October 19, 2012 Volume 107 - Issue 8 calvin.edu/chimes
FACULTY ART EXHIBIT PAGE 2
GR SYMPHONY PAGE 4
SUMMER RESEARCH PAGE 6-7
WILDERNESS PURSUITS PAGE 9
Classmates and campus safety save junior student’s life BY RYAN STRUYK
When junior Doug Faber and senior Todd Jacobs filed into their business class Thursday morning, both expected another routine day of attending classes. The two had never said a word to each other before professor Bob Medema’s lecture on mutually exclusive investments began. But less than half an hour later, Jacobs and his classmates were in a race to save Faber’s life. About 20 minutes into the lecture, Medema noticed that something had gone horribly wrong for Faber, who was sitting in the front row. “Doug leaned back in his chair and his eyes rolled back,” explained Medema. “I asked students on either side of him and a student behind him to protect him, watch his tongue and help him work through it.” But after thirty seconds of watching Faber, Jacobs knew something wasn’t right. “He was gasping for air, and that kind of concerned me,” said Jacobs, who originally thought
Faber was having a seizure. “He started losing his color, and that changed the dynamic of what a normal seizure looked like. It just didn’t feel right.” Students cleared the tables and got Faber onto the f loor while another classmate called campus safety. Other students began praying for their classmate. Meanwhile, Jacobs went into the hallway to find an automated external defibrillator (AED), a machine that delivers an electrical shock to stabilize an irregular heartbeat. His search didn’t last long: the only AED in the hall was right outside the classroom. “You hope you’re not going to have to use it,” said Jacobs, “but we made sure everyone was clear and shocked him.” Two minutes after the initial call for help, campus safety officers arrived and took over with CPR. They administered the AED a second time. The fire department arrived shortly after and continued CPR. They shocked Faber a third time. It was after the third shock that first responders were able to sta-
“Doug had a cond it ion t h at he didn’t know about, nobody d id ,” Med e m a explained to his c la ss Tue sd ay. “It was going to ma n i fest it sel f a t s o me p o i n t in time at some place. It hap pened here. I don’t think that was coincidental. I think it was providential.” Doctors perfor med a n op erat ion to get rid of the extra p a t h w ay s a n d installed an inte r n a l c a rd i a c defibrillator that will automaticalPHOTO BY RYAN STRUYK ly shock Faber if An ambulance arrived on campus fifteen minutes after the emergency. it happens again. “It will feel like bilize Faber’s heartbeat and take Parkinson-White syndrome, a I’m getting kicked him to the hospital downtown. disease where extra electrical in the chest by a horse, so hopeAfter effects pathways can cause chambers in fully it won’t happen,” said Faber. At the hospital, doctors found the heart to contract earlier than that Faber suffers from Wolff- they are supposed to. See “Lifesaver,” page 3
Spektor sings to sold-out crowd BY COLLEEN KEEHL
Ken Heffner to preface Spektor’s show. “A s soon a s I fou nd t hat Regina was coming to Calvin, I was beyond ecstatic,” said senior Sam Wade. “I have been looking forward to this night for a long, long time. She was so perfect. She was everything I hoped for and more.”
smiled largely and broke out into her cappella song, “Ain’t No Cover” with not a second to spare. “Thank you,” she said politely and with every ounce of loveliness that one could possibly be endowed with. But don’t let her sweet, gentle stage performance fool anyone. When it comes to he-
Since the beginning of the semester, Regina Spektor’s concert has been the topic of conversation on Calvin’s campus when it comes to on-campus music. “I’ve been practicing for the si ng i ng,” sa id Calvin College President Michael Le Roy, after finding his seat for t he much-anticipated show Monday night. “She has a ve r y i nt e r e s ting and real ly unique sound. I like her a lot,” he continued. Spektor’s conc e r t w a s s old out and packed from the chairs on the f loor to the bleachers in Calvin College’s Hoogenboom C e n t e r. T h i s long-awaited concert was enPHOTO BY MEGAN SCHRODER thusiastically reSpektor’s husband, Jack Dishel (Only Son), joined her for a song onstage. ceived. “ D o n’ t t a l k , don’t heckle, just take it all in,” After the opening of “Only See “Regina,” page 10 said director of student activities Son, ” Spektor walked onstage,
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Campus News Inauguration week begins with Student Showcase of the ways he’s taken to get to know them by showing some of the things that they’re passionate about,” she continued. After the show, Le Roy expressed delight and appreciation for Student Showcase. “It was outstanding,” said Le Roy. “It was so exciting and so
of the show. McLaughlin held three pracOn-Call Writer tices for Dance Guild prior to the showcase. Some challenges Inaug uration week k icked for her included finding replaceoff Saturday with the Student ments for those who graduated Showcase, an event that feaand reorganizing dance formatured a variety of acts and perfortions. But she was happy with mances, including Dance Guild, the end results. Calvin’s Got Talent and “It a l l came toget her Rangeela. well,” said McLaughlin. “It The event took place in has been great getting this the Covenant Fine Arts group back together and we Center and served as the could not be more excited to beginning of the celebrabe a part of the showcase. In tion for incoming presimy group of audition co-ed dent Michael Le Roy. hip hop, these dancers all Paula Englin, coorlove the chance to perform dinator of student oron stage in front of any ganizations at Calvin, crowd, having Le Roy and said that the purpose of his family there is just an Student Showcase is to added bonus and incentive give Le Roy a sample of to perform our best. We’re some of the events and hoping it will encourage performances at Calvin. him to attend Dance Guild “We’re terming it ‘inithis fall.” tiation’,” said Englin. Troy Vander Hoek, a per“We wanted to kind of former in the “Three People give Le Roy and his fama nd a P i a no” a c t , wa s PHOTO BY CHANTELLE YAZZIE ily a taste of some of the pleased with how Student President Michael Le Roy takes part in the closing act of the Student Showcase. Showcase encapsulated the traditions at Calvin.” The idea for Student Showcase fun to see such joy and celebra“My favorite part of directing variety of talent at Calvin. came about last year, when for- tion.” “I think Student Showcase it was anticipating how good this mer student senate President The showcase featured a va- show could be,” said Mason. showcases — that’s sort of cliché Nana Owusu-Achau thought of riety of international and mul“The acts we chose for this but I’ll go with it — just how the idea to showcase the wide va- ticultural performances, which showcase are crowd favorites much talent is here,” said Vander riety of performances that Calvin included Africapella, an Indian from Airband, Dance Guild, Hoek. “It’s a great show not only has throughout the year. act and a Burmese act. R angeela, and Ca lv i n’s Got for students but also for students’ “[Le Roy] has been so wonder“I love all of the global culture Talent,” she continued. “I was parents and grandparents.” ful in interacting with the stu- representation,” Le Roy said. excited that not only President But for Vander Hoek, Student dents, and he has just really taken “And there’s just a fun loving LeRoy would get a little taste of Showcase’s icing on the cake was the initiative to know students spirit that just lifts my soul.” what these shows are like, but also when Le Roy unwittingly walked and to try to better understand After the performances, Le the new first year students as well. on stage to become the star of the their experience,” said Englin. Roy was asked to come up on I’m hoping it gets them excited to final performance. “In some ways we want to fur- stage, where he became the star of come to these events and maybe “To see the smile on his face ther that relationship, and this is the show’s final surprise act. The participate in the future.” while he was doing the Cupid sort of a way for students to give Student Showcase performers Senior Mallory McLaughlin Shuff le made my whole month back and reciprocate on some came back on stage to join Le Roy oversaw the Dance Guild portion of October,” said Vander Hoek. BY CONNOR STERCHI
in dancing to the Cupid Shuffle. “Ye s, I wa s [s u r p r i sed],” laughed Le Roy. “I never thought I was very good at dancing, so I’m being stretched.” Fitting with its name, Student Showcase was a student-led endeavor. Junior Rachel Mason was the director of Student Showcase.
Art Faculty Exhibition to showcase professors’ artistic talent
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piece consists of assorted pigeon bones in plastic bags suspended in the air. “Within a healthy ecosystem with organisms, people can be robust but there’s still this amazing fragility that we all have. It sort of points to this idea that we really live by grace,” Greidanus said about her piece. Michael Rodriguez is a recent Calvin grad. He was working for an architectural firm that was refinishing the domes on Saint Albert’s Basilica when he found a stash of pigeon skeletons that were well preserved. Rodriguez helped Greidanus retrieve them for her piece. “ B i r d s a r e a m a z i n g ,” Greidanus said. “They really represent fragility and they are incredibly robust in a healthy ecosystem. “Bird bones are really hard to find because they decompose
quickly. They are all filled with air. As a result, people perceive bird bones to be much more fragile than other bones so it just adds to that metaphor of fragility,” Greidanus said in response to the amazing find of so many well-preserved pigeon bones. It also explains why she choose to use bird bones and not a different animal. Underneath the bird bones are pinched porcelain bowls on top of sand with a bowl in the middle containing miscellaneous pieces as part of the participant exchange. The participant exchange is where a person can come in and leave something that is personal to them. The object must be smaller than one of the pinch bowls on display and must represent a life-changing event. The participant will not receive that object back but is able to take a
pinch bowl home with them as a reminder of the piece. Guest Writer Professor Frank Speyers also has multiple pieces on display. T he bie n n ia l Fac u lt y A r t Speyers pieces are called plein air Exhibition will take place once paintings or painting in the open again on Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. air. The majority of his artwork This event is especially signifiis done on sight and in his studio cant this year with the inaugurawith sketches or photographs. tion of President Michael Le Roy. “Old Friends” is one of Speyers There will be a reception held at paintings that is on display. The the Center Art Gallery where painting depicts Professor George people can meet the artists, ask Harper and Calvin’s past presiquestions, eat food and enjoy dent, President Emeritus William the art featured. Students are Spoelhof. The scene is of the two encouraged to attend and it is a men sitting together talking with free event. a black backdrop. Professor Anna Greidanus is “They are looking at the watch one of the faculty members with and it could be anything. I have several pieces on display. Her no idea what they are saying. You pieces include various ceramic could make any story up with it,” bowls done in several different Speyers said. styles. Greidanus also has a very Speyers’ other art pieces indifferent piece on display called clude stills from a town called “Fragile Ecology: Fragments – Omena. Omena is a very small Interactive Installation.” This town in northern Michigan. The three-piece collection features the post office that was built in 1888. “Omena is another word for ‘is that so.’” Speyers stated. The reception will also be hosting the 90 years collection. This c ol le c t io n fe a t u r e s pieces from Calvin’s personal art collection. The art exhibit is celebrating its 90th year of collecting art. Each piece of a r t chose n comes from a decade from 1922 to 2012. St udents are encouraged to come and visit the art gallery at any time and not just for the gallery occasion. T he hours are Monday-Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; WednesdayFriday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; PHOTO BY KELLEE DRAGT and Saturday 10 a.m. These art pieces are on display in the Center Art Gallery of the CFAC as part of the Faculty Art Exhibition. to 4 p.m. BY KELLE DRAGT
Urban Race pits dorm against dorm in water-themed activities BY CATHERINE KRAMER
On your marks, get set, go. The Urban Race is on. A lt houg h t he ac t u a l race doesn’t begin until Oct. 27, BeetsVeenstra dorm president Nate Ziegler believes it never hurts to plan ahead. “We’ve already begun putting together a team,” said Ziegler. “We’re working on a strategy and trying to get a lot of people involved. This is a great opportunity to help the dorm and build camaraderie.” The Urban Race, now in its second year, is the creation of Doug Vander Griend, chemistry professor and Project Neighborhood mentor. Its format resembles that of the popular CBS reality game show “The Amazing Race.” “The Urban Race is a Project Neighborhood sponsored competition in which on-campus students race around the city of Grand Rapids deciphering clues, completing tasks and overcoming challenges,” said Vander Griend. The details of the race, however, are being kept secret in order to assure a fair race for all parties involved. The only element revealed beforehand is the theme of ‘water.’ Aside from that, participants should be prepared for anything. “You never know what exactly the race will require, and that’s the fun of it,” promised Vander
pects of the event, Vander Griend hopes to also expose more students to Project Neighborhood, an off-campus housing option for students interested in living in an intentional community. Students in Project Neighborhood houses devote time to building relationships with one another and with their neighborhoods, through serving in the community. “Project Neighborhood brings Calvin students and city neighborhoods together in meaningful and life-changing ways. The race represents that [relationship] and does it in a community-building and unforgettable way.” Project Neighborhood mentor and Calvin alumnus Audrey Kinder also no t e s t h e b e ne f i t s of getting to know Grand Rapids through the Urban Race.“I think on-campus students are often isolated from a big part of what living in Grand Rapids is like,” said Kinder. “The race is good way for them WIKIMEDIA COMMONS to get a glimpse of what Last year, participants in the Urban Race competition stormed the downtown library in addition to other events. Grand Rapids has to offer and what living in a large, diverse community can to Vander Griend, only about 30 also known as ‘bags,’ is a lawn team to arrive at the finish line is game where two-person teams try not necessarily the winner. Thus, people will be able to participate look like.” The Urban Race begins at to throw bean bags into the hole the tournament will play a key in the actual race, but 128 more of the opposing board. factor in determining which on- students can be actively involved 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Pairs will be pitted against each campus housing site will receive by signing up for the cornhole Interested students should contact the leadership staff in their buildtournament. other, and each win earned for a the grand prize of $200. ing to sign up. Aside from the competitive asparticular dorm or apartment will “Last year first and last place Griend. “I can assure you that it will be crazy-fun and intense. Last year racers learned to dance, scarfed saltines, built fires and stormed the downtown library.” In addition to the race itself, students can support their team by signing up for the 64-team cornhole tournament. Cornhole,
subtract a minute from the team’s overall time. As the racing teams arrive back at campus, their times will be recorded. Then minutes will be taken off in proportion to the number of cornhole victories achieved for each team. As a result, the first racing
were separated by about 35 minutes, so I think that the results of the tournament will ultimately determine the race winners this year,” said Vander Griend. Because the race itself features teams of three, the cornhole tournament gives others the chance to support their team. According
lifesaver: quick community response prevents tragedy Con t i n u ed
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“Hopefully it’s just there for safety.” Faber was released from the hospital on Sunday, and he returned to the same business class on Tuesday morning. Doug’s pa rents, Pau l a nd Jamie, came back to the class with Faber to thank the class for their action. “Whether you were the camp counselor who was using the A ED, whether you were the person helping him down until campus safety came or whether you were the person praying, we are so grateful for every single one of you,” said Jamie. Aaron Winkle, associate chaplain for upperclass students, also thanked the students. “We often talk about being a community,” Winkle began. “I think Calvin College is a great college every day, but in crisis, Calvin College is an extraordinary place.” “We feel so blessed that Doug was led here and had such wonderful people support us in every way possible,” said Jamie. How training saved a life Doctors say the end result
could have been much different if not for the quick response of the classmates and their professor. “The doctors informed Doug’s family that had we not taken the action we did in the classroom that he would not have survived,” said Medema. Bill Corner, the director of campus safety, agreed. “The students and the professor did an excellent job,” he said. “They helped keep him going until we could get there. It cannot be overemphasized what a great job they did.” Jacobs had been trained to use an AED as a camp counselor, but Thursday morning was the first time his CPR and AED training had been put to the test. “When you’re the person who started the whole process, you’re hoping that you didn’t do something that could have harmed him,” he said. “You could still hear moaning, especially while he was being shocked and trying to fight to stay alive.” Jacobs said that he doesn’t know what compelled him to get up and to think to use the AED. “Most people say ‘why did you think to use the AED right away?’ and I don’t know,” he said. “I
really don’t even remember getting out of my chair and getting behind him.” Like Jacobs, Medema also said that he was completely focused on helping Faber. “The only thing on my mind was that we needed to save this kid,” he said. “You go into crisis mode and you’re oblivious to everything else going on. I was just trying to assess the situation and make the right decisions.” Shirley Hoogstra, vice president for student life, sent out an email early Thursday afternoon to students, faculty and staff releasing Faber’s name and some details of the emergency. “What’s so impressive about emergency response, whether it’s the students in the room or campus safety, is that you have a ton of responsibility and very little information. It takes real courage,” said Hoogstra. “The system worked perfectly…” But the response from students in the classroom was coupled with a quick response from campus safety and Grand Rapids emergency teams. Campus safety was on the scene within two minutes of the
initial call. “My staff did a great job. We handle everything from a cut finger to cardiac arrest and in between,” Corner said. “It’s important for us to be able to handle those situations well. My staff did a great job, as did everybody else.” The fire department was there within nine minutes and an ambulance was on the scene in fifteen minutes. “The system worked perfectly on Thursday,” said Corner. “If you’re going to have a medical emergency, that’s how you want everything to work in terms of a response.” Corner also highlighted the importance of having an AED nearby. He explained that every academic building has one and all campus safety vehicles are also equipped with AEDs. “But the AED doesn’t have legs,” said Corner. “The only way the AED was going to do something was if someone went and got it. You have to have people who know how to do them and aren’t afraid to use them.” Medema also highlighted other parts of the Calvin community that responded. “The whole college, the whole community stepped up. The chaplain’s off ice, st ude nt l i fe, c a mpu s nurses, campus safety — college-wide, everyone responded admirably. The whole college community was there to support,” he said. Hoogstra commended everyone involved for taking action in the crisis. “In this situation, the students, the professor, campus safety and the a m b u l a nc e … e ve r y piece of that was integral to the outcome,” she said. Seeing God at work Jacobs ref lected on how God used his camp counselor experience to lead up to his action in the classroom. “It couldn’t have been in a better situation,” Jacobs said. “If it had happened earlier that
morning while he was at home or when people weren’t around, it could have been much different. It’s amazing how God has things planned out and sometimes it takes event like this to step back and realize that plan.” Medema also reflected on how he saw God present through the morning’s events. “It happened at a time and at a place where he was with brothers and sisters who were able and willing to help him and where there was a defibrillator in the hallway right outside the classroom,” said Medema. “The fact it happened where it did and when it did I think was God’s providence. That was just amazing.” Looking ahead Since the incident, Faber has been suffering from short-term memory loss because of oxygen deprivation during the ordeal. On Thursday afternoon, his short-term memory would reset every 15 seconds, and he would continue to ask where he was and what happened. “My good and faithful friends would answer me the same every single time,” Faber said. “He could on ly remember maybe 30 seconds to a minute of what we were telling him,” explained Wesley Richards, Faber’s roommate of three years. “It was like resetting a computer.” Faber’s short-term memory continues to improve, and doctors say that the problem should completely fade in coming weeks. Although he has a short recovery yet to come, Faber knows that his situation could have been much worse. “I’m certainly happy to be alive, happy that God decided to keep me around a little longer,” said Faber. “I would say to my class, especially Todd, and to everybody who prayed for me they saved my life. I’m of course, eternally grateful. I’m very thankful for my friends, who spent a lot of time at the hospital this weekend instead of having fun.” And while Faber doesn’t remember anything from Thursday morning’s class, there is one thing he’s resolved to do. “I’m going to learn how to use an AED,” he said.
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I would hope that students, more than most, would be curious to explore something outside their familiar milieu. David Lockington, “Grand Rapids Symphony”
” Grand Rapids Symphony offers discount rates and excellent music Calvin College students can buy tickets to many upcoming classical concerts for five dollars BY JOSH DELACY
For on ly $5, st udents can experience Mozar t, Brahms, Mendelssohn and a variety of other composers at the Grand Rapids Symphony this fall. The symphony’s student passport program gives any full-time st udent discounted access to many classical concerts, including “Mozart and Brahms” (Oct. 26 -27) and “We Remember” (Nov. 16-17). “T he St udent Passpor t Program is a way that we can have students still join us at an age when they don’t have a lot of expendable income,” said Jacalyn Wood, the symphony’s marketing manager and a 2005 Calvin graduate. At $5, Wood noted, a student ticket is “cheaper than a movie.” Non-discounted tickets range from $24.50 to $96.50.
something outside their familiar milieu and try to dig to the heart of it.” O c t o b e r ’s “ M o z a r t a n d Brahms” will feature Brahms’ P i a no C o nc e r t o No. 2 a nd Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, better known as the Jupiter Symphony. Woody A llen, in his 1979 movie “Man hat tan,” named the Jupiter Symphony as one of his reasons for living. Robert Nordling, Calvin music professor and orchestra conductor, described the piece as “the absolute ze n it h of cla ssic a l symphonic literature.” Brahms’s concerto received similar praise from Nordling: “a gorgeous, gorgeous piece of music.” The concerto is written for a solo piano with orchestral accompaniment, and it includes a cello solo in the slow movement. I n Nove m b e r, t he G ra nd Rapids Symphony will perform “We Remember,” which will pair Stephen Paulus’ Holocaust memo-
chestra, it includes a m i xe d c h o r u s, children’s chor us, cantor and soloists. “T h is is a pro g ram wh ich we call a Program of Conscience in which we take the time to explore a theme — in this case, the relationships between r e l i g io n , s o c ie t y and culture,” said Lockington. “The prism is, of course, the Holocaust.” The second part of the “We Remember” concert will consist of Mendelssoh n’s Reformation Symphony, which recalls the Protestant PHOTO BY TERRY JOHNSON Reformation. The The Grand Rapids Symphony is made up of 50 full-time and 30 part-time s y m p h o n y i n - professional musicians, and is selling student tickets for $5. cludes Martin Luther’s chorale, “A Mighty Fortress Is every Richard and Helen DeVos John Varineau, chorus director Classical Concert and is free for Pearl Shangkuan and viola, harp, Our God.” T h e S t u d e n t all ticket holders. double bass, tuba, French horn “I will, without apology, sing and oboe players. Passport Program gives discounts for the praises of GR symphony,” The Grand Rapids Regional all concerts in the said Nordling, who conducted the Symphon ic Orchest ra is t he Richard and Helen orchestra once this past summer. “dominant symphony within D eVo s C l a s s i c a l “Great orchestra — every concert [t he West M ich iga n] a rea,” S e r i e s , C r o w e I go to, I enjoy to the full. Wood said. There are several “Now, am I comparing GR ways to register for the Student Howath Rising Stars Series and Edward sy mphony to t he New York Passport Program. The symJ o n e s C o f f e e Philharmonic? I’m not. And they phony recommends that on the Classics Series, as wouldn’t either — that would be evening of a concert, a student well as Symphony silly. But without apology, this is should simply sign up for and
Concerts eligible for Student Passport Program: Mozart and Mendelssohn - Oct. 18 & 19, 8 p.m. - St. Cecilia Music Center Mozart and Brahms - Oct. 26 & 27, 8 p.m. - DeVos Performance Hall We Remember - Nov. 16 & 17, 8 p.m. - DeVos Performance Hall PHOTO BY TERRY JOHNSON
Many of the performers of the Grand Rapids Symphony also teach at Calvin, including associate conductor John Varineau and many others.
“I love the opportunity to expose young people to something they are unfamiliar with,” said David Locking ton, the symphony’s music director. “I would hope that students, more than most, would be curious to explore
Winds and Piano - Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - St. Cecilia Music Center
with Soul. The program also gives students admission to UpBeat, a behind-the-scenes, pre-concert presentation that features David Lockington and other guests. UpBeat begins at 7 p.m. before
a good orchestra.” 50 full-time and 30 part-time professional musicians make up the orchestra. A number of these performers also teach at Calvin College, including associate conductor
immediately receive a membership card at, depending on the concert’s location, the Student Passpor t table in t he DeVos Performance Hall’s outer lobby or the ticket table at St. Cecilia Music Center.
Right now, Michigan imports all of its coal, so this will help Staff Writer Michigan have all its energy in Michigan.” Posters, commercials, speechJake has been going to a farmes, debates, candidates, ers market to get candidates, proposals, sig nat ures for proposals, proposals. the petition beElections can be chacause the oppootic, but some members sition believes of Calvin’s communithere is no supty are diving into the port for it. chaos to raise aware“I don’t know ness about certain canthe figures, but didates and issues i n a while ago the election. t here is about Ja c o b Va n g e e s t , a 55% for it. We third-year student, is volare trying to get unteering for the Sierra 65% support so Club, which is tr ying that it is guaranto gat her suppor t for teed to be in the Proposal 3. Proposal 3 constitution.” wants Michigan’s energy CAS to be 25 percent “green” Professor Smit by the year 2025. The ha s a lso bee n FILE PHOTO proposal would make i nvolved w it h the energy plan to be- At issue in the Lansing capitol building, shown here, the local eleccome part of the consti- are proposals addressing disability and sustainability. tions. He serves tution. as on the board “ M ic h i g a n i s a l r e a dy o n cause the initial cost of switching of directors for the Disability track to 10 percent by 2015, so it will be more, but in the long term Advo c a t e s of K e nt Cou nt y would be quite easy for Michigan it will be cheaper for Michigan,” ( DA KC ) . H e h a s b e e n i n to achieve this goal already,” he said. volved in raising awareness of Vangeest explained. “This proposal will also cre- disabilities among local and He also addressed some of ate 94,000 jobs in the future. state politicians.
“A lot of what I’ve been doing now is trying to raise a political consciousness of disabilities. DA KC has also been t r yi ng to raise a consciousness in the community with the campaign ‘Disability Is…’ using advertising and events to broaden people’s minds about disabilities.” The Disability Advocates have been involved with Proposal 4, which would allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council over wage scales, working hours and training, as well as other rights in the workplace. Professor Smit explained what DAKC’s position on Proposal 4 is. “DAKC is voting ‘no.’ They want to give more legislation for people who receive services, because in collective bargaining, there is a possibility of the quality of care being unsteady,” he explained. However, Professor Smit is not sure what his position is yet. “Persona l ly, I haven’t decided yet, because I see the benefits of collective bargaining,” he remarked. Another student has also been
involved in the election process. Third-year student Zach Thayer is volunteering for the County Commissioner Shana Shroll. He canvasses neighborhoods to encourage people to vote. Thayer has had met some impressive people while canvassing. “I’ve met Michigan’s former Secretary of State, Terry Lynn L a nd. She’s n ice a nd h a rdworking. She’s also interested in helping young people out. Very down-to-earth,” he said. However, he has also had some discouraging experiences. He recounts one story of a displeased voter. “I went to one door and they didn’t answer. So I slipped my paper under the door. Then this woman pulled in and I said, ‘Can I talk to you about ShanaSh rol l?’ and she responded, ‘We’re Democrats here. I don’t appreciate you coming onto my property,’” she explained. Overall, though, Thayer is proud of what he is doing, and wishes everyone would go out and vote. “I think it’s impor tant for people to vote, because you exercise your civic duty,” he said. Elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6.
rial oratorio “To Be Certain of the Dawn” with Felix Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, “Reformation.” Paulus, a living composer who has worked with the Calvin alumni choir, wrote the oratorio in 2005. In addition to the or-
Members of Calvin community participate in local politics BY RYAN HAGERMAN
the opposition. “Republicans are claiming that it will raise taxes, but it won’t be that much. Some utilities will go up by 50 cents be-
5 N at i o n a l “ a n d Wo r l d N e w s ” Calvin community reflects on the vice presidential debate Biden’s laughing and his interrupting ... was so condescending. Elena Buis, “VP debate”
BY RYAN STRUYK
One heartbeat away. That’s how far from the presidenc y eit her Vice President Joe Biden or Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will be for the next four years. The two candidates battled over the land’s second-highest office Thursday night during a 90-minute debate. Calvin students had m i xe d r e v ie w s o n how t he candidates performed. “I st i l l haven' t come to a decision on who was the winner,” said junior Elena Buis, an Obama supporter. “It was a normal debate in the sense that afterwards both sides said they won,” said Mikael Pelz, a political science professor at Calvin. “There was no decisive victory.” And according to a CNN poll, the American public is divided over who won as well. Paul Ryan edged out Joe Biden, 48 percent to 44 percent, a statistically insignificant difference. But for most people, Biden’s animated speaking style and laughing during Ryan’s responses was in the spotlight following the debate. “Biden’s laughing and his interrupting ... was so condescending. His tone of voice was almost constantly accusatory and on edge,” said Buis. “Watching him was like watching a slightly tipsy uncle go off on a political rant at Thanksgiving dinner, you're just like, ‘Um, I'm gonna leave now, you're making
me uncomfortable.’” in ter ms of going af ter Mit t presidential debate. J u n i o r R a c h e l H e k m a n , Rom ney,” he sa id. “I t h i n k “Looking from the outside, it a R o m n e y s u p p o r t e r, w a s Democrats were heartened by seems America just elects the opslig ht ly more forg iv i ng, but the fact that Biden was able to go position party every eight or four still did not approve of Biden’s on the offensive and really attack years just so they undo what the aggressive tone. “Biden was strong in his numbers and personality: he appeared dominant and knowledgeable. At the same time, his forcefulness was condescending,” she said. “Rather than coming across as the better debater, he was patronizing and just plain rude.” Pelz said that, while Biden may have been trying to make up lost ground from Obama’s weak first debate, his aggressiveness may hurt him. “Some democrats would say that Biden was just as aggressive as Mitt Romney was the week before, but I think Biden went over the line,” he said. FILE PHOTO “W hen we t h i n k Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan shake hands after the debate. about how the public views these things, they look at the body language of the other side.” incumbent has done, failing to each candidate,” Pelz continued. Senior Erin Coggin, a Romney realize that this means America “You have this laughing, wildly- supporter, wasn’t so sure. doesn't really move forward,” gesturing vice president, and I “Honestly, you vote for the he said. think the public, particularly top of the ticket,” she said. “Just Eigege supports Obama, saywomen and independents, are because Biden showed up more ing that it would help provide going to be turned off by that.” than Obama did doesn’t make continuity in the government. While Biden may have turned it okay for Obama to do poorly. Opinions also differed on Paul off some independents, Pelz said Ultimately, Joe Biden isn’t in the Ryan’s performance. that Biden gave the Democratic White House.” “Ryan was calm and collectbase something to rally around. E v e n N i g e r i a n s t u d e n t ed,” said Hekman. “He didn't “ I t h i n k B i d e n g ave t h e J o n a t h a n E i g e g e t u n e d take Biden's bait and was polite Democrats enough red meat i n t o t h e A m e r i c a n v i c e throughout the event, waiting his
turn to assert his ticket's superiority. On the other hand, he seemed vague, at times not answering the question directly.” B u t f o r B u i s , t h e “c a l m a nd col lec ted” approach wasn’t memorable. “ Wa s t h i s g u y e v e n i n t he d ebate? ” a sked Bu i s. “Nex t to Bide n, he see med very forgettable.” Pelz said that, while Ryan didn’t shine in the debate, he accomplished the main goal of looking presidential — something that 2008 nominee Sarah Palin struggled with. “I think that Ryan was able to hold his ow n,” said Pelz. “There were no questions about whether he would be able to be vice president.” Overall, the vice presidential debate is not likely to make a difference in the eyes of many Calvin students — or voters in general. “I doubt this debate will affect the election outcome,” explained Christina Weller, a senior who supports Romney. “Biden came out much stronger than I expected him to, but Ryan did well, especially not having much experience with debating. I think both candidates did equally well.” Hekman agreed. “Debates mean little in terms of my vote,” she said. “By the time the month before the election rolls around, I've already researched the candidates thoroughly and made my choice.” “The whole question of ‘did it really matter?’ is a fair question,” said Pelz. “This probably will not change the race in any way. It won’t change the narrative of the race.”
EU imposes more sanctions against Iran 14-year-old protestor shot other countries. In a statement, Press TV, one Staff Writer of the channels to be cut, said the move "shows that the European The European Union imposed Union does not respect freedom a new round of sanctions against of speech and ... is a step to mute Iran on Monday due to their all alternative news outlets reprefailure to assure the international senting the voice of the voiceless." community of the peaceful inWhile almost everyone seems tentions of their to see the need nuclear program. for increased These sanctions pressure on are intended to Iran, many restrict trade beof f icia ls a re tween Iran and worried about the EU in order to losing sight of put more pressure peaceful negoon t he Isla m ic tiations. government. Ca rl Bi ldt, At a meeting in t he Swed ish Luxembourg, EU foreign minisforeign ministers ter, emphasized expressed “serithe need for a ous and deepenmore intensive ing concerns over diplomatic efI r a n’s n u c le a r fort alongside program,” addthe sanctions. ing that Iran was “I think “ac t i ng i n f lathere are voicgrant violation of es that sound its international like they want FILE PHOTO a wa r,” Bi ldt obligations.” The ne w Eu r o p e a n Several foreign ministers from different parts of Europe talking. said. “We don’t sanc tions were want war.” necessary as a result of a “con- shipbuilding industry.” Catherine Ashton, the tinued failure to satisfy the world Previous sanctions have al- European Union’s foreign policy that the program was for peaceful ready had a crippling effect on the chief, asserted: “We want to see a purposes,” said William Hague, nation’s economy. The country’s negotiated agreement. But we will the British foreign secretary. currency, the rial, lost forty per- continue to keep up the pressure.” These new sanctions fall in a cent of it’s value against the dollar I r a n ’s s u p r e m e l e a d e r , long line of restrictions placed in recent weeks. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Iran by the United States, T h i s ac ute i n f lat ion m ay the latest measures were noththe UN, and the EU in recent be due to the sanctions which ing new but described them as years. Specifically, the new sanc- r e s t r i c t t h e n a t i o n’s a b i l - economic warfare. tions are aimed at restricting the ity to sell oil to and complete During a speech in Shirvan, financial, trade, transport and b a n k i n g t r a n s a c t io n s w it h in eastern Iran, he praised Iran’s energy sectors. European countries. “exemplary political stability and The European Union “agreed Meanwhile, a leading European tranquillity,” adding: “The ento prohibit all transactions be- satellite provider, Eutelsat, cut the emies wanted to make our people tween European and Iranian broadcasting of 19 Iranian televi- depressed and exhausted through banks unless authorized in ad- sion and radio stations as a result their sanctions. Our nation’s will vance under strict conditions with of earlier sanctions. These chan- and resolve to defend the ruling exemptions for humanitarian nels are still running in Iran but Islamic system should be a lesson needs,” according to an official will not be broadcast in Europe or to them.” BY LAUREN DE HAAN
statement. The European Union also had “decided to strengthen the restrictive measures against the Central Bank of Iran. Further export restrictions have been imposed, notably for graphite, metals, software for industrial processes, as well a s mea s u res relat i ng to t he
BY CHRISTINE BENNETT
Malala Yousafzai, along with two of her classmates, were shot by a Taliban gunman in the northern city of Mingora on Tuesday. Yousafzai was targeted because of her activism for girls' education in defiance of the Pakistani Taliban. A Taliban spokesman said that she was “promoting sec ularism,” and that her campaign was an “obscenity.” All three girls survived, though Yousafzai was sent to Britain for a better recovery. Yousafzai was hit once during the shooting. The bullet had passed through her head and lodged in her shoulder. She im mediately received care at a military hospital in Peshawar and underwent a successful operation, though she remained in critical condition. Two British doctors were in Pakistan at the time attending a seminar, and were immediately flown to the hospital to help. Yousafzai was later moved to a specialist hospital in Rawalpindi for further treatment. Pakistan had initially approached America for help, and the two nations discussed options of transferring her to Germany or an American hospital in Oman, but Yousafzai was still too weak to fly, and over the course of the weekend numerous offers from around the world were extended to her family, including one from former Congressional member Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, who even arranged for a neurosurgeon to f ly to Pakistan if necessary. The family eventually chose to accept Britain's offer. On
Monday, a hospital jet provided by the United Arab Emirates f lew Yousafzai to Birmingham for treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which has a new facility specializing in bullet wounds and head injuries. Yousafzai's condition remains unclear, and
Her campaign was an “obscenity” even with recovery, doctors at Rawalpindi advise “prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma,” which would be better provided in Britain. Yousafzai has been campaigning for education rights since the age of two, writing a blog for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban, who had controlled her hometown in Swat Valley since 2007. Her father, a schoolteacher himself, continued teaching in defiance of Taliban orders to end female education, and encouraged his daughter's activism. Although the Taliban were ousted in 2009, young Yousafzai continued to receive death threats. At the time of the shooting, she was on her way home, travelling in a truck outfitted with benches that served as a school bus for Yousafzai and her classmates. Al Jazeera, a newspaper funded by the government of Qatar, reports Kainat Riaz's account of the story. “A young man stuck his head into the back of the van. He had a pistol in his hand ... We were all terrified ... He asked about Malala, asking who she was. When a classmate responded, he started firing.” R ia z a l so received a bu llet wound in her upper right arm, and was treated by family members.
October 19, 2012
CALVIN SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM POSTER FAIR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12:30-3:30 IN DE VRIES HALL ATRIUM
BY KATELYN BOSCH
Every summer, big questions are being asked and explored through Calvin’s summer research program. Students and faculty are combining efforts to do scientific research that will both benefit the world and prepare students for careers in the sciences. The program offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct original research under the guidance of experienced professors. Chemistry professor Carolyn Anderson engages in organic chemistry research with students. Her team focuses on the synthesis of a molecule called N-alkyl pyridones. Anderson finds satisfaction in her role as the summer collaboration of professors and students. “One of my favorite parts of my job is working with students over the summer,” said Anderson. Anderson said her students are key to the entire project. Because the experiments have never been done before, students gather the data, consider the problems and brainstorm solutions. “My research program would not exist if it were not for my research students,” she said. Anderson said research gives a chance for students to learn while making progress toward research goals. She believes research is the best way to know if a career of research is what a student wants. Anderson also enjoys seeing students become invested in the research. “It is fun to see them take ownership
PROFILE: CALEB UITVLUGT ‘14 BY NICK KEELEY
PHOTO COURTESTY CALEB UITVLUGT
of their projects and really come to enjoy being in the lab,” said Anderson. Anthony Meyer, a student who has done summer research for two years, appreciates the opportunity for hands-on exploration and discovery of new things that are not typical to a classroom learning setting. “Research is definitely different from learning in the classroom because you are given a question that no one has answered before, and you get to pull together all of your previous experience to answer it,” said Meyer. “It is exciting to know that you are doing something new as opposed to just answering questions from a book.” Furthermore, students can get satisfaction from doing research in areas that they are interested in. Senior Lauren Walker, who assisted research with professors Emily Helder and Marjorie Gunnoe on the development of internationally adopted kids, said she loved her role of working with the kids they were studying. “It’s also interesting to hear the stories of each family because each situation is so unique,” Walker said. There are research options in many More than six million citizens of the U.S. suffer from neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. If the research that junior Caleb Uitvlugt helped work on is any indication, those numbers could eventually stop growing. A chemistr y and mathematics double major, Uitvlugt spent half of the summer studying the impact of organic molecules called catechols on the oxidation and reduction potentials of a metal ion. The catechols are what could stop diseases like Alzheimer’s. “If we can increase the concentration of catechols, we could potentially help prevent neurodegenerative diseases,” Uitvlugt said. In order to measure the bond between metal ions and the catechols, Uitvlugt spent much of his daily routine working with a machine called a potentiostat. “[The potentiostat] measures the oxidation and reduction potentials of whatever you put in the vial,” Uitvlugt explained. “So if you put a metal ion in the vial, it will give you a specific current at which that metal ion changes from + to 2+ and 2+ back to +.” Uitvlugt ran numerous tests a day, sometimes performing more than three tests on a specific sample. “Each test took two minutes,” said Uitvlugt. “I would make up the vials in varying concentrations of the metal ion, so I would have six or so vials to do in a given afternoon.” Uitvlugt also had to make sure that the results of each test were consistent, a task that often doubled the time it took for the tests to occur, he said.
PHOTO BY MARK MUYSKENS
Christine Timmer presenting her research poster at the Van Andel Research Institute in Nov. 2011
areas including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, statistics, nursing, physics and psychology. Research is also conducted in many ways. Research is done both in labs and outside. Some researchers work on campus and others go to different states. Researchers are paid for their work and they also receive funds to support any costs that may be involved in the researching process. The financial support for the research comes from a variety of sources. Some is from private donors or Calvin College and Calvin alumni associations. Other forms are grants faculty members have received from institutions such as National Institutes of Health and the National In addition to his research on the bond between metal ions and catechols, Uitvlugt spent part of his time as a student researcher writing a paper on the findings of his advisor, chemistry professor Chad Tatko. Tatko’s research focused on a set of peptides he had synthesized into a beta hairpin, a structure of proteins and amino acids made to resemble a hairpin. The differences between the amino acids and peptides and their impact on the beta hairpin made up the basis of Uitvlugt’s paper. While he spent the paper-writing process on his own, Uitvlugt appreciated the presence of other student researchers during his work with the potentiostat. “I would explain what I was doing to the other students, and [therefore] get a firmer grasp of what I was doing in my own head,” said Uitvlugt. “I could see how my research was connected to others.” The excitement of working on that which hasn’t yet been done is part of the thrill of research for Uitvlugt. “Research is interesting because your reactions may fail, your tests may be inconclusive and you may go home after a week of hard work having generated no useful data,” Uitvlugt explained. “You always learn, even from your mistakes.” For Uitvlugt, science research is a never-ending experience. “Research is exciting because it is a process,” he said. “It doesn’t ever end; it just opens new doors.”
Science Foundation. The research program has grown since its beginning in 1997. Originally there were 15 projects, 18 researchers and 10 professors involved. Now, there are 53 projects, 91 students and 38 professors conducting research. The science division summer poster fair will be Friday, Oct. 19 where past research will be showcased. The fair will have posters illustrating over 100 students’ research. It will display research in eight different departments and some off-campus research. Student researchers will be available near their posters to explain their research in more depth and offer more information. This is a great way to learn more about the Calvin summer research program.
PROFILE: HANNAH PAGEL ‘14 BY NICK KEELEY
Asteroid collisions may be something that most people never see or even hear about, but for junior Hannah Pagel, they are an everyday occurrence. A physics major and astronomy minor, Pagel spent the summer studying asteroid collisions and asteroid families as part o-f the science research program at Calvin. An asteroid family is the group of pieces that result from an asteroid collision. Pagel and her partner Sam Van Kooten, a student in his second year of science research, looked at the Koronis Zone asteroid family to help gain an understanding of the history of the asteroid belt. “We focus on the Koronis Zone because it is an isolated part of the asteroid belt, and it is the least dense of the zones of the belt,” said Pagel. Every day was different for Pagel, with a work schedule that saw constant change. Her research also involved significant use of a computer. “We spent a lot of time running programs on Calvin’s supercomputer, Dahl,” said Pagel. In their research, Pagel and Van Kooten studied the graphs of asteroid orbital elements, Pagel explained. The graphs helped to explain the origins
PHOTO COURTESY LAUREN WALKER
PROFILE: LAUREN WALKER ‘13 BY MATT MEDENDORP
Do you love Calvin so much that you can’t bear to be separated from it for the entire summer? Then you might consider competing for one of the prestigious summer research positions. Every summer, when most of Calvin goes home for summer jobs, some students stay behind. These students are either taking summer courses or employed by Calvin. Calvin offers a variety of summer employment opportunities. But some of the most sought after are research positions. This job allows students to gain crucial, major-specific skills while creating connections for future employment. Senior Lauren Walker had the opportunity to work in a research position this past summer. Walker, a triple major in psychology, international relations and Spanish, worked with professor Emily Helder of the psychology department. Their official project title was “Cognitive and Behavioral Outcomes for International Adoptees.” The research description, when put in layman’s terms by Walker, is a little bit easier to understand. “We were studying international-adopted kids
of an asteroid family and the asteroids that belong to that family. Pagel also spent the bulk of the second half of her summer working with Calvin’s telescope in Rehoboth, N.M., controlling it from her lab at Calvin. “I spent a lot of my research calibrating our telescope so we can measure the color of asteroids,” Pagel said. Along with calibrating the telescope in Rehoboth, Pagel worked with the telescope on campus. She even helped to take it apart. “We detached the large primary mirror and carried it down two steep flights of stairs,” Pagel recalled. “After gently cleaning the mirror, we had to carry it all the way back up to the observatory.” The cleaning of the telescope’s mirror was a delicate process, Pagel said. A single scratch could have harmed the mirror and rendered it unusable. With all of this work, Pagel was thankful to have Van Kooten by her side. “It was great to have a partner for my first year of research,” said Pagel. “We were able to split up the work so we could get more things done, and we learned a lot from each other, [all] while having a lot of fun.” Pagel’s summer of science research at Calvin strengthened her decision to become an astronomy researcher. She is interested in researching more
and their adjustment over time. One, two or three years after adoption.” said Walker. According to Walker, the research focused on three main questions: how are the adoptees doing academically, behaviorally and emotionally? But the study didn’t simply end with gathering research. They also worked on application of research in order to help the adoptee adjust to their environment. “Also, we asked how can we use that information to help other adopted kids adjust better, and tell parents what to expect,” said Walker. A typical day for Walker involved arriving to work around 8 or 9 a.m. Professor Helder and she would then debrief on the participant attending that day; specifically how long the participant had been in the States and the specific challenges they, as a research team, had to address. After the discussion, they would select the ageappropriate tests. Once the participating families arrived, Walker would administer the tests to the children while professor Helder interviewed the parents. Walker tested the children on neuropsychology, which, she explained, contained such things as academic achievement, inhibition, executive functioning, memory and fine motor skills. After the participating family had left, Walker would score the tests and then pass them on to professor Helder, who would write a summary for the parents. This project fit perfectly with Walker’s research interests — international adoption, adjustment of adopted kids and cross-cultural experiences — while blending her majors of psychology and international development. “My classes gave me a better understanding of the psychology tests I did,” said Walker. “My international development classes helped me think in broader brush strokes. All of life is interconnected.” Walker did not come out of the summer with simply the results of numerous tests. She took away lessons that will benefit her in the long term, both in career and in life. “I learned great attention to detail as I kept track of the data we collected.” said Walker. “Also, I learned how complex research questions can be, and how it’s important to think about all the aspects of a study that could be influential.” As for how the experience has prepared her for her future, Walker only had good things to say. “I understand the research process, the detail that goes into it, and the multi-faceted level of study.” said Walker. “I know that if I go to graduate school in psychology, I am prepared to succeed.”
than asteroids, however. “I’m looking into doing something along the lines of researching galaxies,” she said. “I’m also really interested in black holes and other distant celestial objects that we don’t know much about.”
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“ ” Men and women win Oshkosh Invitational The competition will be really tough, but with a win we’ll be on the NCAA national tournament in May. Coach Brian Bolt, “Men’s golf takes third”
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The cross country teams take down last year’s defending champions and 11 ranked teams Saturday BY JEFF MEITLER
When the weather is awful, Calvin runs well. This held true on Saturday as both the men’s and women’s teams took home the team titles in a race filled with nationallyranked teams. Even without two of their top three runners, the men defeated No. 1 North Central College by six points, a team they had lost to earlier in the year at the Notre Dame Invite. The race boasted 11 ranked teams, including four in the top 10 and was delayed due to lightning strikes about an hour before the race. Once the lightning stopped, over 500 runners had a limited warm up time. The course was five miles of mud, deep puddles and a cold wind. Senior Dan Kerr fearlessly led the charge, placing second in a time of 24:49.79. Senior Job Christiansen placed eighth in 25:17.84, and senior Dave VandeBunte, junior Sam Kerk
and senior Greg Whittle rounded out the top five in the mid-25s. “The race went pretty well; we were off our game plan in the beginning, but we didn’t panic,” said VandeBunte. “We put five in the top 15, so in that respect it was a great race.” Sophomore Steven Haagsma was sixth for the team placing 49th in 26:01.23, sophomore Josh Ferguson and senior Kevin Peterson were 65th and 66th in 26:09.21 and 26:09.30, respectively. Sophomore Jacob K u y ve n h ove n w a s 8 6 t h i n 26:22.09 and Senior Rhett Morici rounded out the top ten in 94th in 26:27.02. The men’s team is turning its focus to conference next week at Albion. “It’s just one step at a time,” said Kerr. “I think that the top guys on our team need to focus on winning the national championship. We need to sweep our postseason,” said coach Al Hoekstra. “To come back today and finish what we didn’t finish at Notre Dame is huge. We didn’t allow North Central to get back into the race.
A lot of my boys grew up today.” well. They are an over achieving mined to beat them. This race just T he women upset defend- team that is starting to believe in showed that we have the talent to i n g NC A A DI I I c h a mp io n themselves, and that makes us get first in conference and we are No. 6 Washington University, and defeated a field that featured eight nationally-ranked teams. Senior Alyssa Pe n n i n g f i n i s he d si x t h i n 21:5 4.11, Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen was n i nt h i n 22:23.63, sophomore K imby Pen n i ng was 19 t h in 22:41.79, sophomore Lizzy Vannette was 23rd in 22:46.53, a nd t he top f ive was rounded out by CALVIN.EDU freshman Mckenzie Senior Alyssa Penning was named MIAA Runner of the Week this week Diemer who was after taking sixth in the Oshkosh Invitational. 29th in 22:52.06. “The women had another very very dangerous.” just looking forward to regionals solid performance. They are At their next race, the girls and nationals.” proving race in and race out that have a showdown with Hope, the Both teams were exuberant they could possibly finish within team who beat them at conference about their victories. Conference the top four to six teams in the last year. is in two weeks at Albion, where country,” said Hoekstra. “The Looking toward conference, the men have won 25 years in a women’s team has just come Vannette said, “Looking at last row, and the women hope to take on and has really run very very year, losing to Hope, we are deter- back the crown.
Fourth place ﬁnish for women’s golf Women advance to spring tournament to try for NCAA bid BY SYDNEY CHIPMAN
With an overall team score of 695 strokes, the Calvin women’s golf team took third place at the MIAA Fall Tournament. This placed them in fourth place overall in the MIAA conference. This marked the Knight’s best finish ever in this tournament, finishing one stroke ahead of rival team Hope College. “ We h ave c o mple t e d t he fall portion of our season and will pick things up again on spring break,” said head coach
Jerry Bergsma. “By finishing i n t he top four, we advance to t he spr i ng season M I A A automat ic qu a l i f ie r tou r nament, with the winner advanci n g t o NC A A D iv i s io n I I I Nationals. The automatic qualif ier tournament is a 54-hole tou r nament wit h one round hosted by Saint Mary’s and two rounds hosted by MIAA champion Olivet College.” For the first time in school h i s t o r y, t h e w o m e n’s g o l f team had t wo members f i ni sh a s f i r s t- te a m a l l-M I A A selections: senior Elise Doezema and junior Carlia Canto. Canto
a g a i n s te p p ed up for t he Knights, who shot a two-day total of 161 (79-82), putting her solidly in the individual second-place spot in the final tournament standings. Canto ea r ned a spot on t he A l lTournament team for the second straight year and also f inished third in the f inal MIAA overall fall standings to land a spot on the all-MIAA first team. The women’s golf team has finished its fall season, but members plan on training hard for their spring season starting in March.
Men’s golf takes third in final jamboree Golf team wins the MIAA Championship despite taking third in jamboree BY JESS KOSTER
The men’s golf team held on to its MIAA lead at the final MIAA Jamboree of the season. Oct. 9, the Knights took third at the Medalist Golf Club, the home course of Albion. Calvin shot a 324, five strokes behind Hope and 12 behind Adrian. The Knights were led by junior Jake Hoogstrate with 79, who tied for seventh individually. Senior Ben Kuiper tied for 12th and sophomore James Van Noord tied for 16th, shooting 80 and 81 respectively. Senior Dave Sarkipato had 84 strokes and junior Ross
Ryzenga had 93 on the par-72 course. Junior Mark Allen shot a 76 to tie for first individually, but did not participate in the team competition. The team won the MIAA tournament in 2010 and Coach Brian Bolt was happy to claim it again. “It feels great. This year’s championsh ip was dif ferent t ha n t he one i n 2010, when we came from behind on the last day. This year we took the lead after the second of eight tournaments, and were able to maintain that position until the end,” he said. “In golf it is very difficult to hold and build on a lead, and it required a team effort. Our two seniors, Ben Kuiper and
The men’s golf team won the MIAA Championship for the second time in three years.
Dave Sarkipato were excellent all fall. Both finished with allleague honors.” Kuiper was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second year in a row, finishing fourth individually. Sarkipato was named All-MIAA second team and finished seventh. “We also got great contributions from juniors Mark Allen and Jake Hoogstrate,” continued Bolt. “Both guys have worked really hard the past three years, and it was very satisfying to see them have some success. Sophomore James Van Noord was rock solid as well. He played in all eight league matches and just missed all league honors by one stroke. This is a great group of guys, on and off the course.” Calvin finished ten strokes ahead of Hope. With its second MIAA championship in three years, Calvin will be hosting two of the three MIAA spring tournament rounds. The winner of the tournament will automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament. “The league championship was our first step, and we are now focused on the spring. After the offseason, we’ll regroup for the conference automatic qualifier tournament in April. The competition will be really tough, but with a win we’ll be on the NCAA national tournament in May,” commented Bolt.
Win streak at nine
Calvin was able to capitalize on a through ball with senior Sports Editor Chris Nance scoring on breakaway. Senior Joe Broekhuizen Last Wednesday, the men’s was credited with the assist in soccer team hosted No. 6 Olivet, this 61st minute goal. Once again, taking the game 3-2 and join- Olivet was able to score close bei n g Ol ive t for t he to p s p ot hind off a rebound shot. No more in the MIAA. goals were made after this leaving T h e K n i g h t s s t a r t e d t h e Calvin to win 3-2. game hot — junior Zach Senior Jared Rush lau had Willis scored the first goal of four saves and Calvin outshot the game at the 8 and a half Olivet 25-18. minute mark with a header off The team then traveled to Trine a cross from sophomore Sean last Saturday and won 4-0. Joe Broekhuizen. Olivet was quick Broekhuizen scored the first goal to return the favor though and in the ninth minute from a pass by flicked a shot into the net only 14 freshman Sam Hanover. This was seconds later. The score remained the only goal of the half. tied until the 44th minute, 45 In the second half, Veg ter seconds before halftime, when scored off a pass from freshman sophomore Travis Vegter scored Taylor Pruis. 30 seconds later, off a cross from Willis bringing Pruis chipped in a shot off a pass the score to 2-1. from Vegter. With five minutes left in the game, junior Zakk Rankin scored with a header off a direct kick from senior Kyle Vela. The Knights outshot t he T hunder 12 - 8 a nd Ru sh l au made four saves. The Knights are now on an eight-game win s t r e a k . T he y pl ay CALVIN.EDU agai n on Sat u rday Senior Joe Broekhuizen leads the Knights when they host Hope in scoring with 10 goals. at noon. BY JESS KOSTER
The volleyball and men’s soccer teams are playing Hope on Saturday at noon. Volleyball at Hope and soccer at home. Follow the coverage on Twitter @Chimes_Sports and #beathope for live updates.
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CTC rehearses for ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’ BY JENNIFER KANG
A small crowd files into the large, cold, black, box-like theater space. A line formation of long, white tables divides the room in half. Some actors are in colorful suit jackets, dress shoes and white button downs. Two women bind their chests with Ace bandages while others help each other lace their corsets as tight as they can. It is a routine they know very well. It is 12:40 p.m. on a cold, rainy Saturday. The early afternoon is dreary, but the actors talk animatedly among themselves while getting ready. The weather does not seem to affect them at all. All the actors, stage management and director have been in the Lab Theater since 10:30 a.m., and the three almost empty donut boxes are the only evidence of their breakfast, a much needed sugar high to get them smiling and singing for Calvin’s fall musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” on a Saturday morning. For the past two hours, they have danced, sung, acted and taken notes. Every week, Tuesday to Saturday, this dedicated team rehearses in hopes to do the ‘Best Musical’ Tony award-winning show justice on Calvin’s Gezon Theater stage. Lindsey Huizenga, a sophomore and stage manager, brings the actors to attention as she announces that it is time for warmups. The actors all gather in a circle and follow the lead of one of their own, senior Tim Lim. With only a word or two from Lim, the rest of the actors immediately do the stretch exercise. They know the routine. Professor Debra Freeberg, the director, joins the actors. After a few stretches, she leaves the circle. “I needed to stretch,” she says with a laugh. The warm up routine may seem boring, but the singing and giggling throughout the warm ups say otherwise. After the physical warm ups, professor Charsie
Sawyer, the musical director, leads them in vocal warm ups. Freeberg uses this opportunity to discuss a little about the rehearsal process so far. “The rehearsals have been front loaded with learning dancing and music,” says Freeberg. “There isn’t a lot of spoken scenes so they need to know the songs pat so we can really block the scenes and songs.” Af ter the vocal warm ups, Freeberg instructs the actors to start from the very beginning, the prologue. Because other crew members are installing the set in the Gezon
right rhythm. “They have been doing bits and pieces, scenes, before,” says Freeberg, “Now, they need to know the story arc, the continuity of the whole musical.” And finding the perfect rhythm of the whole musical is a hard task when actors have just been off book (theater-speak for memorized lines) that week. However, the director has nothing but praise. “They are doing so well,” says Freeberg. The rehearsals are draining physically, and it shows on many of the actors, waiting on the sides to come on. But when they enter on stage, all signs of tiredness disappear with a smile. Emily Wetzel, a freshman, is enthusiastic when talking about the rehearsal process. “It’s so much fun!” she says gesturing toward her peers. “Everyone has been so welcoming and professional.” A musical requires the actors not only to act but to sing and dance. When asked what part is her favorite, Wetzel answers with enthusiasm. “Acting,” she says, “I love experimenting with character, making the characters my own.” It is 2:55 p.m. when Freeberg halts the rehearsal. Huizenga immediately picks up her laptop and gives the announcements to the actors. FILE PHOTO And it is finally with the Theater, the Lab Theater becomes director’s “Go home” that the the actors’ rehearsal space. actors can finally peel off their re“I know there isn’t much wing hearsal clothing. Everyone sheds space, but move as best you can,” off any small remain of character, Freeberg says while they wait for and only the tired actors are left. the cue to start. Rehearsals are grueling, but A minute later, Brian Alford, Emily Diener, a senior, is grateful a junior, struts center stage with for the small break ahead. a huge smile and confident air. “It is so tiring, but we are He starts the play as the char- all gratef ul for Sundays and acter of Chairman. As the actors Mondays,” she says, “It gives us act, dance, and sing, Freeberg and much needed rest.” her stage manager hurriedly make The actors are all tired and notes as they watch. need rest, and some might say Freeberg stops the continuum that they will reap their rewards of the musical frequently to talk on their performance nights. about beats of reactions and However, the tired hugs, arms pauses, emotions and stage di- around each other and the enrections. To others, the things couraging words display a reward that she stops to fix seem trivial; that these grueling rehearsals however, she does this to find the have already given: a family.
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that was handed down to her from her great-grandfather. -r music, it is fiercely haunting, In 1989, when she was nine whether it be about meatballs, years old, she emigrated with war or appreciating life. family to Bronx New York and Regina Spektor is a unique eventually began taking lessons kind of singer. Blending her pitch- from a Peruvian pianist. She perfect voice with continued to learn whispers, guttural on an out-of-tune “umphs,” and othpiano in the baseer various nasally, ment of a synathroaty and unique gogue near home, noises, she draws according to The from her Russian Independent. backbone and “is She studied dilivery connected to gently and listened the language and to a lot of what inculture,” accordfluenced her growing to New York ing up. Entertainment. “One was the “When she most main kinds s t a r te d s i n g i n g of music that we in Russian, I was listened to is clasmesmerized,” said sical music,” she Wade after hearstated In an intering Spektor sing a view on NPR. PHOTO BY MEGAN SCHRODER cover of her favor“We a l so l i s ite Russian singer. Spektor ended her encore tened a lot to the “To me, the voice with “Samson.” Russian bards like is an instrument, O k u d z h av a a n d just like any other instrument,” Vysotsky and a lot of singersaid Spektor, according to NPR. songwriters that were, you know, Moscow-born to a family full they were sort of usually just a of musical aptitude — her father person with a guitar writing very Ilya, an amateur violinist, and beautiful poetry and singing it by her mother, Bella, a music profes- themselves with no orchestration, sor — she started learning how to really.” play piano when she was seven According to Catlin A. Johnson years old. She played classical of CBSnews, she never sought to music on a Petrof upright piano write herself. “When you’re play-
ing such brilliant music every day, then the last thing you ever want to do is try to write something of your own that’s crude and not as good,” she said. “I never know where it comes from. It’s as if the words are there in the air around me and I happen to be in the right place at the right time. I feel joy, even euphoria, but also fear. I think: ‘What if it doesn’t happen next time?’” stated Spektor, according to The Independent. But that doesn’t stop her music from being evocative, masterfully-created and successful. Her most recent album “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats,” released Nov. 21, was given a 3.5 out of 5 stars in Rolling Stone and was debuted on over nine national album charts. The album was No. 3 in the United States. Spektor has released five other studio albums. “Soviet Kitsch,” “Begin to Hope,” Far” and “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats” were all released worldwide. “ Begin to Hope” was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize and became a platinum album. Spektor's fan base is over huge and constantly growing. Her Twitter has 88,473 followers and her Facebook page has 1,427,472 likes. Everyone not so patiently waits to hear what is coming next from this musician.
The show is really cute. It has a lot of feel-good, brother-sister moments to smile about and a lot of sticky situations to laugh about.
Sierra Savela, “Dana Fox produces family show”
Dana Fox produces family show BY SIERRA SAVELA
“Ben and Kate.” Where do I even begin? How about: I am so excited for this show! In all honesty, I was hesitant to watch the pilot; I was afraid it would be a laugh-less, disappointing 22 minutes. The show’s outward appearance doesn’t appear very promising. The plot isn’t anything special — in fact it is quite similar to another Fox comedy called “Raising Hope” — a you ng, si ng le parent attempts to raise a child with the help of a kooky family. Been there, done t h a t . I d id n’t recognize very many cast members either, so I had no point of reference. A nd the show seemed too family-f r iendly to contain any real comedy worth laughing about. But I decided to give it a try, despite all of its perceived flaws. Let’s just say, I am grateful I did. Before I explain its appeal, let me give you the lowdown. Ben and Kate Fox (Nate Faxon and Dakota Johnson) are a brother-sister pair who made it through their childhood having raised each other in a broken home. Kate had to grow up too fast when she got pregnant in college and dropped out before graduation to raise her daughter Maddie Fox (an adorable Maggie Elizabeth Jones.) Ben, on the other hand, never stopped being a child. The show starts with Ben coming back to town hoping to crash an ex-girl friend’s wedding. Kate is a young mother trying to balance work, a child, and dating. Ben, seeing is sister failing to live her life to its absolute fullest, offers to move in and help raise his niece. The cast is strong. Tommy and BJ (Echo Kellum and Lucy Punch), Kate and Ben’s friends, are added to the mix,
serving as extra comic relief to the existing comedy. The jokes and dialogue are average but the laughter comes from the delivery. The cast is funny and ridiculous and work well together. The show has the dynamic of “Raising Hope,” the humor of “New Girl” and the ridiculous characters of “Psych.” “Written and executive produced by Dana Fox (New Girl), who left a room full of hard-toplease critics roaring with laughter during the recent TCA press tour, the series is based on her
real-life brother — so the stories are endless,” said Tim Goodman, explaining the show’s source of inspiration in his article for the Hollywood Reporter. I sure hope the stories are endless because this show needs to stay for a long time. It’s funny; it’s not perfect, but it’s funny and if it’s anything like Dana Fox’s past work (“New Girl”), then it will probably only get funnier as the season goes on. But while it is worth watching and is getting great reviews, very little people are watching it. “The Network ordered… six more [episodes] of “Ben.” Those are considered two full-season orders for both Tuesday comedies… The premiere episode earned a 2.1 [star] rating in [the] 18-49 [age group] and 4.2 million [viewers]. It went down to 1.6 [stars] and 3.2 million [viewers] the following week,” said CNN’s Lynette Rice. The show is really cute. It has a lot of feel-good, brother-sister moments to smile about and a lot of sticky situations to laugh about. This show needs to stay so we can see where it is headed. Watch “Ben and Kate” Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.
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When we learn about other cultures along with cultures within our dominant culture, our individual lives are enriched and we are able to develop the communities around us.
-RaeNosa Hudnell, “UnLearn Week”
From the Editor Last week, we published an Op-Ed article about politics and Christianity which provoked strong responses, both in agreement and in vehement disagreement. Some of the letters we received about it questioned whether we should have published that article in the first place. I stand behind our decision to do so, and here is the long answer why. Calvin does a good job at incubating a sense of campus community. However, I think this community is more fragile than it’s ever been. The college is becoming more complicated and harder to keep a handle on. Having over 100 majors and programs might help admissions, but it also means that students have fewer others who share their major and speak their native academic dialect. Church backgrounds are becoming more diverse. The significance attached by students to involvement in student government or student organizations does not seem to be what it once was. But because campus community is important and valuable, anything we can do to reinforce it is also more important than ever. This is something that we hope to be doing at the Chimes. A newspaper is suited for this because everyone holds exactly the same articles in their hands. Social networking might be a more personal means to similar ends, but the newspaper can build common ground between people in a way Facebook can’t. Covering news means that we can have a common purview of what is going on at Calvin and in the community. Providing space for opinion articles means we can be aware of what people think outside our own ideological cliques. In order for the newspaper to have this role, it needs the right kind of writers and readers. We need good writers so
that we can deliver on the implicit promise that when you pick up Chimes and spend your time reading it, that it will inform you, lead you to new insights and give you something to have an intelligent discussion about. We need charitable readers that respond to good work by discussing it and providing the feedback that writers need. In order to have consistent high-quality content, there needs to be a feedback loop where readers and writers both encourage each other. At least for the Op-Ed section, the situation on either side is currently not as good as it could be. Writers are dependent on readers to keep up their motivation to write. I don’t write for Chimes as much as I could. The most salient reason is that I rarely hear feedback about my articles. It takes more time than you expect to have some insight, flesh it out then follow through on the gruntwork of actually writing it in a way other people can understand. Writing is a risky activity which makes your inner thoughts and beliefs public. The reward is that those thoughts can spark new thoughts in other people as your idea escapes you and takes on a public life. I know that this happens when I write, but I don’t hear about it. As a result, I am not very motivated to put the work and risk into new articles. Readers are dependent on writers to bring what would otherwise be hidden or unthought to light. I know plenty of blooming thinkers at Calvin who can write clearly and insightfully, who would have something to offer to the campus community. Not many of them publish their thoughts in the Chimes. In my opinion, the people who have something to add to public discussion at Calvin have an obligation to contribute, and as I argued above, one of the most effective ways to do so is still by being published in the newspaper. There are other factors at play also, like lack of time and the devaluation of having your name in print because of the ease of publishing on the Internet, however, the end result is that we are at an impasse where writers aren’t motivated to write and readers have not been rewarded with the best thought Calvin students have
Letters to the editor Inappropriate use of scripture in article Dear Editor, If I may, I would like to make to make a comment about the article published last Friday titled, “Biblical perspectives for campaign 2012.” I would argue that this article has two important flaws: 1) its intent to be divisive and 2) its inappropriate use of scripture. It is clear that the author wanted to challenge readers, but instead chose words that cause division among God’s people. America is not a country of Christians, but a country of men and women from all religious and ethnic walks of life. Language that causes division and bitterness is considered by Thomas Aquinas to be “sinful” (Summa Theologia). However, the most disturbing part of this article is its inappropriate use of scripture. In the section regarding homosexual marriage, the author fails to provide accurate exegesis of the passage. Jesus is not affirming traditional marriage, nor refuting the practice of homosexuality. In a broader context, Jesus is actually cracking down on the heterosexual by saying it is better
not to marry if sexual temptation is too great (Matthew 19:9-11). Scripture is God’s word made f lesh in Jesus Christ. In future political writings, I would ask the Calvin community to make sure that they pray, reflect and study the passage of scripture that they wish to use in future articles. As a religion major and member of the Calvin community, I believe it is important to stand by and maintain the sanctity of Scripture by not allowing it to be used in political game of “Rockem Sockem Robots.” Casey Carbone, ‘14 Spectrum of relevant issues exists Dear Editor, While I agreed with some of Connor Sterchi’s critiques of both parties, I was personally appalled by the apparent political and spiritual arrogance advocated during his recent article (“The Christian way to vote obvious from parties’ platforms”). To claim that “the Christian way to vote [is] obvious” simplifies issues, ignores evidence and encourages closemindedness. There are plenty of strong Christians on both sides of
to offer. It follows that we are short content to publish. The feedback loop needs a new push to get it started again. What does this have to do with publishing a controversial article? It’s not, as you might expect at this point, that we had nothing else to print. It’s that we feel that part of our role is empowering students by providing them a platform for publishing their opinions, whatever they may be, in the way that they think would be most constructive for sharing that opinion. If Chimes is to benefit the community by exposing people to the different opinions that students hold, we editors have no right to get in the way. I have my own opinions as to what I would like to publish, but as an editor, I am a curator, not a censor. At the same time, I would like to make clear that some ways of writing opinion pieces are more effective and constructive than others. Good articles are written for the sole purpose of building a discussion, not to push a point of view, presenting paths, not positions. They are insightful, giving readers something new to think about or a new perspective on the world. They are invitations down a certain path of thought. They are at the same time nuanced and provocative. How can we get articles like that in our newspaper, which start discussions, inform, are interesting, and upbuild the campus communit y? As a reader, make sure to write letters to the editor, comment on online articles and speak to writers in person about the discussions you had that were started by their articles. Writers need the encouragement to continue to contribute, and usually would love to continue the conversation with you. And if you ever so much as an inkling to write, get in touch with us. We will work with you to get you the contacts and resources you need to contribute to the public discussions going on at Calvin College. ~jsk
the aisle with differing opinions and convictions that come out of the same Holy Bible. While I happen to agree with Connor on many issues, I cannot support his refusal to recognize the legitimacy of Christian Democrats. (As a side note, I realize that headlines often come from the editors and do not come verbatim from the authors, but in this case the headline accurately reflects the views in the article itself). I was particularly offended by the quotes from Pastor John M a c A r t hu r t h a t c a l le d t he Democratic Party the “anti-God party” that made “the sins of Romans 1 their agenda.” While questions of marriage and pro-life issues are extremely important, those issues do not comprise the entire spectrum of political issues that Christians should care about and do not exist in a vacuum. Christians cannot ignore foreign policy, environmental stewardship, economic justice and other important issues that also stem from biblical principles. As Connor writes, each party has an imperfect platform, but he then claims that only the mistakes of the Democratic Party “f lagrantly flout biblical principles.” Again, while I may agree with him on many issues, there are plenty of solid Christians who would convincingly argue that some Republican Party prin-
OPINION AND E D I TO R I A L
UnLearn Week prompts intentional conversation BY RAENOSA HUDNELL
American slaves were declared free in 1863 by the Emancipation Proclamation. Almost 100 years later, minorities were allowed the right to vote. American schools, public properties and the military were desegregated and in the last four years, the first AfricanAmerican president has been voted into office. So much progress has taken place in so little time. It is easy to see why people think that America is not only the land of the free but the land free from racism. So many Americans feel that we have arrived, but events take place in our communities and nation every day that prove otherwise. Media shares stories of racial injustice that occur in our country regularly. The dispute is not of who is bad or good, right or wrong, or whether they are justified. Ultimately, what needs to be understood is that in order to continue the progress we have been making as a nation, and as communities, continual dialogue about racial reconciliation must continue to take place. The conversation does not take place with just one group of people. If we are honest and truthful with ourselves, every person — black, white or brown— has been marked with racism. The stereotypes and beliefs we are brought up to learn or discover have unknowingly perpetrated an idea that is untrue about races of people. This shows us that even though progress for racial equality has increased in our country, we need to continue dialogue to reinforce the ongoing fervor of change. During UnLearn Week, which took place from Oct. 7 to 12, Calvin students and staff discussed racism, its effect on society and the push for continual change. The events allowed stuciples go against the teachings of the Bible. My point here is not to get into a proof-text battle over specific political issues. I merely hope that Connor and other concerned Christians on both sides of the political spectrum can respect each other and recognize the validity of Christian opinions that may differ from their own. Neither party has a monopoly on biblical support for any issue, let alone for their entire platform. Only if we engage in thoughtful, respectful discussions about all the issues from a biblical worldview can we make truly informed decisions about voting this November. Caleb Lagerwey, ‘13 Dismissive tone what is wrong with American politics Dear Editor, I was disappointed by the recent Op-Ed by Connor Sterchi. As a staunch conservative, even I was offended by the condescending tone that he used in dismissing Democrats. He gave little thought
dents to actively engage in dialogue that talked about issues of race from a minority experience, and even from a majority group experience. The events challenged the Calvin community of all races and ethnic backgrounds to think about their place in society, in what way we help perpetuate stereotypes and how we can transform their communities around them in the kingdom fight for racial reconciliation. I think a lot of students or staff can be hesitant about UnLearn Week because it pushes our comfort zone. Racial reconciliation requires a lot of conscious effort from all of us as a community. It requires awareness of the institutional racial constraints that have been placed on groups of people and focus on the commonalities of each individual we encounter regardless of race, gender or class. As a society, we can be dismissive about cultures we don’t understand. Moreover, we are dismissive of issues that we perceive as not being “about us.” When we learn about other cultures along with cultures within our dominant culture, our individual lives are enriched and we are able to develop the communities around us. Our Calvin community is a part of a larger community that composes the world we live in. Most importantly, these conversations help us understand our work as Christians and help us move towards racial equality. UnLearn Week 2012 speaker Noel Castellanos spoke about the call for racial justice, and community as Christ followers. He encouraged dialogue and actions for community change so racial progress in our nation could continue, instead of remaining stagnant. “I am convinced that kingdom people can unleash God’s love and justice with such a powerful force … this is something worth working for,” he stated. Continuous change begins with conversation so, let’s talk about it. to their positions but dismissed them out of hand. This dismissive tone is what is wrong with politics in America today. We are unwilling to have quality discussions about important issues, but instead resort to grandstanding and denigrating our opponents. I know many Democrats who are strong Christians, and many atheistic Republicans. Voting for Obama does not make one unchristian, just as voting for Romney does not make one a good Christian. Democrats make very good points when it comes to caring for the poor and the responsibility of the rich to give back to society. We need to closely examine these social issues in balance with other prominent political issues. Yes, it is very important to have our Christian faith influence how we vote, but it should also expand our political perspective and clarify our thoughts on leadership. Jonathon Vandezande, ‘13 See calvin.edu/chimes for letters by Dennis Holtrop, ‘90 and Rachel Hekman, ‘14.
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October 19, 2012