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Vol. 136, Issue 1 - 6 Sept. 2012
Father Njus departs, Lansing diocese cites violation of vows
Hillsdale parish currently without full-time pastor
Roxanne Turnbull City News Editor Father Jeffrey Njus was asked to leave his position at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Hillsdale, Mich., on Aug. 22 after it was discovered he had violated his vow of celibacy before coming to Hillsdale. “It was a blow not only to the Catholic Society but to the entire Catholic community. By now the shock has worn away, and we are recovering for sure,” said Gannon Hyland, junior and president of the Hillsdale Catholic Society. According to a statement given by the Diocese of Lansing, Njus was asked to take leave because “of boundary violations in a pastoral context with adult women prior to his appointment to Hillsdale.” The violations came to the attention of Bishop Earl Boyea in Lansing, who then called Njus in for a conversation, which ended with Njus entering into a period of contemplation and prayer. “Celibacy is a promise a priest makes to a bishop at the time he is ordained,” said spokesman of the Diocese Michael Diebold. “A priest makes that promise because he must give himself completely to those who have been placed into his care.” Only weekend mass was said directly after Njus left but daily mass resumed Sept. 3 with the help of Monsignor Steven Raica from Lansing and Father Joe Krupp from Hudson, Mich. Campus mass was temporarily cancelled. Dean of Men Aaron Petersen has been a deacon for the Diocese of Lansing since May 2009 There has been no indication by the diocese whether Njus will be permitted to return to Hillsdale, but there is strong enthusiasm from Hillsdale College parishioners for Njus’s reinstatement. “There’s not a single member of the Hillsdale Catholic community that does not want to see Father Njus return,” Hyland said. Hillsdale College faculty are also helping to fill the void in Njus’ absence. Professor of History Brad Birzer taught the Hillsdale Catholic Inquiry classes last year with Njus and now coteaches the classes with Professor of History John Willson. The first course took place Sept. 2. Birzer said parishioners have been very active in the church in the wake of Njus’ removal, and he also had high praise of Njus’ charisma and role at St. Anthony’s. “He really pulled the best out of us,” Birzer said. “He became one of my best friends, and there’s no question [I want him back].” Currently, the atmosphere of the parish is one of “some sadness and loss,” said Petersen, but everyone is remaining “prayerful, faithful, hopeful, and loving.” “It’s a parish that knows its mission,” Petersen said. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is without its pastor. The Diocese of Lansing asked Father Jeffrey Njus to leave because of “boundary violations in a pastoral context with adult women,” prior to becoming the pastor in Hillsdale. (Joe Buth/Collegian)
“Celibacy is a promise a priest makes to a bishop at the time he is ordained. A priest makes that promise because he must give himself completely to those who have been placed into his care.” —Lansing Diocese spokesman Michael Diebold
and worked closely with Njus. “Father Jeff has been a very good priest for St. Anthony’s in the year he has been with us,” Petersen said. “The parish misses him and is praying for him. I personally miss him and am praying for him. I have much hope that Father Jeff will address the things that our Bishop has asked him to address.”
Freshmen women outnumber men almost 3 to 2
Demographic shift in 389 new students reflects growing national trend in gender disparity
Tory Cooney Features Editor The vase of flowers in the Niedfeldt Residence lobby attests to the feminine influence its new residents have exerted, just as the residents attest to an unusual shift in the demographic of the incoming freshmen class. Of the 389 freshmen, only 43 percent are male, compared to 57 percent women. This is a significant trend away from last year’s overall enrollment, where there was only a four percent gap in favor of women. “There’s a bigger gap than normal,” said Dean of Men Aaron Petersen. “But it’s a trend everywhere that there are more women enrolling in college than men. We’ve been able to avoid it this far, but it looks like this year we didn’t.” In the late 1970s, female enrollment surpassed male enrollment for the first time in American history, according to numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics. The national upward trend continued through the turn of the century as more and more women pursued degrees. In the mid-2000s, the gender gap stabilized. Since then, men have consistently represented 43 percent of enrollment, reported the American Council on Education. But Hillsdale’s demographic shift to the national norm is not expected to alter significantly student interactions on campus, said the deans’ office. “I haven’t noticed anything different, and I was watching carefully,” said Dean of Women Diane Philipp. “So it’s probably not going to have a huge impact. Maybe if it was a trend for four straight years, but this could be the only year, and it only impacted one dorm.” In order to accommodate the additional female students, Niedfeldt Residence was turned into a women’s dorm, housing 50 percent freshmen, with the other half sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It is the only women’s dorm on campus where all four classes are represented, Philipp said. This year, all freshmen men live in Simpson Hall and Galloway Hall, whereas in years past, they were also housed in Niedfeldt. “I think this is the first time that we’ve had all of the freshmen men in two dorms and I’m curious to see how it affects community,” said Dean of Men Aaron Petersen. “But I’m anticipating we have more upsides than downsides.” By having the freshmen men grouped closer physically, they will develop more connections with each other, Peterson said. Of the 305 men in Galloway, 66 percent are freshmen, which is only a 10 percent increase from past years, Petersen said. As only preliminary numbers are available at this time, the admissions office was unable to say if this year’s 389 incoming freshman class has raised the academic standards for admittance to Hillsdale, as the past 10 classes have done.
Senior Abby Newman said she’s seen a lot freshman girls on campus and not many guys. “The women all seem very opinionated and very independent,” Newman said. “Some guys might find that a little scary. You know, intimidating. But my freshman class had more guys than girls and we never had any kinds of issues. So, who knows?” Preliminary numbers state that 12 percent of the incoming class were homeschooled. Six percent are transfers, 44 percent attended public school, and 38 percent attended either private or parochial schools. These proportions do not significantly differ from past years’, Lantis said. The incoming students represent 40 different states – 64 percent outside of Michigan – and four foreign countries, including Kenya, China, Germany, and Zimbabwe. Final numbers, including test score averages, will be released on Sept. 12.
Grad school opens
KOON AND NIEDFELDT RESIDENTS SWAP DORMS
Sarah Leitner Associate Editor
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The Niedfeldt Residence group photos that line the halls and the basement of the dorm now include three groups of women hidden among the traditionally male residents. “We are excited to get our faces on the wall for sure,” said junior Jessica Youngstrom, Niedfeldt house director. At the close of the spring semester, Niedfeldt was a men’s dorm while Koon Residence was a women’s dorm. In June, the resident assistants were told they would have to switch residences because of the number of women that were attending Hillsdale College in the fall semester. The freshmen women outnumber the freshmen men almost three to two. Dean of Men Aaron Petersen said the switch is only expected
to last one year, as Niedfeldt is designed specifically for men. “If you go into Whitley [Residence] and Niedfeldt, you’ll notice a striking resemblance, but you’ll also see that one was designed for men and the other for women: One is cinderblock and the other is drywall,” he said, laughing. “We built [Niedfeldt] with a men’s residence in mind.” This year was the first since 1993 that Niedfeldt has been used as a women’s residence. “It wasn’t unprecedented,” said senior Greg Barry, Koon house director, “but it was kind of a shock.” Koon, on the other hand, has gone back and forth between housing men and women over Welcome back guys! The men of Niedfeldt Residence were the years, and Petersen said that welcomed back to their new dormitory with this banner. when he attended Hillsdale, it (Greg Barry/Collegian) was a men’s dorm. “That’s a swing See A4
Hillsdale College launches new graduate program
13 students enroll in statesmanship master’s, doctoral programs
Emmaline Epperson Copy Editor earning project aimed at keeping Hillsdale’s independence from government funding. After hiring enough faculty to teach the classes, the graduate program applied for accreditation in 2010. Hillsdale “passed with flying colors” after a year long accreditation review and opened for admission in August 2011, Pestritto said. Students in the program will take classes in statesmanship, political philosophy, and American politics. The faculty for the classes include President Larry Arnn, the entire politics department, and Paul Rahe, professor of history. Each semester, professors will rotate in and out of teaching graduate-level courses. In addition to their course work, graduate students will attend eight lectures a year that cover a variety of topics in the humanities. These lectures are open to the public and started with Whalen’s lecture on Sept. 4. Arnn will teach classes on Aristotle, Winston Churchill, and the Constitution, three classes he currently teaches at
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This year marks the opening of Hillsdale College’s graduate program. The new school offers both a master’s and a doctorate in statesmanship. The program has 13 students, seven in the masters program and six in the doctorate program. The graduate school will continue admitting this number of students, said Professor of Politics and Dean of the Graduate School of Statesmanship Ronald Pestritto. “It is hoped that the presence of the graduate program will elevate the academic nature of the institution, enrich the intellectual environment generally and draw faculty and student from across campus into contemplation of the serious realities under study in the program,” Provost David Whalen said. Hillsdale has been developing and planning the graduate program since the start of 2001 during the college’s Founders Campaign, Pestritto said. The Founders Campaign is a capital-
the undergraduate level. He said he hopes to impart on his students “a love of the good; a confidence that its pursuits can lead to living well; an understanding of the meaning of their country and its claims for freedom and justice.” Whalen said that the graduate program would not take away from the undergraduate politics department. “The presence of the graduate program should have no effect — other than perhaps a salutary one — on the relation of faculty to the undergraduates,” Whalen The first students of Hillsdale College’s graduate program. Professor of Politics Ronald said. “Faculty are expected not Pestritto will serve as dean of the new school, which will offer both master’s and doctorto reduce the attention they give ate degrees in statesmanship. (Shaun LIchti/Collegian) their undergraduates at all.” Doctorate student Josh Distel stand,” he said. “Grapple with Pestritto said he looks forheard about Hillsdale while Bruce Wykes, who is in the the philosophy and the foundaward to the graduate students interning at his alma mater, tional doctrines of the Western integrating into the Hillsdale Ashland University. Although he master’s program, is a retired member of the Air Force and and American political traditions community. researched other universities, he taught undergraduate history in a way that will make them “I hope they will come to said that Hillsdale has the best for three and a half years at the more than familiar to me.” exemplify the kind of virtues in graduate school. United States Air Force AcadDistel said that he is enjoying our students that the mission of “The quality of the faculty, emy. Wykes says his biggest Hillsdale’s atmosphere. our college charges us to inculthe focus of course, the serious“I like the campus. I like cate,” he said. ness of the mission is what drew adjustment is not from military to civilian life but from teacher the small closeness of it,” he me to Hillsdale,” he said. “This to student. said. “So far everyone has been is the place I knew I needed to “I want to learn and underfriendly and helpful.” be.”
A quarter million sign up for online Hillsdale College lecture series
Phillip Morgan Sports Editor Mike Koh, 54, a State Farm Insurance financial service representative, had not been to school in 29 years. Then he heard Rush Limbaugh pitch Hillsdale College’s Constitution 101 Course. After watching 10 weekly 40-minute online lectures taught by six different professors, Koh had a greater appreciation for the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and the mission of Hillsdale College. “They had it figured out,” Koh said of the Founders. “They knew man’s nature.” Koh is one of the 275,000 people who enrolled in the 101 course, says Director of Online Programs Fred Hadra. In fall 2011, President Larry Arnn began teaching a five-week online lecture series entitled, “Introduction to the Constitution.” The webcasts generated so much interest that the College decided to do a follow-up. “We were trying to test the water and gauge the interest,” Hadra said. In the first course, 185,000 people enrolled. “That gave us an indication that people are interested,” Hadra said. Tuesday, Sept. 4, Hillsdale began its third course, “Constitution 201” with lectures aimed at explaining the advent of liberalism in America. Arnn said the goal is to feature most of the core curriculum through similar lecture series. “We are working in that direction,” Arnn said. “So far it’s encouraging.” Arnn’s greatest hope in offering the courses is to get people to develop a good understanding of the Constitution before applying it to the issues of today. “They want to talk about Justice Roberts and Obamacare,” Arnn said. “You don’t start there.” Arnn said he encourages questions such as, “What does it say? What is its significance? and is it good?” The course is marketed similarly to Imprimis. The content is free and encourages potential donors to support the College’s mission. Hadra said there has been a positive response from donors and that people have taken an interest in making sure the material gets to more people. Koh did not say if he donated to the program, but he has been recruiting enrollees. He is convinced other State Farm agents to sign up. His personal Facebook status recently read “There’s still time” and included a link to the Constitution 201 webpage. Both Arnn and Hadra pointed out that the online course is “not the same thing as what happens on campus.” “It can’t ever be like teaching here,” Arnn said. “A college is a conversation.” The subscribers do have assigned primary readings, however, as well as the chance to email questions. Recurring questions are submitted to Director of the Dow Journalism Program John Miller, who directs them to professors in supplementary episodes. For the people watching the lectures and producing the content, the coming election seasons means discussions of the Constitution are extremely relevant. “This is a tremendous time of people talking about the Constitution,” Hadra said.
Donald and Jane Mossey were alumni of Hillsdale College. Jane Mossey, who with her husband helped build the Mossey Library in honor of their son, passed away July 9 at 82 years old. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren. Below, a Hillsdale yearbook photo of Jane Mossey. (Courtesy of Hillsdale College External Affairs)
Jane Mossey passes away
Sarah Anne Voyles Senior Reporter Jane L. Mossey, wife of deceased Hillsdale College trustee Donald R. Mossey, passed away July 9, 2012. She was 82 years old. Jane Mossey, who, with her husband, donated the grant for the campus library, attended Hillsdale College from 1948 to 1952. She was a member of both the Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Iota sororities. “Jane was a leader in our college community from the minute she set foot on campus until the day she died,” Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn said. “I personally benefited from those qualities.” She cheered on sports teams as a member of the cheerleading squad. But Arnn said she was most remembered for how she always looked after everyone at parties. Hillsdale College graduate Elli Leutheuser ‘51 said Jane Mossey was dedicated to her family and was a strong partner with her late husband. Leutheuser said her smile was beautiful and contributed to her excellence as a hostess. Leutheuser also said Donald Mossey gave his future wife his fraternity pin in 1951, and they were married shortly after her graduation from Hillsdale. “If Don personified freedom, Jane did the same for love,” Arnn said. “She had all the qualities in grace, in judgment, in strength that makes it possible for a woman to conceive and bear and raise a family, for a woman to stand by a man of ambition and assertiveness, for a woman to build a world around her family that is decent and good.” The husband and wife remained active in their alma mater, and after their young son died in a boating accident, they decided to donate a library to the college. “They wanted to honor his memory,” Arnn said. “Being alumni, they knew we needed a library. The library came to be the memory.” Jane Mossey continued to visit the school two or three times a year, said Dan Knoch, Hillsdale College Head Librarian. He said the Mossey’s visited often, and she continued to visit in the years after his passing. She served as president of the women’s commissioner’s sale and attended Center for Constructive Alternative lectures. “She did what mothers do,” Arnn said. “The family gives rise and is the foundation of all other communities, but also it depends upon them for its own well being. She gave her life for others, and by doing this she made them all better.” Jane Mossey is survived by her three children: Merril McCarthy and husband Dennis; Mark Mossey and his wife Kathy; and Melanie Warren and her husband Charlie. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Patrick, Chelsea, Sean, Christopher, Eric, and Alex.
cal Column,” begins on Sept. 24. The class will meet twice weekly, from 3 to 5 p.m., for two weeks. Carney is also speaking in Phillips Auditorium on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. “I think that anybody who tries can be a successful journalist, and some writers are just naturally great writers. These are people who are so distinctive,” Carney said. “I, on the other hand, am just someone who has gotten some good advice, and I want to share that and imbue this guidance into students.” Carney, who has worked for the Examiner for three years, said his area of expertise is covering “the intersection between business and government and the way big business ends up benefitting from big government.” He said he hopes to focus the two-week seminar on the importance of researching, in addition to writing, columns. “He’s a great young journalist,” said John Miller, director of the Dow Journalism Program. “He’s a protégé of Robert Novak, who was one of the great political journalists of his generation.” Novak, a prominent political journalist who passed away in 2009, wrote in his book “Prince of Darkness” that Carney is “maybe my best political reporter since I began hiring them in 1982.” — Roxanne Turnbull
Tim Carney To TeaCh as Pulliam Fellow
Tim Carney, a political columnist for The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C., will soon teach a two-week seminar on campus as the fall semester’s Eugene C. Pulliam visiting journalist. The one-credit course, entitled “The Art of the Politi-
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COLLEGE TO ADD STUDY ABROAD IN D.C.
Program starts in 2013, led by Professor of History Paul Moreno
Kesley Drapkin Copy Editor Hillsdale College will soon offer seven additional courses at the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center in Washington, D.C. These new courses include core and major specific classes, opening the Kirby Center to a wider range of students. Starting in the spring of 2013, the Kirby Center will launch a new Washington, D.C., study abroad program, adding classes to the two already offered at Hillsdale’s D.C. campus. Unlike the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program, the study abroad will not require students to complete an internship but instead will offer a complete course load worth of classes. Participants will be predominantly juniors, though it may be open to second semester sophomores and first semester seniors. The enrollment goal for the program’s first semester is 20 students. While WHIP is focused on interning with academic work in the evenings, the new program is entirely focused on academics. “It is simply a standard, academic semester at Hillsdale, though the campus happens to be in D.C,” said Provost David Whalen. A prospectus of the program, provided by Associate Professor of History Paul Moreno, explains the program as “the convergence of Washington’s unique educational opportunities and Hillsdale’s traditional liberal arts education.” The program will offer select courses drawn primarily from the core curriculum. Upper-level electives relating to the city of Washington, D.C., and its politics will also be offered. In addition, Whalen stated that the D.C. staff will help students find upper-level course work at the major D.C. universities, including George Mason University and Georgetown University and remotely from the main Hillsdale campus. “The program is, to as great a degree as possible, a continuation of a student’s study here on this campus with the added benefits of the intellectual and cultural opportunities available in Washington,” Whalen said. The program will use museums and monuments to augment lessons in the classroom. Guest lecturers will speak before the students frequently. Moreno left the Hillsdale campus to work full time at the Kirby Center as the academic director of the new program. Even with his new position, Moreno will continue his duties as a regular Hillsdale faculty member, teaching and researching. “As the Kirby Center's focus is on constitutionalism and citizenship, we will shape the program to see the relationship of liberal education and liberal (in the Founders’ sense) politics,” Moreno said. Moreno will work closely with the Kirby Center staff and the Hillsdale College campus staff. He said he will ensure the grading scales and workloads of the students meet Hillsdale standards. He will be joined by David Bobb, director of the Kirby Center, in teaching courses to students studying in D.C. Students will stay in collegeowned housing close to the Kirby Center or in Heritage Foundation housing across the street from the Kirby Center. Pricing for semesters in D.C. will be comparable to the price of a semester on campus. Brittany Baldwin ‘12, part of the administrative staff for the program, had the chance to participate in WHIP and the George Washington Fellowship Program during her time as a student at Hillsdale. “Both programs enabled me to practice living the virtues we so often discuss in a setting outside of this quaint and rather rare campus. This challenge strengthened my resolve to always pursue truth, despite opposition,” Baldwin said. Students interested in the program should contact Moreno or Baldwin by email.
NEW ATHLETIC CENTER TO OPEN FEBRUARY 2013
Emily Shelton Copy Editor This February, Hillsdale College expects to complete the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center – a 76,000-square-foot facility that will house four indoor tennis courts and the world’s fastest indoor track. With six lanes around the oval and nine on the straightaway, the 200-meter-track will encircle the tennis courts and will be covered in the newest Mondotrack rubberized track surface – the same surface used at the London Olympic Stadium and the only other track like it in the world. This athletic facility – just west of Simpson Baseball Field – will also have coach offices, a mezzanine, and locker rooms for the cross country, track and field, and women’s tennis teams. The facility will be available for students as well athletes, and will also accommodate large campus events such as commencement, guest lectures and even dances. On May 11, 2012, the college broke ground on the building site after more than two years of planning and fundraising. The design for the new building was approved by the college’s board of trustees nearly three years ago, said Athletic Director Don Brubacher. “We have steadily moved toward construction since, with the more serious planning taking place the last two years,” Brubacher said. “The project moved ahead last spring when financial resources became available for its construction.” Vice President for Administration Richard Péwé said the college was intentional in forming a conservative funding program for the $7.2 million building. The college is using money granted by Frank Biermann (his late wife, Margot, is the namesake of the building) and also a $50 fee that the college will charge students next spring to fund a short term loan, while Biermann’s individual retirement account funds and a $4 million gift will supply the money to endow the building. The recession in 2008 prohibited the college from beginning construction sooner. “When the recession hit, other institutions had been impetuous about starting projects, financing them, and expecting they would earn an ‘X’ amount of money. A lot were hurt on those things,” Péwé said. “What’s fortunate is that Dr. Arnn is the kind of president that looks at the long term and doesn’t just think about today and how great it would be to have a new facility. He wants to have the money so he can protect the college.” Head track and field coach Jeff Forino and women’s tennis coach Nikki Walbright believe that the new facility will improve efficiency and increase recruitment. Last year the women’s tennis team focused on weight lifting and conditioning during the winter months. The indoor courts, however, will allow the tennis athletes to practice even in poor weather. “It shows we are a serious program and will allow me to really develop tennis players over the course of the year rather than in just the warm months,” Walbright said. Forino said he has already noticed that the facility has impacted recruitment. Both Forino and Walbright
Scratch, scratch. Flutter, flutter. It was my first night back in Hillsdale, and I woke up in the pitch dark to these sounds from somewhere in the room. Picking up my phone, I lit up the display to reveal a rodent-sized black shadow flying around my head. I managed not to scream. Somehow. But I did sprint to the front door and fling it open, all the while duckPatrick Timmis ing and weaving as the bat diveEditor-in-Chief bombed me. At least that’s how it felt. Given that by the time I’d gotten the door open he’d disappeared back under the couch or in the garbage can or wherever he lives, maybe he was just trying to get away, too. I managed to go back to sleep, and told the story to my sister the next day on the phone. The next thing I knew, my anxious mother had called the health department, and the health department was calling me saying that 99.9 percent of all people who wake up with bats flying around their head die of rabies, or something like that. The upshot was that, after a suitable amount of grumbling, I showed up at the ER for vaccinations. Apparently anti-rabies medicine isn’t in much demand, because it took quite some time before they could even find the immunoglobulin, a sort of shockand-awe for bat saliva. Then my nurse — a cute blonde in her mid twenties — injected the first shot in my arm and even complimented my bicep. This I could handle. “For the other shots, I’ll need a bigger muscle group,” she told me casually on her way out of the room. “So I’m going to inject them in your butt.” Oh. At this point, the most pressing thing on my mind was just how far I’d need to drop my shorts. I know medical professionals don’t really get fazed by this stuff, but for me, a matter of inches either way is serious. Somewhat to my relief, she brought a friend back with her to double-team the rest of the dosage. “Hi, how are you?” I greeted the new nurse. “Better than you,” she said. They had me stand up and turn my back to them as they prepared the needles — they were planning on doing two at a time to finish up quickly. I scooted my pants down the minimum I thought I could get away with. They didn’t comment, so again, this could have conceivably been going worse. Syringes full. Alcohol swabs to cleanse the skin. “Bet you never expected to have two girls rubbing your butt at the same time, huh?” the new nurse said. “1, 2, 3, go!” said the other. Wow. That really hurt. Good thing I only have to go back three more times this month.
are excited that the facility will allow the team to travel less and host more meets and matches. “[The track] will attract people to come and compete,” Forino said. “It also gives everyone [on the team] a chance to compete – we won’t have to think about a traveling squad.” The new athletic center is the first of a three phase plan to improve Hillsdale’s athletic facilities. If funds allow, a $3.5 million renovation of the Jesse Philips Arena could begin in 2013 after basketball season ends. Péwé said plans for new outdoor tennis courts and a multipurpose turf building are also in the works.
The college broke ground on a new athletic complex in May. The track will be the first new course constructed with the same material used for the London Olympic track. The building will be completed and open to the public in February 2013. (Elizabeth Brady/Collegian)
College hires 8 new full-time faculty members
Evan Brune Copy Editor Along with the new crop of incoming freshmen, several new faces have made their way onto Hillsdale College’s faculty board. In total, eight professors with specialties ranging from psychology and physics to English and history, have joined the ranks of those seeking to understand and convey certain truths, all in their own unique ways. A 2004 graduate of Hillsdale and visiting professor during the 2011-2012 academic year, Lindley returned to a permanent teaching position this fall as an assistant professor of english. His path back to Hillsdale College took him from the pastures and vineyards of southern Oregon to the halls of the University of Dallas, where he attended graduate school, studying in an interdisciplinary field, focused primarily on literature. He also studied aspects of philosophy and politics. He said he returned to Hillsdale primarily because of professors from whom he learned during his undergraduate years. “My professors had a huge influence on me. I just wanted to give others that same great experience,” Lindley said. While teaching at Hillsdale, he plans to continue his scholarship in Victorian literature. Lindley said he wants to teach a “love of learning” to his students. “I want them to learn from the best minds,” he said, “and learn not for practical, servile reasons, but for its own sake.” A graduate of John Brown University in rural northwestern Arkansas, Barnes received his undergraduate degree in psychology and went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in social-personality psychology. He also received a minor in quantitative methods. During his graduate training, he taught a number of psychology courses and currently leads a research ethics seminar for graduate and postdoctoral students. His research focuses primarily on the cultural, situational, and personal factors of forgiveness and aggression in both group and individual settings. “My goal is to help students and faculty fulfill the mission of Hillsdale College through the teaching and study of psychology and the promotion of liberal
learning,” he said. Barnes went on to say that he hopes to see his students develop a genuine passion for learning and discovery. After studying at several different schools during his college career, Maas eventually graduated from Concordia University, located in River Forest, Ill., just outside of Chicago. He continued his schooling in St. Louis, Miss., where he studied theology, which he’d become interested in during undergraduate, at the Lutheran Seminary. He eventually narrowed his sphere of interest to ecclesiastical history, in which he earned his doctorate at the University of Oxford. After several years of teaching in California and then England, Maas made his way to Hillsdale College and joined the
faculty as an Assistant Professor of History. “I like to think that my goals at Hillsdale are the same as the goals of Hillsdale, which are largely what drew me here from sunny California,” he said. “That is, to further the inquiry into, gratitude for, and preservation of the Western tradition.” Maas said he wishes to see from his students a “real intellectual curiosity, and the love of learning for its own sake, which provides the continual motivation to satisfy that curiosity.” A Michigan native and Hillsdale class of 2004 alumnus, Clark earned his doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 2011. Prior to coming to Hillsdale, Clark taught as an adjunct professor at George Mason and as a full-time
faculty member at the University of Baltimore. “When it comes down to it, I hope to inspire the student body of Hillsdale to grab ahold of what makes Hillsdale so special.” He continued saying that he aims to involve himself with student organizations in order to help them achieve their goals. Clark said he desires to add to the reputation of Hillsdale’s economics department and hopes to “add to the passionate pursuit of educating our students about the fundamental ideas of economics and liberty.” Asked what he hoped to see from his students, Clark replied with a single word: “Effort.” Short profiles of the additional four professors will appear in next week’s Collegian.
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Junior covers the Republican National Convention for CNN
Anderson only college student selected in iReport contest
Bailey Pritchett Collegian Reporter Junior Alex Anderson made his anchorman debut at a state fair booth for a local news station in St. Paul, Minn. This summer, he made his entrance onto network-TV on CNN at the 2012 Republican National Convention. After applying and winning CNN’s iReport “Your Political Ticket,” an online contest that sent the winning broadcasters to either the Republican or Democratic National Convention, Anderson spent a week in Tampa. Anderson worked at the CNN Grill, a high-energy lounge the network used as headquarters during the RNC. Anderson said he enjoyed news production, including the technical workings behind the scenes and the presentation in front of the camera. “I love that industry,” he said. “I love the news. The business, the corporate network, seeing how everything works-I like that atmosphere.” Another one of Anderson’s duties was to work with the “Sights and Sounds of the RNC,” tweeting updates of the convention and interviewing people on the floor as a citizen reporter. With his fellow contestant winners, Anderson also made a promo video for the upcoming election, entitled, “America’s Choice,” which will air in November. The political enthusiast and Minnesota native was disappointed when in 2008 he could not attend the RNC held in St. Paul, but was determined to attend 2012 convention. “It’s always been my goal to go the RNC. I was going to try any way that I could to get into Tampa,” Anderson said. When Anderson stumbled across the CNN iReport contest, he hoped it could be his ticket to Florida. Contestants were required to submit a 45-second video and 150-word essay. Of the six finalists selected, Anderson was the only college student. Anderson’s internship this summer at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., provided him with the camera equipment to film his video submission. He purposely chose to make his video apolitical, instead focusing on the development of communication in his entry. “Our generation communicates differently than any other generation,” Anderson said. “We have control of what we want to know at our fingertips.” Abigail Schultz, a friend of Anderson who also interned this summer in Washington, D.C., assisted Anderson in the early stages of filming his 38-second pitch to CNN. “Alex has good people and communication skills,” Schultz said. “I could see him being very successful. After I saw his video, I thought it was great.” Anderson’s father, Joe Anderson, who accompanied him on the trip, was impressed with CNN’s use of communication portals. “Some of these mediums are very good to use because they’re quick and easy. But to me, it can only go so far,” he said. “Alex is always on my case to get updates. But I still don’t have a Facebook.” CNN is not Anderson’s favorite news network, but he is grateful for the opportunity it gave him. “The liberals have great communication with their followers,” Anderson said. “As conservatives, we can win the battle of ideas. We just need to learn to communicate a message, or we’re going to lose.”
Junior Alex Anderson won CNN’s iReport video contest, earning the chance to cover the RNC as a reporter for the network. He was the only college student selected as a finalist. (Courtesy of Alex Anderson)
dorm,” Petersen said of Koon. Petersen said that college did not have a clear picture of the number of men and women that would be attending Hillsdale in the fall until around June, which is when they contacted the RAs, alerted them to the change, and worked with them to plan and prepare for the switch. “They [the administration] were very accommodating,” Barry said. “We are grateful for their help.” Youngstrom said she got a call from Dean of Women Diane Philipp in June. After being told the situation, they began to discuss plans for the switch and Youngstrom said she had a hard time considering herself a Niedfeldt resident. “I told Dean Philipp, ‘I just need a moment to process that,’” Youngstrom said. “’I can’t even think that or say that without laughing right now.’” Because Koon is a smaller dorm, three of the seven Niedfeldt RAs moved to Simpson, while the women had to hire a few extra. Koon, with 26 beds, is about half the size of Niedfeldt, said Peterson. “It’s even smaller, which I like,” Barry said of Koon. “It was disappointing, but it’s going to be a great time in Koon and a great community.” Both Barry and Youngstrom acknowledged that Niedfeldt and Koon had their own identities and personalities before the switch, but they said they hope to build a new atmosphere and community in their new locations. “They did a good job of saying we won’t let the change in location effect our fellowship,” Petersen said. “They’re going to maintain the fellowship and some traditions.” Youngstrom said one way they hope to create their own Niedfeldt legacy is claiming their own nickname. One of the more popular nicknames for the dorm in the past had been “Nerdfeldt” among others. “I’ve been trying to get rid of the names,” Youngstrom said. “We’re still taking ideas for a good nickname.” Barry, on the other hand, said that the nickname “Koonfeldt” is already catching on. In the meantime, Youngstrom and Barry said they would continue to try and build community in their respective dorms and become comfortable with calling it home. “It wasn’t like it smelled like boys or anything. We just wanted to feminize it a little,” Youngstrom said. “It really is a nice dorm.”
Woman sentenced for buggy crash
Taylor Knopf Copy Editor Doris Johns, 71, was sentenced last Tuesday after rear-ending an Amish buggy on May 29, killing 10-month-old Michael Steury Jr. and injuring his parents and sister. According to Hillsdale Prosecuting Attorney Neal Brady, Johns was put on two-year probation, suspending her driving license, and was assessed a total fine of $1,275. While Johns pleaded guilty on two accounts of moving violations causing serious impairment of body function, a charge of moving violation causing death was dismissed. “Johns is an elderly woman who was receiving cancer treatment at the time,” Brady said. “She will not be serving any jail time.” Brady said he has prosecuted five to six Amish buggy-related car crashes over his 15 years as prosecuting attorney in Hillsdale and Branch counties. He said they almost always result in serious injuries and 25 percent involve death. The Amish buggies are required to have lights at night and reflective signs during the day, although they are not forced to have the cautionary orange triangles that signal slow moving vehicles, Brady said. “Because of religious principles, they won’t paint their buggies with hunter orange or use L.E.D. lights. They use battery-powered lights,” Brady said. “They don’t like to draw attention to themselves or be ostentatious.”
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THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW
Smoke is the manager at Rumors Inc., a local restaurant in Hudson, Mich., that is hosting a Samuel Adams sponsored Oktoberfest National Stein Hoisting Competition on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. The overall winner of the contest wins a trip for two to the 2013 Oktoberfest Celebration in Munich, Germany. Other contestants also have a chance to win Rumors gift certificates. What are the rules for this competition? The competition is simple: hold the stein, which will be filled with water, for as long as you can. During the competition, the arm that is doing the stein-hoisting must be parallel to the ground and the elbow cannot be bent. Spilling results in disqualification, as does drinking during the competition. You must be over the age of 21 to compete. What can students do to prepare for this feat of endurance? If you come to Rumors on the Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. leading up to the competition, we will be holding Stein Hoisting practice. You can check out the Sam Adams website for the times to beat. As of this week, the best male time for holding a stein full of water is 9 minutes 34 seconds and the best female time is 8 minutes 5 seconds. Will there be any other activities going on for those of us who have no upper-body strength? Yes! Our Samuel Adams representative will be at the competition as the official time keeper, and he will be bringing Sam Adams steins, hats, and other gifts. There will be live music from Chris Temple. We will also be celebrating the contest with traditional German fare including homemade perogies, schnitzel, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. Are you holding any other upcoming events? We are hosting a Pabst Blue Ribbon Party on Oct. 6, which will include plentiful amounts of PBR beer and delicious “adult” cupcakes made with PBR beer. We are also currently planning a Day of the Dead party at the end of October, where we’ll be having a full Mexican menu. -Compiled by Carly Hubbard
10-month-old Michale Steury Jr. was killed when a car rear ended his family’s Amish-style buggy May 29 (Courtesy of Nicole Dominique/The Hillsdale Daily News)
Salvation Army moves to new location, increases business
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But Hillsdale County Undersheriff William Whorley said the Amish in Hillsdale and Branch Counties have generally responded well to the use of lights and signs on their buggies. “We, as drivers, just need to slow down and realize that there are many Amish in the area,” Whorley said. Amish farmer Lewis Lengacher, a frequent merchant at the Hillsdale Farmer’s Market, did not seem surprised to hear of the accident.
“It happens every now and then, but we do not hear much about it,” he said. Lengacher’s horse and small black buggy are his main form of transportation and hold his large family. He said he was not concerned about being seen on the roads because he has lights on his vehicle, but the family refuses to place an orange triangle on their buggy. Lengacher said it is against his religion. firstname.lastname@example.org
A store that was once characterized by only a few rows of clothing and a small collection of household items is now spreading its wings in a large new storefront. The Hillsdale, Mich. Salvation Army Family Store moved to a new location on West Carleton Road July 27. Salvation Army Lieutenant Chris Clarke said the new building, increased sales, and increased donations have required additional staff. Before, the Salvation Army Family Store only processed 150 items a day. The new store processes a minimum of 3,000 items a day. “The new location also makes it easier to donate,” he said. “Downtown, there was limited parking, and you had to come into the store. Here you just drive around back and drop off your boxes easily.” The storefront and the back storage room both are currently bursting with items. “There is a lot more space, but it’s not yet as organized as we would like it,” Nicole Roberts, manager on duty, said. Roberts said the end of the summer usually brings more donations as people search for places to dispose of leftover garage sale items. The new storefront attracts more customers, and the location — near the high traffic from stores like Kroger and Walgreens — puts the store in a prominent position that encourages additional patrons. Clarke said donations have gone up considerably since the store relocated. “Our goal is to continue meeting the ever-growing need in the community,” Clarke said. “It is going to take a lot longer for Hillsdale to rebound because there is a lack of well-paying jobs and it is not easy to find low income housing in Hillsdale.” To accommodate for this growing need the Hillsdale Salvation Army has begun offering more items at a lower price. “We can always use volunteers,” Clarke said. “Especially now.” email@example.com
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1898 - Hillsdale alumnus Washington Gardner reports to the Hillsdale County Republicans about attending college after fighting each year of the Civil War: “I came here a young boy, having laid aside my knapsack and my musket and haversack and canteen; the battles were over, the victories were won … I came to Michigan to school, and have never had any occasion to regret it.” Gardner was appointed Michigan Secretary of State from 1894 to 1898, and served as a sixtime U.S. Congressman from 1899 to 1911. -Compiled by Dane Skorup
The Hillsdale Salvation Army moved locations over the summer and has greatly increased business. (Elizabeth Brady/Collegian)
Council approves site for automobile parts company
Jack Butler Copy Editor The Hillsdale City Council unanimously voted to allow Paragon Metals, Inc., a specialty automotive components manufacturer, to expand into to Hillsdale, Mich. at its meeting Sept. 4. “We’re very pleased they’ll be locating here,” said City Manager Linda Brown. The Hillsdale plant will be Paragon’s second location in southern Michigan, the other being in Quincy. Paragon hopes to invest roughly $20 million into the Hillsdale area as well as hiring around 150 employees in the next 3-5 years. Initially, the company will invest $6 million and hire 40 employees. “Paragon is very excited about what we can bring to the community,” said Paragon’s Vice President of Sales Tom Nichols. Nichols also said to expect a ribbon-cutting ceremony soon for the new location, which will be housed in the 134,000 square-foot Alson’s building. The council also discussed leasing bids received for a parcel of Hillsdale Airport land. Local resident Brian Fix had the only bid, which was unanimously approved by the council. The land would be leased at $166 per acre per year, for a total of $59,710.20. The final economic development issue discussed by the council at this meeting was an 11-year tax exemption for GAMPCO, Inc., a local business. Although councilperson Mary Wolfram had to renegotiate the terms of the exemption, the council approved it, 6-0. Other items discussed at the meeting included: -A proposal for Dollar-Ride, a local bus service, to take residents of the high-rise apartment complex on 32 W. Carlton Rd. to Wal-Mart — an issue that will be addressed further in the near future, according to mayor pro tem Brian Watkins. -A mural painting for charity at Fields of Dreams, a park on Hillsdale Street popular for sports competitions. It will take place this Friday and Saturday, and spots on the mural are still open. -Boat races this weekend at Lake Baw Beese, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a list of calls compiled and reported by the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Hillsdale City Police September 3 A 23 year-old Pittsford man was arrested for operating while intoxicated first offense. A $1,000 bond was posted. August 31 A 59 year-old Hillsdale man was lodged on a warrant for retail fraid. A $1,000 bond was posted.
Michigan State Police August 30 A 23 year-old Pittsford man was lodged on a warrant for resisting and obstructing and assault and battery. A bond of $3,500 was not posted. August 28 A 28 year-old Reading woman was arrested for domestic assault and battery. A $1,000 bond was posted. Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department September 4 A 21-year old Jerome man was arrested on a felony warrant for 4th degree criminal sexual conduct. A 2,500 bond was not posted.
A 50 year-old Litchfield man was arrested for domestic assault. A $1,000 bond was posted. September 3 A 31-year old Osseo man was arrested for a fugitive warrant and parole violation. No bond was allowed. September 2 A 49 year-old North Adams man was lodged on a charge of operating while intoxicated. No bond was allowed. September 1 A 28-year old Hillsdale man was lodged on charges of aggravated stalking and use of a computer to commit a crime. No bond was allowed. A 22-year old man was lodged on a charge of operating while intoxicated, high blood alcohol content. A $1,000 bond was posted. — Compiled by Casey Harper
Two HillSdalE mEn diE in faTal craSH
Three Ramblewood Mobile Home Park residents were involved in a car crash on E. Bacon Street August 22. The driver, a 44-year-old man, is currently in critical condition at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. His two passengers, Calvin Russell, 21, and Christopher Root, 43, were pronounced dead at the scene. Police will not release the name of the driver until their investigation is complete and Hillsdale County Prosecutor Neil Brady reviews the case for possible charges. The report is expected to be finished within a few weeks. Both alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash. Brady said, “I would imagine that he [the driver] is going to be prosecuted.” -Leslie Reyes, Collegian Reporter
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ive President Obama a chance. Tonight he will accept the nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention. You should watch his speech. Attempting to quantify the number of Democrats roaming around campus, we took a completely unscientific poll and discovered there are about four. Most of our readers fall somewhere between Leo Strauss and Ludwig von Mises on the political spectrum. But tonight we encourage you to find
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a TV, cuddle up with a Democrat — if you can find one — and tune in to watch our president speak. It should interest even the diehard Republicans, the passionate libertarians, and the proudly apolitical. If you hate politics — and you’re still reading this — we challenge you to engage in the political process just this once. If nothing else, it’s an entertaining circus. We understand how disenchanted you are with the muckety-muck of national politics, but despite the rumors you hear around the economics department — your vote and civic engagement actually does matter to the future of our republic. Many of us have deeply ingrained conservative values and principles. These are worthy convictions, but too often we fail to examine them. So tonight, toss aside your preconceived opinions of Obama and Democrats, if only for half an hour. Our liberal arts education has taught us to consider ideas and to make judgments afterward, to use evidence as our guide to conclusions. Obama will explain his governing philosophy and make his case for reelection. Perhaps it would be good just to listen. Anyone interested in defeating Obama must be able to explain precisely what’s wrong with his ideology — and with the President’s own words. Hillsdale students often engage in the political arena. This should be encouraged, as long as it comes with the realization that civic duty is a higher thing than partisanship. It’s not enough to dislike Obama blindly; you have to know why.
College: A SeriouS, StrAnge, & Wonderful BuSineSS
famous scene from the 1978 film “Animal House” shows a groggy and defeated Bluto (John Belushi) lying on the battered carpet of his Delta Fraternity living room. Staring wideeyed into space in a moment of sheer existential angst, he laments, “Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well have joined the f-----Peace Corps.” As a rule of thumb, one should never expect keen mental discernment from the mouth of a fraternity brother on the morning after a party – or any morning for that matter. In this unusual case, however, we learn two lessons from poor Bluto. First, our college years are finite, whether they be the traditional four or the, how shall we say it, “leisurely” seven. Second, our college years can be spent wisely or foolishly. So let’s talk about Hillsdale College. You’re here. Congratulations. There are a few things you need to know. College is at once a serious and strange business. It is serious because it exists to fashion uncivilized human beings into excellent human beings, and there is no higher purpose than this in political society. It is strange because its “modus operandi,” contemplation, stands in direct opposition to the way of the world, the way of action. By enrolling at Hillsdale College, regardless of your future ambitions, you are entering into a sacred space. For four years, your vocation is the pursuit of wisdom. The key to succeeding at Hillsdale College is to cultivate wonder and curiosity for liberal learning from the starting blocks. This means
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reporting live from the rnC
Alex Anderson Collegian Reporter forty-five second video entry in a sweepstakes won me a ticket to cover the 2012 Republican National Convention with CNN. I quickly found myself in a whirlwind — not Hurricane Isaac, but the crazed, fast-paced world of TV news. I’d always been skeptical of the existence of media bias, but not after this week in Tampa. As a “student iReporter,” I was assigned to capture the sights and sounds of the RNC and communicate them through various social networks including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. But I learned more than just how to use social media effectively. I soon began to notice that CNN’s coverage was impacting not only the convention, but also the election as a whole. There’s a bias attached to CNN. On a spectrum of media outlets, CNN would tend to lean closer to MSNBC than it would to Fox News, but it’s typically rated as more neutral than both. While working closely with the CNN Team, including producers and marketers, I experienced how a network packages, brands, and relays a message to its viewers. I was immediately concerned. Why does a 24-hour news network have to brand its messages before it reports them? I became frustrated with the media’s incomplete coverage of the event. Instead of broadcasting the speeches in their entirety, the programming “Why does a was interrupted by 24-hour news commentators. This network have to made me wonder: Why is the commenbrand its mestary of Wolf Blitzer, sages before it Diane Sawyer, and reports them?” Sean Hannity more important than the speeches of Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, and Secretary of State Condelezza Rice? It seems that honest reporting has taken a backseat to constant chatter from uniformed, selfimportant commentators. According to a recent Pew Research Poll, Americans receive 68% of political news from local and cable networks. In a society in which the public depends on television as its source of news, the viewer should be able to experience the news without the filter of a commentator or producer. Even worse is the media’s unwillingness to admit such a filter exists. Pundits keep complaining that Mitt Romney lacked a personal and compassionate connection to voters. Fair coverage of the event would have shattered this notion. Where was the media during Pamela Finlayson’s speech at the convention? Finlayson, a family friend of the Romneys, spoke out in support of Romney’s leadership throughout her local community and church. She specifically referenced a time when Romney comforted her and her family during her daughter’s premature birth saying, “I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back.” She touched everyone in the convention hall when she spoke. But viewers missed the moment as cable networks barely covered or mentioned the story. Instead, the networks substituted important convention speeches with on-air pundit panels. A poignant moment replaced by talking heads. Commentary news reporting has created an environment in which the media is telling people what to think. Romney has a rough road ahead competing in such a staged media environment. On Thursday evening, the night of Romney’s acceptance speech, a few CNN employees and I went to a restaurant in a Marriott hotel for dinner. We asked the sports bar to change the TV channel from Fox News to CNN. The manager obliged, and instead of watching speeches, we were now watching anchors. Other patrons protested loudly. Watching this happen, I couldn’t doubt media bias anymore.
treating each class, reading assignment, written work, and examination like everything depends on it. It means waking early every morning and reserving two to three hours of quiet solitude for serious study. It means eating well, sleeping deeply, exercising often, cultivating virtuous friendships, and limiting distractions. Finally, it means understanding the college in the way that the college understands itself. I recommend the following short essay to get the ball rolling: Leo Strauss, What is Liberal Education? in “Liberalism: Ancient and Modern.” If you embrace this spirit and acquire these habits, the rest will follow. First and foremost, you will succeed in class. That is to say, you will earn high grades. There is a myth among Hillsdale College stu-
dents that you must reject. The myth says that freshmen at the college work hard but inevitably acquire a low GPA because the classes are impossible. This is false. Be utterly determined to earn As your first semester. In the sciences and languages, memorize the information and concepts cold. In the humanities, ask delving questions of yourself and of the authors, notice the perplexing tensions between what your economics professor says and what your philosophy professor says, and seek out upperclassmen for counsel on writing. High achievement your freshman year, however arduous, makes high achievement the following years natural. A love of learning is a good in itself; but in college, it corresponds with honor from your teachers and peers and
an impressive transcript. Both are necessary to achieving great things when you graduate. Finally: a word for the girls and the boys. Freshman girls, make the boys earn your time. What value can a freshman boy offer you? None. I would revise the sentence of Jean-Paul Sartre that “Hell is other people” to say that “Hell is freshmen college boys.” Don’t worry, after English with Dr. Smith and Western Heritage with Dr. Birzer, the boys resemble something akin to rational animals. Freshman boys, find a charitable girl to take you shopping and show you presentable clothes to wear. Buy the clothes. Take a shower. Then, keep your mouth shut for your entire first semester, with two exceptions: to raise occasional points in class, and at social gatherings, where you should ask thoughtful questions of the girls and compliment their style and interests when prudence dictates. Students of “Animal House” will remember that our friend Bluto jettisons his misery to deliver a stunning battle cry to his fraternity brothers. Like Hal in Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” he longs for honor and ultimately immortality. So should you. As your Hillsdale College career takes off, I encourage you to adopt Bluto’s spiritedness (though perhaps not his drinking habits) and thus leave you with his climatic words: “Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts? This could be the greatest time of our lives … Let’s go!!!” Trevor Shunk, a Hillsdale College alumnus, studies political philosophy at the Claremont Graduate University in southern California.
ElEctions havE consEquEncEs: Why mAnAgeriAl mitt piCked ryAn
itt Romney hires guys who know stuff. He made a career out of it at Bain Capital. That’s why he hired Paul Ryan to be his vice-president. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan works as a running mate because he has mastered a subject crucial to addressing the federal government’s problems. He’s explaining baseline budgeting to grandmothers; he’s making CBO hieroglyphics comprehensible. Choosing Paul Ryan reflects Romney’s approach to governance, emanating from his private-sector experience. The selection defies conventional wisdom. Rob Portman might have helped deliver Ohio, and Marco
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Depression), the notion that presidents should or could grow the economy was outlandish. But, as the historian H.W. Brands has argued, it was JFK who really cemented the idea that the president is the project manager for a team of technicians who create economic prosperity. “Most of the problems ... that we now face, are technical problems, are administrative problems,” he explained, and should be kept as far away from partisan politics as possible. President Obama, a hybrid reincarnation of both Kennedy and Roosevelt according to his fans, came into office Jonah Goldberg Syndicated Columnist with similar misconceptions. Controlling the White House, the House and ou have to feel a little sorry the Senate, his team of propeller heads for Team Obama as they insisted that if we passed exactly the squirm to explain why the stimulus they wanted, the unemployquestion “Are you better off now than ment rate would top out at 8 percent you were four years ago?” is so unfair. and would be well below that by now. After all, there is only one way to They waved around charts and answer it and retain any credibility. graphs “proving” they were right, like Which is why Maryland’s Democratic self-declared messiahs insisting they Gov. Martin O’Malley, when asked, are to be followed because the prophresponded, No, we’re not. Within 24 ecies they wrote themselves say so. hours, he reversed himself, by all acThey got their stimulus. They were counts because the Obama campaign wrong. forced him to. I haven’t checked the They say in their defense that’s video to see if he was blinking T-O-R- because the downturn was so much T-U-R-E in Morse code as he did so. worse than anyone realized. OK, but The idea that presidents “run” the that just demonstrates the folly of their economy is both ludicrous and fairly confidence in the first place. If I jump novel. Before the New Deal (which off a building because I am sure I can in my opinion prolonged the Great fly (“I wrote a study that proves it!”),
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it’s of little solace, and even less of an excuse, if I sputter out my last words from the bloodied pavement, “The pull of gravity was so much worse than I realized.” Obama similarly self-defenestrated his own credibility, but he’s still insisting he knows exactly what to do. Now he argues that if we just do what Bill Clinton did -- raise taxes on the top earners plus pass the socalled Buffett rule, which would raise taxes on investment income -- we can have the economy Clinton had. The Buffett rule would pay for 11 hours of government spending in 2013, as Mitt Romney correctly observed -- or 18 hours, according to Democratic reckoning. Anyone believe that would make the economy roar to life? Obviously, Bill Clinton -- and the Republican congress that forced him to balance the budget -- deserves some credit for the 1990s boom. But last I checked he didn’t invent the personal computer, the Internet or biotechnology. Nor did he end the Cold War. The notion that there would have been no “roaring nineties” if George H.W. Bush had been re-elected is simply preposterous. As much as it pains me to say it, Ronald Reagan deserves some of the blame for this notion that our individual successes and failures are wholly contingent upon the whim of the guy in the Oval Office. He was the one
Rubio, the ever-essential Florida. Ryan has never won a statewide election, as most vice-presidential picks have. But Romney’s very nomination bucks normal GOP candidate history; he’s a one-term governor of a blue state, and doesn’t meet even a minimal threshold of conservative ideological purity. His moderate background matched with an unusual electoral climate — one in which conservative candidates like Ted Cruz are defeating heir apparent Republicans — demanded a departure from the typical. Bill Clinton’s choice of Tennessean Al Gore in 1992 didn’t fit the swingstate formula, but it worked. Ezra Klein from The Washington Post and numerous other pundits have declared that Romney made a “risky” choice. But unconventional
doesn’t always mean risky. Romney, who hasn’t taken an unquantifiable risk since he tried beer in his twenties, hedged his bets. He recognized his own shortcomings and hired a partner to compensate for them. Now Ryan is making the case for Medicare reform and fiscal responsibility with greater care and enthusiasm than any national politician in a generation. He’s making a sale Romney could never make on his own. As a result, any purported doubt about Romney’s willingness to get substantive has vanished. The ticket has an executive, plus a man who can confront enormous problems in a compelling and nuanced manner. Paul Ryan isn’t perfect—he voted for TARP and the other bailouts, and recommended Ayn Rand novels to an intern, or something. These
blemishes matter less than his core competency and vision. Romney has chosen a running mate who will contribute to the smooth operation of his administration, a running mate with whom he is comfortable. Maybe the Bain Capital campaign model won’t work. But it’s Romney’s best path to victory because it’s true to his past in executive management. Romney wouldn’t succeed by running the campaign of a career politician because it’s just not his style. Ryan has brought problem-solving knowledge and a strong energy, combined with the proper amount of deference to the boss. That combination would have made him very successful at Bain Capital. With a little luck, it’ll make him a very successful vice-president as well.
who popularized “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” to such devastating effect against Jimmy Carter. Since then, Democrats have made their own use of this crude reductionism. It has always struck me as a secular form of medieval thinking. My crops will not prosper unless the high priest wills it so. At least Reagan argued that the economy would prosper if he were allowed to liberate it from the scheming of self-styled experts. Clinton ran out in front of a parade of free market successes and, like Ferris Bueller, acted as if he was leading the parade. In his manifest hubris, Obama believed it was just that easy. He, too, could simply will vibrant economy into being through sheer intellectual force. But, unlike Bill Clinton, he wouldn’t sully himself by playing “small ball.” Obama would be “transformative.” For the ancient Greeks, hubris described the sort of arrogance that offends the gods, and precedes the fall. In the current context, it certainly tests the limits of my sympathy. Jonah Goldberg is an editor-atlarge of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com.
AT THE STARTING LINE: 2012 CROSS-COUNTRY PREVIEW
Caleb Whitmer News Editor The men and women of the Hillsdale College cross-country team are gearing up for a new season. Combined, men’s and women’s cross-country has sent two teams to nationals in the last ten years. Both coaches believe their young teams have legitimate shots at competing on Division II’s biggest stage. Both men’s and women’s teams finished sixth at last year’s regional meet, both teams are ranked sixth entering this season, according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and both teams will need a fifth place regional finish to advance to the national meet. Head men’s coach Jeff Forino said he doesn’t want his team to settle for anything less than nationals. “To make it there would be huge,” he said. “We’ve made it there once in the last 10 years.” Seniors Matt VanEgmond and Andrew Koehlinger are captaining the men’s team. Koehlinger said that while the team is young -- 14 of 16 are underclassmen -- they are all “dedicated to what we are trying to do” and have a good foundation of summer training to build on. “[We had] a big freshman class come in. The sophomores are really on a whole new level from last year,” VanEgmond said. “I think we are looking good for a young team and we’ve definitely got a lot we can do this year.” Forino agrees that the team looks good. He said he has four athletes he believes to be his core group and four or five other guys to rotate into the top five. The top five runners are scored in team cross country meets. “It’s gonna take those four guys being solid and someone to step up,” Forino said. “We can do really well this year -- really well.” The women’s team is coached by Andrew Towne. He said The men’s and women’s cross-country teams break the starting line at he believes the the ir first intrasquad meet at Hayden Park. (Collegian file photo) women to be McCaffrey, who was All-Region and sophomore Luke Hickman off to a much last year. Like the male captains, (12:54). better team start than last year she said her team’s youth -- 11 For the the women, Mcand hopes the women will run of the 16 are underclassmen Caffrey finished first (15:14), tighter as a pack in races. -- is reason to be excited for the freshman Emily Oren second At the 2011 regional meet, (16:02), and freshman Kristina five-time All-American Amanda season. For some of the top women Galat third (16:32). Putt ’11 finished first. A minute runners, last season was only VanEgmond said heat and and a half later, then-junior their first or second season runtravel-fatigue were factors in the Victoria McCaffrey finished race, but overall he thought it 25th. Another minute later, then- ning on a cross-country team. “This year, with a completely went well. freshman Amy Kerst finished fresh team, we have a really “I thought it was a solid start 78th. good shot of making it to nato see where we are at,” he said. “We had a three minute gap. tionals,” McCaffrey said. Friday, Sept. 7, the women That’s huge,” Towne said. “I Both teams competed in and men will run another intrabet you a minute and a half will an intrasquad 4k time trial on squad meet at Hayden Park at 5 be the biggest gap we have this August 22. For the men, the top pm and 5:30 pm, respectively. year from one to five when it three runners were sophomore Next week the men and women matters at the end.” Joshua Mirth (12:28), sophowill travel to East Lansing for The women’s team will be the Spartan Invitational. led this season by senior captain more Matt Perkins (12:48),
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TENNIS SET TO BEGIN SECOND SEASON
Tory Cooney Features Editor upperclassmen] all set great examples,” Delp said. “In high school, tennis is more of an individual sport. But here, we really count on each other and we’re all accountable. What matters is if the team gets through or not.” Parks agreed. “Tennis is an individual sport, but has a team aspect that’s very important to manage.” Throughout last season, Walbright helped the women develop their athletic abilities as well as their cohesiveness as a team. That foundation has helped the five returning tennis players incorporate the freshmen into the team, Parks said. “[Walbright] is awesome,” Delp said. “During the preseason, it was super tough and we were all so sore and tired and then told to get on the line and start running. But Nikki really makes you want to work hard and get better.” Delp called Northwood one of the toughest teams in the league, but Hillsdale is excited for its first match. “I’m glad for matches to begin so that we can see our work pay off and beat up on another team instead of each other for a change,” said Delp. “We really want to draw a crowd, and get that home-team advantage, so I hope that people come out and see us.” The match against Northwood will be on Friday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. The team will play against Ferris State University at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
BRAD GUINANE JUMPS THE POND
Richard Thompson Senior Reporter Many college athletes dream of finding a way to break into the world of professional sports. For Brad Guinane, this dream has become a reality. Last Sunday, Sept. 2, the 2012 Hillsdale College graduate traveled to County Durham, England to begin his career as a professional basketball player for the Durham Wildcats. “It’s all happened really fast,” Guinane said in a recent Hillsdale College news release. “It’s wild, man. A totally different feeling from going into playing basketball in college. I knew I would keep playing. But it’s very cool, and I feel truly blessed, to be able to call myself a professional athlete.” The Wildcats are affiliated with the British Basketball League (BBL), which is a premiere league comprised of 13 teams from all over the United Kingdom. Guinane, who began a two-week-long training camp on Sunday, stressed that gaining a spot on the team required making valuable connections and sending highlight footage to those in upper management positions. “You have to get information from as many people as you can so that you can make contacts,” Guinane said. “It’s a big network.” It’s no surprise that Guinane’s college career made such an impression on Durham. With 1,165 points, he is the 23rd alltime scorer in school history and his .801 free throw percentage is seventh all-time. As a senior, he became Hillsdale College’s first-ever NCAA Division II All-American, averaging 14.3 points and six rebounds a game and propelling Hillsdale to a 24-6 season, the best singleseason winning percentage in the school’s history. “We are very proud of the man Brad Guinane has become,” said Charger head basketball coach John Tharp in a June interview. “His work ethic, leadership, mental and physical toughness were the keys to leading our program to places it has not been in some time. He had one of the finest all-around senior years that I have ever seen.” ”One of the things I admired most about Brad was his calm demeanor,” said Hillsdale senior and former teammate Tim Dezelski. “Whether it was the conference championship game or an exhibition game, Brad always was the steady, levelheaded leader who inspired just that in everyone else on the floor. Whenever we were preparing for a big game we knew Brad would be ready to produce and lead us to victory; that was never a question. He also has a great work ethic and the combination of the two will allow him
After two weeks of intense training, the women’s tennis team will begin its season with a match against Northwood University on Friday, Sept. 7. “It’s a tough match but we’re pressing really hard and we’ll definitely have a shot,” said senior team captain Brittany Parks. “We have improved a lot since last year and are excited for this season.” The tennis team, only in its second season of competition since the team was cut seven years ago, began practicing as a team one week before classes began, Parks said. “Last year, the expectations were very different,” Parks said. “We knew it would be a building year. But this year, we’ve raised the bar, which is what we need to keep improving upon.” The team’s primary goal is to reach the GLIAC championships in October, said Coach Nikki Walbright. “It would be huge if we can go there,” freshman Sydney Delp said. “And we want a winning season, so we’re working hard.” Delp is one of four freshmen on the team of nine. The new players ensure that the team will be stronger across every position, providing an advantage in competition, Parks explained. “We (freshmen) are included in everything, and [the
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to have a successful professional career.” Instead of getting caught up in the excitement of the professional sports scene, Guinane, who will also be working to pursue his MBA this fall, is not trying to rush into things. “I can’t really say,” Guinane said when asked if he could see himself making a long-term career of basketball. “There’s a lot of factors. It depends on how my body puts up with it. But it would be a lot better than sitting in a desk all day.” Whatever the future holds for Brad Guinane, it is clear that he is living the life. Brad Guinane ‘12 signed this summer with the Durham Wildcats, a professional team in the British Basketball League. The All-American forward scored 1,165 points in his career at Hillsdale College. (Collegian
Putt Named 2012 GLIAC Scholar-Athlete
Sarah Klopfer Collegian Freelancer for the track and cross-country teams at the University of Michigan. Coach Mirochna said Putt led the team by example in morning cross-training, at practice, around the classroom, and with homework. “If the coaches couldn’t attend a practice, Amanda would lead the team and run the practice,” Mirochna said. All of Putt’s dedication paid off as she ran recordbreaking times and won many awards. Putt’s personal bests were the 1500-meter which she ran in 0:4.15 and the mile, which she ran in 0:4.46. Head track and crosscountry coach Andrew Towne said “she rewrote the Amanda Putt shows off her reHillsdale record books in the cord-breaking shoes. She will be distance events.” running for University of MichiIn her junior year, Putt gan this fall. (Collegian file photo) broke the Hillsdale record for the 1500-meter. A year later, she shattered eight “She was a really good team Hillsdale College records during leader, especially by example,” her indoor and outdoor track said junior Mary Margaret Peter, seasons. a former teammate of Putt’s. In indoor track Putt broke the “She set an example for a lot school record in the 800-meter, of girls and worked hard even the mile, the 3000-meter, the outside of practice.” 5000-meter, and the medley reTowne said that Putt is the lay. In outdoor track she set the epitome of a Hillsdale studentfinal three records in the 5K, the athlete, and hopes to recruit 800-meter race, and broke her runners similar to her. Amanda earlier record in the 1500-meter Putt has left a legacy for the new race. recruits to follow.
Former Hillsdale track and cross-country star Amanda Putt ‘12 won the GLIAC ScholarAthlete Award this year due to what coaches described as diligence both on the track and in the classroom. Assistant track coach Amanda Mirochna said Putt is “diligent, humble, and a leader. No one would ever know she is one of the fastest runners in the nation.” Putt graduated last spring, earning a degree in biology. She graduated with a 3.8 GPA while shattering running records and winning three national championships. In order to be selected for the GLIAC Scholar-Athlete Award, the student-athlete must carry one of the highest gradepoint averages of all conference athletes and be selected by the conference faculty-athletic representatives. Putt’s high GPA and three national championships surpassed the minimal credentials. Putt received a near-fulltuition scholarship for graduate school at the University of Michigan, where she is currently studying Public Health. This season, Putt will continue to run
Chargers lose season opener on the goal line
Sarah Leitner Associate Editor Hillsdale College fell to the California University of Pennsylvania 30-22 last Thursday, Aug. 30, ending the season-opening game on the Vulcan one-yard-line after a last-attempt pass was batted down in the end zone. Head coach Keith Otterbein said that despite the loss, it was a good way to open the season. “There was a great deal of confidence in a frenzied situation,” he said. “We kept playing throughout the football game.” Senior quarterback Anthony Mifsud agreed. “We all did a real good job of keeping our cool and executing plays,” he said. “When we had to pass with little time on the clock, we did well.” The Chargers started out the game strong with an interception from junior cornerback Ben Karaba, which they turned into a touchdown for a 7-0 lead. After the Vulcans tied the game at 7-7, the Chargers drove down the field, as senior quarterback Anthony Mifsud completed a 44-yard pass to running back Joe Glendening. At the one-yard-line, senior H-back Cam White rushed the ball into the end zone to regain the lead, 14-7. “We have to be executing for things to go well,” Mifsud said. “We were able to do that well at the beginning. But we have to be making sure we play a full game.” Mifsud passed for 266 yards in the game and completed 23 of 37 passes. Glendening had 23 carries for 136 yards. The Chargers lost their momentum, however, and the Vulcans scored 20 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. A fumble in the opening minutes of the second half also hurt the Chargers. “We gave one away,” Otterbein said. “We basically gave them the touchdown.” The offense had several false start penalties in the fourth quarter, continuing the team’s self-inflicted difficulties. “Most of that stuff is just focus,” Mifsud said. “If one guy has a small penalty, we can’t have each guy take their turn at that penalty.” Overall, the Chargers had nine penalties in the game, which cost them 79 yards. “We had some tough calls against us, and a few pre-snap situations,” Otterbein said. “But we didn’t let it affect us during the game.” The Charger defense had several big stops on third down in the third and fourth quarters. Junior linebackers Steven Embry, Devin Moynihan, and Brett Pasche collectively made 22 tackles. Pasche led the team with nine. “It helped that we knew what they were doing towards the end of the game,” Pasche said. “It wasn’t that we changed a whole lot. In the moment, the adrenaline gets going.” Embry, Moynihan, and Pasche are all returning starters this year. “The linebacker core is strong, and we have strong, solid backups,” Pasche said. “That confidence helps us.” After the Chargers stopped the Vulcans on a fourth-andone, they moved down the field to the one-yard-line. But the Chargers could not capitalize on the opportunity, and the score remained at 30-22 to end the game. “We had opportunities to win. We need to play better to beat good football teams,” Otterbein said. “But it was a good test for us. We made some correctable mistakes.” Otterbein said the team will continue to focus on putting more pressure on the quarterback, tightening up on false start errors, and improving their kicking game. “In such a close ball game,” he said, “it can all make a difference.” Mifsud said that Cal was comparable to some of the top teams in the GLIAC, which helps them prepare for the games ahead. “The bottom line is we just got beat. They outplayed us,” he said. “We’ll just have to bring the same kind of effort and make more plays.” The Chargers will face Ohio
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Scoring Plays: Anthony Mifsud 19 yd run (Colin McGreevy kick) 9-92 4:19 Cam White 1 yd run (McGreevy kick) 6-80 2:37 Mike Carter 5 yd pass from Mifsud (Carter pass from Mifsud) 15-99 4:53
Rushing: Joe Glendening 23-136 Mifsud 2-2 Passing: Mifsud 23-37-0-266 Sam Landry 1-2-0-8 Receiving: Brett Miller 6-83 Cam White 6-57 Interceptions: Ben Karaba 1-0 Tackles: Brett Pasche 6-6 Devin Moynihan 3-7
Concordia-St. Paul Tourney vs. Southwest Minnesota St. (6) L 3-0 vs. BYU-Hawaii (20) L 3-0 vs. Regis Univ. L 3-1 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (1) L 3-0
Senior Quarterback Anthony Mifsud passed for 266 yards, rushed for one touchdown and threw for another in the Charger’s 30-22 loss at Cal-Pa. (Collegian file photo) Dominican University in their first home game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. “We’ve been pretty good at home,” Otterbein said. “[Home games] have grown here in recent years with our success. There is a camaraderie our kids appreciate.”
Volleyball bested in top-tier tournament
Sarah Anne Voyles Collegian Reporter The Chargers opened their season by playing in a tournament hosted by five-time defending NCAA Champions Concordia-St. Paul in Minneapolis, Minn. The team went 0-4 against Concordia, Southwest Minnesota State University, Brigham Young University (BYU)- Hawaii, and Regis University. “When I scheduled the tournament last year, I knew that this was a possibility with the level of competition each team brought,” head coach Chris Gravel said. This hasn’t deterred the team’s lone senior, Lauren Grover. “It humbled us and showed us that we need to continue to get better,” senior Lauren Grover said. “It taught us that we should not become complacent, but to strive for more.” At the end of last season, the team graduated seven seniors who led the squad to a GLIAC title, regional championship, and the semifinals of the national tournament. Seven freshmen have joined the team this year. Grover said they have a strong athletic freshman class and each freshman is a great individual. “Almost all of the freshman were able to play this weekend,” junior Sydney Lenhart said. “This helps them see the competition and allows us to see how they play.” Junior Caitlin Kopmeyer said she thought the team played their best against numberone-ranked Concordia and the freshmen were able to grasp a good sense of how quickly they needed to block. “This is the youngest team that Hillsdale has seen in a while,” Gravel said. “We have to mature quickly, but I am pleased with how the team did.” The team faced a strong level of competition this weekend. Gravel said SMSU has a chance at the national title, and BYUHawaii has one of the best players in the nation. Gravel said he would like the team to become not only a GLIAC contender, but also a national one with the level of competition at which the team is playing. “Our ultimate goal is to beat a team of [Concordia’s] height,” Grover said. “We need to make everything click as a whole, and once we do that we will get back to where we were last year so that we can have a chance at beating Concordia.” Grover, Kopmeyer, and Len-
Kills: Caitlin Kopmeyer (32) Lauren Grover (27) Assists: Sydney Lenhart (84) Alexis Waugh (56) Blocks: Lauren Grover (14) Emily Wolfert (12) Digs: Caitlin Kopmeyer (39) Marissa Owen (34) hart said they hope to continue having great practices this week for another out-of-conference tournament at the University of Findlay Sept. 7-8. There the team will play the University of Indianapolis, Wheeling-Jesuit University, Urbana University, and California University of Pennsylvania. “Since our first weekend did not turn out the way we wanted, it makes us try that much harder so that we can do better in the next coming weeks,” Lenhart said.
Last weekend Nick Hixson ‘12 joined Andre Holmes and Jared Veldheer as one of three Hillsdale alumni playing in the NFL. Like Holmes in 2011, Hixson will have to work his way up from the practice squad. As a new member of the New Orleans Saints, Hixson shares with us how he perservered through two cuts, why the Saints will rebound from the bounty scandal, and what Charger football needs to do to have a successful season. With the season getting going on Friday, NFL teams are cutting down their rosters and you were waived. That was a disappointment. What’s next for you? Nick: Actually, I just got signed with the practice squad yesterday, so I won’t be going home. That was some good news to hear. I’m pretty excited. I got back from a road trip to Tennessee and they told me to stick around and I got signed to the practice squad yesterday. Are you disappointed about the cut or excited to be on the practice squad? Nick: Oh no, it’s definitely exciting for me. The practice squad is a great opportunity to stick around the league and your best chance to make a roster whether it’s this year or the next year. You were cut in the spring, then signed again, then cut again. Now you are on the practice squad. What did you do during that break? How were you able to maintain and prepare to jump back in? Nick: Definitely the toughest part was mental. The last four months have been a lot of uncertainty; never knowing what was going to happen the next day. I did a lot of soul searching trying to figure out what I would do if football didn’t work out. Can you give us your dayto-day schedule as a professional football player? Nick: General Schedule: team meetings at 8am, position meeting afterwards. So we’ll get done around 10:30 with meetings then practice afterwards. Then we have a weight room session. After the weight room, we have meetings again, usually about practice. It ends up being around an eight-hour day. But everyday is different.
haven’t seen the difference. But it’s business as usual. I don’t see how it’s affecting us really at all besides losing a few key guys. We’ve got something to prove; prove that we can go out there and win a Super Bowl, no matter what the odds or what people are trying to hold against us. There’s definitely extra motivation and it’s a special year and a special opportunity for us. Have you been following the Chargers? Nick: I’m a Charger for life. I miss every one of those guys. What I had with the Hillsdale football team is something I’ll never get anywhere else. Those guys are my family and some of my best friends. Actually I was playing at Tennessee when we were playing Cal-Pa. My old roommates had a five-way text going as I was in the locker room getting my pads on and I saw the score. A tough loss, but I was rooting for them. What are the keys for the Chargers this season? Nick: They just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and trusting our coaching staff. We have great coaches who put us in a position to win. We have a lot of guys who are coming back so we have high expectations. It should be an exciting year.” -Matt Melchior
From the day I got there Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, and Malcom Jenkin; those three veteran guys in the secondary. There’s no harassing here. They welcomed me with open arms. They have tried to help me in every way possible. It’s been great. Greer is probably one of the most stand up guys I know. I got released and when I came back to the team they were all excited to see me. What’s the attitude of the team surrounding last year’s bounty controversy? Nick: Yeah, I think the media is kind of blowing it out of proportion with how it’s affecting us. I wasn’t here when [it happened] obviously so I
We have some off days and some loftier days where we have a little more meetings and little more film time. Have there been any players who have been able to mentor you? Nick: Oh yeah, absolutely.
(Courtesy of Nick Hixson)
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Body Language: Chris Untalan Sculpture and Drawing
Visiting artist brings realism and reflection to Daughtrey Gallery art exhibit
Faith Liu Collegian Freelancer Artist Chris Untalan’s exhibit, showcasing classically inspired nudes and portraits, opened last Sunday in the Daughtrey Gallery at the Sage Center for the Arts. The exhibit is part of the Hillsdale College Professional Artist Series, and will continue through Sept. 23. Many of Untalan’s pieces are accompanied by reflective titles, such as “Burden of Conscience” and “Philippians 2:6-8.” Professor of Art Sam Knecht noted that Untalan’s subjects rarely make eye contact with the viewer. “In many cases, his subjects are looking inward rather than outward,” he said. “I think there’s something rather somber about his work that seems to invite contemplation.” Associate Professor of Art and professional sculptor Anthony Frudakis said the pieces were thought-provoking and non-traditional. “The models that he’s chosen are all non-idealistic; it points to a kind of respect of and reverence for life in man as he is, without an aesthetic overlay,” he said. While these imperfect subjects have made some conservative viewers uncomfortable, most agree that Untalan’s work shows remarkable talent. Senior Alexandra Allen, who is minoring in art, said that while she didn’t find Untalan’s work particularly aesthetically pleasing, her experience in sculpting has only increased her appreciation for Untalan’s sculptures. “Nude figures, and especially overweight nude figures, really show off how much skill you have,” she said. “Trying to make really convincing roundness, just by taking off clay and putting on clay, is really hard.” Untalan’s skill in reproducing the human form, and his attention to detail, are reminiscent of the classic Greco-Roman and Renaissance styles of art. Professor Frudakis said that Untalan had “an excellent understanding of anatomy and a wonderful sensitivity to texture — a sort of full and life-filled form.” Untalan said that he sees the human form as “the most direct means to communicate abstract concepts.” “I’m trying to communicate to the viewer this idea that I have, and I’m using the object to do that — and at the same time I’m communicating with the object,” he said. “And I think that any good work of art, be it two-dimensional or threedimensional, should have that sort of presence. It’s almost like it’s alive.”
Chris Untalan’s exhibit seeks to find forms to communicate his ideas. He finds his inspiration in literature and poetry, exploring the intricacies of life, death, and the passage of time. (Elizabeth Brady/Collegian)
Grads pursue art outside campus
Teddy Sawyer Collegian Reporter It is almost cliché to talk about liberal art students and their search for substantial employment post-college. This summer, however, a few Hillsdale College art graduates put their talent and ambition to good use, making big waves in the world outside Hillsdale. Focusing primarily on sculpture, Natalie Knudsen ‘12 acted as both assistant and student to Associate Professor of Art Anthony Frudakis. This opportunity allowed her to experience the stress and joy of working in a studio. She spent the time developing her own skills, and by the end of the summer she sculpted two pieces of her own. “It's all the same materials like latex, airbrush, paint, etc., so I will learn prosthetics and could learn how to do all that with animatronics,” she said Working in the studio over the summer also helped to prepare her for her upcoming class and part time job learning animatronics working with The Character Shop, an animatronics company out of Los Angeles, Calif. “I definitely want to keep all the things I learned from Frudakis,” Knudsen said. “I never want to lose that. I want to do momentous sculpture in the future, but if special effects are something I have a knack for then I want to go into it more.” On the other end of the arts spectrum, Kirsty Sadler ‘11 and Rachael Erichsen ‘11 have impacted the world of theater since their graduation two years ago. “The right skills and the right personality are the big things,” costume designer and lecturer in theater Bryan Simmons said, describing what was needed to get good theatrical jobs. “The theater world is small, so there are a lot of connections and your work ethic can be tracked down because everyone knows one another.” Simmons said recently graduated theater majors are typically forced to work multiple jobs, but both Sadler and Erichsen have broken this trend, producing and designing their own work with theaters on the east coast. Sadler produced a puppet show in New York, and Erichsen designed costuming for multiple shows. “I had great fun making costumes, working with New York and D.C. designers, running shows, and making friends,” Erichsen said. “The summer saw all of my dreams come true when I joined the Traveling Players Ensemble as their Assistant Head of Costume Shop.” Polishing what she has dubbed her “persona as a bohemian gypsy,” Erichsen has spent the past two years designing for the Olney Theatre Center, where she has honed her skill with design. Erichsen worked in productions such as “The Complete works of Shakespeare [Abridged]” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” Professor of Art Sam Knecht said Moriah Morgan ‘12 and Nell O'Leary ‘12 are using their skill in painting as well. Nell is starting a severalyear training program in painting at the Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. Knecht said the graduate school does not offer a degree, but it provides some of the best portraiture training in the country. This is not O'Leary's first
experience at the Studio Incamminati, she spent two previous summers studying there. Morgan, meanwhile, wasted no time in moving back to Maryland and opening her own studio. “Soon after graduating, she moved back to her hometown and rented a local studio space at a local art co-op, and now she is making ends meet teaching art lessons and working at a framing shop,” Knecht said. Morgan’s training is being put to good use, and Knecht said she gets the benefit of networking within the artist community.
TOMMY LUNDBERG: UNDERGROUND ARTIST
Shannon Odell Senior Reporter This summer, the walls in the basement of the Sigma Chi house became one artist’s canvas—a canvas that now holds the very first paintings of an art major. Before this May, senior art major Tommy Lundberg had never picked up a paintbrush. However, a visitor to the house would never know that the Detroit Tigers, Patagonia and Batman logos on the wall are the work of a first-time painter. “I have been drawing since kindergarten and became serious about art in middle school,” he said. “But this is the first time I have ever painted anything.” “There’s definitely a common theme in Tommy’s work,” said senior and fellow Sigma Chi John Flo. “It’s definitely almost a comic book style. The reason why he’s good is because he’s really good at drawing clean, straight, well-defined lines, so all his work is really wellcontoured. That’s probably the foundation of his art.” Lundberg said his project began on a whim. He moved into the house in May after the semester finished and began to clean up the house and paint the walls, a project that inspired him to continue painting. Flo said Lundberg’s ease in picking up a paintbrush shows his natural ability. “He can translate between mediums and be versatile, which is proof that he’ll be a successful artist,” Flo said. Most of Lundberg’s paintings are replicated logos such as the Detroit Tigers, Patagonia, the Detroit Lions and the CocaCola logos. Lundberg said he enjoys taking things from the past such as logos and changing
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their environment and occasionally altering their words. The Patagonia logo on the wall reads “Fratagonia.” “He puts a reMURAL ally fun, creative
twist on things, like ‘Fratagonia’ and ‘Fratman,’” Flo said. “It’s just fun art. Nothing is super complex and he does a good job making things as simple as they need to be while still making things impressive and appealing.” “It was nice to have a whole area at my disposal,” Lundberg said. “Doing this will also help the house to be treated nicer and it will give it a longer life.” Lundberg didn’t produce any thumbnail sketches and primarily painted the logos freehand, simply seeing an idea in his head and then producing it on the wall. I have a good eye for proportions,” he said. “I just see something and make it. I have been producing art enough that I trust my ability. Of course, sometimes I mess up and get very upset.” The whole project took about two-and-a-half months, with a few all-nighters in the middle. This semester, Lundberg will be taking his first painting class. He has already gotten a few requests for some work and has begun advertising on a Facebook page. “I have the ability to get in the zone and I can’t stop,” Lundberg said. “Being an artist, that is a good personality trait to have.”
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BETWEEN THE GREATS
Summer in D.C. is hot and humid. Our capital was built on a swamp, so I suppose it’s unavoidable, but that fact doesn’t make living there any less sweaty and crowded. And overwhelming and wonderful. You see, no matter how terrible the weather is or how broke you are (“intern’s income” is totally an oxymoron), the Smithsonian Museums guarantee both awe and air-conditioning for free — a great combination. After living and working in D.C. for three months and spending every available weekend “museuming,” I found that the best Smithsonian for all of these things is the National Gallery of Art. Not only is it kept particularly cold for the artwork’s sake, but the amount of breathtaking, historically significant paintings and sculptures is staggering. It felt like walking through my AP Art History textbook. “Oh, there’s the only Di Vinci in the western hemisphere.” “There’s Degas’s ‘Little Dancer.’” “There’s David’s portrait of Napoleon, and six Vermeers.” But the thing that struck me the most was how many beautiful paintings and sculptures there were, created by artists I’d never even heard of — and how frequently they were ignored. I’ll admit my inclination to fangirl over noted portraitists, and I will play “find all eleven portraits by Thomas Gainsborough” with the best of them. But I also stopped and stared slack-jawed at some still life paintings by John Frederick Peto that were stuffed into an awkward corner near John Singer Sargent. I’d never heard of him before and I don’t even like still-life paintings as a rule. But somehow, this guy who died in 1907 managed to make a couple of biscuits and a mug with blue flowers one of the most relatable and charming images I’ve seen. As I stood there musing, about a dozen sunburned tourists breezed by, stared at the label next to the Sargent and Whistler paintings before trundling off to the next gallery. Yes, you should go to art museums to see the greats. There’s usually a good reason that they are considered great in the first place. But, especially in a museum of the National Gallery’s caliber, you should make a point of looking at the art, not just the nameplates. You might just be surprised.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is the story of a six-year-old girl and her journey in the post-Katrina world of Bathtub. The movie was directed by Benh Zeitlin. (Courtesy/Collegian)
Movie review: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Carrie Blanton Special to the Collegian 5/10 stars Rating: PG-13 “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — directed by Benh Zeitlin — tells the story of a strong young girl and her hot-tempered father living in the post-Katrina world of Bathtub. Despite her age, Hushpuppy (played by film newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) possesses an unnatural consciousness of her surroundings — believing that the Bathtub is the center of the universe, and the world is made for her and her father Wink (played by Dwight Henry). The movie relies on the lovable Quvenzhané Wallis to make the audience care. There are multiple shots of her face as she ponders. Remarkably, this shot — repeated over and over — appears to capture the same expression, an expression that is confusingly vague. This indistinct quality continues throughout the film as Zeitlin blurs the line between fact and fantasy. He creates a visual world that recalls images of Katrina and southern Louisiana but also includes fantastical visions of make-believe creatures such as Aurochs, a type of large wild cattle. Zeitlin also uses a screen shot of glaciers shattering in tandem with a scene depicting Hushpuppy’s crumbling world. These creative moments add spice to an otherwise slow storyline, but the visual style and varied lighting disorient the audience, confusing whether the film is a documentary or a surreal film. With multiple characters on-screen and barely enough dialogue for one, the film moves at a glacial pace. While Zeitlin must have felt that the visual experience of his movie would be enough to draw the audience in, the first 20 minutes are dominated by little more than watching a day in the life of Hushpuppy. The dull plot is made more bearable by the film’s moving soundtrack. Composed by Zeitlin, the music colors the story with more tangible hope and love than the actors and gives more direction to the film’s message than the script and the cinematography. Still, the movie relies too heavily on its gritty, emotional cinematography. For those wanting something deeper all they have is a cute six-year-old and a wild beast.
Community unites over mural
Emmaline Epperson Copy Editor The Ladies Beautification League (LBL) of Hillsdale, MI, will hold its second muralpainting project this Friday and Saturday. The mural, entitled “Return to Splendor,” will cover the concessions stand in the Field of Dreams. “The goal is to bring art to Hillsdale while building community pride in a historical context,” said LBL founding member Laura Smith. The original LBL mural, painted last year, is located on the rear wall of the Hillsdale County Community Foundation building. The new project, in the same fashion as the old, will allow people to buy tickets to paint small sections of the mural. Last year around 250 people signed up to paint the mural. This year, over 500 people will have the opportunity to participate. “We have one-year-olds, 85-year-olds, and everyone in between painting,” founding member Allison Hutchinson said. The mural is 600 square feet and will cover three walls of the concession stand. The first wall will feature a pennant that says “Field of Dreams,” the name of the park. The second wall says “Play Ball” above a group of baseball players and their coach. The final wall will feature a plaque commemorating donors and families as well as the handprints of all participants. “We wanted the mural to be timeless,” Smith said. The artist, Mary Thiefles, also created the LBL’s original mural. She has won Ann Arbor’s Golden Paintbrush award for her work in community art. The LBL will also replace the “Field of Dreams” sign and install a flagpole. The event will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The concessions stand will be open and all proceeds will go to future LBL projects. The LBL was founded in 2010, after the founders attended meetings for the Small Town Design Initiative, a project of Michigan State University graduate students. Beginning with three women, all wives of Hillsdale professors, the League has now grown to 13 members. Originally the LBL intended to create a new mural in Hillsdale’s downtown. After struggling with “red tape,” the women decided to improve the baseball field instead, Smith said. Next year will mark the 15 year anniversary of the Field of Dreams. Members of the town, who were dissatisfied with their children playing sports in an abandoned junkyard, created the park in 1998. Today over 20,000 people visit the park each year from the tri-state area. Year-around soccer, baseball, and football teams come to practice and play games. “This location gives us the opportunity to reach even more people with art,” Hutchinson said. Last year, the mural was painted before students came back to school in the fall. This year, the LBL hopes to incorporate students into the project. “It’s a great project for students to participate in the community,” Hutchinson said. “Students will paint right next to community members.” Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Omicron Kappa Delta Honorary, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority have already volunteered to help this weekend. The LBL, however, would welcome the help of any more students. “You can walk right down and pay $5 to paint,” Jarinda Springer, founding member, said. The mural will be dedicated on Oct. 6. Dinner will be available and the movie “Field of Dreams,” will be shown. Although the LBL’s biggest projects have been murals, they hope to promote other types of art in Hillsdale. “Our mission is not murals,” Smith said. “We want to enhance the downtown area. There are endless possibilities.”
Senior Tommy Lundberg spent his summer working on multiple murals in the basement of the Sigma Chi building. Many of his paintings are comic-book style parodies of well-known logos. (Shannon Odell/Collegian)
Sept. 8 — Solungga Fang-Tsu Liu is performing a piano solo recital Saturday at 8 p.m in Markel Auditorium. Free admission. Call ahead to reserve tickets.
Sept. 7 — Swing Dancing in the Old Snack Bar, located in the Dow Leadership Center. 8 p.m. lesson, 9-12 p.m. open dance. Sept. 11 — Ceremony in honor of 9/11 victims, 12 p.m. at Central Hall. In addition, there will be a Candle Light Ceremony on the Quad at 9:30 p.m.
Premiere Theatre Hillsdale The Odd Life of Timothy Green PG The Campaign R 2016: Obama’s America PG The Bourne Legacy PG-13 NCG Coldwater Theater Paranorman RealD 3D PG Lawless R Hope Springs PG-13 Brave PG
Aug. 26 - Sept. 23 — Chris Untalan sculpture and drawing art exhibit in the Daughtrey Gallery of Art.
Abi Wood Arts Editor
FEATURES Gramp’s ice cream train
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Delivering joy, icy treats to Hillsdale area for the past 26 years
The demographics of the county have changed. “We used to go to the factories during their break times,” Reed said. “But in these economic times, the factories are closed, so that’s no longer in his route.” Scoville drives a different route every time. “I have competition,” he said discreetly. “I can’t give away my secrets.” Reed also shared memories of dressing up and visiting Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. “We went many times. I would dress the kids and myself up in clown costumes and my folks would wear regular ice cream outfits and we would visit the patients.” Scoville also drove the “train” to his grandchildren’s classrooms at the end of every school year. He treated the whole classroom to free ice cream. “All the kids knew who my dad was,” Reed said. “I remem-
Gary Scoville, owner of Gramp’s Ice Cream Company in Hillsdale, Mich., is a magical cliché in an age that has forgotten the allure of melting summer evenings. He is the ice cream man. Five days a week, he drives his ice cream truck around Hillsdale County delivering sweet treats to smiling faces. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday he drives a smaller vehicle decorated in the fashion of a little train engine. The “train” rolls around town to the lilting music of fairgrounds and carousels with its conductor at the helm in suspenders and a newsboy cap. The rear of the train is where the ice cream waits, sealed into a freezer covered with worn pictures of the chilly wares carefully taped beside prices. Scoville has been driving the truck for 26 years and has a faithful following of customers. “I’m on the third generation in some cases,” he said. It was 1985 when Sco-
ville’s daughter, Sue Reed, first brought the train by her father’s house and asked him to sub for her shift as its driver. “My dad fell in love with it,” she said. Eventually Scoville bought the business from its previous owner. Though the small, familiar train remained the same, Scoville named the business “Gramp’s” and changed the uniform so that it included dark pants, a light shirt, and his signature newsboy cap. He also obtained traditional German merry-go-round music —“calliope”— to accompany his drives around the city. He said it best mimicked what an ice cream truck should sound like. “I’ve watched the happiness it gave my dad to do this,” Reed said. “He just really found his niche.” Scoville reaches a wide range of customers, driving to nearby Amish communities and other rural areas in addition to his city routes. He’s changed the routes to meet the people.
ber the kids jumping up and down. They got so excited.” This summer, however, “Gramp’s” had a run-in with nature when a July thunderstorm caused a large tree to collapse across the front of the ice cream truck while Scoville was delivering to his more rural customers. A large tree limb shattered through the windshield, stopping inches from Scoville’s face and large chunks of the broken tree lodged inches deep in the leather seat surrounding the ice cream man. Scoville was unharmed. “It is only by the grace of God that I am here today,” he said, showing off the pictures he took of the mutilated truck. “I guess he still wants me to deliver this ice cream.” Scoville’s business card has the photos of four of his five grandchildren, pictured in black and white bliss as they down various icy treats. “They are the reason I named it Gramp’s,” he says, tapping the card gently. “They called me that first.”
Gary Scoville has been selling ice cream to the residents of Hillsdale County since 1986. (Shannon Odell/Collegian)
Etymology: From the Latin dēgustāre, meaning, "to taste, try." Compare to the modern French dégustateur. Definition: One who degusts, or tastes as a connoisseur. Example: "The numerous degustators of oysters with which our capital abounds" — New Monthly Magazine, 1833
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Art Thomas: much missed, still loved
January 19, 1921 - June 12, 2012
Jordan Finney Collegian Freelancer Arthur Thomas was a charming and unassuming fixture in classrooms, music performances, and events at Hillsdale College. After many happy years at Hillsdale, Thomas passed away on June 12, 2012 at the Laurels of Coldwater. “His playfulness with students was always a joy. His reverence for the things we study here was a reminder of the value of our work. He was a cheerleader, if a cheerleader can be taciturn. He was a supporter who wanted no mention of the fact,” President Larry P. Arnn said. “Above all he was a friend: much missed, still loved.” Many students and professors remember Thomas for his regular presence in Howard Music Hall. Partial to voice and piano, he attended many student recitals and concerts, also volunteering to record performances and edit CD’s. He personally purchased a computer, audio-recording equipment, and a high-quality digital camera for Conrad Recital Hall, according to James Holleman, associate professor of music. Thomas even commissioned a painting of his wife, Muriel Parkinson Thomas, which hangs in the lower level of Howard Music Hall. His wife, whom he spoke of tenderly to anyone who asked him, passed away before the portrait was completed, Holleman said. “The close love he had with his wife was an inspiration. The loss he felt when she passed was a grief so palpable as to affect all who knew them,” Arnn said. “The comfort he took in being here among us was, he told me many times, the best earthly consolation he had found or could imagine.” Thomas identified deeply with the mission of the College and the caliber of teaching in the classroom, said Provost David Whalen, who taught some of the English classes Thomas atended. Several professors who had Thomas as a student commented on his amiability, intellectual curiosity, and contagious enthusiasm. He was capable of turning “dangerously dry” lecture topics into a delight for everyone present, said Whalen. But Thomas’s involvement at Hillsdale College extended far beyond the lecture setting. Professors and students alike considered him a personal friend and an inspiration, even inviting Thomas to holiday meals, group gatherings, and weddings, Holleman said. At a reception several years ago, Thomas held Whalen’s then-newborn son for over an hour. “[He was] beaming and pleased the whole time as if it were his own grandchild,” Whalen said. “In later years, he often mentioned that event, remarking upon how much the child had grown. In this way he really did become a part of many people’s extended family.” His extended Hillsdale family provided Thomas with comfort and support as his health began to fail, taking turns to clean his house and visiting him in Coldwate, professors said. During the 2012 Spring Commencement ceremony, the college awarded Thomas with an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his generosity and continued service to Hillsdale. “Art was a success in business and family, along with his service to the greater community. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and a successful person that students could aspire to be like,” Holleman said. Thomas was survived by his son, David Thomas; daughter, Jacqueline Litchfield; four grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, and one daughter, Martha Kate Thomas, according to Eagle Funeral Homes. On behalf of the students, faculty, and friends of Hillsdale College, we extend our deepest gratitude to Art Thomas for his commitment to Hillsdale College and the impact he had on everyone who knew him.
Beloved campus presence Art Thomas recieved an honorary doctorate from Hillsdale College during the 2012 Spring Commencement ceremony. (Collegian File Photo)
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What to do in Hillsdale
A: Premier Theater 7
Premier Theater 7 movies are now all digital picture and sound. Certain movies are also available in 3D for an additional $2 charge. Come here to watch the newest releases. Distance from campus: 2 miles Car: 6 minutes Bike: 10 minutes Walk: 34 minutes Hours: Movie time available online. Price Point: All movies before 6 p.m. $4.50. After 6 p.m. Mon-Thur $5.75. After 6 p.m. Fri-Sun $6.50
F: Coneys and Swirls
Though not always a healthier option than SAGA, Inc. an occasional (or regular) corn dog, burger, taco salad, or ice cream is just what students need while taking a break from homework and studying. Distance from campus: 1 mile Car: 4 minutes Bike: 9 minutes Walk: 18 minutes Hours: Mon-Sat 11a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Price Point: under $10 “Affordable and friendly, we offer a 10% discount with students’ IDs.” - Marcia Beforest, employee
A good option for students attempting to eat healthy, Oakley offers sandwiches, daily soups and cheesecake made by Teri Martin. Closer and cheaper than Walmart, day old bread is also available upon request. Distance from campus: 0.5 miles Car: 1 minute Bike: 3 minutes Walk: 8 minutes Hours: Sun 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tue-Thu 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Price Point: Under $10 “Cheap, fast, better than SAGA.” - JoAnna Waterman, Sophomore
G: Stadium Roller Rink
The rink rents blades and skates to customers. Experienced skater or not, this is an activity good for exercise and a laugh. Distance from campus: 1.9 miles Car: 5 minutes Bike: 10 minutes Walk: 38 minutes Hours: Public skating hours: Thur 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (discount deal day), Fri 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Price Point: Prices vary with the day. Check website for more information. “Cheap, entertaining, and off campus.” Ian Swanson, Junior
C: Coffee Cup Diner
Though not much larger than a coffee cup, this diner within a converted 1920s train car has a reputation among locals and travelers for its authentic Thai cuisine and friendly staff. It also serves traditional American food for breakfast and lunch. Frequent customers, beware, as the owner may have your order reach the table before you do. Distance from campus: 0.8 miles Car: 4 minutes Bike: 8 minutes Walk: 14 minutes Hours: Mon-Fri 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Price Point: under $10 “Small, but good service and the price is reasonable.” - Pai Ringemberg, owner
H: Jilly Beans
For those outdoor lovers, Jilly Beans offers an open-air garden for customers to enjoy while chatting and using free WiFi. Enjoy this summer weather with a variety of coffee drinks and pastries before the Michigan winter hits and we are confined to our dorms in a never-ending search for “the good.” Distance from campus: 0.9 miles Car: 4 minutes Bike: 7 minutes Walk: 18 minutes Hours: Sat 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Price Point: under $10
D: Baw Beese Lake
The eight-mile Baw Beese recreational path connects Hillsdale and Jonesville. While at Baw Beese Lake, enjoy swimming, playing volleyball, and having a picnic with friends. Distance from campus: 3.3 miles Car: 10 minutes Bike: 15 minutes Walk: 1 hour Hours: 4 a.m. - midnight Price Point: Free
I: Hillsdale County Farmer’s Market
A motivation to rise early on Saturday mornings and a fun way to meet Hillsdale locals, the farmer’s market offers fresh produce, naturally raised meats, homemade baked goods and artisans selling crafts, flowers, and bath products. Distance from campus: 0.9 miles Car: 4 minutes Bike: 6 minutes Walk: 16 minutes Hours: Sat 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Price Point: Whatever you want to spend
E: The Battle Grounds
The Battle Grounds hosts games of Magic: The Gathering (the game known as the “cards of chess”) for both individual players and teams to enjoy and occasionally win prizes. Distance from campus: 0.9 miles Car: 4 minutes Bike: 7 minutes Walk: 18 minutes Hours: Tue-Fri registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 6 p.m. Sat are special events, which can be found on website. Registration begins at 12 p.m., and games begin at 1 p.m. Price Point: $5-$10 - Compiled by Macaela Bennett
J: Checker Records
Putting Ghirardelli chocolate in their coffee is not the only unique characteristic of this coffee shop. Customers enjoy the indie atmosphere of music and burning incense while browsing through records and body jewelry for sale. Distance from campus: 1 mile Car: 4 minutes Bike: 7 minutes Walk: 19 minutes Hours: Mon-Sat 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Price Point: under $10 Drink cards available and Wednesdays are double stamp days.