How many is this now?

Another Beacon article. It’s all I’ve written these days.

Artist showcases the fruit of her labor
by Sydney Sheltz

Bethel College hosted an art gallery on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the Fine Arts Building in the Rotunda featuring the works of local artist Beth Mathes.

The gallery was open from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. during the day and again at night from 5-7 p.m. Entitled “First Fruits,” the show was open to students and to the public.

Mathes showcased two main collections at the show: “Experience the Rescue” and the “RockWater.”

The title of the show was inspired by Mathes’ most recent work, also called “First Fruits.”

The idea for the piece came when Mathes was admiring a vineyard on a sunny day. A cluster of green grapes on a sun-warmed rock, the piece also has the signature Bible verse text etched into the rock.

Over 20 pieces were featured at the show. Although most were part of the three collections, some pieces, like “Reckless Abandon” and “Solitude,” were solitary works.

“Reckless Abandon” was inspired by news that a family member was diagnosed with cancer while “Solitude” is the picture of a woman walking on a beach.

According to the biography provided at the show, Mathes has a passion “to help people connect with one another and with God in real and unpretentious ways through artistic expression.”


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.


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.


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.