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Vol. 127 No. 10 “Spera In Deo”

november 13, 2013 w Since 1887

Hope College w Holland, Michigan

Behind the scenes: ‘I’m the Lubbers guy’

The Anchor sits down for a late-night chat with the Physical Plant’s Scott Plaster Sam Tzou Guest Writer

When 8:30 p.m. rolls around, the majority of the Hope College faculty and staff have long returned home. As night classes finish up and the dining halls shut down, students all begin another night of homework and activities. This is when Hope Physical Plant staff member Scott Plaster goes to work in Lubbers Hall. Aside from scrubbing floors, emptying trash cans and cleaning bathrooms, Plaster also has another agenda, one that has made an impact on countless students in the 16 years of his Hope career. “I’m the Lubbers guy,” Plaster says, chuckling. “I’m okay if nobody calls me Scott, my job as the Lubbers guy is to invest in the students who come through that door while I work.” While most would find an 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. work schedule exhausting, Plaster says he embraces his job and takes the time to get to know students who study in his building at night. His friendliness is something that students over his 16 years have truly appreciated. Two such students are Robert and Jessica Sjoholm (’12), who met Plaster their freshman year while studying in Lubbers. “Every time we saw him, even for just a few seconds, he took the opportunity to build on a relationship,” Jessica said. “Even if it was just asking how that test went, he always said something personal. It is the personal interest he took in people that has made him stand out. His business was not just the building, but everyone in the building.” By taking the time to get to know students, Plaster says he gets the opportunity to watch the students grow up over the years. “I see them at their best, I see them at their worst, I see their pain, and I see them when they are champions,” Plaster said. “I see the transformation from day one until the day they graduate, from the snot-nosed kid who knows everything, to someone who blossoms with potential to

change this world.” In the case of the Sjoholms, who were dating at the time they met Plaster, the relationship was one that was incredibly special as he has developed a reputation of creating quiet environments to help students study. “Scott made sure that every single night we had a large quiet classroom to study in, as long as we needed it,” Robert said. “He had to work twice as hard to provide this to students, but he did it anyway.” But there was more. This friendship continued into their junior year when Robert proposed to Jessica in the spring of 2012. “I [Jessica] was so excited to tell Scott about the engagement because I knew he would be very excited and happy for us,” Jessica said. “But he went above and beyond my expectations when he started tearing up and then dropped what he was doing to run to the Science Center and see Robbie.” In the summer of 2012, Plaster and his entire family drove to Minnesota to watch the Sjoholm wedding. “I had to see it happen, I had to bear witness, I had to sit in that chapel and watch that,” Plaster said. “I had to see that wedding because I felt like I was the father of both of them, I had a lot invested in both of those kids. It’s moments like that that make this a one-of-a-kind job.” It meant more than that. “No professors drove out to our wedding, but Scott did, along with his entire family. That really says a lot about how much he invests in students,” Robert said. “Marriage vows are best said before a gathering of people who care about a couple’s life and the choices they make. These are the people who have the charge of holding them accountable for keeping such vows. Scott is the kind of person you want holding you accountable.” The Sjoholms aren’t the only individuals who have recognized Plaster’s undeniable selflessness and investment in students. He was also recognized in 2012 for the Vander-Bush Weller see

Photo by Alyssa Guzman

MAKING A DIFFERENCE— Scott Plaster takes a minute to pose for The Anchor during his typical evening frenzy of cleaning bathrooms, picking up after Hope College students and changing lives.

Slam poet brings message of reconciliation

Photo by Nick Byma

THE POWER OF WORDS— Last Thursday, Nov. 7, the Kletz hosted a special slam poetry performance by singer, songwriter and poet Sharon Irving. With a powerful message of racial reconciliation and social justice, Irving melodically dropped the rhymes in her own unique style. Irving has dedicated her life and talents to being a voice for the voiceless and continually strives to find new avenues to express her passion for music and the spoken word. A head-bobbing, enthusiastic collection of Hope students and community members were thrilled to share in Irving’s music and poetry last Thursday night and eagerly await her next visit. Keep the beat and follow her journey on Twitter: @sharonimusic. Stay tuned in to these opportunities by checking out the extensive list of S.A.C. acitivies.

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A throwback to classic arcade games, “FOA” is a great time.

Brush up on your slam poetry knowledge before slam poet Patricia Smith comes to Hope for the VWS.

Men’s soccer claims MIAA Championship in exhilarating shoot-out victory over Calvin.

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‘Fist of Awesome’

What’s Inside

Slam Poetry 101

World 3

Arts 5

Dutchmen fly high in finale

Features 6

Got a story idea? Let us know at, or call us at 395-7877.

Voices 8

Sports 11

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This Week at Hope


Plaster invests in students overnight w LUBBERS, from page 1

Thursday Nov. 14 Bone Marrow Registry Drive A. Paul Schaap Science Center Atrium, 3-6 p.m.

VWS Q&A with Patricia Smith Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.

Dance Marathon Spaghetti Dinner The Kletz, 5 p.m.

VWS Presents: Patricia Smith Knickerbocker Theatre, 7 p.m.

Saturday Nov. 16 Dance Marathon 5K DeVos Fieldhouse, 10 a.m.

Tuesday Nov. 19 Impact of Amsterdam Lecture DeWitt Center main theatre, 7 p.m.

Love, Sex & Dating Series Maas Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

In Brief OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COMES TO HOPE Operation Christmas Child, a project of the organization Samaritan’s Purse, is currently being sponsored by Hope College’s Volunteer Services. Operation Christmas Child is a unique project which provides children worldwide with a shoebox full of gifts for the Christmas season. Volunteer Services is sponsoring the drive and encourages Hope students to get involved by picking up a shoebox and filling it with toys for the children. Shoeboxes can be found at the SUD, the Keppel House and Dimnent Chapel and should be filled with items such as toys, hygiene items, school supplies or personal notes. A donation of $7 for shipping and handling is also required to support this ministry. Operation Christmas Child ends Nov. 22. For more information, email Volunteer Services at

RELAY FOR LIFE KICKS OFF Hope College’s 11th annual Relay For Life will be held this weekend. Sponsored by Hope’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, the fundraiser will run from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Dow Center. All funds raised through Relay For Life go toward supporting the National Cancer Society as it attempts to find solutions and raise awareness regarding the disease. Students in the Hope community are encouraged to form teams and walk the Dow Center track together as cancer survivors, caregivers, those who have lost their lives to cancer and those who are currently battling cancer are honored and supported. Since it began in 2003, Hope has raised almost $400,000 through Relay For Life to support the American Cancer Society.

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Photo by Jake Buikema

LUBBERS HALL ALL LIT UP— Plaster’s typical view of Lubbers Hall as he serves the Hope College community at night.

Hope mourns the loss of Dr. Gisela Strand Jake Buikema Campus News Co-Editor

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Hope College said goodbye to Dr. Gisela Strand, a beloved professor and faculty member who retired in 2001 after 32 years of teaching. Born in Hannover, Germany on April 26, 1939, Strand grew up and was educated in Europe before coming to Chicago to earn her doctorate in German studies at Vanderbilt University. She joined the Hope faculty as an instructor in 1969 and was promoted all the way up to professor status in 1989. “The thing I most like about teaching is that it’s learning,” Strand said in a profile published in Hope’s 1981-82 catalog. “A teacher, like a student, is always coming in contact with new materials.” Her hand-in-hand teaching style encouraged individual exploration and kept her solidly grounded in her belief that there was always more to be discovered. “I also like teaching because it is a profession with instant rewards,” Strand said in the same 1981-82 profile. “You can tell in a glance if you have been successful in presenting something to your students.” Professor Strand’s zest for edsee

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award, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions that faculty make to the lives of students. “Scott was selected because he truly exemplifies being a servant to the campus in both word and deed,” Dean of Students Richard Frost said. “He gets the need to understand that we are all becoming what God wants us to be and we can only do so by helping and engaging one another.” Over the years, Plaster has had the opportunity to attend multiple weddings (including reading scripture at one), help students through breakups, roommate troubles and much more, and has also been introduced to countless parents at graduation who thank him for the work that he’s done in leading students to Christ. Plaster credits Building Service Manager Sue Volkers for giving him the opportunity to invest in students during his time at work. “She [Sue] has been instrumental in helping me create the environment for this job,” Plaster said. “My job is like a job of no other. What I do has no bill whatsoever; it’s simply to be there to serve the students as the real customers of this place.”

I wish all faculty and staff viewed their vocation in the way Scott does. — Robert Sjoholm (’12)


Plaster’s selfless attitude is one that past and current students not only appreciate, but find inspirational. “Some might say that the outreach Scott does at Hope College is not part of his job description,” Robert said. “But I wish all faculty and staff viewed their vocation in the way Scott does. If they did, Hope College would be an unbelievably transformative and invaluable experience for every single student.”

Samuel Tzou is a 2013 Hope graduate who is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Service Administration at the University of Michigan. In his time at Hope, he was a columnist and news writer for The Anchor. “I’m the Lubbers Guy” is a chapter from “Short Stories on Incredible People,” a collection of pieces by Sam detailing the stories of individuals at Hope and the Holland community. You can contact the writer at



November 13, 2013

The Anchor


Chinese military reveals submarine fleet Will this impact China’s relation with the western world, especially the US? Andrew Gomez-Seoane Staff Writer

In a surprising turn of events, the Chinese government has revealed its new fleet of nuclear submarines that are capable of attacking United States cities on the West Coast with lethal accuracy. For the first time in nearly half a century, the state-run media announced the secrets behind the navy’s strategic submarine force and the development of its first-generation submarines. According to sources, such as the Global Times, Chinese officials believe that due to the short-range capabilities of their missiles, cities like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco would be the most lethal targets in this case. Estimates by the government state that one Type 094 SSBN missile carrying 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads could kill and wound 5 to 12 million Americans. These JL-2 missiles have an

estimated range of roughly 8,700 miles and are capable of hitting the entire continental U.S. with independently targetable re-entry vehicle warheads. Knowing that China has a vast number of on-shore Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, it could deploy them around the world in a moment’s notice. Overall, China currently has the world’s second largest submarine fleet on the planet. According to the state-run media, there are a total of 70 submarines, of which 10 are nuclear powered and four have the capability to launch nuclear weapons. This rapid rise in Chinese militarization over the last decades has prompted calls for a missile defense system to protect Americans not only from rogue nuclear states, but a counter-launch by some of our biggest foes on the international stage. While this system has been proposed in countless sessions of Congress and within government circles, little has been done to research the capabilities and limitations of such a defense system. Not since the Soviet Era with the Strategic Defense Initiative proposed by President Ronald Reagan have we seen the development of a “missile shield” over

America’s skies. As some have argued during the Cold War, the goal seems too ambitious and technologically impossible, with a complex series of satellites and stations on the ground all coordinating together to destroy these objects in mid-air. While the goal of nuclear disarmament continues to be stressed, the U.S. military has

continued to develop new and efficient means of deterring our enemies with the use of the latest in computer software to make our bombs more accurate and deadlier than ever. With the christening of the new class of nuclear aircraft carriers like the USS Gerald Ford, the fight over the increasing cost of our military and the preser-

vation of American superiority in the all forms of combat will shape our foreign policy for years to come. As nations like China have demonstrated, some say, now is not the time to fight over petty differences, but to engage in a meaningful discussion about the future of defense in an increasingly polarized world.

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UNDERWATER SECRETS— Revelation of new nuclear submarine fleet may change the dynamics of China and United States relations.

Colombian leaders negotiate peace

Leaders are working on six-point agreement that would end the use of violence to resolve conflicts

Brianna Cherry Staff Writer

With almost 50 years of armed conflict in the books, Colombian officials are looking to start a new chapter for their country. A chapter that, ideally, would usher in longawaited peace for government officials and civilians alike. Present violence is a result of past power struggles between the government and the rebel groups. When current president Juan Manuel Santos took office in 2010, he vowed to bring peace to the country

Never again politics and weapons together.”

—Humberto de la Calle Chief Negotiator

Three years later, the fighting continues. There is an estimated 7,800 active FARC members, the leading rebel group within Colombia. Rebel forces continue to push for a part in government to let their voice be heard among the segregated groups within

the country. Violence is not a new topic in the Colombian headlines, although it is now taking a new form. The biggest threat is no longer illegal drug trafficking. Representation within government is the issue now at hand. Since last November, the largest rebel group and the government have been meeting, hoping to reach a deal. Negotiations continue to take place in Havana, the capitol of Cuba. There are six major points that have been developed for the peace agenda. Land reform, the first step of the plan, has been the topic of discussion the past few weeks. Deadlines for the conclusion of this first step are said to be later in November. Ivan Marquez, a Farc leader, expressed a positive opinion on the matter, saying that this is an “important step in the right direction to end the conflict and to achieve a real democracy in Colombia.” After agreements are reached on land reform, then political participation, disarmament, illicit drugs, victim rights and the implementation of the peace deal will be next on the list. Although the participation of the rebels in government has been crucial in gaining a common ground, this has become another issue in itself. Many believe that some parliamentary members

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MARCHING FOR PEACE— Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, center, pushes a wheelchair with a soldier wounded in the line of duty during a March for Peace in Bogota. Thousands of Colombians attended the massive march as a show of support for the continuation of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia. should be banned altogether for discussions to come. Despite have been displaced from their the crimes they have committed opposing opinions, both sides homes due to the continuing against humanity. Within the six have agreed to support the idea violence. points being addressed, this is of creating new political parties. Humberto de la Calle, the one that has gained significant Since the first conflict broke government’s chief negotiator, attention. This may be the most out, nearly 225,000 people have offered a sober warning: “Never challenging and has been said to been victims of the civil conflict. again politics and weapons be the most anticipated of the Hundreds of thousands more together.”



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November 13, 2013

US-Egypt relations taking new turns Timothy Cook Guest Writer

In the aftermath of the recent overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, a civilian judge has been installed as president, but it is all too clear that the power lies with General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s defense minister. For many Americans, it is puzzling that after so much time and energy spent on the revolution, many Egyptians now sing the praises of an army strongman. Indeed, though a surprise visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was intended to produce some noticeable sway in policy in the new Egyptian government, little new could be said. During his meeting with Senior Egyptian leaders on Nov. 3, Kerry publicly emphasized “democracy and stability”, words that have been consistently used by the Obama administration for over two years since the Egyptian revolution began. Much of this tumultuousness reflects the turn in U.S. relations that Egypt underwent during the Cold War. Egypt first appeared as an international player after the 1952 revolution in which young officers led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser came to power. Though president of Egypt, Nasser, like many Egyptians, thought himself first and foremost an Arab. To this end he led the Arab war effort against Israel and promoted unity among Arab states. As a burgeoning anti-imperialist, Nasser

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KERRY IN MIDDLE EAST— John Kerry, left, meets with Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo to press for reforms after the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president. gained the sympathy of the Soviet Union, making his regime an adversary of the U.S. Nasser was keen to combine his rank as an officer with his status as a populist hero, a precedent that Sisi has filled all too easily. Sisi’s policy towards the Muslim Brotherhood also reflects a return to a long-standing rift in Egyptian society. After Nasser’s death in 1970, his successor Sadat had less interest in Arab Nationalism; he instead promoted free-market reforms that angered the Soviet Union. Sadat also concluded a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, which to many amounted to betraying the

This week in news Record-breaking typhoon slams the Philippines Around 10,000 people have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials. enrollment falls far short of target Initial reports suggest that fewer than 50,000 people successfully navigated the troubled federal health-care website to enroll in private health insurance plan, 90 percent less than expected. Iran, U.N. reach nuclear deal Iran and the U.N. have negotiated an agreement to allow expanded monitoring of the country’s nuclear sites, including at

a planned reactor. More negotiations continue. Detroit elects white mayor Mike Duggan For the first time in more than 40 years, the predominately black city has elected a white mayor as the city continues to struggle through federal bankruptcy. FDA moves toward rules banning trans fats Regulators moved Thursday to banish trans fat, the artery-clogging ingredient long used to make french fries crispy and pastries flaky, from the American diet.

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Arab and Islamic cause. As Arab Nationalism was no longer an option, many Egyptians turned to Islamism as championed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Sadat and Mubarak, regime’s generals morphed from being officers of the people to being officers hated by the people. Indeed, it was the Brotherhood that provided food, charity and hospital care to the Egyptian poor when state subsidies started to be cut and graft and corruption corroded Egypt’s once powerful military. It was this climate of distrust and disaffection that finally boiled over with the 2011 overthrow of Mubarak in

the Egyptian Revolution. Who else was to fulfill the people’s wishes than the long persecuted Muslim Brotherhood now in possession of a vast underground support network? However, hindsight told a different story. As happened in Algeria in 1992 and Turkey in 1997, the Egyptian military, aided by vast numbers of antiMorsi citizens, moved against the Islamists before they could compromise the secular values of society. It is into this climate that Sisi, the youngest general’s and Morsi’s own pick for Defense Minister take center stage. For mil-

lions of Egyptians disillusioned by the Brotherhood’s indecisiveness, Sisi’s rule seems to indicate a return to a simpler era when a revolutionary officer answered demands from the street for bread and dignity. Meanwhile, diplomats of the Obama administration have left their demands unchanged. The U.S. reacted with the suspension of the military aid. Sisi refused to back down. A recent pew poll suggests 79 percent of Egyptians now view the U.S. unfavorably. By cutting off aid, the Obama administration helped make Sisi the hero of the moment.

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‘Fist of Awesome’ is a bear-punching good time Jimmy Champane Arts Co-Editor

The single most important aspect of each and every iOS game on the App Store is how it controls. There have been countless FPS’s, brawlers, beat ‘em ups, strategy games, you name it that when viewed in a video seem promising, but when actually played they fail to live up to their perceived potential due to poor controls. Sidescrolling beat ‘em up “Fist of Awesome” from developer Nicoll Hunt, however, not only looks great when watched, it also features some of the best controls ever experience in an iOS game. Sliding your thumb across the left side of the screen moves the humble lumberjack hero Tim Burr across the screen, and tapping with your other thumb on the right side of the screen makes him attack. It’s that simple. Of course as you progress, you’ll discover new abilities like stomping on fallen enemies, performing a flying kick and harnessing the power of the sentient “Fist of Awesome,” but luckily none of them hamper the control system in any way. The story is admittedly pretty goofy. Tim is sent back in time to an alternate history where vi-

olent animals like bears and deer have enslaved humans. Aiding him on his quest is the “Fist of Awesome” itself who resides within Tim’s fist and yells at him from time to time. As weird as the story is, it actually works due to some expert writing on Hunt’s part. It never takes itself seriously, calling back to the classic arcade brawlers it gets most of its inspiration from. The game draws inspiration from classic arcade games in its art style. It’s decidedly retro, but while many developers employ this technique to cut development costs, with “Fist of Awesome” this is simply not the case. The amount of painstaking detail Hunt put into each and every aspect of how the game looks shows that it was definitely a decision made of love for the games that he pulls from. If “Fist of Awesome” came out in the generation of the iPhone 4 or even the iPhone 4S, it would be hard to imagine that it would look anywhere near as good as it does. There’s also a level of strategy required during fights that comes from the wide variety of fighting styles enemies employ. You’ll be fighting deer, bears and velociraptors and you’ll soon find yourself planning out the order in which you’ll take them

Photo by Nicoll Hunt

JOKES ON JOKES ON JOKES— Despite the complete lack of voice acting in “Fist of Awesome,” the writing on Hunt’s part is absolutely hilarious. Check out the restaurant in the background of this picture for an example. down for maximum efficiency. Additionally, Tim has a very basic experience system that increases his attack power with each level gained. Like many games in the same vein, the higher combo you can rack up, the more experience you’ll gain. It’s nothing too deep, but it gives you another thing to pay attention to during fights. There’s a PC version of the game coming soon with a ton of extra content, and the iOS ver-

sion will receive a free update with all that extra stuff as soon as it’s released as well. However, it should go without saying that the iPhone or iPad is the best way to play this game. When played on a PC, it’s easy to imagine that “Fist of Awesome” might have some trouble competing with bigger indie titles. iOS games can get away with shorter levels and limited enemy variety much easier than full-fledged PC titles

can. It’s hard to tell how much more content the PC version will include. For $3.99 you can’t really go wrong with this game. It’s a little repetitive at times, but all in all it’s extremely well put together and it features an attention to detail that is oftentimes absent on the over-saturated App Store. “Fist of Awesome” does exactly what it set out to do—become the best controlling brawler on the App Store.

The Cheap Gamer’s Guide to the PS4 Launch Week

Brady Van Malsen Arts Co-Editor

This launch week is sure to set gamers back several hundred dollars. Even those looking to save a hundred by buying the PS4 will be facing multiple $60 games. Luckily, there are options: - Play free games Sony is especially hospitable in this aspect. To the right are two fantastic games coming free to the PS4 on day one. - Play free-to-play games Sony’s titles include “Warframe,” “DC Universe Online,” “Blacklight: Retribution” and more. - Find all the deals Target and Amazon are offering a buy-2-get-1-free deal all this week.



Housemarque is back with another fastpaced, retro-inspired arcade shooter. Rack up high scores and enjoy super high-def voxel imagery. No quarters required. Free for PS Plus members.

Inspired by 1920s German Expressionism, this innovative adventure will have you controlling shadows, switching back and forth between 2D and 3D platforming. Free for PS Plus members thanks to the “Driveclub” delay.

This Week In Art Wednesday


Meehan/Perkins Percussion Duo

This eclectic duo will surprise you with a new acoustic and electroacoustic percussion performance. Free admission. Nykerk Hall of Music at 7:30 p.m.

Screening of “Mickey B”

This award-winning film is an adaptation of “MacBeth” put on by prisoners from Northern Ireland. The film aims to “challenge perceptions, tackle social exclusion and change lives.” Show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre. Free admission.

Thursday Concert Band Performance


The Hope College Concert Band will put on a mix of traditional band works and some newer compositions in Dimnent Chapel at 7:30 p.m.




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Letters from Nana and Gramps

November 13, 2013

Ask and you May be advised Dorm Room Dilemmas Lauren May

Why do we dance?

Claire Call


Dancers are absolutely fabulous – I just wanted to start out by saying that. For those of you who don’t know me (which is most of you – I’m not trying to kid myself ), I am a dancer. Dance is not only my major, it is my obsession, one that started before I can even remember. And once you start dancing, it is very hard to stop. That being said, dance is not easy. It’s one of the hardest careers I could imagine; dancers rehearse and take class every single day, no matter how tired and sore they are (because, trust me, they are), they’re on the road, travelling all over the country, maybe even the world, but only ever seeing the inside of a theatre. When you’re a dancer, it’s acceptable for your boss to comment on your body. In fact, it’s necessary. And it’s also likely that, sometime during your career, you won’t get hired simply because you don’t fit into the costume their last dancer wore. And you have to try not to take it personally - because it’s going to happen a lot. So why do we dance? It’s a good question, really, one that I’m asked often. I couldn’t imagine a life in which I’m not dancing. I’ve tried, many times, when I’ve been worn out or injured or just lacking self-confidence, to imagine what life would be like if I wasn’t a dancer. I fail miserably every time. You see, I love dance, I love performing, I love the realization that I can do something I never thought I could, but these aren’t the reasons I dance. I love the weirdness of dancers, I thrive in the community I have built with my fellow dancers, but these things are not what keep me dancing. I dance because I need to. I dance because if someone told me I couldn’t anymore I would say “watch me.” I dance because


when I am injured, when I am watching, I only want to be up there on stage or in class that much more. I dance because it’s who I am: I am a dancer. I’ve met dancers who have said that if dancing ever started to feel like a job, that’s when they would stop. I like this idea, not because I want an excuse to stop, but because it reminds me of what dancing is. It helps me remember that when I wake up every morning, I don’t have to dance, I get to dance. I am reminded that I have a privilege that many others could never even dream of. I have a body that is able to move, and a community that allows me to do just that. I’ve had the privilege of learning another language, one that predates any written or verbal form. I get to create stories, poems or manifestos in this language, and people are willing to listen to them, to watch them. Dance is a powerful thing. It is an important and (I believe) necessary part of culture. It is worship, it is expression, it is ritual and it is language. It takes a combination of strength and brilliance to make a dancer. It takes someone who is willing to never stop learning, even while teaching. As a dancer, you must listen to people tell you to “move like water,” or to “dance like you would write,” or to “compose hairy or bald” and show them you understand. Dance is so much more than shapes and transitions - but at the same time, you’d better get that shape right and do so with pointed toes and energy in your fingers. Dance is full of contradictions, full of different teachers telling you different things to think about, then telling you to stop thinking so hard. Dance isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. Dancers don’t get to leave their work in the office when they come home for dinner. And dancers are definitely not going to be done working when it’s time for dinner. But we dance anyway. We dance anyway because we love it, because we have something to say, because we don’t know any other way to live. Claire has been asked to do all of these things. Yes, even the hairy or bald assignment.

Dear Lauren, I am having some roommate problems that I was hoping you could help me with. At the beginning of the year things were going great, but now since my roommate and I have been living with each other for a while, we have run into a couple of issues. She never puts away any of her stuff and always leaves clothes lying around. Also, she is never really in the room and comes back late at night, waking me up. I noticed that a lot of roommates have bonded and become close, but I feel like we haven’t. Any advice? This is a great issue to address, since I am sure that many other people on campus are having similar difficulties. While having a roommate can be super fun and a cool new experience, it definitely can have its challenges too. It is hard trying to get used to living with another person and I know it’s not easy to figure out how to best handle problems when they arise. In regards to your situation, I think the main thing you need

to focus on to help solve your problem is communication. In regards to her leaving her stuff around, I would suggest politely confronting her about it. Just tell her that you like to keep your room clean and ask if she wouldn’t mind picking up her stuff a couple times a week. Also it is important that you let her know that she wakes you up in the middle of the night when she comes back to the room. Simply ask if she can be a little quieter when she comes back, or maybe be more courteous about the times she chooses to return. What is important to realize is that you need to inform her about these issues and not let them go unsettled. If you don’t talk to her and truly let her know how you feel, she won’t know what’s bothering you and how to fix it. Don’t be afraid to express your concerns with her, for worry that she will be mad. Most likely she will be understanding and will probably have some things she needs to share with you, too. Communicating with each other is the best way to figure out what

is bothering you guys and make rooming together work. On a side note, one important thing to keep in mind is when you do go to talk to your roommate about these issues, make sure you do not come across as rude or bossy. Try avoiding getting angry or frustrated with her, but instead, just politely share your concerns. The nicer and calmer you are about the situation, the more likely she will be to listen and take into consideration what you are saying. Finally, in regards to wanting to bond more with your roommate, try to do some more activities together. Find something both of you like and go do it. One good idea might be to pick a day once a week where you go get lunch together. You could also go to a sporting event on campus, or just hang out in the room one night and watch a movie. The more time you guys spend together, the better you will start to get to know each other and find even more interests you guys can share in. I hope this advice was helpful, and best of luck!

There’s always a silver lining On story endings

Jaclyn Brett Columnist

The end of October marked the release of the final book in the Divergent trilogy, an event that didn’t go as expected. Now, this is a spoiler-free article, but I will say that upon reading the book, many people were upset with what Veronica Roth did with the story, and word spread. The results were what you might expect: outrage, spoilers and general unrest. Some fans raged, some calmly expressed their disappointment and others flat-out refused to start reading. An unwillingness to experience a story a certain way is something I understand. The desire to have control over your reading experience makes sense. But what I don’t understand is the sense of entitlement people felt. It was as if they thought the author owed them something,

as if they deserved more say over how the story went than she did. This is a phenomenon not unique to this book, or even to books in general. It’s easy to feel that because you’ve invested yourself in something, you have some control over it. It’s easy to get mad at beloved celebrities for “selling out” and doing things you don’t want them to, mad at authors for “wasting their time” writing books you don’t want to read or disappointing musicians whose “old stuff was good.” But here’s the thing. They don’t owe you that. There’s no such thing as an emotional shareholder when it comes to media, and just because you love something doesn’t mean you have a right to it. It’s like friend-zoning, but for bodies of work instead of people. You realize you love something, put time, energy and emotions into it, and come away with expectations that simply aren’t going to be met. I don’t know Veronica Roth.

To my great disappointment, I’ve never met her. I’ve purchased three books she wrote. Occasionally, I post about them on the Internet. I convinced a few more people to read my copies. That’s all. She hasn’t somehow taken back anything she gave us, hasn’t ruined the past stories in any way. So my love for them is still intact, regardless of whether or not I liked the current one. Veronica Roth doesn’t deserve blame because of your unmet expectations. Though she’s received a lot of necessary support, it’s from a huge body of fans, not just you. And it’s not because a bunch of really nice people decided to make her life better. It’s because she did something worthy of supporting: writing good books, and a good story. Shouldn’t she be the one who gets to decide how to end it?

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College Cookery: Soup’s on!

Meredith Busman Columnist

Fall is soup season. Now that the weather has finally turned chilly, I find myself hungering for anything I can eat with a spoon. Polenta, mashed potatoes and chocolate pudding have all made their way into my recipe lineup over the past couple of weeks. I have savored each in turn and as delicious as they are, I probably won’t be craving any of these dishes again soon. Soup, however, is a different matter. Soup is versatile. You can follow a recipe precisely, or use dinner as an excuse to clean out whatever odds and ends are cluttering up the fridge. Soup is easy. Just chop, drop and let everything simmer until the flavors meld and the ingredients are tender. Above all, soup is comforting. The sight and smell of a bubbling pot always reminds me of cloudy Sundays spent at home, doing

crossword puzzles with my mom. Though I can’t say I ate it growing up, this African peanut soup is one of my alltime favorite meals. You start by sweating aromatics—onions, garlic and ginger—in a little olive oil until they turn golden and soft. Next comes red pepper for color, while chunks of pineapple lend a delicate sweetness that is offset by the kick of chili flake. At this point, you can also add diced firm tofu, which soaks up the soup’s bold flavors like a sponge and makes it tasty enough to convert even the staunchest carnivores. The crowning grace of this recipe is the peanut butter. Along with the handfuls of spinach you stir in toward the end, it makes the soup irresistibly creamy and delectably nutty. If this sounds strange, just think about how well a garnish of chopped peanuts finishes off pad thai. The savory, salty notes of the peanut butter act like a maestro, tying everything else together into an orchestra of flavors. This is also a perfect makeahead dish since any leftovers will only get better as they sit. So dust off your biggest pot, crank up the stove and get simmerin’.

African peanut soup with greens and pineapple 1 Tbsp. olive oil 2 c. chopped onions 1 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger root 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 c. chopped red bell pepper ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste 1 20-oz. can pineapple chunks, drained 3 c. water 16 oz. cubed firm tofu, pressed between paper towels to remove excess moisture (optional) ½ c. creamy peanut butter (crunchy is okay too) 3 c. chopped spinach, Swiss chard or kale ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro   In a soup pot on medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onions and salt, cover and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic and cook covered, stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes. Add the bell pepper, crushed pepper flakes and pineapple. Cook covered for 5 minutes, then add the water and tofu. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes so flavors blend and peppers soften. Stir in the peanut butter before adding the spinach handfuls at a time. When the greens have wilted, stir in the cilantro and season with salt and red pepper flakes to taste.  

Quotes of Illumination

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. — Anonymous

Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are. — John Green

One of the simplest ways to stay happy is letting go of the things that make you sad. —Daily Dose

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Eating on the run

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November 13, 2013

Critically thinking Anchor of Hope... Or a dead weight holding back progress? John May


Hello everyone! First-time writer, occasional reader here. It’s so weird to be finally writing for The Anchor. Back when I was a freshman I had every intention in the world of writing for The Anchor, starting on the football team and generally being the big man on campus—just doing everything I could. Fast forward to now, and lots of things have happened:  I hurt my shoulder and stopped playing football (I wasn’t great anyway), I joined Greek Life (Phi Sigma Kappa—Tau Septaton), I started cheerleading (Go Dutchmen!) and I really started to dislike Hope College. **RECORD SCRATCH**  Did I just say that? Yes, I did. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to value the degree I have from Hope, it’s a great school, and great people work here and attend here. But Hope as a whole just rubs me the wrong way.

Many of the minority students live in one dorm building, I don’t see acceptance of homosexuals, the local fraternity culture is one of hazing and irresponsibility (although it’s finally beginning to change for the positive) and we pride ourselves in our uniqueness which isn’t exactly unique. I’m talking to you @ OnlyatHope—finding a hotdog in the street or almost stepping on a squirrel does not ONLY happen at Hope.   This false sense of uniqueness is our biggest detriment and is at the root of what I feel are the major problems at Hope.  It puts us in the mindset that we are better than “other” people, that because we wear the colors orange and blue, we are better than students who wear mustard and maroon (who have a FAR superior student-run news website among other things), or students who wear purple and gold (who have a thriving Greek Life system of which my mother is a proud alumna). The trouble with Hope is that

it isolates us in our thinking. When we graduate, we rarely stray far from home, because we aren’t prepared to deal with other mindsets and world views. We come back to Hope, with our literary societies, chapel services and our precious debate between LJ’s and JP’s, and the cycle continues. One thing that I am remarkably hopeful for is

our new president. He’s not one of us.  He’s southern. He’s Presbyterian.  He was never a Frater, and he had no idea what a “Frater” was before he came here—not to say anything bad about the men of Fraternal. It is my sincere hope that President Knapp comes into his new position like Pope Francis (who is the leader of the church that 17 percent of the student body

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Ballet club to present ‘The Nutcracker Suite’

November 13, 2013

Hope College sailing Men’s soccer takes club annual regatta MIAA tourney crown

Hope College’s Ballet Club will present their own rendition of a holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker Suite” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome and admission is free. Tickets opened to the general public on Monday, Nov. 11. Set to music by Tchaikovsky, the accompanying choreography and beautiful dancing is sure to take you to a magical winter wonderland. The directors of Ballet Club’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” Sarah Lowry,   Christina Sarosiek and Christine Hunter, note that the performance is a collaboration of several choreographers, each bringing their own varied histories to this beloved holiday ballet.   The directors state: “The enthusiasm we’ve been met with this year from dancers, choreographers, students, and community members has been overwhelming in the best of ways. We feel so blessed to be able to be a part of this wellloved tradition and to kick off the Holiday season with dance and fun!” The Hope College Ballet Club is a student organization dedicated to exploring the spirit of ballet, increasing its members’ technical efficiency through classical ballet and considering the role that ballet plays in today’s dance world through experiencing contemporary and original works rooted in ballet. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland. To ensure a good seat, reserve a ticket through DeVos Ticket Office (616-395-7890).

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CALL THEM CHAMPIONS— Grant Neil (’14) competes for

a header on Thursday in Hope’s 2-0 win over Olivet in an MIAA Tournament semifinal matchup. The victory advanced the Dutchmen to the championship game against Calvin on Saturday in Grand Rapids. Hope proceeded to defeat the Knights in a penalty-kick shootout that occurred after the two teams went scoreless in the first and second overtimes. The Dutchmen (16-4-2) claimed the MIAA Tournament, and they now prepare for the NCAA Tournament. Hope’s first-round matchup will be Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Friday at Wartburg (Iowa). Read extended sports coverage on pages 11 and 12.

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Hope says goodbye to former German professor Gisela Strand w LOSS, from page 2 ucation was displayed through her campus involvement. Beyond teaching courses on the German language, German culture and literature, she was a key force in coordinating the department’s “language houses” for students sharing an interest in the same language. Strand also served as the advisor to the German Club and the Delta Phi Alpha German honorary society. Strand made a point of immersing herself in the academic culture throughout her life, and she was a proud member of Delta Phi Alpha, which is the American Association of Teachers of German.

Strand was also the author of several published papers and made numerous presentations at professional conferences and workshops. For more insight into the beautiful life and teaching career of Dr. Gisela Strand, take a look at the April and December 1987 issues of “News from Hope College.” Now we, the Hope community, are left to repeat what was said in 2001 with Strand’s retirement after a long and fruitful 32 years spent dedicating her time and energy to Hope’s students and fellow faculty members: Goodbye, Dr. Strand. You will be missed.

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Volleyball falls to rival Calvin Casey Rutledge Guest Writer

With a regional homecourt advantage and an MIAA Tournament Championship on

the line, the much-anticipated rivalry rubber match between Hope College and the Knights of Calvin College proved to live up to all the hype, and then some. Head coach Becky Schmidt

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PREPARING FOR A RIVAL— The Flying Dutch huddle up before their MIAA Tournament Championship Match against Calvin on Saturday. Hope fell to the Knights in five sets.

and the Flying Dutch came in as one of the hottest teams in the nation (backing up their No. 1 national ranking) with a 16game winning streak on the line. In front of a home crowd, Calvin edged Hope in a five-set thriller (20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 2515, 15-12) at Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids. For the Flying Dutch, it was Lauren Hazekamp (’16) leading the way in assists with 46. Hazekamp also recorded 17 digs. Jenna Grasmeyer (’15) topped the charts in kills with a match-high 21, while Courtney Earles (’14) and Anna Lynch (’15) each contributed 10 kills. “It was a great battle between two amazing teams, and it’s no mistake that we met in the championship,” libero Allie Mitchell (’16) said. “When it goes a fifth set, it’s really anybody’s game, and we just came up a little short. “I don’t think this loss is going to hold us back at all, we’ve shown what we’re capable of. We’re going to be ready to get back in the gym and focus on the next one.” What appeared to be an Achilles’ heel for the Dutch was their unforced errors. Service errors and failed attempts to put big points away kept Hope from sustaining big runs and a lead late in the match. Hope went on an opening run of their own in the fifth set, taking what seemed to be

a championship-clinching 6-1 lead as the Hope faithful erupted after a Calvin timeout. But it was Calvin who stormed back, rattling off an 11-2 run of their own to take a 12-8 lead. Calvin was able to carry out the momentum to the end, with a 15-12 victory capturing the MIAA Tournament Championship and an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. “Last night’s game proved that volleyball is a game of runs and momentum shifts,” Hazekamp said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t defend their run at the end.” Despite not winning the conference tournament, Hope (29-2) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. And it won’t take much to motivate this team, as nationals are to be held at DeVos Fieldhouse on Nov. 2123. Hope was selected to play this Thursday vs. Webster (Mo.) at Elmhurst (Ill.) at 1:30 p.m. in a first-round matchup. Don’t be surprised if you see Hope and Calvin meet for a fourth time this season at the end of their magical quests in the NCAA DIII National Championship Game and in what would surely be another white-knuckled, pandemonic showdown for the ages featuring one of the nation’s most heated rivalries.

offensive attack. One of the key players who kept Hope in the game from a defensive standpoint was Dickson recording four saves, two of which came off penalty kicks. Hope finished their season with a record of 16-4-1 overall and 12-3-1 in MIAA play. The Dutch won two more games than they did in their 2012 campaign.

Furthermore, the Dutch will have some very valuable players to replace as seven seniors are graduating. Even though they will be losing some great talent, many of the young players contributed to the 2013 season with stellar performances. Head coach Leigh Sears’ Dutch will definitely build on this as they move forward into next season.

Women’s soccer defeated 2-0

Kyle Bernaciak

Assistant Sports Editor

Hope’s women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to the Knights of Calvin College on Saturday during the MIAA Tournament Championship Game. This heartbreaking loss ended the Flying Dutch’s 2013 campaign. Hope went into the contest with confidence, knowing it could stun the Knights in Grand Rapids. The Dutch fell two times to Calvin already this season, and this would have been the ideal time to gain revenge. In order to break the losing streak to its rival, Hope had to score early and use its powerful defense as an advantage. “We were expecting it to be a hard-fought match until the end, a game that everyone would have to give 100 percent for the full 90 minutes,” Raisa Yewah (’14) said. The game went back and forth for most of the first half. Each team took five shots in the first half, but none of those shots slipped in the goal. Yewah contributed with the most accurate shots of the half. Goalie Kat Dickson (’15) played fantastically and came up with two saves. The defense built on her stellar play and used it to their advantage.

The first half ended scoreless and the Dutch knew that they had to play at the next level if they were going to make any progress with Calvin. Just after the 59-minute mark, Calvin struck first with a header goal from Christina Drost. This put the Knights ahead 1-0, and it would not be long until they scored again. Just a mere 58 seconds later, Calvin scored the second goal of the game. This time it came from Kelly Koets. The goal put Calvin up 2-0, and it would stay that way for the remainder of the match. The Dutch did not have the answer that carried them to victory all season and fell to their rival by a final score of 2-0. “There’s a lot of different variables that play into the outcome of a game,” Dickson said. “I thought we played a great first half and I was really confident going into the second half, but when they put in those two back-to-back goals, the momentum just shifted in their favor.” Hope compiled 12 fouls during the game compared to Calvin’s eight. Also, the Knights had seven shots on goal, while Hope only had one. The Dutch could not conjure up enough power to create a successful


This Week In Sports Thursday Volleyball

Nov. 14

Friday Hockey

Nov. 15

vs. Webster (Mo.) at Elmhurst (Ill.) at 1:30 p.m. (NCAA Tournament)

vs. Michigan State at Edge Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

vs. Wis.-Oshkosh at Wartburg (Iowa) at 8:30 p.m. (NCAA Tournament)

Saturday Football

Nov. 16

vs. Albion at 1 p.m.

In Brief WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING DEFEATS K-ZOO The Flying Dutch swimming and diving team won eight events on Saturday to secure a 160-139 win at Kalamazoo. The win came in an MIAA dual meet. Erica Dunham (’15) won the 1-meter dive, while Sarah Sheridan (’16) was victorious in the 3-meter board. Jorgie Watson (’16) won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:00.78. In the 200-meter backstroke, Hannah Larson (’16) finished in first at 2:13.87. Two Dutch swimmers finished first in separate freestyle categories. Klare Northuis (’16) won the 100 free in 54.47, while Lindsay Wiederhold (’16) won the 500-meter free in 5:22.99. In the 200-meter breaststroke, Michelle Hance (’16) came in first with a time of 2:32.48. Finally, the Dutch finished off the meet with a top time of 3:42.18 in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Mikayla Freyling (’17), Hance, Northuis and Larson made up the team. Hope’s next competition comes on Nov. 22-23 at the University of Chicago’s Phoenix Classic.

MIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Men’s Soccer Cameron Dice (’15) Midfielder Ethan Beswick (’16) Goalkeeper


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STRIKING FROM THE CORNER— Lindsey Bieri (’15) unleashes a powerful kick in the game against Calvin on Saturday. The Dutch fell to the Knights, which ended Hope’s season.

Hope football quarterback Michael Atwell (’14) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Atwell carries a 3.90 GPA while pursuing a double major in Biology and Chemistry. On the field, he has thrown for 2,245 yards and 17 touchdowns this season while leading Hope to a 7-2 overall record. Atwell, who is applying for medical school, was the only quarterback among 24 NCAA Division III honorees in District 6 that covered the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is the second consecutive time he’s been selected Academic All-District.



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November 13, 2013

Men’s soccer wins MIAA Tournament Nicole Metzler Guest Writer

Hope’s men’s soccer team defeated both Olivet and Calvin to take home the MIAA Tournament Championship last weekend. Hope hosted Olivet on Thursday for the semifinal game and traveled to Calvin on Saturday for the final.

The snowy weather was not enough to hold back the Dutchmen from beating Olivet 2-0 on Thursday at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. The first half saw 19 shots from both teams combined. Hope had five shots before being able to put one on the scoreboard. In the 33rd minute, Josh

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OFFENSIVE ATTACKS— Tarwo Konbloa (’15) kicks the ball away from an Olivet defender in Thursday’s semifinal game. Hope would go on to beat the Comets 2-0.

Hagene (’17) scored the first goal of the night from 12 yards out. Tarwo Konbloa (’15) had the assist. It was Hagene’s sixth goal and Konbloa’s fourth assist of the season. No goals were scored in the rest of the half. Three minutes into the second half, Matthew VanZytveld (’14) struck the first shot, but it went wide. Jason Muller (’14) and Max DeBoef (’14) recorded the two other shots before Hope could secure its win with a second and final goal from Cameron Dice (’15) in the 86th minute. The unassisted ball flew past Olivet’s goalie, making this the fifth time Dice had scored this season. With the score at 2-0, Olivet had no chance of recovering in the last minutes of play. Hope goalie Ethan Beswick (’16) made seven saves throughout the game. This was his sixth shutout of the season. “Being a goalkeeper, there are certain times where you feel like the pressure is on to make a big save, but you can’t focus on that,” Beswick said. “As far as shootouts go, I try to focus on each shot individually, because that’s all you can really do.” Given the amount of hype the championship game was given, it did not disappoint. Some doubted the ability of

the Dutchmen because of their game at Calvin earlier this season that ended in a miserable 5-1 defeat. The Dutchmen came back fighting and took down the Knights in a penalty shootout on Saturday. Both teams had one goal apiece before going into two periods of overtime. When neither team could produce a goal, the game went into a shootout. The first half ended without a change in score. Dice came up with the first goal in the 58th minute, chipping the ball off the crossbar. The unassisted shot took Dice’s goal count up to six for the season. Calvin came back just five minutes later in the 63rd minute to level the score. The second half ended in a 1-1 draw. Neither team could make a definitive goal, so the game went into penalty kicks. The pressure was on for the two MIAA finalists as the shootout began. Muller was the first to step up. His attempt was successful. Calvin’s first shottaker missed his attempt. Hope was able to slot four straight penalty kicks past Calvin’s goalie before missing one. Both Calvin and Hope made their next shots. All eyes were on Beswick as Calvin stepped up to take

another shot. Beswick stopped the attempt and the shootout had been won 5-4 in Hope’s favor. Beswick finished the game with seven saves. Muller and Konbloa had the most shots at four each. “I think I speak for the whole team when I say that we knew we had something special from the beginning of the year,” Beswick said. “Obviously, like any team we have had a couple of hiccups in our year, but I truly think these have helped us grow as a team, and find out what we are really capable of.” Hope earned a berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. This will be the 11th time the Dutchmen have made the NCAA Tournament under head coach Steve Smith. Hope will face Wisconsin-Oshkosh (15-14) on Friday at Wartburg (Iowa). “It was great to win a conference championship on Calvin’s home field,” Beswick said. “We, as a team, were very excited to get back out there after we were embarrassed 5-1 early on in the season. But as far as the NCAA Tournament, we are extremely excited to keep our season alive and to have the opportunity to represent Hope on the national stage.”

and effectively deflate the LCC squad. Rather than relaxing, the Dutchmen surged, with goals from Justin Glick (’14) and rookie goliath Ben Hoard (’17) during the next three minutes. Wollet netted his second of the evening on a juicy rebound produced from a hard shot from senior defenseman Andrew Dolehanty (’14), 7-0 Hope. Midway through the period, LCC capitalized on one of its scarce opportunities, robbing Lippon of his shutout, 7-1 Hope. Minutes later, Restum scored his second of the night while on the power play. With a pair of Hope skaters with a pair of goals apiece, and the game decided, the anticipation lay with who would net a hat trick. It was Wollet, as “Bird” soared high after burying his third goal of the evening. The absence of hats on the ice could be due to the glass-to-ceiling netting protecting the ice surface from jubilant Hope parents. It should also be noted that “Bird” assisted three of his teammates’ goals (known as a playmaker) for a grand total of six points. Although the third period understandably featured some chippy play from the frustrated Stars, it was rather uneventful. Restum made a bid for a hat trick of his own, only to have the goal mistakenly waved off by the officials based on the grounds that he “kicked” it in.

The disappointment was slightly quelled when Alex Green (’17) scored the first goal of his collegiate career, curling around the faceoff circle to release a wrist shot that finalized the shellacking, 10-2 Hope. The following evening, the Dutchmen hosted Lansing and soundly beat them once again,

this time 8-1. Glick recorded a hat trick and freshman Brendan Cassell (’17) netted his first collegiate goal. Goaltender Alex Caradonna (’16) limited LCC to one goal on 16 shots. Next Friday, the team takes on Michigan State at home at the Edge Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m. Roll Dutch.

Wollet leads stampede over LCC

The Flying Dutchmen traveled to Lansing to take on the Lansing Community College (LCC) Stars at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex. Eric Lippon (’16) started in net for Hope, who was plagued with injuries from Austin Bremer (’15), Joe Pappas (’15) and Zach Schaap (’17). LCC was also reeling from the absence of several notable players, resulting in a very short bench for the Stars. Hope won the opening faceoff and never looked back. Lansing simply could not keep up with the Dutchmen’s relentless forecheck. In fact, icings represented the only times that LCC was able to clear the puck—until Jared Lehman (’15) buried a shot

four minutes into the contest, 1-0 Hope. The Stars’ tendy literally stood on his head for the remainder of the period as he turned away shot after shot. The exception occurred when Kyle Wollet (’14) and Drew O’Brien (’15) found themselves on a fast break. A magnificent cross-ice pass from O’Brien allowed Wollet to beat the sliding goaltender, 2-0 Hope. And that’s how the first period ended. Just minutes into the second period, defenseman Elliott Digison (’17) was sprung on a breakaway. Closing in on the goaltender, he ripped a shot past the tendy’s glove that found the top corner of the twine, 3-0 Hope. Just six seconds later, Ryan Restum (’15) scored on the other side of the net to make it 4-0

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November 13, 2013

What is Slam Poetry?

Dear Reader,

This week, Hope will be hosting critically-acclaimed poet Patricia Smith, four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam. In honor of this event, I’d like to shed some light on the inciting art of slam poetry. Regardless of whether you write a poem a day or you’d like to see poetry slammed in its metaphorical face, I hope you’ll hang with me. The following information is borrowed from a book called Poetry for Dummies by By The Poetry Center and John Timpane, and I believe it does a great job capturing the loud, proud, crowd-inciting nature of slam poetry. I’ve also included a snapshot of Smith’s poetry, for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Cheers, Lindsay Timmerman, Features Editor

Hip-Hop Ghazal

What to Expect at a Poetry Slam

by Patricia Smith

Gotta love us brown girls, munching on fat, swinging blue hips, decked out in shells and splashes, Lawdie, bringing them woo hips. As the jukebox teases, watch my sistas throat the heartbreak, inhaling bassline, cracking backbone and singing thru hips. Like something boneless, we glide silent, seeping ‘tween floorboards, wrapping around the hims, and ooh wee, clinging like glue hips. Engines grinding, rotating, smokin’, gotta pull back some. Natural minds are lost at the mere sight of ringing true hips. Gotta love us girls, just struttin’ down Manhattan streets killing the menfolk with a dose of that stinging view. Hips. Crying ‘bout getting old—Patricia, you need to get up off what God gave you. Say a prayer and start slinging. Cue hips.

From Poetry for Dummies by The Poetry Center and John Timpane (2001) “Poetry slams are a form of poetry reading that are not for the faint of heart. Poetry slams are, most commonly, competitive readings at which audience reaction, or the reaction of a panel of judges, decides who “wins.” A certain kind of poet, and a certain kind of poetry, goes over well at slams. Self-indulgence is expected. Performers will do just about anything in a poem (or a performance) to win the audience... The kind of poetry that wins very often has: • • • • • •

Striking, often outrageous or violent stories with interesting characters. A strong, assertive first-person narrator (an I). Immediately striking language — often ribald, vulgar, hip, or slang. Lots of jokes and other humor. Constant allusions to contemporary popular culture (movies, TV, music), social history, politics, and poetry. An ending that leaves the audience with a concluding shock or joke.

Slams are slams. If you’re going to get up in front of the crowd to read your poetry, you have to: • • • •

Like the rough-and-tumble of it, the theater, the zaniness. Embrace the need to be a real actor, a ham if necessary. Grow the triple-thick, titanium-coated rhinoceros skin you’re going to need if response to your work is less than, um, wonderful. Learn to be a good sport, to congratulate your conquerors, to be gracious and full of good humor if an audience or panel lets you have it. Conversely, if you win, you should be just as gracious. • Promise yourself you won’t go to only one slam. Experience is everything, especially in this world halfway between fine arts and the World Wrestling Federation. Become part of the regular audience, get to know the poets and their entourages, and enjoy yourself.”

Want to Get Up Close and Personal with an Award-Winning Slam Poet? Patricia Smith will be hosted by the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series (JRVWS) on Thursday, Nov. 14. Smith will hold a Q&A session at 3:30 p.m. in Fried-Hemenway Auditorium (Martha Miller Room 111) Her reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. Photo Courtesy of the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series

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For More about Slam Poetry, Visit: The National Poetry Competition’s website: Poetry Slam, Inc. website: You should also visit Patricia Smith’s website: I’d also recommend searching “Patricia Smith” and “Slam Poetry” on!