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Vol. 138 Issue 12 - 4 December 2014

Sundahl retires after 30 years

Junior named regional

athlete of the year

Chris McCaffery
Collegian Reporter

Bailey Pritchett
Spotlight Editor
Junior Emily Oren was determined to avoid running in college. She never anticipated she
would win the most prestigious
award for a cross country runner
in the most competitive region in
the nation.
Last weekend, Oren was the
second female runner from Hillsdale College to win the NCAA
Division II Regional Athlete of
the Year.
I mostly won the award because I won regionals, Oren
said. But its also an accumulation of how youve done in other
With a time of 20:45, Oren
helped the Chargers take second
out of the 33 teams that competed at the NCAA Division II regional championship on Nov. 22.
Coach Joseph Lynn said that
Orens mental and physical
strength make the perfect hybrid
for a successful cross country
She can handle a quick pace
and move as fast as anyone at the
end of the race, he said.
Oren runs 65 miles a week,
training for at least two hours a
I was a decent runner in high

(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

school, she said. I could have

walked onto Division I teams,
but I wouldnt have been on
scholarship right away. I was
adamant that I wouldnt run, but
then I visited Hillsdale and loved
the coaches.
Although Oren runs the same
times as Division I athletes, she
never doubted her decision to
run for Hillsdale.
I could run on varsity

See Oren A7

Daniel Sundahl, professor of English

and director of the American Studies Program, is retiring in December after 30 years
of teaching at Hillsdale. During his long and
distinguished career at Hillsdale, Sundahl
played a key part in forming many Hillsdale
College institutions, including the American Studies Program, the Dow Journalism
Program, and the Visiting Writers Program.
When asked if he had anything to say to
the Collegian about his retirement, Sundahl
said, No.
Sundahl was born and raised in Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1982. An accomplished
poet and writer, his articles, book reviews,
and poems have appeared in publications
including the Southern Poetry Review, First
Things, Commonwealth, and Image Journal.
He has published three books of poetry,
which are all out of print: Loss of Habitat,
Hiroshima Maidens: Imaginary Translations from the Japanese, and The Small
Earlier this semester he introduced
Gregory Wolfe `80 during the Visiting Writers Program celebration of Image Journal,
which has published Sundahls work.
Provost David Whalen, who Sundahl
helped hire decades ago, recalled his interview with the English department and many
subsequent memories with fondness and
respect. He said that when receiving candi-

Daniel Sundahl and his wife, Ellen Donohoe at a Hillsdale event.


Courtesy of External Affairs)

character of Hillsdale. He also mentioned

Sundahls rigorous, intelligent and energetic mentorship of students.
to his students and to the college, Whalen
said in an email. And that means students
and colleagues who do not even know him
are indebted along with the rest of us. Dr.
Sundahl would eschew the clich, but it is
true: he will be sorely missed.
Kevin Portteus, associate professor of
politics, will be the new director of the
American Studies Program for the spring
Students like junior Jacqueline Frenkel
said they will miss Sundahls unique ap-

proach in the classroom and his ability to

teach how to learn not only from literature
but from life, that our time here is a time of
He taught me to see poetry in the miracles of dandelions, wooly worms, and
Milk Duds, which (I learned) are not to be
shared, Frenkel said in an email. What I
will miss most is a professor who showed
me what it means to encounter each day as
a student, humble, and hungry, and paying
attention, the Internationally Unknown Poet
who taught me how to live.

A Few Good Men to help

community with snow removal this winter
Breana Noble
Collegian Reporter

Senior Tyler Wilke stands beside the new truck for the A Few Good Men snow removal
crews. (Photo Courtesy of Thomas King)

A Few Good Men, a volunteer club that helps local households and organizations with
manual labor, will lend a hand to
locals through its snow removal
initiative and its new snow plow
When it snows, it snows,
and it has to be removed, senior
Tyler Wilke said. There are a
lot of people in the community
who physically cant do it or if
they were to pay a contractor to
do it, they would have to choose
between food or heat.
Thus, A Few Good Men provides snow removal and salt to
the community.
A Few Good Mens motto is
See the need. Meet the need, so

thats what were doing, Wilke

This year, however, the group
is adjusting the structure of the
program so that there will be
three teams each day assigned in
case of snowfall.
Students can sign up to
work on a snow crew which will
only go out when it snows, seThomas King said. Thus, there
is minimal time commitment
but a lot of excitement for anyone who volunteers for a snow
The club wanted to purchase
a truck with a snow plow, but
did not have the funds, so the
group prayed for a truck.
[Wilke] got in touch and
wanted to help out, sophomore Executive Director Jacob
Thackston said. He said, Ill
buy one, and he did.
According to Wilke, the op-

portunity fell out of the sky.

He found a pickup truck with
a snow plow on Craigs list.
Moms always said, If you
want to get something done, do
it yourself, Wilke said. I really think theres a need in the
community. Wed been looking
to buy one through A Few Good
Men, but just didnt have the
Wilke brought the truck to
Michigan from his home in Illinois upon return from Thanksgiving break.
Instead of maybe getting
one or two houses shoveled out
in a snowstorm, we can hit 10 or
12, Wilke said. We live here
eight months out of the year;
this is our community too. Especially at Hillsdale, its not the
governments job to take care of
these people, its our job.


How Muddy Waters Stadium got its name

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die
Sam Scorzo
Sports Editor

puddles of ankle-deep mud. But it would take

a lot more than that to slow down Michigan
State Universitys juggernaut of a fullback.
He ran the ball 35 yards and dove into the
mucky end zone for a touchdown.
After the victory, its said that the coach
looked at the running back, Frank Waters,
and uttered: Youre a real mudder son.
Were going to call you Muddy.
The name Muddy would eventually
become synonymous with both Hillsdale
College and college football coaching for
decades to come.
After graduating from MSU, Waters started his coaching career at Walled Lake High
Two years later, he received a call from
his college position coach who had recently
taken on the head coaching job at Hillsdale.
He was looking to retire, but he had a prob-

lem: He wanted to leave the Dales in good

Waters accepted the job at Hillsdale and
skyrocketed the colleges presence in the
athletic world.
From 1953 to 1957 Waters team went
undefeated, racking up a total of 34 straight
wins and 7 straight NAIA Championships,
setting the mark at the time for the most consecutive wins ever in college football. Hillsdale would keep this record for Division II
football until Grand Valley State University
topped it in the early 2000s. Coincidentally,
it was the Chargers that were able to squash
GVSUs 48-game winning streak in 2009.
Jim Larkin, now 75 years old, was a linebacker for the 1957 team and would eventually become one of Waters assistant coaches
at Hillsdale. He remembers Waters as respectful, humble, especially excellent with
parents, and extremely caring.
This care for his players resulted in him
turning down an invitation to play in the
1955 Tangerine Bowl hosted in Florida because black players were prohibited from

That was the kind of guy he was, Larkin said. When he found out my dad died,
he was up on his boat on Lake Superior. He
got right in his car and drove all the way
down to see me.
Waters helped Larkin as well as many
of his other players get coaching jobs after graduating. Many of his former players
would then send their best athletes to Hillsdale.
Half of our team was from New York because thats where they all went to coach,
Larkin laughed.
John Cervini, Hillsdales vice president of
institutional advancement, was one of these
Long Islanders who traveled to Hillsdale for
guys, said Cervini, who played offensive
right tackle. He was a real master of psychology. He could really motivate his players
and thats one of the reasons he was successful.

See Waters A7

Aleksandras Shtromas
Former professor survived
Nazi occupation, died of lung
cancer 15 years ago. B4

Mens basketball grabs two wins

Kyle Cooper wins GLIAC Player
of the Week honors, averaging 36
points and 14 rebounds. A8

City to install new LED lights

Hillsdale gets a $20k grant
to upgrade downtown lights.

Coming to a theater near you

The theater and art departments are planning an exciting
2015-16 season. B1
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

(Courtesy of

Brad Monastiere)


Hillsdales engagements
Seven couples share tidbits about
their betrothed. A3

Muddy Waters poses with all his trophies.

(Laura Williamson/Collegian)

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

The Ferguson aftermath

Students opine on whether the

Check out articles online at


A2 4 Dec. 2014

Creative Writing Club unites and

educates writers
Breana Noble
Collegian Freelancer

others work. This year, the of-

While students typically

spend hours composing essays

club, Tacoma said.

He said that although the club

opportunity to use their writ-

Federation later in the semes-

Writing Club.

weekly meetings next semester.

Meetings will be two to three
hours long, broken into parts

tant Professor of English Kelly

Franklin, aims to unite and enlighten a community interested
the written language.
We want to get people towise meet, breaking down the
cliques, Vice President senior
Alex Tacoma said. There are the
Were the literary clique and
the I want to write for money
clique. Were going to be able to
About eight students started a
small writing group last year to

you-please policy, and will consist of workshop, free-writing,

and lecture time.
Approximately two pieces
during workshop, Tacoma said.
The works will be emailed to
members prior to the workshop
time so fellow students can read
them beforehand.
The goal is to actually get
reading and [you] getting feedback, Tacoma said.

A quiet time when students

can simply write will also be
meets consistently helps to make
it a habit for writers in their busy
schedules, freshman Social Media Editor Chandler Ryd said.
will also do a lecture on a topic
pertinent to writing, such as plot
start writing at each meeting.
The lectures will be discussionbased and club participants inWe found last year it was
interesting stuff online about indepth world building or how to
make your characters intereston Izmirian said. Thats what
ing classes at Hillsdale.
Franklin hopes to teach a cre-

the next couple of years.

of an opportunity for that here at
Hillsdale is a little bit dampening, Izmirian said. Stories are
worth telling, and Hillsdale has
unique ways to look at the world.
We want this to be an open place
to get the words actually out or
fail faster and then be better.
The club also plans to host
reading nights in A.J.s Caf
to allow students to share their
pieces aloud to the campus community. It encourages students
to submit at least one piece for
publication per semester reinforced by signed commitment
goal sheets.
It would encourage writers to be willing to share their
work, Ryd said. Telling stories
is one of the most human things
we do.

Swing club brings back Holly Hop

Sarah Chavey
Collegian Reporter
The Swing Club is bringing
Dec. 6 from 8 p.m. until midnight in the old snack bar.
pictures of a dance known as
the Holly Hop in Collegian Arof-the-year dance.
Im excited for the dance
competitions and to see the performances, senior Katherine
Helmick said. Its a great opportunity to bring together the
music honoraries on campus,
been learning to Lindy Hop all
It will feature dance perforclass, musical performances by
the music fraternities, two comopen dancing.
Christmas time, and someone
happened upon this as something done historically. We
and make it traditional, senior
Wes Wright said.

Two dance performers, a

male and female, will represent
each class. The music fraternities Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha
Iota will also perform. There is
a strong likelihood Christmas
music will be included, Wright
Last year, they did Christmas carols a cappella, which
were fantastic, Helmick said.
tions, the Jack and Jill Competition, is only open to students

Joe Pappalardo
Collegian Freelancer
This semester, students
from the philosophy and theology honoraries published a
collection of papers submitted
by Hillsdale students. Agora:
Reason and Responsibility,
compiled by the philosophy and
religion honoraries according to
senior Editor-in-Chief Michael
Pope, will be released electronisions will be produced as paper
Pope requested paper submissions at least 10 pages in
length. Philosophy and theology
were the most common topics,
and the journal editors expected
contributors to focus on making
a claim.
The papers need to make
arguments that are broadly philosophical or religious, Pope
The journal is open to students from all majors, and Pope
on campus by bringing in other
ment, but to promote good
experience for students to do
good scholarship and practice
editing, Pope said.
The journal is entirely run by
students, with an editorial board
including seniors Garrett West,
Julia DeLapp, Rachel Zolinski,

Nathan Prigmore
Collegian Reporter
A few weeks ago Director

articles worth publishing in the


winter dealing with gingerbread

houses. The details are out: The

in the extra space with their

expanding the journal requires
increased participation.
Pope plans to publish the
journal each semester, and also
expand the project outside the
Hillsdale student body.
Were hoping to incorporate a student conference with a
keynote speaker, he said.
The editors also considered
the possibility of including writings from other schools because
it would increase the projects

The new Apologia club

seeks to train Christians in the
art of apologetics. They are not
will begin the formal process
of becoming one next semester.
Apologia is a defense. Its
an apologetics club. And, what
were seeking to do is train and
build up Christians in the defense of their faith. We want
to encourage people to think
and to be able to defend it,
sophomore co-founder Jacob
Thackston said.
The club format is based on
the Inklings club, founded by
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien,
where one of them would present a paper, and the others in
the group would then debate
it. In the club, one of the three
leaders will present an atheistic
the audience and other leaders
will work through forming a
coherent Christian argument.
By doing so, we try to get
through the arguments that

the room is able to defend his

The general idea behind
Apologia is trying to get a
group of people together who
want to learn to better express
and to defend their faith,
McChesney said. And also, to
start a round table discussion
in which we can sharpen each
bers who come and they think
weapons or equip soldiers and
send them off into battle, and
thats not really it. We want
the Gospel and defend our positions.
introductory meeting and one
other meeting dealing with
the problem of pain. They are
done meeting for this semester,
but they will begin again next
semester. The topics of future

things that we know are practically impossible to answer,

Thackston said. We dont

The idea of the club came

about last year when Thackston
and McChesney saw a need for
apologetics on campus.
We saw this hole where
pable of answering denominational questions, but not
questions, McChesney said.
We saw a need there where
we could help sharpen and prepare people better to answer
those questions.
this year, partly due to the
work of sophomore co-founder Eli West, who said he has a
passion for apologetics.
apologetics is that its really
rock solid, West said. Theres
jority of youth ministry that
sappy, and its usually based
around fun or what youre feeling about that week, whereas
apologetics is really seeking
teaching them to defend their
faith in really hard circumstances instead of just relying
on something thats just emotion or hearsay.
The clubs mission comes
Thackston said their central
says that Christians should
defense for the hope that lies
within them.
Our focus is not to win arguments necessarily, but our
God, McChesney said. So,
in our discussions, in the arguments we use, and in the way
that we approach this, were
not trying to build the most
offense or anything like that.
ent a defense for the hope that
is in us, and we want to really
use that.

Winter fun: Gingerbread houses,

snowshoeing, karaoke free on campus

Manno dropped hints that there

context or outside knowledge

for readers to understand it.
Pope said the journals greatest hurdle has been a lack of
quality material. Few of the
submissions met the editors
standards for argumentation,

The kind of discussions

and kind ways, sophomore

president and co-founder Don
McChesney said.
They said they want to

as secretary he sends emails to

writers to notify them of their

what we are looking for and

then analyze grammar and content, Zolinski said.
The editors ask that students
submitting work from class edit
their papers to make sense to a
general audience. This enables

Katie Beemer
Collegian Freelancer

the arguments that are effec-

years or fewer. Though it is a

partner dance, the partners are
chosen randomly. Each round,
people will be eliminated un- Junior Walker Mulley and Megan Korpics `14 at last
til there is one male and one years Christmas swing dance event. (Photo Courtesy of Wes
female remain. They will be Wright)
awarded Best Leader and Best
the competition.
of tension, kind of like a rubber
The judges for the compe- band, OBrien said.
tition will be members of the
Last years winners were juSwing Club Board. Vice Presi- nior Eleanor Smith and sopho- tentially a Dinner Dance for
dent of Swing Club junior Hala select group of people, featurey OBrien said tension in dancing prepared dinner and dance
ing is one of the most important awards, but the greatest award
skills of a winning dancer.
for winning this competition is
[Tension is] how you signal class and renown, according
to your partner whats going to to Wright.
I found [swing dance] and
The second competition is stuck with it and just fell in
trying to get across. If youre re- called No, Im Aaron Kilgore! Open to anyone who has
going to know what to do, but seen Aaron Kilgore dance, comif youre too hard and rigid, the petitors will attempt to replicate
dance is really kind of painful. Kilgores unique style of danc- ing. Kilgore himself will judge

Honoraries start
academic journal

Students begin Christian

apologetics club

up get to partake in the competition, and its part of the Student

enjoyable winter for Hillsdale
College students.
Bon Apptit is supplying all
of the gingerbread-making materials for the contestants, and
the competition will take place
in A.J.s Caf this Friday.
I really feel like this is what
I was born to do, and why I was

brought here to Hillsdale College, junior Carson Burt said.

Hayden Park
After Friday, Bill Lundberg
ties for peeps who dig the snow
and peeps who prefer to stay
the outdoors during the winter
months, Bill Lundberg is offering cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing at Hayden Park.
Students will also be able to
ski and snowshoe with all new
equipment purchased by the college.
In the past it was so limited.
We only had a few skis and four
only get a couple of people out
potential for a large amount of

From A1
Students who are interested in the snow
King at for more information.
Wilke said. Many hands make light work.
Looking toward the summer, while many
students tend to return home during that time,
to continue helping the community throughout these months.

member GOAL Program at Hillsdale. StuPope said that it could become a

national journal, but he wanted
to get the organizational parts their building, such as painting, repairing appliances, and chopping wood to heat homes.

berg said.
Not only is the quantity of
equipment greater, the equipof boots, with sizes ranging
from size 6 in womens to size
We dont want it to be a
well-kept secret, Lundberg
The best way for students interested in skiing or snowshoeing to set up a time is to email
Lundberg, who is at Hayden
Park for much of the day.
Future SAB Winter Events
For those students not interested in bearing the freezing cold of a Hillsdale winter,
SAB is planning a number of
of years, Winterfest was one of

The money they raised at their annual
pancake breakfast will go towards the supplies for the projects the clubs 11 crews do
and I think these really unique opportunities
need to be continued, freshman Dustin Pletan said. It goes beyond the academics into
a community of students, and theres a community around us too.
Theres a lot of needs in Hillsdale, and I
think Im doing a small part to help them,
sophomore crew leader James ORourke
said. Most of the houses need a lot of odd
jobs done. For this one lady we picked up
walnuts because she was old and cant pick
them up.
A small silent auction was also held at the
breakfast with a Checkers Record gift basket,

are looking different this year.

Instead of Winterfest, SAB is
excited to introduce something
new and unique. There is also
SAB Karaoke on Thursday
nights once a month beginning
in December, and SAB bowling
and roller-skating.
This year, the annual ski trip
total. The cost will range from
100 students went last year, and
experience, or partake in it for
Unfortunately, the ice rink
will not be instituted this year,
ing skateable ice outside in the
Michigan winter.

President Larry Arnns own ties, which sold

for $70.
Thackston shared his own personal expecrews job, painting a house pink, to, more
recently, transporting a literal ton of cheese
from a trailer into a Kiwanis Club members
basement for a fundraiser.
Thackston told a story of a local family
their home.
This winter is going to be the worst
them, they had no wood, no way to heat their
house, Thackston said.
tion because of the neglected exterior of the
We wanted to help clean up their house,
get it in good shape, Thackston said. We


A3 4 Dec. 2014

Ring before spring: Hillsdale engagements

Erica Haimbaugh and Zach Doud

Bailey Arlinghaus and Spencer Amaral

(Photo Courtesy of Erica Haimbaugh)

(Photo Courtesy of Bailey Arlingaus)

Year at Hillsdale:
Year at Hillsdale:
When/where did you meet? We met at a hay ride at the Preston

When/where did you meet? We met in high school through mutual friends when I was a sophomore and he was a senior, but we
didnt start dating until I was a senior.
When were you engaged?

When were you engaged?

He loves the
Lord above all else and has chosen to serve Him with his life.

(Photo Courtesy of Whittaker Dunn)

Year at Hillsdale:
When/where did you meet? We met here at Hillsdale Merediths
freshman year.
When were you engaged?

putting other people over himself.

We had been dating for about a month when I signed my
Navy contract. It wouldve been very easy for her to break ties, but
she didnt.

Wedding date?

Meredith Caton and Whittaker Dunn

One of my favorite things about Meredith is that she can longboard with me,
and reportedly one of her favorite things about me is that I make
really good tiramisu.
Wedding date? Our date is roughly t-minus 200 days! Thats as

Wedding date? We dont have a wedding date yet, because we

dont know his deployment schedule.

Abigail Wood and Colton Gilbert

Meilii Alvarez and Evan Gensler

Minte Christiansen and Mitchell Irmer

(Photo Courtesy of Colton Gilbert)

(Photo Courtesy of Evan Gensler)

(Photo Courtesy of Caroline Green)

Year at Hillsdale:
When/where did you meet? We met here in Hillsdale at an Epic
Poetry CCA.
When were you engaged?

Year at Hillsdale:
Gilbert is a senior.

Year at Hillsdale:

When/where did you meet? The IV-HCF picnic in the fall of

When/where did you meet? I say we met at the beginning of

last school year in our Ancient Christianity class, but Mitch re-

Evan: My favorite thing about Meilii is that she still laughs at my

When were you engaged? the pouring rain.

When were you engaged?

Meilli: I like that he makes me laugh when I want to stay mad or sad,
but my favorite thing is his genuine love for people and the way his
convictions carry through to the way he lives his life.
My least favorite things are his Crocs and cargo shorts, if you wanted
to know.

Abigail: I love his devotion to Christ. Also, he makes me laugh.

(And lets be real Im basically engaged to Tarzan.)
Colton: She makes a mean rhubarb pie and loves to dance in the
rain. But honestly, she is the most gracious woman of God I know.

Minte: Mitch is really good at frying bacon and he owns Batman

socks. I guess thats two things... but YOU try to pick between
My favorite thing about Minte is that she can eat an entire
cupcake in one bite without getting frosting on her face.

Wedding date?

Wedding date?

Alumna discusses history of coins

Kristen Asp and Mitchell Moe

Jordan Finney
Collegian Reporter

A Sumer shell ring from

3000 BC, the oldest sample of
Hillsdale Colleges collection
of more than 560 non-duplicate
coins, sits below glass alongside other primitive currency in
a Heritage Room display case.
The exhibit was the senior

(Photo Courtesy of Mitchell Moe)

Year at Hillsdale: Kristen and Mitchell are seniors.

When/where did you meet? We met in the Grewcock Student
ing until that December.
When were you engaged?

Kristen: His determination and intelligence.

Wedding date?

Wedding date?

who now manages the college coin collection and plans

to continue working in library
science or museum studies in
gave a presentation to an intimate gathering of faculty and
students on imagery in early
Greek coinage and the history
of money more generally.
Museums and libraries are
really the protectors of history, Kilgore said. Part of our
goal is to teach people through

to preserve all this information

and try to disseminate it. Like
museums, part of a librarys
goal is to teach about history

tion, and I love it.

Kilgores presentation focused on how coin imagery
communicates important information about a culture. Seeing
a face on a coin constantly reminds citizens of who wields
trate the traditions and myths
of a society or the politics and
propaganda of a government.
The relationship between
history and commerce and
the role of using the medium
of money is a means toward
a larger goal. Coins are a way
of discussing bigger questions,
like the politics and religion of
the era, Associate Professor
of Mathematics David Murphy
Kilgore described how mod-

ern currency didnt appear until

about 600 BC, when hunters
and gatherers began to trade a

Then, as communities began to

develop, the need for a more
permanent form of currency
developed. Shells, shark teeth,
were prime candidates for early
In the latter part of her presentation, Kilgore discussed
how the rise of Greek citysymbols on coins a commonplace. The Aegean islands, an
paid homage to Aphrodite who
was said to have risen from sea
foam. Coins from the islands
pictured a great sea turtle.
When the Delian League
defeated the Aegean islands in
reated the coinage with a land
turtle on it. The Aegeans were

so ashamed of the takeover and

the change symbolized a loss
of great power, Kilgore said.
how reputation, military might,
and how a culture feels about
itself is represented in its coinage.
She said that fter the fall of
city-states and the rise of Macedonia, coin imagery began to
meld mythic images with powerful people. For example, after the death of Alexander the
Great in 323 BC, who claimed
to be the son of Zeus, no one
dared etch any other face into
library staffer Pam Clark said.
It was interesting to hear about
the transition from myth to imagery and then to personalized
coins. Imagery in coins can
be a very powerful thing that
Knowing something about that
is important.

Bon Apptit to break out better food

Chris McCaffery
Collegian Reporter
Students returning from Thanksgiving break
were greeted by another great culinary experience
the Hillsdale community.
Steve Hickman, executive chef, explained that
the months since Bon Apptit took over food ser-

vice for the college in August have been only preliminary steps in rolling out BAMCO to campus.
take over the kitchen, hire the people, and get
them trained in the Bon Apptit ways of doing
things, Hickman said in an email. I think for the
most part we have done that, and its been good,
but, theres always room for improvement. We
more than a fueling station; we want to make our

place the best in the area.

Among the most noticeable changes rolled out
on Monday were the more gourmet-style specialty
burgers and sandwiches at Sizzle, the grill station, and a broader selection of rotating world cuisines at Passport.
Among the styles coming to Passport are
Indian, Korean, South America, and Cuban. The
pizzas at Forno will also be more imaginative,
according to Hickman.

This change is part of the continuing evolution of Bon Apptits approach to food service at
Hillsdale, and they will continue to expand and
improve as the new service learns the campus and
its students better.
The bottom line is: We want to up our game!
Hickman said.

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four years, Hillsdale students

walk off the graduation stage
with some of the lowest debt
of any college students nationwide. This could not be done
without the incessant work ethic

aid package worth more than a

half-tuition scholarship.
scholarship opportunities the
tions, and study to add to their

Hillsdale College graduate

with $25,000 in debt, $5,000
graduate in the United States.

Valerie Copan
Student Columnist
Recently, a friend came to me pretty stoked about a decision she had made. After eagerly presenting all the details,
probed a bit and proceeded to offer a few considerations had
I been in her place. She was pulled up short and told me
that, among the wide audience aware of her good tidings, I
alone raised an objection. Now I was pulled up short. The
issue seemed black and white to me; I was stunned that I had
friends, I told her without hesitation.

There was not a lot of virtus tentamine
Washington D.C. for the semester. Spending
a semester in D.C. had seemed like a great
idea my freshman year. In fact, when I was
an ambitious, career-minded high school selege, the WHIP program helped me decide to
attend Hillsdale. A chance to kick-start my
career? Sign me up!
After three years of forging lifetime
manage the Hillsdale course load, it dawned
on me that attending WHIP would mean
spending the fall semester of my senior year
an eight-hour drive and a philosophical lightyear away from the place I considered my
second home. Despite my misgivings, at the
end of August I found myself moving into
the heart of our nations capital.
Just a few weeks later, I could not imaga semester in D.C. Interning here has been

the sentiment, by which I still wholeheartedly stand.

My frustration was less with this particular friend as with
her friends. Though many of these people are both part of
agreed with my assessment, they lack the courage to com-

to- face rather than turning in

an endless form once a year,

not only allows the team to

detect the intricacies of your

needs, but also the students as

people. This four-year relationship often results in larger

the impersonal, bureaucratic

Chelsea Bratten
Special to the Collegian

Practice tough

expenses and the cost of books.

Other scholarship recipients
range from students interested
in art to students who hail from
This kind of familiarity

I have learned more in one semester than I

thought was possible. Here are some of the
most valuable lessons I have learned while
living in D.C.
I can successfully apply what I learned at
Hillsdale to the real world. As a politics

helping me develop a philosophical framework within which I can analyze policy. Interning in D.C. let me practice that skill for

Interning here
has been one of the
best experiences of
my life, and I have
learned more in
one semester than
I thought was possible.

that I can successfully utilize that skill in the

workforce after I graduate.
D.C. also taught me the meaning of balance. On campus, I was consumed by a
slight obsession with my grades. Living in
D.C. helped broaden my perspective. Sure,
if I decide to go to a networking event or a
fall-themed street festival; but if I choose to
study all night instead, I might not get that
pumpkin donuts.

It is a luxury to meet with

students with the pressing stress

of graduating with debt, kindly
facilitating young adults into
the post-graduate world, also
known as real life.

Even a college student can network.

Networking is about building relationships,
starting with the people around you. Whether
college students, interns, or co-workers, every person has a circle. You never know
which circle might contain a new friend, a
future boss, or future partners for your own
my time at Hillsdale. I realized that a Hillsdale education is priceless. A lot of people
think D.C. is one of the most hectic places on
earth, and between the full time internship,
the networking events, and the classes it
might look that way. However, as a Hillsdale
student accustomed to spending half a day in
class and then studying for eight hours, D.C.
is a walk in the park. Literally I had time
after work to walk in the park. That time for
introspection helped me realize how much I
have learned in the last three years, both in
and out of the classroom.
perspective, and a new set of life skills that
will help me tackle whatever lies ahead. I
look forward to returning to Hillsdale for
one more semester in the spring. After a
semester away, I will appreciate my friendships, professors, and classes more than ever
before. Even though I had my doubts, I am
glad I took the plunge and spent a semester
in Washington.
Chelsea Bratten is a GW Fellow studying
politics and Spanish.

To be sure, many do hold their friends accountable and

We shy away from speaking up to

our friends for the sake of not wanting to offend them or wanting them
to feel supported in their decisions
or wanting them to do what makes
them happy. But that is not friendship. That is cowardice.

rooted in something very real.

The frustrations that weve seen
are not just about a particular incident, Obama said. They have
deep roots in many communities
of color who have a sense that
our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly.
Theres no doubt that is true.
As John McWhorter writes in
Time magazine, The key element in the Brown-Wilson ention either man took it was the
preset hostility to the cops that
Brown apparently harbored. Of-

tled for this passionate non-judgmentalism that undermines

the standards of honor to which we are called.
We shy away from speaking up to our friends for the

Jonah Goldberg
Syndicated Columnist
On Tuesday, the day after

not friendship. That

face and maintain status-quo relationships. We must desire
what accountability is, folks. Throw your pithy Matthew 7
jabs at me all you want after you reconcile it with the countless other passages in Scripture that admonish us to sharpen
one another, that highlight and extol the faithful wounds of
a friend, and that instruct us to make right judgments (as opposed to judging by mere appearances).
people, but some are better at it or more comfortable with
ly become a disagreement that might harm the friendship.

Darren Wilson would not be

charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a
second time called for calm. His
statement was measured, careful
and responsible. He condemned
violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate
concerns animating the protestors. He wasnt all that moving
or eloquent, but this might have
been one of those times when
swinging for the rhetorical fences
wasnt what the moment needed.
One theme he hit repeatedly,
and correctly, was that the passions of many protestors are

easy to hear, but I want my friends to demonstrate care for

makes me happy do not accomplish. I want to be held to a
higher standard too. I want to be told what I need to hear.
Those who do this are the friends I take more seriously,

Valerie Copan is a senior studying Spanish and art.


Arts Education

This goes both ways: I want

something wrong. I want

The Uses of A Liberal

tions. There is room for letting go of small things like a curt

by Forester

request of Brown. Brown, in

turn, saw no legitimacy in it and
behaved recklessly.
In a community where cops
are feared, resented or reviled,
its almost inevitable that bad
things will happen when cops try
to do their job, even if they do everything by the book. Moreover,
to simply say that the resentment
of the police is unwarranted does
nothing to solve the problem.
People forget that for a brief
moment in August, the protests
turned peaceful and law-abiding
when Missouri Highway Patrol
Capt. Ron Johnson, an AfricanAmerican from Ferguson with
credibility in the neighborhood,
was put in charge of policing the
Eventually, thanks in large
agitators, rabble-rousers and opportunists attracted to television cameras like ambulance

chasers to a bus accident the

protests got out of hand again.
But that moment was instructive.
Now, if youve been following
the news lately and by lately,
I mean the last several years, or
even decades none of this is
particularly shocking. Friction
between police departments and
minority communities has been
part of the national conversation
on race (that liberals insist hasnt
been going on) for as long as I can
remember. The New York Times
has been regularly covering that
beat for at least half a century. Its
a major theme of movies and muSharpton, who doesnt lack for
And while I have no respect
whatsoever for Sharpton, I do
think the issue is real. President
Obama is right about that.
But whats left out of the narrative that drives so much of the
national conversation are the
Americans. On MSNBC, particularly last August, the discussion of Michael Brown much
like Trayvon Martin before him
has been almost entirely abstract. Brown wasnt a person
who allegedly robbed a convenience store. He was a stand-in
for racial injustice. Thats what
was so powerful about Browns
(probably mythological) hands
up gesture.
The outrage that followed
when the convenience store robbery video was released and de-

tails from the grand jury were

leaked was at least in part fury at
having the narrative muddied. No
one likes to see fresh gospel factchecked. No one wants to hear
that their martyr was in fact no
angel. And, in the case of Wilson,
no one wants to see their demon
My point here isnt to blame
the victim or even assign
blame in this tragic nationalized
game of Rashomon. Its simply
to note that there is a huge chasm
between the way the talking
heads and politicians talk about
America and the way Americans
actually live their lives. Most
people arent lawyers or academic theorizers. The people we interact with on a daily basis arent
abstractions, theyre normal human beings, which means theyre
ing match, for instance, were
told immigration is all This or all
That. But in our lives we see the
good and the bad.
The national media on the
right and left has an insatiable
desire for storylines so clear-cut
they might as well be allegories.
The problem is that life isnt allegorical. Its messy.
Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at
the American Enterprise Institute
and a senior editor of National
Review. You can write to him in
care of this newspaper or by email at goldbergcolumn@gmail.
com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO.

A5 4 Dec. 2014

Timothy Troutner
Special to the Collegian

Michael Browns tragic death in the streets of Ferguson is only the latest example of the fractures which still
exist in our society. Fears of racial discrimination and
abuse of power remain an ever-present reality in segments of America. Yet the conservative response to the
grand jury decision in Ferguson has demonstrated an inability to understand the complexity of social
problems or the possibility of systemic abuse.
Conservative rhetoric after the Ferguson verdict verged on the celebratory. Justice had been done.
The rule of law had triumphed. Yet these vacuous slogans ignore that, regardless of the facts of this
partial to the powerful and privileged. Even if Wilson acted properly on the fateful day (and there remain a number of unanswered questions about the testimony of Wilson and the witnesses), the nationwide response demonstrates that we do indeed have a crisis of faith in the American justice system, a
crisis of which race remains an integral part. But conservatives responded to concerns about a broken
legal system by trumpeting that very systems verdict.
As conservatives should know, discrimination, aggression, and hunger for power are rooted in
human nature; given coercive power, people tend to abuse it. When taxation or health care are on the
of law, ignoring its reliance on men and women susceptible to pride, racism, and abusive behavior
to enforce. Police brutality, frequently against minorities, occurs regularly in America. Yet conservatives turn a blind eye to it. Meanwhile, police departments continue to militarize across the nation and
heavily-armed law enforcement suppress protests with tear gas.
Conservatives preach faith in the rule of law and in legal tradition, but when the so-called prosecudefending the decision, conservatives preach that justice has been done.
The response to protests in Ferguson was no better. Conservatives accepted the verdict and urged
everyone just to shut up and go home. However, preaching the rule of law to a group of people who
believe that its perverted foundations favor the powerful and privileged is worse than pointless; it is
an attempt to silence dissent. When Americans protest the system, conservatives tell them to go home
and wait for the status quo to change itself, forgetting that our greatest ethical heroes have willingly
Ignoring the nonviolent protests, conservatives have focused on the violent acts which have transpired in Ferguson. These are indeed deeply problematic. However, conservatives once again refuse to
consider what drives people to these extremes. A riot, Martin Luther King Jr. said, is the language
of the unheard. When frustration reaches a boiling point, the human tendency is to lash out in violence. Of course, this is unproductive, as King knew well. Nevertheless, the complete inability of the
conservative response to protests, riots, and complaints about racial injustice and police brutality to
understand what leads to mass discontent is maddening.
Conservatives should know better. With their suspicions of the coercive power of the nation-state,
their awareness of the dependence of institutions upon the fabric of society, and their long tradition
of protest, conservatives should understand systemic discrimination and abuses of power. Instead,
they have closed their eyes and ears to the possibility of evil, while the voices of the unheard become
louder and louder. The rule of law is ultimately empty until it joins an understanding of the tendencies of power structures to institutionalize power and prejudice.

A grand jury investigating the death of Michael

Phil Hammersley
Brown did something quite rare: It failed to return a
Special to the Collegian
bill of indictment. Ferguson, MO, has seen violent prochael Brown in early August. The prosecutor presented
evidence to the grand jury, which announced last week that there was not enough evidence to indict
Wilson. Browns death highlighted several problems in our criminal justice system.
It is inarguable that the police generally are too quick to exercise deadly force. There are many
tragic stories about people even children being killed by the police. This problem is exacerbated
as the police force becomes more militarized. Browns unfortunate death highlights these troubling
trends in the criminal justice system and I hope that this spurs reform. But the response to the grand
justice system are likewise unfounded. The decision whether to indict Wilson was not made by the
obviously does not preclude the possibility of race being a factor in the grand jurys decision, it is
hard to defend the position that the decision was the product of an institution marginalizing minorities.
Whatever one believes about the integrity of the Ferguson Police Department, there is little evidence
to support the assertion that the grand jury itself harbored racist or pro-police tendencies.
Despite the unorthodox nature of the grand jury investigation, its decision seems defensible. Critics
volume of the evidence it considered was one of the unique factors about this investigation. Typically,
prosecutors only present evidence that is favorable to indictment during the grand jury process. In
this case, however, the prosecutor made an effort to present all relevant evidence. Although I concede
that this decision was an aberration from the standard procedure, it did not obstruct justice. What
is the harm of the jury considering all relevant evidence instead of only the cherry-picked? It is not
reasonable to argue that the prosecutor has an obligation to present evidence selectively. He is given
discretion to proceed with the grand jury investigation in the way that he sees is best. In this case, it
seems prudent to consider all relevant evidence instead of only presenting favorable evidence given
the sensitive nature of Browns death. If the grand jury could not, while considering the relevant eviconvince an entire jury when facing a higher burden of proof.
reasonable, and, even if I did not, the proper response is not to start burning down businesses and
shooting people. The response to the grand jurys decision is simply inappropriate. Those who support
the response demonstrate their disregard for the rule of law and their lack of concern for the wellbeing
of others.
springboard for reform. At the same time, the violent response to the reasonable decision reached by
Browns peers is simply unwarranted.
Phil Hammersley is a senior studying politics.

Timothy Troutner is a junior studying philosophy.

Minimum wage will always destroy jobs

Macaela Bennett
City News Editor
In October, Tastes of Life, a locally-owned restaurant ministry
announced it will close because the increased costs it will incur
from raising wages surpasses its revenue. The business employed
12 people struggling with terminal illnesses, family problems, or
criminal records. These employees, whom Tastes of Life provided
counseling, job experience, and a small income, all lost their jobs
due to a policy supposedly intended to help those just like them.
Since Gov. Rick Snyder approved an increase in Michigans
minimum wage to $8.15 on Labor Day, local businesses have shut
down, cut workers hours, and raised prices. As a result, the people
whom this policy intends to help most, low-wage workers, are often the ones most hurt by it.
Minimum wage is horrendously misguided, said Sid Halley,
owner of local sandwich shop Oakley, which closed last month
partially because he couldnt afford to increase his workers pay to
the new minimum wage.
To avoid a similar fate, many of Hillsdales other small businesses choose either to cut workers hours or raise prices to make
up for the added cost of the increased wages. Among these include:
Coffee Cup Diner, Davids Dolce Vita, Finish Line Family Restau-

rant, Heres To You Pub & Grub, and House of Pizza and Barbecue.
Lisa Slade, owner of the Finish Line, predicts many others will
follow suit to keep up with the tiered increases built into the legislation resulting in a state minimum wage of $9.25 by 2018. Because increased costs of running business are passed on to either
the workers or consumers, Slade said she doesnt understand the
point of raising the wage.
To me, it seems its all going to wash, Slade said. Not just
my prices will go up. Most businesses are going to raise their prices. How did that help?
Most of the businesses not cutting hours or raising prices yet
are those that already pay their workers above the minimum wage.
Yet, they are still limited by the legislation because they cant start
beginning workers at a lower pay and reward them by increasing
their salary. Instead, they must pay them the higher wage from the
get-go, often providing incentives against hiring unskilled workers.
It irritates me because the government dictates what to pay,
Slade said. I like to give people raises when they do a good job.
The guy who is doing a good job shouldnt make the same amount
as the guy who is still learning.
Halley added, There is no incentive for betterment...minimum
wage is a very poor idea.
Yet these unintended consequences shouldnt surprise anyone,

were enacted in 1912 in Massachusetts.

Most early minimum wage laws organized governing boards to
determine a cost of living to which womens wages would be set
equal, according to Clifford F. Thiess The First Minimum Wage
Laws. Despite the supporters intentions of uplifting the disadvantaged (mostly women at the time), their efforts were largely
unsuccessful since 12 of the original 17 minimum wage laws were
repealed, deemed unconstitutional, or werent enforced.
Furthermore, the requirement of a minimum wage forced emgovernment for aid.
As seen in Hillsdale, even those low-wage workers who did
keep their jobs often worked fewer hours or didnt receive raises.
Although the minimum wage originally was meant to help women
their jobs when employers had to make cuts.
In 1964, about 50 years after the minimum wages introduction,
New York State State Department of Labor mail survey of retail
stores details these consequences. Conducted after the enactment
of a 1957 wage law, the survey found 87 percent of 7,757 employers had to offset the wage increase through lay offs, decreased
Fifty years later and this hasnt changed. Minimum wage still
hurts those who most need jobs and who its supporters claim it
helps the most.
Macaela Bennett is a junior studying history and journalism.

Prince of darkness?
Micah Meadowcroft
Arts Editor
Erik Prince, Hillsdale class of 92, founder
of Blackwater Worldwide, considers himself an
entrepreneur, but also a patriot. In his memoir,
Civilian Warriors, he writes of his military
contractor businesss involvement with the CIA
and State Department in the post-9/11 world that
Blackwaters contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom wasnt ever conceived of as a business decision.
Yet his recent activities suggest that hes
changed his mind. He seems neither to be motivated by a patriotism that would tie his material
resources to the furtherance of the United States
interests, nor by a patriotism that would cause
him to love his country for its beauty, its people,
and its ideals, and wish to live as an American.
Under Prince, Blackwater did what it was
hired to do in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007,
however, Blackwater contractors shot and killed

17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad when they responded to what they perceived as an active threat in a
crowded square. The trial of four contractors involved in the shooting concluded this past October with one convicted of murder and three others
of voluntary manslaughter.
Public scrutiny in the aftermath of the 2007
debacle was intense. The government scaled back
its contracts with Blackwater; Prince stepped
down as CEO while remaining board chair; and
the company attempted a rebrand. After a number
of other names, including Xe Services, it is now
called Academi.
In 2010, Prince sold the company and moved
to the United Arab Emirates. He co-founded a seand promised never to work for the American
government again. This following the market after getting burned for what was supposedly an act
of service is troubling.
Ties severed with America, Prince has tied
himself to the Chinese government. As chairman
of the Africa-centric security and logistics Frontier Services Group, in which Prince invested

with the Chinese state-owned Citic group, Prince

is making money opening up markets in dangerous parts of Africa. As he described his Chinese
move to WSJ, this is a very rational decision
made, I guess, emotionless.
Prince felt burned by America and so, perhaps
truly emotionless, he has turned to China, seemingly because the bottom line matters more than
the nation you say you love. As he told the Wall
Street Journal early this year, I would rather deal
with the vagaries of investing in Africa than in
ing to do to the entrepreneur next.
He is, alongside China, engaging in a kind of
exploitative colonialism in Africa taking advantage of weak states to set up mines, big transwhich Spain employed in South America. Who in
these situations had the monopoly on violence?
Though Prince told the WSJ that importing foreign security rather than hiring local gunmen
will be the exception, throwing essentially foreign warlords even if the men pulling triggers
are local into the African natural resources

economy will likely increase the number of blood

diamonds in the world, degrade the life of the average African, and pad the pockets of whichever
government or strongman wants a bribe.
This is not a patriotic endeavor of ours
were here to build a great business and make
some money doing it, Prince said in a WSJ interview about his work with China, which he believes, has the appetite to take frontier risk, that
expeditionary risk of going to those less-certain,
make it happen.
Clearly this isnt Chinese patriotism, but it
also makes old claims to American patriotism
ring hollow. Sure, his desire to make a buck are
pretty American, and isnt inherently wrong in
itself it does in fact enable him to engage in
but it does seem to prevent Prince from practicing the kind of introspection one would hope of a
Hillsdale graduate. As an entrepreneur, hes very
good at pointing out American government inefcy is not everything.

Micah Meadowcroft is a junior studying history and journalism.


Breana Noble
Collegian Freelancer
Hey, how you doin?
Who knew such words could be so
street harassment, recently released
a hidden-camera video of a woman
walking around New York City for 10
hours that went viral with over 23 million hits. The video says the woman
received more than 100 catcalls, not
including winks, honks, and whistles.
The announcement contained 23 clips
of the woman being catcalled and even
This is not some distant, big-city
problem, however. In fact, catcalling
happens at Hillsdale. Along with men
whistling, honking, and even barking at female students as they walk on
roads surrounding the college, the 10
girls I interviewed complained about

having things shouted at them, including profanities, You are one hot girl,
Id do you, and Nice butt.
According to Director of Safety and
Security William Whorley, students
have also reported being followed by
cars while running or walking near
comes to peoples minds is: Well, what
were they wearing?
In the video, the woman wore a
skinny jeans. The students I interviewed all reported wearing modest
clothing including jeans, sweaters,
hoodies, and T-shirts when catcalled.
But this question is irrelevant. Regardless of what a woman wears, she never
asks to be harassed.
From the sound of it, most catcallers
are not Hillsdale College students, instead coming from a perverse minority
that does not represent the surrounding
community. But it still weakens the
sense of security students feel as they
walk around campus.

Girls reported feeling frustrated,

uncomfortable. Some even admitted
they now refuse to walk around outside
at night.
The New York video has received
criticism, including from political comedian Steven Crowder. He created
his own video rebuttal, since the original considered catcalls to be things like
Have a good day, God bless you,
and Hey, beautiful.
Even though the words may sound
innocent, tone of voice and facial expression play a large role in determining their intent. The video blurs the
faces of the callers in the video, but
based on vocal delivery, a majority of
the clips contain catcalls.
Even at Hillsdale, female students
felt that similar seemingly-neutral
messages like Hey, how you doin?
constituted catcalling.
Of course, catcalling happens differently here. Instead of people on the
street yelling, cowards harass from
behind a window in a vehicle whisk-

ing them quickly away. Either way,

catcalling is an issue we must confront. While this behavior is not new
this year at Hillsdale, many students
feel the frequency and severity of the
harassment has increased from past
years. Several said they are catcalled
at least once a week and others so frequently they have just gotten used to
it. If girls are becoming conditioned to
catcalling, there is a problem.
selves in this situation. That is unacceptable. No one should have to worry
about being harassed walking between
campus and her dorm or home.
one knows its a problem. Girls said
they dont respond to the catcallers,
but something has to be done to stop it
from recurring.
Whorley said if you experience this
sdale security and go to the Dean of
Women, your house mom, or another
trusted school authority. Only more
awareness will solve this problem, as

it is currently underreported.
Now, I appeal to the men of campus. Think before you speak. Dont
yell out the window or honk your horn
to impress your friends. Its rude and
Catcalled students admitted that
college students were mostly blameless, but campus guys can still help.
All stories of catcalling happened
when the girl was alone or with female
friends. I make this request on behalf
of all female students: Guys, if you see
a girl walking back to her dorm or a
close house, take the time to walk her
back, especially in the evening. Shell
less likely be catcalled, making her feel
safer. Plus, youll score major brownie
points with her and her friends.
Doing your part against street harassment will make Hillsdale a safer
and happier place for all.
Breana Noble is a freshman
studying politics and journalism.

City receives grant to
upgrade downtown lights
Morgan Delp
The city of Hillsdale will replace 62 of its downtown light
Light Emitting Diode (or, LED)
lights, thanks to a $20,000 grant
from the Michigan Energy Ofcostly up front but will save the
city $4,500 to $5,000 per year afterward.
The grant helps small communities to revitalize their downtown, said Chad Culbert, electric distribution superintendent
for the Hillsdale Board of Public
Culbert and Mary Wolfram,
director of economic development, worked together to apply for the grant, which totals
$40,000 in increments of $10,000
and $20,000 to multiple cities in
Michigan. The money given must
be matched with city funds.
We had already budgeted a
category for street light upgrades
this came about and we were
lucky enough to get chosen, it just
helped to make that go further,
Culbert said.
Wolfram said that the money
saved by switching lights will cut
back on city spending on electric
bills and BPU workmen, since the
bulbs use less energy and do not
need to be replaced as often. The
money will instead be used for
city improvements.
People always say that the
city should cut its budget to pay
for road repairs. The city doesnt
really have a place to cut its budget. Here is a place in the budget
to save money, Wolfram said.
The money will be applied to
other needs, and will be available
because the city wont be paying
as much for electricity.
The installation of the 62
lights is expected to begin at the
end of January or early in February, when the Christmas decora-

tions are removed, Culbert said.

The new LED lights, which have
already been ordered, will replace
old bulbs along Broad and Howell streets surrounding the courthouse.
the lights, besides saving costs, is
that the newly directed light will
shine down on historic Hillsdale
instead of lighting up the sky and
causing light pollution.
It will provide whats called
a night sky, or dark lighting. Its a
new trend in urban centers to try
to keep night sky dark. It directs
light down as opposed to in a 360
globe direction, she said.
Wolfram was in charge of
the grant paperwork, which was
reviewed by the federal government.
These type of LED lights have
already been tested and are installed in the black, boulevardstyle posts around the city.
Earlier this semester, the Collegian spoke with Director of
Campus Security Bill Whorley,
who praised the work of Energy
Education Specialist Tim Wells
for implementing LED lighting
on the college campus.
When I came here not quite
two years ago, we needed light
porch and sign. Tim found an
LED 20 watt light, but it throws
at least a 100 watt equivalent,
which makes it more accessible
to students after normal student
hours, Whorley said.
While the college is responsible for lighting on campus, the
city deals with lighting surrounding the campus, even the areas
where college students live. HillRichard Pewe said the college
replaces lighting and improves
it when necessary, especially
when they develop new projects, like the tennis courts and
Searle Center.

HHS students selected for conference,

aim to increase college enrollment

Nathanael Meadowcroft
Assistant Editor
Hillsdale High School is one
of just 22 schools in the nation
to be selected as part of a new
college enrollment initiative,
Future Corps. As a result, two
students and a faculty advisor travelled to California last
month to take part in a special
workshop and learn how to enhance the college application
Future Corps is a studentdriven program that seeks to
increase college enrollment
through targeted campaigns and
innovative technology.
Hillsdale High School was
chosen because of their strong
history of participation in college access initiatives in Michigan, said Lisa King, consultant
for the Michigan College Access Network, which partnered
with College Summit to bring
Future Corps to Michigan. We
were looking for schools with
strong principal buy-in and exceptional counselors and staff,
which is essential to this programs success in the school,
Currently, eight Hillsdale
High School students serve
on the Future Corps team, and
two of these students Emily
Palmer and Mary Kate Drews
travelled to Big Bear Lake
near Los Angeles, California,
for the National Future Corps
Workshop along with their faculty advisor, Mindy Eggleston.
Palmer and Drews were chosen by Hillsdale High School
college counselor Dan English
ment at school. Palmer is the
president of the Business Professionals of America club and
a member of the National Honor
Society, Financial Management
Program and student council.

Drews is the junior class president, plays volleyball, runs for

the track team, and also participates in BPA and student council.
The workshop, which lasted
four days over the weekend of
Nov. 15, covered many facets
of applying to colleges, from
writing personal statements to
deciding what range of colleges
to apply to. Teachers were also
trained on how to aid their students in their college search.
They made a big deal about
the power of a story, so I, as a
teacher, am changing the way
I am writing my letters of recommendation, said Eggleston,
who teaches computer science
and business. Im going to try
to include some sort of personal
story or anecdote about my experience with that particular
student in addition to telling all
the reasons why theyre great.
The program aims to benincreasing the number of students who attend college. According to King, just 57 percent
of seniors who graduated from
Hillsdale High School in 2012
enrolled in college.
They can make huge strides
with these campaigns, she
Hillsdale High School is one
of only four schools in Michigan to be selected for Future
Corps, which runs through August 2016.
Its just getting off the
ground, Hillsdale High School
Principal Jeff Terpenning said.
Its designed to help students
get enrolled for college.
A main part of the Future
Corps initiative is its emphasis
that all seniors apply to college,
regardless of their academic or
I really am a big believer
in the fact that everybody can
do something and that there is

a way for you to get to college

if you want to go, Eggleston
said. Not every kid is going
to go to a school like Hillsdale
College, but there are a billion
other things they could do. They
could go serve in the armed services and get an education and a
wonderful career, or they could
go to beauty school and be a
wonderful beautician or a nail
Now that the National Fuished, Hillsdale High School is
focusing on a friendly competition with other Future Corps
Were all like one big team
but were going to have little,
tiny competitions between each
other, Eggleston said. The
seniors to apply to college.
Right now were at about 95
percent, so out of the kids in the
senior class weve got almost
everybody to apply, which is
kind of cool.
plications, they will begin to focus on the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid, a form that
to determine their eligibility for
to some other events.
FAFSA is going to be our
next big push, but in between
there, we at Hillsdale High
School are going to do a panel
in December, Eggleston said.
We are inviting back some of
the kids who graduated from
here that are doing all kinds of
different things to give recommendations and advice.
In the springtime, juniors
will be selected to replace the
current seniors on the Future
Corps team, and two of those
students will attend the National Future Corps Workshop in
California next summer.

Local computer store takes Hillsdale to third dimension

Tom Novelly
Collegian Reporter

this upcoming April, Burger

There will be a Kickstarter
campaign launching for addi-

We are the one stop repair

shop for your computer and
phone needs, Burger said. We
are unique with the services we

Quality PC & Repair plans to

bring 3-D printing to Hillsdale
and expand its business to 17 W.
Carleton St. this spring.
Owners Angela and Larry
Burger hope to attract businesses and entrepreneurs to the area
by designing plastic prototypes
and models with 3-D printing.
Also, the new technology could
be used to design and print plastic prosthetics.

in the next few months.

Hillsdale native Larry Burger
learned his computer skills from
the Flint/Genesee Job Corps
center in Flint, Michigan. A
year later, Burger decided to
open his own business. Inspired
by seminars and books from
the Life Leadership company,
a renowned professional development and motivational initiative, he set out to create a unique
family business for Hillsdale.
Burger opened Quality PC
& Repair at 75 N. Broad St. on
May 13. Since then, hes transformed the former shoe cobbler
store into an affordable computer repair store.
The little wooden storefront
of Quality PC & Repair showcases old Macintosh computers
and monitors as well as various
computer parts scattered over
the workshop tables. The store
offers a wide range of services
including: debugging computers, software upgrades, and
iPhone and laptop screen repairs.

rates for everything in store.

Burger also employs Hillsdale High School students Max
Hayes and Marshall Mapes so
they can pursue their interests in
computers and acquire hands-on
job experience by helping with
repairs and software issues.
Ive learned a lot from Larry since Ive been here as an intern, Hayes said. He has been
a great mentor and teacher. He
is hardworking, innovative, and

ible, said Jane Stewart, Hillsdale Business Association

president and owner of Smiths
Flowers. This innovative and
new technology will put Hillsdale on the map.
To help launch the 3-D printing expansion, Burger partnered
with former engineer Mark
Moore, a game tester from Blizzard Entertainment, and Bruce
Sawdey, a developer of World
of Warcraft.
My partners will be down in
March, and we hope to be able
to provide 3-D printing services

A6 4 Dec. 2014

Council to
Kate Patrick
Assistant Editor
At its Dec. 1 meeting, Hillsdale City Council extended acting
City Manager Doug Terrys contract and the Planning Commission announced its plan to change
a city ordinance, which currently
prohibits student housing on
Oak, Howder, River, Fayette, and
Union streets.
Oak Street and parts of Howder, River, Fayette, and Union
streets are located in zoning district RD-1, which permits only
one-family and two-family residences. There are multiple student
homes on Oak, Howder, River,
Fayette, and Union Streets, but
these students do not qualify as
one family or two families
according to city ordinance.
This means dormitory or student housing is prohibited in RD1, even though students already
rent homes in RD-1. Fortunately
for students, Hillsdale is not enforcing the zoning ordinance in
RD-1 because the city is aware of
the commissions plan to change
According to current zoning ordinances, student housing
isnt allowed in RD-1, said Alan
Beeker, zoning administrator for
the city of Hillsdale. Were trying to get the zoning ordinance
caught up.
RD-1 is one of the largest residential zoning districts in the city,
so the city ordinance needs to be
updated soon, Beeker said.Were
hoping [to have] a resolution to
be presented to council at the next
meeting right now were trying
to juggle both the zoning and the
City Master Plan, but the council
is excited about doing it.
City ordinance states that
Development in the RD-1 onefamily and two-family residential
district is limited to single-family
and two-family dwellings plus
such other uses as schools, parks,
churches and certain public facilities which serve residents of the
district, according to Article 3,
Division 3, Section 36-191 of the
Hillsdale Code of Ordinances.
Theyre not enforcing the ordinance right now because they
know were looking at changing
it, Beeker said. Our attorney
In other business, the council decided to give City Manager
Linda Brown more time to recover from illness and extend Terrys
contract until Jan. 6. The contract, which is a Shared Services
Agreement between the city of
Terry to perform the duties of city
Hillsdale until Hillsdale manager

Quality PC & Repair owner Larry Burger will soon begin 3-D
printing and expand business to 17 W. Carleton St.
(Tom Novelly/Collegian)

SSA was a unique concept our

city attorney Loren came up with,
its a cost-effective service to both
communities, and its been a good
interim solution, Terry said.
Councilperson Brian Watkins
called to extend Terrys contract,
to give us time to see how Linda
is doing.
The council also issued a trafplace no parking signs where
the streets double yellow line resumes after its intersection with
Academy Street.

College SOAR program immerses students in city

Sam Scorzo
Sports Editor
When junior Josiah Vega
needed a job his freshman year,
he wanted to avoid working for
Saga Inc., so he pursued a job

Thats where Hillsdales

SOAR program helped him.
The Service Opportunities And Rewards Program, or
SOAR, is a program in which
the college pays students salaries for the work they do at noncity of Hillsdale.
Its a win-win situation,
said Jemie Hannon, director of
The community gets to have a
caliber of employee they cant
afford and students get experience and a salary. Its a resume
builder and network creator.
through senior students who
are searching for jobs and have
access to transportation. Each
semester, the program places
about 25 students at different
organizations in the community.
Freshmen normally havent
honed their time management
skills yet, Hannon said.
The program started in 1993

Junior SOAR student Josiah Vega stands in front of Hillsdale City

Hall (Macaela Bennett/Collegian)

age on campus. At the time,

students were having trouble
tion Award scholarship work
requirements, which mandates
students work up to 10 hours a
Over the years, however,
SOAR evolved from simply

working with SOAR in 1999.

According to Hannon, the

a paid internship-type of program, said Hannon, who began

pre-med students have found

positions at the hospital, and

organizations that accompany

their academic interests.
Hannon cited examples like:
students interested in early education work with the Head Start
program, students interested
in special education will work

students interested in ministry

are placed at either Domestic
Harmony, the Alpha Omega
Womens Care Center, or the
Child Abuse Prevention and
Awareness Center.
Vega, a history major and
politics minor, found his niche
with the Hillsdale City Council.
He has worked for the city of
Hillsdale the past two years.
Vega said his favorite part of
the job is getting to know the
businesses around town. Thats
what economic development is
all about, he said.
I came to Hillsdale from
Southern California where everything youd ever need is
within an hour away. Coming
here its easy to say theres
nothing around, but theres actually a lot here and the businesses do their best to provide,
Vega said. Weve got a lot of
really cool businesses downtown antique stores, the Filling Station everyone should
know that place, coffee shops,
its a cool place to be, and its
great to make connections with
these businesses, more students
should be trying to.
Mary Wolfram, director of
Hillsdale economic development, is Vegas supervisor.
[Josiah] has been a great
help, and hes learned a lot,
which is what youd want out of
any job, Wolfram said. Hes

to help wherever hes needed.

When Vega started, he
worked only for Wolfram, but
he now works for many of the
citys departments.
His two big projects this semester include organizing the
historical documents and blueprints in the attic of City Hall
for the planning and assessing
department, and completing an
application for an organization
streets around the country.
Its a great experience. It
gives a sense of what city government is all about and how it
works, and [the students] start
to understand tax and bar code
enforcement, planning and zoning, and a lot of different areas, Wolfram said.
Wolfram said she will be
looking for another SOAR student next semester to work at
the citys Mitchell Research
Center in the historic Mitchell
Building and give historic tours
through the downtown.
While the program has expanded over the years, Hannon said she hopes a nice
donor will take interest in the
program, or that the college
transportation, which would
expand the opportunity to students who dont have cars.
It really is a great pro-

gram, Hannon said, and we

want as many students involved
as we can.
According to Hannon, anthat sometimes gets overlooked
is its part in healing old
These students are out there
working and being representative of the student body, and it
makes the community see that,
yeah, you might have had a bad
experience with one or two students a while ago, but thats not
all of the students. Likewise,
some students have had bad
experiences in town, and weve
said. Im pretty darn proud
of our students. To be able to
have students who are kind of
in a spotlight to show how kind,
giving, and intelligent they are
any chance that we can do
that its great.


A7 4 Dec. 2014

The Chargers Coach to Cure


Mens Basketball
Hillsdale: 84

Senior football player inspires teams involvement with organization

business at the time, began to
help his father with the reno-

game before leading the team out

to know Ryan, with whom he

stayed in touch after he came to
weekly Monday prayer sessions,
Matt said he asked the team pray

Womens Basketball:

Game Leaders
Season Leaders
Points Per Game:

see the smile on his face, he



Rebounds Per Game:

Assists Per Game:


mention initiated the process that

The Chargers had already
been participating in Coach to
Cure, a partnership between the
American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project
Jack Wolf has attend football

David Eltringham)

A special mascot led the Hillsdale Chargers football team

home game against Saginaw Val-

and weakness, according to the


community effort of their home-

and friend of punter senior Matt

disorder characterized by pro-

Matt, who ran a lawn-care

inaw Valley State home game,

Ryan came to the football team

toughest region in the country,

From A1

this weekend are not going to


of personal attention which has

This weekend, she will join

past couple years because of the

amount of care Ryan needs,

team memorabilia, including a

signed football and T-shirts, Matt


tough time and approach it posi-

terested parties had to clear some

logistical hurdles before Ryan

Senior Matt Eltringham and Ryan Newbanks after the

Chargers game against Saginaw Valley. (Photo Courtesy of
Jack Butler
Opinions Editor

can reach out and play for some-

Senior Rachel Warner said

that training with runners like
formance of the team, both in

race, the Chargers are ranked

Lynn is not distracted by

as he considers him a good luck

them somewhat arbitrary as seen

Coach Otterbein given chair by team at end of season banquet

Nathan Brand
Collegian Reporter

This year though, the captains

asked us to setup the design for

eryone is looking for that perfect

gift for that important person in

The chair features a large blue

Chargers helmet burned into the

football team found just the right

gift for someone that means a lot

Rumler, who does woodworking as a hobby, has made

Each arm of their chair also

has something meaningful to

The captains of the team se-

of them are personalized for the

the right the arm, the captains

For the other arm of the chair

The chair turned out to be

as it has been and as personal-

uncle to build head coach Keith

chair as an end-of-the-year thank

been for gifts and donations to

an inspirational poem to get their

practice started and encourage
the team to make the best of the

team captains sought his help, he

quote in the morning, it was alalso said it at the banquet, and

for the guys graduating it is a

Head coach Keith Otterbein sits in his new Adirondackstyle chair. (Photo Courtesy of LeAnne Rumler)


niors Jennifer Wheeler and
Alissa Jones and sophomore Emily Shallman kicked off the meet

Kat Torres
Collegian Reporter
up to their mantra of beat the

Kurtz also clinched wins in

past weekend as they earned secThe team tapered their workouts going into the meet to be
able to compete rested and en-

will be in full swing to adequately prepare for the upcoming


style performances, Kurtz won

Junior Zoe Hopkins and

Sophomore Mikalah Smith kept
the momentum going with third

rest really paid off, as it did for

Senior Rachel Kurtz, ju-

pool and it is great to see it pay

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Smith played a crucial role

alongside junior Sarah Rinaldi,

his mark on the college in anothof the main forces spearheading

Rinaldi also placed third in the

bringing in a substantial amount




cently for where we are in the


Coach Charney said the Pantough competitor this season, and

will come ready to play on their

teams who battled their way into run hard at the Chargers and play
stood out to me, we were neck in out for the physical play, she beanchor leg pulled away, but our
team swam really well and put up
a great time despite it being the
last race of the day on Saturday,
Shallman said, who also brought

Hopkins and Smith both


Sophomore Kelsey Cromer goes up for a shot.

(Photo Cour-

tesy of Jim Drews)

There was no tradition, noth-

ing the Spartans, a game which

tion of the loyalty and affection

Patriot wrote an article featur-

led the Saginaw Cardinals to the

His success at Saginaw
caught the attention of Michigan

The college mascot changed

of coaching the Chargers, Waters

cord to start a football program
sity, taking Larkin with him as an

Panthers, another team the Char-

A highlight of the meet was

Waters, who was also Hill-

From A1

shoot it from the three and skip

tweaking the little things, Shall-

and there were many outstanding

performances including lifetime
bests by both of our freshman


His teams were not as successful, but that could be attributed

the timethey were not allowed

emblematic gesture of the man

into the College Football Hall of

Muddy passed away at the

age of 83 from heart failure, but
fall when the Hillsdale football

were being inducted at the same

not just about winning football

do what you can to win, win the
the same kind of strong feelings

the largest contingent of people

ny and half the group was from
Hillsdale, which was an indica-

for Muddythey talk mostly

about the relationship they had
with him, not necessarily all

4 December 2014

Charger Sports
(Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

Womens cross-


Nathanael Meadowcroft
Assistant Editor

it on the road so we want to start

off on a good note and win both

16 lead at the start of the game

The Hillsdale College mens

didnt take any time for forward
son form.
leading Hillsdale to two consecutive victories and earning

to come back and take the lead

before halftime.
I thought we didnt actually

renovated Dawn Tibbets Potter


If they give me the ball in the

along with 15 rebounds in Hill-

and incredibly gifted offensivetalking to our guys about the

mentality of just do what youre

down on defense in the second

The Chargers will be looking

for some revenge.
Theyre both teams that we

We didnt really make many

home but we werent able to take

Player of the Week honors.

[Miller] and Nate [Neveau] and
[Nick] Arch[er] and my other

While the Chargers are de-

Were not sure exactly of evsaid. Its going to be different

Both the men and womens

teams entered the NCAA D-II
Midwest Regional meet on Nov.

gers know that two big road wins

foundation in the always tough

just behind their unwavering

University. The men unfortunately fell just short of qualify-

number one [in the womens diWhile the mens team will



for Nationals. His 10K time of

gional meet.

a time of 21:15. Freshman

Hannah McIntyre ran time of
Hannah has really come in

showing consistency throughmeet with a time of 24:03.

ent that weve never seen before

at Hillsdale and our training
Kilgore said.
Progress and consistent suc-

Training for the national meet

is not going to be much different
will occur to make sure the runWeve had a routine going
for four months now that has obviously worked. Now our focus

addition to grabbing eight resists.

I guess sometimes youre

time running at the national meet

will be no different than the others.

it too just came down to the way

tional team that came in averag-

National meet.

was named an All-American

took over the game on both ends


of those games where they didnt

allow us to do what we wanted to
do so youve got to give Cedar-

and time of 20:45.4 makes her

four to quality for the national

meet on Dec. 6.
The women clinched their

showed a tremendous amount of

ing the basketball and they were

It was a very helter-skelter

Savanna Wierenga
Collegian Freelancer

of the things we werent doing

the Chargers win at Cedarville

was an odd game. Hillsdale com-

for nationals

Junior Kyle Cooper drives to the hoop in a game against

Salem International. (Anders Kiledal/Collegian)

ing and strength.

This is not an individual

Although the mens season is


Womens basketball falls to D-I team

season went.
Both Coach Towne and I are


Jessie Fox
Collegian Reporter


knows the women will walk

they had a great year. Moving

take control and not worry about

After a close game against

gers are ready to test their skills

nine minutes to go and we were

The Chargers knew that the

after going toe-to-toe with them
showcase game.

forced 30 total turnovers. Hills-

when the shots dont fall and we

turn the ball over too much that
combination isnt very good. The
Other than the last nine min-

into the second half.

Head coach Claudette Char-

the Chargers tough defense held

fects wore off in the second.
began to tire. The Chargers in-


driving to the basket team well

does not go towards the Char-

with a 2-0 record.

raising the teams standards.

the season.
This season we went in with

game will be their only match-

teams run many of the same

little doubt that we would make


See Basketball A7

We just did what we wanted

Charger Chatter: Kyle cooper

How did you get into basketball?
ball. I started dribbling a basketball when I was two years
old. My uncle and dad got me
it to try and dunk the ball and
things like that. Basketball has
Kyle Cooper is a junior from
Northville, Mich. He is the
starting power forward on the
mens basketball team. He is
studying accounting and has
the opportunity to intern at
PricewaterhouseCoopers next
summer. He is also the Vicepresident of Hillsdales StudentAthlete Advisory Committee.
He was named GLIAC Player of
the Week on Monday after averaging 36 points over the teams

busy year round. I loved footreally enjoyed it. We lost the

year. I love football and basebut basketball has always kind
I just feel really lucky to have


Its actually a funny story. I

started out going into my junior
year of high school I did AAU
travel basketball and was kind
of looking at schools around

sdale. And I always remember

a coachhe coached at Holy

that sign coming into Hillsdale

really arent any better words to
describe it.
Whats something, a hobby

I had actually never heard of

dont think
about you?

I knew a kid whos graduatated from my high school and

for one yearwho had gone to

high school coach called me

and they are really interested
be interested in making a visit



love to cook. I love cooking. I

dont get to do it as much be-

college budget and I dont go

to the grocery store trying to
and cheese or chicken marsala
or steak or seafood or anything
like that. I enjoy cooking. I alkind of taken aback.
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day and about a half an hour

into the drive on the way back
home I turned to my mom and



I just immediately felt comfortable here with the coaching

talked about and it just sat well
with me. I think it was the best
decision I ever made. It just felt
right. I talk about how great it


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( Micah Meadowcroft/Collegian)

Fine art departments looking ahead

Plans are already underway for next school years events, shows, and programs
Rachel Solomito
Collegian Reporter
While students are still editing assignments, hammering out
papers, and registering for next
semester, the theatre and art departments are already focusing
on next year.
By December, the art department hopes to have next falls
schedule lined up, and theater
department chair George Angel
told the Collegian that he is already thinking about next years
Final decisions probably
wont be made until March, but
people are suggesting things at
this point, Angel said.
Preparation is a big deal

Monthsand sometimes even

yearsgo into the decision-making process. Shows are chosen
in consideration of many things,
such as students who are being
trained and what the colleges
curriculum is.
We just did Molieres The
Misanthrope, Angel said. It
has application for the French
department, the Great Books
program, history, sociology. We
try to choose a season that mixes
things up. [Decisions] come out
of group discussion. Sometimes
we do a main-stage show like
Woyzeck last year thats
student-directed and has to be
thought about years in advance
because the student has to be
trained and ready to go.
Other practical considerations

are also reviewed, such as rehearsal time available and budgetary concerns. The theatre department tries to have two shows
a semester, and has to take costuming, set, and lighting design
into consideration. However, as

be creative.
We very seldom repeat ourselves, Angel said. There are
only a handful of shows that I
can think of that were performed
more than once since I came here
30 years ago.
The next show on the agenda
is Vanya, Sonia, Masha and
Spike, a comedy play by Christopher Durang.
Art department chair Barbara
Bushey described putting on an
art exhibit as a similar process.
Everybody on the faculty has

the opportunity to make suggestions and sometimes we just see

something we like, Bushey said.
Were working on next year
right now -- Id like to get to the
point where we have everything
done in December for the following school year.
Professional artist exhibits are
usually shown for three weeks to
a month, and choosing artists to
display is a selective process.
We usually reach out to [artists] that weve come across in
some fashion, Bushey said,
whether its somebody we know
or saw a show somewhere else or
maybe somebody we were in a
group show with. We try to rotate
through having drawing, painting, sculpture, and digital work
because its part of our teaching
to show off other mediums so

that students can learn from it.

The art department tries to
host two to three professional
shows every semester, but it also
hosts student shows. Student
shows are usually shown for a
week depending on the academic
calendar, and are a requirement
for art majors approaching graduation. The student show on display now is a combination of the
work of seniors Maggie Smith
and Kitty Helmick. Typically,
senior shows are shown during
at the end of the spring semester, but Helmick is graduating in
December and Smith felt that she
was ready.
Photography professor Doug
Coon has taught Helmick, and
says that the process of deciding
what goes into a senior show can

Sometimes students have a

should show, Coon said. For

their major, [art students] have to
go through a variety of different
mediums. But as far as the senior
show goes, its up to them. Ideally its a mix but people are often
good at one thing more than another so theyll emphasize that. It
really depends on the student and
their interest.
Although choosing performances and deciding on exhibits
is a lengthy process for both the
theatre and the art departments,
Angel says it is a worthwhile one.
I am always excited about
whatever project I am working
on, he said. We wont do something were not excited about.

The students art show

Student art exhibit and competition opens next week
Shane Armstrong
Collegian Reporter

Pictures await hanging for the student art show opening next week in the Daughtry
Gallery in the Sage Center for the Arts. (Laura Williamson/Collegian)

Orchestra to perform ballets

Madeleine Jepsen
Collegian Reporter
Visions of sugar plums and a
tragic tale of star-crossed lovers
will enchant audiences of Hillsdale Orchestras performance
this weekend, Dec. 5 and 6 at 8
p.m. This concertthe second
of the semesterwill feature the
second suite of Tchaikovskys
The Nutcracker, along with the
meo and Juliet.
The two suites, both taken
from ballets, present a unique
challenge for the performers. In
addition to the uncommon tempos and rhythms found in these
pieces, there are also more soloist
parts, especially for the orchestras wind section.
Music Department Chair and
orchestra director James Holleman chose these selections in
order to challenge the orchestra
students and expose them to a
variety of music.
said. I thought this was a piece
that would really challenge this
orchestra, and a lot of the students were really ready for it.
And then it being Christmas,
ballet music, so it made a lot of

sense to do The Nutcracker.

the music itself, the orchestra has
also had to adapt to the shortened
timeframe for rehearsals. Additionally, a large group of senior
orchestra members graduating
last year provides an additional
challenge for the younger musicians. However, Holleman has
able to rise to the occasion.
Its been a little bit steeper of
a learning curve than I anticipated, but were getting it, he said.
Each rehearsal gets better.
scribes the pieces as a mix of
many emotions ranging from
the powerful sadness and grief
lifting and lively dances found in
The Nutcracker. Overall, the
pieces will be pleasing for the
audience and demanding for the
Theyre a really good balance between fun and familiar,
but harder than they sound,
Ferguson said. Its been a really
good challenge.
According to sophomore violinist Stevan Lukich, the music
from ballets has a distinct energy.
There is a lot of motion and
life in these pieces, since they
were composed to be performed
with the choreography of a bal-

let, Lukich said.

This is especially true of his
favorite movement from The
Nutcracker, in which the string
section plays a prominent role.
It has some really big, soaring melodies and luscious string
sounds, Lukich said. It has
some beautiful brass parts as
In addition to the eighty piece
orchestra, this concert will feature auxiliary instruments such
as harp, tenor saxophone, contrabassoon, piccolo, and piano. Holleman notes that these additional
instruments allow more students
to be involved in the performances.
Typically in the woodwinds
we rotate a few students in the
sections, but by having a few
extra parts then everyone gets to
play, and not just on a rotation,
he said.
Holleman hopes to have a
good turnout for the performances.
With the amount of work the
students do, the amount of time
they give, and the dedication
they have to this, its nice to a
play for a full house. Its rewarding, and you feel like your efforts
were appreciated, he said. Im
always happy when Hillsdale
College students make up a large
part of the audience. We have a
top-notch orchestra for a school
this size, and I like to see people
take advantage of that and participate.

The Hillsdale College student

art exhibit begins in the Daughtry
Gallery next Monday. The exhibit will display a sampling of art
produced by students in all types
art classes this semester.
Everything we do here will
be in the show: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and
digital design, art professor Barbara Bushey said via email.
Pieces in the exhibit will
come primarily from students
in classes which require them
to submit artwork. The artwork
will be voted on by art students
and faculty. Art students receive
a ballot for each class that they
are enrolled in. The faculty vote
is separate but the results of both
votes will be taken into consideration when the winners are announced.
All of the faculty is judging,
art professor Bryan Springer said.
Each faculty member will speak
to examples of art that are in their

given discipline and other faculty

members will comment on it.
The student art exhibit is an
opportunity to see all of the different types of art that students
have been working on. Many art
students will submit more than
one type of artwork because they
are in multiple art classes.
I am in two classes of which
Im submitting my work for:
Computer Graphics and Color
Theory, senior Kelly Beyer said.
Graphics is a general intro to design programs like a newsletter
and athletic poster, with projects
where Color Theory utilizes the
same principles of design but allows you to explore the programs
with more creative illustration
The student votes will be cast
on Monday and tallied on Tuesday. At 4 p.m. on Tuesday the
results will be revealed for the
student vote and faculty awards.
The category winners will receive $50 and the best of show
winner will win around $250.
Ideally it would be awesome
to win $250 for one of my design projects and Id like to say
that I would spend the money

on something cool and fun, but

realistically Id probably need
to save that money to survive in
New York City after graduation,
Beyer said.
One of the best things the exhibit has to offer is the ability for
professors and students from speand look at other genres of art. It
also provides an understanding
of other genres and gives insight
into how other types of artists are
trying to communicate through
their work.
We expect to have over 100
submissions, Springer said. Its
interesting to see all of the work
that has been produced by current
students and we get the chance to
really see what students are producing in other classes instead of
our own.
The exhibit is not just limited
for art students and faculty to
view. All are welcome to come
enjoy the great art being displayed. The exhibit is is open
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m to 7 p.m
on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
on Sunday.


To do and see
This week

December 5 and 6
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m.
Markel Auditorium
Hillsdales orchestra presents festive
selections from Gounods Romeo and
Juliet and Tchaikovskys The
December 5-6, 11-13
A Charlie Brown Christmas Production
The Sauk Theatre, Jonesville
Based on the popular animated
holiday special, A Charlie Brown
Christmas brings the classic Peanuts
characters to life on stage.
December 6
Light Up Hillsdale Parade
6:15 p.m.
Beginning on Howell Street
Join the fun for Hillsdales 3rd annual
Christmas parade with Senator Bruce
Caswell as Grand Marshall.
December 6 and 7
Christmas at the Poorhouse
Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
180 N. Wolcott Street, Hillsdale
Christmas treats, entertainment, and
period decorations. There is no charge
for admission.Hot Chocolate and coffee
will be available to all. Santa will be
visiting on Sunday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

December 6-7 and 13-14

A Victorian Christmas
211 Maumee Street, Jonesville
Come celebrate a Victorian Christmas
and Wedding, and enjoy community
musical performances. Wedding will be
held on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The house will
be decorated as it might have been in
the Grosvenors day.
December 9-January 16
Fall Concourse Student Art Exhibit
Grand Opening December 9, 4 p.m.
This professionally juried exhibit
features all levels of student
works from spring semester studio
December 12
Hillsdale Community Wind Symphony
7:30 p.m.
Markel Auditorium
The Hillsdale Community Wind
Symphony presents its annual fall

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4 Dec. 2014 B2

Classical and pop music, observations on popularity

(Photo courtesy of Chris


The authenticity
and beauty of
real, physical books
I have on my desk a beautiful,
decaying pamphlet with Greys
Elegy faded into the fronting
green, mottled paper in a looping type that still displays some
of the original gold. Its spine has
fallen off during one of the 101
years since Mary received it
graph, a nicely bucolic riverside

important to me. The past comes

with me as a reminder that every
time I touch it, it changes, just a
little, until the library stands as
a history book of my own interaction with it. I can see Greys
Elegy crack and decay every
time I lift it, but the same if true
in a gentler way for every book I
own. I put a little of myself into
the book whenever I read it.
The stacks of Christmas gifts
(In a hardback copy of Ray Bradburys S is for Space: For
Pete, 1966, hope this kind of

the subject matter, of Thomas

Greys 18th-century masterpiece
Elegy Written in a Country
Churchyard (but perhaps gravestones sell fewer Christmas pres- pleasure! Love, Tom & Marta,
ents than birds and blossoms), is received into Volume One July
2013 and sold for 15 dollars last
Published two years prior by spring.) and hand-me-downs
The Hayes Lithograph Co., its (Two separate people with atrocome into my
handpossession as
writing signed
a fragile shell. Books, real books, get
the inside of
The pages are their covers torn and coffee
The Elements
yellowed and spilled on them (or wine,
of Philosophy
the cover has again, depending on desired by William A.
become so at- statement), and make each
Wallace, O.P.,
it time you read a book, asand you have
a similating its words and arto wonder how
dried leaf that gument into your thoughts,
it made its way
crumbles un- also a time that the book
from St. Johns
der my touch.
College, Anreads a bit of you. .
who know me
1979 to be
knows that I
priced at 6 dollove physical
lars in 2012,
- again at Volume One) serve as
nym (like tobacco cigarette or a reminder that all of our books
will one day belong to someone
else, forever changed as artifacts
introduction of ebooks. Stating of our interaction with them.
your preference for real books
In his essay Books as Furnican carry the social connotations ture, Nicholson Baker described
of mentioning that you dont own the singular type of object that a
a television, cue: exchange of book represents.
knowing glance with like-minded friend, mutual imagination of ter than other collectables, bespeakers thoughts/motivations/ cause they represent a different
vanities, etc.
order of plenitude, Baker wrote,
In this glancing interlude, you they occupy not only the morocand friend might imagine the lud- co-bound spine span on the shelf,
dite tree-hater sitting at home but the ampler stretches, the
lost in the aesthetic experience camel caravans of thought-bearof their books, weirdly fondling ing time required to read them
everything from old tomes of lit- through.
erary merit to Ayn Rand books as
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they sigh nostalgically and wish covers torn and coffee spilled on
the Amazon Kindle might never them (or wine, again, depending
have been assembled. They art- on desired statement), and make
fully arrange for Instagram their each time you read a book, asprettiest and most socially accept- similating its words and arguable/unacceptable (depending on ment into your thoughts, also a
desired statement) in a studious time that the book reads a bit of
yet absentminded way, with the you. They are not our immortalsame calculation boy bands use ity, as Baker says noblemen once
to achieve bedhead at any hour hoped, but they are a way of
of the day. Add tea/beer/coffee/ keeping ourselves honest. Their
whisky (depending on desired virtue, then, doesnt lie in their
statement). They probably want beauty or traditionalness, or even
to have an extended conversation the good-old work ethic it takes
about old book smell! Run!
to read them instead of picking
None of this is my intention. up an e-reader. They are good beMy acquired connoisseurship cause they exist in the same space
of books is not at the service of we do, not just as an outmoded
some old-timey affection, and
its not a prescription that every- correct order before our eyes, but
one needs to get in line with. A as true artifacts of our physical
physical library is one way Ive life with them.
found to keep a lush, detailed record of my education and maturaChris McCaffery is a junior
tion. Every book I acquire came studying history and English. A
student columnist for the Collebook store or a syllabus or a gift. I gian, he is also minoring in jourhad some reason for adding each nalism through the Dow Journalone to my shelf, and as I use it ism Program.
the book stands as an exterior account of who I was and what was

Sarah Chavey
Collegian Reporter
Taylor Swift currently holds
the number one hit on iTunes with
her recent development Blank
Space. Despite the simple chord
progression and cliche theme,
even her most adamant haters
the refrain peacefully before they
realize what they are doing.
As Taylor Swift grosses thousands of dollars on her recent hit,
Hillsdale music students diligently strive for excellence in classic
works such as Bach and Rachmaninoff, subconsciously aware
that they may be pursuing one of
the lowest paying majors this liberal arts school offers.
Eventually, these students
must question what about this
study is worth pursuing, when
even Mozart cannot compare to
James Holleman, music department chair, believes the lack
of popularity for classical music
may be a lack of general knowl-

single. We never had any idea

of a single.I dont think I was
ever good when I went in trying
to write a hit single, Elton John
is quoted as saying in the book.
Its hard for me to choose the
[songs] I like, because the ones I
like arent always the most popular.
Listeners enjoyed the catchiest tunes, which may not have
been the ones which the most
harmonic rhythm.
In contrast, Paul McCartney
made an effort to earn the respect
of a more mature crowd.
When I wrote Yesterday,
I was aiming to impress people
who knew music, rather than just
get the teeny-boppers. We had
the kids, but we wanted their parents to like us, too, reads a McCartney quote.
The four of us brought different things to the table. John
brought a biting wit. I think I
brought commerciality and harmony.George was serious, always very good on the business
side, and always very good on his
instrument. Ringo was simply the
best drummer in Liverpool, McCartney said.

Their combined talents attracted far more listeners than

Vivaldi might ever.
Hillsdale recently witnessed
a performance of Bela Bartoks
Sonata for Two Pianos and
Percussion performed by Stacey Jones, Brad Blackam, and
Jonathan Chesson. Although an
impressive crowd applauded energetically afterward, Holleman
believes it takes several listens
before someone truly enjoys the
whole 30 minute piece. Blank
Space, however, was a top hit
within days of its release. That
is the difference between popular music and classical. Although
classical may have the complexity to awe the trained musician,
popular music contains the simplicity to catch the attention of
everyone else.

Lacraes new albums maturity an Anomaly

Aaron Schreck
Lecrae has come a long way
since his sophomore album After The Music Stops. At 27, he
had just founded his label, Reach
Records, and was breaking into
the Christian Hip Hop sub-genre.
Having recently converted to
Christianity from a life of drug
dealing and gang violence, Lecrae made his early music in an
effort to offer people like himself
a way to adopt the Christian faith
without entirely abandoning their
previous culture.
While this music undoubtedly
has helped many towards belief,
his early project of Hip Hop
Christian synthesis led to a handful of awkward artistic moments.
Some of these songs resemble
their mainstream counterparts so
perfectlysans Christianitythat
they sound like the Hip Hop doppelganger of the Christian rock
band Cartman made by singing
80s love songs with the name of
the beloved replaced with Jesus.
The song Jesus Muzik is an
almost comic attempt to insert
Christianity into the Hip Hop
car stereo trope, and Prayin
For You sounds so much like a
sultry R&B love ballad that I can

hardly listen to it without feeling

But Lecrae is 35 now, and as
hes matured in faith and life,
his music has moved away from
theological delivery system towards legitimate art-object. The
cover of After The Music Stops
is an image of Lecrae dressed up
vaguely as a gangster, his hat
turned backwards and his mouth
covered by red tape. The album
artwork of Anomaly, however,
features a totally unadorned bust
of Lecraes head with light emanating from his eyes.
The juxtaposition of these
two images illustrates the essential difference between the two
albums. Whereas Lecraes early
music is saddled by the Christian Hip Hop genre, Anomaly
gives us a glimpse of the unique
light of Lecraes soul. He tells
us about God not through trite
Christian-speak, but through at
times uncomfortably close looks
at his own journey of faith. While
I found my eyes rolling a few
times, most of his songs are raw
and beautiful; or, failing that, at
least honest and unsentimental.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Anomaly is the breadth
of topics which it addresses. In
the course of one album, Lecrae
covers the plight of immigrants
in America, the insubstantial and

derogatory aspects of contemporary Hip Hop culture, the temptation of both physical and mental adultery, his own childhood
molestation, and of course, his
Christian faith. He even points
out latent racism and hypocrisy
in the church on Dirty Water,
saying I just dug a well in West
Africa, but how many of my
friends is African?
Musically, Lecraes album
measures up to almost anything
going on in either Christian music or mainstream Hip Hop. His
production possesses a lush vitality absent from his earlier releases, and the emphasis on melody and texture within his songs
even takes the trend towards such
heightened musicality pioneered
by artists like Drake and Kanye
West a step further. Anomaly
is beautiful, from the haunting
Soprano siren at the beginning
of Outsiders to the majestic
choruses of Messengers at the
end. Very rarely have delicate
violin swells and hefty rap verses
coexisted so well.
Lecraes rapping does not
disappoint the high expectations
created by the beats. Since his
early records, rhythm and delivery have been among his strongest attributes, and Anomaly

stand out verses (Andy Mineo

wins that prize for his guest verse
on Say I Wont), but this even,
quality presentation only further
highlights Lecraes lyrics. They
all feel so loved by their creator
that I imagine Lecrae reigned in
his speed and vocal theatrics to
ensure that his listeners hear every word.
Anomaly is by no means
a perfect album, and Lecrae has
certainly not reached the apex
of his artistic trajectory. It does,
however, challenge the rigid
genre boundaries between Christian and mainstream, simultanebe in either. Rather than hoping
that Lecrae will rehabilitate Hip
Hop, with its misogyny and culmyself most excited for what this
album means for the rather stale
Christian genre. A great deal of
contemporary Christian music
tries and fails to create a genuine
choruses of Messengers, having walked through the light and
darkness of Lecraes heart, the
listener feels that he has experienced something truly majestic.

does not have any particularly

Mocked by despair in Mockingjay

Kate Patrick
Assistant Editor
My name is Katniss Everdeen. I survived the Hunger
Games. I was rescued by District
13. Peeta was left behind.
A shaking Katniss is curled up
in a ball, muttering these words
to herself in what seems to be a
dark back room in the opening
scene of Mockingjay: Part 1.
Doctors call her name, she begs
her hideaway, she convulses and
screams as they forcibly drag her
back to bed and sedate her.
This one scene sets the tone
deen, the Mockingjay, is an
the proper way to tame her and
use her or else risk the collapse
of their revolution.
even though its only Part 1, one
wonders Whats the point? The
ing effects of oppression, hatred,
and violence, and the hero is so
broken she can barely pull her-

The student art exhibit opens next week. Student sculptures await being placed in show. (Laura Williamson/Collegian)

edge about classical music.

People arent educated in
how to listen to a symphony or
how to listen to a concerto, Holleman said.
Holleman, who has studied
music for over three decades,
hails from the minority in appreciating classical music.
Every time I study a
Beethoven symphony for the
third or fourth time to prepare for
an orchestra concert, I get a new
understanding of it, Holleman
He doesnt get that same thrill
out of pop. However, even Holleman has been grasped by the lure
of pop culture music.
If you ask me whats in my
top 25 on my iPod, theres going
to be some Led Zeppelin, Bob
Marley, Janis Joplin, Holleman
Sometimes, even these famous singers dont know what
about their music is popular. Off
the Record, a collection of stories from well-known singers by
Joe Smith, reveals the mindset of
well-known artists.
We would go into the studio and not have any idea of a

offers no answers as to how Kat-

thing that keeps her going is her and to the point, moving the stohatred for Snow and desperation
to save Peeta.
death and pain, accompanied by
Its hard to call Katnisss ob- a tense soundtrack.
session with saving Peeta love
In terms of acting, Jennifer
in the romantic sense, since up Lawrence effectively portrays a
until this point in the series she crumbling, angry Katniss whose
has denied any feelings for Peeta emotion explodes throughout the
and is still torn between him and
Gale. Rather, Katniss feels a ch and President Coin toy with
sense of obliviewers intugation to save
ition, making
Peeta because There is no ideal, no
us like them
of his own un- higher power that Katniss
and distrust
wavering de- and District 13 cling to as
them at the
votion to her.
they persevere in their reAll
I bellion against the Capitol.
Haymitch Abwanted was They speak of a democratic ernathy and
to keep Peeta future, but even that future
she seems bleak in a country
are the same
as they were
so torn apart by grief and
K a t n i s s s
relationship violence.
could be deand stabilizing
her rage. Ef- but both she and Haymitch do
nition of what love actually is. little more than provide comic
For Katniss, this love is a duty. relief, while Gale does nothing
Having given up hope of any real more than complicate Katnisss
goodness or higher justice, Kat- feelings for Peeta and protect her
niss focuses on the one thing she from bombshells.
can do and feels obligated to do:
As the adaption of a book,
save Peeta.
In terms of production,
Mockingjay: Part 1 is very lows the book very closely. Kat-

scene are almost a direct quote

tional struggles Katniss sloughs
spair in the book, as well as her
torn desire to help the revolution
While viewers are captivated
by Lawrence and the emotional
discouraged by the lack of hope.
closely and reacts to her feelings and actions, so every scene
is full of pent-up emotion and a
rapidly approaches the series climax. There is no ideal, no higher
power that Katniss and District
13 cling to as they persevere in
their rebellion against the Capitol. They speak of a democratic
future, but even that future seems
bleak in a country so torn apart
by grief and violence.
The lack of hope weighs
matic experience, they will leave
the theater musing over what a
world would be like if there was
no God, there was no hope, and
no remedy for those who struggle with the despair of horrifying
ordeals like the Hunger Games.

Christmas at the Will

Carleton Poorhouse
Kelsey Drapkin
Collegian Reporter
Swags of green boughs hang
above the windows and interior
doorways, while greens adorn the
window sills. Milkweed pod stars
hang in the windows. Two trees,
one in the Paupers Parlor and one
in the upstairs ladies bedroom,
are hung with homemade ornaments.
JoAnne Miller of the Hillsdale County Historical Society
described the warm scene of the
societys annual Christmas at the
Poorhouse event held at the Will
Carleton Poorhouse on Wolcott
After the Poorhouse was deeded to the Historical Society in
1987, renovations were made to
mas celebration began shortly afThe Hillsdale County Historical Society taps its more than
130 members for baked goods to
sell, Miller explained. We support the Society through the sale


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of baked goods and donations.

The society occupies two
spaces, the Poorhouse and the
Hillsdale County Fairgrounds
Museum which is open only
during the Fair Week in September. They seek to preserve,
advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Hillsdale
County, according to their purpose statement.

We try to present
the history of the
county as a series
of interesting
We are interested in presenting well-researched, accurate information to the public, Miller
said. In both our museums, the
Will Carleton Poorhouse and the
Hillsdale County Fairgrounds
Museum, we try to present the
history of the county as a series
of interesting stories.

Quick hits

Sophomore Hailey Morgan

has volunteered her time at the
Historical Society by cataloguing and indexing different articles
and records from the founding of
Hillsdale through the end of the
20th century.
Being from the area, I have
really enjoyed learning more
about the town, Morgan said. I
have also discovered information
about my family who has lived
here for many years.
Morgan has enjoyed learning
about the city and the people who
made it great, such as Will Carleton.
Carleton, born in 1845 in Hudson, Michigan, always dreamed
of attending Hillsdale College.
unsuccessful, but after teaching a
few years and attending the college preparatory course offered
by the school, Carleton enrolled
in 1867.
Greatly affected by a childhood visit to a poorhouse with
his father, Carleton spent some
of his time at Hillsdale talking to
the residents of what was then the
Hillsdale County Poor Farm and

(Photo Courtesy of the Hillsdale County Community Center)

Home. It was from these conversations that Carleton wrote his

poem Over the Hill to the Poorhouse, which was published in
Harpers Bazaar in 1871.
The poem gained national attention, and moved readers to reconsider leaving their relatives in
the county poorhouses.
Today, the Will Carleton Poorhouse transports visitors back to a
time when it housed the less fortunate. Tours and artifacts add to
the environment to help visitors
understand the realities and the
services that were available.
Once people get to the Poor-

house they can tour, getting specents about its years as a home of
last resort for those unable to care
for themselves and those whose
families couldnt or didnt want
to keep them, Miller said.
Miller describes the home as
having a welcoming atmosphere,
especially with the Christmas
From working with the Historical Society, I have witnessed
the volunteers dedication to preserving local history and making
it attainable to residents, Morgan
said. The folks who work there

really display a passion for what

they do, especially when they
host events, including the fair displays and their upcoming Christmas event.
This year, the annual Christmas celebration will open this
weekend, Saturday, Dec. 6 from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday,
Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the
Poorhouse. The event will feature period decorations from the
late 1800s, entertainment, and
Christmas treats. Crafts, homemade baked goods, hot chocolate,
and coffee will all be available for

the Collegian asked students who they would

select as the next commencement speaker

Anthony Esolen would

We should have a

give a speech that

comedian or someone

point is in line with

would actually

with a sense of humor.

Hilllsdale College. He

approach the meaning

Commencement should

promotes individual-

of what people are

be a celebration of our

ism, self-government,

doing at this college.


hard work all things

the school stands for.

Tyler Rose,

Ali Bauer,



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was in England and married to a
successful British businessman,
Alex was able to contact people
in Britains foreign ministry and
get a visa, Ebeling said.
Shtromas met his wife, Violetta, also Lithuanian, during his
time in England.
Shtromas would later tell
journalism David Satter about
his experiences.
I knew him back in the
1980s, Satter said. I was working on a book about the fall of the
Soviet Union. He told me about
his early experiences. He told
me about the atmosphere in that

Smiths Flowers
everyone a
and a
New Year!

Kirby Hartley,

house, and growing up, in Lithuania. We became friends.

Ebeling recalled how Shtromas introduced him to his wife.
We were traveling on a trip
there in the spring of 1991. The
actual date was the third week
of May 1991, and we were in
Moscow and we were attending
a conference there before going
on to Lithuania. Through some
mutual friends of Dr. Shtromas
at the conference, I happened to
meet the woman who became
my future wife, Ebeling said.
We knew each other for three
days and just in three days we

knew we wanted to be married.

It was kind of a whirlwind love
Craig interviewed Shtromas
and convinced him to become a
full-time Hillsdale professor in
1988, after meeting him at an
American Political Science Association conference. Sadly, Shtromas died ten years later at age
68, while teaching at Hillsdale.
He was replaced by Will Morrisey.
He is still remembered for
his love of life, his nearly-photographic memory, and the high
standards he held for all his stu-

One of my teachers long

ago once proposed that every student, or every excellent
student, should pick one great
book and also one person or
event important in history, and
learn all about it and write a
thesis on it. That has always
we do versions of it here in several ways, Arnn said. History
is important here, and Churchill
is important to history.

Negus jumps
across the pond
Ramona Tausz
Assistant Editor
Distinguished Visiting Assistant Professor of History Samuel
Negus may have an unmistakably
British accent, but it is American
history that he knows and loves
American history is what
Ive devoted my life to, he said.
I just kind of fell in love with
it and this vast and interesting
country. As you see, Ive made it
my home by choice.
Born and raised in England,
Negus received his undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol before moving to
America, where he received his
masters and then completed his
dissertation in foreign policy and
Anglo-American relations in the
early Republic at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2013, he came to Hillsdale for
graduate school.
According to Negus, his
English upbringing has helped
him understand Hillsdales usagainst-the-world ideology.
I was raised by a Thatcherite pro-right-to-work anti-union
lawyer father in a Christian family in England where probably our
religious and political worldview
was increasingly out-of-step with
the changing times, Negus said.
So I know what its like to feel
like youre swimming upstream
your whole life and that you espouse cultural values that are
increasingly unpopular. In some
ways its also kind of ingrained

in my sense of self as an Englishman.

At Hillsdale, Negus teaches
courses in American foreign relations and Constitutional history,
as well as the core curriculums
Western Heritage and American
Heritage courses.
Human beings need to know
where they belong in a story. This
is not a question that bothers my
pet rabbits, Negus said jokingly.
They are not remotely interested
in what happened to the rabbits
that preceded them or the ones
that will come after. We need historical narratives to understand
what it is to be a human being.
Sophomore Shelby Nies, who
took both his Western Heritage
and American Heritage courses
in her freshman year, said stuhours can be sure to be offered a
cup of tea and a good chat and
always entertaining.
I went once and it happened
to be national ginger weekend in
Britain, Nies said with a laugh.
She and Negus both have red
hair. We talked about gingers the
whole time and it was really funny. Its kind of a running joke
hes very proud of the vast majority of redheads on this campus.
Senior Katherine Helmick,
who took one of Neguss upperlevel history courses, said that
Negus works hard to engage and
interact with students in the classroom as well.
He always says he doesnt
know what other school would
tolerate him, Helmick said with
a laugh. So I think he wants to
stay here.

B4 4 Dec. 2014


In 2012, President Larry Arnn took up Sir Martin Gilberts research project
Kelsey Drapkin
News Editor
As one of the fan favorite
statues along the Freedom Walk,
Sir Winston S. Churchill is no
stranger to Hillsdale College.
Since 2012, the college has
taken full ownership of the
Churchill Project, a lifelong

to scholars, opinion leaders, and

citizens, the project prospectus
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president, and Richard Langworth, senior fellow for the project.

In addition, participants in the
George Washington Fellowship
Program have helped with project research, document transcription, and compilation.
working on document volumes,

of Churchill and former Hillsdale

To sustain and deepen a
proper understanding of Winston
Churchills statesmanship, and to
promote the application of this
understanding to current affairs,
Hillsdale College seeks to com-

the project with the assistance

hard copies of these documents

ing to read through all of the

ing task, seeing the private musdecisions, Depangher said.

Churchill, his companions, and

other leaders of the time.
DePangher, a George Washinga few other Hillsdale students and

Morgan Delp

Former Hillsdale Professor of

Politics Aleksandras Shtromas
lived under two of the greatest
kind. The horrors of the Nazi
regime and Soviet Union were
telligence, and perseverance.
his students.
grateful to Hillsdale for providing

He was grateful
to Hillsdale for
providing him
with such a

how much he admired the college, having just spent a few

a mistake not teaching more. I
told him we could help with that.

maintained a relationship with


In various agreements with

Sir Martin and the Churchill famish the document volumes, and
acquired the rights to the papers
to do it, in the event of Sir Martin

Since that time, the research team

has completed one document
volume, is almost done with the
second, and has four more to go.
dous intellect, character, and
achievement, Arnn said. He

ship to him.

Churchill as an important endeavor for his lessons on statesmanship and the intellectual virof these ideals with a long career
to examine.


See Churchill, B3

the fateful attacks, he told me

lenged his fairness in grading stuertarian who did not conform to

eling said he was a night person,
and during his night classes, he
zis invaded Lithuania, Shtromas,
his mother, and his sister were
forced to live in the Vilijampole
Ghetto and concentration camp
near Kaunas, Lithuania. The Nazis killed Shtromas father just
after the German invasion of the
Him and his sister were
smuggled out and hidden in the
and moral calling to protect Jewish Lithuanians. Alex, seven
to see his mother. His mother

was one such pupil who was iming of Shtromas, who passed
the politics of the Soviet Union,
were there was a phenomenal insight into that major part of world
Former Hillsdale professor
and current Distinguished Profes-

him from returning to the ghetto.

parent will sometimes do to save
After the war, the Russians
ing said that Shtromas was roaming the streets of Kaunus when a
Soviet general saw him and asked
him who he was. When Shtromas
explained that his parents were
was Shtromas, the general was

Leadership at The Citadel RichShtromas when the two taught at


Describe your fashion sense.
Classic, girly, preppy.
What is your most embarrassing item of clothing?
My ombre gold leggings.
What is your biggest fashion pet peeve?
Athletic shoes worn without gym attire.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
All 10 of my striped shirts. Its an obsession.
Who inspires your wardrobe?
Kate Spade and Sarah Vickers from Classy Girls Wear Pearls.
Photos by Elena Creed

That general took Shtromas in

as an adopted son, and then the

(Above) Former professor Aleksandras Shtromas

(Below) Shtromas (left) joins former professor Richard
Ebeling in a presentation in Mauck Hall.
(Photo Courtesy of Monica VanderWeide)

of the Lithuanian Soviet CommuAlex grew up as the adopted

Shtromas studied law at the

sian intellectuals who were involved in the criticism and ques-

ing said.

See Shtromas, B3



4 Dec. 2014

City hosts Christmas events downtown
Andrew Egger
Collegian Reporter
With temperatures dropping
and downtown decorated with
lights and garlands, its beginning to look a lot like Christmas
in Hillsdale. In the upcoming
month, Hillsdale businesses will
make it feel like Christmas too.
cember will bring a number of
merry events to the Hillsdale
An afternoon-long event in
downtown Hillsdale, sponsored
by the Hillsdale Business Association, will include a Christmas scavenger hunt, the Light
Up Hillsdale Parade, and photo
booth with Santa Claus on Saturday from 10 a.m to 9 p.m.
The Scavenger hunt will take
place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The
parade will begin at 6:15 p.m.
and feature a number of illumiWe try to get bigger and betand tractors, said Mary Bertakis, HBA secretary and parade
a pontoon boat that lit up.
Bertakis also emphasized a
strong desire to involve college
groups in the parade this year.
If any college groups want
even consist of them walking
through holding glowsticks, that
would be great, she said.

Students from Sigma Chi fraternity will help with barricades

for the parade.
The HBA started this annual
event seven years ago to help
businesses. While it was initially just a scavenger hunt, it grew
in size as it gained popularity, with the parade added three
years ago.
Between the scavenger hunt
and the parade, attendees are
encouraged to socialize at the
ture refreshments, music, and
Mayor Scott Sessions dressed as
Santa Claus.
Were not trying to go over
the top. Were trying to keep
it simple, Bertakis said, but
were hoping it will be really fun
for everyone.
search Center, a research center
of local history and genealogy,
will host a free open house from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature
a slideshow of old town buildings, collection displays, music,
decorations, and refreshments.
City Manager Linda Brown began the event last year and event
said it was a success.
We had such a good response, even though we had a
blizzard that day, that we wanted
For more information about
the parade, contact

City Holiday events

Scavenger Hunt 10
a.m.- 3 p.m. | Christmas Festivities at Dawn Theater 3 p.m.
- 6 p.m. | Light-Up Parade in
downtown Hillsdale 6:15 p.m. |
Christmas at the Poorhouse 10
a.m. - 7 p.m.
Christmas at the Poorhouse 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Mitchell Research
Center Open House 10 a.m.2p.m.
Hillsdale Arts Chorale
performs Part I of Handels
Messiah at St. Paul Lutheran
Sauke Theatre hosts A Charlie Brown

Grosvenor House holiday

Open house hours
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entertainment includes: Uncle Carls

Dulcimer Club at 2 p.m., Andy Meyer and Phil May at 3 p.m.,

Town and Country Barbershop Chorus at 4 p.m., New Covenant
Fellowship Singers at 5 p.m., and Marcella Singers at 6 p.m.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment includes: Hillsdale
Arts Chorale at 2 p.m., Hillsdale College Music Honorees at 3
p.m., and Emily Albert at 4 p.m.
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entertainment includes: Jonesville
Heart Choristers at 3 p.m., Pat Shepard at 4 p.m., Melissa Parker
at 5 p.m., Victorian Wedding at 6 p.m.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment includes: Sandra
Klingler at 2 p.m., Harmonica Duo at 3 p.m.

Grosvenor House celebrates holidays

Chris McCaffery
Student Columnist
Jonesvilles historic Grosvenor House Museum will hold
its 37th annual Victorian Christto give visitors a chance to tour
the house, hear live music, and
leave with a big dose of Christmas cheer.
Featuring local and student
musical entertainment, all homemade refreshments, and festive
Victorian-style Christmas decorations, the event is a key fundraiser for the museum that preserves local history, according to
The open house will run from
mission is $5 per person, or $10
per family.
According to volunteer and
recent Hillsdale graduate Julia

mas is one of the most popular

events of the year, and the museum board spends days decorating
mas spirit, with garland, lights,
and Christmas trees throughout.
the celebration will go toward
upkeep and restoration for the
house, as well as introducing new
programs. She added the house
needs its foundation repaired, as
well as window and brick work
Hillsdale Colleges music fraternities, Phi Mu Alpha, Mu Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Iota, will
Santa Claus will visit the
house to meet with children on
vate Victorian-themed wedding
6 p.m. will feature entertainment
Standing at 211 Maumee St.

Jr., who served two terms as lieutenant governor of Michigan and

eight years on the State Building
Commission, where he oversaw
the building of the state capitol.
Four generations of Grosvenors
lived in the house until it was
turned into a rooming house, then
sold to the Jonesville Heritage
Association for $50,000 in 1976.
Now a museum, the house is
an exemplar of Victorian Italianate architecture it shares an
Michigan state capitol building
as well as the life and times
of Hillsdale county from decades
and centuries in the past. Italian
12-foot ceilings, a grand staircase, and an expansive library
will all be on museum tours during the two weekends of the celebration.

4 Dec. 2014

Cthulhu to come to campus

Back Jutler
Collegian Punmaster
Cthulhu is coming to Hillsdale College.
The Myopic Group, Axis,
Collegiate-Americans for
Liberty, and Factus have collaborated to bring the Great Old
One to Campus. He will speak
in the Oak Grove Cemetery on
Dec. 12.
Im really excited to bring
the progenitor of all evil to campus, said Myopic Group President Mack Strutler. I expect it
to be a great learning experience
for everyone who attends.
Strutler said that his group,
which was founded to burst the
supernatural shield that protects campus from the forces of
darkness (known to students as
the Hillsdale Bubble), was
hoping to expose students to the

sort of sorcery that would have

faced them regularly at virtually
any other college campus.
We tried to get [President]
Obama, John Rawls, and a
student from the University of
Michigan, but none of them
could make it, Strutler said.
But thanks to a premature end
to his slumber, Cthulhu was
able to come.
Layman Hand, president
of Collegiate-Americans for
Liberty, agreed that the decision of the hideous monstrosity
whose very visage drives men
to madness to come to campus
levolence constantly threatening
from the rest of the world.
If students are going to
understand the abhorrent world
that will face them once they
leave campus, then theres
no better person to introduce
students to that than the Rlyeh

resident himself, Hand said.

Some students and staff,
however, are not as sold on the
idea as Strutler and Hand.
There is no Hillsdale
bubble, said one high-placed
faculty member. Here at the
College, we teach students
about the terrifying cosmic entities, among whose ranks this
Cthulhu considers himself.
And they dont always agree
with each other.
a lot.
Though several Collision
reporters perished seeking a
comment from Cthulhu, one
of his representatives from a
Louisiana swamp spoke on his
Phnglui mglwnafh
Cthulhu Rlyeh wgahnagl
fhtagn, the representative said.

Some called him ambitious,

others called him naive, his
friends knew him as renaissance
Grade P. Average slipped
quietly into the long night after
the last paper of the semester.
Born in a manilla envelope,
Grade P. Average climbed to
the top of 3.0 scale by the time
he graduated high school. Few

of his peers could stand next to

his grandeur. The world was his
His successful beginnings
took a pivot upon his decision to
attend a small liberal arts college
in southern Michigan, Hillsdale
may even say arrogant. But after
Grade P. Average shrunk into the
shadows, quickly slipping down
his esteemed academic scale.
By sophomore year he

Collegian correctly spells Cincinatti

Everyone on campus special to the Collegian
50% of student body on campus security payroll

KKG house mistaken for racist club by visiting grandma

Fiery radio host donates statue and library to Simpson dormitory

College Republicans discover Zingermans hails from Ann Arbor
Boy compliments girls personality via Yik Yak

learned the ropes. Grade P. Average found refuge in what his

peers called settling, a cultural
movement that brought relief
to students at that time. Its

Invited speaker leads successful socialist revolution on campus

Entire campus leveled for additional tennis courts
Fracking to replace coffee as solution to student energy needs

remember this paper.

Toward the end of his college
career, Grade P. Averages brave
ended underneath a 20 page paper. He had yet to add footnotes.

with the
iron Iron

Incoming freshmen weirdest yet

College wants to raise admission ACT standard to 38 by 2020

Pum Kin
Kitty News Editor
This years freshmen class,
comprised of only students with
perfect scores on their college entrance exams, took all
Advanced Placement classes,
languages, completed 1,844
community service hours, and
own capes. It ranks as Hillsdale
Colleges smartest ever.

to be my favorite companions
while reciting Anselms Ontological argument, freshman Fin
Dee said when asked what he
hopes to gain from his college
After meeting its goal of a
1.844 percent acceptance rate,
current ACT and SAT testing standards no longer suit
Hillsdales need for choosing
students who can survive our
rigorous academics, Executive
Director of Admissions Tuff
Standerds said in a press confer-

ence Monday.
After sending a petition
with 1,844 signatures to ACT.
Inc demanding higher testing
standards and Sen. Tral Hall
(Tea Party-Mich.) threatening to
support legislation nullifying the
need for all high school students
to take the standardized test, the
company consented and agreed
to raise its optimal score to a 38
the extra two points reserved
for only those who can properly

Students compete for

Wheel of Fortune scholarship
Kevin Tartar
HTML Editor
This Friday at 5 p.m. three
lucky Hillsdale students will be
a special Saturday scholarship
competition at Matt Laidbacks
house. Lenny OCool, Laura
Brainy, and Steven Fund were
chosen to participate in the competition because they had the
aid competition.
At the Saturday competition,
the students will be playing a
special round of Wheel of Fortune. The winner will receive a
full academic scholarship, sec-

ond place a half academic ride,

and third a special dinner with
Dr. Learnn where he will reveal
what the good really is.
Ive been watching Wheel
of Fortune with my grandma
since I was a little kid, Fund
said. Im a shoe in to win the
scholarship cash.
Its rumored that some of the
categories will be Constitution
101, the Famous Donors,
and Knowledge of the Honor
OCool, Brainy, and Fund
have been furiously watching
past episodes of Wheel of Fortune as well as reviewing everything they were ever taught
from their Western Heritage and

Constitution readers.
Matt Laidback follows Leo
Strauss or Harry Jaffa, so I dont
know what hes going to ask,
OCool said.
Yesterday, Financial Aid
Director Lizard Trojanberg announced that if this competition
is successful, the college is going to replace all their scholarship weekends with massive
Wheel of Fortune competition
Doesnt that sound like
so much more fun than taking
tests and listening to lectures all
weekend? Dr. Learnn said in
an email.

Distressed senior women join convents

Tindy Mandale
Snooze Editor
With the end of the fall
semester, senior women are
help meet the unspoken graduation requirement of engagement.
But a select group has found an
alternative course of action.
A local convent has seen
members from southern Michigan, and Hillsdale County in
Everyone knows that theres

no one else outside of Hillsdale

who is eligible, senior Cathour years of 25-40 are not being
used for the sake of childbearing, we might as well take the
high-church route and join a
Mother Superior Mary said
theyre delighted that so many
dedicated women feel they have
been called there, but are rather
surprised by the vast number.
It just amazes me that so
many single, Catholic women
can come from one area of the
state, Mother Mary said. But

In other

SAB offers $1 tickets to the Super Bowl

Towerlight full of sad poems about new Calculus 3 core requirment

In memory of Grade P. Average

Hailey Midget
Collegian Mortician

Science department will receive time machine yesterday

For single women of other
denominations, there are nonCatholic convents.
I was worried that Id
have to convert with all of my
friends, junior Kylie Calvin
said. But thankfully, I have the
insurance policy of a convent
thats not Catholic. Im just
thankful that I have another year

The Margaret Thatcher statue

honors the late conservative
icon, Yorkshire bedtime story villain, and British Prime Minister.
It has called Hillsdale home
since 2008.
What exactly would you say
you do here?
Mainly I look stately and do
my best to ignore the Ronnie statues smile. I also, as a
facsimile of the Iron Lady
residing in Michigan, rust. That
would also be true if I was home
in London, so I dont really
mind. I get to watch the squirrels
wage war with each other every
year. The House gray has House
black and House brown on their
heels. I am apparently a lap to be
sat in by random students. If my
joints were, well, jointed, those
presumptuous boys would get a
bly as well that my quiet smile is
cast on my face, because it pains
and shames me to no end to see
all those pasty half-naked boys
playing Frisbee. And, in winter,
sometimes they are really naked
and desecrate the honor of the
great school of Rugby and my
name at once with this Thatcher
ball. Not just a goal, sometimes
I am a target too. Fruit and golf
balls. Really.

What advice do you have

for students?

How do you get along with

the other statues on campus?

Well, I dont exactly approve

of yoga pants, and frankly those
skirts could do with being a little
longer, but really the girls are
alright here. They are smart and
ambitious. Some of them should
probably realize that having a
family doesnt mean they cant
change the world, run a country,
or become hated by Irish terrorists and coal miner unionists. If
they work hard and send their
kids to therapy, they can probably
have a statue of them at a tiny
school in a foreign country too.
The young men here, however,
need some work. First off, those
boys, if they are going to gallivant about sans shirt, should engage in the gymnastic exercises.
Chicken legs and snowman arms
are a disgrace. And the number
of young men I see with a young
lady night after night with nary a
touch or word of romantic intent
between them is enough to make
even a statue such as myself
weep. Actually, thats the rain,
but its neither here nor there. Go
forth boys. Be bold and speak
from the depths of your bosom
the boiling words of passion
welling up within your soul. Be
iron willed, but have a poetic
heart, for the love of all that is
True, Good, and Beautiful.

Well, I think Ronnie is rather

sweet, just decidedly daft looking, which is too bad, because
hes such a delight to talk to.
He gets distracted laughing at
the pseudo-athletes on the quad
though, which cuts things short
sometimes. He and I do not
agree at all on the merits of the
Welcome Party. Winston stays
indoors of course, so communication is limited, but sometimes
when those kids walk about with
those lattes we have to wonder
what was ever inadequate about
old-fashioned hot tea poured
onto milk. Jefferson is a bloody
revolutionary, even in his silly
rocking chair. Washington is a
darling, but hes so very serious, looking out on the town
and wondering how the rest of
America could ever be anything
else. Lincoln is sad. Even as a
statue he cant get over Reconstruction. Most of them are good
sports about being holes for quad
golf, though the union soldier
isnt sure the fraternities and
sororities are quite as cool as the
literary societies they had back
in his day.
Compiled by Mika Metrosexual
Farts Editor


Dear Editor,
As a senior sports studies
major, I found Sam Sportzos
article on Tae Kwon Do absolutely ridiculous and riddled
with mistakes.
First off, Tae Kwon Do is
not a sport. It does not belong
on the sports page.
In our major, we have meticulously studied what is required

for an activity to be declared a

sport and Tae Kwon Do does
are 17 points that an activity
needs to meet, which include
creativity, aesthetic movement,
and endurance. Tae Kwon Do
fails to meet these points. It
is nothing more than a hobby
that raises ones heart rate in an
organized manner.

I would appreciate if The

Collegian would conduct some
research into sports studies
or consult someone from the
sports studies department
before assuming that anything
that makes one sweat deserves
a spot on the sports page.
Disgruntled sports dude