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Bethel Student Government hosts a clubs and organizations fair


Brushaber Commons held a fair providing opportunities for students to get involved this Wednesday.

Callie Schmidt | News Reporter

The feeling of excitement walking into Brushaber Commons is almost tangible.

With booths lining all the way back to Student Life, Bethel Student Government Clubs and Organizations hosted a fair Sept. 7.

Junior business major Levi Bauer informs students at the Disability Awareness Group booth. | Photo by Callie Schmidt

Clubs ranging from Bethel College Republicans to Bethel College Democrats were across from one another, all containing information as well as representatives from each organization. Other organizations at the fair included club sports, academic associations and special interest clubs.

While the Bethel University College Republicans club has been an active presence on Bethel’s campus, the Bethel University College Democrats club just got reinstated this year.

The Bethel University College Republicans booth at the BSG Clubs and Organizations Fair September 7, 2016. | Photo by Callie Schmidt


Second-year BUILD student Ben Boatman speaking with senior philosophy and political science major Daniel Gray, President of the Bethel University College Democrats. | Photo by Callie Schmidt

According to Vice President Berit Turnquist, junior English and philosophy major, the Bethel University College Democrats club was active in prior years, but when senior leaders graduated, the club stopped meeting.

In prior years, approximately 10 people were involved in the club. However, approximately 60 people signed up to receive informational emails at the College Democrats booth today during the fair.

Turnquist thinks the increased interest can be attributed to it being an election year, as well as increased publicity. According to Turnquist, they are hoping to get 20-30 students committed to the club.

Faculty adviser Carrie Peffley, philosophy professor, and Club President Daniel Gray, senior philosophy and political science major, are assisting Turnquist in restarting the club.

“We’re trying to make the focus really not so much about Hillary Clinton or about the Democratic ideology, but more about social justice, community service in lower-income areas, and getting people involved in the dialogue of politics,” Turnquist said.

Senior psychology major Jessica Arend shows excitement over the Psychology Club at Bethel. | Photo by Callie Schmidt
Senior business major Collin Larson speaks with students about Bethel’s Nordic (cross-country) ski club. | Photo by Callie Schmidt
Sophomore psychology major JJ Anderson speaks with students interested in Bethel’s GlobeMed club. | Photo by Callie Schmidt

Special interest clubs at Bethel include:

  • City Front
  • GlobeMed
  • Anime Club
  • Better Together Club (Interfaith Youth Core)
  • Love Your Melon
  • CityFront Ministries
  • Creation Restoration
  • Disability Awareness Group
  • Electronic Music Assembly
  • International Justice Mission
  • Model UN
  • Mu Kappa
  • Swing Dance Club

Club sports include:

  • Beta Climbing Club
  • Bethel University Dance Team
  • Broomball
  • Men’s club hockey
  • Men’s club lacrosse
  • Nordic ski club
  • Swim club
  • Target shooting club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Women’s club lacrosse

Academic clubs include:

  • Bethel Business and Economics Association (BBEA)
  • Bethel Student Nurses’ Association (BSNA)
  • Bethel Student Social Work Association (BSSWA)
  • Bethel University Student Athletic Trainers Society (BUSATS)
  • Biokinetics club
  • Chemistry club
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society)
  • Pre-med club
  • Psychology club
  • Sigma Zeta (Math and Science Honor Society)
  • Tri-Beta (Biological Honor Society)
  • Women in Physics and Engineering (WPE)
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