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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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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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Once again, the press underestimates me!

Fourth article for the Beacon! Also unedited…

Theater Department prepares for “39 Steps”
by Sydney Sheltz

The Bethel College Theater Department is finishing rehearsal for Hitchcock spin-off comedy “39 Steps” which premieres Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The show is described as a realistic and slap-stick comedy with a fast-paced plot. With allusions to several Hitchcock films, the spy story is full of intrigue and clichés that only add to the seriousness of the international organization and the manhunt within the plot.

Junior and theatre major Sarah Beason said, “The funny appeal of the show is different from what we’ve done in the past and it’s definitely student-friendly. It’s a good show for our demographic.”

The production features a cast of four people playing a total of 24 roles. Beason has three roles as the lead female while her lead counterpart, Cam Matteson, only plays one. The other two supporting players play a total of 20 roles. Theatre Department Chair Richard Young is directing the performance.

For the past few weeks, rehearsals have been lasting three or four hours a night, depending on how many scenes the cast is working on. The rehearsals are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. However, the rehearsal times will change from 6:00 p.m. to midnight the week before the show opens.

“We auditioned the first Monday of school and started rehearsals that Wednesday,” said Matteson when asked how long preparations for the show have been under way.

Since the story is so complex as compared to other shows, there will not be a material set on stage. There is a minimal set and only a few props to account for the many scene changes. A white blank wall has been constructed on the stage and pictures of the set will be projected onto the screen in order to create the background.

This unique aspect of the show isn’t the hardest part. “The real challenge is not laughing during rehearsal,” said Beason.

“39 Steps” will premiere Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. There will be another night showing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. A matinee will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. followed by the final performance on the same day at 7:30 p.m.

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Make it a double plus one.

Third article for the Beacon! Also unedited…

Bethel entertains concept of welcome center
By Sydney Sheltz

Although Bethel College hasn’t had an official welcome center since it opened in 1947, current President of Bethel College Dr. Gregg Chenoweth and the Board of Directors are working to approve a plan that would allow the construction of a new welcome center and conference space.

The idea of a welcome center is not new and has been thrown around for about 40 years.

“You can only sell nostalgia for so long,” said Dr. Chenoweth. “It fulfills both a need and an opportunity.”
The current Admissions Office was renovated from a barn that remained on the property after Bethel College was constructed. Since the college has grown, this facility is no longer large enough to accommodate all the offices needed.

Bethel College also caters to many organizations that hold conferences over the summer months. For example, Conn-Selmer, a company who specializes in the making of brass instruments, has held their national conference on campus for the past 4 years.

The goal of the new welcome center is to provide more offices for admission counselors and financial aid, offer more areas for graduate and adult studies, and present a new conference space that could hold 400-450 people from visiting organizations.

The new welcome center would potentially be attached to the Dining Commons, across the street from the Wiekamp Athletic Center.

The current concept of the two-story building would split the floors. The top floor would combine the conference center and office space. The bottom floor would hold more office space and include a student community center.

“I want students to be able to get together and hang out, play cards, and watch movies,” said Dr. Chenoweth when asked for the reason behind the addition of the student center.

Currently, the plan only consists of schematic drawings. Upon approval, architectural drawings would take another 6-8 months. Construction of the building would last one year after that.

The project will be split into two phases. There are not enough details at this time to determine the two phases.
The total estimated cost of the project is 7 million dollars. All money will be raised through philanthropy and approximately 3 million dollars has already been pledged. Bethel College will not take on any debt during this project so that student tuition will not be affected.

There are safety policies to keep the college from taking on too much debt. For example, when an idea is approved by the Board, 115 percent of the funds must be pledged or raised. Before construction on the same idea has begun, it is required that the college have 75 percent of the cash in hand.

Nevertheless, Dr. Chenoweth said, “I am prayerful and hopeful that in a year’s time, we would have enough commitment for at least the first phase.”

The specifics of the idea have not been worked out at this time and the Board has not yet approved of the concept.

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Sequels are never as better as the first.

Here’s my second article for the Beacon! And to clarify, this is the unedited version.

Million dollar project upgrades east side of campus
By Sydney Sheltz

A fully-funded, million dollar project is underway to improve the east side of campus by adding state fencing along Liberty Dr., a brand new softball field, and a new athletic park entrance.

There are three phases in the renovation process. The first phase consists of adding the fence along the sidewalk of Liberty Drive. The project will proceed into the second phase with the demolition of the tennis courts and the softball field and finish with the construction of a new softball field. The final phase will complete the project with the building of the new athletic park entrance.

While the east side originally had no fencing and one un-lit sign announcing the campus, construction has already begun in order to add iron fencing next to the sidewalk and a larger, lit sign to alert visitors of the entrance.

Phase 1 has been already been delayed several weeks. Due to the unavailability of the custom-made fencing, it has not yet been installed.

The softball field will be torn down and rebuilt 10 feet south of its position to allow enough room for the fencing, which will continue onto LaSalle Ave. In addition, there will be a press box built on the east side of the field with a large Bethel College logo facing Liberty Dr.

“We would like this addition to make the east entrance look more collegiate,” said Dr. Gregg Chenoweth, current president of Bethel College.

The next athletic park entrance will be situated in a central location between the softball field and the Baseball Training Facility. The concrete arch itself will read ‘Bethel Sports Complex’ and there are plans to include park benches and landscaping within the area.

Renovation plans also include demolishing the tennis courts. While the dimensions meet regulation requirements, the quality of the courts are not suitable for conference play. Meanwhile, the Bethel College Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams are practicing at Knollwood Country Club and Baker Park in Mishawaka. Indoor matches are held at the South Bend Country Club and outdoor matches are also held at Baker Park.

When asked about the impact of this decision on the teams, Dr. Chenoweth said, “It is important that the tennis players and coaches know that we are not diminishing their sport by ripping down their courts. In fact, it’s the opposite.”

There are future renovation plans that include building new tennis courts on the south side of the complete softball fields, but they are not yet finalized. Until then, the site where the tennis courts now stand will be turned into a grassy area for student use and an extra intramural field.

The concept was approved in March of 2014 but the construction itself did not begin until August. The original intention was to have the project finished by winter of 2014. Due to delays and the late start date, the estimated completion date is at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.