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Michigan’s oldest college newspaper Vol. 137, Issue 23 - 10 April 2014 The Student

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Vol. 137, Issue 23 - 10 April 2014

137, Issue 23 - 10 April 2014 The Student Activities Board announced Aaron Carter as

The Student Activities Board announced Aaron Carter as this year’s main act at Centralhallapalooza. The event will also include a mechanical bull, a DJ, a ferris wheel, a slide, and food trucks. (Caleb Whitmer/Collegian)

Aaron Carter to perform at Centralhallapalooza

Kate Patrick Collegian Reporter

Yesterday, the Student Activi- ties Board revealed Aaron Carter as the main attraction of this year’s Centralhallapalooza. Carter hit the peak of his fame in the 2000s, performing with Hilary Duff and the Backstreet Boys and appearing on Disney. Some hit singles of his are “I Want Candy” and “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It).” Director of Student Activi- ties Amanda Bigney said SAB wanted to dip into rollover funds to create the biggest and best Centralhallapalooza ever, and

that meant getting someone big to come perform. “It was kind of random. I had

a call come in and they said, ‘We work with big names and do live performances. Would you be in-

terested in that?’ and I said, ‘Ac- tually, we’re looking to get some- body for our Centralhallapalooza date in April,’” Bigney said. “So we went through a list of names and I just said, ‘How crazy would

it be if we got Aaron Carter?’”

Bigney said SAB wants to “cater to the college crowd” and treat students to fun, catchy mu- sic during the last event of the year. “We were trying to cater to the

masses, so people that we knew that most students would know

or at least have some connection

with — he was a name we fig- ured most people would know,”

Bigney said. “It’s upbeat, it’s fun, and it’s totally throwback. Which

is kind of what we were hoping

for.” Promotions Chair junior Mal- lory Sachen said Aaron Carter was the obvious choice when

SAB was looking through the list

of names to contract an artist.

“None of the options on the list were very big names, but Aaron Carter was the one we all could say, ‘Yes we know Aaron Carter songs,’” Sachen said. “We

all grew up with him. He was so much more recognizable than ev-

eryone else.” At noon on April 9 in the Grewcock Student Union, SAB played “Aaron’s Party,” while releasing a large white banner

depicting Carter’s face. SAB also passed out cut-outs of Carter’s face for students. But Aaron Carter is not the only new at- traction for the end-of-the-year event. SAB plans to bring in a lo- cal DJ, Bigney said. “We’re going to be doing one hour of DJ,” Bigney said. “We’ve gotten a lot of people asking to have more of the intermediate

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Emily Shelton

Senior Reporter

After months of running ana- lytics and patching holes in its new website that was launched last September, the college de- cided to introduce changes to the current site. A rebuild of the admissions page will be the first phase of rebuilding all sections of the current website. President Larry Arnn ap- proved plans that were submitted by Kraig McNutt, associate vice president for digital and new ini- tiatives, and Web Content Man- ager Kokko Tso. McNutt and Tso have been the primary people working to get the new website up and running. “Kokko and I had to peek behind the curtain of the current website and determine if what was there was sufficient to meet our needs,” McNutt said. “We came to the conclusion that it was not the best foundation to build upon for a long-term strategy, es- pecially from a mobile and tablet optimization point of view.” Revamping the website will be a process taken in chunks over the next few years, but they have placed priority on the undergrad- uate portion of the website — ad- missions and academics. Their focus is making the website user- friendly and maximizing use of the admissions database, McNutt said. “We want the website to be the best possible tool it can be with a fresher design that is eas- ier to navigate, more engaging

content, and, over time, has bet- ter integration with the databases that admissions uses everyday to store prospective student infor- mation,” McNutt said. A driving force behind creat- ing the new website is mobile and tablet optimization — a con- sideration that was not included when the current website was de- signed two years ago. “Right now, the amount of traffic that we are getting from mobile devices should be about twice what it is, simply because when you look at what the indus- try stats are showing in terms of percent of overall traffic from a college like ours. The reason it’s not higher is that our site is not optimized for mobile and tablet use, and that is a major driver of why we are making changes,” McNutt said. They will be using a technol- ogy called Responsive Web De- sign, “the next great wave in the digital world,” Tso said. It factors in varying screen sizes, and it is the same technology that com- panies like Google, Apple, and Amazon use. “We will include a graphical design, coding design, and an information architecture design that is built with mobile devices in mind,” Tso said. “The two important things are thinking of screen size and optimizing for the mobile user who is not necessar- ily looking to read something for very long.” Ongoing improvement will last a couple years, but they will also have to keep checking back

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Senior college employee retiring

Claire Freier Collegian Freelancer

Not many people at Hillsdale College can say they used a type- writer, let alone that they sat in the back of a van typing stats on one. Executive Assistant to the Di- rector of Athletics Jeanie Adams, however, has done both of these things. With 45 years of service, she is the longest-serving staff member at the college. This April, Adams will be retiring from her position in the athletics department to spend more time with her family, espe- cially her six grandchildren, who live nearby. “I love my job, I love Hills- dale College, and I had no desire to change,” Adams said. “It’s al- ways been a happy place.” Adams said the change that stands out the most is the growth of the college, not only in stu- dent body but also in staffing and sports. Hired a week after gradu-

ating from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Ind., Ad- ams said she never even applied for jobs anywhere but Hillsdale. Growing up in Reading, Mich., meant that Hillsdale was close to home for Adams, but she recalls that she “didn’t know that Hillsdale College existed” until her high school literature teacher brought her to see a Hillsdale play. Chief Administrative Officer Rich Péwé said that Adams has been promoted several times in her near half-century of work, adding that she “does whatever has to be done to make things work.” Péwé said that Adams makes the department stronger. “She’s been a steady force over the last 45 years,” he said. “She’s provided the athletic de- partment with stability. It’s cer- tainly a long time for anyone to work in a department.” Adams has gained experience throughout the years, not only at

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Chariot race starts frat Greek Week

Walker Mulley Collegian Freelancer

At the opening of fraternity Greek Week, a chariot lost a wheel, but not its rider, during the first chariot race on Hillsdale’s campus since the 1980s. At the first fraternity event, teams of two men pulled chariots carrying one rider in a four-lap race around the parking lot be- hind the Suites, said senior Pat- rick Davenport, InterFraternity Council president. Each fraternity built its own chariot for the event. Alpha Tau Omega fraternity won the race. “Pulling the chariots is a lot harder than you think,” said se- nior Aaron Tracey, who pulled Sigma Chi fraternity’s chariot. “The rider is little, but you’re run- ning uphill, and you’re running about the equivalent of a half mile,” he said. The race also featured a Saga Inc. meal exchange cookout open to spectators. “Hillsdale showed up in spades,” said junior Ian Atherton, member of ATO. “We had a good

said junior Ian Atherton, member of ATO. “We had a good Fraternity members race off the

Fraternity members race off the starting line in their handmade chariots in the inaugu-

ral event of Greek Week. (Ben Strickland/Collegian)

crowd. I enjoyed it a lot.” So far, fraternities have com- peted in the chariot race, a track competition, and basketball. Del- ta Sigma Phi fraternity currently leads the field by seven points. Fraternity Greek Week will continue with volleyball 9:30 to- night at Hillsdale Academy and bowling Friday at 6:30 p.m. Davenport said the IFC is grateful to the academy for the use of their courts.

Chi Omega women’s fraternity won sorority Greek Week, which concluded Friday. Chi Omega has come in first every year but one since 1983, Chi Omega president junior Geena Pietrefase said. “We practice. We work hard. We want to win,” she said. Sorority Greek Week events included basketball, trivia, and volleyball. “I got to cheer for my room- mate and our former chapter

president while she competed in a sack race, and I had no idea she could jump so high,” said junior Elizabeth Harris in an email, Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity pres- ident. Four of the events were changed from last year, said sophomore Kelsey Lozier, Kappa Kappa Gamma women’s frater- nity delegate to the Panhellenic Council. The trivia event was

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Q&A Judge Edith Jones serves on the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Judge Edith Jones served as chief judge of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals from 2006-2012. She was appointed as a federal judge by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and is a former White House Fel- lows Commissioner and former member of the National Bank- ruptcy Review Commission. Last week, Judge Jones was on campus teaching a daily class to under- graduates on jurisprudence. On Tuesday, she participated in a talk with College President Larry Arnn on the topic “Lawyers, Judges, and the Rule of Law.” Compiled by Ramona Tausz.

You have been on campus teaching a daily class to under- graduates. What have you been teaching? The students seem to be ma- joring in politics or economics, and they’re very well-prepared for class, which is gratifying. I think the course was titled some- thing like, “Jurisprudence.” I’ve been a judge for nearly 30 years, and I’ve never taught before, so what I’m doing is hopefully teaching some of the basics about the role of judges and law in our American constitutional system. I’ll leave them, I hope, with some

tools they can use as private citi- zens or as budding law students

to think about important legal is-

sues that society confronts. What do you think of your first teaching experience? I guess I’ll leave it to the stu- dent reviews as to whether they

think I did a good job. It’s always

a useful exercise to get ready for

a course because you have to

sort of put your thoughts in or-

der and prioritize what you think are the important components of whatever subject matter you’re dealing with. It was very useful

to prepare and the students were

asking good questions and were intellectually-engaged, so as long

as there’s mutual appreciation and they’ve benefited from the teaching, I would probably do it again. Many students enjoyed your description of clerkship in Tuesday’s talk.

It’s really one of the greatest

things that can happen to a young law graduate, but we get many, many applications. There are probably about 2,000 clerkship opportunities open in the fed- eral courts each year and about

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(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)


Alumni spotlight Palmer Schoening `11, runs his own business in Washington, D.C., called Schoening Solu- tions. A2

Convocation results See inside for scholarship cup winners and seniors with the highest GPAs. A2

cup winners and seniors with the highest GPAs. A2 (Courtesy of Palmer Schoening) Stoldt focuses on

(Courtesy of Palmer Schoening)

Stoldt focuses on Grovsenor

Senior writes thesis on local historical museum.


Broadstreet revamp pending Pending Hillsdale City Coun- cil’s approval, Broadstreet will renovate its basement. A6

approval, Broadstreet will renovate its basement. A6 ( J o r d a n F i

(Jordan Finney/Collegian)

Career Services: Be more agressive

Hillsdale needs to use different platforms to help graduates get jobs. A5

Heroes of Hillsdale Hillsdale student William G. Whitney received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chicka- mauga. B3

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10 April 2014 N EWS A2 10 April 2014 Palmer Schoening ’11, runs his own business in Washing-

Palmer Schoening ’11, runs his own business in Washing- ton, D.C., called Schoening Strategies.

(Courtesy of Palmer Schoening)

Class of 2014

top 10 Gpas

In alphabetical order:

Sydney Bruno Christene Diehr Domenic DiGiovanni Margaret Freeland Emily Goodling

Josiah Kollmeyer Aaron Sandford Olivia Tilly Brett Wierenga William Zuhl

2014 ConvoCation results

Women’s scholarship cup:

Pi Beta Phi (3.276)

Men’s scholarship cup:

Delta Tau Delta (3.358)

The Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence goes to Professor of Business Law Robert Blackstock


News In the article, “Phys- ics seniors accepted to top schools,” the

jump for the story was incorrect. The corrected version is online.

The Collegian regrets this error.

Alumni spotlight: Palmer Schoening

Sam Scorzo Washington Editor

May 18, 2011 was a busy day for alumnus Palmer Schoening. On that day, he graduated from

Hillsdale College and started his own business. “It was really scary, extreme-

ly scary,” he said.

But two years later, the busi- ness is strong. “The lights are still on,” he said, laughing. “Most business- es, about 60 percent, fail within the first year, so I’m really hap- py.” Through his business, Schoe- ning Strategies, he runs a coali- tion of more than 50 businesses around the nation called the Family Business Coalition. The coalition comes together over shared interests to influence leg- islation. “Our goals are to kill the death tax, lower marginal tax rates, lower capital gains tax rates, and decrease regulations on these guys, because they cre- ate the majority of jobs in the

country,” Schoening said. He said his favorite part of the job is being able to make a difference. The company’s most recent successes include repealing the death tax in Indiana, Ohio, Ten- nessee, and North Carolina. This year, in two blue states, Mary- land and New York, it has made positive changes in the law to make it a lot friendlier for busi- nesses, he said. “It’s nice to be able to tell the family business owners, ‘Hey, you’re not going to have to grapple with this tax anymore,’” Schoening said. Schoening credits his father, who has been a business owner for years, for inspiring him to go into business himself. “I worked with him my entire life. He had a laundromat, dry cleaners, and a couple apartment buildings,” he said. “So after hours, I was in there cleaning out the laundry vents and stuff like that and seeing what it took day

to day to run a business, so it was

a little less of a shock for me.” Schoening originally went

to Hillsdale as a biology major. However, taking the Constitu- tion class, inspired him to change his course of study to political economy. He also credits his academic adviser at Hillsdale, Professor of Political Economy Gary Wolfram, for feeding his ambition to start a business. Wolfram said he has spoken with Palmer a number of times since his graduation and remem- bers him as “a good student.” “I believe his Hillsdale edu- cation has provided him with the background necessary to affect public policy, and I am sure he would tell you the same,” Wol- fram said in an email. While at Hillsdale, Schoen- ing played for the Charger foot- ball team and was the treasurer for Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, as well as a member of Praxis. After Hillsdale, Schoening moved to Washington, D.C., and interned with the American Family Business Institute while earning his master’s degree in public policy with a concentra-

tion in economics at George Mason University. He then tran-

sitioned into working for the in- stitute and climbed his way up to director of federal affairs, all while laying the groundwork for his own business. Schoening’s advice for other Hillsdale students is to get in- volved while at Hillsdale and take advantage of the WHIP pro- gram. Schoening said Hillsdale has

a great presence on the hill, and he has worked to make it stron- ger as a driving force behind establishing the D.C.–Hillsdale Alumni Steering Committee. But even with this success on the hill, Schoening isn’t stop- ping where he’s at. Next week, Schoening looks forward to traveling to Hawaii with his father for a business venture. “We have a three acre plot of land outside of Hilo, Hawaii, and I’ll be helping him start up our new family organic farm,” Schoening said. “We plan to grow avocados, mangos, coffee, and more. It should be a fun new venture.”

Enactus competes at nationals

Micah Meadowcroft Assistant Editor

Hillsdale Enactus returned

from Cincinnati last week with

a $500 cash prize from the En-

actus National competition. Six students made up a presentation team that won its consolation bracket. The presentation was based on last year’s Hillsdale Enactus chapters’ activities focusing on international outreach, energy management, and community development projects. “I think our team did really well, considering that we’re kind of young,” said senior Gena Os- ter, president of the chapter. “But we have 34 devoted Enactus members, which is pretty impres- sive.” Oster said many of the teams from other colleges Hillsdale competed against have endow- ments and receive college credit for their participation, making Hillsdale’s competitiveness that much more impressive. Executive Director of Career Services Michael Murray, one of the group’s academic advisors, said, “The team did a very fine job representing Hillsdale and, I think, demonstrated themselves very admirably.” This year’s competition saw

a shift from last year, when Hill- sdale competed at a regional competition in Chicago. The En- actus organization eliminated the regional competition from the overall program, meaning every participating team in the United States was competing in Cincin- nati. While the team failed to qual- ify for advancement, every team present was guaranteed at least two chances to present, and in the consolation competition, Hill-

to present, and in the consolation competition, Hill- Six members of Hillsdale’s Enactus team traveled to

Six members of Hillsdale’s Enactus team traveled to Cincinnatti last week to compete in the Enactus National competition. The group won $500. (Courtesy of Shaun Lichti)

sdale Enactus excelled. Junior Shaun Lichti, vice president of marketing for the team and pre- sentation director, saw the whole

experience as a great learning op- portunity. “It was important for under- standing the new competition format, what it means to not have regionals where everyone goes straight into nationals — I think we came out with a really good understanding of that,” he said. “Our presentation style, and the

way we went about doing our presentation, using a lot of video elements with a high produc- tion value — very professionally produced — was a big success and really gave us an edge, and

I think that with another year to

finesse our projects and the way we’re partnering both with busi-

nesses and nonprofits, we’ll be in

a very great position next year.” Beyond the experience of the competition, which Bob Black- stock, business law professor,

described as “a wonderful op- portunity for students, develop- ing their rhetorical skills,” the national competition included a career fair and business speakers. Murray said fifty companies were present, many of which were Fortune 500 and 100 com- panies. The businesses ranged from Home Depot to Coca-Cola and everything in between. One of the key-note addresses was given by the president of the Her- shey company. While only the six students making up the pre- sentation team were present on this trip, Murray would like more to attend in the future, and hopes to eventually bring the whole Hillsdale Enactus team each year

to the competition so they can all take advantage of the networking and job opportunities. Lichti and Oster both said

they would like to see the Hills- dale Enactus team grow. “Our drive is really just to get more people aware and more

people involved,” Lichti said. Formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, Enactus went through a rebranding process last year. The Hillsdale chapter worked on three projects this last year. In energy management, Enactus ran the dormitory and residence recycling and energy competitions and programs. In community development, the group helped the local restaurant and addiction recovery ministry “Tastes of Life” manage their marketing. Also, in international outreach, Enactus is assisting philanthropist John Drake’s Lin- gap Center orphanage in the Phil- ippines. “At bottom, the purpose of Enactus is to make the world a better place,” Blackstock said. Anyone intersted in learning more about Enactus at Hillsdale is invited to attend the team’s presentation in the private dining room at noon on April 15.

Teaching students survival 101

Sarah Albers Collegian Reporter

“All of my adult life has been spent in wilderness education,” Kellam said. “I went straight out of high school to the Marine Corps — I even had to sign a waiver, since I left early — and learned the survival and naviga- tion skills that go with that.” The idea for the class began with Rogers but wasn’t made a reality until this past semester. When the survival class was fi- nally put on the schedule, the

Sophomore Simone Lunt, cur- rently enrolled in the wilderness survival class, has been camping for years. “I really like outdoorsy stuff like camping and hiking,” Lunt said. “My family has camped ev- ery year since I was a baby.” Others came to the class knowing little about survival skills. Junior Logan Nabozny originally enrolled in the class to become acquainted with out-

start collecting things. You never know what you’ll need.” Kellam’s goal in the class is to bring students outside of their comfort zone, to get them en- gaged and practically competent in the case of a survival situation. “This class isn’t about surviv- ing, but thriving,” Kellam said. “The more you know, the less you have to carry. We also focus on leadership skills, so that the students can ensure that a group

of people will make it if they are confronted with a crisis.” Ingenuity is an impor- tant part of survival. The “kit mentality,” according to Kellam, teaches students to work with a few core tools. From there, Kellam hopes to teach each student how to use natural resourc- es to replace each element in that basic kit. “I know how to cut down a tree with a knife,” Nabozny said. “A lot of things can be good, can be useful, even if it’s not in the conventional sense.” Junior Rob Pfeiffer was surprised at how involved the class has been. “I wasn’t expecting the instructor to be such a wealth of knowledge,” Pfeiffer said. “We really spend a lot of time doing hands-on stuff.” Kellam’s practical approach is perfect for students like Lunt, however. “Someday, I want to look death in the face and live,” Lunt said.

When the polar vortex struck Hillsdale College, nine-foot snow banks loomed over the campus quad. Sinister patches

of black ice stretched across the sidewalk. The days were nasty, brutish, and short. Perfect weather for camping. Joe Kellam, the instructor for next semester’s wilder- ness survival class, set up camp with friends when few Hillsdale students dared to venture outdoors for longer than it took to dash from the Grewcock Student Union to Mossey Library. “People were calling us crazy,” Kellam said. “We were comfortable, though, because we had the right training.” Kellam has been teach- ing a wilderness survival class for the past semester alongside Associate Dean of Men Jeffery Rogers. In the future, however, Kel-

lam will be listed as the sole instructor.

“The brunt of the teaching is his doing,” Rogers said. “I did first aid, some cold weather instruction, and emer- gency stuff. Next semester, he will be teaching it himself.” Kellam has, through many years of experience outdoors, become the primary wilderness survival instructor for Michi- gan’s Department of Natural Re- sources.

for Michi- gan’s Department of Natural Re- sources. Wilderness survival class students learn how to create

Wilderness survival class students learn how to create a signal fire.

(Courtesy of Jeffrey Rogers)

student reaction was far more enthusiastic than either Rogers or Kellam could have predicted. “We had nearly 40 students sign up for the class,” Rogers said, “but we dropped down to 20 students after the time sched- ule was finalized.” Some students have had ex- tensive experience outdoors.

doorsmanship, as his father and uncle are regular hunters. But the class, more than giving him practical skills to use outdoors, has changed his perspective. “You look at things in a differ- ent light,” Nabozny said. “You think, ‘This is what I have on me. What can I use it for? How can this help me survive?’ You also

Unfinished business delays diplomas

Casey Harper

Spotlight Editor

As seniors near graduation, failure to take care of business could delay their diplomas and consequently their job search. On April 7, Registrar Doug- las McArthur sent out an email saying,“We have reason to believe that not everyone who intends to graduate in May has submitted a graduation application to the Reg- istrar’s office.” McArthur’s email hinted at a problem with Hillsdale diplomas:

sometimes, students don’t get them. Failing to apply for gradua- tion can delay diplomas, along with obstacles as small as unpaid library fines. Because many students stay an extra semester, being a senior is not enough for the college to know you will graduate, McArthur said. “The graduation application is your way of announcing to the college that you are graduating,” he said. Sometimes, panicked second- semester seniors realize they need one more class to graduate. McAr- thur said there are a few of these students every year, but the online program evaluation tools have helped with this problem. “If you don’t pay library fines, it can prevent you from getting what you actually came here to get,” Technical Services Librarian Maurine McCourry said. When graduating seniors walk across the stage in May, they are

not handed their diplomas. The process is actually more compli- cated. After grades come in, McAr- thur personally reviews every graduate’s transcript. “It’s a good two weeks of what

I do all day long,” he said. “Once

we have actually conferred the de- gree, then we place the order for the diplomas with the vendor.” Once the college receives the diplomas, the diplomas are signed by Chief Administrative Officer Rich Péwé and President Larry Arnn and then mailed out, usually by mid-June. The graduation process also involves some email changes for students. Once graduated, students will retain their Hillsdale email addresses for one year. After that, they switch to an alumni email

provided by the college. “We understand that it would be nice to have some continuity in contact information for stu- dents as they graduate so they can communicate with prospec- tive employers,” said Coordinator of Alumni Activities and Events Joyce Curby. “So what the college has decided to do is allow you to

keep you current email address for

a year that way you can transition

into the workplace.” Through these new emails, stu- dents can stay updated on college news as well as reunions, through the “e-lumni newsletter.” Alumni can also look up fellow alumni through the college directory.


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Garrett West presents paper at UNC conference

Sally Nelson

Opinions Editor

When junior Garrett West pre- sented a paper on Medieval phi- losophy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a student said they’d never met a theist who could actually have a conversation about philosophy. “Being there really made me

appreciate me being at HIllsdale. I recognize how rare the sort of ed- ucation we receive here is,” West said. “I hope I was able to show

a little bit of this education to the people I met.” West presented his paper at Chapel Hill as part of its Under- graduate Conference on Philoso- phy on March 29. He submitted

a paper on Saints Bonaventure

and Aquinas to Chapel Hill’s phi- losophy club after Phi Sigma Tau, Hillsdale’s philosophy honorary, forwarded the call for papers over

Christmas break. “I realized the Bonaventure pa- per was under the word limit and submitted it,” West said. The philosophy club selected West’s paper, along with three others, out of the more than 100 papers it received. The club flew

West to North Carolina for an all- day conference at which he pre- sented his work. In his paper, West offers a cri- tique of Bonaventure’s reworking

of Augustine’s theory of illumina-

tion and presents, instead, Aqui-

nas’ epistemology.

“I’ve always been really inter- ested in epistemology in particu- lar,” West said. “I started to read Aquinas’ theory of knowing and I was comparing it to Bonaventure

as I was reading.”

West submitted it to Lee Cole, instructor of philosophy, as the fi- nal paper for Cole’s survey course in Medieval philosophy. Cole learned that West submitted the

paper only after it was accepted. “I had only remarked that it was

an especially strong paper. Garrett

is always an especially strong stu-

dent, but he turned a corner here

in his writing,” Cole said. “He was

flirting with graduate level writing and reflection.” West’s paper stood out among the other papers presented, since the other papers focused on ethics and language rather than philoso- phy, and there are no Medieval philosophy professors at Chapel Hill. “How alien West’s topic is speaks all the more to the quality

of the work,” Cole said.

“I had to do a 35 minute Q and

A after,” West said. “Basically,

I talked about Thomas Aquinas

the whole time. Before I went,

I think that none of them would

have thought that any medieval philosopher could have a robust philosophical system that’s still applicable today.”


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music just to dance to and enjoy. They’re going to be bringing in lights and fog and really creating that concert-like atmosphere, so that will be a lot different from last year.” Senior Alex Anderson, media

chair of SAB, said Aaron Carter

will be a particu- larly fun addition to the night. “We thought

it would be a great way to end

the year and the night with an artist I think a lot of people can recognize both name-wise and content-wise,” Anderson said. “It’s kind of exciting to say, ‘Hey, a childhood star came to my col-

lege.’” Because SAB is spending

so much money on Centralhal-

lapalooza this year, Bigney said

it’s probably going to be the best

event of the year.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest Centralhallapalooza that’s ever been on campus, be- cause we’re going big this year,” Bigney said. “We want to make sure everyone really enjoys it.”


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her job, but with the college and its people. She has worked for five athletic directors since 1970 and says the knowledge she has acquired from her bosses has been unmeasurable. Director of Athletics Don Bru- bacher, a college employee for

six years, said that Adams likes

to keep a low profile but has great

perspective and makes logical decisions. “She knows so many people

and their position within the col- lege,” Brubacher said. “She helps

a new person like me connect

with lots of entities around cam- pus.” According to Brubacher, “family is at the center of her life,” and that close bond is of utmost importance to Adams.

She has weekly family dinners

on Sunday and goes on a family

vacation each summer. Adams said she will miss her “Hillsdale family” the most when

she retires, but does look forward

to spending time with her biolog-

ical family. “I have no big plans,” she said. As of yet, no one has been hired for Adams’ position in the athletic department. “You don’t replace someone like Jeanie,” Brubacher said.


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40,000 students are graduating,


you have to be very at the top


your class to qualify for clerk-

ship. As you can imagine, there

is a gigantic underground com-

munication about clerkships by former law clerks and some pro- fessors and so on, and so there’s a lot of scuttlebutt out there about which judges are the best ones to clerk for and which cities the best ones to be in and so on. I’m not privy to all that, but anyone who’s going to apply for a clerk- ship probably needs to explore all that. What options are avail- able for students who don’t get clerkships right out of law school? Well, they’re like me! I didn’t

get a clerkship. I wasn’t able to

look around a lot for various rea- sons and, you know, you go and practice law and learn it in law practice. It worked out. Is a clerkship ever more

than a temporary position? That is a very good question. Unfortunately, in my view, there

are more and more judges who are hiring what they call perma- nent clerks. It’s a great job, be- cause you are serving the judge and therefore the cause of justice permanently. You get all the ben- efits of federal employment. Not

as high a salary, but the main ben-

efit is reasonable working condi- tions. But still, there are a lot more student clerks, than there are permanent clerks. A lot of the permanent clerks work for older judges, who have less work to do. The judges don’t want to be bothered by having to train new people and hire new people every

year. At your talk, you mentioned that “despair is a sin” when looking toward the future of our country. How do you dem- onstrate optimism in your work and how might you encourage students to stay optimistic? Well, for myself, I just am do- ing my judicial job as well as I can, pursuant to the principles that I’ve tried to teach the stu- dents today, which are strict regard for the rule of law and a conception of the proper role of the judiciary in our society. As

for the students, I think it’s im- portant for each student to make decisions and then pursue excel- lence in whatever course they choose. Then no matter what ex- ternal forces may seem to buffet them at the end of the day, each one will be able to say, “I did the best I could.”

Greek Week

From A1

revised and kickball, Freaky Fri- day, and Finish the Lyric were introduced. Freaky Friday con- sisted of less competitive events

such as a wheelbarrow race and an egg toss. Lozier said the new events were well-received. “Overall, it was super success- ful this year,” she said. Finish the Lyric consisted of teams from each sorority choos- ing categories of songs. Part of a song would be played and then

the women would attempt to fin-

ish the song, KKG president ju- nior Mary Kate Kibbe said. She said those who success- fully finished difficult songs won much support. “It was really nice to get the houses cheering on together,” Kibbe said.


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on the changes they have made. The task is made more difficult with the quantity of information and the number of constituents they are trying to serve. “There are so many types of users, which makes it very diffi-

cult, and also challenging and fun when you redesign your website. You have to look at it from the point of view of different types

of users,” McNutt said. “For just

admissions alone, you have pro- spective students, prospective parents, guidance counselors,

military students, international students. All those have varying needs when they come to our website.” McNutt, who has 20 years of digital marketing experience, came to Hillsdale last June. He said that rebuilding the website is not uncommon for schools around the country. “What we are going through

is very typical of what almost

every school goes through. Some went through it five years ago,

some still are not going through it,” McNutt said. “A majority of

school websites are not that great

– ours currently is not that great, but we want to fix that.” Tso hopes that consistent re- evaluation of the website will ease the process for the future. “The idea is that we won’t wait every three years to mas- sively change the website,” Tso said. “It will be an ongoing patching and updating, so we will

be able to gradually ease the fish

into the water rather than dunk-

ing it into cold water every three

or four years.”

dunk - ing it into cold water every three or four years.” h onors thesis defense

honors thesis defense sChedule

Thursday, April 10 4:00-5:00 - Samuel Stoneburner: “The Heart of Science: The Necessity of Liberal Motivations for Scientific Inquiry” 5:15-6:15 - John Walsh: “Why 2+2=4: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Arithmetic”

Friday, April 11 2:30-3:30 - Evan Gage: “He Reysyd Uppe the Grett Root Oute of the Depe Depnesse: Hell and the Hermeneu-

tics of the Harrowing in Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love” 3:45-4:45 - Josiah Kollmeyer: “‘Keep the White Horse White’: The Victory of Christian Humility over Nihilistic Pride in G. K. Chesterton’s The Ballad of the White Horse”

Monday, April 14 2:30-3:30 - Grace Ramsey: “Sex, Lies, and the Founding of Rome: How Venus Genetrix Evolved from Aphro- dite” 3:45-4:45 - Viktor Rozsa: “Harmonices Mundi: Johannes Kepler and the Metaphysics of Scientific Discovery” 5:00-6:00 - Grace Marie Lambert: “A Response to Absence: Reading Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and House- keeping in Tandem”

Tuesday, April 15

4:00-5:00 - Erin Mundahl: “‘All the lonely people, where do they all come from?’: A Socio-Psychological Exami- nation of the Loner in Society”

Wednesday, April 16 2:30-3:30 - Brett Wierenga: “‘Beyond Supply and Demand’: Wilhelm Röpke on the Extra-Economic Context

and Function of Economic Science” 3:45-4:45 - Emily Schutz: “‘But remember—For that’s my business to you’: The Role of Wonder in Shake- speare’s Historical Memory” 5:00-6:00 - Andrew Pappas: “A Defense of Jury Notification”

Thursday, April 17 4:00-5:00 - Ellen Georges: “‘The abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men’: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as a Case Study in Teaching Literature at the High School Level”

5:15-6:15 - Deborah Ross: “‘Remember This Day’: The Historical Significance of the Exodus and the Reliability of the Biblical Date”

On the Greek Scene

Detailing the news and events of Hillsdale’s Greek houses

Pi Beta Phi

Pi Beta Phi would like to congratulate Chi Omega and Kappa Kappa Gamma on another great Greek Week! A special thank you to the Panhellenic representatives who coordinated the event. We had a great week — thank you for your hard work!

Chi Omega

We are excited to announce another Chi Omega Greek Week victory and would like to thank the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, and the Panhellenic Council for their efforts in making it a fun and exciting week for all. This week is an exciting one for us because we are preparing for the initiation of 20 new members this weekend. We can’t wait for them to be sisters!

student fed approves Group proposals

Student Fed approved $4,321.85 in funds at its last meeting after receiving eight proposals from stu- dent clubs and Campus Health and Recreation. The group granted funds to Praxis, Cravats and Bluestockings, Kappa Mu Epsilon math honorary, Stu- dents for Life, Mu Alpha, and the Hillsdale College Pep Band. Student Fed approved only half of Campus Health and Rec’s $3,000 proposal for new bikes. Treasurer sophomore Marie Wathen said Student Fed wants to make sure they’re not spending too much money. “A lot of the concern was trying to figure out a balance of how much money we’re spending,” Wathen said. “A lot of the representatives just want to make sure that our spending isn’t so much that we’re setting precedents that we can’t keep.” Campus Health and Rec will be able to purchase four bikes with the $1,500 in funds from Student Fed. Junior Arielle Mueller, president of Student Fed, said if the bikes prove to be a success then Student Fed will be happy to provide Campus Health and Rec with more funds in the future. “We felt by funding half the amount it would provide people with bikes for the triathlon, and it would also serve as an experiment,” Mueller said. “It’s kind of like a trial run. I think the consensus was that if this works out, Student Fed would be happy to hear from Campus Health and Rec again next semester or in a year.”

–Kate Patrick

soCiety of physiCs students to attend leCture

The Society of Physics Students is driving to the University of Michigan to attend a physics presenta- tion on April 12 titled, “A Viking Navigational Aid: Polarized Light.” “You’d be interested in this event if you’re interested in nature in the physical world and history to some extent,” said freshman Joshua Ramette, president of the society. The talk takes a scientific look at the historical issue of how the Vikings navigated in the North Atlantic Ocean before the invention of the magnetic compass. Michigan’s visiting physics scholar, Professor Va- sudevan Lakshminarayanan, will focus on the theory that the “sunstone” mentioned in Viking legend was

actually a calcite crystal that assisted Viking navigation though light depolarization. The group holds meetings on the first Thursday of every month in room 108 in the basement of Stro- sacker. Group meetings typically attract physics majors, but anyone with an interest in physics is welcome to attend. “The group is really inclusive, and we’re really excited for non-physics students to participate,” Ramette said. The group tries to host a few events throughout the semester either on the campus or somewhere outside of Hillsdale, and the talks at Michigan have been popular in the past. “Saturday morning physics talks are our favorite events,” Ramette said.

–Evan Carter

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How Hillsdale prepared me to be a housewife

Sunday at 6 p.m. How Hillsdale prepared me to be a housewife Mary Proffit Kimmel Student

Mary Proffit Kimmel Student Columnist

My mom in- forms me that be- ing a housewife is more than painting your nails and eat- ing bonbons. She volunteers, takes care of my grand- mother, sings in the church choir, and is a full-time law partner. I thought being a house- wife meant just baking and singing Frank Sina-

tra to yourself in the kitchen. In my efforts to become a good housewife, I once spent an entire summer trying to find the perfect pound cake recipe. There are several. People recommend different wet ingredi-

ents: sour cream, butter, Crisco, etc. I have found that sour cream works best. Then there is the almond/lemon deci- sion. Of course vanilla will be an ingredient, but you must choose whether you want

your cake to have a nutty or fruity overtone. Or you can make a chocolate pound cake, which resolves these difficulties for you. This love for baking was

born in me, I believe, out of

a severe habit of procras-

tination. At Hillsdale, the night before a paper was

due, I would always bake. I perfected Seth Strickland’s bread recipe, venturing out with such additions as hon- ey and chopped fruit. Bread

is perfect for studying, or

rather, not studying. Add the yeast to the water, and go study while it gets foamy. Add

the flour, study a little. Knead a little, write some more. Wait four hours for the bread to rise while you actually get some studying done. Finally, once you have baked the bread to a golden brown, you can offer it to your friends, continuing your strain of avoiding that paper. At least, it worked for me. Then there’s always impressing the boys. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I won’t say I didn’t try this on Carl. I definitely made him pound cake before we were dating. And now he makes me Swedish pancakes, so it comes full circle. But really, baking is an important way of showing affection to the men in your life. Although they would probably prefer a mighty-meaty dish, I usually make Carl and his friends scones. Or cookies. Their oven is a little finicky, so sometimes we end up eating cookie dough, but it’s

a communal experience nonetheless. Being a housewife is more than baking. It’s also the crazy soccer-mom adrenalin that you need to keep you going all day. I think Hillsdale has also prepared me for this. I know that balancing Kappa and Chamber Choir and Jitters (and

studying) is nothing compared to actually being a mother, but

it must contribute some skills of time management — or at

least not losing your mind. I may not drive a minivan, but I do enjoy the feverish business of a to-do list. Furthermore, the perfect housewife always wears pearls. Rain or shine, studying or sleeping, I always strive to wear pearls. I think it gives a professional touch to the grungiest outfit. It also keeps at bay the impending hipster-dom. As long as I have this remnant of the fifties, I cannot fall into the laissez-faire matching of any and all patterns and fabrics garnered from thrift stores and the Women’s Commission- er’s Sale. Pearls are the emblem of the eternal: spherical and white. They add the garnish of peace to an otherwise harried appearance. Hillsdale has prepared me to be a housewife by teaching me how to maintain outward calm in spite of inward anxi- ety, how to impress others while at the same time improving yourself, and how to be productive when you procrastinate.

Hillsdale has prepared me to be a housewife by teaching me how to maintain outward calm in spite of inward anxiety, how to impress others while at the same time improving yourself, and how to be productive when you procrastinate.

yourself, and how to be productive when you procrastinate. T he income Tax can fix The

The income Tax can fix The roads

The opinion of The collegian ediTorial sTaff

It’s no secret that the roads in Hillsdale need a lot of work. Just drive down Wolcott or Vine Street at 15 mph and pray your tires make it. The city needs to fix them, but it can’t without money. We suggest city council repropose the income tax that was voted down in 2012, and we encourage city residents – this time around – to vote ‘yes.’ In the aftermath of the city’s rejection of the income tax pro- posal, street funding solutions were constantly debated during the 2013 election cycle. Each candidate for Hillsdale City

Council vowed to make it a pri- ority. Once a new mayor and council were elected, the city government compiled a list of 24 possible solutions to fund road reconstruction. On our City News page, the Collegian has explored some of the more plausible options in a series throughout the spring se- mester. These have included such measures as installing parking meters, selling the Public Board of Utilities, and selling streets. But only two of the council’s solutions generate a substantial long-term revenue source. A private firm assessed Hill-

sdale’s roads and concluded that the city needs $39 million to entirely reconstruct its roads. Bringing them all to a well- functioning condition, however, would cost significantly less. After thorough research, we think that passing an earmarked income tax with an expiration date of 10 years, specifically for a local roads fund, is the best op- tion the city has. The tax would generate roughly $1 million a year – not enough to outright cure Hillsdale’s road malady, but enough to make it substantially less miserable. Most Hillsdale students don’t

pay taxes here. So, yes, there’s a problem in our supporting the tax: We get all the benefits and suffer none of the financial bur- den. But if we can’t convince you to vote for the tax, we en- courage you to look into the mat- ter yourself. The roads are only getting worse. They will only get fixed if city residents approve a way for the city to pay for them. We think the income tax is the solu- tion. What do you think?

Education should draw you out of yourself

What do you think? Education should draw you out of yourself Ian Andrews Student Columnist I

Ian Andrews Student Columnist

I finally got around to my edu- cation in my junior year. There are a lot of people who will say their freshman year

didn’t count, usually because it’s hard to get good grades as a Hill- sdale freshman. We’re willing, as a community, to pass over our collective academic slow start, and put the beginning of our ac- tual education at sophomore year.

I did begin to succeed, if not ex- cel, academically in my sopho-

more year, but there still wasn’t a whole lot of education going on. Junior year, I hit my stride, by which I do not mean to claim

I became a straight-A student. I

did, however, enjoy every mo-

ment of my classroom experi-

ence. I promise, I’m not making

it up, there was wonder every-


Of exactly the sort that Dr.

Smith talks about when he sneaks

a talking point on Shakespeare

into a class on Homer’s “Iliad.”

I could actu-

ally get buried


instead of get-

ting lost in one, and I walked out


classes with

a discussion,

evaluation of my worth to a nigh- spiritual status sophomore year.

In both of those periods, the only thing on my mind was myself. My own image dominated my

vision of the world, and I learned

nothing that wasn’t filtered through my self-perception. My junior

year was defined by fascination. Everything I read was deep, even the abhorrent descriptions of a rotting corpse in Edgar Allan Poe’s “Narrative of Arthur Gor- don Pym.” (You may not know, or even have wanted to know, but that book, once read, will never leave your waking or sleep- ing mind alone


I was so busy thinking about the books in front of me that I forgot, for the first time in my college career, to pay attention to myself. I found myself stridently bellowing Anglo-Saxon gibber- ish, completely unselfconscious, giggling with my fellow juniors at the sheer awesomeness of the dead language we were dabbling in.

I felt drawn into a level of contemplation that begged me to look around at the world and be dazzled by it.

begged me to look around at the world and be dazzled by it. g o o

g o o s e b u m p s

just because of


ideas. Suddenly,

care in


grades showed me my short-

comings. I was simply having


much fun.

I say all of this

I didn’t

least that my


because I feel this college presented me with

a two stage educational process.

My first two years weren’t about

the academics, even though those

poor grades played a huge role in my growth; those years were about sobering me up so that my own person wasn’t constantly between my eyes and the ideas in the classroom. I went from

actively rejecting my studies freshman year, to elevating their

I don’t pretend to know exact-

ly what changed between sopho- more and junior year. But I do know that I wanted to be in class,

not to check it off of a list of re- quirements, but because the class itself was intoxicatingly beauti- ful. I felt drawn into a level of contemplation that begged me to look at the world and be dazzled by it. And I was.

I think this is what they mean

when they give us that stuffy monologue about the linguistic roots of the word “education,” and tell you that it will draw you out of yourself, and into a larger conversation. I cannot count the number of times I’ve parroted that speech in defense of the lib- eral arts, but I didn’t understand its substance until my studies dis- tracted me from myself. No one could have explained that it would be joy, and not the disappointment of learning my finitude, that would make me an educated man. I feared my own failure far too much to see that if I knew everything, I would never be surprised or entertained again. Junior year, I no longer took care to know and understand every- thing, but instead was delighted in the fact that I knew nothing; every moment became a discov- ery, and every conversation an education.


conversation an education. WHAT PRINCIPLES RULE THE GOP? Jonah Goldberg Syndicated Columnist For years, Republicans

Jonah Goldberg Syndicated Columnist

For years, Republicans ben- efited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming — or merely improving at a sat- isfactory clip — the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The distinc- tion is also fuzzy when the econ- omy is shrinking or imploding. But when the economy is simply limping along — not good, not disastrous — like it is now, the line is easier to see. And GOP politicians typically don’t want to admit they see it. Just to clarify, the difference between being pro-business

and pro-market is categorical.

A politician who is a “friend of

business” is exactly that, a guy

who does favors for his friends.

A politician who is pro-market is

a referee who will refuse to help

protect his friends (or anyone else) from competition unless

the competitors have broken the

rules. The friend of business sup- ports industry-specific or even business-specific loans, grants, tariffs or tax breaks. The pro- market referee opposes special treatment for anyone. Politically, the reason the lines

get blurry in good times and bad

is that in a boom, the economic

pie is growing fast enough that

the friend and his competitor alike can prosper. In bad times,

when politicians are desperate to

get the economy going, no one in

Washington wants to seem like

an enemy of the “job creators.” But in a time when people

bitterly wonder, “Is this as good

as it gets?” Republicans have to

decide whether European-level growth means we should have European-style policies. In Eu- rope, big corporations are nation- al institutions where big labor unions collect their dues — with help from the state. Democrats, who often look longingly at the way they do things across the pond, don’t have the same dilemma as Re- publicans. For a century or more, progressives have believed in public-private partnerships, in- dustrial policy, “Swopism,” corporatism and other forms of

picking winners and losers. The

winners always promise to de- liver the “jobs of tomorrow” in return for help from government

today. (Solyndra is running be-

hind on keeping its end of the deal.) Many Republicans are rhetor- ically against this sort of thing, but in practice, they’re for it. (Even Ronald Reagan supported trade protections for Harley-Da- vidson.) This is especially true at the state level, where GOP governors are willing to do any- thing to seduce businesses their

way. Texas is a good example.

Gov. Rick Perry has been heroic in keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low. But he’s also helped his friends -- a lot. Few on the right in Texas care, because Tex- as has been doing so much better than the rest of the country. GOP politicians can’t have it both ways anymore. An eco- nomic system that simply doles

out favors to established stake- holders becomes less dynamic and makes job growth less likely. (Most jobs are created by new businesses.) Politically, the lon- ger we’re in a “new normal” of lousy growth, the more the fo- cus of politics turns to wealth redistribution. That’s bad for the country and just awful politics for Republicans. In that envi- ronment, being the party of less — less entitlement spending, less redistribution — is a losing proposition. Also, for the first time in years, there’s an organized — or

mostly organized — grassroots constituency for the market. His- torically, the advantage of the pro-business crowd is that its members pick up the phone and call when politicians shaft them. The market, meanwhile, was like a bad Jewish son; it never called and never wrote. Now, there’s an infrastructure of Tea Party- affiliated and other free-market groups forcing Republicans to stop fudging. A big test will be on the Ex- port-Import Bank, which is up for reauthorization this year. A bank in name only, the taxpayer- backed agency rewards big busi- nesses in the name of maximiz- ing exports that often don’t need the help (hence its nickname, “Boeing’s Bank”). In 2008, even then-Sen. Barack Obama said it was “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.” The bank, however, has thrived on Obama’s watch. It’s even subsidizing the sale of private jets. Remember when Obama hated tax breaks for corporate jets? Friends of the Ex-Im Bank are screaming bloody murder. That’s nothing new. What is new is that the free market is on line two. (Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and editor-at-large of National Review Online. You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at goldbergcolumn@, or via Twitter @Jo- nahNRO.)

From the Archives: Centrallhallapalooza to feature Elephant Centralhallapalooza, hosted by the Student Activities Board
From the Archives: Centrallhallapalooza to feature Elephant
Centralhallapalooza, hosted by the
Student Activities Board and boast-
ing live bands, a beer tent and a moon
bounce, will also feature free elephant
rides from 7-11 p.m. Saturday.
Rebekah Dell, Director of Student
Activities, said SAB officers began look-
ing into bringing an elephant to Central-
hallapalooza after a student requested
one at their meetings.
Eventually, SAB found one through
the Funny Business Agency of Ada,
Mich. The board rented the elephant as
part of a deal with the moon bounce, in-
flatable obstacle course and high jump,
and Dell said the entire package cost
around $4,000 including insurance.
“I was shocked at how simple the
whole process was,” Dell said.
The elephant, whose name is Laura,
starred in the 1995 movie “Ace Ventura:
The Uses of a
Liberal Arts
When Nature Calls,” Dell said.
“I’ve heard it can maybe even throw a
baseball,” she said.
Freshman Lena Pantely said she
thought the elephant was a joke when she
first heard about it.
“I think it’s exciting that we can do
something even a big university hasn’t
done,” Pantely said. “With the economic
downturn, only in Hillsdale would we
still get an elephant.”
April 23, 2009
Kirsten Adams
by Forester


10 April 2014

Death and violence in television has become cliché

Marcus Hedenberg Collegian Reporter

I used to always complain about

seeing heroes walk out into the sunset unscathed. Now it seems they’re lucky

if they survive with half their limbs in-

tact. Death is the new cliché in televi- sion. And though George R.R. Martin’s

habit for the mass murdering of fiction-

al characters does make for greater sus-

pense in “Game of Thrones,” it’s hard

not to feel that television is following

a popular trend that’s dulling death’s

impact. It wasn’t until the season four finale of “The Walking Dead” that I realized this. Following the episode’s conclu- sion, plenty of fans took to the Inter- net to lament that “nobody died.” For all the season’s faults, I was pleasantly

surprised to see so few prominent char- acters killed for once. Sure, it was a rocky and inconsistent ride, but fewer deaths allowed for character develop- ment that would otherwise have been impossible. Unfortunately though, character assassination is becoming ever more synonymous with “stuff happening.” I call it death porn. It compels writers to look to death as the primary source of catharsis for their characters. Alter- natively, it compels them to kill their characters when they can’t be bothered to figure out where to take them next. In the past, plenty of shows have butchered a majority of their origi- nal cast. To name a few: “Boardwalk Empire,“ “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Lost,” “Strike Back,” “Homeland,” “The So- pranos,” “The Following,” “Justified,” and “Under the Dome.”

There are good reasons to kill off characters, of course. Some deaths are inevitable for characters whose stories have reached their natural conclusion (see “Homeland”). Other times, the death of one character is necessary for the development of another (see “Breaking Bad”). But when the prevailing question on everyone’s mind is “who’s going to die tonight?” then perhaps the narrative is too dependent on death for the sake of death. Death has no real meaning for the audience if it’s happening all the time. The very surprise inherent to the concept vanishes. The problem isn’t as acute in movies because they end be- fore death becomes repetitive. The reason people like George R.R. Martin and Robert Kirkman (producer of “The Walking Dead”) started killing their characters in the first place was to avoid predictability. They thought

suspense had been cheapened. Death is now the victim of cheapening. Jumping the gun on character deaths can also backfire by ruining all the groundwork made to attach the audience to certain characters. Every time someone dies, another must enter as a replacement. Recreating an equally strong bond is a tricky feat that doesn’t always succeed. My personal favorite show, “24,” is arguably most notorious for this and was the first prominent show of the 2000s to establish the “Anyone Can Die” rule. It was like, in their maniacal pursuit, the writers relished the chance to kill almost the entire cast. For a long time, this approach worked because of its novelty in reminding viewers that no one is safe. That was part of its for- mula. But even “24” became a caricature of itself in its later seasons. Shock- and-awe became shock for the sake of

shock. Death became predictable, with less impact. Since “24,” TV has be- come a hub for fictional mass murder. Even non-action based shows like “Downton Abbey” and “House of Cards” are guilty of their own share of twist deaths. In their defense, however, those shows do a lot to reinforce the notion that there are other ways to im- press audiences with twists and turns that do not involve death. Shows don’t need to resort to heroes and villains rejoicing together around a fire singing “Kumbaya,” but reducing the body count is a good step toward keeping death surprising and meaning- ful. I suppose that, while I’m casting blame, I really ought to point my finger at Shakespeare. Just look at “Hamlet.” Only Horatio made it out of that one alive.

at “Hamlet.” Only Horatio made it out of that one alive. Politics at Hillsdale: Superb, valuable,

Politics at Hillsdale:

Superb, valuable, and well-rounded

Politics at Hillsdale: Superb, valuable, and well-rounded Josiah Lipincott Special to the Collegian “Our student body,

Josiah Lipincott Special to the Collegian

“Our student body, as a whole, avoids asking the hard questions about what justice requires of our so- ciety.” When I read that gem of a line from last week’s Collegian op-ed — “The liberal arts must include opposing thinkers” — I was incredulous. Gar- rett West’s argument that all Hillsdale students live in an ideological echo chamber with little serious exposure to philosophers and philosophies they disagree with is bunk and needs to be addressed. According to the author of the piece, this college needs a more “di- verse conversation” which consid- ers “seriously” thinkers like “John Rawls, G.W.F. Hegel, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Karl Marx.” The only problem with the author’s claim? That conversation is already happen- ing on campus. Every thinker the op- ed claimed Hillsdale students weren’t reading I have studied in-depth in class. For an hour and fifteen minutes every Monday and Wednesday in my Modern Political Philosophy II course, Dr. Pestritto goes through core portions of major texts from Kant, Rousseau, Hegel and Marx line by line, argument by argument. Two-thirds of my American Politi- cal Thought class with Dr. West was spent on the American progressives and post-modern liberals, none of whom would ever be confused with supporters of the Founders or their vi- sion of government. Dr. West placed special emphasis on the influential liberal thinkers John Rawls and Ron- ald Dworkin. He required us to read large portions of their most signifi- cant writings so that we might better understand the impact of their argu- ments. I can’t speak for the other fields of study, but I do know that, in my politics courses, I’ve been exposed to dozens of thinkers and writers who stand outside the generally “conser- vative” disposition of the college. My

politics professors have challenged me to read those authors closely, even sympathetically. In doing so, my abil- ity to think critically has sharpened immensely. The op-ed’s sweeping claim of widespread ideological blindness among students angered me. Not only did it unfairly insult my own liberal education, but in doing so wrongly implied that my professors were in- tellectually dishonest, either hiding opposing arguments out of fear of their effects or a refusal to leave their own bubbles of thought. That claim, considered in light of my own experi- ence in the politics program, is utterly fallacious. I’ve taken 8 of the 11 required courses for a politics major and my syllabi don’t lie — by sheer volume I’ve read far more Hegel than Locke, far more Nietzsche than Strauss. The politics professors do ask their stu- dents hard questions about justice. They present the evidence and ask us to work through it. They force us to read closely and to think critically. Of course, my professors hold positions and defend them in class, but that does not mean we don’t approach op- posing thinkers or that we treat them as “sub-par intellects unworthy of… thoughtful reading.” While colleges across America churn out political science students primed to man the machinery of the modern administrative state and fully indoctrinated in the dogmas of the liberal holy trinity of race, class, and gender, Hillsdale stands apart. The politics education at this college is superb and well worth pursuing. It is anything but one-sided. It’s true; I’ve heard students at the college make outlandish claims about political thinkers that illustrate their own ignorance, but that does not mean such students are indicative of the whole population. If you’re going to make sweep- ing claims about the nature of the education here at Hillsdale, do your research. The results might surprise you.

Hillsdale: Focus more on jobs

Alex Anderson Web Editor

Hillsdale College reported a 94 percent placement rate of graduating seniors in either a graduate school pro-

gram or a desired profession last year. At first this number seems impressive, but in comparison to similar private col- lege statistics it is nothing but average. This statistic has always bothered me, not because of its numerical value but because of its conventional label. Hillsdale does not produce convention-

al students and hopes to attract increas-

ingly qualified applicants. By 2019, the

college seeks to be the most selective school in Michigan. Such an achieve- ment will require not just a rigorous ad- missions process, but an overhaul of the college’s career placement strategy for graduating seniors. The quality of employment for Hill- sdale graduates is vital to the long-term success and reputation of the college. Beyond just the four-year experience,

a degree seeks to prepare students for

professional success. In comparison to a vocational de- gree, a liberal arts education is often seen as an unconventional degree be- cause it lacks a specific skill set. But in today’s job market, a liberal arts educa- tion is in high demand. A 2014 report conducted by the Association of Ameri- can Colleges and Universities found that 93 percent of employers prefer ap- plicants who can write, communicate clearly, solve complex problems, and adapt in new environments, over a spe- cific major or minor. If the college wants to increase its selectiveness it needs to direct more at-

tention toward career placement. Hill- sdale College needs to market their stu- dents’ unique and outstanding qualities to nationally competitive job markets. If the following proposals are properly implemented, Hillsdale could build a professional profile upon the college’s outstanding educational and indepen- dent reputation. First students need to be connected to opportunities. Quite often the re- sources of the college’s friends, donors, and supporters are forgotten. I can’t tell you how many times I have met a donor at a CCA who had expressed interest in helping students pursue a variety of ca- reer paths. The college has over 2.7 mil- lion subscribers to its monthly publica- tion. They have raised over 1.1 billion dollars in its 40-year fight for indepen- dence. The college should capitalize on these connections to advance Hillsdale students’ careers. Conventional employment tactics cause students to miss out on valuable resources. Many colleges rely on alumni connections for student internship and job opportunities. If Hillsdale wants to stand apart, it must embrace its uncon- ventional resources in a more aggres- sive and personalized way than Charger Connect. Some office — whether it be Institutional Advancement, External Affairs, or Career Services — needs to take initiative by connected willing supporters with ambitious students. Second, Hillsdale must hire a full- time, professional cover letter and re- sume writer. The first thing that will make Hillsdale students stand out in the job interview process is a well-con- structed cover letter and resume. Hiring managers decide within seconds wheth- er the applicant is a viable candidate

based on the quality of the cover letter. It is no secret that top job applicants from other schools hire professional resume writers to help construct their image for a certain position. The imple- mentation of the Student Affairs Mentor program has motivated students to craft thoughtful resumes. But no matter how helpful a SAM may be, no SAM has the expertise of a professional resume writ- er. This is a simple change that would immediately improve the professional image of Hillsdale’s students.

Finally, the college must be more intentional about placing students in di- verse careers paths. A liberal arts educa- tion does not limit students to careers in education, government, or non-profits. There is no better way to spread the college’s message and increase sup- port than by actively placing students in jobs throughout the nation. The college needs to connect with organizations, companies, and industries outside of its conventional niches. We should strive to have recruiters and competitive pro- grams visit campus in demand for Hill- sdale students. I am the first to admit,

I do not have a LinkedIn account, nor

do I want one. I believe in the strength of personal connections. Connections are only useful when you establish a relationship. Try to connect personally with alumni by accessing the listserv through the Alumni Office. In addition, I believe that each stu- dent is on a different career journey. The Hillsdale community, however, must always strive to meet the chal- lenges of modern life. Such a challenge requires us to leave the Hillsdale bubble and bring its message to new platforms.

Why you should run a marathon

Emily Shelton Senior Reporter

One Sunday morning a few falls ago, I woke up alert, anxious, and excited — the same kind of feeling I got as a child when I woke at daybreak on a summer morning ready to dash around Ana- heim’s Disneyland park. This particular Sunday morning promised every ounce of mayhem as those summer days, but this time, I would not dart after every costumed character I saw. Instead, I locked my eyes on the 8:45-per-mile banners bobbing in the hands of hired pace-keepers, and chased them through the streets of Chicago. Marathons are legendary. Simply saying the word conjures fear, awe, and respect for those who have attempted one, while also evoking an image of an emaciated world-class athlete simply

gliding. Not much about that October morning confirmed that image: Though world-class athletes did glide over the streets, 40,000 runners of all sizes, ages, and talents running also ran be- hind them. One year, a man even ran the Chicago Marathon with a foam Eiffel Tower structure strapped around him. It takes a stroke of madness to sign up for a marathon. It is, however, one of those challenging experiences that is worth attempting. Running is known to reduce stress, sharpen focus, and improve mental stamina — things that could be helpful for college life. Olympian runner Steve Prefontaine once said, “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” To many who commit to run a mara- thon, the race itself is only the climax of months of preparation — and, if they were dedicated and smart with their training, the race is hardly a struggle in comparison. I began lightly training for the Chi- cago Marathon in January after taking a break from running. I had finished my cross country season for Hillsdale the past December, and decided to resign from the team. I signed up for a half- marathon in June in Vancouver, Wash., just north of my hometown in Oregon. I knew I needed a goal sooner than the October marathon. I was used to 10-to- 12-mile long runs on the weekends during cross country season, but that half-marathon marked the farthest I had even run. In the following months, I built up mileage and tried to have faster runs. It was grueling. I often wanted to skip the long-distance runs — the most impor- tant runs for marathon training — but the thought of comfort on that October

morning alone kept me running. Any determination I had did not ward off the miserable runs — they are like old bad jokes now. Like when I ran seven miles out on a road and could only make it three miles back; I had to walk the last four miles because my legs would not take me any farther. Or

the runs I had to squeeze in around class when I got back to Hillsdale. Or the 85 degree, summer afternoon run when

I ran around Seattle trying to find 18

miles worth of pavement to carry me to

the end of the run. When I hobbled into my sister’s apartment afterwards, I col- lapsed on the floor, slurped down a 24 ounces protein smoothie in practically

a gulp, and then floated in the pool for

the next hour. It was entirely taxing and exhaust- ing, but without those experiences, I wouldn’t have known how important food, directions, hydration, and pa- tience were to long distance running — and how rewarding it could be. Those months of training, however difficult, led to one of my most profound learn- ing experiences. Those months prepared me for that early October morning when I timidly ate my bagel on the train from a friend’s house in Hinsdale to the heart of Chi- cago. Runners of all ages and types spewed from all directions, streaming into the start corrals as the sun rose. A couple anxious minutes passed and then the gun went off. The pack of 40,000 runners followed Columbus Street north from Millennium Park and off on a tour of the city. The only thing left was to trust the training I had committed to and to en- joy being with the thousands of people lining the streets — it was almost a con- test among Chicagoans to determine which part of town could rally the larg- est cheering crowd — and then thrive with thousands of runners each trying to reach the same goal: 26.2 miles.

thousands of runners each trying to reach the same goal: 26.2 miles. Congratulations Hillsdale College Class

Congratulations Hillsdale College Class of 2014!

thousands of runners each trying to reach the same goal: 26.2 miles. Congratulations Hillsdale College Class



10 April 2014

City revisits income tax option

Taylor Knopf & Macaela Bennett City News & Assistant Editor

Fifth in a series.

The income tax initiative, vot- ed down in 2012, is back on Hill- sdale City Council’s road-funding list. In order to fund fixing the city roads, council compiled a list of options and included an income tax as one that should be re-eval- uated. “There are really only two options left: the millage and the income tax,” Councilman Brian Watkins said. “In theory, the in- come tax is as fair as we’re going to get in paying for the roads.” Watkins pointed out that many Michigan cities are dealing with the same problem of poor roads and little money to fix them. This is because Michi- gan cities’ two primary revenue sources, property taxes and state revenue sharing, have significant- ly decreased since 2004, accord- ing to a Citizens Research Coun- cil of Michigan publication. “Michigan’s prolonged eco- nomics recession is creating fiscal stress for many local governments and causing city government of-

ficials to seek alternative revenue sources,” said CRC in its publica- tion, “Local-Option City Income Taxation in Michigan.” City Financial Director Bon- nie Tew said that the tax would be one percent for those within the City of Hillsdale, and a half percent for those working within but living outside the city. Tew supports the income tax, as she watches the city’s extra fund bal- ance decrease. “You have to have something you can fall back on,” Tew said. “You are either going to have to increase your revenues coming in or decrease your expenses go- ing out. The only way we have of doing that is to lay people off. Something is going to suffer when you get rid of people. To maintain the level of services we have, we need the people we have.” Due to state restrictions, state grants for road funding must be used on major roadways. This leaves Hillsdale responsible for maintaining all but six roads. “Local units of government are where we should focus,” said Gary Wolfram, professor of eco- nomics and consultant on the in- come tax initiative. Wolfram advised that the best solution to raise road-funding revenue is still an income tax ear- marked for streets with a seven

to 10 year expiration date that exempts business owners. He es- timates that the tax would gener- ate approximately $1 million per year. That $1 million would fix about one road each year. Wolfram said that the city would have to better educate the voters about the income tax if it has any hope of passing in the fu- ture. “The income tax would have been earmarked for roads,” he said. “But the ballot didn’t say that, so people went in to vote and were asked if they wanted the

city to levy an income tax, so they said ‘no.’” Councilman Patrick Flannery said that an income tax should not be currently considered, because the voters already voted it down. “To me, the voters said ‘no’ by 70 to 30 percent. So we should not consider it, because to me, that’s going against the will of the people to even reconsider it at this time,” Flannery said. “In

a certain period of time, I’d say

that it would be OK to look at it

again, but that would be five to 10 years from now. But even then, I’d only feel comfortable if it was the people coming forward and saying, ‘We think an income tax

is something we want.’” Flannery suggested that a

combination of smaller options be considered to fund the roads, such as reassesing fees, special assessment projects, closing un- necessary roads, and looking for ways to cut the budget. “I don’t think the road funding is going to be one, big magical thing,” Flannery said. “It will be us reducing the expenses we have and looking at the fees that we charge people and taking a look at a lot of little things, and they will all add up.” Some of the main objections to the income tax are that it is an extra burden on families and that it does not promote economic development, according to local attorney Bethany Miller. Miller campaigned with a group against the income tax in 2012. “It’s a well-known fact that taxation doesn’t encourage eco- nomic development,” Miller said. “It discourages business.” According to Wolfram, im- proved roads could raise prop- erty values enough to offset the

income tax’s cost for families within the median income range. “It boils down to how badly people really want the streets done,” Watkins said. “Because one way or another, they have to pay for them.”

Broadstreet seeks revamp approval

Broadstreet Downtown Market plans to renovate its basement said Robert Socha, co-owner of Broadstreet. At the Hillsdale City Council March 24 meeting, Socha told the council about Broadstreet’s plans to submit an Ob- solete Property Rehabilitation Exemption application. OPRA allows cities to waive property taxes on commer- cial buildings that require rehabilitation. “We’re trying to maintain the atmosphere we have with the first-floor tavern and eatery in the new remodeling of the basement,” Socha said. If its application is accepted, Broadstreet will finish two- thirds of its 7,000 square-foot basement. Costing approxi- mately $418,000, the renovations would include creating a bar and entertainment venue with gaming area, bar, and extension of the upstairs restaurant. While the upstairs bar and restaurant is quieter and more conducive to conversation, Broadstreet owners hope to cre- ate a more upbeat atmosphere downstairs by hosting open microphone nights and disc-jockeys. Socha said he hopes to have the basement open by mid-May. At council’s April 7 meeting, it set a public meeting for May 5 at which residents are invited to give their input about whether or not Broadstreet’s application should be approved.

-Philip DeVoe and Macaela Bennett

Maple syrup tapping season begins

Jordan Finney Collegian Reporter

Michigan maple syrup production has skyrocketed in the last few years, piquing the interest of several nearby families and Hill- sdale College senior Ben Holscher. “Syrup is one of the world’s healthiest sweeteners. It has just as many nutrients as honey and there’s nothing added to it,” Holscher said. “I think its health benefits are part of the reason why we’re seeing a huge increase in demand. It’s also just delicious.” After graduation in May, Holscher plans to move back to his native state of New York and expand his family’s maple syrup busi- ness. “Our family got into the business because we have 150 acres of maple trees,” Holscher said. “This year we have 11,000 taps [trees], but we hope to add 8,000 taps this summer and ultimately aim to manage 50,000 taps in five to seven years. My goal is to be one of the biggest maple syrup producers in North America.” Currently, Michigan ranks fifth nationally in maple syrup pro- duction, averaging 90,000 gallons of syrup each year, according to the Michigan Maple Syrup Association. “I’m a fourth-generation syrup maker with 27,000 taps, and a pretty good-sized sugar bush,” said MMSA Director Dale Forrester. “I eat, breathe, and drink maple syrup. It’s what I do for a living, and I love it.” MMSA aims to accomplish two goals: ensure that Michigan syrup is high quality and promote Michigan maple syrup producers.

“We want to help educate and support our syrup makers,” For- rester said. “Have you ever smelled a first crop of maple in the spring? The smell of syrup boiling in the spring is the best smell in the world.” Bryan Debois shares this sweet passion. A resident of North Ad- ams, Mich., Debois grew up working in the maple syrup industry and will manage 50 maple taps this year. “My family used to do it for years and years. Even my great- great-grandfather was doing it,” Debois said. “Well, then I worked for a guy by the name of Bernard Crater and he’d done it for what seemed like forever. He used to call down to the high school look- ing for volunteers to go to work.” This is the first year since 1987 that Debois will tap maple trees for sap, but he still remembers everything he learned while working for Crater. “Mr. Crater used to do between 1,000 and 2,000 gallons, and we worked all over the county,” Debois said. “We used to take his old trucks out—they had tanks built on them—and we used to go over to Jonesville Middle School and collect sap out of the park all hours of the day. You can actually drink what comes out of the trees. It’s not dangerous at all.” Maple sap is only 2.5 percent sugar and it looks like water. The sap is then converted into syrup by boiling off the water, and at ex- actly 219 degrees, the transformation is complete. Even one extra degree will turn the syrup into sugar. Martin and Helen Jones of Niles, Mich. know all about the time commitment maple syrup making involves. This year, the couple will tap approximately 1,100 gallons of sap, which will make about

approximately 1,100 gallons of sap, which will make about Maple trees being tapped for syrup off

Maple trees being tapped for syrup off of Sand Lake Road in Hill- sdale County. (Macaela Bennett/Collegian)

22 to 23 gallons of syrup. “You can only boil off about a gallon per square-foot per hour,” Martin Jones said. “But if you have an interest in being outdoors, or you enjoy making something with your hands, then you would enjoy making maple syrup. There’s fulfillment in using your hands to make something that God causes to grow in an amazing way.” A large maple pumps several thousand gallons of sap through it every year. The sap originates in the roots of the tree, where it is stored for energy as a starch. Then, the sap is pushed up the tree and converted into energy. “We just enjoy doing it together. We also do a lot of canning and make grape juice, apple cider, and soap,” Martin Jones said. “Any- one could pick up a knack for this.”

Jones said. “Any- one could pick up a knack for this.” Jacques enters state rep race

Jacques enters state rep race

Casey Harper

Spotlight Editor

A football and basketball

player, track and cross country competitor, and Valedictorian at Jonesville High School, Jeff Jacques ’02 said he was an all- american teenager. He never thought that one day he would be running for

state house of representatives in the 58th district he calls home.

He has run several business-

es, including a store that sells outdoor recreational equipment and a retirement community. The tenacity of an outdoors- man and athlete will come in handy for Jacques, who will have a tough time competing in a crowded republican primary. “I’d rather make some noise in two years than take up space for six years,” Jacques said. Jacques found his political voice attending Hillsdale Col- lege, where he met his wife Ingrid Jacques, deputy edito- rial page editor for The Detroit News. While at Hillsdale, he developed an understanding of free markets and limited gov- ernment.

“I do wholeheartedly be-

lieve in pursuing a free market agenda with less taxation and regulation,” he said. “I do want to grow business, jobs, and tax base in this district.” The new political interest took him all the way to Wash- ington, D.C., where Jacques worked after graduation. As a Hillsdale economics

major, he held to his convic- tions. Soon, though, the atmo- sphere of D.C. took its toll. No

(Courtesy of Jeff Jacques)
(Courtesy of Jeff Jacques)

production or creation, he said, only layers of bureaucracy. Besides his political inter- ests, Jacques’ harbored an en- trepreneurial spirit that soon led him away from D.C. and into a series of businesses. He said his time operating busi- nesses allowed him to person- ally encounter the difficulties and wastes imposed by certain government regulations.

“That’s when you start want- ing to do something a little big- ger than the business you’re in,” he said. “You want to try to af- fect the lessons you learned to improve society.” It’s a very crowded Repub- lican primary, however, with multiple Hillsdale alumni can- didates. Grigor Hasted, director of alumni relations and business industry, knows Jacques, but

has already expressed his sup-

port for a different alum, Eric Leutheuser.

“I think Jeff would be a great

candidate, but I think there are a lot of people like me who have already given their support to somebody,” he said. Bringing business to the dis- trict is a priority for Jacques. “We’re well positioned be- tween Detroit and Chicago and have a good standard of living. Consequently suppliers should want to locate here,” he said. “They’ve got a good stable situ- ation, they’ve got a good afford- able workforce. We need to do everything in our powers to get industry here.” One of the most important issues of the campaign is road funding. “At this point I am not yet

convinced that we need to raise taxes to invest better in our roads, though we do need to invest in our roads,” he said. “There’s still fat to cut.” Jacques said he supports the second amendment, traditional marriage, and is pro-life. He now campaigns while keeping an eye on his business ventures. Spending much of his life in Jonesville, then some away, and coming back has made him ap- preciate the place he hopes to represent. “You know all your neigh- bors, they’re keeping an eye out for you and you’re keeping an eye out for them,” he said. “As you go away and come back you start to realize what you had and how lucky you really were.”

Lawyer runs for District Judge

Morgan Sweeney

Assistant Editor

Sara Lisznyai has always been a high achiever. Not only does she run a legal practice — Marks & Lisznyai in Jones- ville, Mich. — but she is an ac- tive volunteer. Since moving to Jonesville in 1996, Lisznyai has served on the board of eight community organizations, including St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and the Hillsdale County Interme- diate School District Board of Education, of which she is now vice president. In the fall, Lisznyai will be running for Hillsdale County District Court Judge against Hillsdale County Prosecuting Attorney Neal Brady . Attorney Kevin Shirk has known Lisznyai for about as long as she has been in Jones- ville and considers her a wor- thy candidate. “She’s on the opposite side of a lot of cases I’m involved in,” Shirk said. “She’s a top- notch lawyer.” Shirk mentioned Lisznyai’s breadth of legal experience as one of the things that would qualify her to be a judge. Eighteen years of working at Marks & Lisznyai has enabled her to gain experience with many kinds of law, ranging from estate planning to crimi- nal law, from bankruptcy to abortion. She has also worked as a case evaluator — a similar role to judge, but as part of a

panel of lawyers — in upwards

of 30 cases. “It’d probably be easier

(Courtesy of Sara Lisznyai)
(Courtesy of Sara Lisznyai)

to tell you what I don’t do,” Lisznyai said. “I don’t do mal- practice, and I don’t do work- ers comp. Pretty much every- thing else, we deal with.” Lisznyai graduated with

a degree in law from Wayne

State University in 1990. From there, she worked for two De- troit-area legal firms. At one time, Lisznyai worked on en- vironmental cases so big they required 30 to 40 lawyers. “It was federal litigation. I traveled throughout the coun- try to do these different depo- sitions,” Lisznyai said. “It was a wonderful experience for me, but it was very all-consuming. You pretty much lived it.” Her workload in Detroit drove Lisznyai to move to Jonesville with her family. Her kids were small then, and

Lisznyai wanted to be able to spend more time with them. “My life pretty much re- volved around them,” Lisznyai said. “Moving here allowed me to participate in their lives the way I wanted to and see all their different accomplish- ments. They’ve been my prior- ity as I was raising them.” Eric and Elyse Lisznyai are grown now, both students at the University of Michigan. With them grown, Lisznyai had the opportunity to consider becom- ing a candidate. Lisznyai first thought about running for judge back in De- cember, when current District Court Judge Donald Sander- son, who’s held the position for 36 years, announced that he was retiring. After praying and talking with friends and col- leagues about the idea, she is excited about the prospect. “You don’t get too many op- portunities to do something like

this,” Lisznyai said. “If you can picture a job posting that comes up that lists all of the qualifica- tions and you meet all of those qualifications, that’s what ex- cites me about the job.” Elyse is proud of her mom for running for judge and looks forward to supporting her in it. “I think everything that she’s taught me growing up is kind of embodied in this expe- rience that she’s going through, and I’m going to be there to support her just like she’s been there to support me.”


A7 10 April 2014


Softball snaps losing streak

Monica Brandt Collegian Reporter

The Hillsdale College wom- en’s softball team ended its los- ing streak with its first conference wins against Malone University on Saturday, April 5. Hillsdale took the first game 3-1, with a two-run homer by freshman Bekah Kastning in the top of the third inning for the fi- nal run of the game. “We finally started stringing our hits together,” freshman Jes- sie Fox said. Sophomore Sarah Grunert had her first win of the season, with no earned runs allowed. “She pitched a great game,” head coach Joe Abraham said. “She totally shut them down.” In the second game, Hillsdale took a 3-1 lead in the first inning, scoring two more runs in the third inning and one in the fourth inning to begin the fifth inning

with a solid 6-1 lead. “Our bats came alive in the second game,” Abraham said. In the top of the fifth inning, however, Malone had a grand slam, followed by another home run, to tie the game 6-6. Grunert was brought in as a relief pitcher, and shut Malone down in the rest of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Sophomore Ainsley Ellison opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a single. Additional singles by Kast- ning and freshman Jessica Knep- per gave Ellison the walk-off run to win the game 7-6. “We were hitting well the whole game,” senior Kristi Gor- don said. “We were confident we could take care of them.” Coming off the sweep of Malone, Hillsdale went 1-1 in its games against Ashland Univer- sity. In the first game against Ash- land, Hillsdale fell behind 0-4 at

the end of the second inning. “A few key calls by the um- pires destroyed us and made a difference in the game,” Abra- ham said. “It was bad.” Fox said the team didn’t let themselves get heated up over the calls and instead stayed focused. Hillsdale fought back but lost the game 5-3. Hillsdale pulled out a 1-0 win in the second game. “Coach got us really pumped up with a pep talk,” Gordon said. “He usually doesn’t give too many of those.” With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Knepper singled in Kastning for the only run of the game. “Sarah Grunert had awesome pitching, holding them to no runs,” Fox said. On Wednesday, Hillsdale lost both games of its doubleheader against Saginaw Valley State University. The Chargers lost the first

game 9-0 and the second game 10-1, with a single by Knepper driving in the only run of the day. Hillsdale has its home opener against Urbana University on Thursday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. “It’s supposed to be 66 de- grees,” Gordon said. “So bring your friends.” The Chargers play at home again both on Saturday against Northwood University (Mich.) at 1 p.m., and Sunday against Lake Superior State University at 12 p.m. Hillsdale finishes out a busy schedule with their make-up home games against Tiffin Uni- versity on Tuesday starting at 3:30 p.m. “We’ve got ourselves back in the fight for a conference tour- nament berth,” Abraham said. “But of our six league games this week, we need to win at least four.”

Building a well: bracket by bracket

Nathanael Meadowcroft Collegian Reporter

For a college basketball fan, participating in a March Madness bracket competition is one of the highlights of the season. Doing it for a good cause makes it that much better. The men of Simpson Residence took ad- vantage of the college basketball tournament to raise money for the building of a well in Jinja, Uganda for the Visiting Orphans Orga- nization. “I set up the March Madness bracket challenge on ESPN,” sophomore Matthew Hastreiter said. “I got a bunch of the guys in Simpson and people from other places around campus to donate a $5 buy-in, with the stipu- lation that half of the winnings would go to the winner and then the other half would go to building a well.”

The organizers allowed entrance into the competition without donating $5, with the stipulation that those participants could not win any money. A total of 57 people partici- pated, with 40 people contributing $5 each, leading to a $200 pot. Thus, a total of $100 was raised for building the well in Uganda. “I think it’s fantastic that Simpson leader- ship has been able to combine both charity and sports with the March Madness bracket competition,” freshman Tucker Phillips said. The $100 raised through the bracket con- test brings Simpson’s fundraising total to $720 out of the $1000 goal needed for the well. Sophomore Nick Sacco won the compe- tition, even without predicting either of the teams that made it to the championship game. “I have watched a lot of college basketball and neglected a lot of school work since the season began in early November,” Sacco said in an email.

Sacco led the competition for most of the tournament, due to his success in the early rounds. “I am honored to live with, and call friends, this group of men in Simpson who have planned out a full year of fundraising and have adroitly succeeded at raising money for such a fantastic cause,” he said. While Sacco supports where the donated half is going, he is indecisive as to how he will spend his portion. “I am torn between donating the money to the Tower Light, buying out a majority stake in Saga Incorporated, investing the money in Beachwood Avenue, or just buying 100 items off the McDonald’s dollar menu,” Sacco said. Regardless of what he does with the mon- ey, he and the rest of Simpson can be proud that they are one step closer to building a well to bring clean water to a town in dire need.

Hayden Park ready for spring activity

Hayden Park ready for spring activity Above: A group of students practice sand volleyball during class

Above: A group of students practice sand volleyball during class this week. (Ben Strickland/Collegian) The sand volleyball courts, one of the most popular features of the park, are now open for use. The running and bik- ing trails are also cleared up and ready to go for students to get some much needed exercise after the long, harsh winter. “The students can always come get a workout in with me or on their own,” coach Bill Lundberg said.

Those who would like to rent bikes for use on the trails can contact coach Lundberg with a time for use so that he can

make sure the equipment is available.

-Compiled by Shane Armstrong




11-21 overall

7-13 overall

Hillsdale: 9

Hillsdale: 3

Ashland: 2


Ashland: 4

Hillsdale: 7

Hillsdale: 3

Malone: 6

Ashland: 17

Ashland: 5

Hillsdale: 2

Hillsdale: 3

Lourdes: 7

Hillsdale: 1

Hillsdale: 5

Ashlamd: 0

Hillsdale: 7

Saginaw Valley: 9

Northwood: 2

Hillsdale: 0

Hillsdale: 5

Saginaw Valley: 10

Northwood: 2

Hillsdale: 1

Season Leaders

Season Leaders:



Luke Ortel: 40 Tad Sobieszczanski: 35 Nolan Breymaier: 34

Bekah Kastning: 19 Ainsley Ellison: 14 Jessica Knepper: 13

Home runs:

Home runs:

Lincoln Reed: 1

Grunert: 2

Chris McDonald: 1

Kasting: 2



Chris McDonald: 22

Kastning: 10

Bartlett: 14

Knepper: 5

Ortel: 14

Ardrey: 5

ERA (10+ innings):


Dan Pochmara: 1.08

Grunert: 3.09

Joe Chasen: 3.60

Klopfer: 4.96

Jake Lee: 3.86

Ardrey: 4.96

SAAC to host National Student- Athlete Day

Bailey Pritchett

Assistant Editor

This Saturday, the Hillsdale College Student-Athlete Advi- sory Committee will host its first Student-Athlete Day, along with other NCAA colleges across the country. The committee is made up of members from every sport with the goal to create a commu- nity among all college athletes. Hillsdale’s SAAC plan to provide pizza for all athletes as they watch a track meet and soft- ball game to promote support of Charger athletics. As student-ath- letes gather to eat pizza, a bake- sale stand will take donations for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Student-Athlete Day is a great opportunity to honor stu- dent-athletes and give them the chance to join together as one large group, rather than by indi- vidual sports,” said SAAC advi- sor and women’s tennis coach Ni-

cole Walbright. “The day should represent the privilege and op- portunity that these athletes have to continue their sport while get- ting an excellent education, and recognize all of their hard work and achievements.” Redshirt junior volleyball player Lindsay Kostrzewa, the president of SAAC, said she thinks this Saturday will offer an opportunity to recognize ath- letes’ dedication to their teams. Senior Megan Smith, a member of SAAC and the swim team, agreed with the sentiment and hopes for a good turn out Satur- day afternoon. “I hope we can get a lot of ath-

letes together to support the track and softball teams,” she said. SAAC’s last event of the year,

a dance, will occur on April 29 in the Biermann Center. The an- nual athlete formal is open to all students on campus and will start

at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds will go

towards Make-A-Wish.

Charger Chatter: brad monastiere

go towards Make-A-Wish. Charger Chatter: brad monastiere Brad Monastiere graduated from Central Michigan Uni- versity

Brad Monastiere graduated from Central Michigan Uni- versity in 1996 with a degree in journalism. He was hired as Sports Information Director at Hillsdale College in 2005. In 2011, he received the additional title of Assistant Athletic Di- rector for Media Relations and Event Management.

What are your responsibilities as Sports Information Direc- tor and Assistant Athletic Di- rector?

We’re kind of our own press department, and that’s kind of where the job has come to. An analogy I like to use is that I’m the spotlight-operator, putting the spotlight on others. I’m about showcasing our kids and others to the best of my ability. I’m in charge of every bit of in- formation that you poke around on the website and find. I do stats for all our home games,

typing them into our stats pro- gram and sending them out to other schools and to the media. I’m also the photo-wrangler, as

I like to call it. After all of my

home games I crop them, label them, save them, and get them out on the department’s Face- book page. I manage all the social media stuff and website maintenance and nominate all of our student athletes for vari- ous awards. I’m always trying to work ahead to prepare facili- ties, personnel, and what have you to be ready for a particular event. I have to schedule which student workers are going to work for me at which games.

What is the most demanding aspect of your position?

Just the volume of work that has to be done. Many other schools have multiple people who do

what I do and then they divvy up what sports they cover, whereas

I have to cover all of our sports

here year-round, and it makes for a lot of hours put in. Sixty to 70-hour weeks are very normal, especially when the seasons overlap each other. When you have multiple seasons and mul- tiple sports all happening at the same time, trying to juggle all that is a big challenge because you want to give your absolute best to every team.

How do you handle the many responsibilities of your posi- tion?

No one has a better group of student workers than I do. My job would be literally impos- sible without them. I am very

fortunate to have the absolute brightest, hardworking group of kids working for me that anyone could possibly ask for.

What did you do before you came to Hillsdale?

I was a sportswriter for eight

years. I started my career in Clarkstown, which is a suburb in the Detroit area. I was kind of the local sportswriter cover- ing the high school, and then I worked in other parts of the De- troit area, covering mainly the same thing, mainly high school sports.

How did you find yourself at Hillsdale?

In January 2004 I was hired as

the sports editor of the Hillsdale Daily News. So it was through covering the college and getting to know the coaches that I be- came aware of the opening that was coming here and decided to apply for it. I was most fortunate to be able to be hired and have not looked back since then.

What is the best part about working at Hillsdale?

I’m clearly not objective about

this, but there’s no brighter group of student-athletes at any school anywhere else in the world than what we have here. You’re working with people of high character. They’re driv- en, they want to succeed, and they’re going to go on to ac- complish so much in their lives.

-Compiled by Ramona Tausz

Best of luck, Hillsdale College seniors!
Best of luck,
10 April 2014 (Photo Courtesy of Anders Kiledal)
10 April 2014
(Photo Courtesy of Anders Kiledal)

Charger Sports

Baseball in the blood

Father-son duo coaches Charger baseball

same time,” he said. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, he helped coach the Siena Heights team as a graduate assis- tant – although he wasn’t yet coaching with his dad. Gordie held the Siena Heights job until 2003, when he resigned. He took a year off from coach- ing, then spent the next nine years at Adrian College as a pitching coach. Paul Noce – a long-time friend of Gordie’s – gave Eric his first full-time coaching job at Hills- dale College in 2010. Eric began work as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Noce retired last year, Eric took over, and he quickly hired his dad on to take over pitching coaching duties.

“ C o a c h

s e n

earned consid- eration for the head baseball coach position with the qual-

ity of his work

an assistant

Caleb Whitmer


After assuming the head coaching position for

the Hillsdale College baseball team last spring, Eric Theisen had to hire an assistant coach. He held the position himself before replacing his predecessor, Paul Noce, in the head job. Theisen said the man he hired was “the first and only per- son” he thought of: his dad, a veteran college base- ball coach of 25 years, Gordie Theisen. “When Eric started coaching, we had talked about may- be someday coaching to- gether,” Gor- die Theisen said. “I don’t think either one of us an- ticipated it would happen this soon.” The father- son duo, along with the rest of the coaching staff, is work- ing to catalyze

a renaissance

in the Hills- dale baseball program. The team got its best record

in 10 years last year – 20-25 – and are looking to

build off that success this season, hopefully finding a berth in the GLIAC tournament. Gordie Theisen played college baseball for Si- ena Heights University. After several years as a high school teacher and baseball coach, he returned

to Siena Heights and took over the head coaching

position in 1987. He said his son grew up in the dugout, helping out with the team. “He’s been living with college baseball players his whole life,” Gordie said. Eric played college ball at Illinois State Univer- sity as a pitcher. He graduated in 2008. “I told myself I wouldn’t coach all through college – but you can’t help what you love some- times,” Eric said. He played some baseball after graduation, which included some local league teams and a summer- long stint in Brussels.

“It was a way to kind of keep playing a little bit –

to extend my career a little bit – and to travel at the

to extend my career a little bit – and to travel at the Assistant baseball coach

Assistant baseball coach Gordie Theisen (left) is the father of head coach Eric Theisen (right).

(left) is the father of head coach Eric Theisen (right). T as h e i said







Director of

Athletics Don Brubacher in an email. “He demonstrated


recruit talented

baseball play-

who are


Hillsdale, and brought an ex- tremely high

level of organization and management to the pro- gram.” Theisen said the transition from assistant to head coach was relatively smooth, partly because he re- cruited all the players he is now in charge of. “We love Coach Theisen,” said junior captain Vinny Delicata. “He’s definitely a player’s coach. He’s relaxed, but when it’s time to work, we get after it.” The coaches are working at generating wins and establishing a culture of winning. With two wins on Wednesday, the Chargers are floating just above .500 in the GLIAC. Regarding a berth in the conference tournament, Eric said, “Our destiny is in our hands.” “I get a sense that our players in general have not had high expectations so far for individual and team success, so one of our challenges is trying to raise our expectations for on-the-field performanc- es,” Gordie said. “It’s been quite a while since the Hillsdale baseball team has made the GLIAC tour- nament.”


the ability





Caleb Whitmer


nor Bartlett then shot a single into center field, scoring So- bieszczanski. The Timberwolves struck back with a pair of runs in the sixth, putting Northwood ahead 2-1 going into the game’s final inning. But Hillsdale responded. With two outs, freshman Ethan Wiskur hit a single, driving in junior Vinny Delicata for the game-tying run. Then Jake Lee singled and Luke Ortel was hit by a pitch.

more walks and Hillsdale tallied another unearned run. Junior closer Dan Pochmara allowed one hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, but he then retired the next three batters to secure Hillsdale the win, 7-2. Pochmara took the mound again at the end of the second game. He allowed one more run, but held Hillsdale’s victory, 5-2. Northwood made five errors in the game. Hillsdale capital- ized, scoring three error-related runs.

“We did a good job making them

pay for their mis- takes,” Theisen said. McDonald got

off the mound and

picked up a bat for

the second game –

and in a big way.

He notched two hits and three RBIs in

the game. Ortel hit

an RBI single in the game as well, scor-

ing freshman Jake


Hillsdale played


game against Lourdes University (7-19) on April 8 and a three-game series with Ashland University (15-11,


Anchored by a pair of domi- nant pitching performances, the Hillsdale College baseball team took two games from the North- wood University Timberwolves on April 9. Sophomore Chris McDon- ald and freshman Ethan Wiskur

threw for Hillsdale in the dou- bleheader. In the early game,

McDonald allowed two runs and six hits over six innings. Wiskur threw six more stingy innings in the second, allow- ing four hits and

one run. “We only gave up two free bases on the mound to- day in 14 innings,” coach Eric Theisen said. “When you’re ahead in the count like we were all day – and pound the zone like that – good things hap- pen.” About halfway through the regular season, the Char- gers (11-21, 9-8) are currently 7th in the GLIAC stand- ings. The top six teams make the conference tourna-

ment. “We’re feeling good where we’re

sitting right now,” Theisen said. In the first game of the North- wood doubleheader, Hillsdale scored first. Sophomore Tad Sobieszc- zanski got hit by a pitch in the second inning. An out later, he stole second. Sophomore Lincoln Reed, thrown out at first, advanced him to third. Sophomore Con-

thrown out at first, advanced him to third. Sophomore Con- Sophomore Chris McDonald attempts to tag

Sophomore Chris McDonald attempts to tag a

runner out on April 5. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

The bases loaded, the Chargers scored back-to-back unearned runs: one after the Timber- wolves catcher let a pitch get by him and the other off a walk. Now up two, Hillsdale wasn’t done scoring yet. Nolan Brey- maier singled down the left- field line and scored both senior Adam Ladzinski and Ortel. Two

5-6) over the week- end. Lourdes won

the one-off game,

7-5. The Chargers won the first game against Ashland, 9-2, but dropped the next two, 4-3

and 17-2. Hillsdale will travel to De- troit this weekend for a three- game series with Wayne State University.

Annual triathlon set for Saturday

Evan Brune

According to Meyers, the triathlon won’t take long. “Maybe two hours, tops, for someone who’s going pretty slow,” he said. “Our goal is to get kids out and get them away from schoolwork to have a little

News Editor

The Annual Spring Triathlon

begins on April 12 at 9 a.m. at the Roche Sports Complex with

a 500-meter swim. The competi-

tion also includes a 15-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run at Hayden Park. “The triathlon is an opportu- nity for people to push them- selves and take up a challenge,” said Director of Campus Health

and Recreation junior Jeffrey Meyers. “We hope that people walk away feeling good about themselves.” One of the most famous

triathlons, the Ironman, involves

a two and a half mile swim, a

112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.

fun.” This year’s triathlon training began with a series of suggested workouts from the student activi- ties office. “People responded to that really well,” Meyers said. “I’m glad people found it helpful.” Meyers said eight com- petitors have paid, while many more have filled out the forms. Students can sign up for the triathlon until Friday by emailing Meyers, signing up in the Stu-

dent Activities Office, or signing up at lunch.

the Stu- dent Activities Office, or signing up at lunch. Men’s track team scores top places

Men’s track team scores top places

Charger track and field competes at Bellarmine, MSU

Casey Harper

Spotlight Editor

The men and women’s track and field teams travelled to Bel- larmine University in Louisville, Ky. last weekend, while a small- er group went to Michigan State University. “It was a second chance for a lot of the field eventers to do their thing outside,” head men’s track coach Jeff Forino said. “The meet went pretty well.” Seniors Elliot Murphy, Mo Jones, Matthew Raffin and fresh- man Ty Etchemendy were the second best 4x400 team. “We were pretty close to beat- ing our school record,” Jones said. “I think we’ve grown as a team over these last couple of years.” Jones credits Etchemendy, who also won the triple jump, for helping the 4x400 do well. “Ty is bringing in a pretty good time as a freshmen, a solid 49 (seconds), so that’s good,” Jones said. “He has really shown us that he wants to be a part of the team.” Jones said that the relay hopes to beat that school record soon. “This weekend we really want to put down an even better time,”

he said. As the outdoor season pro- gresses, certain events will find their step more.

pro- gresses, certain events will find their step more. John Wierenga ’15 “When you transition from

John Wierenga ’15

“When you transition from indoor to outdoor, it takes a little bit of time for the hurdlers and field events,” Forino said. Freshman Joseph Newcomb took 8th in the 1500-meter run. Raffin finished 3rd in the 400 hurdles and 4th in the 110 hur- dles. Senior Justin Fawley placed 4th in the high jump. Senior Brett Dailey won the discus, and soph- omore Nathan Nobbs took 2nd in the javelin, throwing a personal

best. “I’ve been working all year and finally some things are start- ing to click and come together now,” Nobbs said. Nobbs hopes to increase his throw another seven meters. “That would hopefully get me to nationals,” he said. Junior John Wierenga set a personal record in the 10K by 16 seconds. This was his first 10K of the year. He will not run it again until conference, where he hopes to take another 30 seconds off his time. “It was a good night,” he said. “It was under the lights. It’s al- ways good to P.R.” On the women’s team, sopho- more Emily Oren took 1st place in the 800-meter run. Sopho- more Kristina Galat took 4th and freshman Molly Oren took 7th in the 5000-meter. Freshman Dana Newell beat her outdoor personal record in the hammer throw, plac- ing 2nd. Senior Amber Mueller placed 2nd in the javelin. Sopho- more Emily Guy and freshman Allison Duber both placed 6th in different heats of the 400. “It was really exciting to run such a big meet,” Guy said. At MSU, junior Luke Hick- man placed third in the 3000-me- ter steeplechase, and senior Ra-

chel Nyberg finished 4th in the 100 hurdles. Hillsdale will host its own in- vitational this weekend.

Hillsdale will host its own in- vitational this weekend. Brett Dailey ’14 “There’s some decent region-

Brett Dailey ’14

“There’s some decent region- al competition coming,” Forino said. “It’s great because people like to show off at home and perform in front of their friends. Their families get to watch. Kids are really excited to compete at home.”


10 April. 2014

Drawn by Tracy Brandt
Drawn by Tracy Brandt

Setting the mood with music

2014 Drawn by Tracy Brandt Setting the mood with music Left: Patrons at Broad Street Mar-
2014 Drawn by Tracy Brandt Setting the mood with music Left: Patrons at Broad Street Mar-

Left: Patrons at Broad Street Mar- ket listen to live music. Above:

Megan Moss ‘13 makes a special appearance with her ukelele.

(Laura Williamson/Collegian)

Taylor Knopf City News Editor

Broad Street Downtown Mar- ket and Tavern was standing- room-only this Thursday night, as community members and col- lege students alike sipped their tap beers and chatted over the sound of live guitar jazz playing in the background. Dan Palmer, guitar instructor at Hillsdale College, and four of his students rotate playing live

music at Broadstreet every Tues- day and Thursday night from 7 to 9. Broadstreet also added live music on Saturday nights from 9 to midnight, which started in the last few weeks. “This is what I want to do, perform music,” Palmer said. “I just don’t make much perform- ing, so I teach.” Palmer typically likes to play jazz and chooses the songs he’s going to play when he arrives. His students, however, play a variety of styles. Senior Edwin Culver likes to

perform classical. Sophomore Jacob Coonradt improvises with

a blues and folk combo. Fresh-

man Brendan Ammerman likes folk and uses what Palmer calls “finger style.” And senior Ian Andrews likes to play a mix of jazz, folk, and indie, including some of his own work. He is the only student that sings as well. “I love to perform. I’ve been doing it my whole life,” Andrews said. “If you enjoy it, people will enjoy listening to you.”


See Broad Street B2

Music in the mission field

Hillsdale grad to transpose hymns in Uganda

Tory Cooney

Senior Reporter

“I was not expecting this at all after graduation,” said Dara Wagenmaker ’13. “It wasn't even on my radar until this past fall. And then things just kind of fell into place.” After a year of working at Commerce Bank in St. Louis, Mo., Wagenmaker is heading to Uganda to bring music to a mission station in the Karamo- ja region.

“She always seemed to be more content to serve than to be served; to stay in the background, rather than be up where people could see her,” said Lecturer of Music Karl Schmidt, Dara’s voice teacher for two years. “In that way, she was always more comfort- able accompanying a musician than be that person herself. So it doesn't surprise me that she would have the kind of heart

to serve others that it requires

to go into this kind of Mission work.” The Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Uganda Mission is

in the process of establishing

a self-supporting indigenous

church and has been operating

in the region since 2000, but

they don’t have any sort of a

“Music is an incredibly powerful tool.”

––dara wagenMaker ’13

music program. “They have a makeshift

hymn book and a Psalter, but


one’s really worked on it.


they don’t use many hymns,

and none of them play the pia- no,” Wagenmaker said. “They

do have a piano, though.” After hearing about the mis-

sion from a family friend whose daughter worked there last year, Wagenmaker contacted them and submitted an application that required applicants to rank

their interests.

“I put that I was interested in music and they told me that’s

what they needed help with,” she said. “Music is an incred- ibly powerful tool, and for mil- lennia, Christians have used it in worship to teach theology, to nourish their souls, to reach out to others, and for so many other things.” At the mission, she’ll be transposing hymns, learning the language to begin translating lyrics, and learning about local music traditions to — potential- ly — adapt traditional Western hymns to traditional songs. “It makes a lot of sense to me, in translating hymns and psalms, to incorporate familiar tunes, especially if they fit the

See Uganda B2


Hillsdale hosts Paul Mariani as visiting writer

Amanda Tindall

will give a lecture titled “A New Knowledge of Reality: Wallace Stevens’ Final Phase.” Stevens’ life is the topic of Mariani’s cur- rent book project. Paul Mariani has not only published much of his own po- etry but has written biographies of many major modern literary figures, such as John Berryman, Hart Crane, William Carlos Wil- liams, Robert Lowell, and Ge- rard Manley Hopkins.

“It’s one of those rare op- portunities to hear a serious pro- fessional writer, and to hear his work,” said Professor of English John Somerville, the director of the Hillsdale College Visit- ing Writer program. “It’s only 45 minutes but will go by much more quickly.” Mariani currently teaches at Boston College, where he is University Professor of English. He was previously the Distin-

guished University Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amhurst, and has received fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endow- ment for the Humanities. Wednesday there will be a reception after the lecture with a book signing.

Assistant Editor

Poet and biographer Paul Mariani will be making his fifth trip to Hillsdale College as a Visiting Writer next week. On Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m., he will be reading from his own work in Dow Rooms A and B, and Wednesday night, he

week. On Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m., he will be reading from his own work

Stoldt writes thesis on local history

— there’s a star for Grosvenor, the drug store, and where the Varnum family lived.” Stoldt’s exhibit contains much more than a map. The windows and doors of the elaborately fur- nished room stretch nearly from floor to the ceiling, and these pro- vide a backdrop for two portraits, a wedding gown from 1806, and delicate ice cream bowls.

“In 1900 they were making

handmade ice cream at the drug store,” Stoldt gestured to a pho- tograph of an ice cream soda fountain on the wall. Stoldt’s rapid-fire knowledge comes from spending many long days at the museum squinting at handwritten letters from 1860

and deciding what is most impor-

tant for preserving the Varnum family story. The Varnums are a multi- branch family who no longer re- side in Jonesville. However, one

member of the Varnum family

side in Jonesville. However, one member of the Varnum family Above: Senior Gwen Stoldt poses for

Above: Senior Gwen Stoldt poses for a shot outside the Grovesnor house where she will be presenting the research

supporting her thesis. (Jordan Finney/Collegian)

tiator of this entire project,” said Bonnie Drake, a volunteer at the Grosvenor House Museum. “She started by

cleaning out

closets that

hadn’t been



a long time



running into







just thrilled







thesis on it.”

you know how to handle boring piles of paper.” Building an exhibit isn’t about the glamour. “I’ve been impressed with how hard she’s working,” Pro- fessor of History David Stew- art, Stoldt’s thesis adviser, said. “She’s met with me every Tues- day morning for the last year to show me what she’s done and to plan out what she’s going to do the next week.” The Grosvenor House Mu- seum will open to the public on Sunday, April 13 from 3-5 p.m. for all to see. Stoldt will exhibit her work and answer questions about her research.


t o l d t

Stoldt, who spent last summer

did not have

working for the Smithsonian,

to build


hopes to work at a museum after



she graduates from Hillsdale this

even write a thesis.

May. “Last summer made me real-

“ T h i s

was all op-

tional. I just decided to do it for fun,” she said. “It’s given me a lot of practical experience, and practical experience is the way

to go. Museums want to see that

ize that I want to be at a smaller museum, like the Grosvenor House,” Stoldt said. “At the Smithsonian you’re in your own little niche. I think I’m maybe more like the jack of all trades.”

Jordan Finney Collegian Reporter

Senior Gwen Stoldt’s senior thesis is unconventional. She is an English and his- tory double major at Hillsdale College, and has spent the last

year taking inventory, adding to

a growing archive, and studying

the history of the Varnum family as a volunteer at the Grosvenor House Museum in Jonesville, Mich. Stoldt’s thesis focuses on a local family’s 100-plus-year his- tory as residents of Jonesville. “The Varnum family owned

a drugstore that passed from fa-

ther to son to grandsons,” Stoldt

said. “In my thesis, I’m using the drug store — who owned it and what they sold at certain points in history — to look at changes

in America during the same time

period.” But she’s not stopping with a thesis. Stoldt con- structed a mu- seum exhibit which chroni- cles all of the Varnum family history uncov- ered during her time volunteer- ing at the Gros- venor House Museum. She expects her ex- hibit to remain assembled long after she gradu- ates. “I am hop- ing that my

museum exhibit will stay up for

a long time because people who

come to visit it will be able to learn more about the commu- nity,” Stoldt said. “I have a map

more about the commu- nity,” Stoldt said. “I have a map Pictured: the Grosvenor house. (Jordan

Pictured: the Grosvenor house. (Jordan Finney/Collegian)

was so impressed with Stoldt’s

thesis project that she, her daugh- ter, and her granddaughter plan to attend Stoldt’s thesis defense. “Gwen was basically the ini-

Senior exhibit on display at Daughtrey

Evan Carter Collegian Reporter

April 14 to 18 will be the second week for senior art ex- hibits in the Sage Center’s Daughtrey Gallery for the Arts. The second group of senior art majors –– Katherine Chan- dler, Elizabeth Viviano, Shannon Baldwin, Cory Flint, and Julia Kilgore –– will be displaying their artwork, some of which dates back to their freshman year. “[My body of artwork] embodies all the hard work invested in trying to truly see the world, to appreciate its beauty in all its forms and figures,” said Chandler. “My works are stages in a highly meditative and spiritual journey made possible through discipline, deadlines, and attention to meticulous detail.” Associate Professor of Art Barbara Bushey said the art exhibit is part of the art major’s capstone class, Senior Port- folio, which is required for all art majors. “It indicates that the art majors have chosen a specialty in some area as well as shows the breadth of their experi- ence in their four years here,"she said. Art students are required to either present a thesis or compile an art exhibit before graduation, but many art ma- jors appreciate the exhibit as a chance to reflect on their best work since they’ve been at Hillsdale. “Putting together a senior exhibit has given me an op- portunity to reflect on the artistic growth I've experienced at Hillsdale,” Flint said. The week’s senior exhibit compiles a wide variety of

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Krispy Krunchy: Market House offers top-notch chicken









r oberT r amSey tantalizing sugars at the center of it. They also have boudin bites,

tantalizing sugars at the center of it. They also have boudin bites, which are their delicious spin on the hush puppy. Finally, buy the honey-butter biscuits. If you can’t tell from the name, they are unabashedly everything you want in a fried- chicken biscuit. Sweet, flaky, and deliciously more than your daily allowance of sodium and



Hillsdale isn’t exactly a hotspot for soul food.

When I first arrived, I disappointedly noticed the lack of a fried-chicken place, or of an express- ly fried anything place, for that matter, and re- signed myself to four years without binge-eating

Krunchy, I have yet to encounter any chicken that is not of premium quality. First and foremost, I must advocate purchas- ing the chicken fillet sandwich. Miss Chick-fil- A? Here is your substitute. They make it on a Hawaiian-style bun with fresh, Kosher pickles,

Despite being engulfed in a cacophony of drums, the audience remained staid, the ma-


whole bucket of chicken by myself. This town

continues to surprise me, though, and I am proud


jority watching silent and still as the Hillsdale Percussion Ensemble rocked to rhythms col- lected from all over the world, each inspired by

to say that I have found an establishment that ful- fills this need of mine: Krispy Krunchy Chicken in Market House. I had always driven by, tempted but assured that it could be no better than a Chester’s Fried Chicken, which is all pre-made and falls rather short of any self-respecting fried chicken stan- dard. The other day, out of hunger and despera- tion, I stumbled in, looking for a quick snack to relieve my hunger. I ordered the chicken fillet sandwich for $2.50, hoping that whatever horrors

bit into would not punish my digestive system


too harshly. It was delicious. Krispy Krunchy Chicken is a “cajun style” fried chicken chain (whatever the heck that means; I still can’t figure it out) that serves Tyson chicken. This isn’t the Made-in-China, avian-flu chicken you find in most chicken chains, this is NRA-card-carrying, voted-for-Bush-in-2004 chicken. After several indulgent meals at Krispy

Krispy Krunchy Chicken (Located in Market House)

fat. The fried chicken itself is substantial and de- licious. You don’t get the same sense of “post- chickeness” that the Colonel serves, but you do get well-seasoned, moist chicken. Order the dark meat. It’s perfect. The skin is also a wonderment. Perfectly crunchy (and crispy), it lacks the mas- sive coating of oil you find on the soggy fried chicken at Kroger. Lastly, if you like catfish, don’t be afraid to get the catfish. While it’s nothing incredible (hey, it’s catfish, give it a break), it definitely retains its Southern roots with cornmeal batter and light seasoning. It’s also properly fried, so if you hate heavy fried fish you’ll be fine. Krispy Krunchy Chicken has definitely satis- fied my desires for soul food on the go. It’s sim- ple but well-made fast food, and it has earned a new place in my heart for Hillsdale.

a separate culture. As I found myself moving to the groove,

I was astounded by the lack of motion in the



crowd –– the infectious quality of this music seemed lost on the audience. I began to ask

myself, “is this how this music is meant to be listened to?”

Market House hours:


Monday - Friday, 6am - 9pm Saturday and Sunday, 7am - 9pm

and it comes with a free drink, so for $2.50, it’s most likely the best food deal in Hillsdale at the moment. If you go to Krispy Krunchy, make sure to look into the corners of their menu. Here lies the fried okra, which is perfectly made, with that crispy shell on the outside while preserving the

I say no.

I mean no disrespect to the Hillsdale Percus-

sion Ensemble (I thought the performance was fantastic!) nor to any other studio or individual

holding a recital –– it is just a question of en- vironment. What is the purpose of this music? The inspiration for the repeating, layering beats of a percussion ensemble come largely from rituals, something that is not simply an experience of music but an all-encompassing

experience that means something. The beats are accompanied by dance and song; they are something that draw the audience not as sim- ply an audience, but as an incorporated part of the experience. The sit-down recital lacks that depth. To me, sitting and listening without moving, without responding to the music in any way is almost unnatural. In high school, our conductor always cleared space in the auditorium before the jazz band played so that anyone who wanted to could dance. He considered jazz an odd choice of music if there is no intent — or at least al- lowance — for dancing. He never pushed the issue, but he opened up the floor so the audi- ence could respond to the music. I thought this was fitting, jazz makes you move; the rhythm,


believe, should set you in motion, even if you




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This semester’s Sigma Alpha Iota concert is in McNamara Hall on April 12 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will run just under two hours, according to SAI President senior Katie Pynes. “Putting this on is really exciting, because we get to share music with the rest of campus,” Pynes said. “It’s just fun to learn different pieces and perform them.” This semester’s concert was devel- oped by senior SAI Music Director Emily Wahl and is themed around women in music, including songs either made famous by or composed by women. “Emily has really worked to make the group more cohesive,” Pynes said. Among the pieces being performed is “Adiemus” by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. “I think that’s going to be my favorite one,” Pynes said. “It sounds like it’s in Latin, but if you listen closely, it’s not actually Latin. It’s just a bunch of nonsense syllables.” Overall, the concert will include 18 pieces of music involving any- where from the whole group to solos, instrumentals and vocals. “It’s a really wild variety of stuff, and it’s going to be really fun,” Pynes said. “Everyone should come.”

mediums including pencil, oil paint, wa- tercolor, graphic design, photography, and sculpture. “I like being very versatile and dabbling in a lot of different media,” Kilgore said. “Each has its strengths and weaknesses.” Through their art, the artists attempt to invoke a variety of emotions in the viewer, including contemplation, joy and peace, and rest. “Many of my works make me want to pause and rest. I create art in order to reflect the ultimate Creator's beauty,” Baldwin said. The artwork varies in style, some imitating the work of Leonardo da Vinci or Rembrandt and other pieces that have design aesthetics akin to those found on the Dropbox or Spotify websites. Chandler, Viviano, and Baldwin draw inspiration for their work largely from nature, while Flint and Kilgore draw much of their inspiration from specific artists such as Paul Rand and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. While some of the artwork on dis- play is private and will be returned to the artist after the senior art exhibit is over, much of the work on display is available for purchase. The senior art exhibit is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend, and the artists es- pecially look forward to the attendance of their friends and families. “My family and friends are com- ing to the show and I am very excited to have them there,” Viviano said, “I've been blessed by all their love and sup- port.”

Andrews has been playing, performing, and writing songs since he was 12. He just started lessons with Palmer this semester and hopes to continue playing at Broadstreet through the summer. Andrews chooses what to play depending on the atmosphere of the crowd. “Frankly, it has more to do with their age than anything else,” Andrews said. “If the crowd seems more elderly, I’ll pull out the Sinatra.” Robert Socha, co-owner of Broadstreet, said he likes what the live music vibe adds to the atmosphere. He hopes there will be more live music, including DJs, once the basement renovations are complete. “The live music is a lot of fun. It just makes it electric,” Socha said. “If they are sitting in front of you, it’s different.” Socha said his business partner Mick Ritter knew Palmer and that is how the live music agreement with him and his students began last semester. He said he hopes the music increases business, but it just depends on the night. “We hope the music draws more business,” Socha said. “We just like that it’s available. We want there always to be something hap- pening.”


have two left feet. Each style of music (here I’m being excep- tionally kind to country) has its place and each allows for a different selection of responses. Jazz naturally impels dance, as with the in- fectious rhythms of salsa, strong percussion, and in a very different way, the repetitive base beats of much pop and hip hop. For someone to

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orchestra concert would be a spectacle. Our culture has developed a niche for the prodigy- solo performer and the massive orchestra, but

perhaps not all need to fit into that precise cat- egory. The chamber piece need not try to be the full symphony: the repeats are there for a reason, and that might just be something other than a rapt audience. The percussion performance did not specifi- cally discourage reactions to the music, but the demeanor of the audience as a whole made it uncomfortable. This is not an invective against the recital- concert approach to music, but a reminder that music is more than a passive, received art, it is

text well.” Wagenmaker said. “Many standard western hymns use well-known folk tunes.” Wagenmaker minored in both Greek and Latin while at Hillsdale and has a love of linguistics but is still concerned over how quickly she’ll be able to pick up the language. “I’m really excited. Especially for the linguistics, I love linguis- tics. But hopefully the language won’t take me 10 years to learn,” Wagenmaker said. “They’re going to start teaching me when I get there, but I’m only there for two months, so I’m hoping they can get me some materials to begin looking at back here.” Though she’ll initially only be in Karamoja for two months, Wa- genmaker currently intends to return for subsequent summers as well. “So, this is just the first time I’m going,” Wagenmaker said.” I’m basically going to be sorting out what all they need me to do over the summer. I don’t know a lot, so I’ll be doing a lot of observing and trying to help out in any way I can.”

call and response. Don’t forget to respond to art, even in a more sterile environment.



–– Evan Brune

Not even the Captain can save this sequel


‘Captain’ packs a powerful punch


Allyn Morrison Collegian Freelancer

In one of the first scenes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Natasha Romanoff asks Steve Rogers why he won’t ask a girl out on a date. He replies, “I’m not scared. I’m too busy.” So is this movie. The movie is not scared of twisting and turning, high level action sequences, deaths and resurrections, or huge surprises. However, in striving to incor- porate all of those elements into a two-hour-and-fifteen-minute time span, the film weighs down an already confused audience. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America, is ad- justing to living in present day Washington D.C. at the begin- ning of the movie and working with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the mean- time. He goes on a mission with Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka Black Widow, to secure an ambushed S.H.I.E.L.D. ship, and the consequences arising from Romanoff downloading top secret information off the ship’s server drives the rest of the movie. To describe what hap- pens next would start a domino effect of spoilers, so suffice it to say that the rest of the film is full of endless car chases, long action sequences, and double- crossing spies. It would be easy to mistake the Captain America movie for a longer TV episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Evans and Johansson have the best chemistry of the film. Even though they aren’t explicitly love interests, their discussions

about who Rogers should ask out on a date bring some much needed comic relief to a plot that is mainly driven by exclamations and bullet holes. The rest of the characters don’t interact nearly as well. Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury is a different man than the one he was in The Avengers. The inspirational war hero has been replaced with a tired and irksome character who looks for a fight with whomever he sees –– including Captain America. Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce is neither charismatic nor forbidding, nor any other charac- teristic befitting a head officer of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sam Wilson (An- thony Mackie), aka The Falcon, is a nice addition to the cast as a PTSD mentor recently returned from two tours overseas. He gets along well with Captain Ameri- ca, but we only see him interact with the Captain and some bad guys, so we don’t know how he would act with the other cast members. The cast as a whole is a jumbled mix of extremes while Captain America desperately tries to keep the peace amongst them while giving the orders. The film’s main antagonist, The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), delivers a fairly compel- ling performance, but as a whole, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” only accomplishes two things despite its immense agen- da. Its lack of character develop- ment leaves the audience unsure of whether to hate the bad guys or feel bad for them. And in the midst of the action sequences, the Captain almost gets forgot- ten. I thought this was supposed to be his sequel.

Melika Willoughby Special-to-the-Collegian In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the patriotic hero is
Melika Willoughby
In “Captain America: The
Winter Soldier,” the patriotic
hero is acclimating to the 21st
century after being frozen for
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America-loving patriots alike. The film does what all the best super- hero movies do:

wrestle poignant real-world prob- lems with gravi- tas in a fictional- ized world. Still wielding muscles wor- thy of his iconic shield, Captain America starts the movie off work- ing as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. but quickly be- gins to question the validity of his assigned op- erations. After pressing for an- swers from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), S.H.I.E.L.D.’s lead- er shrouded in mystery, Cap learns about the organization’s number one priority: Project Insight. Meant to tilt a teetering world from chaos to order, Proj- ect Insight identifies, through an algorithm, potential revolt leaders who might challenge S.H.I.E.L.D.’s authority. The project’s mission is to obliter- ate those leaders through drone strikes. Cap’s response: “That’s not freedom. That’s fear.” Captain America articulates a problem that many in the po- litical arena refuse to admit. When the citizens’ fear of so- cietal disorder animates their every decision, willingly they will exchange freedom for des- potism. After all, only a tyrant

is strong enough to quelch all disruptions to order and secu- rity. It’s an ugly truth, but a free world is a volatile world. Further in the film, remarking on the preemptive, algorithm- directed drones, Cap highlights the inversion of the traditional American justice system, say- ing, “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime?” Fury refutes the charge, again arguing for preemptive action. Cap’s instinct is laser-beam ac- curate. A truly free nation can- not preemptively treat citizens like criminals just because a computer algorithm flags them as peculiar. But wait. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Switch the drones out for metadata mining (an admitted Hulk-sized leap) and you’ve got an argument eerily similar to the NSA’s justification for its digital surveillance program. Anthony and Joe Russo, the film’s near- ly-novice directors (their only previous film of note was “You, Me and Durpee”) were well- aware of the political relevance of Captain America’s message; The New York Times story about President Obama’s drone “kill list” broke right before script revisions, and filming began the same month Edward Snowden started leaking NSA documents. This Captain America film packs a powerful and timely philosophical punch, and it doesn’t hurt that the bringer of justice isn’t hard on the eyes.


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Kappa’s white house: Social hub since 1923

Vivian Hughbanks Collegian Reporter

Eugene Kies was one of the earliest settlers of Moscow Township. A farmer by trade, he also bred racehorses. The Kies farm property was in Cambria Township, but Kies lived in the house that now houses the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority prior to the college’s acquisition of the property. The Hillsdale Kappa chapter was founded in June of 1881. “Six Delta Tau Delta men of Hillsdale College invited six girls to spend the afternoon at a picnic at Cold Spring Woods,” a history of the first 100 years of the Hillsdale Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter describes. “Dur- ing the outing, the girls, envious of the good times described by the men, expressed the wish that they might belong to some na-

tional fraternity. The boys imme- diately suggested Kappa Kappa Gamma.” Prior to moving into their cur- rent house, Kappas held their meetings at Sunnycrest, the home of President Mauck, which now houses the Alpha Tau Ome- ga fraternity. In 1921, Kappa held two ini- tiations. The first was held in the attic of Sunnycrest. “It was so beautiful and inspir- ing that we all relived our initia- tion and pledged ourselves anew to our beautiful sisterhood,” the Kappa history describes. Kappa Kappa Gamma moved into the old Kies home in 1923, dedicating a newly installed fire- place in the house to Frances Ball Mauck. Four years later, during the summer of 1927, the chapter remodeled the house, having saved money for the re- model since moving in. “I remember truly feeling like

I was coming home each day,”

said Nancy Hankel ’09, now an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Asso- ciation in Los Angeles. “It’s one of those places where I had some of the funniest times of my life. ” In 1945, the Kappas used the former Delta Sigma Phi house as an annex for entertaining. At din- nertime on Halloween the next year, the Kappas raided the Delta Tau Delta house, chaotically overturning furniture and rum- maging through papers. “When the boys found out, they promised a return visit, so extra locks were put on the doors and windows, and furni- ture placed against the same,” the Kappa history explains. “The next day, on returning from lunch, the girls found the house and the Annex looking like a cy- clone had hit it.” The fall of 1974 “got off to

a big bang at the Kappa House

literally.” According to the his- tory, the Friday night of initia- tion week was interrupted by the basement flooding. In addition, the furnace was “belching smoke and making terrifying noises.” The Kappas evacuated, and maintenance came to clean up the water spill. A large addition was complet-

ed on the south side of the house

in 1979, doubling the size of the

building as a whole. Throughout the years, the house was redecorated many

times, most often by interior dec- orating majors, or alumnae. “To go along with our beau- tiful new addition, we now have

a redecorated living room and

dining room,” the Kappa History reports. “At long last, the upside- down pineapples are gone!” Today, the house remains cen- tral to the life of Kappa on cam- pus.

“Our formal dinners are one

the life of Kappa on cam- pus. “Our formal dinners are one The Kappa house in

The Kappa house in 1979. (Courtesy Linda Moore)

of my favorite activities that take place in the house because it is the time that all members can come to the house to enjoy a nice dinner over good conversation and laughter,” said senior Mary

Kate Kibbe, the current president of Kappa. “We are fortunate to have a home big enough to fit all of our members.”

Statue golf tees off

Casey Harper

Spotlight Editor

The foam golf ball soared

across campus and fell onto

a cement sidewalk. Bad

news. Landing on cement is like landing in water, which

means adding a stroke to your score. Suddenly, a squirrel spot-

ted the ball and scampered to

it, nibbling on it before leav- ing dissatisfied. The action, though, was enough to roll

the ball off the cement into

the grass, saving junior and veteran statue golfer Matt VanOpstall a stroke on his score and giving him a great story. Van Opstall is one of around eight students who

regularly play statue golf, a game that involves hitting foam golf balls at statues on campus instead of holes. The second annual Professional Statue Golf Association In- vitational will be held April

24, where VanOpstall expects

about 40 students to compete. “Everyone that walks by gives us a big smile and yells ‘four,’” sophomore Thomas Burrell said. The 11-hole course tra- verses back and forth around

the heart of campus. Thomas Jefferson is used twice. The holes range from par 3 to par 5. The guys have a detailed scorecard with a map, hole names, and distances from the

tee box to the statue. The lon- gest hole, affectionately titled “Ronnie,” is from the back

hole, affectionately titled “Ronnie,” is from the back Junior Matt VanOppstall golfs near Lane Hall. (Casey

Junior Matt VanOppstall golfs near Lane Hall.

(Casey Harper/Collegian)

of central hall to the Ronald Reagan statue. “It’s the fastest growing sport at Hillsdale College,” sophomore Bill Albert said. More than 20 students competed in last year’s tour-

nament with sophomore Ste- ven Mette coming away the winner. “Having bragging rights as the ‘best statue golfer’ is great,” he said. VanOpstall, Albert, and sophomore Drew Mallery created statue golf. Soon af- ter, Burrell helped hash out the course. From a few guys with an idea to an anticipated 40 person tournament, statue golf has grown significantly in little more than a year. “With the increased vol- ume, we need to remember to be respectful,” VanOpstall said. And the players are re- spectful; this is more serious than hitting around on the quad. They have a list of rules on the scorecard: replace your divots, treat mulch like a sand trap. VanOpstall said mainte- nance has never complained. They’re considering be- coming an official club. “It’s a great experience,” sophomore Drew Mallery said. Their Twitter page has 36 followers and their signature image, Thomas Jefferson holding a golf club and a few brightly colored golf balls.

Heroes of


Hundreds of Hillsdale College students left in 1861 to fight in the American Civil War. Many came home wounded. Some never came home at all. This series chronicles the experiences of several of those students who left their families and their college to fight for a greater cause. Special thanks to Linda Moore, Arlan Gilbert, and Kraig McNutt for their knowledge and as- sistance.

(Courtesy Mossey Library)
(Courtesy Mossey Library)

Evan Brune

News Editor

The men of the 11th Michigan Volunteer Infan- try sat behind their hastily- built defenses of dirt, stone, and wood, watching the swirling mass of gray in the distance. After failing to break through the Union line, the Confederate infan- try readied to attack again. But the men of the 11th had a problem: they were out of ammunition. “About 5 p.m., after repulsing five successive charges of the enemy, we found ourselves without ammunition,” 2nd Lt. Wil- liam G. Whitney said. “The enemy was about 100 yards in our front, preparing for another charge, and their sharpshooters were firing at every man who showed his head above our light works.” Whitney, a Hillsdale College student who had signed up to fight in August of 1861, was now a two- year veteran of the war. As he watched the rebel bayonets gleaming in the

sinking September sun, he surveyed the field of the dead and dying and came up with a plan. “I don’t know what prompted me, but I took my knife from my pocket, stepped over the works, and, while my company cheered and the rebels made a target of me, I hurriedly passed along the front, cut- ting off the cartridge boxes of the dead and wounded, and threw them over to my company,” Whitney said. Whitney’s actions pro- vided his men with enough ammunition to repel the ad- vancing Confederate line, preventing a collapse of the Union position. For this, he received the Medal of Honor nearly 33 years later, after evidence of his hero- ism emerged. Whitney was also noted for his actions in August of 1864. While advancing to- ward Confederate positions outside of Atlanta, Ga, a union soldier fell wounded. “Our skirmish line was advanced and fired upon the enemy,” Pvt. James Rayner wrote. “One of the skirmishers fell seriously

wounded and cried pite- ously for help. That the said William G. Whitney, who was 1st lieutenant at the time, having been recently promoted, started to go to his assistance.” When the young lieuten- ant moved toward the cries of the wounded man, many in the company tried to dis- suade him. “It meant almost certain death, being exposed to the fire of the enemy and as the members of the com- pany said, ‘Why risk your life when you will soon be discharged, and this man a stranger to you?’” Rayner wrote. Whitney ignored the warnings and ran half the length of a football field under withering fire to res- cue the soldier, bringing him back to the Union line unscathed. Whitney left the army in September of 1865 after his promotion to captain. He returned home to Allen, Mich., his birthplace, where he lived until his death in 1915 at the age of 74.

Alumni visit campus

Emmaline Epperson Senior Reporter

When Rosemarie Shultz- Wright drove on to Hillsdale College’s campus, she didn’t recognize any of the buildings. “I tried to use Central Hall as a reference point, but it was facing a different way than when I was here,” she said. Shultz-Wright is one of 43 alumni that has tried to reorient the campus for themselves this week during Hillsdale’s annual 50 and 60-year reunions. Usu- ally, the event is held during commencement, but the Alum- ni Foundation decided to hold the event during convocation in order to place all focus on the returning classes, said Joyce Curby, Coordinator of Alumni Events and Programs. During their five-day re- union, the alumni will tour the campus and town, attend con- vocation, sit in on classes, and hear lectures from professors. The alumni will also have time to visit and to reminisce. And they have a lot of stories to tell.

Bob Zurofsky and Ron Zol- lars have come to celebrate their 60th reunion. “Bob said he would beat me if I didn’t come,” Zollars said. The two attended the same high school, ran track and cross country in college, and joined Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity together. During their time at Hillsdale, the Grewcock Stu- dent Union was a converted barn and the track encircled the building. “It looked like they took a couple of loads of cinders and made a track,” Zurofsky said. “Or maybe they just sprinkled the ashes of dead professors,” Zollars added. Zollars was president of his fraternity and captain of the track team during his senior year. To “duck the draft,” he took the LSAT and attend the University of Michigan for law school. “But if I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t be a lawyer,” he said. “I was a stupid kid when I was young.” Zurofsky married his high school sweetheart six days after

his graduation. Afterward, he joined the army for two years. The two have remained friends despite Zollar’s move to Florida. Shultz-Wright and Shirley Jallad met because they both minored in Home and Family Living, which essentially was home economics. They lived in the Ambler House, now the Health Center. Each member of the house took turns clean- ing, cooking, and shopping for groceries. The alumni wish the class of 2014 luck in their impending graduation. Ron Bator, class of 1964, reminded all students to vote. Shultz-Wright encour- aged the class to be flexible and to learn how to roll with the punches. Jallad reminded students to give back to the college and to attend all their reunions. Zollars, on the other hand, said that he would never give advice on subjects that are “so sensitive and important.” Instead, he said, “You have to do it your own way. But stay conservative in all that you do.”



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When Steeb arrived in Ugan- da on June 21, she jumped into five months of training and ac- climation that included sporadic assignments pertaining to her job—made more difficult since her boss left two weeks after her arrival for a year-long furlough. But most of the time was unex- pectedly devoted to “heart train- ing.” “I wasn’t expecting to be com- ing into a training that was go- ing to be at a heart level,” Steeb said. “I thought that I would be doing more appearance level, practical issues of working with orphans and vulnerable children and while that came out in the training, it was really more heart issues. Now that I look back, it was an incredible blessing that my first step after college got to be increasing my relationship with God, and just making the time to make that relationship a priority.” Uganda is only just begin- ning to feel normal, Steeb said.

Though this week, she said, has been the week of snakes—small snakes that have been found

around their housing, snakes that are likely Black Mambas. She has learned to factor in greeting time to her morning walks, and she is used to cross- ing through a few herds of sheep or cows on her way to work. “It is a very friendly culture. If you know the person you are go- ing to shake hands or hug them, say ‘how is your family?’ ‘how did you spend the night?’We do this greeting – even if you need to be somewhere, people take the priority, which is really beautiful, but from my mindset is a big ad- justment,” Steeb said. “If I need someone to do something, I can’t just walk into their office and ask them. I need to pause and say something like ‘Hi Uncle, how are you? How is your day going? I heard your wife is sick, how is she doing?’ It’s learning to have the grace to take that time.” With still over a year remain- ing in her commitment, Steeb is excited for building relationships with the family she belongs to. “I’m just recently starting to have lunch weekly at school with one of the girls from my family group. I just love leading devo- tions and working in the garden,

what they call fields, with them. So I’m just excited to see how those relationships grow, be- cause ultimately even though I have an office job, I’m here for the people, especially the chil- dren,’ Steeb said. Steeb said she also loves how her job as administrative assistant includes some of her passions like writing and photography. One of her jobs is to compose the biannual newsletter, though she said, “I never thought that part of my job would be communicating back home.” Steeb is confident that God will use this experience to pre- pare her for what she will do next. “I’ve learned more about my- self, I’ve hopefully grown some, and I’ve learned to look for God in the hard situations,” Steeb said. “Making the decision, and actually getting here, and seeing enough support come in to sus- tain me here has really shown that, even when it’s difficult to stay, God led me here and I know that I am supposed to be here for this time. Those types of lessons will carry me into the future.”

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AlumnA works At childrens home

“You just fall in love with Africa when you go there.” - Don Westblade, assistant
“You just fall in love
with Africa when you
go there.”
- Don Westblade,
assistant professor
of religion

Emily Shelton

Senior Reporter

A few weeks after gradua- tion, Wesley Steeb ’13, flew to Uganda to begin work as an ad- ministrative assistant for New Hope Uganda. It was only a matter of weeks before she re- alized the two-and-a-half-year commitment would challenge her in ways she never expected. Serving in Africa had been a dream of Steeb’s since she watched the documentary, “Invisible Children” in high school. She said she always thought she would travel there as a doctor though, not as an administrative assistant, and never right after college.

Plans to work at New Hope Uganda—an organization spread between three facili- ties in Uganda which seek to fulfill family structures to chil- dren without parents—began to form during the fall of her se- nior year at Hillsdale College. Assistant Professor of Reli- gion Don Westblade explained, “New Hope Uganda never uses the term orphanage, be- cause orphanage will conjure up in your mind warehouses of kids. What they are doing is to try to recreate families for kids.” They community is or- ganized with the schoolhouse as the center, radiating out into circles where Ugandan parents live with eight to 20 kids. Each family’s house is surrounded

by the fields where they grow their own food. Steeb went to the informa- tional meeting for the mission trip, researched the organiza- tion, and found the job listing for the administrative assistant – a position she had experience with through the GOAL Stu- dent Coordinator position. “People have always told me that they think of me in ad- ministrative work,” Steeb said. “I really think that experience with GOAL got me this job.” Steeb ran into many ob- stacles along the application process, but by February she was offered the position and a month to decide. “Even though it was not a traditional job, I felt like this

is where God was leading me,” Steeb said. Director of Health Ser- vices Brock Lutz and his wife Jen talked with Steeb often throughout the application pro- cess, and Skype with her now. Lutz said they encouraged her to pursue the opportunity to work in Africa. “She had a couple offers for positions that were more typi- cal jobs, but she talked about Africa from the perspective of it always being something that she wanted to do. We encour- aged her to think outside the box a bit, and not necessarily do the safe thing,” Brock said.

See Uganda, B3


do the safe thing,” Brock said. See Uganda, B3 { Wesley Steeb ’13 works at a
do the safe thing,” Brock said. See Uganda, B3 { Wesley Steeb ’13 works at a
do the safe thing,” Brock said. See Uganda, B3 { Wesley Steeb ’13 works at a

Wesley Steeb ’13 works at a children’s home in Uganda. (Courtesy Wesley Steeb)

Diagnosis prompts passion

Tory Cooney

Senior Reporter

they are.

“I don’t think of how I eat as restrictive in any way,” Potter said. “My husband and I don’t just sit around and eat salad all day. You know, I’m making cook- ies all the time. I’m mak- ing brownies all the time. There’s so many things you can eat, it’s just learning about how to do things the healthiest way.” Recipes on her site in- clude chocolate hazelnut cakes with blackberry cream and

chocolate ga-

nache, goat

cheese chicken

alfredo, zuc-

chini fritters,

cheesy bacon


and sandwich

Caroline Potter ’12, for- merly Caroline Cheatum, was a junior at Hillsdale College when her health began to deteriorate, and no one knew why. “We went to a lot of doc- tors, but no one could solve

it,” Potter said. “Then, over Christmas break, I found out I had Type 1 diabetes.” Potter, her family, and the

doctors were shocked. Not only is Type 1 diabetes usu- ally diagnosed in children and young adults,

but she also had no family histo-

“A diet isn’t a three-week trend. It’s a lifestyle you’re creating.” — Caroline Potter, ’12


Each recipe

is accompa- nied by notes

explaining her substitu-

tions (the sandwich bread is made with coconut flour, for example) as well as equally decadent photographs. Potter started taking photos a year ago, when her husband sent her a camera from Japan while he was

deployed there. “I just opened the box

and started teaching myself. It hasn’t even been a year. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s a great creative outlet for me,” Potter said. “It’s fun to teach yourself some- thing.” But Potter’s work has caught some definite atten- tion, and her photographs are slated to be featured in “Redbook,” “Healthy Reci- pes,” and “Sweet Dreams” (a German food magazine) over the next few months. Colorful Eats has ex- panded beyond Potter’s original recipe blog too. In addition, it provides infor- mation on Potter’s nutrition counseling, menu and meal planning, pantry cleans,

and even “grocery store and market tours,” in which Potter meets clients at their local store and takes them through the aisles, showing them what to buy, what to avoid, and how to interpret labels. “A lot of what I do is encouraging people, every day. A diet isn’t a three- week trend, it’s a lifestyle you’re creating,” Potter said. “Food has such a big impact on your daily life. It can make the difference between feeling horrible and feeling really great and having energy to pursue your passions. It’s worth the choice.” Potter currently has one eBook, “Festive Eats,” available for sale on her website www.colorfuleat- and plans to release another in early May.


of the illness. “No one could figure


out, how I had this, but


did. My blood tests all

showed it,” Potter said. Potter’s illness com- pelled her to take control of the situation and find a way to a “happy, healthy, and insulin-free” lifestyle. The

search led her to a career as

a nutritional therapy practi-

tioner, blogger, and person-

al chef living in Hawaii.

After her diagnosis Pot- ter went on insulin, but still

felt ill constantly. She began researching and decided to focus on her diet in hopes of finding a way to treat herself that didn’t leave her mis- erable and exhausted. She cut out all grains, starchy carbohydrates, and refined sugars and, working with a nutritionist, slowly worked herself off of insulin. “Senior year, second se- mester, I didn’t know ex- actly what I wanted to do after college,” Potter said. “So my nutritionist actu- ally suggested this program offered by the Nutritional Therapy Association. I real-

ly didn’t want to go back to

school after Hillsdale, but I felt really called to start that program.” So she did. Right around the same time she got en- gaged, planned a wedding, and moved to Hawaii with

her husband, who is in the U.S. Navy. She began her blog, “Colorful Eats,” to fulfill the “community outreach project” requirement for her program nearly a year ago. “I wanted to present the joyful side to cooking and nutrition,” she said. “I thought of the name be- cause I think there’s just so much color in the world—I wanted to convey this idea of discovering something beautiful.” Through beautiful pho- tographs and recipes so delectable, blog fans might not even notice how healthy


Describe your fashion sense. D: Buttoned-down.

What is your most embarrassing item of clothing? D: Duke University sweatpants.

What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? D: To be caught wearing a T-shirt.

What is your favorite item of clothing. D: My brown checked Harris Tweed jacket.

Photos and Compilation by Ben Strickland



clothing. D: My brown checked Harris Tweed jacket. Photos and Compilation by Ben Strickland CAMPUS CHIC
clothing. D: My brown checked Harris Tweed jacket. Photos and Compilation by Ben Strickland CAMPUS CHIC