Flame out? aerial blast long gone
International political pres- Explosions in the Sky was Senior Alex Marcus redis-
sure is causing Olympic-sized great, but did another act covers his stroke in recent
problems for China. leave a greater impression? Calvin victories.
See page 4 See page 12 See page 14
chi m e S April 11, 2008
Volume 102 - Issue 25
clubs .calvin . edu/chimes
Safety adds some firepower new ideas for KH
of Force policy and the proper committed against Campus
by jen devries equipment, we are trying to Safety employees, students,
staff Writer correct the lack of training and faculty, staff, or even visitors
equipment our supervisors pre- to the college.”
Prompted by college shoot- viously did not receive.” T he ne w pol ic y c a l l s
i ngs i n Vi rg i n ia Tech and In an interview with the for the implementation of
Northern Illinois University, Chimes, President Gaylen firearms and the training
there has been much discussion Byker expressed support for of supervisors in defense
over changes to Campus Safety the changes. tactics. Currently, Campus
responsibilities in the past few “It is important that we have Safet y super visors carr y
months. On Monday, April the ability to respond to a threat only flashlights and radios.
7, a final proposal to imple- or an incident that has loss of New regulations will equip
ment a Use of Force policy life or injury as a likely out- super visors with batons,
was reviewed and approved come,” said Byker. “We have pepper spray, handcuffs and
by Faculty Senate. The Use had enough events locally and firearms. Student employees
of Force policy includes new nationally to raise the danger of Campus Safety will not be
regulations pertaining to the sufficiently that we need to authorized to carry any of
arming and training of Campus be prepared to respond. That this equipment. Supervisors photo by Kathy hoogeboom
Safety supervisors. has been the conclusion of the will be trained in appropri-
William Corner, the director majority of the schools in the ate defensive tactics, which Plans for the new wing off KH include new ‘living-learning
of Campus Safety, has been state of Michigan.” include verbal commands communities’ to serve more special interest groups.
working to establish this policy. According to the Campus and empty hand techniques
With recommendations from Safety Manual of Procedures, such as kicks, strikes and of the Calvin Honors Program:
the college’s legal advisors and the Use of Force policy outlines by hannah Kett professor Ken Bratt and profes-
the Planning and Priorities what is considered a necessary “Only Campus Safety su- staff Writer sor Jennifer Holberg.
Committee, the proposal for and reasonable amount of force pervisors who were certified For the 2008-2009 academic
the new policy has been au- to save lives, prevent injury, and police officers will be eligible As construction continues year, the floor will focus on de-
thorized, and changes are to overcome resistance in the law- to carry a firearm,” stated in the K H parking lot and veloping ideas and framework
be in place by the fall semester ful performance of their duties. Corner. “The other supervi- the room draw approaches, for a more formal living-learn-
of 2008. It also considers when deadly sors will be able to carry the students may wonder what the ing community the following
The Use of Force policy seeks force should be used in compli- baton, the pepper spray, and new residence hall will have academic year.
to accomplish a greater level of ance with the policy. the handcuffs. The use of in store. Witte says, “The Honors
safety on Calvin’s campus. “The Use of Force policy force policy requires regular John Witte, the director of Community ... will actually be
“First and foremost, we want establishes specific guidelines training. We would train Residence Life, says, “With the developing over the course of
to be able to have a response for training and use of force,” yearly on the use of defensive building being new and hav- the year, to be more full-fledged
to an active threat to anyone said Corner, “It outlines what tactics.” ing some unique community living-learning community the
on our campus,” said Corner. types of force can be used in In addition to reg ular spaces on the floors, it seemed following year.”
“We weren’t able to safely and relation to the type of aggres- the ideal place to try some new This space will also be used
effectively address a threat in sive or hostile act that is being ideas.” for students interested in hon-
the past. By having this Use committed or threatened to be See Guns, page 2 He adds, “With 1,900 stu- ors classes and honors council
dents living in the residence programming.
halls, there’s room for some cre- A second f loor is goi ng
ative options, and still plenty of
senate elections approach
to be called “Creation Care
‘traditional’ housing available.” Living-Learning Community.”
The hall will contain not only Pr inciples developed f rom
freshmen and sophomores, but t he st ude nt orga n i zat ion,
also upper-classmen interested Environmental Stewardship
in living in these types of com- Coalition, have helped to shape
munities. the purpose of this floor.
There will be three different On this floor, “residents will
types of intentional community develop and promote strategies
in this new hall. for living more compassion-
One of the floors will house ately toward and affirming of
an honors community: “This the creation, and in so doing,
new floor will provide a place work to bring positive change
for highly motivated students within Residence Life and the
to build friendships with peers, greater Calvin community.”
strive for deeper learning and The meetings for this floor,
create new links between their wit h fac ult y mentors Gai l
experiences inside and outside Heffner and Dave Warners,
of the classroom.” will use a book on sustain-
Commitments include at- able living by professor David
photos by sarah states tendance at f loor meetings, Koetje.
if the Presidential primaries aren’t holding your intrigue anymore, welcome to the participation in f loor events Beside the meetings, resi-
and in development of f loor dents will commit to social
excitement that is student senate election season. Chalk messages, dorm window standards. Also, to the extent events, development of ad-
signs and a real live debate mark the campaign season.Voting will be open april 14 possible, there should be an ditional expectations and a
and 15. see pages 9 and 10 for more information about the candidates. Which bit of involvement in the Honors
random trivia will help you decide? Program. The faculty advisors
for this floor will be the leaders See Wing, page 3
photos by Kathy hoogeboom
t-shirts around Commons lawn, created by survivors of sexual assault and friends of survivors, represent pain, devastation, strength, survival, hope.
Th e O f f i c i a l S T u d e n T n e w S pa p e r Of c a lv i n c O l l e g e S i n c e 1907
2 News C himes April 11, 2008
Chimes Guns: Campus Safety officers will soon be armed
continued from page 1 adequately serve and protect ing the cutbacks: “The Grand know what we are dealing with
2007-2008 Calvin College has been raised Rapids police have lost ap- until we arrive at the location
training, supervisors who are by parents, employees and proximately 70 officer positions where the person is.”
authorized to carry a firearm will students. since 2001, so the response time Corner stresses the point that
editor iN Chief be required to qualify to carry “We have received inqui- is delayed.” these policies are not being im-
Kathy Hoogeboom the gun four times a year. The su- ries of concern from parents, Also spurring these changes plemented because of increas-
pervisors will need to prove their employees of the college, and are previous incidents where ing dangers on campus.
proficiency in the use of firearms even some st udents asking off icers have responded to “The campus itself is not any
MaNagiNg editor through marksmanship and drills how [Campus Safety] would potentially dangerous calls less safe,” assured Corner, “but
Christy Gordon that test their ability to react in protect them if someone came without adequate protection. we need to be able to respond
specific circumstances. State law on campus with the intent of Corner noted the incident ivolv- to a threat in a safe and timely
News requires that police semi-annually committing a violent act,” said ing a seminary student last manner, and this gives us the
Griffin Jackson undergo proficiency and compe- Corner. Also, state and local summer. ability to do so in a way that
tency qualifications, so Calvin’s government budget cutbacks “For me to respond to that we did not have before.”
NatioNal & world quarterly qualif ications set a have caused a decrease in the request for help from the sem- Discussing the impact of the
News much higher standard. number of police officers em- inary is rather concerning, new policy on the Calvin com-
Katie Sytsema The Use of Force policy has ployed by the Grand Rapids because I am going into the munity, President Byker con-
Kristen Fletcher been authorized for a number Police Department. situation with nothing more cluded that the change would
of reasons. Concern regarding Corner supports this claim than a radio. This person had a be subtle, but beneficial.
the ability of Campus Safety to by providing statics regard- handgun and a lot of ammuni- “I don’t think there will be
sCieNCe & tion,” stated Corner. a lot of impact,” he said. “The
teChNology Another incident occurred awareness that the Campus
Matt Decker last fall when an unauthorized Safety supervisors are armed
Crystal Chow person was sighted in non- w i l l hopef u l ly have some
public locations in the Prince deterrent effect on someone
arts & Conference Center and the who would otherwise not think
eNtertaiNMeNt FAC. The suspect was wanted that there was an adequate
Brandon Haan in other states and had previous response. There is now an
convictions for assault with additional deterrent to violent
Laurel DeVries behavior on campus. I don’t
“These kinds of things hap- think it will change the be-
features pen a few times a year,” said havior of the Campus Safety
Sarah States Corner. “A lot of times, we officers and I don’t think most
haven’t even called the police people on a day to day basis will
sports yet when we make contact with be aware that there has been a
Bruce Van Baren someone, because we don’t change.”
C ampus s afety R epoRt
Aaron Roorda vehicle at 10:30 p.m. on the
Brad Tindall same date and found damage
to the passenger side of the
Ryan Veenstra -At 4:26 p.m. a student
repor ted that at 12 a.m.
photography aNd Tuesday 4/1 on Wednesday, April 2, he
-At 2:13 a.m. Campus parked his vehicle in the up-
l ayout Safety received a report of per Knollcrest East parking
Sarah States people in the Fieldhouse lot. The student stated that
Len Krgysman IV construction area. A search when he returned to the ve-
of the area produced two hicle at 10:30 a.m. on today’s
head Copy editor
Stephen Mulder Calvin’s recycling effort students who were identi-
fied. The information on the
students was turned over to
date he found damage to the
rear driver’s side bumper.
-At 9:25 p.m. Campus
Copy editors Thanks for tuning back into the Environmental Stewardship the Judicial Affairs Office. Safety investigated a hit-and-
Karin Abma Coalition Corner! This week marks the final installment of the -At 12:41 p.m. Campus run vehicle accident in the
Beth Biegun three-part series on reduce, reuse, recycle. Before we discuss how Safety responded to a re- Fine Arts Center parking lot.
you can recycle on campus I’d like to take a minute to discuss the quest for medical assistance A vehicle struck a parked ve-
Ruth Diemer i n S c hu lt ze/ Eld e r s veld hicle and then left the scene.
Arielle Fischer benefits of recycling.
Economically speaking, recycling programs are cheaper and Residence Hall. A student Several witnesses obtained a
Alissa Goudswaard create four times as many jobs than programs for waste collection, was suffering from severe license number of the vehicle
Kari Holmgren land-filling and incineration. The production of aluminum, plastic abdominal pain. An am- leaving the scene and the
Elizabeth Schaefer and paper requires energy, water and other natural resources. So bulance was requested and owner was identified.
Alyssa Smeding when you recycle, you reduce the need to cut down trees (like the the victim transported to
Amy Surbatovich Amazon rain forests) and mine for coal (by destroying mountains Spectrum Health Blodgett Friday 4/4
Rachel Talen in West Virginia), as well as reducing our dependence on foreign for treatment. -At 11 a.m. Campus Safety
Jeff Tumbleson oil. The destruction of natural habitats and the loss of biodiversity -At 4:50 p.m. Campus responded to a request for
Maggie Vail within them is directly related to our destructive mining and logging Sa fet y obser ved a veh i- medical assistance in the
practices. Our natural resources are precious and wars are being cle that had been leaking Science Building. A visitor
Annalise Venhuizen liquid. The liquid was con- attending a lecture had lost
fought over them around the world.
Although reducing, reusing and recycling may seem like the least tained and the owner con- consciousness. The victim
web MaNager we can do to ease these problems, they are still quite effec- tacted. was evaluated at the scene
Derek Slenk tive and well worth our efforts. For instance, according to -At 5 p.m. a student re- and elected to seek treatment
The Green Challenge
National Public Radio, if every U.S. household replaced ported that at 8:15 a.m. on at a later time if needed.
adviser just one roll of virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100 per- Mond ay, Ma rch 31, she
Dr. Simona Goi cent recycled ones, it could save 373,000 trees, 1.48 million parked her vehicle in the Sunday 4/6
cubic feet of landfill space and 155 million gallons of water. Kalsbeek-Huizenga parking -At 12:10 a.m. a member of
Furthermore, Americans throw away enough aluminum lot. The student stated that the band that had performed
to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every when she returned to the ve- in the concert on Saturday
Chimes three months. In one year, Stanford University saved the hicle at 4:55 p.m. on today’s night in the Fine Arts Center
Calvin College equivalent of nearly 34,000 trees by recycling, according date she found that the left reported that two large ban-
3201 Burton street se to the National Recycling Coalition. rear window of the vehicle ners that had been hanging
grand r apids, mi 49546 Now that I’ve thoroughly convinced you of both the had been broken. from the sides of the balco-
importance and effectiveness of recycling, I’m sure you’re nies were missing.
Chimes@Calvin.edu dying to know how you can get involved. Well you’re in Wednesday 4/2 -At 3:06 p.m. Campus
luck because I’ve enlisted the help of Calvin’s Recycling -At 3:15 a.m. Campus Safety responded to a request
editors: (616) 526-7031 Coordinator, Henry Kingma, to let us know exactly what Safety responded to a re- for medical assistance at the
newsroom: (616) 526-6578 we can and cannot put in the 60 new recycling bins scat- quest for medical assistance basketball court near Theta-
a dvertising: (616) 526-6729 tered around campus. The paper bins take all different in Kalsbeek-Huizenga resi- Epsilon. A student had suf-
Fax: (616) 526-8670 types of paper, from newspaper to cardboard to clean paper dence hall. A student was fered a hand laceration. The
plates and cups. Don’t try to recycle anything laminated suffering from intense ab- victim was evaluated at the
Chimes is the official or with grease and food scraps stuck to it, but staples and dominal pain and nausea. scene and elected to have
newspaper of Calvin paperclips are OK. You may be surprised to know that The victim was evaluated a friend transport her to
College. The mission of the glass/metal/plastic bins take plastic dinnerware and at the scene and elected to Spectrum Health Blodgett
Chimes is to serve the plastic bags, in addition to plastic beverage containers. have a friend transport him for treatment.
community of Calvin Don’t be deterred by the shapes on the top of the bins. If to Spectrum Health Blodgett -At 10:15 p.m. Campus
College in a variety of it doesn’t fit but you know that it is recyclable, just lift the for treatment. Safety responded to a request
ways: we aim to reform, lid and throw it in. I know you’re all super excited to get for medical assistance in
review, challenge and out there and throw things in the recycling bins (including Thursday 4/3 Boer-Bennink residence hall.
foster dialogue within the this issue of the Chimes when you’re finished reading it), -At 4 p.m. a visitor re- A student had suffered a
community. but one final word of caution: if you’re not sure whether por ted that at 7 p.m. on hand laceration. The victim
an item is recyclable, throw it away. You don’t want to Wed nesday, Apr i l 2, he was evaluated at the scene
ruin an entire batch of perfectly good paper because you parked his vehicle in the and elected to have a staff
The official Student East Beltline parking lot and member transport her to
thought your coffee filter was recyclable (apparently that’s
Newspaper of Calvin happened). attended a concert. The visi- Spectrum Health Blodgett
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the silver bins. tor stated he returned to the for treatment.
College Since 1907
April 11, 2008 C himes News 3
Every honors program has its day
By griffin jackson
compared the current, more
celebrative and comfortable
ceremony to the formal, some-
times boring convocations of
“It is the one time during
the year in when Honors stu-
dents are honored by faculty,”
said Bratt of the convocation.
By mike faBer Corner
There may be a month of many years ago. Although respect and admira- Student Body: winning Executive Team and
school left, but with the end Students and faculty alike tion come in many forms, the After a week of campaign- senatorial candidates will be
of the year looming, students, can look forward to a brief convocation offers the best op- ing, debating, postering, announced in Student News
staff and faculty cannot help faculty congratulations speech portunity for Honors students sidewalk-chalking, mobiliz- on Wednesday.
but think about end-of-the-year given by history professor Bruce to receive their congratulations ing and everything else that Another thing to be aware
events. One of those events, Berglund and then the words of all together. comes with it, it’s time for of: Student Senate is current-
the Honors Convocation, will an honors graduate, Karen The Honors Program held an you to have a voice. Please ly in the market for a CFO.
be occurring on Wednesday, Kaashoek. Kaashoek brings event for its honors students, as r e me m b e r to vot e ne x t That’s right, you would be
April 16. to the convocation a unique well as volunteer honors stu- Monday and Tuesday (April in charge of thousands of
Over 500 Calvin students perspective, as she is not quite dents from Aquinas and Grand 14th and 15th). We encour- dollars of student organiza-
par ticipated in the Honors the typical Honors student. She Valley, to display their research age you to get educated about tion-related funds. The ap-
Program this year, 55 students started her schooling decades just last Saturday. The program all the candidates who plications have been
will be graduating with hon- ago and is now married with drew eight Calvin students will be running in available for some
ors. All of these students will children. She had returned to beside eight Aquinas students this spring’s elec- time now, but our
be honored at the convoca- Calvin in order to add to her de- and six from GVSU. It was an tion: check out Appointments
tion. grees and now plans to enter a excellent showing of Calvin’s the bios Committee
“Long before we had an master’s program in non-profit Honors students and confirmed in today’s will be re-
Honors Program we had an administration. the quality of the program. The Chimes, viewing
Honors Convocation,” said pro- Apart from the words of 22 presenters exemplified the f ind can- them next
fessor Kenneth Bratt, Director Bergland and Kaashoek, mem- strengthening of the program, didate Monday
of the Honors Program. The bers of Jazz Vespers will be as compared to only seven pre- groups on and will accept
convocation ceremony has there to entertain. Also, honors senters last year. Fa c e b o ok o r t he m t h r ou g h
been a tradition at Calvin for students are being asked to As far as the future of the contact the candi- that time.
many years, and has changed submit posters of their research Ho n o r s P r o g r a m , “ we ’r e dates directly. Also, toward the
considerably in size and style to be displayed at the convoca- expanding the program at the I think it goes without end of this month, no-
over that time. tion. The whole festive event freshmen level and maintain- saying: everyone can agree tices will go out for those
“It has a kind of semi-for- is to be followed by a time of ing it at the upperclassmen that this election comes at an who are interested in serv-
mal feel to it,” said Bratt. He refreshments. level,” sa id Brat t. A mong absolutely crucial moment in ing on Faculty Governance
the changes are moves toward our student body’s history. Committtees. Make sure to
developing an honors f loor OK, maybe a bit too melo- keep your eyes peeled for
on the new wing of KH, bud- dramatic. Just vote. Ballots this great opportunity to
geting more money for re- will be e-mailed individually contribute and be involved
search and creating a program to students, and if there are on campus next year (as well
of cluster courses. The any problems with their dis- as pad a résumé).
clusters, primarily for freshmen, tribution, please contact me Good night, good luck,
of fe r a u n iq u e c h a nc e to (senateVP@calvin.edu). The happy voting.
development a special bond
with other Honors students
in a pair of subject-related who have excelled in their time tion. Each department will host
classes. Next year, there will at Calvin. Students from all a table and professors will be
be four honors clusters of- class levels will be recognized. available if one wants to talk.
fered. Medallions will be given out, The hope is that the Honors
The convocation is the sum- and certificates will be granted Convocation will represent the
mation of all the year’s Honors to those 120 seniors who have great qualities of the Honors
photo courtesy of ken Bratt Program activities and experi- made the Dean’s List every Program and honor the many
Students and faculty gatherd together in the FAC for last ences. Hosted by the Provost, semester at Calvin. st udents who have applied
year’s Honors Convocation. the program promises to pay There will be a reception in themselves to the honors’ stan-
respect to many of the students Commons after the convoca- dard.
WinG: makeover includes new ‘living-learning’ communities
continued from page 1 also that people often submit These changes have not only process has been put in place. the available spaces and we’ll
to the world definition of who come about because of the new Current residents of the Mosaic keep recruiting through the
lifestyle that reflects creation they are instead of God’s image wing but are also because of an f loor, unlike in past years, semester.”
care. of his creation. evaluation the program did in had to re-apply for this f loor For more information on
One of the floors is a revi- The commitments include the fall. through an interview process. these wings, visit www.cal-
sion of the Mosaic floor that is reflecting the kingdom of God “The Mosaic f loor hasn’t In regard to other f loors, vin.edu/admin/housing/new-
currently housed in Kalsbeek- through interactions; restoring had a formalized review since Witte says that the response wing. The application process
Huizenga. This revised floor is and redefining ethnic identi- the early years,” Arai said. Part has been positive. However, for 2008-2009 is past. Residents
currently called the “Grassroots ties by exploring race relations of the review included focus he says, “For some there may will find out today whether or
Living-Learning Community.” through a class; and learning groups in the fall as well as not be enough interest to fill not they have been accepted.
As Elicia Arai, the director together through community a collaboration with a group
of the Mosaic floor, says, this meals and activities. The class, called the Mosaic Historians
floor is a way of refreshing the
“We are clarifying our mis-
according to Arai, will have
a focus of re-examining each
individual’s own ethnic iden-
who are faculty and staff that
have been a part of the Mosaic
sion,” Arai says. Now the com- tity. Interest in this revised com- In the April 4 issue of Chimes in the article titled “All you
munity has three confessions With a new floor, this inten- munity, according to Arai, need is ‘Love’” Raheem DeVaughn’s album was erroneously
and three commitments. tional community has become “has been impressive.” This is called “Love Behind the Music.” It is actually titled “Love
The confessions discuss the much smaller. Arai believes especially seen in the interest Behind the Melody.”
brokenness of our world and the this will help with community of returning Calvin students
infiltration of the sin of racism; building. who are not currently Mosaic
how cultural superiority and “Smaller in size can mean a residents.
internalized victimization have closer knit community,” Arai Like all the other floors in ANNOUNCEMENTS can be submitted by Calvin stu-
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4 NatioNal & World NeWs C himes April 11, 2008
Politics and the Olympics
By Kristen Fletcher and toward basic rights which is so months before the Games.
daKota rees pervasive in Chinese domestic But the pollution problem is
policy. not solved yet. Just two months
nat-World assistant editor and Protests have also centered ago, at least three tributaries
Guest Writer on China’s heightened pollu- of the Han River (the Xiglong,
tion and poor environmental Tianguan and Dongjing) were
Soon after gaining appoint- policies. severely contaminated by pol-
ment as the site of the 2008 China’s rapid industrial- lution, turning the water red.
Su m me r Oly mp ic g a me s, ization has left an enormous About 60,000 people in Xinguo
China adopted the slogan, amount of pollution and deg- were left without running water
“One World, One Dream.” radation of natural resources and at least five schools were
This slogan sounds unifying in the country. Some think closed. Other schools were un-
and noble on the surface. China has already surpassed able to provide food for their
In preparation for the com- the United States as the world’s students. ap photo
i n g Oly mp ic s, C h i n a h a s largest emitter of greenhouse Beijing has still not hit the
com m it ted many g r ievous gases. In fact, a World Health level of pollution set out by the A French Tibetan protester, clutching a Tibetan flag, runs
actions that many Americans Organization report on air World Health Organization. away from police along the Olympic torch route in Paris.
would probably consider crimi- quality concluded that seven Some Beijing residents are Numerous protests have sprung up along the torch route
nal. of the world’s 10 most polluted skeptical of governmental poli- throughout the world in response to China’s denial of
According to a recent cities were in China. cies.
Amnesty International report, Tibetan autonomy and its exploitation of the environment
Due to this air pollution, “It is like you invite some
“Unless the Chinese authorities respiratory and heart diseases guests to your home, and hide and human rights.
take steps to redress the situa- are the leading cause of death all your children underneath
tion urgently, a positive human in China. Half of the popula- the bed to make the house an interesting question in the “The president views the
rights legacy for the Beijing tion lacks access to clean water, look nicer. If all the polluting mind of the spectator: can Olympics as a sporting event
Olympics looks increasingly and approximately 300 million factories are shut down for the there be one world with one and an important opportunity
beyond reach.” residents drink contaminated Olympics, there will be a major dream while one country sub- to support America’s athletes.
What has China done that water every day. Acid rain falls pollution outbreak afterward jugates another? Some would He has also made it very clear
is worthy of such a strong ac- on 30 percent of the country, when all the factories restart, say that China’s slogan should that the Olympics will shine a
cusation? If one asked Jean reported the BBC. right?” said one Beijing fac- read “China’s Dream for the bright light on China regard-
du Plessis, the executive direc- China has taken steps to tory engineer, according to The World.” ing a variety of issues,” said
tor of the Center on Housing c u rb its pol lut ion rate. I n New York Times. Despite all of these protests, White House spokesman Tony
Rights and Evictions, he would 2005, China joined the Asia As preparations continue in China has refused to alter the Fratto, reported The New York
say that kicking over a million Pacific Partnership on Clean Beijing, Olympics athletes have route of the torch. The torch is Times.
people out of their homes is no Development, in which they had to take the high level of set to travel through 20 coun- Oly mpic at h le tes t he m-
laughing matter. planned to reduce their total pollution into account as they tries, finally arriving in Beijing selves are organizing in pro-
“Our research shows that emissions by 10 percent in 10 plan for the games. Some worry on Aug. 8 for the opening cer- tests. A round 20 0 athletes
little has changed since 1988 years. that pollution levels may hinder emonies. In fact, China still have formed a coalition called
when 720,000 people were The Chinese government athletes’ breathing and prevent plans to take the torch through Team Darfur that plans to raise
forcibly displaced in Seoul, also claimed that the Three records from being broken. Tibet on its way to Mount awareness about the genocide
South Korea, in preparation for Gorges Dam project would Haile Gebrsellasie, mara- Everest. taking place in Darfur and
the Summer Olympic Games reduce pollution. Chinese of- thon world record holder, an- China has criticized protes- to protest China’s support of
... It is shocking and entirely ficials said the dam was meant nounced in January that he will tors, describing it as an “at- Sudan. However, athletes in
unacceptable that 1.25 mil- to help prevent devastating not run in the marathon at the tempt to sabotage and destroy” this group do not plan on pro-
lion people have already been floods and generate clean hy- Beijing Olympics because of the torch relay. testing violently; most just plan
displaced in Beijing, in prepa- droelectric power that would the city’s air pollution levels “The Olympic f lame be- on wearing wristbands, show-
ration for the 2008 Games, enable the region to lower its and his struggle with asthma. longs to the people around the ing their involvement in Team
in f lagrant violation of their dependence on coal, thus less- He plans to instead run the world … So the behavior of a Darfur.
right to adequate housing,” ening air pollution. 10,000m. few separatists would not gain “I feel like there’s no one out
du Plessis said in a COHRE However, critics of the proj- “The pollution in China is a sympathy from people and will there who would think that it’s
and RUIG/GIAN joint media ect claim that erosion and threat to my health and it would cause strong criticism and is a controversial issue to talk
statement. silting of the Yangtze River be difficult for me to run 42km doomed to fail,” Wang Hui, about 400,000 people being
Yes, Beijing is a very large threaten several endangered in my current condition,” he a spokesman for the Beijing killed in Darfur right now. But
city, but 1.25 million people species. The project of the said, reported the BBC. Olympic organizing commit- I’m not going to go into China
displaced is still 1.25 million Three Gorges Dam also raised Britain’s top marathoner tee, stated in the BBC. and tell their government what
too many. humanitarian issues. About Paula Radcliffe, who also suf- Qu Yingpu, spokesman for to do,” said Jessica Mendoza,
There are undoubtedly some 6,000 people were displaced fers from exercise-induced the worldwide torch relay has outfielder for the U.S. softball
unhappy Chinese citizens as on the Nakai Plateau, which ast hma, is also concer ned said that “This is not the right team and member of Team
a result of this displacement. was partly flooded as a result about the pollution levels in time, the right platform, for any Darfur, according to The New
However, dissidents of China’s of the project. China. However, she still plans people to voice their political York Times,
disregard for human rights have Work still continues in China to compete in the marathon and views.” Other athletes don’t feel that
found themselves silenced, and to reduce pollution. In January, is looking for an upgrade in her The protestors view them- the Olympics are the place for
in some cases, jailed. the government banned shops medication. selves as oppressed and long political protests.
In the words of Irene Khan from handing out free plastic Across the world, Tibetans due for an international hear- G a r y H a l l Jr., h o p i n g
and non-Tibetans alike have ing. The fact is that the dem- to make Beijing his four th
banded together to protest onstrators have an opportunity Olympics, has been quoted in
“I just don’t see how you can separate the China’s abuse. which they may never have The New York Times as saying
Protests have popped up all had before. The international that “There is a time and place
Olympics from politics.” along the Olympic torch route. eye is watching China’s every for the issues and causes. The
As a result of the increase in move, through high-definition Olympic Games and politics
~ David Wallechinsky protests, police officers are ex- cameras and through the eyes don’t go together well.”
pected to run alongside torch- of reporters who cannot be But can the Olympics and
bearers into order to protect jailed if they write something politics be separated? In the
of Amnesty International, dis- bags. Production of ultra-thin the flame. China’s government does not past, the Olympics have always
sidents have been silenced “in plastic bags was also banned. Protests were especially hot approve of. been an arena for political
an apparent attempt to portray “Plastic shopping bags, due in London. At least 37 people The protestors are definitely protests and sporting events
a ‘stable’ or ‘harmonious’ image to reasons such as excessive were arrested by police along taking advantage of this fact. alike. For example, in the 1986
to the world by August 2008.” use and inefficient recycling, the way as protesters made mad While they haven’t f ully Games, American sprinters
Khan also says the infractions have caused serious energy dashes at the torch, attempting pulled out of the Olympics, John Carlos and Tommie Smith
have, “deepened not lessened and resources waste and envi- to put out the flame. In Paris, some high-profile state leaders raised their black-gloved hands
because of the Olympics.” ronmental pollution,” the State the f lame was put out three are showing their disdain for in a salute to black power dur-
A case in point is the fate of Council posted on the govern- times by security officials due Chinese policies by not attend- ing the playing of the National
prominent activist Hu Jia, who ment website. to protests. ing opening ceremonies. Anthem. Even further back,
was arrested and sentenced Beijing is investing heav- The torch just arrived in French president Nicolas in 1906, Irish athlete Peter
to three and a half years for ily in pollution control as the Sa n Fra nc i sco t h i s week . Sarkozy has said he may not O’Connor climbed a flagpole
posting critical articles on the Olympics draw near. Beijing Precautions have been taken attend the opening ceremonies and waved an Irish flag after
Internet. According to Chinese promised a “Green Olympics” against protests, but groups if China does not ease up on winning a silver medal in pro-
authorities, Hu Jia was guilty of and has been working toward have already rallied in support their Tibetan policies. Britain’s test to his placement on the
“subversion of power.” meeting the pollution levels for Tibet. A large group pro- prime minister Gordon Brown British team.
Jia ng Yu of t he foreig n deemed safe by t he World tested in front of the Chinese says he plans to attend the “I just don’t see how you can
ministry has defended Hu Jia Health Organization. Consulate on Tuesday. Another closing ceremonies but not the separate the Olympics from
sentence saying, “China is a A new standard for car emis- San Franciscan group plans on opening ceremonies. Prince politics. The Olympics is part of
country with the rule of law. sions was put in place last protesting by running naked Charles has vowed not to at- the world, period,” said David
Everyone is equal before the month. Cars and buses that behind the torchbearer. tend the opening ceremonies Wallechinsky, an Olympic his-
law. We can’t stop implementa- fail checks will be banned from On Monday, an audacious also. It has also been reported torian, according to The New
tion of the law because of the the streets, and a new type of group of seven “Students for a that German representatives York Times,
Olympics.” less-polluting petrol will also Free Tibet” members were ar- plan on not attending opening It is yet to be seen what will
Even though some may ar- be available. The government rested after they scaled the sus- ceremonies. occur at the Beijing Olympics
gue that Chinese law must be also plans to restrict private pension cables of the Golden President Bush has made it 2008, but as the torch contin-
consistently enforced, others car use by allowing only odd Gate Bridge to hang pro-Tibet clear that he will attend the ues on its journey across the
see this as a direct violation of or even registration numbers banners declaring “One World. opening ceremonies, despite world, ever nearing Beijing
basic human rights. to be out on the road on any One Dream. Free Tibet,” a pressure from international and the opening ceremonies,
The international communi- given day. parody of the, “One World, and national sources. Nancy China will eventually have to
ty has focused on the violations China has also ordered five One Dream” slogan adopted Pelosi, Speaker of the House, deal with the increasing criti-
of Tibetan autonomy as an epit- provinces around Beijing to re- for the Beijing Games. suggested the Bush skip the cism of its environmental and
ome of the dismissive attitude duce industrial activity for two The demonstration provokes opening ceremonies. humanitarian policies.
April 11, 2008 C himes NatioNal & World NeWs 5
Protests for justice, food Afghan aid crisis
worst, Piccolo said.
cookies made of dirt, vegetable the 9,000 U.N. peacekeepers, the associated press “Their growing humanitar-
associated press oil and salt. whom they blame in part for ian needs and those of other
Riots broke out in the nor- rising food prices. The peace- The war in Afghanistan is v ulnerable people must be
Hungry Haitians stormed mally placid southern port of keepers came to Haiti in 2004 spreading, forcing thousands met as a matter of urgency,”
the presidential palace Tuesday Les Cayes last week, quickly to quell the chaos that followed of people to flee their homes Kellenberger said.
to demand the resignation of escalating as protesters tried to the ouster of former President this year, the International “ W h i l e t h e I C RC h a s
President Rene Preval over burn down a U.N. compound Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Red Cross said Tuesday dur- stepped up its humanitarian
soaring food prices, and U.N. and leaving five people dead. They helped usher in a dem- ing the visit of its president activities in recent years, dan-
peacekeepers chased them The protests spread to other ocratic transition, but critics to Kabul. gerous conditions often prevent
away with rubber bullets and cities, and on Monday tens of say both Preval and the in- “There is growing insecu- it from reaching groups such
tear gas. thousands took to the streets of ternational community have rity and a clear intensifica- as displaced persons who need
Food prices, which have Port-au-Prince. focused too much on political tion of the armed conflict, protection and assistance.”
risen 40 percent on average On Tuesday, demonstra- stability without helping to alle- which is no longer limited During his stay in the coun-
since mid-2007, are causing tors in the capital set fires, viate poverty. That could spell to the south but has spread try, Kellenberger plans to visit
unrest around the world. But barricaded streets and looted trouble not only for Preval, but to the east and west,” Jakob the U.S. militar y prison at
nowhere do they pose a greater stores, and a crowd tried to for Haiti’s fragile democracy Kellenberger, president of Bag ram air f ield, t he main
threat to democracy than in break down the gates of the as well. the International Committee American military installation
Haiti, one of the world’s poorest presidential palace, demanding “We voted P reva l for a of the Red Cross, said in a in the country.
countries where in the best of Preval’s resignation. change. Nothing happened,” statement. Human rights groups accuse
times most people struggle to “We are hungry!” the crowd said Joel Elie, 31, who, like The United Nations has the U.S. military of holding
fill their bellies. shouted. “He must go!” many Haitians, is unemployed. said that more than 8,000 prisoners without charge at
“I think we have made prog- Preval, a soft-spoken leader “We’re tired of it and we can’t people, mostly militants, facilities like Bagram, in some
ress in stabilizing the country, backed by Washington, was wait anymore.” were killed in 2007, the dead- cases for over five years.
but that progress is extremely at work in the palace during W h i le t he peacekeepers liest year in Afghanistan Kellenberger said the more
fragile, highly reversible and the protests, aides said. He spend more than US$500 mil- since the 2001 ouster of the than 600 prisoners held at
made even more fragile by the has made no public statements lion a year in Haiti, the World Taliban from power by a Bagram should have their cases
current socio-economic envi- since the riots began. Food Program has collected U.S.-led coalition. At least handled “within an appropriate
ronment,” U.N. envoy Hedi “I compare this situation to less than 15 percent of the 1,500 civilians were among legal framework,” the state-
Annabi said Tuesday af ter having a bucket full of gasoline US$96 million it says Haiti the dead last year. ment said.
briefing the Security Council. and having some people around needs in donations this year. Graziella Leite Piccolo, a “We see the need for more
For months, Haitians have with a box of matches,” said The WFP issued an emergency Red Cross spokeswoman in robust procedural safeguards in
compared their hunger pains Preval adviser Patrick Elie. “As appeal Monday for more. Kabul, said at least 13,000 Bagram, where to this day most
to “eating Clorox” because of long as the two have a possibil- Meanwhile, new customs people have fled their homes detainees live in uncertainty
the burning feeling in their ity to meet, you’re going to have procedures aimed at collect- since January because of about their fate,” Kellenberger
stomachs. The most desper- trouble.” ing revenues and stopping the the conflict, but that getting said.
ate have come to depend on a T he prote s te r s a l so a re flow of drugs has left tons of more precise numbers or The Red Cross and the U.S.
traditional hunger palliative of demanding the departure of food rotting in ports, especially tracking where the people military set up a video confer-
in the country’s north. In a have gone is difficult be- encing system this year that
country where almost all food cause of limited access to allows Bagram prisoners to
is imported, cargo traffic from dangerous regions. speak with and see family
Miami ground nearly to a halt, Most of those who f led members, the only outside con-
though shippers say interven- their homes are in the south, tact the prisoners are allowed
tion by Preval last month has where the fighting is the to have.
improved the situation some-
Government officials say the
riots are being manipulated by
outside forces, specifically drug
smugglers who can operate
ap photo more easily amid chaos and
Tear gas was used by U.N. peackeepers in an attempt supporters of Guy Philippe, a
to restore order after Haitian protesters stormed the fugitive rebel leader wanted in
presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. U.S. federal court in connec-
tion with a drug indictment.
Annabi, the U.N. envoy,
said “people with political mo-
tivations” were exploiting the
demonstrations, but didn’t say (Above) A boy clings to his relative’s grave in a
who he was referring to. cemetary in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Below) Since January,
Many in the crowds are de- at least 13,000 Afghans such as Meraj and his daughter
manding the return of the ex-
iled Aristide, and thousands Sana have been forced to flee their homes.These
showed up Monday for a ral- Afghans have exchanged the violence near their homes
ly by a key Aristide ally, the for makeshift tents in refugee camps.
Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, in the
oceanside slum of Cite Soleil.
Nepal’s pre-election turmoil But the anger among every-
day Haitians over food prices
Thursday’s elections were preceded by violence and the is real.
deaths of six Maoist activists and one candidate. “The government of America
On Tuesday, Rishi Prasad Sharma, a Communist can- sees that the kids of America
didate for the assembly, was shot and killed by unnamed are eating and going to school
gunmen. The shooting sparked further unrest, resulting in — and that we Haitians are
at least six deaths, reported CNN. not,” said protester Frantz
This election is the first since 1999. The elected assembly Pascal, 45. “For Haiti to move
members will re-write Nepal’s constitution and will most on, the high cost of living must
likely abolish the monarchy. In 2005, King Gyanendra took go down.” ap photo
complete governmental control but gave up his authoritarian
rule a year later due to pro-democracy protests, reported
On Wednesday, King Gyanendra gave a national ad-
dress calling for all voting adult citizens to “exercise their
democratic right in a free and fair environment,” despite
the violence, reported the BBC.
Global recession led by United States
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that the
global economy will decline over the next two years, specifi-
cally due to a “mild recession” in the U.S. economy.
“The U.S. economy will tip into a mild recession in 2008
as a result of mutually reinforcing housing and financial
market cycles, with only a gradual recovery in 2009,” the
IMF economic prediction report notes, according to the
The IMF forecasts that the U.S. economy will grow by
just 0.5 percent during 2008 and will actually contract in
the first half of the year, reports the BBC.
Countries such as India or China that predict strong
economic growth in 2008 will not be as harmed by the
depression. However, Latin American countries such as
Brazil, Colombia or Argentina worry that their raw material
exports will lose demand and value in international trade,
reported the Financial Times.
Compiled by Katie Sytsema, Nat-World Editor
6 Science & Technology C himes April 11, 2008
Machines define beauty Science fest
hind the behaviors of the am-
Math-phobes take note: geometry makes beautiful by meliSSa Haegert
nesiac hero in his film.
Fo r m e r E m m y - a w a r d -
winning television producer
The thick glasses, Tracy Day is organizing the
usually don’t understand how there something else that we he av y coat s a nd s o c i a l events. She hopes that the
by matt decker
they arrived at their conclu- can be doing with our time? awkwardness of the stereo- mixing of science with several
Scii-tech editor sions.” The notion that beauty can t ypical “mad scientists” venues of American culture
In the first step of the study, be boiled down to binary data have historically given sci- will provide the means to let
I’m tired of people building 30 men and women were pre- and interpreted by a math- ence t wo lef t feet when
robots that can do stuff. the science soak into people’s
sented with 100 different faces ematical model is nothing it comes to immersion in minds.
Amit Kagian, an M.Sc. grad- of Caucasian women, roughly new. More than 2,000 years mai nst ream A mer ican
uate from Tel Aviv University’s of the same age, and were asked ago the Greek mystic, phi- c ult ure. That histor y
School of Computer Sciences to judge the beauty of each face. losopher and mathematician is about to be re-made,
has successfully taught a com- The subjects rated the images Pythagoras observed the con- dur ing an event t hat
puter how to interpret attrac- on a scale of one through seven nection between math, geom- will combine science with
tiveness in women. Of course, and did not explain why they etry and beauty. He reasoned art, sports and culture in
the first question that I had chose certain scores. Kagian that features of physical objects the spotlight of New York
when I heard that was, “Why? and his colleagues then went corresponding to the “golden City’s center stage.
Who cares?” to the computer and processed ratio” were considered most The event is called the
World Science Festival, and
it will feature many leading
scientists with presentations
and discussions of cutting-
edge research. Columbia
University physicist Brian
Greene and actor Alan Alda
joined the heads of sever-
al New York educational
institutions in a panel on
Wednesday, April 2, to an- file pHoto
nounce New York as the
location of the upcoming “Audiences can come in
festival. for t he a r t and leave wit h
“The general public by the science,” she says. In its
and large doesn’t connect combi nat ion w it h a r t a nd
with science in a signifi- culture, the festival will pro-
cant way,” Dr. Greene said. vide an opportunity where
“Science is inspirational, “science can drive a conver-
it’s exciting, it can influence sation that usually leaves it
The festival aims to at- Greene recalls that dur-
tract an audience of all ages. ing his education he had of-
Midway through the an- ten considered science and
nouncement, Dr. Bunsen a r t to be f undamenta l ly
Honeydew, a Muppet from separate spheres, each hold-
Jim Henson’s “The Muppet ing different roles in society.
Show,” popped up f rom He referred to science and
behind the lectern to em- art as “two lovers who have
file pHoto phasize the importance of lo n g b e e n s e p a r a t e d a n d
family-oriented programs long to reunite,” then added,
Computers are being ‘taught’ to recognizue beauty in human faces. Characteristics like in science. “T hey’l l have a honey-
symmetry and smoothness of skin are considered, as well as geometric proportions. “Science can be as explo- moon at the World Science
sive and violent as any TV Festival.”
and mapped the geometric attractive. program,” he stated, right But the organizers empha-
Clearly, there is a more se- before spraying (string-theo- size that the festival will not
rious dimension to this is- shape of facial features math- “I know that Plato connect-
ematically. ed the good to the beautiful,” rist author) Greene with a focus solely on the marriage
sue that reaches beyond mere can of silly string. of art and science; it will be at-
vanity. This discover y is a Additional features such as says Kagian. “Personally, I
face symmetry, smoothness of believe that some kind of uni- T he plan ned events tended by Nobel laureates and
step toward developing artifi- certainly fall into a broad researchers from top universi-
cial intelligence in computers. the skin and hair color were versal correctness to beauty
fed into the analysis as well. exists in nature, an aesthetic spectrum combining sci- ties, as well as government and
Other applications for the soft- ence, ar t and popular business leaders from around
ware could be in plastic and Based on human preferences, interpretation of the universal
the machine “learned” the rela- tr uth. But because each of c u lt u re. C horeog raphe r the world, eager to discuss the
reconstr uctive surger y and Karole Armitage will pres- implications of cutting-edge
computer visualization pro- tion between facial features and us is trapped with our own
attractiveness scores and was human biases and personal- ent a dance inspired by the research on the world and its
grams such as face recognition concepts in Greene’s book economy.
technologies. then put to the test on a fresh ized v iew poi nts, t h is may
set of faces. detract us from finding the “The Elegant Universe,” The congestion of leading
“Until now, computers have a “mathemagician” will scientific minds into one place
been taught how to identify Says Kagian, “The com- ultimate formula to a com-
puter produced impressive plete understanding of beau- tease the audiences with has its own appeal to the fes-
basic facial characteristics, mathematical tricks and tival organizers. Presidents of
such as the difference between results. Its rankings were very ty.”
similar to the rankings people Kagian says that a possible Disney’s Imagineers will leading schools in New York,
a woma n a nd a ma n, a nd elaborate on the science and policy makers and business-
even to detect facial expres- gave.” This is considered a re- next step is to teach computers
markable achievement, be- how to recognize “beauty” in e ng i nee r i ng beh i nd t he men will be holding private
sions,” says Kagian, according creation of their fantasti- meetings with the scientists
to Science Daily, “But our lieves Kagian, because it’s men. This may be more dif-
as though the computer ficult. Psychological research ca l i l lusions. Brai n and who attend, seeding the soil of
software lets a computer make memory experts will lead public policy and government
an aesthetic judgment. Linked “le a r ne d” i mpl ic it ly how has shown that there is less
to interpret beauty through agreement as to what defines a disc ussion wit h Doug with the advancements of sci-
to sentiments and abstract Liman, the director of the ence and technology.
thought processes, humans p r o c e s s i n g p r e v iou s d a t a “male beauty” among human
it h a d r ece ived. I s n’t subjects movie “The Bourne Identity,” The festival dates are set for
can make a judgment, but they focusing on the science be- May 28-June 1, 2008.
New York City will play host to the World Science
Festival this summer.
April 11, 2008 C himes Science & Technolgy 7
Toothy tales Scavenging Stonehenge enamel, which appear much of Stonehenge. about 2600 B.C. The original
by matt decker like the annual rings on a by katie landan The dig is headed by Timothy bluestones were removed about
Sci-tech editor t ree, according to Science Staff Writer Darvill, a leading Stonehenge 200 years later and scientists
Daily. scholar from Bournemouth hope to find bits of them during
Apparently your teeth hold He also obser ved a Loch Ness. The pyramids. Un ive r sit y, a nd G e of f r e y this dig.
the secret to the span of your related pattern of incremental Crop circles. The Lost City Wa i nw r ig ht , p r e sid e nt of Before digging, the team of
life. growth in skeletal bone tissue, of Atlantis. These longstand- the Society of Antiquaries. experts had to seek out Cabinet
That statement may be a bit which is the f irst time i ng myster ies ent ice us. P r e v i o u s l y, b o t h e x p e r t s approval, as Stonehenge is
of a stretch, but new research such an incremental rhythm For centuries we have ex- pi npoi nted t he site i n t he one of Britain’s most trea-
shows that the speed at which has ever been obser ved in plained their origins through Preseli Mountains in south sured and least understood
your teeth and bones grow bone. science, urban legend and Wales where the bluestones landmarks. Additionally, it
provides an accurate portrayal Reporting his findings at even cinema. Stonehenge c a me f r om. T he y w i l l b e is a sensitive site, as it has
of how long an organism will the 37th Annual Meeting of has also st umped his- able to compare the samples links to England’s pagan past.
live. t he A mer ican Association torians for ages, and on found in Wales to those at Since the 1870s, Stonehenge
The link between the bio- for Dental Research, Bromage March 31 archaeologists Stonehenge on the Salisbury has been a Mecca of sor ts
logical clock, tooth growth said, “The same biological started unearthing the enig- Plain. for neo - d r u id s, a for m of
a nd ot he r me t a b ol ic p r o - r hy t h m t h a t c o n t r ol s i n - ma, literally. “The excavation will date modern spirituality that pro-
cesses, was discovered by Dr. c rementa l toot h a nd bone The evacuation project the arrival of the bluestones fol- motes harmony with nature
Ti mot hy Bromage, a New growth also affects bone and is unearthing materials to lowing their 153-mile journey through nature worship. It
York University dental profes- body size and many metabolic establish a solid date for from Preseli to Salisbury Plain is also a place of pilgrimage
sor. processes, including hear t when the first strange set and contribute to our definition for other pagan or neo-pagan
This clock, or biological and respiration rates. In fact, of bluestones (the earliest of the society which undertook beliefs.
rhythm, controls many meta- the rhythm affects an organ- of the large rocks erected such an ambitious project,” Archaeologists have tried to
bolic functions and is based on ism’s overall pace of life, and at the site) was put in place. Wainwright said. “We will be stress the differences between
the circadian rhythm, which its life span. So, a rat that The retrieved materials will able to say not only why, but the religious practices that
is a roughly 24-hour cycle that g r ow s t e e t h a nd b o ne i n undergo modern radiocar- when, the first stone monument happen to take place there and
is important in determining one-eighth the time of a human bon dating techniques to was built.” the historical reality of the
sleeping and feeding patterns, also lives faster and dies young- establish a more precise Scientists approximate the societies that have contributed
cell regeneration and other er.” timeline for the construction bluestones were first erected to the monument. Still, the
biological processes in mam- Humans have by far the s it e h a s b e c o me i nc r e a s -
mals. most variation in these long- ingly associated with British
T he newly discovered te r m i nc r e me nt a l g r ow t h Druidism.
rhythm, like the circadian rhy t h m s, w it h some hu- Stonehenge hasn’t been dug
rhy t h m, or ig i nates i n t he mans clocking as few as five up since 1964 and Darvill be-
hypothalamus, a region of days, and others as many as lieves the evacuation will bring
the brain that f unctions as ten. the power of modern scientific
the main control center for Correspondingly, humans archaeology to bear on a prob-
the autonomic nervous sys- h ave t he mos t va r iabi l it y lem that has taxed the minds
tem. i n body size among mam- of so many experts since me-
But unlike the circadian mals. dieval times: Why were the
rhy t h m, t h i s clock va r ies Fut ure research will as- bluestones so important to have
from one organism to anoth- sess whether there is a link warranted bringing them from
er, operating on shorter time bet ween slower g row t h so far away?
intervals for small mammals, rhythms and growth disor- If you are planning a trip
and longer ones for larger ani- ders. Stonehenge, don’t worry, you
mals. Since the autonomic ner- can still visit the site during
For example, rats have a one- vous system controls human the dig. The dig culminates on
day interval, chimpanzees six, behavior, future research will April 11 anyway, so you prob-
and humans eight. also assess whether growth ably have nothing to worry
Bromage discovered t he rhy t h m s c a n be l i n ked to file pHoto about, but you will miss live
rhythm while observing incre- variations in human behav- An excavation of bluestones from Stonehenge and from coverage of the dig a la the
mental growth lines in tooth ior. South Wales is underway in the UK. British media.
Teeth may reveal a person’s age by annual growth lines on
a second at a time. According
to dailytech.com, research-
by ted lackman
ers at the University of Texas
Staff Writer plan to use the massive laser
to create environments similar
There’s something interest- to extreme conditions in the
ing brewing in the University of universe. The researchers plan
Texas. It’s large and in charge. to study gases at temperatures
Enter the world’s first petawatt greater than those in the sun
laser. This laser, when switched and solids at billions of atmo-
on, puts out 2000 times more spheres of pressure.
energy than all of the power The researchers also say
plants in America, according that they plan to create mini-
to Todd Ditire, a physicist at supernovas, tabletop stars and
the university. very high-density plasmas that
According to Ditire, when mimic brown dwarfs. The pow-
this new laser is turned on, it erful laser will also allow the
momentarily outshines the sur- study of advanced ideas for
face of the sun. However, it can creating energy by controlled
only operate for 10 trillionths of fusion.
8 Etc. C himes April 11, 2008
“Women can see color, right?”
- Prof. Plantinga, CAS
“When asking your professor for a letter of
recommendation, wait until they’ve written it,
then dress like a ninja and stab them!”
- Prof. Herzberg, Asian Studies
Friday, April 11
- 8 p.m. Dance Guild
in the FAC
- 8 p.m. CTC “The Women of Lockerbie”
in the Gezon Auditorium
Saturday, April 12
- 7:33 p.m. River City Improv
at the Ladies Literary Club
- 8 p.m. Dance Guild
in the FAC
- 8 p.m. “The Bridge”
in the Bytwerk Theater
- 8 p.m. CTC “The Women of Lockerbie”
in the Gezon Auditorium
10 p.m. Post-Dance Guild Dance
in the Cave
Monday, April 14
- 7:30 Dutch Heritage Film “Dorp aan de Rivier
(Village on the River)”
in the Commons Lecture Lobby
Tuesday, April 15
Last Week’s Answers - 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
in the Cave
Thursday, April 17
- 3 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Hope
at Gainey Tennis Courts
- 8 p.m. CTC “The Women of Lockerbie”
in the Gezon Auditorium
- 9 p.m. Jazz Vespers
in the Cave
- 9 p.m. Caedmon’s Call concert
Etc. feature contributions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. in the FAC
Contributions must be sent in by 6 p.m. Tuesday.
April 11, 2008 C himes Features 9
Senate Elections 2008:
A guide to the senatorial nominees
Julianne Cole Benjamin Shoemaker
I am a sophomore and resident of second Veenstra. I am a sophomore from I hope to make a beneficial
I hail from Livonia, Mich., a suburb of Detroit off the Grand Rapids. I was born impact on Calvin College
well-known street 8-Mile. A psychology major and in Virginia Beach, Va. and through Student Senate.
communications minor, I spend way too much time moved here years ago. I went I look forward to serv-
thinking about thinking and why people act the way to Tri-Unity Christian High ing the students’ wants
they do! I hope to attend law school after graduat- School. I was a member of the and needs and taking an
ing from Calvin and someday become a criminal National Honor Society and active role in the commu-
or juvenile prosecutor. I am excited to test out the was also class president at nity of Calvin College via
courtroom scene this summer while interning for Tri-Unity Christian. I played Student Senate.
the assistant prosecutor’s office in Detroit. In high soccer and ran cross country.
school, I spent most of my time playing volleyball or I also went on many mission
trying to survive geometry, but I was also a member trips throughout high school
of my school’s service leadership team and actively and loved to see the impact
involved at my church. Here I am a member of or- each one had on me. I am a
chestra, the mentoring program and Beets-Veenstra’s psychology major. I like to
floor board. An outgoing and friendly person, I work be as involved as I can with
well with others, take initiative and am not afraid to bring new and creative ideas to Calvin. I am currently the
the table. Activities Coordinator for
second Schultze, a mem-
ber of the Gospel Choir, in
the Honors Program, and
Aletheia Shin Hannah Emery a Young Life leader at East
Grand Rapids High School.
effectively, but honestly, I
didn’t grasp all those op-
portunities to the fullest.
It is my desire to pursue
these opport unities as
your student senator next attend a huge university
year. Student Senate ex- with football and 1000-
ists as a service for the person dorms, so I went
student body. t o t h e Un i v e r s i t y o f
Those of us on the com- Michigan my freshman
munication committee year. However, af ter a
did our best to let your year in Ann Arbor (and
voice be heard by creat- seven amazing games in
ing surveys and adver- Very few of you know the Big House!) I saw the
tising student events. I me so here’s a little back- light and decided to trans-
I am a freshman major- hope to continue this work ground information: This fer to Calvin. I could not
ing in art and I currently more efficiently now that is my f irst semester at be happier with my deci-
live on second Kalsbeek. I have a year’s worth of Calvin. I transferred from sion and would love the
This year, I served as a knowledge.I love the in- Michigan State. I am a opportunity to represent
member of the communi- teraction that happens sophomore majoring in you all. In high school
cation committee. among students. I hope political science with a I’m a sophomore studying I was elected to Student
Being a student senator to use this enjoyment to minor in international de- business communications Council all four years.
opened many opportuni- heighten students’ voices velopment. In high school and psychology, and I live Here at Calvin I play on
ties for me to work more on campus. I was the senior class pres- in third Rooks. Although the golf team and serve on
ident and student council from Grand Rapids, I didn’t Honors Student Council. I
president. At MSU I was follow the typical path to bring new ideas and a fun
a member of the student Calvin. I thought I wanted attitude, so vote for me
Abbie Belford appeals court. I have been to “go big” for college and April 14 or 15!
I reside in second Noordy. I am a freshman majoring an intern on two political
in international development with an emphasis on pre- campaigns and also spent
architecture. I hope to be re-elected to Senate because a summer interning in
I want to use my experience from this year to im- Washington D.C. I even- Jared Moberg
prove next year’s Senate. My experience includes being tually hope to work in a You can call me “Mobes.”
elected as student council treasurer of my class for career dealing with inter- I was born in the U.P. of
three years in high school and serving as executive national human rights. Michigan (which makes me a
board treasurer for student council my senior year. I have fresh ideas and Yooper), but my hometown is
Along with Senate, I’ve been involved in band, perspectives that will help now Minneapolis, Minn. The
pep band, flute choir and women’s tennis. When I the Senate more accu- reasons I’m running are to
was young, my parents called me “Bumperoo Boo” rately represent the stu- improve your time at Calvin,
because of the bumps and bruises all over my body from dent body. I will always bridge the gap between stu-
falling, bump- be available to hear any dents and faculty/staff and
ing into things, student’s opinions or con- make your college experience
sports injuries cerns and will pass them memorable. I am outgoing, energetic and adventurous.
and generally along to the entire Senate. I love to travel, play guitar, hunt, talk with elders, roll-
being clumsy. Some of my hobbies are erblade, wake up early and play sports. I love thinking
T h a n k good- cooking, playing basket- of new ideas and how to improve the old ones. I am a
ness I grew out ball, volunteering and sophomore studying to become a dentist. I’ve had lead-
of that stage and spending time with Eve, ership experience as co-president of the Pre-Dental Club
stand before my cat. Remember: and am currently a Student Senate representative. As a
you as a bruise- “Emery — A New Face senator, I will do all I can to give God the glory and
free candidate on Calvin’s Campus ... A make Him look great! I hope to be a strong voice for the
for St udent Fresh Voice for Calvin’s student body, so come to me with your ideas when I’m
Senate. Students!” re-elected.
My name could be considered an oxymoron due to my
Jessica Grow height. I lived the last four years in Chicago, but spent the
Elections take place
majority of my life in Fayetteville, Ark. My freshman year at Calvin has been a great Monday, April 14
experience, and I hope to return to Student Senate and continue to learn and help and Tuesday, April
with the student body concerns. I have also had the privilege of being on the financial
committee this past year. One of my roles on Student Senate this year was working on 15. Voter Ballots will
the event planning committee. Event coordinating is one of my passions and some-
thing I hope to continue with as a business communications major. I love meeting be sent to student
people, so if you have any questions, feel free to say hi and strike up a conversation. e-mail accounts.
all photos courtesy of student senate
10 Features C himes April 11, 2008 C himes Features 11
How to have your voice heard at Calvin
Senate Elections 2008:
These committees meet anytime It is clear that these students It is clear that those in-
what the teams see “as the ideal “build leaders.” proposal to host open, fo- By Stacy Bilyeu from once every two months to have enjoyed their time serving terviewed had positive feed-
role of Senate on campus.” In response to a question rum-like meetings which Guest Writer a half hour each week. on the various committees and back regarding the students
Snyder said the role of Senate about how Senate should bal- would welcome any inter- The time commitment is not feel as though it has been a posi- that they have served with in
is to understand the concerns of ance their role in relation to the ested students. strenuous and the time is spent tive experience. the past. I hope that by this
A guide to the executive nominees students at Calvin and to, first
and foremost, be a body made
student body and the adminis-
tration, Vande Bunte said that
When asked to describe
the main difference be-
Have you ever pondered the
following questions, “How on
earth could I become more
getting things done and forming
relationships that you wouldn’t
If those student responses still
haven’t inspired you to apply,
point you are at least inter-
ested in what else these mys-
Brendan Snyder, running for and a three-person executive of regular students. the ideas should come primarily tween the teams, Snyder normally have with faculty and how about hearing from those terious Faculty Governance
By Griffin JackSon involved at Calvin College?”
President, led Joanna Dykhuis team. He said Senate should not from the students staff. in charge? The faculty and staff, Committees have to offer the
Staff Writer (running for Vice President) Moderated by current Student be above the student body, but and that Senate is “Is there any way for me to If everything above is not who are working with these stu- student body here at Calvin
and Amy Harris (running for Senate President, Ben Graves, rather be one strand of that body. the vehicle for tak- make sure my voice is being enough to persuade you to get dents, also have positive things College.
The Fish House was packed Secretary) against Jared Rispens the debate opened with prayer Rispens said, “I see Senate as ing those ideas to heard?” “Is there any op-
out on Wednesday night. A large and his running-mates, Luke and then quickly jumped into a the true advocate of the students the administration. portunity for me to serve the to say about their Now that you are really
crowd of interested students Vande Bunte and Stacy Bilyeu. number of predetermined ques- on campus.” He promoted the Dykhuis described student body?” experiences. excited about serving here at
gathered to watch the Student Student Senate is the student- tions. The teams alternated in idea that Senate is “the voice” her team’s vision as If you answered yes to any “I’ve been able to see how things get F o r e x a m - Calvin, I will answer your fi-
Senate debate between the two run governmental body on cam- answering each question. of the campus and said that the one in which Senate of the above have no fear, the
answers lie within this article.
done at Calvin and what sorts of ple, B ob Crow, nal, lingering question: “How
potential Exec utive Teams. pus, made up of twelve senators Graves opened by ask ing organization’s main goal is to is more of a go-be- w h o s e r v e s o n can I become a part of these
tween on an equal The answer to all of the above problems we have to grapple with t he A ssessment awesome committees and
level with the stu- questions is simple — Faculty Committee as well make sure that I get the most
tees and the chair rience through serving on
dents they serve. Governance Committees. behind the scenes.” as the Student Life out of my college education by
of the Senate high school student council,
Communications captaining her soccer team The issue came Now, I know that this phrase Com m it tee and getting my voice heard?”
up of how to make is foreign to many of you and others, was asked The answer is once again
commit tee t his and working with a local St ude nt Se nate a
year. Brendan is senior living community. On the word “Faculty” frightens involved, this is your lucky day the question “Do you think the painfully simple. Keep read-
more public body; you — but have no fear. because there are still more perks opinion of a student in your ing Student News (yes, actu-
a business major the weekends, Joanna tends H a r r i s s u g ge s ted
from Kalamazoo to sleep in a little, and can Fa c u lt y G ove r n a nc e to serving on these committees. committee is helpful?” He re- ally read it) to find out when
simply a st ronger Committees give students For example, this experience sponded by saying, “Yes. No applications are being issued,
who is also study- possibly be found in the first dialog ue bet ween
ing studio art and Veenstra coffee kitchen eat- an opportunity to work di- looks great on résumés and doubt. When students speak, then take the initiative to pick
senators and st u- rectly with faculty and staff makes your time spent at Calvin committee members listen; even one up, fill it out and turn
Spanish. He can ing Krispy Kremes with but- dents, as well as a
usually be found ter (we think it’s gross, too). at Calvin College on matters a little bit more meaningful. more so when students show ac- in back in to the St udent
more consistent ef- that actually concern you. Al Stob, who currently serves tive engagement and participa- Senate office.
in a meeting Joanna brings a strong work fort at public rela-
somewhere, or in ethic, leadership skills and Each spring there is an on the Parking Appeals You w i l l h ave a
tions in the Chimes opportunity for students to committee, said “in order brief interview just so
his hammock on experience to our team. and advertising in to get the fullest out of
second Schultze. A my H a r r i s, a sopho - general. Bilyeu an-
apply and get appointed to
these various committees your college career and in I’ve been able to see how things get we cannd t he nknow
He e njoys d i s - more, is from the capital of nounced her team’s
cover ing new Zimbabwe (that’s in southern unique idea of build- which include: Academic order to see changes that done at Calvin and what sorts of have the opportunity
art, both visual Africa, for your information). ing a more complete Standards, Chapel, Gender you want to happen occur, to be placed on a com-
and musical, and She also lives on first Veenstra Student Senate website which focused on “the diverse Equity, Film Arts, Student you need to get out there problems we have to grapple with mittee.
Discipline, Multicult ural and do something about it It’s actually quite
comparing them and is majoring in commu- would include a forum for com- nature of what [his team]
Affairs and many more. — take the initiative.” behind the scenes. simple and only takes
to the legendary nications. She was involved ments and feedback. had done so far.” Rispens
M.I.A. Brendan is in both her high school and Throughout the course of the centered, once again, on The complete list of op- Another student, Rita one moment for you
passionate about youth group leadership and debate, Rispens emphasized the experience of his team tions can be found on Calvin’s Feikema, who serves on to pick up an applica-
student presence worked as an International that his candidate team held as compared to that of the website at http://www.calvin. the Student Life committee, tion in the committee’s work.” tion.The result is that you get
at Calv i n and Orientation Assistant last that their “main goal is to grow opposing candidates. edu/admin/comm/gover- said that being a member of a When asked the same ques- to serve on a Governance
looks forward to year. Amy enjoys listening to new leaders.” On the other side, One audience member nance.htm. Each committee governance committee has been tion, James Bratt who serves Committee with one or two
working with fac- music in a cold room all by Snyder’s team strongly empha- asked each candidate to reserves positions specifically a positive experience. on the Planning and Priorities other st udents as well as
ulty next year to herself with Christmas lights sized their equality with the choose one word which for students who want to be She said that “I’ve been able Committee replied, “I’ve al- Faculty and/or Staff, you get
accomplish t he on, and perhaps she’ll watch student body and the idea that described their role as a involved. to see how things get done at ways appreciated having student to write this on your résumé,
subsidization of a rerun of “Friends” if the day “leadership comes from trust.” potential executive team Now, I know the next ques- Calvin and what sorts of prob- voices on committees. They’re you get to experience another
bus passes a nd was stressful enough. In addi- The audience had the op- member; Snyder said he tion running through every- lems we have to grapple with typically informed, interested aspect of student life here at
Secretary Hopeful: Amy Harris c reat i ng a be t- tion to possessing a multitude portunity to submit their own was “privileged”, Dykhuis one’s mind is, “How on earth behind the scenes. I have much and motivated to be there — plus Calvin, you have the oppor-
ter Sunday study of valuable strengths and di- questions for the candidates. The said “excited”, and Harris do you expect me to have more respect for how careful- articulate. Most of all, they tunity to speak out on topics
Presidential Nominee: Brendan Snyder environment on verse experiences, Amy also questions ranged from dining said she had a “fresh perspec- time to serve on a committee ly thought-out many policies bring an important point of view that actually affect you and
hall hours and candidate experi- tive.” The other candidates, such as these?” Fortunately are and I have a better idea of that faculty and administrators best of all, you get to hang
campus. has arguably the best accent ence to open hours and the From Rispens, Vande Bunte, and
Vice President Candidate: Joanna Dykhuis Joanna on campus. enough, I also hold the an- how to change things I’m not can have a hard time knowing out with professors outside
Every Nation document. Bilyeu described themselves swer for this little question. happy with.” otherwise.” of class.
Dykhuis is a If these three candidates Both teams proposed the pos- as “visionary”, “passion-
sophomore from sound like a match for you, sibility of overhauling the Calvin ate”, and “spunky.”
What do an aspiring mar-
keting artist, a Speed Scrabble
champion and an international
2008 Student Senate executive
team, of course.
Brendan Snyder is a current
well. She is currently study-
ing communications, with a
give them your votes April
Bre nd a n, Joa n na, a nd
television channel system to
include more channels and the
prospect of expanding dining
On the long-debated is-
sue of open house hours,
Bilyeu argued that “open
Reflections on sexual assault awareness month
student all have in common? senator, a voting member of two minor in philosophy. Joanna Amy: Listening to your voices hours also came up. house hours are never going
Why, they are all running for the Faculty governance commit- has gained leadership expe- and working for you. My trainers explained the fermented drink. by the legal system, the media
Rispens and his team ham- to change” and there was By liBBy HoWell
legal system to her as I watched I climbed into the shower and and even on occasion the
mered home the point that they little reason to pursue any Staff Writer her struggle to breathe. They tears poured out of me. I stood Church. It’s hard to cry out
Starbucks in Eastown. have more experience as mem- change. Harris countered took her name, age, and phone there for over an hour crying for help when it seems like no
Majoring in accounting, bers of Student Senate. Each by saying that tasks thought Ap r il i s Se x u al A s s a ul t
member of that team has at least to be unchangeable can in number, then told her they’d because no one should be beaten one is there to listen.
he hopes to count money fact be changed, but Awareness Month. The author get back to her at the hospital. by someone they love, crying Your abuser might go to
someday — “dolla dolla bill that there are more wrote this about her experience She was my age. I stared as she because more people should jail for a few weeks if you say
ya’ll.” Luke’s hardworking important issues to interning with a Domestic Abuse was loaded into the ambulance. care, crying because I felt help- something, and you might be
spirit and friendly personal- be focused on. Response Team where she was What possesses a man to do this less, crying because the name able to flee for a little while,
ity make him an excellent The FEN docu- made more aware of domestic to the woman he loves? Why “victim” could have been one but it seems as though he’ll al-
choice for vice president (or a ment, a issue that abuse. does our society allow this to of my friends. ways find a way to come back,
boyfriend). h a s b e e n c lo s e ly happen? Unable to sleep, I knew my and the pain will be worse the
Student Senate Secretary examined in recent The smell of alcohol and We went back to our offices life was now different somehow. second time. What can you
hopeful, Stacy Bilyeu, also ye a r s , w a s m e n - marijuana permeated the and wrote a report, which sim- It was one of those strange mo- do when your income, your
f r om t h at v i l l a ge c a l led tioned briefly. Harris house. My chest heaved in ply referred to her as “victim.” ments when you know the tra- children and your life are
Lansing, is a sophomore edu- hoped to incorporate and out as I struggled not Always the same, never a name, jectory of your life has changed built on a relationship with
cation major. During her high the document into to look nervous, not to look not even a description of the tiny and to keep living your life the an abuser?
school years Stacy, though Senate’s policies by afraid. “They can sense your woman almost my own age, just same way is unthinkable, almost I am not claiming to have
not the typical flute-playing bet ter adver tising fear,” I was told. “Just look “victim — head bruises.” The re- impossible. done a good thing. I didn’t
band geek, was president of for m i nor it y a nd calm and the victim will port would include details about The funny thing that really help the victim; I merely
Illiana’s most elite musical international events calm down.” Beer bottles lay how the crime was committed isn’t funny at all, but difficult, watched the scene unfold. My
group, Wind Ensemble. on campus. Rispens strewn everywhere. I shuffled and what the victim said in si ns can be
As a highly organized and said Senate needs around trying to avoid the her interview, but she would as deep and
efficient worker, she thrives to “really reach out windows, but we were stand- remain “victim.” dark as a hus-
as a current senator on the to international stu- ing on a porch. To anyone reading that “To anyone reading that report it would band hitting
A&E committee and recently dents” and even get “He hasn’t been found and report, she would be just his wife or a
composed the article “Life’s them to be senators arrested yet, so just avoid the another victim, and night be just another sexual assault, but to me father beat-
Secretary Hopeful: Stacy Bilyeu Little Questions” found in to increase diversity windows.” The advice had after night there would be ing his child,
this issue of Chimes. A leading in general. In closing sounded so simple in the van more. To anyone reading it was different. She was a victim with and it is only
Presidential Nominee: Jared Rispens arguments, Rispens
member of the Calvin Phone- spoke for his team, on the way to the call, but I that report, she would just fit an age, a victim with a name, a victim t ho u g h my
Savior that I
a-thon, loquacious Stacy talks focusing on the need had no way of avoiding the a statistic or stereotype. To
Vice President Candidate: Luke VandeBunte flirtatiously and ferociously for experienced lead- windows now. My life was in anyone reading that report it whose face still haunts me at night when find forgive-
to keep your tuition from the hands of a single police would be just another sexual ness.
rising. She’s excited for the
one year of experience on Senate.
In response, Snyder mentioned
ership and their strategy of
officer. It was up to him to assault, but to me it was I have trouble sleeping.” But please,
vision, action, and results.
Want some action? Check man year, juggled money on the Grandville, Mich. (the place possibility to use her skills as his own year of experience and Dykhuis summed up her notice the return of the per- different. She was a victim if you have
this team out to find out how Student Finance Committee, with the awesome mall and Secretary of Student Senate. he pointed out the possibility of team’s platform by explain- petrator, because they almost with an age, a victim with a the chance,
to get some! chaired one of the largest and Mars Hill), and now resides Together, Jared, Luke and “conditioned behavior or pre- ing the need to concentrate always return. I tried to focus name, a victim whose face still is that some experiences are so take some time to learn and
Presidential nominee Jared most active student orgs for the in BV. He is a graduate of Tri- Stacy comprise a team that dispositions” which may come on student input, to contin- my attention on the victim. haunts me at night when I have singular and personal that even understand. Think twice be-
Rispens, a junior, is from past two years, and studied in Unity Christian and was the is defined by experience and from too much experience. He ue the successful practices The medics were loading trouble sleeping. when your life changes, the lives fore you make that comment,
Chicago. Actually, he’s one Honduras, Ecuador and China. vice-president of his class. Luke, excellence. They have vision, discussed the need for new and of the current executive her onto a stretcher as my When I got back to my dorm of the people around you don’t. look again before you judge
of those who says he’s from He is pre-med and is majoring in who currently serves as senator, they will take action and they fresh faces and ideas to lead the team, to bring st udents trainers interviewed her. I room that night, my clock read No matter how hard you try to that woman, talk to your
Chi-town but in fact is from Spanish and Psychology. Many pours his heart and soul into will get results. student senators. together, and to support stared at the grotesque crown 3:57a.m. It was one of those rare explain the face, the feeling, the friend if you notice that be-
the southern ‘burbs, a vil- would call him the modern-day his position as chairman of the Check out their “Contract In hopes of getting Student student organization. of bruises lining her head. moments when the dorm was emotion, you’ll never fully be havior.
lage called Lansing. People Renaissance man. Jared defines A&E committee on Senate. He with Calvin” to get a de- Senate, an organization who’s Concer ned st udents Later my trainers told me completely quiet and you were able to. We are called to aid the
compare the peak of his hair the word “experience.” is a connoisseur of the banana tailed look into their vision deeds are largely unseen by can find information on it ’s not a lways t hat bad. possibly the only one awake. That night I learned the harsh “least of these” and when I
to that of Mt. Everest, claim- Luke VandeBunte, a sopho- wonton (for more info, visit his for Calvin College. the student body, more con- both candidate teams from “Sometime we can talk to Trying not to wake my room- reality for many women outside think of who that is within
ing it is larger. Jared was more and the vice-presidential Facebook) and can be frequent- Take action. Get results. nected to the campus, Rispen’s their home groups on face- them before they’re loaded mate, I threw my clothes into my of my sphere. They have always our society, there is now a
elected to Senate his fresh- candidate, comes to us from ly found chugging java at the Vote Jared, Luke, Stacy. website idea was promoted book. Elections will be held onto an ambulance or taken laundry bin. The clothes smelled been in my community, strug- particular face that comes to
and Harris added her team’s next Monday and Tuesday. to the hospital.” dusty, polluted with the smell of gling for recognition but silenced mind for me.
12 Arts & EntErtAinmEnt C himes April 11, 2008
Lichens grows moldy, but Explosions in the Sky excites
ing act — Lichens — because, set consisted of one song that to preface the upcoming article video game for half an hour.
by paul menn in the words of my favorite He might be having the great-
lasted upwards of 20 minutes, by saying that I recognize and
staff Writer reviewer, “it is more fun to comprised entirely of sounds appreciate the talent Lichens est time in the world, but it is
talk about things that aren’t from his mouth or the occa- has. But … it was arguably insanely boring for you because
Last week Wednesday, post- good.” sional guitar riff put into an the worst live show I have ever you are not participating. I
rock giants Explosions in the For those of you that missed effects pedal and looped and seen. wouldn’t have minded Lichens’
Sky rocked the FAC. However, it, Lichens is the stage name layered on top of one another. Maybe I am old-fashioned, music so much if it had been
I am not going to talk a whole of a single man who plays Before all you cultural discern- but when I go to a concert, the soundtrack to a Morgan
lot about them. Instead, I am what can best be described as ers and people who gave this I expect to be enter tained. Freeman-narrated documen-
going to spend most of this avant-garde, progressive, am- guy a standing ovation when I’m not asking for anything tary on whales or glaciers, but
article talking about the open- bient sound-rock. His entire he was done argue, allow me too extravagant like chainsaw it wasn’t.
guitars, pig-squeal vocals, or The entire time I was watch-
corpse paint, but when I slap ing Lichens, I kept having a
down $10 for a concert, I ex- line from the Mewithoutyou
pect to be mildly interested by song “Torches Together” re-
what is happening on the stage. peating in my head — “Why
Lichens, sadly, did not keep pluck one string … what good
my interest. He sat in a chair is just one note (no matter
and worked his effects pedal, how many times you loop and
occasionally plucking a guitar layer it) / why pluck one string
string. when you can strum the gui-
Ho ne s t ly, it s e e me d a s tar!!”
though he was in some kind of While watching Lichens
trance, which may have been was like watching an LSD
totally sweet for him, but it was user experience the mysteries
totally lame for me. Had I taken of the world (while not par-
a massive bump of Ketamine ticipating yourself), watching
before the show, Lichens prob- Explosions in the Sky was like
ably would have been the great- watching the poetry of John
est thing since sliced bread. Donne come alive. The music
Calvin, however, frowns (and was rich, textured and nuanced.
rightly so) upon drug use, so It was captivating and power-
I spent over 20 minutes trying ful to watch. My only problem
to imagine how this concert with the set was that the sound
would have been had I been in quality was tarnished by the
an altered state. awful acoustics in the FAC.
photo by len krygsman iV
I’m not saying Lichens isn’t For being a center for fine arts,
talented, but his set was kind of the FAC has terrible sound
Although Lichens disappointed, lead act Explosions in the Sky did their thing, and did it like watching your best friend quality. Other than that, the
well, at last Saturday’s concert in the Fine Arts Center. over his shoulder as he plays a show was pretty stellar.
Conductor Herbert von Karajan’s legacy lives on today
In fact, after a performance of never have entered the realm of another area often criticized an admirer of Karajan with-
by christian ocier
Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” the spinto repertory. Canadian by critics who thought that he out once speaking of his final
staff Writer in 1938, a Berlin critic hailed tenor Jon Vickers, too, was at was glorifying his ego at the Vienna recording of Bruckner’s
him as “Das Wunder Karajan,” the height of his game when- expense of the composer and eighth symphony. That such
Of all the arts, music is per- a title that would spark an ever his genius met with that the score. He also premiered a har rowing and powerf ul
haps the most abstract. It’s undeclared feud between the of the Austrian conductor’s. To very few, if any, modern works. interpretation of this massive
not that paintings, sculptures young Austrian and the older many of opera’s great artists, Earlier in his career Karajan, symphony exists simply under-
and films have little to say Furtwängler, then the head Herbert von Karajan was a non- along with a few distinguished mines all negative criticism.
about humanity and aesthetics, of the highly coveted Berlin pareil singer’s conductor. artists of German and Austrian They don’t make conductors
but music is so temporal and Philharmonic Orchestra. It Nonetheless, Karajan did extraction, joined the Nazi par- like that anymore. Classical
ethereal that it requires a dif- would only be a matter of years not shun the opportunity to ex- ty, thus adding another string music was at the zenith of a glo-
ferent kind of genius to bring before Karajan would emerge periment with singers, and he of accusations that his enemies rious golden age spearheaded
it to realization. In the past the victor. often cast lighter voices in parts could point fingers at. by Karajan’s baton. That a con-
century, there have been many About 15 years later, when that were often assigned to In his long and distinguished ductor was more of a celebrity
great artists in music — people Fur t wäng ler passed away, stentorian instruments. What career, he made a slew of re- in Europe than any of the film
who understood its fluid shape Karajan assumed his position sometimes resulted was a lyri- cordings that range from ba- stars of his day is a phenom-
and transformed it into a form as musical director of the Berlin cal sound that coalesced with nal to breathtaking. For ex- enon of the likes that we will
that captured the beauty and Philharmonic, then considered his unique insight for gloss ample, I never warmed up to never see again. Karajan was
soul trapped within a maze of Europe’s greatest orchestra. and beauty. It was a hit-or-miss his Haydn, and I found his a magician, a sorcerer and an
notes. With this ensemble, Karajan game where admirers would Bach uninspired. Some of his oracle of music. When he was
Even fewer are great creators forged a bond that would take laud him for his innovative vi- Mozart could be vapid, as were inspired, his performances
— people who grasped the him to the top of the musical sion, whereas detractors would his Schumann symphonies. edged on the subliminal and
humanity and totality within world. Karajan held an iron lambaste him for his artistic However, his “Elektra” from the magical.
a score and transformed them fist over the Philharmonic, choices. the 1965 Salzburg Festival During the twilight of his
into a cathartic, otherworldly commanding fees that sky- The latter years would tip the and his 1978 “Salome” are glorious career, he said some-
experience for the listener. The rocketed beyond those of the pendulum of Karajan’s work indispensable mementos of the thing about Mahler’s ninth
Austrian conductor Herbert average musician and award- to the symphonic repertory. magic forged when Karajan’s symphony that summarized
von Karajan was one such great ing him adulation that only While he would still do peren- baton touched a Straussian his artistic vision: “It is music
creator. a few other superstars could nial warhorses like Beethoven score. coming from another world, it
Herbert von Karajan was dream of. symphonies and Strauss tone His 1952 “Tristan und Isolde” is coming from eternity.” These
b or n o n Ap r i l 5, 19 0 8 i n K a raja n wa s a lso g ive n poems, Karajan began delving from the Bayreuth Festival was words that spark up an ideal so
Salzburg, Austria to an upper- the position as director of the into Bruckner and Mahler’s another one of those perfor- divine could come only from
middle class bourgeois family. Salzburg Festival, the Wiener gargantuan works, the Second mances that combined an ideal the mouth of a great creator,
From an early age, his musical Staatsoper and the La Scala Viennese School orchestral balance of virtuosity with inter- and such a creator Herbert von
aptitude already evidenced a Opera in Milan. In a matter compositions and a selection pretive intensity. His collabo- Karajan was.
need for further tutelage, and of years, the conductor be- of his favorites from Sibelius ration with the
was thus sent to Salzburg’s came the emperor of musical and others. genius of Maria
Mozarteum at age eight to Europe. If his Mozart lacked the vi- Callas in the
study conducting. In 1929, at D u r i n g t h e d e c a d e s of vacity and the “joie de vivre” 1955 “Lucia di
21, Karajan made his conduct- Karajan’s phenomenal career, expected from the composer’s Lammermoor”
ing debut in Strauss’ fiendishly the greatest singers and instru- scores, and if his Beethoven and a fantastic
difficult “Salome.” On that mental soloists bowed under (for all his revolutionary inno- “Trovatore” from
high note, he began forging a his command. His Beethoven vations in tempi and balance) the 1962 Salzburg
monumental career that would Triple Concerto, with esteemed was soaked in artifice, his late Festival yet again
span over six glorious decades cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Bruckner and Mahler were exhibits the con-
of music. violinist David Oistrakh and simply breathtaking in vision ductor at his
Karajan was lauded as a pianist Sviatoslav R ichter, and depth. In the tone poems best in operatic
conducting genius by the critics is just one example of t he of Strauss, a scarce few equaled works outside the
of his day. His interpretation many recordings he did with Karajan. With Sibelius’ sym- German sphere.
of the operas and symphonies the big-name musicians of his phonies, he created a sound A Verdi Requiem
of Wagner, Strauss, Mozart, time. He also mentored sev- world that captured the fab- circa 1967
Verdi and Beethoven were eral talented musicians, one of ric of the Finnish composer’s w it h Leont y ne
considered groundbreaking them being preeminent Mozart imagination. Price, Fiorenza
and surprisingly mature. His violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. However known Karajan Cossot to and
understanding of the German The battery of singers he was for his work, the great con- Luciano Pavarotti
composers’ works and equal took under his wing was even ductor was not without detrac- simply begs to be
aptitude in the operas of the more impressive. The mezzo- tors. Many would resent him heard for his dis-
Italian masters was considered soprano Christa Ludwig en- for his megalomaniac practices play of sorcer y
second only to those of the joyed her greatest years as of monopolizing power over with such an
greatest conductors of his age an interpretive artist under his many musical organiza- affecting score.
— Wilhelm Furtwängler and Karajan, and without his prod- tions. His penchant for musical And of course, file photo
Victor de Sabata. ding, Mirella Freni would sheen and hedonistic gloss was you c a n not b e Herbert von Karajan performs his craft.
April 11, 2008 C himes Arts & EntErtAinmEnt 13
Switchfoot and Co. alter FAC atmosphere Day 26
The typical quiet mood of a Calvin concert is shaken up for some superstars’ sake.
moshing, as real as moshing
by ryan alons is going to get for the casual by kimberly randle
staff Writer concertgoer. staff Writer
The general attitude of ram-
Calm down please, Calvin bunctiousness would carr y Day26’s self-titled debut
College concert crashers! I through to Switchfoot’s set, album, though reaching the
mean, seriously, the stage lift but first the audience would top spot on the charts, is
can only take so much abuse have to survive Brit-pop import unfortunately lacking. The
and moshing is a good way Athlete. Its safe, acoustic rock hard work that most have
to send someone straight to was a chill contrast to Emery. watched devotedly week
the hospital. Take a hint from Except for a drum machine, the after week on MTV’s hit
that band that sang “Moshing set lacked a real drummer and show “Making the Band”
Machine.” Moshing breaks the keyboardist would relax has produced an album that
arms. off stage for songs where the is outstanding vocally and
What happened to the FAC’s acoustic/electric combo was production-wise, but not in
comfortable concert reserve? center stage. any other aspect.
It had to have been Switchfoot Athlete had no teeth for a The album’s 14 tracks are
with partners-in-rock Emery rock act. Though they were at best mere sing-alongs, al-
and Athlete that turned it up missing a drummer, I feel that most of the likes of “Twinkle
a notch on Saturday night in the addition would not have Twinkle Little Star” or “The
Calvin’s Fine Arts Center. I enlightened their music. Not ABC Song” except more
thought it was just a “Spinal on ly was t he per for mance intricate. The production
Tap” joke that amplifiers could out of place for the night, it and music are amazing with
be set to 11. It was the loudest, failed to make an impression producers such as Bryan-
craziest set to visit Calvin in with its ho-hum music. At Michael Cox, Mario Winans
years. least the British accents were and Sean Combs lacing the
As opposed to the calm, charming. album. On the song “Got
awe-inspired crowd that vis- Despite the lull in energy, Me Going,” Diddy promises
ited the FAC a few nights be- the entire FAC, brimming with file photo to make the listener dance,
fore to witness the post-rock enthusiasm, rose to its feet for Jon Foreman and friends (including brother Tim, right) which is successfully accom-
pioneers Explosions in the Switchfoot’s dramatic entrance. graced the FAC with their presence last weekend. plished. However, it’s only
Sky, Switchfoot fans were over- Completely dark, Switchfoot the beat that causes the song
ly enthusiastic, bouncing and calmly took the stage as Jon passed out his own water to the song was areminder that to be stuck in one’s head and
swaying to the thunderous Foreman, the frontman, began thirsty fans in the pit. Switchfoot is still the same makes the listener like the
music. with a slow keys-only rendition He even gave his band the band that struck it big on album, not the originality
Emery, first to take the stage, of “The Shadow Proves the time of day. Before “Love is a the radio and MTV four or or lyrics.
deserves most of the blame for Sunshine,” which grew in am- Movement” Foreman praised five years ago. Switchfoot’s The men can undoubtedly
the exciting transformation plitude until it transformed into his brother and bassist, Tim, overwhelming popularity sing; that was proven on
witnessed within the pit, set- the high-octane rock thriller for his skills at the song’s bass was masked by the small- the show and it is certainly
ting it off with “So Cold I Can “Stars.” line. ness of the venue and the showcased in the songs.
See My Breath,” a hardcore Switchfoot fulfilled all the Switchfoot has very strong down-to-earth attitude of Their ranges are impressive
attack from their sophomore high expectations of a suc- beliefs; just listen to any of the band. and so are the vocal arrange-
album “The Question.” Emery cessful rock group. The sound t he ba nd’s song s a nd you The encore was toned ments, and one can sense the
was an explosion of distorted was loud and crisp, the lights know that a whole lot of mean- down as Foreman played passion and intensity in their
guitars and furious drums that were spot on and Foreman ing is packed into each one. acoustic guitar, joined by voices. However, this is as
remained consistent until the leapt off of the bass drum. Not Foreman didn’t hide this on the rest of the band halfway good as it gets.
end with “Studying Politics.” satisfied to just meet the stan- Saturday night as he gave a through the other Billboard- While worthwhile albums
Its energetic post-hardcore dard, Switchfoot pushed the very Bono-esque preaching breaking hit, “Dare You to usually include talented
blend of screamo and emocore envelope. before “We are One Tonight.” Move.” members and awesome pro-
is an uncommon genre for the Fo r e m a n’s a n t i c s we r e Activism was intention of the What is the normal con- duction, it certainly cannot
FAC. among the highlights of the night. For this spring tour, cert atmosphere at Calvin? stop there, which this album
I think the keyboardist was night. He grabbed a drum cym- Switchfoot supported To Write Ask most regulars to SAO regrettably does. The lyrics
more content with headbang- bal and beat it with a drum stick Love on Her Arms, an anti- concerts and they would are simply unimpressive,
ing than actually playing the as he swung it around. He left suicide campaign focused on respond exhilarating, but the lackluster, simple and easy
keys. Partnered with an ex- the stage and sang amidst the instilling hope in disillusioned crowd is chill.
treme nature of the artists on crowd. He allowed a random youth. The Switchfoot concert
stage, the music inspired the audience member in the pit to The band finished off the o n Sat u rd ay n i g ht wa s You can comprehend
pit to fulfill an unprecedented announce a song. He let his regular set strong with the another kind of concert en-
act for Calvin College — actual brother-in-law play drums. He popular “Meant to Live.” The tirely. and receive everything
the album has to offer
Despite the title, this ‘Odd Couple’ gets along fine from just one listen.
can be described as an eclec- “The Odd Couple” presents a more effort. While this is a — a cut and dry, formulaic
by brandon haan tic, schizophrenic mash-up of more thought out, creatively loss at times, at least as far
a&e co-editor R&B album that was solely
a number of varying musical singular group. as novelty is concerned, it meant to sell records, not to
styles, “The Odd Couple” has D a n g e r Mo u s e’s mu s ic serves, once again, to create present a genuine, original,
This has been the often writ- a more singular sound, even if and production is less daring a steadier feel for the record, and creative effort.
ten story of the year as far as re- its content matter still retains this time around, though this one that eventually becomes Especially uninspiring is
views of Gnarls Barkley’s new most of the earlier diversity. serves the album’s overall pur- its backbone. the song “In My Bed,” which
album, “The Odd Couple,” go, “St. Elsewhere” jumped all pose better. Still working in a O ve r a l l , w h i le “ T h e contains the lyric “Cookin’
but it’s one worth telling again over the place both themati- fairly broad fashion with his Odd Couple” differs from it up so hot like kitchen.” If
for those who haven’t heard it. cally and musically, but it gave typical universal musical feel, “Elsewhere” in such a way that so-called simile doesn’t
In 2006, the new musical duo off a mostly up-beat air. “The Danger Mouse succeeds in that it puts Gnarls’s two t ur n you off, maybe the
Gnarls Barkley released their Odd Couple” seems darker, crafting another all-encom- records beyond true com- means-to-an-end use of a
debut album, “St. Elsewhere,” both in lyrical content and passing musical creation, while parison, I think that it sur- woman in “Come With Me”
that, as a whole, really did composition, though it builds giving it an easier feeling this passes “Elsewhere” in the will. You can comprehend
seem to f it “elsewhere” on itself around a more structured time. few aspects that they share. and receive everything the
categorized music racks. For whole. There aren’t any tracks on Its cohesiveness serves to album has to offer from just
vocalist Cee-Lo Green and Part of what appealed to “The Odd Couple” that stand out make it easier to listen to, one listen.
composer/producer Danger me in “St. Elsewhere” was the way Crazy or Transformer even if this also makes it less Music and artistry have
Mouse, this was of no concern, its non-uniformit y; I liked did on “Elsewhere” with the memorable in the end. That got to be more than produc-
because their first single, the how the tracks seemed to nod exception of Blind Mary, which said, numerous highlights tion, vocal arrangements
well-worn Crazy, seemed to to just about any and every sounds like it would be perfect ( W ho’s Gonna Save My and addiction or repetition
work just fine within the top genre while presenting mate- for a carnival merry-go-round Soul, No Time Soon, Blind potential, which this album
10 slots on music charts world- rial that ranged from serious ride. This lack of a definite de- Mary and the closer A Little has. From a surface level the
wide. concepts to slightly off-kilter viation track that “makes” the Better) hold the album up album has it all, but will it
Though the songs surround- ideas. album isn’t necessarily a com- and strengthen it, just not inspire you, enthrall you or
ing Crazy on “St. Elsewhere” I n c o n t r a s t , “ T he O d d plete loss, though. Although as noticeably as Crazy did touch your soul? Not at all.
varied immensely, the album Couple” seems like a return initially disappointing for lis- for “Elsewhere.” Music has got to be much
sold its way into platinum sta- to sanity for the duo. I half-ex- teners looking for a repeat Despite an emerging ab- deeper, which may ver y
tus; combined with their en- pected them to try and shape of “Elsewhere,” “The Odd sence of their earlier crazi- well happen with their next
tertaining live performances, their next album into a collec- Couple” gives us a picture of ness, “The Odd Couple” album because new artists
this made Gnarls Barkley the tion of tracks following the lead what the duo is capable of as works as a step in a definite need time to grow, develop
Cinderella story of the music of Crazy. This is not the case at far as uniformity goes. direction for Gnarls, setting and find their niche. If you
industry (although, as far as I all. If anything Gnarls Barkley Cee-Lo continues his rather a tone that they can either want substance and innova-
know, that is one movie they has continued on in the wake of unique vocal approach on “The choose to keep or break tion then this album will
haven’t parodied onstage as other tracks off “Elsewhere,” Odd Couple,” straining his in the f ut ure. With that probably not be the one for
of yet). working harder to refine and cords as usual to reach the indecision seemingly be- you. But if you want some-
So 2008 seemed like a prime centralize their efforts this same levels he has previously ing the group’s true cen- thing to pass the time, make
time for the group to release its time around. Following the ascended to, though he doesn’t tral spirit, Gnarls Barkley you dance or compel you to
follow-up disc, and on March lead of St. Elsewhere, Smiley make as much use of the goofy, can pretty much do what sing along, then by all means
18 “T he Odd Couple” h it Faces, Who Cares and The alternative voices that populat- they want; they’ve already cop Day26’s album.
stores. While “St. Elsewhere” Last Time off the first album, ed “Elsewhere” on the sopho- set that standard anyway.
14 SportS C himes April 11, 2008
ATHLETE in F cus Baseball sweeping through MIAA
Schepel Ranked Fourth best basebal l i n
Marcus snaps out of slump in the nation in Batting Average the first game on
Sat u rd ay,” sa id
Sparks. “I guess
a game, but it you can look at it
was definitely Matt Schepel
two ways. From a
a good thing.” Sophomore, Shortstop positive standpoint
“We always Schepel is ranked fourth it’s nice to know
knew Alex had in the nation with a .527 that we can still
the ability to batting average. He has five battle and grind Calvin Alma
[hit like he did home runs, 29 rBIs, 25 runs
through a game
Saturday],” and is slugging .945 6 5
and win a game
said first even when we’re Junior Kyle Cousins drew a
yea r coach not at our best.” leadoff walk, stole second,
John Sparks. In game two, junior Kyle
“W he n you By Bruce van Baren was bunted over to third and
Cousins struck out six over scored the go-ahead run in the
[st r ug g le], a Sports co-editor four innings and surrendered
lot of t i me s only one run. Cousins’ ERA
top of the seventh after the
it’s more of a Calvin’s 6-5 comeback dipped to 1.88, second best on Knights trailed 5-2.
mental thing win Saturday against Alma the team behind freshman Jeff
than a physi- at Klenk Park was emblem- Groenenwold, who pitched a
cal thing.” atic of the Knights’ 2008 scoreless inning in relief as the
For Marcus campaign, in which Calvin Knights won 9-1.
it w a s c o m - is 16-2 overall and undefeat- Calvin’s offensive momen-
pletely men- ed and atop the MIAA. tum carried over from the first
tal. The Knights’ seven and game comeback and translated
We sat eight hitters, senior Alex into nine runs in the first four
down af ter Calvin Alma
Marcus and sophomore Rob innings. The Knights batted 9 1
that game and Kool, were hitting a com- around in a six-run fourth in-
Photo courteSy of SPortS InformatIon
t a l ked. “We bined .139, but went 5 for ning to put the game out of Calvin’s offensive momentum
Senior Alex Marcus batted over .300 in took t he ap -
each of the previous two seasons, but but 6 with five RBIs and three reach. Sophomore shortstop carried over from its game one
proach that runs scored to dig Calvin Matt Schepel was 2 for 3 with
found himself hitting .178 to start April. it was a new comeback. Junior Kyle Cous-
out of a three run deficit and four RBIs and a towering home
year for him,” keep the Knights perfect in run and junior third baseman ins struck out six and allowed
said Sparks. “We tried to clear conference. Jason May was 3 for 4 with one run over four innings to
By Bruce van Baren what had happened individu-
Sports co-editor “It seems like all year two RBIs. move to 4-0.
ally to him up to this point out we’ve had a couple of guys “We got back on track that
of his mind.”
Success is somewhat of a “Coach told me to relax and
step up who were new in the second game,” said Sparks. Monday’S reSultS
lineup or had struggled at “We executed better offensively
norm for senior right fielder just let things happen, get back times,” said first-year coach and pitched it better and played
Alex Marcus. to the basics,” said Marcus. “I John Sparks. “It’s been some- a little better defense. It was
A year ago as Calvin’s num- could hit balls fine in batting one different it seems like ev- good to see that struggling
ber three hitter, Marcus batted practice, but when I’d get up to ery game and through that
.353 in league play and fin- the plate, something changed. I I think that’s a LEAGUE STANDINGS game was kind
ished second in the league in just had to clear my head.” tribute to our of an impetus
runs scored, third in homeruns And now he’s clearing the g u y s a nd t o
for getting us
and tied for the league lead in bases. Marcus has nine RBIs W L W L Calvin Hope
their prepara- back.” 10 3
doubles. He was also fifth with in his last four games, exclud- tion.” Calvin’s of-
a .576 slugging percentage and ing Tuesday’s loss to Grand Calvin 8 0 16 2
Calvin ral- fense didn’t let Senior Alex Marcus contin-
an All-MIAA selection. Valley. lied to score adrian 6 2 14 5 u p Mo n d ay,
So when his batting aver- Against Alma Saturday, he ued his hot streak, smacking
a r u n i n t he olivet 6 2 8 9 despite only a
age dipped to .179 at the start and sophomore second base- a grand slam as part of an
fourth and abion 5 7 6 16 day’s rest, as
of April, his coach knew it man Rob Kool led Calvin’s two runs in the Calvin scored eight-run second inning. Fresh-
wouldn’t stay there for long. 6-5 comeback win. Marcus hope 3 5 5 13
sixth to tie the 16 r u n s t o man starter Peter Steiner
M i r e d i n a s l u m p t h a t and Kool, who were batting alma 3 5 6 12
game. sweep a dou- moved to 3-0.
dropped him from the clean seventh and eight respectively, Marcus, tri-State 3 9 9 14 bleheader from
up spot to seventh hole in the accounted for five of Calvin’s who had been Kzoo 2 6 5 6 Hope at newly
lineup, Marcus snapped out seven hits, had three of the five 0 for 6 in his renovated
of it Saturday against Alma runs and all five of the RBIs. first three games of confer- Boeve Stadium.
at K le n k The ence play, had two doubles Freshmen starting pitch-
Park. Knights for an RBI and two runs ers Keith Spoelstra and Peter
Marcus Alex Marcus trailed scored, including the tying Steiner, both of whom have
went 3 5-2 enter- run in that rally. Kool, who ERAs lower than Pocock, kept
for 3 with Senior, Right Fielder ing the Calvin Hope
was hitting .100, had two pace with him and Cousins and 6 3
3 runs Batting .460 in the last fourth, but RBIs in the rally, including remained perfect. Both have
scored four conference games Marcus the game tying sacrifice fly 3-0 records.
and a pair with nine rBIs and six had a one Freshman pitcher Keith
runs scored. he also that scored Marcus. Marcus remained hot and Spoelstra went the distance to
of RBIs in had two home runs.
out dou- Junior ace Nate Pocock is batting .450 with nine RBIs
the f irst ble and allowed five runs in the first and six runs scored in his last match freshman Peter Steiner
game of 2008 Batting Average By Date scored in three innings, but shut out four games. His two-out grand and move to 3-0. Senior Alex
a d o u ble the fourth the Scots for the final four slam was part of the Knights’ Marcus’ two run home run
header. He and had innings to salvage his fourth eight-run second in game one
followed an R BI in the sixth put the game out
win of the season, moving to against the Dutchmen and his of reach.
that up go- double, a perfect 4-0. two-run shot in the sixth put
ing 1 for 3 stole “ We d i d n’t p l ay o u r game two out of reach.
with a run third and
scored in scored
the second the tying
game. run in the
“I put si x t h i n-
a little ning.
bit too Junior
much pressure on myself,” Kyle Cousins scored the go
said Marcus. “I had a pretty ahead run on a wild pitch.
successful season last year and Mond ay a ga i n s t Hope
I wanted to continue that. As at newly renovated Boeve
a senior you have that added Stadium, Marcus crushed a
pressure and I think I let that two-out grand slam home run
get to me a little bit, trying too as part of the Knights’ eight run
hard and to do too much.” second inning. Marcus was 2
After batting third all of last for 4 in the game and had led
year, Marcus was tagged as off that inning with a single, but
Calvin’s cleanup hitter behind was caught stealing second.
speedy leadoff hitter Jacob “Once you get that first hit
Vriesman, second basemen out of the way, the rest seem
Kyle Gurzynski and sophomore to come easier,” said Marcus.
slugger Matt Schepel. But after “Baseball is kind of a weird
starting 0 for 6 in the first three sport like that.”
games of the MIAA schedule, Marcus is 6 for 13 in the four
he was benched in the second conference games since he was
game of last Wednesday’s dou- benched .
ble header against Alma. “To his credit, he was able
“Coach talked to me in be- to [snap out of that slump]
tween games and noticed some and started the season anew,” Photo courteSy of SPortS InformatIon
things about my swing,” said said Sparks, who plans to keep
Marcus. “At that point he said Marcus in the seventh spot. Seniors Kyle Fletcher (center) and Alex Marcus (left) have plenty to smile about.The
I needed a little bit of a break. “It’s nice to have his production Knights have swept their first two MIAA series against defending champion Hope
Nobody likes to get taken out of back in the lineup.” College and previously third-place Alma College.
April 11, 2008 C himes SportS 15
Knights thrive in Illinois invite Softball Recap
from first to even the score at Folkerts then showed her
1-1. With Moriarity still on sec- pitching mastery, as she forced north centraL InvIte
ond, senior Cori VanKoevering a f ielder’s choice, with the naPervILLe, IL
hit the second double of the out coming at home. Folkerts Saturday, aPrIL 5
inning to lef t-center, scor- forced the next batter to pop
ing Moriarity and giving the out to Moriarity for the second
Knights a 2-1 lead. out, and Folkerts struck out the GaMe 1
Un for t u nately for t he final batter of the inning, pre-
Knights, this is all the offense serving the 1-0 Knight lead.
they would get, as Hope went The Knights extended their
on to score a run in the fourth, lead with three runs in the top
fifth and seventh innings, giv- of the sixth. With the bases
ing Hope the 4-2 victory. loaded and two outs, junior
The second game against Loren Scarbrough hit a triple
Hope was not good from start to right field, clearing the bases Calvin Wheaton
to finish. Hope scored two runs and giving Calvin a 4-0 lead. 4 1
in each of the first four innings Wheaton College was able
before the game was called to score one run in the bot-
after the top of the fifth due to tom of the sixth, but Folkerts
the mercy rule. shut down Wheaton’s offense,
Hoping to end a nine-game preser ving the Knights 4-1
losing streak, the Knights came victory. GaMe 2
out strong in their first game of The second game of the in-
the North Central Invitational vitational saw the Knights face
against Wheaton College (13- off against the invitational host.
8 overall). The Knights won North Central (14-4 overall)
the game 4-1, but up until the struck early, scoring a run in
fifth inning it was a pitchers’ the first and garnering an early
duel. Heading into the top of 1-0 lead.
the fourth, Wheaton hurler Bot h tea m s we nt score- Calvin NCC
Beth Miller was pitching a less through the next six in- 2 1
perfect game, retiring the first nings until Calvin freshman
nine batters she faced. In the Jaqueline Kirkman blasted
fourth, though, sophomore a game-winning double that
Whisper Miller hit a single up scored both Scarbrough and
the middle, ending the perfect freshman Mallissa VanRooyen Softball
game chance. in the bottom of the seventh,
Calvin was finally able to lifting the Knights to a 2-1
break the scoreless tie in the top victory.
of the fifth. With two out and Folkerts picked up two wins
Photo courteSy of caLvIn.edu Moriarity on second, junior on the week, allowing eight
Kristin Folkerts hit a single to earned runs over the course of LEAGUE STANDINGS
Loren Scarbrough went 2 of 9 from the plate and center, scoring Moriarity and 23 innings. She also had nine League Overall
garnered three RBIs in Saturday’s games at North Central. giving the Knights a 1-0 lead. strikeouts, while only walking W L W L
After giving herself a 1-0 two batters.
MIAA) dropped both games lead in the top of the fifth, Offensively, the K nights alma 7 1 17 6
By Jon Behm of a twin-bill against Hope by Folkerts looked to continue were led by VanKoevering, tri-State 3 1 19 3
Staff Writer scores of 4-2 and 8-0. Hope (13- her no-hitter in the bottom Scarbrough, and Moriarity. hope 4 2 13 6
6 overall, 4-2 MIAA) jumped of the inning. Unfortunately, VanKoevering went 4 of 11 on St. mary’s 4 2 15 6
The softball team went 2-2 out to an early 1-0 lead in the the first Wheaton batter of the the week with one RBI, while
this week, dropping a pair of first game, though the Dutch inning singled up the middle, Scarbrough went 2 of 9 with a adrian 5 3 13 12
games to Hope last Friday be- advantage was short lived. breaking the no-hitter. The run, three RBIs and two walks. albion 3 5 11 8
fore defeating both Wheaton Calvin struck back in the bot- next Thunder batter doubled Moriarity chipped in with three olivet 1 3 6 14
College and North Central tom of the first inning as junior to left field, putting runners on runs, an RBI and a walk. Calvin 1 7 7 15
College at the North Central Brittany Moriarty smacked second and third with no outs. The Knights will partici- K-Zoo 0 4 1 13
Invitational on Saturday. a double to right-center field, Folkerts walked the next batter, pate in the Illinois Wesleyan
Calvin (7-15 overall, 1-7 scoring senior Samantha Ehlert loading the bases. Tournament this weekend.
Calvin’s eight-game win streak snapped
Tuesday’s 10-1 loss to Grand Valley State University marked the Knights’ first since mid-March
regular four-man rotation, but “A couple of innings we
By chaZ amIdon was given the start in order to could’ve gotten out of without
Sports co-editor save juniors Nate Pocock (4- giving up any runs, but we
0) and Kyle Cousins (4-0) for didn’t because of some errors,”
The Knights frittered away Thursday’s home doubleheader said Sparks. “That was the only
their eight-game win streak against Tri-State. thing I was really disappointed
and lost for the first time since “[Larsen] does a good job with ... I wanted to see us com-
March 14 as they dropped a of just being around the plate pete a little more defensively.”
10-1 decision to Grand Valley and getting his off-speed stuff GVSU tacked on three insur-
State University on Tuesday. over it,” said Sparks. “Minus a ance runs-one in the eighth,
Calvin’s perennial show- couple of errors, we’re right in two in the ninth-before the
down with the No. 16 (Div. II) that ballgame until [the point] afternoon was over. Freshman
Lakers came one day after the where he comes out. He’s a Jeff Groenewold pitched three
Knights breezed past Hope in valuable asset to our team, a se- innings in relief for the Knights,
Holland, completing their first nior with a lot of experience.” while sophomore Chad Epker
season sweep of their lakeshore T he K n ig hts comm it ted threw in the ninth.
rivals since 2002. three costly errors throughout, Offensively, Calvin went a
But on Tuesday, Calvin reg- including an infield grounder combined 3 for 29 (.103) from
istered a season-low three hits muffed by sophomore Matt the plate. The Knights are bat-
while giving up 15 to the vis- Schepel that helped the Lakers ting .342 as a team so far this
iting Lakers, who exhibited jump out to an early 3-0 lead season-the best mark of any
control, both offensively and in the second inning. GVSU’s team in the MIAA.
defensively, throughout. Corey Maguire added another The K nights (16 -2, 8 - 0),
“T he big t h i ng is t hat I run with an RBI groundout who were recently pegged with
wanted our guys to compete in the third to bring the score a Div. III national ranking
today,” said coach John Sparks to 4-0. (No. 23), will play four games
after Tuesday’s loss. “They’re Calvin’s lone run of the af- against seventh-place Tri-State
ranked nationally in Division ternoon was belted in by junior (9-14, 3-9) this weekend as they
II-they’re obviously a scholar- Chris Blacklidge, who singled seek to preserve their unblem-
ship program. At times we home Schepel in the bottom of ished conference record.
competed well, at other times the fourth to jut into the Laker “I think every conference
we didn’t.” lead, 4-1. game is going to be tough,” said
Senior Scott Larsen (1-1) was One inning later, an Alex Sparks. “When you’re in first
shelled for 10 hits-though he Marcus blunder in right field place, you have an ‘X’ on your
allowed only two earned runs allowed Mag uire to t urn a back more than you normally
-in a five-inning stint on the single into a double and plate would. It looks like Tri-State Photo By Jeff feBuS
mound for the Knights. Larsen, t wo r uns, and Justin Beal has been very competitive this
who has typically been work- drove home another run to year, so I think we’ll have to Calvin batted a combined 3 for 29 (.103) from the plate in
ing out of the bullpen since give GVSU a commanding 7-1 play really well to stick with Tuesday’s non-conference showdown with GVSU.
Spring Break, is not in Calvin’s advantage. them.”
16 SportS C himes April 11, 2008
Track excels in dogfight at Bulldog Invite
Ryan Jensen’s record-breaking hammer throw headlined a day of Calvin brilliance at Ferris State University
meter. “It was a pretty windy The Knights now prepare
meet, so the times were not go- for the MI A A jamboree at
ing to be as good.” Alma, where the runners get a
While Wrobel, Jensen, and chance to see their competition
several others posed season as a warm up to the conference
bests, the focus for the meet meet. There they will face off
was not on personal best or against top league competi-
qualifying times, but rather tion from Hope and Adrian
victories. Colleges, who are especially
“We worked on beating peo- strong in the sprints and jumps.
ple rather than going for times, Calvin will counter with their
and we worked together as a sprinters and jumpers, along
team,” said Wrobel. with a strong distance game. At
And to that end, Calvin Ferris, Calvin runners took the
r unners took f irst place in four top spots in the 5000 meter
several events with wins by and five of the top 11 spots in
Jed Christiansen in the 1,500 the 1500 meter.
meters (4:00.31) and senior “It’s going to be interesting
Tad Hulst in the 5,000 meters because we won’t be going
(15:11.56) on the men’s side for times as much as victories
and junior Calah Schlabach again,” said Wrobel. “It is sup-
in the 5,000 meters (17:55.10), posed to be 40 and windy, so
junior Lauren Bergstrom in we will try to pack together as a
the 800 meter and senior Sarah team, like in Cross Country, to
Wittingen (East Grand Rapids stay warm in distance events…
HS)in the 400 meter hurdles on we’ll try to earn a lot of points
the women’s. With an NCAA there.”
III provisional qualifying time If the Knights continue to
of 1:02.49, Wittengen domi- run as they did at Ferris, they
nated the competition, while expect positive results.
also t ur ning in NCA A III “We’ve won a lot of titles in
provisional qualifying times in a row,” said Wrobel. “They say
the 100 meter hurdles and the this year is going to be close,
photo By michaeL j. macLean 4x400 meter relay. The relay but we’ll be able to pull it out if
Several Calvin athletes turned in NCAA Div. III qualifying times during Saturday’s had a time of 3:55.49, a win of everyone runs well.”
almost six seconds, and includ- The Alma meet will bet-
scintillating performance at the Bulldog Invitational, hosted by Ferris State University. ed sophomore Heather Koning, ter prepare the team for their
junior Kristen VanSickel and biggest meet of the year at
strong performances by the a foot. The throw provisionally Bergstrom. Hillsdale on April 24-26 and
By Luke Leisman Calvin track and field team at qualified Jensen for the NCAA T he Calvin women also the MIAA conference finals
staff Writer the Bulldog Invitational host- III finals. It also came in subpar took first place in three field on May 1-2.
ed by Ferris State University conditions. events. Junior Julie Bratt won “We are progressing really
A cool, windy Saturday af- Saturday at the Top Taggert “The conditions were not the triple jump, while sopho- well this year; times are com-
ternoon in Big Rapids was the Field. great, but we still tried… our more Leigha Oberle took first ing down fast,” said Wrobel.
time to shine for senior Ryan With his throw of 177 feet 9 best,” said f reshman A lex in the discus and sophomore “We’ve had lots of good per-
Jensen. His record-setting ham- inches, Jensen bested his previ- Wrobel, who posted a season Carla Lindemulder won the formances, and hope to come
mer throw led another day of ous Calvin record by more than best time of 1:57.74 in the 800 pole vault. out strong.”
Tennis loses No. 1
Tilton to injury
unfortunate time for this to
By chaz amidon happen.”
sports co-editor Calvin’s loss to Kalamazoo,
the most domineering tennis
For the past two years, John program in the MIAA, fea-
Ross’ women’s basketball team tured an unexpected implosion
has been perpetually haunted during singles play. After the
by injuries. Knights went 2-1 in doubles,
Now, the “curse” has infil- they were swept 5-0 in singles
trated his men’s tennis squad. competition.
No. 1 singles phenom senior “( K a l a m a z o o) h a s n’ t
Ricky Tilton was sidelined lo s t m a ny le a g u e m a t c h -
with a nagging shoulder injury e s fo r ye a r s,” s a id R o s s.
following Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to They are just a hard team to
Kalamazoo and could miss the beat, but hopefully will get a
remainder of the 2008 season. chance to meet them again in
“It’s just a huge devastation, the conference tournament.”
a huge loss,” said Ross. “We’ll The loss came four days after
be lucky to get him back at 75 the Knights cruised past Grand
percent before the end of the Rapids Community College
year, and we don’t even know and Alma, defeating each by
the extent of the injury.” a score of 9-0, at MVP Sports
Tilton was saddled with Complex in Rockford.
his first loss of the season on Calvin moved to 6-4 overall
Tuesday, falling to Kalamazoo’s with Tuesday’s loss, and will
Jason Brown in three sets (7-6, look to rebound this weekend
6-7, 1-6). He is currently rated at the GLCA Tournament in
the No. 9 singles player in the Oberlin, Ohio.
Central Region, according to ITA regulations require that
ITA rankings. players simply move up one spot
“[Tilton] is arguably one in singles play in the occurence
of the best players in Calvin of an injury — subsequently,
history,” said Ross. “He had junior Marcus Zeilstra (8-2)
a good shot at making it to will move into the team’s No.
nationals this year.” 1 slot to fill Tilton’s void.
Tilton is 6-1 in singles play Junior Andrew Rescorla
this season, going 1-0 and 1-1 may now jump into the No.
against nationally and region- 6 singles position, while Ross
ally ranked opponents, respec- has yet to decide on the adjust-
tively. ments for doubles play.
The senior will undergo an Tilton and fellow senior
MRI later this week and will Mike Goorhouse had been
receive results on Monday, bar- competing as the No. 2 tandem
ring no complications. in doubles play before Tilton
“His shoulder was hurting was sidelined. Zeilstra and
him back in January, so we’re junior Steve DeMaagd will re-
finally getting things figured main the No. 1 duo in doubles
out,” said Ross. “It’s just an action.
April 11, 2008 C himes Op/Ed 17
‘Ethical’ programs not constitutional
worldview. One point they Christ further commands his solution. Obama’s policies just purposes. The means to achiev-
By Paul SchraMPfer raise is the idea of whether the Church to care for the sick. offer more of the same under- ing these purposes are listed in
Guest Writer warning to “hold on to your He tells us to do it, not the lying problem: government the actual body, where no such
wallet” is contrary to Christian gover nment. A llowing the intervention. authority is given.
In their April 4th Chimes teaching. government to demand mon- Having said that, I should Incidentally, the Constitution
a r t icle, Bek a h Sauers a nd However, one should keep in ey and/or time of us is what note one thing. The govern- does give the federal govern-
Aaron Roorda attempt to de- mind that whether the govern- might be called “forced Good ment can help. It can limit ment authority to provide de-
fend Barack Obama against a ment pays for these programs Samaritanism,” for which there regulations and taxation in or- fense from external threats.
criticism from a Focus on the with money from taxes or by is no Biblical basis. der to allow people to keep the Sauers and Roorda point to all
Family newsletter. requiring community service, In addition, I would argue money they earn, so they can the money being spent on the
T hey t r y to show t hat it is forced. that part of fulfilling Christ’s put it toward fulfilling God’s military and ask how this is dif-
Focus resorted to the “stereo- For example, if I or another call is to find the best and most commands. ferent than Obama’s expensive
t y p e of a f u nd a me nt a l i s t citizen view the government’s effective means of caring for One cannot give what the policies.
Christian,” and that Obama’s attempt at helping the poor as a others, be it in any of the above government has taken. They are different in terms
policies are consistent with failure, I may want to withhold mentioned areas. However, to do more is to of legalit y: while Obama’s
Christianity. my money from them and put Time has shown that gov- overstep its bounds and force expensive programs have no
While I have not read the it to better use (perhaps by con- ernment-provided health care, us to do what God has com- Constitutional basis, military
newsletter they reference, I can tributing to a charity that has a welfare and education (to name manded us to do willingly. does.
respond on the specific issues better record of success). a few programs) fail to per- There is another important It can still be overdone (and
they raised, and based on these, Yet I can’t; the government form well. Schools, especially problem with Obama’s policies: whether it is here is a debate for
I would argue that not only do forces me to pay taxes for this those in poorer areas, are fail- they’re illegal, or more specifi- another day); I’m just saying
Obama’s ideas conf lict with purpose. ing, both in spiritual matters cally, unconstitutional. that the military expenses are
Christianity, but they are also To force someone to pay or (Christianity is often forbidden The Constitution says noth- at least legal.
unconstitutional. to perform services hardly ap- in public schools) and in others ing about the government pro- Sauers and Roorda say of
One of their criticisms is that pears to be charity. Christians (drastic decline in test scores viding for the poor, providing Obama’s policies that “the
the Focus newsletter draws too are called to be stewards of and graduation rates). medical care, or education. overwhelming majority ... are
much attention to moral issues their property and to help those Large amounts of money are I n a d d i t i o n , t h e 10 t h sound, and not only ethically
such as abortion and homo- in need. spent on welfare, yet there has A mendment says t hat any acceptable, but ethically de-
sexuality. Thus, we are called to help been little change in relieving powers not given to the federal manded.”
While I agree that these are the poor. poverty. government belong with the T h is st ateme nt is fa lse.
not the only important issues, Passively allowing the gov- Government-funded health states or the people. They are ineffective, they are
they are certainly crucial. ernment to take our property, care is fraught with efficiency As such, for the gover n- a violation of the United States
At the very least, they dem- specifically money, is not be- problems. Non-government ment to do what Obama would Constitution (which a president
onstrate an underlying world- ing a good steward, especially solutions work better, in theory have it do, it has to overstep its swears to uphold) and they
view, and provide a test of how considering how much money and in fact. Take care for the Constitutional authority. remove responsibility from the
much a candidate values life is wasted by government pro- poor, via private charity, as an The only possible argument people and the Church.
and morality. grams. example. comes from the Preamble, and It is good for Christians to
It also asks whether or not a With regard to education and If a charity fails to help the the mandate to “promote the help the sick, the poor, and the
candidate is willing to protect health care (other issues Sauers poor, people will stop donating general welfare.” uneducated.
the lives of its citizens. and Roorda bring up from the to it; therefore, it must. There are several problems History has shown, though,
It seems strange to talk so newsletter), the command to This requires both giver and with using this in support of that when the government tries
much about helping people in care for these needs is given to charity to take an active role in Obama’s plans. One is defini- to do it, it fails, and people end
other contexts, but ignore a families and the Church. helping the poor, and in making tion: “welfare” in this context up suffering even more.
large group of Americans who Scripture tells parents to sure donations are put to their isn’t the same as it is used today. As Christians, we should call
are legally being killed. “train up a child in the way proper use. It means general well-being. for the most effective and in-
Sauers and Roorda then go he should go, and when he is As Christians who care for Second, it says “promote,” volved means of helping those
on to discuss how Obama’s pol- old, he will not depart from people in need, we should be not “provide.” Third, it is in the in need, and Obama’s policies
icies coincide with a Christian it.” calling for a more effective Preamble, which sets out the do not do that.
China’s chance to lead Commie Calvin
China has been shielding the protests, the probability of this I s it a coi nc ide nce t hat
By Joel Meredith current military regime in the occurring is admittedly slim. By Paul BylSMa Claiborne’s fashionable ban-
Staff Writer troubled nation of Burma from Though words and acts of Guest Writer dana in his promotional picture
international pressure calling protest and dismay have been is red? I don’t think so.
This summer’s upcoming for talks between the current voiced from across the globe, It’s official: Calvin’s lib- In an interview that I thought
Olympic games symbolize the government and democratical- China has been and will con- eral arts education is now a about hosting with Claiborne,
onset of a new age, reflected in ly elected Aung San Suu Kyi, tinue to be able to shirk such far-left arts education. he probably would have told me
part by the slogan: “One World, who is currently under house dissent unless action becomes With the scheduled ap- that his two favorite pieces of lit-
One Dream.” arrest. more seriously concerted. pearance of Shane Claiborne erature are Marx’s Communist
The era of a world dominat- As China takes center stage Coalesced, these movements next Monday, this campus Manifesto and the now defunct
ed politically and economically in August, there is little doubt may, if nothing else, serve as can kiss any hope of remain- East German “Communist-itu-
by Western Europe and North that the world will find much the nagging conscience of the ing a democratic, free-mar- tion,” as I like to call it.
America is drawing to an end, to marvel at over the course of Chinese government, a voice ket institution goodbye. “Marx was the Jesus of the
particularly due to the waxing the games. for the downtrodden multitude The man in favor of re- 19th century,” Claiborne prob-
clout of India and China as new W hat remains in doubt, who have none. distributing resources to the ably would have said, “He was
super-powers on the horizon. however, is whether or not the If a united stand is taken poor maintains a noble the- just looking out for the poor as
With Beijing playing host Chinese government will take against the Chinese govern- ory, comenting what some members of the Kingdom of
to the 2008 Olympics, China the opportunity to prove itself ment and their poor human would argue is the Bible’s God.” Not to mention members
hopes to showcase its new more than just the latest power- rights record, perhaps it will call for preferential treat- of an oppressive collectivist
position as a world leader, a hungry machine of a country become apparent to the gov- ment of those in need. But regime that no one would will-
position that would have been on the world scene. ernment that their abuses will we’ve seen this before, and ingly be a part of!
unimaginable fifty years ago With months to go before have damning ramifications it doesn’t work. Let’s not forget to enter-
at the time of Mao Tse-tung’s the official commencement deeper than losing face as a few The year 1989 marked the tain the possibility that Shane
failed “Great Leap.” of the Olympics in Beijing, protestors are beaten down at a fall of the Berlin Wall as well Claiborne might have changed
As remarkable as China’s China possesses a special op- torch-lighting ceremony. as the Velvet Revolution, fol- his name from something like
accomplishments since then portunity to exercise clear mor- The Olympics have long lowed two years later by the Aleksander Popovich or Nikolei
have proven, the nation has al leadership with the world been regarded as an institution formal collapse of the Soviet J. Stalin.
yet to sufficiently provide evi- watching. of understanding, bridge-build- Union. This man is a threat to the
dence that human rights mean Considering that respect for ing and an occasion for world It shouldn’t take a Joseph democracy that we have all
as much to the up-and-coming the United States is waning unity where, for a short time McCarthy in this day and come to embrace!
giant as its swelling GDP. internationally, the moment every two years, the nations age to inform us that despite I understand it is in Calvin’s
Recent protests in Tibet and is especially opportune for converge, put aside their dif- these landmark events in de- mission to entertain several
other western portions of China China to take advantage of an ferences and come together mocracy’s world conquest, worldviews in order to accom-
have aroused international at- unpopular administration and as one. communism is still alive. modate several students.
tention and speculative talk an equally unpopular war. By Before celebrating the torch I mean, North Korea and This, however, is going too
about boycotting the opening pressuring the current Burmese lighting in Beijing this year, Cuba are still alive and kick- far. Does it surprise you that the
ceremony, or the games in sum government for democratic however, we must consider ing, despite the thriving exis- Socialist Workers Party has its
total. reform and retracting its claim the exclusion of the Tibetan tence of democracy in pretty roots right next door to the old
In the Chinese government’s on Tibetan land, China could people from being represented much every other country in Franklin campus? Me either.
attempts to quell further re- have a truly groundbreaking as a nation. the world. So, loyal American demo-
gional unrest, an uncomfirmed moment — not just for its own We must consider the human Shane Claiborne, to some cratic patriot-students, I beg
number of Tibetans have been glory, but for the glory of its rights abuses in Burma and the a savior to the poor, to oth- you to utilize your Calvin-
killed; some reports put the purported ideal: “One World, silencing of Aung San Suu Kyi ers an ambassador f rom seeded skills of discernment,
number around 100. More have One Dream.” and the democratic resistance communism, is coming to if you so happen to be sucked
been arrested. With the Chinese govern- she represents for the country. Calvin to try to win us over into this modern day Engel’s
Though recent turmoil has ment shifting the blame for re- Great power necessitates to communism whether we lecture.
been in the headlines, China’s cent violence to the exiled Dalai great responsibility; so far the like it or not. Remember that we have it
problem runs deeper. Lama and parading Tibetans Chinese government has yet A n d we t h o u g h t t h e right how it is, and his radical
Possessing veto power on on state television to denounce to prove its capability on this Cuban Missile Crisis was left views are not welcomed
the U.N. Security Council, their part in aforementioned latter count. scary. here.
18 Op/Ed C himes April 11, 2008
I’m disturbed by Van Baren’s contraception, not abortion.
From the of a boy who walks along
the ocean shore, throwing
back the starfish caught on
letter because it rehashes cul-
ture wars that we should fi-
nally be able to put behind us.
This is evidenced by his men-
tion of STDs. The implication
I read is that Obama is trying
Editor the beach when the tide But even more troubling is the to raise his children not to have
went out. With impossibly fact that Calvin College is bet- promiscuous sex, but if they
many starfish in peril, he ter than this. We as a faculty should do so, he wants them to
is asked why he bothers to work hard to teach students not be educated about protection to
try — he could never make to take words out of context. avoid the very situation which
More political apathy may ent apathy regarding the politi- a significant impact. As he We stress that any act of dis- can lead to abortion, which
be just what our societ y cal system is more indicative of throws back one more, he agreement should start from is described in detail in later
needs. a distrust of institutions — an says, “It made a difference a spirit of hospitality that al- paragraphs purely for shock
While voter turnout in attitude that says, “If we want to that one.” lows one to characterize an value.
the United States has con- to make a change, we’ll have opponent’s position as fairly Later in the ar ticle, Van
sistently remained below to go out and make it happen But what if all these star- as possible. Van Baren’s ar- Baren angrily points out that
about 50 percent in major ourselves.” fish were stranded because ticle exemplifies two tenden- Obama supported a bill on sex
elections, and public protests In this way people can pro- some harmful type of com- cies that often appear in the education, which seems coun-
and the like have seemingly vide much-needed medical as- mercial f ishing practice. worst examples of scholar- ter to his stance that abortion
decreased significantly in sistance in developing nations, Would it not be more effec- ship: hostility and poor han- should be avoided at all costs, as
size and frequency, volun- help with the rebuilding of the tive in the long term to take dling of sources. In short, Van unprotected sex is its root cause.
teerism in the past decade U.S. Gulf Coast after so many action against that harmful Baren’s argument rests upon Van Baren’s discussion of fam-
has been significantly higher severe hurricanes, aid those practice? a mean-spirited misreading. I ily values is similarly illogical.
than in the previous ones. in southeast Asia facing the While it is certainly im- would like to think that Calvin Obama and many Democrats
T h e C o r p o r a t io n fo r destruction of the 2004 tsuna- portant and admirable to students are typically more are strong supporters of pro-
National and Community mi, offer help with communi- help “that one,” it is also critical and more charitable. grams to reduce poverty in
Service says current volun- ties developing better farming important to affect the struc- America, which is at the core
teering rates are at “histori- methods or with procuring tures that may be causing Craig Hanson of a lot of crime and broken
cally high levels” in its 2006 enough potable water. And it some of the harm volunteer- A ssistant Professor of Ar t families.
repor t, “Volunteering in can be done without having to ism tries to clean up. History The argument against man-
America: State Trends and convince a government or an It is comforting to see that datory parental notification on
Rankings,” based on data international body of nations claims of this generation’s Dear Editor, abortion is not for the stable
collected by the U.S. Census that such action is immediately apathy may be somewhat I usually f ind juxtaposi- healthy families mentioned,
Bureau. necessary. overly pessi m ist ic. It is tion extremely hilarious, es- but to protect minors who
Between 1989 and 2006, Perhaps people have focused wonderful to see that more pecially in the printed word. may be in abusive situations.
volunteer rates increased their energy into direct, tan- people are willing to give of However, after reading Matt Finally, the article frequently
from 20.4 percent to 26.7 gible methods of taking care their resources to work for Decker’s challenge to get in- insists that an unwanted preg-
percent of the U.S. adult of this world and its citizens the changes they want to see. volved with politics (“Apathy nancy is not a punishment.
population. Particularly, the rather than wasting energy on At the same time, we must Sucks,” April 4) I was slapped While a struggling, 16-year-old
number of college students trying to change intransigent remember the complemen- by Bruce Van Baren’s article mother may love a newborn
volunteering increased by systems in which they feel they tary importance of political on Barack Obama’s immo- baby, I doubt she’d view the
20 percent between 2002 and don’t have enough influence to activism that seeks to create rality (“Obama’s immorality child as a beneficial result of
2006, from 2.7 million to 3.3 make any real difference. and reform the systems that pushes him left”). Van Baren’s unprotected sex. A punishment
million. With less time standing in will set the foundations and attack on Obama and liberal- can, in fact, come as a result
“We have observed a his- front of tall, columned build- structures for the societies ism was completely antitheti- of a person’s own actions, just
torically significant surge ings in cities of governance we live in. cal to Decker’s good-natured as a bad grade could be called
in service interest by college or trying to unravel the truth If the political apathy ob- appeal to political par tici- pu n i sh me nt for fa i l i ng to
students, probably the most behind various candidates’ served in our generation pation. Van Baren’s single- study.
remarkable increase since campaign promises, people does indicate a greater will- issue rhetoric only leads to The attack that liberals only
the ‘Greatest Generation’ of have more time to work along- ingness to volunteer and sensationalism and yellow “throw money at everything”
World War II,” said Steve side those people who need help work directly with those who journalism instead of cogent is simply inflammatory and un-
Goldsmith, the chairman and protection. should benefit from aid, then discussion. related. Further, after six years
of the Corporation, in an Yet this volunteerism is not the claims about the useless- Secondly, Van Baren’s use with a Republican president
October 2006 Associated enough. ness and self-centeredness of of the word “liberal” was fla- and Congress resulting in little
Press article “College vol- For one thing, certainly not this generation may be more grant and offensive. Take, for shift in policy, it is stretch to say
unteering in the U.S. rises everyone capable of serving in dire than necessary. At the instance, the first 10 words liberalism is what has failed to
sharply.” such ways is willing to do so. same time, we must continue of his article, “Liberals often “[solve] America’s social prob-
It seems that people have Harmful apathy is certainly to figure out how to con- make me sick, but rarely to this lems.” Reserve fanatical rants
shifted their attention from not absent. struct and re-construct the degree.” How is a statement for social gatherings not the
changing systems to more But more importantly, direct institutions that will be able like this supposed to encourage op-ed section.
directly changing the things impact from volunteering can to work on larger scales than intelligent debate? I’m glad that
they believe systems should only go so far. individuals are capable of. most other Chimes contributors Scott Admiraal ’06
change. Perhaps this appar- Many have heard the story -kmh don’t sink to O’Reilly-esque
slurs, but whenever I encounter Waiting isn’t apathy
the word “liberal” used that
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
way I cringe. “I feel that life is divided into
Later in the ar ticle, Van the horrible and the miserable.
Baren states, “Liberals want That’s the two categories. The
to throw money at everything horrible are like, I don’t know,
Abortion’s morality Baren trying to protect, pre- — nine years old and six years instead of addressing the real terminal cases, you know, and
serve or promote? Banning old,” Obama said. “I am going issue of family values.” By blind people, crippled. I don’t
Dear Editor, homosexuality or condemning to teach them first about values using an all-encompassing know how they get through
Although Bruce Van Baren’s single mothers? and morals, but if they make a statement like that, “liberal” l i fe. It ’s a m a z i n g t o me.
article was published in the F u r t he r mor e, he l a b el s mistake, I don’t want them to is transformed from a gen- And the miserable is everyone
opinion section where anyone’s Obama an immoral politician. be punished with a baby. I don’t eral political tendency into a else. So you should be thankful
passions are readily accepted, This is quite a statement to want them to be punished with spec i f ic ste reot y pe. I f we that you’re miserable, because
I found certain statements in make based on one issue, es- an STD at age 16 ...” take words wit h a general that’s very lucky to be miser-
“Obama’s immorality pushes pecially considering that Van In fact, the rest of Obama’s meaning and use them pejora- able.”
him left” (April 4) lacking in Baren barely scratches the sur- sentence, which was conve- tively, we’re left with hateful That’s a quote from Woody
sympathy and thought. face of the actual meaning of niently omitted by Van Baren, labels. Allen in “Annie Hall.” The
Van Baren writes, “Clearly pro-life. Rather, he throws out makes it clear what Obama I feel confident saying I’m tagline for the 1977 film was
his vision for change is blurred some gruesome descriptions had in mind. It reads: “so it proud to be a liberal, but it “a nervous comedy,” and the
by the liberal way. It’s the and name calling, which is a doesn’t make sense to not give would be a shame if others film follows an Allen-like char-
liberal way to always blame persuasive tactic, but a cop-out them information.” After stat- are deterred from saying the acter (played by Allen) named
someone else for their prob- nonetheless. ing explicitly that abstinence same because of the way the Alvy Singer as he muses about
lems.” should be part of sexual educa- word is misused. We need to be love, frustration and depression
Negatively portraying the Elaine Bannis, ’87 tion (“When it comes specifical- accepting of people with oth- in the western world.
“other” side or, in Van Baren’s ly to HIV/AIDS, the most im- er beliefs before we can ac- This year has been one of
case, the horribly evil and not- In his editorial on Obama, portant prevention is education, complish new things in this the roughest I’ve ever had.
Bible-believing side, is not a Bruce Van Baren embraces which should include absti- country. I’ve gotten months behind in
correct or professional way a divisive, partisan tone that nence”), Obama in effect says classes, visited Broene, been
to make a point, or at least a exemplifies what’s wrong with that adolescents should also be Paul Haverkamp, ’09 put on medication, stayed up
thought-provoking, valid one. politics in the United States. He aware of safe sex practices. As days in a row, messed myself
He continues, “An unwanted begins with insult and provoca- much as he would regret his Dear Editor, up emotionally and done things
pregnancy is a consequence tion, stating that “liberals often daughters engaging in casual A f t e r r e a d i n g M r. Va n to my body to get through mo-
of irresponsible people, not a make me sick.” From there the teenage sex, he would rather Baren’s op-ed piece on Sen. ments instead of caring about
punishment by some outside vitriolic rhetoric just intensifies. they do so with knowledge Barack Obama, I feel compelled the future. And it hasn’t been
source.” Unfortunately, Van Baren mis- that would keep them from to respond to his attack, which due to deaths in the family, or
This statement does not characterizes Obama’s remarks transmitting an STD or be- was based almost entirely on threats to my life, or a lack of
lead to the obvious conclusion by taking them out of context coming pregnant. I hardly non-sequiturs. food or privation.
that Van Baren has reached. (the speech from Johnstown, see how this is an immoral or By my reading, his main I don’t live in a third world
The people themselves are not PA, March 29, 2008, 2:23 p.m., absurd position. Obama doesn’t points are that liberals make country, but I still suffer. We
irresponsible. Perhaps their was recorded by CNN and can cond one s u c h mora l f a i l- him sick, that Obama’s quote all do. I think it’s cr uel to
actions were at the time, but be seen in part on YouTube). ings; he simply acknowledges on sexual values demonstrates suggest that American life is
these could have been one-time Van Baren fails to note, for wh a t d e mog r a phe r s h ave he’s immoral and that having an “cushy” and that we all have
events. instance, that Obama’s state- been saying for a long time. unwanted baby isn’t a punish- it easy just because we aren’t
Va n Ba re n a lso a sser t s, ments were made in the con- Abstinence-only education ment. In response to the first, starving.
“Liberals want to throw money text of larger remarks on the makes for bad sexual educa- I’ll avoid a personal introduc- Everybody has problems and
at everything instead of ad- importance of sexual education tion policy. Anyone opposed tion for everyone’s best interest. is at a different place in life,
dressing the real issues of fam- — not abortion, as much of the to abortion should, in fact, Second, the quote cited as and politics simply does not
ily values.” editorial implies. embrace more sexual educa- evidence of Obama’s immo- concern everyone. It’s wrong
What family values is Van “Look, I got two daughters tion, not less. rality is transparently about to make a blanket judgment
April 11, 2008 C himes Op/Ed 19
Waiving bye to our rights Give a little bit
goes on. Habeas Corpus is that have been passed), is that
by AAron roorDA still suspended for anyone that the vague language leaves too
op/Ed Co-Editor could be considered an “enemy much open to interpretation. by Erik J. DE VriEs
combatant,” a definition that The reason the Founding Guest Writer
“Yawn,” you think as you remains pret t y broad even Fathers made the constitution-
glance through the Chimes. now. If I wrote nothing but al language so rigid was so that I hate taxes. Everyone who has ventured to look at the
“Wiretaps? Who cares about fiery anti-American rhetoric no one would be able to find Internal Revenue Code knows, to put it mildly, it is incom-
wiretaps? I have nothing to for the rest of the semester and “loopholes,” that they could use prehensible. Nevertheless, every week I spend some time
hide, so I don’t mind if they’re threw in some Koranic refer- for their own ends. These new working at a local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
listening in on my calls.” ences, I could be just as guilty laws are for “extremists” and program site.
All I have to say to those as some of those shipped off “dangerous” individuals, but At VITA, some Calvin students and I help low-income
people is this: just because to Guantanamo. While the who gets to decide what speech individuals file their tax returns. One of the things I have
you’re not worried about get- chances of a natural American is dangerous or extremist? noticed about many of these people’s returns is that they
ting in trouble because of it, citizen being deemed an enemy Furthermore the very idea that do not contribute to charities. It’s somewhat understand-
doesn’t mean you shouldn’t combatant are admittedly low, any speech could be judged by able that they do not donate since their annual income is
care about it. we have termed some people these vague merits is even more sometimes less than $15,000.
The problem I have with enemy combatants that turned worrying, yet many Americans You may wonder how this relates to college students here
the warrantless wiretaps is the out to be, well, not. shrug and say “that’s the world at Calvin and that is where I am going. I think it is impera-
precedent it sets for presidential One Canadian man is suing we live in.” tive to begin fostering a spirit of generosity at this time in
powers. the U.S. Government after be- Do you rea l ly wa nt t he our lives, because the habits we are making now will be with
The constitution set rigid ing imprisoned in Guantanamo Justice Department to be the us for the rest of our lives.
guidelines on purpose, so that for months without access to a ultimate decider of what con- That sounds a bit weighty, but I think every person at
no branch of government would phone or a lawyer, all because stitutes these kinds of speech? Calvin needs to start thinking about how to use the finan-
infringe on the citizen’s numer- the all seeing eyes in the sky The Justice Department has cial resources that have been entrusted to his or her care. I
ous rights. The precedent these deemed him a possible terror- proved over the last four year often think about the parable of the talents that Jesus tells
types of sweeping surveillance ist. Even if we’re not losing that checks and balances can in Matthew (25:14-30).
laws set is a dangerous one that our rights, we’re still complicit become nothing more than God has given you and me a great many blessings, and
chips away slowly at the con- when other people lose theirs. yes men to the very people often that blessing can take the form of money. In addition,
stitutional rights we all enjoy The effectiveness of these du- they’re supposed to be keeping like the workers in the parable, we have a responsibility to
as citizens. I know I’m not in bious programs is undeniable, in check. So what if someone use our resources in a manner consistent with the Master’s
al-Qaeda; do I deserve to lose something that many conserva- especially devious did come plan.
my rights in the effort to catch tive Republicans remind us of into the presidency right now? I do not pretend that I have been graced with all the
those who are? every chance they get. There Let’s just say he’d have a lot of knowledge to know everyone’s financial situation, but I
Admittedly there is no con- hasn’t been another terrorist leeway to do pretty much what- want to make some suggestions, which I believe will go
stitutional amendment guaran- attack on our soil since Sept. ever he wanted without worry- well for us.
teeing “privacy.” Rather, it is 11, so what’s the big deal? ing about repercussions. First, start contributing regularly to your church.
an understood right, meaning They also argue that since I know that not all of our Whether that means your church here or your church back
it’s inferred in the language of it’s not actually people monitor- rights are equally important home, everyone has a responsibility to support the work of
the constitution even if it’s not ing the calls, it’s computers that and can understand the allure the church. Maybe tithing for you means 10 percent of your
directly referenced. What is will activate an eavesdropping of compromising the ones I see gross income or some other percentage of your net. That is
guaranteed though is the right program when certain terms as less important for the sake between you and the Lord, but God does promise that if you
to private property, and don’t are used during the conversa- of safety. bring in your full tithe, He will bless you (Malachi 3:10).
personal phone conversations tion, it’s ok. You star t chipping away Second, contribute to organizations that have touched you
taking place generally on pri- Both of these rationaliza- at one right, however, and it personally. Perhaps you have been blessed by a Christian
vate property fall under that tions are just that though, ratio- creates a situation that the radio ministry, a youth conference organization or Christian
context? nalizing a dangerous and scary Founding Fathers never in- schools. I do not know what that ministry is that has been
Furthermore, direct chal- trend of compromising the very tended, and would be aghast a spiritual blessing in your life, but you do.
lenges to constitutional rights basis of what we know it is to be that our generation is even con- They have shared with you and me out of their efforts
are even more troublesome, as American in the name of a war sidering allowing. Rights were and we have a responsibility to be a blessing back to them
is the case with one memo that against a faceless enemy. termed “rights” because they’re and help them bless others.
details a period for 16 months What’s the next right to be all right, as in immutable. Third, contribute to worthy organizations in whose mis-
after Sept. 11 that the Federal shelved for the sake of public If you change one (or in sions you believe. A great many institutions in the world
Government suspended the safety? The right to bear arms? this administration’s case, up provide important services. However, as you may not be as
search and seizure rights for the The right to fair elections? The to four or five), all you’re do- closely affiliated with these groups, I strongly encourage
fight on terrorism. The Bush right to speak freely? ing is altering the foundation you to see if they are members of the Evangelical Council
administration has distanced Don’t laugh, it’s closer than much of this country is built for Financial Accountability, an organization devoted to
itself from this position since, you think. on. Personally, I’d rather die charitable transparency.
and no longer practices war- Already there have been free than live under constant As I hope you have been encouraged to donate from the
rantless search and seizures. laws passed that can charge watch. That’s probably what resources God has entrusted to you, I want to remind you
T he question remains someone with breaking the law Ben Franklin was thinking that that does not only mean donating money.
though: should we ever have if their speech is too “extrem- when he said “they [meaning Volunteering is an important way to be a blessing in this
had them at all? ist” or espouses an ideology us] who would give up an es- world. In closing, I encourage you to take the time to pray
The list of rights we’re will- that is especially “dangerous.” sential liberty for temporary and discern God’s will for your time and resources.
ing to “compromise on” in the The problem with laws like security, deserve neither liberty
name of the fight on terrorism that, though (and the other laws or security.”
on people who are apathetic to tensive coverage in a college than abortion ever has and center. The recent addition find? Whatever the reason,
issues that aren’t pertinent to newspaper. Congratulations! ever will? of large sheets of metal to the I’m s u re t hat me mbe r s of
their lives. We all have our own Why not champion poverty, side of this structure makes it the Calvin community will
issues to work through, and Anamarie Joosse social justice, or the war in Iraq look more like a barn. Is Calvin be able to apprec iate t h is
maybe someday I’ll be ready Chair, SAPT as moral issues? starting an agricultural depart- new mater ial. A f ter all, it
to consider involvement in Counselor, Broene Counseling Criticizing Christian ment and in need of a place clashes so n icely wit h t he
third world hunger or disease. Center Evangelicals as single-issue to store a few tractors? Or surrounding buildings!
But don’t pigeonhole every voters is generous. is this simply the cheapest
college student into your own Morality naïveté They view only part of an building material they could Pete Clemo, ’08
life experience. We have our issue, making them half-issue
entire lives to make up our Dear Editor, voters. To criticize a candidate
minds about politics and re- I am sick and tired of candi- as immoral for his vote con-
ligion. Why should we make dates being lambasted for their cerning an abortion issue is Don’t like what you’re reading?
judgment calls before we’re views on “moral issues.” unfounded and ignorant.
ready? Some people would have us It is this naïveté that will Wish you could put your two
believe that there are two kinds prevent progress in American
Luke Purdy, ’10 of issues in politics: moral is- society. Evangelical Christians cents in? Is everything in your life
sues and other issues, or, as need to get beyond this anti-
Chimes coverage matters they see it, those issues that quated issue stratification. perfect and you don’t know what
matter and those that don’t. It is as dangerous to our
Dear Editor, That distinction is impos- society today as the Jim Crow everyone else is whining about?
Thanks for your significant sible to make. The issues cham- laws were in the 1960s. People
articles on the issue of sexual pioned as moral; abortion and need to see issues not as moral Let us know. E-mail adr4@calvin.
assault last week. People have homosexual mar r iage, are and amoral; they only need to
shared with me how helpful fraught with complications see that all these issues mat- edu
it was to read stories from beyond morality. ter.
survivors and gain informa- At the same time, issues
tion regarding appropriate abandoned by such people Brian Ferwerda, ’09 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the writer’s
response to survivors of sexual are intrinsically linked to the
assault. Your discussion was same moral ideals they use Gym fashion faux pas name and class. Letters received without a name will not
also supportive of SAPT’s ef- to place abortion on a pedes- be printed. The editors reserve the right to edit any letters.
forts toward improving male- tal. Dear Editor, The length of the letter should be no longer than 250 words;
female relation and preventing Take the environment for Has Calvin changed the longer letters may be shortened at the editor’s discretion. The
of sexual assault. Our SAAM example. If protecting human plans for the Spoelhof com- deadline for all letters is 5 p.m. on Tuesday for print on the
speaker Keith Edwards (who life were so important, why plex? following Friday. Send letters to email@example.com with
has spoken at numerous col- would they not fight to help stop I was under t he impres- “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line, or send your com-
leges and universities in re- global warming, something sion that one of the str uc- ments through our website: www.calvin.edu/chimes
cent years) even shared that that has the potential to take tures being built would house
he has never seen such ex- the lives of far more people an indoor track and tennis
20 Photo Essay C himes April 11, 2008
Photos by Len Krygsman IV