October 12, 2012 Volume 107 - Issue 7 calvin.edu/chimes
UNLEARN WEEK PAGE 3
DEBATE OUTCOME PAGE 5
THE MASTER PAGE 7
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Calvin in 24 documents a day in the life of ... you! BY AUDREY ENTERS
Hundreds of Calvin students around the world will document their Friday with their cameras and cell phones. During the event Calvin in 24, students, faculty and staff are urged to photograph their everyday life and upload any number of the photos to Calvin’s Facebook page. This year, people may also use Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #calvin24. As far a subject matter, anything goes. Everyone can then vote for favorite entries in different categories, including best squirrel, best photo on the “Cheese” and best nighttime photo. Aside from one juried piece, all winners will be chosen by the voters. The top 15 photographers will receive prizes, such as dinner with President Le Roy, tickets to Fun., a night at the Prince Conference Center and donuts from Post Family Farms. After its success in 2010, Myrna Anderson has plenty of hope for Calvin in 24 this year. “We got so many comments from people who felt Calvin in 24 was something to rally around,” she said. “The plan-
ning team is just hoping for another fun community event.” The creativity in the almost
4,000 photos Anderson received in 2010 is what amazed her the most. Pictures poured in from all
over campus, and from far beyond. Students abroad in China, Japan, Hungary and Honduras captured a taste of their experiences to share with friends back home. Leighanne Evelyn, who studied abroad in Hungary in 2010, was particularly intent on displaying a day of her life. She created an incredible 1,991 photo stop-motion series of a typical day in Budapest. On campus, pictures of class, sports and intricate poses on the cheese abounded. Anderson’s favorite part of the whole CALVIN.EDU process wa s Students studying abroad (Budapest here) also participate in the photo event. “watching the
galleries and seeing all of the creativity unfold.” Joy’l Ver Heul put a lot of work into the 2012 project by researching and setting up this year’s web tool. She explained that the basic purpose of Calvin in 24 is simply to document an average day at Calvin. She loves seeing that one day from “so many different perspectives.” This photography frenzy ends UnLearn Week fittingly, as it focuses on the creativity and diversity of teachers and students. “Calvin in 24 is such a fantastic event because it brings the Calvin community together around the globe,” says Ver Heul. “The photos prove how amazing a day at Calvin really is!” To upload a photo, just visit Calvin’s Facebook page and look for the Calvin in 24 logo below the cover photo. All pictures must be labeled with the time and location. The photos can only be taken on Friday, Oct. 12, and must be uploaded by 12 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. For more information, or to find guidelines and tips on the uploaded photos, visit the Calvin in 24 page on Calvin’s website, accessible from the homepage.
Wealthy Street Theatre campaigns Theatre seeks sustainability to ensure further community programming BY LAUREN DE HAAN
Last year marked the 100th a n n iversa r y of t he Wea lt hy Street Theatre. This anniversary brought about discussions concerning the technological relevance of the theatre and more specifically its energy consump-
tion. As a result, the theatre kicked off the Wealthy Theatre Sustainability Campaign in order to offset rising energy costs by reducing consumption. Er i n Wi l s o n , d i r e c to r of Wealt hy T heat re, commented, “This place belongs to the community, and we’re charged with the sacred responsibility of maintaining it, optimizing
its usefulness, and respecting its traditions.” He continues by noting, “we could see energy costs overwhelming our bottom line, as they increase annually … we had to do something.” Following an initial donation from the Wege Foundation, Rockford Construction became the theatre’s partner committed to implementing the improvements and providing the boost to the campaign that the theatre needed. The campaign relies mainly on the generosity of the community. Many local businesses and individuals have contributed monetary gifts and campaign materials to support the project. The average donation from middle class individuals so far has been $50. Never theless, the campaign still has over $100,000 left to raise. Built in 1911, Wealthy Street Theatre has played a critical role in bringing our community together for decades. The theater was built as a vaudeville theater and silent FILE PHOTO
The theatre, built for vaudeville and silent films, is over 100 years old.
ArtPrize 2012 results People’s choice First place: “Elephants” Second place: “Song of Lift” Third place: “Rebirth of Spring” Juried choice First place: “Displacement” 2D winner: “Habitat” 3D winner: “More or Less” Performance winner: “Three Phases” Use of urban space: “Flight: Venue: Site:Lab SEE PAGE 4 FOR THE WHOLE STORY
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Prince Conference Center celebrates ten-year anniversary
Justin Jackson is the hotel manager at the Prince Conference Center and has been since the On-Call Writer beginning. The ability of the PCC to host The Prince Conference Center diverse events is really what (PCC) celebrated 10 years of hoskeeps him excited about his work. pitality on Friday “We’re allowed to with a luncheon be creative with for clients, staff t he ser v ice, t he and the commubuilding, the food nity. — that’s the best “ We w a n t e d pa r t of t he job. to than k all the Plus the commupeople who have nity here at Calvin used [the Prince is really acceptConference ing,” he said. Center], and also That creativity to acclimate peohas led to many ple who haven’t repeat clients for used it in the the Prince Center. l a s t 10 ye a r s ,” B e yo nd hos tsaid event cooring museums, dinator Amanda weddings, sympoCampbell. siums and retreats, The center the PCC also hosts opened on Oct.1, more traditional 2002 and was origannual meetings i na l ly proposed and conferences. as the hospitality From center for the colSpectrum Health lege. to the Christian CALVIN.EDU “The building was designed to The Prince Conference Center features spacious, well-lit areas for visitor groups of varying sizes. Reformed Church in North America accommodate (CRCNA) denomsmall and large groups in a venue said Campbell. in order to accommodate the that stimulates learning and “We’ve hosted January Series stone sculptures, ceramics and inational office, the building is often quite busy. fellowship,” said Craig Farrell, speakers, the Festival of Faith and other rare artifacts. The Area Agency on Aging of director of hospitality services. Writing and we also became an The museum even included However, the building has art museum. That’s something a Middle Eastern café and gift Western Michigan (AAAWM) has hosted its annual meeting played a much larger role than that wasn’t envisioned in the shop, said Farrell. at the Prince Conference Center for the last nine years, and it continues to have excellent experiences. “It’s always been wond e r f u l ,” s a i d We n d y Impens, the office manager at AAAWM. “It’s well run, the service Real BioLife is phenomenal… everything is very nice,” said donor since Ch r istopher Liscombe, AAAWM’s care manageMarch 2010. ment administrative assistant. Such service has helped the PCC become a truly integral part of Calvin’s campus — becoming a popular destination for business as well as parents of students over the last 10 years. “We’ve gotten a lot busier,” said Jackson with a chuckle. “Word of mouth has really gotten out. Our services are incredible and people really talk about the Prince Center.” The busy schedule is one that all employees of the Prince Conference Center are accustomed to, especially the kitchen staff. “It’s different everyday UP TO here,” said executive chef E V I E C RE Patrick Mitchell. Mitchell started at the PCC when it originally opened, and, coming from the chain hotel atmosphere, OM T O he said it was a welcome .C A M S LA change. ION IOL IF EP It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, your plasma V ISIT B E YOUR DON AT “Calvin, with its L U D donation has the potential to save countless lives. E SCH Ch r istian envi ronment Learn more at BIOLIFEPLASMA.COM — it’s a night and day difference,” he said. “The en3886 Broadmoor Ave SE • Grand Rapids, MI 49512 • 616.285.7900 vironment here is a service 540 Center Dr • Walker, MI 49544 • 616.647.4672 environment. We’re not here for the money. Calvin’s mission of felNEW DONORS OR DONORS lowship and learning is WH O HAVEN’T DONATED IN ev ident i n t h is ser v ice MONTHS OR MORE, PRES SIX environment and in the $75 IN JUST TWO DONA ENT THIS COUPON AND RECEIVE TIONS. PCC’s events, according to Must present this coupo Campbell. n pri or to the init ial donation to receive a tot of $25 on your first and She highlighted the imal a tot al of $5 0 on your second succe donation. Initial donation ssful portance the building has mu st be com ple ted by 11.3.12 and second dona in creating a Christian setCoupon redeemable only tion within 30 days. ting. up successful donations. Ma on completing “For some people, entery no t be com bin ed with any other offer. Only at pa ing this facility might be rticipating locations. the only experience they have on campus, so porBioLife values all donors and does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, national origin, traying Calvin’s values is religion, disability, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by Federal, state or local law. really important to us,” All BioLife donor eligibility criteria must be met to protect the donor’s health and product safety. she said. BY JUSTIN VANDENENDE
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UnLearn week seeks to challenge stereotypes on race, cultural identity BY CONNOR STERCHI
The annual UnLearn Week is underway at Calvin College. This week, Oct. 7–12, chapel services, seminars and lectures across campus will challenge Calvin students to engage in discussing issues of racism and multiculturalism. President Le Roy commenced Unlearn Week with a speech at Monday morning chapel. “We have Unlearn Week to learn in the context of unLearning,” Le Roy quipped in his preface to Unlearn Week. Le Roy emphasized the script ural foundation of Unlear n Week, in particular three significant truths that underlie Calvin’s goals for this week. “Calvin’s diversity goals are deeply rooted in our Reformed faith and our academic goals,” said Le Roy. The first truth — that all human beings are made in the image of God — is fundamental to Calvin’s Unlearn Week, Le Roy said. “I look out at you and I see God’s creativity and artistry,” said Le Roy from the chapel platform. “And God said this is good. These differences are part of God’s design.”Le Roy continued by discussing a second truth, that
sin enters the world and corrupts everything, including all human relationships. “Because of sin, human beings enslave one another, or believe certain races are superior or inferior,” he said. “Learning to work effectively across differences of all kinds is an
this broken world. He challenged students to listen and learn again, finishing with the words of Micah 6:8. Ebonie Atkins serves as the Program Coordinator for Multicultural Student Development. She works to ensure that Unlearn Week runs smoothly. “The Multicultural
Students can participate in UnLearn week by attending events held throughtout the week. essential skill if you want to make a difference in the world.”Le Roy concluded with the third truth, that Jesus enters into the world to save, transform, heal and redeem
Student Advisory Board (MSAB) is charged with making Unlearn Week a time to engage the Calvin community in purposeful discussion of race, cultural identity,
Late Night with Capella showcases Calvin talent BY KATE PARSONS
Most choral concerts don’t include Justin Bieber covers. Late Night with Capella wasn’t a typical choral concert. “Late Night with Capella is a completely student-led, student-run, and student-directed organization,” said Capella director Dr. Joel Navarro. “So the selections are quite different.” Students in Calvin’s concert choir, Capella, arrange one show themselves each year to raise money for its international tours. Students sign up for solos, duets or small ensembles to sing the songs that they are passionate about. Sophomore David Evenhouse, who covered “Poison and Wine” by The Civil Wars, noted that Late Night is filled with songs that “the regular college student is going to relate to more easily.” “Late Night with Capella is not like your usual choir concert where the whole choir is singing every song,” he added. “It’s a time where we’re able to showcase some talent that wouldn’t be able to be seen otherwise.” The 18 acts included songs
and social injustice. Every year Unlearn Week programming is designed to educate,” said Atkins. “It is a time to intentionally focus on learning about the life experiences of others and to explore our own cultural identity. I hope Unlearn Week enables us to learn how to better love one
from popular movies, musicals, and artists. With most of the acts being contemporary songs, it was also a chance for the singers, who normally sing a classical repertoire, to perform in a different style. “The energy, the conviction these college students put into their singing is just amazing,” said Navarro. “The difference between a regular pop singer and these college pop singers is very, very little. This is probably the best repertoire we’ve had and certainly the best sound.” Several Capella members arranged their own pieces, and the smaller ensembles made it easier to hear distinct voices. Intricate harmonies and inventive percussion parts were only a few things that made each song unique. Each singer or ensemble found a way to bring their personality to their number so that the covers sounded fresh and original. But a show with that attention to detail requires a huge amount of work. “Capella has consumed my life for the last three weeks,” admitted sophomore Jennifer Kuipers, who was involved in no less than six of
the numbers. Navarro, too, noted the work the students had put into the show, emphasizing that the choir still met four times a week to work on its classical repertoire, and members had to prepare all their Late Night acts outside of class. “I don’t know how they do it!” he said. “It was crazy– there weren’t any open seats,” said Sophomore Luke Sober. The auditorium was packed with people, and each song was met with excited cheering from the audience. “It was cool how informal the concert was,” said Sober. “You got to yell and catcall for the people you liked most.” The emcees encouraged the concert-goers to “go crazy” when they liked something because it “wasn’t a typical concert experience.” The evening ended with an instantaneous standing ovation. For those who didn’t get enough, Capella will hold a classical concert on Nov. 9. For better or for worse, however, it is unlikely to reference Justin Bieber.
Calvin’s concert choir, Capella, arranges one show each year to raise money for its international tours.
another and share God’s love for us, through gaining a better understanding of the people who make up God’s Kingdom.” While Unlearn Week is an an-
nual event at Calvin, it is different every year. “The MSAB members are instrumental in keeping the topics fresh and relevant,” said Atkins. “We spend a lot of time as a group brainstorming about topics that will pique the interest of the Calvin community and offer opportunities for intense dialogue. MSAB is a diverse group of students with varying interests and ideas. I think that is what keeps the Unlearn Week programming fresh and new every year.” Allie Buell is a sophomore member of the MSAB who has worked to plan and prepare for the Unlearn Week events. “I hope that people from the Calvin community would realize the need for racial reconciliation and cultural celebration in bringing God’s kingdom,” said Buell. Buell hopes that Unlearn Week helps Calvin students to build a stronger community, and that these tough topics generate discussion among students. “It’s an issue that sometimes gets overlooked and ignored because people think it doesn’t exist anymore, but it does. I hope that through the Unlearn Week events we all challenge ourselves to think differently and stretch ourselves to love more fully throughout the week and in the weeks to come.”
Buck Fridays hosts midnight breakfast BY ZACHARY VAN WYK
Buck Fridays partnered with Knights4Life (K4L), Commons Di n i ng Ha l l, t he mu sic department and the Video Game Enclave to bring a night combining karaoke, video games, breakfast foods and approximately 500 Calvin students in their first-ever Midnight Karaoke Breakfast. “I liked that there were less people here than other events,” said freshman Meghan Bogema. “It made it feel like a closer community and that everyone was involved, and enjoying themselves singing and dancing.” This Buck Fridays event was different from others because it brought so many different groups and organizations together to make the event happen. “We wanted to partner with Late Night With Capella so that we didn’t compete for students,” said weekend programming intern Ashley Holmes. “So instead we advertised for each other, hoping to draw bigger crowds.” K4L took this event as an opportunity to welcome sophomores into the alumni community as the class of 2015. Besides making the sophomore class the guests of honor at the event, K4L brought in alumni to help serve the breakfast and assist in the set-up and clean-up of the event. “Basically we partnered with Buck Fridays to make it possible to reach more students,” said K4L President Kaitlin Hussein. “Our main goal was to let the sophomores know that they are now a Knight4Life and to get them started in the community of Calvin alumni.” K4L also took this opportunity to hand out some swag. The first 300 people in the building were given a free K4L bracelet.
Sophomores also received a bonus tumbler with K4L logo on it to remind them they are now Knights4Life. “Usually we get t-shirts for the sophomore gift,” said K4L Com mun icat ions Di rec tor Jonathan Chong. “We decided to change it up a bit and do the tumblers instead. We’re hoping that the freshmen will get excited and make the event even bigger next year.” The sophomores enjoyed the experience and were very excited to be welcomed into the community of alumni. “I loved the celebratory atmosphere of the Midnight Karaoke Breakfast,” said sophomore Owen Tanis. “It is great to know that I am now a Knight4Life and I love my awesome new tumbler.” The majority of students celebrated the night singing karaoke and dancing. DJ Chuck, from Moments in Time, played everything from Taylor Swift classics and the Wobble to “Lean on Me.” “The live singing and dancing was by far the best part of the night,” said Bogema. “The only thing it could have used was more colored lights to give it a cooler atmosphere.” The Buck Fridays staff was pleased with not only the turnout itself, but with the breakfast as a whole.“Overall, it was a success,” said Holmes. “The dining halls were stellar and made sure we had what we needed to make it work well. The only thing to change for next year is that we will have to make the middle karaoke area bigger.” Buck Fridays is already busy preparing for their f inal two events of the year: the Comedy Showcase featuring Rajiv Satyal on Oct. 12 and the Superhero and Villain Skating Party on Oct. 19.
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Lots of people can draw.
‘Elephants’ wins ArtPrize grand prize ‘Displacement’ wins second prize awarded by judges in the Night,” drew criticism from some students. On-Call Writer “It’s a beautiful spectacle, but it’s not really art,” said Out of 1,517 entries and 47,000 senior Hannah Bechtold. total votes, Adonna K hare’s “There are so many things “Elephants” was the $360,000 created by artists who have grand prize winner of ArtPrize ded icated t hei r l ives to 2012’s public vote. The 8-by-36 this. They just don’t have the publicity.” This year also saw the introduction of juried grand prize winner, chosen by a panel of three art experts. The winner, “Displacement (13208 K l i n g e r S t .)” t o o k away $100,000. This col lec t ion of fou nd objects was taken f rom an abandoned Detroit home. Eve r y t h i n g f r o m furniture to eyeglasses to tax receipts offers a history of the home and t he people t hat lived there. O t he r ju r y c ategor y w i n ners took away $20,000 each in prize money. Calvin’s (106) S. Division was shor t listed for t he FILE PHOTO The 8-by-36 foot pencil drawing by Adonna Khare featuring elephants venue award, which “SITE:LAB” eventuand other animals won the $360,000 people’s choice grand prize. ally won. BY SARAH SHERMAN
ate the profiles of Grand Rapids citizens. C h r i s L a Po r t e, t he 2 010 grand prize winner, was also on the short list with his piece “City Band,” a pencil drawing of his grandfather’s high school marching band. The fifth-place piece, “Lights
foot triptych pencil drawing features lifesize elephants and a handf ul of other exotic animals. Sen ior a r t st udent Lydia Mulder was surprised by the win. “Lots of people can draw,” she said. What excited her was the wide variety of entries in the top ten. “I was really glad to see more out-of-thebox pieces,” she said. This includes exhibits such as “Song of Lift,” a quarteroperated, five minute opera featuring more than 100 circling winged objects. Another favorite is “Origami,” a collecFILE PHOTO tion of 99 carefully “Displacement (13208 Klinger St.),” a collection of objects found in an folded pieces of paper abandoned Detroit home, won a $100,000 prize awarded by art experts. whose shadows cre-
WEALTHY: Theater runs variety of events Programming for Wealthy Theater chosen by community CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 movie house and throughout the decades has grown and changed with the community around it. Today, the theatre serves as “a gathering space for discussion, performance, screenings and other events that bring the community together to experience impor tant moments as one,” Wilson commented. W h a t m a k e s We a l t h y St reet T heat re so u n ique is that it is prog rammed by the community. “Wealthy Theatre presently features whatever the community brings to our stage. People can enjoy concerts of all types, lecture series events, church-based events, movies, local independent films, stand-up comedy, Q&A panels and much more. There is no predominant type of event, which is extraordinary: we feature a welcome diversity of programming that is a beautiful reflection of the city and region
we serve,” explained Wilson. Located near the center of many neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, the theatre serves as a gathering space to bring people of all backgrounds together. Like most historic theaters, Wealthy Theater experienced periods of inactivity throughout the 1970s and was closed from the mid 70s through 1999. Wilson remarks that “the reopening of Wealthy Theatre in 1999 marked the beginning of a revitalization, which Community Media Center (CMC) has since continued in our stewardship of this place, allowing the theatre to serve as the anchor of the neighborhood, and the catalyst to one of the greatest comeback stories in Michigan.” Upon its reopening, Wealthy Theatre began to serve as a bridge between demographically and economically diverse neighborhoods. It specifically helped to diminish barriers between the East Hills and Baxter neighbor-
hoods on either side of Wealthy by providing a centralized gathering point for discussions and entertainment. It is for this bringing together of the community that Wealthy Theatre strives to maintain relevancy. They do this by consistently providing a variety of events from speakers, to concerts, to movies. They also strive to adapt to changes in technology which is the main reason for the Wealthy Theatre Sustainability campaign. Wilson concludes, “In this way, we address the relevancy issue by refreshing technologies, concurrent to responsible improvements in energy efficiency. We feel it would be short sighted to address relevancy without examining key vulnerabilities — in our case, we're vulnerable to rising energy costs.”
” Pestka runs for Congress Lydia Mulder, “‘Elephants’ wins ArtPrize”
BY NATHAN SLAUER
world of Mises and Hayek, where free market philosophy fixes all problems,” said Pestka. “I believe in free markets. I’m a capitalist. But I also believe in community” and that “we are connected to each other.” Pestka gave a number of examples where he felt that Amash let his ideology cloud his better judgment when it came to dealing with important Congressional issues. Specifically, Pestka stated that Amash had voted against reducing interest on loans for college students as well as against a mandate which would make it necessary for utility companies to give customers notice as to when their energy contracts were about to expire. “[I will] not be [in Congress] to vote for a narrow ideological vision but to work across the aisle to get something done to serve my community and my country and not work based on what some 19th century economist tells you to vote on an issue,” said Pestka. In addition to believing that voters would find his ideology more appealing than Amash’s, Pestka felt that he could act as a better representative to voters than Amash. “People reach out to him ... but he won’t do it,” said Pestka, after discussing how Amash has not responded to calls to attend a number of events including a meeting with the local Rotary club, a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce and a debate with Pestka himself. Pestka stated how during his career in politics he has “never seen a situation in which [a Congressman] doesn’t do interviews, debates, forums.” “[Congressmen] must take questions from voters and come to events,” said Pestka. That Amash, according to Pestka, has not been doing these things properly was, in Pestka’s mind, “not an insult to me ... but an insult to you.” Pestka made the point that Amash’s supposed failure to take part in public events and to respond to the media puts a hole in “[Amash’s] claim of transparency,” saying that you cannot have transparency “only on media you can control ...
L a s t w e e k S t e v e Pe s t k a took some time out of his busy schedule to stop by Calvin and talk with a number of students regarding his current run for Congress. Pestka will be running as the Democratic challenger to Republican Congressman Justin Amash, who currently represents Michigan’s 3rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Michigan’s 3rd district covers Barry, Ionia and most of Kent County and includes a number of major Michigan cities including Grand Rapids. The outcome of the race between Pestka and Amash holds the potential to impact the future of West Michigan and its many residents, including those living in Grand Rapids and attending Calvin College. Pestka started off the meeting by describing his local upbringing, saying that he “was born and raised in Grand Rapids.” After growing up in Kent County and going to school at East Grand Rapids High, Pestka attended both Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Michigan and went on to attain a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. Following graduation, Pestka found work in both the public and private sectors. In the past Pestka has served on the Kent County Commission, as a representative in the Michigan State Congress and as a judge of the 17th circuit. Additionally, Pestka continues to work in the land development business and aid in the campaigns of fellow Democrats. The t wo most recent campaigns which Pestka helped work on was for Pat Miles, who challenged Justin Amash to represent Michigan’s 3rd district back in 2010 and David LaGrand, who ran to represent Kent County’s 29th district in Kent County. Pestka stated his disappointment about the losses of both of these campaigns, especially LaGrand’s campaign. LaGrand was described by Pestka as a “close personal friend” in whose campaign he felt the most “personally invested.” Pestka hopes his campaign will result in a victory for the Democratic Party. But Pestka also noted that he did not always think it would be himself who would be seeking this victory. “I never thought it was going to be me who was going to run against Justin Amash,” said Pestka. Initially, Pestka tried to convince a former fellow state congressman to run against Amash before being convinced that he was the right man to take up the race. Prior to entering the race, Pestka ran two polls to gauge whether he would, as FILE PHOTO a Democrat, stand a chance Steve Pestka is challenging Justin at beating out Amash to Amash for a seat in the House. represent Michigan’s 3rd district, which historically has like Facebook.” generally supported Republicans. Time will tell whether or not The first poll of these polls turned Pestka’s criticisms of Amash will out a nine point loss for Pestka sway voters to support his camagainst Amash while the second paign. Pollster Andrew Baumann suggested that Pestka would win seems to think there is a chance by a margin of 47 percent to 43 of this happening, saying recently percent. Based on the results of that “Michigan’s 3rd District this latter poll Pestka decided to represents a challenging, but takes his chances and compete very real pickup opportunity for against Amash. Democrat Steve Pestka.” “ We t h i n k w e c a n b e a t In any case, West Michigan Amash,” said Pestka. Pestka gave residents, Grand Rapidians, and a number of reasons to back this residents of Calvin College must claim, one of which was based on wait until Nov. 6 when elections the fact that “Amash is among the are set to be held to see just how most conservative in Congress.” “real” Baumann’s alleged “pickup “Amash exists in a dream opportunity” is for Pestka.
5 N at i o n a l “ a n d Wo r l d N e w s ” Romney clear victor during last week’s presidential debate Today, I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. President Obama,“Jobless rate”
BY RACHEL HEKMAN
In case you weren’t aware, there’s an election on. Last week, inc umbent President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three presidential debates in Denver, Colo. Presided over by PBS NewsHour editor Jim Lehrer, the 90-minute event was fast-paced and full of energy, with both men interrupting, talking over and generally having a good go at each other. Obama was slated to win the debate, his rhetorical prowess and popular following considered to be a definite advantage over Romney, who has struggled in the past with making himself seem accessible to the average voter. But by all accounts, Romney was the clear victor on Thursday night. Polls directed the next day and three days after the debate showed a dramatic rise in voter approval for Romney. According to Gallup, nearly two-thirds of Americans reported watching the debate, and three-quarters of those said Romney had done a better job than Obama. The vote wa s nea rly u na n i mous among Republicans, Bloomberg Newsweek points out, but even 49 percent of Democrats reported Romney as the winner. In addition, a Pew Research Center poll of likely voters released Monday has Romney pulling 49 percent of the popular vote, a full five points higher than Obama. Rom ney’s s uccess c a n be credited to his ebullience on stage. He was in fine form on
Thursday, speaking animatedly and with enthusiasm and delivering his points succinctly. In response to Obama’s assertion that the Romney administra-
In September, the jobless rate reached the lowest level since Barack Obama became president. The rates were 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. It was a slight improvement. In fact, at a campaign event in Virginia, Obama said, “Today, I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again.” However, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did not hold the same thoughts. Romney said that an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent “is not what a real recovery looks like.” Romney also challenged Obama by saying, “We don’t have to stay on the path we’ve been on. We can do better.” Whatever the case, this slight drop in the jobless rate supported Obama’s case that the economy is slowly mending itself and that failure of good stewardship is not a reason for Romney to replace him as President. The unemployment rate of 7.8 percent was a lift for Obama’s re-election hopes in the final weeks of the campaign. The Labor Department reported that 114,000 jobs had been added last month and that the job growth in July and August was stronger than expected. Although it seems that positives changes are occur ring, economist Sean Incremona of the company 4Cast said, “Generally, we are still seeing a mixed underlying picture that is neither too impressive nor terrible.” On the other hand, a fellow economist, Omer Esiner of Commonwealth Foreign Exchange said, “The headline of the day is clearly the drop in the unemployment rate, which was a big surprise. There
This line sparked appreciative laughter in the studio audience. In contrast, Obama seemed distant. In a telling move, he chose to speak about his wife in his two-
Republican nominee Romney and incumbent President Obama greet each other at the debate. tion would cut taxes on high incomes, Romney answered, “I will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals. I know that you and your running mate
Jobless rate hits 7.8 percent BY JULIA GHO
keep saying that and I know it’s a popular thing to say with a lot of people, but it’s just not the case.” He then turned to the audience, saying, “Look, I’ve got five
is something in these numbers for everyone. The rise in the participation rate shows somewhat of a real improvement in the labor market.” Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, caused a stir when he suggested that the figures for the unemployment rate had been manipulated somehow, a claim refuted by Hilda Solis, U.S. labor secretary. “I’m insulted when I hear that because we have a very professional civil service,” she said. In fact, the two surveys by the Labor Department, put together, suggest that the job situation is not as bad as it was thought to be. Despite this supposed “positivity,” the financial market is less than impressed. For example, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed up to about 86 points before slowly decreasing for rest of the day. Additionally, most of the increase in employment came from part-timers. 582,000 more people reported that they were working part-time last month instead of full-time jobs. Economic troubles in Europe and Asia may also be contributing to the dropping rate of manufact uring employment. Factory hiring has been a source of economic strength for the past two years. However, the economic crisis in Europe and the slowdown in China are affecting the U.S. Chris Jones, an economist at TD Economics states, “the days of robust manufacturing payrolls growth are likely behind us.” Obama strongly believes that this improvement is a great encouragement. He clearly states that, “It shouldn’t be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy just to try to score a few political points.”
boys. I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true, but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. But that — that is not the case.”
minute opening statement rather than turning some of Romney’s faults back on him and giving the audience a preview of his positions. Throughout the course of
the debate, he gave “meandering, weak, professorial arguments,” in the words of Democratic political analyst Andrew Sullivan. A key dynamic to watch for in debates of this magnitude is the question of dominance — who is on the offensive, and who is on the defensive? In Thursday night’s debate, Romney had the clear upper hand; he went into the event confident, self-assured, and well-rehearsed, his offense refined and to the point. On the other hand, Obama was distracted and allowed Romney to take control of the stage and put him on the defensive, a critical mistake. Obama’s visibly poor performance has his campaign shaken. In a bizarre attempt to excuse it, former Vice President Al Gore said on Current TV that the president was having trouble adjusting to Denver’s “high altitude.” John Stewart of the Daily Show responded that Gore needed to “stop polishing a turd.” There are still two more chances for Obama and Romney to make up for past missteps and drum up support before Nov. 9. The next debate will be in New York on October 16 at 9 p.m. and will be a town-hall arrangement in which audience members can ask questions directly of the candidates. The last presidential debate will be held in Florida on October 22, also at 9 p.m. This debate will be identical to the first one, but will focus primarily on foreign policy. If you are registered to vote in the United States, be sure to request your absentee ballot soon or remember to visit the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Campus safety reflects on Colorado shooting BY KYLE RODRIGUEZ
In new court documents released last week, prosecutors are claiming that the accused gunman from the movie theater massacre Colorado this summer had threatened someone at the University of Colorado prior to the shooting. According to prosecutors, the threatened person was a professor at the campus where James Holmes, the accused shooter, attended graduate classes. The threatened professor contacted the university police after the threats were made, but no contact with local or state police have yet been reported. Hol mes re por ted ly wa s banned from the campus just weeks before a masked gunman opened f ire at a midnight showing of the “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20. The prosecution’s claim runs counter to what university spokespeople have stated. The defense attorneys and university spokespeople have said Holmes was banned from the campus’ non-public areas because he had dropped his classes at the college. The prosecution has posited that Holmes was banned after June 12 and did not begin withdrawing from classes until after the ban. The threatened professor’s name has been redacted from the documents, but has been assumed by media to be Dr. Lynne Fenton, who was seeing Holmes on psychiatric matters. Fenton previously testified that her last visit with Holmes was on June 11, after which
she contacted university police. Fenton declined to specify what caused her concern, but the timing of her testimony aligns with the prosecutions’ assertions. Prosecutors have also connected Fenton with Holmes in several other ways. Holmes reportedly attempted to call Fenton through a university switchboard just nine minutes before the shooting. A notebook, which was allegedly mailed by Holmes prior to the attack, was delivered to Fenton as well. The notebook has not been admitted as evidence to the case because defense lawyers claim it was confidential communication between a patient and his doctor. With these allegations regarding the supposed threat to a university employee, Calvin College campus safety is reflecting on the college’s procedure for threats on campus. “We’re currently trying to revise and revamp a behavioral assessment team,” said Bill Corner, director of campus safety. “The purpose behind the revision is to make sure that the right information gets to the right people, in order to prevent something like what happened in Colorado.” According to Corner, the revision includes partnerships with Broene Counseling Center, health services, academic services, student life and judicial affairs. “There are different procedures for different scenarios, whether it be a mental, medical, or even criminal issue.” explained Corner. Corner explained that when mental health problems occur in students, requiring resources Calvin cannot offer, the college often partners with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. “No matter what, we don’t just kick them out and say don’t come back; we want to see it
through from beginning to end,” said Corner. In some cases, drastic action is necessary, and Corner says that Calvin would not be unwilling to take it. Corner explained that 2007 there was an incident where a Calvin seminary student had expressed homicidal thoughts. The student was found with firearms in his Calvin-owned apartment, and other clues pointed at a possibility of a dangerous situation for the Calvin community.
“We want to see it through from beginning to end.” The police were called in and the student was charged criminally, but Calvin ensured that the student was taken care of at Pine Rest. Prior to that, however, Calvin officials went door to door in the necessary communities to alert people of a possible risk. The 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech helped motivate Calvin officials to be as thorough as they were in the aforementioned threat. The alleged failure by the University of Colorado to follow up with their student is now motivating Calvin officials to once again reassess their policies. In any case, campus safety encourages students to watch out for other members of the Calvin community. “The best thing a friend can do is get help for someone they think may be struggling with those kinds of issues,” said Corner. “Looking back, in hindsight, every person we’ve dealt with has been grateful to have those kinds of friends.”
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Obama/Romney on Waffles
Everything you ever needed to know about the 2012 election ever
BY MAXWELL HOWARD
When I think about the 2012 presidential election, I must confess: I get a little queasy. I feel like I should vote, but I know little of the two candidates. I think my uncle told me that Obama is a communist? Apparently Romney wears secret Mormon underwear? So maybe Romney does wear space undies. Maybe Obama really is a Kenyan insurgent working to topple the free world. But how do Romney’s cotton bottoms and Obama’s dad fit into what will happen to my life? Since I had so little knowledge of politics and so many urges of altruism, I dug, and, oh did I relish what I discovered. If you aspire to cast any kind of informed vote, look no further. You have found the answer. Lay down your weary head.
Obama: “Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” Romney: Is a waffler or flip-flopper (see: minimum wage, abortion, healthcare, immigration, and anti-union law)
On airplanes Obama: Switches Air Force One American flag with his own campaign emblem and slogan. (Information via email forward from father’s friend, subject title “IT’S NOT OBAMA’S!!) Romney: “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous.”
On sunshine Obama: “How’s it going Sunshine?” in an address to Sunrise, FL. Romney: “Syria, what’s happening in Syria, is a ray of sunshine,” in response to the Syrian civil war.
On Nancy Reagan Obama: ”I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances.” Romney: Has Nancy Reagan serve him lemonade and cookies.
On the Olympics Obama: “No, no. I have been practicing… I bowled a 129. It’s like, it was like Special Olympics, or something.” Romney: “It’s hard to know just how well [the 2012 London Olympics] will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.” Insulting the Britain on the eve of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
On questions Obama: “Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.” Romney: “Well, the question is kind of a non sequitur, if you will. And what I mean by that — or a null set.” When asked if the decision to invade Iraq was a mistake.
On the Army Obama” “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.” Romney: Was too important to go to Vietnam.
On insulting others Obama: “I want to make mention that this is our first meeting since the arrival of the newest Sarkozy, and so I want to congratulate Nicolas and Carla on the birth of Giulia … And I informed Nicolas on the way in that I am confident that Giulia inherited her mother’s looks rather than her father’s, which I think is an excellent thing.” Romney: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” FILE PHOTO
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These days, there’s two different ways bands blow up or get big. One of those... organically, spreading amongst the youth. Macklemore, “‘The Heist’ biggest thing to escape Seattle”
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‘End of Watch’ features excellent directing, superb script BY NICK KEELEY
Throughout film and TV history, police officers have arguably been the most-depicted onscreen profession. For the most part, cops in films are often portrayed as either cartoonish stereotypes. Films that circumvent this formula, such as “The Departed” and “Training Day,” succeed because they convey authenticity. The newest cop thriller to feel authentic is “End of Watch.” Thanks to its compelling style and performances, “End of Watch” is one of the best films of the year. I n “End of Watc h,” Ja ke Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala, two young LAPD beat cops who are also best friends. As Taylor and Zavala go through the daily horrors of the job, they grow off-duty as Taylor finds his first serious love (Anna Kendrick) and Zavala begins a family. But when two cops find a sizable amount of money and firearms at a routine traffic stop, their lives
become threatened by a violent drug cartel. “End of Watch” succeeds as a compelling and engaging thriller for a number of reasons. Directed by “Training Day” writer David Ayer, “End of Watch” creates what is perhaps the most authentic look at the everyday lives of cops ever put on film. Ayer achieves this through his bold choice of shooting the film in a hand-held, documentary-style. Throughout the film, characters are seen filming the events with their cameras, whether its Taylor making a video for his film class or a cartel member filming their plans. The handheld cinematography gives the film a remarkably claustrophobic feel, allowing for the viewer to feel like they’re part of the film. Ayer also does a superb job of establishing the film’s tone, balancing the film’s tense and comedic elements to further create authenticity. In addition to his excellent direction, David Ayer does a
strong job in writing “End of Watch.” While the film’s overall plot is nothing original, Ayer’s
script succeeds because of its compelling structure. With the
cartel plot largely in the background, the film mostly follows Taylor and Zavala as they work and live on a day-to-day basis. The script’s structure adds to the film’s realism by allowing the viewer to feel as if they are experiencing two characters who are wholly and uniquely real. Full of depth, Taylor and Zavala are immensely likable characters who are driven by their strong bond. Ayer’s script does an impeccable job of capturing a friendship, evidenced by Taylor and Zavala’s ability to find the humor in life despite the horrors they witness. As strong as Ayer’s characterizations of cops are, the film’s depiction of cartel members tends to veer into cliches and stereotypes. In addition, the script goes overboard on the use of profanity, particularly with some cartel members swearing with every other word. Along with its excellent direction and script, “End of Watch” succeeds due to its great cast. Academy-Award nominee Jake
Gyllenhaal gives one of the best performances of his career as Brian Taylor, effortlessly displaying Taylor’s charm and likability while realistically capturing what it’s like to be a cop. Gyllenhaal also has remarkable chemistry with Michael Pena, who is outstanding as the funny and goodhearted Mike Zavala. Gyllenhaal and Pena are entirely believable as friends, making the film all the more realistic and powerful. As Taylor’s girlfriend Janet, Anna Kendrick gives a performance that is equally charming and heartfelt. America Ferrera and Cody Horn are believable as tough female officers, while character actor David Harbour is good as a seasoned officer full of disdain for Taylor and Zavala. Exhilarating, tense and realistically funny, “End of Watch” is a superbly-executed look at the everyday lives of Los Angeles police officers. Featuring outstanding performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, “End of Watch” is a must-see film this fall.
‘The Heist’ biggest thing to escape Seattle Hoper’s latest a must listen BY KATELYN GUICHELAAR
Con sider i ng t he fac t t hat Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ next three upcoming shows are sold out, it’s no surprise that young people everywhere are counting down the days until the release of their new album, “The Heist.” Macklemore has again paired up with rapper and producer Ryan Lewis to create their first album since t hei r debut, “T he VS.” EP, i n 2010, according to T h e Wa s h i n g t o n Herald. The Seattle duo gave their fans a sm a l l sa mpl i ng of what the album would be like, releasing three singles in the last month. T he a lbum feat ures a range of dif ferent a r t ists. Allen Stone, Mary Lambert and Buffalo Madonna lend their un ique sound to each track, making the album anything but monotonous. In actuality, it sometimes can be difficult to keep up with the all-over-the-map journey Macklemore leads. From tracks that carry powerful and personal experiences from Macklemore’s life to amusing, light-hearted tracks with driving rhythms and memorable one-liners, the album will fully engage the listener. One of the more humorous tracks is the third on the album. One of three released singles and entitled “Thrift Store,” it can only be described as silly. The
song opens with the voice of a little girl asking Macklemore if they can go shopping at a thrift store. With a quirky saxophone that drives the beat, sounds of jingling coins and opening cash registers, and lyrics like, “I wear your granddad’s clothes / I look incredible” this track has already become a fan favorite.
Only two tracks later, the listener will find themselves at the exact opposite end of the emotional spectrum. “Same Love” was inspired by Macklemore’s uncles, who we were in a gay relationship while he grew up. Macklemore expresses the questions he struggled with growing
up and his advocacy for marriage equality. But Macklemore and Lewis weren’t finished with this album when they finished the music. In an interview with the Seattle Ti mes, M ack le more s t ated, “These days, there’s two different ways bands blow up or get big. One of those, is they make a piece of work that the critics jump on right away… and that takes it to the next level very quickly. A nd t he n t he r e’s another way, which is organically, spreading amongst the youth.” O n e w a y Macklemore and Lewis are attracting attention from the youth is by advertising the hard copy of their album. In an attempt to get teens away from only downloading digital copies from iTunes or Amazon, Macklemore and Lewis gave a physicality and personal design to their work. I n t he t ra i le r for the new album, Macklemore expresses that he wanted to push the album further and give the fans more by designing The Heist Deluxe Edition box set. Each box includes eighteen individual pieces of art for every song and three bonus songs only found on the deluxe edition. I f you’r e c r av i n g some new hip hop beats FILE PHOTO or maybe you’ve been drawn in by the unique opportunity to unwrap Macklemore’s deluxe edition box set, either way, you should check out Macklemore and Lewis new album. It could be the next biggest thing to come out of Seat tle since Starbucks.
The Festival of Faith and Writing will hold a used book sale during inauguration week: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center second floor north hallway. Selections will include classics, modern fiction, social sciences and much more (no textbooks). Most books priced for $2.00 or less! This sale is open to the public. Proceeds to benefit the Festival of Faith & Writing. Questions? Contact Beth in the Festival office at 526-6770 or email@example.com.
BY JONATHAN HIELKEMA
Most of the music I keep closest to me, that I love most, is sprightly and adventurous. I respond to huge dynamic shifts, magnetic beats, and sonic density. That is, I like my music to be light on its feet but full of imaginative twists and turns. That might be a symptom of a short attention span, though I am far from incapable of listening to long, stately symphonies or slowly unfolding minimalist pieces. Perhaps the hardest music for me to appreciate is solemn music. That is why, approaching Martin Hoper’s latest album “The Bride,” I was somewhat apprehensive. In the end, I found my fears unfounded. This is an album that I appreciate more the more I listen to it, its complexities understated and its playing never ostentatious. This album originates from Sweden, which in part explains both its mournful and adventuresome qualities. Scandinavia has been one of the richest veins of new jazz music for more than a decade, and many of that region’s noted groups (I’ve previously reviewed Verneri Pohjola’s “Aurora” in this publication, which shares many qualities with “The Bride”) have established a sound that draws on the melancholy of the blues while exploring a more open and spacious vibe than I would expect from contemporary American bands. In this case, the album navigates many traditional song forms, including marches, waltzes, and ballads, but infuses them with emotional depth and intelligence that emerges through the instrumental conversations. Hoper, the leader and bassist, is normally content to pluck out rhythms in tandem with drummer Chris Montgomery. Some songs, notably “South 3rd Saudade” and “The Boys in My Hood,” have fairly con-
sistent drum patterns that act as an anchor for a more austere song. On livelier tracks like “Cilantro” and “Calibanos,” the saxophonist Linus Lindblom’s clear, bluesinspired playing rarely attempts mind-blowing speed, instead acting to sculpt a particular vibe. He holds many notes far longer than jazz saxophonists tend to, and it has the effect of holding down time. When Lindblom does exude more energy, he has the element of surprise, and I came away from this effort convinced of a real talent. His ability to converse with and play off of the rhythm section, and especially his close connection to pianist Jonas Ostholm, makes him a real standout.
I want to return to the leader for a moment, because there are moments when the bassist breaks out and soars on his own. There is an unaccompanied bass solo that takes up the first minute of “Muttileinen,” and in that time he not only holds my attention but captures all the emotions of the track with only a few notes. Even when there is a bit more pep in the tracks, the dominant mood is sadness or wistfulness. Many of the tracks are titled with place names and evoke a strong sense of nostalgia. None of this will get you moving and none of it reaches into truly new territory, but it comes off with such elegance that I don’t much care. It carves out a distinctive place and mood and successfully flourishes in that space for around forty-five minutes. Nothing world-changing, but in terms of musicality and mastery of mood this album is more than merely competent.
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“I just compared Mark Twain to Sarah Palin. What blasphemy.” - Professor Fondse, English
“Don’t tell the Pope, he might excommunicate me.” - Professor Anker, English
“Now we’re looking at [Tom] Cruise’s crotch. Aaand we’ll cut it there.” -Professor Romanowski, CAS
10/01/2012 Ofﬁcers observed a suspicious person walking near the Prince Conference center who had left an obscene note on the windshield of a Campus Safety vehicle. When ofﬁcers attempted to make contact with him, he ﬂed into the nature preserve. Ofﬁcers attempted to located the suspect, but were unsuccessful. The suspect was described as wearing black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his face. 10/02/2012 Campus Safety took a report of a larceny of a longboard from the Commons near the north entrance of the dining hall. The incident occurred sometime between 8:00 and 8:25 a.m. on Oct. 2. The victim did not see who took his longboard. He also mentioned that two other people who he knew had had their longboards stolen from the same location on previous dates. The longboard was described as a Sector9 Fractal with blue wheels and stickers on the underside that said Fox Racing, Mastercraft and Oakley. 10/02/2012 Campus Safety was contacted in reference to some suspicious activity in the area of Zuidema Soccer Field. An unknown individual dressed in black was observed running across the ﬁeld in such a way that the individual ﬁling the report believed the suspect might have been intoxicated. The suspect, dressed in black and possibly wearing a mask, ran into the woods near van Reken Hall. Ofﬁcers checked the area but were unable to the suspect. Resident Life staff in KHvR were advised of the suspicious condition. 10/03/2012 Campus Safety took a report of damage to college property in the Commons Annex. Sometime between Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 an unknown person kicked or used some type of blunt force object to strike a storage room closet door, cracking the door across the middle. There was no known witnesses or suspects to the incident. The damage to the door was signiﬁcant enough to require replacement. 10/05/2012 Campus Safety took a report of a theft of personal property from the Covenant Fine Arts center. A student had left their unsecured Sector9 longboard unattended outside the band room while they were attending a concert. When they returned to get his longboard after the concert, it was gone. The longboard was described as having green wheels and a blue and green ocean print on the bottom of the deck. 10/07/2012 Campus Safety responded to a report of a suspicious person going through the trash outside of Phi Chi apartments. The suspect was a white male in his 60s and has been the source of repeated complaints by residents in Knollcrest East. The man had previously been advised by Campus Safety to stay out of trash containers. Ofﬁcers told the suspects they were trespassing and as such they would be arrested if they returned to campus.
We are in a close race in the MIAA standings because of contributions from all members of the team. Coach Jerry Bergsma, “Knights close in MIAA race”
Women currently second Knights narrowly lose to Dutch and beat Hornets BY JESS KOSTER
The women’s soccer team traveled to Hope looking to defend its nine-year undefeated streak in Holland on Wednesday. The Knights put up a tough match, but the Flying Dutch prevailed winning 2-0.
Kalamazoo on Saturday. Calvin defeated the Hornets 3-2. Kalamazoo scored f irst in the 12th minute on a one-onone with junior keeper Ashton Hearn. Three minutes later Koets passed to senior Francesca Smith on the far post who put the ball into the net. Calvin took the lead ten minutes later when freshman Paige
Kelly Koets currently is leading the team in points with ﬁve goals and ﬁve assists. I n t he 21st m i nute of t he game, a Hope for ward broke through the defense and crossed t he ba l l i nto C a lv i n’s b ox. A Calvin defender tried to clear it but mishit the ball off the post and into the net. The Flying Dutch scored again 10 minutes later off a header from a corner kick. Calvin continued putting pressure on Hope in the first half but could not score. In the second half, the Knights had a slight advantage in possession but could not break Hope’s defense. Junior Kelly Koets came closest to a goal on a shot that went just wide. Calvin outshot Hope 14-10 but did not have a single shot on goal. The Knights were flagged for offsides seven times while the Flying Dutch were flagged once. This is the first win since 2003 that the Dutch have had over the Knights in Holland. The Knights went on to host
Capel received a pass from junior Danielle Carter and put it into the goal. The Knights had the lead into halftime and led with a 14-3 shot advantage. Calvin continued to pressure the Hornets’ keeper, and in the 75th minute, Koets took a header from Smith and tapped it into the goal. With under ten minutes remaining, Kalamazoo took a long shot that was out of sophomore keeper Lauren Merz’s reach. With that goal, the score was brought to 3-2 which would held for the remainder of the game. The Knights had a 22-10 shot advantage throughout game and had four more corner kicks than the Hornets. The Knights are one point behind Alma as of Monday at the halfway point in the season. Calvin plays again on Saturday when it hosts Alma at noon on Zuidema Field.
Cross country places second at invite
Both teams fall only to Grand Valley State in fields of 20 other schools BY JEFF MEITLER
It was a blustery day on Calvin’s Gainey cross country course Friday afternoon at the Michigan Intercollegiate Invitational. Both the men and women placed second in their respective races against the college teams in Michigan. O n t he me n’s s id e, s e nior Job Christiansen took sixth place and was the first Calvin f inisher in 24:58.9. Coming in right behind him in seventh was senior David Vande Bunte in 25:00.4. In 14th place was senior Rhett Morici, finishing in 25:22.5. Sophomore Steven Haagsma had another breakout race finishing 22nd and running a personal best of 25:32.8, whi le junior Sam Kerk came in 24th with a time of 25:36.4. Josh Ferguson finished in 31st at 25:47.5 and jun ior Ph i lip Spitzer i n 33rd at 25:54.7 to round out the top seven. In the absence of four of Calvin’s top runners, Spitzer, Haagsma and Vande Bunte all put in superior efforts, each of them crossing the line about 30 seconds faster than in the K night invite on the same course a month earlier. They set the tone for the rest of the Knights, as over half of the team set personal records highlighted by the performances of freshman Seth Borchardt and senior Alex VanHaitsma.
Both runners finished over 45 seconds faster than their times at the Knight invite. The men were second among 21 complete teams racing. Division II powerhouse Grand Valley State took first. “Bot h of t he races are set up races for next week [UWOshkosh],” said head coach Brian
PHOTO BY JESS KOSTER
Job Christiansen took sixth in the meet and was Calvin’s number one runner.
Diemer. We tried to run a little bit more conservative and stick with our packs a little bit longer. We wanted to move in the middle of the race, and our guys did that very well. We gave specific duties
The women’s golf team came ready to go on Saturday. At Lenawee Country Club that afternoon, the Calvin Knights posted a team score of 348 strokes, which earned them a solid second place spot at the Adrian-hosted MIAA Jamboree. Saint Mary’s took first place team honors with a score of 345. Hope took third with an overall score of 350 and Olivet fourth with 355. Calvin junior FILE PHOTO Elise Doezema Ca rl ia Ca nto led the Knights on Saturday with a round of 81, which led to a personal second place finish. “I really like how this team has been performing at a high level despite having a nu mbe r of f r e sh me n i n t he lineup,” said head coach Jerry Bergsma. “It is a fun team to be
around because we enjoy each others’ company while pushing each other to keep getting better each week.” Ca lv i n rema i n s i n fou r t h place overall with 36 holes left in the MIAA fall season, but the Knights sit just five strokes out of third place and seven strokes from second place. Olivet remains in first place in the league standings by a healthy margin. “We are in a close race in the MIAA standings because of contributions from all members of the team.” said Coach Bergsma, “We have two players in the top 5 in the MIAA individual standings (Canto and senior Elise Doezema) and two freshmen in the top 15 (Casey Harkema and Jennie Poole).” Coach Bergsma is very pleased with how his girls have stepped up and their intense desire to do well in the MIAA league. The Knights compete again on Oct. 12 and 13 in the MIAA tournament in Battle Creek. These are their final two competitions of the year.
to the packs, and for the most part, we accomplished a lot of what we set out to do. David Vande Bunte came through huge.” The women were also without t he i r to p t wo r u n ne r s, but they put in a solid performance as well. Leading the charge was sophomore Kimby Pen n i ng, who ea r ned a 10th place finish in 18:03.9. Just behind her in 11th was sophomore Lizzy Vannette who finished in 18:04.6. Freshman McKenzie Diemer was next across the line in 14th place with a time of 18:07.5. Se n ior C h r i s t i ne H a r t le y f inished 19th with a time of 18:13.9 wh i le ju n ior A lyssa Oram finished 20th in 18:16.5. Finishing in 24th and Calvin’s sixth spot was senior Kaylea Brase in 18:40.5. Sophomore Sarah Danner had a 31st place finish in 18:49.7, completing the Knights’ top seven. The women’s team placed second among the 19 complete teams competing. Grand Valley State took first. “The women performed very well,” said Diemer. “K imby Penning ran a fantastic race and Lizzy Vannette really showed up in a big way today. A huge improvement and a huge personal record [for Lizzy]. She showed that she could run with our main chase pack as we progress through the season.” Next weekend t he va rsit y teams will head out to the UWOshkosh Invitational to take on some of the top Division III competition in preparation for the nationals meet in November.
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There is concern that the Vita might be a product bound for irrelevance in the market. Jonathan Hielkema, “Mobile gaming diversiﬁes”
As mobile gaming diversifies, Sony sales decline $40 on Sony’s system) sold five million units in a single release Staff Writer period (Apple). The traditionally dominant player in this space, Sony Corp. has had its challengNintendo, appears to be adjustes lately. Last year, the Japanese ing to the market more easily, conglomerate lost around 90 as its 3DS system has taken a billion yen ($1.2 billion). Though commanding lead over the Vita, the whole economy in Japan has especially in the two companies’ had a sluggish record for the home nation, Japan (Gamasutra). last two decades or The current trends so, Sony for a long in video games time could count on point toward t he strong sales in their increasing popularity core television busiof products with lows ness and a position costs of entry, whether of power in the video companies make them game market. For reafree to play and only sons both economic charge for additions a nd ecolog ica l, it s (as i n ma ny socia l television business games on Facebook) has lost $8.5 billion. or sel l g a me s at a Through leadership far lower price with changes and massive smaller development corporate restructurcosts (the model that ing, the firm has yet to has dominated on the return to profitability, iOS devices). Yoshida though it now projects indicates that Sony it will do so by early might be well-posi2014. tioned for this kind of In the midst of this market adjustment: tumult and financial “[We can] cater to difficulty, Sony has smaller independent still produced some developers. It’s very remarkable technoleasy to develop conWIKIMEDIA COMMONS ogy products. One of tent for PS Vita. More The PlayStation Vita is a technically excellent mobile gaming platform, but gamers are moving to phones and tablets. these is the Playstation c o n t e n t a nd mo r e Vita, a successor to the earlier the division of the company that ness now, they are very quickly as Yoshida said, the composition games is the number one priorPlayStation Portable console. oversees PlayStation hardware shifting their development re- of the mobile games market is ity that we have to realize Vita’s Despite that earlier system hav- and software development, noted sources to be part of that growing changing rapidly. The iPhone 5, potential.” ing a cold reception in North that “[Sony] is very happy with market,” he said to PlayStation which hosts tens of thousands of Realizing that potential could America, by the end of last year the hardware and platform that Magazine. games available for prices a frac- have significant implications for it had sold about 71 million units [we] created. It’s an amazing With a lack of software and a tion of those on the Vita (games Yoshida’s company and its future worldwide since 2004. The Vita gaming experience.” dearth of hardware sales feeding tend to cost between $30 and in the mobile gaming space. BY JONATHAN HIELKEMA
has a beautiful five-inch touchscreen, a full allotment of gaming controls, and a set of powerful internal processors. However, sales have been sluggish and critics attribute this to the rise of tablets and smartphones in the video game market. President Shuhei Yoshida of Sony Computer Entertainment,
Despite this, he acknowledges that the Vita has had difficulty attracting the full attention of third-party developers. “Because of the growth of the social/mobile sector, lots of opportunities are being presented to publishers to choose from, and because the social/mobile side is the growing sector in terms of the busi-
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each other in a vicious circle, there is concern that the Vita might be a product bound for irrelevance in the market. At the end of Aug ust, PlayStation Vita had sold around 2.2 million units worldwide, which, according to Sony, “nears” their previous expectations for the product (Reuters). However,
Calvin represents at space conference BY SAM VAN KOOTEN
displayed a poster on changes in the rotational period of two binary stars, which in one case indicates the star’s two components are veering toward a catastrophic merger. All of these were based on summer research. T he ke y note wa s co - p r e sented i n person by Ha r vey Elliott, a Ph.D. student, and via telepresence by Professor Ni lton Ren nó f rom NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Both have worked with the Curiosity rover on Mars, which was the topic of
Saturday a group of Calvin astronomers and physicists traveled to Ann Arbor to represent Calvin at the Michigan Space Grant Consor tium’s A nnual Conference. Hosted at the University of Michigan, the conference featured a day of talks and a number of posters on display. The talks covered a range of topics, from icy moons to satellite design. A mong t he talks were two given by Calvin s t u d e nt s a nd one by a Calvin professor, a favorable showing compared t o H o p e College, which presented posters but gave no talks. D a n Va n Noord gave the first talk of the day on a rare IMAGE COURTESY NASA type of binary White dwarves orbit in a binary star system. star (i.e. a pair of stars closely orbiting each their talk. Another speaker described ot he r), i nc lud i ng a C a lv i ndiscovered record-holder for work by high school students fastest-rotating star pair of this in Kingsford, Mich., to launch type. The two stars orbit each a rocket with a life-sized Adam other faster than a satellite goes Savage mannequin strapped to the side. The ensemble, dubbed around the Earth. Hannah Pagel and Sam Van “Buster’s Revenge,” w i l l be Kooten together gave a talk on featured on the Science Channel identifying asteroid families, later this month. Other speakers from colleges sets of small asteroids which are the debris from large asteroid and universities across the state collisions. This type of work is a presented on topics as varied as small piece of testing models of glass shards produced during impacts on the moon, science planetary formation. Professor Steve Steenwyk pre- education in grades K-8, the sented on further discoveries of effect on organic compounds of fast-rotating binary stars. These meteor impacts on Earth, and even discoveries include a whole new bac ter ia l iv i ng i n si n k holes of Lake Huron, in conditions class of binary star. Additionally, Rick McWhirter similar to those of the early Earth.
O p i n i o n a n d 11 “ E d i to r i a l ” The Christian way to vote obvious from parties’ platforms There’s a place for formality, but there’s also a place for drinking tea and discussing the big ideas of your discipline. Abby Zwart, Editorial
BY CONNOR STERCHI
In less than a month, the polls will be open and we will decide who will be our president for the next four years — the incumbent Democrat, President Barack Obama, or Republican challenger Mitt Romney. This is a pivotal election for the future of the United States. The recent political conventions provided insight on the varying agendas of the two major parties. The 2012 Democratic Party platform unequivocally supports abortion (ideally taxpayer-funded), same-sex marriage, unrestricted access to taxpayerfunded contraception (ideally a mandate, even for religious organizations), and embryonic stem cell research. In his timely sermon, “The C a mpa ig n for I m mora l it y,” Pastor John MacArthur spoke about the pressing issues surrounding the 2012 presidential election. “I’m not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform,” said MacArthur. “This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality. “The Democratic Party has now made the sins of Romans
From the Editor Do you love your department? Does returning there after a long bout of classes outside of your discipline make you feel like Odysseus coming home to Ithaca? Do the professors know you by name? If so, you, my lucky friend, are a part of a great department. Maybe you’re just a freshman who has yet to decide your major. A word of advice: choose one where you feel at home. It’s the place you’ll end up spending a lot of your time, so it’s worth it to consider the professors, the activities and the physical atmosphere of a department. It can make all the difference. Maybe you’re a senior whose department isn’t all you hoped. While it might be a bit late to change majors, it’s not too late to change your department! Start a new tradition, form a relationship with a professor — make it feel like home. Not sure where to start? Here’s my recipe for a great department. 1. Have a physical space. Now, there’s not a lot some of you can do about this. Certain departments are more blessed than others in the way of physical space (not everyone’s got an atrium), but most at least have a room set aside as a “lounge” area. Make this place comfortable for students — those desk chairs get old pretty quickly. Something other than florescent lighting is preferred, and a semi-quiet environment is best for allowing studying as well as quiet conversations. Also make this place convenient. A couple of public computers and a printer connected to WebPrint can be a lifesaver in a pinch and save students a trip
1 their agenda. What God condemns, they affirm. What God punishes, they exalt. Shocking, really. The Democratic Party has become the anti-God party, the sin-promoting party. By the way, there are seventy-two million registered Democrats in this country who have identified themselves with that party and maybe they need to rethink that identification.” A t t h e 2 012 D e m o c r a t i c National Convention, controversy arose after the references to God and Jerusalem were taken out of the platform. Eventually, the omissions were reversed and these references were added back. But would God approve of this immoral agenda for the United States? In blatant disregard of what the scriptures teach, President Obama has made clear his support for protecting the “right” to murder unwanted, unborn children. There is no ambiguity in the Bible regarding the human status of unborn children, as referenced in Job 3:16, Psalms 51:5, 58:8, 139:13; Ecclesiastes 11:5 and Isaiah 44:2. I n h i s 18 0 9 le t t e r t o t he Republican Citizens of Wa s h i n g t o n C o u n t y, M d ., Thomas Jefferson stated, “The care of human life and not its destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” And we have a major political platform and a president that explicitly supports Roe v. Wade, the court ruling that trounced on
this foremost objective of good government. MacArthur said it exactly right in his recent sermon: “To me it is ironic that those who pride themselves on defending the rights of the weak, murder them in the womb when they are the most weak. What kind of hypocrisy is that?” As for marriage, Jesus himself clearly reaffirmed God’s definition of marriage in Genesis. “And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate’” (Matthew 19:4-6, NASB). I often hear Christians say that we should not enforce the Christian definition of marriage on those who disagree with it. But as Christians we are exhorted to not just keep God’s definition of marriage within our churches, but to keep marriage respectable among everyone: “Let marriage be held in honor among all” (Hebrews 13:4a, ESV). As Christians, how can we support a president who espouses these unbiblical principles? On the other hand, Romney and the Republican Party are far from perfect. There are numerable problems, imperfections, shortcomings and weaknesses of
to the library. 2. Have facult y present in that space. It shouldn’t just be a student hangout. Professors should be there as well, socializing, giving tips on homework or just laughing at clever YouTube videos. This point is really just a way to say “have good professors.” Teachers who are willing to engage with students outside the classroom is vital for fostering a strong departmental community. They have to remind you they’re real people. 3. Invite students to professors’ houses. This is the ultimate when it comes to professor/student relationships. At such a small college, it’s easy to facilitate gatherings off campus and professors should make an effort to be transparent and casual with their students. There’s a place for formality, but there’s also a place for drinking tea and discussing the big ideas of your discipline. 4. Speaking of gatherings, have them frequently. Parties, retreats and informal get togethers are the best way to help students get to know their fellow majors. They can also just be plain fun. Have lots of different types of gatherings, specifically non-academic ones. Everybody needs a little bowling to blow off steam after a long week. (P.S. Interim is a really great time to do these things. Have a weekly lunch together, or show a film in the afternoons.) 5. Have a great department assistant. Seriously, these men and women are the heart of a de pa r t me nt. T H EY K NOW EVERYTHING. They overhear the dirty jokes professors tell, are excellent communicators and have intimate knowledge of how the department works. They’re the glue that holds a department together, and can help students feel informed and connected. 6. Encourage one-on-one mentorship. Having a close relationship with a professor helps students in so many ways — advice, recommendations, venting sessions, etc. For a student, the
feeling that one person in the department is looking out for you can make all the difference. 7. Connect with alumni. Creating a community that extends beyond the campus is a great way to show current students what they can do with their major. It can also open up lots of great opportunities for internships and job counseling, and can make recent grads feel comfortable moving to a new city after graduation. 8. Offer specialized classes. 300-level seminars are some of the best things a department can offer. They offer the dual benefit of creating a tight-knit group of professors and students, as well as allowing students to pursue specific interests. Most students love their majors — they’ve chosen their subjects because it’s something they’re passionate about, and they love to delve deep into the heart of the matter. High-level classes with interesting topics help students get the most of their tuition. 9. Host lectures. Lectures are a mini version of upperlevel classes that can help students explore areas of the major they’ve never considered. They also show students that the department is invested in them and wants to broaden their horizons. 10. Create traditions. Why is summer camp fun? Traditions. W hy do we love holidays? Traditions. They give us something to look forward to and the special knowledge they require helps us feel part of a group. Traditions can also draw new students to a department and help it flourish from year to year. Sounds good, right? Students, professors, administration: take note. Departments are the little pieces that build a strong college community. ~ajz
both political parties and candidates. But the 2012 Republican Party platform and Romney’s political positions do not flagrantly flout biblical principles. In his open letter to Christians, “Our Nation Has Lost Its Way,” evangelist Frank lin Graham exhorts Christians to prayerfully consider this upcoming election and use God’s word as the benchmark for casting votes. “Does your vote count? You bet it does. Now is the time for people of faith to stand up for clear biblical standards and for our freedom to live by those standards,” said Graham. “Christians need to be careful how they vote this fall, not just nationally, but also on the state and local levels. What are the candidates’ positions on issues in our culture that are clearly addressed in the word of God? We need to elect leaders who believe in the sanctity of life, and who defend and fight for God’s definition of marriage between one man and one woman.” Both political parties have flaws. Both parties are imperfect human establishments riddled with failures, faults, and shortcomings. Government, political parties, and politicians are all areas affected by the Fall, and as such have been imbued with sin. But the reality of sin and its all-encompassing scope does not mean we should disregard the upcoming election, or dismiss both candidates and parties since they are not perfect. None of us are. But what is certain is that either a Democrat (Obama) or a Republican (Romney) will be the president of the United States for the next four years. The sanctity of life and marriage are issues clearly addressed in the Bible — and now we have a choice between a candidate who defends them, and a president who defies them. Christians must take a stand this election. This is not a political issue. This is not a Republican versus Democrat, or a conservative versus liberal issue. This is a matter of what is Biblical versus what is clearly not. The positions of Obama and the Democratic Party platform endeavor to thwart the biblical decrees concerning life and marriage. Ronald Reagan once said, “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Has that moment come for the United States? If our nation continues in this direction, we are inviting God’s judgment.
Of the four candidates on the two party tickets, Obama is the only self-professed evangelical. I don’t know his heart or his motives — only God knows (1 Corinthians 4:5). But we can judge from the policies he supports and the positions he advocates; we can recognize people by their fruits. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matthew 7:16). Yes, Romney is a Mormon. But we are not voting for our pastor or minister. We are voting for the president of the United States. So we need not make our support completely contingent on a candidate’s religion or theological stances. Romney shares numerous biblical, traditional values with many Christians. He supports the biblical definition of marriage, he defends the lives of the unborn, and he firmly backs the religious liberty of individuals and organizations. In addition to the spiritual condition of individuals and churches, the Bible also addresses the spiritual condition of nations. In Psalm 144:15, David writes: “How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 33:12 reads, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” As Christians, this election is important — as is every election — because it will affect the moral and spiritual trajectory of this nation as a whole. And by the current spiritual temperature of the United States, our nation is inviting God’s judgment by the immorality which is increasingly promoted in our society. Although our nation was established on Judeo-Christian values by many Christian founders, the United States is not an exemplar Christian nation today. Our society and culture is embracing and encouraging immorality; a major political party is promoting these sins. And yet the Church in America has remained largely silent, not wanting to get involved in the mire of political polarization and partisanship. But once again, this is not a political issue. This is an issue of what is biblical versus what is not. On Nov. 6, as Christians, will we base our votes on political bias, or favoritism, or self-interest? Or, will we make a stand and use the inerrant word of God as our guide? I pray that we take a stand for God, for his kingdom and for righteousness’ sake.
Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair The annual Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Over 70 posters describing research in eight different departments and off campus will be on display in the De Vries Hall atrium, all levels. Students will be present at their posters (when not in class) to explain their research. Refreshments will be served on the third level. 91 students were funded working with 38 Calvin professors on 53 different projects. Research covered a wide range of topics: some dealt with diseases, others with environmental concerns. Researchers studied proteins and micro organisms. Research took place in campus labs and outdoors. Some students traveled to other states as part of their research and some research concerned outer space. Please join us on Oct. 19 and show your interest and support to your fellow students!
October 12, 2012