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The week of April 6, the Hope College Office of Disability Services and the Disability Awareness Week committee coordinated their efforts to host a series of events aimed at raising disability awareness. This annual occasion, known as Disability Awareness Week, included simulations of various disabilities, speakers, a Disability Resource Room open house, and an ice-cream social. D A W began with a Wheelchair Challenge. A number of students on Hope's campus spent six, 12, or 24 hours in wheelchairs as part of a mobility impairment simulation. M e m bers of the Hope community were encouraged to assist these individuals when they needed help. O n Tuesday, the D A W c o m mittee and Disability Services set up stations in the DeWitt Center lounge to simulate a range of disabilities. A m o n g the stations were a blind walk station, for which participants would walk blindfolded with a cane and a non-blindfolded partner to ensure safety; and a braille station, where participants could write in braille and see the Constitution of the United States of America in braille. There were also an information table with packets on invisible disabilities, such as








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campus that might be difficult to access in a wheelchair. Other stations included vision impairment, hearing impairment and an ear plug simulation. At 7 p.m. in the Herrick Room of the DeWitt Center, Hope alumna and writer Kay Hubbard ( 7 2 ) read her essay "Through the Glass Darkly," a work which won third place in a writing contest and will be featured in "Ten Spurs," a literary journal. The essay follows Hubbard's over 40year friendship with a classmate she had met in her freshman English class who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Tuesday's events ended with a showing of the film "Babe" with descriptive video services in the Kletz. DVS is an audio track that narrates the actions taking place on screen for the benefit of those with visual impairments. Wednesday's events centered on the speaker Richard Harris, who directed Access and Opportunity for Students with Disabilities at Ball State University for 32 years, and who has presented throughout the world on issues of access in higher education. For the first event, he presented "Disability Humor - an Important Bridge" at a faculty/ staff luncheon in the Maas Auditorium hosted by the Provost. This presentation offered ways to use humor and proper attitudes S E E DISABILITY, PAGE 2

Hope logs onto alumni network Taylor Hughes A R T S EDITOR

We've all heard it said, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." For graduating seniors this can be a daunting phrase. More and more, job seekers are name-dropping and networking to differentiate themselves from the thousands of other applicants in a toughtime job market. A s those who are graduating prepare to finish their last weeks at Hope, the pressure is on to find what they want and who will help them get there. The good news is, they may not need to look further than their o w n computer and an internet connection. Since late in 2006, Hope's Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has provided alumni with "myHope" an exclusive online community for the almost 30,000 alumni living around the

world. For graduating seniors, that's thousands of who-youknows right at your fingertips. Using the Career Center on myHope, alumni can connect with other alums that have agreed to be contacted. They can also post job offerings and browse offerings o n the newly launched classifieds page. In addition, a Linkedln group is promoted through the site and managed by the office. "We know how important it is to keep alumni connected with each other and with the college," said Scott Travis ('06), assistant director of alumni and parent relations. "We are a community at Hope and that doesn't end just because you graduate and move away from each other."









just landed a dream job or are starting a family. "It's sad to know we won't see the friends we made here o n a day-to-day basis, if at all, after we graduate," said Chad Bonfiglio '09. "I'm glad to hear about m y H o p e because it's just Hope people; it's easier than trying to search for old Hope friends o n Facebook." Actually, SCREENSHOT COURTESY OF H O P E COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT you can log in to myHope using your Facebook on opportunities not just in account. W h o knew Hope Holland, but also with those was so connected? myHope hosted from N e w York to Los Angeles and everywhere in will even bring you back to the between. myHope also lets alums cold winters and hot summers share updates with the college o n every page with its weather S E E NETWORK, PAGE 2 and other alumni, whether they

The myHope Website also serves as a platform for Hope to keep its alumni in the know with news, events and class reunions. Alums can stay posted

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Habitat Sleep-Out builds students' empathy Megan Harper GUEST WRITER

The annual Hope College Habitat for Humanity Sleep-Out Thursday, April 16, will raise both homelessness awareness and funds for the Lakeshore branch of Habitat for Humanity. This event has been a longstanding tradition at Hope. It requires participants to abandon their beds for the night and sleep in a cardboard box outside instead. President of Hope Habitat for Humanity Carrie Powers ( 1 0 ) believes many Hope students are unaware of the homeless problem in Holland. "People normally think of big cities as having the largest number of homeless people," said Powers. "But it's a big problem in small towns too." Powers said Habitat hopes the sleep-out goes beyond simply making people aware; she hopes it makes them compassionate as well. "We hope that students will become more empathetic by participating, since they'll be seeing first-hand what it's really like to be homeless for a night," Powers said. Powers said the sleep-out consistently has a good turnout, and Habitat is expecting the same this year. She also assures students who may be anxious to sleep outside that Habitat is not concerned about any risks. Appropriate precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the participants. In fact, Powers said that students actually have a lot of fun participating in the event. The sleep-out will take place Thursday, April 16, beginning at 10 p.m. and concluding the following morning. However, students who arrive during the night are not obligated to stay until morning. They may simply make a monetary donation and listen to the representative from the Lakeshore Habitat branch, w h o will be giving a presentation. Pizza and hot chocolate will be served to all participants at the event. Habitat will be doing a "dormstorm" the night before the sleep-out to collect donations. Professors who are participating will take collections up until the night of the event, and a collection area will be held in the Kletz as well.

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"Just s t a r t p u t t i n g a f e w folks in jail a n d t h e w o r l d will change." - W a y n e M a y o f o r m e r lay m i n i s t e r w h o is s p e a k i n g o u t a g a i n s t illegal i m m i g r a t i o n in t h e U.S.

"He's o n e of t h e best m e n I've ever m e t . T h e c a p t a i n never gave this c r e w up, n o t once." - O n e of t h e s a i l o r s of T h e M a e r s k A l a b a m a r e f e r e n c i n g his c a p t a i n R i c h a r d Phillips w h o allowed himself to b e k i d n a p p e d by S o m a l i p i r a t e s in e x c h a n g e f o r t h e f r e e d o m of h i s c r e w m e n .

" W h i l e livestock play a c r u c i a l role in t h e e c o n omy, global w a r m i n g is becoming a huge worry. W e ' r e t r y i n g t o find i n d i g e n o u s solutions, b e c a u s e o u r realities are very different from the West." - Dr. K.K. S i n g h a l , h e a d of D a i r y C a t t l e N u t r i t i o n at t h e N a t i o n a l D a i r y R e s e a r c h I n s t i t u t e in K a r n a l in N o r t h e r n I n d i a , o n h o w c a t t l e r e l e a s e a t y p e of g r e e n h o u s e g a s that traps 20 t i m e s m o r e heat t h a n c a r b o n d i o x i d e a n d is h a v ing a s i g n i f i c a n t e f f e c t of global w a r m i n g in India.

" W e are w a t c h i n g t h e m o r a l a n d social l a n d s c a p e of t h e n a t i o n b e transformed before our eyes." - Rev. A l b e r t M o h l e r , p r e s i d e n t of t h e n a t i o n ' s flagship S o u t h e r n B a p t i s t s e m i n a r y in Louisville, Ky. o n t h e i n c r e a s e of s t a t e s r e c o g n i z ing gay m a r r i a g e as l e g i t i m a t e .


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N. Korean rocket 'provocative act' Cory L a k a t o s STAFF WRTTER

The launch of a North Korean rocket at 1 1 : 3 0 a.m. local time on Sunday April 5 has caused a stir in the international community, where North Korea was already facing pressure. The long-range rocket launch was officially deemed a provocative act by U.S. and South Korean officials, but the exact payload is still unknown. Both countries fear that the small, isolated c o m munist nation is testing newfound missile capabilities. North Korea maintains that the rocket contained only a satellite bound for space and would be used for purely peaceful purposes. Japanese officials have stated that their military would intercept any missiles if it became necessary, but that they had not been obligated to do so. However, two objects that are thought to have been boosters from the rocket were detected falling to earth near Japan. O n e crashed into the Sea of Japan, while the other touched down in the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese and U.S. vers i o n of events is in stark c o n trast to the story being presented in the state-controlled North Korean media. The Korean Central N e w s A g e n c y reported a flawless launch of "the experimental c o m m u n i c a t i o n s satellite Kwangmyongsong-2" with

General Secretary Kim Jong II in attendance. According to the KCNA, this "shining product of self-reliance... was smoothly and accurately put into its orbit." U.S. officials disagree with this account and insist that the launch was a failure. Wendy Sherman, coordinator of the Clinton administration's policy concerning North Korea, told C N N that she believes that Kim Jong II has several motives behind the provocative launch. "First, he wants to solidify

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of his coun— try, following a stroke. He [also] wants to tell his military that it's a military-first economy," she said. "And he wants to say to the Obama administration, 'Pay attention to me. I'm serious. I have chips on the table, and negotiat-

- Saad Path Allah, the director of t h e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e of H u m a n R i g h t s a n d t h e h e a d of a n inter-miniscerial anti-trafficking committee on how some young w o m e n w h o have attempted t o escape f r o m brothels in Iraq have b e e n r e t u r n e d by police officers.

" T h e y w a n t to k n o w they have the right concentration of drugs so that if they take them in the suggested w a y it will provide them with a peaceful death." - Dr. P h i l i p N i t s c h k e , t h e p h y s i c i a n k n o w n as 'Dr. D e a t h ' f o r h i s e f f o r t s t o legalize e u t h a n a s i a in h i s n a t i v e A u s t r a l i a o n t h e u p c o m i n g d e b u t for e u t h a n a s i a t e s t kits.

" T h e president supports the Second A m e n d m e n t , respects the tradition of gun ownership in this country, and he believes w e can take c o m m o n sense steps to keep our streets s a f e " - Ben L a B o l t , a W h i t e H o u s e s p o k e s m a n , in r e g a r d to n o c u r rent plans to enforce a ban on s e m i a u t o m a t i c assault g u n s .


mal type of condemnation. In spite of the wishes of the likes of Takasu and Rice, the meeting adjourned without any

official statement being given by the Security Council. Chinese ambassador Zhang Yesui saw the incident in a different light. "We are now in a very sensitive moment," he said. "All countries concerned should show restraint and refrain from taking action that could lead to increased tension." According to Yesui, any reaction to the North Koreans should be "cautious and proportionate" China is an ally of North Korea and a permanent Security Council member along with the United States, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, and as expected showed resistance to a reproachful resolution. China, Japan and the U.S. have indicated their willingness t o participate in — six-party

\ would also include North Korea, South Korea, and Russia. These nations hope that talks can lead to a more favorable and less antagonistic settlement.

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ing with me is serious business.'" Japan's United Nations representative Yukio Takasu called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday, h o p n g that the community of nations could f o r m u late a unified response to the launch. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador, shared Takasu's views. "The launch constituted a clear-cut violation" of U.N. resolutions and numerous international warnings, she said, and "merits a clear, strong response." Options available to the Council included a ^ resolution, a Security ^ Council presiden^ tial statement, or 1 s o m e less for*

to make the topic of disabilities approachable. In the evening, Harris presented "From FDR to Jerry Lewis: H o w D o e s Our Society View Disability" in the M a a s Auditorium. T h e presentation u s e d cartoons, h u m o r o u s signs and photographs to elaborate Harris's points. For example, Harris projected a picture of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin seated at t h e Yalta Conference. T h e three leaders had m e t t o discuss the future of the world. Because of his polio, FDR was mobility impaired at the t i m e and throughout m u c h of his


STUDENTS LIVE A DAY IN THE S H O E S - Left to right: Reed S w i f t C l l ) , Claire Aldous, Hanna S u m m e r s (*12).

life. Despite the disability, Harris claimed that FDR was the m o s t powerful man in the world. "FDR had the m o s t power of t h e three," Harris said. "Russia w a s just ravaged. England w a s just ravaged." In addition t o giving inspiring examples of those with disabilities, Harris also pointed out the disadvantage that exists for this group. He cited an u n e m p l o y m e n t rate of 67 percent for non-institutionalized p e r s o n s w i t h disabilities aged 16-64. A m o n g w o m e n in this group, t h e u n e m p l o y m e n t rate was 80 percent. He c o n c l u d e d his talk with the signing of the

A m e r i c a n Disabilities Act. Thursday morning, the Disability Resource R o o m in the Van Wylen Library held an o p e n house. M e m b e r s of the H o p e community, as well as the public, were w e l c o m e to s e e the e q u i p m e n t available for assisting students with visual impairment, print impairment and blindness in their studies. The DAW concluded Thursday afternoon with an ice-cream social s p o n s o r e d by Dean of Students Richard Frost.

Hope connects with networking • NETWORK, f r o m page 1 widget set to Holland. Many opportunities are available for Hope seniors and alumni to network face-to-face and m y H o p e can alert them to these events. "I'm planning a young alumni social networking event in Grand Rapids which will begin this fall," said alum Alex W o o d ( ' 0 7 ) . "Social networking encourages and facilitates Hope alumni to form and keep relationships among each other

and with the college." So if you're looking for career networking, upcoming events and reunions or that old Frisbee Golf buddy w h o deleted their Facebook account, log o n to myHope at alumni. "We know myHope won't replace Facebook, but our hope is that it will complement other social networking sites by providing a place just for Hope alums without those annoying relative requests," said Travis. The Office of Alumni and

Parent Relations contacts all graduating seniors via e-mail to let them know about myHope and how to log in and create a profile. However, future seniors also have the chance to use the site even before graduation. If you are going to be a senior and are interested in learning more about career networking and getting connected to myHope early, you can contact the Office of Career Services at careers® or contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at


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Alum band Ganges opens for Pug Hope College Concert Series to feature some of Hope's own for HoFF festival Katie Bennett C O - E D I T O R IN C H I E F

This spring, Hope's artistic communities will join forces in the first annual Hope Fringe Festival (HoFF). O n e of the festival's anticipated performances will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Snow Auditorium. Ganges, a band made up of Hope alumni, will o p e n for guest artist Joe Pug. Rob Kenagy ('08), Jonah Ogles ('07), and Steve Bakker ('04) make up Ganges, a band which Kenagy describes as, "just a bit north of country western." Hope students may remember the musicians' earlier project They Were Thieves, a folk band which has performed on and off Hope's campus in recent years. Ogles distinguishes between the two bands' different styles. "As far as the sound goes, I'd call the Thieves folk-based. There are s o m e experimental things happening there, s o m e pretty rhythmic stuff at times, too. The Ganges, though, I would hesitate to call anything

other than American music," Ogles said, "It's got s o m e of that rootsy stuff, but it stays pretty innovative." Both T^ey Were Thieves and Ganges are produced through Pretty Alright Records, a project of Tom O w e n s ('07). Though Ganges is now based in Chicago, the band remembers its Holland roots fondly. "I met the guys of Pretty Alright Records (my band mates), through Hope's Independent Music Club," said Kenagy. "Without IMC, I would not have been exposed to the most interesting people I've had the pleasure of knowing." The musicians credit Josh Banner and Andy Kadzban for their help both with the band itself and with their artistic contributions to Hope's campus. "Here are two guys w h o are envisioning a culture that Hope has lacked in the past. I'm happy to tag along," said Kenagy. The venue of the Joe Pug/ Ganges concert. Snow Auditorium, is located in Nykerk Hall in the middle of campus. Often


GOOD T I M E S — Ganges performs live (left to right) Steven Bakker ('04) o n drums, Rob Kenagy ('08) on lead guitar and Jonah Ogles ('07) on back-up.


Hope College Student Dance Concert is an event to attend if you're looking for a sampling of what styles the dance department has to offer. Each semester the department boasts increasing student involvement, setting standards higher and higher for the choreographers. On April 14 and 15, over 30 Hope dance students will present their work at the D o w and April 20 and 21 at the Knickerbocker Theatre. All shows are at 8 p.m. Admission is free. The majority of the pieces are a product of the Composition I class, though works will be presented by the advanced composition students as well as other students not required to present works for class. The class is a semester-long course


THIS WEEK IN A R T Wednesday April 1 5 Visiting Writers Series 6 : 3 0 p . m . Knickerbocker Theatre

Saturday April 1 8 Earth Jam in the Pine Grove Various artists, 1 2 - 4 p . m .

Monday April 2 0 Women's Chamber Choir P e r f o r m w i t h others, 7:30 p . m . St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

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MEN OF MANY TRADES— Much of Ganges' promotional a r t Is c r e a t e d by d r u m m e r , Steven B a k k e r ( ' 0 4 ) . This piece feat u r e s (from l e f t t o right) Rob Kenagy ( 0 8 ) , Jonah Ogles ('07) and Steven B a k k e r h i m s e l f . overlooked as a concert venue, the wood-floored space has the advantages of both acoustic clarity and intimacy. Ogles said, "Snow Auditorium is a great space. Two of the best shows we've played have been in Snow. The sound is good, the environment is good, the people are good. IMC has been really generous to us, and 1 say that both as a former student and a musician." Students planning on attending the concert can expect dynamic performances from all three Ganges musicians. "Kenagy is like the offspring of a tornado and a redwood. Born of water and the sounds God makes," Ogles said. "Bakker is an absolute animal. It's hard to contain him before shows, he gets so crazy to play drums. It's cary sometimes." Lovers of the Ganges' sound :an look forward to its debut ilbum which is nearly finished. Ogles describes the Ganges' album as something all its own.

"The piano sounds like a miter saw. Harmonies sound like they're coming through a cathedral toilet. It feels like the basic melody and accompaniment is right up in front, almost being whispered in your ear. But behind that is this huge vacant room where lots of small and big things are happening," said Ogles. The band e c h o e s the focus of the Fringe Festival at Hope by stressing the importance of the arts in communities. "The Internet is keeping us indoors," said Kenagy. "Through this indirect contact, we're failing our responsibility of creating community and culture. Through live concerts. Listening parties. Readings. Exhibits. Theater. It's important to experience these things with others, despite how vulnerable we may feel." N o doubt Hope students who attend the concert will enjoy their musical escape. For more info on Ganges, visit

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es that will be presented has placed a great demand on rehearsal space. The D o w dance studios have been booked solid by students since spring break. Many choreographers have had to c o m e up with creative solutions to the predicament. Dance rehearsals have been spotted in the Dow upstairs lounge, cook lounge and even outdoors. "The lack of rehearsal space was a huge inconvenience. Overcoming this obstacle as well as dealing with injured dancers has been a rewarding challenge," said Katie Horton ('10). "1 look forward to choreographing in the future with this experience behind me." Starting this year, all student works will be presented at the Dow concert and will proceed to the Knickerbocker by consent of three guest adjudicators.

THEATRE 4 9 0 PRESENTS 'PROOF' The Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" by David Auburn is being presented in the DeWitt Center studio theatre on Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, as a student Theatre 490 project. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on April 16 and 17, and 9 p.m. o n April 18. Tickets are $2 and will be available at the door. "Proof" is filled with family dysfunction, betrayal, love, genius and the threat of insanity. The cast includes senior Maggie McGurn of Traverse City as Catherine; David James, who is adjunct associate professor of English and director of the writing center at Hope, as Robert; sophomore Cassie Niespodziewanski of Oak Brook, III., as Claire; and senior Carl Morrison of Pickford as Hal. Because of adult language in the dialogue, the play is recommended for mature audiences. McGurn is the producer, and senior Naomi Pointer of Manistee is the director. Stage manager is freshman Amanda Van Assen of Grand Rapids, and assistant stage manager is senior Jaclynn Cherry of Rochester Hills. The faculty advisor is John Tammi, professor of theatre. The production is running in conjunction with the studentcoordinated "Fringe Festival" at the college, which is featuring presentations across the arts at Hope from Tuesday, April 14, through Saturday, April 25.

ORCHESTRA ENDS SEASON The Hope College Orchestra and Symphonette will perform o n April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Chapel. The public is invited. Admission is free. The two featured works of the concert will be the "Rienzi Overture" by Richard Wagner, and the Symphony No. 3 "Scotch" Op. 56 by Felix Mendelssohn. The orchestra is directed by Richard Piippo of the Hope College faculty. An avid performer and promoter of chamber music, Piippo joined the Hope faculty in the fall of 1999 as professor of cello/chamber music and conductor of orchestras.




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t h , the legendary April 15—the last day to mail in your income tax return. It's the biggest due date of all, one that will stick aroiund long after your physics professor is d o n e telling you w h e n to submit labs. Do you know what you're supposed to t u r n in? And are you sure you've done the assignment correctly? Karie Luidens SENIOR STAFF WRTTER


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The.Federal Income Tax Return is F o r m 1 0 4 0 —or if you don't have any dependents to declare (you probably don't), you can use the slightly simpler F o r i n 1 0 4 0 E Z . The form states how much money you made during the previous year, and helps you calculate h o w much | f it you owe to the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS). The nice thing about filing a tax return is that you're not necessarily paying any more money to the government—in fact, you're probably going to get a refund! You've already paid your Social Security, Medicare, and income tax every time your employer withheld money from your paycheck (see the sidebar on the left). If too much was withheld, filing a tax return gives you an opportunity to claim s o m e of that m o n e y back for yourself, and could result in a sweet little check from the government headed your way.

Preparing your tax return To get started, you'll need your F o r m W - 2 . Your employer must provide you with your Form W - 2 by Jan. 31. It reports your total wages, tips and other compensations for the previous year as well as the total federal i n c o m e tax withheld. Along with your own financial records, you now have what you need to fill out your Form 1040EZ. You can either fill out a paper version, or complete your tax return online. The IRS encourages taxpayers to do it electronically for greater accuracy and efficiency, but to create a PIN for electronic preparation, you must provide your adjusted gross income from the previous year's tax return. For more information visit

Exemptions Exemptions reduce the amount of income that's subject to taxation. The size of the exemption is the same for everyone and is recalculated every year; the 2008 exemption amount was $3,500. Every person gets one exemption, so the question is whether yours is counted on your tax return or on your parents' tax return. Ask your parent or guardian whether you're being claimed as a dependent o n their form. If not, you can claim it yourself and get $3,500 back.

Standard deductions Standard deductions reduce the amount of income that's subject to taxation. The size of the deduction varies depending on the status of the taxpayer and the taxpayer's family and is recalculated every year. If you're filing independently as an unmarried person, your 2008 deduction is $5,450. If you're filing as a dependent, you must calculate your 2008 deducation as: earned income + S300 $850 < < $5,450

Tax credits Tax credits are dollar-for-dollar reductions of the calculated tax. There are a variety of different credits available with different requirements, so check your options. In particular, there are two education credits available for eligible students: the Lifetime Learning Credit and the Hope Credit (you can only claim one.) To determine if you're eligible for o n e of these credits, see If your parents claim you as a dependent, then they claim the education credit on their tax return; if not, you claim it yourself.

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'Ring by Spring' article only enforces stigma

Please hire m e Over Easter break I got a chance to spend some time with family, and as a senior in college a dreaded question continued to come up: "Do you have a job yet?" I feel like a tape recorder playing the same answer back over and over again. Usually I grumble, "No," along with something about the bad economy and my attempts to juggle the job search and my classes. In the midst of such discussions my uncle asked me a question I didn't expect: "Do you feel like you received a good education at Hope?" My initial reaction was, "No." It shocked me that the answer came out of my mouth. 1 love Hope. 1 love the community, I love the location, 1 love the values it upholds. On further thought, I've decided it's not that 1 received a bad education, it's just that the education 1 received has not prepared me for the career I hope to one day have. The liberal arts education has made me a well-rounded person. The small class sizes have allowed m e to better participate. Approachable professors are committed to help me grasp the concepts covered in my

ing the fact that a strong resume with internships doesn't guarantee of a job offer. The current emphasis, in the Communication Department, as well as other departments, is o n theory. For instance, as a capstone, every communications major must take a theory course. In other courses such as introduction to communications task group leadership, and interpersonal communication the emphasis is on learning the history and theory of the topics. It is great to have a knowledge of these concepts, but I probably will never apply this knowledge when I'm on the job. What would make me truly marketable: practical skills. At Hope, I was not required to take a video production course and I never learned how to build a webpage. Further, I have not been required to learn how to use "new media." If it was not for The Anchor, 1 never would have learned page design, which is applicable to a majority of communications jobs. This range of skills is almost necessary to be marketable in my courses. career field. However, I've found in my own experiIf I'm paying $120,000 for a college deence as a communications major that too gree, I expect to be prepared for the work much emphasis is placed o n theory and force. Is that unreasonable? I think it's high not enough emphasis is placed on teaching time the college reevaluate the courses they actual skills. are offering. They need to ask not "Are stuThe job market is scary right n o w A few weeks back 1 was watching a report on the dents doing well in this class?" or "Is this a popular course?" or even "Is the teaching "Today" show about landing a job and the method the teacher uses effective?" Rather, expert noted that a year or two ago it would they should ask themselves (and students), have taken two to three months for gradu"Is this going to help students get jobs?" ates to find a job. N o w it's taking closer to six months. With the layoffs our economy Ashley is still looking for a job as an ediis currently experiencing, chances are the torial assistant at a magazine in Chicago, odds are just going to get worse. Toronto or Milwaukee. If you know someAn article in the N e w York Times a few one who is looking to hire an eager, responmonths ago titled. "Job Prospects Grim, Colleges Aid Job Search" highlighted the sible employee, please email her at ash ley Seriously. challenges of the current recession, includ-

To the Editors: I found myself quite frustrated and flustered after reading "Here come the brides: Interview with 'ring by spring' brides" in the April 8 edition of The Anchor. The Anchor does not print engagement or marriage announcements so I was a bit shocked to see a two-page color article devoted to engaged students. As a senior, I am aware of the distaste for the phrase "ring by spring," but we all know that it happens, here and at other small Christian liberal arts schools like ours. My parents are a "ring by spring" couple from the '70s. I even have a great number of my close friends getting married in the coming year, though I am not a "ring by spring" bride myself. 1 agree with the w o m e n interviewed that people are ready to be married at different times, and no one should be forced to make that decision without much consideration. I do worry about couples who marry at a young age because they think that is what should c o m e next in their relationship. I became flustered after reading this article because I disagree with the senti• ment that seemed to be expressed in this article that graduation from college must be a make-or-break time for a relationship. I do not think graduation means that the options are break up or become engaged. As a graduating senior in a loving relationship, I am not planning o n either of those options. I know that my boyfriend loves me. I am going to pursue my career as he is his; because we love each other we know that if we want to get married we can do so in the future. If the article's goal was to determine what Hope students think of the "ring by spring" idea, I think that The Anchor failed to reach that goal. I have talked to single students who didn't care to read the advice to singles from these engaged couples. If the goal was to determine the thoughts of students on this topic, interviews should have been done with married students (because there are those too), dating students, single students, and engaged students to better express the feelings of all students at Hope, rather than the one-sidedness that is this article. There is no one right way to go about dating and finding "the one." This article reflects people w h o have been dating other students from Hope for extended periods of time. This is not the sum of Hope, nor is it wrong. I have friends w h o date. I have friends w h o date a lot of different people. This isn't wrong either. Unfortunately, this article may only strengthen the stigma that here at Hope we are only worried about getting our "ring by spring." Laura Van Tassell ('09)

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Living in the hopefully

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The tenth virtue


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Graduation is right around the corner, and lately it s e e m s like the graduation song by Vitamin C is running constantly through my head. "As w e go on we remember all the times we've had together..." My last four years at Hope have had their fair share of ups and downs, so it's hard to believe that they're coming to an end. "As our lives change for whatever." I am n o w being surrounded by my friends who are on their way to do great things with their lives. I have s o m e close friends who are getting married and 1 couldn't be happier. I have other friends w h o will be going to graduate school, seminary. I am proud of all my friends who are going to be accountants, businesspeople, and artists. "I know we'll be friends forever." Or will we? I have recently had several conversations about what to say to s o m e o n e after graduation is over and everyone goes their separate ways. And 1 have c o m e up with two choices: lie or tell the truth. With the lying choice, you will both hug each other goodbye and talk about h o w you're going to stay in touch. The closest to staying in touch may be communicating through Facebook—stalking and receiving the mass emails in which o n e person tells a whole large group of people the impersonal non-specific version of what is currently going o n in his or her life. 1 know this is harsh and that by lying you share your most optimistic and hopeful vision of the future in which nothing changes between you and your now closest friends. Or, you still

Cleanliness — Tolerate no undeanliness in body, clothes or habitation. The times were different when Benjamin Franklin included his quaint theory of "cleanliness" into his list of virtues. They didn't have deodorant. They didn't have trains. They didn't have "Home Improvement." "Cleanliness" was a revolutionary idea, then. The Summer of Love 1967—a culmination of creativity, brotherhood and venereal disease. This was the summer of politics and protest, of romance and rebellion. Music boomed and art flourished. Culture was rich. What caused this explosion? LSD? No. Love? No, not love. Love was what blossomed, but it wasn't the fertilizer. Common sense will tell you that after those 100,000 people converged on San Francisco it would have been difficult for them to find a shower, or maintain optimal "cleanliness." Hippies were dirty through lack of options. But the festering of stank produced the germination of love. Barriers were broken by a unifying funk. They shook hands, not washed hands. They discovered the perpetual cycle of being dirty and getting dirty. They could smell nasty and do the nasty. A righteous tang bound the hippies together, and together, they changed the world. Culture, knowledge and love blossomed from their soiled bodies. Modern day advocates of peace, love and happiness have lost touch with their ancestral hippie past. Any girl on a school bus likes the idea of flowers in her hair, but she's not going to San Francisco, and she's not going to meet any gentle people there. People are all tie-dye, flowers and dancing, but there's no action—no protest. People won't get dirty. Ten-minute showers use about 50 gallons of water. With 3,059 students, that s 152,950 gallons a day. I'm not proposing that all of Hope goes showerless for a day: there's no adventure in that. We should go showerless for the rest of the school year. 3,517,850 gallons of water. Now, you don't have to care about the cost this is incurring to Hope. It's simply a waste of water, not to mention all that business Holland BPW pumps into the sky by burning coal to heat our showers. Clean air vs. clean privates. Most of us don't have to breathe your privates. I'm just saying itH be a sad day when Holland's air and water quality fall to the levels of Mexico City's, when it smells like a serendipitous blend of rotten cottage cheese and mustard, and Lake Michigan tastes like Scoresby (very rare) because a few kids were too self-conscious about body odor. We can implement "Showerless Hope" in the same fashion as "Trayless Tuesday." Peer pressure. We get enough people to go showerless, and then all those fence-sitting, selfconscious daisies will come to the smelly side. They won't have to worry about being in the minority. It's just a matter of making it socially acceptable, which shouldn't be difficult with flagships like "Rock of Love" and George Bush leading the way in ridiculousness. Hope College will become the epicenter of culture, learning and love through undeanliness. As spring semester draws near and exams move slowly towards the terminal in the moving sidewalk of everyone's mind, the students of Hope College will be either stagnated by the lack of traction of their own well-polished soles or they will be flying towards home with cleansed souls, shiny grades and triumphantly contaminated bodies.

talk every day via g-mail chat and send each other funny YouTube vide o s or websites every time you find one. So sorry to burst this beautiful bubble, but ^come May the class of 2009 will begin to scatter. There are a large number of us moving out West and others East; some will be leaving the country and others will be moving back home. With these moves will come new jobs, new experiences and new people receiving the heavy flow of emails. That being true, here is my suggestion: Be honest on graduation day and when you say goodbye, tell your friend to "have a great life." The line "have a great life" has the negative connotation that you have no feelings for the person to w h o m you are talking. I had a friend who pointed out that relationships do not have to be lifelong to be valid and worthwhile. The relationships that 1 have made in college have been s o m e of the best of my 22 years on earth; and while I am sad that they may end, I want them to end o n a positive note, rather than just feeling guilty about the promises I have made to keep in touch. That way, we can move to our respective locations and live in the present, rather than hanging onto the past. In the end, I am sure I will forget my own advice and live in the world of "hopefully" dreams in which all of my friends stay as close and important to me in the years to come as they are today.

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tambourines to praise him when he would prove faithful against all hope. They were expecting him to be faithful. And he was. It is more than a little encouraging to know that God has been faithful from the beginning. But viewing this like some kind of perfect track record is only half the picture. You see, God hasn't only been faithful. He is faithful—it's his identity, which means it's who he was, is and will be. The problem we have with projecting God's obvious faithfulness on the future is that it requires trust. I am happy to praise him for parting the Red Sea as long as I'm on this side of it, but as soon as I find myself on the banks of the next obstacle my tune often changes and I exchange my tambourine for a sick stomach. To borrow the popular saying, we must

enemy threat. Then Miriam and all the w o m e n sang with tambourines and danced to praise the Lord for his faithfulness. Though this story is quite familiar, a teacher of mine pointed out an interesting detail: the fact that the Jewish women brought tambourines out of Egypt is pretty incredible. Think about it, they fled their homes in the middle of the night; in such a hurry they didn't have time to add yeast to their dough (Exo. 12:39). They fled their homes knowing they would never come back, taking with them only what they could carry...and they brought tambourines? It seems the women of Israel were envisioning a big God when they packed their bags. He was the type of God who would come through in a jam, against impossible odds, and so it made sense to bring

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stop telling God how big the storm is and start telling the storm how big our God is. How cheap it would be to only sing of the faithfulness he's shown and praise the portion of him we know. But think of the spirited song we could play and picture the wild dance that would swell from our insides out if we were to praise him for all that he has yet to do and for the glories of his faithful character that we don't even know yet. So as you're faced with all the stresses that the end of the year has to offer, perhaps threatened with trials and struggles on all sides, breathe deep with assurance that God is faithful—and don't forget to pack a tambourine. Bryant is livin'it up in his last weeks in the Durf. How 'bout those Durfee Beats?

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Sophomore Derek Fairchild hurls historic hitter

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In just his second start for Hope College, Derek Fairchild ('11) achieved a feat that most pitchers never accomplish. He did not allow Albion College a single hit in Hope's 8-0 victory on April 11. The no-hitter was the first at Hope since 1995, and was a single base runner shy of a perfect game. Fairchild's story is unique, as he was not able to play his freshman season due to a shoulder injury. After receiving surgery he began to prepare for what he hoped would be a strong sophomore year. He had no idea, however, h o w strong a start it would be. Looking back on the event, he is quick to point out how important his teammates were. "I attribute my performance to my teammates because without a couple diving catches and great plays there wouldn't be a no-hitter," Fairchild said. "It all started with the first pitch of the game when Scott Snyder

('10) made a diving catch and my team had my back the rest of the game." Coach Stu Fritz agreed that the fielding was vital to Fairchild's accomplishment, but pointed out that he was definitely o n top of his game. "He (Fairchild) definitely brought good stuff," Fritz said. "We also had good defense behind him, but his good pitches, accuracy and off-speed work were top notch. Everything was on, he just never lost focus." Focus was key as pressure began to build. The team said that as s o o n as the idea of a nohitter is realized pressure and tension mounts. "In about the fifth inning people started to realize what could happen," captain Robby Poll ('10) said. "We tried to keep it quiet so that the players and Derek didn't get t o o excited." Fritz was coach during Hope's last no-hitter, thrown by Darin Corcoran in 1995. He is quick

IN BRIEF GOLF In the first round of the MIAA qualifying tournament April 9, the Flying Dutch finished third behind host Saint Mary's. The men's team is looking to qualify to the N C A A tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The team has been represented either by an individual or the entire team five times this decade.

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o u t just how significant this achievement is for everyone involved. "Its o n e of those magical things in baseball," Fritz said. "The stars aligned and it's just not something you see everyday. It was unbelievable thing for him (Derek), his fa^nily and the program."


Following Fairchild'sfinalpitch, the team celebrated the momentous occasion. "Everyone sprinted out and dogpiled him," Poll said.


D E A D A I M - Derek Fairchild ('11) bec a m e t h e s i x t h p i t c h e r In Hope history to throw a perfect game.


Team strives to qualify for MIAA tournament Bethany Stripp STAFF W R I T E R

Although the Hope College Softball team began their outdoor season a month ago, they are already more than halfway to the end of the regular season this year. With just seven games left, the team is playing hard to qualify for the MIAA tournament. The team's outdoor season began during spring break in Kissimmee, Fla. where the Flying Dutch participated in the Rebel Spring games. Though the team only won four of the 10 games they played, the experience was very helpful for them. "The games over spring break were against Division III teams from all over the United States, so we got to face solid teams that will help us against our MIAA

opponents," coach Karla Wolters said. "It also helps us solidify who will be in our starting lineup and where to put players in the batting order. More than anything else it helps to get to know each other better so that we are a unified team." "The games over spring break were pretty good overall," cocaptain Deidra Enochs ('10) said. "Our record after the week was 4-6. It was great to just get out there on the field and start playing s o m e games outside." The Softball team this year is made up of 14 freshmen and sophomores, while only six juniors and seniors finish out the roster. The age of the team can make a difference out o n the field. "Young players need time to mature as college players,"

Wolters said. "It also means we have to work together on defense to get used to the players we are playing with." Right now, the team is focusing on what will prove to be one of the most important parts of their season. "The most important games are the ones from (April 8 to April 15)," Enochs said. "They are all conference games and will help determine the seeding for the conference tournament." In this stretch, the Flying Dutch will play eight M I A A games. All of these games are important so the team can qualify for the M I A A tournament, which will take place from April 30 to May 2 at the regular season champion's field. So far the Flying Dutch have won three games and lost three

games in this stretch. The week of conference action got off to a slow start, with the team falling to Trine 2-16 and 0-14 on. Wednesday, April 8. The team immediately bounced back the following day, defeating Calvin College 5 - 3 and 4-1. Saturday, April 11 proved to be a big day for the Flying Dutch. After falling to Adrian in the first of two games for the day, 1-5, the team rallied for the second game and defeated Adrian, 5-4. Currently, the team is in fifth place in the conference, which leaves them just shy of qualifying for the tournament. Today, the Softball team will travel to Indiana, where they will finish their regular MIAA season when they take on the Belles of Saint Mary's College in a doubleheader.

Both men's and women's track and field finished second to Calvin at the MIAA Jamboree held at Adrian on Saturday, April 11. Kara VandeGuchte ('11) placed first in 100-meter hurdles, Rachael Kutney ('12) won at high jump, and Leonie Grosse ('12) took first in javelin. Nick Rinck ( M l ) captured both the 100-meter hurdle and 400meter hurdle. Cameron Lampkin ('11) took first in the 100-meter dash and Frank Previch (MO) won the 400-meler dash. John Donkersloot ( M l ) placed first in high jump, Aaron Treiber (M0) captured first place in long jump, and Jeff Minkus (MO) triumphed at the triple jump.

TENNIS Men's tennis posted a 1-2 record at the Great Lakes Colleges Association tournament this weekend. They opened with a 50 victory over Wooster, but later lost to Carnegie-Mellon 5-1 and Denison 6-2. The Flying Dutchmen are 8-8 in dual matches this spring. By topping Kalamazoo 7 - 2 o n Saturday, women's tennis took sole possesion of first place in the MIAA. The w o m e n improved to 4 - 0 in MIAA dual matches and with their seventh straight win stand 12-5 overall.

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