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Vol. 138 Issue 10 - 13 November 2014

Cross-country women place 2nd at GLIACs

Charger women score best finish since 1999 conference tournament, earn 7th place nationally
Savanna Wierenga
Collegian Freelancer

See Cross-country A7

Cutting-edge treatment saves

Herzogs senior season
Evan Carter
Web Editor

Football Captain Butch Herzogs senior season was saved

when he received a cutting-edge treatment that more than
halved his recovery time. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian)
Participants of the Turkey Trot battled harsh weather and
tricky obstacles last Saturday at Hayden Park. Hillsdale
Academy and Kappa Kappa Gamma joined together to put
on the event that raised funds for St. Peters Free Clinic. Racers ranged in age from preschool to adult. Michael Nikkila
05, academy teacher and coach, won the race with a time
of 15:58. (Elena Creed/Collegian)

See Herzog A7

Former congressman and Hillsdale grad dies

Campus house

Phillip Crane: A fine man who had an impact on history

Emma Vinton
Assistant Editor

Amanda Tindall
News Editor

Phillip Crane.

(Photo Courtesy of
Wikimedia Commons)

See Crane A2

See Crime A3

Alumni create app

Who is Jerry Ross?


City holds Master Plan meeting




College choir concert

Football shuts down Northwood

(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)


How to improve Hillsdale

(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

City News................................A6


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Mock Trial teams travel to Queen

City Invitational
Kelsey Drapkin
Collegian Reporter


Invitational at Xavier Univer-

Hillsdale am very proud of


And as any true Hillsdale

From A1
Crane is survived by his sib-

Saturday in Indiana. Crane is to

be buried near the family farm.

partisan in debate and on the

the teams led by senior Dylan

tational theyve attended. At the

the overall tournament.


And he also reminded us to be


To frack or not to frack polarizes

student body at Sundays CCA

Alpha Tau Omega

meets Harry Potter
Sarah Chavey
Collegian Reporter
their favorite house elf this

titled Dobby Days.

Ives said.

foremost is an entertainer and

Ann McElhinney speaks at Sundays CCA on the benefits of fracking.

(Anders Kiledal/

peoples attention. And she did a


Rachel Solomito
Collegian Reporter

for philanthropy.
Dobby Days is our at-

Pynaert said.
Days has been tossed around

said it is not meant to be a

tion in terms of philanthropy


& Controversies to an audi-

Both Pynaert and Ives

of it.

Alumni brothers create app, games

the month

Evan Carter
Web Editor

Bailey Pritchett
Spotlight Editor
Jitters Coffee Cart and A.J.s

the Holiday Blend.

Bourbon Peaberry blend named

in the Western
Hemisphere. Un-

When most Hillsdale stuto add more variety.

Jitters barista sophomore Ra-

so far.

ton said that so far the Bourbon

Peaberry made more of a splash
as the Holiday Blend is more
of heart.







develop mobile apps full time.

In their brief time in the indus-

It is still only a part-time ven-

In the past they have de-

Cory Flint `14 and Toby Flint `13 pose with their Up &
Away app. (Photo Courtesy of Brothers Flint)

and most notably TINT.


Phoebe Kalthoff

brand due to its


fee has yet to

Last year

A lot of peo-

an order. The beans are roasted

havent spent any money mar-

Up & Away app.


Neal uses her meal plan at Bon


next day.
Beasley said.
year round.


used the app developed by the

as full-time mobile app developers.
The brothers developed the

Cory mentioned that they had


on Android.

(Evan Carter/


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New English prof arrives

CSI lie:
Forensics expert

Sarah Chavey
Collegian Reporter

talks crime lab reality

and hold everything at an iron

Assistant Professor of Eng

Morgan Delp
Assistant Professor of Eng
technical leader for the Michigan

dresses and stilettos.

and faculty in Strosacker Science

lin said.

college years.

Schelling said.

A.J.s breakfast
exchange gone

After entering Grand Valley

Kelsey Drapkin
Collegian Reporter

Schelling discovered through

as though students are going

nor are they looking for coffee
are they looking for food differ



With extended dining hall

hours that started last year un

of the World Trade Center terror


Schelling advised students on


Schelling detailed the different

and going into the dining hall.

eleine Cooney said she gets an

ner here. We love getting feed

Professor James Holleman conducts the Hillsdale

College Choir as they rehearse Dan Forrests Requiem for the Living for their Saturday choir and chamber choir concert at 3 p.m. at College Baptist Church.
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

SAB plans new events

Breana Noble
Collegian Freelancer

Assistant Technical Leader for the Michigan State Police

Forensics Lab Kristin Schelling. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

From A1


The Student Activities Board

Daigneault said the residents
The only thing left at the scene

students attended to discuss

events for the rest of the year.
We like to have everyones


sound good.
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without consent by college
authority, the administration
welcomes ways to make Hillsdale better for its students, as it
keeps the interests of its pupils
at the heart of its mission.
This week, the Collegian
Opinions page features several students with ideas for
improving campus. This is not
a new concept, as the paper has
always been used as a forum to
concoct pleas to the administration for a better student-life

Editor in Chief: Morgan Delp
News Editors: Natalie deMacedo | Amanda Tindall
City News Editor: Macaela Bennett
Opinions Editor: Jack Butler
Sports Editor: Sam Scorzo
Arts Editor: Micah Meadowcroft
Spotlight Editor: Bailey Pritchett
Washington Bureau Chief: Casey Harper
Web Editor: Evan Carter
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Graham Deese
Special to the Collegian

The grounding
of goods
Garrett West
Special to the Collegian
Last week, Emily Runge responded (Wests political solution goes in the wrong direction, Nov. 6) to my original
article (The unappealing politics of universal rhetoric, Oct.
30), which had claimed that the intractability of political discourse stems from rights-talk. She insightfully highlighted
several of my unclear original claims, and Id like to clarify
these by responding to some of hers.
She writes: While human rights are a bad standard [for
evaluating the justice of a the political order], the alternative
most obvious problem with human goods is that they lack an
objective standard.
Human goods do provide an objective standard because

If we seek the reasons for this

choice the purpose of the action then we ultimately arrive
at some reason that can no longer
be explained in terms of anything

One day this past summer when I arrived at work,

several of my coworkers were
laughing about a news article
describing a press conference
of then-gubernatorial candidate
for Illinois, Bruce Rauner. To
demonstrate the states wasteful
spending, Rauner brought three
caged chickens to the conference and said, We have spent
into our state. We have plenty
of chickens in our state... My
co-workers laughed not because
they thought bringing chickens
into a press conference was
ludicrous, but because Rauners
statement was incredibly misleading, if not an outright lie.
The program Rauner referred
to brings state-endangered
prairie chickens into Illinois
to bolster the rapidly declining
population. Needless to say, a
prairie chicken is not the same
as a domesticated chicken, and
there certainly are not plenty

to buildings after hours was

Well-done, persuasive pieces
that promote a legitimate cause
work. Students can affect real
change. Even if student pieces
do not bring about change by
themselves, they can get the
conversation going.
And although senior Casey
Harpers extremely convincing
cry last year to remove the yellow bollards that pollute campus was never answered, we are

still holding out hope that the

administration will address that
concern as well.
All of these examples and
more prove that Hillsdale
students are not trapped in a
mediocre status quo in their
lives at the college. With a good
idea, ample persuasive power,
any student can start a conversation or plant an idea that
changes campus for the better.
Why dont you give it a try?
Send your ideas to jbutler@

of prairie chickens in the state

of Illinois (recent surveys put
the population around 100).
Regardless of the effectiveness
or necessity of the relocation
program, Rauner deliberately
attempted to mislead voters.
the problem with politics in our
country today.
The tendency for politicians
to mislead voters permeates our
political discourse. I point speRauner not because he is exceptionally guilty, but because we
tend to forget that this problem
does not solely occur on the left.
Both parties are often equally
guilty and although exceptions
exist, this tendency has polluted
national political discussion.
Consequently, informed voters
must choose between untrustworthy candidates when they go
to the ballot box, fostering the
general mistrust the American
public holds toward the political
Despite the negative reactions
of informed voters to these misleading statements, politicians

continue to make them for one

simple reason: It works. Most
Americans do not pay enough
attention to the political world
to recognize when a politician
is misleading them. This is not
to claim that most Americans
are unintelligent, but that they
are rationally ignorant. Unfortunately, politicians can easily
take advantage of this rational
ignorance. The number of rationally ignorant voters far exceeds
the number of informed voters,
meaning that even if politicians
actions anger some voters, many
more will accept those politicians lies.
Additionally, many Ameriwithin their own party. Too often, people criticize the lies told
by the other party only to accept
blindly the faulty statements of
the politicians they support. As
long as people are unwilling or
unable to recognize and punish
lying politicians, their lies will
This problem will not be
easy to solve. To do so, we must
change the fundamental incen-

tives within politics. Rational

ignorance is embedded into our
country by a variety of economic
incentives and it is not realistic
to expect it to change. Normally,
the media would be a natural
solution, as they are capable
of calling out politicians who
mislead the public, but media
have become so politicized that
almost all news organizations
suffer from the same problem as
politicians. However, there does
appear to be cause for hope: The
American people are fed up with
being misled by their political
leaders. Favorable signs are
beginning to emerge even from
last weeks election. For example, voters rejected the liberal
lie that Republicans are waging
a war on women. Additionally,
in the aftermath of the election,
both parties have signaled their
willingness to cooperate, which
would necessitate a toning-down
of political rhetoric. Honesty is
exactly what we need.
Graham Deese is a GW Fellow studying economics.

Midterms didnt help Hillary

human person, by nature, to certain goods as the ends of action, and thus every choice evaluates the circumstances and
chooses a good to attain. If we seek the reasons for this
choice the purpose of the action then we ultimately arrive at some reason that can no longer be explained in terms
of anything else. That is, we choose some things for their own
sake. In this category, I would place life, knowledge, friendship, and perhaps certain others. These are basic human goods.
Imagine, for example, that I have chosen to read a book,
and you ask me why Im reading it. I could give all sorts of
tentative or relative reasons: My professor assigned it, Im
avoiding homework, I have 10 minutes to kill before dinreason: Why avoid homework in this way? Why does your
professor affect your choices? If this is not to go on forever,
there must be some terminal reason that is, in some sense, selfevident: I have chosen to read this book because knowledge is

and that any just society must respect life in countless distinct
but analogous situations.
When we simply apply the right to life in a variety of
situations, it covers over that central rationale and that more
and ought to be protected. This concealment prevents us from


journalists there, but it does play

a similar role for the Democratic
Party, often reporting less on
what Democrats actually think
and more on what Democrats
want readers to believe is the
current state of Democratic

Arts Education

state. Yet this usage of the right to life certainly has a different
meaning from, say, debates about abortion. There we might
say it secures a negative right; here, a positive one. But if the
right to life has these two different but somehow related meanings, then some rationale for applying the term to both situations must exist. If Runge hopes to justify this positive right,
then she must give a reason for extending the original right
to this additional class of cases; if she does not give this rationale, then she opens herself up to the criticism that she has
But she has not equivocated: The implicit rationale that jus-

In the old Soviet Union,

Kremlinologists would read the
state party newspaper Pravda
not so much for the news it
contained, but to glean what the
commissars wanted readers to
believe the commissars were
thinking. The closest we have to
that in America is the New York
Times. Obviously, its not a state

by Forester

This account of the political is emphatically grounded in

human nature.
But if this account describes the human condition, then
Runge improperly presumes that one can only have a conception of permanent human nature if one understands it in
terms of natural rights.
Indeed, speaking primarily in terms of rights can undermine a robust understanding of human nature. Runges article
helps make this point: Evaluating [the justice of welfare]
from a natural rights standpoint, the law of self-preservation
and the right to life offer a clearer solution [than the standard
sons life.

Jonah Goldberg
Syndicated Columnist

The Uses of A Liberal

To complicate things, the Aristotelian tradition claims that

political organization arises for the sake of these goods
self-preservation (life), friendship, etc. If this is the origin of
the political, then its justice must be determined in terms of
the attainment (or not) of the human goods that bring it into
being, and each person must be respected as a locus of human

Garrett West is a senior studying philosophy.

Union. Shortly after, the scan-

Dishonesty pervades our politics

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man nature.

Former swimmer Sarah
Leitner 13 wrote a thorough
piece on the need for a better
and more sanitary womens
pool locker room. Not long
after, the locker room was
redone. Bond Pittman 13 wrote
a piece calling for Eric Metaxas
as the graduation speaker. This
past spring, Metaxas delivered
the commencement address.
Junior Chris McCaffery brought
attention to the poorly functioning ID scanners outside school
buildings like the Student

Two days after the midterm
Democratic Gotterdammerung,
Team Clinton let it be known
that it thinks the election was
good news for it. Midterms,
for Clinton Team, Arent All
Gloom, proclaimed the understated headline in the Times.
A number of advisers saw
only upside for Mrs. Clinton in
the partys midterm defeats,
reports Amy Chozick. Theres
no mention of any advisors seeing a downside. Indeed, a few
sentences later, Chozick tells us
there is a consensus ... among
those close to Mrs. Clinton
that it is time to accelerate her
In many ways, Chozick
continues, Tuesdays election
results clear a path for Mrs.
Clinton. The lopsided outcome
and conservative tilt makes it
less likely she would face an
insurgent challenger from the
Maybe its true that that there
is a silver lining for Hillary
Clinton in the shellacking her
party took last week. Maybe her
ineffective stumping for Democrats means nothing. Maybe
a 17-percentage-point loss for
putative Clinton Democrat Mark
Pryor in Clintons home base of
Arkansas is a blessing in deep,
deep, deep disguise. Maybe the
staggering indifference of the
Democratic coalition of young
people and minorities on display
last week is proof that they are
really just husbanding their

voting energies for 2016. And

maybe the fact that the war on
women shtick proved as stale
as a 1980s sitcom catchphrase
is irrelevant for a candidate so
invested in her gender.
But the notion that this
monumental rebuke of Clintons
party, and the administration
she served in, amounts to an unambiguous Clinton win invites
many to ask, What you talkin
bout, Hillary?
You can always tell youre
being spun if the opposite facts
would yield the same result.
Does anyone doubt that if the
Democrats Clinton vigorously
campaigned for had held on
to the Senate, the same people
would be telling the New York
Times that the election results
were a boon for Clinton? If the
midterm results are scaring away
potential left-wing insurgents,
why is Clinton Inc. expediting
its schedule? Shouldnt the lack
of a challenger make it easier for
Clinton to lay low for a while
longer? Not according to this
alleged consensus among her
brain trust.
Chozick quotes from a
Ready for Hillary fundraising
email: Now more than ever we
need to show Hillary that were
ready for her to get in this race.
America needs Hillarys leadership.
Ah, so at a time when an unpopular president in profound
denial about what the voters
were saying on Election Day
is tarnishing the whole Demo-

cratic brand, it makes irrefutably

good sense for Clinton to further
merge her own brand with her
How will President Obama
respond to the notion that Clinton must now assume the mantle
of leader of her party, never
mind the nation? What, exactly,
can an out-of-work politician do
that will actually provide tangible proof of her leadership?
How will it help Clinton to distance herself from an incumbent
president still popular among the
base voters she will inevitably
need in 2016? Frankly, I have
no idea.
Although Obama and much
of the media establishment are
convinced that the midterms
were a revolt against, variously, Washington, incumbents,
gridlock and/or obstructionism,
the actual election returns were
almost uniformly about throwing out incumbent Democrats,
re-electing obstructionist
Republicans or electing a new
generation of Republicans who
vowed to stand up to Obama.
I think its obvious Democrats could use a fresh face or
at least a politician more adept
navigating such problems. The
consensus thinks differently
or at least wants you to think it
Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at
the American Enterprise Institute
and editor-at-large of National
Review Online.

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Natalie DeMacedo
News Editor

Honor Veterans Day

During the Civil War, no Northern college sent a greater percentage of soldiers to battle than Hillsdale. So many went willingly
that not one student was drafted. According to the Hillsdale Historical Society, Albert Castel wrote that there were few places in the
burned more brightly than at Hillsdale College.
Today, we have a statue honoring their service. The college offers Patriot scholarships which give full room, board, books, and
tuition to student veterans. As of 2013, the college had 20 veteran
at Hillsdale, according to Assistant Dean of Men Jeffery Rogers, a
Navy veteran.
Despite this heritage, the college did not honor Veterans Day by

called Armistice Day, it commemorated the one-year anniversary

of the end of World War I. In 1928, it became a national holiday to
remember the soldiers who fought and lived to tell their heroic and
heartbreaking stories. Hillsdales appreciation of veterans began
long before our country created a special day to honor them, but
since this holiday has existed for nearly 100 years, its unfortunate
that we dont formally recognize it on campus.
Perhaps some students would have abused the privilege with
way. No one would argue that the college should ignore Thanksgiving because some students will complain instead of cherishing their
blessings. Nor would anyone say we should ditch Christmas break
because some students may spend it chugging spiked eggnog and
sleeping instead of honoring the reason for the season.
Because students had a Tuesday packed with classes, homework,

David Whalen said.

Instead, life on Nov. 11 went on normally people bustling in
and out of Central Hall, grading papers, writing papers, and franti-

means. It was simply another day of Hillsdale busyness.

A day without classes might have provided a moment to linger at
the Civil War statue between Lane and Kendall, or watch Saving
Private Ryan or Lone Survivor and remember what our veterans
have done for us. It might have given us time to contemplate what
pursuing truth and defending liberty mean when youre suited

Americans have celebrated the day for nearly a century. First

our heads in textbooks and laptops, we might have had time to sit


with student soldiers and thank them for for what theyve done. We
could have visited that elderly veteran next door and listened to his
Recognizing Veterans Day isnt about having a day off during
the chaos of the semester for leisure or debauchery. Its about having time to think about what this national holiday really means.
Maybe if students didnt have classes, they could organize an event
to honor their fellow classmates who have served.
When a day of classes is removed, a day must be added at either the front or back end of a semester in order preserve the same
number of class days something important for many courses,
Whalen said. And adding a day often poses an additional problem
as the wrong day might be added. That is, if you lose a Monday/
Wednesday/Friday class meeting, and add a Tuesday/Thursday at
the end of the semester, you have not really supplied the want. So,
The college may get away with ignoring Labor Day or Columbus Day for a shortened semester. But since these soldiers fought
for the very education Hillsdale gives, we should have dropped a
reading day or came to school early for their sake. Our veterans
deserve it and our commitment to liberty requires it.

Intellectual nightlife

This deafening externality is wounding the heart of campus life

Zachariah Thanasilangkul
Special to the Collegian

Nathan Brand
Special to the Collegian
As the old proverb goes: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The new air hockey table in the
When students gather in Grewcock to study, eat, pray, and enjoy each others company, the new air hockey
table drowns all of that out with its constant clinking noise. This earsplitting game does the exact opposite of it was
intended to do: Rather than bringing students together, it creates an agitating environment.
The air hockey table came to the union this fall with the noble goal of giving students one more activity to
partake in while hanging out there. It sits alongside billiards, ping pong, foosball, video games and a TV lounge
none of which are anywhere near as loud.
The TV lounge is practically its own separate room that contains sound effectively. All the TVs for video games
have shell-shaped speakers overhead to isolate the sound to only those using that particular TV. Ping pong, billiards
and foosball are also much quieter than the air hockey table, thanks to their make. Ping pong is played with a lightweight ball and padded paddles. Billiards is played on a cloth-covered surface. Foosball can be loud, but the wood
material helps absorb the sound.
Meanwhile, air hockey is a fast-paced game played on plastic and metal, which generate a constant clinking
noise that rings throughout the union. And worst of all, the game is set up in the center of everything, so there is no
escaping the terrible deafening externality.
Hillsdale College is very adamant about promoting community among the student body in everything from meal
plan policies to requiring freshmen to live in the dorms, but this new addition to the student union does just the opposite. The college understands the consequences of its decisions, and often trade-offs have to be made. Along with
these known trade-offs, many decisions have unintended consequences, some good and some bad. An example of
a trade-off the college made was deciding to change food providers to improve campus food quality. The trade-off
for better food was longer lines as more students want it, and more is made to order. It was a trade-off worth making.
the fun of others with their noisy game is not a worthy trade-off.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the game of air hockey. It is actually quite fun. But those who enjoy
playing need to take the puck away from the center of student life at Hillsdale.
As the heart of social interaction on campus, the Grewcock Student Union must become a welcoming place
once again. Students must be able to study and meet in peace. What was done with the best of intentions needs to
be revisited and the noisy consequences need to be considered. The air hockey table needs to go.

This is Hillsdale College. It isnt uncommon for a student to double major,

be in a fraternity or sorority, hold leadership within a club, play an instrument,
compete on an athletic team, work an
on-campus job, and do a million other
things. A combination of time constraints
and individual preferences sometimes
requires studying and trudging through
homework into the early hours of the
morning. This becomes a problem, however, when there exists no place a student can go to accomplish those tasks.
ble to study in their dorms. And for those
who need a quiet and secluded location,
the union isnt optimal. This leaves the
library and the classrooms (unless one
needs access to books, in which case
there is only the library). With the library closing at 1:00 a.m. and the classroom buildings closing at 2:00 a.m. on
weeknights, many students must wander
ished work, knowing that their productivity and the quality of their work are
Keeping the Mossey Library open
for an extended period of time is the
ideal solution. Its location in the middle
of campus, access to a plethora of literature, and secluded study areas allow
students to work continuously on their
homework in a place designed for such
activities without having to worry about
the time. If the concern is not being able

there are multiple students whom I have

talked to who would be willing to work
shifts into the early morning hours. If
the concern is not being able to fund
such operations, this could be offset by
a minimal increase in the price of, say,
meal plans.
If it is absolutely impossible for the
library to extend its hours, then keeping
the classroom buildings (or even just
one) open seem to be the next best option.
Currently, classroom buildings are
open until 2:00 a.m. just one hour
after the library closes. Although classrooms dont provide students the same
access to books and other such facilities that the library might offer, they still
provide quiet and secluded study areas.
The risk of anything questionable happening is low as, even now, buildings
are locked such that only those with IDs
can enter, and there are security cameras
in the hallways. Allowing students to
remain in these buildings should come
at no increased cost to the college, and
would give students a place to do their
work effectively.
Hillsdale College is an institution
which demands a high level of intensity
from its students to match its academic
rigor. In pursuit of high achievement,
virtue, and truth, it only makes sense that
students be provided with the resources
oftentimes necessary for the completion
of those tasks.

Dont give unearned standing ovations

Marie Landskroener
Special to the Collegian
Recently, I attended two concerts
of the colleges music program: A
two-piano/four-hand performance
by Kristi Gautsche and Debbi Wyse,
and a performance by the faculty
woodwind quintet. A most unusual
but refreshing phenomenon followed
both of these performances: Hearty
applause from a seated audience
and no standing ovation.
I enjoyed both concerts and
thought the musicians performed
wonderfully, yet neither performance
deserved a standing ovation. Over
Parents Weekend, I performed two
concerts as a member of the orchestra

and disappointedly watched the audience rise to its feet both nights. We
work hard in orchestra and performed
admirably that weekend, but hard
work alone does not deserve standing
ovations. They must indicate enthusiastic approval.
Perhaps our audiences enthusiastically approved of our performances.
Many of our parents attended,
after all. Yet standing ovations have
unfortunately become the norm at
musical performances here. They are
the nice thing to do; the staunch
seat-stayers seem mean-spirited.
Some may think a standing ovation is a sweet gesture by audience
members eager to support our music
department. But standing ovations

actually endanger a music department

and its performers. How will student
musicians drive themselves to deliver
excellence if all their efforts are enthusiastically approved? In what challenge can our strength rejoice if every
concert, regardless of quality, earns a
standing ovation? The standing ovation has lost its potency.
Furthermore, a concert is more
than the music. Choice of repertoire,
staging, lighting, appearance of the
musicians, atmosphere, words spoken
on stage all of these and more
sion on what degree of approval is
merited at the end. The two concerts
I attended were by professionals. Of
course the performers were excellent;

Dont take shortcuts

Clifford Humphrey
Special to the Collegian
5.3 seconds. Thats how much time you save
by walking through the bushes between Lane
and Kendall instead of following the sidewalk around the Civil War memorial. (I know
because I timed it.) It should go without saying
that the honored dead from this school should
be remembered with reverence and that students
here care about keeping campus beautiful. So
quit walking through the middle of what is obviously not a highway but a memorial on your
way to class.
But there is even more at stake here than giving the honored dead their due: Im thinking of
aesthetics, beauty and human nobility.
The capacity for rationality sets humans
apart from animals. The root of rationality is
ratio, which means a counting or calculation. Thinking can be described as merely
counting up various factors. Presumably, when
thinking about the best way to get from the
door of Lane Hall to the door of Kendall, many
students compute only one factor: Distance.
We all learned in third grade that the shortest
distance between two points is a straight line,
and many proudly display such mathematical
analysis when they trench through the circle of
grass in a straight line from door to door. I proffer another factor to consider when calculating
decisions: Beauty.
Many animals exhibit a kind of rationality to
attain their goals. Japanese crows, for example,
drop shells onto busy roads so that cars can
run them over, thus easily exposing the shells
occupant to the appetite of the bird. Yet only
humans care about beauty. There is an uncanny
connection between beauty and human nobility,

and a strange word denoting the contemplation of it: Aesthetics. When we are surrounded
by beauty, when we pause and contemplate or
revere beauty, we are lifted up to a higher level
of humanity.
At this school, more than most places, is a
collection of people pursuing various kinds of
beauty, because we believe that classical poetry,
history, theater, literature, music, etc. pursuits that usually do not yield even the money
it takes to study them humanize us in some
mysterious way. Remember something you
know already: Beauty matters.
If you include beauty as a factor in your
rational calculations of how to get from Lane
follow the sidewalk around the memorial. This
provides an excellent vantage point to admire
not only the monument but also the beautiful
green grass before it is covered in snow. Who
knows: It might even inspire you to hold the
door open for the person behind you when
upon reaching the other side another kind of
If you neglect beauty as a factor in your
thinking here, then you will help kill the grass
in front of the memorial, which is disrespectful, but you will also encourage other students
to engage in your own limited thinking. Such
thinking is inimical to the purpose of a community of learners, but especially to those who aspire to a higher learning than what is offered in
most American colleges. Conserving blades of
occasion to begin a consideration of a deeper
concern. So lets include beauty as a factor in
our equations. It only takes 5.3 seconds.

however, I felt no urge to jump to my

feet at the end. I applauded, smiled,
and discussed how much I enjoyed
the concerts with my friends, but
stayed in my seat.
I am lucky the rest of the audience agreed with me; at more than
one performance, I have been shamed
into standing or simply stayed seated
while all around me have stood. This
How can the performer possibly
know when she has put on an average concert or a truly superb concert
when all of her efforts earn a surge
of standing audience members?
We examine the documents in our
Heritage readers critically, carefully
weigh each documents merits and

shortcomings, and restrain our praises

until we are sure they are deserved.
Why should we judge musical performances any less critically?
Lets restore the idea of a cultured
audience. Show the excellence of
and tasteful mind by staying seated.
Applaud heartily by all means, but
stay in that chair. Someday, you
will experience a truly spectacular
performance that will bring you to
note has even begun to fade. Then,
the performer will know she has done
more than worked hard. She will have
successfully exceeded all the expectations of an informed, excellent mind.
That is an accomplishment.

Fix Simpsons alarm

Joe Pappalardo
Special to the Collegian

The incident occurs as usual. The dreaded

are bundled up for the cold, but a few wear only
illuminating the faces of those whove managed
to convince themselves that this time it wasnt
fault. This nightly ritual has become common due to the numerous renovations taking
place in Simpson.
Ten oclock is when Simpson begins to tease
its true colors. However, its quite unusual for
everyone in the building to stop what hes doing
and move into the rear parking lot. The men of
Simpson prefer to prowl the halls in search of
discussions, games, and potential trips to Taco
Bell. Some students head off to bed their work
The more adventurous choose this hour as the
perfect time to try out Simpsons new kitchens, spreading aromas of pancakes and cookies
throughout the building.
These vapors created in the kitchens are the
prominent incidents was a three-alarm meal
prepared by a resident, which would have been
appreciated had it not been consumed just after
midnight while many slept. The singed food triggered the main alarm, forcing the entire building to evacuate. In a domestic setting, waving a
towel in front of the smoke detector to dispel the
smoke could have resolved this incident. It seems
strange that a kitchen would need to be directly
students can pull the lever to alert the rest of the

The real issue with these false alarms is that
students and emergency response teams no longer take Simpsons issues seriously. The smoke
detectors tolerance is thinner than the wall of a
library study room someone could set them
off with a bag of popcorn. Galloway could empty
the dorm with a surprise breakfast. The men of
Simpson need the assurance that help is less than
twenty minutes away in case someone burns a
piece of toast.
There is little Hillsdale College can do to ashave taken matters into their own hands, bringing
laptops out to watch movies, making well-timed
trips to restaurants, passing around cigarettes,
and taking refuge at the Donnybrook. Perhaps
morale could be improved if the college erected
shelters under which the men of Simpson could
gather during their exile from the dorm. A place
already been alerted. Students are losing sleep
and study time from these interruptions in their
nightly routines, and need a place nearby that allows them to resume their lives.
There is no need to have a smoke detector
were present in Bon Appetit, local restaurants
would skyrocket in popularity. It is more sensible
a building that houses hundreds of able-bodied
men. Install simple household smoke detectors
on whether safety is an issue.


A6 13 Nov. 2014

Community brainstorms to better city

Kate Patrick
Assistant Editor

City residents and employees

sat around four, big tables and
discussed ways to improve the
city of Hillsdale at the Master
Plan Charrette meeting Tuesday.
Amongst the more than 40
proposed ideas included suggestions for unique restaurants,
extending coffee shop hours,
turning abandoned buildings
into entertainment venues, and
installing transportation to encourage students to come downtown.
To introduce the meeting,
Hillsdale Board of Economic
Development member Dean
Affholter explained he wanted
the 30 attendees to talk amongst
themselves and brainstorm
ideas for the city and write them
down on the sticky notes.
We want to generate
as many thoughts, ideas as
possible maybe they all
wont work, thats not the issue
we just want ideas, Affholter said. Any idea is good, there
are no bad ideas. Everyone has
unique experiences. What can
we do to have a more vibrant,
family-oriented, more desirable
place to live and even a southern Michigan destination?
Sharpies and wrote on yellow
sticky note pads scattered on
the tables.
Starting with one persons
thought to build a skate park,
fast as community members
could write them.
To focus on different meth-

it together.
City Planning Commission
Chairwoman Laura Smith said
the city is required to hold a
Master Plan Charrette every
time the city updates its Master

Ideas proposed at the Hillsdale Master Plan meeting to make the

city of Hillsdale more vibrant. (Kate Patrick/Collegian)

ods of developing Hillsdale,

Affholter divided all the sticky
notes into four categories: Vibrancy, Family Life, Place to
Live, and Destination.
A recurring theme was a desire to connect more with Hillsdale College. One person said
the college and city should work
harder at promoting each other.
Students coming to things
like this is a way to get involved, sophomore Liz Pickard said. This was an opportunity for students to connect with

the community, since theyre

always complaining about it.
Affholter suggested building
a trolley that runs between the
college and downtown, so students can access the city more
[We need] to realize we
have a lot of assets here, we just
need to see it and promote it,
Director of Economic Development Mary Wolfram said. We
need to assess and promote our
local talent. We have so much to
work with, we just have to pull

years in Hillsdale.
The entire city is supposed
to be pulling together the Master
Plan, Smith said. Sometimes
we do series [of charrettes] so
we might potentially do another one in a couple months. We
want to be done by the end of
the year.
Updating the Master Plan
does more than just involve the
community, Smith said. When
comes eligible for state funding.
We have to update the census inforomation, which weve
already done, and the citys objectives and goals, Smith said.
If your goals can be shown,
that opens you up for grants and
For Hillsdale, the charrette
was an opportunity for college
students and community residents to bond and connect over
common interests and propose
innovative ways to improve the
Weve created this chance
for you to come and give us input, Smith said.
Those who didnt attend the
naire on the city website, www., or email
their city improvement ideas
to Zoning Administrator Alan
Beeker at

10 ideas to better
Of the ideas proposed at the Master Plan
meeting, the Collegian compiled the top 10

Local veterans honored with ceremony

Morgan Sweeney
Senior Reporter
Filling the lawn of the Hillsdale County Courthouse are 108
white crosses commemorating
Hillsdale County veterans who
died in combat zones.
The crosses, which are cut
from southern yellow pine, are
the result of nearly a years worth
of work by the Hillsdale Exchange Club, a community service organization in town. The
Kiwanis Club also set up crosses
of patriotism honoring the veterans of Hillsdale County and
Americas armed forces.
It behooves us to show our respects to those who have served,
said Ken Bente, Hillsdale Countys director of veterans affairs.
Bente himself is a veteran of the
Vietnam War.
Jeff Francis, the Exchange
Clubs director for the project,
got the idea when he saw similar
crosses in the South nearly two
years ago. As a veteran of the
Vietnam War, the project means a
lot to Francis.
Sometimes, I get a little tear
in my eye when I see them,
Francis said. I lost friends overseas.
One of the crosses bears the
name of William Palmer, a friend
of Francis who died crossing the
Iraq-Kuwait border.
Veteran Renae Shircliff, deputy director of Veterans Affairs for
the county, organized a Veterans
Day service Tuesday at 11 a.m.,
in which several community
leaders participated.
State representative Ken
Kurtz (R-Mich.) gave the invocation and the benediction; Board
of Hillsdale County Commission-

Rows of crosses fill the lawn outside the Hillsdale County Courthouse in commemoration of Hillsdale
County veterans. (Macaela Bennett/Collegian)

ers Chairman Mark Wiley gave

a short opening speech called
Freedoms Cost; the Freedom
Farm Christian School band sang
the National Anthem and God
Bless America; American Legion Director of VA Gary Easterling sang the keynote speech;
and women who lost relatives to
war performed the Placement of
the Wreaths for WWI, WWII, the
Korean and Vietnam wars, Desert
Storm, Enduring Freedom, All
Wars, a Tribute to Mothers, and
POWs, and MIAs.
War is unpopular. No one

disputes that, Bente said. But

we should still honor those who
have taken their lives and put
them on the line [for us]. When
they come back, theyre never the
Bente spoke Tuesday at
his alma mater, Reading High
School. He talked to students
about his friend and classmate,
Donald Bennett, with whom
Bente graduated high school in
1965. In 1967, while Bente was
attending college, he received a
phone call from his mother informing him that Bennett had

Dinh province of South Vietnam.

Not long after that, Bente joined
the U.S. Airforce.
Many of those people never
got a chance to get married or
have a family. Some of them
were just 20 years old, Bente
said. Think about that. Freedom
is not free.
Bente encouraged residents to
attend a memorial service on Veterans Day and thank veterans for

One of 108 crosses in the Hillsdale County Courthouse lawn. This

one bears the name of the Hillsdale Exchange Club, the group responsible for making and setting up the crosses.
(Macaela Bennett/Collegian)

You have no idea what that

does for a veteran, he said.

Far away travel starts locally at All Aboard

Phil DeVoe
Collegian Reporter
All Aboard Travel Inc. boasts
worldwide clientele, knowledge
of more than 25 countries in every continent except Antarctica,
and a storefront 10 minutes from
campus. The travel agency primarily assists nearby colleges
and Hillsdale residents in planning trips around the Midwest,
Cabo, Greece, New York, Russia, South Africa, and Spain.
All Aboard Travel operates
in a similar way as most large
online travel agencies, such as
Expedia and Travelocity. Hotels
give All Aboard their deals and
the rooms. It specializes in affordable travel services for large
groups or private travelers, and
often organizes bussing services
for Hillsdale College functions
like the University of MichiganHillsdale basketball game Saturday.
Director of Student Activities
Anthony Manno booked with
All Aboard for the exhibition
basketball game this weekend.
He said All Aboard provided

the best option for the dates he

needed busses.
All Aboard Travel has always been very helpful and easy
to work with, Manno said.
We have schools from all
over the U.S. that work with us
and thats a big part of our clientele, All Aboard Travel Owner
Christina Boyer said.
All Aboard has four main
travel consultants who help
clients travel around the U.S.,
to the Caribbean, Walt Disney
World, cruises, and specialty
locations all over the world.
Sometimes, the consultants travel with the tour groups to make
sure everything is organized and
going well.
The companys Facebook
page features a picture of Betty
Spahr, the travel agent responsible for specialty destinations, in
front of the Taj Mahal on a trip
to India.
India was a very different
tour with people from many different cultures and religions,
Spahr said. It has become a
new destination for us.
Spahr worked as a Spanish
teacher in Pittsford, Michigan
for 27 years, where she of-

ten used All Aboard Travel for

bookings to locations such as
Mexico, Peru, and Spain. When
she retired from teaching in
2010, Boyer offered her a job
and Spahr began booking worldwide trips.
In November, I took a small
group to Turkey, where we took
a hot air balloon ride over the
area of Cappadocia. Floating
over the unusual landscape with
hundreds of other balloons was
a great feeling, Spahr said.
Spahr has been to Costa Rica,
Russia, Salzburg, South Africa,
and Zimbabwe, and is now planning specialty trips for groups
travelling to places like China in
August, and a four-night cruise
down the Yangtze River.
Although the NCAA limits overseas trips to once every
four years, Al Philipp, International Group Coordinator for
All Aboard, is organizing an August excursion to Spain for the
Hillsdale College mens basketball team to take advantage of
the opportunities it has to play
We went to Greece four
years ago with the team, and
were very excited to return to

Europe, Philipp said.

Philipp, a native of Vienna,
Austria, consults teams and

school groups around the area

and always enjoys returning
home to Europe.

You cant really get a picture of the world if you sit behind a desk, Philipp said.

All Aboard Travel Inc. travel agents Christina Boyer and Heather McNew outside its building located on
10 S. Howell St. (Vivian Hughbanks/Collegian)


A7 13 Nov. 2014


Kat Torres
Collegian Reporter
The Charger swim team added a quad-meet win to its season
record on Friday.
The team travelled to Ohio
where they defeated Ohio NorthThe team did really well and
everyone had such an amazing
attitude the entire time. Everyone
was very supportive and encouraging, it was a great atmosphere
to be in, junior captain Zoe
Hopkins said.
After losing to Findlay in the
season opener on Oct. 17, the
Chargers were out to avenge

The Chargers opened the meet

with an impressive second place

Seniors Rachel Kurtz, Cayley

Cruickshank, junior Naofa Noll,
and sophomore Emily Shallman
put up a stellar time of 1:53.41.
Kurtz continued her streak
of racking up victories in the 50yard freestyle, swimming a 24.48
- one of her best times this season.
Junior Sarah Rinaldi swept
the competition in two events,
winning the 200 IM and the
200 Breaststroke with times of
2:14.08, and 2:29.99.
Another team standout was
junior Mikalah Smith. Smith
swam a time of 11:07.2 to win
the 1000-yard Freestyle.

The highlight of the night,

however, was the 200 Freestyle relay with juniors Jennifer
Wheeler, Alissa Jones and senior
Jordan Rucinski. The Chargers
relay team secured a win over the

with a victory.
This coming Friday the Hillsdale swim team will be host-

second before them.

At that point the meet was
tied up between us and University of Findlay and we really
pulled together as a team to get
the few extra points needed for
the win, and it was exciting to see
us really race the girl next to us
like we have been focusing on in
practice, Rucinski said.
Hopkins then placed second
in both the 200 Freestyle and the
500 Freestyle giving her team
enough points to close the meet

It will be hard closing this
chapter of my life, senior Rachel Kurtz said of the senior
night home meet. However, instead of the senior night being the
last meet of the season, this year
it is early. So rather than being
sad I think it is inspiring. It will
remind the seniors that this is our
last season and our last chance to

season. The teams seniors will

be honored before they compete

Hillsdale: 24
Northwood: 14
Scoring Plays
John Haley 54 yd pass from
C.J. Mifsud (Steven Mette
Jack Wiseman 1 yd run
(Mette kick)

Hillsdale: 1
Ashland: 3

Wiseman 5 yd run (Mette

Weekly Leaders
Spencer Nehls 15-80
Mifsud 6-15-1-87
LaPrairie 8-15-0-65
John Haley 1-54

Season Leaders
Emily Wolfert (229)
Haylee Booms (208)
Jordan Denmark (205)
Marissa Owen (917)
Brittany Jandasek (337)

Hillsdale: 3
Lake Erie: 1
Hillsdale: 0
Ferris St.: 3


to face University
of Michigan
Nathanael Meadowcroft
Assistant Editor

The Hillsdale College mens

basketball team opens up a new
season this weekend with seven
new freshmen and a new court
in a new division. The team has
seen a lot of change over the
offseason, but one thing has not
Head coach John Tharp
has taken the Chargers to the
playoffs in all seven years
hes coached the team, and his
coaching ability and technique
that has formed the Chargers
into perennial contenders is still
present and ready to help improve both old and new players
on his roster.
[I] emphasize things that I
think you need to do to win basketball games, Tharp said. Not
turning the ball over, improving
our gap defense, rebounding the
basketball and guarding without
fouling are the things that weve
been hammering at them quite a
Tharp has also been focusing
on teaching Hillsdales motion
offense to his seven freshmen.
For a lot of the freshmen a
big learning thing is the motion
offense, freshman point guard
Nate Neveau said. Weve put a
lot of time into that in practice.
Neveau highlights a strong
freshman class that encompasses each position.
Theyre trying to adjust
with the management of what it
means to be a college athlete at
Hillsdale College, Tharp said
concerning the seven freshmen.
Were excited about them and
well see what their roles will be
this year.
With so many new faces in
the program, it will be key for
the upperclassmen to step up
and lead the young team.
The Chargers lost an outstanding senior class to graduation after last season, headlined
by First-Team All-GLIAC forward Tim Dezelski..
We lost a great senior class
last year, Tharp said. But our
guys who have returned have
taken a pretty good understanding and willingness to continue
with the leadership of our program.
One returning player with
high expectations is forward
Kyle Cooper. Cooper was second only to Dezelski in scoring
and rebounding last year.
I dont think were so much
trying to replace [Dezelski] as
much as just forming our own

new identity, Cooper said. Its

the nature of college sports that
youre going to graduate good
seniors. Were lacking in experience you could say but we have
lots of talent this year.
Cooper is joined by Cody
Smith, Zach Miller and Michael
Furlong as team captains.
Were relying on guys like
Kyle Cooper, Cody Smith, Zach
Miller, and Michael Furlong
along with our other guys who
have been around for a year or
two, Tharp said. Its just their
The Chargers came back
from the offseason to a renovated arena, with full seating that
encloses the court.
Its just awesome, Tharp
said. We feel really blessed
and fortunate.
The Chargers only lost one
home game throughout all of
last season, and the new seating will allow for a louder environment and an even stronger
home-court advantage.
Its really exciting to think
about it being closed the way it
is now, Cooper said. Its going
to be really fun.
Hillsdales home opener will
be played on Nov. 29, but the
team is focusing on Saturdays
contest at the Crisler Center
against one of the best collegiate
teams in the country, the University of Michigan Wolverines.
Were looking forward to
maybe surprising people, Cooper said. At the end of the day,
were both just a bunch of 18to 22-year-old guys who put on
their socks and shoes the same
way. People might not expect it
but we think that we can really
compete with them.
For the seven freshmen, their
ence couldnt be any bigger.
Its pretty cool to come in
and be able to go play at the
University of Michigan for your
said. With the leadership we
have I think that were going to
surprise some people and put up
a good showing.
The Chargers will play in the
GLIAC North Division this season, so they will face their traditional rivals like Ashland and
Findlay just once this season.
After going through an offChargers hope their seven-year
run of success will stay the

From A1
Hickman said he was proud
of the guys.
Our major contributors
struggled with injuries over the
past few weeks before the conference meet, he said. It was
amazing that we could keep up

Junior Kate Royer charges

toward the finish line.
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

Towne said he and crosscountry head coach Joe Lynne

ence race results.
The men really battled it out.
Across the board, it was satisfying, Towne said. Im feeling
comfortable where we are. This
past weekend was good.
The results from the conference meet have been an encouragement for both teams to place

Senior Megan Fogt goes up for a shot last season.

(Collegian File Photo)

Jessie Fox
Collegian Reporter
With the deepest roster it has
had in years, the Hillsdale College womens basketball team
will take the court tomorrow
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for
an important non-conference

The non-conference games
are pretty important in terms of
trying to win as many as we can
to help get your season off to the
right start, head coach Claudette
Charney said.
The Chargers defeated Illinois
face the Prairie Stars new roster

that includes ten transfers.

However, the Chargers have
grown their roster from 15 players to 18. The team is sporting
seven new players: a freshman
class of six plus sophomore
transfer Morgan Blair. A senior
class of four will lead the team
this year, headlined by Megan
Fogt who was named First Team
All-American and GLIAC Player of the Year last season.
After combining the seven
fresh players with the eleven seasoned returners, Charney said the
season looks promising.
Fogt agreed, identifying depth
and versatility as her teams biggest strengths.
We have so many girls who
can do different things so its going to be hard to scout all the options that we have, Fogt said.
The large freshman class will
play a part in these options. Charney said they have been adjusting well to the speed and strength
of college basketball.
Freshman Michele Boykin
anticipates the new players to
make an impact on the program.
We have Allie Dittmer, who
is a big post underneath. Then
we have other guards like Maddy
Reed and Morgan Blair who are
very strong, Boykin said. We
all run really well and have good
quick transitions.
In their 2013-14 season, the
Chargers were hit hard by the

injury bug around late February

The plague of injuries allowed
many players to see additional
court time that has helped them
tremendously this year, Charney
The Chargers started practice
on Oct. 15 and have been working hard to prepare for tomorrows opener.
With strength and conditionready to go from a physical
standpoint, Fogt said.
Charney said the team has had
great fall practices and has made
the weight room a priority in
hopes of staying healthy during
the rigorous season.
Our 22 game league schedney said. Every time you step
on the court youre going to play
somebody thats good, theres no
This statement will ring true
this season as the chargers compete in the GLIAC North Divisaid the North division is bigger
and tougher than the South Division.
At its home games, the team
will enjoy drawing a crowd in
Potter Arena, which also includes a new locker room.

Tae Kwon Do kicks way to the top

Tom Novelly
Collegian Reporter
This past Saturday, three Hillsdale College students earned
double medals in the 2015 Tae
Park World Class Tae Kwon Do
Tournament held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sophomores Caleb Cotner
and Alexandra Leonard and
freshman Katie Wallis competed against other white belts and
tested their martial arts abilities
against competitors from all over
the state.
It was really interesting, because it was such a wide range of
students of different age groups
and belts. The black belts were
really impressive, and everybody who came had fun, Wallis
Amidst the 445 competitors at
the event all three Hillsdale students walked away with double
medals. Wallis earned a gold and
bronze medal, Leonard a gold
and silver, and Cotner with two
gold medals.
These three students said they
never anticipated being award
winners when they registered
for the Beginning Tae Kwon Do
classes last spring.
well at the regional meet on Nov.
22, Towne said.
regionals will head to the national meet in early December. In
order to make competing at nationals a reality, the teams must
contend with their top competition. For the ladies, Grand Valley
stands as a top threat. The men
must defeat Malone, Ashland,
and Wisconsin Parkside to advance.
This meet was the start to
our long-term satisfaction as
a team, Towne said. We are
ready to show our competitors
our strength at regionals.

Tae Kwon Do is taught in the

new dance studio in The Roche
Sports Complex by Senior Master Brian Anderson, a former student and football player at Hillsdale College.
Anderson started teaching
Taekwondo in 1975 at the college and hasnt stopped since. He
has instructed and led over 600
students to their black belts, including Hillsdales very own se-

curity director William Whorley.

Any person who learns and
masters martial arts is in a position to help other people, Anderson explained. I want my
students to grow and become
comfortable with themselves
during this class.
Anderson has each of his students embody all the cultural and
disciplinary norms of the sport,
from bowing in and out of the

dance room dojo, looking their

opponents in the eye, and holding poses until they are perfect.
He teaches it like a liberal arts course in self-defense.
Its more than just learning the
moves. Its about developing
yourself and becoming disciplined, freshman Matthew Wylie said.
The class has attracted a variety of students for various reasons.
It was something I could
cross off my bucket list, senior
Betsy Bildner said. Plus I can
take it with my best friend Sydney Johnson.
In addition to making dreams
come true, several athletes have
taken the course to get an edge
over their competition on the
I hoped it would give me
ball player redshirt sophomore
Sam Heaslip said.
Whether youre trying to get

Senior Sydney Johnson practices Tae Kwon Do in class.

medals, gain cultural insight, or

just cross it off your bucket list,
think about registering for Hillsdales Tae Kwon Do classes next

(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

From A1
is uncommon and is being
I was just shocked to see him
nitely going to use this more,
Bidny said.
Though acknowledging the
treatment he received was important, Neukom explained that
Herzog was in the training room
three to four times a day, receiving the maximum trainment he
The drugs only do some
much, Neukom said. Its his
drive that did it, its nothing less
than that.
Herzog was very appreciative of all the support he received

from Neukom.
Lynne took care of me, he
Sophomore outside line-

I think everything attributes

to his character, Pittman said.
Penola said that Herzog
played as well as he could have

in for Herzog most of the time

while he was injured, said Herzogs return was a huge morale
When he was a player he
led through example and just

Watching it, you couldnt tell

he was hurt, Penola said.

but then when he got hurt, while

normal guys who arent captains
would kind of fade away and not
do anything, he was there all the
time whenever I needed advice,
Penola said.
Fellow senior captain and
corner, Dan Pittman, said Herzog
attended practices, lifts, and even
traveled to away games while he
was injured. Pittman also said
that the team and the coaches
were happy to see Herzog back.

against Saginaw Valley State

University, Herzog played in
the game against Northwood,
and barring unforeseen circumWayne State University on Saturday.

13 November 2014

Charger Sports
(Photo Courtesy of Sheridan Markatos)



Morgan Sweeney
Senior Reporter
The Chargers volleyball team
secured a spot in the GLIACs
postseason tournament for the
12th year in a row with their performance last weekend, but saw
their chances of postseason success slip out of reach when they
lost to second-ranked Ferris State
University in just three sets, 2025, 19-25, and 10-25 on Wednesday night.
We battled em tough for
two sets, and then in set three,
they started to make a comeback,
and we just ran out of time, head
coach Chris Gravel said. They
were just the better team at this
season since 2002.
Gravel mourned the loss
against Ferris that brought the
season to an end.
What makes this last match
so hard is that, even though we
didnt win a conference title or
anything, they really worked
hard, Gravel said. Any time
you have a hard-working group
like that, you want them to keep
Leading up to last nights
match against Ferris, the Chargers entered last weekend tied
with three other teams -- Ashland, Malone, and Ohio Dominican -- for sixth place in the GLIAC. Only the top eight of the 16
teams in the conference compete
in postseason play, meaning one
of the four would not make it past

Saturday. After a 3-1 loss to Ashland University on Friday night,

things didnt look good for the
Chargers. Hillsdale came back,
however, in a 3-1 win against
Lake Erie College the next day,
12-13 overall and 10-8 in the
set on Saturday to the Storm but
came back to win the next three.
I think we underestimated
setter Marissa Owen said. We
had beaten them pretty good
earlier in the season, and I think
we went into the match thinking
it would be the same. We came
back to win the next three bewas unacceptable.
Junior Haylee Booms earned
a team-high 10 kills against Lake
Erie, but three other players -- senior Meagan McPhetridge, junior
Emily Wolfert, and freshman Jessecond with nine kills by nights
end, a season-high for both
McPhetridge and Kopmeyer.
For McPhetridge, it was a
year playing with a team she has
come to love.
This last regular season game
was extremely special for me
personally, McPhetridge said.
My time here on the volleyball
team has been such a blessing
and answer to prayer.
Kopmeyer, too, ended well by
giving a strong performance in
the front row, though for most of
the season, she has only played
back row in games.

Coach always stresses being

ready to play in any position and
Kopmeyer said. We battled a lot
in the game against Lake Erie
and had some people really step
Fridays game against Ashland was a toss-up for the Chargers. They won their September
game against the Eagles 3-0, but
by last weekend, Ashland was
tied with them in the GLIAC,
with both teams owning a 9-7
Friday, each team struggling to
defend against the aggressive offense of the other. Hillsdale start25-17 with a hitting percentage
of .407. But the next three sets
went to the Eagles.
They were able to make
more plays in those sets than we
were and scored 25 quicker,
coach Chris Gravel said. Ashland is a very strong team that is
well-coached and they did a good
job on Friday.
While this season didnt turn
out as most had hoped, junior
Emily Wolfert is optimistic about
next year.
I think we had a lot of new
and really step into their roles,
we are going to work hard this
spring and can only grow from
here. Im expecting 2015 to be a
great year for us.

Nathanael Meadowcroft
Assistant Editor

The Chargers defense came

up big on senior day, holding
Northwoods option offense
to just 2.5 yards per carry and
leading Hillsdale to their second
straight win, 24-14.
We controlled the line of
scrimmage, head coach Keith
Otterbein said. We showed really good effort on the defensive
side of the ball.
Hillsdale held Northwood to
just 73 yards on the ground.
We were able to get into
back Tim Moinet said. Once
we stopped the run their passing
game wasnt even a factor.
Moinet is one of 20 graduating seniors who were honored in
a special pre-game ceremony.
It didnt really hit me until after the game was over that
that was probably my last game
here, Moinet said. It was
strange but it was nice to go out
on top.
Offensively, the Chargers
saw solid production from two
different quarterbacks.
Quarterback C.J. Mifsud
started the game, but went down
with an injury just before halftime. Quarterback Mark LaPrairie, who has been recovering
from a knee injury, took over the
offense after Mifsud exited the
Mifsud completed six passes
for 87 yards and a touchdown,
including a 54-yard bomb to a
wide-open John Haley after a Top: Senior Dan Pittman walks with his parents in the
fake handoff drew the North- senior ceremony. Bottom: Redshirt junior quarterback CJ
wood defense in.
Mifsud rolls out of the pocket. (Photo Courtesy of Jenny Bals/
Mifsuds injury will keep him Bottom: Photo Courtesy of Sheridan Markatos)
on Saturday.
He was playing well so its
unfortunate, Otterbein said. I
feel bad for him.
LaPrairie looked sharp after
not playing for a couple weeks,
completing eight passes for 65
It was a really smooth transition, offensive lineman Justice
Karmie said on the quarterback
switch. Mark has as much control of the offense as he did at
the beginning of the season. He
played well.
He came in and took charge
of the offense and did a nice
job, Otterbein said.
LaPrairie led the Chargers on
an instrumental drive in the third
quarter that held Northwood at
bay after the Timberwolves had

From left to right: Senior Lindsay Kostrzewa, juniors Marissa Owen, Jenalle Beaman,
Haylee Booms, and freshman Jessie Kopmeyer celebrate after a point.
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

When it got to 17-14 we
made a great drive. That was

probably one of the better drives

weve had all year, Otterbein
Northwood drove quickly
session after halftime, cutting
Hillsdales once comfortable
lead to an uncomfortable 17-14.
The Chargers responded with
a methodical 11-play 82-yard
drive that ate up 5:10 off the
clock and put Hillsdale back up
by two scores.
That was a critical drive in
crunch time, Otterbein said.
We made some critical third
down conversions and had a
good balance between running
and passing.
The win improves Hillsdales
record to 4-6 on the season and
4-5 in GLIAC play.
The Chargers now focus on
son, Wayne State.
This is one of the most phys-

ically strong and hardest hitting

teams [in the league], Otterbein
on all phases, and theyve got
great team speed.
The Chargers will have to be
ready to deal with an outstanding
running back.
Wayne States Michael Johnson ran for 292 yards on 39 carzone three times.
They love pounding the
ball, Moinet said. As long as
we stop the run as we have been
doing I dont think well have
any problems.
If I had to say what word describes Wayne State, I would say
tough, Otterbein said.
The Chargers are preparing
for another tough challenge in
a three-game winning streak and
an even record in GLIAC play.

Charger Chatter: DAVID Moncada

David Moncada is the new

womens assistant basketball
coach. He comes to Hillsdale
after coaching
AAU, high school and college
club basketball teams.
How did you come to Hillsdale?
Coach Mauk and my relationship goes back 15 years. We
both coached at Eaton Rapids
High School and were descen-

dants of Willis Whitmyers

coaching. We always talked
about coaching together. I used
to own a mortgage company and
would come over to Hillsdale
after my coaching season to
help. Then I worked at Comcast
for four years, but Coach Charney said she would love to have
me come. These opportunities
dont come along all the time.
So I quit my job and now Im
a self-employed inspector. Im
having the best time of my life
right now. If you are doing what
you love, you will never work a
day in your life. This makes me
happy. The Lord made the way
for me and every door has been
opened because it is supposed
to be. Im having a blast. Charney gave me the opportunity to
coach here and to coach with
and for a coach with her credentials is truly amazing.
What previous basketball or
coaching experience do you

I coached at New Covenant
Christian in Lansing, Great
Lakes Christian College, and
when my daughter was young
she said, Youve coached everybody, can you coach me?
So I coached her 3rd-5th grade
team, coached her AAU, and
coached Grand Rapids JV
team. At one point I was coaching 12 months of the year for six
years. I also coached varsity at
Hopkins High School.
What are you most excited
about going into the season?
Im excited about the talent,
but most importantly about the
quality of the people in and
around the program. Everybody
has been top notch. From the
players, to the coaches, to the
people who keep the sports facilities clean, the atmosphere is
just so great.
What has been your favorite

thing about being a Charger

so far?
The competitive spirit in each
and every program. It encourages me and thats exciting.
athletes and the womens basketball team had such high academic achievements last year.
They are not only competitive
in the game but achieve in the
How would you describe the
They are good players, but are
even better people. There is a
beautiful family atmosphere and
all the players are really close.
It is fun to see them bond. We
have six new faces on the team
and the sophomores, juniors,
and seniors have welcomed
them with open arms.
What are your goals as assistant coach?
I want to help in any way I can

to make this program even better. Whether thats through creating individual workouts, or
cheering on players from the
bench. I want to do whatever
they need me to do.
Who are your sports heroes?
I would say Michael Jordan bethrough whatever he had to in
order to compete. Also John
Wooden because as a coach he
didnt just teach how to win, but
he taught life skills and how to
be a human being. I think thats
because he was a Christian.
What is the best or most important lesson one can learn
from basketball?
Playing basketball is very analogous to living life. There is a
lot you can learn to become a
better human being, friend, or
Christian. You have the bossemployee dynamic in the coach

and players. You have the sisterhood formed between the players and the family relationships
that are built.
What makes Hillsdale a good
place to play sports?
There is a girl on the team who
transferred to Hillsdale after a
year at Northern Kentucky. I
asked her why she came back
here and she told me, Because
this is the only place that made
me feel wanted. You cant get
a better answer than that. It says
a lot about the program and the
school. Its like a family. The
coaches at teams at Hillsdale
want to have you here. Not just
as an athlete or a student, but as
a human being.
-Compiled by Natalie deMacedo

B1 13 Nov. 2014

( Micah Meadowcroft/Collegian)

Bringing back The Joe

Remembering the namesake of McNamara Rehearsal Hall

Vivian Hughbanks
Assistant Editor
Sunlight streamed through
the windows of McNamara Rehearsal Hall as one hundred choral voices blended to one. At the
Presidents Ball, a roaring pop
ly-dressed students, moving them
to rock to the beat. The crooning
of a spicy saxophone cast a spell
on swing dancers, another night,
jiving in celebration of orchestral
McNamara Hall brings students together. Many have spent
hours of their college career in
the room. Few know the story of
the man whose name it holds.
Joe McNamara was executive
director of Public Relations
now known as External Affairs
until his death on Feb. 12, 2002.
An employee of the college since
1994, McNamara passed away
shortly before Howard Music
Hall was built, and an anonymous friend donated the money
to have the hall named after him.
Joe was a character, said
Angela Lashaway, art director for
External Affairs. They named
the room after him after he
passed away. So he didnt even
know. And he would be so proud
that he had a name on something.
He would just be overwhelmed
by it.
McNamara was a Detroit Red
Wings fan, and often attended

their games at Joe Louis Arena. when graphics was just becom- saw that we could do that here. used to work up here, he used to
Every year, Director of Music ing a thing, said Lashaway. It helped with controlling content use a pen name Bob Dish, so we
James Holleman lists the rehears- Computers were just being used so we could back and forth on a used to call him Bob Dish.
al hall as The Joe on Choir and in that way. We hadnt even had layout and content right here in
He called Ted Makto, now the
Orchestra syllabi.
a graphics program at the college house.
director of the Audio Visual DeHe used to go to Joe Louis, at the time. And Joe was instruBeyond his accomplishments partment, Captain Video.
which was known as the Joe, mental in hiring me to do graph- on behalf of the college, McNaAnd of course theres The
so the donor asked that we refer ics because he saw the potential. mara was a hearty co-worker and Coonmeister, Lashaway reto this as The Joe, Holleman
He also brought production a faithful friend.
members, speaking of Douglas
said. That just never caught on. of Hillsdale Magazine, Update,
He was an interesting dude, Coon, photographer and profesProbably the highest price and the colleges newsletters in- Lashaway said. He was big on sor of art.
tag in this building was the nam- house, making turnaround for nicknames everybody had
McNamaras antics ensured
ing of that rehearsal hall because publications staff quicker and a nickname, no one had a real
it is the largest room, he added. easier.
name. Brett Falkey, who now maraderie among his staff, and
I think it was $1 million. This
At the time all that stuff was teaches at the Academy, he was those who knew him still tell
person thought that highly of Joe off-campus, Lashaway said. Wheat Boy because he was Joe stories on a regular basis.
And he saw the potential. He from Nebraska. Dan Bisher, who
Whether he was throwing
A native of Iowa,
a hardened loaf of
McNamara attended
stale bread into an
Regis College, and
ofreceived a Ph.D.
from the University
us down the parkof Notre Dame. He
ing lot at the end of
served as director of
the day, or walking
the Free Enterprise
into a meeting wearInstitute before coming Harry Potter
ing to Hillsdale.
glasses, smiling that
Basically he was
mischievous grin,
the editor for everywe laughed, and he
thing printed that
made others laugh,
the college does,
VanderWeide wrote
said Director of Pubin her memoriam
piece on McNamara
for Hillsdale MagaWhile in Public
zine in 2002.
Relations, McNamaLashaway
ra hired employees
kept mementos of
to work in graphics,
the the times they
bringing a new face
shared together to the colleges pub- Joe McNamara kicking back at work as executive director of Hillsdales Public
mock CCA posters
Public ReRelations. The namesake of McNamara Rehearsal Hall, he died in 2002.
This was back (Photo courtesy of Angela Lashaway)
lations staff, a mock

National Review cover, and even

cardboard cutouts of McNamaras face on sticks, created for a
group photo that he couldnt be
there for.
He never really brought in
his own lunch, Lashaway remembers. So if something was
in the fridge for awhile and no
one was eating it, hed eat it. And
then hed leave a note or money.
And hed be like Oh, that sandwich? I just went in and ate it.
And we were like, Joe! Thats
McNamaras wife, Colby,
played violin in Hillsdales Orchestra, and McNamara always
enjoyed attending musical performances. The four McNamara
sons attended Hillsdale Academy, and their oldest, Paul, was
a senior at Hillsdale when his
father passed away.
He came in and he said he
wasnt feeling very well, Lashaway said, of the February morning. He didnt look good, and
we were all saying, Joe, you
that Im going to call Paul and
Im going to go home. And he
left. We believe he had a heart attack on the way home.
McNamaras love for the students at Hillsdale College drove
his work.
I know he loved to go to the
VanderWeide said. He loved the

See Joe B2


Music fraternities grow

Senior art exhibit looks forward to launching into life

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mu Alpha, and SAI all add members

Joel Calvert
Collegian Freelancer

tographs that are really great.

sculpture, a lot of graphic design, a painting, and several
drawings. I do a lot of different
things, she said. I see myself as
a renaissance man within the artist sphere.
Although she deals in numerous mediums, Smiths true pas-

sors Brad Birzer and Sam Knecht

studying the art of creating a
graphic novel.
The results of this and other
personal studies will be on display in the exhibit. Of particular

On Monday, this semesters

only senior art exhibit will open
short story which Smith has been
in Sages Daughtrey Art Gallery.
putting together gradually for the
The exhibit, titled Wayfarlast two years as well as three
ers, is a collaboration between
sets of comic strips recreating
long-time friends, housemates,
her waking hours on Feb. 1 of
and art accomplices Maggy
the past three years.
Smith and Kittie Helmick.
Helmicks work focuses on
Weve been friends pretty
charcoal drawing and digital
much the entire four years
and have been living together
I love portraiture so a lot
for three yeah, three beof my photos and drawings
cause I slept on your couch,
will be portraits, she said.
Smith said to Helmick as they
Like Smith, Helmick has
laughed together.
spent a great deal of time outHelmick explained that the
side of studio classes working
title of the exhibit has a duel
on her artwork.
Wayfarers is about travpendent study of studio poreling, she said. As seniors
traiture last spring, she said.
we are about to embark, and
I had a lot of friends come
then in a larger way, Maggy
into the studio with me and
and I, our faith is very imporI practiced with the studio
tant to us, and we see ourselves
as travelers on this world.
Smith and Helmick will
ing feature of her work is its
each have about 20 pieces on Seniors Maggy Smith and Kitty
local subject matter.
display composed of a wide Helmicks Wayfarers will be
So many of the pieces
assortment of media from all on display from Nov. 17 to 24.
are about friends or related
four years of their art studies.
Reception Nov. 23. (Photo courtesy to friends and because of the
I know both Maggy and of Kitty Helmick)
heavy emphasis on portraiture
Kittie - Ive known them since
there will be students who
freshman year, junior Faith
Lamb said. Maggy has a couple sion is for graphic novels. As an people will recognize from beof illustrations shes done for art and English double major, she ing around the college.
After next semester, Smith
graphic novels so Im really ex- is well suited for the art form.
cited to see those. And Kittie has Smith participated in a year-long hopes to pursue an MFA in Crea couple of black and white pho- independent study with Profes- ative Writing at Notre Dame.
Helmick, a Spanish minor, will
be awaiting news regarding a
possible Fulbright scholarship to
photography in Ecuador.
Inspection do Wayfarers
will be on dis&
play in the Sage Center for the
Preparation Arts from Nov. 17 to 24. The reception for Smith and Helmick
will take place at the gallery from
2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 and will
feature live music performed by
Smiths bother, Ian Smith.



Glory To God

146 Lewis St. - 517-439-1323


Emma Vinton
Assistant Editor

Although the fall semester is

not as busy as the spring for the
three groups, each had a successful pick up.

Hillsdale students passion for

music continues to draw them
into friendship and fellowship.
Mens musical fraternities
Mu Alpha and Phi Mu Alpha,
and womens musical fraternity
Sigma Alpha Iota have all added
new members to their choruses
since September.

pledges -- a mixture of sophomores and juniors.

Mu Alpha President and senior Addison Stumpf said that
the pledges were picked up in
late September.
Fall is fairly low key,
Stumpf said, with the main event
being the dorm serenades, which

took place last week. Mu Alphas

events for next semester include
the spring concert and annual pig
Phi Mu Alpha picked up 13
new pledges, a higher number
than usual, and the largest pledge
class in the college. Last year, the
Sinfonia picked up 9 new members.
Sophomore Shelby Ripley,
who is the Fraternity Education

See Music fraternities B2


To do and see
This week

November 13 | Thursday
Rob Roy and the McQue 5
9 p.m.
Jazz band featuring Jazz director Chris
McCourry jams along with jazz combo
Rob Roy, featuring Danielle Shillingstad
Adams, vocalist.

November 16 | Sunday
Hillsdale College Choir Concert
3 p.m.
College Baptist Church
Hillsdales College and Chamber choirs
present Dan Forrests Requiem for the

November 14 | Friday
Faculty Chamber Recital
8 p.m.
McNamara Rehearsal Hall
Brad Blackham, piano, and Stacey
Jones, percussion, perform the
premiere of a new work by Mathew
Fuerst. also on the program will be
Bartoks Sonata for Two Pianos and
Percussion with guest performers Jona
than Chesson, piano, and Seth
Hendrickson, percussion.

Opening November 17
Senior Art Exhibit
Reception 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Daughtery Art Gallery
The capstone art exhibit of seniors
Katherine Helmick and Maggy Smith.
These graduating art majors present
their best work from their
undergraduate years.

November 15 | Saturday
Sigma Alpha Iota Concert
8 p.m.
McNamara Rehearsal Hall
The women of Sigma Alpha Iota
International Womens Music
Fraternity present their biannual
concert titled, Stories in Song.

November 19 through 22
The Misanthrope, by Moliere
8 p.m.
Markel Auditorium
The Tower Players present this
classic comedy of manners and morals
by the greatest French playwright.
Whats the best way to get along in the
Or is it better to fall somewhere in the
will ask the same questions while being
set in the world of the Washington
Beltway 1%.

Oil Change!
(Compiled by Vivian Hughbanks)

13 Nov. 2014 B2

(Photo courtesy of Amanda




I do not regret
my childhood
pop-culture illiteracy

Choir to deliver Requiem for the Living

Nathan Prigmore
Collegian Reporter
On Sunday, the college choir
and chamber choir will perform
one of Dan Forrests most acclaimed compositions, Requiem
for the Living, at College Baptist
Church. The concert will open at
3 p.m. with a special piece from
the chamber choir.
It is designed to be in remembranceit is for those who
are still here, said music department chair James Holleman.
Although Hillsdales choir of
approximately 112 voices will
perform the piece, this version of

I dont know that Billy Joel

I havent seen Toy Story...
nope, none of them.
No, of course I know the general idea of quidditch. Ive seen a
parody of Harry Potter.
I have sheepishly admitted
all of these things at some point,
along with the fact that I am popculturally illiterate.
Recently, a friend of mine noted that she wants to become more
culturally literate.
I just dont understand the
references people make, she
At this point, I had to wonder:
how important is it to grow up in
world ingrained in pop-cultural

ing a movie together, wed play

a game as a family. We were allowed to watch TV and go online,
but for limited amounts of time.
In the midst of the limitations,
I am even thankful for the fact
that I didnt grow up around pop
culture. Its not because I dislike
pop culture, but Im not in love
for a small orchestra. Students
with it either.
will be singing parts normally
Id venture to say that my
childhood ignorance to pop culture has given me some sense of
Having not grown up around
a thing, theres a different taste

childhood pop-cultural illiteracy

because it does not mean that I
havent listened to Taylor Swifts

For fall break I just stayed

here and wrote 10,000 words in
two days, said Chandler Ryd, a
freshman from Colorado.
Month (NaNoWriMo) has come
to Hillsdale. A small number of
authors will spend the month
writing novels with the goal of
reaching at least 50,000 words.
Writers meet for at least two
hours a week to plug away on
their ideas together. The meets
provide moral support for the authors and encourage them to keep
Ryds novel is titled When
the Tree Runs Dry.
Its about a photographer in

and Arrested Development quoted verbatim (and understood the

references). Nor does it mean that
I havent binge watched Gilmore
Girls before.
It means that I grew up in a
fairly sheltered home, as many
other Hillsdale students have. It
means I did not read the Harry
Potter series, listen to the Backstreet Boys, or, this one will be a
shocker to all female 90s babies,
watch Lizzie McGuire.
I do not want to diminish the
points of similarity and value of
people in these things. The number of conversations in which
Ive been lost reaches an increasingly high number, when you
add the fact that, besides not
reading Harry Potter, I have not
seen all of the Toy Story movies.
Although, I have seen Finding
Nemo, and quite a few of the Disney Princess movies.
Yet my ignorance of Britney
Spears, the Backstreet Boys,
Lizzie McGuire, and all the rest
has not harmed my social development, as far as Im aware.
Instead, my parents emphasized the importance of spending
time with each otherattentive,
focused time. Rather than watch-

I dislike Taylor Swifts earlier

albums simply because of her
sound, thats a matter of personal
preference, as is my dislike of
classic rock.
Its like being introduced to a
different kind of food as an adult.
I didnt grow up eating kimchi,
so as an adult, it takes some getting used to. And although many
necessary to keep up to date on
joyment, without attachment to
There are certainly things I
keep up-to-date with, such as the
news or the lives of my friends. I
do like social media, on occasion.
Yet the times I spent playing
Scrabble with my family on a
Friday night, the cello and violin
concerts I went to for my brother
and sisters, the time spent weeding the garden, and listening to
my mother read books out loud,
those are memories, experiences,
and time spent that I do not wish I
would had spent keeping up with
Disney channel.
Amanda Tindall is a junior
majoring in English. Minoring
in journalism through the Dow
Journalism Program, she is the
assistant editor of the Collegians
news page.

Ben Block
Collegian Freelancer

Colorado, Ryd said.

Some of the college participants have been doing the event
for years.

and interesting layering that are

always a blast to sing,
Requiem is the chamber
choirs primary work this semester.
Hillsdale choirs experience
with Dan Forrests work largely
began last year with the performance of Entreat Me Not to
Leave You.
It was really meaningful to

love helping people, Popovich

said. And joining a new group
can be daunting.
SAI hosted their annual Charity Ball earlier this semester and
will perform their concert this
weekend, but their other events,
such as singing valentines and
pen in the spring.
A lot of girls said that one
of the reason they wanted to join
was because they know that it
just a good group of girls, and I
just want to make sure that we
live up to that, Popovich said.
Which is still easy to do because
Hillsdale is such a great group of
people in general.

This is my fourth year doing NaNo; I started when I was

a freshman, though Id known
about it and dabbled when I was
in high school, senior Alexander
Tacoma said.
Lambda Iota Tau is sponsoring the project, professor of
English Lorraine Eadie said.
The honorary is responsible
for reserving rooms for the writers to meet in, and anyone and
everyone is encouraged to join.

The art world breathed a sigh

of relief as the 16 month-long
bankruptcy trial for the city of
Detroit drew to a close in November, ensuring that none of the
treasures of the Detroit Institute
of Arts will be sold to help pay
the citys debt.
To have sold off that collection would have been so shortsighted, Associate Professor of
Art and Detroit native Barbara
Bushey said. Cutting off your
nose to spite your face does not
even begin to describe it.
In October, when Detroit
bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes
asked Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Why not monetize the art?, Orr responded
that selling the museums art
would irreparably harm the DIA,
according to the Detroit Free
Press. Last Friday, the judge

the Requiem text.

For the concert on Nov. 16, no
tickets are necessary to attend.

writing extravaganza encourages

everyone in the world to spend
November bashing out a 50,000
word novel, one of the posters
advertising the event reads.
Even given the number of
words to write and the busy
lives of Hillsdale students, some
participants have reached the
50,000-word goal more than
Ive done that twice, Tacoma said.
The event is meant for all levels of authors, from the enthusiast to the aspiring writer. Ryd had

been working on his novel before

I started it in June. Im not
really doing NaNoWriMo because I want this to be 90,000 to
100,000 words, Ryd said.
The goal of NaNoWriMo isnt
to publish a novel, but to experience the sense of accomplishment writing something 50,000
words long brings.
I dont see publishing as
completion, Tacoma said.
Ryd still wants to participate
culty in the events timing.
I could see myself doing it if
I had less going here at school,
Ryd said.
This years NaNoWriMo
might help spawn a new club on
campus. A group of participating
authors, including Tacoma and
Ryd, are planning on founding a
creative writing club.
The idea is that we want it to
be a community of writers where
you can do two big things, make
connections with other writers
and also to learn and get criticism

on your own writing, Ryd said.

Joel Calvert
Collegian Freelancer

humanity. Space travel is man in

extremis: pushed to his farthest
reach, separated from death only
by inches of tin and plastic. In
space, man approaches the grand,
verse, which inevitably casts us
into a state of wonder about the
mystery of our own metaphorical
position in the endless unknown.
Where did we come from?
Where are we? And where are we
going? Where will man be after
being pushed to the extreme of
his abilities and being?
Stanley Kubricks 2001: A
for Christopher Nolans Interstellar, is an unparalleled work
outcome of man in extremis. Defying all convention, Kubricks
masterpiece abandons concerns
with entertainment and takes his
of sublime experience, starving
them for explanation and overwhelming them with sensation.
Powered by ambiguous meaning and ancient human symbols,

2001 explores the meaning of

man, his evolution and transcendence.
Nolans Interstellar is a reinterpretation of 2001 into a
modern blockbuster. It is the form
and matter of 2001 injected
with personable characters, with
a complex plot, with emotion and
human drama. It is an intellectual

nothing is left to mystery. All impenetrable questions about man,

his past, present, and future have
somehow been answered. The
outcome of man in extremis has
been resolved.
Nolans high need to explain
forces him to create answers
to questions which are inherently unanswerable. They are
unanswerable because in reality
the future of man is a singularity from which no light escapes.
How do we even begin to guess
at what its nature is? We do not
know what man will be after being pushed to his farthest reach.

lan feels the need to explain everything to his audience, an unfortunate mistake when dealing
with questions that have no pronounceable answer.
Nolans error is understandable. As humans we want explanation and resolution, and, as a
popular director under pressure to

and ideas which the everyday

viewer can still approach because
it is also exciting, beautiful, suspenseful, and funny at parts. It is
concerned with humanity, mortality, time, and the moving force
of love, which uses the particular to speak of the universal, and
which is certainly Nolans most
Still, Interstellar is no
2001. In his bid for a work
rivaling that of Kubrick, Nolan
makes a critical mistake in his
need for explanation. It overdialogue is used to explain to the
audience exactly what is happening and why. Nolan seems
overly concerned with his audience instantly understanding
everything about the movie but
the end result of his efforts is that

even singularities are safe from

mans intrusion.
In contrast with Interstellar,
2001 deals successfully with
the same unanswerable questions
by using visions and symbols. Its
success is due to its ambiguity
and its tremendous restraint. Kubricks genius is that he refrains
from trying to answer the unsolvable questions about mans future
and instead creates a human experience of wonder and mystery
which surrounds these questions
but never seeks to deconstruct
them. Despite visuals comparable to 2001,
Interstellar does not have
the restraint to let its visuals tell
its story. For some reason, No-

An update on Detroit, bankruptcy, and the arts

Emma Vinton
Assistant Editor

them, so I was familiar with this

composer, Holleman said.
This summer, vocal department head Melissa Osmond sang
a performance of Requiem in
Chicago, where Dan Forrest himself was part of the production.
Melissa brought the work to my
Professor Hollemans attention
and encouraged him to take a
look at it.
The students are really enjoying singing it. You should expect
to come out of the performance
feeling uplifted, Holleman said.
Its beautiful music, just the
right level of challenging for us.

case, approving Detroits grand

bargain, which has saved the
institute from a terrible fate. This
plan includes a combination of
philanthropic support, creditor
deals, and city action.
Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July
2013. Since then, creditors have
been sharpening their knives
and demanding payment for the
citys $18 billion debt. The city
has been examining its assets.
Because a huge part of the museums collections is owned by
the city, creditors pressured the
Institute to sell its treasures to
pay off the debt.
Despite legal problems that
selling the art would raise, the
fact is that the DIA contains immense and historical beauty in
a devastated city. Some things
have to give to pay off debt, and
the DIA is possibly the most
valuable asset. For precisely this
reason, the city was reluctant to
sell the art.

of its kind on campus. There are

events and organizations for the
collaboration of on-campus writers such as NaNoWriMo and
the writing center but no clubs
Federation. The club would bring
writers together from across
campus, provide lectures by
professors and advance aspiring
writers careers.
One of my personal desires
for the club is to help all these
shy Hillsdale students who love
to write meet one another, Tacoma said.
The group will become an
a meeting with Student Federation on Thursday. However, the
events, meetings and activities
will be shortened giving the nearing end of the semester.
Were really going to kick
things off in style come 2015,
Tacoma said.

Explaining the Singularity: Christopher Nolans Interstellar

The subject of space travel in-

From B1

four juniors--on Oct. 2.

Mindi Popovich, who is Vice
President of Membership, said
that she is thrilled with the class
and with forming new relationships.
I was so excited when I got
the position because I just really

nology in this song order.

The chamber choir has a
slightly morbid theme in our
music this semester, choir manager and junior Ellen Hogan said.
We will be singing a number
of smaller pieces which all have
the encompassing theme of loss.
Peace, for example, talks about
blessing those who have previously passed. Most of these

Write that novel this month, NaNoWriMo

music frATerniTies
the pledges through their new
member process.
We get together and play
music with people who pick up
tunes, chords, notes really easily
and just have an enthusiasm for
music that matches the tenor of
the group, Ripley said.
Phi Mu also performed serenades last weekend.
Sigma Alpha Iota picked up 9

horn, harp, violin, and cello. Instead of the choir singing the percussion and organ pieces, faculty
member Stacy Jones will play
the percussion, and Debbie Wyse
will play the organ.
Requiem is approximately
40 minutes long. Initially composed in 2011, it has since become known as one of Dan Forrests best work.
Requiem for the Living will
assume a place among the staples
of grand choral literature, wrote
Paul Williams of the Classical
Voice of North Carolina, an online performing arts journal.
The choir performance will
feature a prelude to Requiem
with another one of Forrests
work, A Prayer Before Singing, sung by the chamber choir.
There is an intentional chro-

If sold, the art could have

gone anywhere, to private collections or other museums, who
may have refused to purchase the
art out of solidarity with the DIA.
In October, the city reached a
settlement with one of its creditors, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company. The city agreed
to hand over Joe Louis Arena, the
home of the Detroit Red Wings
hockey team, to FGIC to settle
the bankruptcy case. A new arena
will be built by 2017, when the
Joe Louis Arena will be demolished and replaced with a hotel
and condominiums. Belle Isle,
which is a park island in the Detroit river, is another asset that
the city potentially can cultivate
to help pay off debt.
Hillsdale College professor
of Art Sam Knecht said that the
museum should not be subject to
governmental misfortunes which
are outside its control.
A distinguished art museum
ought not to be under the ownership of state or municipal gov-

ernment and thus subject to the

misfortunes that might befall the
governmental agency, Knecht
said via email.
Bunny Homan, a Michigan
representative for the Portrait Society of America and a colleague
of Knechts in the Detroit area
has followed the case and is relieved by the results.
Personally, I feel that we
have saved the museum because
Syncora and then FGIC rewrote
their contracts with the city and
stopped pursuing the sale of
the art work, Homan said in an
email. On the other hand, I am
not the Federal Judge. And there
may be things he would like to
John Miller, director of the
Dow Journalism Program, has
posters of the DIAs Diego Riand is a fan of the museum overall.
Its an asset worth potentially
billions of dollars, Miller said of

the museum. It is a tremendous

institution, full of beautiful art, a
treasure of the city, a treasure of
the country, now threatened because of city mismanagement.
Bushey said that the institute
contains major world masterpieces, but the collection as a
whole has kept growing upon
itself, and it is important for the
people of the city to have access
to the whole.
Bushey also said that it is an
important part of cultural heritage, and that art teaches what it
means to be human.
And as the gray days come
upon the city of Detroit, the
DIA remains a source of beauty
and color, which, Bushey says,
proves the existence of God. She
remembers visiting the museum
often as a child, and treasures the
beauty of the each piece there.
Theyre all such old friends,
she said.

to this desire. We like everything

to be explained and then wrapped
up nicely so that all loose strands
of plot are brought together into
a coherent string. In our lives we
need reassurance of coherence
an epilogue is necessary to our
human well-being.
However, solid answers and
neat resolutions to the mystifying questions surrounding man in
extremis do not exist. To pretend
that they do is to pretend to see
inside of a singularity. Life for
humans is confounding, terrifying, vast, and mysterious: it is a
constant struggle of interpretation and a long, arduous jourand an uncertain end, much like
2001: A Space Odyssey.

From B1
students. He loved the college
and he loved the students, and he
was very supportive of the students. He really liked to be in a
mentoring position.
Joe McNamara is no longer
with us, but McNamara Rehearsal Hall, The Joe, stands
dedication to excellent, diligent
work, and camaraderie among
He just sticks with you, you
know? Lashaway said. He
could be quirky and sometimes
annoying, you know, stealing
sandwiches and stuff like that.
But all in all, he just really cared.
He just really had a passion for
the work that he did.


B3 13 Nov. 2014

Arnns sprint
for the 43rd
Micah Meadowcroft
Arts Editor
Before assuming the role
as the president of Hillsdale
remont Institute for the Study
of Political Statesmanship in
the 1990 census, in 1992 a new
congressional district, the 43rd,
was drawn in West Riverside
mont Institute.
The infant district was predominately Republican by registration, and it seemed clear
that whoever won the Republican primary would win the seat.
Seven candidates entered the
three-month sprint between the
ling district and primary day.
Arnn was one of them.
Arnn said in an email that he
decided to run on the urging of
many people and out of a desire
to serve. I thought I ought to
try it before I died.
Professor of politics R. J.
Pestritto was a graduate student

Republican movement conservative candidate, and that lined

up by way of endorsements.
cal establishment endorsement
and the endorsement of Pete
at the time. Arnn received endorsements from nationally
prominent conservatives, including Jack Kemp and Sen.
Orrin Hatch.
It was a very conservative
district, so among the Republicans you wanted to show that
you had conservative credentials, Pestritto said. It was an
area where being pro-life was
very important, so people wanted to see that.
the general election and serves
as a congressman today.
Some of the lessons Arnn
learned apply to his work today.
I learned things about how
hard it is to put together all the
reasons why one thinks what
one thinks, he said. I con-

the election, and volunteered on

Arnns campaign.
I was doing full time in
school and volunteering with
Larry on the side, he said. So
it was, you know, graduate students, faculty, people that knew

the issues are critical, as they are

in our time, it is important to understand a lot, and the best politicians are the ones who keep up
the effort to do a lot.
As for the connection of politics to the liberal arts:
The liberal arts seek the
truth about the highest things,
he said. These things are not
settled or exhausted by the law.
For that reason the best coun-

nia going down there and doing

the things that people do on a
Though he lost the primary,
Arnn said the experience taught
him more about how American
politics works.
Elections are the way that
free people govern themselves,
he said. And many people take
them seriously and reason well
about them.
Pestritto explained that there
was a split in outside conservative support between Arnn and
another candidate.
There was, for lack of a better term, kind of an establishment candidate, a guy by the

to recognize the right of everyone to pursue the dictates of his

conscience and his faith under
the moral law.
Pestritto, learned from the
experience as well.
It was fun to do; it was
probably less fun for Dr. Arnn
than it was for us, Pestritto
said. I think its very hard on
the candidate.
Arnns wife, Penny, found
the campaign experience valuable.
I met a lot of people from
many different businesses and
professions and heard from
them what was on their minds,
their concerns and hopes, she
said. I understand much better

the party establishment pick for

that seat, Pestritto said. And
then, Dr. Arnn was sort of the

has to work.

Seniors Taylor Fredrick (back) and Leah Whetstone (front) step in synch through the tire obstacle of the Turkey Trot
5k on Saturday. More than 100 locals ran the event put on by Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Hillsdale Academy. (Elena

The face behind Faces of Hillsdale

Lois Lesher
Collegian Freelancer
A notebook and a smartphone
are two accessories you could expect to see in the hands of any college student but for one in particular, they are the tools she uses
to capture her inspirations.
Sophomore Savannah Falter is
not the typical reporter. She does
not write about sporting events,
breaking news, or her own opinion she simply tells the stories of
her peers through iPhone photos
and quirky quotes.
Last April, Falter created a
Facebook page modeled after the
famous Humans of New York
locals through pictures and quotations.
I saw two guys playing chess
instead of going to lunch one day,
and I just thought it was so Hillsdale, she said. We have a super
fascinating group of people here.
So I thought, why not, in my four
years, embrace all of this goodness and start talking to people

about their stories?

Humans of Hillsdale, Falters
Facebook page, reached almost

My interviews end
up taking much
longer than I
originally intended.
300 likes in a matter of weeks.
With subjects ranging from campus celebrities like Saga Steve
to insightful graduating seniors,
Humans of Hillsdale grabbed
the attention of many, including
Hannah Strickland from the college marketing department. After
Falter featured Strickland on the
page, Strickland was immediately
impressed by Falters creative idea
and warm personality.
Shes adorable and shes really easy to talk to. Savannahs
the kind of person that can get
other people to say these kinds of
things, Strickland said.
When Falter returned to cam-

Jerry and the Band

ing the Jerry Ross Band, Mason
also sings with the Michigan
Opera Theater, plays violin
with the Birmingham Bloom-

Bailey Pritchett
Spotlight Editor
When Jerry Ross responded
to a newspaper ad asking for
dance instructors, he didnt anticipate that this move would
lead him to starting one of the
best party bands in the state.
The 12 member band that
Presidents Ball every year has
played for events that range
from weddings to birthday parties to corporate cocktail shindigs in Orlando, but none of
their events meet the same enparty.
Sandee Singer, a senior event
planner at Lorio Ross Sterling
Entertainment who handles
bookings, said the band always
looks forward to playing their
February gig at the college.
This party is their favorite party of the year, and they
do some high-end shows, she
Jerry Ross started his music
career at a young age and practiced it throughout his education. During his four years at
Detroit, Ross focused on his instrument of choice, the clarinet.
His dream was to play in a symphony orchestra.
When he was 16, a friend
invited him to join a band with
a few other buddies. Although
Ross felt unsure about playing
in a band as a classically trained
clarinetist, he joined anyway.
During his college career,
Ross continued to practice his
music, but found a job through a
newspaper clipping looking for
dance instructors. No experience was necessary and the advertiser would pay for training.

The Jerry Ross Band will perform for Presidents Ball.

(Photo Courtesy of Lorio Ross Sterling Entertainment)

Ross said that his time as

dance instructor improved his
music career tremendously. He
loved the Latin rhythms in the
picked up the congos as another
Being a dance instructor
helped me a lot with my music,
out, a lot of the music was ballroom and I was probably the
only band leader around who
knew how to play the right tempos for ballroom dances like the
Foxtrot and swing. It gave me a
big edge on getting those kind
of engagements.
Eventually, the Jerry Ross
Band grew in popularity and
had more bookings than it knew
what to do with. In order to
handle the demand, Ross began an entertainment group that
now owns several party bands.
Ross said he still plays with his
band for about 80 percent of the
shows. His forte now is recruiting.
Ross found one of his star recruits, Stacey Mason, at a show
where her original band was
performing. When Ross invited

pated that he would sign her

band, but all Ross wanted was
Mason. Shortly after the meeting, she joined the Jerry Ross
Band and is now a co-leader of
the band.
Mason grew up in Livonia,
Michigan and was educated
through the Livonia public
school system. During high
school, Mason played violin for
the Youth Symphony, the DeEnsemble, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She continued on to graduate from the
University of Michigan School
of Music, Theater, and Dance
with a degree in violin performance.
In 1993, Mason charmed the
audiences of the Miss America
Pageant with her voice and violin as Miss Michigan. Shortly
after the competition, Mason
joined the Jerry Ross Band.
This great opportunity gave
do now, she said.
Masona mantra is going
after experience and opportunity. While she balances lead-

Symphony, and the Michigan

Philharmonic not to mention
teaching violin lessons.
Now, musicians come to
Ross if they want to play in his
band. When Ross reviews musicians for his team, he has a
three-point checklist: looks, talent, and charisma.
People hear with their
eyes, he said. This is how the
whole industry is. This goes for
men and women. Also, if someone can sing but they dont have
personality, it takes away from
their performance.
Larry Arnn has voiced his admiration of the Jerry Ross Band
for years.
I noticed that they are very
good, Arnn said. Then they
started saying things to me
about the college, and those
things were worthy to hear. So
we had them play at my daughters wedding and they were
great. They tell me Hillsdale is
much their favorite gig.
Ross said that watching the
Hillsdale students dance to
swing music has always impressed him.
As a dance instructor I
could tell that a lot of students
have had dance lessons, he
Even from the stage, Mason
and Ross agree that the environment Hillsdale students create is
We are so impressed with
the conduct of students, Mason said. Its so evident that the
student body is so connected.
The Jerry Ross Band will
continue play at the Presidents
Ball on Feb. 7 next semester.

pus at the end of August, she was

immediately offered a job on the
college marketing departments
social media team to expand her
idea. The marketing departments
Faces of Hillsdale campaign
Facebook page with photos of students and faculty members captioned with their quoted response
to a question prompted by Falter.
Though she gets to choose the
people she features, Falter admits
to getting nervous when approaching them.
Ive gotten better at it. I used
to get so nervous that Id forget to
mention that Im working for the
marketing department, so Id just
go up to people and be like, Hey,
can I get to know you?
Falter seems to be the only
person that notices her nerves. Junior Monika Keller was one of the
and noted how comfortable Falter
made her feel during the interview.
Shes so warm. I think shes
really good at openly talking to
people about things and having an
opinion without being judgmental.

We talked for a really long time

and we didnt get to the actual
question she was asking me until
the end, Keller said.
As an aspiring writer, thats
Falters favorite part of her interviews getting to know people
from all different types of stories
and backgrounds. When asked
about the stories shes covered so
far, her eyes started twinkling and
When Im interviewing someone, I start to get so excited about
what theyre saying that I just start
asking more and more questions
about their history. So my interviews usually end up taking much
longer than I originally intended.
Her favorite question to ask?
What is something about you
that most people dont know? I
love asking that question, because
peoples personalities really come
out and its so interesting to see,
she said.
When asked her favorite question herself, however, Falter had to
think for a second.
I lived in Albania for a month.
And also, I can wiggle my ears.

Midterm magic
Jordan Finney
Collegian Reporter
Senior Andrew Montgomery
spent long weeks preparing for
Michigan Republican state senaIn one of the most competitive
rowly defeated Democratic opponent state Rep. Dian Slavens,
garnering 52 percent of the vote
to win a seat in Michigans 7th
Although not all served as
campaign managers like Montlege students spent their summer
working for outside organizations
and political campaigns to elect
Republican politicians in this
years midterm elections.
Montgomery worked 60 to 70
paign during the summer and 20
to 50 hours a week since the beginning of the fall semester.
As a campaign manager your
job is to make sure everything
gets done, Montgomery said.
Everything from fundraisers to
knocking on doors to putting up
teers. Maintaining relationships
with the media and state party. Its
a bottomless pityou can always
do something more.
Although Montgomery said
he loved working for the political
campaign, he plans to leave the
campaign trail to pursue professional interests in business and
project management after graduation.
After alumna Melika Willoughby graduated from Hillsdale
with a politics major last May,
she traveled to Kansas to work as
the social media director for Republican Gov. Sam Brownbacks
As a young person right out
of college a campaign always

has more that needs to be accomplished than it has people

to execute tasks, Willoughby
said. People are stretched thin.
Theyre going to have to trust you
and you have an opportunity to
prove yourself.
election, Willoughby performed
all of her normal dutiespress
releases, pushing social media
contentand also made about a
thousand phone calls every day.
It was worth it. Brownback
triumphed in the polls, winning
50 percent of the vote to defeat
Democratic opponent Paul Davis and securing a second term
as governor of Kansas. He is the
second Republican governor of
tion in 50 years, an accomplishment Willoughby attributes to his
record of proven leadership, ability to articulate policy initiatives,
and honesty as a candidate.
In one of Election Days upset
House races, voters in Nebraskas
2nd congressional district voted
to replace longtime Republican
Rep. Lee Terry with Democratic
state Sen. Brad Ashford.
Ian Swanson, a 2014 Hillsdale
economy major, worked as Termonths leading up to the election.
He had a good record for 16
the big leader on the Keystone
Pipeline, Swanson said. Despite the fact that Lee lost, there
was still some diamonds in the
rough. On Election Day, the team
was sitting in the war room and
we watched as House Democrats
around the country were going
The election results have not
changed Swansons desire to
work in politics and eventually
The things I learned at Hillsdale, Im putting to use every day
at my job, he said.

B4 13 Nov. 2014

Dellis: King of the deck
Last Friday, he memorized
100 digits between zero and nine,
which were recited to him at a
digit-per-second pace. After a
In 40.65 seconds, most people brief moment of going over it in
can read a page of a book, heat his head, he was able to recite the
up leftovers, or compose a quick list forwards with only one error
In 40.65 seconds, Nelson Dellis
Ive never had a good memcan memorize a deck of cards.
ory, Dellis said. The truth is I
Dellis is the current and three- was always average nothing
time USA Memory Champion special.
and has placed 7th in the World
Dellis journey to his career as a
Memory Championship. On Fri- memory champion began shortly
day, Dellis and his co-presenter, after he lost his grandmother to
Mary Pyc, drew a crowd of nearly
200 Hillsdale students who were
Watching her deteriorate over
the years was really tough, Dellis said. And it got me thinking
Before a competition Dellis about memory and what brain
health is all about.
memory exercises. Dellis can
Dellis said he didnt want to see
memorize a deck of cards in under his own mind decline, and so he
a minute, recount a sequence of began to train his memory. After
310 digits between zero and nine his grandmothers death, he also
took on the role as an activist to
names in 15 minutes. He holds
the world record for each of these ease.
impressive feats.
In 2010, Dellis founded Climb
Jessie Fox
Collegian Reporter

zation that raises awareness and

funds for Alzheimers disease research through organized mountain climbs around the world.
Dellis explained his method of
Modern information is abstract, Dellis said. Our brains
dont memorize well when information doesnt have meaning, so
we need to give things that are abstract meaning.
Dellis primarily uses the
Method of Loci to memorize abstract information. First, he takes
of numbers and associates them
with incredibly detailed images.
He creates the images with elabosenses.
Dellis makes the images funny,
sad, erotic, or violent.
Those things stick, Dellis
said. Us memory champions go
to dark places sometimes but it
During Fridays presentation,

Dellis used the examples of Albert

Einstein riding an electric guitar
like a skateboard, and Chewbacca
slam-dunking a refrigerator.
Next, Dellis chooses a memory palace, a location he is familiar with, and places these images
in the scene. When he recites the
memorized information, he mentally walks around the memory
palace, and turns the images back
into the number combinations.
Dellis involved the audience,
leading them through the memorization of 14 random words.
Sophomore Bridget Delapp was
excited to see that the methods
helped her remember the list.
Its so great, literally anyone
can do it, Delapp said.
Dellis does not claim success
just for himself. He believes that
anyone can train to have a super
With memory you can start
whenever, its just the matter of
doing it everyday, Dellis said.
You have to be dedicated.


Describe your fashion sense.
A mixture of J. Crew and post-Bad Boys Dennis Rodman
What is your most embarrassing item of clothing?

What is your biggest fashion pet peeve?

Labor Day
What is your favorite item of clothing?

Who inspires your wardrobe?

Photos by Anders Kiledal

Nelson Dellis enters his memory palace and memorizes

a deck of cards in front students Friday.
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)