Who’s the boss? Saint Reporter Erin Ball talks academics and attendance and why students should decide what is best for them page 4 theSaint Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Volume 33, Issue 13 >>NEWS Be Nice Festival | 2 AQ holds event to inspire fun professionalism and help decrease suicides by being nice Contemporary Writers Series | 3 Luis Alberto Urrea comes to Aquinas to speak on his multi-cultural, successful writing career >>CULTURE Azealia Banks | 5 Editor-in-Chief Paris Close gives readers a look into the genre that is hip-house The Other Woman | 6 Saint Reporter Gio Barreto reviews this quirky comedy that empowers women >>SPORTS Sadie Stowell | 7 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese sits down and talks with this Aquinas softball powerhouse West MI Whitecaps | 8 Saint Reporter Zoe Harmon talks baseball with this local team #isitsummeryet? Wege Speakers Series Wege Foundation brings in Tom Kiernan to speak on the future of wind energy be altered because of economic and environmental issues, and with a new, clean, For the 18th Annual less-expensive method of Wege Speaker Series the Wege energy, we could change the Foundation partnered with world. We must be hopeful, West Michigan Environmental Kiernan says. When reports Action Council to bring Tom like the recent ones come Kiernan in to speak at the out it’s easy for everyone to Aquinas College Performing scream “the sky is falling,” Arts Center. but instead we should be Kiernan spoke on an calm and take control of the aspect of “economicology,” situation. With the help of a word used to address federal and state governments, environmental issues as well all political parties working as the economy. Kiernan, together, improving policies, who has been doing and making improvements in environmental work for 30 our daily lives, this change is years, and has even worked possible, Michigan is on the on environmental issues with front-lines of this change too, the Bush Administration, YASMEEN AHMED/THE SAINT and we can all make a change. gave an educated speech on Economicology: Kiernan gives educated facts and encouragement for a hopeful future in The cost of wind energy is down 43 wind energy. renewable energy. percent in the last 20 years or more. Kiernan solidified many recent environmental reports when know before they commit to making a are headed in now. What can we do to With a momentum like this Kiernan was extremely assuring in saying that stating that our time to change, to political change. help this process is the next question, making a significant amount of energy take action and help the environment, Kiernan stated many interesting and Kiernan of course covered all bases created by wind, is a possibility. is now. After recent United Nations facts about the U.S. and wind energy of the issue. Kiernan closed with a Q&A and American Association for the but he also narrowed in on Michigan to Improving and increasing the use from the audience and announced Advancement of Science reports show us exactly what is happening and of wind energy is an industry that must declared that we are already feeling the what more we can do to improve even be supported by the government in that the ten year anniversary of the environmental effects in our daily lives more. So far, putting up more wind order to be truly successful, Kiernan Wege Foundation ‘Saving the Great and we have a very small opportunity farms around the U.S. has showed that addressed many ways in which we can Lakes’ movement began and there to turn things around. These effects wind energy is more efficient and less help this actually happen. This included will be a celebration in September. T h e 1 8 t h A n n u a l We g e S p e a k e r include food crisis and water shortages expensive than other types of energy. four different government policies that Series was an amazing, educational, throughout the world. Although it There has been a ten fold growth in have an effect on increasing wind is clear that our society must begin wind energy in the last couple of years energy production; a very important experience, which brought hope and to make changes like utilizing clean, and although the U.S. currently has one being The Clean Air Act which the accomplishment to everyone present. renewable energy, what will this do 900 wind farms we are still second to, Obama Administration will be coming Kiernan was a great speaker, and gave insight to so many relevant to the economy? This is an issue that who else but, China. The U.S. has come forward to talk about this June. issues. The Wege Foundation has Kiernan addressed in depth. So, how can we move forward with a long way though, this year the U.S. He first began by saying clear and is undergoing the largest construction this revolutionary process? Kiernan yet again brought great inspiration, upfront, “It will not harm the long-term boom as 100 more wind farms are in the opened with a very interesting family thankfulness, and a look at great economy to solve these problems.” This works right now. Kiernan even stated story and lead into say that we must opportunities to Aquinas College. statement alone is powerful because that Michigan has potential to lead the make this personal and positive. it is what so many people want to country if we maintain the direction we These issues are relevant to our daily By Yasmeen Ahmed News Editor Inclusivity at Aquinas The AQ difference personified in statement By Emily Elias The Saint Reporter The students have spoken. Students recently have had some concern of bias in the campus community. Junior senators, Chuck Hyde and Tyler Clark, sophomores Hannah Acosta, Alexis Hartman and seniors Hanna Dugan, Amanda Vanderplow and Sean Briggs, have recently accomplished creating a campus diversity statement. As quoted in the statement “Our mission statement defines us as an inclusive community and similarly, our diversity statement reminds us that we have made a commitment to equality and to demonstrating respect for one another despite our differences.“ A student came to Clark as a senator with concerns They want to make sure that the campus is a place for students to feel safe. “If you do feel uncomfortable there are many people you can talk to and one example is Campus Ministry Director Mary ClarkKaiser,” said Hyde. The statement firmly states “The Student Senate of Aquinas College wishes to strongly affirm that all members of the Aquinas C o m m u n i t y d e s e r ve f a i r , e q u a l treatment from all members of our community, regardless of their dissimilarities, and we call upon all appropriate authorities to ensure this.” The statement has been read to some faculty as well as formal gatherings such as the Registered Student Organizations meeting also known as RSO’s. Junior and Senate << “Our diversity statement reminds us that we have made a commitment to equality...” >> about events on campus. This was a wakeup call. “Senate decisively took a bold action to stand for unity on campus, by issuing the diversity statement as a call for the respect of all members of our community,” said Clark. Academic Affairs Director of Student Senate, Chuck Hyde, helped lead the project. This statement is primarily written by the senators. Freshmen senator Caleb Jenkins quotes a relevant quote from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald... “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” chair Madeleine Burns states that ,“Student Senate Executive Board would like to encourage students to be role models of inclusion and dialog.” This stands as a reminder to students to be role models. One way students can all grow from this experience is to talk about it. “Some people feel like we are afraid to talk about some things on campus,” exclaimed Hyde. Hopefully this new statement will convince students to speak up and not be afraid because that is what the senators want. They are here to help students in any way they can. School of Education shows the literal art of teaching By Chucky Blackmore Staff Writer On Thursday, April 17th, students in the education program at Aquinas College attended The Importance of Performing Arts in the Elementary Classroom, sponsored by the Aquinas College School of Education and the Grand Rapids Community College Education Department, received an abundance of helpful information regarding the future of teaching. Current, former, and prospective teachers were among the people who attended the event. Kevin Kammeraad, a native of Holland, Michigan, is an awardwinning artist, performer, and author of several children’s books and CDs. Kammeraad graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1998 with a degree in film and video production but he never thought he would do what he does now—educating elementary students through performing arts, an activity that is being cut by many school districts nationwide. Kammeraad’s two hour presentation kicked off with i n t e r a c t i ve s i n g i n g a n d d a n c i n g within the first few minutes, indulging the crowd in quirky dance routines and making silly faces. D u r i n g h i s l i ve l y p r e s e n t a t i o n , Kammeraad heavily stressed that prospective teachers should write down any ideas they have regarding a curriculum they want to teach their students. Kammeraad’s ideas were pulled from everyday experiences, often relating to his love for his family and inspiration from E.E. Cummings and Shel Silverstein. Kammeraad’s passion for education started when he met his wife, Stephanie Kammeraad, who is a teacher, while attending GVSU. After seventeen drafts, Kammeraad wrote his first book, The Tomato Collection, in 1999. That s a m e ye a r , K a m m e r a a d wa n t e d CHUCKY BLACKMORE/ THE SAINT The Importance of Performing Arts in the Elementary Classroom: Kevin Kammeraad speaks in an interactive presentation for students in the Education Program t o e v o l ve t h e wa y l e a r n i n g wa s being approached in elementary classrooms, so he looked to music. Kammeraad wrote poetry that he was destin ed to have turn ed i n t o c h i l d r e n ’ s s o n g s . O ve r 5 0 independent musicians were recruited to record instrumentals that could later be used to sing in poetry and books. The music isn’t e x c l u s i ve l y f o r j u s t p o e m s a n d stories, however. “Kids lead the concepts and we write and perform about them,” said Kammeraad. Music can create motions that are shown to help build a stronger brain, no matter what the curriculum may be. For example, “crossing the midline” is an activity that involves crossing one part of the body over to the opposite side, stimulating coordination. Additionally, freeze games and Simon Says allow children to follow directions. The goal of music in the classroom isn’t to be on rhythm. Instead, students develop a rhythm and purely have fun. Kammeraad also encouraged the audience to use puppets because they are inexpensive and visually- stimulating. Made from socks, cups, felt, or paper, puppets are added props that can be used for any type of curriculum. Jacob, Kammeraad’s puppet character from The Tomato Collection, is a signature puppet that proves one doesn’t have to be a ventriloquist to use them. Kammeraad often uses his puppets to answer yes/no questions that students are eager to ask. Near the end of his presentation, Kammeraad intrigued the audience by having them participate in stretching activities. Kammeraad said that stretching can be used in a classroom before dismissing young children from school. He urged current and prospective teachers not to overcomplicate any idea for lesson plans. Even if your idea involves the Easter Bunny eating a veggie sub at Jimmy John’s because bunnies don’t eat meat, as Kammeraad described, you’ve already made things fun for the students.