Sometime during 1997-98, all the light bulbs were removed from the library fixtures.
Back in the day when Dale Schrag was Bethel College librarian, he was blessed by having his entire office moved to the second floor of the library. When the elevator opened on that floor, there was Dale’s office, all in place.
The “classic Bethel prank” is said to be the cow in the library — which would have been the old library, now the Mennonite Library and Archives. There was apparently no permanent damage done to the library (though cleanup must have been a chore in more ways than one), but the prank turned out to be not so good for the cow, who lost her calf as a result. Plus the librarian was said to be “greatly offended.” So if you think this prank bears repeating — maybe you should think again (and again). Do you really want to get on the wrong side of John Thiesen or Gail Stucky?