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Jane Elliott brings passion for equality Emily West C A M P U S EDITOR

Student Congress welcomed Jane Elliot to campus Thursday, March 26, as a part of their Teaching H o p e series. Elliott is best known for devising the famous "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" exercise to teach children about prejudice. The Dimnent Memorial Chapel, full of m e m b e r s of the H o p e College community, was introduced to a passionate Elliott by Student Congress President David Paul ('10). Elliott wasted no time diving into uncomfortable topics such as rape, patriarchy, homosexuality, abortion and racism. She o p e n e d her lecture with a long list of statistics a b o u t the w o m e n beaten, raped or assaulted. These w o m e n go largely unnoticed. The statistics quickly got t h e crowd's attention. Four w o m e n are beaten to death every day; o n e w o m a n is raped every six minutes; every 15 seconds a female is physically assaulted by a male. "Just because you have t h e power, boys, you do not have the

racism she admitted her own shortcomings. "I a m a racist; it's going to take me t h e rest of my life to get over it," Elliott said. "There is no gene for racism." She claimed she has learned racism f r o m education, family, books and religion. Elliott argued that racism is created and p e r p e t u a t e d by society. "Our society is loaded with stupidity," she said. She equated racism with a religion and pointed out that there is no major world religion that was established by a white group. Elliott brought a white male and a black female up to the front with her to ask t h e m about their experiences. After asking each volunteer if they are consciousof their skin color, she emphasized his answer. "He has the f r e e d o m to never think about his skin color," Elliott said. She described the United P H O T O BY K E V I N SOUBLY States as the land of free—the M A P P I N G R A C I S M — With t h e aid of audience volunteers. Elliott shows the bias behind the standard maps used by schools worldwide. She promoted equal area maps based on an ac- white male—and the h o m e of the brave—the black female. curate scale. Elliott shared her experience with her famous "Blue Eyes, about male violence against "We have to teach m e n to act right," Elliott said. "1 don't care Brown Eyes" exercise to teach women. "I'm angry about this; 1 responsibly," Elliott said. how she's dressed." SEE ELLIOTT, PAGE 2 Moving o n to t h e topic of She summarized her feelings want this changed," Elliott said.

Lecture inspires discussion on Chavez legacy nonviolent resistance in t h e f o r m of strikes and b o y c o t t s SENIOR STAFF W R I T E R to d e m a n d b e t t e r working T h e 11th a n n u a l Cesar conditions. He ultimately Chavez lecture b e g a n with an b e c a m e t h e first head of invitation to c o m e together— t h e National Farm W o r k e r s quite literally. Before Professor L o r n a Jarvis Association, later called t h e United Farm W o r k e r s . of t h e psychology d e p a r t m e n t "Let's be h o n e s t , m o s t of us b e g a n her w e l c o m e c o m m e n t s , don't k n o w that m u c h a b o u t she asked the audience m e m b e r s clustered in the back C^sar Chavez," Stavans said at o n e p o i n t . "We t u r n p e o p l e s e c t i o n s of t h e D e W i t t T h e a t r e into m o n u m e n t s so as not to t o c o m e sit n e a r the stage. As such guest s p e a k e r Professor have to deal with t h e ideas t h a t they left for us." llan Stavans of A m h e r s t College Nevertheless, Chavez should w o u l d b e t t e r be able to engage be m o r e t h a n a t o k e n figure, t h e m in conversation. or m o r e specifically, a t o k e n T h i s first m o v e m e n t within Latino leader. t h e c r o w d — m o v i n g closer to That's why Jarvis and o t h e r s o n e other—set t h e p e r f e c t t o n e for Stavans' talk, in which he w o r k e d to institute t h e Chavez discussed Chavez's legacy of lecture series over a d e c a d e ago. u n i t i n g diverse and d i s p e r s e d " W e hear a b o u t M a r t i n populations. Luther King Jr., and Malcolm Chavez b e c a m e a national X—and that's right, we should— figure in t h e 1960s and '70s w h e n he worked as a b u t here's a voice that's going unheard," D e a n of I n t e r n a t i o n a l c o m m u n i t y organizer a m o n g and Multicultural E d u c a t i o n his fellow migrant farm laborers. Drawing o n t h e ideas A l f r e d o G o n z a l e s said. According to Stavans, of M a h a t m a G h a n d i and M a r t i n Chavez' voice has b e e n ignored Luther King Jr., he spoke a b o u t Karle Luldens

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unnoticed. for t o o long now. Meanwhile, Stavans heralded " W h e r e are those words that education as the greatest tool he spoke and wrote?" Stavans asked the audience. " W h o is individuals have to improve their responsible for reading them? own opportunities and foster If he has a lasting legacy, it ethnic equality across society. The fact that Latinos have the should not be only for Mexicanhighest drop-out rates a m o n g Americans, but break the different ethnicities is a huge boundaries of class and race." He went on to speak about contributing factor to overall social inequality. the silent Stavans remarked presence of 66 that locally. Latinos the working W e t u r n people into make up roughly class in our half of t h e citizens of m o n u m e n t s so as daily lives, n o t to have to deal Holland, yet only 2 thanklessly with the ideas that percent of the student performing body at Hope. the labor they left for us. "I'm not pointing that keeps — PROFESSOR ILAN fingers, because this the nation's STAVANS situation exists across A M H E R S T COLLEGE institutions the country. W h y is it running. 99 that so few of us are "They are making it to college?" he asked the ones that set the stage for us to feel pure and clean and ready the audience. His advice to H o p e s t u d e n t s to start work in the morning," w h o may feel powerless to Stavans said of custodial c h a n g e the nation's systems is workers and others, and called on students, faculty and others to c o n t i n u e t h e dialogue, make the m o s t of t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s in the professional world to be appreciative of the hard workers they have and always advocate around them that tend to go for t h e p o w e r of e d u c a t i o n .

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"Spread the message t h a t k n o w l e d g e is t h e best type of currency, the o n e t h a t lasts." Gonzales agreed and r e f e r e n c e d a variety of H o p e p r o g r a m s that reach out a m o n g t h e local Latino population, including CASA, Project Teach and U p w a r d B o u n d . " O n e of t h e goals of t h e college is to make m o r e inroads into t h e community," Gonzales said. "But we're fighting an uphill battle. My guess is we have a lot of work left to do." Despite the challenges, o p t i m i s m ran strong as the crowd c o n t i n u e d to talk a f t e r t h e lecture. Dozens of a u d i e n c e members became active p a r t i c i p a n t s in conversation a r o u n d r e f r e s h m e n t s and a table of Stavans' books for sale. "I love this," G o n z a l e s said as he gestured broadly across t h e gathering. "I get t h e sense t h a t they're discussing t h e s e things, and our s t u d e n t s are not timid a b o u t engaging with these s o r t s of issues."

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Wednesday April 8 "FDR, Jerry Lewis and the ADA" 7 p.m. Maas Center Auditorium. Richard Harris will be giving the keynote address.

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Monday April 13 "I've Loved You So Long" film Presented at Knickerbocker Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Also April 1 4 . 1 6 - 1 8 . Tickets are $6 for regular admission and $ 5 for students and senior citizens.

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ASIAN AWARENESS WEEK This week is Asian Awareness week at Hope College. Sponsored by Hope's Asian Perspective Association, the week is filled with activities to increase Asian cultural appreciation on campus. April 6 was Sushi Night with Japan Club where students had the opportunity to create their own sushi. Tuesday night there was a student panel to discuss cultures outside of the Asian mainstream including that of Cambodia, Laos, Palestine and Sri Lanka. On Wednesday, April 8,.there will be culture stations in Phelps Multi-cultural L S n r a f fron^ 56:30 p.m. Participants will be able to learn the basics of Korean, Chinese and Japanese languages, play games and explore Asian culture. On Thursday, April 9, there will be a Bollywood Movie Night 6-9 p.m. in the Martha Miller Culutural Lounge 111 presenting the film "Chak De India," a Bollywood film about the first women's field hockey team in India. Indian food will also be provided.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS AUDITIONS Social Justice League and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity are hosting a Battle of the Bands competition Friday, April 24 from 8-10 p.m. in Phelps Dining Hall. Tickets will be S3, and the proceeds will go to Juna Amagara, an organization that works with AIDS orphans in Uganda. Auditions will be held during the week of April 13. The location is to be determined but all those who are interested in auditioning should contact Courtney Anderson at courtney.anderson@hopc.edu to set up an audition time.

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Play combats violence against women Eve Ensler's 'A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer' comes to Hope Christine Hostetler

Rant and a Prayer," which was edited by Ensler and is the O n April 4-5, Eve Ensler's "A basis of this play. Each piece M e m o r y , a Monologue, a Rant is different and unique, yet and a Prayer" was p e r f o r m e d each is incredibly poignant. in the Dewitt Theater at H o p e Anna Pizzimenti ('10) and College. M e g h a n DeWees ('09), coThe setting was private, presidents of the Women's and t h e audience small, with a Issues Organization at Hope, ACTING, PRAYING, SAYsparse stage that took up two* decided to bring "A Memory, I N G — Student actors, Brldger sides of a square room. The a Monologue, a Rant and a Hamilton ('10) (left), Elizabeth actors, dressed in red and black, Prayer" to H o p e this year. Dwyer ('12) (above) and Annellse sat in chairs lining the two walls Pizzimenti said, "This Belmonte ('12) (below), perform of t h e set, and each stood in play is t h e m o s t inclusive v J * . Eve Ensler's "A Memory, a Monot u r n to p e r f o r m their pieces, in play that (Ensler) has (as part logue, a Rant and a Prayer" In t h e f o r m of monologues, rants of the V-Day movement). t h e DeWItt Theater. or prayers. Each piece included W e wanted s o m e t h i n g for s o m e m e m o r y or a n e c d o t e everyone. W e just t h o u g h t it involving violence against was really strong—there are women. so many voices in it that are The play was adapted by so powerful. This is new and Ensler, an a u t h o r and women's fresh for people w h o have rights advocate w h o is a strong seen 'Vagina M o n o l o g u e s ' voice in today's world for and w h o want to c o n t i n u e to P H O T O S BY K E V I N S O U B L Y women's issues. Ensler wrote engage with these issues." "The Vagina Monologues," Some pieces are read by objectification of w o m e n by which has b e e n p e r f o r m e d by two people w h o speak back the j n e d i a and its fans. H o p e s t u d e n t s for the past t h r e e and forth, such as two w o m e n N o n e of t h e p r o c e e d s years, including Feb. 19-21 of w h o discuss violence in t h e and writer's royalties go to h e a r d there, Pizzimenti and a few f r i e n d s decided to write a this semester. Democratic Republic of Congo t h e authors, but instead toward "A Memory, a Monologue, that is caused by a struggle for V-Day and raising awareness play called "On t h e Edge of t h e a Rant and a Prayer" exists the control of tin and coltan, t h e of violence p e r p e t r a t e d against Knife." The play is a b o u t rape as because, as Ensler states in the material used for t h e microchips w o m e n a r o u n d the world. a tactic of war in the DRC. To write it, the s t u d e n t s obtained opening, "In speaking a b o u t in cell p h o n e s and play stations. Regarding her efforts in (violence against women), trying to bring H o p e students' permission to utilize all Amnesty S o m e pieces are personal you c a n n o t avoid speaking stories in prose form, like M a r k attention to t h e issue of violence International s research d o n e in a b o u t racism and domination, M a t o u s e k s "Estrogen", a b o u t against w o m e n , Pizzimenti said: the Congo. "On t h e Edge of t h e Knife" poverty and patriarchy, e m p i r e growing up in a household of "I feel like it's so f r u s t r a t i n g to building, war, sexuality, desire, w o m e n , all of w h o m , he realizes make people care about things was p e r f o r m e d in t h e fall of 2008 at Hope, where it sold put imagination...(We are) s p e j ^ m g later on in life, lived with t)?e that are so i m p o r t a n t . . . ! just completely for t h e four nights a b o u t v i o l e n ^ . - ^ telling -the - reality-,vjpf rape. O t h e r pieces can't begin to u n d e r s t a n d h o w people can go o n that it was p e r f o r m e d , t h e n at stories, because in the telling, we are imagined with their lives and Calvin, t h e n in t h e DePree Art legitimize women's experience." monologues, 66 Gallery in February 2009 and "A M e m o r y , a Monologue,..a - like V Winter, ignore this." I just can't begin N o t only is the finally at t h e recent Celebration Rant and a Prayer" was created M f l l1& r ' s to understand how Women's Issues of U n d e r g r a d u a t e Research at at t h e two-week "Until the " D a r f u r Organization DeVos Fieldhouse. It is rare for Violence Stops" festival held in Monologue," people can go on N e w York City in 2006, w h e n where a utilizing t h e V- a creative piece like this play to with their lives and Day material to be considered research, but it the V-Day^ organizatioa asked / m o t h e r in ignore this. incite awareness will be p e r f o r m e d by five H o p e a g r o u p of-writers to contribute - D a r f u r speaks — A N N A PIZZIMENTI of violence against College s t u d e n t s at the National "memories, monologues, rants to her baby CIO) Council of Undergraduate w o m e n , but s o m e and prayers on t h e subject of w h o has 9 9 of t h e m are using Research April 16 and 17. violence against women." V-Day, been born their voices and Regarding her involvement an organization f o u n d e d ten as a result of with "A Monologue, a Memory, years ago with t h e goal of raising a horrific gang rape by e n e m y talent to create a new play that soldiers t h a t pilfered her village. calls attention to the w a r - t o r n a Rant and a Prayer" Pizzimenti awareness of and stopping said; "I feel so privileged to be a violence against w o m e n , stages She imagines the lies she will D e m o c r a t i c Republic of the part of the c o m m u n i t y t h a t put huge benefits and, according shield her child with o n e day Congo. It all started w h e n the this on, t h e W I O and Women's to their website, p r o d u c e s about his "father." Studies Department...These O t h e r pieces are hard-hitting, W I O went on a trip to N e w innovative gatherings, films gut-wrenching poetry, like Orleans last year for t h e 10- stories are so i m p o r t a n t and and campaigns to educate and they're hard to hear. I feel so c h a n g e social attitudes towards Carole Michele K a p l a n s "True" year anniversary of t h e V-Day Organization along with other blessed by t h e people that do or Sharon Olds' "The Bra." violence against w o m e n . the hard work to present these s t u d e n t s f r o m Aquinas College, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson's The resulting flood of stories issues." f r o m t h e festival is what compiles "Part O w n e r " addresses racism, Calvin College and Hope. Inspired by what they saw and "A M e m o r y , a Monologue, a church-ism, pedophilia, and the

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elementary students about prejudice. She asked, "How do you explain Martin Luther King's assassination to third graders?" She created a class e x p e r i m e n t using eye color that is based o n Hitler's eye color prejudice. After working with the exercise in class, Elliott's kids were beaten, chased h o m e and their property defaced. Her parents' restaurant was

boycotted. "Don't let anybody tell you t h a t differences don't matter, because they do," she said. Elliot demonstrated the p o w e r of authority figures to create a racist system. "If the person of authority p e r p e t u a t e s the control and fear it c a n n o t be c o m b a t e d . Be careful w h o you c h o o s e for your authority figure," she said. "Prejudice is an emotional c o m m i t m e n t to ignorance... and ignorance is scary," Elliot said. Elliot remains optimistic

about humanity's ability to create change. "We can make a difference if we c h o o s e to," she said. "If we just act responsibly, we could do away with t h e need for abortion," said Elliot. She is an avid believer in t h e p o w e r of education. "Instead of sending b o m b s , let's send education," she said. Elliot encouraged the audience to take initiative to unlearn racism. "Take a chance, white folks; talk to s o m e o n e of color," she said.


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Surprising success for Iranian film industry Benjamin O f Dell STAFF WRFTER

It's a country that few of us would ever expect to have a thriving film industry, yet Iran has been able to make itself very well known to the rest of the world for being able to produce motion pictures that are well respected everywhere. These films are far different than anything we would see in the United States, mainly because Iranian government censorship policies are almost polar opposites when compared with our own. Yet this doesn't seem to stop Iranian directors from continuing to make movies, even though there's a good chance that the only people who won't be allowed to view them are Iranians themselves. The Iranian authorities are remarkably infamous for their strict guidelines that the media is forced to abide by. For example, Iranian films are prohibited from showing couples making any sort of physical contact, and they can't show a woman unless she is wearing Islamist clothing that only exposes her face

According to CNN.com these strict regulations have been in place since Iran's revolution of 1979, which is considered to be the "turning point" of its film industry. Prior to this, films typically followed in the style of American films, but this made it difficult for Iranians to relate to them. But the revolution brought a new system of strict parameters that media productions have had to follow ever since. While it would be logical that such harsh government monitoring would collapse the entertainment industry within Iran, the strict government oversight has not at all produced the effects desired by the government, especially for those outside of the country's borders. First, because directors are so limited in terms of the kind of settings they are allowed to film, they are forced to heavily rely on symbolism, and this naturally makes the movies into a much higher quality. But according to the UK's Guardian newspaperfor the actual guidelines, they are rather abstract and not con-

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crete, which basically enables the government to do whatever it wants with the industry. For instance, one film that won six awards at an Iranian film festival had to cut numerous parts and completely lose three different scenes, and the government really didn't give a reason why. O t h e r movies are simply b a n n e d from all cinemas and f r o m the theatre altogether, thus only allowing people in other countries to view the films. However, it is c o m m o n knowledge within the industry that the government is just trying to be as disruptive as pos-

sible and allow virtually no freed o m of speech. All of this is quite unfortunate, particularly because Iran is h o m e to some of the top directors in the world, and the government is causing this talent to leave the country and work elsewhere. In one case, a director felt it necessary to move his family to Afghanistan because there is so much less intervention there. "It seems that the new censorship strategy intends to push the Iranian artists to migrate from the country," said Samira Makhmalbaf, an Iranian film di-

rector. Because there is such a high chance that Iranian movies will not be seen within the country, it would almost seem as though these movies are made for the entertainment of others, particularly those in the Western world. At the Iranian film festival in Washington, the demand to view Iranian films is quite high, and in some cases, the films are forced to be shown multiple times. It is estimated that about 70 percent of the audience is Iranian, while the rest of the people view the films for various other reasons.

Recession, the Internet further wound already ailing newspaper industry structuring is expected. Denver's Rocky STAFF WRFTER Mountain News and the Tucson Citizen Pundits have been talking for years have both closed u p shop in recent about the imminent decline of the news- weeks. There is little dispute as to the paper industry, but most assumed that it was still a long way off. However, in light causes of the newspaper crisis. Reveof current economic difficulties, print nues come f r o m either the reader, who pays for a subscription or for individual media in the U.S. may be headed out editions, or f r o m advertisers. Now that sooner than was thought. nearly all papers provide their articles "You take readers and advertisers who were already migrating away from print, for free on the Internet, proceeds from and add a steep recession, and you've got readers are dwindling. Various papers have attempted to serious trouble," said James Surowiecki of make up the difference by increasing the New Yorker. The New York Tunes, a titan of the the cost to advertize in their print editions or on their websites. However, comindustry, is showing signs of deep and pressing problems. Earning reports indi- petition with classified ads sites such as cate that the paper will be forced to de- craigslist.com has reduced the efficacy of fault on $400 million in debt if a course of this tactic. The recession has also caused companies to decrease the a m o u n t of adaction is not determined in the next five vertising they are paying months. The newspaper for. giant has accrued a total 66 Several responses to debt of over $1 billion to An important and the problem have been date. vital part of democproposed, but no truly Somewhat closer to practicable solution has home. The Detroit News racy is vanishing bebeen found. A system of and Detroit Free Press fore our very eyes, micropayments, in which are also suffering. With whether the public online readers would pay its parent company Media realizes it or not. a few cents or dollars for News buried in debt, the — P R O F . N E I L HENRY articles, editions, and papers are cutting delivJOURNALISM D E A N monthly passes, seems eries to a mere three days U C BERKELEY like an answer but would a week (Thursday, Friday probably be unable to and Sunday) and reducmake up for lost advertising the size of issues. ing revenue. Circulation of the highly respected Another suggestion is that newspapers San Francisco Chronicle d r o p p e d 7 could reform as nonprofit trusts backed percent over five m o n t h s in 2008, and by wealthy patrons. This strategy would large job cuts have been a n n o u n c e d . greatly reduce the role of revenue f r o m The owners of the Chronicle have recsales and advertising. However, this posognized that the paper may have to be sibility is riddled with problems for jourshut down or sold if costs are n o t cut nalistic integrity. sufficiently. "What happens if journalism must deIn even worse condition are the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, pend for its survival solely on the altruism of rich people, whose own special the Baltimore Sun, and other newspaper owned by the Tribune Company, which interests may invariably sway coverage?" filed for bankruptcy in December. These asks Professor Neil Henry, dean of the papers will remain in publication, but re- Journalism School at the University of

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m California, Berkeley. Henry also points out the importance of a vigorous newspaper industry to the American form of government. "An important and vital part of democracy is vanishing before our very eyes, whether the public realizes it or not," Henry said. Debra J. Saunders, an editorialist for the San Francisco Chronicle, believes that newspapers are worth saving for a different reason. "Newspapers are the public's referees as to which information is credible," Saunders said. "You can go online and read no end of fiction and smear about public figures. But when you read content in a newspaper, you consistently can rely on it." This is an issue that is constantly on the minds of the newspaper industry and unf or t unately this problem is not going away any t i m e soon.

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" W h a t I've b e e n trying to d o in this b o o k is to r e n a m e green as geopolitical, geostrategic, g e o - e c o n o m i c , capitalistic, patriotic. The c o u n t r y that o w n s green, that d o m i n a t e s that industry, is going to have the m o s t energy security, national security, e c o n o m i c security, competitive c o m p a nies, healthy p o p u l a t i o n and, m o s t of all, global respect." - Bestselling a u t h o r a n d N e w York T i m e s c o l u m n i s t T h o m a s L. Freidman about the impact that t h e g r e e n m o v e m e n t will h a v e o n the future.

"The general principle is finding c h a n g e s that p u s h people in the right direction w i t h o u t limiting their choices." - D a v i d Just, a b e h a v i o r a l e c o n o mist at Cornell University w h o has worked with t h e USDA o n the e f f e c t s of r e n a m i n g v e g e t a b l e s a n d c a r r o t s i n c a f e t e r i a s s o t h a t it will entice children to eat them.

"No g r o u p is m o r e eager to go t o e - t o - t o e with p r e d a t o r s . But I have a serious problem w i t h white-collar desk-drivers w h o are going o u t of their way to ruin me." - Jay D o b y n s , a d e c o r a t e d a g e n t w i t h t h e B u r e a u of A l c o h o l , T o b a c c o a n d F i r e a r m s in r e g a r d to the ATF and his c u r r e n t lawsuit against the government.

"There's always b e e n a certain a m o u n t of violence b e t w e e n d r u g - t r a f ficking o r g a n i z a t i o n s and the like along the border. But now, for e x a m p l e in cities like Phoenix, there's a n increase in kidnappings that I relate to this increase in the d r u g war in Mexico." - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the violence i n M e x i c o t h a t is s p i l l i n g o v e r i n t o t h e U n i t e d States.

"Be faithful to the game, a n d it will be faithful to you...Like the girl w h o deserves the best that you've got, p o u r your heart into baseball and wat ch t h e relationship that transpires." - Nick W a d e , sports writer, o n the relationship between Americans a n d baseball on o p e n i n g day

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"This crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes." - L u i z I n a c i o Lula D a Silva, B r a zilian p r e s i d e n t , o n t h e recession, s a y i n g h e d i d n ' t k n o w "any b l a c k o r indigenous bankers."

"It was a loooot of fun!" - Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, after visiting G u a n t a n a m o Bay a n d p r o n o u n c i n g t h e U.S. d e t e n t i o n c e n t e r a " r e l a x i n g , c a l m , b e a u t i f u l place."

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Major flooding strikes U.S. Cory Lakatos STAFF W R I T E R

Several U S . regions are experiencing especially severe flooding this year, resulting in loss of life, livelihood and property. The federal and state governments, as well as civilian volunteers, are doing their best to relieve the affected population. The states of Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are a m o n g the hardest hit, with at least 22 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage attributed to the flooding. Minnesota alone has experienced 12 inches of rain in a span of m e r e days, leading to landslides in W i n o n a neighborhoods. Fortunately for residents, cleanup efforts have begun in those areas that have already drained. In N o r t h Dakota, the Red River has peaked at its highest level in 112 years. The river rose to almost 41 feet, blowing the 1897 record of 40.1 feet out of the water, so to speak. The Red River flooding is attributed to an exceptionally frigid winter coupled with rapid melting and heavy rainfall. By order of President Barack O b a m a , operations in t h e city of Fargo, N.D. are n o w being overseen by acting head of the Federal Emergency M a n a g e m e n t Agency, Nancy Ward. Fargo and the adjoining city of M o o r h e a d have seen the evacuation of t h o u s a n d s following the breach-

ing of a dyke, with hospitals, clinics, homes and a county jail all being emptied. The Red River valley is expected to receive additional precipitation in coming weeks, meaning that the travails of North Dakotans and Minnesotans may not be over quite yet. Another affected region is t h e Pacific N o r t h west, where rivers in Oregon and Washington have A P P H O T O / R I C H A R D TSONG-TAATARII overflowed their F A R G O , N O R T H D A K O T A M i c h a e l Stensgard uses one of his family's banks and expandboats t o get back t o their home f r o m the Red River, March 25. The river ed into both highways and residen- had reached 30.5 feet at Fargo. tial areas. W a r m go to their homes, they may be nearly all connections between weather caused t h e melting of walking t h r o u g h floodwater the two states. up to 7 feet of snow in the Puget that is contaminated by sewage," "If you're trying to do comSound area, releasing the stored merce between Portland and SeCalkins said. water into the rivers. Most have According to O b a m a , t h e fedcrested, but it has been neces- attle, there is no way right now," eral government is doing its best sary to close a 20 mile section of Calkins said. to alleviate the crisis, as is shown All passes across the Cascade Interstate 5 between Seattle and by t h e federal disaster declaraMountains have been closed d u e Oregon. tion for N o r t h Dakota and parts In addition to widespread to increased risk of landslides. Forty-thousand residents of Minnesota. road closings, Amtrak was "Even as we face an economic of western Washington state forced to temporarily suspend crisis which d e m a n d s our conhave been asked to vacate their travel between Portland, Ore. stant focus, forces of nature homes, but Calkins is worried and Seattle. According to Bob can also intervene in ways that that many people did not find Calkins, a spokesman for t h e create other crises to which we their way to one of the 39 shelWashington State Emergency must respond - and respond urters that have been set up. O p e r a t i o n s Center in C a m p gently," O b a m a said. "The larger issue is, as people Murray, t h e flooding has cut off

Earthquake in Italy kills more than 150, injures 1,500 people trapped in fallen buildL'AQUILA, Italy ( A P ) - Rescue ings, including a dormitory of workers using bare h a n d s and buckets searched frantically for the University of L'Aquila where students believed buried in a a half-dozen students were bewrecked d o r m i t o r y after Italy's lieved trapped inside. After nightfall Monday, resdeadliest quake in nearly three cuers found a scared-looking decades struck this medieval dog with a bleeding paw in the city before dawn Monday, killhalf-collapsed ing m o r e than 150 dorm. Relapeople, injuring tives and friends 1,500 and leav- 6 6 of the missing ing tens of thouWe managed to stood wrapped sands homeless. come down with in blankets or The 6.3-magnithe other students huddled under tude earthquake but w e had to sneak umbrellas in the buckled both anthrough a hole in the rain as rescuers cient and m o d e r n found pieces of buildings in and staris as the whole furniture, phoaround L'Aquila, floor came down. tographs, walsnuggled in a val— L U I G I ALFONSI lets and diaries, ley s u r r o u n d e d by STUDENT but n o n e of the the snowcapped UNIVERSITY OF L'AQUILA missing. Apennines' tallest 95 The body of peaks. a male student It also took was found during the daylight a severe toll on the centurieshours. old castles and churches in the "We managed to come down m o u n t a i n stronghold dating with other students but we had f r o m the Middle Ages, and the to sneak t h r o u g h a hole in the Culture Ministry drew up a list stairs as the whole floor c a m e of landmarks that were d a m down," said Luigi Alfonsi,,22, aged, including collapsed bell his eyes filling with tears and his towecs and cupolas. hands trembling. "I was in bed The quake, centered near — it was like it would never end L'Aquila about 70 miles n o r t h east of Rome, struck at 3:22 a.m., as I heard pieces of the building collapse around me." followed by m o r e than a dozen Elsewhere in town, firefightaftershocks. ers reported pulling a 21-yearFirefighters with dogs and a old w o m a n and a 22-year-man crane worked feverishly to reach

f r o m a pancaked five-story ings were either damaged or dea p a r t m e n t building where many stroyed, officials said. L'Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said students had rented flats. Amid aftershocks, survivors about 100,000 people were homeless. It was not clear if his hugged one another, prayed quiestimate included surrounding etly or tried to call relatives. Restowns. idents covered in dust pushed Premier Silvio Berlusconi said carts of clothes and blankets that in a TV interview that m o r e than they had thrown together before 150 people were killed and m o r e fleeing their homes. Slabs of walls, twisted steel than 1,500 were injured. He had supports, furniture and wire already declared a state of emerfences were strewn in the streets, gency, freeing federal f u n d s for and gray dust was everywhere. the disaster, and canceled a trip to Russia. A body lay on the sidewalk, covThe quake hit 26 towns and ered by a white sheet. Residents and rescue work- cities around L'Aquila. Castelnuovo, a hamlet of about 300 ers hauled debris f r o m collapsed people southbuildings by hand east of L'Aquila, or in a bucket 6 6 appeared hard brigade. FireThe damage is more hit with five confighters pulled a serious than we can firmed dead. The w o m a n covered town of O n n o , imagine. in dust f r o m her population 250 x four-story home. — G I U S E P P E PROIETTI CULTURE MINISTRY was almost levRescue crews deOFFICIAL eled. manded quiet as Pope Benethey listened for 9 9 dict XVI prayed signs of life from "for the victims, inside. in particular for children," and RA1 television showed rescue sent a condolence message to the workers gingerly pulling a m a n clad only in his underwear f r o m archbishop of L'Aquila, the Vatia crumbled building. He em- can said.Condolences poured in from around the world, inbraced one of his rescuers and cluding f r o m President Barack sobbed loudly as others placed a jacket around his shoulders. O b a m a . Parts of L'Aquila's main hosAlthough shaken and covered in pital were evacuated due to the dust, the m a n was able to walk. SEE QUAKE, PAGE 10 Some 10,000 to 15,000 build-


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Writers series goes out singing Visiting writer looks to capture audiences with a combination of poetry, storytelling and music Andrew Gehl STAFF W R I T E R

Those on c a m p u s already feeling the April drag, the imminent end of the semester, will be pleased to know of this final opportunity to be swept away for an h o u r by the joy of live performance. The last event of the semester for the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series will take place the evening of Wednesday, April 15. Poet/spoken word artist Minton Sparks will be performing accompanied by virtuoso guitarist John Jackson. Sparks' art combines poetry and storytelling, performance and music. The producer of her latest performance DVD, " O p e n Casket," raves that, "You truly have to see her to be- • lieve her." Sparks fuses her southern background with her rare talent to replicate the unique characteristics of speech in order to transcend the realm of mere speaking into that long lost art of good, entertaining storytelling. A piece in "Performing Songwriter" joyfully claims, "There's no one quite like Sparks on the contemporary music scene—no one with her ability to find and describe the haunting rhythms

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M l n t o n Sparks on t h e cover off her latest album, "Sin S i c k " (above), and perfformlng live (left). of this world in such precise, unadorned terms." Her unique work has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and m a d e its international presence k n o w n o n the BBC's "Bob Harris Show." Sparks is a widely touring artist, and her

shows have extended beyond poetry readings; she has opened for Ben Folds and collaborated with Nickel Creek's mandolinist Chris Thile and bluegrass sensation Abigail W a s h b u r n . She will be joined at her H o p e performance by veteran Bob Dylan

guitarist, John Jackson. In addition to her aforementioned DVD, Sparks has released three albums, her latest of which was entitled "Sin Sick" and recorded by G r a m m y - w i n n i n g producer Gary Paczosa, famed for his country recordings. Her performance on April 15 will be an emotionally explosive ending to the 2008-09 season of the Visiting Writers Series. Sparks has sold out plenty of shows in the past, and her presence is always followed by rave reviews and lively discussion. She is not afraid to dig into areas of humanity that go unnoticed - even if this means delving into her o w n personal history. Sparks works comfortably in this area, and her m o m e n t s of comedic relief or musical jubilee punctuate t h e trials of life, the joys in sorrow and h u m o r in darkness. Her knack for rambunctious outbursts will be sure to entertain. The show takes place at the Knickerbocker Theatre at 7 p.m.; live jazz will precede the event starting at 6:30. In addition, all are encouraged to attend the Q&A session with Sparks at 3 p.m. Wednesday a f t e r n o o n in the Herrick Room. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend both events.

Senior artists take to the walls Graduating studio art majors display works in De Pree Gallery

HOPE PR - Multiple H o p e Taylor Hughes students earned h o n o r s during A R T S E D I T O R Artwork by the graduating the National .Association of College studio art Teachers of Singing Great Lakes H o p e majors is n o w featured in t h e Regional Competition, held .at exhibition titled "Grafted," Youngstown State University in o n display in t h e De Pree O h i o on March 7. Art Gallery through May 3. Jared Graybiel ('10) f r o m The public is invited to the Lebanon, Ind., took first place exhibition. Admission is free. in the College Musical Theatre The pieces represented at the Division. Ross Green, a junior f r o m Plainwell, took first place exhibit are a diverse collection of style, artistic background in the Third-Year College M e n and the result of each senior's Division. Sarah Ashcroft ('11) four years at Hope. f r o m Holland, took third place in "Everyone has put a lot of work the Second-Year College W o m e n into the show and it is exciting to Division. Briana Sosenheimer see all of the art hung in an official ('10) f r o m Fort Wayne, received honorable mention in the Third- space," Michelle Ipema ('09) said. "There is a variety of work Year College W o m e n Division. and each piece is very exciting." Graybiel also received the Ipema contributed a set of "Most Promising Musical six acrylic paintings that are Theater Performer" award based o n collages of images through a vote of the teachers f r o m various magazines. who were present. The awards "I a m working to capture were presented in conjunction a brief glimpse into specific with a concert in which all firststyles, hair place winners performed their clothing and current issues pieces at the conclusion of t h e t r e n d s concerning self presentation competition. as proposed by various The regional competition included singers f r o m Indiana, advertisements," Ipema said. Each work displayed has the Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada. H o p e had students artists' o w n intent behind it entered in five of the event's but is up for interpretation to 16 categories, having qualified observers. Senior studio art majors because of their performance are Daryl Andresen, Nikolas in the NATS Michigan Burkhart, Ario Elami, Theresa State Chapter Auditions in Fernandez, Heather Garrett, November.

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— Seniors show a diverse c o l l e c t i o n of a r t w o r k . (Top) "Playful: Time and Tom," by Daryl Andresen ('09), earthenware; (middle) "Ties t h a t Bind," by Karie Luidens ('09), conte pencil and yarn; and (bottom) "In Vogue," by Michelle Ipema (*09), acrylic paint. A

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Amy Gilles, Michelle Ipema, Karie Luidens, Kathleen Mojzak, Emilie Puttrich, Randall Schultz, Sarah Sligh, Cassandra Thomas and Audrey Wasielewski.

In addition, graduating art history majors will be presenting their research papers on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in De Pree Center's Cook Auditorium.

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Wednesday April 8 Jazz Ensembles Concert 7:30 p.m. Dimnent Memorial Chapel

Senior Art Show "Grafted" DePree 1 0 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Thru May 3

Thursday April 9 Amnesty Int'l Write for Rights Maas Aud., 1 1 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday April 1 3 "I've Loved You So Long" film Knickerbocker Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Senior Viola Recital Joseph Stodola, Wichers Aud. 8 p.m.

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THE KNICK PRESENTS 'I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG' The Knickerbocker Theatre will present the film "I've Loved You So Long" M o n day and Tuesday, April 13 and 14, and Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, at 7:30 p.m. Lea and Juliette are sisters, but nearly complete strangers. Lea was still a teenager when Juliette, a doctor, was sent off to prison. N o w Juliette has been released and Lea has invited her to live with her and her family. Reservations on both sides create an uncomfortable situation as Juliette adjusts to her new life and the family's strength is tested. Tickets are $6 for regular admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door o r at the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office.

JAZZ ENSEMBLES HOLD SEASON FINALE H O P E PR - The Hope College Jazz Ensembles will close their season with a performance on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent. The C o n t e m p o r a r y Ensemble features guitarist Michael Hobson, bassist Nick Van Kampen, and d r u m m e r s Justin Ferens and James Sa. They will perform "Not Again," by Michael Hobson; "'Round Midnight," by Thelonious Monk; and "St. Thomas/So You Say," by Sonny Rollins/John Scofield. The Mainstream Ensemble features pianist Larry Figuerao, bassist Zach Pedigo and Ben Oegema as d r u m m e r . They will perform "Harvesting Dance," by Aaron Parks; and "Sugar Ray," by Phineas Newborn. The final group of t h e evening. Jazz Arts Collective, is a n e w ensemble that experiments with jazz "crossover" styles. Performers include: woodwinds, Kyle McLellan, Emily Brower, Zach Pedigo and Katie Zigterman; brass, Nick Hemeren, Alex Ketc h u m and Jeff Sweers; pianist, Larry Figueroa; bassist, Nick Van Kampen; guitarists, Michael Hobson and Tyler Griffith; and d r u m m e r , Ben Oegema. They will p e r f o r m "Leaving Late," by Michael Hobson; "5 for 6," by Kenny Wheeler; "Bazaar Chase f r o m Vignettes for Nonet," by Chris Brubeck; and "Inside Out," by Matt Harris.


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that God has put together in his timing. W h a t is y o u r a d v i c e f o r single students? Shanna: I don't see any reason to advise single students. We're all the same—just some of us are getting married. I guess 1 would tell them not to be wary of relationships and marriage at any stage in life. Things happen according to God's will, in his time, and we should take the opportunities that are open to us and live fearlessly, even in terms of relationships, trusting that he has good plans for us.

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significant other are in your relationship. Some people may be ready to marry after five years of dating and others three months. No one can say it won't work out. If the two people love each other and want to make it work, they will. I think many people do end up getting engaged/ married around this time m o r e often because it is a make-or-break stage for a relationship. If a couple is going to make a c o m m i t m e n t to go somewhere else in the country together, they both want the commitment of an engagement. Wh at is your advice for single students? Katie: Enjoy being single— you have no one else to worry about but yourself and get to do whatever you want. Eventually you will meet the one, and then you will never be single again.


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Katie Bennett

Living between naps One of the things I consistently lack, along with money, is sleep. And I'm beginning to think this is not only the inevitable norm for me, but for most of us here at Hope. There may be a few of us who somehow achieve our nightly eight hours, but I'd venture to say that at least 80 percent of the college population lives on caffeine between a series of glorified naps until the weekend. Then we crash. But not long enough to miss anything fun. So if this is our permanent state of affairs, if consciousness is, as an anonymous author wrote, "that annoying time between naps," then I think we should probably think about what that implies. There's no doubt about it, I'm a better person when well-rested (aka during Christmas break). During the normal school week, I stagger out of bed and glare at my breakfast, then resent the weather while I walk to class, which I grumpily sit through, wanting to mutter things like "who cares?" and "hurry up" before stomping off t o the next appointment. In other words, my temper is as short as my attention span, and I have trouble seeing the upside. Of course, correlations between health and our physical well being are indisputable. Sleep fuels o u r immune systems and o u r ability to absorb nutrients from food, not to mention the healing of our muscles f r o m daily wear and tear. Sleep is crucial to a healthy life, so our school nurses have always told us. On the other hand, sleep deprivation has its strange little advantages. A lot of people talk about getting their creative kicks late at night, and whether it's the morning deadline that causes the sudden push or the weirdly alert sleep-deprived brain, we do seem to crank out more papers in the wee hours of the night than during the day. According to an article on sleep deprivation by Sarah Ledoux, (www.serendip. brynmawr.edu) sleep deprived test sub-

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In five months I will be living in Amman, Jordan, speaking Arabic and learning firsthand about Jordanian culture (just an informational note: Arabic culture does not necessarily mean Muslim culture). I'm incredibly excited, fairly nervous, and a little scared. As a white American woman, I will be confronting certain stereotypes that the rest of the world believes about us - things that movies, music and television say are true. Americans are loud, they're rich, their women are easy and only want a good time.. .you get my drift. I am a white, blue-eyed foreigner. I cannot just "blend in." America is stamped all over me, from the clothes I wear to the way I speak (another informational note: most of you wear this stamp too). W h e n I am abroad I will be a representative of my home country, whether I want to be or not. People will look at me and expect certain behavior, and it will be up to me to either combat the stereotypes or confirm them. Sometimes I wonder, "Is this really such a great idea? Will I be safe?" But then I remember something that came up during study-abroad orientation: are there really "safe" countries and "unsafe" countries? Granted, Switzerland is probably safer for a woman than say, Saudi Arabia, but generally, is Europe safer than the Middle East? Am I less likely to be robbed in Rome than in Amman? We each have our own notions about which places are "civilized" and "safe," and these ideas grow from what we are told. How many of our opinions are actually based on firsthand experiences? Let me share an example that made quite an impression on me. How many of you have heard that the 16th Street area is a dangerous place to walk? W h a t about for a woman, alone, drunk and at night? That's exactly what one college girl was doing, having left a party after an argument with her friends. Wearing no shoes and staggering as she walked, this woman saw that she was going to pass by a loud party where a bunch of Latino men were gathered on a front porch. Two of them came down the steps toward her. "Excuse me. Miss," they asked. "Are you all right? You don't seem all right. Can we walk you home? We don't want to scare you, we'll even walk behind you if you wish. We just want to make sure you get h o m e safely." Stereotypes are often incorrect. W e must challenge them all the time. Whether we're challenging those we hold or those that others hold about us, we must never allow ourselves to live in complacency: it is a dangerous way to live. W h a t other stereotypes do you take part in, consciously or unconsciously? Find out. Refuse to be ignorant.

jects perform better in short-term memory tests than their well-rested counterparts. Those of us who frequently test well after pulling all-nighters can probably relate to this: that last minute A- doesn't lie. It's probably different for everyone, but my theory is that sleep deprivation makes you notice things you normally would filter out. We might not catch all of the lecture in class, but we do notice the leaf that has somehow lodged itself into the windowsill outside, that the professor has a new scuff on her shoes, that the kid in the front has one half of his collar flipped up on the right side. When we're exhausted, we feel our hurts and our joys more vividly because we're too tired to distance ourselves objectively from the things that are happening around us. We find that we can no longer keep silent about our roommates' terrible relationship decisions, that we can't take another day of pretending we're heading to med school when we really want to do research. Sometimes we say things we regret, but we usually say things that are really what we think, if exaggeratedSleep deprivation lends itself to a poetry of details and truths and there's something kind of wonderful about that. W h a t I'm suggesting is that we make the most of it. If you're well rested as you read this, enjoy your focus, your easy learning of everything you come across in classes, your health and overall good feeling. If you're sleep deprived, use that strange and focused lens to figure out what is beautiful, horrible and just plain interesting around you. Enjoy being in both worlds; because, neither are inescapable for long. Katie is finding it harder and harder to justify naps as the semester conies to a close: What if I'm missing something good?

Aftan is thankful to God for things learned, both as a Phelps Scholar and having gone to Mississippi on Spring Break, and she eagerly awaits the next stage of life.

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Let's stereotype! In the first seven seconds of meeting someone, we make 11 assumptions about them. Or at least, this is what I learned at Hope's Cultural Competency Forum a month ago. So, before you get angry because we're above this sort of thing, when you randomly meet someone on the street, do you assume that they're human? Overcoming stereotypes is just another thing we have to deal with at Hope College. I cannot tell you how many times I have broken bread with some of THE

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W h e n I was a kid 1 was enthralled by. the ant colonies that lived in the narrow cracks between the slabs of sidewalk outside my house. 1 would watch them walk in perfect rows through the backyard, scamper toward whatever food I dropped, and even duke it out with other neighboring colonies. Now I live on a college campus. (My wife works here, I just live here.) O u r backyard is The Pine Grove, our kitchen is the dining hall, and our neighbors are hundreds of college students. And 1 can't help but connect my childhood experience with the life that I see on campus. Because a college campus is a lot like an ant colony. Just walk through The Pine Grove and across the street toward the library and you'll see rows and rows of students filing in and out of buildings, all walking in the footsteps of the people before them. They even stop traffic, there are so many of them! And think about it: if you could see this scene f r o m above it would look a lot like - no, it would look exactly like the colony of ants I observed f r o m my childhood. And where do these students/ants gather most? In my backyard they would come out in droves for a drip of ice cream, a dropped strawberry, or anything else their ant taste buds found tasty. And on a college campus it is exactly the same. Free pizza, free ice cream, free food - any activity with these magic words draws the largest

1 recently glanced at an online piece written by C N N Medical Correspondent, Judy Fortin^ "The Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal." Her focus was mainly on the innumerable amounts of coffee Americans consume daily and its effects. Apart from the ridiculous headline, what caught my attention was the accompanying picture to the article: a mother and father looking with concerned faces at their two sons in a shopping mall. As if there were any correlation between the photo and the critique. This recent C N N scare-tactic is comparable to the other absurdities plastered on their cartoony front page. In her article, Fortin cites that as many as 80 to 90 percent of North American adults and children consume caffeine products every day, ending the article with a supplementary link to addiction and recovery. In pushing to convince us that our dependence on 'joe is comparable to that of a cocaine addict, she points out that doctors recommend those prone to anxiety or panic attacks should n o t consume the stuff. Well yeah, I suppose if I were a nervous person, the last thing I would want to do is up that energy level a couple of notches. So besides the c o m m o n sense approach to why one would not guzzle coffee or other comparable beverages, what is her point? Exactly. There isn't one. In fact, W e b M D claims coffee has the propensity to lower your risk of cavities, diabetes, Parkinsons disease, and colon cancer; to lift your mood; and treat headaches. After wasting at least three minutes of my life on Ms. Fortin, I thought to myself : she and many others like her are surviving the worst economic crisis in decades by writing useless articles. Other articles offered for your reading and viewing (dis)pleasure are "The American Idol Meter," brought to you by USA Today, and Fox News' groundbreaking report on how "Demi Moore is Linked to Twitter-Based Suicide Intervention." Try Twitter-induced suicide. Oh, and don't miss when the O'Reilly Factor covers "Child Robot Develops Social Skills." It will bring your understanding of the world to a whole new level. I understand that there is a certain beneficial element to mind-numbing media as a way to relax and alleviate the mind. There are, however, plenty of opportunities to kick back without falling flat into foolishness. The New York Times newspaper was one of the only national publications I could find that promoted relaxing reads while still maintaining their dignity as a reputable news source. Their style, arts, travel and h u m o r sections safely cover leisure and celebrity news without using puffed-up language or snooty subjects. If dailies don't do it for you, the government has provided us with over 123,000 public libraries to indulge in something entertaining and intellectual. Since the recession began in December 2007, the U.S. economy has lost 5.13 million jobs, of which 72 percent has occurred in the past six months. To watch my family members and friends lose their jobs is hard enough. But to watch it while Fortin et al are paid to write about Michelle Obama's latest outfit or men opening up to Oprah...that borders on the absurd. But then again, maybe I just had too

crowds of campus ants. And campus ants cling to eateries, piling in, one on top of another. Have you watched the Phelps Frenzy in action? It's just like the chaos outside an ant hill over a fresh Jolly Rancher! But more than watching them traipse along in rows and gather for their feeding frenzies, my favorite part about ant colonies was seeing them duke it out with their neighboring rivals. And in the same way, our Hope College colony squares off against the rival colony across town (Calvin) in our yearly showdowns. It's the blue ants versus the red ants, the Dutchmen versus the Knights. And just like the feuds between the ants in my childhood backyard, this collegiate rivalry turns the entire colony into screaming spectators. So when you find yourself walking among rows of other students, fighting for position in the feeding frenzy, or cheering your lungs out against a rival colony, you just might be mistaken for an ant. So keep scurrying along, contributing to the colony, and avoiding giant magnifying glasses and shoes falling from the sky. Jim Kast-Keat wants to be a writer when he grows up. But if that doesn't work out he could always make a living as an ant farmer Because it's a lot like living on a college campus, and he's pretty good at that.

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Interested in studying abroad? Want to know more about what's happening outside of the U.S.? Monday, April 13, through Wednesday, April 15, is International Education Week at Hope College. The week's events include a series of informational lectures and student panels. Professor of economics Robin Klay will give a lecture Monday at 3 p.m. about believing in the dreams of the poor in Mexico and other Third World countries. After the lecture, at 4 p.m., there will be an informational panel discussing students' experiences studying overseas. Professor of political science Annie Dandavati will discuss the question, "Are

Women's Rights Human Rights?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday's activities will begin with an international coffee hour at 11 a.m. in the first floor Martha Miller Rotunda. Habeeb Awad will lead a discussion about "Paradise Now" at 7 p.m. The grand finale of the event will be the showing of the film "A1 O t r o Lado" f r o m 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cook Auditorium located in the DePree Art Center. The drama features three stories potraying the bond between children and absent parents, showcasing the powerful hold that parents have upon their children. The goal of the week's events is to build awareness among Hope students about international issues connecting to the community.

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national fourth team by STAFF W R I T E R D3hoops.com and the national third team by Dill Carrie Snikkers ('11) and Jesse Reimink ('09) have continued News. "I was excited about to receive recognition for their accomplishments this past Carries recognition as a first team Ail-American," basketball season. In addition to both being women's basketball head voted the most valuable player coach Brian Morehouse in the M1AA for women's and said. Morehouse also sees men's basketball respectively, Snikkers and Reimink have also this as a recognition for the been named as Division 111 Ail- team as a whole. "It's a tribute to her Americans. % ability and our success as Three different groups a program," Morehouse honored Snikkers for her work this season. The National said. "You don't see many Association of Women's All-Americans named who played for bad teams. Basketball Coaches named her "I think the combination to the 10-member State Farm of Carrie's excellent play Division III All-American team. She was also placed on the and our team's national success were both factors in her selection. From that standpoint it is both a great individual and program accomplishment." Snikkers is the fifth player from a Hope women's basketball team to be named All-American and is the third player to be named to the first team. She led the Flying Dutch in her sophomore season in points per game (14.4), total blocks (59) and defensive rebounds per game (5.6). The women were not the only ones to gain recognition, though. The National Association of Basketball Coaches, P H O T O BY K E V I N S O U B L Y D3hoops.com, and Dili News also recognized Reimink for Carrie Snikkers

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Jesse Reimink his season. Both Dill News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches placed Reimink on the national second team, while D3hoops.com named him to the first team. This is the fourth year in a row that a member of Hope's men's basketball team has been named as an All-American and the second year in a row that a member has been named to the national first team. "This is a great honor for me," Reimink said. "There are a lot of big names on those lists and to be a part of it is great, but it really is a tribute to the guys I played with this year. "Nothing gets accomplished

in basketball individually and this is no different. There are a lot of guys on our team who don't get the accolades they deserve and 1 probably get more than 1 deserve. It is a great honor and tribute to the guys 1 play with." Men's basketball head coach Glenn VanWieren sees the recognition of Reimink and other Hope men's basketball players who have been named as All-Americans as evidence of the type of player Hope attracts. "Over the years Hope College basketball has produced many All-Americans, and we are very proud that they have all graduated and they are serving mankind," VanWieren said. "It is a testimony to all the quality players who have selected Hope because of the outstanding educational opportunities with a great faculty, wonderful student atmosphere and strong basketball tradition all within the context of the Christian faith." Reimink concluded his basketball career at Hope on March 6 when the team fell to UW-PlatteviUe, 59-83, in the Division III N C A A tournament. The three-year starter scored 1,321 points in his career and had 597 rebounds in his four years on the varsity team. In his last season, Reimink led the team j n points p e r game (20.8); rebounds per game (7.2), total blocks (28), total steals (65), and was second on the team for total assists (72).

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championship. Eric Weber (11), the nation's leading scorer, had six goals Ever since the first game of the and three assists. Goalies Pieter season when the Hope lacrosse Norden (11) and Bryan Kunkler team lost to Oakland University, (12) had solid performances combining for 16 saves. the team has been red- hot. Brent Martin (11) went 16/2 Winning five straight games as well as the "Holy Wars" on face-offs and the Dutchmen received solid contributions t o u r n a m e n t hosted at Wheaton College over the weekend has by newcomers Nick Leonard (12) and Keegan Aguilera (12). propelled the team ahead. Captain Daniel Burns ('09) Leonard won a faceoff and said that the first game of the Aguilera scored his first goal of season was no reflection of how the season. Burns said the young players the team can perform at full are key to the team's success. "We strength. have a very talented freshman "We had two very important role players get hurt early on in class who are present all over the game, and we did not have the field." Key long poler Patrick three other very important long McElgunn (10), who was one poles," Burns said. "After that we worked hard to of the three injured for the first prepare for our rival Calvin who game of the season, said the t o u r n a m e n t showed the team's we had not beaten in five years." The Calvin game was the true toughness. "This weekend was a turning point of the season for testament to everyone how the team. The Dutchmen posted a 16-4 victory and rode this resilient we really are as a team," m o m e n t u m to the "Holy Wars 1 ' McElgunn said. "When we step on the field we're gonna bring tournament. The team defeated Wheaton it." The team will do battle against l j - 1 3 on Friday and were victorious over Dordt College Saginaw Valley April 8 on the field by a score of 4 5 - 4 in the behind t h e DeVos. Burns looks

T H I S W E E K IN SPORTS

Thursday Softball

April 9

vs. Calvin at 3:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Trine at 4 p.m.

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vs. Albion at 1 p.m.

Softball vs. Adrian at 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Kalamazoo at 1 p.m.

Monday Women's Golf

April 13

Hope Invite at 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF

TRACK AND FIELD BREAKS RECORDS Over the weekend Hope athletes Nora Kuiper ('09) and Leonie Grosse (12) set new school records in track and field. Kuiper broke her own record in the 100-meter dash finishing with a time of : 11.94. She previously set the record in 2008. The time qualifies Kuiper for the N C A A Division III track and field championships in May. Thus far, her time of: 11.94 is the fastest in Division 111. Grosse also broke her own record in the javelin throw. I h e p r ^ v i o ^ "record o f | 3 7 f e g l J O inches had stood for 22 years. Saturday's throw oPT46 feet, 5 inches bettered the old record. She has also qualified for the NCAA championships and has had the second-best throw in all of Division III this spring.

MEN'S LACROSSE PLAYER RECOGNIZED Lacrosse player attackman Eric Weber (11) has been named the CollegeLAX National Player of the Week. Weber leads the country's MCLA Division II teams in both scoring and goals per game. Over the weekend he tied the Hope single game scoring record with 10 goals in the victory over W h e a t o n College.

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B L O C K I N G T H E C O M P E T I T I O N - Pieter Norden ( 1 1 ) defends the team's goal during the "Holy Wars" Tournament. At the half way point, the team has a record of 5-1. for this game to propel the team "If we win the rest of our games this season there is a very good towards further success and encourages students to come chance that we'll be invited to - represent our-conference'in theout and watch. National tournament in Denver." "We are very excited for the rest of our season," Burrts said,

Heading into the start of the MIAA season, the men's tennis team has a lot to be excited about. Fielding a highly experienced roster, the team has opened the season with a 6-6 record and are 1-0 in the MIAA. Leading the way for Hope is John Pelton ('09) who is 9 - 1 in singles matches and 12-0 with doubles partner John Gardner (10). Coach Steve G o r n o commented on the teams goal of winning the MIAA, "We have a lot of work to do to achieve that lofty goal but I believe we have the right team to turn early season adversity into late season-success."


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Teams hit stride after spring break trips Information compiled by James Ralston and Chris Lewis C O - S P O R T S EDITOR AND STAFF W R I T E R

Baseball After an overall record of 15-25 last season, the Flying D u t c h m e n are hoping to rebound this season, in order to pursue a ninth Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship during the past 16 seasons. Coach Stu Fritz and Matt VanderVelde ('09) have high expectations for the remainder of the season despite a 5-9 start. The team is also playing for the second season in the Boeve Baseball Stadium, one of the best baseball stadiums in Division III. While the season has just begun, Fritz has various thoughts on his team thus far, including the performances during the spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla. "We played in Florida over spring break and finished 4-6 with s o m e outstanding performances. W e might have lost a couple that we shouldn't have, but we also w o n a couple that we maybe

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shouldn't have as well," Fritz said. "We are confident in our chances this season. Our goal is still to win the league championship," Fritz said. "We need to strive towards consistency during the rest of the season." Meanwhile, Fritz is pleased not only with the confidence of his team but also with the individual talents of various m e m b e r s of the team. "We've had some outstanding performances from various players so I feel good about our talent level. However, it is hard to say how we need to finish in order to win the league championship," Fritz said. VanderVelde is also confident in the team's chances of finishing the season with a strong record. "It is still early in the season. O u r record isn't as good as what we would like, but we are in a position where we can pull things together and still have a very successful season," VanderVelde said. Softball Last season, for the second consecutive year, five MIAA teams won 20 or more games including the Flying Dutch. This year, the team is hoping to win 20 or m o r e games for the sixth consecutive season, after finishing last season -25-14. Meanwhile, coach Karla Wolters is currently ranked fifth on the all-time list of the winningest N C A A Division III coaches. Wolters discussed her thoughts on this year's team who will play at the Wolters Softball Stadium for the second year in a row. "The Flying Dutch are off to a tough start with a 7-13 record," Wolters said. We're battling a n u m b e r of injuries and also an inability to get a lot of hits and score runs. "On the upside, the team continues to work hard, our

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pitchers are throwing well and we're determined to win m o r e games in the second half of our season. With most of the league games still ahead of us, we're still vying for a berth in the four-team M I A A Tournament in May." Kelli Duimstra ('09) is leading the Flying Dutch in hitting with a .426 batting average and with 15 RBIs. Kori Nieuwsma ('11) is leading the team in h o m e r u n s with 4, while the teams earned run average is 3.03. Finally, Coach Wolters is hoping that students will support the team during the coming month. "We hope to see many students, faculty and staff at our remaining h o m e games. April 11 is our Breast Cancer Awareness Day as well." Track Hope's track teams have contributed to the strong start of the spring teams. "We've improved significantly f r o m last year in most areas," co-captain Jeff Minkus ('10) said. Throughout the m o n t h of April the team the team is more focused o n coming together to win the MIAA championship.

However, the focus will shift as the school year winds down. "Once we get into May, there's a larger emphais on qualifying individuals and relay teams for nationals," Co-captain Nora Kuiper ('09). "We hope to bring a strong contigent of athletes with the h o p e of crowning a n u m b e r of All- Americans and possibly national champions." The team next looks to the MIAA Jamboree where every single place counts towards the end score. Both Minkus and Kuiper are confident, though, that each team's depth will only help push t h e m to the top. Women's Tennis Samantha Stille ('09) is hoping to finish her career at H o p e on a high note as the women's tennis team is looking to finish at the top in the MIAA. Coach Karen Page has returned for her 12th consecutive season. During her 11-year career as coach, the women's team has compiled an overall record of 148-88 while finishing 61-21 in MIAA matches. The Flying Dutch are currently 2-1 for the regular season.

Page has a very positive outlook on her team's ability to succeed this season. "We've already accomplished a couple of our goals. However, the carrot is still dangling out there for us to grab," Page said. "It is a realistic goal if we continue to believe in ourselves as players and a team, push each other to our limit, keep up our match intensity and fight every time we hit the courts." Finally, Stille has been pleased with the Flying Dutch during its first three regular season matches. "I've been impressed by our team's results so far within our conference play. We have had one match against Albion and one against Calvin that we had lost last year and came back and w o n this year," Stille said. "Last year's conference title went to Albion, while Calvin finished in second place, and H o p e finished third. "For us to come back and win against those two teams right away has given us the confidence to know we can fight and beat anyone we come up against."

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