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House race heats up in Minnesota’s first district

by Kaci Schneidawind

Southern Minnesota voters have an important choice to make this fall as to who will take the first district’s open seat in the United States House of Representatives.

The two candidates vying for governor candidate Tim Walz’s vacated seat are Democrat Daniel Feehan and Republican James Hagedorn. This race marks Feehan’s first foray into the political fray, while it is Hagedorn’s third try at the seat.

Feehan was born in Saint Paul and grew up in Red Wing, Minn. Soon after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Feehan enlisted as an active duty soldier and completed two combat tours of duty in Iraq.

Feehan then went on to teach middle school in Gary, Ind. until he moved to D.C. to join the Obama Administration. Feehan firstly served as a White House Fellow and then as an Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.

Hagedorn, however, hails from Blue Earth, Minn. He was raised on his family’s farm and during this time, came into his Christian faith.

Hagedorn’s political background includes working as a legislative assistant, serving as the Director for Legislative and Public Affairs for the Financial Management Service and then the Congressional Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Printing and Engraving.

According to the website Ballotpedia, as of July 25, Feehan has raised $1,132,405 (with $733,752 cash on hand) to Hagedorn’s $847,792 ($337,001 cash-on-hand). While these numbers appear to tout Feehan’s advantage, political polls show a different story.

Of the likely 400 voters in the district, 47 percent showed support for Hagedorn, 33 percent were for Feehan and 14 percent were undecided. This particular poll was conducted by Harper Polling for the Hagedorn campaign with an error margin of +/- 4.9 percent.

Feehan disputed these findings as his campaign released a statement, reading in part: “Our internal polling shows very different results. We have found that when voters hear about Dan…contrasted with Hagdorn…they strongly prefer Dan.”

The Hagedorn camp also commented on the Sept. 6 poll, saying that voters perceive his positions to “reflect the views and values of southern Minnesota.”

Both candidates have been spreading their messages to voters across the district through community events such as parades and visits to college campuses, along with routine canvassing.

This already contentious race shows no signs of letting up as the Nov. 6 election approaches and has even gained national attention.

“I think that both parties will work hard and spend a lot of money. I think outside groups will spend a lot of money,” said University of Minnesota political scientist Kathryn Pearson. “So I just think we’ll see a lot of interest, because even in a competitive year like 2018, there are just not that many congressional districts that are so narrowly divided between the two parties [like MN-01].”

In a race that the political polling website The Cook Political Report deems to be a toss-up, each and every vote counts.

To inform yourself further on Feehan and Hagedorn’s views, you can visit their respective campaign websites listed below. If you are eligible, but not registered to vote, you can change that at becomeavoter.org.

This district depends on a strong turnout at the polls to decide its future. In the words of former President Barack Obama: “Don’t boo. Vote.”

 

Sources: Ballotpedia, danfeehan.com, jimhagedorn.org, keyc.com, The Cook Political Report; The La Crosse Tribune

Predatory financing used by EZ Own

by Nathan Dawson

Credit scams are everywhere. Many companies today employ deceptive borrowing tactics that take advantage of consumers. Minorities, the poor, the elderly and those with less education are the most likely to be targeted by predatory loans.

“They’re not shooting for persuasion, they’re shooting for your compliance,” said Professor Brian Klebig.

“Foot in the door works by asking for a small request, and then increasing the request,” said Professor Joseph Stadler.

EZ-Own Sales and Financing is a home store in Mankato, Minn. They advertise financing without a credit check, low down payments and low monthly payments. They offer financing with a six percent or 12 percent interest rates. A down payment of at least 10 percent is required. After a 10 day grace period, a five percent penalty is incurred for late payments. A non-refundable $25 administration fee is charged. Failure to pay will result in repossession. However, there is no penalty for prepayment, or paying it off early.

There is a myriad of tactics employed in advertising and conversation with customers that qualifies as predatory lending.

Promises are offering loans to people without a proper credit check. EZ-Own only requires five items of documentation: a Minnesota ID, an SSN number, a current lease, a current utility bill and proof of income. Several items missing from this process: checking credit history or the prospect of denial based on an identified inability to pay.

This is considered predatory because it targets those with poor credit history and are at heightened risk of default.

They rush customers to sign an application after just several minutes. They don’t give the  opportunity to properly study the terms, risks or cost of borrowing.

Ez-Own gives Inadequate or False Disclosure. Upon request to see the terms and conditions, they ask customers to fill out an application before they understand the terms and conditions.

They give surface level information, but fail to disclose: the documentation required, $25 administration fee, late payment policy, lack of prepayment penalty, the repossession policy; that is without explicit questioning. The application itself offers no comprehensive listing of terms or conditions. This strategy is used to give a false impression to the customer of the benefits and risk of the loan.

Fortunately for borrowers, they are afforded many protections. All lenders must offer adequate disclosure and must disclose prepayment  penalties to prospective borrowers. However, prepayment penalties are not fully banned. Minnesota law does protect those who receive subprime loans from being subject to a prepayment policy. Subprime loans are loans given to people who cannot qualify for ordinary loans, often due to poor credit history.

EZ-Own Sales and Financing is engaging in predatory, including some illegal, credit practices. Consumers need to be mindful in order to avoid being the victim of predatory lending.

“If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Read the fine print,” said Professor Lucas Fricke.

“Once you realize you’re being manipulated, your brain becomes highly resistant,” said Klebig.

Sources: EZ-Own, debt.org, Center for Responsible Lending, Financial Dictionary

Bethany welcomes largest incoming class

by Ethan Becker

A new school year can bring about many exciting changes and challenges. Between having to take new classes and having a completely different schedule, a new school year could start an almost entirely new life.

One change that Bethany Lutheran College is seeing a is the new incoming class. Overall, there are 225 new students on campus this year which brings excitement for the administration.

“There’s not really a concern. It’s much more of a blessing,” said Dean of Students Andrew Schmidt. “I know [Director of Food Services] Juan [Diaz] is excited down in the kitchen. He loves being able to cook for a lot of students.”

That’s not to say there aren’t challenges with this new incoming class, including the limited amount of parking and student housing.

The professors at Bethany, however, are excited for the new students on campus.

“I’m so excited to see all the new student in organizations and at school events,” said English professor Angie Johnson.

However, this class can bring new challenges that the professors need to address.

“I love to get to know all of my students, and with this new class size it just takes more time. It’s time that I’m more than willing to give, but you just need to be a little crafty,” said Johnson.

Despite any challenges a class this size can bring, every one of the faculty and staff members seems very excited about the new faces.

“The campus just feels full now. There’s a wonderful energy everywhere you go,” said Schmidt.

One of the new faces students might see is freshman Daylin Paulson.

“There’s so much I’m excited for, all of the new experiences, getting to be a part of the music groups and being able to see all of the theater shows,” said Paulson.

Another student, freshman Lauren McMackim, is also looking forward to her life at Bethany.

“I love the atmosphere here; the culture is great. I used to be nervous about drawing in public but here I feel comfortable drawing wherever. I can’t wait to experience the art classes like photography, art history and graphic design,” said McMackim.

With all of the students here, it seems that the culture and atmosphere that Bethany works to build is a big drawing point. The smiling faces, Christian moral, and friendly classmates and professors all work together to ease the struggles of moving to college. In fact, neither Paulson or McMackim could think of something they were concerned about.

Returning students and professors at Bethany are excited to welcome these new students, and that will make more people want to come each year.

Buck retires, you have the right to remain sad

When someone finds a job they love, their enthusiasm can oftentimes be contagious. That’s exactly the case with Buck, who has worked at Bethany since Nov. 21, 2009.

“I didn’t originally want this job,” Buck said. “I said, ‘give me three months and then I’m gone.’ Two months later they came in with my replacement and I told him to get out.”

What changed Buck’s mind, he said, was when a female student came up to Buck in her prom dress and asked for a picture with him.

“She looked so beautiful in her dress,” Buck said, “and she just had to take her picture with Buck. I think I took 15 pictures that night.”

Since that day, Buck has loved his job at Bethany. He said that he feels that he gets to go to Bethany, and that this is his perfect last job.

Buck grew up on a farm in the Waseca/Janesville area. He spent his days as a kid running along the riverbank near his house, and playing with the kids around him.

“We’d be gone all day,” Buck said, “and we wouldn’t be back until that dinner bell rang, and you could hear that thing clear across the river.”

Because of Buck’s childhood, he says that he always tries to maintain a positive outlook on life. When he wakes up in the morning he tells himself that he feels good, and that today will be a good day.

“If you go around life grumpy people are gonna give you a wide path. No one will want to be around you.” Buck said, and it’s clear that he takes that idea to Bethany with him every day.

“You have to make your own day. You can’t let other people make your day for you.” Buck said. Something he always likes to say is, ‘I’m gonna make my day, you don’t do it good enough.’ He also said that his ultimate goal for this job was to get the respect of the students, and to show them that he respects them too.

“These are all my grandkids,” Buck said. “I have 450 grandchildren.”

Buck said that one of the joys of his job, and one way he showed that he respected the students, was by listening to their problems.

“Kids come in from all over the world, and sometimes it’s their first time this far away from their parents, and that’s very hard for a lot of people.” Buck said. He told the story of how one year there was a student who came into his office and was in a wreck. He felt too far away from his parents and was going to go back to his home in Florida at the end of the semester.

“I told him, ‘Ok, sit down. And we’ll talk,’ and we did talk. That student graduated from here two years ago.”

Just like how Buck sees all the students as his grandchildren, he says he hopes that they all see him as their grandpa. Someone who they can go to and will understand them no matter how far away from home they are.

Another way that Buck tries to make students more comfortable here is by the security department around him.

“When I first got here the department was in shambles,” said Buck, “and now I’m blown away by all the great people we have in the department.”

He’s not wrong: at the beginning of the school year a survey of 900 colleges and universities was released, ranking them by how safe students felt. Bethany placed 25th.

Safety has always been a focus for Buck. At first, Buck’s Banter just focused on him and the tricks he played on his wife. But once the snow began to fall, Buck quickly changed the topic from his life, to student safety.

“We go from security to taxi really quick,” Buck said. “If a student is going from one building to the next and needs a ride, we will give them one really quick.”

For Buck, retirement

will hold lots of traveling.

“I love to travel,” Buck said, “I love going around to all the different counties and talking to people, seeing what they think makes their town so special.”

Buck’s last day will be Dec. 14th, but he won’t be totally gone just yet.

“I’ll be around,” said Buck, “I’ll be here two to three days a week at first, training my replacement and making sure everything’s going alright.”

Throughout his eight years at Bethany, Buck has left his mark on the campus, whether it be through the students he’s helped or the security department he’s built. His work won’t soon be overlooked.

Student Senate establishes award

By Ian Overn

Thank you.

Thank you for picking up this newspaper, flipping to this article and devoting the time to read it.

Doesn’t it feel good to be thanked?

Bethany’s Student Senate thinks so. That’s why they’re launching “Student Spotlight,” a program created to publicly acknowledge those students who deserve recognition for their contributions to the Bethany community. This honor is intended for those students who actively make Bethany a better place.

Featured students will have the honor of being displayed in glory on the TVs around campus for two weeks at a time before another student takes their place.

Bethany’s small student body is a unique blessing—it allows students to feel a greater sense of unity, since there are many opportunities to get to know almost everybody on campus. Student Senate believes that Student Spotlight will promote these feelings of togetherness.

“Because Bethany is so small, we have the honor of being able to notice these things about each other, and we want to lift each other up,” said Student Body President Karee Henrich. “This is just another way to do that and to bring our community closer together.”

What does it mean for a student to deserve recognition? That’s up to you to decide.

Although Student Senate will provide some guidelines as to what kind of person should be recognized, students (and faculty) will be allowed to nominate whoever they want, for whatever reason they want. A student could be nominated for being an inspiring leader that evokes change across campus, or simply for having an infectiously positive attitude that brightens the day of everyone they meet.

Student Senate will vote in order to make the final decision, but nominators are encouraged to make their case either written out on the available form or in person at one of Senate’s public forums. Nominators will be asked to sign their names in case Senate has further questions for them, but their identities will be kept anonymous to the public.

The purpose of this open-ended nomination process is to allow the student body to decide who is worthy of recognition and to avoid constraining nominees to only those leaders that immediately come to mind, such as the presidents of certain clubs and organizations. Instead, the goal is to showcase the large variety of talent at Bethany.

“Regardless of what [students] are involved in, regardless of what they’re doing…we want to recognize that they are part of this Bethany Community,” said Henrich.

This award doesn’t only benefit those who receive it. Olivia Lippert, Chair of Internal Affairs, believes that Student Spotlight will be fulfilling for those who nominate others and see them be recognized because of their own work.

“I think it will not only help people connect with their community more…but also raise the bar a little bit,” said Lippert. “Just encouraging everyone to go big, shoot high and do the best they can around campus.”

Student Spotlight is also intended to give all students someone to look up to as well as a goal to which to aspire. In this way, it will affect everyone on campus.

“By providing an outlet for people who really do shape Bethany’s campus to be recognized, we can encourage others to also get involved,” said Chair of Public Relations Linnea Anderson.

Student Spotlight is set to launch at an undetermined date in the very near future. Keep your eyes peeled for a new box somewhere around campus to submit your nominations. Soon, you might even see yourself featured up on the big screen.

“If you see someone that really needs a little extra spotlight moment to keep doing what they’re doing…nominate them,” said Lippert.

Starbucks kiosk coming to Honsey

By Ian Overn

Do you have a craving for quality coffee that too often goes unsatisfied? Does your need for regular coffee runs keep disrupting your daily routine? Well, starting next semester, you’ll only have to run down the hall to grab your daily dose of caffeine.

Bethany has recently purchased an automated Starbucks coffee kiosk to be installed for student use on the first floor of Honsey Hall. The kiosk will be selling a wide variety of drinks from Starbucks’ menu, freshly brewed inside the machine itself. Operated by touchscreen, the machine is entirely self-serve and accepts payment via credit or debit card.

The kiosk is provided by Pioneer, the food service company that caters for Bethany. Though it dispenses solely Starbucks products, the machine is legally owned by the college. This allows Bethany to offer drinks at a cheaper price than they would cost at a traditional Starbucks location.

“Our goal is to provide a service to the students, make it convenient to students,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Ted Manthe. “We know that there’s a fair amount of students that drive over to Starbucks to get their coffee and bring it back to class. They won’t have to do that if they can get it right here.”

“I have some people in my classes that go to Starbucks every day,” said off-campus junior Ally Lease. “They would for sure use [the kiosk] if it’s cheaper and on campus.”

Impossible to miss in the Honsey hallway, this machine will likely be a distinguished feature of the building.

“I think a lot of people will use it,” said junior Caleb Helmen. “It very likely will be worth the investment.”

This amenity is just one of the quality-of-life additions Bethany has established in recent years, including projects such as the Viking Village remodel and the switch to serving food in the cafeteria continuously throughout the day.

“We want to stay in tune with what the needs of the students are,” said Manthe. “We’re always looking for opportunities to serve students.”

Manthe wanted to assure the student body that they are always on the lookout for new ideas and student suggestions.

“A lot of [campus features] make me want to spend more of my time here,” said Lease, “I think it’s a good way to get more students involved.”

The kiosk will be up and running when classes resume after Christmas break.

Faculty foresees future of tech in the classroom

By Ian Overn

Much has changed in the last 30 years. The Internet, beginning as a simple fad, has now grown to shape almost every aspect of our waking lives. The educational system, in particular, has been forced to adapt to this change in many ways—digital presentations, online classes and online study resources have all secured an accepted place in the classroom.

Modern educators must not only adjust to the world we now live in, but have a responsibility to embrace it. How can today’s technology be used to improve the classroom experience?

This was the topic of Bethany’s recent “Technology by Design” panel, consisting of faculty members Dr. Jason Lowry, Dean of Faculty; Professor Angie Johnson from the English department; Dr. Carrie Pfeifer from the Education Department; Professor Lars Johnson from English and Kevin Zimmerman, Director of Online Learning. The panel discussed the most crucial goals central to classroom education and how today’s technology could be used to accomplish these goals in revolutionary new ways.

Technology has somewhat of a negative stigma within the classroom—students spending all of class staring at their laptop or phone typically aren’t absorbing the full extent of the information taught. But these devices are brimming with untapped potential to enhance, instead of detract from, the education experience.

Technology essentially has the potential to allow classes to bypass limitations fixed by a real, physical learning space. For example, Zimmerman presented on an exercise called asynchronous discussion.

In normal, “synchronous” classroom discussion, the instructor moderates real-time discussion among students as they share thoughts on a particular subject or question. Unfortunately, a discussion like this gives greater benefit to extroverted and quick-thinking students compared to those who are introverted and take more time to think before answering.

Asynchronous discussion, on the other hand, benefits students equally. A question is posted online ahead of time by a professor, allowing students to engage in discussion at their own pace. They can think over the topic for as long as they want, and post a reply to the professor or the points other students raise. Students that may normally shy away from speaking out loud to their entire class are encouraged to thoughtfully contribute.

“Quality answers come from [all students], who have time to put their words into what they want to say,” said Zimmerman.

In this way, technology enables students to break the constraints imposed by a physical classroom and focus purely on exchanging ideas.

Angie Johnson presented on another way technology is broadening the capabilities of classroom education. As a writing instructor, Johnson finds that one-on-one evaluations of their work are the most beneficial for her students. However, she simply doesn’t have enough time in the classroom to deliver lectures as well as engage in private conferences with each student.

Angie Johnson has utilized the “silent lecture”—a pre-made, digital presentation built for students to complete at their own speed. In this way, she can use the time she would normally spend lecturing meeting with students individually, where she can evaluate exactly how each student is progressing and assist them specifically in the areas they need it. Technology has helped Angie Johnson break the time constraints of a traditional classroom and provide higher quality, personalized education.

Dr. Pfeifer spoke on engaging students—how to keep a class excited to learn and avoid discouraging them from tuning out what is being taught.

“What teachers have started to do is kill students slowly—death by powerpoint…” said Pfeifer. “By engaging them with questions behind the presentation, I can ensure that engagement is happening.”

By utilizing software such as Socrative and Pear Deck, Pfeifer is able to open up new dimensions of the learning experience. In class, Students connect their electronic devices to the professor’s, which acts as a sort of hub. Through these programs, they can type questions they have, take quizzes or even draw pictures that the professor can view instantly. In this way, they are able to take an active part in any lesson without overtly disrupting the lecture or discussion.

These virtual connections streamline communication between the student and professor and encourage them to participate without fear of embarrassment. Instructors are able to give and receive instant feedback as they are teaching, ensuring that both they and the students are firmly planted on the same page at all times.

Integration of technology into the everyday classroom will not happen instantly. For many teachers, even if they agree that technology has the power to enhance their teaching, it is a difficult transition.

“I’m looking forward to getting much better at it, but there’s a learning curve,” said Lars Johnson.

As more and more teachers decide to put in the effort to embrace technology in the classroom, the education system is sure to change before our very eyes, however slowly. In 50 years, the stereotypical classroom experience most people are  familiar with today may be nothing more than a thing of the past.

Psychology and pop culture intermingling

By Krystal Taylor

Psychology can be found in many aspects of life. It is easy to see it in some places and harder in others. Dr. Jonathan Stadler’s new course, PSYC 480, explores how psychology is used in pop culture.

Dr. Stadler has had a long relationship with psychology, from attending and teaching at Vanderbilt and Cornell, and now teaching it here Bethany.

“I like how it [psychology] explores the human condition and the human experience in all its glory and flaw and horribleness,” said Stadler.

The course that Dr. Stadler is teaching will involve looking at pop culture and other aspects of society and how they are all connected with psychology. The ways that social media and other popular influences motivate people’s thinking will be analyzed.

“Students can see when psychology is being accurately and inaccurately reflected in pop culture. Students will be exploring different pop culture depictions and analyzing pop culture artifacts through the lens of psychology,” Dr. Stadler said.

The class requires no pre-requisites and invites students from all majors to join. No matter what the student’s major is, there are a multitude of ways that this course can benefit every student.

The class will provide real-life information that will be useful for consumers and followers of pop culture.

“What it does is it provides that kind of liberal arts education; it is part of being a well-rounded person. Even if you are not a psych major it is important to understand how psychology works,” said Dr. Stadler.

The course is also supported by others in its ambition to make students more well-rounded individuals.

As a developmental psychologist, everyone on our campus will work with people in some way, they are part of a community and they themselves will be influenced by media. Understanding media’s impact will give them personal insight and also make it easier to  help others,” said Dr. Jennifer Wosmek.

Psychology majors can find the benefits of this course easily and recognize the value of being in the class.

“Knowing about psychology and how the brain works let’s you know how other people think and gives you a better understanding of how others work, said Nora Stake, sophomore and Psychology major.

We will always have interaction with people in this life and knowing how they think can be beneficial to becoming a well-rounded person.

This is also why a psychology course, or one similar, is required to graduate from Bethany. Knowing how others think and behave can help one become more personable and understanding towards strangers and friends alike.

Hymn Fest celebrates Reformation

By Ethan Becker

The reformation is a time for the church to reflect on its history, and plan ahead for the future. That’s why vespers decided to hold a hymn festival in the trinity chapel, to recognize the 500th anniversary of the reformation. The event ran concurrently with other reformation celebrations such as the reformation lectures and the art lectures. The reformation serves to remind us that the church is bigger than us individually, and that the Lutheran religion has endured through many challenging times.

“We walk away from events like these with knowledge of the long history of the church, how it had it’s high and low points, and how it has endured,” said Professor Dennis Marzolf, who conducted the event. It seemed that the people who participated agreed.

“The concert was a chance for people to recognize that the Reformation is something bigger than themselves. It allows us to reflect on our history, and the church’s history,” said Senior Zach Rinehart, who played trumpet.

As well as celebrating the reformation, the concert was also a way for people to hear the hymns of the Reformation, with a short message about their significance by Professor Mark DeGarmeaux in between each one.

“We celebrate by listening to hymns because texts are boring,” said  Marzolf. “Music is powerful, it’s  language that we can all understand. It’s simple, and carries the message that God loves us through his son Jesus Christ, which is something we make an effort to preach daily.”

During the event, the Bethany choir, along with Mary Martha’s, members from the concert band and Bethany Alum Jacob Weber, played nine hymns. All of the hymns pointed towards everlasting life through Christ, which is something that many of the performers found proclaimed at Bethany.

“I really enjoyed Built on the Rock,” said Rinehart. “It really goes back to what this college is founded upon, how we build our lives upon Christ, and that we won’t crumble and fall because of that.”

The event gave people who aren’t necessarily musically inclined the opportunity to go and experience hymns and music in a way that they maybe couldn’t have before. The concert was full of musicians who loved playing the hymns, and each one was given special importance during DeGarmeaux’s message.

“It was a room full of musicians playing really great music, and that’s something that’s really special,” said Marzolf.

Many of the performers also felt the same way.

“It’s a great way to remember to move forward with the foundation in the gospel, all while incorporating great musicianship,” said Rinehart.

“Student’s who aren’t musically involved enjoy this concert because it’s a great representation of the Lutheran Hymnody,” said senior Elizabeth Austin, who helped with the percussion.

It was clear that by the end of this event all of the musicians loved performing in it.

“I really enjoyed playing in the festival,” said Rinehart. “There’s a stigma of trumpet players having a lot of pride in their instrument, because of the religious connection. But I really did enjoy helping out on trumpet for these hymns.”

“ I was able to play timpani, which is one of my favorite instruments to play. It was great hearing the congregation sing along.” Said Elizabeth Austin.

The Reformation is a time to reflect on the history of the church, and learning where to go in the future. The hymn festival was a fantastic way to remind students and faculty alike about those things, and it seems that everyone, from the audience to the musicians, got the message.

Vocal Viking brings many to campus

By Maureen Ragner

Talking in front of groups of people can be intimidating, but there are people who get a thrill out of doing so. Such people gather together in teams and compete against other schools in debates, short speeches and reading poetry and short works of prose.

Bethany’s speech competition, the Vocal Viking, took place on Oct. 28-29 and proved to be the largest tournament that has come onto the campus.

“We were one debate team away from using the band room,” said Prof. Jonathan Loging.

With 18 teams and 140 competitors on campus for those two days and a total of 230 events, in which competitors could compete in more than one event if they so chose, the tournament took a large amount of space. In a surprising turn of events, not just Meyer and Honsey were required, but also the library and the Chapel basement–places that Loging has not had to reserve for the sake of the annual tournament until this year.

“I did not think that Bethany could be that big,” said sophomore Gideon Ripley.

As a result of the large number of competitors, Loging had to separate the Parliment debaters into two divisions: junior varsity, for the less experienced debaters, and open, for the more experienced debaters. He also asked members of Bethany’s faculty for help with judging and finding rooms.

Thankfully, with the help of Bethel professor and speech coach Dr. Michael Drer and volunteers from Bethany’s speech team, Loging was able to keep the tournament running smoothly.

“I always need help, but I’m always able to find help,” said Loging.

However, that doesn’t mean that the competitors had little down time.

“There was a lot of waiting because of all the events, which encourages me to do more,” said Ripley.

There were members of the Bethany speech team who competed and did very well. While they did not succeed in bringing home first place in any of the events, some did place in the top competitors at the end of the tournament.

“I was hoping to be in the top ten,” said sophomore Emily Kjeer, a member of the debate half of the speech team.

Kjeer was named second top speaker in the junior varsity league of debaters. She wasn’t expecting it, but it was a wonderful surprise.

“I was on a high for the next three days,” Kjeer said.

Senior Zeffie Woods was named third in Program Oral Interpretation as well, and while Kjeer and her debate partner, junior Caleb Helmen, were not a part of the final debate, they did break quarterfinals.

As a part of the speech tournament, competing teams were also able to carve pumpkins. Loging purchased two dozen pumpkins, which the Bethany speech team had gutted on the afternoon of Advising Day. The pumpkin seeds were taken and baked by freshman Rebecca Johannes, and then divided into goodie bags with candy for the competing teams.

The pumpkin that won the competition was from the University of Minnesota’s team, with their carving of a pusheen cat.

After the awards ceremony on Sunday, teams were encouraged to leave with their pumpkins and either dispose of them elsewhere or use them for their own Halloween celebrations.

Public speaking can be a terrifying and exhilarating practice. For some, the thrill is more known than the terror, and that results in large competitions such as this one.

Bethany engineering program hits the ground running

By Emeline Ring

Bringing a new major into existence is no small feat, and Bethany’s new Engineering Science Major was no exception. Up until this year, students interested in pursuing engineering would transfer credits to a different college or university in order to graduate. Now, students will be able to graduate from Bethany with an Engineering Sciences degree with a concentration in either mechanical engineering or biomedical engineering.

This major would not be possible without the work of the late Professor Peter Kjeer, who passed away in Dec. 2016. He modeled it closely after Harvard’s Engineering Sciences program and built the curriculum, approved by the Board of Regents in Nov. 2016. In Bethany’s program, there is a liberal arts slant as well as an emphasis on communication, leadership, and hands-on experience.

“He [Kjeer] came up with the idea, sold it and worked on developing the program,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Eric Woller.

Kjeer undeniably made an impact on those he worked with, both students and faculty alike.

“He was a fantastic professor and mentor. [He had] a ton of energy, always working on or building something. I think he put together an excellent program,” said Professor Nicklaus Ollrich.

Despite being a new development, Bethany’s Engineering Science Major has significant advantages over other colleges’ programs, namely the fact that it has a liberal arts slant. Rather than simply sitting in a cubicle all day, engineers have to interact and collaborate with others on their team.

“You need to be able to think critically … Engineering is not solely science,” said Woller.

One benefit of studying in this brand-new major is the class sizes. At Bethany, emphasis is placed on personalized experience, as opposed to other schools with engineering classes made up of hundreds of students.

“You have opportunities to work closely with your professors and [they] are open to what you want to do,” said Junior Eric Westphal.

In fact, professors are able to tailor classes to fit students’ needs as well as help guide students to an area of interest.

“If someone’s interested in studying something specific, the engineering faculty can help them find their niche,” said Ollrich.

Even for new students, the engineering program is not short on hands-on, interactive experience. From design exercises with spaghetti and marshmallows to constructing robust designs with 3D printers, machining equipment and other tools, students get exposure to projects they will tackle in future careers.

“Students of all ages get to work in the labs, learn engineering processes and design and build things,” said Ollrich.

Sophomore AJ Jensen explained a design project he and other classmates were currently working on where they imitate a professional engineering engagement.

“Our teacher is the client and he gives us design parameters. We have to [design and] build things within our budget and present on it,” said Jensen.

Besides on-campus work, students also have plenty of opportunities to intern at engineering companies and agencies, which gives them firsthand experience. It also allows students to see what it takes to be a successful engineer and if the program is the right fit for them. As with any other Bethany program, the engineering major brings a Christ-centered approach into the classroom.

Both students and faculty are optimistic about the Engineering Science Major’s future in spite of the challenges they have faced along the way.

“With Peter Kjeer passing away, that was a really challenging and tragic time. It was an incredible blow, but the college has expressed that her mission is to carry on his vision for the program—I really appreciate that,” said Ollrich.

With any new endeavor, there is always a growing process. Bethany’s administration has been supportive of the engineering program, helping equip labs, staff the department, and build the curriculum.

“The college has the right mindset as to where they need to be,” said Westphal, commending the work ethic of the engineering staff.

The engineering department anticipates having three graduates this coming May, as well as many more in the coming years.

“We’re hitting the ground running and I’m really excited for what we having coming down the line,” said Ollrich.

How to prevent stress from getting the best of you

By Kaci Schneidawind

It’s a feeling that college students know all too well: your planner is filled with assignments to do, papers to write and tests to study for, all in a limited amount of time. It seems as if your professors are setting you up to fail. You become overwhelmed as the sheer amount of responsibilities comes crashing on you like a tidal wave – forget about alone time, a social life, exercise or sleep. It’s easy to get paralyzed by stress. Luckily, Bethany Lutheran College is home to many resources which aim to help you avoid this anxiety and offer tips and tricks for doing so.

Campus nurse Lisa Brown tells students what to look out for in themselves and others as signs of stress.

“Stress can be exhibited both emotionally and physically,” she said, noting symptoms which include “feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control; having difficulty relaxing or quieting your mind; avoiding others and low energy.”

Brown also named some healthy coping mechanisms for stress.

“Take a break from the stressor,” she said. “It may seem difficult to get away from a big school project, growing bills or exams. But when you give yourself permission to step away from it, you let yourself have time to do something else, which can help you have a new perspective or practice techniques to feel less overwhelmed. It’s important not to avoid stress, but even just 20 minutes to take care of yourself is helpful.”

Among these techniques are also exercise, social support from friends or family, prayer and being present in the moment.

As a nurse, Brown is more inclined to cure a cold or alleviate a stomach ache, but “I can listen,” she said. “Or I direct students to mental health services in the area that may be more helpful than me.”

One of these services can be found right on Bethany’s campus. Christian Family Solutions (CFS) is located on the second floor of Luther Hall and offers the availability of counselors to help students navigate through troubles in their lives.

“We are invested in student social, academic and spiritual well-being,” said counselor Jessica Smith.

Smith added that Christian Family Solutions can help you assess your current level of stress, identify effective coping mechanisms and explore any other underlying factors exacerbating the stress.

“Stress can be very difficult to manage; especially if a person’s stress threshold is already high due to preexisting conditions-conflict with family, depression symptoms, anxious symptoms, chemical dependency, low self-esteem, lack of social support, etc. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to a neutral person who is outside of your friend network, family and school to provide perspective,” Smith said.

Best of all, Bethany covers the cost of the first three counseling sessions a student attends. After these three appointments, private pay insurance is utilized, and CFS offers a sliding scale fee to make future sessions more affordable.

It may also be beneficial to talk about your problems with a fellow student who can relate to what you are dealing with.

Senior Alexa Alfred is one of the busiest on campus – she is involved in four on-campus organizations, volunteers in The Lab coffee shop, is a student librarian, a tutor and Spanish lab assistant. Off campus, Alfred works as a gym monitor at Mount Olive. Her work hours total to approximately 20-25 a week, and she is taking 19 credits this semester.

Despite all this, Alfred said that she “doesn’t get stressed very easily.”

“I certainly have my moments, but it takes a lot to get me stressed out,” she said. “When those moments do come along, I take short breaks when I am working. It’s important to have a balance of both work and relaxation.”

How does she manage to avoid becoming burned out by giving her time to so many different tasks?

“My strategy is to work ahead,” said Alfred. “If a teacher gives you a paper or a study guide to complete, start working on it right away so that all of the projects and test studying don’t pile up at the last minute. This spreads out the work load and makes stressful times, like midterms or finals, that much more tolerable.”

Alfred is a seasoned professional in handling stress as a senior, but knows that there are many students coming to college that may have never experienced such stress before.

“When coming to college for the first time, it is important to take the time to write down all assignments, meetings or extracurricular activities in a planner, on a calendar or on your phone so that you have a general timeline of what is going on in the weeks to come,” Alfred said. “In order to minimize stress levels, I would suggest knowing your limits. Only you know how much you can handle before it gets to be too much. Definitely get involved, but it’s important to know when to say no as well.”

It is not a matter of whether stress will affect you, it is when. In the times in which stress does strike, take comfort in knowing that Bethany’s staff and students are here to help you handle and guide you through those difficult periods, something that Alfred acknowledges.

“I think Bethany has done a great job of providing resources to help you ‘stay sane’,” she said. “I personally utilize sporting events, club meetings and events, and speakers as a good on-campus opportunity to take a break and escape the stress of school for a bit. Also, whenever you need to chat or talk about any stressors that you might be experiencing, Bethany has a great support system of friends, faculty, staff and counseling services.”

Stress is unavoidable, but it is not unmanageable. Take this advice to heart when recognizing stress in yourself and others and take steps to reduce or prevent stress before it spirals out of control. Take it from this often-stressed student – it may not always seem like it, but stress is a storm you can weather, and you will make it out alive.

Dr. Holbird debunks common evolution theories

By Maureen Ragner

The words “Christian” and “scientist” are terms that can co-exist quite well. However, the existence of certain philosophies and theories in the scientific community can make it difficult for Christian scientists to be able to focus on their studies.

Dr. Doyle Holbird held a talk on Oct. 19 where he discussed three common arguments that evolutionists claimed proved their theory, then he showed how Scripture stood against them. He did this by discussing certain discoveries in science and showing just how much of what evolutionists used as their proof actually proved Scripture to be true.

Holbird first gave basic definitions for two kinds of evolution: “micro,” which covers small changes within a population or species, and “macro,” which is a species changing from one to another. “Macro” is what evolutionists believe in.

Evolution theorists have been pushing back the timeline for when they believe the world was created.

“It was 2 billion years when I was in college, and now it’s 3.5 billion,” said Holbird.

The first of the common evolutionist arguments Holbird covered was concerning the fossil record and how evolutionists used it to show how animals changed over time into the modern creatures we have today. However, there is no one place in the world that has the entire fossil record.

“Fossils only occur where there are floods,” said Holbird.

Because even bones can decay when oxygen is present, they need to be quickly pressed into mud in order to be preserved. Since larger creatures have body cavities, that means they are more likely to float closer to the top as the mud settles. The floodwaters did not just cause mudslides; they changed the world’s geography as well, causing some fossils to settle on what came to be mountaintops.

In connection with this, Holbird pointed out that paleontologists are now finding soft tissue and dinosaur DNA within fossils–things that should not have survived the millions of years gap that evolutionists claim exists between the modern world and the time of the dinosaurs. There are many modern animals that have been proven to have lived in that time period as well.

A second common argument evolutionists have is concerning something in our genetic code called the “Gulo gene.” It is a gene that is capable of manufacturing Vitamin C, but it is broken in humans and great apes. Evolutionists use this to prove that humans have a common ancestor with apes, but split off from monkeys when the breaking of the Gulo gene occurred. However, the location of the breaks in humans and great apes are different.

Holbird instead pointed to the Y chromosomes in humans and chimps, thought by evolutionists to be our closest relatives. Evolutionists claim that humans split from chimps about 8 million years ago, and that because of how slow evolution is, there should only be a four to six percent change between humans and chimps. However, there is a 30-40 percent difference, which is too much for the evolutionary theory as it stands now.

Holbird also noted that scientists are able to trace back the Y chromosomes to a common male ancestor who lives between six and 10,000 years ago. Using mitochondrial DNA, scientists have also been able to trace back to three common female ancestors as well. Considering that Shem, Ham, and Japeth were all Noah’s direct descendants, and they had wives, this explains biblically who exactly these ancestors were.

The third common argument Holbird presented was on whether or not parts of our DNA are what could be considered “junk”–that is, parts of our genetic code that have been rendered useless as a result of evolution. This was the thought back in the early 2000s, but now scientists have realized that certain parts of our DNA are used in our development by being turned on and off again.

“There is no junk DNA,” said Holbird. “It’s all used.”

On top of this, scientists have found that DNA mutations are gradually increasing for each generation, with an average of 70 mutations being passed on from parents to children. At the rate the mutations are being created, the human race will reach “mutational meltdown”– or have so many mutations humans are unable to survive–at some point in the future. Evolutionists say it will take 200 years, but there is a chance that the event is closer than they think.

“It’s mostly a philosophy,” said Prof. Chad Heinz. “It’s how they view science.”

During the question and answer session that came after the talk, Chaplain Don Moldstad brought this issue up when it came to education and how evolutionists think of Christians in the scientific fields.

“Is it difficult for a Christian scientist to be able to advance in something like that?” said Moldstad.

Holbird said that it is very difficult for Christians to get a Ph.D in certain fields because of how they are associated with evolution.

“For me to go back and get a Ph.D, there is no zoology department, it is the evolutionary department,” said Heinz.

Evolution is something that Christians have to face as an argument against creation. While evolutionists can make it difficult for Christians to survive in the sciences, it is still possible to keep a hold of one’s faith and work forward to understanding this world far more.

Mt. Olive launches space outreach league

by Ian Overn

Are you a fan of science fiction? Are you captivated by the idea of exploring the empty vastness of space? You’re in luck. Mt. Olive Lutheran, an ELS church just a two-minute drive away from Bethany, wants you to join them on a voyage to the final frontier—and have fun doing it!

“Artemis” is a cooperative simulation game in which six players man unique stations on a Star Trek-esque spaceship, each displayed on a separate screen that only they can see. Working together, the crew pilots the ship and overcomes challenges the game throws their way—or tries to beat other teams of six.

Jon Basel, the outreach coordinator at Mt. Olive, is starting a league of dedicated Artemis players for the church, and he’s looking for crew members.

“Artemis is probably the coolest [local multiplayer] game I have ever had,” said Basel, “There’s something about it…really what makes it is the combined teamwork…I wanted to share that.”

Basel, testing the waters, has been hosting Artemis sessions once a month for the last few months. However, starting Sunday, Oct. 22, he has given the program a boost, doubling the number of meet ups—Artemis players now meet the second and fourth Sundays of every month.

“The thing I enjoy most is the gaming part and trying to incorporate that into a social, interactive world,” said Paul Gullixson, Bethany freshman and Artemis participant. “Definitely, you should go and try it out. It’s a lot of fun.”

As a church program, the team-oriented game is meant to promote bonding and fellowship within the church and even across the generation gap.

“It’s geared toward anyone that’s thirteen and up. We have a bunch of youth that are capable and can have a lot of fun, just because we’re all from the video game generation, and then I want a bunch of 30, 40-year-olds there too, because they kind of grew up during the Star Trek era,” said Basel. “[Artemis] is a good avenue for mentoring or model leaders that can also be directly involved in having fun with youth.”

Basel’s goal of bringing together a crew of all ages has been fairly successful.

“We have probably about three, four thirteen-year-olds, fourteen-year-olds, somewhere in there, and then we’ll have four, five [aged] 20 to 30, and then we’ll have a couple that are 40 years old or so. So far, those are our regulars,” said Basel.

The game itself requires a significant amount of cooperation between crew members. There are six basic stations on the ship—Helm, who flies the ship, Science, who scans the area around the ship for information, Comms, who communicates with space stations and other ships, Weapons, who aims and fires a wide variety of missiles and futuristic armaments, Engineering, who regulates the ship and allocates power between the other stations, and Captain, who watches a large screen everyone can see and calls the shots. Each of these consoles is displayed on a separate iPad, making constant communication a necessity.

“This is also a way to bridge the gap between video games and socializing. The game requires all of you to communicate well in real life…that way this ship doesn’t explode,” said Basel. “You need a little social skills and/or listening skills.”

“Efficiency with getting information across,” said Gullixson, “That’s probably the biggest part of it. When somebody asks you a question, how do you tell them what you see on the screen…that’s probably the skill that you’re trying to achieve.”

Basel has high hopes for the game.

“The main objective is to make this a competitive sport, basically. But for nerds. I would like each of our churches to have some participating members—at least a ship each, if we can. So, that would be St. Paul’s, St. Mark’s, Peace, as well as Mt. Olive. I’m not working too hard on that yet because I also want to involve Bethany; I want to see how many numbers we can get,” he said.

That’s right, they’re looking to involve the Bethany student body. There is no sign-up necessary—if you feel like trying Artemis out, stop by Mt. Olive on the second or fourth Sunday of the month. Whether or not you decide to stay, it’s sure to be a memorable experience.

Hawk Watch: More than a pastime

By Krystal Taylor

Bird watching has been an American pastime for centuries. Hawk watching is taking that to the next level by looking for birds of prey.

Hawk watching at Bethany is more than just staring into the sky and hoping that a hawk will swoop in and provide some entertainment. There is a certain skill that is required in order to master hawk watching. While it may be just  a fun way to kill time for some, for others it is a passion and art.

Jim Amundson has been partaking in Bethany’s hawk watch for a while and knows all the ins and outs of the activity.

Since he is retired, Amundson usually spends about nine hours a day partaking in hawk watching. He loves what he does every day.

“I have always been interested in birds. I worked in construction for many years and saw them on rooftops all day long. When Professor Heins said he was was going to be doing hawk watch, I told him that I would come up and join.”

More than just leisure time, Amundson knows the best time to watch for the hawks, how they act, and what affects them.

“They don’t start moving until the sun makes thermals- the hawks don’t want to waste energy. They also depend on northwest winds when they travel. I will read weather maps in order to see when a big push of birds will be, so I can see them all come in. The peak time to see them in from 10 in the morning to 2 a.m.. They stop moving in the late afternoon at about 3 p.m..”

Hawks are very smart creatures, as Amundson  has informed, they do not like to waste precious energy and they know when the best time to travel is.

Currently, in the season from Aug. 15 – Dec. 15, Amundson and many other hawk watchers are looking for Broadwing Hawks as they move to northern Minnesota.

There is no limit to how many hawks one can see on a good day. It all depends on the conditions that Amundson described- weather, wind, sun thermals and time of day. On Sept. 28 there were a total of 395 birds spotted throughout the day. In the season of this year so far, there have been 5,138 hawks recorded. In the week of International Hawk Migration Week there were 1,825 alone. This activity is more than just seeing a few birds in the sky a day; it is truly a sport.

Amundson spends about 560 hours a season watching for these majestic birds in the sky. Why does he do it?

“There are just so many birds, you go crazy counting all of them. I love the variety I see every day.”

Bethany’s hawk watch and other hawk watches are more than just laying back and looking up into the sky. It is predicting movements of birds, strategizing where they will be next and dedicating time to search for birds, one of God’s majestic creatures.

Fall Festival gets a facelift

By Maureen Ragner

Though autumn arrived late this year,  Bethany did not intend to have their usual festivities pushed back because of the weather. Fall Festival, now called Homecoming, has been expanded from just weekend festivities to five days of near-constant activity.

Homecoming kicked off on Sept. 27 with an opportunity for students to play laser tag on campus. Running around in an inflatable playground from 6-10 p.m., students were able to try multiple play styles, including multiple teams, defending bases or a total free-for-all, where it was every player for themselves.

“I’m planning on playing until it ends,” said freshman Matthew Allen, only one hour into the time the inflatable was set up.

“It was definitely fun, and really high-intensity,” said sophomore Jared Pudwill. “It’s quite a workout.”

There were more opportunities for students to get active during the week. Sept. 28 and 29 had Bethany Bowl football events that ended in a championship on Sept. 29. As Bethany doesn’t have an official football team, students were encouraged to create their own teams and compete against each other when the soccer field was open. Because of the plans for a possible future football team, however, the move to change the name of Fall Festival to Homecoming was an inevitable action.

After the championship on Sept. 29, the activities transistioned to a swing dance lesson on the parking lot near the YFAC and the SFC. Those leading the lessons were a swing instructors from MSU named Alex and Bethany sophomore AJ Mildebrandt. The lesson was followed by the homecoming dance, with music provided by the band Dap Squad.

After the dance, a bonfire was set up in the fire pit near the soccer fields. Those who attended indulged in s’mores and campfire songs.

The arrival of the weekend saw an increase in activities amidst alumni reunions across campus.

“This is really fun because I’ve lived around Bethany since I was six,” said Chaplain Donald Moldstad. “I recognize some faces that I saw here 20 years ago.”

Some alumni who were on campus had graduated only recently.

“It’s weird because I feel like I belong here, but at the same time I don’t really go here anymore,” said alumn Gabrielle Emmons.

The morning of Sept. 30 started with a 5K and a half mile run. The day then turned to focus on music, with Midlife Crisis giving a performance during a hog roast provided by the Bethany cafeteria.

Professor Benjamin Faugstad also showed off his students’ abilities with a large drumline and concert band. Alumni were invited to participate in both. Students from South Hardin High School and Glencoe-Silver Lake High School added to the concert band’s size as well, as their directors were friends of Faugstad’s.

Faugstad’s enthusiasm for the music program was clearly shown at both music venues, and students could clearly see that he is enthusiastic about his work.

“You can tell that he loves it,” said freshman Lex Wencl. “It really means a lot to him.”

Soccer and volleyball had games that day as well, with the soccer teams having a late start. Afterwards, there was a post-game party involving pizza and games for students, and the day wrapped up with the movie Napoleon Dynamite shown on the big screen on the green.

On Oct. 1, as it was a Sunday, students crowded the Viking Village to watch the Vikings game, as well as snack on the food and drink provided just for the occasion.

Homecoming proved to be a fantastic weekend for students, faculty and alumni alike. As Bethany moves closer to creating its football team, homecoming is going to gain more activities for students to participate in.

Faculty talk about importance the of liberal arts

By Maureen Ragner

In liberal arts colleges, there are skills that students can and do pick up as a result of their studies. Ways to think about and look at various studies, as well as the world in general, can often be taken for granted–especially by people who do not completely understand what they are learning.

On Sept. 22, Drs. Tiffany Young-Klockziem, Nick Hauman and Doyle Holbird led a talk in the Lab with Dr. Jason Lowrey acting as moderator to discuss the importance of a liberal arts education and how it can prove to be a boon to students.

“You’re learning something about a subject, but there’s hidden arts to it,” said Young-Klockziem.

Using the example of her daughter in second grade, Young-Klockziem demonstrated that a presentation about what someone did over the summer can also be a lesson in communication. She said that her students are given similar hidden lessons in critical thinking in her classes, and said that these kinds of lessons don’t just have to be learned in the classroom.

“I think liberal arts is all about lifelong learning,” said Young-Klockziem.

Next, Dr. Hauman took a turn at the mic. While his major has been around for far less time than others, he still had much to offer.

“Sociology is inherently inter-disciplinary,” said Hauman.

Hauman’s major doesn’t see boundaries that separate the majors from each other. Instead, it merges with different focuses, taking into account different viewpoints in order to move studies forward.

By contrast, most other fields of study have gotten so focused that, while knowledge has become diverse, it becomes difficult for students to switch to a different career if what they’ve studied doesn’t turn out to be a good fit for them.

“Specialization is the worst enemy of your career,” said Hauman.

Hauman also brought up that, while students are being encouraged to look into majors that aren’t liberal arts, these are careers that are more likely to be taken by computers in the future. The one thing that computers are unable to replicate is creative work, and if liberal arts are careers that computers cannot replicate, that makes them all the more valuable.

Dr. Holbird was the last to speak for the talk. As one of the professors on campus who focuses on the sciences, the way liberal arts students think is something important to his classes.

“Many of the Nobel Prize winners have come from liberal arts institutions,” said Holbird.

Holbird said that more scientists are coming out of liberal arts schools than any other institutions, and there is a good reason for that. As more and more is discovered about various studies, the sciences have started to overlap. For example, there is now a biochem focus of study for biology, and it is considered the “cutting edge” biology major.

Scientists also need to know how to use their critical thinking skills in order to write papers that those not in their field can understand. There are also pseudoscientists who are miscommunicating their findings; the fake results that they put out have also confused the populace, especially those who don’t actively use their critical thinking skills.

Liberal arts skills are far more important to the various studies than they seem to be at first glance. These skills should never be taken for granted.

Bethany nursing program off to a promising start

by Emeline Ring

For the last few years, there has been discussion over the addition of a Nursing department at Bethany. This fall, the careful planning and developing of many faculty and staff members have manifested themselves into Bethany’s own Nursing major.

In 2014, the Nursing department got authorization from the Board of Regents. From there, Bethany hired Sara Traylor, the Director of Nursing in June of 2015; she would help establish and develop the major.

In 2016, the department was approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Because the Nursing department has finally come to fruition, Bethany also hired Deborah Matzke-Lewis as Associate Professor of Nursing in March 2017. The two women spent the remainder of the spring semester developing courses for the fall.

There was plenty of back and forth between the two of them on how to best plan the courses. They wanted to tailor classes to meet student learning objectives so that students felt competent to practice in real-life scenarios. All of their collaboration ultimately led to the development of five nursing courses, as well as an immersion experience in Nicaragua. In May, eight students were admitted into the major.

“There are theory courses as well as a skills lab and clinical. They’re [students] very busy,” Traylor said.

The students undergo clinical experiences at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Instead of simply being nursing assistants, the students are acting as nurses.

“I got assigned a patient; I worked with her and that was exciting because I was the one who was overseeing her for the day. It was my patient, so to speak,” said junior Isabella Stevens. The program places an emphasis on community and home care.

Matzke-Lewis highlighted that the use of simulated real-life experiences as well as clinical experiences builds confidence in students and imparts knowledge that cannot simply be gleaned from a textbook. In fact, Traylor and Matzke-Lewis intentionally make sure students undergo uncomfortable and challenging experiences so that they are prepared when they inevitably have to help patients through life-threatening situations.

“It’s much different practicing on a real person that’s not your classmate: a healthy, young college student. It’s a real person with real problems,” said junior Katie Bockoven.

Both nursing staff and students credited the Lutheran approach of the program as something they appreciated. Traylor and Matzke-Lewis are able to reference Scripture when addressing health concerns.

“This allows them [students] to make good judgments when they provide nursing care,” Traylor said. Students can look at the Biblical perspective and contrast that with societal views.

Bockoven also commented on Bethany’s student to teacher ratio as something she found beneficial in the Nursing program.

“The small class size is really nice because we have eight people. Since it’s not competitive at this point, we’re all willing to help each other out,” Bockoven said.

Though the Nursing program is just getting started, both Matzke-Lewis and Traylor have been pleasantly surprised with the competency of the students as well as their background knowledge.

“That is definitely lending to the quality of their work in the nursing specific courses as well as their preparedness,” Traylor said.

She mentioned that the students’ knowledge impacts what Matzke-Lewis and she have to teach. Most class periods, they are able to modify the curriculum on the spot because they do not have to cover material the students are already competent in. Students’ background in liberal arts aids in critical thinking skills, which are essential for nursing.

Despite only being one month into the program, both Traylor and Matzke-Lewis are expecting competent and compassionate students in clinical as well as quality nurses after graduation.

It’s a small literary world after all

by Maureen Ragner

Within the WELS and ELS, people are capable of finding connections to others that they never before knew existed. Because of the synods’ sizes, paths can cross extremely often, and can create for interesting stories to share as a result. The same can be said for other groups of people, of course, but Dr. Robert Hanna found himself following surprising connections within the community of writers—most notably, those connected with Charles Dickens.

“This article began without my knowing it when I was working on an annotated bibliography,” said Dr. Hanna.

In his research, he discovered that Dickens wrote a preface to a play by his friend Wilkie Collins. The play, called The Lighthouse, had never been published in English. Instead, it was published in a French magazine in the 1850s and remained as a manuscript in England.

After publishing the bibliography in 2007, Dr. Hanna decided to see that The Lighthouse was properly published in English and hunted down the French translation to see how it held up against the manuscript. He found it in four issues of a French magazine and bought them with the intent of translating the play.

As he looked through the issues, he discovered an article written by the Frenchman Èmile Forgues, who had translated the play—a biography on Charles Dickens.

“So far, no one had published or written about it,” Dr. Hanna said.

After the play was published in 2013, and with more research into various reference books and his collection on Dickens’ letters, Dr. Hanna found that Forgues had asked Collins if he could write a contemporary biography on Dickens. Dickens allowed Forgues to write something about his past, which Forgues copied word for word and added some things he knew about Dickens from interactions they’d had in the past.

Something strange about the biography, however, is that Dickens kept his childhood vague. He didn’t want people to know that he didn’t get much education as a child because they constantly moved in order to avoid his father’s creditors. Eventually, Dickens was forced to work in a shoe polish factory as a result.

“He omits all the negative things and is very vague about the years,” said Dr. Hanna. “He wanted everyone to think he was well-educated.”

After translating the biography from French to English, Dr. Hanna used his own connections through the writings of other Dickens’ enthusiasts in order to double-check his work before sending it to the Dickens magazine known as The Dickensian. Because the magazine keeps a backlog of articles to use, the article being published in August, rather than a few years prior, when Dr. Hanna initially submitted the article.

Connections between people are very strange things, and can become quite handy when least expected. It’s simply a matter of keeping one’s eyes open for something interesting to show its face.

 

DACA program to be cut by Congress

by Kaci Schneidawind

Tuesday, Sept. 5 was the beginning of the end of the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This program, put in place by former President Barack Obama in 2012, offers those who immigrated to the United States as children deferred removal action for those who meet certain guidelines. Essentially, it permits these individuals – known as DREAMers because of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors act – to reside in the U.S. without fear of removal and allows them to work legally.

DACA protects some 800,000 recipients who could be deported as soon as March.

The announcement came from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He cited job loss and illegal activity as the main reasons for the rollback.

“[DACA] has denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing illegal aliens to take those jobs,” Sessions said.

In a statement, President Trump said he was motivated by a concern for “the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system.”

Like many of his previous policy proposals, this one was not announced without controversy.

Protests of the decision came in front of the White House and Justice Department, and across the country. Prominent business executives and politicians alike stepped up in support of DREAMers.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his personal page, “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”

In another post to Facebook, Obama shared, “Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking anything away from the rest of us.”

The pronouncement presumably came as part of Trump’s plans to enforce a law-and-order policy on immigration, though the president is open to finding a legislative solution.

“The president wants to see responsible immigration reform, and he wants to be part of it,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Something needs to be done. It’s Congress’s job to do that. And we want to be part of the process.”

As he has done in the past, the president employed his Twitter account to encourage bipartisan action on the issue.

On the day of the announcement, Trump tweeted, “I look forward to working with [Democrats and Republicans] in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens, of our country 1st.”

But only two days later, Thursday, he posted, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – no action!”

Indeed, Sessions’ announcement formally began the process of rescinding legal status for those protected under the DACA program, but there is still time to turn back the clock.

Immigration officials said recipients whose legal status runs out before March 5 are able to renew their two-year period of legality if they apply for it by Oct. 5.

This announcement also means that if Congress fails to act quickly, immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children may face deportation as early as March 6 to countries they have no recollection of, as they only know the U.S. as their home.

The inhumanity of the decision was noted by Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, calling it “nothing short of hypocrisy, cruelty, and cowardice.”

“What I’d like to do is a comprehensive immigration plan,” he told reporters. “But our country and our political forces are not ready yet.”

Only time will tell the fate of the DREAMers, with their lives being in the hands of government officials whose ancestors were themselves immigrants – something they may want to remember when playing god.

Sources: The New York Times; Twitter

Getting to know the new faculty and staff

By Ethan Becker

With school starting up again, it’s common to see new faces around campus. Among those new faces are the new staff members at Bethany.

Ben Faugstad

Professor Ben Faugstad is the assistant music professor at Bethany.  He also runs four bands at Bethany. He went to Bethany as a student with a major in Music. He chose Bethany because he went here as a student, and he fell in love with the private aspect of Bethany. He spends his free time being with his family, whether it be taking walks or just being around each other.

He wants students to know, “No matter what messages this world throws at you, we know a greater truth, the truth of God’s word. And there’s a simplicity in that, and that we can always find comfort and take steps to learn His word.”.

 

Russell Rigdon

Russell Rigdon is part of the maintenance crew at Bethany. He got his technical degree at SCC in printing, he then went to MSU and got his degree in business. He saw that Bethany needed someone for mechanical work and maintenance and took the job. He spends his free time playing hockey. He is mostly looking forward to experiencing the warm atmosphere at Bethany.

 

Jason Lowrey

Dr. Jason Lowrey is the Dean of Faculty at Bethany.  He went to MLC and majored in Secondary Education. He chose Bethany because his wife went here when she was in college and he always enjoyed the warm atmosphere. He enjoys gardening and landscaping. He’s looking forward to getting to know all the faculty members and being able to partner with them to help with the education aspect of their job.

 

Christina Wickingson

Christina Wickingson is the new assistant coach for Bethany. She went to both MSU and BLC for degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Management. She is currently in grad school at MSU and chose the Bethany team because the school offered her a position and she could stay in town for school. She loves the direction the softball team is heading and in her free time she likes to hunt, fish and read.

Brittany Zabel

Brittany Zabel is part of the adjunct faculty in math. She went to BLC  and majored in Math after finding out that she liked it better than engineering. She chose Bethany because she fell in love with the campus while going here. She enjoys biking and soccer, as well as quilting and knitting. She’s looking forward to getting back on campus and getting involved with the “sub-community” here at Bethany. She wants students to enjoy their time at Bethany and hopes they’ll fall in love with it.

 

Stacy Tomhave

Stacy Tomhave is the registrar here at Bethany. She went to UW- Stevens Point where she earned a Bachelor’s in Communications, and then a Masters in Counseling and Student Personnel at MSU.

She chose Bethany because she felt blessed to work at a place that uncompromisingly embraces God’s word. With her free time she has recently been getting into creative sets from her childhood, including Fashion Plates and Spirograph. She’s looking forward to getting to know the students. She knew she wanted this job when she realized that she loved helping and being around students.

 

Nicholas Proksch

Reverend Nicholas Proksch is the assistant religious professor. He went to Valparaiso College in Indiana, and then seminary at Bethany. He chose to become a pastor because he loved reading and learning about the Bible. He came to this position after accepting a call from the Bethany Board of Regents to work at Bethany and then accepted it. In his free time he likes to play tennis, piano and Xbox. He’s looking forward to getting to know everyone and helping them learn about God and the Bible.

 

Brady Stier

Brady Stier is the new basketball coach and residence hall coordinator in Gullixson Hall. He went to Buena Vista College in Iowa and majored in Sports Management. He chose Bethany because of the opportunity it provided him to serve. In his free time he enjoys playing games and hanging with friends. He’s looking forward to the basketball season starting and to the time when everyone gets to know one another on campus.

He wants students to know that they should, “Seek truth and keep God first, your neighbor second, and yourself third.”

Not every new member could be interviewed. Other new faculty members are Barbara Becker, Dan Birkholz, Jacob Birkholz, Sarah Bloedel, Dan DeWitt, Barbara Dressen, Angela Duryee, Patrick Hull, Jeremy Jacob, Julie Kjeer, Leah Kurth, Jacqueline Lamm, Gregory Lieske, Deborah Matzke-Lewis, Peter McCabe, Christopher Merritt, Nicklaus Ollrich, Amanda Quist, Karla Reagles, Andrew Schmidt, Ryan Shirk, Kurt Schrader, Mark Wamma, Matt Wollenzin, and Kelcey Woods-Nord.

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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“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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“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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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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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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