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This is my museum of forgotten things.

Been awhile for an article, hasn’t it? For those of you who forgot how this works, I post the unedited version of my story on the blog and you can read it without having to be on a campus computer.

Ta da!

Theater students take the stage for KCACTF awards
By Sydney Sheltz

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) awards lasted from Monday, January 5, 2015 to Sunday, January 11, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The KCACTF is a national theater program committed to improving the quality of theater and showcasing student work from various colleges across America. Of the 18,000 college students that participate, 22 were from Bethel College.

The KCACTF awards are given every January or February in order to honor outstanding regional productions. Eight students from Bethel accepted their nomination for Outstanding Performance for the Irene Ryan National Acting Competition.

After each nomination, the students prepared 2 separate scenes and a monologue of their choice. The students were coached for their performances by the director of the traveling theater group, Genesians, and adjunct professor of theater at Bethel, Deb Swerman.

Six additional students presented designs at the KCACTF award such as sophomore April Reed’s scenic design for “Elektra,” senior Tim Becze’s lighting design in “Waiting for Godot” and “39 Steps” and (year?) Hiram Park’s makeup design for “Elektra.”

Other competing students included sophomore Erin Cluckie with stage management for “39 Steps,” senior A.J. Reynolds for dramaturgy with “Elektra” and senior Moa Son’s constume designs for the KCACTF regional contest “A Long Day’s Journey into the Night.”

Both Reynolds and Becze advanced to the final round in their category. Son took first place with her costume design as part of the Design Storm Team competition in the finals also.

Furthermore, 6 other students were awarded certificates of merit for Outstanding Achievement in productions over the past year.

Associate theatre designer at Bethel College, Johan Godwaldt was also selected by the KCACTF for the Lighting Design Intensive for his work. He also received the Faculty Service Award for the state of Indiana.

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Impatience wastes time in repetition and redundancy, in reiteration and repeating ones’ self.

Cranked out this one in one day. Be jealous.

Call me maybe, or maybe not
by Sydney Sheltz

The Bethel College Theatre Department completed one day of auditions for the spring musical, “Seussical.” However, on the final day of auditions, director Richard Young announced that there would be no callbacks.

“It was like a jig-saw puzzle and it just went together,” said Young when asked the reasoning behind the decision. “It went together really well and we just said ‘Yeah, this works! We don’t need to call anybody back.’”

There are 28 roles in the show but the leads include multiple characters from Dr. Suess’s books like Horton, Gertrude McFuzz, The Cat, Jojo, Mayzie LaBird, and the Sour Kangaroo.

When asked about the workload involved Young said, “There were a lot of people and there are a lot of fun roles in the show. Because there are so many roles, we have a crazy rehearsal schedule.”

Since there are so many roles, this musical will require more work and time than the previous shows from 2014 like “The 39 Steps” and “Electra.”

“We looked at it the other day and figured out that we have over 100 hours of rehearsal scheduled,” said Young. “There’s 92 pages of script and it’s a musical so there’s a lot on each page.”

The workload isn’t what is freaking out the students, though.

Amy Liston, a junior majoring in American Sign Language (ASL), auditioned for her first show at Bethel. Liston previously held the role of Gertrude McFuzz in the Suessical performed at Lawrence School in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.

According to Liston, callbacks are a regular part of auditions.

“It definitely threw me off a little bit,” said Liston. “It’s very strange. I mean, usually there are always callbacks. Even on Broadway, there’s always callbacks. I guess they knew what they were looking for and they must’ve found it.”

Liston wasn’t the only one who was surprised by the lack of callbacks.

“Yes, there were no callbacks,” said freshman Joel Lininger, piano performance major. “My only thought about it was that I guess I was a bit surprised, but it must have been pretty decisive. I’m trying not to worry about it too much. I’ll find out tomorrow whether I made it or not.”

The cast list will be released at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The opening night for the show is on Thursday, March 26, 2014.

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For lack of creativity, this is a title.

Gotcha another one. I’m sure you were dying from lack of an article.

Do it yourself with online registration
by Sydney Sheltz

Bethel College is entertaining the possibility of allowing students to register for classes online instead of requiring that everyone meet with an advisor in order to select classes for the next semester.

Before introducing the program to the entire campus, a few departments would experiment with this option. This would allow students in majors within those departments to register for classes.

There are mixed feelings about allowing online registration.

“I think it’s a good idea for students to sign up for classes themselves, but at the same time I think professors should be available to help if needed,” said Jennifer Ochstein, assistant professor of writing.

It has been suggested in faculty meetings that this option would be more effective in some departments than in others.

Some courses within the science majors have up to six pre-requisite classes and those pre-requisites are only scheduled one semester, every other year. If the students knew exactly what they needed to take, this type of specific schedule wouldn’t be a problem. Students in other rigorous majors like nursing or American Sign Language (ASL) also have this concern.

“The advisors know best because they’ve been doing it longer but it would be nice for the students have a list of requirements to do it themselves. Of course, then we would need a list of requirements to know what courses we need to take and when. There’s plusses and minuses to both sides,” said Sophie Sexton, sophomore ASL major.

Ryan Bollier, a senior philosophy major, wasn’t sure if he would use the option if it had been available to him.

When asked about the idea of online registration, Bollier said “I mean, yeah it’s convenient but are students responsible enough to know what to take?”

The departments that will experiment with the option of online registration haven’t been selected yet. Although it was suggested that students could sign up for their own classes as early as the spring 2015 semester, this plan has not yet been implemented. It is still up in the air as to whether this option will be available by the 2015-2016 school year.

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Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.

Here’s yet another one! I feel like this is all I’ve been writing lately.

Students abuzz with preparations for Electra
by Sydney Sheltz

The Bethel College Theater Department is in the middle of preparations for the fall drama, Electra. A genre different than most plays performed at Bethel, the tragedy premieres on Thursday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The play is especially unique this year because the leading role of Electra is played by a newcomer to the theater department. Moa Son, a fifth senior and elementary education major, was cast in her first production as the leading female role.

“There was this connection with Electra as soon as I read the script. I knew that even if I didn’t get cast, I wouldn’t regret auditioning,” said Son.

Son has no previous acting experience although she was the costume designer for the leading female role in 39 Steps.

“The whole thing is a great learning experience and a big challenge for me. I have almost 600 lines and it can be very overwhelming because it’s a complex script. I want to understand it but it can be difficult, especially because English is my second language,” said Son when asked about the strain of the play.

Son is accompanied on stage by Wesley Lantz, a freshman who plays Electra’s brother Orestes.

“I originally wasn’t that excited at the audition because it was a tragedy, but now I’m super excited to experience something so different than what I’ve done before,” said Lantz.

Lantz has also performed with Bethel’s theater department in Anne Frank and Then There Were None.

“I participated in the theater department as a REACH student but it’s really nice to actually be a part of the group now,” said Lantz when asked about the differences between this show and ones he’s done before.

The play isn’t just unique because of the cast, but also because of the technical work. Caitlin Halstead, junior cast as Chrysothemis, commented how this play was unlike the others she has worked on.

“Everything is coming together so fast. We also have to work with a small stage, which is something that I’m not used to,” said Halstead.

Sophomore set designer April Reed knows all about that. This play is distinctive also because it’s the first time Reed has designed a set on her own.

“It’s been an interesting collaboration as the director and I have been working together. Some people play it really safe and others like to take a bunch of risks and hope they pay off. Risk-taking is something you’re supposed to do as an artist,” said Reed.

Electra has a non-traditional set and metaphors play a key role in the design. Because it is her first solo design and it isn’t a typical set, Reed admitted that she was nervous for opening night.

“I’m just hoping it won’t fail. I want to be a set designer when I graduate. I think that in the end, I’ll be happy by taking the biggest risk,” said Reed.

Son feels the same way.

“If my professors and friends weren’t encouraging me and supporting me, I wouldn’t never made it this far. On opening night, when I’m on the stage, I’ll know that God provided me with this opportunity and He will be faithful,” said Son.

Electra will premiere Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM. There will also be two other shows Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

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You’re miserable, edgy, and tired. What a perfect mood for journalism.

Yet another reason that I’ve been missing from the blogosphere — my job. But here’s the evidence that I’ve still been doing stuff and not just dropped off the face of the earth…or maybe the edge of internet? You choose, I suppose.

Seniors forced to choose between walking and running
by Sydney Sheltz

Bethel College’s graduation ceremony is scheduled as the same day as the NCCAA Championship and senior members of the track and field team are being forced to choose whether or not to run their race or to walk the stage for their diploma.

This is the second year that both of these events have coincided on the same day and some of the seniors are having a hard time choosing between the two.

Avante Newsome Gunn, senior at Bethel, participates in the 100 and 200 meter races, the 4 x 400 meter relay, and long jump.

Gunn will be graduating at the end of the 2014 fall semester but when asked how it would affect her teammates she said, “We’ve all graduated high school before but track finals are a once in a lifetime opportunity. Who knows if we will ever be able to run competitively again? I’d rather do something I love.”

Gunn isn’t the only one who feels this way.

Cinnamon Green, senior at Bethel College and the first person in her family to graduate college, is a member of the track team and throws shot-put, hammer, and weights. Because she is a first generation graduate, this is an important choice for her.

When asked to explain the situation Green said, “It’s like having to choose from your track family and your actual family. It’s a lose-lose situation.”

However, Green has decided to participate in the track national finals. “It’s my last competition and I want to go out with a bang.”

Like Green, senior Tanner Foust will be a first generation graduate. He runs the 100 and 200 meter races, the 400 meter race, the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relay as well as competing in high jump.

Foust has also chosen to run in the track finals rather than attend graduation.

“I’m going to graduate school for physical therapy so it’s not the end of school for me. I’d rather finish my track career and compete,” Foust said when explaining his choice.

Foust also said that some of the seniors had tried to remedy the problem by talking with vice president of academic services, Barb Bellefeuille.

“We met with Barb Bellefeuille about a month ago,” Foust said.

According to Bellefeuille, Bethel College is taking steps to try and remedy the situation. She said, “We have already contacted the NCCAA and ask why they are holding finals on the day when most colleges in the nation will be holding graduation. The most important thing is that is that the seniors receive the honor that is due.”

As of right now though, the graduation ceremony is still scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 and the NCCAA Championship is scheduled in Rome, Georgia from Thursday, April 30, 2015 to Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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Journalism: the ability to meet the challenge of filling the space

I’m officially a writer for the Bethel College Beacon. Here’s my first article.

Art students reveal narrative through ‘Drawing Tales’
by Sydney Sheltz
Through drawings of figures and faces, art students will tell a connected story about their individual journeys of faith. The entire narrative will be displayed in a gallery entitled “Drawing Tales,” which will open on Friday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and continue to Oct. 11.

Although admission is free, the show is dedicated to Rayna DoBrodt, a former Bethel College student killed in an auto accident in July. Donations will be accepted in DoBrodt’s memory for Creative Goodness with Chasing Rain Foundation in the memo line. Donations can also be mailed to 55855 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

The gallery is comprised of student pieces completed in Bethel’s Drawing II class of the 2014 spring semester. While the students began the course by copying the artistic style of old masters of their choosing, they progressed into anatomy studies and portraiture. Most of the semester focused on attention to details in form and figures.

“Drawing people is a specialty,” said Katharine Schmidt, associate professor of art and gallery director.

When she first introduced the idea of the gallery, Schmidt said she wanted the work from each student to be a statement of their faith. However, they applied much more than just artistic ability.

“You need to make yourself a worthy vessel. Good intention isn’t enough,” said Schmidt when asked about the amount of effort put into the work.

The students were expected to be vulnerable in their work. Each piece reflects a personal statement of faith that allows the viewer to catch a glimpse of the struggles in the spiritual life of the student.

“I want my piece to encourage my fellow artists that are maybe feeling discouraged and I want them to know that progression is possible,” said student artist Hannah Reineke when asked why the show was significant to her.

The gallery took only one semester to create but the pieces tell a story on a larger scale. Each piece reveals a part of the heart of the creator and tells one chapter of the whole story. All the work is organized as a collective narrative about the journey of faith that each student has gone through.

“I love nature and wonder everyday how God created all these things around us. So I came up with this piece that shows a lady showing her love to nature,” said Reineke’s fellow artist, Sam Blayee.

All the models used for the figures were clothed and the students chose the mediums used in the original works. The final pieces submitted to the gallery are in charcoal or conté, crayons made of a mixture of natural pigments, kaolin clay and graphite.

Dry? Maybe. Informative? Yes. Interesting? Depends on who you are.

Either way, it’s official. And the link is coming.