clear plan­ning or advising, change of majors, change of univer­sities and unnecessary courses taken.”

Yet there are always a few that are able to gradu­ate early. These students have either clear advising, haven’t changed majors or universities, or simply brought in credits.

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LYM: Selling hats for children with cancer

By Jessica Berlinger

There are numerous orga­nizations on campus that benefit college students, and also some that benefit not just college students but also people with cancer. Love Your Melon (LYM)

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Photo by Jessica Berlinger

is one of these groups. They are well known for selling hats to raise money for children who are battling cancer.

LYM was started in 2012 by two friends in a busi­ness entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. The two friends wanted to help children who were battling cancer by putting a hat on every one of them.

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Donald Trump wins 2016 presidential election

By Kaci Schneidawind

Although Americans thought history was to be made with the election of the first female presi­dent, history was made in a different way with Donald Trump defying the odds to claim victory. His election astounded Ameri­cans, as even the media predicted Hillary Clinton.

But, in the early hours of Nov. 9, Republican nomi­nee Donald Trump gained the minimum 270 electoral votes needed to become the next President of the United States.

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Vocal Viking brings competition and thrill

By Maureen Ragner

Standing in front of a crowd and giving a speech is a regular occur­rence for those who find a thrill in speaking in the competitive sense. Some may find that these kinds of feats are too daring for them, but for those who follow through, it’s only a regular part of their school year routine.

On Oct. 28-29, Bethany hosted its yearly speech competition known as the Vocal Viking. Speech teams from 20 schools, including Bethany’s own speech team, competed against each other over the course of the two days in individual events, such as prose and poetry, and in parlia­mentary debate.

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Browne, Bethany’s breast cancer battle

By Kaci Schneidawind

Cancer comes in many forms but only a few get a month dedicated to rais­ing awareness of the disease. One of those cancers is breast cancer, and its month of aware­ness is October.

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Photo by Jasmine Zhang

Breast cancer is essentially the uncontrolled growth of breast cells. It occurs as a result of mutations in genes that are responsible for main­taining the health of cells and regulating their growth.

The affected cells then divide at a rapid pace, and produce cell copies that form a tumor. The term “breast cancer” therefore refers to an infectious tumor that has developed from cells in the breast.

About 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their life. One of these women include one of Beth­any’s own professors—Dr. of Education, Polly Browne.

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CfUT sets foot in Chicago

By Anna Meyer

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Photo courtesy of Abigail Wegner

At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday Oct. 20, most Bethany students were sleeping. However, students in the Center for Urban Teaching club were starting their day and heading to Milwaukee, Wisc.

The Center for Urban Teaching (CfUT) is based out of Milwaukee. Betha­ny’s CfUT club is a cohort of this organization, so this past Thursday and Friday they traveled to Milwaukee to meet with them.

“The CfUT’s goal is to ‘identify, prepare and support’ future urban teach­ers,” said club president Abigail Wegner.

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Devastating flood brings about caring people

By Jessica Berlinger

While the beginning of September brought sunshine and happiness, the end of September brought a lot of rain and gloom. On Sept. 23, St. Clair, Minn. flooded due to the heavy overnight rainfall.

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Photo courtesy of Bethany Men’s Baseball Team

The Le Sueur river rose and flooded the town leav­ing people without homes. The flooding was also said to have overtaken the water treatment facil­ity leaving people without toilets and showers.

Communication Profes­sor and former resident Angela Jahr found the flooding heartbreaking.

“The Facebook notifica­tion came in about 3:45 a.m. that help was needed, and it was devastating. This is the place I call home, having raised my three children there, and living in the heart of town on Main Street,” she said of the town.

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From BLC to D.C., Melby chases her dreams

By Megan Cavanaugh

Rachael Melby was your average small town girl with big dreams who has now put those dreams into action with a pres­tigious law internship in Washington D.C.

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Photo courtesy of Student Senate

Melby is a Psychology major with Legal Studies, Communication and Sociol­ogy minors. As if that doesn’t sound busy enough, she has gotten three internships under her belt.

Her first internship at the Mankato Public Defender’s Office intro­duced her to the exact field she wants to work in.

“I was hooked from day one,” Melby said.

Hooked enough to start volunteering at the Commit­tee Against Domestic Abuse at the same time.

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Red Eye Film Festival: late nights plus caffeine equals successful products

By Jasmine Zhang

Creativity and profes­sional skills are impor­tant in the movie making process. Both of them can be found in the Red Eye Film Festival at Bethany.

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Photo by Jacob Stratton

The Red Eye Film Festival was held on Sept. 26, 2016 by the Media Arts Department in the Theater. This was the 11th year that Red Eye has taken place. Twelve teams of participants competed from Beth­any Lutheran College, South Central College (SCC) and Minnesota State University-Mankato (MSU).

The group of the partici­pants only had one week to brainstorm and shoot film. Although the time was limited, they all did well to make the audi­ence enjoy the show.

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Nursing is both a science and an art

By Megan Cavanaugh

After an extensive 18-month process, Bethany Lutheran College’s Nursing program has been accepted at all stages, enabling first classes to begin fall 2017.

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Photo by Jacob Stratton

Sara Traylor, director of nursing, worked on the program, with phase two approved October 2015. For this initiative, Tray­lor had to submit a three-inch thick binder entailing clinical sites, clinical agreements, syllabi for all the courses, skeletons for what the program will look like, etc.

This process took Tray­lor nine months and Beth­any’s nursing program was approved by the Minne­sota Board of Nursing on Aug. 4.

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The Scroll’s 90th Anniversary

By Megan Cavanaugh

From the flashy frocks and tailored trousers, high waisted pants and fancy hats of the 1920s to the buttoned-up shirts and cuffed-jeans, suede oxfords and snapbacks of today, style has changed over the years, but the journalism practices of The Scroll have not.
Just as Bethany Lutheran College has seen different phases, stages, so has Bethany’s student run newspaper: The Scroll. From transitioning to a co-ed two-year, and later a four-year college and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod claiming Bethany and it’s doctrinal practices to passing the presidential baton, The Scroll has captured these moments and more since 1926.

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HTC smartphone stops a bullet and saves a life

Published on November 3, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

There may not be an app capable of stopping a speeding bullet, but just having a HTC smartphone may do the trick.

Last week there was a robbery at a gas station in Winter Garden, Florida. A man entered the station at 4:45 a.m. and pulled out a revolver demanding that the female clerk behind the counter open the safe; however, she was unable to open it. Another clerk, a male, entered the station during the robbery and attempted to open the safe as well. He also was unsuccessful in getting it open.

Failing to steal any money, the robber began to walk out of the station but fired a shot toward the clerks before he left.

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Juniors Olivia Lee and Lydia Langhorst are Mary Kay Beauty consultants. Both women sell Mary Kay Beauty products to earn money, keep their priorities straight and develop communication and commitment skills. Photo by Cassie Wierschke
Photo by Cassie Wierschke

Students start small businesses as a foundation

Published on October 31, 2013

Written by Kaitlyn Bryant
Scroll Staff Writer

College is a time to create a firm foundation that can last for the rest of one’s life. Here at Bethany, a foundation of faith is the most important. Another important aspect to life in college is creating a foundation of confidence, respect and competence. Several young women are doing just this by starting their own independent businesses.

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Photo by Marcus Ruiz
Photo by Marcus Ruiz

Newest science lecture out of this world

Published on October 3, 2013

Written by Kaitlyn Bryant
Scroll Staff Writer

Some say religion and science do not mix, but Pastor Anthony Pittenger of Bethany Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, Wash., disproved that with his lecture on the moon.

Pittenger attended Bethany when it was still a two-year institution. From there, he attended Minnesota State University Mankato, and received a degree in general science ecology with a minor in geology. He has been pastor at Bethany Lutheran since 1996. He has served on the Evangelical Synod Youth Board for the past 12 years.

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Photo by Megan Grunke
Photo by Megan Grunke

Stack follows her dream to Disney World

Published on September 19, 2013

Written by Brittany Titus
Scroll Staff Writer

The smell of cotton candy and popcorn fills the air and the area is filled with people everywhere. Kids are running around with cameras taking pictures of Goofy, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse amongst many others. Disney World has been a place for families to get together and make memories for generations.

However, a chance to be an intern with the Disney College Program has been a dream of sophomore Alycia Stack. From Jan. 22 to Aug. 2, she was a character attendant working with Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

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Photo submitted by Hannah Thiesfeldt
Photo submitted by Hannah Thiesfeldt

Six-foot geyser brings Lab opening to a halt

Published on September 16, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

“Due to a series of very unfortunate events, the Lab will be closed until further notice,” reads a sign outside of the Lab Coffee Shop.

On the morning of Sept. 14, senior Hannah Thiesfeldt, a manager of the Lab, opened up the coffee shop to see a six foot geyser of water coming out from the espresso machine. It is not known how long the water was spraying out of the machine, but it was long enough to take out multiple ceiling tiles and some concrete above the tiles, which came crashing down.

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Photo submitted by Danielle Marzinske
Photo submitted by Danielle Marzinske

Be a barbarian; it will put hair on your chest

Published on April 20, 2013

Written by Andrew Larson
Scroll Staff Writer

With adrenaline-fueled shouts and cries for blood and war, Bethany found itself under siege by a battalion of battle-crazed barbarians.

On Friday, Apr. 12 the brave warriors from the Tribe of Teigen and Clan Gullixson gathered once again for their annual Barbarian Run.

The night began in the main hall of Fort Gullixson with the ritualistic smearing of the war paint and bragging of past victories in the Barbarian Runs of old.

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Staff members and alumni spend spring break in the land of Luther

Published on March 29, 2013

Written by Lexi Titeca
Scroll Staff Writer

While many students and faculty relaxed over spring break, some staff members took a trip to retrace the steps of Bethany’s Lutheran heritage. This trip was in Germany, “The Land of Luther.”Although no students went on the trip, several Bethany staff members and alumni took part.

The professor in charge was history professor Dr. John Boubel. Boubel, who has travelled to Europe many times, got to experience real German culture on this trip. It was not the food or the many places the group went, but his time in a hospital there.

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Photo submitted by Cassie wierschke
Photo submitted by Cassie Wierschke

Students tour Italy over spring break

Published on March 28, 2013

Written by Brittany Titus
Scroll Staff Writer

With its rich Italian culture, food and artwork, Italy is a popular place for tourists. Not many college students can say they have visited Italy during their school years, but over 20 students traveled there this year during spring break.

Venice, Florence, Ravenna, Orvietto, Assisi and Rome were the cities students and other travelers visited and in doing so had the experience of a lifetime.

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Photo submitted by Jon Loging
Photo submitted by Jon Loging

Bethany Speech team competes in tournament in Arkansas

Published on March 20, 2013

Written by Jon Loging
Scroll Guest Writer

The Bethany Speech Team traveled to Siloam Springs, AR over spring break to compete in the National Christian College Forensics Invitational speech and debate tournament.  Seniors Rachel Skaaland and Baylee Amy, Juniors William Soule and Shawn Loging, Sophomore Leah Hensch and Freshman Jacob Schneider left Bethany on Thursday, March 7 and returned Tuesday, March 12.

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Photo by Kelsie Ammann
Photo by Kelsie Ammann

Expanding horizons to the eastern world

Published on March 7, 2013

Written by Shawn Loging
Scroll Staff Writer

A Chinese proverb states, “Reading 10,000 books is not as useful as traveling 10,000 miles.”

Come Christmas Break 2013, a group of Bethany faculty and students will take a literal interpretation of the proverb.

Psychology Professor Dr. Jennifer Wosmek in conjunction with the Office of International Education is offering Bethany students the opportunity to spend two weeks in China; however, it will not be in the traditional sense as a tourist.

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Photo by Anna Wright
Photo by Anna Wright

Bethany math and tutoring services

Published on March 6, 2013

Written by Aaron Wendorff
Scroll Staff Writer

Everyone needs somebody to lean on. Bethany writing and math tutors encourage students to lean on their services.

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Students chill out at Boundary Waters

Published on March 3, 2013

Written by Lexi Titeca
Scroll Staff Writer

During the winter, many students can become bored and restless with the cold weather keeping them indoors. However, some students and staff members decided to kick their winter blues and head to Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota. There they embraced the outdoors in the winter time.

With no cell phone service, Facebook or Twitter, the students and staff members really got to know one another and participate in many activities together.

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Chaplain Moldstad starts first adult instruction class

Published on February 21, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

Faith is at the core of Bethany Lutheran College. Therefore, in Bethany’s Christianity courses, the curriculum assumes that students have some basic knowledge of the Christian faith. However, there are some students on campus that do not have the same Christian education as others have had.

Every year, Chaplain Donald Moldstad has students coming into his office hoping to get some basic instruction on the Christian faith, whether it is from Moldstad himself or a nearby church. This year several students approached him, so he decided to start his own adult instruction class and promote it around campus.

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Photo by Kelsie Ammann
Photo by Kelsie Ammann

How to make money without having a job

Published on February 21, 2013

Written by Aaron Wendorff
Scroll Staff Writer

With the prices of tuition, textbooks and gas students are finding ways to earn extra cash.

Some students focus on reeling in miniscule victories.

“I know a guy that picks up coins off the ground outside the McDonalds drive-thru window,” said junior Marcus Ruiz.

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PlugersSpreading the Gospel to Africa

Published on February 21, 2013

Written by Lexi Titeca
Scroll Staff Writer

Only 500 of the world’s nearly 7,000 languages have a complete Bible translation. Nearly 1,500 Bible translation projects are in progress right now, according to Wycliffe Bible translators. One of these projects is currently being worked on in Zambia, Africa.

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Photo courtesy of MCT
Photo courtesy of MCT

Hundreds injured by meteor explosion in Russia

Published on February 15, 2013

Written by Sergei L. Loiko
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

MOSCOW _ A meteor streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, producing a blast that injured hundreds, caused minor damage to buildings and temporarily disrupted Internet communication, officials said.

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Photo courtesy of MCT
Photo courtesy of MCT

Monopoly fans say hello to cat and goodbye to iron

Published on February 10, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

Monopoly, a classic board game which involves purchasing as many properties as possible in an attempt to gain the most money and drive opponents to bankrupt, will be changing slightly this year.

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Previewing Snow Week 2013

Published February 4, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

Snow Week, a popular Bethany tradition which celebrates Minnesota’s snowy weather, has begun. It will take place from Feb. 4 to Feb. 8 and there are a variety of events planned.

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Egyptian general warns against continued unrest

Published January 29, 2013

Written by Jeffrey Fleishman
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

CAIRO _ Egypt’s top military commander warned President Mohammed Morsi and opposition parties Tuesday to end days of bloodshed and unrest before the nation slides into chaos that may jeopardize the economy and “lead to the collapse of the state.”

The ominous statement from Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi signaled that the military, which ruled Egypt for months before Morsi was elected in June, wanted to quickly stem an uprising against the Islamist-led government. At least 52 people have died in riots since Friday.

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Mankato man wins Lifeworks’ Personal Achievement Award

Published on January 22, 2013

Written by Jonah Menough
Scroll Staff Writer

Eugen Kavan, 24, recently won an award from the nonprofit organization Lifeworks, which Kavan has been a part of for the last five years.  Lifeworks assists those with disabilities by integrating them into their community.

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