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    Respect vital to real peacemaking, says winner of Bethel oration contest 

    Special to The Kansas - May 12, 2011

    By Erin Bradley

    NORTH NEWTON - Brandon Schwager, Bethel College senior from Lawrence, placed first in the college’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest.

    The Kansas Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) sponsors Bethel’s part of a bi-national competition under the auspices of Mennonite Central Committee. The competition is open to students enrolled at all Mennonite and Brethren in Christ colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.

    The preliminary round of Bethel’s C. Henry Smith Peace Orations took place during a Life Enrichment session April 13, with the four finalists speaking in Bethel’s convocation on Monday, April 25.


    Gay student to transfer out, says Messiah College proved poor fit

    The Patriot-News, May 9, 2011

    By Ivey DeJesus

    In October, his wallet, student ID and room key were stolen. 

    Then, he said, he received a death threat on Facebook. 

    A few weeks ago, he found his replacement ID cut into pieces and covered in urine. 

    Isaiah Thomas, an openly gay student at Messiah College, said he plans to transfer at the end of this term. 

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    Photo by John C. Whitehead, Patriot-News