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When the two-plus-year drought in south-central Kansas underwent a swift reverse at the end of July, Bethel College took a watery hit. For the first time in the memory of anyone currently on campus, Kidron-Martin Canal on the north side of campus, meant to drain runoff water from the campus and nearby residential areas into Sand Creek, ran over the adjacent access road and flowed into the Memorial Hall basement and Thresher Gym. Of the five buildings affected, the gym, Mem Hall and Goering Hall to the north, which houses athletic department offices, weight training rooms and locker rooms, sustained the most serious damage. A team of campus and community members, including Bethel President Perry White and his wife Dalene, worked late into the night July 29-30 to clear the water from the gym floor.

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