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How the COVID-19 National Mandates Affect Bethel

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MISHAWAKA—New federal mandates have been released that federal workers and contractors are required to receive the vaccine. This poses questions about what is required of schools nationwide, as well as locally.  According to the Associated Press, over half of the largest public universities are not requiring vaccinations for students to return to campus this fall. The Associated Press published a ... More »

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Upperclass Student Council Hosts Semi-Formal

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MISHAWAKA—On Sunday, March 28, the Upperclass Student Council hosted a semi-formal dinner and dance for juniors and seniors at The Brick in South Bend. Underclassmen and non-Bethel dates were welcome; tickets cost $10 per per... More »

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Video Game Review: Monster Hunt Rise

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MISHAWAKA – Monster Hunter Rise released on March 26, and it provides plenty of new content for fans of the series to enjoy.  I will be the first to say I have not followed the Monster Hunter series with too much care. As far... More »

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Faculty Profile: Vicki DeBolt

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MISHAWAKA–Vicki DeBolt, D.O., a graduate of Bethel, has made the most of her skills and abilities to serve people around the world by teaching them about health. She has been teaching at the university since 2011, and current... More »

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Esports Hosts First In-Person Competition

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MISHAWAKA—Despite launching the esports program in September, the team completed its inaugural season in the fall without competing in an in-person event. Most of their events are normally held either here on campus, or at th... More »

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Apex Legends Coming to Nintendo Switch

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MISHAWAKA–One game that has taken up the most of my time with my computer is a little ditty called Apex Legends. It’s a free-to-play battle-royale video game featuring a diverse set of characters. The game is constantly recei... More »

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Grad School Tips: Kinesiology

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MISHAWAKA—Rachel Lindvall, DHSc, is a faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and a leader in working on the mental game in sports. She founded a company called The Mindful Project that works on athletes and their men... More »

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Track and Field Concludes Indoor Season

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MISHAWAKA—The Bethel track and field teams experienced the definition of a rocky season. From limited competition to the NCCAA National Championships being canceled, they couldn’t catch a break. They did, however, have their ... More »

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Spiritual Life Hosts Collegiate Day of Prayer

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MISHAWAKA—Thursday, Feb. 25, was recognized by Christian colleges across America as the Collegiate Day of Prayer, and Bethel’s Spiritual Life team hosted a variety of events encouraging students to participate. At 7 a.m., 2 p... More »

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Men’s Basketball Says Goodbye to Seniors

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MISHAWAKA—The men’s basketball team hosted its senior-night festivities on Feb. 17 during its game versus the Saint Francis Cougars. The team ended up losing that game, 87-82, but its senior class has left its footprint on th... More »

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Theatre Department Offers Graduate School Advice

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MISHAWAKA—Bethel University’s Theatre Department had much to say on graduate school and what it entails for anyone looking into theatre as a career.   Debra Swerman, director of acting, talked about how specialized a graduate... More »

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Students Host First 12-Hour Music Competition

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MISHAWAKA—A musical event was held this year that is slated to become an annual tradition. On Saturday, Feb. 13, nine students participated in 12 hours of practicing and composing music. These students, separated into three g... More »

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Women’s Basketball Says Goodbye to Seniors

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MISHAWAKA—Saturday, Feb. 20, the Bethel Women’s Basketball team celebrated the careers of its two seniors. Both Jessica Erwin and Kelsey Brickner are leaving Bethel University with decorated careers.   Kelsey Brickner, an exe... More »

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Reg Klopfenstein

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MISHAWAKA– Reg Klopfenstein, D.M., started off his education journey at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1980. He went on to finish his graduate degree two years later. He had many pieces of advice for... More »

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McKenna Liebenow Performs Senior Recital

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MISHAWAKA–McKenna Liebenow, graduating senior, performed her senior recital Saturday, Feb. 20. As a percussionist, she used a range of instruments, from a marimba to a floor tom, and she played a range of pieces written from ... More »

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Volleyball 2020 Championship Recap

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MISHAWAKA—The 2020 Pilots’ volleyball season was nothing short of spectacular. A season ago, the Pilots finished 13-23, 6-12 in the conference, and finished eighth in the Crossroads League with a quarterfinal exit in the conf... More »

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Bowling Team Joins WHAC

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MISHAWAKA—The Pilots’ bowling team has faced several challenges in kicking off its program. From having its inaugural season cut short to having an unusual off-season and now having to bowl in six tournaments in six weekends,... More »

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Campus Safety Update

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MISHAWAKA–The Campus Safety Log for Jan. 24 through Feb. 8 records five fire alarm incidents, a campus policy violation, a maintenance issue, a student medical/injury incident and one theft from a vehicle in the athletics lot... More »

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Bellefeuille Named Interim President

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MISHAWAKA—On Jan. 25, Board Chairman Randy Lehman announced that Vice President for Academic Services Barbara Bellefeuille, Ed.D., will be filling the role of interim president for Bethel University effective June 1.   Bellef... More »

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Esports Gains Access to New Facility

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MISHAWAKA – Bethel University’s Esports team has access to a new practice and competition facility: the recently-constructed Bendix Arena in South Bend’s Century Center.  Gaming is a fairly sedentary hobby, so the location is... More »

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Athlete of the Week: Thomas Jackson

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MISHAWAKA—Senior Thomas Jackson kicked off the 2021 Indoor Track & Field season in an explosive way. However, this did not mean the start of the season was easy. Like everyone else, COVID-19 proved to be an obstacle.  “It’s b... More »

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Bethel Performers Prepare for Recital Season

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MISHAWAKA–Recital season is something most performers look forward to. It will be stressful, and it causes anxiety, but it sums many experiences for seniors as they look toward their future careers, whether they be performanc... More »

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Competitive Cheer Kicks Off Season

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MISHAWAKA—The competitive cheer team started their season on Jan. 23 at the Wildcat Invite. Head Coach Lucy Phipps is in her second season as the team’s head coach, her third season overall with the team, and has seen major i... More »

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Graduate School Tips: The Music Department

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For music students considering graduate school, Bethel’s music faculty offers some helpful advice.  Professor of Music Reg Klopfenstein, D.M., emphasizes the need to prepare now while in undergraduate studies. This creates th... More »

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Lehman Family Training Center Nears Completion

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MISHAWAKA – The long-awaited arrival of the Lehman Family Training Center will soon arrive. Starting with funding in 2019, the project has seen its ups-and-downs but will finally open later this semester. In an interview with... More »

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The Art Department Moves Underground

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MISHAWAKA–When the fall semester ended, the Fine Arts Department began their relocation into the basement of Everest-Rhorer. This was a significant move that required collaboration with the music and theatre departments.   Th... More »

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Winter Sports Updates

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MISHAWAKA – As of Jan. 18, Bethel has four teams in-season: the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.   After interviewing all three of the coaches for these teams, one theme ... More »

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Bethel Hosts Successful Winter Term

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MISHAWAKA—Between the fall and spring semester, Bethel offered students the opportunity to take advantage of the unusually long winter break by enrolling in a 3-week accelerated online class. A total of 8 classes were offered... More »

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Students Enjoy the Ice at Howard Park

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MISHAWAKA – Bethel University’s Campus Activities hosted an ice-skating event for students at Howard Park on Sunday, Jan. 17.  The event started at 9:15 p.m. and will lasted until around 11:15 p.m., with a split in the middle... More »

UPDATE: Civil Rights Heritage Trip Postponed

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The Civil Heritage Trip scheduled for the 2021 spring break has been postponed to the fall semester due to the threat of COVID-19.   Students were required to apply in order to be accepted for the opportunity, but final selection of the applicants has been delayed as well.    Applicants’ information will be kept on file until next semester, and they can still be considered for the trip without hav... More »

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Big Changes Ahead for Art Department

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MISHAWAKA- Students wishing to take ceramics in the fall 2020 semester were informed the class was would not be offered due to the Ceramics Lab’s indconduciveness to social distancing. Chad Jay, assistant professor of art, sa... More »

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Bethel Adapts and Expands Traditions

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MISHAWAKA—Every year during the days leading up to finals week, the Bethel community enjoys a number of traditions to help them destress and unwind. This year, most of those traditions have continued, though COVID-19 has give... More »

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Esports Completes Inaugural Season

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MISHAWAKA — While many athletic teams across the country have had issues completing a full season during the COVID-19 pandemic, one sport is virtually immune to this problem.  Dan Wort, the Bethel University esports head coac... More »

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Campus Safety Update

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MISHAWAKA–The past few weeks have been relatively quiet for Campus Security, with only a handful of incidences being reported since Oct. 18. Reports included an animal complaint, a suspicious activity/person incident, a prope... More »

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Theatre Industry Unifies Despite COVID-19

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MISHAWAKA–One of the industries most impacted by the pandemic has been the theatre industry. In a world where revenue is dependent upon drawing sizeable crowds, adapting to a socially distanced society has proven difficult. B... More »

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Lilly Endowment Inc. Grants Bethel $1 Million

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On Sept. 30, 2020, Bethel received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., a philanthropic organization that supports community development, education and religion.   In the October of 2019, Bethel was invited to partic... More »

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Minecraft Steve Has a Lot of Potential

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MISHAWAKA – It has been just over a week since the announcement of Minecraft Steve’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and he is finally in the game.  I am not the best Smash player in the world, nor am I a Smash Bros-... More »

Tuckey Hosts Fall Door-Decorating Contest

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MISHAWAKA–Traditionally, Tuckey Dorm, in Sailor Hall, holds an annual door-decorating competition for the Christmas season. This semester, however, since students will not be on campus for the month of December, the resident directors decided to hold the competition in October with a fall theme instead.   Winners were announced on Friday, Oct. 9. The first-place winner was room 112 with a pumpkin ... More »

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Bethel Adds Winter Term Option for Students

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MISHAWAKA–This school year, Bethel is implementing a winter term. This will allow students to take accelerated versions of classes online beginning Dec. 7, 2020, and finishing December 30, 2020. There will be no classes held ... More »

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Student Athlete of the Week: Emma Mott

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MISHAWAKA–Senior Emma Mott has cemented herself as one of the most storied athletes in Bethel University athletics history. In her three years at Bethel, Mott has broken the women’s 5k race time on six separate occasions. She... More »

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Bethel Refining Quarantine Process, Experience

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MISHAWAKA—Several students on Bethel University’s campus have already been through the quarantine process at least once, some for only a couple of days and some for the full two weeks. Experiencing minimal human contact for a... More »

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Wildfires Ravage the West Coast

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Wildfires are burning across 4.5 million acres in Oregon, Washington and California and destroying more than 700 structures, rekindling a long-time debate: Is climate change real, and if so, how does it play into the current ... More »

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Bethical News Taken Over by New Hosts

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MISHAWAKA—Sidney Sprunger and Justin Rasmussen brought the news and the funnies to Friday chapel audiences during their time as the Bethical News hosts, but this school year a new duo is taking over.  Seniors Gabrylle Perkins... More »

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Spiritual Life Team Hosts Afterglow and Vespers

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MISHAWAKA—Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m., the campfire glowed as students lifted their hands and voices in worship.   Afterglow is Bethel a tradition as the conclusion to Spiritual Emphasis Week. It is put on by the Spiritual... More »

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Intramurals Hosting Olympics and Other Events

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UPDATE: the Pilot Olympics opening ceremony was postponed to Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. MISHAWAKA–Despite COVID-19, Bethel is proud to announce there will still be intramurals this year.  Pickleball is starting Monday, Sept. 14, at 9... More »

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Bethel Hosts Concert Featuring Isaac Pittman

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MISHAWAKA–Musician Isaac Pittman was scheduled to join Bethel University for a spring chapel last school year; however, due to COVID-19 and students going home, that chapel was cancelled.  Thankfully, Pittman was willing to b... More »

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Bethel Earns High Rankings

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Bethel University is listed on Money Magazine’s, “Best Colleges for Your Money” and is recognized as a College of Distinction for the year 2020. Each of these recognitions comes with different methodologies for choosing the s... More »

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Bethel Names McCabe as Professor of the Year

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MISHAWAKA–For more than thirty years, Bethel University has recognized its professors’ excellence.  Submissions for professor of the year open early in the spring semester and typically run through late February during which ... More »

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Bethel Welcomes Ian Thompson to Campus

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MISHAWAKA- Bethel University recently welcomed Ian Thompson into the new role of student support specialist. Thompson plans on working to develop her role as the year unfolds. The new staff member is here to support and educa... More »

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Windows and Mirrors Series Coming to Bethel

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MISHAWAKA—During the past few months, racial tension in our country has soared. Shootings, protests and riots have frequently dominated the media.   But even before all this turbulence began, Bethel was already initiating var... More »

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Spiritual Emphasis Week Continues Despite COVID-19

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MISHAWAKA–COVID-19 has let nothing untouched, including Spiritual Emphasis Week.  In the past, Spiritual Emphasis Week has involved three mornings and three evenings of powerful messages in addition to nightly activities.  Ho... More »

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Campus Safety Update

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MISHAWAKA—As students returned to campus, the Bethel Campus Safety Department reported higher volumes of activity.  One of the reported incidents occurred on the evening of August 24 and involved two males in a red truck. In ... More »

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Housekeeping Staff Works Hard to Keep Us Safe

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MISHAWAKA–The pandemic has impacted students’ lives in both classrooms and dorms. This means stricter cleaning procedures and keeping a safe distance from fellow students and staff; specifically, students are expected to pick... More »

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Wellness Center Adapts for COVID-19

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MISHAWAKA—Bethel is making many adjustments due to COVID-19. In particular, the Wellness Center staff is enacting a few simple policies to ensure they are still able to care for the physical and mental health of students.  “A... More »

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Student Council Undergoes Changes

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MISHAWAKA—The Student Council serves Bethel’s community in a variety of ways; from planning events, to choosing the senior gift, to appealing for changes to policies, they serve as voices and representatives of the student bo... More »

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COVID-19 Impacts Commuter Life

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 COVID-19 has changed many aspects of college life, its reach extending beyond residential students and into Bethel’s commuter community. Near the end of the Spring 2020 semester, Bethel University notified students it would ... More »

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Staying Safe on Campus in a Pandemic

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MISHAWAKA–Most students likely never expected part of their college experience to occur during a pandemic, but Bethel has installed several protocols to ensure campus life is as safe as possible.  “Any student who is not feel... More »

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Bethel Still Planning for Summer in Spain

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MISHAWAKA–Bethel’s semi-annual Summer in Spain program is still being planned for next year and will begin May 27, 2021. This 6-7 week trip gives students the opportunity to travel to Spain to see museums, cathedrals and cult... More »

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COVID-19 Can’t Stop Chapel

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MISHAWAKA—COVID-19 has altered our lives in many ways, and although students are back on campus for the fall semester, many of them are still learning to adapt to a new normal.   One of the most significant changes concerns c... More »

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May Term Continues, Moves Online

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MISHAWAKA- With many changes happening around Bethel’s Campus, May term and summer classes have been added to the pile.   According to Jeanne Fox with the registrar, May term is a 3-week session during the month of May where ... More »

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Two Bethel Departments Change Their Names

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MISHAWAKA – Bethel’s Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee approved name changes for two departments in a meeting on April 2.  The Sign Language Interpreting Department was renamed to the Department of American Sign Lang... More »

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Wellness Center Offers Online Counseling

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MISHAWAKA – While Bethel University has suspended in-person classes and meetings until the end of the school year, the Wellness Center has continued offering counseling services online for Bethel students. The Wellness Center... More »

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New Welcome Center Scheduled for Summer Opening

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MISHAWAKA – Because of the coronavirus, the new welcome center’s dedication has been postponed until summertime. However, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the commencement ceremony and plenty of details concerni... More »

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Ten Tips for Working from Home

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With the… never mind. We know what is going on. There’s only a couple more weeks of school left and it’s time to finish strong; here are some tips to help you out.   Have a Schedule   One thing that is affecting students the ... More »

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Easter: A Short Story

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Darkness is all around me like a deep sleep; suddenly a lightning bolt strikes my chest and with a sharp inhale I am jolted upright. I begin to cough and look around in darkness; I feel for something, anything around. My hand... More »

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Maintenance Proceeds With Summer Projects

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Since most students living on campus moved out, the Grounds and Maintenance Department is left with more time to focus on summer projects.   “There’s hardly any times ever where our dorms kind of sit empty,” Shawn Holtgren, V... More »

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The Importance of Practicing Social Distancing

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MISHAWAKA – Just two weeks ago, college students from all over the country celebrated spring break, ignoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and neglecting warnings from health care officials and the authorities to practice social... More »

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2020 Spring Sports Cancelled

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MISHAWAKA—The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) cancelled the 2020 springs sports season in a March 16 press release.   “All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seri... More »

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Traveling Students Share Their Stories

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MISHAWAKA – Two students share their experiences coming back to Bethel University as travel bans — nationwide and state orders — come into play due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).   Hannah Mihut, English and philosophy double-... More »

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Trump Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill

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MISHAWAKA – On March 27, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. This bill is intended to aid those who are experiencing unemployment during the pandemic. It is also intended as a stimulus for the... More »

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Holtgren Oversees Online Transition

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Like many educational institutions, Bethel University moved all classes online for the rest of the spring semester. The March 20 announcement came nine days after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that COVID-19 is... More »

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Animal Crossing: Not as New Horizons

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MISHAWAKA – Yet another review of Animal Crossing is on the horizon, as that is all I have played in the intervening week of self-isolation.  Yes, I am still playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and still having a great dea... More »

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The Nutshell: Transitioning to Online Classes

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MISHAWAK, IN – This week, we asked students through email, “How are you feeling about the new online classes and how is it affecting your college experience?” The students have asked to remain anonymous.   “It sucks. To put i... More »

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Review: Nintendo Direct Mini

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MISHAWAKA – Mar. 26 saw Nintendo release one of its miniature game presentations advertising all the news surrounding the company.  Though it hasn’t been a long time since the last Nintendo Direct, fans have been clamoring fo... More »

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Campus Safety Update

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MISHAWAKA—With most students being off campus because of the recent outbreak of coronavirus, activity on campus has dwindled significantly. However, there are still a few things to report in terms of campus safety.  There was... More »

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Coronavirus Affects Bethel and Local Community

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MISHAWAKA- Coronavirus is attacking the health of thousands of individuals across the globe and impacting businesses, communities and our healthcare systems.  “[Coronavirus is] a new disease that causes respiratory illness in... More »

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Bethel Hosts Immigration Summit

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The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) held its Regional Immigration Summit at Bethel University on March 10. The summit took place in the Rotunda of the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center from 2-7 p.m.  The ... More »

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Bethel’s Women’s Soccer Serves in Guatemala

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MISHAWAKA – Ten members of Bethel’s women’s soccer team traveled with the coaching staff to Guatemala over spring break to work alongside Engadi Ministries. They worked in Zone 18 of Guatemala City, in the community of El Par... More »

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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MISHAWAKA – The popular animal-themed life simulator game has finally arrived on store shelves and is ready for players to jump right in.  First and foremost, I would like to make it perfectly obvious that I issued a shameful... More »

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Bethel Offers On-Campus Summer Jobs

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MISHAWAKA – For many college students, summer is the best time to find work and save up for the school year; however, finding a summer job can be difficult and stressful. Students may not be aware that there are multiple stud... More »

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Bethel Esports: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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Esports, otherwise known as electronic sports, are competitions revolving around video games. This field of competition began with Atari’s 1980 “Space Invader Championship” and is growing quickly for its relatively young age,... More »

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Bethel Pilots Compete in NAIA Swimming Nationals

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MISHAWAKA – The Pilots men’s and women’s swim team recently traveled to Knoxville, Ten. for the NAIA National Swimming Championship. The men finished the championship with eight program records, three top 20 performances and ... More »

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Behind the Screens: Console Wars

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MISHAWAKA – Sony’s and Microsoft’s “next-gen” gaming machines have found themselves at odds year after year, and in 2020 they seem to be at the starting line once again. With the upcoming release of both the Playstation 5 (PS... More »

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Student Council Shuffles Around Budget

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MISHAWAKA – On Monday, Feb. 24, Student Council voted unanimously to transfer multiple parts of the budget into the discretionary budget. Executive Treasurer Jacob Kersey said they are taking $375 out of the faculty advisors’... More »

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Athlete of the Week: Kory Goodrich

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When senior Kory Goodrich entered Bethel University in the fall of 2016, he did not know if he belonged on the team. The support from his teammates kept him grounded.  “I would say the support I’ve gotten from my teammates ha... More »

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Movie Review: Zootopia

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MISHAWAKA- Disney has played a major factor in the development of most of our lives; it has inspired princesses to become the warriors and informed princes that there is more than just beauty. Disney has taught children for d... More »

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Bethel Hosting Midwest Immigration Summit

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MISHAWAKA – Bethel is hosting a Midwest Immigration Summit to discuss the nation’s rising tensions on the topic of immigration and the religious and legislative concerns therein. The summit will happen on Tuesday, Mar. 10, in... More »

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Upperclassmen Organize Carnival

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MISHAWAKA—On Friday, Feb. 21, the upper-class committee organized a carnival for Bethel students in the Goodman Gymnasium from 7-10 p.m. The carnival included fish-pong, balloon darts, a can toss, ring-a-pop and plenty of foo... More »

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Baseball Looks to Maintain Strong Momentum

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MISHAWAKA—The Bethel University baseball team started the season on a historic 12 game winning streak. The team’s 12-0 start is the best start since Coach Seth Zartman started coaching 17 years ago.  “One of the big things I’... More »

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Artist of the Week: Vanessa Steiner

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MISHAWAKA—This week, the Bethel Beacon highlights Art Education major Vanessa Steiner, the creative force behind the Senior art showcase “Still Sovereign.”   Steiner came into Bethel as an Elementary Education major, but swit... More »

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Nominate the Professor of the Year

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MISHAWAKA—Every Bethel professor is amazing in one way or another, and nearly every student has a favorite professor, or perhaps a long list of favorites; however, it can be difficult for students to find opportunities to dem... More »

New Information Revealed About New Horizons

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MISHAWAKA – “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” had its own dedicated Nintendo Direct this week which revealed a boatload of new information.  Many Nintendo fans and gaming fans in general are unfamiliar with the “Animal Crossing” series, probably because it looks and sounds like a game for people who’re old enough to understand what money is but not old enough to understand why mommy and daddy now ha... More »

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Genesians Performing During Spring Break

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Genesians, Bethel’s theatre troupe, will be traveling during spring break to perform shows to a variety of audiences. They are presenting “Click, Clack, Moo” and “Ten Miles to Jericho” to schools and churches locally and beyo... More »

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Bethel Medical Experts Discuss Coronavirus

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MISHAWAKA – The recent strain of coronavirus, which has impacted more than 76,000 people worldwide, has yet to affect Indiana and the local community. Americans have contracted the disease only due to recent travel to affecte... More »

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Campus Safety Update

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The Campus Safety Log for this week can be viewed here: https://beacon.betheluniversity.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/log-2-21.pdf More »

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Bowling Season Finishes Strong

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Bethel University’s new bowling teams garnered much attention this season for their individual performances. Freshmen Ameer Lawrence and Myles Moser each won the bowling program’s first individual tournament wins. Freshman La... More »

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Bethel Hosts Annual BABE Week

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Mishawaka — Bethel University hosts its annual Babe Week Feb. 16-20 for all female students.   Babe Week stands for “Be Authentic Be Empowered,” and according to the women’s residential directors, Michelle Mason, Shupe Hall, ... More »

WHO Updates on Coronavirus

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MISHAWAKA – On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the first case of the Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan, China. The disease has since spread around the world, with confirmed cases in Europe, Australia, Africa and North America. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the first U.S. case of the virus was on Jan. 15. The patient contracted the virus during a trip to Wuhan ... More »

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VIP Event Caps Off IHeartBU Week

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MISHAWAKA- Bethel University Institutional Advancement Office invited alumni and donors to a VIP event after the men’s and woman’s basketball games to capstone this year’s fundraising event, IHeartBU week.  The VIP event was ... More »

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From the Asst. Editor

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Salutations, Beacon Readers!  Congratulations—you are holding in your hands the first print edition of the Beacon this decade! You should receive three print editions this semester, so keep your eyes peeled for those in the c... More »

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Valentine’s Day: A Short Story

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1 p.m.:  This Valentine’s Day, I find myself sitting at my desk, staring into the distance – although “distance” should be referred to by its proper name – Grant. We’ve been together for almost three months. I’ve never caught... More »

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Artist of the Week: Hope Nofziger

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MISHAWAKA – This week, we shine the spotlight on Hope Nofziger, a senior theatre arts and deaf studies major. Nofziger is starring as Dorothy Gale in Bethel’s upcoming production of the “Wizard of Oz.”  “I have thoroughly enj... More »

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Athlete of the Week: Emma Jankowski

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MISHAWAKA – This week we are highlighting Emma Jankowski, a record-breaking track and field star. Jankowski is a junior exercise science major who has broken several Bethel University records and was recently named Crossroads... More »

Bethel Beacon Resumes Social Media

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MISHAWAKA—The Bethel Beacon is making its presence online known again. We will be posting regularly on Fridays on both Instagram and Facebook.   On Instagram, beside posting regularly about our stories, you will see profiles of our writers. You will learn about what sort of articles they write and what they like to do for fun. You will see posts on stories about Bethel happenings and updates on Th... More »

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Bethel Joins Collegiate Day of Prayer

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MISHAWAKA—On Feb. 27, the entire nation will be celebrating the Collegiate Day of Prayer. People across America will pray for spiritual revival on college campuses around the country. In honor of this day, there will be a ful... More »

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A Dude Reviews Dude Week

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MISHAWAKA – Dude Week has finally come to an end, and it’s time to look back at all the pan-dude-monium that took place.  On Monday night, Feb. 10, a slip and slide ran the length of one of Oakwood’s halls. The innovative gen... More »

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Impeachment Sets Unknown Future Precedent

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the impeachment and acquittal of President Donald Trump, political pundits and politicians speculated the future of impeachment.   Some critics argued the Democratic Party majority House voted to ... More »

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Welcome Center Construction Progressing

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MISHAWAKA—Everyone knows the process of building the new Welcome Center on campus has been a slow one; however, after breaking ground, construction of the building has been moving quite rapidly.  Joe Zappia, director of Physi... More »

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BOB Talks Highlight Bethel Departments

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MISHWAKA- Every month, Best of Bethel Talks (BOB Talks) highlight and honor various departments around Bethel’s campus; friends of Bethel, community partners, professors, students that represent that specific department, and ... More »

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Bethel Presents I Heart BU Week

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MISHAWAKA—There are many ways people celebrate Valentine’s Day; for couples there are chocolate boxes, roses and meaningful gifts—for single people there is discounted candy (the day after Valentine’s Day) and sitting on a co... More »

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Wellness Center Offers Group Options

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MISHAWAKA – Relationship troubles, stress, depression and anxiety and past trauma. With these emotions swirling around in the minds of college students – all while juggling a busy schedule – it is of the upmost importance for... More »

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Bethel Releases Fall 2019 Dean’s List

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MISHAWAKA – Three weeks ago, Bethel University released the Fall 2019 Dean’s List. Nearly 450 students made the list this past semester; but what exactly is the benefit to being on it?   According to Corporate Finance Institu... More »

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Taking Small Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

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MISHAWAKA – Playing video games can be both a hobby and a profession; however, since both hobbies and jobs take up sizeable portions of an average person’s life, it would be a good idea to balance out those rather inactive ho... More »

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Athlete of the Week: Ameer Lawrence

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Freshman Ameer Lawrence became a rising star in the Bethel men’s bowling team’s inaugural season. He won his first individual tournament at the Siena Heights University Halo Invitational on Sept. 28.   Lawrence bowled four ye... More »

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The Nutshell: Favorite Superbowl Commercial

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The Superbowl is one of the most widely celebrated sports events in America. In light of the less sport-savvy among us, this week’s Nutshell focuses on the best part of the Superbowl–the commercials! Bethel Beacon readers, wh... More »

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Campus Safety Log

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This week’s Campus Safety Log can be found here: https://beacon.betheluniversity.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/log-2-5.pdf More »

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Bethel Boys Celebrate Dude Week

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MISHAWAKA – Dude Week has arrived, meaning that all the boys’ dorms on campus are about to get a lot more rambunctious.  The Dude Week dates this year are Feb. 10-14. During this time, the residents of Oakwood-Slater Hall, Ma... More »

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Bethel Baseball Hosts Hitting Clinic

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MISHAWAKA—On Feb. 7-8, Bethel’s baseball team hosted a hitting clinic for young baseball players. The hitting clinic was held on campus in the baseball team’s indoor facility. There were youth baseball teams from the area sig... More »

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Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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The Holocaust, although it occurred about 75 years ago, still penetrates modern American media today. With books like Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, the latter which received ... More »

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Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Brickner

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MISHAWAKA- This week’s Player of the Week is Kelsey Brickner who recently reached her 1000-point milestone in basketball.  Brickner is a Junior Exercise Science major, intentional with her choice to come to Bethel.  Brickner ... More »

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Bethel Starts Mid-Week Meetings

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MISHAWAKA – Most Bethel students are aware that they are required to attend chapel three days a week. Last week, Bethel resumed Midweek Small Groups. In light of this, there has been some confusion about chapel attendance and... More »

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Nutshell: How Did Kobe Bryant Impact You?

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With the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant at age 41, Bethel University students and professors expressed their gratitude and grief for the man known as “The Black Mamba.”  “I am lifetime LA Lakers fan and all of my favorite ... More »

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Intramurals Begins Again

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MISHAWAKA—We are well into the spring semester and everything has started up again, including intramurals.   The first event intramurals played a part in was last Friday when they partnered with Campus Activities to put on gl... More »

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Bethel Hosts Annual Leadership Weekend

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MISHAWAKA- The annual Leadership Weekend conference took place on Bethel’s campus Jan. 31-Feb. 1; this year’s guest speaker was Mark Matlock, an insight leader for Barna Group who travels the world spreading the Word of God. ... More »

Career Fair Coming to Bethel

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MISHAWAKA—This year, the Office of Institutional Advancement is teaming up with Global Engagement and Career Services to bring a Career Fair to Bethel’s campus.  The Career Fair will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, in the Wiekamp Gymnasium. The Fair is being organized exclusively for Bethel students rather than being open to the public as it has been in previous years. Students fr... More »

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Snowball Dance Brings in Record Crowd

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The Bethel University Student Council hosted the first school sponsored dance on Jan. 17.  While the council expected between 50 and 200 attendees, over 500 people showed up to the event.  “We had ordered food for about 180 p... More »

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Campus Safety Report

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MISHAWAKA—The snow is here, the roads are icy, and sometimes cars just won’t work right. What many students do not know is that Campus Safety can help with some of those things.  Along with keeping campus a safe place for stu... More »

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Upcoming Campus Events

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Sunday, February 2 @ 7pm – Super Bowl Gathering  Come hangout with your fellow students in the Acorn and enjoy the Super Bowl. Cheer for your favorite team or just enjoy spending the evening with friends.  Friday, February 7 ... More »

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Theatre Department Seeks Student Help

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The Theatre Department is looking for Bethel students interested in getting involved backstage for Wizard of Oz, which runs March 26-28. Dressers, hair and makeup, stage crew, ushers and more are needed.   Contact the Assista... More »

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MLK Celebrated at Weekly Chapel

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MISHAWAKA — On Jan. 20, Bethel University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day through worship, dance and by inviting a panel for questions at its weekly Monday chapel.   The Council of Diversity and Inclusion at Bethe... More »

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Looking Back on GO Week

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MISHAWAKA – With the end of Bethel’s Go Week, it’s time to reflect on the chapel services featured as part of the conference.  On Monday, Jan. 20, Bethel chapel-goers sat in on a panel about the history and modern interpretat... More »

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Bethel Publishes Community Impact Report

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MISHAWAKA, IN – As a Christian university, Bethel has impacted the local community and the lives of its students for more than 70 years. But just how far does that impact reach?   Matt Lentsch, Bethel University’s Vice Presid... More »

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Player of the Week: TreVion Crews

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MISHAWAKA—This week’s Player of the Week is a star-athlete from our basketball team, TreVion Crews, a junior sports management major who recently reached the thousand-point mark in his basketball career.   “It means a lot to ... More »

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Anderson Receives Honorable Mention at KCACTF

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MISHAWAKA — Matthew Anderson, senior liberal studies major, received honorable mention at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 3 for Sound Design, in Madison, Wis.   Anderson had a great time p... More »

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Stephen White Wins First Place at KCACTF

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This year, a group of Bethel students attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), in Madison, Wisconsin, from Jan. 7-12. The group included Stephen White, a junior theatre performance major who won... More »

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Student Council Raises Snowball Budget

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The Bethel University Student Council had their first meeting of the spring semester Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. After prayer and roll call the student body president, Paul Cooke, discussed updates to the dance.  The dance which took p... More »

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Player of the Week: Grant Gelon

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MISHAWAKA—It is no secret that Bethel is full of talented and skilled athletes who are always winning awards and breaking records. Students and faculty hear about the many things Bethel athletes accomplish in sports, but not ... More »

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Facebook Bans Deepfakes

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MISHAWAKA – Facebook’s recent ban of deepfakes, a type of video editing which transforms the subject into something unrecognizable, is a step towards combatting misinformation for the upcoming 2020 election. However, policyma... More »

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Bethel Goes Green

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Mishawaka, IN—Recently, you may have noticed bright green boxes being carried by students walking across campus; they are the new reusable to-go containers for the Dining Commons. You may even be confused since last semester ... More »

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Letter from the Editor

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Greetings, Bethel Beacon Readers!  How are you all doing? That was a rhetorical question, of course, this letter being posted online and all. But wait, perhaps it isn’t a rhetorical question; I want to know how you are doing.... More »

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The Snowmen Kidnappers: A Christmas Story

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Chloe stopped walking.  Snowflakes drifted down around her.  The air was silent.  But Chloe knew she had heard something.  She stared down at her purple snow-boots almost covered in snow and listened again, waiting.  There it... More »

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A Closer Look at Course Evaluations

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MISHAWAKA—As the fall semester closes, Bethel students are undoubtedly receiving a slew of emails, reminding them to fill out the evaluations for the courses they’ve just about completed. Some students are ready to jump on th... More »

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Bethel Soccer Ends Season

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MISHAWAKA, IN—Bethel University Men’s Soccer ended their season by falling just short of the Crossroads Championship Tournament by a tight one-score, overtime loss to Huntington, a team rivalry game. The coaching staff was no... More »

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Pokémon Sword and Shield is Released

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I may be an 18-year-old adult male, but I am a five-year-old boy at heart. The importance of this is that I often find myself enjoying things that are childish in design. I fully acknowledge that. However, I posit that a game... More »

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D. C.’s Take: Knives Out

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Nothing says bringing families together than sitting down to watch a wealthy family get at each other’s throats in figuring out how to handle the fact someone might be a murderer. Sounds fun, right? At least that’s what to ex... More »

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Update: Bowling Team’s First Season

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MISHAWAKA—Bowling is a sport like no other. There are many techniques and strategies involved, that make it more complex than one might imagine. This is Bethel’s bowling team’s first season, and so far, it has gone well.  Chr... More »

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Anxiety Management Group Meets Mondays

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MISHAWAKA—Being a college student means dealing with stress and anxiety about grades, exams, athletics, social well-being, and much more. Sometimes the weight of it all can be overwhelming. Bethel’s Wellness Center (located e... More »

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Bethel Hosts “Paraphrase” Open Mic Night

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Paraphrase, Bethel’s open mic night, took place on Nov. 15, opening up the auditorium to a plethora of students wishing to share their artistic talents in a stress- and judgement-free zone. This passion project of Stephanie F... More »

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Student Council Organizes Canned Food Drive

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MISHAWAKA—The Underclass Student Council Officers have organized a canned food drive competition designed to involve students in the Thanksgiving season by giving back to the community.  Lacey Barkdull, a sophomore art educat... More »

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NCAA to Pay Athletes for Use of Their Likeness

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Mishawaka— NCAA diversion is declaring that students in there division should get paid on top of their scholarships. NCAA wants athletes to be paid for the use of their name, but within certain guidelines:  Assure that studen... More »

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Graduate School Tips: Communication Department

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Mishawaka—Bethel student’s looking to go to grad school should listen to these tips from the Communication Department. Dr. Theodore Williams gave his best and most useful tips for excelling in graduate school.  “The first thi... More »

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Measles Makes Immune System More Vulnerable

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MISHAWKA, IN—Measles, once a rarely encountered viral infection in the United States, is making a comeback.   Measles is a viral infection which can be immunized against by receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vacci... More »

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Basketball Team Starts Off the Season Strong

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MISHAWAKA—With a record of four wins and no losses, the Men’s Basketball team has a great start to the season. But what makes this team so successful? And will this continue throughout the season?  Steve Drabyn, Head Coach of... More »

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Bethel University is Building a Track Facility

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Mishawaka— Bethel University is building a new track facility. The dedicated facility will allow student-athletes to practice for their sport. One of the problems some athletic teams face currently, is having to fight for tim... More »

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Freshmen Class Trying Out New Software

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MISHAWAKA – Freshmen or transfer students to Bethel are probably familiar with Wilhelm, who is not only Bethel University’s mascot but also the name of the automatic text-messaging software, a tool designed to aid students an... More »

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Athletic Staff Welcomes New Trainer

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MISHAWAKA—As of this past month, Bethel’s staff welcomed a new athletic trainer, Doug Cassell.   Cassell will be the athletic trainer for Rugby, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball, and Baseball. With around 20 sports teams an... More »

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Addendum: President Throws Pumpkin Party

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The address for the Nov. 8, fall party to be held at the home of President Chenoweth was omitted in a previous story President Throws Pumpkin Party. The address is 61619 Dogwood Road, Mishawaka. The Beacon regrets this error.... More »

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Campus Safety Report

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MISHAWAKA—The Campus Safety Office has been beyond busy lately. Along with the multiple reports of things being stolen from vehicles, many suspicious persons seen on campus, and the occasional fire alarm going off in one of t... More »

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Accommodations Made for International Students

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MISHAWAKA—Bethel is a very diverse place and home-away-from-home to many international students. While a small university in Indiana is a different atmosphere than many of these students are used to, Bethel is committed to ma... More »

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Scripture 66: Reading from Cover to Cover

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MISHAWAKA—With cozy lights and comfortable couches, the Shiloh Prayer Chapel looked different this weekend, but not just because of the décor. Students took turns sitting in the chapel while reading the Scriptures, praying, a... More »

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Intramurals Kick it into High Gear

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MISHAWAKA, IN—Student athletes are not the only ones who can play sports on campus. Intramural sports provide all students with the opportunity to play in a moderately competitive environment. This year, there are plenty of o... More »

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Graduate School Tips: Psychology Department

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MISHAWAKA – Any Pilots looking to go to grad school for Psychology should take a peek at these useful tips from Bethel’s Psychology Department. Professor of Psychology Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D., gave three useful tips to succe... More »

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AEI Presents “The Pursuit”

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MISHAWAKA—On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the American Enterprise Institute [AEI] will be showing “The Pursuit” at 7 p.m. in the Academic Center, room 342. Free Chick-fil-a is being provided for attendees who registered for the event b... More »

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Three Ways to Stay Healthy This Fall

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MISHAWAKA, IN—With the changes in weather come flu season: decreasing sunlight, a decreased motivation to exercise, and et cetera. All of these can combine to make quite the miserable fall season. How can someone who wants to... More »

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Rogue Pianos Connected to Vanishing Students?

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Note: the following story is fictitious. Any correlation to actual people or events is coincidental.  MISHAWAKA—Bethel has been blessed with an abundance of lovers of music and talented musicians, and as a result there is a p... More »

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Bethel Finds Ways to Limit Plastic

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MISHAWAKA, IN—Most would agree that Bethel has a visually pleasing campus. Lots of trees and flowers with plenty of birds, squirrels, and other creatures make it feel very natural and green. However, Bethel uses a lot of sing... More »

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Nintendo Provides Ring Fit Adventure

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MISHAWAKA, IN – Put on your exercise clothes, grab the nearest slightly-bendy gaming peripheral, and strap another gaming peripheral around your thigh, Pilots. It is time for Nintendo’s spiritual successor to “Wii Sports.”  T... More »

Plastic Bags Strangle Student

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MISHAWAKA—Plastic waste has been in the news recently. It is being touted as one of the great monsters afflicting the world and the environment today. What may not have been said was just how real of a monster plastic can be.   The problem started at the beginning of the semester when more and more students began asking for to-go containers, primarily made of plastics, Styrofoam, and other non-bio... More »

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Theater Department Undergoing Staff Changes

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MISHAWAKA—There have been many staffing changes this year all across the school and even the Theater Department has not been immune. Just recently Johan Godwalt, Associate Professor of Theater Arts, chose to resign. This resi... More »

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iPhone 11 Released

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MISHAWAKA – Apple has recently released its new smartphone, the iPhone 11, and proved two things in the process: the developers still haven’t learned to count, and if there’s a price tag on something, someone will buy it.  To... More »

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Bethel Alumnus Leads Poetry Reading

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MISHAWAKA—On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Bethel Alumnus Spencer French ‘19 returned to Bethel’s campus to lead students in a poetry reading. A total of 11 students and two professors attended the event.  French selected nine poems fo... More »

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D.C.’s Take: Zombieland: Double Tap

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“Zombieland: Double Tap” has finally come out after years of asking for a sequel to finally happen, but it had many a difficult task to get through if you ask me. This is a sequel where the original came out in theaters ten y... More »

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Pilots Stay Undefeated

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MISHAWAKA–The Bethel University Baseball team has had a great start to the season continuing to stay undefeated.  They continue their winning streak 11-0 victory against Randall University and keep pushing with a strong start... More »

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Pilots Race to the Finish

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MISHAWAKA— Cross Country is getting close to the to the NCCAA? Jordan Shoemaker and Jacob Ropp ran their second-best times of the season. We talked to the head coach of Bethel University Cross Country team Ryan Sommers and as... More »

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President Throws A Pumpkin Party

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Falling leaves, flannels, pumpkins, apple cider, and bonfires are things that evoke pleasant memories of fall. In just a few weeks, all of this will come together when Bethel University’s own President, Greg Chenoweth, hosts ... More »

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Bethel Sports Teams Work Notre Dame Security

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MISHAWAKA–Bethel University sports teams began the 2019-2020 school year by working security through the company Per Mar Security Services on Saturdays at the University of Notre Dame, to raise funds for their teams.  Differe... More »

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FICTION: Goose Attacks Bethel Student

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MISHAWAKA – A violent goose has joined Bethel University’s pantheon of Halloween horrors.  Rooty Archman, who said, “My name isn’t going in this, right? I don’t want my friends to know I ran away from a goose,” is the only st... More »

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Bethel Professor Gives Art Presentation

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MISHAWAKA, IN—This Tuesday, October 15, Bethel’s own Kari Black, Adjunct Professor of Ceramics, will be giving a presentation for the Art League. This organization supports the South Bend Museum of Art, a local, accredited mu... More »

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Review: “Untitled Goose Game”

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MISHAWAKA – Nintendo’s release of the non-titular goose in, “Untitled Goose Game,” has players flocking to their Nintendo Switches.  The goose simulator that no one was asking for, nor expecting, but that everyone is deeply g... More »

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Recapping Bethel’s Annual Spiritual Retreat

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MISHAWAKA—This past weekend was the annual Spiritual Retreat.   Kristen Koteskey, one of the leaders on the Spiritual Life team said, “The purpose of the Spiritual Retreat is to get away from campus and to intentionally get o... More »

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Looking at Student Athletic Scholarships

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MISHAWAKA–At Bethel University, athletic students are offered scholarships for playing a sport. Athletic scholarships are non-guaranteed, aid agreements between an athlete and their university. Universities coaches award thes... More »

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“Mario Kart Tour” (ture)

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MISHAWAKA–Nintendo’s mobile version of its classic kart racing franchise, Mario Kart, drifted into the App Store on Sept. 25, and has kept many a player enraptured by its iconic gameplay. However, not everyone is ready to hea... More »

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New Admissions Event Coming to Bethel

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MISHAWAKA—Many have probably heard about the G2BU event coming up. G2BU is a three-day, two-night event, taking place Oct. 24-26. It is an event for perspective students and is an immersion into Bethel and what campus life lo... More »

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Review: Three Sisters

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MISHAWAKA–Directed by Clarence Gilyard, American actor, college professor, and author, the complex story of “Three Sisters” was performed at the Kelly Auditorium by students involved in the theatre department on both Friday a... More »

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Campus Safety: Storm Damage Report

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MISHAWAKA—Most are aware of the recent thunderstorms and the damage they have caused on campus. However, there are other damage reports students may not be aware of.  Paul Neel, Director of Campus Safety said,” We had two rou... More »

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BU gives Baugo students glimpse into their future

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Bethel University (BU) held an event called, “Walk Into My Future” on Sept. 26.  Baugo Community Schools (BCS) and BU partnered to ignite excitement for BCS students beginning their education. Four hundred Baugo Elementary st... More »

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Bethel Alumni Receive Awards

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MISHAWAKA–At Bethel, great minds are cultivated and brilliant young leaders learn to step forth from the shadows. While every Bethel graduate is unique and brilliant in their own way, every year Bethel chooses a select few to... More »

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Nutshell: What Is Your Opinion on Climate Change?

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MISHAWAKA—Wel­come back to the Nut­shell! This is where the Bea­con staff poses a ques­tion to you, the stu­dent body, and pub­lishes your an­swers.    This week we asked you: What is your opin­ion on climate change?  Sheri C... More »

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“Link’s Awakening” for the Third Time

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“The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” the 26-year-old action, adventure RPG from everyone’s favorite, family-friendly game company, Nintendo, has gotten a brand-new look. The old title’s remaster released on Sept. 20, 2019... More »

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Campus Activities Brings New Events to Campus

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MISHAWAKA — Bethel University students might be wondering who all is responsible for the plethora of exciting activities around campus. Student Engagement Coordinator, Annelotte Letens, plans and oversees all the events aroun... More »

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A Look at Bethel’s Stance on Sexuality

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MISHAWAKA, IN—In the past, we have had speakers in chapel discuss the topic of sexuality and the LGBTQ community and what is biblical and acceptable, but what is Bethel’s stance on sexuality? Many students have asked this que... More »

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“Three Sisters” to Be Performed at Bethel

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MISHAWAKA — Bethel’s Theatre Department will perform its Fall Studio Play, “Three Sisters,” on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept.28. Both days have a 7:30 p.m., performance in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium, and there is an... More »

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Meet Bethel’s New Faculty

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Picking up right where we left off last time, we’re finishing our list of new faculty members for Bethel University.  Dr. Laura Maddux, our new Assistant Professor of Sign Language Interpreting, is coming to us from the Lone ... More »

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Meet the Bennetts

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MISHAWAKA—Meet Johnny (’17) and Annie (’16) Bennett, Bethel graduates and a recently married couple who have come back to Sailor and the dorms they each served in as RAs, to be the new Resident Directors. Annie graduated in 2... More »

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A Look at Bethel’s Tech Teams

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MISHAWAKA– Every production on Bethel’s stages involves a plethora of people working hard behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. For chapel and theatre, a portion of those people comprise the tech teams.  Br... More »

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Lighting Strikes Campus

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MISHAWAKA — On Thursday, Sept. 12, lightning struck Bethel, resulting in some technical difficulties across the campus.  Late Thursday night, the Mishawaka area experienced thunder and lightning showers.   Around 11 P.M., stu... More »

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Dr. Haas Delivers Second Amendment Lecture

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MISHAWAKA– Tuesday, Sept. 17, marked the 232nd birthday of the Constitution of the United States. To celebrate the event,  Dr. John Haas, Associate Professor of History, delivered a presentation concerning the history and con... More »

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Intramurals Start Up

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MISHAWAKA, IN—Intramurals are enjoyed by a wide variety of students on campus. For the most part intramurals have been sports such as sand volleyball, basketball, softball tournaments, and futsal. But there has been some expl... More »

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New faculty hired at Bethel University

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MISHAWAKA — Bethel students will be seeing a lot of new faces on the faculty team, this year, so here’s a comprehensive guide to some of the new members of the Bethel University family.  Katie Weakland, Associate Professor of... More »

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Bethel University wins top college recognition

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MISHAWAKA — Bethel Pilots from the past decade-and-a-half should be giving themselves a pat on the back for being a “top tier college” for 15 years straight. According to the 2019 edition of “U.S. News Best Colleges,” Bethel ... More »

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Student Media Center renovated during summer

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MISHAWAKA—Over the summer, the Student Media Center, located behind the Sufficient Grounds, underwent some renovations. In addition to a classroom, kitchen, podcast studio, film studio, and meeting rooms, the building is also... More »

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Worship Nights Coming Soon

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MISHAWAKA — Starting Friday, Sept. 20, Bethel University will begin holding student worship nights.  The idea was put into motion by senior Stephen White. He is one of the lead vocalists for two chapel bands, is a campus guid... More »

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What is your opinion of Spiritual Emphasis Week?

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MISHAWAKA—Welcome back to the Nutshell! This is where the Beacon staff poses a question to you, the student body, and publishes your answers.   This week we asked you: What is your opinion of Spiritual Emphasis Week?  “As a s... More »

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Emphasis on Spiritual Emphasis Week

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MISHAWAKA —This past week has been spiritually challenging, and altogether eye-opening for students on campus. It was a blessing to be able to have Nirup Alphonse with us to encourage students in their walks with God through ... More »

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Campus Clubs Available to Students

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MISHAWAKA—On a campus dominated by sports, sometimes it can be difficult to find other ways to get involved. Thankfully, there are many other opportunities to be part of the Bethel community, not the least of which is by join... More »

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“Just Keep Swimming” 30 Minutes away

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MISHAWAKA, IN—I felt my fins get cold, or what was that word again? Oh yes, feet. My feet were cold as I got closer to jumping into the chlorinated water. I knew what was to come: chipped nails, frayed hair, dry skin, and ble... More »

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Campus Safety Report

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MISHAWAKA, IN — The campus safety report will be an update dedicated to informing students and staff about occurrences on campus. It will also feature tips from the campus safety office to help keep everyone on campus safe.  ... More »

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Bethel IT releases new app

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MISHAWAKA — The Information Technology (IT) Department released its new app to the Bethel University student body on August 23. While the app’s release date came as a surprise to many students, IT planned to create an app for... More »

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Introduction

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Hello Bethel University! Here’s to a new school year and new school name! My name is Josiah Hackett, and I am the new editor for the Bethel Beacon. I am excited to showcase and collaborate with the budding journalists here at... More »

Holiday Entertainment Review: A Pentatonix Christmas

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MISHAWAKA–– The weather changing means the holiday season is coming around the corner. To get in the Christmas spirit, there are many music groups to listen to, including Pentatonix. The a capella group consists of Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee. Hoying, Grassi and Maldonado went to high school together and were a part of the original group. They start... More »

Bethel’s Music Department Continues Fall Concert Series

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MISHAWAKA- Bethel University is continuing its series of Fall Concerts with a Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concert. This concert will be held on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 P.M. The percussion ensemble is being directed by professor Klopfenstein while the chamber orchestra is being directed by professor Warkentien. The ensemble and orchestra are made up of both music majors and students w... More »

Bethel Theater Department Performs “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”

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MISHAWAKA—This past weekend, Nov. 4-6, the Theatre Department put on their annual fall play. This year the play was “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”. The play was directed by Deb Swerman, and Sherlock Holmes was played by Adam Foster. The play is about Sherlock Holmes’s most famous case, a murder by a hound in the town of Devonshire. The play was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The H... More »

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Women’s Golf Wins First National Title

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MISHAWAKA—Since starting the women’s golf program in 2002, the team has made 21 national championship appearances between both NAIA and NCCAA. Over the past several seasons, the team has been on the cusp of winning a national... More »

Tips to Stay Well Physically and Mentally During Winter

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MISHAWAKA–– Days can be cold and dark at Bethel, especially during the upcoming winter months. As such, there are some things students and others can do to help their physical and mental health during the wintertime here in the Midwest.  Courtney Chapman, wellness program coordinator, suggests that students drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet. She also suggests making time to go outs... More »

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Mario Party Super Star Review

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MISHAWAKA – The latest installment of the Mario Party series is here: Mario Party Superstars. As a proud owner of Super Mario Party, I expected Mario Party Superstars to be more of the same, with some new maps, items, and mus... More »

Letter from the Editor

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Greetings friends, Across Bethel’s campus, new posters have appeared that inform students they have paid $72 for each 50-minute class and $108 for each 80-minute class. The posters use these facts to encourage students to avoid skipping classes. This encouragement is a good reminder and can be helpful in giving tired students that little extra bit of motivation they need to maintain their attendan... More »

Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch Offers Hope to Children in Trafficking

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MISHAWAKA— On Friday, Oct. 22, Nirup Alphonse, pastor of LifeGate Church in Denver, Colorado, came and spoke in chapel. His worship team came with him to lead the worship in chapel and to host a worship night in the Kelly Auditorium that evening. While Pastor Alfonse was speaking in chapel, he introduced the Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch and provided a phone number for Bethel students to text th... More »

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