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Housing crunch? 'Not so,' says Residential Life Kevin Soubly SENIOR STAFF W R I T E R

With the housing application deadlines approaching, many students around Hope College have become fearful that their housing options will be limited next year. Rumors have been swirling that next year's seniors want to remain on campus (as opposed to moving into off-campus houses

spots for the incoming students," Jobson said. In the past, there have been situations when too many students enroll compared to the number of rooms. When that happens. Jobson said that Residential Life and Housing gets creative. In dorms such as Dykstra, Van Vleck and Kollen, exercise rooms and study lounges have been converted into

or apartments), which would pose complications to the juniors and underclassmen who also want to remain in on-campus housing. The rumors of a housing crunch are "false," Hope College's Director of Residential Life and Housing John Jobson said. "Our returning students are always our first priority. We secure their housing first, and then find

student housing, when needed. Although Jobson denied any impending "housing crunch," he made it clear that there is always a good possibility that students may not get their first-choice of housing. He stressed the importance of the second and third choices. Priority is given to those students with the highest number of credits, and men and women

go through an entirely separate room-draw. Hope's housing department tries to keep the maleto-female ratio in each dorm in line with that of the college's overall student population. For Hope women. Cook is the most in-demand dorm on campus, whereas for men, Kollen, Phelps and Durfee are most popular.

Hope focuses on global climate change Sunkyo Hong GUEST W R I T E R

On Thursday, Jan. 31, schools around the nation held discussions, workshops, panels and other events for Focus the Nation's annual teach-in initiative, which is an effort to educate the nation as a whole and local communities about global warming and formulate solutions for it. Global warming is a concern. According to scientists, the earth has been experiencing global climate change for thousands of years, undergoing ice ages and warm stages. People used to use this argument to downplay global warming. However, according to Dr. Greg Murray, professor of biology at Hope College, there is a clear consensus among scientists that global warming is a reality in which human beings play an appreciable part. One argument is that although Ihe world is naturally warming up, our carbon emissions are measurably contributing to the problem. As part of the teach-in initiative. Focus the Nation launched a webcast on Jan. 30. This included a panel of scientists, a green-job pioneer and others and "The 2% Solution," which according to the Focus the Nation website is a plan for developed nations to decrease polluting emissions by 2 percent from 2010 until 2050 that would hold global warming to a temperature increase of just 3 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Specifically concerning Hope College, Murray and the Environmental Issues Group helped coordinate other events focusing on global climate change. Dr. Jack Mulder of the philosophy department led an Inquiring Minds discussion that centered largely on the ethics regarding the issue; the EIG hosted a breakfast meeting with Hope's administration; Phelps


PANEL— Holland Mayor A! McGeehan ('66) and Holland Board of Public Works Chairwoman Maryam Komejan speak at last week's Focus the Nation panel discussion, "Reality and Potential in the Holland Area" on Thursday. dining hall served and highlighted locally produced foods to demonstrate the negative impact of transporting foods over long distances; Dr. Murray led an interactive workshop on determining one's ecological footprint, a measure of one's impact on the atmospheric carbon level in terms of land used to provide the resources and services c5ne uses; Dr.

Eldon Greij, professor emeritus of biology, gave a talk on how climate change affects wildlife populations; and a panel, which included the mayor of Holland, discussed the possibility of using wind power in the Holland area. Another significant event was the E I G V meeting with Hope's administration. The group presented on Hope's

carbon footprint and what other colleges were doing regarding the issue. Dale Shidemantle ('08), co-president of the EIG, said, "President Bultman seemed to really take a lot of interest in the issue. He seems to really want to do something about it." SEE


Areas for improvement:

Things Hope has recently done to be better earthkeepers: • Switched t o b i o d e g r a d a b l e cups in t h e Kletz

• In 2005, Hope used about 10 million gallons of water. It cost $ 13,700 per month.

• Purchased biodiesel vehicles for g r o u n d s w o r k .

• A b o u t 300 p o u n d s o f f o o d is w a s t e d for each w e e k d a y meal in Phelps.

• Installed l o w - f l o w toilets in n u m e r o u s b u i l d i n g s

• The average A m e r i c a n uses a b o u t 575 p o u n d s o f paper each year.

• Increased t h e local f o o d o p t i o n s in Phelps.

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Thursday Meijer Run


DeWItt Flagpole, 8 p . m . - 1 0 p.m. Meijer Runs are sponsored by Stud e n t Congress.

Friday Chapel


Katy Sundararajan is giving t h e message a t 1 0 : 3 0 a . m .

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W e l c o m e back f r o m Winter Break.

Chapel Barb and Paul Osburn will be s p e a k i n g at 1 0 : 3 0 a.m.

Thursday 2/14 Valentine's Day Poetry Reading C o m e hear Chaucer's " P a r l i a m e n t of Fowls" a t Cup a n d Chaucer f r o m 1 1

Hope focuses on global c l i m a t e change • FOCUS, f r o m page 1 However, w h e n the EIG asked the administration to sign the Presidents' C lim a te C o m m i t ment to r e d u c e H o p e ' s carbon emissions and b e c o m e carbon neutral — p r o d u c e only as much carbon as g e l s a b s o r b e d — Bullman did not sign it. Shidemanlle said that this has to do with a lack o f f u n d s to allocate t o w a r d s the C o m m i t m e n t . The administration e n c o u r a g e d the EIG to continue raising a w a r e n e s s on c a m p u s about s t u d e n t s ' ecological footprints, so that they could adopt policies reflective of the student body. W h e n asked what Hope Col-

lege students can do at a personal level to help reduce the e f f e c t s of global w a r m i n g . S h i d e m a n t l e replied that students can recycle. walk or ride a bike instead

Do not show up at t h e DeWitt Flagpole

ing Earth Jam that we would save, as a c a m p u s , $172,000 per year if students simply unplugged their c o m p u t e r s at night," S h i d e m a n t l e said.

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Monday Chapel


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Freemasonry Lecture Find out about the Freemasonry controversy f r o m 4 p.m. until 5 : 1 5 p.m. w i t h Harry Boonstra.




The Anchor will resume on Feb. 20. Enjoy your break and please drive safely.

Floyd Brady ('68), 62, the all-lime scoring leader of Hope College basketball, passed away of natural causes on Sunday in Chicago, 111. Brady played at Hope from 1964 to 1968, and set numerous school records that still stand today. Hope students, faculty and fans will have an opportunity to remember Brady tomorrow night with a moment of silence preceding the Hope vs. Olivet m e n ' s basketball game in DeVos Fieldhouse. " H e was very, very gifted." Tom Renner said, director of Hope College's public relations. "He gave of himself to those around him. He also gave himself to his alma mater in many different ways and all of these added up lo what I would hope for someone who graduates from hope and for a Hope alumnus." However. Brady was wellknown off of the court as well. S E E BRADY, P A G E 4

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Feb. 14 is V-Day, and in honor of this occasion, the Park Theatre will be featuring Eve Ensler's 'Vagina Monologues.' The play w o n ' t actually take place until Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, but tickets will be available for the first lime this year on campus. V-Day was created as a response to w o m e n ' s abuse.

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Hope College is planning some fun ways to celebrate this year's Valentine's Day. Ahead of lime, students can buy pink roses to send to their friend or significant other. The cosl is S5 (or S6 if you want to include a personal note) and the proceeds go to support Dance Marathon. Also, from TuesdayThursday, Student Development is sponsoring a Valentine's for Veterans program. Slop by between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and make a card for someone serving in the armed forces. Lastly, Cup and Chaucer is holding a poetry reading of its namesake's "Parliament of Fowls" from 11 p.m. - 11:50 p.m.


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Democracy in Iraq 'unlikely' not happened, Iraq's history and ethnic conflict must be examined. Professor Joel Toppen (political More than one year has passed science) explains that Great Britsince the announcement of the ain created the borders for modtroop surge in Iraq. The president's plan involved increasing e m - d a y Iraq after defeating the Ottoman Empire in W W I . Withthe number of U.S. personnel in in these borders are three main Iraq by 30,000. The Iraqis were ethnic groups: Shia Arabs, Sunni also expected to add more than Arabs and Kurds. triple that figure of their own Shia Arabs are the largest ethtroops. All of these troops, comnic group making up roughly 55 bined with increases from coalipercent, Sunni Arabs are roughtion forces, were expected to sigly 18.5 percent and nificantly stabilize Kurds are 21 percent. Baghdad and other = = — = Under the rule of Sadregions of Iraq. "(This move) is dam Hussein, a Sunni, N o w one year later indicative of US his people enjoyed a the surge has been disproportionate dislargely successful leaders9lack of tribution of wealth toward that end. understanding and power. Attempts But the troop surge were made to move had an important of...divisions in Sunni populations reason for being Iraq!' into northern oil rich implemented. — Prof. J.Toppen cities controlled by Its stated purpose was to create Political Science the Kurds. The Shia's majority population a stable atmosphere D e p t . was left relatively in which the various ethnic groups = = = = = = = = = = = powerless before the fall of Hussein's govcould find a politiernment. And the Kurds suffered cal compromise. The goal of the severe oppression and attacks surge was to foster the creation from Hussein. Because European of a power-sharing deal which powers redrew the map for much would be the foundation for an effective and independent Iraq. of the Middle East, the Kurds are now the largest nation on the This has not occurred. planet without a state. These inTo understand w h y this has Sam Ogles


stances help explain the existing tensions among these peoples. In the past, measures have been taken to equalize power, such as de-Baathification (removing a Saddam's Sunni party). As a result, many Sunnis, already a minority and who identify with the party, are defensive. "(This move) is indicative of US leaders' lack o f understanding of political and ethnic divisions in Iraq," says Toppen. "It may make the situation worse." But now all ethnic groups are looking for a larger voice in the new government. The Kurds who were powerless under Saddam now want their interests protected. And with their own militias and control of much oil they can no longer be ignored - reflecting the recurring problem of resource distribution among the three groups. The Shia as well feel entitled to government power and that they should have a majority of government positions proportionate to their population. "Saddam played off o f ethnic divisions..-.and put down uprisings brutally," Toppen states. "Groups are now competing for political power in a way that was not allowed before." Considering these ten-

POPULATION Sunni Arabs, 18.5% Kurds, 21% Shia Arabs, 55%

sions and the continuing war, Iraq's goal to be a stable democracy seems difficult to achieve. Toppen states, "Most Americans think the central problem (in Iraq) is defeating al-Qaeda, but it's really getting the three factions to come together to compromise on resource and power distribution." When asked about Iraq's fu-

U.S. economic troubles continue Gordie Fall STAFF W R I T E R

In recent weeks, the subject of the economy is on the mind o f virtually everyone. According to the AP, the United States economy lost overall j o b s for the month of January. This was the first overall monthly j o b loss since'August 2003, with total losses of around 17,000 jobs. This 52-month streak of j o b increase was stopped due to j o b layoffs in promir r nent industries, such as construction. Many of these losses are due to construction companies cutting jobs, since a lack of home 1 , 1 ^ purchases shows that new homes are not needed. This is a sign of dwindling home construction and how the economy is slowing industry. These signs are widely speculated to be harbingers of a possible recession for the United States, as major politicians scramble to fix the problem. The housing slump, combined with a nationIN

al credit problem involving credit cards and loans, has slowed the economy, as people are forced to pay off previously purchased items instead of buying new products. Due to this lack of money being circulated in the economy, it is speculated that a recession could occur. President Bush has spoken out on the situation, calling the recent job loss "troub 1ing," a n d prais/T? ing his $ 146 billion stimulus package as a possible helping hand. "There are certainly some troubling signs, serious signs that the economy is weakening and w e ' v e got to do something about it," Bush stated, while speaking in Kansas City, Missouri. Reuters quoted Bush as explaining that "the sooner this package makes it to m y desk... the better off our economy is going to be."


For most economists, a recession is defined as economic contract for at least six consecutive months. The chances of this have risen considerably in the last year, as analysts feel that the American economy is now entering the first stages of a long-term recession. With such a condition, economists feel that people and businesses will pull back their spending even further, causing the current economic woes to deepen. With 2008 being an election year, the leading presidential candidates are all offering hopeftil solutions to our national crisis. On the Democratic side, both major candidates, Barack O b a m a and Hillary Clinton, took aim at President Bush and his plan. "Today's report that our economy actually lost j o b s in January confirms my view that we are sliding into a second Bush recession," Clinton told Reuters. With the Republicans, leading contender John McCain expressed support for the quick approval of the $ 146 stimulus plan, and for temporary tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 to be made permanent. The US Federal Reserve had cut a key interest rate and is expected to offer further proposals that could keep the economy from a recession. The effectiveness of the Federal Reserve's efforts has yet to be clearly seen.

ture as a democracy Toppen comments, "What does democracy mean? Does it mean majority rule?" Toppen notes success in Iraq will mean finding an answer to "how to allow majority rule while protecting minority rights." The US believes it is possible. But Toppen concludes that it is "unlikely."

Heath Ledger missed by students Rachel Syens STAFF WRITER

"I couldn't believe it and I flipped on the news and there he was, plastered on every news station," Hillary Mclntyre ('11) said upon learning that actor Heath Ledger had passed away. Ledger, age 28, was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 22. According to The New York Times, Ledger was found naked in his bed by his housekeeper and a masseuse who came for an appointment. No illegal drugs were found, but police did find a bottle of prescription sleeping pills. In a November 2007 N e w York Times Interview,' Ledger confessed that during the filming of the latest Batman installment, "The Dark Knight," in which he plays the Joker, he was not getting very much sleep. "Last week 1 probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger said in the interview. After two pills of Ambien, Ledger was still only able to sleep for an hour. Also found near Ledger's body was a rolled-up $20 bill, which police indicated was folded in a way that could be used for drugs, according to Fox News. However, no visible residue of drugs was found on the bill. There were also six different prescription medications found in Ledger's apartment, including pills to treat insomnia and anxiety. The N e w York Times said that police found no evident sign of suicide, and Fox News reports that police think Ledger could have died from a drug overdose, S E E LEDGER, P A G E 4


POPE SPEAKS ON CHARITY; LENTEN SEASON BEGINS VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Benedict XVI said charity was a "duty of justice" for Roman Catholics and that they must assume greater responsibility to help the less fortunate. Focusing on almsgiving in

his traditional message for Lent - the time the Church sets aside for fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter - the pope warned Tuesday against do-gooders who are in it f o r personal aggrandizement, saying that true charity goes beyond philanthropy.

He said that helping the poor and abandoned is for Christians a "duty of justice, even prior to being an act of charity." Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6.

U.S. ARMY SUICIDE RATE INCREASES WASHINGTON (AP) - Multiple new efforts aimed at stemming suicides in the Army are falling short of their goal: The service anticipates another jump in the annual number of soldiers who killed themselves or tried to, including in the Iraq and Afghanistan war

zones. The total of 121 suicides, if all are confirmed, would be more than double the 52 reported in 2001, before the Sept. 11 attacks. The toll was 87 suicides by 2005 and 102 suicides in 2006.





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Drug company fined overZyprexa Eli Lilly charged with illegal promotion of anti-psychotic drug Erin Fortner STAFF W R I T E R

Eli Lilly, a major U.S. pharmaceutical company, may settle with federal prosecutors for over $1 billion in a civil and criminal case for illegally promoting the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa. According to the New York Times, if the case becomes resolved it will be the largest settlement a drug company has ever paid for breaking federal laws concerning the promotion of medicine. Eli Lilly may also end up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor criminal charge. Zyprexa's side effects include severe weight gain, and it is only approved to treat people with schizophrenia and severe bipolar disorder. The American Diabetes Association found that Zyprexa can cause diabetes in some patients. Eli Lilly has already paid a SI.2 billion fine to settle 30,000 lawsuits where people claimed Zyprexa caused them to develop diabetes and other diseases. In 2000, Eli Lilly launched a marketing program called Viva Zyprexa. Drug representatives for Eli Lilly were instructed to inform doctors about prescribing Zyprexa to older patients with age-related dementia. For the next two years'. Eli Lilly allegedly told doctors through marketing documents and email messages to prescribe Zyprexa for people with age-related dementia, as well as people with mild bipolar disorder who had a previous history o f depression. This unlawful practice is known as "offlabel marketing." Eli Lilly has also been criticized for underreporting Zyprexa's negative side effects. The New York Times stated. "Zyprexa is

Lilly's most profitable product and among the world's best-selling medicines, with 2007 sales of S4.8 billion, about half in the United Slates...While Zyprexa prescriptions are falling, its dollar volume of sales is rising because Lilly has raised Zyprexa's price about 40 percent since 2003." Last year, about 4 million Zyprexa prescriptions were written in the United States as the drug continues to be widely used. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia are handling the case in conjunction with the Justice Department in Washington. A Philadelphia firm. Pepper Hamilton, and a Chicago firm, Sidley Austin, are handling the case for Eli Lilly. At this point, neither side will publicly comment on the situation. Eli Lilly is also currently facing a lawsuit by the state of Alaska to recoup money spent on Zyprexa prescriptions. Regardless of the legal outcome for Eli Lilly, " T h e company will still be allowed to keep selling Zyprexa to Medicare and Medicaid, the government programs that are the biggest customers of the drug," stated the New York Times. Recently, there have been inquiries into the ethics o f state Medicaid and Medicare programs, whose advisory panels consist mainly of doctors and pharmacists. Ultimately, these panelists select the drugs which will be available for mostly vulnerable patients who qualify as poor or disabled. An MSNBC article reports, "An Associated Press review of records in Minnesota found that a doctor and a pharmacist in the eight-member state panel simultaneously

got big checks - more than $350,000 to one - from pharmaceutical companies for speaking about their products...The top drugs for Minnesota Medicaid patients covered by the panel's advice in recent years have been schizophrenia treatments from Eli Lilly Co. & AstraZeneca PLC Lilly's Zyprexa from 2000-2004, followed by AstraZeneca's Seroquel in 2005 and 2006. About a third of the drugs on the state's preferred drug list arc made by companies that paid (physicians and pharmacists)." In an interview with the Anchor, Holland pharmacist Mike Schrock said a main problem in the pharmaceutical field is that professionals are being educated by peers who are sponsored by drug companies. Schrock, who entered the pharmaceutical profession 23 years ago, recognizes that this common practice results in a favorable bias toward certain pharmaceutical companies and their drugs. "It should be illegal for pharmaceutical companies to compensate the pharmacists and doctors on state Medicare/Medicaid panels. Decisions concerning medication lists in such programs should be made independently an(^ free of connection with any pharmaceutical industry," Schrock said. The Holland pharmacist said a positive change in the pharmaceutical field is that drug companies are now legally required

car for Ang Lee's controversial 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain." Ledger met Michelle Williams, an actress, on the set of "Brokeback Mountain." The couple had a daughter, Matilda, in fall 2005, and split up in fall 2007. Williams has recently released a statement saying she is "heartbroken" over Ledger's death. Ledger carried a large fan base across the globe, including many students'at Hope College. Seth Carlson ( ' 1 0 ) said, "I thought (Ledger) played each role

but "his death appeared to be accidental." An autopsy taken on Wednesday, Jan. 23 was "inconclusive," and more testing is currently underway. Ledger got his start in Hollywood at the age of 19 in the teenage romantic comedy "10 Things I Hate About You." He then took his departure from love stories to more provocative films, acting in "The Patriot" opposite Mel Gibson and the critically acclaimed "Monster's Ball," and earning an Os-

he had attained in his own style and contributed much to the acting community." Mclntyre said that she often joked that she was going to marry him. Both Carlson and Mclntyre cited " 1 0 Things I Hate About You" as being among their favorite Heath Ledger films. Before his death, Ledger had just finished filming " T h e Dark Knight" and was in the middle of filming " T h e Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Both films are still scheduled to be released.











to print a disclaimer on any information they publish. This practice ensures that readers of pharmaceutical information are aware of a material's source. Overall, Schrock believes there should be strengthened laws in regards to the accountability of pharmaceutical companies and their executives. "It's not even about good or evil," said Scrhock. "Pharmaceutical companies make business choices based on monetary benefit."

• BRADY, f r o m page 2 His student leadership culminated in an address at Holland's Centennial Park after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. In past years, Brady was well-known around Hope's campus, appearing at many recent historical events at Hope, including Hope's last game at Holland Civic Center, and was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the Martha Miller Center. Over fall break, Brady spoke to

the Baker Scholars on how Hope College can affect your life. "Floyd Brady was one energetic 62-year-old men I've ever met . He was very well-spoken and gave a great presentation on the value of an education at Hope college and how it can lead into you becoming a more well-rounded and personable individual," Jon Koopmans ( ' 0 9 ) said.


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'Wildly proportioned and a little titillating' Billy Mayer's sculptures capture attention with gold leaf, iron ore and bright fuzz






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'"Short and Sweet' is almost a truly random title for this show," sculpture professor Billy Mayer said, and yet, "serendipitously" it ends up fitting quite nicely. Mayer was asked to provide a name for the exhibition a year ago, when his spring 2007 sabbatical was just beginning and the direction of his work was not yet clear. During his sabbatical, he worked in a studio in San Marcus, Texas, creating 10 original pieces of sculpture for his upcoming show, as well as the continuation of a large-scale project that began some 15 years ago. He didn't know what the show's title would be, he replied, just something short and sweet And the "name" inadvertently stuck. Mayer's work does indeed seem short and sweet, at least at first glance. Colorful and bright, with a glossy sheen here and a bit of red fuzz there, the assemblages tend to resemble stacks of toys. This is no coincidence; toys are often the inspiration for his sculpted forms, along with a myriad of other items he sees or finds in everyday life. "(I am fascinated by the idea of taking) things that are throwaway, and suddenly imbuing them with a little more value than you normally would... to look at the object a little bit differently," Mayer said. The materials he uses know


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" W H I M S I C A L A N D CREEPY"DEPREE EXHIBIT— Art faculty member Billy Mayer ret u r n s f r o m s a b b a t i c a l w i t h a c o l l e c t i o n of s c u l p t u r e s Inspired by toys and c i r c u s a r t w o r k .


no bounds, ranging from clay, terra cotta and porcelain to iron ore, encaustic and rayon fibers. Mayer's work gives one the impression of a circus-like blend of the whimsical and the creepy. He compares his work to the dramatic artwork that adorns the caravans of old-fashioned freak shows, meant to grab the viewer's attention with images that are 4t wildly proportioned and a little titillating." But while the objects may

seem random—a model of Buddha, a beat-up chair by the side of the road, a Jack-o-lantem, a toy m o n k e y — t h e process of conceptualizing them together and recreating them is deliberate. ' T h e y ' r e pieces about current issues, they always are, that's what I do. They're three-dimensional political cartoons," Mayer said. One glittering creation, complete with pieces of coal and gilded with gold leaf, is a comment

on Halliburton; another pushes the viewer to consider humanity's interference with nature. But the viewer shouldn't feel too bad if the messages sometimes seem difficult to extract. " I ' m not sure what they all mean yet," Mayer said. "I might not know what they mean for a long time." "Short and Sweet" will be on display in the DePree Gallery from Feb. 11 to March 7, 2008.


The Hope College theater department will perform "Crimes of the Heart" following winter break. The Pulitzer-prize winning play by Beth Henley is a dark comedy set in Mississippi. Opening night is Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. in DeWitt Theater. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for faculty/staff and $4 for students/senior citizens. IDT S U C C E S S F U L

Senior profile: Rachel Wells thinks back, looks forward Amy Soukup GUEST W R I T E R

Theater major Rachel Wells ('08) is no stranger to the Hope College stage. In her four years at Hope, she has acted in six productions, with another in the works. Wells said her favorite part to play at Hope was the character of Rose in "Rose and the Rime," one of Hope's 2007 spring productions, a play written by guest artist Nathan Allen in collaboration with the cast and crew. Wells said, "It felt like the

character was being birthed out o f my own personality...It was an incredible experience." Recently, the cast o f " R o s e and the R i m e " took t h e play to the K e n n e d y C e n t e r A m e r i can College T h e a t e r Festival w h e r e it placed first out o f nine productions in the Great Lakes region. Wells said, " I ' d never had a chance to remount a show before and it was cool because we got to make the show lighter, clearer. It was a belter show overall." The cast will find out in March

if the show will move on to the national competition. Wells has also been involved behind the scenes in many ways including stage management, publicity, lighting, and sound design. "If I w a s n ' t an actor, I would be really interested in sound design," Wells said. "I like the musicianship and how you can underscore what the director is trying to do and how that creates a final package for the show." After graduation. Wells plans to pursue her acting aspirations.

Wells is currently in the process of auditioning. If she does not receive a j o b offer with a theater company, she plans to move to Chicago. "I'll probably get a j o b at Starbucks and start auditioning for things. I ' m not sure how long I want to pursue the wandering artist lifestyle, but right now I'm young and single, and that's what 1 want to do," Wells said. You can see Wells as the part of Viola in Hope's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth N i g h t " playing April 2-5.


Battle Royale folk, electronic mix 'really works' Julie Kocsis STAFF W R I T E R

Two years after the release of their first CD, "Sparkle Dust Fantasy," Minneapolis-based Battle Royale is now releasing their second album entitled "Wake Up, Thunderbabe." Sicnilar to "Sparkle," the first half of this C D features several electronic dance songs with throbbing synth-beats, charging electric guitars and solid drums. Th^ second half of "Thunderbabe," however, is much different. The last five songs are completely stripped down.

unplugged folk-pop songs. Despite this unconventional mix, the C D as a whole really works. Of the electro-dance music, "Confessions Pt. 2," the fourth track, is one of the best on the album. The guitar riffs stand out and sound a bit like something off of "Hot Fuss" by The Killers. "Wake Me Up," the first track, also makes a good initial impression. This song is a bit more comparable to The White Stripes (if they ever suddenly became an electro-dance band that is). Although the electronic sound seems to be more "their

style," the folk-pop songs on the album seemed to be the stronger half of the album. Most of these songs rely on just an acoustic guitar and the band m e m b e r s ' voices, although a harmonica and a piano do make an appearance in a few songs. These songs all seem pretty simple, although they never come across as simplistic. "OurThoughts are A - P o u i n ' " sounds a bit like a song Jack Johnson may have recorded, while "Thunderbabe" sounds more like an acoustic Rolling Stones song. While several of their songs

may reflect styles of other established musicians, their songs still feel completely original and fresh. Most of these acoustic songs seem like first-takes and not over-produced, like so much music is today. Not only is The Battle Royale great at writing and recording music, but they also have a hilarious sense of humor. Their video for "Oh Martha," a song from "Sparkle Dust Fantasy," is absolutely hilarious. This video, which is available to watch on YouTube, features the band goofing off wearing Olivia Newton John-inspired neon, spandex woricout clothes.

IDT, Michigan's only professional tap and jazz company, presented its annual concert at Hope College on Jan. 25 and 26. IDT, formerly InSync Dance Theatre, is an affiliate of the department o f dance at Hope. T h e c o m p a n y is led by artistic directors Rosanne BartonDeVries and Ray Tadio of the Hope dance faculty. T h e perf o r m a n c e featured a variety o f works created by Barton-DeVries, Tadio and other artists. O n e of the pieces premiered, " B o d y t a l k , " was created especially for IDT by Japanese choreographer Hiroko Maeda. " B o d y t a l k " was created as a testament of the power of movement expression. After a major career-threatening injury, Maeda reaffirmed her love for dance by choreographing the piece. The work was made possible through grants from the college's Patrons for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The concert enjoyed a large audience of both Hope students and the Holland community. ARTS PAGE PUBLISHES REVIEWS

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W h a t was the highlight of your experience? My internship; I worked ai Banyan Productions. They produce reality television like "Trading Spaces." did graphics for the development department which was basically made up of interns. You could tell that Banyan really appreciated their interns. They gave us real work to do and made sure that we were getting as much out of the internship as possible. How would you describe study abroad? It's a chance to experience life outside o f college. The domestic programs are really just a trial run at the re world. Within the first two weeks of being in Philly I had already learned to find an apartment and get internship. I feel completely capable of going into a city and repealing that process. W h a t would you say to people who are interested in study abroad? No matter where you end up studying, you are jjping to learn something about yourself. And there is no belter time to study abroad.









W h a t w as the highlight o f y o u r experience? The highlight of my trip was definitely experiencing the culture. I loved the idea of being immersed in another culture and learning a new way o f living. The people in Mexico are so friendly and so hospitable. I loved the excursions we took because we got to see awesome Mexican history and authentic culture. My host family was also a huge highlight of my trip because I learned so much from them and got to experience their lifestyle. I still keep in touch with them and am planning on returning to visit them soon! W h a t would you tell someone who is interested in study abroad? Don't think twice! Go! (Study abroad) opens your eyes to the big world and to what is going on outside the U.S. You can really learn a lot about yourself and how you adapt when you are outside of your comfort zone. W hat did you learn while studying abroad? I learned to be an advocate and represent my country. I learned that while I myself am small in this world, 1 know that even the smallest things in life can make a difference.

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Did you know that Hope is connected lo 217 study abroad programs available in 62 different countries? Consider traveling abroad for a year or semester to places such as: Australia, / Spain, Tanzania or China to have the experience of a lifetime. Show me t h e money Don't let cost hold you back! Surprisingly, tuition abroad is very comparable to Hope's tuition;

however, room and board vary depending .on the housing option you choose. A vast majority of third party programs such as ICS, C I t E , SIT and AustraLearn also provide scholarships to students, in addition to the Mulder Miller scholarship awarded to select students studying off-campus for the academic year or semester by the Office of Internalional Education. In many cases, financial aid from Hope transfers abroad; however, students should make an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to figure out exactly what will transfer. Popular places Most students choose lo study overseas in Europe; however, Amy Otis, director of internalional education said this is beginning lo change.

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W h a t was the highlight of your experience? It is really hard to pin point just one experience that was my favorite. I really liked spending time with the locals and also traveling around Europe. How would you describe study abroad in general? I would describe my experience as amazing and life changing, one of the best things to ever happen to me. W h a t would you say to people who are interested in study abroad? I would tell people who are interested to go for it. It was really scary and kind of overwhelming at first ut worth it in the end. Do whatever it takes to study abroad; you can really learn a lot.


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What did you learn? (In school, spiritually, personally, etc.) 1 learned to be a lot more independent. For most of the traveling that we did, we had to arrange everything and it made me feel really sure of myself. I also learned a lot about the culture and just how different people live.




W h a t was the highlight of your experience? I had a blast there. The highlight was simply experiencing a culture and lifestyle completely different from anything here in the U.S. I did a lot of traveling all around Australia, N e w Zealand and Fiji, and met people from all places of the world. W h a t would you tell someone who is considering study abroad? To anyone w h o ' s interested in studying abroad, my only advice is just do it. In my opinion, everyone should experience living in another culture because you won't come back the same person. Whether it's Australia, Chile or China, somewhere that people speak English or eat off the floor and speak in clicks, get out of the U.S. and stretch yourself to be challenged by another lifestyle. The knowledge that you gain isn't something that could ever learn in Holland, Mich.

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major) than just what we have here at Hope," Otis said. Employers also see countless benefits. " W h e n you graduate from Hope you're going to be competing with other graduates, and studying abroad is one way of setting yourself apart from all the other applicants to the same j o b or grad school position," Otis said. "(Employers will say), here's a student who took a risk and stepped out of the Hope environment and was willing to experience something new." Students who would like to live in the United States permanently or would like to stay closer to home should consider studying in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. or Chicago. These cities offer great opportunities for internships and to build networking skills.

Check for credit Most of the schools abroad are based on a threecredit system rather than a four-credit system like Hope. Therefore, Otis strongly encourages students to meet with their academic advisor to approve courses transferring back into their major or minor, and to meet with the registrar regarding classes for general education requirements.

W h a t did you learn and how w i l l the experience affect the rest of your life? As for me, I didn't learn much in school, but I did pick up surfing, the lingo and how to get by on less money than I ever thought possible. I don't regret it for a second.

language goes a long way," Otis said. Courses abroad are offered in a variety of ways. Programs offer all classes in English, all in another language such as Spanish or a combination of both English and other language courses.

The deadline for studying abroad in spring 2009 is April 14. The fall deadline has already passed.

Learning t h e language Don't let language barriers stop you! Going to a foreign country can be intimidating for many students, but don't let fear hold you back. "It's not crucial that you speak the language (of the country), but it sure helps when you're interacting with the people out on the streets. A little bit of a

For additional information, stop by the Fried International Center heated in MMC 115-118 to talk with a staff member in the Office of International Education, or visit Hope's International Education website at html.



In pursuit of knowledge there didn't really line up with my own, and 1 believed it was far better not to attend at all than to pretend that they did. Nonetheless, as a freshman. 1 fell that by excluding myself from Campus Ministries, I was also excluded from a particular social group on campus. In my freshman brain, it was as though I was wearing a big sign that read, "I am a pagan. I use my free time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings to take a nap or finish up last-minute homework, and 1 don't feel bad about it. I don't know Chapel lingo. I am terrified that you might think this about me." Was it just in my head, or was our campus divided? I saw two groups: those who went to Chapel and the Gathering, and those who didn't. If I didn't participate in Campus Ministries, I was lumped in with all Hope's other ne'er-do-wells: people who drank, smoked, skipped class and even broke parietals. At the time, however, I didn't even know any ne'er-do-wells (all my friends went to Chapel). I have since overcome my selfconsciousness about Chapel and The

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A campus divided My cluster in Dykstra during freshman year was very quiet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Similarly, by about 7:15 on Sunday nights, I could be fairly certain that I ' d have the place mostly to myself. I didn't care much about missing Chapel or The Gathering. I've never been to Chapel as a current student (although I went as a prospective student and F v e listened to the MP3 version once or twice). Fve been to The Gathering a few times, always either as a reporter for The Anchor or for a class assignment. 1 have the utmost respect for those who worship at Chapel and The Gathering; the services just weren't for me. The religious views and practices I found


Gathering (it helps that senior year, a significantly smaller percentage of my classmates attend compared to freshman year). Unfortunately, I do not believe that I was alone in my worries and fears. By choosing not to belong to one group, I was placed into another group by default, whether 1 wanted to belong or not. O f course, we split ourselves up into countless other potentially polarizing groups as well: the divide between Greeks and independents is particularly apparent this week. There are the people who attend SAC events, and groups who participate in Relay For Life or Dance Marathon. The Anchor could even be host to its own ingroup/out-group divide. The problem for Hope's campus is not inherent to the groups themselves — organizations such as Campus Ministries, Greek Life or The Anchor contribute to our most precious experiences at Hope. We cannot, however, make our group labels so sharply black and white that we have no way to get to know the person behind the label. At a college as small

as Hope, there is a very good chance that each of us will belong under more than one label. Furthermore, regardless of which groups we choose, we as individuals are the ones who must live with our decisions. I am very satisfied with my choices not to participate in Campus Ministries, or in Greek Life, for that matter. However, I should not feel obligated to constantly defend my decisions to be viewed favorably, by my peers who choose differently, especially if my choices don't affect them. I trust that they are making the decisions that are best for them and hope that they will grant me the same trust about the decisions that I've made. At an academic institution, exclusive and judgmental labels serve to limit what we can gain from our education. We can never learn from each other if our campus is divided. Evelyn was intrigued to learn that blue eyes may have come into existence through a single genetic mutation 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, according to a new study in Human Genetics. Before that mutation, there were no blue-eyed people.


Campus Safety deserves praise, not invective To the Editors: During the past couple weeks. The Anchor has printed two letters to the editors (Michael Lausch, Jan. 23 issue; Stephanie Dykema, Jan. 30 issue) that have brought into question Campus Safety and decried it as an unfit office that is incapable to handle even the simplest of tasks. Not only is that attitude in our newspaper, but I personally hear similar remarks on a regular basis. And to be brutally honest, I think that's a bunch of hogwash and needs to change. Campus Safety is one of the most involved offices on Hope College's campus. Its outreach and range extends over many aspects of collegiate life. Consider the following: the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff; parking enforcement; enforcement of campus poli-

cies; first-responder in emergency situations; security of all of the approximately 150 buildings Hope College owns; lost and found items; securing on a nightly basis all the academic buildings on campus. Yes, Campus Safety is involved with all of that. And I am sure there are many more involvements that I have missed. And yet, with everything that Campus Safety does and is involved in, there is a realistic danger (as Miss Dykema pointed out) that Campus Safety is not meeting expectations and is not functioning 100 percent as a security organization must be. It is right for us to think such things. However, I think that we must then create dialogue about Campus Safety's purpose. We should be asking, "What are the main priorities that Campus Safety needs to focus on and pour

a majority of their efforts into?" As an RA in Kollen Hall, I have interacted with Campus Safety on numerous occasions, some of which occurred because of poor choices that students made. In those interactions, I have never seen a Campus Safety officer not know what to say or do in some pretty tough situations. They seem to have an answer for all the tough questions that arise in those situations. And in very serious situations. Campus Safety acted with a swiftness that 1 felt was correct and proper. In addition, when any problems have arisen, the Campus Safety office has been more than helpful in resolving the issue. My point is this: that Campus Safety does so much for Hope College, and we students don't see it. I personally witness on a regular basis that Campus Safety suc-

ceeds in providing basic security and safety for students. And I think that this should be their primary role and focus, rather than auxiliary functions such as lockouts. I think it's time to stop complaining and start appreciating and thanking those who are involved with Campus Safety. Next time you see a Campus Safely personnel, thank him or her for keeping you safe and for helping Hope College run smoothly because it wouldn't without them. Now, because I have placed myself in their shoes, I expect you to do the same. Also, don't sweat the small stuff—the negative minor interactions that happen with Campus Safety. Instead, try your best to appreciate the greater good that they do on Hope's campus and cut them some slack. — M a l t Oosterhouse ('09)

Patriarchy, romantic gestures go hand in hand; both good To the Editors: In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I know and highly regard both Nick and Evelyn. Any debate about social norms is a risky one, and bound to stir up controversy a m o n g such socially active people. 1 enjoy such discussions, even though I am not as socially active. Therefore, I can say that they have both failed to make a respectable case for or against chivalry. Nick, on the one hand, wants to give chivalry an added element, that it expresses a particular sort of v a l u e - l h e kind we give others in romantic relationships. He writes that such "romantic gestures," as expressions of love, cannot also be "violent expresssions" of a patri-


archal society. But Nick has created a false dilemma. The question of what sort of denomination of value could be attributed to opening a lady's door remains unasked. Surely it demonstrates something like, "I love you as my own and will take good care of you, as m y own." But this is no more impossible in a patriarchal society, than a black overseer in the Old South. They may be simply more benign ensamples of an ultimately unacceptable institution. So, Nick's objection to Evelyn does not hold. If we reject such a gesture, like we reject slavery, we must reject it outright. Evelyn's response, then, is no better off. Instead of coming back and saying that traditional gender roles, and all their


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treatment of one another in a society, of equals. Then again, if we simply cannot stand not to be romantic or cultural, perhaps we also shouldn't try to be egalitarian. Is it so inconceivable that I, acting either out of love for someone else, or out of a culture deferential to w o m e n (Is there a difference?), should reject the constraints of egalitarian society and open a lady's door merely because that is the mannerly thing to do? It seems to me to be a sad slate of affairs when I cannot. I suppose I will have to throw away all those counter-revolutionary romantic comedies, and kick in Shakespeare and the Catholic Church to boot. —Clayton Orr ( ' 0 8 )


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trappings, are wrong regardless of the person or relationship, she affirms them, but for both genders. Indeed, I think that this similar problem for them both is grounded in the fact that they are both aiming for what Nick terms a "more egalitarian society" and what Evelyn designates "an equal position in society." 1 would tend to agree with the more radical position, that an egalitarian society cannot reasonably have people opening doors for each other as romantic gestures, or any such-like. The question of who opens a door for whom is not one that should be expressed in the violent sexist overtures of romance, because there are no subjective or cultural (or, perhaps, religious) conditions that ought to predispose our


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The enigma of Nickelback One question has kept me sleepless for months, and I feel that by expressing my concerns I can someway solve my soul's dire puzzle. Why does everyone hate Chad Kroeger and his band Nickelback? I mean, really, w h y is there so much vitriol focused toward these lyrical Canadians? My older brother once told me that Nickelback is the San Antonio Spurs of rock; no one really likes them, but they still are unstoppable. He has a point.

One reason is that at parties, bowling that their fans maintain a paradoxical life; they are mainstream, yet they must live alleys, and other places with beer, Nickelback has been simultaneously underground. Because of this, I can't playing when I ' m having a great time. fathom what a true Nickelback fan looks Consequently, songs like " H o w You like. There are other music fan stereotypes that 1 can easily imagine, like my complex Remind Me" have become a Pavlovianroommate Tony Mandolin who falls conditioned stimulus that triggers feelings of happiness (and I salivate, too). Also, into the Wilco/Bob Dylan/Sonic Youth their songs have had so much airtime crowd. He cringes every time I belt out (almost every ten minutes it seems), that the lyrics to "Rockstar." Tony says that the mere repeated exposure has led me to Nickelback listeners are tone deaf. So by unknowingly like them. It's psychology, his logic, Helen Keller would have been plain and simple. I ' m merely a victim of a die-hard groupie. Chad Kroeger's gravel gargling voice and At this point, it's time to come clean and deceptive practices. Anyone can fall prey speak honestly. I feel like I'm standing up to Nickelback's formulaic rock songs, for at an AA meeting, saying, " M y name is Joe, I am not alone. As to why people hate and I listen to Nickleback." That confession them—I haven't a clue. earns a condescending laugh from my Joe intended to write a column on Greek dissonant alt-rock roommate. Sorry if I've Life, but Sam beat him to it. Additionally, surprised anyone. Before the Hope Campus has me tarred and feathered, let me offer a- Joe feared retaliation Jrom his Dorian sister, Phi Sig and Cosmo 'true'brothers. few excuses, for my musical addiction.

The last six years have been good to Nickelback, as they have sold nearly 25 million albums and have received numerous awards and Grammy nominations. Still, a visceral hate for them runs deeper than the Marianas. Could it be due to their Canadian nationality, like a form of xenophobia? Last lime I checked. Congress hasn't pushed for a border fence to keep out the likes of Chad Krgeger. Maybe it's the uncomfortable combination of the words Canadian and rock, like sweaty feet or warm mucous. Or could it simply be their success with catchy tunes and peasant style song names, including "Rockstar," "Photograph" and "Animals?" N o one wants deep verbiage or a sentence for a song title, right? The hidden, yet massive, fan base that supports Nickelback's quest for global domination is another issue. 1 have never seen a person buy or own an original Nickelback CD. This leads me to believe

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In hope of Easter I was originally planning on writing about Valentine's Day, but in the past month something urgent and important has come to my attention, and I cannot sit idly by while such a terrible thing takes place. Students, faculty, members o f the board, prepare yourselves; according to the 2007-2008 academic calendar, classes resume after Spring Break on Monday, March 24. This means, m e m b e r s o f the Hope College community, that w e are expected to return to college O N E A S T E R . No Sunday Brunch, no dinner with the family, no relaxing to celebrate


sacred day. Easter is underappreciated compared to Christmas, and it's a tragic mistake. The birth of Christ at Christmas, a time w h e n the trees seem barren and the snow freezes the world around us (especially us in the northern Midwest), leads us to the resurrection of Christ during spring, a time when things are green and growing. It's the Gospel: God takes our frozen, barren hearts and on Easter, He warms them up into something new with hope. Therefore, it doesn't make sense: the birth o f Christ is a beautiful occasion of hope, which we get over three weeks to celebrate, but it's actually the resurrection of Christ that seals our saving grace, and we don't even get one day. Another problem with this schedule is that it hurts the students' families as well as the students. Those with a car must miss their family gatherings to drive back to school and get readjusted, and those

the resurrection o f Christ, a major tenant in the theology upon which this school stands! I, for one, am outraged. We could expect this at a secular college or a state school, but this is Hope College, a m e m b e r of the R e f o r m e d Church of America. If we are to stand as a c o m m u n i t y that reveres and worships Christ, shouldn't we recognize and properly participate in the day that changed eternity f o r all His followers? Easter is traditionally one of m y favorite holidays (the other two, if y o u ' r e curious, are Thanksgiving and Christmas ...well, and maybe Valentine's too. But that's beside the point). My family wakes up, opens our baskets (despite the fact that my youngest sister is 13 and no longer believes in him, the Easter Bunny still manages to c o m e to our house each year), goes to church, and then goes out f o r brunch with m y aunts, uncles, and cousins. Easter is a special day, it's a

without a car, like myself, must not only miss family get-togethers, but must have a family m e m b e r miss the get-together to drive them back, which is even worse. Our families pay a private tuition to send us here for most of the year, and then they don't even get to see us on Easter. I don't doubt that the administration cares about matters of faith and family. However, that said, I simply don't understand w h y we must return to school on Easter. Why can't we start on the following Tuesday, like we have on all our other long breaks? According to the c a m p u s calendar, there is nothing happening here on Easter, no reason for us to be here. In fact, "Spring Recess," as the calendar calls it, begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 14, 2008. I propose that w e move that vacation day to March 24, 2008. We need Easter! Brittany apologizesfor her photo. She was sick and unprepared.


Palestinians take charge of own fate To the Editors: Finally, the two-year embargo on the Gaza Strip imposed by Israel has been broken. Yes, the very same embargo imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel with approval of George W. Bush has been broken. The embargo that aimed at creating the holocaust of the 21st century has been broken; yes, a holocaust by killing 1.5 million Palestinians through starvation, bombs and bullets. The will of the people and the rage of the resistance had had enough with the lack of electricity, food and water. The people of Palestine blew apart the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, longing for freedom. The people of Palestine gave up on the world, as the world gave up on them, and took charge of their fates in their own hands, ignoring their govern-



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were empty as at least one member of every Gazan family was in Egypt, buying what was forbidden for two years, buying what they longed for, or, as in the case of thousands, needed. In less than five days, the Egyptian Sinai peninsula market was wiped out of merchandise as Palestinians bought tons of supplies— from vegetables to fruits, from fish to poultry to red meat, from wheat to bread, from live cattle of every sort to pets, from water to pop and juice, from milk to dairy products, from computers to blenders, from cars to motorcycles, from fuel to gasoline, from medical equipment to medicine, from nails to bricks, from lumber to hard core equipment, from mineral water to water purifiers, from mattresses to movies, from books to paper, from pipes to glue.

mental problems and their own lives. On Jan. 23, a loud explosion rocked the border of Palestine and Egypt, and within hours of the wall coming down, thousands of the population of the Gaza Strip started a march towards Egyptian cities, longing for freedom and food. They marched, instilling fear in the Egyptian Police and Egyptian Border Guard, while the latter obeyed the words of an Egyptian hero, the president of Egypt; President Mubarak refused that the Palestinian population be denied their inalienable rights to life and freedom. In less than three days, more than 700,000 Palestinians crossed into Egypt and pumped into the Egyptian economy more than half a billion dollars, buying everything they needed to restock their markets. The streets of the Gaza Strip

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Everything and anything that could potentially be helpful was bought. Why am I writing this? Besides the obvious reason to make you aware of the real truth, it is to urge you that when choosing your next president, choose one that is smart enough to lead your country down a prosperous road that will accomplish all your desired goals to the extent most feasible. And to choose one that will build a foreign relations policy that is not racist, and does not intend to destroy Palestine or approve an embargo to kill 1.5 million Palestinians in war crime punishments. I urge you to choose a president that is internationally responsible and diplomatic. —George Khoury ('09)

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In the words of FDR

Last week my friends and I shared our deepest fears. They ranged from becoming our parents to yogurt to nightmares of disgustingly fat people with tiny shriveled hands.



1 came to the realization that I am not afraid of much, besides a hand breaking off mid-shake. This of course is an almost lie. What I mean is it's such a big understatement that my pants should be on* fire, hanging from a telephone wire. Because I fear a lot. I'm not afraid of books or popcorn or the Blue Oyster Cult or not enough cowbell. I'm not afraid of dying, or telling people what I think, or speaking in front of large groups of people. Whenever I pick up a pair of scissors 1 imagine myself stabbing my eye, but I'm not really afraid of that happening. 1 don't

know how my life will turn out: it's scary, but I'm confident it'll be fine. I'm not afraid of snakes or heights or mice or cockroaches or SARS or Communists. But, I am afraid that all my friends will forget my birthday. Worse: I'm afraid they will wake up tomorrow and each decide they never liked me in the first place, and when we pass on the stairs in Lubbers or in the halls of the Science Center they will pretend we've never met. I'm afraid my girlfriend will cheat on me. I'm afraid that my best friend will tell me he has found more fun friends. I know I'm a drifter, and I like it, but

I'm afraid of getting stuck between here and there. And, as great as R.W. Emerson says it is, I fear always being misunderstood and never understanding. I don't often talk about these fears because I am ashamed of them. Like most fears, they are not bom from logic, but rather from the underlying mother of all other fears: I am not good enough. Jeremy Benson would like you to know that while true, much of the above has been exaggerated for effect, like cereal boxes. He knows hisfriends

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Don't stereotype Greeks To the Editors: While he is obviously entitled to his opinion (What's Wrong with Greek?, The Anchor, Jan. 30), Mr. Sam Ogles is somewhat misguided on several of his overzealous condemnations of the Greek organization system at Hope College. As a Hope College alum, and one who had the opportunity to participate in a fraternity and in an intercollegiate sport (football), I would like to comment on a few aspects that Mr. Ogles seems to overlook. While he is correct about the abuses that have occurred with the Greek system in the categories he relates, Mr. Ogles fails to mention the important and appropriate measures that the Hope College administration, the Greek supervisory board and the individual fraternities and sororities have taken. They have worked hard in recent years to improve the system and work towards eliminating the inap-

propriate and sometimes illegal behavior that occurs. Mr. Ogles has acknowledged some positive aspects that the Greek system contributes to the college, surrounding community and to charitable organizations. However, if one were to follow his suggestion to eliminate the entire system, then j l follows that many of the other activities sponsored by the college including intercollegiate and club athletics, dance classes, academic groups, etc. should be el iminated as well, all of which would be ludicrous. Despite Hope College having a Christian mission statement, we are all aware that there will always be individuals who make mistakes in their personal judgments and engage in some of the inappropriate behavior that Mr. Ogles discusses. However, to indict the entire Greek system for these misguided actions of some individuals is simply not the solution. Mr. Ogles

makes the erroneous assumption that just because some individuals have committed illegal acts (i.e: underage drinking to use his example) that everyone in the Greek system does so and condones it, which is obviously not true. He makes the classic mistake of stereotyping everyone in a group (does he wish to do the same for the chemistry club, football team, hockey team. Opus group, etc.?). I'm sure that Mr. Ogles would not appreciate it if someone made untrue assumpti ons about himself and his friends — he is wrong to do the same to others. In conclusion, 1 would just add that the Greek system is not for everyone. I will admit that I only participated in a fraternity at Hope for two years before I chose to form an "independent" group of fellow students and student-athletes at my dorm. While I did not agree with all the policies and activities that took place when I was

in the fraternity, the positive contributions that these organizations can make and do for both the college and its surrounding community and other charitable organizations are aspects that are worthy. Of course, any such organizations have the responsibility to "regulate and police themselves" in an effort to prevent abuses and improve the overall system. It is obviously impossible to completely eliminate any abuse from occurring in the future. However, the Hope College administr ation and the fraternities and sororities are to be commended for having taken steps to prevent that as much as possible, yet at the same time providing for appropriate discplinary actions and consequences for individuals who choose to abuse the priviliges of participating in the Greek system. That is hardly justification for eliminating the entire system, nor should it be. —Todd Harbum ('78)

To t h e E d i t o r s: Mr. Ogles' article contributes to the stereotype of Greek life as incorrectly depicted by the media in movies such as "Animal House" or "Van Wilder." His irresponsible portrayal of Greeks as mindless individuals, enslaved to a "drinking culture," is one of the most blatantly close-minded overgeneralizations I have ever encountered in my four years as a sorority woman. As I look forward to beginning medical school in the fall, I would like to state that joining a sorority was one of the best academic and educational decisions I ever made. I began college devoted to the pursuit of my pre-medical endeavors, quickly desiring guidance from others in the process. My freshman year taught me that the women in the sorority I was rushing could fill this need. My sorority relationships granted me first-hand access to women who had found success in the challenging pre-med program at Hope. I watched them complete the necessary steps toward matriculation. They informed me constantly, and offered advice

(even after graduation) as I undertook the application process. I now can advise those women who follow the same path, and help them create similar, valuable opportunities. Greek life is the only community at Hope College to establish and cultivate a studentto-student mentoring program. The overwhelming majority of those participating in New Member Education would never claim that the process was easy. They would, however, claim that the experience was worth it. The same can be said for the rigorous pre-medical course work. Did I find organic chemistry particularly "pleasant"? No. Did I make sacrifices to succeed? Yes. This class pushed me to my limits, but completing that course made me a better, more responsible student and person. I will graduate with the skills I developed through this experience. The backbone of our New Member Education process is rooted in the same philosophy. Not surprisingly, Greek alumni donate the most money back to the college. Their continued donations are a testament to the

long lasting personal rewards they have ascertained, due in large part to their involvement in Greek life. Greek ! life fills the gaps at Hope College. This includes the enormous amount of money we raise for philanthropic causes such as Dance Marathon and Relay for Life. People become involved with Greek life because they are looking to fulfill a need that cannot be met otherwise. Perhaps critics of the system would be wise to look into these gaping holes before attacking the organizations that so valiantly fill them. As my senior year at Hope comes to a close, I realize that some of the most important lessons I leave with did npt occur in a classroom. Instead, I learned the most from intimate conversations with my sisters at 4 a.m., who challenged me to discover myself as well as how to relate to the world. I learned what it is like to put your faith fully in another person. I learned the benefit of being challenged to strive for your best, and to encourage others to do the same. I learned to interact with, and lead, a group

comprised entirely of women. As I begin medical school in the fall, I believe it is the lessons I learned from my time in this valued organization that will allow me to become an effective physician. This sorority has taught me about the importance of balance, and how to work hard/ play hard. I also learned a profound sense of trust and how to rely on others without having to be "superwoman" all the time. I learned to be even more compassionate, as I hear the struggles of my sisters and take pride in being their strength. I can't imagine going through college without wearing the Sigma crest that decorates my favorite red sweatshirt. This organization has become my extended family unit, and I will graduate knowing I have made friendships that truly will last a lifetime (just ask our alumnae). Being a Sigma helped me to make the very most of my college experience, allowing me to create and develop intricate relationships with women who share my interests and ideals.

To the Editors: This thoughtftil letter is in response to Sam Ogles' article "What's Wrong with Greek." His editorial was referring to the large spread in last week's Anchor regarding the obvious pros and cons of Greek Life at Hope. Though I found many of statements and "facts" false and offensive, the first real aspect of the article that stuck out in my mind was the disclaimer at the bottom. It slated that Sam was a former Greek rush himself. I was wondering what kind of severe trauma this experience may have caused to harbor such bitterness and ill will towards the men and women of Greek life (and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you get over it).

I am also wondering where all these wonderfully stated revelations in the editorial came from. Sam writes that Greek Life's "supposed benefit comes at a great price to those individuals and to our community." What great price is this, Sam? Look all around you. Members of Greek Life are the most active on campus by far. Considering that only around 13 percent of Hope's students are active Greeks, this observance seems astonishing. Members of my organization alone participate in activities ranging from Dance Marathon Dream Team and Student Congress to lacrosse and football. We are leaders in this community, whether you believe it or not, and only benefit Hope's already strong campus relations.

In terms of "hazing," I would recommend you go to Student Development and schedule a meeting with Ellen Awad or Matt D'Oyly. These two individuals have gone above and beyond the required duties of their profession and have done more for Greek Life than anyone realizes. I'm sure Ellen would happily qualm any doubts you have about the NME process. I could tell you dozens of stories where Greek Life made huge impacts on people's lives. Speaking personally, I would not be a student here at Hope without my fraternity and the constant support from all organizations. At one point in my three years here, I doubted whether I wanted to stay. However, the bond I shared with my brothers made

all the difference (can you believe it, Sam? We actually love each other and aren't bound by ideas of popularity and climbing the social ladder). My brothers have guided me through tough times and have positively made me the respectable person I am today. These kinds of situations define why we are in Greek organizations. Love, life-long friendships and constant support are the cornerstones of Hope Greek Life and I will support it for as long as I am still breathing. While I'm growing strong, challenging myself daily, and participating in service projects around Holland, you can sit back, turn on "Animal House," and keep forming your own ill-advised opinions.

—Chelsea Stephenson ('08)

—RJ Casey ('09)




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Frisbee has often been considered a symbol of college life. The laid back feel of tossing a disc goes hand in hand with the stereotypical mind set of a carefree undergrad. Hope College has embraced this culture fully - from the highly popular Frisbee golf course that runs through campus, to the less well known ultimate Frisbee team. " T h e ultimate club has been around for about a couple of decades," captain Eddie Helderop ( ' 0 9 ) said. " T h e team is really young this year. We are working on recruiting new people all the time and, we are very happy with the amount of freshmen that are coming out."

also presents unique opportunities for Hope students to compete against strong opponents. "Unlike any other sport ultimate offers us the opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the state," Sam Baker f 0 9 ) pictured, said. "Because of Hope's strong history in ultimate we have some incredible alumni who have made a name for themselves in Michigan. These connections help us to go up against some of the best competitors and teams in the state."

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These games serve as an opportunity for players to hone their skills and learn from others. "We have pickup games in

for plyomelrics and even an occasional indoor scrfmmage. "It's good that we can practice in the winter and get to know each other and grow as a team,"

warm weather and often times these strong players that used to go to Hope will join," Baker said. "This helps us to learn quickly because we are playing with people that really know





P a n ag g io ('09) said. "The exercise and practice that we get will definitely help come spring." Looking

how to run the offense and the defense and are willing to teach us and share what they know." The team competes in outdoor tournaments throughout the spring and fall. They also participate in a few indoor tournaments in the winter to help keep up their game. " T h e winter season serves two purposes," Helderop said. "It gets people in shape, and it helps get the team into a routine that will help us come spring." The team also uses the winter time to work on strength, conditioning and skills. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the Dow Center at 9:45 p.m.


The Hope College hockey team is the number-one ranked team in Dili American Collegiate Hockey Association, with a record of 172-0-1. Hope's last game was a blowout of Albion College, by a score of 12-1. Leading the scoring that day was Mike Bazydlo ('11) with a hat trick, and Brett Kopinski ('11) with two goals and three assists. After last year's disappointing loss in the national tournament, this year's squad is ready for a long run at nationals. Defenseman Dan Bolt ('10) said, "(The team looks) really good, even better than last year." Part of this is due to Hope's play in close games throughout this season. Hope has had many remarkable offensive



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towards the future, the club h a s high hopes as numbers grow. On top of this, a majority of the participants are underclassmen, promising many years of growth. "In the past the team had trouble getting enough people to go to tournaments," Panaggio said. " N o w we have enough to have people on the sidelines so that you can rest and stay fresh when you're in the game." For more information about the ultimate Frisbee club, email Also pictured, Laura Scherer ('08).

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but being number one means teams are going to be out to get you. We need to stay on our toes and keep working hard." With just a few games left in the season, Hope's players are optimistic about the tournament at hand. "I feel that we will do very well. We have fewer losses this year compared to last year, and we can't come to nationals thinking w e ' r e going to win it all. We have to work at it and earn it," Dekker said. Feb. 9 is Hope's last home game for the season against Lake Superior State at 9 p.m. "Fan-wise, they've been awesome," Bolt said. " W e ' v e gotten a lot more fans than some of the official Hope teams. We rely on all of them cost-wise to help us keep playing."

"1 think the losses were performances, with four games great reality checks, helping us of ten or more goals. However. realize we're Hope has also = = = : = = = = = = = = = not invincible," prevailed in forward Evan many close "We need to stay on Dekker ('10) games, which is a our toes and keep said. good sign for the As the season working hard.11 A C H A National comes to a close, Tournament in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Evan Dekker, (' 10) Hope's national mid-March. w i n g ranking will play "Because â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a huge factor in w e ' v e competed = their tournament in more close run. "If we win out (in the regular games, that experience will help us in the tournament," Bolt said. season), we will be number one when the tournament begins," "You never want to blow out Bolt said. teams, because it creates bad However, with a number one habits, so we can't complain ranking comes added pressure about all of the close games that along with the honor. w e ' v e been in." " A s for (being) ranked number At the same time, Hope's few one in the country, 1 think it's losses have helped the team, fantastic," Dekker said. " W e ' v e showing the faults that can be been working really hard all year. improved before the tournament.

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With another win on Saturday over Kalamazoo College 85-58, the Hope College w o m e n ' s basketball team improved to 10-0 in the M I A A and 18-0 overall. According to, Hope is ranked first in the nation and is one of three unbeaten teams left. In the Kalamazoo win, Hope relied on captain Jordyn Boles ( ' 0 8 ) on offense. Boles made four three-pointers on Saturday to raise her career total to 190, which makes her the new alltime leader surpassing the previous record of 188 set by Bria Ebels ('06). Along with Boles, Courtney Knox ( ' 0 9 ) had her first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hope's next game is at TriState on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. BASKETBALL



On Saturday, the Hope College m e n ' s basketball team lost to Albion College 52-56. Despite recording its first M I A A loss, Hope remains first in the MIAA standings at 7-1. Albion and Calvin College are both one game behind at 6-2. In the Albion game, the Dutchmen posted its poorest shooting of the season finishing at 32 percent from the field. Derek Van Solkema ('08) led Hope with 18 points, while Jesse Reimink ('09) followed with 12 and Marcus Vanderheide ('08) with 11. Hope will play next on Feb. 6 against Olivet College at 7:30 p.m. in DeVos Fieldhouse. MIAA S W I M M I N G & DIVING C H A M P I O N S H I P S TO BE



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Track teams open season in Wisconsin Nick H i n k l e S P O R T S EDITOR

Although Hope College's campus remains snow covered, the men's and w o m e n ' s track teams have begun their indoor seasons. Last weekend, the Dutch kicked olT its season at the Tadd Metzger Indoor Invitational in Carthage, Wis. The m e n ' s team finished in fifth place and the women in fourth. On the m e n ' s side, the top performers included Sean Bergsma ( ' 0 9 ) , second in the high j u m p ; Ryan J a r a ( ' I O ) , third in the 5000 meters (16:25.77); Aaron Clark ('08), fourth in the 400 meters (:51.76); Jeff Minkus (MO), fourth in triple j u m p (443 1/4); Daniel Sultz ('08), fifth in 5,000 meters (16:51.82); Zach King ( ' 0 9 ) , seventh in 3,000 meters (8:54.48) and eighth in mile (4:34.02); Nick Rinck ( ' 11), eighth in 55 meter hurdles (:08.39); and Nate VandeGuchte ('08), eighth in high j u m p (5-11 1/2). T h e w o m e n top finishers included N o r a Kuiper ( ' 0 9 ) , eighth in 55 meters (:07.82); Emily Kreichelt ( M l ) , eighth in 2 0 0 meter (:28.42); Susan Savasky (Ml ), sixth in the

mile (5:38.18); J o a n n e Gabl (MO), sixth in the 3,000 meters. (11:08.30); Sarah Multer" ( ' 0 9 ) and Elle M u n o a ( M l ) , sixth ( 2 0 : 2 3 . 3 3 ) and eighth ( 2 0 : 3 3 . 6 8 ) in the 5,000 meter; Kara Vandeguchte ( M l ) , fourth in 55-meter hurdles ( : 0 9 . 1 3 ) and third in high j u m p (5-1 3/4); Christina Lis ( ' 0 9 ) and Kylie Topi iff ( M l ) , second (5-3 3/4) and forth (5-1 3/4) in high j u m p ; Emily VanderMeer ( ' 0 9 ) and Rebekah Woods ( ' 0 9 ) , second (9-11 3/4) and third (8-6) in pole vault. In preparation for the invitational, the teams have been training the best they can despite the winter weather. ''At this time of year the weather greatly influences what we can do since we are working outdoors," coach Mark Northuis said. "We often times will lake the team bus off-campus and have the distance runners run back to campus with the wind or go in search of cleared roads to run on." Northuis, who primarily works with the distance runners, has concentrated on multiple areas to prepare the runners for the indoor season. "We have been primarily

focusing on developing our endurance base and stamina, muscular strength and flexibility," Northuis said. Although neither team finished in the top three at the invitational, both had respectable finishes considering the weather and limited amount of training. Also, the indoor season allows an opportunity for new runners to adjust to college competition before MIAA events. "This is obviously our first meet while our competition at the meet has been competing since early December," Northuis said. " O u r goals for this meet are to introduce the new runners to college-level intensity and to get a measure of their fitness level." Both teams have two more indoor meets until their spring trainingtripinGeorgia. Following the training trip, the teams will begin their outdoor season and MIAA competition. "We are training through the indoor meet season in preparation for spring "break and the outdoor season," Northuis said. "However, we will be working on race tactics that help them later in the season." .


Q U I C K S T A R T — Aaron Clark ('08) fires off t h e l i n e w i t h his t e a m m a t e s in a t r a c k p r a c t i c e inside t h e Dow Center.

Tennis teams swing into 2008 indoor season Men drop first match to University of Chicago the season with high hopes and STAFF W R I T E R a positive outlook. "We want to win evThe Hope College m e n ' s tenery match and we know that nis team opened up its season on we are good e n o u g h to do Saturday Feb. 2 with an 8-1 loss very well in the c o n f e r e n c e , " at the hands of the University of Jon Lautz ( M l ) said. Chicago. John Pelton ( ' 0 9 ) was Captains John Schlotz ('09) the lone victor defeating his opand Zach Huber ('09) lead a ponent 4-6, 6-3, (10-8). _ _ _ _ _ young squad There are into M I A A comfour more indoor "We want to win petition, featurm a t c h e s prior to ing only one the spring trip every match and we senior to comto Hilton Head, know that we are pliment five j u S.C., b e f o r e the good enough to do niors and three regular season . sophomores in starts M a r c h 29 very well in the conthe starting lineagainst Adrian. up. But that does T h e m a t c h e s are ference." against Grand - Jon Lautz, ( ' 1 1 ) not mean that the freshman Rapids Com— will not play a munity College, pivotal role in making the team Oberlin College, John Caroll better. Bradley Boelkins ( M l ) , University and Grand Valley Kevin Hagan ( M l ) and Lautz all State University, as well as the are expected to help further the Grand Rapids City Tournament team even though they face limfrom Friday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, ited roles this year. Feb. 16. The tennis team o p e n s

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The goals of the team, however simple, will not be easy to accomplish. "Win conference, go to national tournament, beat Calvin (College) and stop Kalamazoo (College's) winning streak," Huber said of the team's goals. T h e Calvin match falls on April 16 and is sure to be a key match in deciding the outcome of the conference standings, while Kalamazoo will be faced later down the road as the last game in the regular season, on April 22. As a captain, Huber k n o w s what it takes to win at the collegiate level. "Always work hard no matter what you're doing," Huber said. By leading warm-ups and practices, Huber hopes his work ethic will run off onto the younger players. Last year, the Dutchmen posted a 9-13 record, but the squad seems to be focused and ready to compete for a championship this year.

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After finishing third in the MIAA and posting a 15-8 record last season, the w o m e n ' s tennis team is gearing up for another exciting indoor season. The indoor season will start Feb. 19 against Grand Rapids Community College, and will continue through March 12 before the spring trip at Hilton Head in South Carolina. Hope's only senior, captain Christine Garcia, is looking forward to the first competition of the year. "We don't know what to expect from them since we haven't played them in the past," Garcia said. "We have been doing more conditioning this year and we are looking to start off with a bang." Garcia is also excited about the team's chemisty this season. With one senior, one junior, five sophomores and four freshmen, the team is very yoimg, but does



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not lack in experience or talent. " T h e team unity is really special this year," Garcia said. "We are looking forward to a close knit group of girls. They all are on the same level and relate to each other." The Dutch are hoping to improve on last year's performance when they went 1 2 against Wheaton, Aquinas and Grand Valley, while their lone win came against Aquinas, winning five matches to Aquinas' four. Danielle Werley (M0) led the team in singles wins last year with a 15-6 record, and Samantha Stille ('09) received first team all-MIAA honors in 2007. Along with having a strong opening performance, the Dutch will be looking to improve on its third place finish in the MIAA, when the outdoor season arrives. "We are definitely going for number one in the MIAA this year," Garcia said.

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