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Vol. 127 No. 3 “Spera In Deo”

September 18, 2013 w Since 1887

Hope College w Holland, Michigan

Alumna spreads hope abroad

Peace Corps representative sparks interest in changing lives Hannah Gingrich Guest Writer

Not sure what to do after graduation? Never managed to fit study abroad into your fouryear plan? Just want to gain a more global perspective? Kera Halvorson has an answer. As Hope College’s Peace Corps Regional Recruiter, Halvorson visited campus on Sept. 10 to host two information sessions and meet with passersby at the information table. Halvorson was only a recent graduate herself when she joined the Peace Corps, assigned as a health volunteer in rural Turkmenistan. “I got a rural birthing clinic, which was fantastic,” Halvorson said. “I was the first volunteer ever at my site. No one had ever heard of Peace Corps. No one had ever met an American

before.” She wrote a grant, hoping to teach pregnant women some health basics, but was surprised at the initial result. “I would invite women. No one would ever show up.” After talking with her Peace Corps counterpart, Halvorson came up with a new strategy. “Give people free stuff. People deserve to be compensated for their time, especially women who are hungry and making food from scratch and raising children and washing clothes by hand.” So she changed her approach, writing a new grant for $4,000 to educate 300 pregnant women in the village for five hours. In exchange, they returned home with a packet full of hygiene supplies. “Once we did that,” Halvorson said, “women were banging down my door asking me when see

Photo Courtesy of Kera Halvorson

BUILDING CULTURAL BRIDGES— Kera Halvorson (front row, far left), shown here with some of the women she worked with in a rural birthing clinic in Turkmenistan, was a recent graduate when she entered the Peace Corps as a health volunteer.

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A Pull 2013 preview

Highlighting tradition in the yearly war Alek Molenaar Guest Writer

Photos Courtesy of The Anchor

THE TRADITION BEHIND THE MADNESS— Top: Celebration commences in the Black River after the long haul. Bottom: The ’57 Pull team mid-grind. Right: In the pits with an old-school puller and moraler.

What’s Inside

“3,2,1…PULL!” The Pull is back for its 116th battle between the Even Year (2016) and the Odd Year (2017) teams on Sept. 28. The Pull began in 1898, with 18 pullers and 18 “moralers” on both sides of the team. The longest Pull, recorded in 1977, was called a draw after a grueling three hours and 51 minutes. This extremely long Pull brought with it a new threehour time limit, and the winner would be decided on how much more gain they had on the rope. On the other end of the spectrum, the shortest Pull in history was in 1956 with a time of only two minutes and 40 seconds. In the last 100 years, there have only been four draws in the Pull’s history (1916, 1926, 1952, 1977). Statistics do not favor freshmen. As of 1909, the sophomores have defeated the fresh-

men 67 percent of the time. The tradition itself exemplifies one word: family. The two teams are hard at work during the daily practices in preparation for Pull day, but not only are they working for the victory, they also learn to push each other beyond what they thought were their physical and mental limits. From the practices, to choosing a “moraler,” to the

eve of the Pull banquet, the Pull teams become a family over the course of the three weeks they have together. When The Anchor asked Jordan Kalsbeek (’16), an Even Year Pull participant, to define the expectations that have been given to him and the team, he replied: “As a sophomore-year pull team, we are expected to pull see PULL, page 2




‘Frida, un Retablo’

Muggles rejoice!

Football Undefeated

Teatro Milagro stages bilingual show at Hope. Page 4

J.K. Rowling and her wizard world make a return to the big screen with a new film. Page 5

The Dutchmen defeated Millikin for their second win in a row. Page 8

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Arts 4

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This Week at Hope

High hopes for Sept. 28 Peace builds cultural bridges w PEACE, from page 1

Thursday-Friday Sept. 19-20 Great Performance Series Presents Ballet X Knickerbocker Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Friday Sept. 20 SAC Dodgeball Tournament The Dow Center at 8:30 p.m.

In Brief ARTPRIZE BEGINS SEPT. 18 ArtPrize, the annual international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Mich., begins Wednesday, Sept. 18 and continues through Oct. 6. ArtPrize is known around the world for its unconventional nature as an art competition. Participation is open to anyone over the age of 18, and spectators determine which entry wins the top prize. With a winnings cap of $200,000, ArtPrize attracts many worthy artistic candidates. Located within three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, ArtPrize is a yearly event that few want to miss. Visitors can learn more at http://www.artprize.org. Photos Courtesy of The Anchor

HOPE ENROLLMENT RECORD HIGH For the second consecutive year, Hope College enrollment has topped 3,300 students. This fall, Hope welcomed 3,388 students, 827 of them walking Hope’s campus for the first time as new students. Although the freshman class is smaller than last year’s, Hope currently holds three of the largest incoming classes in the college’s history. Additionally, 50 transfer students were welcomed to Hope this year. Hope continues to attract more women than men, with 2,044 women and 1,344 men attending this fall.

HOPE DEDICATES FOOTBALL STADIUM Hope College dedicated the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium Saturday in honor of Ray Smith, a longtime Hope football coach and the winningest coach in the history of the MIAA. Smith, who coached football at Hope from 1970-1994, also coached golf, wrestling and baseball during his tenure at Hope. Upon retirement, he was the eighth-winningest coach in NCAA Division III history. Smith’s illustrious career at Hope involves time spent in and out of the classroom, as he served as the director of athletics from 1980-2009. As a recipient of West Michigan Sports “Lifetime Achievement Award” and a member of the Riverside, Calif., Sports Hall of Fame, Smith’s impact has stretched far beyond Hope’s campus. The weight room in DeVos Fieldhouse was named after Smith and his wife in 2005.

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INTENSITY IS SPELLED “P-U-L-L”— After last year’s contest resulted in an Odd Year win, the Even Year Pull team is geared up for a sophomore victory. w PULL, from page 1 with precision and power.” The pressure will certainly be on the class of 2016 this year as they strive to claim Pull day. The ’17 Pull team may have a few tricks of their own, coming off the heels of a decisive Odd Year win last year. Alexis Smith (’15), representative of Pull team ’17, commented on what is expected of this freshman class. “I have the expectation that the ’17 Pull team will do their best to put their heart into this tradition,” Smith said. “Each puller and moraler must realize that Pull is not an individual sport; it is a team effort.” It will come down to all of the hard work and effort that these teams are putting into these final two weeks of practice. The tradition marches on. Crowds will be cheering and gazing in amazement as photographers elbow for a decent shot, while scads of Pull alumni proudly sporting their Pull sweatshirts will be as spirited as ever. In a way, it is those sweatshirts, printed with numbers like, “Pull Coach ’88” and “Pull ’71” that make this tug-of-war such a deep tradition in Hope College history. Just over a week from now, the Pull teams will face off, locked in a tradition almost as old as the college itself. Who will throw down the rope in victory and embrace their teammates and coaches in the murky, chilly waters of the Black River? As the old saying goes, “It’s anybody’s game.”

their class was.” “It was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever done… to teach people about health, and about [how] what they do in their daily life affects their health, especially where women are not taught that education is valuable. Free stuff is not sustainable,” Halvorson said, “but knowledge is.” Peace Corps is an international development organization with three main goals: to provide trained men and women to countries that ask for them, to become diplomats and build cultural bridges in assigned countries and to teach America about the cultures in which Peace Corps members serve. “It’s about friendship and peace,” Halvorson said. “And peace is not tangible. Friendship. That’s what you’re building.” The Peace Corps currently sends its workers into 76 countries to work in six different areas: agriculture, environment, business, education, health and youth. Each area is subdivided and has many different jobs, creating a niche for any aspirant. During the application process, the Peace Corps looks at each individual’s skills and expertise, including their degree, volunteer and work history and hobbies.

“The application process is not for the faint of heart,” Halvorson said. “But I promise it’s worth it.” Halvorson recommended spending eight to 10 hours on an application that includes work and medical history, essays and references. Overall, the process takes nine to 12 months. “A year from the date you start your application, we hope to send you abroad.” Corps volunteers serve for two years, including a threemonth training period. If all goes well, they can extend their term for a third year. The position includes a living stipend of about the same amount as a local person would make. For those interested but on the fence, Halvorson encourages to talk to those who have spent time with the Peace Corps. “A lot of people have things that hold them back, and I would encourage them to dig deeper and then find out more, because Peace Corps is an amazing experience that can really change your life both here and globally,” Halvorson said. “They came back and they were so on fire, and I was like, ‘I want that! I want to have that experience.’ And I’m so glad I did.” For more information, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov.

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Is independence possible for Catalans? The impact of the human chain does not seem to worry the Spanish central government. Shubham Sapkota World Co-Editor

The independence of Catalonia in Spain is not an issue most people in America hear about. Not only does this topic fail to stir public attention across the Atlantic, it actually fails to do so even in Europe. However, this changed to an extent this past week when supporters of the Catalonia independence made a human chain extending 400 kilometers (250 miles) across the region. Thousands of supporters rallied for Catalonia’s national day on Sept. 11 to force the Spanish government to allow a referendum vote on Catalonia’s independence. Unfortunately this request was rejected on Saturday after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy suggested that cutting ties would be costly for the Spanish central government. “The ties that bind us together cannot be undone without enormous cost,” Rajoy wrote to Arthur Mas, who is the head of

the Catalonia regional government. It was ironic that this decision came right after the human chain demonstration all over Catalonia. Rajoy stressed the fact that Spain’s constitution only allows the central government to call a referendum. With the belief that Catalonia needs to work together with the other regions to strengthen the central government, Rajoy has proposed to talk with Mas. “I am convinced of the exceptional relevance of Catalonia for Spain and of the richness plurality and singularity of the Catalan society,” Rajoy said. Belonging to one of the most developed regions in all of Spain, the Catalans have been fueled with nationalism as their region has been dragged down by the economic crisis Spain has been facing. It should be noted that pro-independence emotions date back centuries among the Catalans. These feelings further strengthened after the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s when hostility between Madrid and Barcelona was heightened. Regardless of the PM’s disapproval of requests for referendum, the human chain protest that was arranged by the Catalan National Assembly has been seen as “historic” throughout

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SEARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE — Hundreds of thousands of people have shown their support for the independence of Catalonia from Spain. This particular image is of pro-independence supporters in Camp Nou in Barcelona. Spain. “The Catalan people have reaffirmed their determination to be a free state,” Carme Forcadell, the president of the Assembly, said. The chain, which was seen all over major landmarks like Camp Nou and Sagrada Familia, is truly a decisive action that brings the message of Catalans to the

attention of the rest of Spain. Mas believed that the continuation of rejection to their demand will turn regional elections into a vote on the independence of Catalonia. The regional election that is due in 2016 could be the critical point in the effort of Catalonia to seek its independence. Rajoy has made it clear that

his position on a referendum will not change. Polls from Spanish newspaper El Peridicio have showed that more than 50 percent of the population in Catalonia are in support of a possibility of independence. If no chance of referendum is given by the government, the chance of autonomy for Catalonia could be decided in regional elections.

Update on the Syrian conflict This week in news Will the Russian plan to help cease the crisis work for Syrians? Brianna Cherry Guest Writer

On Sept. 9, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the developments of the crisis in Syria. Chemical warfare and Civil War continue to plague the country, and the United States is moving in to provide aid. After speaking with leaders from France and the United Kingdom, Obama has stated that the U.S. is willing to work with Russia and China to offer solutions regarding the U.N. Security Council. Russia, however, is only willing to cooperate if the U.S. will halt all force upon Damascus. Working towards a common goal of weapon surrender, these nations remain in contact about the issue. The Arab League also supports such a compromise. Obama noted that these plans of action are “encouraging signs” for the future. “We welcome the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is trying to prevent American aggression against our people,” Syrian officials said in response to the proposal. Syria has not yet confirmed an agreement to the proposal, although they “welcome the Russian initiative.” Labeled a Civil War by the Red Cross, this situation is something that not only deserves attention, but demands it. “The United States has been

an anchor for global security for nearly seven decades,” Obama said. Many are questioning just what the U.S. is doing about this extremely abusive war, as the “anchor” of hope. The answer lies within the speech of the commander in chief. “If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons.” As secretary of state, John

Kerry plans to push for the weapon withdrawal, and he has met with Russian Foreign Minister Servey Lavrov. With the U.S. military on the verge of strike, Obama is seeking answers. The capture, and eventual destruction, of the chemical weapons is the goal. Russian, Syrian and U.S. officials continue to negotiate a solution. Let us all hope that it all works according to the plan.

At least 13 killed in Naval Yard shooting

Costa Concordia freed from rocks

In a southeast Washington D.C. Navy shipyard, at least 13 people were killed Monday morning. Police have arrested a 34-year-old suspected shooter. The attack put Washington on alert less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After a 20-month rescue operations, the shipwrecked cruise ship has finally been freed from the rocks off the eastern coast of Italy. The salvage operation is one of the largest of its kind ever attempted.

J.P. Morgan hit with a whale of a fine Regulators announced that J.P. Morgan is being fined $700 million for their improper handling of the “London Whale” trading loss last year. The fine is for failing to adequately supervise the former traders and for lacking sufficient internal policies to prevent an alleged cover-up of their losses on the bets.

Nadal wins U.S. Open

Photo Courtesy of BBC.com

CHEMICAL WEAPON SITES— The graphic above shows a map of Syria and where chemical weapons are being produced and stored.

Rafael Nadal claimed his second U.S. Open title by beating Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Snyder signs Medicaid expansion bill Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill to make Michigan the 25th state to pass an expansion of eligibility for Medicaid, a central blank of Obamacare. The expansion will add about 320,000 Michiganders to the Medicaid roles in 2014.

Indian rape suspects sentenced to death An Indian court sentenced four men to death Friday for the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi, an attack that appalled the South Asian nation and sparked international outrage about the treatment of women in India.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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Molly Coyle Guest Writer

The theatre buzzed with the sounds of giggling and nervous whispers as the lights started to dim on Teatro Milagro’s bilingual play “Frida, un Retablo” on Saturday, Sept. 14. Admittedly, I was among those chuckling with excitement and anticipation. It had been years since I last employed the little bit of Spanish I knew and thinking about how I would have to open that forgotten part of my mind had me feeling both giddy and terrified. As the lights came up on the first scene, the audience held its breath. What was a bilingual play exactly? Were we going to understand what was happening? The crowd emitted a silent sigh as the first character spoke with a flawless blend of English and basic level Spanish. The Spanish did not remain simple for long, but this little introduction was enough to warm up the audience so that it could pay attention to the other context clues of the play. Dance, poses and hand gestures helped guide the audience through trickier Spanish monologues. It felt flawless, though, and it was only

during the switch back to English that I realized the actors had expertly navigated us through a sea of difficult conjugations. Teatro Milagro, a bilingual theatre company based in Portland, Ore., strives to infuse all of their plays with seamless blends of Spanish and English. For 30 seasons, Teatro Milagro has developed and performed a variety of shows, ranging from serious pieces like “Frida, un Retablo” to children’s shows such as “El Niño Diego.” Regardless of their audience, though, Teatro Milagro consistently incorporates two elements into every show: bilingualism and latinidad— or Latin themes. For the participants of Teatro Milagro, the theatre provides an opportunity to reconnect with Latin culture. The company engages in in-depth research on famous Latino heroes, heroines and traditions, allowing the company to grow together as a community through the process. In a country that speaks predominantly English, it is sometimes hard to remember that the United States has no official language. This means that we should, and must, engage in learning other languages. Becoming proficient in another language is not

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Photo Courtesy of John Tammi

PICTURE PERFECT— A stunning backdrop coupled with a bilingual script that was easy to understand, “Frida, un Milagro” was an inspirational hit. just about passing a class for a graduation requirement; it is about participating in a larger community. For the audience, the mix of English and Spanish in the script was fresh and exciting. Here was a chance to push yourself to really listen and hear what was being said, even if you did not know what some of the words meant. I think the audience was surprised by how much they were actually able to take away from the performance. This

universality is what art is about. Regardless of who or what the play is about or in what language it is performed, art speaks to the human condition and our own humanity. As the U.S. enters a time when minority populations will soon become the majority populations, it is imperative that we look to groups like Teatro Milagro. America has always prided itself on being the melting pot of the world, but if we want to claim this

title, then we actually need to work to blend our cultures and languages. Like the audience before “Frida un Retablo,” we must approach this new era with excitement and open minds. If we listen to each other with both our ears and our hearts, we will find that we all speak the common language of humanity. Let’s all speak with each other, then, and blend our native tongues. Bilingual theatre is an excellent place to start.

Hope College Music Library finds new home Alicia Ghastin Guest Writer

Photo and Brief by Brady Van Malsen


The Hope College Concert Series started the season off right with Antrim Dells and Youth Lagoon on Friday, Sept. 13. Antrim Dells features Hope alumni Jacob Bullard (’11) and Laura Hobson (’12). As a creative writing major, Bullard was happy to have a large audience intently listening to his lyrics. Youth Lagoon, on the other hand, is used to filling large venues. The band, headed by Trevor Powers, has steadily been gaining popularity and has been featured in acclaimed music festivals including Lollapalooza and Pitchfork. Their music is like a dark carnival—hypnotic and colorful. Give it a try and check out these songs: Song: “Cannons” / Album: “The Year of Hibernation” Song: “Posters” / Album: “The Year of Hibernation” Song: “Mute” / Album: “Wondrous Bughouse” Keep an eye on the Hope College Concert Series for more great shows.

Last Thursday, music students, faculty and enthusiasts of the Hope College Music Department gathered on the second floor of Van Wylen Library to celebrate the new home of the Music Library. Along with great coffee, cookies and other goodies, this Music Open House provided great information on the new home of the Music Library. Previously located in the Nykerk Hall of Music between the Dewitt Student Center and the Pine Grove, the music collection has been moved to the second floor of Van Wylen Library. The music section contains media resources like music videos, recordings and a piano lab, along with traditional manuscripts and scores. Kate Pitchford (’14), one of the student librarians for the media and music sections, mentioned that the relocation of the music library is in anticipation for the construction of a new music building. The new music building, recently named the Jack H. Miller Center for Music Arts, will replace the Nykerk Hall of Music, which was built in 1956. To be built along Columbia Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets, the center will include two performance halls, along with practice rooms, faculty studios, an updated piano lab and multi-purpose classrooms.

Hope anticipates groundbreaking in October and completion in the fall of 2015. The vision for the Center for Music Arts does not include a specific music library. Leah Marie Peterson (’14), another student librarian, participated in the moving of all the manuscripts from Nykerk to Van Wylen. Taking nearly the whole summer, manuscripts, CDs and computers were carefully relocated across campus. Peterson and other students who worked at the music circulation desk are now able to work in conjunction with the Media and Curriculum areas on the second floor. After the completion of the new music center, similar work will be done to transfer faculty rooms, pianos and more from Nykerk. Although it may take the upperclassmen and faculty a while to adjust, the new location opens many opportunities for students and faculty. Having the music materials integrated into the Curriculum Section will help enable interdisciplinary learning. The library is now easily accessible to all students, without a trek to Nykerk. Everything from fiddling around with some new instrumental scores to incorporating a Bach piece into a history project is now a lot easier. Other new attractions include a Music Listening Room for group study sessions, composition projects and other

music activities. The revamped Muste Alcove provides a great study area, with access to staff whiteboard for tutoring and practice. The tech lab, media desk and Audio Video Project Room are resources for students as well to incorporate media into learning, practice and research. Hope’s Van Wylen library also has many valuable music resources for students. Students and faculty have access to over seven online databases for research, including DRAM, a scholarly resource of recordings, essays from New World, Composers Recordings and other labels; Naxos Music Library, an online collection of classical, jazz, world and folk music from Naxos and Marco Polo recording catalogs; and Library Music Source. Reference books, scores and recordings located in the music section of the library are also searchable online. So take a break from the hardcore studying in Van Wylen Library to check out the new music section, located on the second floor—it’s a great new addition with countless resources, all centered around the student. For more information about library resources new and old, along with the building of the Jack H. Miller Center for Music Arts, visit Hope College’s website at www.hope.edu. To access the library’s online music databases, go to libguides.hope. edu/music.

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Back to Hogwarts “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” —Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A week or so ago, I got a call from my 17-year-old brother. “J.K. Rowling is adding on to the Harry Potter series!” he said. I was reluctant to believe him (I’ve fooled him enough times to know the kid will believe almost anything), but the idea excited me all the same. I’m part of the generation that grew up with Harry and the rest of the Hogwarts students, so hearing that he might be “back” was like being told I was about to be reunited with a long-lost friend... a magical friend who had conquered a dark lord and whose epic adventures taught me almost everything I knew about courage and love as a child. I immediately began fact-checking. I could not be happier about what I discovered. On Sept. 12, Warner Bros. announced that they would be teaming up with J.K. Rowling to produce a series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a “textbook” on magical creatures Rowling published in 2001 as a companion to the Harry Potter series. On her website, jkrowling.com, the author makes the following statement:

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MAKING MAGIC, MAKING MONEY — According to Forbes, the profits from the Harry Potter franchise turned Rowling into one of only five self-made female billionaires.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt... As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.”

Rowling made it clear that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will not serve as a prequel or a sequel to the Harry Potter series. Rather, it will detail the adventures of 20th century “Magizooligist” Newt Scamander, serving as an expansion into the history of the wizarding world—a history those of us who grew up alongside Harry will wait to educate ourselves upon anxiously.

Lindsay Timmerman Features Editor

Photo by Lindsay Timmerman

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM was written from the perspective of 20th century “Magizooligist” Newt Scamander. Each copy is covered in the notes and doodles of Harry Potter characters Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Muggle Musings “Newcomers to the Harry Potter series will never have the same experience our generation had; those agonizing waits for the next books were a beautiful kind of magic of their own.” — Allyson Hoffman (’15) “I went to the midnight book premier for the seventh, and I will be going for the [new movie] and bringing my wand.” — Payton Carty (’14) “My mom used to read me Harry Potter and it was really magical. Harry Potter taught me to stand up for myself and who I am.” — Amanda Long (’15)

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THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER — The world of Harry Potter, which had its genesis in a 300-page children’s novel, has expanded to include a multibillion-dollar Warner Brothers film franchise, an amusement park and an interactive website called Pottermore in addition to the billion-dollar book series.


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Anchors Away

Desert storm

First casualties in the gun control debate liberals seeking to limit its scope and conservatives wishing to expand its reach.

I have come to the conclusion that our founders believed in empowering American citizens with the means to defend themselves from foreign and domestic threats.

Have you ever wondered why the Second Amendment in our constitution says that Americans shall have “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”? I have thought long and hard about this myself. I have come to the conclusion that our founders believed in empowering American citizens with the means to defend themselves from foreign and domestic threats. This was important, because within the context of human history there has never been a government that has openly advocated for its people to take up arms for themselves and use them at their discretion. Many in our country have come to praise this freedom that Americans have always had. However, others see it as a threat to the nations stability and believe that it does not apply to our modern society. Thus, this gun debate has been going on for over 100 years with

Many in the democratic controlled legislatures around the country are pushing to place new restrictions on gun purchases and magazine clips in an effort to claim that they seek greater safety for the public. However, recent attempts by these legislatures to bypass the public and hold no hearings on the new laws being debated have lead some people to take things into their own hands. We turn our attention to

Colorado, where earlier this year the legislature, led by John Morse and fellow state senator Angela Giron, successfully lobbied for bills restricting magazine sizes and expanding background checks on gun owners in the centennial state. There was a great backlash from the people in Colorado who saw this as another attempt to limit their right to own and use firearms. In the months after, a grassroots effort was created to recall these two state senators and stop the adoption of these new state laws. Outside groups threw their weight in as well as the contributions to Giron and Morse totaled almost $3 million, compared to the few hundred thousand dollars that were raised by their opponents. Two relatively unknown Republican opponents received much help by voters who were angry about the brazen disregard for their opinions during this undemocratic legislative process. While others claim that the

Recipies for the hungry soul

Andrew Gomez-Seoane

The silent battle


National Rifle Association (the nation’s largest gun lobbyists) had an impact on the outcome in this race, it dwarfs that of other outside groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Gun’s contribution of $350,000 to the Democrat senators. Even though advocates for restrictions may have lost this fight, many have said publicly that they will continue to press for more gun laws in the future. Gun rights groups understand that there are people who will seek for the Second Amendment’s abolishment entirely and vow to protect it by all means necessary. Andrew really enjoys giving Hope students his perspective on our country’s hottest debates and political topics.

Meredith Busman Columnist

When life gives you cocoa, make brownies I challenge you to find a dessert less versatile or more universally loved than the brownie. They are a staple of picnics and wedding receptions alike and more often than not, a few crumbs will be all that remain to acknowledge their existence. If you find yourself in need of a little taste of home, there are few things more satisfying than a warm brownie. Which is good, because as classes get into full swing you may notice a surge in stress levels that can only be alleviated by liberal doses of chocolate. Adding nuts, caramel, peanut butter, pretzels or even crushed Girl Scout cookies can all elevate the classic brownie to a whole new level. I certainly won’t begrudge you using a boxed mix to whip up a last-minute dessert to bring to whatever meeting or potluck is on your agenda. However, if you have never made brownies from scratch, now is the time to try. This recipe uses a short list of staple pantry ingredients to create some of the richest, gooiest bars you have ever had. While the method may seem a little nit-picky, don’t take shortcuts and expect the same results. Trust me, I know. Briskly beating in the cold eggs and flour is key to getting the texture right. These beauties can be made in advance, wrapped in plastic, and frozen too, in which case they only get fudgier. Try them for a friend’s birthday in place of cake, because really, what college student has time to bother with frosting? I promise you will not be disappointed. Super Fudge Brownies - recipe slightly adapted from Bittersweet (Artisan, 2003) 10 Tbsp (1 ¼ sticks) butter
 1 ¼ c. sugar ¾ c. plus 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

 ¼ tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs, straight from the fridge ½ c. all-purpose flour ¾ c. bittersweet chocolate chips ½ c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally butter an 8-inch square baking pan, or coat with non-stick spray. Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and microwave in 45-second intervals, stirring after each one until the butter is melted, the mixture is smooth, and just hot enough that you want to remove your finger fairly quickly after dipping it in to test. Let cool slightly and stir in vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well-blended, add the flour and beat vigorously for 50 strokes. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts, if using. Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter. For the best texture, let cool completely before eating.

Melissa McLaughlin Copy Editor

As the days become shorter and the sun shines less frequently on our faces, I think it’s important to address an insidious enemy that some Hope College students have been battling with in silence: depression. This hushed up illness is very real and affects countless people, myself included. It’s normal for everyone to experience depression once in a while; that’s when people have “down” days where they just don’t feel like themselves. However, when this feeling of sadness, emptiness, or “down-ness” persists for an extended length of time, such as two weeks without end, it’s an indicator that something more serious may be at work.

This hushed up illness is very real and affects countless people.


To anyone experiencing depression, know that you are not alone and know that there are things you can do to help you cope with this terrible condition. I hate depression, I really, really do. And sometimes you just have to tell your depression, “Hey, you are not going to control my life anymore!” But when yelling at your depression doesn’t work, here are a few things that you can do to help deal with it. 1. TALK to people. Whether it’s friends or family, let someone know what’s going on and that you are struggling. They might be a source of strength for you when you feel like you don’t have any (but you do!). 2. Keep to a structured sleep schedule. Lack of sleep is one of my triggers for getting see


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September 18, 2013

Letters from Nana and Gramps Fall is a fresh start The crisp air, the earthy colored sweaters, the slight chill – perfect for wrapping yourself up in a blanket like a giant cozy burrito – oh the blanket burrito! Fall is upon us once again! It’s your last opportunity before campus gets covered in snow to read in the Pine Grove, sitting on a blanket. It’s time for The Pull, time for Nykerk. It’s time for hearing “Even Year! Odd Year!” shouted all around campus as you see muscle-shirt clad pullers running around with a rope over their shoulder. It’s time for football and soccer games (which are even better for me, since I can see them from my house while I sit inside wrapped up in my blanket burrito), cross country meets and rugby games. And don’t forget Quidditch! The opportunities to express your school spirit seem to be endless. Fall is the perfect time to go to the farmers market on Saturday mornings with your best friends. To be the cool kids walking around Grand Rapids during ArtPrize. To go apple

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picking, and pumpkin carving and eating lots of Crane’s raspberry pie and cider mill donuts and other yummy fall baked goods. Fall is the time to drink apple cider while wearing a scarf. Or if you’d prefer, to drink a pumpkin latte and watch the leaves change color. Or if you want to get really crazy, to wear a vest and go through a haunted corn maze (not necessarily at the same time, but why not?). Besides being the most beautiful season, fall is probably the most fun as well. Fall has Halloween AND Thanksgiving – can you even argue with that? You might say it’s a cornucopia of merriment – or maybe you wouldn’t, but whatever. But fall is more than just seasonal attire and flavored hot drinks. There is potential in every fall – it’s a new school year, the student’s annual new beginning. Your mistakes from last year won’t matter anymore, you have new professors, new classes, maybe even a new major. Fall is a fresh start.

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Next year, fall will be different though. Next year fall will mean coming back for Homecoming weekend, it will mean a new career (hopefully!), a new home, a new city, a new everything. Fall next year will mean having to worry about actually paying back those student loans, grocery shopping, and generally being a real person in the real world. But no matter what happens in a year from now, I will always love fall. Because even though the leaves crumble and fall to the ground, there will always be another spring and summer and fall, and there will always be new beginnings along the way. And besides, I just really love sweaters. Claire’s fall sweater collection is really pretty impressive, not that she’s bragging or anything, but it’s quite expansive.

depressed, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep. But make sure you don’t oversleep, either! 3. Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins and will help to elevate your mood. 4. Don’t isolate yourself. Too much time alone is never good, especially for people struggling with depression. If you find it hard to motivate yourself to go out and hang out with friends, tell your friends that you need help and have them drag you places (hopefully not literally). 5. Go outside and soak up some sun. 6. Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The counseling center here at Hope is amazing and the counselors are incredibly nice and helpful. One of my good friends always tells me that I can do anything for five minutes. Even if I feel depressed and like I can’t do anything, I look at my list on my wall of things to do for five minutes. Everyone can make their own list of things to do, but here’s mine:

1. Write in my Journal 2. Write creatively 3. Talk with a friend or family member 4. Reach out to CAPS 5. Draw, paint, or other creative outlet 6. Sing really LOUD 7. Listen to music 8. Cook something 9. Watch TV or play a computer game 10. Play a game with friends 11. Go to the gym 12. Go for a walk 13. Get out of the house 14. Read 15. Stretch 16. Take a hot shower 17. Meditate 18. Breathing exercises Depression affects countless people. In some people it is mild while in others it can be crippling. The most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone, and you can do anything for just five minutes. Melissa is The Anchor’s awesome Copy Editor. Her favorite season is summer so she can bask in the rays of that beautiful summer sun.

Introverted letters Orientation madness

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Early in the fall of my freshman year, while still recuperating from orientation, I learned I was an introvert. By definition, an introvert gains energy from being alone. I think of it as having a little bowl of quarters. Each time I interact with someone, I give them a coin. At a college like Hope, with small class sizes and emphasis on discussion, the quarters deplete rather quickly. Eventually I’ll run out. My brain goes foggy. I get a little tired. That’s my cue to hole up somewhere for a while, rob a gumball machine and fill the bowl back up with quarters. For me, orientation was a blur of names and faces and headaches. Eight hundred


fellow students, dozens of group leaders, inexplicably shirtless men carrying minifridges around, pizza, talking, ice-breaker games, tours, group meals, gatherings in the Pine Grove. Everything rushed in like a tidal wave of superficial encounters and greasy food. And then PlayFair happened. Imagine being someone who is comfortable meeting perhaps a half-dozen people at a time. Imagine being told to run around a gym high-fiving people even though everything in your nature says to bust out the window and flee for the hills. Imagine being thrust into a group of a half-dozen people you have never met, but the group keeps changing. And there are people shouting in microphones. So, Hope College, I give you a request. When you are planning for Orientation 2014, go ahead and plan for PlayFair. Plan for your awkward ice-breakers. Plan for group interaction and new friends. But how about you plan for a bit more quiet time, and give the introverts some time to think?

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September 18, 2013

Football remains undefeated Rachel Hayden Guest Writer

On Saturday, Hope hosted its opening home football game against the Millikin Big Blue in newly named Ray & Sue Smith Stadium. With honor, Hope named its stadium after football coaching legend Ray Smith and his wife, Sue, during the pregame ceremony. In addition, Saturday marked the college’s 48th annual Community Day. With a win of 41-7, Hope made Community Day a remarkable day for both the school and the City of Holland. In front of a crowd of over 4,000, the Flying Dutchmen came out of the gates strong led by quarterback Michael Atwell (’14) making the first score of the game with a two-yard run for a touchdown. With about two minutes left in the first quarter, running back Shawn Jackson (’14) ran the ball eight yards for the second touchdown of the game, increasing Hope’s lead to 14-0. In the second quarter, the Dutchmen continued their passing threats early. With a little over a minute elapsed, Atwell threw a crisp 19-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Boddy (‘14). Hope now had a healthy three-touchdown lead. Four minutes into the second quarter, Cody Lindemulder (‘15) returned an onside kick 45 yards for a touchdown. The Dutchmen would go

on to score once more in the second quarter, while holding Millikin to a meager one touchdown. Entering halftime with confidence and a 35-7 lead, the trend would be the same for Hope in the second half. Evan Finch (’14) would make two long field goals to tack onto the already large lead. The contest finished with a 41-7 Dutchmen triumph. Atwell threw for 333 yards and completed a total of 21 of 33 passes. These impressive stats led to two touchdowns for Atwell as well. Both of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Boddy. “My initial thoughts going into the game were that we had to win because of how bad we lost to them last year,” Boddy said. “The win over Millikin showed that our team had progressed a lot this season.” Boddy has been Atwell’s main target this year and currently leads the team in receiving yards with 241. Second to Boddy for Hope is wide receiver Taylor Brynaert (’15) with 188. “Our team goals for the home opener were, of course, to win,” Lindemulder said. “Community Day is when we get the biggest crowd out to come support, so we wanted to put on a show for the fans. Hopefully we will continue to get students to come support the football team.” Last year the Big Blue took the victory with a 49-20 win over Hope. Saturday’s scoreboard

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Coach Robert Ebels’ Flying Dutchmen took fourth place in the second Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree of the season. This is Ebels’ 22nd year coaching the team, and Hope has captured the MIAA Championship seven out of the last nine years. Hope’s team consists of six juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen. The team had previously

taken first place in the first MIAA Jamboree on Sept. 5. The Flying Dutchmen scored 308 points at Lenawee Country Club on Friday. “I definitely think we were prepared coming in,” Ben Lanting (’15) said. “We have competed well in both tournaments so far, and we will continue to practice hard and continue to improve.” Lanting led Hope as he tied for 12th overall with a five-over 76. Collin Breit (’15) placed 18th overall with a score of 77 and tied with teammate Evan Telzerow (’15). Winton Munch

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vs. Wisconsin Lutheran at 1 p.m.

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vs. Alma at 7 p.m.

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DODGING DEFENDERS— Running back Shawn Jackson (’14) dodges a Millikin tackle during the Flying Dutchmen’s home opener and the second win of the 2013 football season. evidently revealed a promising future for Dutchmen football. After a dominating performance against Millikin, Hope advanced to an overall record of 2-0. Finch’s performance earned him MIAA special teams player of the week honors. He finished the day with two field goals from 28 and 24 yards. Furthermore, Finch added five extra points for the Flying Dutchmen. “This was a must win game for us for so many different reasons, so it felt real good to win in that kind of fashion,” Brian Schroeder (’15) said.

Schroeder was an integral part of the Dutchmen defense that sacked Millikin’s quarterback three times and intercepted him twice. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Flying Dutchmen look forward to remaining undefeated as they take on Wisconsin Lutheran at home at 1 p.m. “We have not been able to watch film yet [on Wisconsin Lutheran] but we will go at it the same way we prepared for Millikin,” Boddy said. “We need to have a good week of practice and stay focused on going 3-0.”

(’17) took 25th and Ben Lewis (’15) took 29th with scores of 78 and 79, respectively. All five golfers shot within three strokes of each other. “We all did a good job of staying mentally tough through adversity out on the course,” Lanting said. “It is safe to say that we all did not play our best, but we battled well out there. Calvin College came in first with a score of 298, followed by Adrian College with 301. Trine University took third place with 303, and Hope placed fourth. Kalamazoo College placed fifth with 311, followed by Olivet College with 312, Alma College with 314 and Albion College with 315. Hope currently sits fourth in the MIAA standings, just four strokes behind first-place Adrian. The Dutchmen are averaging 312.5 strokes through two conference matches. Hope has a total of eight Jamboree tournaments of the fall season. The winner of the MIAA Championship will be determined by the team with the lowest amount of strokes. In the fall season of 2012, Hope placed second by just 10 strokes in the MIAA to rival Calvin. Adrian came in third

This team has some truly exciting depth and potential, and we just need to continue to work towards unlocking that every day. — Ben Lanting (’15)

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place and Trine in fourth. The top four teams at the end of the fall season will compete in the spring season to determine the league’s qualification for the NCAA Division III Tournament. Hope has completed two tournaments and has six more to have a chance to redeem itself and take back first place. Today, the Flying Dutchmen will compete in the third MIAA Jamboree of the fall season at 1 p.m. at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek, Mich. “This team has some truly exciting depth and potential, and we just need to continue to work towards unlocking that every day,” Lanting said. “I am confident that we will, and look forward to the rest of the season.”

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES SEVENTH The Flying Dutchmen cross country team placed seventh out of 27 teams on Saturday at the Calvin College Invitational in Grand Rapids. The team was led by Sam Pederson (’14) with an impressive 14th-place finish in the 336-man field. Pederson completed the course in 25 minutes, 32.4 seconds. Hope scored 196 points as a team. St. Francis (Ill.) won the team competition with 42 points. Ben Zank (’15) was the second finisher for Hope in 41st place with a time of 25:59.3. James Rogers (’14) was third for Hope in 57th at 26:17.8. The team’s next competition is Sept. 28 at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian College.

MIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Football Evan Finch (’14) Kicker Men’s Soccer Jason Muller (’14) Midfielder/Forward Women’s Soccer Maria DeShaw (’15) Defender Men’s Cross Country Sam Pederson (’14)

VOLLEYBALL DOMINATES IN OHIO The Flying Dutch are still perfect after going 4-0 this weekend at the Wittenberg University Fall Classic. Hope overcame sixthranked Washington University (Mo.) and eighth-ranked Otterbein (Ohio) on Friday. On Saturday, the Dutch swept Heidelberg (Ohio) and Ohio Northern. The four victories brought the Dutch’s overall record to 12-0. Against Heidelberg, Jenna Grasmeyer (’15) compiled a match-high 11 kills with a .423 kill percentage. Courtney Earles (’14) followed Grasmeyer’s lead and was second best with 10 kills. Lauren Hazekamp (’16) had another great day, recording 72 assists in the two Saturday matches.

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