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by Nate Anderson

liberal world. Individuals are free to pursue whatever ideals they believe in, to discuss It seems that some upstarts would like to them, and to persuade others of their truth. see the notoriously imprecise hands of Central They are not free, however, to use any kind Hall’s clock tower get up to speed with the of compulsion to promote their beliefs.” It is difficult to judge a speech from such rest of the world, while others prefer to think a small segment, and I would encourage that Father Time bows his head to another abba. The debate over tolerance and diversity everyone to attend the lectures themselves, is hardly so simple, but it is best to be aware but it takes little effort to see where this line of of the greater forces behind every assertion. thought leads. This is an excellent summary With a flurry of articles in Hillsdale’s The of the views of many libertarians and much Collegian concerning the subject, and of the Economic department at Hillsdale. The would-be Everett Scholars speechifying criticism I offer is that it hardly addresses reality. You about ‘the limits can bring of tolerance The Price good men pay for your yappy in an age of indifference to public affairs dog into the diversity,’ it library, but might be helpful is to be ruled by evil men the “quiet” to take a look -Plato sign on the at how some door will of Hillsdale’s probably not keep it from barking; the potential statesmen view the problem. Though the finalists for the Everett structure of the system will not suddenly competition will not go head to head until change the nature of your pet. In a similar February 22nd, a few of them agreed to way, human nature can, and at times should, share their favorite lines from their orations. be no less obstinate. Plato famously wrote, Gennady Stolyarov II offered his classical “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” liberal solution to the ageless dilemma. “The Austrian economist Ludwig von If the moral truths that good men adhere to Mises, one of the most eloquent exponents of never influence the kind of laws they support classical liberalism, wrote that ‘Liberalism then there may as well be no good men, and proclaims tolerance for every religious faith the result is the same. Perhaps a little less and every metaphysical belief, not out of tolerance is needed in order to preserve indifference for these ‘higher’ things, but tolerance at all. Michael David offered a very different from the conviction that the assurance of take on the matter, “Ironically, by preaching peace within society must take precedence over everything and everyone’… a classical their message of tolerance and diversity, liberal society prevents the bloodiest of all multiculturalists have actually created a more conflicts: clashes over ideology. A Thirty intolerant world, fueling the melting pot fire Years’ War – driven by religious fanaticism by stressing people’s differences. If we only – or a French Revolution – fueled by militant concentrate on how different we are Continued on page 3 secularism – are impossible in a classical


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Demi-Lee Brennan, an Australian girl in need of a liver transplant, was saved once stem cells from the donor changed her blood type to match the new liver. A life saved, no embryos necessary. Mike Huckabee has Chuck Norris and John McCain has Sylvester Stallone…but can either of them stand up to Hulkamania? Hulk Hogan recently told Jimmy Kimmel that “If I had to step out, and say who I really believe in—that catches my ear, that makes sense, that really can make a change—I would say Obama.” The Right’s love affair with Fox Network’s hit “24” may be at an end—the Wall Street Journal reports an plot-overhaul in Season 7, including a Capitol Hill fight over Jack Bauer’s methods and a new character who will “hunt Jack down from the dark side and drag him back to the light.” The National Post reported that Canadian scientist David Suzuki recently told an audience: “What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act.” The crime? Skepticism of, and inaction on, global warming. A spokesman says Dr. Suzuki didn’t mean it literally. Right. NFL star-turned-pastor Ken Hutcherson came the Martin Luther King Day presentation at his daughter’s school to speak about equality. He didn’t expect his audience— his daughter’s own teachers—to boo him for his opposition to same-sex marriage. Tolerance, indeed. Compiled by Calvin Freiburger
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John McCain said Mitt Romney’s belief that Iraqi government should meet a set of “timetables and benchmarks” is code for retreat, but in January 2007, the Arizona Daily Star reported that McCain himself advocated the same idea—timetables and benchmarks—“for the United States to continue its engagement.” In an attack at the end of January, al-Qaeda killed 91 Iraqi civilians by strapping remote-controlled bombs to two women with Down syndrome. One wonders why Americans should respect the perception of the United States these people have.

The City Council of Berkeley, California, has told the US Marine Corps they do not want their recruiting stations downtown. In response, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is proposing legislation that cuts Berkeleybenefiting earmarks and transfers that money to the Marines. The Marines have no intention of leaving.

CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress the controversial interrogation method called water-boarding has been used against imprisoned jihadists a whopping three times, and has not been employed since 2003.

February 6, 2008: the great late Ronald Reagan’s 97th birthday. Cheers to the man who reminded us that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

by Martin Kraegel III

The Michigan Federation of College Republicans (MFCR) held their annual convention on January 26th at Oakland University. Hillsdale College’s chapter attended with thirty delegates, one of the largest delegations in attendance. The event offered an opportunity for College Republicans around the state to meet, network, talk politics, as well as have some fun. However, convention business was the main order of the day on Saturday as proposed amendments were considered and new officials were elected, with Hillsdale College Republican chairwoman Katherine Montgomery being elected to a top post. Delegates at the convention also heard from Charles Smith, the chairman of the College Republican National Committee spoke about new ways for chapters to campaign in political races utilizing a new social network known as STORM. Hillsdale, with its thirty delegates, ended up playing a command role in steering the convention. Several amendments to the Federation’s constitution were considered. These amendments would, if adopted, change organization rules. One offered by Hillsdale’s delegation would have prohibited chapter heads from making official candidate endorsements in Republican primaries. It was defeated. In the elections that were held, Justin Zatkoff of the University of Michigan was re-elected chairman. In addition, Keith Dunn of Eastern Michigan University was elected co-chair; Chaz Oswald of Grand Rapids Community College was elected 1st vice chair; Pete Vitale of Oakland University was elected treasurer, and Andrew Boyd of the University of Michigan was elected secretary. Katherine Montgomery, the chairwoman of the Hillsdale College Republicans, was a surprise nominee for the new 2nd vice –chair position. Once her term begins, her primary responsibility will be organizing “resolution weekends,” where MFCR will help campaign for embattled Republicans. Unity was big theme of the convention as many top officials in the MCFR spoke of

A woman avoided a deadly battle with cervical cancer after her unborn twins kicked the tumor so much that it dislodged.

ending differences that had emerged in the past and of moving towards a common purpose of electing Republicans in the upcoming autumn elections. Re-electing Congressman Tim Walberg, a Republican of Michigan’s Seventh District, was said to be a top priority. “I think everyone who attended this year’s Michigan Federation of College Republican convention had a wonderful time,” said Montgomery. “It was so great to see so many of our students excited about supporting the Republican Party in the upcoming election cycle.” Montgomery also believes Hillsdale “demonstrated that we have a strong and passionate group of College Republicans here.”

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by Christina Miller
The question of how to win the women’s vote is on every presidential candidate’s mind as women generally tend to be swing voters. For much of the 2008 race, it has been assumed that Hillary Clinton would garner the female vote simply because she happens to be of the female persuasion. It is the hope of the Clinton campaign that other women will be able to identify with her and will therefore elect her to the Oval Office amid thunderous cheering of having finally broken through the infamous glass ceiling. However, Sen. Clinton ought not count her chickens before they hatch. While there are some women who will vote for her just because she’s a woman, there is a fairly sizable group One of Mitt’s “Mittens” of women who are running to another candidate: Mitt Romney. The day after the Michigan Primary, several women called into Rush Limbaugh to express their enthusiasm about Romney’s win. All of these women showed admiration for not just Romney’s policies, but his character. One caller said that she thinks “he has a lovely wife and five beautiful sons and daughtersin-law and grandchildren. He comes across as a very wholesome American…He exudes the most powerful morality I have seen in any candidate.” These women are so plentiful that Rush has dubbed female Mitt voters “Mittens.” A Google search will reveal that this is not an isolated phenomenon. According to The Phoenix, a New England newspaper, $2.5 million of the first $20 million donated to Romney’s campaign came from homemakers. Women for Romney is a grassroots organization that supports the former Massachussetts governor. On their website, they proclaim their support avidly because they believe that he will foster an America where their children can grow up safe. They state that they admire his commitment to his family and their commitment to him, which is not the type of gender politics the Clintonites are banking on for their campaign. Romney has a following at Hillsdale as well. Junior Emily Cican said that she first liked Romney because he seemed an all-around conservative. “He’s politically and socially and fiscally conservative. I really like that he has been a private businessman and has succeeded at [it]. I think it’s important that a candidate has something that makes him personable and real. [Romney has] worked like every other American.” She also added that she thinks “he is a very good-looking conservative man.” Junior Anastasia Ealey is a selfproclaimed Mitten. “Well, once I got over his hair, his strong economic record just blew me away,” she said. “His record in Utah during the 2002 Olympics shows that he knows what he’s doing and people Miller Photo will be more confident in his ability as a leader. I think that financially our country is in need of a strong economic leader and he fits the bill.” Like the women on Rush Limbaugh’s show, Anastasia points to Romney’s family values. “I like his strong family values. I think that will ultimately direct his stance on legislation relating to these issues.” She also wants it known that “As a Christian, I do not find his Mormonism to be a stumbling block.” The women who support Mitt Romney feel that they can identify with him; apparently Romney’s record as a businessman in the private sector makes him much more relatable than Hillary’s possession of the XX chromosome. Women view Romney as a man of character and believe that he can protect their country and, in turn, protect them. So yes, some ladies may dash to Hillary. However, there is still a contingent of women who wants to find someone who really shares their beliefs and experiences, and it seems that contingent has found their someone else in Mitt Romney.


Julie Robison Editors in Chief Mary Kate Cavazos Subscription Manager Nate Anderson mATT cOLE cALVIN fRIEBURGER Brian Johnston Martin Kraegel III nATHAN lICHTMAN Kate Martin Christina Miller jAMES nESBITT Scott Rozell Heather Shell G. Stolyarov II dAVE wASMER Staff Writers Mary Claire Andwood marissa farrell hannah mead Elizabeth Thatcher Contributing Writers Elizabeth Essley Photography




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Mitt Romeny dropped out of the presidential race on Thursday February 9, 2008.

from each other, how can we possibly reconcile those differences and unite – not as African, Muslim, Native, and European Americans, but simply as good ole apple pie red-blooded Americans?” David also raises a good argument for altering our perceptions about diversity and tolerance. Splintering off into superficial factions that divide people into different racial or ethnic groups can become excessive and plain silly. But, there appears to be a potential problem with this argument. Should categories such as “Muslim” be less important to one’s identity than American? Perhaps this kind of awareness of fundamental differences is healthy, allowing us to be intelligently intolerant. America has proven Her ability to act as a great melting pot, embracing all kinds of individuals, but there remains a decent group of people who would prefer to keep their very souls from melding with that homogeneous mixture. David may very well answer this contention in his own speech, but it is important to recognize that factions were as much a part of the Founders’ plan for America as any other element. The ideal should be a nation where individuals and factions moderately emphasize the weightiest differences, not a society where ‘we all just get along.’ Bridging the gamut between a pugnacious bull dog and a passive collie requires an always elusive degree of discernment. The former type we label contrariness and the latter is arguably what most understand to be tolerance. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates interestingly turns to the canine world to find the qualities of the city’s guardians. Like dogs, they are loyal to their own and distrust those that they do not know. Reason and love surely allow men to exceed this primitive state, but Nature provides an example for us all by continuing to see differences.

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Hillsdale College Republicans Upcoming Events
February 15-16 Michigan Republican Party Annual Convention (Lansing) February 18 Congressman Walberg’s President’s Day Speech/Festivities Mid-April (Date TBA) Local State Representative Debate April 22 Fundraiser for Chief Justice Taylor

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Students for Life Aim to Save

by Kate Martin

Forensics Team Heads in the “Right” Direction

The main goal of the Hillsdale Forensics program is that the students are learning, which does not always lend itself to the acquisition of shiny trophies during competitions. As the rest of the world is not Hillsdale, the groups the Hillsdale team competes against and the judges they perform for have a propensity to be more liberal in their leanings, making the competition that much tougher. Despite these obstacles, Hillsdale’s team takes on nationally-ranked teams and holds its own. Recently, at a tournament at Bowling Green University, Hillsdale was the top Pi Kappa Delta school, the National Forensics and Debate honorary, and at MISL Novice, Hillsdale took third place in overall sweepstakes. Freshman Brian Hunt chose a piece comprised of Shakespearean monologues to compete in the Dramatic Interpretation event. He explains his choice, saying, “I really enjoyed performing Shakespeare in high school, and I was excited to have the opportunity to do it in college. Having been out on the Forensics circuit, I enjoy doing it just as much, but it’s interesting to see the lack of understanding among many of the students and judges who are so used to liberal and modern pieces.” Hunt’s piece is certainly different, but it’s also winning. Brian Hunt took first place at a tournament at Marietta College and third place at MISL Novice at Wayne State University. Sometimes the pieces that the students take out are purely for their own pleasure. Junior Anastasia Ealey has taken out multiple pieces made up of “classical” poetry, simply because she enjoys them. Concerning a piece

made up of Wordsworth poems, “I knew that my program would not have a very warm welcome, but I was so tired of all the dark, nihilistic, modern material that is currently on the circuit that I decided to hearken back to something classic and worthwhile.” This year Ealey has taken a piece out that centers on The Raven, and incorporates parodies of the famous poem, including clips from The Simpsons. Ealey won third place in Poetry at Marietta College. Being the different voice in a room full of repetition can be a great advantage, as freshman Andrea Gillette discovered at a tournament at Bowling Green State University. During an impromptu speaking round, in which the competitors are given a quote and seven minutes to plan and deliver a speech agreeing or disagreeing with the quote while using examples, Gillette pulled from sources well outside the scope of her competitors’ speeches. While citing Victor Hugo, Gillette managed to procure a first place victory in Novice Impromptu Speaking. Not only were her arguments different from her fellow forensicators, but they were stronger. Hillsdale’s fostering of a classical foundation gives its forensics students an advantage when they are quickly searching for solid examples for their speeches. Hillsdale Forensics students stand their ground on the forensics circuit. For every ballot that comes back, claiming the material is too old-fashioned and irrelevant, there is a smiling, if somewhat frustrated Hillsdale student, who knows they have done their part to help others gain an understanding of the classics, despite opposition. The Founders would be so proud.

The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion. It is held in Washington In today’s culture, it is important for the young D.C. on January 22, the anniversary of the people of America to use their energy, spirit, U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, and love in order to affect change for the good. originally ruled in 1973. Every year, thousands The pro-life movement needs the youthful of Americans come to fight for life. It is the most enthusiasm of this generation. The Hillsdale attended annual march on Washington. ProCollege Students lifers march down for Life (SFL) Constitution proudly accept Ave, in the the challenge heart of D.C., to change our holding signs, culture for the chanting, singing, good. Hillsdale and praying SFL aims to be peacefully. engaged in the Various pro-life “frontlines” of organizations the battle for hold events life. We choose before and after to do so by the March. participating The Catholic in sidewalk Archdiocese of counseling and Washington hosts the annual March Photo Courtsey of Students for Life a youth rally and for Life. mass every year Despite at the Verizon knowing the power of prayer and peaceful Center and at the Basilica of the National Shrine protest, the feeling of helplessness is of the Immaculate Conception, attended by overwhelming. Hillsdale SFL participates in approximately 20,000 people. For many people, sidewalk counseling in Ann Arbor about once the March for Life is an annual pilgrimage that a month. Two trained counselors approach they make to stand up and fight for voiceless women in cars and explain charitably and and vulnerable Americans. Hillsdale SFL has gently that there is another choice, the choice attended the last three marches. Every year our of life. The other participants prayerfully stand group of students increases in numbers. This on the sidewalk, holding signs that read “Life year we tripled our number of students from last is Beautiful,” “Choose Life,” “We Love You,” year up to twenty-four. and the like. The members of the Hillsdale SFL truly For an hour, we pray for the babies, mothers, understand the cause that we fight for; they fathers, doctors, nurses, and all those involved understand how important it is to be involved, and affected by abortion. There are times of even if change seems out of reach, and that this discouragement and despair; however, when is the fight of our generation. One in every three a counselor makes a “save,” when a woman of our siblings, friends, classmates, and peers decides not to go through with the abortion, it has been killed by abortion. It is up to us to stop makes the sacrifice and hard times worthwhile. this American genocide, change our culture of Through sidewalk counseling, we try to touch death, and to instill and promote, within the and change the hearts of individual people. The American people, a respect and love for human setting is intimate and personal compared to the life from conception to natural death. March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Political Economics Club Cares for More than Politics
by Hannah mead
Praxis gets its name from the word “praxeology”–the study of human action, something that Hillsdale’s political economy club cares for a great deal. Praxis supplements Hillsdale’s economics and political science classes with extracurricular events to facilitate the discussion of issues relevant to all students. Hosting lectures by outside speakers, organizing presentations by Hillsdale faculty members and showing interesting documentaries, Praxis focuses on material pertinent to today’s concerns and controversies. Since open conversation is crucial for fruitful discussion, Praxis is a nonpartisan organization that encourages everyone to actively engage with the important issues we face. Within the past year Praxis events have covered such diverse topics as the 2008 election, piracy, immigration, public charity, and global poverty. An informal afterglow has followed many of these presentations, at which students can continue the discussion amongst themselves or with the presenter. Praxis has hosted distinguished guests from as far away as Boston and Washington, D.C. Praxis can also put current students in contact with former Praxis members who are now at graduate schools and elsewhere. Praxis’s faculty advisor is Dr. Ivan Pongracic of the Economics department.


Many media pundits as well as financial leaders (Donald Trump, Alan Greenspan, etc.) have declared that we, as a country, are in a recession and that we may be heading for even worse economic catastrophes in the not-too-distant future. Instead of believing them outright, I decided that it would be a good idea to ask the Economics professors here at Hillsdale what they think about America’s current economic situation. This article will consist of interviews I had with five of our esteemed professors. However, as Professor Steele pointed out to me, “A serious account of the current economy doesn’t lend itself to sound bites or one-liners, you just cannot capture the complex cause-and-effect relations.” Therefore, it is important for readers to know that what I report of these interviews is quite possibly only excerpts of the original conversation and, while I will try my best to not take anything out of context, it would still be best to discuss these issues with the professors themselves.
Wolfram: With the Congress held by Democrats and the White House held by Republicans it will be difficult to blame HF: What do you think, in general, of the economic slowdown on a particular the overall economic situation in the party, and the incumbent is not running US currently? for reelection. Whether Romney [this Steele: The United States economy interview was taken before Romney has very strong fundamentals – an dropped out of the race], McCain, Clinton institutional setting that encourages or Obama wins won’t have a lot to do with entrepreneurship and innovation, economic conditions. substantial organizational and technical Steele: The Democrats will probably know-how, high worker productivity, and benefit from economic woes, so expect low unemployment. No other country them to take the Presidency and Congress. compares. It is not necessarily the case that they’ll Wolfram: I agree, the underlying do worse than the Republicans. Neither economy is strong and productivity is Hillary nor Obama has anything to gain high. from destroying the economy. (Edwards, Drs. Steele, Folsom, and Pongracic seem on the other hand, sounded like this was to agree however, that government is the his objective.) Both would be likely to enemy to a good economy. have relatively sane P o n g r a c i c : economic advisors. Entrepreneurs continue Dr. Ivan Pongracic Dr. Burton Folsom It’s also a little to create enough wealth Charles F. Klein Chair Wallace and Marion noticed fact that through innovation and of History and ManageReemelin Chair in Freement at Hillsdale. He a party in power hard work to overcome Market Economics here teaches classes on the at Hillsdale actually has an easier the best efforts of the economic history of The time introducing government to stifle United States reforms associated that wealth creation.” with the party out of Wenzel: I am reluctant power, than its own. to game the market.” And perhaps a harsh P o n g r a c i c : defeat will cause Economists’ crystal Dr. Gary Wolfram Dr. Charles Steele Dr. Nikolai Wenzel Republicans to do balls usually don’t Munson Professor of Political Economy Assistant Professor of Economics, Assistant Professor of Economics, some soul-searching work very well, sadly. here at Hillsdale. He is the author of the teaching Austrian Economics as well teaching economic fundamentals and book Towards a Free Society: An Introducas History of Economic Thought and begin acting like HF: Do you think that many political economy courses tion to Markets and the Political System Republicans, instead we, as Americans, of welfare statists and are doomed to or theocrats. We could are experiencing a recession and/or a depression? arise from a confluence of welfare However, Drs. Wenzel and Wolfram use a spirited, principled opposition to the Steele: Words like “doom” and statism, central banking, Keynesianism, agree that he has a huge burden on his increases in government the Democrats will “collapse” ought to be purged from the and irresponsible borrowers, lenders, and shoulders. Wenzel: I think Ben Bernanke propose. So while the election itself offers discussion. If the world comes to an end, voters. I think the immediate blame should is terrified of a recession -- hence his no hope, there’s no reason to be depressed. it won’t be from economic crisis. Only go to George W. Bush, Congresses 107- unscheduled rate change (the most recent There’ll be tough battles ahead, on health rogue asteroids and people armed with 110, and Alan Greenspan, for seven years one) when markets got jittery. It’s easy to care first, and then on existing entitlements WMDs have this kind of power. The U.S. of unchecked and irresponsible fiscal and second-guess him from the comfort of my and the role of government. is obviously in the midst of a slowdown. monetary stimulus. Note that it is largely academic armchair, but it appears that he’s I don’t know whether it will meet the thanks to Republicans, not Democrats. postponing the inevitable. technical definition of a recession (falling Republicans have become so fixated on HF: How do you think these issues GDP for two consecutive quarters), but I the harm done by taxation, that they’ve lost will, or should, play out in the 2008 wouldn’t be surprised if it did. sight of the even more destructive effects Presidential election?

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Pongracic: I don’t think there will be another depression in the near future. There is no reason for it. There will definitely be more recessions. Wenzel: A recession might be good, there will likely have to be an adjustment (recession) to compensate for the malinvestment (especially in the housing market) we have seen over the past decade or so (essentially since the dot-com bubble burst). Wolfram: We are not experiencing a recession nor will we in the near future. Growth has certainly slowed but the market is adjusting to the credit situation. HF: If so, who can be faulted for this? What can be done to stop this? Steele: It’s hard to assign blame when there are so many guilty parties; our problems

of borrowing and inflation. Both parties need to wake up and focus on cutting spending – the share of the economy actually going to government – but this is far removed from the current philosophy of either party. Folsom: Our economy would be improved by making the Bush tax cuts permanent and by removing the estate tax. We can encourage investment by supporting entrepreneurs and corporations by lowering the tax on stock gains (which are subject to a double taxation). If we allow people to keep more of what they earn, a free people will create businesses, jobs, and wealth. HF: Do you think that Ben Bernanke is doing a good job? Pongracic: He is doing a good job for the banks - not so much for our country.

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To almost but not quite entirely go out with someone of the opposite gender all though one might spend a suspiciously large amount of time in his/her presence; the pair are usually “studying” (Latin is the preferred subject; Greek, Literature and Chemistry are also popular), sitting together on the SAME COUCH in the student union or table at the library, checking out books together, reading poetry aloud to one another while waiting in line for the cafeteria, and watching documentaries together “for a class.” Females usually make some sort of baked goods to show their affection in a way that does not overtly give the message “Hey, I’m into you.” This of course, goes right over the male recipient’s head, although he usually appreciates the said baked goods as they remind him of his mother. The males usually try to make an awkward pass at their target female, usually involving intricate swing-dancing moves and suave conversation about the decline of morals in today’s society. Depending on the level of the relationship (i.e. how many semesters it has lasted), it may or may not involve the holding of hands or other (almost) physically intimate actions.


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Name: Chris Kehoe Life Motto: No man is a failure who has friends Height: 5’8 Eye Color: Brown Hair Color: Dark, dark brown Age: 18 Graduation Year: 2011 Major: English Future Career: One that doesn’t entail asking “Do you want fries with that?” Favorite Class: Dr. Smith’s English 102 Interests: Enjoys long walks while riding horses on the beach on cloudless rainy nights, and normal guy stuff Interesting Fact: I have keratoconus Pet Peeve: People who stop and talk in high traffic areas One Wish: Mr. Coffee really existed Celebrity Date: Keira Knightley for the accent Perfect Date: One where I don’t have to make any decisions What you look for in a girl: A good laugh Do you believe in magic: In a young girl’s heart

Name: Jennifer Maggi Life Motto: Proverbs 3:5-6 photo Height: 5’7 unavailable Eye Color: Brown Hair Color: Brown Graduation Year: 2011 Major: Classics Future Career: Professor of Latin/Greek Favorite Class: Latin Interests: Reading, hiking, biking, knitting, crafts Interesting Fact: There is a girl with my exact name in my home town Pet Peeve: None One Wish: To have no more school debt Celebrity Date: Matt Damon or Will Smith Perfect Date: One where I already know the person really well and can have a meaningful conversation. We would go hiking, sailing, have a picnic, and spend the day on a Caribbean beach What you look for in a boy: A relationship with Jesus Christ and a sense of humor Do you believe in magic: To a certain extent

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chairs, and what used to be the college’s only big screen TV, now lays barren and empty—filled with nothing but memories and musty sofas. Quietly, reverently, I walked into that I can only now describe as a monument to Hillsdale’s cultural heritage, running my hand along the threadbare fabric of one of the muchbeloved couches. Tears welling in my eyes, I thought of the memories embedded in this couch, filled with defining moments in student relationships of oh so many days ago. What softly spoken promises, what secrets had this couch absorbed in the synthetic filling of its cushions? What sweet nothings had woven their way into the fabric? How many articles of clothing had been lost in its copious crevices? How could they leave? How could they abandon this spot that had already undergone a major reduction since the invasion of the computer lab? How could the EAR couples leave? A new day has dawned for the EAR couples. They now have newer sofas

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The other day I trekked to the far reaches of campus on my monthly pilgrimage to the college’s only ATM in the Dow Center, yards beyond the bustle of the new Student Union. The Dow Center door shut behind me, its mournful thud resounding in the lonely building that until a few weeks ago had always been packed with students. The smoke from a solitary student in the snack bar meandered through the nearempty computer lab, dispersing in the still air. A few students sat at computers in the Wiegand Lab, adding at least a touch of life to this silent monument of Hillsdale’s architectural past. The thought that students, keenly aware of their college’s cultural history, would still patronize the old building brought me a moment of nostalgic pleasure. At least a few of us will never forget. However, past the computer lab lays a sorry sight. The Ethan Allen Room (EAR), that once joyous area of couches,

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on which to cuddle. Their need for an audience parading past them en route to the cafeteria has provoked a mass exodus to more popular sites. They have sold out to the polished wooden tables and better lighting in the new Student Union. They have forgotten the rich traditions of the past. They have forsaken the sacred bonds that tied them to the EAR in favor of establishing new snuggling-grounds replete with six zones of mood music. Former couples of the EAR, I beg you, though you may opt for cleanliness and comfort, music, and lighting, never ever forget the proud heritage of the EAR tradition. Perhaps one of these days you might disengage yourself from the arms of your sweetheart and journey to the far side of the quad, look upon the old EAR with fondness and maybe a touch of nostalgia and remember the days when the EAR couples were at their prime. Canoodle on, my friends, and always remember the EAR.


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Winter II 2008

There is nothing more disparaging than hearing people ask, “What is the point of your paper?” or “Why does Hillsdale even need a conservative paper? It’s a conservative school!” This argument is neither new, nor merited. The students and faculty at Hillsdale College have taken an apathetic stance towards The Hillsdale Forum, tolerating its existence on campus like the crazy aunt at holiday parties who has had too much eggnog. They read the paper and shrug it off. They find it easy to criticize articles, but difficult to commit to writing an article or response of their own. The Hillsdale Forum, in my smallish estimation, is the epitome of Hillsdale College. HF is an independent paper, which means that the paper is not funded (and therefore not regulated) by the school, due to its outside funding. The reason why one should read HF is the same reason why conservatives of all garden varieties read The American Spectator, National Review, First Things, The New Criterion, and other publications: the exchange of ideas, news about the world, and the reaffirmation of why conservatives believe what we do. Hillsdale College is not an ordinary college, a mere road stop on one’s way to the exceptional internship, the choice grad school, or landing the perfect job. Rather, it is an institution filled with possibility and knowledge, a unique college filled with exceptional students. HF is an opportunity to reflect the best of what Hillsdale has to offer. It is up to us Hillsdalians to become leaders in the conservative movement—not just the party, the movement. We have to take action if we want the future of our country to go in the right direction. The American Revolution did not happen because men woke up one day and decided they wanted independence from England. It started with an idea; men read in a pamphlet or in a newspaper other men’s thoughts on independence from England. These documents struck a chord in their souls; they roused sentiments hidden deep in the hearts of men that craved freedom said we, too, want freedom and liberty. I write for HF because I believe in it: what HF is as a paper, what HF stands for, and all of its potential. I believe HF is the beginning of something great. It is still in its foundational years (started merely five years ago), and I do not know if I will ever see its takeoff in my college career—but I am ready. I am ready to fight for a paper others criticize but do nothing to improve. I am prepared to help start a legacy of college conservatives who write for not only their peers but also the world around them. HF should be a paper that the college actively supports and proudly stands behind, instead of never being mentioned amongst the other student publications. Just as Reepicheep the rat in C.S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader shamed the sailors by exhibiting more valor and bravery than men much larger than him, I too hope to persuade my fellow Hillsdalians into taking action and submitting to HF. Today marks a new chapter in HF’s life. We would like to invite you to become part of HF’s early legacy and partake in this exciting venture. We’d be proud to count you among us. Julie Robison Co-Editor in Chief The Hillsdale Forum

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American Empire, why not?
Dave Wasmer
As the most powerful nation in the world, America should make it her mission to end tyrannical governments around the world. And, if diplomatic and economic measures fail, America should invade these regimes, topple their governments, and set up local governments that insure freedom. Rather than attempt to directly address the numerous separate objections that could arise from this point of view, this statement is best supported from the ground up with a single fundamental idea as a starting point: man’s right to life. Every person, regardless of culture, time, or place, is born with an innate right to live. Arguably, individuals can give up this right by committing certain deeds, i.e. heinous murder, but every person is created with the right to life. Given that each and every person has an inherent right to live, consider a possibly familiar analogy: imagine a bully in a schoolyard at recess (it’s a rough neighborhood). Now assume you are a jacked, 6’2”, 250 pound sixth grader. Given that situation, would you have a moral obligation to help those defenseless victims of the bully? As you probably can guess, you are America in this analogy, with the foreign country the defenseless children, and the tyrant is the bully (the schoolyard monitor is conferencing with other bullies about possibly reducing the bully’s meal plan). With a tyrant violating his citizens’ right to live, don’t you have a moral obligation to defend them, even at possible harm to yourself? Given such a conclusion, once scaled up to the global stage, it is apparent that our moral obligation is to do just that: stop the bullies of the world. This is not an act of imposing culture - the right to live transcends culture. Nor is this a prescription to change the world to clones of the US government; as long as the new government guaranteed the basic rights of the people, it wouldn’t have to be an copy of the US form of government. With such an obligation established, the small detail of accomplishing such a feat comes to mind. Many might complain that with the possibility of a recession loomingnot to mention outrageous government spending. That we cannot possibly attempt such a mission; however with an obligation to give up our lives, if necessary, why would a minor financial bump in the road impede us, or lift the moral obligation from our shoulders? The famous musician Bono routinely preaches that poverty could end within our lifetime; putting aside the argument of such a claim, replace poverty with political tyranny. Imagine the possibility that within 100 to 200 years, the world could, for the first time in human history, be essentially free of political tyranny. A similar situation faced our Founding Fathers 200 years ago: they could either take bold action for the freedom of a nation, or be content with the status quo. We have a unique opportunity in all of human history, and we should not squander our chance to change its course for the better. Obviously, this goal could not be accomplished overnight, and not without significant sacrifices, but with the resources and spirit of the American people, I ask: Why not?



A Student’s Guide to Managing Time
by Matt Cole Amidst the hustle and bustle of college life, it is often hard to manage time effectively and avoid stress. I often find myself staring off into space while simultaneously worrying about an upcoming paper, instead of being productive. I have therefore developed a set of guidelines which I try to follow in order to make my college experience as fruitful and stress-free as possible. In my experience, I have found the best way to reduce stress and increase productivity is to pray. Philippians 4:6 states “Do not worry about anything, by prayer let your requests be made known to God.” Prayer helps to clear the mind, focus one’s priorities, and lighten the burdens of life. At Hillsdale, many students know
the power of prayer, and that a half-hour spent in prayer is not a half-hour wasted. Recreational reading can be beneficial to those who want to step away from the Plato and Cicero scene from time to time. Believe me, I groan as much as the next student when I hear professors encouraging us to read outside the required material, but I find making time to enjoy a good book of my choosing serves as a reminder that reading can be quite enjoyable. A confidant is essential for one’s sanity. Having a friend who understands you can be essential when you need to release stress by venting. It allows them to help carry your burdens, and it is surprising just how good it feels to tell someone else your problems, knowing that they are there for you.



Because you only get four, well, maybe five years here, and you might as well make the most of ‘em!
Exercise is a good way to keep both your mind and body healthy. Going for a walk or run will do wonders for your stress, not to mention removing some of that winter weight. If time is not on your side, at least go outside to get some fresh air, and maybe even have a snowball fight with friends. Remember, exercise is only half the battle: a healthy diet makes the mind as happy as the stomach. Watch the news or read a paper whenever you have a chance. Seeing as you are reading this, it shows you already have the right idea. Not only does the news keep you informed, but it serves as a reminder that there is a huge world outside of Hillsdale and nations won’t fall if you don’t have the perfect thesis statement. So next time, while you’re diligently studying in the student union, take a few minutes to glance up at one of those giant TVs and see what’s going on in the world. Always take time to reflect on life’s mysteries and ponder questions that have plagued man for centuries: What is the meaning of life? Why do men have nipples? Thinking about such grand questions allows the mind to expand and makes less epic questions easier to consider. Most of all relax and have fun! Although it is important to remember that it is a privilege to be at Hillsdale and that we are here to study and learn, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life. If after praying, reading, and exercising, you’re still stressed and can’t manage your time, try learning the pogo stick: it all the rage and I’m sure it reduces stress somehow.

The Lighter Side...

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Winter II 2008

him. For example, Gingrich perhaps epitomized the at the conference, anxiety that many at the conference conservative author felt about the upcoming elections and and columnist Ann the disunity felt in the Republican Coulter lambasted Party regarding the McCain candidacy. McCain and He noted that while he disagreed with claimed she was McCain on some issues, it was better now supporting have a president that one disagreed with Martin Kraegel III Democrat Hillary some of the time, referring to McCain, by Clinton for president. Other Republican than one that one disagreed with most providing of free bus transportation The sea of candidates, Mike Huckabee and of the time, a reference to Democratic to and from Washington D.C.,” said McCain, Romney, Ron Paul, were also in attendance. frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Huckabee and Katherine Montgomery, chairwoman of A highlight of the conference was an Barack Obama. Gingrich urged the Paul placards, the Hillsdale’s College Republicans who early morning speech group with the helped organize the trip, “We were able by President George in the year ahead, the “Join Republicans to meet up with Hillsdale alumni and our W. Bush. Many woke Against McCain” up at dawn to hear the fellow students currently participating pundits, the so-called experts, banner, and the president’s remarks. in the WHIP program.” In addition to commentators, analysts man in the dolphin The president was attending CPAC, many Hillsdale students will offer more gloomy suit proclaiming greeted by raucous were engaged in other activities, such predictions and more big that “Romney applause and helping various campaigns, attending flip-flops,” were cheering upon his tours of the Capitol and the White House, government solutions. all evidence of arrival and during meeting with Republican Congressman And when they do, let us the continued and after his speech Tim Walberg of Michigan’s Seventh remember their record: diversity and from the obviously District, and hearing about internship division inside opportunities at the free-market oriented enthused crowd. this is a group that is seldom the conservative Koch Foundation. In all these activities, “Yes, we woke up at correct--but never in doubt. movement during Hillsdale students represented their college 4 A.M. to get in line -george w. Bush (CPAC 2008) what has for President already been B u s h ’ s a memorable 7:15 A.M. and contentious election speech- but what a rewarding attendees to unity and the courage season. The Omni Shoreham experience!” explained of their conservative convictions. Hillsdale students used the event to Hotel in Washington D.C. was Montgomery. Bush, who had the site of CPAC 2008, the not spoken at the conference learn and also to have a bit of fun. “The Conservative Political Action in eight years, tried in his time I had during CPAC in Washington Conference, sponsored by the speech to outline a presidency DC was amazing,” commented American Conservative Union in amenable to conservatives. He sophomore Drew De Jong, “From the association with the conservative focused on the most positive off chance of running into Tom DeLay newspaper Human Events and aspects of that legacy: tax cuts, to visiting an incredible Irish restaurant Young America’s Foundation. judicial appointments, right-to- in Old Alexandria, I was thoroughly Held from February 7th to the 9th, life issues, and his prosecution convinced, if not convicted, that the event provided a venue for of the War on Terror, while Washington is where I want to be. This skirting issues of greater trip gave me an experience one might get several prominent conservative controversy such as spending when living there. An experience much thinkers and politicians to speak and immigration. He ultimately deeper than one a tourist might receive.” on contemporary political issues. “It was a truly unique and Over twenty Hillsdale students left it to history to decide his legacy, as a premier institution of conservative opportunity,” summed attended the event, some working for observing that scholars are still analyzing exciting and Republican Party activism. Katherine Montgomery. various campaigns, while others came CPAC itself proved to be very eventful. the administration of George Washington. up to meet with other conservatives, Republican presidential candidate Mitt The president then traveled to Tennessee Photos (clockwise from top): hear the speakers and network. The Romney dropped out of the race during to survey storm damage there. President Bush speaks at CPAC, Michigan Republican Party provided his speech at CPAC, while Republican Other speakers included Vice President free transportation to and from the event frontrunner John McCain attempted Dick Cheney, ambassador John Bolton, No spying is allowed on the DC Metro, and Students meeting with for Hillsdale students. “We express to bolster his conservative credentials journalist Tony Snow, and former Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan. our sincere gratitude for their generous against prominent attacks made against Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. All photos courtsey of Katherine Montgomery, CPAC logo courtsey of American Conservative Union (



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respect for human life in the womb. One character says the baby is a “blessing from Jesus.” In a moving scene at a mall, Juno runs into Vanessa (played by Jennifer Garner), the wife of the couple who plans to adopt Juno’s baby as soon as he (or she) is born. Juno urges her to touch and to talk to the baby. “I can’t wait to meet you,” Vanessa says. One wishes that “Juno,” rated PG13, would have also showed respect for other moral values. One can appreciate the love and support the parents have for Juno after she tells them about her pregnancy and her plans to give the baby up for adoption. Still, why do they seem to take the matter lightly when their daughter tells them the news? Her father even cracks a joke about Juno’s boyfriend when he finds out he is the baby’s father. “I didn’t think he had it in him,” the father says. Why does the movie refer to teenagers being “sexually active” instead of promiscuous? Is it necessary for the heroine to give a classmate the finger? Must we watch a scene that depicts a public school teacher putting a condom on a banana? “Juno” has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. While its competitors have struggled at the box office, “Juno” has soared, grossing nearly $125 million. “Juno” is regarded as a long shot to win the Oscar for Best Picture, but if it winds, pro-lifers will join the celebration.
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by Stephen Casai

Real Hillsdalians of Genius
ere’s to you, freshmen honors kids. Dropped off in southern Michigan in a minivan boasting your honors status since elementary school, you were in for the shock of your life when you realized there were girls AND boys at school. Half of you may have been home schooled, and the other half may have never met someone of the opposite sex until you came to college, but you are certainly not wasting any time now, are you? You came to school ready to take on Greek translations and analyze Machiavelli, but instead you are mystified by the pink ribbon in the long hair of the girl sitting in front of you. “Studying” in the Heritage Room and moving around the campus in herds, you shun the other students because they didn’t pick up on your obscure literary reference in class or laugh at your Dungeons and Dragons joke. So relax, sip your steaming hot (not to mention organic) green ginger tea, and remember what Hillsdale has taught you: “virtus tentamine gaudet” (“strength rejoices in the challenge”) and “semper ubi sub ubi” (“always wear your underwear”). --JR


For 14 years I have been the editor of “Heartbeat,” the Right to Life of Hillsdale County’s newsletter. During that time, I have written several prolife book and video reviews. Not once, however, have I had an opportunity to review a Hollywood movie that deals favorably with the sanctity of human life. “Juno” is the first one, and I hope not the last. At 16, Juno (wonderfully played by Ellen Page) discovers that her boyfriend has gotten her pregnant. She decides to have an abortion. She says she wants to “nip this in the bud before it gets any worse.” But something happens before she enters an abortion facility that does not require parental consent. A classmate who is a sidewalk counselor outside the facility tells Juno that “all babies want to get borned” [sic] and that her baby has fingernails. While in the facility, Juno thinks about the child’s fingernails, which convinces her that she should not have the abortion. Juno, however, believes that she is not ready to be a mother. So she decides to place her baby up for adoption. Through the classifieds, she finds a couple who want to adopt a child. She believes they are the perfect couple until she discovers she is wrong about them. This is “something way beyond my maturity level,” she says. In telling a fresh and entertaining story about teenage pregnancy, “Juno” shows


The Narrows, hailing from Hillsdale Michigan, is a self described “groovy psychedelic lollypop band.” True enough, the song “Red Light Blue Light” off their new EP is a kind of postmodern mood music that wouldn’t be too out of place in Apocalypse Now. However, the Narrows channels the Shins more than Jefferson Airplane. This influence is readily apparent in the track “Trolley.” The catchy, beat-driven, “Trolley” is a solid track, despite the at times unnecessary background fuzz. The piano work is an interesting addition, although it seems lost in the mix at times. The vocals and musical style are reminiscent of the album Oh, Inverted World. Of all the songs on the E.P., “Pop Song” was the most interesting, combining a general indie

feel with a very convincing guitar freakout complimented very nicely by Evan Moran’s vocals. This song rocked the hardest and was far and away the best song. “Bedside Regiments,” a mellow, folksy piece, loses focus and suffers from a lack of variety. By the end of the track, the drone of the accordion becomes a distraction and makes the song feel drawn out and a little weary. Though both “Bedside Regiments” and “Red Light Blue Light” are initially interesting, the combination of repetitive background effects caused the songs to lose their initial appeal. The bottom line is that the first two tracks on the EP, namely “The Pop Song” and “Trolley,” show that these guys have potential, but the release overall could do with a little editing.

Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static (available now)

Various Artists How Great Thou Art (available now)

Nada Surf Lucky (available now)

Iron Maiden Live After Death Set (available now)

The Black Crows Warpaint (March 4, 2008)

Rick Ross Trilla (March 11, 2008)



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Oh no, they didn’t? OH YES, they did! and we heard them say it too... Faculty beware, OverheArd at Hillsdale is back.
“And people wonder why Jesus looks like a mini-adult in these paintings… I mean, he looks like a little dude, and even today in music, rappers often refer to kids in their songs—you know—like when they say ‘shorty’!” –Prof. McKillop

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