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Vol. 137, Issue 16 - 13 Feb. 2014

Admissions adds ambassadors to replace outgoing seniors
Amanda Tindall Assistant Editor For many college students, the first person they remember meeting on campus is their student ambassador. The student ambassadors provide a point of contact, a friendly face, and a person with whom to share concerns and ask questions. With 63 current student ambassadors, consisting of nine sophomores, 25 juniors, and 29 seniors, the admissions department is in the process of hiring more than 30 students to become the new face of the college to prospective students. Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Andrea Clark said admissions conducted an audit of the ambassador program in November and released those who could not commit to the minimum number of hours required. Clark said hiring for the spring semester is the first round for new ambassadors. “We will be able to hire about 25 new ambassadors for this spring semester, which will help us handle the influx of visitors in March and April, our heavy months, without creating a shortage of hours,” Clark said. “Then, in the fall, we will need to hire another batch of ambassadors to bring the program up to full strength when the seniors have left us.” After going through applications, junior Luke Bessmer, student director of the student ambassador program, said they’re very pleased with the turnout. “We had three times the number of applications that we needed,” Bessmer said. “All the applications were very good, and the applicants are pretty well-qualified. Sometimes they just need a little more time on campus.” Admissions has already interviewed applicants and chosen most of the ambassadors for the spring semester. Training for new ambassadors consists of a four-hour session and shadowing experienced ambassadors. “This is an unusually large group of seniors for the program,” Clark said. “Many times students will retire from the ambassador program during or before their senior year. We are very lucky that such a large group of seasoned hosts has chosen to remain with the program. They understand the college so well, and visiting students are really able to benefit from that. I will be sad to see them go.”

31 returning ambassadors

29 graduating ambassadors

Local prosecutors launch assault on synthetic marijuana
Sally Nelson Opinions Editor First in a series They made $191,791 in under two months while pretending to sell tattoos and supplies in Camden, Mich., a town of barely 500 people. But Penny Hawkins, manager of The Clubhouse restaurant, said that everyone knew what the couple was really doing. “Cars came with liscense plates from Ohio and Indiana,” she said. “They spent two or three minutes inside and then left. Nobody gets a two minute tattoo.” On April 15, Hillsdale county residents Douglas Cardwell, 41, and Michelle Demayo, 42, will be tried by jury on six felony counts, all centering on accusations of the sale of synthetic marijuana known as “spice.” Because spice is a Schedule I narcotic and the couple possessed more than 1,000 grams, they face life in prison and fines up to one million dollars each. In Camden, south of Hillsdale, the couple ran a tattoo parlor, Addikted 2 Ink, and allegedly sold spice under the store’s guise from September through November 2013. “They never did a single tattoo and never had a licensed tattoo artist,” Hillsdale County Assistant Prosecutor Rod Hassinger said. “It was just a big front for their designer drug business.” After the Hillsdale Narcotics Enforcement Team made an undercover purchase of 3.5 grams of synthetic marijuana at the store in November, officers from the Hillsdale Sheriff County Sheriff’s Office and Reading Police Department served a search warrant on both the shop and their residence. Officers confiscated more than 6.65 pounds of synthetic marijuana from both buildings, in addition to 500 glass pipes, 600 packages of rolling papers, and assorted drug paraphernalia. “They felt they could get around the law. They were armed with lab reports for their supplier and had confidence that what they were doing was legal,” said Neal Brady, Hillsdale County prosecuting attorney. Cardwell and Demayo simply didn’t read the Michigan statute, Hassinger said. Though the sale of spice has been prohibited in Michigan since June 2012, there have not been enough prosecutions to send a message, Hassinger said. Many prosecuting attorneys avoid such cases because they tend to be difficult and prohibitively expensive for most counties. The Hillsdale County prosecutor’s office, however, has taken a strong stance against the drug to send a message to dealers and manufacturers: Brady won’t back down. “Two days after we shut down the shop here in Camden, a shop stopped doing business in Sturgis, Mich.,” Hassinger said. “The word has gotten out all because of Mr. Brady.” Before Cardwell and Demayo moved to Camden, the pair operated out of another tattoo parlor under the same name in Angola, Ind. But when a two and half year investigation by Indiana law enforcement drove them out of the Cardwell and Demayo allegedly sold synthetic marijuana out of this building in Camden, Mich., from September to November this fall. (Sally Nelson/Collegain)

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Saga loses power
Jordan Finney Collegian Reporter Saga Inc. staff, student employees, and some determined maintenance workers managed to coninue the normal meal schedule for 24 hours — without power. A main transformer that supplies energy to most of the appliances in the Knorr Dining Rom broke down at about 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, causing the cafeteria to lose about 90 percent of its ability to produce hot food. “It was really awkward and hectic at first, because we thought the power would come back on because it has shut off and come back before,” student worker and freshman William Persson said. “It didn’t.” Operations Manager Marty Morrison was sitting at his desk reading emails when he heard the machines shut down. “It sounded like someone took a hammer to the machines. You could hear them shut down,” Morrison said. “I got on the radio and notified [General Manager] Kevin [Kirwan] that we didn’t have any power, then checked with the staff to see exactly what equipment we had lost.” It was the first time that a transformer has shut down since the Grewcock Student Union opened in 2008. “Instead of one unit being

They recorded $191,791 in sales over that two-month period. Names: Blaze, Bliss, Gold, K2, JK, LOL, Magma, Red Magic, Spice, etc. Side Effects: agitation, drowsiness, elevated heart rates and blood pressure, hallucinations, loss of physical control, paranoia, seizures, tremors and vomiting in the past year, according to the National Institutes of Health. “Whoever is marketing it did an intelligent job by attaching the word marijuana to it because a lot of people don’t think marijuana is dangerous,” Brady said. “If you called methamphetamines ‘meth marijuana,’ you would probably see an increase in popularity.” The term synthetic marijuana is, despite clever marketing, a dangerous misnomer. The drug merely mimics the effects of THC and has side-effects far be-

Synthetic marijuana is a psychotropic designer drug that mimics tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main mind-altering ingredient in marijuana. Though synthetic cannabinoids emerged in the ’80s for medical use, “spice” was co-opted for illicit use in the early 2000s.
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state, they fled across the border. In just under a two month period from September to the middle of November 2013, Cardwell and Demayo recorded the $191,791 in cash sales in handwritten, business ledger, according to a police report. “They were making a lot of money off of this and really harming the community,” Hassinger said. Cardwell and Demayo operated within a gigantic, million-dollar web of synthetic marijuana dealers in the Midwest, centering on accused designer drug pro-

ducer Barry Bays, the owner of Little Arm Inc. that distributes as B&B Distribution, according to Hassinger. “The guy who runs it has one deformed arm. He’s got a little arm,” Hassinger said. “But he’s out of business now.” Hassinger said use of the drug among teenagers and young adults is an epidemic. Spice remains most popular amongst 12 to 17 year old males, the Michigan Department of Community Health reports. Nationally, 8 percent of high school seniors reported using synthetic marijuana

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Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor at National Review.
Compiled by Chris McCaffery. You wrote a book about the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. What inspired you to explore that? It was suggested to me by an editor. And I thought it was a good idea, a really juicy topic; moreover, one that I could handle. I was delighted by the suggestion. When Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, Adam Bellow suggested I write a “History of the Peace Prize” thesis, and I thought, “That’s an interesting idea,” but it turned into a total backburner thing. 10 years later, I revived this idea. I started a new book just last week. It was my first time working on it. It’ll probably be called “Children of Monsters,” and it’s about the sons and daughters of dictators. I got the idea a long time ago when I visited Albania for the first time. How nice it is to say “visited Albania for the first time.” It happened twice. I was being shown around by a young man, my guide, and I asked about the late dictators — the late dictator was Enver Hoxha, one of the worst men in history. One of the most brutal dictators in history, much more than the other Eastern European dictators. More like North Korea, Albania was, than like the rest of the world. And I said, “Did Hoxha have children? “Yeah! He had two sons and one daughter and this is what they do.” And I thought, “What must their lives be like? What must it be to have a last name synonymous with oppression and terror?” Another one of these things that was on the backburner for years. Some acting on that book just started last week.

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He writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is a music critic for The New Criterion and City Arts. For National Review Online, he writes a column, “Impromptus.” He has won many awards, particularly for his work in human rights. Nordlinger’s most recent book is “Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World.” A native Michigander raised in Ann Arbor, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He lives in New York.

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Charger track and field hosted its largest indoor meet yet. The men’s 4 x 4 team broke the previous school record. A8

The end of Taco Tuesday After a recent student survey, Saga Inc. introduced other options for Tuesday lunches. A2 Annual classical school fair More than 42 classical and charter schools are a part of this year’s job fair. A2
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Learning music at a young age College students teach private lessons to young music students. B1

Jonesville applies to be city

Jonesville awaits a response from Gov. Snyder’s office about its proposed charter to incorporate into a city. A6
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Moore speaks out on the Core
Ramona Tausz Collegian Freelancer The College Republicans hosted a talk by Assistant Professor of History Terrence Moore about his new book, “The StoryKillers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core,” on Feb. 6. The book argues against the Common Core educational standards. These guidelines, published in 2012, are now implemented by schools in 45 states. Moore believes the Core’s increasing use of informational, non-fiction texts rather than literature is a danger to both the minds of students and the fate of classic books. Moore pointed out that informational texts allow the Common Core designers to feed students political propaganda through superficial readings. In his lecture, he said the Common Core is ostensibly designed to promote college and career readiness. “Since when is education merely for college and career readiness?” Moore asked the audience. He mentioned the inability of informational texts to teach students the true aims of education: truth, beauty, and virtue. Moore began speaking out against the Common Core last summer. He now speaks regularly, including before state legislators, in debate with the Alabama state superintendent of education, and at the Allan P. Kirby Center. Although he’s been involved in educational reform for years, Moore describes the resistance to the Common Core as unique because it is a “grassroots effort.” “These resistance movements have started up almost exclusively because mothers have been bothered by the kinds of lessons that are coming home with their students,” Moore said. Courtney Meyet, assistant professor of chemistry, has similar concerns as a mother. Meyet, who attended Thursday’s lecture, says she is troubled by the fact that the Common Core is untested, with no demonstrated success. “I have two boys, one in eighth grade and one in high school, so I’m definitely interested,” she said. “What I find disturbing is that we’re looking to implement another set of standards that haven’t been tested.” Moore said that public interest in his message has been a pleasant surprise. “One of the things that I’ve been happy with is that a lot of tea party folks and parents are reading the book, but then so are state legislatures,” Moore said. “I was even called by a superintendent of education that wanted to talk about the book. So it’s having some influence with some people who are in education at the moment and may or may not be able to do something.” Hillsdale students also appreciated Moore’s lecture. “My mom is a teacher, and I have become infected by her passion for Common Core, so



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Assistant Professor of History Terrence Moore spoke about the Common Core and his book, “The Story Killers,” at the Kirby Center on Jan. 9. (Courtesy of Alice Arnn)

Bookstore to hold Saga says ‘adios’ to ‘Taco Tuesday’ signing event
Evan Brune News Editor was at Berkeley. I had professors who have won the Nobel Prize, and I have their textbooks.” Gamble said he was honored to be asked to participate. “I think it’s a great idea for the bookstore to feature books from the faculty,” he said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students.” The next event will be on March 18. The two confirmed professors are Assistant Professor of English Dutton Kearney and John Miller, director of the Dow Journalism Program. “We’ve had such favorable responses. We’re really looking forward to it,” Berry said. “My original goal was to feature every author who has written a book. I’m hoping that next year, we’ll be able to expand on this.” Wolfram said the book-signing offered good opportunities for students and other readers. “I think it’s good to know your professors are out there,” he said. “If someone gets a signed book, maybe it’ll get them to read it or maybe it’ll get others to read it.” Gamble said the event also benefits authors as well. “So often, writing and publishing can be a faceless activity,” he said. “When writing a book or an article, it often ends up in the hands of people you never meet. You’re writing for a nameless, faceless audience. That’s not easy to do. It’s very rewarding for authors to meet flesh and blood people.” Berry said the signing also offers students a chance to meet faculty members they might otherwise never have met. “We’re all people, and we all have something to share,” she said. “Our faculty is full of fascinating people.” Daniel Slonim Collegian Reporter Some love it, some hate it. But it has always been there, every week, without fail. But not any longer. For 10 years, Saga has served tacos at lunch every Tuesday. Now, every other Tuesday will come and go without a single taco to be found in Saga. Saga Inc. General Manager Kevin Kirwan said a new rotation for Tuesday lunches began this semester. The first week, it was tacos as usual. The second week of the semester, students encountered an “All-American Burger Bar.” The following week, it was a nacho bar with taco fixings available. After that, it was a sausage bar. Kirwan said the rotation will continue this way so that students will be served tacos every other week. “It’ll be cycling through. So every other week, there’ll be something that doesn’t look a thing like tacos,” he said. Kirwan said the change is a response to different opinions he hears about the meal from students he talks to. “There is still a great number of people, believe it or not, that love Taco Tuesday. But there’s also a lot of people that say they like tacos, but not every week,” he said. “It was done in an effort to give variety and to provide those kinds of things that we’ve gotten feedback on that students enjoy.” Saga has recently instituted several changes in response to online student surveys about how to make healthier meals. For example, spinach is now available in the salad bar three times a week. More chicken is served, as

learning more in-depth details about how it’s destroying our education system was very interesting,” said freshman Abby Bell, events coordinator for College Republicans. Moore sees hope for future educational reform in three main areas. “I think if we could continue with classical homeschooling, beef up classical charter schools, and then also see a resurgence of classical Catholic schools, it would continue this reform and would show more and more people what a real education would look like,” he said. Junior Kirby Hartley became familiar with the Common Core when he saw the methods used to teach his little sister in school. “They were judging based not so much on comprehending the reading, but looking more for rate of speech, like how quickly you could read aloud,” he said. “Basically, they want individuals who can repeat information, not people who are actually thinking.”

Charter schools seek Hillsdale students Panel speaks on
Abi Wood Arts Editor Preparations are underway for the sixth annual classical schools job fair, hosted at Hillsdale College on Feb. 27. Director of Career Services Joanna Wiseley said 42 classical and charter schools will be represented this year. At the first classical schools job fair, six years ago, only 13 schools were represented. Wiseley credited the growing number of schools seeking Hillsdale students with the college’s reputation for being strong educators of classically-minded students. She named schools from 16 states, including schools from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and California. Teachers travel in on Wednesday night for a conference. The job fair is from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Thursday. The fair will provide students the chance to meet school representatives and get acquainted with some teachers. Additional interviews that come out of the process will happen Friday in Curtiss Dining Hall. Director of the Barney Charter School Initiative Phillip Kilgore said the initiative supports the classical schools job fair, because it is a major way the initiative can promote the spread of classical education in classical schools by providing schools with talented, liberallytrained teachers. Kilgore said Hillsdale students are a good fit for classical school teaching positions beJordan Finney Collegian Reporter

Instead of quiet students searching through textbooks and T-shirts, the College Bookstore will soon host both authors and readers in its first-ever faculty book-signing event. The first book-signing is on Feb. 18. The featured authors are Professor of Political Economy Gary Wolfram, Associate Professor of History Richard Gamble, Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic, and Visiting Assistant Professor of History Darryl Hart. “It’s only natural. I mean, we have so many books authored by faculty,” Trade Book Coordinator Angie Berry said. “They can share their knowledge. They’re here to teach, and we’re here to learn, so it’s a win-win.” The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and the featured books will be on sale at 15 percent off. The February book-signing will inaugurate what Berry hopes will be a regular event at the college bookstore. “One of our goals is to unite students and faculty. We’re here to support the college,” Berry said. “The bookstore is trying to reach out more to the college and to the community as a whole. We’re trying to get the bookstore out there.” Wolfram said he was looking forward to participating in the first book-signing event. “I think it’s a good idea. I think it’s fun. It’s sort of like a baseball card,” he said. “There are lots of people out there who are fans of Hillsdale College. I wish I had gotten more books signed while I

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well as more vegetables, and the latter are more often steamed and served without oil or butter. All of these have been in response to student requests in online surveys, Kirwan said. The most notable change has been the yogurt bar that was added last semester. Kirwan said he decided to add the bar in response to another student request. “Kevin had the idea for the yogurt bar, and we just kind of put our heads together,” said Production Manager Doug Rogotzke. He said he has come up with a lot of ideas for toppings based on what he saw at a yogurt bar in Atlantic City, N.J. He also looks at the kinds of yogurts for sale when he goes to Kroger. Rogotzke said he thinks the yogurt bar has been one of the most successful innovations. “We’re going through 30 to 35 pounds of yogurt a day,” he said. “It think it’s been well-received.” Senior Evan Gage described the yogurt bar as “transcendent” and said it has changed his life. Of the hamburgers that are replacing tacos roughly once a

month, he said, “They’re the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love it. It’s so good.” Kirwan said that almost all of the students he talked to were glad to have the burger bar instead of tacos. He said he talked to students in the dining room during the meal and they were in favor of the change by a margin of 50 to one. The sausage bar has not been quite as popular, but was still widely appreciated. Kirwan said the ratio was more like 25 to one for the sausage bar. Gage described the sausages as, “Not as good as the burger bar, but still great.” Sophomore Katie Keane said she likes tacos, but is happy for the variety. “You get into a routine with tacos every single Tuesday,” she said. “So it’s nice to have a change. It adds some excitement to lunches.” Sophomore Luke Frerking has a different opinion. “They need to stop skipping it every other week, because tacos are the best,” he said. “I’ve been

devastated whenever I go in there because there’s not tacos.” Frerking said he has not heard many people complain about Taco Tuesday, but if they do, it’s probably because they are from the South, where people differentiate between different kinds of tacos and consider some better than others. “I’m from Iowa. I don’t care. They’re tacos!” he said. Sophomore Colin Wilson said he has only eaten tacos in Saga twice. “For a long time, I thought they were grinding up freshmen who got bad grades into the meat,” he said. Kirwan said the change came because he had begun to wonder if students actually liked having tacos every week, so he asked a few students about it, and decided to try doing something different for a week. “I thought, ‘We’ll try it. It’s only a Tuesday. If they don’t like it, we can go back to Taco Tuesday,’” he said. “But they liked it.”

Roe v. Wade

The sixth annual classical schools job fair is planned for Feb. 27. The fair will feature 42 classical and charter schools from across the country. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian) cause there is a continuity that flows out of their experience as an undergraduate here at Hillsdale. “It’s the teaching style, but its also the content,” he said. “It’s the right kind of education for human beings, quite frankly, because its something that is consistent with our nature in terms of how we learn and what we should be learning –– things about humanity, our relationship with each other, and our understanding of the natural world.” Students understand an educational philosophy that explains what the purpose of education is in the first place. Assistant Director of Career Services Keith Miller said 20 percent of Hillsdale College graduates became teachers last year. “The secret is out that if you are a charter school and can snap up a Hillsdale grad, you have scored,” he said. “I feel like we could place twice as many. We just don’t have enough students.” Miller suggested underclassmen attend the job fair to find out what the schools are looking for, get to know different educational philosophies, and to become more involved early on. Kilgore agreed. “It’s not just a one-way street where the schools want to find out about the student,” he said. The fair gives students the opportunity to learn about the schools as well. Career Services will offer a series of brief lectures that will serve as a crash course on how to work a job fair, what it means to be a part of a classical school, how to create an effective lesson plan, and more.

Forty years after the Roe v. Wade decision, the legal debate is still not over. Assistant Professor of Politics John Grant and Associate Professor of Philosophy Nathan Schlueter joined “Abuse of Discretion” author Clarke Forsythe for a panel discussion about the legal aspects of Roe v. Wade on Tuesday, Feb 11. Students For Life hosted the event in order to bring attention to newly-released legal documents surrounding the historic case. “After 40 years, so much information has come out about Roe v. Wade that no one really knew,” SFL board member and freshman Cheyenne Trimels said. “Mr. Forsythe has researched the case for 20 years and has written down the behind-the-scenes mistakes the Supreme Court made without foreseeing the consequences that the law would have.” The event began with a 30-minute lecture from Forsythe, followed by remarks from Schlueter and Grant, and concluded with a longer Q&A session with the audience. “A lot of pro-choice arguments lack up-to-date medical facts, and a lot of pro-life arguments become too emotional. You don’t often have the chance to see the legal perspective,” Trimels said. While the majority of the conversation centered on the legal debate, Grant framed his remarks from a primarily moral perspec-

tive. “People are really interested in Roe v. Wade but don’t tie it into the larger cultural movement toward sexual liberation, no-fault divorce, and the collapse of the family,” Grant said. “Most abortions are procured by unmarried women, who are also the No. 1 group in poverty in America.” Legal topics that came up during the event were such questions as what point a fetus becomes a human being, the circumstances under which Roe v. Wade was passed, and current pro-life legislation being proposed by Forsythe’s organization, Americans United For Life. “Part of the reason we are doing this is to show people diversity in the pro-life movement,” SFL Secretary and sophomore Mattie Vander Bleek said. “You have to fight fire with fire. The moral side is great, but it doesn’t make abortion illegal. Laws make it illegal. People say you can’t legislate morality, but laws inform the social conscience of a nation.” Vander Bleek had the opportunity to work for Americans United for Life as an intern last summer and became acquainted with Forsythe as a professional mentor. “Mr. Forsythe is a great writer and very helpful for anyone who wants to be involved in the prolife movement,” Vander Bleek said. “I’m glad he came, because we have a problem with apathy on campus and, after listening to his talk, students have an opportunity to be optimistic.”

Union pipe breaks again
Jordan Finney Collegian Reporter Water filled the Grewcock Student Union hallway and seeped out the south entrance just after midnight on Feb. 8. Chief Administrative Officer Richard Péwé said he was not informed of the incident by maintenance or security. “I honestly don’t know what happened, which is surprising. This is the first time I’ve been surprised by something like that,” Péwé said. “I would never be upset with them for not communicating, because I know it was just an oversight. They’re so efficient at taking care of things that they’re already on to something else.” A few weeks ago, the union had a flooding incident that originated in the same location. Both times, water began pouring from the ceiling of the vestibule, the small passageway between the interior part of the union and outside. “This has been the most unusual winter in terms of extreme conditions. The extreme cold was the reason that the sprinkler head burst a few weeks ago,” Péwé said. The same sprinkler head burst again on Feb. 8. “The first time there was no insulation above the ceiling, allowing air in from the canopy from Mossey to Grewcock,” Superintendent of Custodial Services Dave Billington said. “We thought this would take care of the problem. Unfortunately, with the amount of times the door is opening and with the extreme cold, I don’t think the unit heater could keep it warm enough.” Unlike the flooding a few weeks ago, this time, the water was a strange color. Student security workers were notified of the incident and promptly


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Career services will be spotlighting Hillsdale’s history program on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Gillespie Room in the Dow Leadership Center. Faculty will provide a brief overview of the program, followed by talks from at least four professionals, who will share how they found success after earning their history degrees from Hillsdale College. “We have scheduled alumni from careers in politics, business, non-profit, and ministry to talk to our students,” said Keith Miller, assistant director of career services. “There is a wide gamut of options for those with history degrees. You don’t just have to be a history teacher.” Assistant Professor of History Matthew Gaetano said that a history degree teaches writing and interpretational skills and makes people wiser. “Generally speaking, wise people do well in life,” he said. “It’s part of the broader liberal education. It’s part of being a good human being.” The purpose of this event is to reach out to students in the history program and show them the opportunities available to them after graduation. This is part of a four-part series put on by career services. The first two spotlighted English and sports studies, and plans for an economics night are underway. “These spotlights have been a great way to get to know faculty and coordinate efforts,” Miller said. “They’ve been really supportive of us, and it’s nice to be on the same page.” –Matt Melchior

The kick-off for the newly-founded Alexander Hamilton Society chapter will be President’s Day, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in Phillips Auditorium. Executive Director of the Alexander Hamilton Society Mitch Muncy will give a lecture titled “The Inhumanity of American Foreign Policy.” The society is a nationwide non-profit organization whose goal is to promote constructive debate on contemporary foreign policy and national security issues. The founder of the Hillsdale College chapter, sophomore Jordan Finney, said the society supplies a speaker to debate a professor from the college. In this first kick-off event, however, only Muncy will lecture. “He will give a preview to what all of our debates will look like,” she said. “His talk should be riveting. Dr. Grant’s going, and if Dr. Grant goes, it has to be a good foreign policy talk.” The Alexander Hamilton Society isn’t an official student organization yet. It is pending student affairs and Student Federation approval. Also, because of all the speakers the society has to bring in, it has to be vetted by external affairs. The event is, therefore, co-sponsored by the Dow Journalism Program. It will include, in addition to the lecture, a chance for students to ask Muncy questions and a place to sign up for emails, although membership is not required to attend the debates. –Abi Wood

The water pipe in the small passageway between the interior of the student union and the outside broke for the second time this semester. (Courtesy of Tony Van Dyke) cleared the building of all students. “We were just in the union and saw the water. It was a yellowish-brown color — who knows why?” freshman Jacob Thackston said. The water was discolored because it accumulated an orange rust element over time from sitting inside of the pipes, according to Billington. Meanwhile, the ceiling above the vestibule has been partially removed so that maintenance can ascertain exactly what happened. “I removed the sprinkler head from above the ceiling for now until we can have something better,” Billington said. “The damage this time, as far as I know, was only ceiling tile. It did not get to the basement like it did last time.” There’s no guarantee that the sprinkler head won’t burst again if temperatures continue to be far below freezing. “That door gets opened repeatedly and the severe cold could definitely cause something to malfunction or crack,” Péwé said. “Other than keeping the vestibule at an ungodly temperature, there’s nothing we can do. We’ve put in the number of sprinklers that we’re required to and, 99.99 percent of the time, the pipes are fine. But it only takes one little pipe.”

Young Americans for Freedom will host two small-town government officials to speak about education, tax policy, and local government on Feb. 18 in Dow Rooms A and B. Howell, Mich., Mayor Phillip Campbell and tax activist Lana Theis will talk about their experience in small-town politics. Thirty-three year-old Mayor Campbell, known as Mayor Phil, is also a private school teacher and father of four. He grew up in Howell and decided to run for mayor in 2011. He was also re-elected for a second term in 2013. His focus is on small businesses and advocating limited government. He has recently announced plans to run for the 47th District seat of the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014. Theis is a tax activist and is treasurer of Brighton, Mich. She is currently campaigning for Michigan State Representative in the 42nd District, under the motto, “Freedom, Family, Finance & Fundamentals, because good government costs less, giving us the freedom to do more.” YAF board member and sophomore Dominic Restuccia said the group is hosting the event in order to take a break from the academic side of local government and hear about the reality. Instead of simply learning about the concepts of limited and local government, small businesses, education, and tax reform, students can witness a real-life application of such ideas. “It is an opportunity to see a perspective on educational philosophy and local government philosophy from a real world viewpoint as opposed to an academic viewpoint,” he said. Restuccia also said Campbell’s visit shows that everyday people care about beliefs that are widelytaught at the college. “It is supposed to be a practical application of what we are learning at Hillsdale College,” Restuccia said. –Emma Vinton

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However, Bessmer said the process of training and preparing the new ambassadors won’t be a problem. “It’s kind of like shadowing a doctor,” Bessmer said. “They’ll just follow them around, and

sometimes the ambassadors will throw in a few helpful hints like, ‘This is why we should tell them this.’ It’s really a well-oiled machine.” Clark said the program operates best with 70 to 80 student ambassadors. While admissions had to release those who can’t commit to number check-in open. Someone made coffee in Curtiss Dining Hall, then transported it back to the main cafeteria. In fact, by the next day at lunchtime, the extension cords had recovered 40 percent of Saga’s usual power output. “There was no cold food or major meal changes throughout the incident,” Kirwan said. “I think it’s interesting that some people saw that A.J.’s was closed on Thursday and then assumed we weren’t serving hot food either. But no, we improvised, and we were open for business.” The workers were able to serve nearly everything that they normally would have but used different techniques. For example, the woks were fired up for sautéing since the steamers were out of commission. Some students placed a half sheet pan with cooking oil on the chargrill to serve up grilled cheese sandwiches. “The kids were great. I mean, our student workers are just fantastic and very helpful,” Kirwan said, “If nothing else, the whole write it like an editorial. I must say, I like writing anonymously. I find it quite liberating if your name isn’t on it. I can do it faster and easier whereas I might tense up a little if it’s my own. I like the freedom that anonymity brings. I like that about editorial writing. Did you meet Bush while on the campaign? Only just. No more than met him. I met him as a journalist later. I remember I left the White House once thinking, “That hour we had, I wish it could have been on television. I wish the whole world could see it. They’d be so surprised.” I don’t know why he wasn’t that loose, sharp, and articulate in public. I remember one time he gave this tour, he just went around the world speaking about various issues and situations. He was masterly! He was utterly commanding! Why he

the minimum number of hours, they’re still willing to work with students’ schedules. “We check in with student ambassadors from semester to semester,” Admissions Counselor Zack Miller said. “We really want to be able to work with them. We understand that they have a busy schedule.” experience opened their eyes to other cooking methods. It’s like we were going camping or something.” Prior to lunch on Friday, Morrison and Kirwan evaluated the available appliances and power before deciding to serve smoked fish. “We actually had a lot of people enjoy it, and we’re going to offer it more often,” Morrison said. “We were just trying an alternate cooking method, but it brought forth something new and different.” Meanwhile, maintenance workers shoveled their way through the snow to get to where they needed to work on the broken transformer. “Those guys are just supermen,” Kirwan said. Maintenance began working around 7 a.m. on Feb. 7 and finished installing a new transformer around 3 p.m. Since then, Saga has been operating under normal power conditions. “Necessity is the mother of all inventions — and so we invented,” Kirwin said. tended to freeze in his public comments, I don’t know. Very impressive man, really smart. I remember just thinking, you take away all the trappings: the Oval Office, the White House, the presidency, you take all those things away, put him in overalls, put him in a hardware store. He’s still impressive. It wasn’t just the trappings. He’s still very impressive. It’s hard to get elected president twice if you don’t have very much on the ball, even if you’re the son of a president. Lots of people are sons of presidents. See the full Q & A online at


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down, everything’s down,” Kirwan said. “Fortunately, we had lights, an exhaust system, and all the smoke detectors, because they’re on a different circuit. Otherwise, we would have had no choice but to move over to Curtiss.” With only 30 minutes before the dinner rush arrived, Morrison and Kirwan assessed how many electric outlets were working and created ways to cope with the power problems so that Saga could still offer hot pork loin. “It came down to analyzing your assets and capitalizing on what you have to work with,” Morrison said. “We thought that the menu would have to get adjusted, but we didn’t have to do that.” Saga workers placed nontoxic canned fuel at the base of food warmers to keep meals hot and strung a series of extension cords to keep the drink machines and the student identification

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So you were a speechwriter on the 2000 campaign for George W. Bush? What was that like? Very briefly, I took a six week leave of absence to work with his speech writing team in Austin from the middle of September to Election Day. The home stretch. But the election wasn’t really determined until mid-December. I can only speak from my own experience, which was brief, but you’re given points a candidate should make during a particular speech. And then you write a speech from the points. I liken it to editorial writing. You may be given marching orders, “Please make these points,” and then you

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simply The Collegian. It is true that the Index was first published some 11 months prior to the Herald’s inaugural issue. It is also true, however, that the Index did not begin as a newspaper, but instead as a quarterly publication that contained mostly student-written literary efforts. By the early 20th century, the Index had, it appears, evolved into a book more akin to our own prose and poetry publication, the Tower Light. Only in 1916 did the Index become a weekly newspaper. The Collegian’s masthead has claimed to be “Michigan’s Oldest College Newspaper” since Oct. 19, 1949. Because the boast claims our status as “newspaper,” as opposed to “publication,” we will leave it alone in the masthead, with a clean collective conscience, until proven otherwise. As the Index was not a newspaper for the first 40 years of its existence, it does not hold a claim to our title. We thank Ms. Schmitz for her interest in The Collegian’s history, and wish her the best of luck in her future journalism endeavors. Cordially, The Collegian editorial board

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I don’t care how ‘Hillsdalean’ you are
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a list titled “You might be in a Hillsdale Dorm if...” It contained about what you would expect from the realm of cheesy collegiate humor. Some of my favorite entries were: “You can’t move your room furniture because they forgot to measure the rooms when they bought it,” “You don’t have windows that face the outside world,” and “You forgot your keys and had to crawl into the room through your window, whose screen you have reErin Mundahl moved because you’ve done Student Columnist this before.” I’ve heard enough general lunchtime complaining to know exactly which dorms they are referring to. Either I had dealt with those sorts of problems or else a friend had. But then there was the entry about being fined for talking too loud on the hallway payphone and, just afterward, “you’ve tried to take the payphone cord into the bathroom for the sake of privacy.” I wasn’t on Facebook. I found this list in the 2000 Winona. This means that it predates Lane, Kendall, the Grewcock Student Union, Moss, Delp and the Biermann Athletic Center. Although some professorial faces were familiar, many weren’t. And yet, for all of the differences, there was an odd continuity to the pictures and jokes. There were mullets, yes, but there was also Praxis and the G.O.A.L Program and the Fairfield Society. In short, while it looked different, it was still recognizably Hillsdale. If I were to go so far as to use controversial language I would even say the students were “Hillsdalean.” I use the term with all possible caution since it seems to be one uniquely fraught with peril: to some, lofty praise, to others, the lowest of insults. Given the controversy, it is somewhat fitting that UrbanDictionary, my go-to-source for understanding modern argot, does not include a definition. I’m rather glad about this. It means that we can define it as we see fit. I’d like to step in to give my own interpretation of the term: If you are a student here and you participate in the educational project of the college, you are Hillsdalean. That’s it. You can be an Honors Student, College Baptist member history major, or lover of Eastern philosophy, physics and electronic music, but by signing up for this peculiar educational project, you become Hillsdalean. To put it another way, since you could have gone anywhere and chose to come here, it means that you wanted to do so. I think that my friends in behavioral economics call this revealed preference. By making a choice, you show that you prefer your selection to any of the other available options. Many students proudly embrace this label, finding in it a sense of security and validation of their beliefs. At the same time, many more don’t and can frequently be found in offcampus houses ridiculing the school they pay thousands to attend. The question itself is petulant, like teenagers claiming that they don’t want to be part of the family anymore. Sociologists say that groups commonly define themselves through comparison with what they aren’t. Which means that the “I’m not Hillsdalean” refrain is nothing particularly unique to students here. They generally use it to distance themselves from other students they view as uptight or “fundies.” Perhaps this translates to homeschoolers or swing dancers or anyone who speaks Greek and can quote Monty Python at the drop of a hat. At the same time, many students who embrace the Hillsdalean term do so in order to exclude others who think differently. Both attitudes are dangerous. To have an interesting intellectual environment takes more than an echo chamber. In attempting to segregate certain segments of the campus population, we work against that and create artificial divisions. Let’s be honest. Many of us aren’t firmly in one camp or the other. Why should that even be an issue? Rather than seeking to divide the campus into athletes, Greeks, thespians, hipsters, and orchestra students, let’s focus on making Hillsdale ours. Like the students who studied here 14 years ago, we are here for a particular educational project. This project and the discussion of the ideas it contains shape the college. Hillsdale is what we make it.
This is a confession: I want to be an NPR liberal. I want to embrace a kind of political world thinking about humans not in that distanced way of wonkery and polls and elections but with the humanist concern for individuals, for stories about people crying or laughing, for art. I think it was Solzhenitsyn first. From a long-bearded man in a Russian prison system to the foothills of Central California I was taught a lesson: Never place politics over human hopes and human pains; never replace humanity with ideology; never set politics at the core of your world. This is a confession: I let the political take over my world; I was an ideologist; I made humanity second to candidacies and party platforms; I was a politico committed to the sins of the fascists, the communists and poll-driven politicians. The summer before I moved to Hillsdale I read a lot of Jonah Goldberg — before we knew he was the poster child for

Finding bliss in acknowledging my faults
head shook as he urged me out of what I couldn’t recognize as a bad situation. I made eye contact with him and, with all the asinine self-assurance in the world, I ignored him. It was the first of a legion of bad decisions I would make that fall. I’m a senior now, and one of those guys everybody knows. But I don’t fit in perfectly anywhere. I tried to find an identity in a lot of areas, yet have somehow fallen short in all of them. I’m exceptionally unexceptional as an English major — I don’t spend quality time with all of the professors in their offices, and I’ve never submitted brilliant contributions to the scholarship on Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, or Faulkner. My freshman visions of academic perfection have never been realized. I dabbled in the music department, but never made big band, and couldn’t wrap my too-small hands around the double-bass quickly enough to make the teacher’s pet combo in the jazz department. I know every word to all the Irish songs we sing at the Donnybrook, but I’m not Catholic. I was a Delt, but I deactivated. My campus identity is fragmented. I attribute this in large part to the fact that while other freshmen adjusted to the pace and requirements of college life, I spent my freshman year screwing around. I showed up on campus as an eager, arrogant kid with a big scholarship and an even bigger ego. I immediately began a fullscale hunt for as much trouble as I could find — I found plenty. I went down in a blaze of glory, pulling in a 2.4 my first semester and a 1.7 my second. They ought to have thrown me out on my ear — I have the warning letters to prove it. But instead, the college handed me something I didn’t deserve: grace. Although I’m not sure how, this college saw potential through my conceit. And so they let me stay. At the end of my freshman year, I found myself small and bruised, and in debt to the college’s belief in my “potential.” I had failed utterly in every area of personal self-establishment. I was a fraud — not a real thinker, reader, writer, musician, or even a good friend. My self-centeredness had made me blind to all of those things, and I had tossed them aside in pursuit of my own image. Looking back, I think this moment marked the beginning of the most crucial part of my education: despite these harsh realities, I hadn’t lost myself. I had simply begun to lose my fabricated self-image. But I was still at Hillsdale, still taking English classes, still playing music and still singing around a bonfire behind the Donnybrook. I was still Ian. The truth of my identity rested somewhere besides my success. Allowing my pride in my accomplishments to die was the first and most important step to realizing that the accomplishments themselves were not what made me worthwhile, gave me security, gave me a place. Relationships did that. And those weren’t dependent on my performance. My friends didn’t care what my GPA was. As I retreated into summer work, I yearned to go back to school in spite of my failure. My people were there, and, alongside them, an intoxicating reality to which I had been awakened. I saw myself, clearly, in need of repair and education. The pressure was off. I had failed, and so I was no longer afraid of failing. The terror of coming up short had been realized, and I had survived. God and everyone else still loved me. It was surreal, and somewhat painful, to realize that all my worrying had bought me nothing. But ever so gently, the instinct to perform to prove my worth began to peel away. I began thinking, reading, writing, singing, and loving because I wanted to, not to preserve my value as a person. I began to realize that I didn’t have to be perfect to be worthwhile. I began to be free. And I felt, for the first time, bliss in acknowledging my faults.

Ian Andrews Student Columnist
I debated in high school, and I was both incredibly annoying and blissfully unaware of that fact. The first tournament friend I made was skinny and loud, wore a suit that failed to cover both his wristwatch and his ankles, and didn’t care how annoying I was. I liked him instantly. To our joy, we found that we had both been accepted to Hillsdale. We vowed to meet up when we arrived, and did so on my first Friday night of college. I walked into a deafening house party and heard one voice, carrying over the din. “Ian, go home! You don’t want to be here!” Sticking out of the top of the crowd, my friend’s tousled

both parties wanted as their nominee, was a special case, given that whole invading-Europe-anddefeating-Hitler thing. But Richard Nixon had been Ike’s vice president in 1960, and in 1968 Republicans believed he had been the victim of John F. Kennedy’s stolen election, so they nominated him again. Gerald Ford was Nixon’s VP and the sitting president in 1976. Still, Ronald Reagan almost beat him in the primaries, so the next time around the Gipper got a shot. In 1988, Reagan’s VP, George H.W. Bush, had his turn. Bob Dole (Ford’s running mate in ‘76) had almost beaten Bush in ‘88, so he got the nod in ‘96. George W. Bush was nominated in 2000, in part because the rank and file felt nostalgic for his dad during the sordid Clinton years. In 2008, John McCain cashed in his runner-up coupon for the nomination. And in 2012, Mitt Romney did likewise. Meanwhile, Democrats tend to favor outsiders: George McGovern in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976, Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 and Barack Obama in 2008. Two of the three exceptions were former or sitting vice presidents -- Walter Mondale in 1984 and Al Gore in 2000 -- who used their positions to consolidate power. The third was John Kerry, who won the nomination because of a combination of the mistaken belief that he was the Democrats’ best shot at beating Bush -- whom Democrats hated more than they loved outsiders -- and Howard Dean’s sudden implosion. (Exit polls showed primary voters didn’t like Kerry so much as think he was the most electable.) On the Democratic side for 2016, the two top-tier candidates are both next-in-liners, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden (stop laughing). Clinton is the indisputable front-runner: She’s more popular; she was the runner-up in 2008; she’s the dashboard saint of elite feminist groups; and she and her husband have been working the party machinery nonstop while Biden has been, if you believe The Onion, waxing his vintage Trans Am in the White House driveway. The contrast between the two parties is amazing. To say that the GOP base has soured on this next-in-line thing is an understatement on par with “Dennis Rodman wouldn’t make an ideal baby sitter.” Talk to a conservative audience about the “next-in-line” habit and you’ll likely hear the sorts of boos and hisses you’d expect at a sports bar when you change the channel to a C-SPAN hearing on rural electrification. Republicans want an outsider, which is why the senators aiming for the nomination -- Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio -- spend much of their time denouncing the city they work in. The governors -- Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Mike Huckabee, formerly of Arkansas -- have it easier, but they certainly never miss an opportunity to express their disappointment in Washington. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate in 2012, is the one candidate who could claim next-in-line status without setting off a riot, but he’s unlikely to run. Jeb Bush is beloved by the party establishment, but nothing short of a legal name change would appease the Tea Party. Meanwhile, it’s not clear what the Democrats actually want. They certainly expect Clinton to be the nominee. But should they? She’s easily one of the most overrated political talents of the last quarter-century. Both McCain and Romney were hobbled by the fact that they couldn’t distance themselves from an unpopular GOP president. Having served as Obama’s secretary of state (never mind being the “grandmother” of Obamacare), Clinton would probably have a similar burden. Perhaps the possibility of a female president will substitute for the thrill of nominating an actual outsider. But given where the country is -- and likely will be in 2016 -- I’d put my money on the real thing.

Jonah Goldberg Syndicated Columnist
Of course it’s too early to talk about 2016. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way ... The most interesting dynamic about the presidential race so far is that the Democrats are behaving like Republicans -- and vice versa. Since 1940, with the arguable exception of Barry Goldwater, Republicans have nominated the guy next in line. Thomas Dewey almost beat Wendell Willkie for the nomination in 1940, so in 1944 -- and 1948 -- it was his turn. Dwight Eisenhower, whom

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neo-conservatism — and a bit of Russell Kirk. There was a growing dissonance in my soul, a growing rift between the conservatism I wanted to believe and the conservatism I was practicing. There was an increasing conflict between the politics I was learning and the politics that could harmonize with philosophy, art, culture, and humanity itself. I was Jacob wrestling in the desert night. And yet, the angel who refused me his name kept saying, you cannot lose art, philosophy must be more than political philosophy, you cannot fit every story to the frame of a party platform, you cannot take every thought captive for your candidate. I’m a repentant politico, a recovering wonk, and a humbled man confessing I once believed politics could save us. This is a confession, and I pray that my penance be accepted. Daniel Silliman, Jan. 22, 2004

The Uses of a Liberal Arts Education

by Forester McClatchtey

How Hillsdale can boost applications
Emily Schutz Special to the Collegian
As the plane engine began to whir, I laid my 700-page copy of “The Brothers Karamazov” on my lap and pressed my fingertips into the deep creases that always form on my forehead when I try to make sense of existential philosophy. The large, moon-faced man in the seat beside me took my action as a signal that I now wanted to engage in superfluous conversation. I didn’t. But in spite of my hesitance, this fellow passenger managed to find out where I came from, why I was flying, and that I study at Hillsdale College. He spent the rest of the flight lecturing me on Hillsdale’s critical role in the preservation of American conservatism. Staring blankly at the movement of his lips, I pondered such matters as whether or not my English professor would want me to remember the name “Skotoprigonyevsk” for the impending exam. My new friend lauded the college’s commitment to the Constitution and I smiled quietly in reply. After all, “Sko-to-pri-gon-yevsk” is fun to say. I used to be surprised when I encountered people in my travels who had heard of Hillsdale College. These days, I find myself surprised if they have not, especially if they are over the age of 65. If only I could recall just how many times I have been introduced to people who assume that my Hillsdale education means that I am about to take Capitol Hill by storm and fix all of the problems with the American government. When these people find out I am only a humble English major, they usually raise their eyebrows in confusion and with just a hint of distaste. When did Hillsdale add majors that don’t belong to the politics department? Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration. Still, the college hasn’t done much to discourage people from making these assumptions about its curriculum. The first thing that draws a viewer’s attention on the home-page of the Hillsdale website is a large image which oscillates between a typical campus landscape and a snapshot of economics professor Gary Wolfram. Beneath this photo is an ad for his online class, “Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics.” If you click on this picture, you are taken to a page with a byline that reads, “If you’ve ever wanted to know just how the free market will save America’s economy, you NEED Hillsdale’s Economics 101 right away.” It’s no wonder that the public thinks the college does nothing but teach students how to save America. And while the college has offered online courses tied to Western and American Heritage, and intends to release an online course on literature in the spring, no mention is made of these on the site. If Hillsdale College wants to grow in the consciousness of highschool seniors, it will have to be more honest about the interests of its student body. Admissions should monitor the website to make sure that potentially interested applicants see an intellectually well-rounded school. We the people outside of the politics department deserve a voice. There are 37 other concentrations of study, including biology, mathematics, and music. By turning the spotlight on the other unique and accomplished talent that Hillsdale offers, the college could better attract students like me, dragged to campus for a college visit only because of more politically-minded parents. I didn’t learn about the diversity of academic talent at the school until I physically set foot on Hillsdale property. In order to merit the attention of those who have not yet considered visiting campus, the college must foster its reputation in other niches of the intellectual and artistic community. For example, while 2.7 million people currently subscribe to “Imprimis,” Hillsdale’s publication primarily dedicated to political conversation, the college only printed 700 copies of “The Tower Light,” its literary publication, in the fall of 2013. With some dedication and financial support, however, “The Tower Light” would become a wonderful tool for increasing awareness of Hillsdale College’s gifted literary students and faculty. Admissions could mail copies to prospectives or help the publication develop a readily available, online presence. And there is no reason why the biology or chemistry departments could not also publish their students’ research in a similar way. High school students interested in pursuing a degree in science should be able to see the high-quality work of Hillsdale seniors without having to walk into Strosacker. Keeping these things in mind, Hillsdale College could attract serious students with a passion for a variety of disciplines and strengthen its overall public reputation as well. Until then, I can only dream of a day when I can hand in my resume without having to discuss my understanding of Thomas Jefferson’s views on the limitation of federal power.

When your government doesn’t care
Jacob Barrett Special to the Collegian
The recent controversy surrounding the IRS and its unjust treatment of many nonprofit organizations demonstrates once again that those in government care more for power and regulation than solving the plight of the least-advantaged. I am not talking about the IRS targeting conservative groups for special review and denying applications for tax-exempt status. While the political corruption implicit in these accusations is a serious matter, it is only the tip of the iceberg. More importantly the inept system frustrates the positive work of private organizations that provide for the disadvantaged and reveals deeply imbedded problems in the regulatory apparatus. Take the important work of JEMfriends, a nascent nonprofit in Boise, Idaho. JEMfriends supports young adults as they leave the state foster care system and take their first steps into the adult world. In the small state of Idaho, about 200 young adults leave foster care every year, not to mention those leaving various children’s homes. When these adolescents turn 18, state support is cut completely. Without family or community support, most never finish high school and end up homeless. Virtually none graduate college. Many become criminals. JEMfriends fills the gaps in these young people’s lives, providing community, housing, education, transportation, and job opportunities. JEMfriends is the only local organization, government or private, doing this specific and indispensable work, yet the government, which should be encouraging and supporting this work, has instead uselessly hindered it. In 2011, JEMfriends found itself among 275,000 organizations with their non-profit status revoked. The revocations, following the Pension Protection Act of 2006, had a legitimate purpose: to pare down the rolls of organizations in the IRS system, which has become clogged with many inactive nonprofits. The IRS wrongfully revoked the tax-exempt status of many organizations due to systemic misinformation, revealing the ugly deficiencies of the extensive bureaucracy. JEMfriends did not receive its nonprofit status until 2009, three years after the Pension Protection Act had changed the rules to avoid automatic revocation. Yet the IRS failed to make this information available. The extensive tentacles of bureaucracy had slowed the implementation so that the IRS had not updated its systems and information to match the new regulations within three years. If the systemic inefficiencies of the bureaucracy were not enough, their effects are even worse, damaging the lives of the already-deprived. While JEMfriends spent the next three years publicizing the need, laying the foundation, and finding potential donors, the IRS prepared to pull out the rug. And in 2011, just as JEMfriends readied for full-time operation, IRS revocation placed its future in doubt and put many foster care children back on the path to homelessness and hopelessness. Liberals happily point out the failure of private charity but refuse to take responsibility for a government that too often impairs the performance of private charity. The foolish regulations result in further pressure on unprepared and feeble social service programs, while organizations, like JEMfriends, with a true heart for the well-being of these young people are pushed to the back of the line of those attempting to reinstate their tax exemptions. JEMfriends has now spent nearly 18 months attempting the IRS reinstatement process while encountering more false and misleading information. Without the resources to bring legal suit against the IRS, JEMfriends can be kept in an endless flying pattern. But when an organization must sue its own government just to be able to efficiently provide for disadvantaged youth, we must all recognize there is a something dreadfully wrong. While the deeper issues are obviously systemic and require extensive change, solutions are not impossible. President Obama recently stated that this year he will make extensive use of the executive power to get the government back to working for the people. His rhetoric recalls the times he has also spoken of the need for more education and better opportunities for the disadvantaged. If President Obama is serious in his talk, I suggest he make legitimate use of his executive authority and direct the executive agency of the IRS to reinstate and stop harassing the work of organizations like JEMfriends. Allow those who actually care about the disadvantaged to get back to caring for them.

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Obama doesn’t understand human nature
Paige Perkins Special to the Collegian
Americans of previous generations prided themselves on their work ethic, ingenuity and self-determination. Today, that has been replaced with Dr. Spock’s follow your own bliss mantra. President Obama and his party can’t bring this nation back to greatness because they don’t understand human nature and they don’t understand how this nation rose to greatness. The idea that succeeding in America and working hard are somehow disconnected is proof of that fact. The problem with following a dream is that someone has to fund it. Increasingly, many Americans want to do what is pleasant rather than what is profitable and often difficult. This would be perfectly fine if they did not expect others to pay for their bliss. There is something to be said for pursuing a thing for its own sake, but the sane individual understands that those pursuits need to come with a paycheck, profits, donations, or investments in order to sustain them. The Obama administration’s dream is that individuals no longer need to appeal to their communities when they require support. Far away in the Federal City, there is a wizard who has devised a cunning scheme. He knows his followers’ bliss must be funded and he places that burden on those he has disdained all of his life: the wealthy. This idea is in no way sustainable, nor does it bring any benefit to the poor. It ensures that their communities will remain poor because none are willing to stand up and declare, “I can build this.” What sorts of dreams are derived from individuals who lack creative thought and initiative? Worse than the economic horror and constitutional violations, Carney’s description of the ACA strikes at the heart of American ingenuity. There are many Americans who are very hardworking and still poor. There are reasons for this. Broken homes, poor ethics, lack of industry, and lack of community are often at the heart of the chronically impoverished neighborhood. And Obama’s policies have only increased these problems. When challenged about his support of marriage and family on the Bill O’Reilly Show this past Super Bowl Sunday, Obama assured O’Reilly and

Last week, White House press secretary, Jay Carney praised the benefits of the Affordable Care Act saying, “As a part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” Carney has taken the conversation beyond helping the less fortunate to get by and painted a picture where selfish bliss is the measure for the value of life. Happiness does not come from earning or building something, but from doing what you feel.

America that he had spoken about these issues in at least ten speeches. I am curious if you remember them, because I can’t. The president then went on to focus on encouraging Americans to spend time with their children and pay child support. No mention of marriage or families was included. It is completely understandable that the president’s policies are not about growing wealth even in those he purports to help. If that were the case, his policies would promote family and a stronger work ethic, since this is how one obtains wealth. Still, what can America expect from a man whose first real job was president of the United States?

Dear Editor, My weekends are usually spent with my closest friends. When we’re free of homework, we make our way down to Broad Street where we gossip and joke over refreshing beers. And then we go to Here’s to You Pub & Grub. In his recent article, “Broad Street Market: uniting the campus and the community,” Robert Ramsey made several valid points. A glaring separation exists between students and the community, and no one can deny that Broad Street’s recent additions have started to reduce that divide between the school and Hillsdale residents. But to disregard Pub & Grub as a bar for “the lower elements of society” displays not only the author’s lack of decorum, but also his unwillingness to enjoy good beer with good people. Pub and Grub is not quaint or charming, nor should it be. I have never been to an Irish pub that was. But with eleven beers on tap (including microbrews) and a large variety of liquor, Pub and Grub always serves something that will quench my thirst. And the grub exceeds expectations, both in taste and price. If you like music, Pub & Grub is the perfect venue and showcases several bands throughout the year. Best of all, I can drink a pint of Angry Orchard while playing a game of billiards upstairs. The people you will meet at Pub & Grub are anything but the scourge of Hillsdale. They are hardworking individuals who simply want a break from life. Some interesting characters certainly come through the doors, but they deserve a moment away from the real world just like anyone else. Pub & Grub goes out of its way to accommodate people from all walks of life. If that scares you, then don’t grace us with your presence. I love Broad Street. My bank account can attest to that. But I always end my night at Pub & Grub. Maybe it’s not as glamorous as other bars in Hillsdale, but maybe that’s why so many people like it. So here’s to you, Pub & Grub, and save a seat at the bar for me this weekend. - Jake Adkins, senior To the Editor: Last week’s “We can save Washington” by Evan Carter was inspiringly written and passionately argued, but failed to examine why students are so disillusioned with politics. Carter complains that Hillsdale students have no hope of saving Washington. I disagree. I, for one, am disillusioned with politics because of the rampant corruption and ignorance. To fix this problem we need to change the hearts of the people, not run for Congress and go to war over legislation. The reason we have bad politicians is because the American people voted them into office. If we want to elect conservatives, we need to change the American perception of conservatives. The best thing to do is to continue living justly and morally, not go charging headlong into the fires raging over the Hill. All we need to do is live our moral values throughout our ordinary lives, apologizing when we mess up, and always striving to do better. Then Republicans and Democrats alike will look at us and say, “I respect them. I want to be like them.” Then we will save Washington. - Kate Patrick, freshman

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Humans of Hillsdale: here’s to you, Kevin
Alex Anderson Web Editor Off the beaten paths of Howell and North Broad Street sits a place where $1, 10-ounce frosty drafts are not a special, but a standard. As customers head to this “irish style” pub, quite often they are greeted by a nickname and a cold brew. It is easy to tell that customers feel welcomed. Here’s to you Pub & Grub staff’s use of nicknames captures the comradery of a clientele that spans throughout all facets of the Hillsdale community. “Here we all have a good ol’ time,” co-owner Kevin Conant said. “Customers feel welcomed. I encourage my staff to learn everybody’s name. It usually takes me three times.” The variety of food, beer, and music finds itself at one location. They pride themselves on the simple, yet essential, aspects of life, pub and grub. Seventeen taps line the wall. A selection that offers domestic, craft and micro brews. “Grub” includes classic menu items as well as an unconventional peanut butter “goober burger.” Demand for this burger requires more than five pounds of peanut butter a week. Despite the logistical elements of this pub, the owner’s connection with his clientele is what makes the bar unique. Conant spent the past 16 years working in the bar indus-

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“We are friendly to everybody. We try to make everybody feel like this is where they can come to let loose, or just have a beer.”

New school board member elected to replace Parke Hayes
Taylor Knopf City News Editor

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try. What started as a side job to pay for school eventually became his passion. After years of working in Detroit, Kevin returned to Hillsdale with hopes of sharing his knowledge of beer and food with the community. “When I lived in downtown Detroit, you can go to three or four different styles of music in one night, from bar to bar. I Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge). As reports on the dangers of spice spread in the late 2000s, state and federal agencies began looking for a solution. In November 2011, the Drug Enforcement Agency temporarily placed five synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, permanently placing the 26 cannabinoids into Schedule I. By doing so, the Obama administration unwittingly created an almost infinite loophole for manufacturers. “Rogue chemists would change a few molecules and le-

liked that,” Conant said. “So when we opened this place I really wanted to bring that to Hillsdale.” In late May of 2010, Kevin and his wife, Jessica, partnered with Tim Hergert to open Here’s to you Pub & Grub. “This is a community place. This is where the community is able to come and have a good time,” Conant said. gally be able to sell a new substance,” Jones said. That built-in Achilles’ heel inspired more than 43 state bans across the country. Michigan legislators briefly prohibited seven substances commonly found in synthetic marijuana from October to December of 2010, calling for a maximum of one year in jail for possession. But in December, those same lawmakers passed a new drug sentencing bill, signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, that unintentionally stripped all criminal penalties. Lawmakers were so thoroughly absorbed in a lameduck session they failed to recognize the oversight. “At the very end of her time

At one time, Hillsdale had numerous public establishments such as The Hub, Tin’s, and Club Lido. Over time, these establishments have faded away. Pub & Grub offers a venue for Conant to share his extensive knowledge and passion for food, beer, and live music with the Hillsdale community. in office as a governor, Granholm mistakenly signed another law that invertedly legalized synthetic marijuana,” Jones said. “We had to go back in and ban the K2 and all of its other nicknames.” Current Gov. Rick Snyder signed a legislative bundle reclassifying spice as a Schedule 1 drug, solving the prior legislative blunder and federal loophole on June 19, 2012. Jones sponsored one of the key bills that allows the Department of Community Health and Michigan Board of Pharmacy to temporarily designate a drug as a controlled substance.

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yond those of marijuana. “It has a devastating effect,”Brady said. “I’m surprised that people in Hillsdale haven’t done something violent to others or themselves yet.” Because the drug was first sold legally at gas stations, head shops, and convenience stores, many think of it as a safe or legal high. “They sell around the universities mainly to college students who think it’s just a legal version of marijuana,” said Sen.

The Hillsdale County Intermediate School Board voted sole applicant Laurie Brendes to the board Feb. 6 to fill the vacancy left by Parke Hayes. Brendes is on the Hillsdale Community Schools board also and has served there for 16 years. She believes that her knowledge and skill from that experience will be useful to the county board. “I’m hoping that we can make sure that every child in the county gets a quality education,” Brendes said. “With limited budgets and resources we all have to work together to make sure that happens.” Brendes said she feels confident about her new role and thinks Hayes would be happy about it too. She knew Hayes well and greatly admired his work as president of HCISD. “His service to many organizations, especially to ISD, was amazing,” Brendes said. “There will never be another Parke. The joy he spread by his presence was amazing.” HCISD Superintendent Michael Potts said Brendes is highly qualified for the job after serving on the Hillsdale Community Schools board. However, he said there is no way to replace Hayes. “I don’t know if you could ever replace Parke,” Potts said. “He could do the work of three or four people. But we will carry on and do the best we can in his memory.” Michelle Masta, the board’s former vice president, was elected president in January upon Hayes’ passing. “I am very honored and humbled to accept the new position of the HCISD board president,” Masta said in a Wednesday press release. “I am also very saddened under the circumstances regarding the presidential position opening. Parke Hayes was my respected friend and mentor for many years. He will be terribly missed. Parke’s dedication and love for our community, especially the HCISD, are well known and were deeply appreciated. I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill.” Potts said Masta is qualified for the position and officiated many board meetings during Hayes’ struggle with health issues. As president, Masta said she will focus on providing the funding for the highest quality teachers and technological assistance possible. “Our children are the future that will ensure that our nation remains strong as a democracy,” Masta said. “We must provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.”

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With snow drifts rapidly growing on the streets of Hillsdale, city police officers are handing out tickets to parking ban violators. Recently, many Hillsdale College students have found tickets on their cars for parking in the streets while city snowplows attempt to clear them after snowfall. The city police department wasn’t able to provide a specific number of how many tickets have been issued to students, but the number is higher than in previous years. Section 32-171 of Hillsdale’s code of ordinances states, “It is unlawful to park, leave unattended or fail to remove any motor vehicle or trailer on any public street, highway, parking lot or alleyway or cause to remain parked after a snowfall and/or drifting snow of 4 inches or more, prior to the removal by city plowing of said street.” The unfortunate penalty for vehicle owners who violate this injunction is a ticket and potentially getting towed. Police officers mark cars which need to be moved with a yellow ticket, but if it is not moved within 24 hours, it will be towed. As a result of the abnormal amount of snow this winter, police are forced to enforce this ordinance on a more often than in drier winters, which explains why more tickets are being issued this year. -Katharine Torres

Jonesville’s city status awaits state approval
Monica Brandt Collegian Reporter The village of Jonesville submitted its application to become a city to the state of Michigan in the fall of 2013. If Jonesville’s request is approved, it will be responsible for running elections, obtaining an assessor, and running the cemetery. Jonesville is currently part of the Fayette township, so residents pay taxes to both the village of Jonesville and Fayette township. Elections, property assessment, and the cemetery are organized through Fayette. “There are two advantages,” charter commission chairman David Steel said, “One is that it streamlines government.” Jonesville is already a fullservice municipality, meaning it provides its residents with police, fire, streets, water, parks, and other services. Becoming a city would allow the residents rely solely Jonesville for all their needs. “There’s also a tax savings,” Steel said. “Residents would no longer be obligated to pay the township a tax.” While Jonesville would retain the 1 percent administrative tax residents currently pay to Fayette, the property taxes would be reduced — saving residents and businesses approximately $52,444 annually. “We feel that those are important enough facts that we should move forward,” Village Council President Robert Snow said. Snow said initially there will be extra costs from purchasing voting machines and paying an assessor, but the benefits outweigh the costs. Jonesville’s journey to become a city began when its council approved the plan in February 2011. From there, a commission was formed to write the charter. Jonesville met the minimum 5 percent of voters in the village who signed the petition in favor of incorporation. Afterwards, the charter was sent to the governor’s office for approval in October 2013, village manager Jeff Gray said. Now the village is waiting for the proposed charter to be reviewed and sent back to them. After making any requested changes by the attorney general, the charter will go to the Jonesville people for a vote to pass the charter and elect new city council members. “Based on where we are at right now, it wouldn’t happen until August or November,” Gray said. Snow said residents have generally been supportive of the charter, and that nobody has voiced their feelings against it during meetings. “The feedback we generally hear is that people like the way the village operates now,” Gray said. He said the charter allows for Jonesville to maintain its current operations as closely as possible. Steel said the only negative response has been from Fayette township officials because Fayette would be losing revenue. The topic of becoming a city has been discussed for years, Steel said. Snow said there was a recommendation when he was village manager in 1996 to pursue incorporation, but the topic was not discussed again until 2011. “This time the recommendation was to move forward with becoming a city,” Snow said. Jonesville is named for its founder, Benaiah Jones, who chose to settle in the area in 1828 because of the intersection of St. Joseph River and Chicago Road. Jones served in the Civil War at the age of 71, and died and was buried in the South. The Fayette township was established in 1829. The Jonesville post office and tavern were the beginnings of Fayette. As the oldest town in Hillsdale County, Jonesville held the county seat until 1843. The city of Hillsdale eventually became the county seat because the railroad from Adrian ended in Hillsdale. Two historic buildings still stand in Jonesville: Grace Episcopal Church, the second church in Jonesville, and the Grosvenor House Museum, which was the home of Ebenezer Grosvenor. He established the first bank in the village and went on to become lieutenant governor and state treasurer. The village currently has around 2,400 residents. In comparison, one-third of Michigan’s cities have fewer than 3,000 residents, which means Jonesville would not be an unusually small city, should its charter be approved.

Esli K. Crocker was born in 1859 on a farm in North Reading. He learned how to train horses from his father, but he soon surpassed his old man in years. By the mid-1880s, he was known as Professor E.K. Crocker and had taken his “educated horses, ponies and mules” on the road. His first show was conducted in Hillsdale, Mich. with a troupe of 12 horses. Acts included the horses’ telling colors apart, pretending to be schoolchildren, and even holding a mock-trial “that brought down the house.” On May 25, 1887, The Pittsburg Dispatch described his show as “an electric success.” “There are 15 horses and three ponies,” the article read. “Any one of which has more sense than some men.” The show was so popular in the United States and Canada that it travelled Europe for 17 years. By that point, the troupe had expanded to 30 horses and performed in opera houses and high-end theaters. Audience members even included the thenPrince of Wales, Edward, son of Queen Victoria. All information from the Hillsdale Historical Society and Clarke Historical Library. -Compiled by Tory Cooney

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Megan Fogt earns 5th South Division award this season
Monica Brandt Collegian Reporter trying to shut her out, Fogt was able to get 24 points and 23 rebounds. “The guards do a great job,” Farrell said. “Trying to get the ball in to Megan puts pressure on the guards to help her and still get numbers for themselves.” Hillsdale had only nine turnovers and 11 fouls as a team, a season low. This game was the fifth game in nine days, including their four overtime game a week earlier. “We knew going in it was going to be rough and that by the end of it we were going to be exhausted,” junior Kadie Lowery said in an email, “but instead of letting that get inside of our heads I think we let it fuel us.” Hillsdale went 4-1 over the last two weeks, which only a few other teams in the league were able to match, and none were able to beat. “It says something about their character and performance,” Mock said. Hillsdale’s only loss was on Thursday, Feb. 6, against Tiffin University, 76-73. “We started off extremely well,” Mock said. “But at the end of the first and second half, we kind of looked like we lost our edge.” Hillsdale had 26 fouls and 14 turnovers. “We sent them to the free throw line quite a bit and gave them a lot of free points,” Lowery said. Hillsdale did not fall behind Tiffin until the last two minutes of the game, thanks to some big scorers. Fogt had 21 points, sophomore Madison Berry had 17, and Lowery had 15. “I was worried about this game from a physical standpoint,” Mock said, because it was Hillsdale’s fourth game in seven days. “I felt like it was going to be the one where we could show some fatigue, but from the way we played, I don’t think that was the case.” To recover from an exhausting week, the coaches did not hold Monday practice. Hillsdale will play Lake Erie College on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Ashland University on Saturday. Farrell said Hillsdale, cur-

Women’s basketball avenges ODU loss

Men’s Basketball Hillsdale College: 87 Ohio Dominican: 56 Hillsdale College: 70 Tiffin: 75 Season Leaders: Total Points: Tim Dezelski (480) Kyle Cooper (244) Brandon Pritzl (213) 3-Pointers: Anthony Manno (45) Dezelski (37) Pritzl (34) Offensive Rebounds: Dezelski (59) Cooper (30) Tony Nelson (20) Defensive Rebounds: Dezelski (133) Pritzl (93) Cooper (78) Assists: Dezelski (85) Pritzl (73) Zach Miller (43) Free Throws: Dezelski (83) Pritzl (61) Cooper (41) Blocks: Dezelski (30) Cooper (22) Nelson (7) Women’s Basketball Hillsdale College: 81 Ohio Dominican: 66 Hillsdale College: 73 Tiffin: 76 Season Leaders: Total Points: Megan Fogt (423) Madison Berry (192) Angela Bisaro (145) 3-Pointers: Kelsey Cromer (24) Kadie Lowery (23) Offensive Rebounds: Fogt (106) Bisaro (39) Sarah Theut (17) Defensive Rebounds: Fogt (232) Bisaro (63) Ashlyn Landherr (43) Assists: Landherr (60) Bisaro (56) Berry (44) Free Throws: Fogt (113) Berry (65) Landherr (46) Blocks: Fogt (57) Bisaro (27) Alex Moynes (6)

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After three away games, the Hillsdale College women’s basketball team came home and defeated Ohio Dominican University 81-66. In January, Hillsdale suffered a tough loss to the Ohio Dominican Panthers. On Saturday, however, the Chargers played a solid game from start to finish. “The defense took out two of their players who hurt us the first time,” assistant coach Jon Mock said. No player on Ohio Dominican scored double digits. Junior Chelsea Farrell said teams usually try to shut down junior Megan Fogt, who earned her 5th GLIAC “South Player of the Week” award this week. “We did a good job of picking up the slack,” Farrell said. Farrell noted that sophomore Ashlynn Landherr stepped up with 21 points. Even with Ohio Dominican

Megan Fogt ’15 rently in third place in the South Division, has a chance to be highly ranked this year. “It’s very important that we just focus on the one game ahead of us,” Mock said.

regulation, and the only tie came when Tiffin’s Kelvin Toma sank a runner at the buzzer to force overtime. “They tried to speed us up a little bit, and we let it affect us,” McCauley added. “We The Hillsdale College men’s basketball just weren’t able to make a couple plays team started off its week in disappointing there at the end.” fashion. But they couldn’t have ended the With the loss, the Chargers face a tough week any better. After a tough 75-70 loss in predicament. In order to have a realistic overtime on the road against Tiffin Univerchance of winning the GLIAC, sity, the Chargers bounced back they must win all of their remainat home against Ohio Dominican ing five games, beginning tonight University, routing the Panthers on the road at Lake Erie. 87-56. “Our backs are against the “We played with a lot of enerwall,” Dezelski said. “Every gy,” assistant coach Brian McCaugame we’ve got to win, so we’re ley said about the Chargers’ win just coming out with a fighting over Ohio Dominican University. attitude, and lots of intensity on “I was impressed by the way we both ends of the floor.” played on both ends of the floor.” Following the game against The Chargers shot 68 percent Lake Erie, the Chargers will travfrom the field, including 61.1 el to take on Ashland on Saturday percent from beyond the arc, while afternoon. The Chargers recently holding their opponent to just 31.2 beat both teams a few weeks ago percent field goal shooting. at home relatively comfortably, “It starts on the defensive end,” but won’t be taking any chances sophomore Kyle Cooper said. on the road this week. “Today we got going a little bit “The road in the GLIAC is and got out in transition.” always hard to win on so you’ve Cooper benefited from the got to buckle down a little more,” Chargers’ transition offense, garDezelski said. “Every possession nering two dunks, including a high matters.” flying one handed alley-oop finish “They’re even more competithat set the Jesse Phillips Arena tive on their home court,” Cooper abuzz. said, referring to Lake Erie and “I’m going to take it as a good Ashland University. “We need compliment,” Cooper responded to approach it like a whole new Sophomore Kyle Cooper shoots a layup during the when asked whether anyone has ever compared his dunking ability Chargers’ rout of Ohio Dominican University on Satur- game, the past is out of the question, and we’ve just got to come day. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian) to the dunking prowess of Blake ready to play.” Griffin, a power forward on the The Chargers will look to carry NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and a former to put away the Dragons in crunch time. over their momentum from their blow-out slam dunk contest champion. “It’s been the same story all year, we just win over Ohio Dominican University into “I’ve never been asked that before.” didn’t capitalize down the stretch,” Dezelski their upcoming games. The GLIAC tournaCooper’s dunks may have stolen the said. “We had opportunities to put it away.” ment may not technically start until March, show, but forward Tim Dezelski was the The Chargers never trailed throughout but for the Chargers, it starts tonight. Nathanael Meadowcroft Collegian Freelancer offensive MVP with 25 points on 10-16 shooting. Jason Pretzer provided a spark off the bench with 15 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting effort from the field. The rout of Ohio Dominican University came a couple of days after the Chargers lost a heartbreaker in overtime at Tiffin University, in which they led by 19 points midway through the first half, but weren’t able

Tennis opens spring season Sunday

Charger Chatter: jeanie adams
I’m assistant to the athletic director, and I do a little bit of everything. I take care of coaching and teaching contracts, I initiate payment for all the officials for every sport, I work on the sports studies class schedules and the sports studies department, and there’s a lot of little things. It’s hard to think when you’ve done a job so long, everything just comes naturally. I’ve worked for five athletic directors. When did you first start working for the school? Jeanie Adams is a 45-year employee of Hillsdale College and has spent most of her career in the Athletic Department. She is currently working at the Roche Sports Complex for Athletic Director Don Brubacher. Adams has worked for five Athletic Directors (Muddy Waters, Dan Goldsmith, Jack McAvoy, Mike Kovalchik, and now Don Brubacher) and is responsible for, among other duties, filing student-athlete eligibility with the NCAA, organizing Hall of Fame events, and working with the Charger Athletic Club. What do you do day-to-day? Sept. 3, 1968, so I’ve passed my 45th anniversary, and I guess when I retire it’ll be 45 years and seven months. April 30 is my last day of work. I started out in the old fieldhouse before this was renovated. What was the old fieldhouse like? All the offices were upstairs, and it had windows that overlooked the basketball court and the pool. So when I first came to Hillsdale I worked two years in admissions, and my job was being phased out. I had a chance to come work at the fieldhouse and Muddy Waters was the Athletic Director back then. My co-worker at that time was Audrey Dunten, and actually at that time I did recruiting letters and physical education work, for Doug Hansen, who was director of physical education. Who do you really enjoy working with? Everyone! It is a great group of people here at the sports complex; my coworkers and the coaches are just fantastic. We’re like family. What’s so cool about the college is that the whole college is like family, and I’m sure every department feels that way too. We care about each other, it’s not just a job. And that’s what makes Hillsdale such a special, special place. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever seen working here? The most interesting thing... that’s really hard, I don’t know if I can answer that. There’s so many things! The first thing that popped into my mind is having my picture taken with Bruce Jenner when we had the NAIA National Track Meet here in 1985. One very scary moment for me years ago was when Jack McAvoy fired all three of us secretaries for returning from lunch unreasonably late. Obviously he rescinded his decision. What do you plan to do after you retire? Well, I tell everyone, and people laugh about this. The first day, I’m going to sit in my pajamas with a cup of coffee and watch the “Today” show and think about everyone going to work! But seriously, I have six grandchildren that all are local, ages six to 15, and so I’ll be doing pickups from school, going to ballgames, picking up from practice. I have projects to do at home, you know, I think every gal that retires says, ‘I’ve got all these photos to organize and get on CDs,’ all those kind of things. But family will take up a great deal of my time and I’m looking forward to that. -Compiled by Chris McCaffery

Sophomore Sydney Delp (Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

Hannah Leitner Assistant Editor Charger tennis will open their spring season at Western Michigan University on Sunday at 4 p.m., where they will face their first Division I opponent since the team’s reincarnation in 2011. After finishing their regular season in sixth place at the GLIAC championship in October, the team looks forward to getting back into match play. Hillsdale will not graduate any players in May, so this spring season is a crucial opportunity to grow and to improve for the 2014 season. “Our matches don’t have the pressure factor that our fall season brings, so I think it is helpful to play matches at which we can relax a bit and really work on what we need to without worrying about qualifying for a conference tournament,” head coach Nikki Walbright said. “Our main goal will be to have a good showing against the very tough competition we have lined up this spring.” For the spring season the team plans on playing six matches, half of which are against DI teams Western Michigan, State University of New York-Buffalo, and Florida Atlantic University. “We have more freedom to

play schools outside the GLIAC,” Walbright said, “so it is nice to get experience from competing against different teams.” The team will travel to south Florida for its first spring break trip, where it will face three schools in matches over a period of five days. “It is not something we can afford to do every year so it is a great treat to be able to do it this year,” coach Walbright said. “We will have some very good matches down south and I am excited to play schools we would not have the opportunity to play up north.” Junior Lindsay Peirce said that the trip will be more like an extended tournament than training or practice, and will give the team essential match practice. “It will be a lot of fun,” Peirce said. Overall, the team hopes that the slower pace of the spring season and the new chances to compete against different teams will help the team improve and come back stronger. “It’ll be nice getting back into match play and seeing what we need to work on as a team,” Peirce said.

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Caleb Whitmer Editor-in-Chief More than 900 runners flocked to Hillsdale College last weekend to compete in the second-ever college track meet held in the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center. The large number of runners forced meet organizers – the Hillsdale coaches – to get creative. Athletes were not allowed to set up their camps in Biermann to avoid crowding around the track, as well as potential accidents on the track. “There were some issues with space, but overall I think things turned out pretty well,” said senior Matt Van Egmond, who volunteered at the meet. Teams made camps in the racquetball court rooms in Roche Sports Complex and in Jesse Philips Arena. To keep congestion in Biermann manageable, the coaches instituted what coach Andrew Towne called “an elaborate clerking system.” The athletes for a given event gathered in Jesse Philips 15 to

Charger Sports
Track team earns top finishes at second home meet
Teddy Sawyer Assistant Editor The Hillsdale men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted their largest indoor meet at home in the Margot V. Biermann Center, with more than 900 athletes participating. Amongst the large turnout, the Chargers took a variety of top places, but produced divided overall results. The men came out of the events with three 1st place wins, in the 400-meter by senior Maurice Jones and in the triple jump by freshman Ty Etchemendy, both of whom earned provisional marks. The 3rd also broke the standing Hillsdale College record, as Etchemendy, and seniors Matthew Raffin, Elliot Murphy, and Jones took first in the 4x400 meter relay. Raffin took 4th and made provisional marks in the 60-meter hurdles, juniors Joshua Mirth and Jack Butler took 4th and 9th in the 5000 meter, and freshman Thomas Grayson and junior John Wierenga took 4th and 5th in the 5000-meter. Sophomore Nicholas Shuster placed 5th in the high jump. “The meet was a mixture of success and disappointment,” Mirth said. “It was the first large track meet we have hosted in the Biermann Center; despite that, there were surprisingly few logistical issues, as far as I could tell. In terms of performances, we had a couple exceptional ones, in particular the men’s 4x400 meter relay, which set a new school record, and Ty Etchemendy, who won the triple jump. The long distance races were a bit less stellar.” The women’s team had a strong showing in the top 10 in a variety of events, but not as consistently high results across the board. Freshmen Alex Whitford and Allison Duber both received a provisional mark and took 3rd in their respective events of pole vault and the 400 meter. Fellow freshman Madison Estelle placed 4th in the triple jump. The teams look forward to their second-to-last chance to prepare for GLIACs at Grand Valley State University, a twoday meet on Feb. 14 and 15, at which they will focus on their individual marks. “The last meet at Grand Valley was a scored meet with only five teams and we aimed to get points, but this week is about trying to qualify for nationals,” head men’s coach Jeff Forino said. “It’s probably our best chance for our distance runners to qualify.” The outlook is largely positive, according to Mirth. “I’m optimistic about the rest of the season,” he said. “Training is really starting to kick in now, and I think in the next couple weeks, especially at Grand Valley’s Big Meet this weekend, we’ll have some great performances.” The home meet also provided a good, comfortable confidence boost, Forino said. It places the team in a good place going into the last few meets to earn good seeds and lanes in the upcoming conference meet. He said the Charger athletes and coaches alike did well helping logistically, and the organization did not prove to be a problem, especially in regard to the unprecedented size of the indoor home meet. “Our coaches worked really hard to put this meet together,” Mirth said. “I know it’s pretty stressful for them, but I think they did a great job."

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20 minutes before they were to compete, at which point a student-volunteer armed with a megaphone herded them into Biermann. Coaches said the system worked smoothly. The Hillsdale Wide Track Classic hosted more than 30 teams of all three NCAA divisions, as well as several from the NAIA. It is the second largest meet to be held in the conference this season, second only to Grand Valley State University’s Big Meet, and one of the largest indoor meets to be held in the Midwest this year. Meets like this take a cooperative effort on a, relative for Hillsdale, massive scale. The coaches recruited volunteers from around campus to help them put it on. “It’s definitely a whole college endeavor when we have a meet like this,” coach Jeff Forino said. “If we didn’t have help from the general student body, the sororities, other teams, it wouldn’t go.” “The meet is a great example of how Hillsdale operates,” Towne said.

Above: The men’s 4x4 relay huddled together after they broke the school record on Saturday. The team consists of seniors Matt Raffin, Elliot Murphy, Maurice Jones, and freshman Ty Etchemendy. Bottom: Sophomore Corinne Zehner competes in the hurdles. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

At the GLIAC championships in Cleveland, Ohio, the Chargers are off to a solid start in the fourday long competition. After one day of competing, the Chargers saw three school records broken and two B-cuts achieved for Nationals. Sophomore Zoe Hopkins kicked things off for the Chargers with the first school record of the day. She swam 10:18.52 in the 1000 freestyle, which was good enough for 3rd place and a B-cut to nationals. Junior Jennifer Wheeler placed 6th in the same event, swimming 10:26.47,

which would have been a record had it not been for Hopkins. Junior Rachel Kurtz was busy as well. She swam 23.28 in the 50 freestyle for 3rd place, breaking her previous school record by .33 seconds (a large amount of time when you’re that fast) and earning a B-cut in the process. In the 200 IM, sophomore Sarah Rinaldi and freshman Emily Shallman placed 10th and 16th respectively, finishing in 2:07.89 and 2:11.64. Hillsdale’s 200 medley relay team, composed of freshmen Emily Balog and Emily Shallman as well as juniors Cayley Cruickshank and Rachel Kurtz, took 6th place, finishing in 1:48.65.

Hillsdale native among 19 signed to Charger football team
(From left) Jeff Wilcox, father; Andrew Wilcox; Missy Wilcox, mother; and Hillsdale High School head football coach Marc Lemerand. (Photo Courtesy of Jim Drews) said. “I just think it’s pretty awesome that we have a college like Hillsdale so close to here.” Eighteen other student-athletes hailing from Colorado to Wilcox’s hometown of Hillsdale committed to suit up for the Chargers on College Football National Signing Day. In addition, the track and field team signed 13 student-athletes – six men and seven women. Other programs’ incoming freshmen either signed last November, or will sign in April, according to Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations and Event Management Brad Monastiere. The 13 track and field athletes and 19 football players are not the extent of each team’s freshman rosters, as some students have yet to commit to Hillsdale College, and still others may join the team as walk-ons. Along with Wilcox, 11 other football commits are natives of Michigan. The group boasts an average GPA of 3.82 and an average ACT score of 28. Head coach Keith Otterbein said that he and the other coaches, who divide recruiting by area, were able to sign a lot of their top picks. In addition to visits, much of football recruiting is done through the Internet with video clips. Roughly 100 prospects visit Hillsdale each year, and the coaching staff aims to have an annual incoming class of 25. Last season, the class consisted of 33 members. “It takes a lot of bodies to run a football program, and with the number last fall being 114, it really helps practices run smoothly, especially when you have injuries,” coach Otterbein said. Wilcox had a unique recruiting experience due to his familiarity with the Chargers. Last semester, Wilcox took Introduction to Psychology with Psychology Department Chair Kari MacArthur on campus. “That really opened my eyes,” Wilcox said. “I was kind of nervous because Hillsdale is really tough, and it kind of made me see that, ‘Ok, I can do this,’ and how much I loved being at Hillsdale. Everyone is really nice and the professor was awesome.” In addition to attending his hometown institution, Wilcox will also be joining a family legacy, as his mother, Missy, graduated in 1991. “We’ve had a lot of success with kids out of Hillsdale High,” coach Otterbein said. “We’re excited about Andrew and his potential to make a positive contribution to the program.”

Morgan Delp Sports Editor Last Wednesday, Feb. 5, high school senior and wide receiver Andrew Wilcox committed to attend the school he had grown up cheering on his whole life. “Ever since a young age I’ve always thought about playing at the next level at Hillsdale, whether in football or basketball,” Wilcox


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Student-directed ‘Mikado’ brings magic of comic opera to McNamara
Teddy Sawyer Assistant Editor Flanked by sparsely-placed screens, plants, and two large black partitions, a massive, circular, two-tiered bench holds center stage in McNamara Rehearsal Hall. Nine men fill the stage with more black, red, and gold, wearing red scarves wrapped around black kimonos. Welcome to Titipu. This year’s Opera Workshop presents a full operatic production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” also known as “The Town of Titipu.” Their opening night is Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a show Saturday, Feb. 15 also at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. The play focuses on Gilbert and Sullivan’s representation of a typical Japanese town, a backdrop for the biting social commentary of the playwrights’ contemporary British culture. It revolves around Ko-Ko, played by senior Aaron Sandford, who is condemned to death for flirting –– recently declared a capital crime. As a prisoner, Ko-Ko receives the title of “Grand High Executioner” from the Mikado, the emperor of Japan, and when he is released he grows in political power. Then arrives Yum-Yum, played by junior Claire Ziegler, who is Ko-Ko’s ward and love interest, though she is in love with another, Nanki-Poo, a young minstrel. The comic opera devolves from there into a convoluted, twist- Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Seniors Rachel Maloley, Emily Whitmer, and junior Claire Zeigler perform in ing plot, complete with love triangles, faked suicides, and hidden ‘The Mikado;’ full cast ends a number with senior and director David Krueger in the center; Zeigler sings the role of identities. The whole production has been directed, organized, and Yum-Yum, the heroine in the opera. (Ben Block/Collegian) choreographed by students, as well as many of the prop and costume materials brought together by the students involved. upon the support of the music department, this year’s production has ulty support. [Adjunct Music Faculty] Cynthian Knight has been “It’s really cool to see how everyone pitches in and helps to create come about as collaborative effort of the music, theatre, and dance doing a lot of our women’s chorus stuff, Kristi Matson is our prop a real theatrical environment on stage,” said junior Maran McLeod, departments to pull together the costumes, choreography, singing, mistress, [senior] Audrey Gray is doing the costumes, predominantthe director of choreography and rehearsal coach. “Aaron has been and the set itself. ly, [Music Teacher] Melissa Osmund been working with our vocals, working on this bench which will be the central piece to the stage, “This year things are really coming together well,” said David and more.” and we have some screens. Everyone’s creativity has really been Krueger, senior and student director who also plays the part of Poosparked by limited resources.” bah. “The costumes are pretty simple, and and we have a lot of facSee ‘Mikado’ B2 Though the Opera Workshop program originates in and depends

Claire Zeigler: pursuing a life of music
Walker Mulley Collegian Reporter Her mother heard her singing nonsense songs through the monitor when she was a baby. She’s played piano since age seven. By age 10, she could hum practically all of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” having attended the Joffrey Ballet’s annual performance with her mother since kindergarten. Junior Claire Ziegler, classically trained in singing since age 11, has always loved music. “I honestly don’t know how I could live without it,” she said. As one of five winners of this year’s Concerto Competition, she will sing with the Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra in March. She has worked with the orchestra before, singing the part of the Sandman in an excerpt from Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” alongside adjunct professors Kristi Matson and Cynthian Knight last semester. Professor of Music and Orchestra Director James Holleman said he knew Ziegler was a professional at the first rehearsal for the Humperdinck. He was impressed with her poise performing a solo in front of an orchestra, sharing a stage with professors. According to Ziegler’s voice teacher, Melissa Osmond, and Holleman, she’s an ideal student: it is not just her performing talents that make her a good musician but also her preparedness and dedication. Holleman, who has taught Ziegler in the College and Chamber Choirs since fall of her freshman year, said that Ziegler benefits her fellow students by being prepared, engaged, and inquisitive. Ziegler has a quiet personality, so she is not an obvious leader, he said, but she is a fine role model he hopes other students notice. Senior Aaron Sandford, who has accompanied her, said “I think she’s pretty much the model for how to be prepared and easy to work with.” He said he didn’t have many stories to tell about Zeigler, because she’s so responsible. “Great stories come out of mishaps more than when things just happen smoothly all the time,” Sandford said, “and things generally happen smoothly when Claire is involved.” Ziegler attributed her musical success largely to regular practice, which gives her plenty of time to work on her pieces and helps her remember proper technique. She also credited her mother’s encouragement and sacrifices, such as paying for music lessons and “driving a total of thousands of miles over the years” to take her to them.

Junior Claire Zeigler, talented actress and vocalist, stars in this semester’s Opera Workshop: a student-directed performance of ‘The Mikado.’
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Learning violin ‘one little monkey’ at a time
Students give private music lessons to children, teaching violin, piano, voice, and more
themselves, student teachers are able to learn the skills of teaching while building their resume with experience for opportunities after graduation. “They learn to teach,” Professor of Music and Director Holleman said. “We don’t just throw them out there and say ‘teach.’” Every Tuesday afternoon at 2:15 p.m., a young violinist descends Ferguson has taught five different students during her time as a the stairs to the basement of Howard Music Hall. For 15 minutes he violin teacher, including Robert and two of his siblings. She first stands in deep concentration between his mother and his teacher, began teaching while taking a string pedagogy class with Professor carefully holding a violin about the size of his teacher’s hand. of Music Melissa Knecht, five semesters ago. Robert Whalen is just three years old, but he has already completThe pedagogy class is a pered a whole semester of violin sonalized seminar that provides lessons with his teacher, junior instruction in how to start a LaRae Ferguson. student, introduce techniques, “Sometimes during his lesand teach from the business persons he’s very sleepy,” Ferguspective. One requirement of the son said. “It’s always a high encourse is to find a student, begin ergy situation. He likes to look teaching, and have each student at himself in the mirror.” perform in front of the class at Robert is learning finger pothe end of the semester. sitioning, basic scales, and some “It was a new skill teaching simple melodies. He plays these little kids for the first time,” said at his lessons while Ferguson senior Gretchen Sandberg, anand his mother count. other student teacher who has “One little monkey,” they taken the pedagogy class. say as Robert bows, “two little Students from the community monkeys.” come to teachers with varying Robert is an eager student. levels of prior training and skill. Usually Ferguson would not adSophomore Faith Liu has taught vise starting someone on the viher beginning voice students olin at three years old, but when foundational skills like how to Robert’s mother explained that read music and how to match he already attempted to play his pitch. older siblings’ violins at home, Junior LaRae Ferguson teaches three-year-old Robert “With voice, it’s important Ferguson decided to take him Whalen to play the violin. (Hailey Morgan/Collegian) to let them know it’s okay when on. He is still ripe with enthutheir voice breaks,” Liu said. siasm. “Everybody has a spot in their “Do you want to try that again, or do you want to do something range where it happens, but I have to tell them that it’s normal.” new?” Ferguson asks, as the lesson ends. During lessons, student teachers draw on prior teaching instruc“Something new!” Robert replies. Robert is just one of the many Hillsdale area children taking lesSee Lessons B2 sons from students in the music department. By taking on students Vivian Hughbanks Collegian Reporter

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The third annual Hillsdale Jazz Festival is taking place next saturday, Feb. 15, in Albion. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and end after the 8 p.m. night concert. Jazz Director Chris McCourry and Albion Big Band director James Ball started the festival when they attended similar festivals at bigger schools and decided to convert the event onto the smaller scale. The festival has been a success ever since. Those who attend spend the day playing, learning from professionals, and listening to jazz music.The festival features bands from all over Michigan, including four from Hillsdale College. The Hillsdale bands performing will be the Hillsdale Big Band, Lady and the Tramps, The Dictators Club, and Rob Roy. Some of the more well-known performers in attendance will be bassist Robert Hurst, Central Michigan University director of Jazz Rob Smith, vocalist Sonny Wilkinson, and trombonist Chris Smith. “The goal of the festival is to give students that are there a good experience” McCourry said. “They will get great advice from the guest performers there.” What sets this festival apart from similar events that take place at bigger schools is that this event is tailored to smaller, liberal arts schools and offers a more relaxed atmosphere. The festival switches locations between Albion and Hillsdale every year. Admission is free and is open to everyone regardless if they study music or not. Our campus has a pride issue. Yes, we all know there is a “socio-economic chasm” between the town of Hillsdale and those who are associated with the college. Robert Ramsey pointed this out in last week’s edition. But intentional separation from the community because we’re unaccustomed to it is our fault, not theirs. There isn’t a problem with the community of Hillsdale. There’s a problem with our relationship to it. Hillsdale businesses have tried to mitigate these differences with marketing strategies and business plans that appeal to our often-pretentious, picky college market. Most have difficulty staying afloat, partially because our population turns over every year. Every year, about 400 people graduate, replaced by new cliques, new preferences, and incredibly varied attitudes. Negative stereotypes are passed down from class to class demanding a change from the community, rather than simply appreciating a town that has existed for years outside of the college.




A column addressing the picky college market and its role in the separation between city and college
Matt Melchior Collegian Reporter Recently, Broad Street has appealed to both the city and the college, and that definitely warrants praise. However, when Ramsey chose to go beyond applauding Broad Street and rudely bashed Pub and Grub, it ruined the credibility of any compliment he offered. The insult was out of context and irrelevant to the evaluation of Broad Street. Have a drink at Pub and Grub. You’ll find that it’s not a “bastion of the lower elements of society” as Ramsey claimed, but rather a unique pub that gives character to our modest town. “Townies,” as we call them, are some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. They’ve captured a culture that most of us probably haven’t given a chance because our noses were too deep into the Constitution or Plato’s “Republic.” Get over yourself and your firstclass education. Support our community financially and socially. You can’t say you lived in Hillsdale, Mich. for four years if you never get off the campus.

Everyone should learn at least a little art history. The president will say I’m wrong. Unless he won’t because his public relations people won’t let him. In an address to General Electric workers on skilled manufacturing jobs and their economic viability to “make a really good living,” Obama remarked that they would probably make more money than people with Art History degrees. That might be true; it’s not necessarily true. But the true value of art history is not found in a monetary return on investment, and this is why everyone should learn at least a little art history. I confess I will never take an art history class here at Hillsdale. That’s not hypocritical of me; it’s recognition of a limited resource, time in college, and satisfaction with the art history foundation my high school gave me. It’s a pleasure to be able to look at a painting and understand its context, subject, style, and techniques exhibited in it. Familiarity with the history of art creates a framework for the general study of history and grants the student images to reference while enjoying the beauty of the world and experiencing life’s pain. Art provides the window through which we see the soul of a culture. Everyone should have the satisfaction of seeing a painting, drawing, sculpture, or piece of architecture by one of the greats and recognizing it. Look at a painting full of bold, deep color constructed by rough swirls and know that it is Vincent van Gogh pouring his pain and passion onto a canvas as a post-Impressionist. See a sketch of a child nestled in its mother’s womb and recall the endless curiosity and genius of Leonardo Da Vinci and breadth of the Italian Renaissance. Encounter a crumbling statue of a nude athlete, his gaze focused and direct, feet staggered, strong, and remember the kouroi of the ancient Greeks and their lives celebrating the beauty of the human form and human strength. Step into 209 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago and rest in the Rookery created by Frank Lloyd Wright. Everyone should have the benefit of art as a guide to history. A bust of Cicero grants a glimpse of the hard statesman defending virtue and the republic in the face of its decline and fall. Napoleon’s many portraits reveal both the fearless general and the man of imperial magnanimity. Picasso’s “Guernica” hurls the agony and horror of the Spanish Civil War at its viewers with contorted limbs writhing in cubistic terror. Everyone should be able to reference art imitating life and life imitating art. Study a flower closely, like Georgia O’Keefe. Know that a woman is beautiful like pre-Raphaelite angels are beautiful. Catch the barest glimmer of understanding of the pain at Golgotha. Feel strong and triumphant like Michelangelo’s “David.” Empathize with the suffering and absurdity of Francis Bacon’s paintings. Everyone should know the way art of the past reflected the past so they may know how the art of the present reflects the present. Recognize Banksy’s street art and graffiti as commentary on life in a consumer culture caught in a recession. Understand the nexus of politics, art, and philosophy in the installations and work of Ai Weiwei. Ask what it says about modern man’s view of himself when Andreas Gursky’s minimalist photograph, “Rhein II,” fetched $4,338,500 at auction. Learn some art history. I was fortunate to go to a high school with a good fine arts program. Take a class here. If you, like me, don’t have time, then teach yourself. Find art as a frame of mind, a screen to see the world, interact with the world through. Art is a thing that bypasses money in its contribution to the good life. It mediates reflections on reality, on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty for those familiar with it. The president may be right that a skilled craftsman will make more money than the average art history student, but that’s not the point of art history--especially for art history in the lives of those who aren’t majoring in it. Besides, the president might be wrong on that one too. A New York Times economic analysis team found that 6 percent of Art History majors are considered to be part of the super-wealthy 1 percent. Michael Lewis, popular author of “Moneyball” and “The Blindside” among others, majored in Art History. That’s comfort for actual Art History majors. For everyone else, remember the value knowledge of art holds in and of itself.

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As in past years, the workshop is rife with musical talent, and leads and choruses alike are full of strong voices and great talent, McLeod said. The main obstacle has been the choreography, which requires repetition to master. “I’m really impressed by what I’ve seen the last few rehearsals because it’s all coming together,” McLeod said. “They are learning to be comfortable on stage and use their whole instrument there.” Opera Workshop also allows students who are involved in choir and voice lessons, many of whom have a background in theater, to perform. One such person is junior Devin Creed, who is in the men’s chorus. “One of the best parts is I got to meet a bunch of people I wouldn’t have otherwise, and it’s been really fun,” he said. “I was sort of just added to the email list without my consent and went with it. I didn’t really think it was a big commitment, and I did ‘Mikado’ in the sixth grade and really liked it. I guess that’s why I’m here.” Tickets are available for free at the Sage Box office, but seats are filling up fast. The show will be in McNamara Rehearsal Hall in the Howard Music Building. “It’s a play so convoluted that you just can’t take it all in at once,” McLeod said. “People want to see it again because you just keep getting more out of it.”

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“She’s always been my biggest support in all things musical,” Ziegler said. Ziegler said she loves the performance aspect of music, seizing as many opportunities to perform as she can. She said that despite being quiet and reserved, she has never had stage fright. Instead she thrives on having an audience. She also loves music as a study. “I love the drama and music’s power to move people,” Ziegler said, “and yet I’m also fascinated by the more scientific side of how music actually works. I think that’s why I’m going into music theory.” Ziegler plans to study music theory in graduate school, earn

a Ph.D., and become a music theory professor. “One of the things that strikes me is just her eagerness to learn, her enjoyment of it, her excitement when she discovers something new or a new aspect of theory that enhances her understanding of how music works,” said Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition Mathew Fuerst, who teaches Ziegler theory. “She’s a joy to have in the class.” She interned with a music school near her home last summer, teaching a basic music theory class to middle and high school students. She planned her own lessons with help from her mother, an instructional designer. The internship has led her to solidify her plans. It confirmed her desire to teach music theory but also led her to realize she

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finds advanced music theory topics most exciting. In order to focus on these topics, she plans to teach at the college level. But for those who wish to hear more of her, fear not. She plans to continue performing, even after becoming a profes-

sor. “I think no matter what I’m doing as a career,” she said, “I will always keep performance in my life somehow.”

From D.C., ‘The Dying Gaul’ on display
Natalie DeMacedo Collegian Reporter Slain. His own sword on the ground beside him, he leans on one arm as the blood pours from a fatal wound on his torso. The naked man lies in the dust – defeated, but unconquerable. Resolve remains on his painstricken face. The thousandsyear-old marble has preserved his misery, his defiance, and the bitter moments before his certain end. Here lies the “Dying Gaul.” The statue depicts a Gallic warrior, a barbarian, dying at the hands of the Greeks. What was once a bronze statue was remade by the Romans. Nearly as old as Christendom, the first or second century A.D. figure likely adorned the temple of Athena, supplemented the grandeur of Nero’s Rome, was captured by Napoleon, displayed in the Louvre, and at last travelled the ocean to the National Museum of Art. His American resting place lies among towering granite pillars and a lofted rotunda on the second floor of the museum. He joins us here as part of “The Dream of Rome and 2013 – The Year of Italian Culture,” organized by the President of the Italian Republic and the Embassy of Italy in Washington along with the Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali. “A universally recognized masterpiece,” museum information reads, “the ‘Dying Gaul’ is a deeply moving celebration of human spirit.” The dark stone around the statue causes his white form to glow, a visible image of what the Romans considered the conquering of barbarianism by the excellence of civilization. The Greeks themselves considered Gallic warriors intensely brave and ferocious. “Wearing nothing but their weapons,” Polybius, a second century historian, writes, “very terrifying too were the appearance and gestures of the naked warriors…all in the prime of life, and finely built men.” This warrior never got the chance to die. Art students have replicated his form countless times, and even Thomas Jefferson desired to acquire him. When young men set off on their Grand Tour, they were all sent to capture a glimpse of his last breath. Now thousands of Washington, D.C., visitors gather around him daily, forever capturing him in timeless photographs. Yet the warrior is not the only one of his kind. Another sculpture uncovered in Rome at the same time depicts a Gaul stabbing his own chest as his wife falls dead as his feet. The “Gaul Committing Suicide with his Wife” remains as yet another visage of Greek domination. The man and his wife reveal the darker side of conquest: for every vehement warrior there are the weaker ones, more content to end their own lives than to fall by the swords of their enemies. The statue will remain on American soil until March 16, when it will be carefully transported back to its home in Rome. The Gaul invokes our pity and our questions. Despite his fallen position, were the Greeks enamored by his strength or pleased to mock their vanquished enemy? His muscular body and nude form hearkens back to Greco-Roman praise of strength and humanity. One thing remains certain, the fine warrior will likely never die – not as long as his marble form remains visible to public honor and appreciation.

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tion as well as their own musical training. Freshman Hannah Andrews, currently taking the pedagogy class, teaches a hybrid violin method that incorporates Suzuki principles into the lesson. “We usually start with an etude, or scales to warm up,” Andrews said of her students. Junior Lydia Ekin currently has five students, aged five to 13. After teaching private lessons in high school, she decided to continue when she found there was a need for a student piano teacher. “I go by how I learned,” Ekin said. “I don’t use a particular method. I use the books I started on. ” The process of having a student is a learning experience for student teachers. Through teaching, they become more aware of details in their own technique and become aware of the effect their own teachers have in assisting them develop musical skill. “When I find problems to fix in my students,” Sandberg said, “I noticed them in myself, and that made me a better player. If something sounds bad, I can diagnose and fix the problem I need to fix. I just need to apply my own teaching to what I’m doing.”

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The good dogs
comfort, and entertain his family, students, faculty, and friends. When working as a steelworker in Florida during a summer of undergraduate school, he bought a puppy boxer and Hillsdale College President Larry named him Thor. Arnn does not usually send campus “We’ve had several since then, emails. In the past year, Hillsdale’s who’ve all been great family dogs. But commander-in-chief sent only two. Both Thor was always the legend and the one regarded the rascally escapades of his to whom all the other boxers have to playful boxer, Gus. measure up,” Penny Arnn said. “He was “Gus, as foolish as he is handsome, still going strong when Larry and I marhas escaped from our back garden. He is ried. When we were in England he was a brown and white boxer, eight months with Larry’s parents in Arkansas. When old, very friendly. We have looked for we married and moved to California, two hours without effect. If you see him, Thor came to live with us. He was a real bring him home please,” Arnn wrote. character, very great with people, and “Sorry to disturb your Sunday evening. very obedient. His one failing was other He is enough trouble to be highly re- dogs, with whom he would pick a fight. garded around He never here.” wounded Luckily for them. He “My stomach sunk a bit as I the Arnns, dog- just wanted put two and two together and them to unlover and senior Annie-Laurie realized I had unwittingly derstand Setten stumbled he was kindapped the president of the that across Gus, boss.” named after school’s dog.” AccordAugustus Macing to Alice — Senior Annie-Laurie Setten Rae, a character Arnn ’11, from the Lone“Thor once some Dove fought with books, nibbling a horse, on the remains of a squirrel on Hillsdale chased a mailman who was found hours Street. She took him to campus security later hiding on top of his truck, and who then brought him to the police sta- would sleep under my sister’s crib every tion. Later, she discovered the identity of night when she was a baby. Gus is a lot the pet. like him, I’m told.” “My stomach sunk a bit as I put two Alice has experienced the love of and two together and realized I had un- five boxers while growing up: Libby, wittingly kidnapped the president of the Sam, Jack, Gus, and Millie. Millie, born school’s dog,” Setten recalled. nine months ago, was first exposed to After Setten notified the Arnns as to the Hillsdale campus when she greeted the whereabouts of Gus, they were ex- every freshman in September as they tremely grateful, and embraced her with entered Broadlawn for the annual freshhugs. Larry emailed the entire campus man dessert. again, explaining Gus’s adventures in Arnn dogs are used to interacting prison, and his friendship with an equal- with large numbers of guests. Anyone ly friendly and foolish pit bull. who has attended a dinner at Broadlawn Larry’s love for boxers began in his knows that Gus and Millie, along with college days, and through the years, this the two cats, Echo and Tashy, roam the friendly breed has been by his side. A house and interact with visitors. staple at Broadlawn, his dogs delight, “We’ve never hidden the dogs away


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unless there’s someone who is really afraid of dogs. They’re part of the household, and people do seem to enjoy them,” Penny said. “They’re an asset when you have people who are nervous or shy because almost everyone can talk about dogs or cats.” The dogs are very well trained not to ever eat or expect human food, and besides a few instances where they have come “roaring into the room at top speed in the middle of dinner,” they are quite helpful at welcoming guests, Penny said. Besides being excellent hosts and hostesses, Gus and Millie aid Larry in exercise and relaxation. Larry will hit tennis balls into the woods for extended periods of time while his dogs retrieve them.

“One tennis ball is heaven, two is a real conflict, and if you have a whole lot they don’t know what to do,” Penny said. This winter, Larry plowed a snow run, which Millie particularly enjoys running in circles around. On weekends or quieter days when Larry does not have meetings, he will bring the dogs into his office on campus. “(Gus and Jack) loved being around campus,” Administrative Assistant to the President Victoria Bergen said. “They would get up on the windowsills and watch people outside and run around.” The Arnns got their two pups from a breeder near Kalamazoo. Gus and Millie’s mother are sisters, and they share the same father. They were hand-raised

and carefully bred to have good temperament, and trained by the Arnns in conjunction with an obedience school. Currently, Gus is on bed rest with a broken bone in his foot, and Millie is recovering from a fight with Echo the cat, which left her with a bleeding ear. Despite the dogs’ tendencies to engage in scuffles with other critters, Larry said that the pups are merely playful and harmless companions. “Boxer dogs are distinguished by their beauty, energy, sympathy, and foolishness. They look fierce. This is a lie. They are capable of just about any ridiculous action. They provide more amusement in a small package than we have seen elsewhere.”

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around things you need to do anyway, like meals,” Lund said. In addition to post-class dinners at Broad Street, students try to socialize, exercise, and engage with campus life. Bornhorst tries to run regularly, even when slick surfaces force her onto the “dreadmills” she loathes. And in prior semesters, the Graduate Student Society has arranged viewings of “Lord of the Flies” and “The Searchers,” with commentary followed by West and politics professor John Grant. Masters student Bruce Wykes once hosted a Christmas party at his Osseo home. Both Masters students Margarita Ramirez, and Bornhorst, who lives with her, said they strive to ensure that their studies don’t consume their lives. Frequently, socializing and learning go together. “The tendency is to give yourself over to your studies. But you have to talk about what you learn to learn it,” she said. “I wouldn’t learn anything from Margarita if I just spent all day studying or in the classroom.” Margarita also stressed the importance of talking. “Conversation can very easily go from 80s movies to Rousseau,” she said. “Learning doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it with friends.” Wykes, for his part, deals with a unique set of circumstances compared to other graduate students: he is not only married, but has eight children, and lives with his sister and mother-in-law. Managing coursework with these familial obligations is possible, but requires some finesse. “That is probably the biggest challenge. Part of what makes it possible is my amazing wife,” he said. “She has a thing she likes to say: ‘this is what an ADHD child looks like when she grows up.’ She has incredible energy, but also can be incredibly focused.” Wykes said his military background—he is a retired Air Force officer—also helps him balance his coursework and domestic life. “That said, my kids are happy that graduation isn’t very far away,” he said. Such balance is what all graduate students strive for, by Bornhorst’s reckoning. “Life is about balance,” she said. “Reading Aristotle, we learn about moderation. We must have moderation in all things, even the good things.”

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tritto agreed. “I try to teach at a higher level. The course requirements involve a lot more writing and longer pieces of writing to prepare students for careers as scholars, and for their Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations,” he said. “There are fewer requirements, but they count for more, and papers tend to be larger.” Ph.D. student Connor Lund also attested to the increased difficulty. His classes average 50 pages of reading a week per class, and 25-30 pages of writing a semester with more if he does unassigned readings. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s not an unmanageable thing to do,” he said. “You just have to manage your time well.” Alyssa Bornhorst, also a Ph.D. student, often finds herself working for much of the day. “I work from 7 a.m. to dinner, and a little bit after dinner, but it varies,” she said. “I’m always rather busy.” But that doesn’t prevent the graduate students from having lives and interacting with each other outside of the classroom, particularly when food is involved. “It’s easy to structure social things

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Graduate students adjust to life at Hillsdale, immerse in great books
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Graduate Musings
Luke Seeley Thomas Aquinas. Everything’s there. If there’s something to think about he’s probably thought of it. Connor Hamilton But, the tunnels are not as great as Bailey Pritchett. She is such a charmer. Real classy gal. Jace Lington I’m really jealous that I didn’t go to Hillsdale as an undergraduate.

Mike Kelsey We’re always trying to figure out, ‘how do you get people to live together in a good society?’” Taylor Kempema I’ve found myself in a study of politics that I had not been used to before.
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On a busy Tuesday night at Broad Street Market and Tavern, a group of young adults and Hillsdale College politics professor Kevin Slack fill up a table. They’re all students at the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, pursuing either Masters or doctorates, and they’ve just come from Slack’s “Liberalism and Modern Progressivism” course. Post-class meals are one way graduate students balance their increased coursework with the rest of their lives. Professors and students both agree that, while some similarities exist between undergraduate and graduate classes, the latter demands more of students. Politics professor Thomas West said that, although he doesn’t teach the classes much differently from the undergraduate level, he asks more of his graduate students. He assigns, for example, the same number of papers per semester, but asks for 8-10 pages instead of 4-5. “How far can you go into the material, what depth can you achieve— I’d say that’s the biggest difference,” he said. Graduate School Dean R.J. Pes-

Triplets reunited at Hillsdale, harbor medical school ambitions
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really patient people,” Corey said. “They take things as they come and don’t worry very much. We’d go to a hospital and people would sit on the benches and just wait for one or two whole days to see us. There is no appointment or being late. There is no time.” During a typical day, they helped provide medicine and healthcare at outreach clinics to tribes without treatment options.

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Whether it was sports, science, attending college, or joining a fraternity, the Homans have done everything together. But when it came to college, the Homans didn’t follow the same route. Jared Homan chose to attend John Carroll University for a year and a half, but now he is back at Hillsdale. The Homans have been reunited. “It’s definitely a lot more challenging and I think I’ll be able to be better off with an education from Hillsdale than an education from John Carroll,” Jared said. Their choice to stay together, however, will not be short lived. Upon graduation, all three plan to attend medical school. When the Homans were younger, their grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. With only six months to live, a pulmonoligist was able to save his life. So far, he has outlived those six months by 9 and a half years and counting. “That’s the most rewarding part of being a doctor,” Travis said. “Saving someone’s life and having the chance to give them an extra ten years.” The three brothers have shadowed neurologists and cardiologists in Nebraska and South Dakota. For two months, Jared had a sports medicine internship at Sydney Olympic Park in Australia. Over Christmas break, the Homan triplets ventured to Tanzania with Hope Ministries. They spent the next few weeks assisting surgeries and teaching seminars to locals. “People in Tanzania are really,

“I want to be that kind of doctor, the kind of doctor who says ‘thank you’ to my patients.” — Senior Travis Homan
“There was a girl who had an obvious deformity in her ankle that we fixed so now she can get married and work,” Jared says, “Another woman had her hand chopped off by a machete. She’s not going to get her hand back, but we made it so it wasn’t as deformed.” From their experience, the Homan brothers witnessed the suffering of an entire population. “The water has so much fluoride that it causes curvature in the bone,” Jared explains, “During one surgery, a boy had two curved legs. The doctor went in, broke them, and straightened them out so the boy can have a normal life.” But for citizens of the United States, life in Tanzania seems anything but normal. “Just to give you an idea of how poor it is: we exchanged $100 for 155,000 shillings and you could easily live for a year on that,” Travis said, “One night we stayed at a hotel

and someone came and cleaned the doctor’s room. He gave her 5,000 shillings for a tip, which is like $3.25, and she cried.” Inferior standards of living, poverty and a broken healthcare system make it nearly impossible for people to gain access to adequate treatment for serious problems. “So many bad things could happen,” Corey said. “Malaria, broken bones… and they are so far behind us in technology. They have more trust and love and faith than we do because they’re challenged every day. When we get sick, we go to a doctor. They can’t. When we went out to a village, that was the only time people could get medical care for seven months.” Travis and Corey plan to spend the next year gaining experience in the medical field, and have considered working in the emergency room at a Michigan hospital or as phlebotomists who take patient’s blood at a hospital in Nebraska. “I want to make sure I actually love it before committing the rest of my life to it,” Corey said. Travis is leaning toward studying anesthesiology. Jared’s heart is set on orthopedic surgery. Corey can’t decide between the two. Although their medical passions vary, their inspiration is rooted in the influence of their trip to Tanzania. “In Tanzania, the doctor says ‘thank you’ to the patient. If it wasn’t for the patient, doctors wouldn’t be able to support their families,” Travis says. “Their doctors are highly respected, but don’t let it go to their heads. They are thankful for life, rely on God, and remain really humble. I want to be that kind of doctor—the kind that says ‘thank you’ to my patients.”