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Samantha Gilman Senior Reporter If the Hillsdale College Health and Wellness Center confirms a third case of chickenpox, campus could become nearly a ghost town. Two cases of chickenpox have been confirmed on campus, one on Sept. 13 and the other before classes began. According to Michigan state law, when a school reports more than two cases of chickenpox in close proximity to one another, students who can not prove immunity will be kept off campus until 21 days after the last case. “Most college students don’t want to miss a class, let alone 10-days worth,” said Carol Drews, a nurse with the health center. After Oct. 5, the clock resets and the state will allow another two cases before requiring students to prove immunity to stay on campus. Chickenpox is a “mandatory reportable” disease, Drews said. “I call the minute I know they’re sick,” she said. “It’s a state statute, and it’s designed to protect people.” Staff at the Health and Wellness Center are urging students to consult with their parents to make sure they are immunized. A blood test, a vaccine, or a severe childhood case can prove immunity. Only severe childhood cases completely ensure immunity as an adult. Junior Aaron Schepps had a light case of chickenpox when he was younger but contracted the virus a few days ago. “I had an extremely mild case, amounting to a grand total of six or seven sores I think,” Schepps said. He is still in quarantine in his off-campus house, and spends his time reading when the pain is bad and watching movies when the pain is worse. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella virus. Patients can treat the effects of the sores and fever with pain medicine and fever reducers, but as with all viruses, no cure exists. “Unfortunately,” Schepps said, “the medicine doesn’t have a huge effect every time.” Although there is no cure, vaccines serve as preventative maintenance. The Health and Wellness Center is providing a vaccine that can be ordered overnight. The booster shot costs about $90. Students can also check to see if their home doctor provides vaccines under their family’s insurance plans. To keep costs down, the center does not accept payments from insurance companies. If you or your parents have any questions about this issue, please contact Carol Drews, health service nurse, or call the Health and Wellness Center at 517-607-4368. Hours for the center are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also contact Brock Lutz, director of health services, on his cell phone at 216-789-9605.
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Q & A: Nathan Harden
“Yale is so very much in love with Yale.”
Why did you transfer to Yale? There’re a couple reasons. I had tried to get into Yale a couple times before. Yale has a mystique about it, an incredible presence architecturally, a great history, and it still has a great deal of intellectual resources too. I had a great political education at Claremont but I was able to explore some other branches of the humanities in a deeper way at Yale. When you get down to it, with a lot of it is the power to get the name, which has the potential to open a lot of doors for you career-wise, and it certainly has done that. It certainly wasn’t exactly the experience I anticipated when I first arrived. What inspired you to write “Sex and God at Yale” ? I started working on reporting about Sex Week with the idea of doing a magazine article about it, or an essay. I eventually did that, but I realized that there was a lot more to this than Sex Week itself. Sex Week makes up a pretty good chunk of the book, but in some ways it’s simply there to illustrate the bigger problem. That problem is what I call a lack of intellectual purpose or a lack of moral compass. And so I touch on things like the loss of a sense of patriotism or duty to the country. It’s looked at as intellectually sophisticated to be on the side of America’s enemies, to take a look of derision at the military, or expressions of patriotism. The last thing is a pretty extraordinary example of this: I was in a final exam in International Relations next to a former official for the Taliban. You have to look at a moment like that with an incredible sense of irony because at that very moment American troops were fighting his former comrades in the mountains of Afghanistan. Here he was at the cradle of American presidents, the very center of where we train our next generation of political and cultural leaders. It was a pretty extraordinary moment. Having graduated Yale, what do you do now? My main gig now is that I’m editor of The College Fix, a higher-ed news and opinion site. We basically publish primarily student journalism. Our goal is to talk about issues important to higher-ed or politics. We really want to identify elite, college journalists at the student level and give them a national platform to cultivate their craft. What do you make of comparisons of your book to William F. Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale,” and of comparisons of him to you? Well, of course it’s natural for people to make that connection. I had the chance to meet WFB a couple years before he passed away at the house of a professor. He was an extraordinary man, what can you say? In some ways, he was the intellectual force who launched modern conservatism. And his book, “God and Man at Yale”—although, if you look at it now, its complaints about a Yale education look pretty quaint aside what’s happening today. But at the time, it was sort of a revolutionary book. And it really launched a lot of careers, certainly Buckley’s career, and, by extension, a lot of the modern conservative movement. I’m a very different sort of guy from Buckley, but I do think that my own book is a kind of continuation of the story that he began to tell. Buckley always emphasized the importance of higher education. He realized that our political future is really wrapped up in what’s going on in the classroom today. And I definitely share that view. I think that what’s happening at Yale has implications far beyond Yale, far beyond people who go to Yale. But if you don’t go to Yale, or your kids don’t go to Yale, what does this have to do with you? Well, three of our last five presidents went to Yale; two of the last three Supreme Court justices. Countless cultural and political leaders are coming through this ideological training ground. And so the question is: what are they learning? What are
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“Nathan Harden is the author of the book Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad. He graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a B.A. in Humanities. He now works as the editor of The College Fix, a higher-ed news and opinion site, as well as a freelance journalist.”
the implications 20 years from now? Those are things that are critical for all Americans. How did you get connected to Hillsdale College? I’ve known about Hillsdale for a long time. It obviously has an incredible reputation as an academic center, particularly among intellectuals on the right. I met [college President] Larry Arnn several years ago, and I was very impressed by him. I think he’s done great work there. [Director of the Dow Journalism Program] John Miller and I met by virtue of when I started writing for National Review Online. At the time he was a national correspondent for National Review and contributor to the blog, and he still writes for them. We sort of connected that way. He is also involved in the leadership of the College Fix, where I’m editor now. John’s passion is really centered around identifying young, freedom-loving journalists with talent and really giving them a chance to cultivate what they’ve got. He’s got a real mentoring aspect to him. It’s a great fit for him for what he’s doing there at Hillsdale, and The College Fix has a similar vision, which is another connection we share. Is this Hillsdale event on Thursday part of a national book tour? Yes. I’ll be speaking at a number of campuses this fall, and doing some bookstore talks and that sort of thing. It’s one of a number of similar events. -Compiled by Jack Butler -Photo courtesy of Nathan Harden
Happy Constitution Day Irish singer visits campus
Freshman class raises the bar
10 years and counting
Tory Cooney Features Editor The Class of 2016 continued Hillsdale College’s 10-year-long streak of rising incoming freshman grade point averages. This year’s freshman class average high school GPA is 3.8. “A whopping 0.03 percent higher than last year, and a few more students were in the top 10 percent of their class” Director of Admissions Jeff Lantis said. “The test scores are all the same, but it’s safe to say that this year’s class is at least as smart as last year’s.” The average standardized test scores class of 2016 are the same as the class of 2015: 29 on the ACT and 1980 on the SAT. However, Lantis said the best predictor for collegiate success doesn’t lie in GPAs or standardized test scores but high marks in college preparatory courses, such as advanced placement and honors classes. After those classes, Lantis said the next best indicators are overall GPAs and English and reading scores on standardized tests. “A strong GPA suggests that students are willing to work hard over an extended period of time,” Dean of Men Aaron Petersen said. “Test scores indicate a degree of intellectual horsepower that will make for a better transition from high school to Hillsdale."
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ACT- 29 SAT- 1980 GPA - 3.8
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York sells house to college for Delta Tau Delta house
Emmaline Epperson Copy Editor Daniel York, professor of biology, sold his house to Hillsdale College. The administration plans to allow Delta Tau Delta fraternity to use the building as a temporary chapter house. Since it was rechartered on campus in 2009, DTD has planned to find a chapter house, DTD President Scott Rode said. The fraternity is excited to have their own space to hold meetings and events. “It won’t be the Delt house forever, but it’s a building block for us,” Rode said. “The house is a great first step.” Dean of Men Aaron Petersen stressed that the York house will not be DTD’s permanent house. “The York house is a temporary shelter for the Delts until further notice. There is no marriage to that house,” he said. “It is just a better place to hold meetings in.” The house will follow the college’s alcohol policy and be dry, Petersen said. DTD plans to use the house for a variety of functions besides meetings. Three of the fraternity’s men will live in the house. DTD will use the house to hold their annual events including Deltsgiving and Deltmas. The house will also serve as a “great place where alumni can come home,” Rode said. The York house is located at Fayette Street in the lot next to the Sigma Chi fraternity house. “The house is perfect for a fraternity,” York said. “Location, location, location. We will finally have a proper fraternity row.” York will move out in the next few weeks, and DTD hopes to move into the house in the 2013 spring semester. The house needs some cosmetic improvement but is otherwise ready for DTD, York said. For the past 13 years, York has made his house a popular location for students. In the back of the house York himself built a pub, including a bar and patio, colloquially called “the Porch.” On the weekends, York would open his house for students of age to come and drink. In his new house across town on Indiana Court, York will not continue to host students on a regular basis. “The Porch has been an institution at Hillsdale for 10 years, but it’s time for it to come to a close,” he said. The York house was built in 1874, and completed in 1876 by Hillsdale’s first secretary of the treasury. Then, in 1902, the college planned to use the house for the president. The president at the time, Joseph Mauck, however, preferred the Suncrest House, which is now the Alpha Tau Omega House. He promptly moved in. From the 1940s to the 1960s, the York house was the Hillcrest Rest Home. These residents left their mark on the house, and now it is currently inhabited by one of their ghosts, York said. “The Delts will never be alone,” he said with a smile. Although the fraternity will have achieved their goal of getting a house in the spring, they intend to continue fundraising to build their own house. Regardless, they look forward to the possibilities that the house holds. “We are really excited for this opportunity, and we are committed to the mission of the college,” Rode said. “We hope to enhance that through our organization.”
Professor of Biology Dan York recently sold his house on Fayette Street to the college. The Delta Tau Delta fraternity will use it as its temporary chapter house. (Top: Collegian file
photo. Bottom: Sally Nelson/Collegian)
Harmon comes to Hillsdale for success conference
Tom Harmon of Tom Harmon ministries will be on campus from Sept. 21-23 to kick off the third Annual “Success Conference.” According to Camden, Mich., Mayor Harold Walker, whose town has hosted the conferences for the past two years, the purpose of these events is to apply biblical principles to everyday life and to show that success is not based around worldly possessions. A former Michigan State trooper, Harmon found his calling to preach this message in 1984 as a pastor in Lansing, Mich. For the past 28 years, Harmon has travelled all over the country to preach the Christian faith at various churches, camps, and conferences. Hillsdale is just a one stop in a year-long tour that includes destinations such as Big Sandy, Texas, and Spring Creek, Pa. This year, Hillsdale was chosen to host this year’s success conference because of the central location that it offers as well as the conservative draw of Hillsdale’s campus. “The college has been very helpful and it has been fantastic to work with everyone,” Walker said. The free-of-charge conference titled “Is There Hope for My Future” will be held at Hayden Park and will begin at 7 p.m. each night. It will conclude on Sunday. Seating for the event will be limited to the first 2,000 people that arrive. —Richard Thompson
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at last year’s Constitution Day celebration put on by the Allan J. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. This year’s event will honor the 225th anniversary of the Constitution. (Courtesy of Doug Koon)
Kirby Center celebrates Constitution Day
Hayden Smith Collegian Freelancer This week Hillsdale College, with the rest of the country, is celebrating the 225th anniversary of the writing of the Constitution. As part of Hillsdale College’s celebration of the United State’s founding document, today the Allan J. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship holds its third annual Constitution Day Celebration. Over 400 friends of the college, trustees, members of Congress, congressional staffers, and alumni will gather for a series of celebratory events today at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The college’s celebration in Washington, D.C., will be more educational than political, Kirby Center Director David Bobb said. “The planning for the event begins a year in advance.” said Emily Sarver, special assistant for research and programs in external affairs. “As soon as one ends the next is already being planned. I handle a lot of the details and preparations and it feels great to see it all come together.” Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn will begin the day with introductory remarks, followed by a panel titled “Should Conservatives Today Accept the New Deal as a Done Deal?” Associate Professor of History Paul Moreno will chair the panel that includes Newsweek contributing editor David Frum and Professor of Politics Thomas West. A round table discussing Arnn’s book, The Founder’s Key, will be chaired by Professor of Politics Ronald Pestritto. A dinner tonight will be capped with a talk titled “Is America Exceptional?” delivered by former Commentary magazine editor Norman Podhoretz. “The climax of the event is the large dinner held in the evening,” Sarver said. “I love looking out and seeing a huge room of people who are there to support the college and support what we do.” In years past the events have been held at the downtown Marriot Hotel, the same building the Conservative Political Action Conference is held. This year the change in venue allows the celebrations to be closer to the Kirby Center itself, Sarver said. Tours of the Kirby Center will be conducted throughout the afternoon. Prior to the establishment of Constitution Day, the college held an annual Churchill Dinner. The Constitution Day celebration is a higher profile event then the dinner and draws more attention to the college’s work. “The heart of our work is undergraduate education,” Bobb said. “Taking what we teach at the college and making it available to the public is a major part of what we do.”
second breakfast in tHe library
The Hobbit was first published 75 years ago tomorrow. To commemorate the day, a second breakfast will he held in the Mossey Library Heritage room at 11 a.m Friday. “The Hobbit Second Breakfast is your chance to pop the kettle on, sit down with friends, family or colleagues, and take a moment to eat, drink and be merry,” said an email sent to campus. Tea and refreshments will be provided. —Caleb Whitmer
manager of Saga, explained that installation of the new appliances allow for a more efficient laundry service for students. “Students will have more flexibility with this second option of payment,” he said. House Director of the Suites Matthew Duquette sees this improvement as a benefit to his dorm and the entire campus. “This new technology looks pretty slick,” he said. “I think it will make this process more convenient because it eliminates rolls of quarters. ” At last year’s Student Leadership Weekend, students gave feedback to the college on how it could improve college facilities. Students complained about the slow response time to fix broken washers and the frequent quarter jams. The college approached Saga when the college’s contract with a previous laundry service expired. Saga gladly accepted the proposal and the new responsibility. “We wanted to make it easier for the students to do laundry” Kirwan said. “When there is a problem with the appliance we are ready to fix it: no more waiting three days for a contractor from Lansing to drive down to fix the problem.” Saga will eventually convert all laundry appliances to Charger Laundry Change. In a few weeks, the Suites will be the first dormitory to host the updated payment option. Simone Lunt, a transfer sophomore student living in Niedfeldt Residence, was pleased to hear of this new payment option. “I'm sick of putting quarters in the washing machine because I never have enough quarters and the machines don't take dimes or nickels,” she said. “I would really appreciate being able to swipe ours cards to wash our clothes.” Kirwan is undecided on what dorm is next. “The order in which we migrate will depend on the technological aspects in connecting to the college server,” he said. All improvements will be completed by the end of this school year. Lunt did express concern that this new technological improvements could raise prices. “I think this is a fantastic idea,” she said. “However, I don’t know how I feel about it going up in price.” Kirwan said that there are no plans to raise laundry prices. “As of now, it will remain at 75 cents a load, which is a bargain.”
Saga takes on new load: laundry
Alex Anderson Collegian Reporter While Hillsdale College spent the summer breaking ground on the new athletic center, renovating dormitories, and repaving sidewalks, Saga, Inc., took on a new role of managing the dormitories’ laundry system. Saga has replaced the old appliances in all college dormitories with Maytag commercial washers and dryers. These new appliances will allow Saga to incorporate a new high-tech payment option: Charger Laundry Change. Instead of paying in quarters, students will be able to swipe their student IDs at the time of payment. Students will refill their laundry change online or at the Saga office. Kevin Kirwan, general
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TOCCO CHALLENGE CHANGE-UP
Samantha Scorzo Collegian Reporter This year marks the 10th Tocco Challenge at Hillsdale College, and the end of the event as it has been known. Don Tocco, a businessman and longtime donor to the college, is pitted against the combined-average score of college athletes in various athletic contests. Each athlete is sponsored by a different campus organization. If an athlete wins the challenge, Tocco donates $25,000, spread equally among the participating organizations. If Tocco wins, he still donates $15,000. This year, however, will be the last year the challenge is solely in sporting events. “Mr. Tocco is planning to discontinue the sports challenge as we’ve known it for the last 10 years, but he is still interested in doing some type of event or challenge in another field,” said Rebekah Dell, associate dean of women. “He is a man of many interests and sports are one interest, but he also has a love for the arts; he writes poetry and sculpts, so he wants to interact with those mediums as well.” The reason for the change is to allow more students to compete in the challenge. “We have done the same thing basically for 10 years, and I think it’s just time to change it up. I will be talking to Dr. Arnn to brainstorm with him for next year’s challenge,” Tocco said. “I’m thinking of opening it up to art, literature and possibly music, but having said that, I will continue to compete with the athletic teams for money, but it will not be in front of the student body.” A change in pace for this year’s challenge is that the varsity football athletes will not be participating; instead, the club sports teams will get the chance to compete. “Incorporating the club sports teams for the football portion will allow more students to get involved, and will help raise funds to support our club sports,” Dell said. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the event, Tocco plans to give T-shirts to all who attend. Dinner will then be provided for everyone during the chess match that concludes the challenge. Also, there is going to be a party afterward with giveaways and drawings, Dell said. “I look forward to the challenge because it gives me the opportunity to talk about personal excellence, especially the fact that we must maintain a healthy body to have a full and vital life,” said Tocco. “And it allows me to meet and befriend many of the athletes.” Many students on campus look forward to the challenge as well. “I am very excited for this year’s Tocco Challenge,” said senior Scott Lantis, captain of the baseball team. “We are very appreciative of all the support he’s given the college, especially the baseball team.” Tocco came to Hillsdale College’s campus for the first home football game against Ohio Dominican University and stopped by the baseball team’s practice to talk with the athletes and take some swings in practice. “It’s great that we get a chance to interact with him because he’s full of wisdom and a huge Chargers fan,” Lantis said. Lantis believes Tocco will win the challenge, but hopes a Charger athlete will win. “Hopefully a Charger will win because it’s going to be the last challenge of its kind, but Mr. Tocco’s in great shape and he’s a phenomenal athlete,” Lantis said. This year’s challenge will take place on Oct. 7. “The challenge is my favorite time of year,” Tocco said. “It’s like Christmas day for me.”
People say that Hillsdale College isn’t reality. It’s just a bubble, I often hear from students. The Hillsdale lifestyle is so fragile that, after our first inevitable contact with the world’s hardness, the things that seemed important will collapse and drift away. Before I contest that idea, I want to say that I respect their Patrick Timmis point. Attending a cozy, cohesive Editor-in-Chief little school tucked into a quiet corner of Michigan is uncommon in the human experience. The cares that weigh on us seem absurd the moment we remember the sad eyes and bloated stomach of a child in Zimbabwe or Detroit. We can laugh at disputes over the philosophical root of “Love thy neighbor” (Is it respect for man’s inalienable rights or obedience to divinely instituted duties?) when the one constant of the news cycle is rape, lies, and murder. My friends who offer that reality check have typically suffered more, and are more compassionate people, than myself. But the goodness that makes these few years so rare also makes them more real than the world’s evil. There is a way that creation once was, and that it will be again. We are the most truly human when we are closest to that reality. Our lights begin to fade when we abandon it, and hatred and selfishness can snuff them out. But the darkness that follows is not an entity; it is merely the lack of a flame. If we accept traditional definitions, evil does not exist in itself; it is just the absence of faith, hope, and love. A devil is an angel drained of love. My point with these flowery last couple of paragraphs is that by digging into the ideal things, we are experiencing the true Reality. Pain and evil exist, but they came late to the scene, and they will leave early. To call the eternal things a bubble is to give evil the upper hand, to allow the perversion to supersede the normal. I admit that I’m young and idealistic. But I’m not sure that I’m naïve. I know that life won’t always be this easy, and I will have to move past evenings of best friends, Beethoven, wine in a Ball jar, and good books. Some day I might lose a job. I might lose a child. I will probably be called on to face hatred and malice, either for myself or for someone else. We all will. Which makes now so vital; so that when those times of suffering come, we know what is real life and what is the bubble. In the words of a man who believed the Ideal was reality, even to the point of accepting death in its service: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Embrace the longing and striving for the beauty we now see darkly. Love is real. Goodness is real. Seek to know them and be known by them today, and tomorrow’s troubles will not overwhelm you when they come.
Martini moves on
Takes over executive position at Volkswagen
“They loved the people here, but the lifestyle was a change,” he said. “There Although Christopher weren’t many opportunities Martini, former director of for her to develop. And when security, only worked at Hillyou are a couple, you are a sdale College for one year, he couple.” was well-liked and is already Péwé also added that Marmissed. tini’s friend and headhunter Martini left Hillsdale Colcontinuously pestered him lege for a position as the direcabout the opening at Volkswator of security and safety for gen, and he could not pass up Volkswagen North America the opportunity. in Rochester Hills, Mich. As“I was disappointed sociate Dean of Men Jeffery because he did develop the Rogers is filling the role as position quite nicely,” Péwé the interim director of security said. “People liked him, he until the first of the year. was smart, and he liked the “He was a very calm, very students, but you gotta do composed, and very kind what you gotta do.” man,” said junior Benjamin The administration has Holscher, Hillsdale security identified a new director of student supervisor. “But you security who will take over also knew that he could take the position at the beginning care of himself and his people, of the year, but it is working and he had a clear vision for through the transition and timing. Therefore, the administration is not ready to release who that individual is at this time. Because of Rogers’ background in the U.S. Navy, experience in safety, and good connection with the students, Péwé appointed him as interim director of security. Péwé did not want to loosen the continuity between security and student affairs, and said Rogers “fills that gap nicely.” “Chief [Rogers] knows how security should work, and he is doing a great job,” Holscher said. “I feel like we are really still moving forward.” Rogers said he is enjoying the job and the opportunity to interact with more students. “When orders are presented to you, you carry them out: no bellyaching or winning, sulking or pouty lip or any of that Chris Martini, former director of security, has taken a posikind of stuff,” he said. tion as director of security and safety for Volkswagen North “You just do it.” America. Associate Dean of Men Jeffery Rogers is acting as interim security head. (Bitsy Brady/Collegian) Taylor Knopf Copy Editor where we were going as a department.” Holscher had many good conversations with Martini and saw him as a “man of character” and a mentor. Martini came to Hillsdale College with his wife, Rachel, after both had led intense careers in the security world while living in metropolitan areas, according to Chief Administrative Officer Rich Péwé. “He was traveling all over the place setting up programs and doing a lot of cyber-type things and protecting prototypes,” Péwé said. “[Rachel Martini] was also a manager at Cybersecurity.” The Martinis loved the idea and mission of Hillsdale College, which led them to the small, rural community of Hillsdale, Péwé said.
College to host Constitution Day shoot
Caleb Whitmer News Editor Hillsdale College will host the third-annual Constitution Day Shoot at the college’s Shooting Sports Center on Sept. 22. Originally limited to 150 people, 225 students, faculty, and friends of the college are expected to attend Saturday's shoot. Other events besides shooting include a lecture from Dean of the Graduate School Ronald Pestritto, a free lunch, and a ground-breaking ceremony for the shooting range’s new club house. Cheryl Clawson, event coordinator, said the event has grown every year. She expects people to attend from across the tri-state area. The day begins at 9 a.m. in Phillips Auditorium. There, Pestritto will give a lecture on the Constitution and the upcoming presidential election. Following the lecture, Bart Spieth, head coach of the college’s shooting team, will brief the crowd on shooting safety. Participants must attend the lecture and acquire a wristband to be allowed to shoot. From there, the crowd will take shuttles to the college shooting range, where the ground-breaking ceremony for the Shooting Sports and Education Center will be held. The construction of the building was made possible by the William S. and Ann Atherton Foundation, which gave a grant for the building, and the Roland L. Ebersole Scholarship, which funded the property’s purchase. A new skeet range will also be dedicated in honor of the Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation. The college will provide .22-caliber long rifles and handguns, as well as 9 mm pistols. Attendees may bring their own shotguns, rifles, or handguns. The event is expected to conclude at 4:30 p.m.
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Healthy plate program coming to Saga
Samantha Gilman Senior Reporter In a few weeks, finding a healthy meal in Saga, Inc., may be more simple. The Health and Wellness Department is partnering with Saga to bring a "healthy plate" program to campus. Under the program, students will be presented with a picture of a balanced meal – consisting of food being served by Saga – when they walk into the cafeteria. "The point of the healthy plate is to get people aware that eating healthy in Saga is possible," said senior Bridget Ervin, who is helping put the program together. Students who automatically grab a plateful of pizza and fries will be able to see healthier options that may not have crossed their minds. Brock Lutz, director of health services, said it is hard to get college students to eat well because they tend to be in a hurry. The healthy plate program will suggest more protein, healthy fats like olive oil and butter, and fresh foods that contain more vitamins and minerals. "What it will consist of is a balanced plate: one half fruits and vegetables, one quarter some kind of protein, one quarter some type of grain,” he said. Organizers will look at the planned meals and create the plates. They also will provide nutritional charts for the content of the plates and the post nutritional facts in Saga. Lutz said that Saga gets a "really bad rap" for providing terrible food, but that it is possible to eat good meals from what is already provided. "If nothing is added to it," he said, "there are a lot of good things there and a lot of good options. The people at Saga are to be commended for that." It is important to eat well, Ervin said. "Especially at Hillsdale where we are trying so hard to do our absolute best all the time,” he said. “We are cutting ourselves short through poor nutrition." Lutz heard about the idea for a healthy plate program this past summer when he attended a conference by the American College Health Association. Someone mentioned it during a question and answer session and Lutz liked the idea. When he came back to campus, he pitched the idea to the Health and Wellness group on campus, which also liked the idea. Kevin Kirwan, general manager of Saga, told Lutz he would let them do it if they would supply the people. Lutz, Ervin, and Kirwan, along with sophomores Rebekah Smith and Rosemary Ricci are in the planning stages, but Lutz said the program may be up and running in a couple weeks. Right now, he said the team is "still trying to figure out what it looks like."
Psych department restructured
College promotes professor, hires three
Casey Harper Collegian Reporter The Hillsdale College psychology program, after its former director resigned, was restructured this last summer. Associate Professor of Psychology Kari McArthur was promoted to psychology chair after Professor Fritz Tsao resigned during the summer. Assistant Professor of Psychology Collin Barnes joined the faculty on the tenure track. Two adjunct lecturers in psychology were also hired: Terri Pardee and Janis Yeaman. “We’d like to continue the tradition of giving our students a strong research background so that they have a really solid foundation, no matter what they go into,” McArthur said. “It’s not just my vision. It’s our team’s vision.” McArthur said the department will replace the two adjunct lecturers with a full-time visiting professor starting next fall. The department will then drop that position and hire a permanent professor starting in the fall of 2014. Barnes graduated from John Brown University in 2003 and earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. He then worked for a year as a researcher for HealthCore, Inc., a private health care research company, before coming to Hillsdale. “My time here at Hillsdale has been terrific so far,” Barnes said. “I love being with a group of students who are actually zealous about learning for the sake of learning, because that has not always been true in my teaching experience.” The department also bought new equipment. The psychology suite now has nine new computers, soon to be equipped with software for data collection, experiments, and data analyses. “The psychology suite is the hidden gem of Hillsdale’s campus,” senior psychology major Brad Francis said. “I actually got to visit the social psychology labs of a few graduate schools in Texas, and I was surprised to see that our facilities here are much better than at those doctorate programs.” The department also purchased push-button response equipment that can measure a participant’s reaction to various stimuli down to the millisecond. “That is very much par for the course for contemporary psychology labs, so we will be right up there with the best departments in a lot of ways,” Barnes said. Psychology students and professors will break away from their revamped suite to hold a psychology workshop at the Rockwall Lake Lodge Sept. 28-30. McArthur said she expects 17 to 19 interested speech students to attend. “A number of speech students do quantitative research, so this will be helpful to them,” McArthur said. “It’s also nice to be able to work with other departments.” Psychology students say activities like the workshop demonstrate McArthur’s passion for creating an academic community. “Even though the psychology department is small, I've always felt disconnected from everyone else, but she is bringing more unity,” senior psychology major Amanda Johnson said. “I love that she is so excited about this and trying to make the whole department a team.”
Collegian editor-in-ChieF wins
Serving meals to underprivileged children isn’t a typical duty for a college intern at a weekly newspaper. However, The Collegian editor-in-chief and senior Patrick Timmis did just that and more as he reported on a Toledo charitable organization for a piece that won him an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Award. He wrote the story while working as a staff reporter at the Toledo Free Press during the summer of 2011. SPJ awarded Toledo Free Press second place for Children’s Issues Reporting for a series of stories on Feed Lucas County Children, a nonprofit that has prepared more than a million meals for hungry children. “Staff Writer Patrick Timmis did more than report the series, he lived it, spending time in the field with the affected families,” Free Press editor-in-chief Michael Miller said in a Free Press article, published Sept. 6. The Free Press won six 2012 Ohio SPJ awards, including Best Weekly Newspaper in Ohio for the fourth consecutive year. “I was really surprised by the award,” Timmis said. “I had no idea I was even entered for it, but it’s a huge honor.”
High test scores on the English and reading sections of standardized tests also indicate that a student can handle the rigorous amount of reading, writing, and critical thinking that Hillsdale requires, Lantis said. “You have to be intellectually curious and ready to work hard,” Lantis said. “We’ll take that over talent and laziness any day.” But a student’s success in high school is not enough to guarantee success in college, the admissions and dean’s offices agreed. “It's really about responsibility,” Petersen said. “That’s the key.”
Petersen said the biggest challenge freshmen face is whether they can adapt to changes in their study habits. “There’s usually a gap between a student’s GPA in his senior year in high school and his freshman year at Hillsdale,” Lantis said. “Our expectations are high, but we also provide students with the support to meet those expectations.” Whether the class of 2016 will meet the potential its high GPA scores indicate it posseses is yet to be determined. “They're certainly smart,” Petersen said. “But, perhaps more importantly, they also seem responsible and hardworking. But we'll see.”
CITY NEWS State Street construction delayed
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Natalie deMacedo Collegian Freelancer
Construction on State Street in Hillsdale, Mich., is taking longer than expected due to unanticipated obstacles. The anticipated completion date of the project — the day before Labor Day — has been pushed back to Oct. 1. Matthew Taylor, Hillsdale’s City Engineer, said the road project, in which new sidewalks, curbs, and driveways are being installed, and the street is being rebuilt, was halted due to complications with a water main. “We discovered some of the pipes were only two inches wide in the block between Lumbard Street and Wolcott Street,” Taylor said. “Sixinch pipe is desirable.” Because the pipes fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities, Taylor was forced to cease construction until the BPU could make necessary repairs. “It put the brakes on our progress,” Taylor said. “It is unfortunate that problems were encountered but fortunate that we could resolve them. It is more beneficial in the long run to take the time to fix the water main.” Dan Knoch, library director at Hillsdale College, admitted to there being some confusion in his neighborhood off of State Street when the construction stopped. “It was frustrating when we didn’t know what was happening when the work ceased,” Knoch
THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW
Bauer, owner of the most popular ice cream business in the Hillsdale College area, reveals the scoop on “The Udder Side.” How did you come across the name “The Udder Side”? The old building that I originally worked at and bought the business from was called the Dairy Treat, and that is about as Plain Jane as names for ice cream parlors get. So I wanted it to be called something different. Since I moved the business to the other side of the street, that is why we called it “The Udder Side.” Why did you decide to become an ice cream parlor owner? I worked at the Dairy Treat since high school. Actually, I went to college for social work and didn’t really like that. I decided to go back to what I liked, and I bought the business from the original owner. I fell into it in a way. I bought the business from him in 1990 and have been here ever since. What attracted you to the business? I feel as though I am accomplishing something because I am making someone happy, which is about the best thing a person can do. It is positive. This might be the highlight of their day: eating ice cream. What is the writing on the walls inside? We used to have just white walls, and then I started letting people write on the walls with whatever funny things people said. What some of the favorite flavors? I would say “The Manure Spreader.” I don’t know if it is the name or what is in it. It is really good because it has brownies, peanut butter, and hot fudge. We named several of our flavors after the local schools and those are kind of popular. I think everybody likes to connect with the names. We are trying to make it fun instead of just a boring vanilla cone. We still sell a lot of vanilla cones. You can have plain and simple or whatever you can think of. We have about 100 flavors to choose from for soft ice cream and 34 flavors of hard ice cream. -Compiled by Leslie Reyes
County crews came across unanticipated water main obstacles during construction on State Street, which delayed the project’s progress by a month. (Shaun Lichti/Collegian)
said. “Rumors were flying like crazy.” Knoch said he is glad construction is underway and believes the construction company is “doing a good job.” “I’m glad that they’re doing it,” said Calvin
Stockdale, institutional advancement associate. “I’m happy as long as it gets paved before the weather gets bad.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Divorce rates in Hillsdale higher than state total
Abi Wood Arts Editor Hillsdale County recorded 270 marriage certificates in 2010, but a staggering 231 couples were divorced the same year. Hillsdale County’s total divorce rate is 9.9 percent, higher than the divorce rate across all of Michigan, which lands just above 7 percent. Professor of Philosophy and Culture Peter Blum said there are a couple of reasons why Hillsdale County suffers such a high rate of divorce. “One possible factor is that this is an economically depressed area,” he said. “Also, geography tends to keep us from being the sort of place that attracts a lot of people. It is isolated.” Lecturer in Sociology Chuck Johnson said there are two main reasons for divorce: communication and money. The current economic downturn results in less jobs, and more stress. In 2000 the number of divorces in Hillsdale County was 275, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Between 2000 and 2008 the number dropped dramatically, and in 2008 only 191 divorces were recorded. In 2009 and 2010, however, the number spiked back up to the current 231, congruent with the recent economic depends on the person.” For instance, the county has a fair number of farmers. In general, Chuck Johnson said, this requires a level of working together and commitment that is a healthy foundation for marriage. “When people come into marriage just wanting someone else to meet their needs, that’s not love,” he said. Madelyn Johnson said another modern mindset that defines many failing marriages today is the idea of starter marriages: marriages that are not expected to last. Couples are more comfortable with the idea of breaking marriage vows. Despite this increasingly lax approach to marriage, Blum said, the idea of a monogamous relationship is still idealized in today’s world. “In our current culture a lot of people talk about the decline of marriage, but part of the equation is there’s this overwhelming sense that most people still do cling to the ideal of the monogamous, nuclear family,” he said. Blum agrees with Madelyn Johnson regarding the destructive, selfish mindset, however. “People expect love is something that happens to them as opposed to something that involves their decision and commitment,” Blum said. email@example.com
downturn. “You add the responsibilities and stresses of children and bills and houses and jobs and it gets difficult — people have to have enough commitment to stay with it in the tougher times,” Chuck Johnson said. He added that age is a significant factor in divorce. “Younger people start by buying everything on credit. But then, if either one of them loses a job, they are just stuck,” he said. “It is a statistical fact that of college-aged kids who marry, 50 percent are going to be divorced in a few years.” Johnson and his wife, Lecturer in Philosophy Madelyn Johnson, co-teach a course on marriage and family and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Madelyn Johnson said the high divorce rate in Hillsdale County is reflective of a general mindset plaguing the idea of marriage today. “Too often in our culture lust, sexual desire, and attraction are labeled ‘love,’” she said. “Those can turn into love, but if they are your main reason for marrying, that can be a mistake because desire comes and goes.” Madelyn Johnson said many couples enter marriage with unrealistic expectations. Chuck Johnson agreed. He said he believes the issue is not as simple as location and economic pressure. “If you look in The Hillsdale Daily News on a Saturday, you frequently see people who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary,” he said. “So I’d say it
This week in...
1864 – Hillsdale, Mich., is finally exempted from federal draft quotas during the deadly American Civil War, due to the 420 Hillsdale College students already enlisted to fight. Half would become officers, three (including Moses A. Luce, photo above) would win the Medal of Honor, and at least sixty would perish. So great was the concentration of determined Hillsdale enlistees following the attack on Fort Sumter over three years earlier that they were recognized with a prayer service alongside the commencement exercises for the class of 1861. Female classmates pinned to each soldier a red, white, and blue rosette. In true Hillsdale fashion, one student claimed that “no knight of medieval Europe ever was prouder of his lady’s memento.” Life at, in, and around Hillsdale progressed more or less the same until peace was secured. An 1862 alumnus would one day describe it as “the real days of chivalry.” -Compiled by Dane Skorup
City council approves and applauds renovation efforts
Jack Butler Copy Editor Sandy Beach, a piece of Baw Beese lakefront property 3.4 miles away from campus, is undergoing some major changes. Many of them have already been completed, said Rich Moore of the Hillsdale Rotary Club and chairman of the renovation project. “We’re excited to start the next phase of the project next week,” Moore said. The focus of this next phase is a reconstruction of Sandy Beach’s current shelter. With new walls and floors, a new concession area, and new amenities for restrooms such as motionsensor lights and hand-driers, the shelter “will be unrecognizable when we’re done,” Moore said. “We’re excited to be doing this for the community, to really make a difference,” Moore said. “But we couldn’t have done it without the community — we’ve raised $170,000 in less than three years.” The progress of the project also pleased Hillsdale Mayor Doug Moon. “[Moore’s] work is fantastic for the whole country,” Moon said. “It looks great, and we’re so glad to see it.” But the work on Sandy Beach was not the only local renovation project discussed at the meeting. Councilpersons also invited several members of the local Garden Club to thank them for their work on the restoration of Mrs. Stock’s Park, off of East Bacon Street. Moon called the park “another great little jewel we have in town.” He also praised the Garden Club’s maintenance efforts, which have won several awards, including the William C. Welch Award for Community Landscape Design from National Garden Clubs, Inc. “These activities going on are not because of city council. Now, I don’t say that to undermine city council, but that’s the stuff people notice when they come to town. These are the kinds of things that keep Hillsdale going strong.” Sally Fallon, a Garden Club representative, said that the club has enjoyed working on maintaining the park, and that they have another job on the way. “It’s been our pleasure to work on this restoration project. We already have a new project: ‘Fund a Foot of Fence’ — to complete the iron frontage fence of the park along Bacon Street.” The project will require more fundraising through this year and next, but Fallon is confident that it too will make the park a better place. “Right now, it’s sort of a popular question to ask ‘are you better off now than you were four years ago?’ But if you asked ‘Is Mrs. Stock’s Park better off than it was eight years ago?’ the answer is ‘yes.’” firstname.lastname@example.org
el Cerrito gets liquor liCense
El Cerrito will begin serving alcoholic beverages this week for the first time. The Mexican restaurant started pursuing a liquor license in March. Adam Rocha, along with his father, appeared before the Hillsdale City Council and requested the transfer of a license from Sue’s Lakeside Inn Inc. in Somerset, Mich., to their restaurant. After the council approved the transfer, the family business had to wait for approval from Michigan’s Liquor Commission Council. “A lot of people asked if we were ever going to get our license or serve margaritas,” he said. After months of waiting, the council approved their request. The restaurant will serve beer on tap and raspberry, peach, lime, and coconut margaritas. -Sally Nelson
The following is a list of calls compiled and reported by the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Hillsdale City Police Department September 12 A 26-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested for marijuana possession. No bond was posted. A 26-year-old Reading man was arrested for marijuana possession and having an open intoxicant in a vehicle. No bond was allowed. Michigan State Police Department September 12 An 18-year-old Tekonsha man was arrested for two felony warrants for breaking and entering with intent. 10 percent of a $100,000 bond was not posted.
Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department September 16 A 24-year-old Taylor man was arrested for breaking and entering. No bond was allowed. A 23-year-old Brownstone man was arrested for breaking and entering. No bond was allowed. A 30-year-old Parma man was arrested for a civil warrant for child neglect. The cash bond was not posted. A 23-year-old Dearborn man was arrested for breaking and entering. No bond was allowed. September 13 A 50-year-old Jerome man was arrested for larceny in a building. A bond was not posted. A 51-year-old Waldron man was arrested for a second offense of delivery of morphine. A bond was not posted. September 12 A 35-year-old Hudson woman was arrested for embezzlement. 10 percent of a $10,000 bond was posted. — Compiled by Roxanne Turnbull
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Do you like the song “Wagon Wheel?” Of course you do. It’s a classic. So classic, in fact, that among us, we’ve heard all four fraternities and several distinct groups of independents claim it as “their song,” or at least sing it around a bonfire, drunkenly swaying back and forth and bawling their eyes out. What do a football player, a she-hipster, and a frat boy have in common? They all love “Wagon Wheel.” We have a theory. There’s a myth out there that some of Hillsdale’s friend groups have nothing in common. From our perspective, Hillsdale’s circles and cliques share
John Brooks Special to the Collegian
inding the right person to push a few hundred Hillsdale College graduates out the door and into the real world is a daunting task. The things they’ve learned have equipped them to be the top picks in the job market, but high unemployment numbers persist among Hillsdale students. They need to hear from someone who was once in their seats and succeeded, someone who epitomizes overcoming the difficulties of beginning a career. Harry V. Jaffa, intellectual grandfather of Hillsdale College, deserves the job. Jaffa won’t be just another obscure scholar capable of regurgitating the college’s mission. He made the mission. For the last century, Jaffa has been the world’s foremost authority on Abraham Lincoln. As a young man, Jaffa frequented used bookstores. He could never afford the books, so he would leave and pick up the next day where he’d left off. One day, he stumbled upon a copy of the Lincoln-Douglas debates and was immediately enthralled. He scrounged up enough money to buy the book, read it, and then read it again. After doing some research, he was shocked to find very little written on the debates. Since that fateful encounter, his scholarship has defined the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln. He also founded modern American conservatism. In the introduction to one of Jaffa’s essay collections, William F. Buckley Jr. wrote, “If you think Harry Jaffa is hard to argue with, try agreeing with him. It is nearly impossible. He studies the fine print in any agreement as if it were a trap, or a treaty with the Soviet Union.” He regularly quarreled with fellow political philosophers to define American conservatism. He pointed out the inseparable connection between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, perhaps his biggest contribution. Today, what conservative doesn’t see that link? College President Larry Arnn even recently wrote a book on the topic. Speaking of our dear president, Jaffa has a special connection with Hillsdale College. Arnn didn’t just pop out of the womb as a genius, even if it seems like he did. Someone had to point him in the right direction, and that someone was Harry Jaffa. Arnn, master of the spontaneous Saga freshman seminar and interrogation, was probably tortured similarly by his mentor. Jaffa can identify with the modern direction of the school because he, in a way, built the man who built it. Not only is he the intellectual grandfather of many unsuspecting students at Hillsdale College, but he also has 93 years of experience to speak from. As a man of Jewish faith, he struggled to find employment after graduating in the late thirties. Unable to find any, he pursued graduate studies where he happened into the classroom of Leo Strauss, renowned political philosopher and defected student of Martin Heidegger. Jaffa biked haphazardly through Europe on a balloon-tire, one-speed bike in the months preceding World War II. He wrote six books and dozens of essays on topics ranging from Aristotle to the statesmanship of King Lear. He wrote Barry Goldwater’s famed line from his speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” And, he still makes it to the gym every day and entertains students in his home. Not bad for someone over ninety. Most interesting man in the world? Perhaps. Harry Jaffa identifies with the soon-to-be Hillsdale College graduates. He loves the things that they love. He faced the job market that they face. He struggled like they will struggle. But he overcame the discrimination and economic immobility that held him back. The graduates need to know that they can overcome the things that hold them back, too. Jaffa won’t just send them off. He’ll make sure the door doesn’t hit them in the fanny on the way out.
more, we do it with pride and a fervent belief that to do anything less would be wasteful of our talents and n the summer of 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an article purposes as rational human beings. When we graduate, we leave with entitled “How Hillsdale Beats humility, realizing, as Socrates did, Harvard.” While the article focused that we do not think we know what predominantly on Hillsdale’s conwe do not know. sistent refusal to accept government Given our great classical training, funds, the idea that Hillsdale could our intelligence, and our determinabe better than an Ivy League school tion, I’m always surprised to find always struck me as that many of my classinspiring and true in mate’s lack the ambition many ways. Why not bring characterized by students As any incoming of Ivy League schools. our love for freshman can testify – virtue and our For how many of us is the Hillsdale is hard. Our professors grade us by burn for knowl- classical school job fair the single most imporan older standard of edge to those tant day of the year? So academic merit, not by who need it many Hillsdale students the inflated grades used most? believe the only respectby state universities able occupation for an today (much to my chagrin come honorable scholar dedicated to virtue December). We strive for academic and knowledge is teaching. I do not excellence. We study the great phimean to throw teaching under the losophers; we grapple with age-old bus. Quite to the contrary, to be a questions; we write papers late into the night; we sit around coffee shops teacher is a noble act, one that must be guarded with the utmost cauand beneath trees in the arboretum tion, for it deals with the shaping of discussing everything from Mitt another person’s mind. If a Hillsdale Romney’s acceptance speech to the student feels called to teach, if he true meaning of salvation. Furtherfeels it is the profession that will
Elizabeth Hamilton Special to the Collegian
Do Hillsdale students suffer from a lack of ambition?
make him happy, then I say, “go forward, my friend, and fulfill your calling honorably.” Some of my dearest friends hope to be teachers upon graduation; indeed, I hope to fulfill such a role someday. I find it interesting, though, that so many Hillsdale students find teaching to be the only acceptable career for themselves, when we are equipped with the knowledge and talent to find achievement down so many other career paths. Teaching lures us with the sweet summers of travel and leisure and the possibility to delve deeper into our treasured books. We shrink from city high rises with their impersonal slick windows and stark rooms. Yet, is there not also greatness to be found in a high-powered lawyer fighting for justice or a businessman who refuses to sacrifice beauty for efficiency or a doctor working tirelessly to save someone’s life? These things are all achievable for the ambitious Hillsdale student. We ought to give ourselves more credit. My fellow classmates are some of the most intelligent, compassionate, and virtuous people I know. They are precisely the people who can and deserve to succeed, and they are the people I hope to see as tomorrow’s producers and leaders. Rather than insulate Hillsdale’s classical teaching in communities that already value liberal teaching, why not bring our love for virtue and our burn for knowledge to those who need it most – our businesses, hospitals, law firms, media centers, etc. My point is that the typical Hillsdale student is equipped with the knowledge and character to achieve greatness in any career, be it teaching in a small town or running a company in New York City. Let us think hard about what we really want and how we can best make a difference in this world. Let us not limit ourselves to a single occupation merely because it seems familiar, but rather, reach for the stars. Perhaps I’m biased, but I’ve always believed a Hillsdale education superior to that of any Ivy League. If Ivy League students can accomplish success down so many career paths, with an added touch of ambition, just think what the Hillsdale graduate might achieve.
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ElEctions havE consEquEncEs: the foreIgn polICy probleM
Sally Nelson Design Editor
hen President Barack Obama began his campaign in 2007, he offered a carrot as his approach to America’s foreign policy rather than a stick. Five years later, terrorists have murdered an ambassador and set fire to our embassies. Obama’s approach deserves much of the blame. “I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer,” he said in an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. In 2008, the former senator established himself as a soft power candidate, committed to steering America away from Bush’s hard power diplomacy. He distanced himself from the war in Iraq, our military-industrial complex, and Bush’s “politics of fear.” In practice, Obama’s foreign policy has not only extended the Bush doctrine but even surpassed it. He has pushed America further down the path
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of empire. Obama’s liberal interventionism is simply Bush’s neoconservatism by another name. Instead of closing military bases, he added them in Colombia, Chile, and Hondouras. Drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen have continued. Guantanamo Bay remains open. Instead of a safer, friendlier world, we have more of the same turmoil and intervention. Over 9/11, waves of unrest
wracked the Middle East. In Egypt, where the Obama administration pushed Mubarak to step down, the new Islamist government has offered an inadequate reaction to the antiAmerican violence in the streets. In Libya, a terrorist group suffocated and killed our ambassador, Chris Stevens. Across the globe, embassies supportive of America face violent protests. But while the Middle East burns,
Obama does nothing. Despite his previous action, he now wants to adhere to his soft power promises. This is Obama’s gravest foreign policy problem: he does foreign policy like Tim Tebow does football. Neither the offense nor the defense know what he will do next. (Tebow wins, though. Metaphors can only go so far, OK?) Likewise, neither our enemies nor our friends know what the U.S. will do next. Obama’s foreign policy is markedly erratic. The Obama administration does not know if Egypt is our ally, enemy, or “frenemy.” Although the president ended the invasion of Iraq, he increased the military presence in Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history. He still finds a way to distinguish between the two wars. Somehow. He dove headfirst into the Libya conflict with his wildly unconstitutional executive order to bomb Muammar Gaddafi. But the president has distanced himself from the Syrian conflict. For some reason. His policies lack a cohesive narrative. Yes, Bush began the 21st century with messianic nationalism. But at least we knew what to expect.
Can ‘InnoCenCe of MuslIMs’ traIler really be that potent?
tions, reaffirmed the claim that this was all about a YouTube trailer. What about the fact that many experts say the Benghazi, Libya, attacks looked like a sophisticated, coordinated assault with rocket-propelled grenades? Meaningless. It was the video. Even the president of Libya said, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous.” Who cares? It was the video. Al-Qaeda is taking credit for the Benghazi assault as revenge for the June killing of al-Qaeda’s No. 2 man, Jonah Goldberg Syndicated Columnist Abu Yahya al-Libi. What’s your point? It was the video. he Obama administration’s Reports that the U.S was given omnibus answer to why the a three-day advance warning by the Middle East (and now much Libyans of a possible attack? Video, of the Muslim world) is in near open video, video. rebellion against the United States: Now, I think this is absurd, like The video did it. a Monty Python sketch gone awry The follow-up question no one — the parrot’s not dead, he’s just seems to be asking is: “What if the resting! But let’s assume it’s true and administration’s explanation is true?” it really is all about the video. White House Press Secretary Jay How on earth is that better? Carney insists the attacks in Egypt, According to the Obama adminLibya and elsewhere were a “reistration, its policies in the Middle sponse not to United States policy, East are working. The Cairo speech, and not to, obviously, the administra- the tougher line with Israel, the tion, not to the American people,” but withdrawals from Iraq and pending were rather a spontaneous “response drawdown in Afghanistan, Obama’s to a video, a film we have judged to coolness to Iran’s failed Green Revobe reprehensible and disgusting.” lution: These have all been part of the On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice, successful effort to repair the damage U.S. ambassador to the United Nadone by the previous administration. Yet all of that hard work can go up in smoke if some crackpot says something mean about the prophet Muhammad on YouTube? Progress that flimsy strikes me as no progress at all. It is simply a fact that Islamist radicals, the Arab street and the Muslim world have been angry at America for decades, under Republican and Democratic administrations alike. It’s also true that demagogues and other opportunists have used things like this video as an excuse to attack America and the West for generations. Obama isn’t solely to blame for the current conflagrations, though his naivete about the transformational power of his presidency deserves ample scorn. And let’s not pretend that President George W. Bush wasn’t naive as well. His hope that love of democracy lurked just beneath the surface in the Middle East has proved at minimum more complicated, bloody and expensive in practice than in theory. But at least you could tell what Bush was for in the Middle East: freedom. With Obama it’s not so easy. Apparently you can’t say Obama apologized for America in his Cairo speech, but he certainly did make it clear we wouldn’t rub our values in anyone’s face anymore. During the Iranian Green Revolution, he acted as if the people’s yearning for freedom was really inconvenient. And, over the last week, this administration has talked about the First Amendment as if it’s something it’s stuck with. “We do not stop individual citizens from expressing their views, no matter how distasteful they may be,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in the diplomatic equivalent of a regretful sigh. Maybe that’s true (though the White House did ask YouTube to consider pulling the video), and federal authorities did drag the alleged filmmaker in for questioning. But our public officials now treat attacks on Islam as especially offensive — more offensive than unremarked-upon near-daily attacks on Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, atheism and just about every other faith and creed. Why is Islam so special? The answer is, it’s not. But Muslim rioters get special treatment. And that’s nuts. If these people are going to hate us, even after President Obama has done such a fantastic job reaching out to the Muslim world, maybe we should just accept that fact and stand up for what we believe, without apology. Jonah Goldberg is the author of the new book “The Tyranny of Cliches.” You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO.)
Tennis earns first victory
A7 20 Sept. 2012 BOX SCORES
Football Hillsdale College: 27 Malone University: 10 Scoring Plays: Cam White 28 yd pass from Anthony Mifsud (Colin McGreevy kick) White 4 yd pass from Mifsud (McGreevy kick) Andrew Mott 22 yd pass from Mifsud (McGreevy kick blocked) Joe Glendening 22 yd run (McGreevy kick) Sydney Lenhart (193) Alexis Waugh (145) Digs: Bailey Lindner (133) Kopmeyer (109) Blocks: Lauren Grover (46) Emily Wolfert (31) Tennis Wayne State 7 Hillsdale College 2 Hillsdale College 7 Findlay 2 Singles: Brittany Parks 2-2 Morgan Delp 3-1 Sydney Delp 2-2 Lindsay Peirce 1-3 Rachel Blaauw 1-2 Morgan Linden 0-4 Olivia Renfroe 0-1 Doubles: Parks and M. Delp 3-1 S. Delp and Peirce 2-2 Shannon O’Hearn and Blaauw 0-3 O’Hearn and Ellie Voci 0-1 Cross Country: Spartan Invitational: Women’s Top Finishers: 68. Victoria McCaffrey (22:52) 79. Kristina Galat (22:57) 141. Amy Kerst (24:04) Men’s Top Finishers: 18. Joshua Mirth (25:17) 41. Matthew Perkins (25:43) 75. Luke Hickman (26:09) The veteran athletes endured the entire 80-minute match without substitution. Hillsdale is scheduled at home against Calvin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22.
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illsdale women’s tennis defeated the Findlay Oilers 7-2 on Sunday, Sept. 16, clinching its first team win of the season. “It was really exciting,” said freshman Sydney Delp. “Finally, our hard work and effort paid off after such heartbreakingly close losses to really good teams. Everyone really contributed to the success.” The Chargers won every set between no. 1 singles and nos. 1 and 2 doubles. Senior Brittany Parks won 6-0, 6-0 at no. 1 singles, then teamed up with sophomore Morgan Delp for an 8-0 shutout at no. 1 doubles. Freshmen doubles partners Sydney Delp and Lindsay Peirce also secured an 8-0 victory,
RUGBY BEAT BY THE BLACK SWAMP
Jordan Finney Collegian Freelancer score—we need to be more aware. Our scrums were disappointing. They are the most technical part of rugby and hard to simulate in practice. We’re going to get creative this week though,” Barret said. Both teams came to a pregame consensus allowing for looser substitution rules than normally allowed in a rugby match. “The subs agreement worked out really well for a first game. It allowed for new players on both sides to get some playing time in and try different positions,” said senior back Josh McGehee. “Rugby involves a lot of endurance and there’s not a lot of guys that can play for a full 80 minutes.” Loose substitution rules and clear skies paved the way for an exciting afternoon. Hillsdale’s rucking made a big difference in their ability to control the ball in the opponents’ end. After a grueling beginning, the Chargers methodically worked their way down the field late in the first half. A couple meters out from the goal, Andrew Baker, a freshman backline player, scooped the ball off a ruck. Baker ran through five opponents to drive it in, scoring his first try at Hillsdale. The Chargers went into halftime trailing the Black Swamp Mercenaries 21-5. “Trailing at halftime was expected. More than 50% of the field is new players, so there’s a lot to work on,” said McGehee. “With the young guys, there is a clear disadvantage, but they are
dominating their opponents. “It was a good match and everyone played well,” said team captain, senior Brittany Parks. “We beat Findlay last year, so we all knew we had to go out there and defend our victory.” Parks said that their 7-2 loss to Wayne State University two days before didn’t discourage the team. “The fact that we played well gave us something to take away,” Parks said. “You can’t let a defeat hold you back, especially when you have matches close together.” Sydney Delp was equally positive about the team’s performance against Wayne State. “We went up against a really good team on Friday,” Sydney Delp said. “But we had a really strong start. Going into singles we were up 2-1. All of our singles matches were really close and the match could have gone
either way.” This upcoming weekend, Parks, Sydney Delp, and sophomore Morgan Delp are attending the ITA regionals individual tournament. “It will be fun,” said Parks. “It’s an individual-style tournament with brackets Freshman Sydney Delp volleys against and draws competi- Wayne State. (Elena Salvatore/Collegian) tors from all over the “[Coach Walbright] was Midwest. We’ll face players really happy to get a win under outside of the GLIAC.” our belt and give everyone some Sydney Delp is especially confidence to carry us forward looking forward to the tournainto our next few matches,” said ment since she will be playing Parks. “We know that we’re a doubles with her sister, Morgan. better team going into the next “We haven’t been able to weekend of matches, that we can play doubles since high school!” beat them. I always have high Sydney Delp said. expectations and think we can do After the tournament, nearly really well.” every weekend until the end of the season will be filled with matches, Delp said.
In Saturday’s first match of the season, the Hillsdale Rugby team suffered a 33-10 defeat to a mens’ club from Findlay, Ohio known as the Black Swamp Mercenaries. “It was a lot of fun. Besides not winning, a lot of good things happened. New guys got playing time and tried different positions. We know what to focus on going forward,” said junior Jacob Barrett, president of the club. With most of the front seven being new to rugby, scrums seemed to give the Chargers some trouble throughout the match. “We had opportunities to
MIRTH FINISHES 18TH AT SPARTAN INVITE
Caleb Whitmer News Editor
“SHE’S STILL GOT IT”: ALL-AMERICAN CROWDER RETURNS AS STUDENT-COACH
he Hillsdale College men’s and women’s crosscountry teams opened the season this past weekend in East Lansing, Mich., where they competed in the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. Over 300 runners competed in both the men’s and women’s races at the Sept. 14 meet, including athletes from several Big 10 schools and GLIAC rivals Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University. Team scores were not calculated for this meet. Times for the entire field of runners were slow this year – the course was soft on account of rain the night before. While the times were slower, especially for the women, who ran first, assistant coach R.P. White said both the Hillsdale men and women are running closer as a team than last year. “Both the men and women, their spreads from one to five were vastly improved from the previous year,” White said. Senior Victoria McCaffrey finished first for the women at 66th overall with a time of 22:52. “I thought [the women] did really well,” said Andrew Towne, head women’s coach. “There are still things we need to improve upon and obviously
continue to freshen up so we’re good to go when it matters, but it was a pretty good start.” McCaffrey and freshmen Kristina Galat and Emily Oren ran together the first mile but then drifted apart in the middle of the race. By the end, the three were roughly 200-meters apart, “all kind of pulling each other” to finish the race, McCaffrey said. Galat finished second for the team (78th, 22:57), followed by Oren (96th, 23:13), sophomore Amy Kerst (140th, 24:04), and sophomore Chelsea Kilgore (144th, 24:08). McCaffrey said the team did well for the first race but also that the women need to close the gap between their third and fourth runners. Towne agreed, but also said the women are improving, noting the gap was shorter this week compared to last week’s Blue-White meet. “I thought we did much better bringing that 3-4-5-6-7 closer to our 1-2-3,” Towne said. The men’s team was led by sophomore Joshua Mirth. He said the Spartan Invitational provided the team a chance to find how it measures up at the beginning of the season. “We’ll get better from this point, I think,” Mirth said. “Now that we know what we are doing.” Mirth placed 18th overall, finishing with a time of 25:17.
Fellow sophomores Matt Perkins (41st, 25:43) and Luke Hickman (75th, 26:09) followed. Freshman Paul Ausum (108th, 26:36) was fourth for the team and sophomore Jack Butler (149th, 27:11) was fifth. In addition to the freshmen who had never run an 8000-meter race, four runners PR-ed for the men. Jeff Forino, head men’s coach, said the team performed well. His main concern, like Towne’s, lies with the team’s second pack of runners, who are all vying for the fifth spot. Starting with Butler, five Hillsdale runners finished within 19 seconds of each other. “They’ve got to move [their pack] forward probably 45 seconds,” Forino said. “We need that fifth guy.” In the middle of that pack was senior team captain Matt VanEgmond. “Really we need a number five to step up right now,” VanEgmond said. “We had a big group right from our number five to our number nine. We need somebody to step up out of that group.” This week will be the highest milage training week of the season for both men and women. Next week the coaches will lighten the training in preparation for the Sept. 28 meet at the University of Notre Dame.
SOCCER GOES UP NORTH
Leslie Reyes Collegian Reporter
learning together. And because they’re all new and excited, their learning curve and energy level is so high.” The rookies made a respectable showing, however. In the second half, Barrett broke in and dumped the ball off to Daniel Bellet, freshman backline player. Bellet ran through 15 meters of enemy territory to score the first try of his rugby career. “I couldn’t have asked for more from the freshmen. The fact that we played good defense and scored twice off of our offensive plays (instead of their mistakes) is big. There’s only about six starters who have played before. I fully expect us to be a good team by next semester,” said senior inside-center and fly half Josiah Young.
Rushing: Glendening 27-137 Mifsud 4-51 Passing: Mifsud 18-29-1-216 Receiving: Mott 6-80 White 5-67 Sacks: Ian Sheldon 1-0 Brett Pasche 1-0 Butch Herzog 1-0 Tackles: Pasche 7-7 Tim Moinet 3-6 Volleyball Hillsdale College 3 Grand Valley State 1 Ferris State 3 Hillsdale College 0 Season Leaders: Kills: Caitlin Kopmeyer (91) Bekah Draves (35) Assists: Hillsdale picked their front row players—two props and one hooker— to be the three collective Men of the Match: Mitchell Mowe, Henry Hoffman, and Daniel Thompson.
them, causing them to lose 1-0. Geneva Oster, president of the women’s team, said, “looking purely at statistics we are his past weekend, both getting better and better. We are the women’s and men’s working more cohesively as a club soccer teams drove to team.” Petoskey, MI to compete against Sophomore Larissa Yashko, other college club soccer teams. vice president of the women’s Their intentions were not solely club soccer team, agreed that to claim victory, but also to the team is moving forward in strengthen their teams’ a positive direction and beskills and unity. lieves “that what we need to “Being with eight work on is building the attack or nine new guys on through our outside midfieldthe squad, the big thing ers and hopefully get more is building chemistry shots on the goals.” and the combination of Aside from seeking to our fitness levels,” vice grow as a team, the lack of president Thomas Ohlfunds has become a serious gren said. “We should issue for both the women’s end up with five wins and men’s club soccer and five losses hopeteams. Both are attempting fully, if not more (wins). to become varsity sports on We have a better squad Hillsdale’s campus. than we did last year. “[Finance] is another We have a lot of talented thing that impedes us from guys on the team.” becoming more of a serious The men’s club socteam,” Oster said. “If I could, cer team lost all three I would have twenty games games by one goal. in one season, but our budget Women’s soccer team practices before can’t handle that.” They played against Michigan Tech Univer- games in Petoskey. (Elena Salvatore/ColIn the hopes of decreaslegian) sity and lost 1-0. In the ing their financial issues, game against Saginaw both teams will fundraise Valley State University, junior Valley State University ended throughout the school year with Aaron Tracey scored a goal and in a loss of 9-0. With only 11 alumni assistance, bake sales, the team lost 2-1. Senior Luke players for their second game, car washes, and selling programs Mugge and Ohlgren scored the women’s team held Saginaw during football games. against Northern Michigan Valley State University at 0-0 The men and women will University. The defense allowed until the first half and in the have their first and only home three goals, however, and the second half one goal slipped past game Sept. 30.
final score was 3-2. Peter Thistleton, president of the men’s team, said, “Obviously no one is ever satisfied with a loss, but at the same time we saw a lot of improvement from the team at the end of the week. I was glad where the team was.” The women’s club soccer team lost its two games in Petoskey. The game against Grand
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shlee Crowder dominated the volleyball court. Now she plans to dominate from the bench. The Hillsdale College standout will not ride the pine this season, but rather coach the young Charger squad as they attempt to stay atop the GLIAC. Crowder will student-coach the team as she finishes course requirements before moving back to her hometown of Grand Rapids to student-teach next semester. “She needed a fifth year and obviously she’s been around for a while and knows what to expect,” head coach Chris Gravel said. “It’s an opportunity to keep her around to mentor and also to step into practice because she would still be one of league’s best players. For her to be here on a regular basis is beneficial.” The three-time All-American
holds the school record career kills with 1,703. She was also the two-time GLIAC Player of the Year, GLIAC Freshman of the Year, and two-time GLIAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Crowder is excited about the opportunity to help lead a team of which she was such an influential figure. “I was a part of the program for the past four years and having another set of eyes with a young team is valuable,” Crowder said. “[Coach Gravel] came up with a plan on what my job dealt with … I want to coach in the future, whether collegiate or elsewhere, so this is a good experience for that.” This year’s team is similar to Crowder’s team her freshman year- young and full of potential. “Mine was a rather large class of five and there were quite a few freshman starting and as the years went on we grew and built together,” Crowder said. “That’s why it’s a good year for me to be here.
Things will click and come around but for now, they just have to keep working hard.” Crowder said her freshman year’s team had to go through tough losses to eventually reach success. “As much as it stinks to say and accept, you’ll look back and learn (from these losses),” she said. “Patience is key, and at the same time so is not plateauing or settling and trying to get better every single day.” Coach Gravel said Crowder helps the team by serving against them, blocking their kills, and hitting against them, her specialty. He added she will do anything they need her to do. “We’re still so lucky to have her practice with us and help make us better,” said the lone senior and captain Lauren Grover. “She’s so physically strong still so if we can return her serve it will help us prepare to return serves from other teams we’re playing. She’s still got it.” Crowder said her transition from player to coach has been
difficult. “I’ve heard from lots of people that the first year out is the hardest and I’d agree. Especially being here again with them during the preseason, I felt like I was going to put a jersey on with them,” Crowder said. “Now it’s about trying to find the fine line of coach and player; drawing that line has been a challenge. Some girls, like Lauren and Kaleigh (Schuster), I’ve been with for three years, so it’s hard.” Grover said she was thrilled to find out that one of her best friends would be returning to the program for another year. “I’ve always really looked up to her. She has so much drive and heart for the game that it’s something I’ve always wanted to develop,” Grover said. “She is so smart on the court and makes such good decisions. It’s not something everyone has. You have to work really hard to develop it.” Crowder has already seen improvement in the young team,
which includes seven freshmen, many of whom regularly play in the lineup. She looks forward to more improvement as the season progresses. In the meantime, Crowder will continue the leap from playing to coaching. “It still feels like normal. I’m so used to going to classes then practice everyday. In the mornings I go to the offices and work instead of coming up for classes,” Crowder said. “It still feels good to be back in Hillsdale because I didn’t want to leave yet.”
Fifth-year Ashlee Crowder analyzes her iPad at Saturday’s game against Ferris State. (Elena Salvatore/Collegian)
Chargers beat Malone in first meeting
Mott in the third quarter for the Chargers’ third touchdown of the evening. Mott had six receptions for 80 yards in the game. Despite a rare case of losing “We always make adjusttime-of-possession, Charger ments at halftime,” Mott said. football came out on top 27-10 “They see stuff in the press last Saturday, Sept. 15. box, little tweaks we need to “They held onto the ball make.” really well,” junior wide To open the fourth quarter, receiver Andrew Mott said. senior running back “We haven’t lost Joe Glendening had time-of-possession a 22-yard run for in two years.” a touchdown. That Both teams touchdown puts scored on their him in second place opening drives. But for Hillsdale’s the Chargers were career touchdown able to put another record with 51. seven points on Glendening also the board before sits at second for the quarter ended, the all-time career bringing the score rushing record. to 14-7. “We have a heck Senior quarof a running game terback Anthony with Joe,” Mott Mifsud connected said. “That’s the with senior H-back bread and butter Cam White for both of our offense. touchdown passes. Our running gets Mifsud passed for us in position to 216 yards and three make play-action touchdowns, while passes.” White had five With a 17-point receptions for 67 lead, the Chargers yards. regained possesThe second sion of the ball and quarter was low ran down the clock scoring with only a to clinch the vicfield goal from the tory 27-10. Pioneers. Otterbein said Head coach that with a little Keith Otterbein said bit of improvethe Pioneers ran a ment, Malone will challenging offense be a good fit in the but that the Charger GLIAC. defense did a good “I think they’ve job adjusting. got some growing “They make you Senior DJ Loy snaps the ball to senior quarbe very assignment- terback Anthony Mifsud. (Greg Barry/Collegian) to do,” he said. “The one thing they’ve got is that sound,” he said. they really played hard “When you face this one sack. Sheldon also conand had difficult schemes on type of offense, it’s all about tributed a sack as well as five both sides of the ball.” getting up to speed. Once we tackles. Hillsdale will face Notre finally got it we played pretty The Hillsdale offense also Dame College, another new well.” kicked into gear in the second addition to the GLIAC, on Sophomore defensive end half, increasing their lead by Saturday in an away game. Ian Sheldon said the defense two more touchdowns. was able to stop the Pioneer Mifsud connected with offense more effectively in the Sarah Leitner Associate Editor second half. “We started to figure out their blocking schemes and adjusted our defense to that,” he said. “We manipulated their weaknesses.” The Charger defense shut out the Pioneers in the second half. Junior Brett Pasche spearheaded the effort, leading the defense with 14 tackles and
20 Sept. 2012
Volleyball splits homestand
Sarah Anne Voyles Senior Reporter
fter two weeks on the road, the Hillsdale College women’s volleyball team played their opening GLIAC games at home. The Chargers faced Grand Valley State University in their GLIAC opener on Friday, and on Saturday, they faced Ferris State and received their first conference loss at home in three years. The team won 3–1 against GVSU. After dropping the third set in which the Chargers made a run from behind, the team won the fourth set 25–18 and totaled 16 kills. Coach Chris Gravel said the girls on the team have never lost to Grand Valley and do not plan to this season. “We did not have our sense of urgency at the beginning of the third set,” Gravel said. “They gained that back at the start of the fourth set.” Junior Caitlyn Kopmeyer delivered the match – winning
kill in the fourth set. Kopmeyer has 91 kills to date, the most on the team. Throughout the game sophomore Alexis Waugh had 19 assists and two service aces. Junior Sydney Lenhart led the team with 29 assists. Lenhart leads the Chargers in assists with 193 this season. “Friday was a huge confidence-booster, especially after playing many ranked opponents,” Lenhart said. “We should have taken that confidence into Saturday and built upon it.” Saturday, the Chargers fell to the nationally-ranked Bulldogs (19). “[The girls] did some things better than they did on Saturday,” Gravel said. “They lacked the consistency between the two games of working to make each look better.” During the third set, senior Lauren Grover rallied the team with a pair of blocks. Also, Junior Bekah Draves and freshman Jenalle Beaman had eight digs each against the Bulldogs. By the end of the third set, Lenhart had 17
assists and sophomore Bailey Linder had 14 digs. The Chargers lost the last set 25 – 12. “We just became flat,” Beaman said. “We did not have synergy with each other and needed to let our anger out on the other team.” Lenhart said the team needs to treat the teams with respect and not mess around. “We need to not expect the other team to ease up,” Lenhart said. As a new member of the north division, the Chargers will have the chance to play both Ferris State and GVSU again. Lenhart said she hopes the team will be able to beat Ferris State the second time around. This coming weekend the Chargers will be playing at home Friday against Ohio Dominican University and Saturday against Tiffin. The team will also have a home game Tuesday against Northwood University.
Only a handful of Chargers have been playing as long as DJ Loy. He has started on the offensive line nearly every game for the past four seasons. DJ took time away from his studies (Marketing Major) to tell us about the football programs of both 2012 and years past. How has the team changed over the past five years? I think the sense of camaraderie has grown. When I was a freshman, I didn’t talk to any fifth years, or if I did, it was football related. It was just kind of an unspoken thing. These aren’t concrete rules, but as we’ve gone along, the upperclassmen have taken on a big brother mentality toward the incoming freshmen. Really more than individuals with an ego, it’s just coming together to better everyone. What does the team look like this year? This year’s [team] is older than last year’s. We lost a handful of starters, but there are plenty of guys who either started or played that are coming back. What is it like looking at some of your teammates trying out for the NFL? It’s really neat. When you first start playing football you look at the NFL and it just looks like an unattainable goal — some place you’ll never be. Then, you get to high school and start to hear the statistics of people who actually get to play college football, and it’s something less than 25 percent. The chances of actually making it to the next level (NFL) are slim to none, and then to actually have friends do that makes it seem a little more reachable for everyone else. Who was the most indispensable person you have played with? Honestly, I can’t really answer that because it is a team sport. You can have the best player on the planet on your team, but if you have ten other guys who do nothing, then you won’t have a chance to show [the best player’s] abilities. For example, Anthony (Mifsud) is a great quarterback, but if we didn’t block for him, and he ran for his life every pass play, his abilities wouldn’t show up on the stat sheet. Who has been your favorite running back to block for? Probably Joe (Glendening). He shows the most respect for us (the offensive line). He’s very humble for being so good at running the ball. It’s refreshing for a lineman because we don’t get a lot of love as it is. Since we never run the ball or catch any passes, the person in the stands only hears our name when we get a penalty. What do you like about being a lineman? It’s just fun to physically dominate someone. It doesn’t always happen every play, and a lot of times people don’t watch you. At the end of a play, when you know you’ve beaten the crap out of the guy across from you, that feeling is just refreshing. It’s fulfilling. What are the team’s goals this year? Our team goal is to win a GLIAC championship. Our top three objectives are: graduate with a Hillsdale College degree, represent the program in a first-class manner, and win a GLIAC championship. I would like to get a national championship, though, and I think this team can do it. We have enough guys returning, we have the talent on the team, and we have the work ethic. It’s just a matter of executing on Saturdays. Who has been the funniest person on the team? Our kicker, Mark
Sophomore Bailey Lindner leads the Chargers in digs with 133 this season.
Daniel James “dj” Loy
in the playoffs, coincidentally against Grand Valley, at Grand Valley. That was our second playoff game. I don’t remember it because in the second quarter I got knocked out and made their highlight reel which is never a good thing. I guess it was a funny scenario because I said some ridiculous things on the sidelines, like calling the ginger who knocked me out “The Flying Tomato.” I don’t remember anything until I was in the car with my parents to go to the hospital. Was everything that happened with DSP last year a distraction on the football team? I wouldn’t say so. We have between 20-25 guys on the football team. You get so good at compartmentalizing your life that it doesn’t become a distraction. You don’t think about it when you’re lifting or going through practice. It was unfortunate, but it didn’t become a major distraction from football. Is there anything else about the football team you want students to know? Not really. I think we have a pretty good presence up the hill. We’re friendly, and I know it can be intimidating to see us walk around because we’re some of us are giants. We want to have friends. We want people to say hi to us. Maybe they could offer to buy us something from AJ’s. What is your personal goal for this last year and for your future? I really just want to leave with no regrets. There’s the overwhelming possibility that this is my last season ever of football, and it’s something that I want to end with on a high note. I don’t want to think five or 10 years down the road, “What could I have done differently? Could I have tried any harder?” -Roxanne Turnbull, City News Editor
Petro ‘09. He was the funniest person I have ever met. What has been one of the best games you have played? The first game I ever started was my red-shirt freshman year, and it was against Grand Valley, who was then ranked number one. It was on our homecoming. I remember talking to all the alumni the night before the game, and I was terrified. We ended up beating them. That was awesome. Everyone rushed the field. Have you ever had a worst game? That same season, the last game was
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Theater department embraces the classics
Teddy Sawyer Collegian Reporter Auditions are finished, the cast is decided, and the Hillsdale College theater department has released its final list of upcoming performances, including “The Trojan Women” and “Medea.” Both plays were written by the Greek playwright Euripides. With only four weeks until the premiere, preparations have already begun for “The Trojan Women,” with both new and experienced performers, including freshman Catherine Coffey as Andromache, senior Lauren Hughes as Cassandra, junior Katherine Denton as Helen, and senior Mark Keller as Talthybius. Immediately following the performances of “The Trojan Women” beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, and ending Saturday, Oct. 6, preparations for “Medea” will commence. Freshman Matthew Sauer was cast as King Aegeus in “Medea.” “It’s exciting to have a chance to act already in my first semester here,” he said. Both “The Trojan Women” and “Medea” have been adapted and translated so as to be clearly understood by a modern audience. “Ellen McLaughlin does what she calls an adaptation of Greek plays,” Denton said. “She has great respect for the Greek playwrights because they were soldiers themselves and wrote from their own experiences of war.” Denton said McLaughlin remains true to the classical source and Euripides while attempting to remain contemporary. “It looks at what war really does and what happens to people caught in it,” Denton said. “Medea” is adapted from its original form as well. “The technical term for our version is a translation,” she said. “We are translating the people into a new era,” said senior Maggie Ball, who acts the part of Medea. Though originally written about the clash between the culture of Athens and the culture of “barbarians” in outlying cities, the theater department’s “Medea” is set against a background of strife between Europeans and Native Americans, instead of Greeks. For both plays, outside sources have assisted with design, dialogue, and approach, so as to incorporate the variety of cultures and to emphasize the shock and impact of different groups of people, Ball said. A Native American dancer will teach traditional dances, connections from a Native American pow-wow that several members of the cast learned, and images and research from modern wars. “We’re bringing in a native dancer; our composer is working with a Native American musician; it’s going to be really great,” Ball said. The actors, especially the leads, are conducting research into their roles to be able to demonstrate the schisms between the widely different cultures who meet in “The Trojan Women” and in “Medea.” “The characters [in ‘Medea’] will be mixtures of the two [cultures] there were at the time, some will look more French and others more native,” Ball said. “This is also my senior project. It’s pretty intensive role researching. I am really excited, this is exactly the kind of stuff I love to do. What makes this play different is the historical content of
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the play, being Greek, as well as cultural research for the Native American aspects.” Although transforming the ancient plays into contemporary circumstances, the directors and performers aim to maintain the power of the stories and classics, while creating a more sympathetic atmosphere. “They bring Euripides forward in time so that is applies to any war, in any time period, and in any human catastrophe,” Denton said. “The classics reconcile with other cultures; they all deal with the same issues,” Ball said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured cast members: junior Julia Shelton, senior Kyra Moss, senior Peter Kissinger, senior Lauren Hughes, and senior Maggie Ball
The Art of Folk
Morgan Delp Copy Editor Scottish folk-singer and songwriter Jim Malcolm dazzled students and faculty alike at a concert in Markel Auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 16. Later that evening, Malcolm entertained a dedicated group of about 20 for two hours during an interactive workshop on the poetry of Robert Burns in Conrad Recital Hall. “[Robert Burns] is just a monster,” Malcolm said. “He’s a huge figure in Scotland and most Scottish folk singers are drawn to him like a moth to flame. Everybody ends up doing [Burns]; he has such great songs.” Malcolm’s natural and relaxed demeanor on stage has not always come naturally. “When I first started as a musician I didn’t want to be in front,” Malcolm said. “I wanted to be a guitar player, just standing there looking cool, but it’s hard to find someone to sing. So I drifted towards that and once you do that, people expect you to talk as well.” Sophomore Richard Willis said he thoroughly enjoyed both performances, especially the evening session. “I thought it was fantastic. He’s obviously an amazing guitarist and singer, but he just has a stage presence and is interactive with the audience and is genuinely funny,” Willis said. The Scotland native toured with the five-member group, “Old Blind Dogs,” for eight years. Malcolm said the busy schedule of the band caused him to leave the group, which still tours today. “They were touring so much and I had a young family,” Malcolm said. “I felt like I had to spend more time at home.” Malcolm has infused his family with a love for music. “Both my kids are really interested in music,” Malcolm said. “We do a lot of singing together. There’s lots of music in our house, lots of instruments actually.” Malcolm himself inherited his love for folk music from his mother. “When I was young I was more interested in rock music, but my mum was really into folk music and it rubbed off on me,” Malcolm said. Willis decided to attend Sunday’s performances because of a familial influence. “I had never heard of [Malcolm], but my family’s from Scotland, so I thought I’d give it a try,” Willis said. “I’d heard of ‘Ravi Burns’ from my grandma growing up but I’d never read any of his stuff. I figured I’m Scottish so I should probably know some of this stuff.” Malcolm’s performances at Hillsdale conclude a five-stop tour of Michigan. Malcolm will perform five shows in the state of New York this week. He travels to the United States about three times a year for one month each time. Malcolm has found his experience as a touring artist has calmed his nerves in front of crowds. “One thing I enjoy about touring is when you perform every night it becomes natural, you don’t get as nervous,” Malcolm said. email@example.com
Visiting artist Jim Malcolm performed his Scottish melodies in Markel Auditorium on Sept. 16. Many of his songs are inspired by poet Robert Burns.
Community theater presents ‘Fiddler’
Daniel Slonim Collegian Freelancer The Hillsdale Community Theatre will be performing “Fiddler on the Roof” the second and third weekends of October at the Sauk Theater in Jonesville, Mich. Some members of the Hillsdale College community are involved in the production, including Professor of Art Brian Springer and Technical Service Librarian Brenna Henry. Henry, who has been involved in three previous productions with the theater, says she was excited when she found out that “Fiddler on the Roof” would be performed. “I just love the play,” she said. “The music is beautiful, I love the storyline, it’s just an amazing play. So when I saw that they were doing ‘Fiddler,’ I just knew that I really wanted to be a part of it.” Henry plays the role of Tzeitel, Tevye’s oldest daughter, who is pledged to a rich man but loves a poor tailor. Having been away in graduate school for two years, Henry says when she came back in June 2011, theater helped her connect with the local community. “I really like Hillsdale, and I’m really glad to be back here,” she said. “For me [theater] a great way to get to know people outside of the college, and in the general community.” Though the theater performs a variety of musical and nonmusical plays, Henry says this will be her first musical. Special Assistant for Research and Programs Emily Sarver, is not acting in “Fiddler,” but has been involved in several
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Student director: Stephan Godleski
“I just wanted to stay busy and get involved,” he said. That was when Godleski realized acting could be more than a hobby; it could be something he did for the rest of his life. Godleski assisted with casting the show. He also warms up the actors, works with the vocalists, and helps facilitate rehearsals. Godleski says he likes the creative aspect of directing. “You have more control,” he said. Godleski said that the challenge is communicating creativity in a way that inspires the actors he is directing. “The hardest thing is to make what makes sense to you make sense to everyone else. You have to take yourself out of your own head,” he said. Junior Katherine Denton praised Godleski’s insight. “Stephan is splendid to work with,” she said. “His grasp of stage picture and what drives a character is especially excellent.” firstname.lastname@example.org
THE REWARD OF COMMUNITY
I am slightly self-conscious writing a column about theater, as I have only a layman’s knowledge of the craft. I was not a theater major in college, and I have never taken a class on the subject. My only claim is that I enjoy it. I have been involved in five community theater productions since I have been in the Hillsdale area, including “12 Angry Jurors,” “Scrooge the Musical,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Theater is addictive. There is something compelling about the mixture of camaraderie, adrenaline, time, and effort that goes into each production. But most of all, it’s the people. I have become friends with students in high school, as well as those who have long since retired from their chosen profession. Everyone brings a different perspective and a different motivation for being involved. There are some aspiring Broadway stars, as well as people who simply enjoy being a part of a production. In working with the different plays, I find that each show follows a similar pattern. At the beginning, I might only need to be at rehearsal two to three times a week, and I feel like there is plenty of time to memorize my lines. Then, when rehearsals are in full swing, the director expects us to have our lines and blocking memorized, which leads to some scrambling while off stage or during the spare minutes at home. The show quickly progresses until we realize that we open in a week, and then panic sets in. We have a bad rehearsal. Lines are dropped, the music is off key, and we leave, shaking our heads, saying “I don’t know how we are going to pull this off.” But we do, and it always comes together. Then, it is over. Striking the set after the last show is always bitter sweet. I look forward to having time to myself and being able to take care of “life” again, but I also know that I will miss my theater family. That show is over; I cannot live in the past, so I look forward to the next production, eager to chase the high of the last with new characters, plot, and above all, friends. email@example.com
This fall, senior theater major Stephan Godleski will step behind the stage as assistant student director of the Greek play “The Trojan Women.” Godleski began acting in high school, but never considered pursuing a career in theatre until college –– he originally wanted to study politics. Godleski auditioned for a 10-minute play and “Our Town” on a whim.
Students travel to Stratford festival
Kelsey Drapkin Copy Editor Every year, the Hillsdale College theatre department takes a group of students to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Twenty students and faculty made the trek this year to see five shows in four days. The trip cost $300 per student. George Angell, chair of the theater department, said groups have been going on this trip for at least 25 years –– the largest trip to date had 30 students and faculty. Students arrived in Canada on Sept. 6, and returned to campus Sept. 9. The festival takes place at four performance venues and involvs 108 actors, all Canadian citizens. The event has been running since 1953 when they performed “Richard III” and “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Today, the festival not only offers quality performances, but also workshops for teachers, students, and average playgoers. Angell said the “enthusiasm and excitement of the students” made the trip worthwhile. “[Students] gain an understanding of what it takes to make great, wonderful, compelling theatre, and they are given an insight into how repertory theatre works by seeing the same actors in different theatres doing wildly different roles only hours apart,” Angell said. Junior Katie Rose Pynes went on the trip this year for the first time. “I went because I really enjoy working with the theater faculty and students,” Pynes said. She and senior Mark Keller agreed that “Electra” was by far the best of the five plays, which included “Henry IV,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Cymbeline,” and the only musical of the bunch, “42nd Street.” “[“Electra”] was surprising. It had an unusual aesthetic to it,” Keller said. Keller and Pynes described the chanting of the chorus in “Electra” as reminiscent of how Homer may have performed his works. The style of the play was that of an authentic Greek epic. The Hillsdale College theater department is planning a year of Greek plays, and Pynes said it was interesting to see how other theater troupes handled Grecian content. Angell disagreed with Keller and Pynes, saying even though he loved “Electra,” his favorite show was “Cymbeline.” Both students agreed that the trip was a success –– a welcome break filled with culture and entertainment. “It’s really just a time to relax with friends before getting into classes and rehearsal stress,” Keller said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Review: ‘Sex and God at Yale’
Katy Bachelder Opinions Editor It’s a disgusting, excellent work. Seldom do those two adjectives belong next to each other in a sentence, but it’s the best way to describe Nathan Harden’s new book “Sex and God at Yale.” It’s a curious combination — a memoir mixed with a devastatingly thorough exposé of the ongoing moral decay at Yale. In 1951, National Review founder William F. Buckley wrote “God and Man at Yale,” a book about how Yale’s professors indoctrinate students with liberalism. Sixty years later, Nathan Harden updates Buckley’s thesis, and demonstrates how the problem has grown much more troubling — and shocking. For a significant portion of the book, Harden chronicles –– in vivid detail — the events that compose Yale’s infamous “Sex Week,” in which a student organization brings in speakers and hosts events to discuss nearly every aspect of human sexuality. No topic is too shameful or bizarre. From sex toy demonstrations to lectures from S&M experts to porn viewings, it’s a comprehensive venture. While not funded directly by the Yale administration, the events take place in Yale classrooms. At every event, the speakers use Yale podiums to glorify mindless, casual sex and encourage students to gratify their every desire, no matter how unusual or depraved. But Harden has more evidence than this one gross week to prove Yale’s lack of moral purpose. He weaves the issue through nearly every aspect of campus culture. Anecdotes abound: lesbian porn shown in Spanish and other language classes, the campus women’s center capitalizing politically on an ill-advised fraternity prank through disgraceful victimization, and the administration’s creation of a website forum for students to publish essays about their sexual experiences. Beyond these specific instances, Harden discusses larger issues, especially in his chapter about Yale’s insidious hook-up culture. How, he asks, can Yale expect to produce the next generation of top women leaders if the school encourages its female students to forget being asked out on a date and just enjoy sleeping with drunk men after parties? Without even having to say it, Harden shows how the sexual revolution has failed to empower women. Throughout the book, Harden offers a welcome reprieve from the horrifying by describing his own experiences as a student at Yale. Determined to be a “Yalie” since third grade, Harden is rejected twice before finally gaining admission to the Ivy League school. He includes a wonderful section on meeting his wife and marrying her in a matter of weeks, and beautifully describes how this powerful love has shaped his life. He tries to find his Chakra in a drama class, and tells of his ineptitude, with a likable self-deprecating humor. It’s evident that Harden loves Yale, and his memoir explains how something he adored, when experienced up-close, disappointed. The tale of love lost adds to his credibility. He wasn’t a man dedicated to exposing Yale’s darkest sides. Much of the criticism surrounding Harden’s work complains he’s too much of an outsider to understand Yale: he’s married, so how can he comment on the hook-up culture when he hasn’t lived in it? But it took someone as completely removed as Harden to see these events for what they are: morally bankrupt. Perhaps the culture has become so pervasive that it takes an outsider— a kind of campus anthropologist— to be shocked. Unfortunately, the tone of the book poses an occasional problem in communicating its message. Sometimes the wit and cynicism doesn’t fit. One chapter tells the story of Aliza Shvarts, an art student whose senior art project medium was blood from “repeated self-induced miscarriages.” Yale disputes the story, claiming it was an attentionseeking hoax. But this is, at best, a case of a psychologically troubled young woman desperate for attention, and at worst, an unspeakable affront on human dignity. This and several other chapters, including the chapter on the violence in porn, could have used more earnestness, more sorrow—and less snark. Sometimes the snark works, but it doesn’t work everywhere. The final line of the book reads: “What’s happening at Yale is coming to a university near you.” But it’s not coming to Hillsdale. Our college is not without its problems—human nature is the same here as it is at Yale, but Hillsdale students and faculty share an understanding of absolute truth and the simple differences between good and evil. Nathan Harden’s Sex and God at Yale is a fascinating, compelling testament to just how rare this has become. email@example.com
other plays for the theater. A music major, she started out playing for the pit orchestra, but quickly became interested in acting. This past summer, she played the title role in “Sweet Charity,” and the host in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Sarver says she has always loved theater. She grew up performing in youth theater productions, and she participated in theater on campus during her years
as a Hillsdale student. Henry and Sarver agreed that one of the benefits of doing community theater is the friendships they have made with adults in the community. “Especially with smaller casts, you get to really know people individually,” she said. “The community theater is so inter-generational. You have high school students and you have people in their seventies, and then all the ranges in between. It’s just a really good experience.” Sarver says that she wishes
she had known about the Sauk theater while she was a student. “It’s one of Hillsdale’s hidden gems. It’s a great experience; I’ve had nothing but good times here,” she said. While Sarver and Henry both recognize that being involved in a play outside of campus can be a difficult time commitment for a college student, Sarver said she hopes students have the opportunity to see plays in the community. “I would just encourage the student body to go out and see some of the Sauk shows,” she
said. “It’s a great way to get off campus, have a fun evening, be entertained, and support the arts in the local community.” The musical will be performed at 8 p.m., Oct. 11-14, and 18-21. Tickets are $10 each for students. The play is directed by Trinity Bird, who has been directing Sauk Theater productions since 1997. Hillsdale Art Professor Brian Springer will play the role of Mordcha, the innkeeper. firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie deMacedo Collegian Freelancer
FEATURES ‘Number one party band’ returns to campus
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sport – like football – you can’t overplay and you can’t underplay.” But Vitale is confident in his team. “It’s like when the Lions play the San Francisco 49ers and win. We win every night. If you don’t have a fun time at this party, it will be your own fault.” The Simone Vitale band performs two to three times a week. “Most of our practice is on the job. We plan the songs, you learn your part, we have a vocal rehearsal and we play.” Don’t think Hillsdale is their biggest gig of the year, however. “We have played for President Bill Clinton three times. We played for George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s inaugural balls, [and] for ten years we played for Governor Jennifer Granholm.” Vitale considered playing for Bill Clinton the highlight of his career. “It was awesome. When you get to that level, the people you meet are incredible. Bill Clinton is a fun, fun person. When he walks in the room you think, ‘He’s a rock star.’ Very fun to be around.” Vitale said he’s continually rewarded by all the wonderful people he meets and the places he visits. When he played at Bush’s inaugural ball, his son flew up from Florida and spent the night talking to Donald Rumsfeld, then Secretary of Defense. The trip was not without its frustrations, however. “The security at the balls was incredible,” Vitale said. “We had to bring our clothes to the Smithsonian Museum the night before to check them out to see if there were bombs or something.” When asked when he felt he “arrived” at his dreams, Vitale said, “When I was four years old – just kidding! No, I don’t think I have arrived yet.” He defined his ideal gig as playing onstage with Paul McCartney during a birthday party for Oprah Winfrey, for the president at a White House dinner party, or at the Vanity Fair party in Los Angeles after the Oscars. “That would be the bomb,” Vitale said. “Playing that is my dream gig.” His personal hero is Lester Iannin, “the most famous society band leader of all time.” “I didn’t really like his music, but he played for Kings and Queens. That’s when you’ve arrived.” Vitale’s children are now grown, but he said there was minimal difficulty in raising children and being a musician.
This Friday, the annual Hillsdale Garden Party will draw out the cocktail dresses and dance moves in an evening of revelry made possible by the Simone Vitale Band. The band, named for its lead guitarist and MC, has come to Hillsdale over 20 times throughout the past 15 years. “We love Hillsdale,” Vitale said. “This is not just another gig. It’s a great place. I like the people, the students are very receptive, and it’s also a pretty college. It’s like a little vacation.” The band has 12 members who Vitale said were, “some of the very finest musicians.” For 20 years, they have played together all over the country and claim to be “the number one party band” on their website. Vitale said his band was formed by word of mouth. “You know, you ask people, ‘who do you know that could do this?’ People say, ‘I have a girlfriend who can sing.’ They audition, they were great, and so on,” Vitale said. The chemistry of the band is very good, Vitale added. “It has to be when you spend that much time together. It’s like a team
For the past 15 years, Simone Vitale and his band have performed for Hillsdale students over 20 times. The band enjoys returning to campus for the people and the beautiful campus. (Above: Courtesy of Will Clayton, Below: Courtesy of Simone Vitale) “A musician isn’t much different than being a doctor or a lawyer who is on call. You don’t have weekends, but you have the weekdays to make it work,” Vitale said. “My kids thought it was really cool, they still come see me play.” After years of experience, Vitale shared some advice he received from his father: “If you want to succeed in life, know as many people as possible. That is the key to success.” Amanda Bigney, director of student activities, said they welcomed the band back again this year because they were a huge hit with more than one demographic. “Last year they added swing, which was a huge success, and we got really good feedback,” she said. “They understand the Hillsdale culture,” Marissa Philipp, president of the student activities board, said. “They’re a good fit.” “We just play whatever we think the kids are going to like,” Vitale explained. “The best thing is I am with people at the happiest moments of their life. Not too many people can say that.”
economic development with the aim of improving the livelihood of many in the developing countries,” said Nyakeri. In her time at Hillsdale, Nyakeri was also a member of KKG, in addition to being involved with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the French Honorary. Nyakeri pays tribute to the Hillsdale community for her success. “I am doing what I am passionate about, and that would not have been possible if it were not for the people at Hillsdale who were with me every step of the way,” said Nyakeri. Anyenya also greatly appreciated Hillsdale’s community. “Being in a different part of the United States now, I realize Hillsdale is really different from the rest of America. I’m glad I got to experience that,” said Anyenya. Okeyo agreed that this community was her favorite part of attending Hillsdale. “The administration takes care of its students,” she said. “Professors here are more engaging and more concerned about the welfare of students. They challenged me in terms of thinking, my character, and perspective on life. I now believe in myself about whatever I set my mind to.” Though focused on math and science for her majors, Anyenya was also very thankful for the proessors who encuraged her diverse education in history, english and the arts. “I can join in any conversation. Someone will say something, and I’ll be like ‘I know about that.’ I’m not just a science nerd,” she said. While these women are the recipients of gifts from the Zawadi program and Hillsdale College, they serve as an inspiration to fellow students and citizens by using their talents to give others education, clean water, power, and the gift of hope for the future of underdeveloped countries.
STUARD OPENS THE CONVERSATION
Junior Mason Stuard continues tradition of intellectual diversity through Democrats and Progressives Club
Emily Shelton Copy Editor Junior Mason Stuard, president of Hillsdale College Democrats and Progressives Club, wants to develop a more active conversation on Hillsdale College’s conservative campus. He took lead of the student organization last fall after Josephine Burns, the previous and original president of the club, graduated in 2011. “[Burns] was lamenting with me about whether or not the group would continue,” Stuard said. “It was her own brainchild.” One night during his freshman year, Stuard joined members of the club in their community outreach project, sorting food at Trinity Lutheran Church’s “The King’s Kupboard.” Afterwards, he went to Johnny T’s for dessert Junior Mason Stuard took over the Hillsdale College Democrats and Progressives Club and coffee with a couple of last fall. Though the club currently has only two members, Stuard feels it is an imporclub members and their advisor, Spanish professor Carmen tant group to have on campus to make people evaluate what they believe. (Joelle Lucas/ Collegian) Wyatt-Hayes. Stuard said that the evening pastimes: walking through the and a member of the Classical encouraged him to invest more idea. That is the reason I came to Hillsdale College.” Arboretum singing on the top Liberals Club or the College time and energy the club in Stuard, who was raised by of his lungs, and going to The Republicans. hopes of preserving it. Coffee Cup diner for Thursday Max Kleber, president Even so, the College Demo- his grandparents on 100 acres of land in Burghill, Ohio, lunches and talking with the of the College Republicans, crats and Progressives do not always knew that he wanted to chef, Prapai “Pai” Eshelman. said that he and Stuard threw have a particularly large presattend Hillsdale. around ideas for a ence on campus. In previous His letter of acdebate last semester, years, there were more participants, but currently Stuard and ceptance was like “Hillsdale College is about differences but nothing was ever a Christmas presscheduled. Kleber was his close friend, Junior Anne of opinion, but unity in those ent, he said. excited he was able to Peterson, are the lone memStuard has differences. It’s is about being able to sit collaborate with Stubers. participated in a “It doesn’t need to do down at the table and debate something ard for Hillsdale’s first theatre production anything,” Stuard said, “but civilly and walk away, not necessarily bi-partisan commemoevery semester at ration of September the fact that it exists allows Hillsdale besides having changed your opinion, but being 11. those who are Republicans or last semester, “I have always gotstaunch conservatives to stop able to entertain the idea.” what he calls ten the question about and think why they believe — Junior Mason Stuard why [the September his sabbatical what they believe.” semester. He 11 commemoration] is “Hillsdale College is about also sings in the a College Republican differences of opinion, but Hillsdale College concert choir Stuard would like to do sponsored event,” said Kleunity in those differences. and works at the Michael Alex more with the College Demober. “I was glad I was able to Hillsdale College is about becrats and Progressives club this include Mason in the preparaing able to sit down at the table Mossey Library. This semester, however, will semester and hopes that the tions this year. It is a day to and debate something civilly Fairfield Society might sponsor remember what happened, and and walk away, not necessarily be more relaxed than others, and he hopes that will allow a debate on a foreign or social those who were killed that day. having changed your opinion, him to indulge in his favorite policy issue between him I am glad that we were able to but being able to entertain the be united in that.” Stuard thought that last Tuesday’s September 11 commemoration was the best he had seen while he has been at Hillsdale. “September 11th was a very, very tragic day,” Stuard said. “In the morning we were angry, in the evening we were glad the rest of us were still here, grieving for those that we lost. We were all Americans – it brought us together. And that’s what it did for our campus.” Even though Stuard is the president of College Democrats and Progressives, he still possesses a strong conservative streak. He explained that he was raised a conservative and he still believes in the precepts: constitutionalism, freedom, rule of law, personal liberty, and limited government. Ultimately, Stuard just wants an open and civil discussion. “I know that [Stuard] feels like the Democrats need a voice. I don’t think he would really call himself a Democrat if you asked him,” Dr. George Angell said, a professor of theatre and speech who invited Stuard to live at his home for the year. “He thinks, I believe, that those students and faculty on campus that are Democrat do need a voice. I don’t think he agrees with everything the Republicans have to say either, or anybody else.” Stuard is even torn over the upcoming election. “Mitt Romney is a New England country club Republican – he wants to guard his own money, but not necessarily spend everyone else’s,” Stuard said. “Maybe we had hopes for [the Obama presidency] when it happened, but it has turned out to be a disappointment in many ways. America needs a new face, but I’m not quite sure that Mitt Romney is that face.”
Etymology: Apparently, post-classical Latin alfridarius. Also, less frequently, alfridaria. Possibly Arabic alifrīdārīya, of uncertain origin. Definition: A period of time during which a number of celestial ob- Compare Middle French, French alfridaire. jects each exercise their influence over a person in a specific order Compare also Spanish firdaria and Spanish aland for a limited duration; the particular celestial object exercising its fridaria, alfridario (in años alfridarios, plural). influence; the influence thus exercised.
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Example: “Thus to time’s end we dance our alfridary, Bringing to pass, and pace, predicted things.” — C. Aiken, And in Human Heart, 1940
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Surprising diversity in “citadel of conservatism”
Evan Brune Copy Editor One-third of Hillsdale College faculty call themselves Republicans, a quarter call themselves Democrats, and a fifth call themselves politically independent, according to a survey conducted by The Collegian. “There is a considerable range of opinion amongst the faculty. There are plenty of liberals, ” said Paul Rahe, professor of history and a registered Republican since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. The anonymous survey was conducted last week. Of the 77 faculty members who responded, 34.8 percent identified themselves as Republican. Democrats accounted for 26 percent, independents made up 20.8 percent, and Libertarians were 9.1 percent. “There are also considerable differences among those who aren’t liberal,” Rahe said. “There’s more division and debate here than you’ll find on any other college campus.” On other campuses, 70.8 percent of professors identify themselves as Democrats, according to a 2007 study by Neil Gross and Solon Simmons. The study also found that 20.8 percent of professors called themselves Republicans and 8.5 percent regarded themselves as independents. Some Hillsdale professors expressed more apathy about their political ideologies. Professor of Biology Dan York identifies as “totally nonpolitical” and tends to vote on issues rather than political parties. “I believe in the power of the free market and personal responsibility for one’s own life,” York said. “There are so many similarities between the free market system and ecosystems: when things go wrong with either, I strongly feel it is best to just leave them alone to work out the problems without trying to over-manage them.” A number of faculty members also declined to speak on the topic, stating that it was not their place to espouse their personal political opinions. But several of the anonymous responses even included extra notes from the professors: “All I want from a candidate is environmental and fiscal responsibility,” said a Democrat. “Since this is not found anywhere in today’s political climate, I am stuck with the party that causes the least damage.” A Republican was similarly unenthusiastic about the choices: “I lean Republican, and I intend to vote for Romney. But, in reality, I don’t like the ‘Stupid Party’ much better than the ‘Evil’ Party.” Others expressed their passion. “Down with the Fed! Ron Paul Revolution!” a Libertarian wrote, circling the backwards “love” in “Revolution.” Despite the range of responses, Professor of History and Kirk Chair Brad Birzer, who considers himself a Libertarian, said there is an overall unity. “We have a great faculty, and I think we see each other for the best in that person,” he said. “I’ve never seen any demand to conform politically.”
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This graphic shows the results of an anonymous survey of Hillsdale professors. Seventy seven professors responded out of Hillsdale’s 120 active professorial staff.
Kenyan women attend Hillsdale through “Zawadi”
Macaela Bennett Collegian Freelancer In Swahili, the word for gift is “zawadi.” It is also the name of Dr. Susan Mboya’s African Education Fund program, based upon the belief that each child is a gift and that there is no greater gift than education. Over 200 Zawadi students currently attend institutions in the U.S., including Ivy League schools and Hillsdale College. Mboya’s father, a key political figure in Kenya’s attempt to gain independence from Britain, organized a student-airlifts program in the late 1950s, providing American educations to promising Kenyan youths intent on developing their own communities. Mboya continued the program into the new century, focusing on the education of female students Zawadi hopefuls apply for consideration to join the program and, if they qualify, undergo an extensive interview process. Then they select and apply to an affiliate school in the U.S. that evaluates them by the same standards as any other student. Upon arriving at Hillsdale, Zawadi students are immersed in unfamiliarities including the weather, food, people, and squirrells, but waste no time in taking advantage of the opportunities available. Zawadi student and senior Rose Okeyo is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Hillsdale’s Math and Science Honoraries. In addition, she is the cofounder of her own non-profit organization with senior Samantha Gilman. Their non-profit project, Tujelimu, supports disadvantaged high school students in Okeyo’s hometown of Rarieda, Kenyat by providing them with essential resources for school. “We are also mentoring students to help them pursue their dreams. Our first beneficiary was Wang’arot Secondary School in Rarieda ... So far, we have bought books for Wang’arot and are currently supporting four students through donations from friends, family and well-wishers,” Okeyo said. “We are in the process of registering Tujelimu as a non-profit in order to get more donations for our cause.” As a biochemistry major, Okeyo plans to earn her PhD in pharmacy and then, fulfilling the central requirement of the Zawadi Program, return home to improve the health standards in her community. “I wish to practice in Kenya,” said Okeyo. “On the side, I am thinking of having a health program, maybe another non-profit, that will offer assistance to disadvantaged patients in obtaining quality healthcare, which would otherwise be unaffordable to them, by covering some costs of treatment and drugs, holding free health camps ... and visiting homes with volunteers to promote wellness by giving the people healthcare tips.” Fellow biochemistry major and Hillsdale freshman, Diana Adala shares Okeyo’s desire to benefit her native country in the medical field. Once graduating from Hillsdale, Adala aspires to attend Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to conduct cancer research and acquire the skills necessary to return to Kenya and make a positive impact in the worldwide fight against cancer. “I have seen the pain and suffering of so many people with cancer, the most compelling example of my grandparents, that I wish to be able to alleviate this pain,” said Adala. Gladys Anyenya, ‘12, also has big dreams for her native country once she finishes the 5-year doctoral program at Colorado School of Mines (CSM). At Hillsdale, Anyenya majored in Math and Physics, ran track and cross country, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Math Honorary, and Catholic Society. Anyenya plans to research biofuel cells and alternative energy systems after school in order to develop less fortunate parts of the world, especially the areas of rural Kenyan too undeveloped to access an electric bridge. “I went to boarding school in the country, and the people around there lived in conditions where they didn’t have electricity or power to get water,” said Anyenya. “It has been my passion to make power accessible to them, which would lead to clean water if they had power to pump it from the river and purify it.” Fellow 2012 graduate, Cynthia Nyakeri, is following her post-Hillsdale passion at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Nyakeri double majored in Economics and French, which she plans to use by helping low-income earners sustain themselves through small-scale businesses. “I would like to pursue a career in International Development, focusing on
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