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Vol. 135, Issue 5 - 6 Oct. 2011


Patrick Timmis News Editor



(From Collegian and Winona archives)

Homecoming 2011: back to basics
The population of Hillsdale College is expected to double this weekend, as an expected 1,200 alumni and friends of the college pour in to celebrate homecoming. The classes of the ’50s and ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s will hold reunion parties on campus or in town Friday evening. “Like most returning alumni, I look forward to seeing so many old friends,” Director of Alumni Relations Grigor Hasted said. “I particularly enjoy the tailgate parties and the game. [I] will enjoy the reunions on Friday evening and the tent party.” There is also an opportunity to reconnect with old teachers. In response to several requests, Coordinator of Alumni Activities and Events Joyce Curby asked all the college’s professors if they would open their classes to alumni on Friday, Oct. 7. Nearly all agreed. “It’s a nostalgia, ‘I want to shake your hand [thing],’” Curby said. “You don’t realize until afterward how much of an effect someone had on you.” The college is holding Academic Interest Sessions Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. The event will be an opportunity for students interested in law, business, medicine, politics, education and the fine arts to mingle and network with alumni working in the professional world. It is also an opportunity for the college to interact with alumni. For instance, many alumni have questions about why the education program has stopped directly accrediting state teachers and now offers that program through Spring Arbor University, Curby said. It’s also a chance to show off a little. “We want to showcase our graduate school,” Curby said. And of course, there is the football game at 2:30 p.m. against Ohio Dominican University. “We are lucky this year, because the weather is going to be beautiful,” Curby said. “I expect huge crowds at our outdoor events.” Friday will feature an Alumni Award Banquet at 6 p.m., honoring William J. Miltz, ’70, for outstanding achievement in his profession; Dr. Rosemary Allen, ’78, for achievement in educa-

tion; and the Rev. Matthew W. Schramm, ’01, for significant professional achievement within 10 years of graduation. Ronda Deer, ’60, will receive the Tower Award for exemplary service and loyalty to Hillsdale. Stan and LaVonne Butterworth and Gregory and Jean Stachura will be made honorary alumni for service and loyalty to the college. “[Homecoming] reunites old friends and reconnects alumni to the campus,” Hasted said. “So much has changed here in the past decade — many alumni have not seen the transformation of the campus. Frankly, any beautiful fall game day on a college campus is something special. Homecoming just ramps it all up.” For Hasted, Curby, and their staff, homecoming will be the culmination of a crazy process of preparation. “I vaguely remember those days when I might wake up at, say, 4 a.m. and be thrilled that I could just roll over and go back to sleep for a couple more hours,” Hasted said. “Now when I wake up in the middle of the night, especially just prior to a big event like this, I know there is no hope of falling back to sleep. Just too much on my mind. Maybe that will improve a little next week.”

iMPRIMIS meets iPad: students develop digital app for college journal
Tory Cooney Copy Editor Juniors Cory and Toby Flint shuffled through the past 468 issues of Imprimis on the table in front of them and quickly pulled up the October issue from 1972. “That’s a good one,” Cory said, “And I could share it with you on Facebook like this…” All it takes is the Flint brothers’ new Imprimis application for Mac OS mobile devices and a few taps on their iPad. Hillsdale College’s Department of External Affairs hopes to begin testing the beta version of the Imprimis mobile application in the coming weeks, said Marketing Manager Fred Hadra. Imprimis has 2 million subscribers, a number that continues to grow and has nearly doubled in the last decade. Demand to receive Imprimis in other forms than print has increased as well, Hadra said. “Professional men and women are on the go and want to read and stay connected wherever they are,” he said. “Mobile devices enable them to do this.” External Affairs’ first move in meeting the demand for different viewing platforms occurred in spring 2010, when Imprimis became available via email. Now one-third of subscribers receive Imprimis by both email and print, Hadra said. “Imprimis is one of the best ways people around the country connect with Hillsdale “We really wanted to connect with Hillsdale’s website to get that consistency, to create a very ‘app-like’ application that was still very ‘Hillsdale College,’” Toby said. They manage this consis-

“The idea for this app came to us during commencement last year,” Cory said. “We wanted to spread the word about Hillsdale College and decided an app for Imprimis was a great way to start.” The Flint brothers began working on a teaser version of the application in the three weeks between the end of spring semester and the beginning of their summer session. After their return to campus, the brothers brought their “teaser app” to Hadra, who began working with the brothers in the development of the application, Cory said. “Any time you can put together people excited about the work and the organization they’re working for, you get the best possible results,” Hadra said. “[The Flint brothers] are very talented and, as students at Hillsdale, really get what we’re trying to do.” “We feel like we’re just Brothers Cory and Toby Flint are developing an Imprimis the right people, at the right app for the iPad and iPhone. They plan to realease the school, at the right time to pull app before New Year’s. (Chuck Grimmett/Collegian) this off,” Toby said. The Imprimis Application [College]. It’s a great first contency from the opening screen, for iPhone and iPad is schednection point that helps people a “splash page,” that includes uled to be released before the learn what the college is really information about the college end of the 2011 calendar year. about.” and serves as a portal into the “We want to make HillsReinforcing the connection application itself. The Flint dale’s mission accessible in between Hillsdale College and brothers also utilize logos and as many was possible,” Hadra Imprimis was one of the Flint photos directly from the colsaid. “It’s about the best use brothers’ primary concerns in lege’s website and mirror its of resources to reach the most designing the app. color scheme and fonts. people.”

Top seniors vie for Rhodes
Theodore Sawyer Collegian Reporter Senior Catherine Sims is taking five academic classes, researching for her thesis, singing in the chamber choir, tutoring in two dead languages, and maintaining some semblance of a social life. Senior Kirsten Block is only taking 16 credits this semester, but those include one-credits like Latin and Greek prose composition and writing her Honors thesis. Somehow the student director of academic services says she still sleeps. Sims and Block are both applicants to graduate school scholarships, including the Rhodes Scholarship. For Hillsdale College students looking to secure these prestigious scholarships, the application process alone can seem like another three-credit class. The class of 2012 is in the midst of applying to the prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships hoping to pursue their teaching, learning, and political aspirations around the world. Hillsdale College students have applied to both programs in the past but have only secured the Fulbright

Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarship is specific to Oxford University, while the Fulbright offers assistance for study most anywhere abroad depending on the student’s area of interest. Student applicants have a rigorous application process, including writing a personal statement, securing recommendations and then passing Hillsdale’s board of graduate scholarship representatives. And that’s before students interact with the programs themselves. Professor of History Paul Rahe, the Hillsdale Rhodes Scholarship representative, said the competition is fierce, and winning students are likely to be in the top 30 of their class. “They are happiest if they pick someone who will be U.S. president or a senator, but the main aims are to find people most likely to make a difference,” he said. Sims may not become the future president of the United States, but she does have a plan. She said she wants to start a liberal arts college on an American Indian reservation. To do that, she wants to either pursue her master’s in

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Hundreds of dollars in electronics stolen
Caleb Whitmer Copy Editor It was the Chai tea that got her. “I’m so annoyed about any idea of drinking Chai tea that day,” said sophomore Karie Shultz. “I didn’t realize that drinking it would cost me hundreds of dollars.” On the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 27, Karie Schultz spilled tea on a chair in Benzing Hall. She rushed out to her Toyota Forerunner in the lot between Benzing and Mauck Hall and drove to Walgreens to buy stain remover before the spiced tea soaked into the upholstery. She arrived back at Benzing, Resolve in hand, and rushed into the dormitory, but not before she forgot to lock her car. When she returned to the

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car two days later, her iPod and Garmin GPS were missing. Shultz was one of at least three Hillsdale College students to have items stolen from her car last week. The other two included junior Travis Lacy and a woman from McIntyre Residence. Lacy was about to drive to a physical therapy appointment when he noticed that the contents of his glovebox were scattered around his car. Upon further inspection, he discovered that his iPod was missing. He said that he always leaves his car unlocked, and that before now he never worried about other people getting into it. “I guess this is still a human place,” Lacy said. Director of Campus Security Christopher Martini described

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Twenty teams of students competed during Homecoming spirit week, including the wing-eating contest on Wednesday night. (Greg Barry/Collegian)

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Hillsdale Royalty

Johnny Burtka
Hometown: Jackson, Mich. Major: French, Christian Studies Campus Activities: Delta Tau Delta, Greek InterVarsity, French honorary, Hillsdale Prison Ministry Likes: Concerts, summer, the beach, coffee, sushi, Southern France Dislikes: Strong gusts of wind Fun Fact: I met Jared from the Subway commercials. Aspirations: Attend seminary in Aix-en-Provence, France Words of Wisdom: “A mind must be uneasy which ever wavers between joy and sadness because of other men’s opinions.” — Sir Thomas More

Thomas Harner
Hometown: Hillsdale, Mich. Major: Mathematics Campus Activites: Sigma Chi, Hillsdale College soccer club Likes: Sports, music, movies, traveling, shenanigans Dislikes: People who don’t tip well Fun Fact: I’ve lived in 10 different states Aspirations: Go on tour with the Beastie Boys Words of Wisdom: Forget politics, let’s dance.

Nate Jebb
Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Major: Political Economy Campus Activities: Chris McCourry’s jazz program, October Lovers, a club for lovers of October, Hillsdale buddies Likes: Hannah Lutheran Fun Fact: My friend Nick O’Donnell crashed a Mercedes. I was in the car. Aspirations: Teach, go to law school Words of Wisdom: Listen to people. Don’t speak ever.

Julia Dell’Aira
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Major: History Campus Activities: Suites RA, Assistant to the Head of the Horticulture Department, Adult Literacy Tutor, man hunter, member of the Art History Club, Eta Sigma Phi, and the Catholic Society Likes: Old movies, attractive men, Ohio State football, onlinedating sites, Paul Newman, speed dating, skiing, blind dates, horseback riding, and second dates Dislikes: Bad dates, cloudy days, Hillsdating, when Greeks and Independents don’t get along, not dating Fun Fact: I’ve never done homework on a Saturday. I’m single. Aspirations: To climb Mt. McKinley, and create the best gumbo recipe ever. Words of Wisdom: “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.”

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Carrie O’ Brien

Hometown: Dearborn, Mich. Hometown: Shelby Township, Mich. Major: Biology, minor in Chemistry Major: English Campus Activities: Chi Omega, Campus Activities: Pi Beta Phi, Senior Class President, SAB, Spirit Pi Phi Philanthropy Chair, Junior Club, Orientation Team, Best Bud- Achievement GOAL leader, dies, and Buddy Reading HCF, Greek IV Likes: Spending time with family Likes: People, sports, food, books, and friends, working out, biology volunteering, shopping, fall and homecoming! Dislikes: Negativity Dislikes: Mushrooms, they’re gross! Fun Fact: As a kid, all I wanted Fun Fact: I’ve only spent two sum- to be when I grew up was a Michmers in the U.S. I normally stay at my grandparents’ house in Europe. igan State cheerleader. Maybe I Aspirations: I would like to attend should start practicing now. pharmacy school after Hillsdale and Aspirations: I hope to teach hopefully one day teach at pharma- English or Math to inner-city ceutical college while running my junior high students Words of Wisdom: When own pharmacy. Words of Wisdom: Study hard, an opportunity arises, take it. enjoy yourself, and take the time to Otherwise you’ll never grow as a get to know fellow classmates. The person, and you probably won’t people here are truly one of a kind. have much fun. Cherish your time here, it’ll be over before you know it.

Matt Noble
Hometown: Midland, Mich. Major: History Campus Activities: Head RA, Student Activities Board, Film Production Club, Niedfeldt Bible Study, Highland Dance Club, Cravats and Blue Stockings, Ballroom Dance Club, etc. Likes: My crazy friends, filmmaking, C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, ultimate frisbee, a great cup of tea, spring, Magnolia trees Dislikes: Cauliflower, interrupting DTRs (that’s the worst) Fun Fact: I have never been to the top of Central Hall. Aspirations: Monarchical rule over the kingdom of Hillsdale Words of Wisdom: Gardening is one of the most masculine things a man can do. A garden causes a man to be dedicated, selfless, to nurture, to protect, and to rejoice in beauty and good fruit.

Patrick O’Hearn
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Major: Speech Studies Campus Activities: Athletes InterVarsity, Baseball, InterVarsityHillsdale Christian Fellowship Likes: Road trips with the HC Baseball Team, Notre Dame Football, being by the water, Chris Stephen’s raps, tacos, bonfires, country music Dislikes: Pessimism, onions, GVSU athletics Fun Fact: I’ve had the same cell phone for three years! Aspirations: To play baseball as long as I can Words of Wisdom: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul.” — Mark 8:36

Soren Schwabb
Hometown: Zweibrücken, Germany Major: English, Religion Campus Activities: Member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Student Mentor and tutor Likes: ’Murica, sports, Haribo, Diet Pepsi Dislikes: People asking questions at the CCA just to hear themselves talk. Fun Fact: I don’t like franks and kraut (shocking, I know) Aspirations: Grad school for American Literature Words of Wisdom: The USA has a Kenyan President, might as well have a German king

Kelsey Shunk
Hometown:Cincinnati, Ohio Major: Psychology Campus Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Greek Intervarsity, ODK, Lamplighters, Psi Chi honorary, student ambassador, HCF Likes: The outdoors, running, snow skiing, playing guitar, pumpkin flavored anything, traveling, ice cream Dislikes: Fastfood, country music, cats Fun Fact: I broke three people’s arms in 6th grade. Aspirations: Be a ski-bum in Colorado for a year, be a counselor for adolescent girls, do a triathalon. Words of Wisdom: “Dell Paxton: Ain’t no way to keep a band together. Bands come and go. You got to keep on playin’, no matter with who.” — That Thing You Do

Marieke van der Vaart
Hometown: Annandale, Va. Major: American Studies Campus Activities: Collegian, Delta Pi Nu Likes: Food, Michael Blank, spontaneous dinner parties, accents, the Treehouse Dislikes: Self-awareness, not sleeping Fun fact: I hiked an 800 km pilgrimage last summer even though I’d never hiked more than a day in my life, in a country where I couldn’t speak the language. It was one of the hardest things I ever did and I loved it. Aspirations: To be like Julia Child, to live overseas, to meet the next Russell Kirk Words of Wisdom: “The secret to life is to yearn for the light.” — Dennis Covington

Laura Wegmann
Hometown: Woodburn, Ind. Majors: American Studies and Art Campus Activities: Head RA of Waterman, Alpha Rho Tau President, VP of Delta Pi Nu, President of Alpha Rho Tau, and leader of the Lock Haven Renaissance School GOAL Program; Co-hostess of Waterman Tea and hostess of Annual Campus-Wide Water Balloon Fight. Likes: Watercolors, snap dragons, crème brulée, Shark Week, whiskey sour, Hemingway, Monet, ’Merica, long hikes, red heels, chocolate candy, Jesus Christ, skirts with pockets, and men with blue eyes Dislikes: Water chestnuts, horror films, close-talkers, and snobs Fun Fact: A sailor once kissed me in Times Square. Aspirations: One day, I’d like to be as cool as my brother, Phil. Words of Wisdom: Act like a Lady. Work like a Boss. Smile at Everyone.

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medieval studies at the University of Toronto through the Fulbright, get a second bachelor’s degree in history at Oxford through the Rhodes, or earn her Master of Letters degree at the University of St. Andrews in Edinburg, Scotland. The Rhodes scholarship challenges students to think about their aspirations and to plan for the future, Rahe said. “It forces you to think ‘What do I want to do with myself? Where do I want to be 10 years from now? 20?’ Hillsdale students are slow to press the question ‘What next?’” he said.

“It’s an academic scholarship for those likely to one day end up in positions of leadership, which can be [in] potentially any sphere.” Assistant Professor of German Fred Yaniga, represents the Fulbright at Hillsdale. A Fulbright scholar himself, Yaniga said he wants to encourage more people to apply. The scholarship was founded to empower more people to study abroad and to increase understanding between cultures. “Fulbright has renown, people know it and it can help get you an interview anywhere,” he said. “The point of the Fulbright is to get Americans abroad and a face elsewhere to interact with other countries,” said senior Fulbright applicant Anna

Swartz. Swartz said she wants to teach in Germany and eventually apply to graduate school once she has a better grasp of the German language. All students applying to these scholarships started working on their applications before the end of their junior year. And they have not stopped working since. Rahe said that motivation will continue to drive them whether or not they win a Rhodes. “No matter how it turns out, a fire will have been set under these three students,” he said.


Last Thursday, Mossey Library featured Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Nussbaum as the 20th speaker in its 10th year of hosting Our Faculty After Hours. Nussbaum’s presentation, “A Redhead in Ireland, or Take This Sabbatical and Cork It,” narrated his time spent outside the chemistry lab during his sabbatical in Cork, Ireland. Nussbaum chose the University College Cork for its location and program in separation science specializing in chemiluminescence. Nussbaum’s six-month stay was not all work and no play. The professor and his family saw common points of interest, such as the Book of Kells at Trinity College, in addition to those that only interested Nussbaum, the “geeky chemist” i.e., a memorial to Maxwell Simpson, a worker in the field of chemical synthesis. Nussbaum’s favorite sight of his trip was the Irish Western Coast. Especially beautiful, was the Dingle Peninsula. Like the name Dingle, Nussbaum found his sabbatical in Cork Ireland to be enjoyable, but full of quirks. — Jessi Pope

The Sigma Chi Derby Days raised $800 more than last year for The Manor, a Jonesvillebased treatment and special education home for developmentally disabled children with behavioral difficulties. The fraternity raised $4,300 during the week’s events – up from last year’s $3,500. The money was donated to the Hillsdale Fire Department. Previously, the proceeds from the sorority and campus events were split between the fraternity’s national philanthropy and a local project. The past two years, the fraternity wanted to have a more visible impact in the community, Sigma Chi fraternity president senior Ethan Smith said. “It’s neighbors helping neighbors,” he said. “People are able to see who they’re actually affecting.” Junior David Montgomery directs the fraternity’s Derby Days events as “Derby Daddy.”



Got midterms? Don’t panic.
Ok, people. So now that we’re into the semester I thought you could do with a little comic relief. Are you ready? Ask yourselves these questions: What did you get on that first big quiz of the semester? REALLY? K, nevermind. How about the first paper? That bad huh? Why are you at Hillsdale again? Alright, here’s one I’m sure all the seniors are on top of. How amazing was that thesis proposal? Wait, you haven’t turned it in yet? Remember how I told you that you would be crying most of the semester? You thought I was just talking to the freshmen when I said that, didn’t you? Well, actually that was for the seniors. Look, it’s ok. It really is. Shocking how you’re not the ONLY one who’s way way behind on things. Doesn’t mean you can’t drown your sorrows in pre-Halloween Kroger candy this weekend, and watch 18 episodes of M.A.S.H. Does anyone watch that show anymore? I love it. Anyway, so it turns out this year is not a piece of cake like we all thought it was going to be. Turns out we’re still at Hillsdale and we’re still working our butts off for mediocre grades. SHOCKER. Well then, I’ll just repeat: PULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER PEOPLE. Everyone’s been talking about fashion and modesty lately. I don’t understand. I told you what you’re supposed to wear. RAGS, people, RAGS! Have you seen Dr. Jackson’s beard? That’s what we’re talking about here. (Ok, I love his beard, and I find it very well kept. That was a JOKE.) I think that’s all I have to tell you. Buck up, because as hard as you think college is, I’m pretty sure it’s that much harder in the real world. Not so comforting? Well, it wasn’t really meant to be. Call your mom for that.

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the break-ins as “the same type of situation.” “The last time [the students] could remember the item being in the car had been a day or so, and when they returned the item was missing,” Martini said. Martini also noted that it is “very easy to be comfortable and sometimes complacent” on a campus like Hillsdale’s. From fall semester of 2002 to spring semester of 2010, only 99 students were arrested in college related incidents, according to a report compiled by the former director of campus security, Mike Wertz. ninety-four of those arrests were alcohol related. The report for the 2010-2011 school year was not available at the

time this story was written. The exact time frame of the thefts is uncertain because Schultz didn’t use her car from Tuesday to Thursday, but Martini said that “evidence would suggest it is the same person.” Schultz said that she wasn’t too thrilled about having her iPod and Garmin stolen, but also that she does “appreciate that they only took what they did.” “I appreciate that they didn’t damage my car at all and left my custom stereo alone,” she said. “The major thing is that they didn’t damage my car.” Martini advised students to take a pro-active approach in protecting their valuable possessions by taking pictures of them and recording their serial numbers. “We are a little smaller, more close community, but we are not immune,” Martini said. “We are

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not immune to what is going on in society. People are going through a lot more economic hardships then they have been in the last 10 years.”

Former Reagan, Bush aid on statesmanship
Sally Nelson Web Editor As part of the Center for Constructive Alternatives class on Ronald Reagan, lawyer and policy analyst Elliott Abrams spoke on campus about Reagan and the end of the Cold War. He is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also served as the assistant secretary of state for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs under Reagan and as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Collegian writer Sally Nelson sat down with him to talk about Reagan, the Middle East, and statesmanship. What is the greatest lesson of statesmanship we can learn from Ronald Reagan? He had a firm and wellworked outset of beliefs. He’s not a guy who took opinion polls all of the time to figure out which way to go. For a lot of his life, he had views that were viewed as too right-wing to get elected. It didn’t matter to him. He had a firm set of beliefs, and he didn’t get them in the White House. He had them before. You should not go into politics to get elected. You go into politics because you want to advance certain things and do certain things. Otherwise, it’s all about you and how successful you can be. Very often, Americans can see through that. That’s the fundamental thing. [That] was a period when people were talking about the American decline. Right now is another one. But he did not believe it. What is the most important lesson this administration can learn from the Reagan and Bush administrations? We could talk for three hours about that. First, Reagan and Bush understood that the world is a dangerous place and that we need to defend ourselves. I sometimes think that President Obama understands that when it comes to Al Quaeda but does not when it comes to China, Russia, and other countries. The other thing is, I think that both Reagan and Bush had greater faith in this country and its ideals. President Obama seems too apologetic about some aspects of this country that I don’t think he should be apologizing for. What is the last book you’ve read? It’s a short biography of Winston Churchill by Paul Johnson. [Dr. Arnn] will like that. I’m going to ask him if he’s read it.

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What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue in the Middle East? In the Middle East, I’d say the issue is Iran’s nuclear program. More attention is given to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but I don’t think [it] threatens us or Israel in an existential way. Iran’s nuclear weapons do threaten Israel existentially because they promised to wipe it out.

BlOOd drive
Chi-Omega raised 81 pints of blood last Thursday in its semesterly Red Cross Blood drive event in the Grewcock Student Union. Although the sorority had hoped to reach their goal of 91 pints, several students were turned away for colds, senior and president Elizabeth Jacobs said. Chi-O has a long history with the philanthropy, which senior, Chi-O president Elizabeth Jacobs said extends even into the sorority house itself. “We’ve had people in our house who have had blood transfusions that saved their lives,” Jacobs said. “We believe the Red Cross Blood Drive is a very important thing to do every semester.” “It’s a really easy way for people to give back,” Jacobs said. “It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort — it’s an easy way to save a life.” —Marieke van der Vaart Firstname Lastname Title


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Derby Days raises $4,300 for The Manor
T. Elliot Gaiser Opinions Editor He said the money will go toward renovating The Manor’s Manning Street house. But Smith and Montgomery said the money is only a drop in the bucket for the organization. “It’s one of those places that will always need extra funding,” Smith said. “This is definitely an organization in need,” Montgomery said. “We just really wanted to help these girls out.” Junior Elizabeth Matheson is the student director of the Demesne GOAL program, which brings student volunteers to play games and tell stories to the children at The Manor from 4 to 5 p.m. every Sunday. She said when she visited the home last week, the gratitude from the girls for the renovation funds was immediately apparent. “I went up to talk to a girl named Melissa, and before I could say anything she just came up to me and opened up saying ‘Thank you,’” Matheson said. A group of girls from the home were invited to watch the events and even helped judge the Mock Rock event. “We saw the people who run The Manor and the girls, and they were so happy,” said senior Jackie Beatty, the president of Pi Beta Phi. “You see these girls, and their faces just light up,” Montgomery said. “They had big smiles on their faces.” He said it was also encouraging to know that lots of chapters of the fraternity are putting on similar events around the country. Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority won the week of events, which included Penny Wars, a relay race, Jail-n-Bail, and Mock Rock. Smith said the interest of sororities on campus in The Manor was also encouraging to see. The Manor is planning a paint day this fall, and Smith said many Greek women have already expressed interest in the event. “It’s very cool to see an event like Derby Days bring people together,” Smith said.


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Emily Johnston Senior Reporter The Hillsdale Community School Board of Education entered into a contract with the Community Action Agency at their last regular meeting on Sept. 19. The agreement hires three School Success Specialists to provide social work and counseling for the five Hillsdale community schools: Gier Elementary School, Bailey Elementary School, Davis Middle School, Hillsdale High School, and Horizon Alternative School. Board President Robert Batt said this contract will last five to six years at least. Previously, Laura VanWormer has been the only Community Action Agency staff member working at the schools. Now, federal funding specifically appropriated to increase middle school and high school programs for at-risk children has allowed the board to hire two additional staff members to work with VanWormer, Batt said. With the extra staff, the program will be able to be interwoven during the school day, he said. This expanded program costs the district $106,909, according to board Secretary Mark Nussbaum’s unofficial minutes from September’s meeting. In addition, the board finalized several staffing changes for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Leslie Reyes Collegian Freelancer The candidates for the city of Hillsdale elections in November face little competition and are looking for ways to increase participation rates from the community. Ward 1 and 3 are the only council positions that two people are attempting to fill. Ted Jansen, the current Ward 1 councilmember, will run against Brian Watkins. And in Ward 3, incumbent Rick Richardson will run against Scott Session. Sally Kinney, Ward 2 councilperson, and Mary Beth Bale, Ward 4 councilperson, will be the sole candidates in their respective wards. Originally Park Hayes was running for city clerk, but due to personal reasons he resigned on Aug. 19. Although his name will still be on the ballot, he will not be running. The current city intern clerk, Anthony W. Godolfy, is a write in for the City Clerk position and will be running with no competition. Treasurer Susan Arnold’s will run for another term without any competition as well. “I have nobody running against me. I have no concerns about it. I guess cause I do my job,” she said. This concerning thought in election involvement also continues in the voting within the Hillsdale community. “A lot of the times we will get ballots and they’ll be, more often than not on the city council positions, one name on the ballot,” Watkins said. “There is always a chance that you could get someone who has absolutely no idea and no interest in learning what to do and they could run because they know they could get elected because they know nobody else is running.” Ten to 12 percent of Hillsdale citizens vote. Current candidates for the ward positions are running with the goal of increasing community involvement and support. “I am going door-to-door and going to knock on every possible door that I can in my ward and just try to communicate with them and talk with them. So therefore I am trying to get them out to vote because our voter turn out is really low,” Session said. Session’s current platform is raising awareness within the Hillsdale community in regards to various important topics such as the road repair needs and the city clerk position that is possibly going to become an appointed position. “I just feel that I have connection with them that their concerns are my concerns, therefore I want to represent them,” Session said. Jansen believes that by making city hall’s attitude more “user friendly,” the people of Hillsdale will be more involved within the community. Jansen is as well seeking to fix the erosion issue at Lake Baw Beese, encourage support for local schools within the community, and begin council meetings with prayer. “I believe in less government involvement in the business community basically translating to creating less codes for people to abide by,” he said. Watkins said he believes community involvement is low due to the lack of communication from City Hall. His campaign slogan is “Believe in Better.” He is determined to maintain the city website and increase pride within the Hillsdale community. “And until the city can find a way to do that, they’re going to face road blocks any time something controversial comes up because people don’t have the facts [and] they can’t make an informed decision,” he said. Elections will occur Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Superintendent Shawn Vondra said enrollment numbers were higher than expected this year. Consequently, the board recalled 23 of the 28 teachers laid off last spring. “We needed classroom numbers for this school year before recalling teachers,” Batt said. The board also approved the resignation of Adam Schihl as Hillsdale High School principal and appointed Jeremy Simmons as the interim principal for the remainder of this school year. “The staff really connects with [Simmons],” Batt said. Batt said Simmons previously worked as the assistant principal and athletic director at Hillsdale High School but was laid off a few years ago.

Candidates for city positions look to increase voter participation

Emily Wahl Collegian Freelancer The Hillsdale County Community Foundation hosted its fifth annual college fair at the Hillsdale College Sports Complex on Monday night. Sixty different schools from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio were represented, offering high school students the opportunity to ask questions about each school and the programs they offered. While well-known public universities, such as the University of Michigan, were represented, the event also featured a number of private and specialty school such as Aquinas College and Michigan Technological Institute. The Navy, National Guard, Army, and Air Force also offered information for students interested in the military The event began five years ago when the community foundation noticed that college fairs were not readily available for students in this area. “We recognized that this opportunity was not being made available to kids,” said Sharon Bisher, HCCF Executive Director. “We asked Hillsdale College for the use of the building, and they have been very gracious.” Students also had the opportunity to apply for 70 different scholarships to help fund their education. “It’s another educational opportunity to offer the kids,” Bisher said. “I’m glad we are able to do it.”

Happy 100th birthday, City Hall
Caleb Whitmer Copy Editor The city of Hillsdale will be offering an alternative to students who want to bring their parents to something other than the parents’ weekend football game. On Saturday, Oct. 22 the city will be celebrating the building of city hall’s 100th birthday with the “Cornerstone Celebration.” The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and go until 4 p.m. The theme of the event is “decades” and it will revolve around an ice cream social. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite fashion from the last hundred years. Other events will include city hall building tours, musical performances, a fashion show, and classic car displays. Councilwoman Mary Wolfram hopes to have at least one car from each decade, but said weather would be a large factor in whether or not the car-owners will bring out their vehicles. The Hillsdale College football team will be playing Wayne State University at 2:00 p.m. on the same Saturday, but Wolfram hopes that won’t keep college students from attending. “We invite the public and we big time invite students to come down an hour before the game,” said Wolfram who along with City Manager Linda Brown is coordinating the event. The entire event is being payed for by local businesses interested in “drawing attention to our unique city hall building,” said Wolfram. These businesses include the Board of Public Utilities who donated the money for an a cappella group, Maggie Anne’s Shoppe who will be putting on the fashion show, and Sweets for Life and Mackinaw Enterprise Ice Cream. Mackinaw Enterprises’ ice cream was featured at The Source this past August. “The whole thing is very local,” said Wolfram.

Hillsdale County Community Foundation hosted its annual college fair on Monday night. Sixty different schools provided information for high school students and scholarship applications were also available. (Greg Barry/Collegian)

New dawn for historic Hillsdale theater
Emmaline Epperson Collegian Reporter When Chad Hammond describes the future of The Dawn Theater, his face lights up and his excitement is palpable. As general manager, Hammond has helped renovate one of Hillsdale’s oldest standing theaters. The people who gave life to this project are not natives to Hillsdale. Dr. Jeff Horton and his wife, former residents of southern California, launched the undertaking in fall of 2009. The building has survived despite many years of change. The Dawn was built as a silent movie theater in 1919, but reached its peak in the 1930s. Hammond wants to restore the theater to its 1930s conditions. “Most of the plaster is still there. It’s not in the greatest shape, but we are able to recreate what used to be there,” he said. During the ’90s, The Dawn was renamed the Roxy to serve as a nightclub for local residents. After hosting over a decades worth of revelry, the building simmered into vacancy. “We had to chase the raccoons out,” Horton said. The newly-renovated Dawn Theater is now far from a wildlife preserve. It features a full bar, the capacity for live sound, and the original movie screen from the 1930s. For the past year, the Dawn has given Hillsdale a place to express itself. It has hosted concerts, plays, as well as private parties. The theater has not faced impediments to keeping its seats filled. Two private events will be held during Hillsdale’s Homecoming weekend. On Oct. 14, the Dawn is hosting a karaoke night. On October 15 the “Backbeats,” an international Beatle’s imitation band, will perform. Hammond has ambitious plans for upcoming events at the Dawn. He intends to reinstate “college night”, a popular feature of the Roxy during the 90s. “We want there to be live music, dancing, and a ton of beer,” he said. Horton also envisions a new face for the Dawn. He wants to host Monday night football games, projected on the movie screen. He added that admissions will be free and an open bar and concessions will be available. Horton also intends for the Dawn to feature movies. While the Dawn is unable to provide first releases, he wants to show classic movies. Last year at a public auction, the Horton Family also purchased the downtown flourmill. The mill, previously one of Michigan’s most industrious flourmills, lay abandoned since 2003. “My wife kept needling me to bid more,” Horton said, “Eventually the price became too low to turn down. It was also too great of a city icon to allow it to be destroyed. We had to buy it.” Although plans are in progress, work has not yet been started on the mill. One step that has been taken, however, is the instillation of a motion sensor security system. Both the police and the Hortons are notified when a break-in occurs. In the past, climbing to the top of the silo has presented a common midnight adventure to college students. The break-ins do not perturb Horton. Rather, he is concerned about the safety of the trespassers. “Anybody who enters the building is exposing himself to danger,” Horton said, citing holes in the floor that extend three to four stories. “If you want a tour, we are happy to give you one. Don’t risk danger to yourself.” Horton hopes his efforts to bring growth to Hillsdale will revitalize the town. “We want to make Hillsdale a destination,” said Horton.

[Meet Marney Kast]
Morgan Delp Collegian Freelancer Marney Kast wears many different hats as Hillsdale County Clerk. It is just as likely to find her diligently working on the county’s payroll as verifying important marriage documents. “When a study was done on the different functions of Clerk’s office, it was almost 300,” said Kast. How can someone possibly be prepared to handle almost 300 jobs? It seems nearly unfathomable. However, Kast’s hard work ethic and previous experience definitely contribute to the success of this self-made woman. A native of Hillsdale and a graduate of Hillsdale High School. Kast began the task of County Clerk on January 2009, after holding a wide range of occupations that gave her the tools to achieve this position. She began work at a flower shop, where she then climbed her way to the bookkeeping department of the County National Bank and the probation department of the District Court before landing jobs in the

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Clerk’s office and then as Chief Deputy in 1995. Through Kast’s experience, she has learned to value the importance of citizen participation in the election system of Hillsdale County. In fact, her favorite part of her job is “training election inspectors and running elections,” while “notifying elected officials that a recall has been filed on them” is her least favorite. Her passion for the election process is evident in the impact she has made on the young people of the community. She has been very successful in working with the local schools to register young students for voting, training them to work the polls on election day. She she would encourage all young people to register, whether in Hillsdale county or elsewhere.

Police Blotter
Sarah Leitner City News Editor Police Blotter The following is a list of calls compiled and reported by the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Hillsdale City Police Oct. 3 A 23-year-old man was arrested on the 500 block of Heathcliff Dr. in Hillsdale on suspicion of domestic assault. A $1,000 bond was posted.

Oct. 1 A 35-year-old man was arrested on the 80 block of Barr St. in Hillsdale on a misdemeanor warrant for domestic violence. A $1,000 bond was posted. Sept. 30 A 25-year-old man was arrested on the 40 block of Balfour Dr. in Coldwater on suspicion of possession of marijuana. A $1,000 bond was posted. Jonesville Police Department Oct. 1 A 25-year-old man was arrested on the 4000 block of State Rd. in Hillsdale on suspicion of domestic violence. A $1,000 bond was posted. Michigan State Police Oct. 2 A 17-year-old boy was arrested on the 4500 block of Gay Rd. in Hillsdale on suspicion of domestic violence. A $1,000 bond

was posted. Oct. 1 A 52-year-old man was arrested on the 9400 block of Mosherville Rd. in Litchfield on a fugitive warrant. A $5,000 bond was posted. Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department Oct. 4 The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to one suspicious situation and one animal control officer action. Oct. 3 The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to one suspicious situation, one car-horse accident, two car-deer accidents, and three animal control officer actions. Sept. 30 The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to two suspicious situations, four animal control officer accidents, and one car-deer accident.

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or two kinds of people returning to Hillsdale College this weekend, Hillsdale probably looks a little different. Alumni who graduated in the ‘50s and ‘60s might be surprised to see new buildings like Howard Music Hall and the Grewcock Student Union. Computers have replaced type writers, and we don’t have a May Queen or Mardi Gras King anymore. Shoulder pads and short hair cuts are still in style though, and we have several sets of the blue senior sidewalk memorials. Another figure is returning to campus this weekend as well, although not in person. Hillsdale will


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dedicate a new statue of Ronald Reagan on campus Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on the quad, 33 years after his first visit to campus while he was still governor of California. At the time of his visit, Reagan spoke to campus about the growth of government, taxes, and bureaucracy. He quoted thinkers like Ludwig von Mises, Otto Von Bismarck, and Alexis de Toqueville. “Freedom is something that cannot be passed on genetically,” he said in his speech. “It is never more than one generation away from extinction. Every generation has to learn how to protect and defend it. Once freedom is gone, it’s gone for a long, long time.” Trip Howell ‘80, said Reagan ate at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house. He still remembers how personable and charming Reagan was. “He was such a cool guy — his whole personality and demeanor,” Howell said. “I’ll never forget being with him.” It was hard to imagine that two years later, Reagan was shaping a foreign policy that tore down the Berlin wall and a tax policy that galvanized the information age, impacting hundreds of million people. In the years since our visitors were last here, a lot has changed in the world and on campus. But a lot has stayed the same. We still crown a homecoming king, lock ourselves in the library during finals week, and climb the clocktower of Central Hall. And more importantly, we still value our freedom from the federal government’s money, our Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian heritage, and objective truth against relativism’s threat to these beloved institutions. So welcome, to our alumni and heroes. 50 years after we graduate, may our college still merit Reagan’s words: “Hillsdale deserves the appreciation of all who labor for freedom.”

here is only one legitimate contender in the field for the Republican nomination: Newt Gingrich. Michele Bachmann, darling of the Tea Party, lacks real experience in governance, with only four years in the House. She is remembered in her home state of Minnesota for her stellar attendance record: in 2009, Bachmann had the 11th worst attendance record in the House, having missed over 13 percent of the votes on the floor. Further, she has a tendency to make up facts. One well-known example was her claim that the HPV vaccine causes retardation, a claim that is utterly false. Rick Perry seems to have the main item missing in the Bachmann portfolio: Experience. However, his tenure as Texas’ governor was not anywhere near as successful as he claims. His focus on the campaign trail has been the record job growth in Texas, which he argues occurred as a result of his policies. This is simply not true. Almost half of job growth in Texas


James Block Special to The Collegian

s a senior at Hillsdale College, I have seen couples ascend into the heavens with happiness, and others descend into Hades with hatred. I have seen couples “fall madly in love” and others gnash their teeth with animosity. Why such polarity? The answer lies in but one word: Hillsdating. The illustrious Urban Dictionary defines Hillsdating in two ways. First, “Dating, Hillsdale College style. Which means basically not all. Among many Hillsdaters there is the belief that it is morally wrong to hold hands before marriage. And kissing? Don’t even think about it!” While this definition misrepresents many couples at Hillsdale, the sentiment still contains some serious accuracy. Many students seem to believe that dating means the couple is marriage bound. But dating need not contain this meaning. Dating remains one of the best ways to determine if the couple should progress towards marriage, resume friendship, or part ways. The practice of dating does not need to imply any sort of serious commitment, especially in the early stages. A couple simply needs a desire to know each other better. Dating logically follows. Initial dating should function as an evaluative phase, not a declaration of commitment. The first delusion of “dating equals marriage” leads to the second definition: “A relationship where a guy and a girl who like each other spend every waking moment together but refuse to admit or agree that they are dating.” Since many couples understandably dislike the idea of immediately marrying the first person who catches their interest, they simply refuse to formally date, and instead date informally. This practice boils down to spineless dating, or dating without purpose or direction. Neither the man nor the woman possesses the courage to actually go out together and say “we are dating” or push the relationship forward. While these couples often describe themselves with the cliché phrase “just friends,” the reality screams out that they care for one another, but not enough to warrant a title like “dating,” “boyfriend,” or “girlfriend.” That would imply something akin to affection. No, these couples would rather live in social limbo and look on with desire at a real relationship, but never care enough to work for it, never think enough to create it, or love enough to reach it. Instead, they prostrate themselves to cowardly romance. The fate of Hillsdating falls on many couples, but not all. In healthier relationships, I have seen couples begin, develop, and grow into happy marriages. Conversely, others begin, grow, but then break up with respectful understanding. I consider these two track records legitimate, rational relationships. They progress or end intentionally, actively, and caringly. Hillsdaters may object to this article’s thesis, thinking of their one person as their last chance for happiness. This idea is nothing short of naivety. There are more fish in the sea. You just have to find them. But finding a different person requires effort, dedication, and social awareness. What a novel idea. If you want to find the right person, you might have to care enough to take a risk.


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came in the education, health care, and government sectors. These increases in governmental employment were funded in large part by federal stimulus funds: Texas received $6.8 billion in stimulus money, more than all but two states. High oil prices also helped: Approximately 13 percent of the jobs created between June 2010 to June 2011 were the result of expansion in the Texan oil industry. Perry played far less of a role in Texas’ economic situation than he claims. Mitt Romney is viewed as a legitimate contender for the nomination and the election. Unfortunately, his record isn’t exactly conservative: In 2006, as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed one of the most liberal, intrusive health care bills ever proposed into law. Ron Paul, the wild card of the Republican competition, has a lot of good points and often makes more sense in debates than any other candidate. Unfortunately, most Americans simply do not view him as a legitimate contender for the election. He is too old and too radical to appeal to a wide enough section of the population.

If Paul received the nomination, we would see a replay of the 1964 landslide where Lyndon B. Johnson pummeled the ultra-conservative Barry Goldwater. Newt Gingrich has little in common with the creature that shares his name. The one trait the man has in common with the amphibian is resilience. The newt has the ability to overcome tremendous injuries by regenerating limbs; Newt Gingrich has overcome many disasters and attacks during his career. Dr. Gingrich, the only Republican contender to hold a Ph.D, is the only Republican candidate whose record supports his claims. As Speaker of the House, Gingrich overcame the resistance of President Bill Clinton and passed the key welfare reform bill, a reduction of the capital gains tax, and the first balanced federal budget since 1969. Without Gingrich’s political astuteness and ability to actually produce bipartisan compromises, none of these bills would have become law. Gingrich’s contribution to America goes far beyond the enormous successes he has produced as a politician. He is the author of

twenty-three books, testifying to his scholarly abilities. He has also started several nonprofit organizations focused on helping the nation solve issues from energy concerns to unemployment. Newt Gingrich is clearly dedicated to the United States of America. He has the experience and intelligence to reform American government and champion conservative principles. The only objection most can find to Gingrich are the mistakes he has made in his personal life. However, the personal lives of politicians often are separate from their leadership capabilities. A classic joke illustrates this fact quite well: You must choose between two candidates for president. One candidate smokes heavily, drinks heavily, admits to using drugs in college, and is very overweight. The second candidate doesn’t smoke, only drinks the occasional beer, is physically fit, and is a decorated war hero. Which do you choose? The punch line? The first candidate is Winston Churchill. The second is Adolf Hitler.

Alumni Homecoming Advice
Nathan McClellen Special to The Collegian ave you ever noticed that every graduating class convinces themselves that they are the bestest, funnest, attractivest, intelligentest class of all-time? It doesn’t matter if it’s high school or college. You hear the same things over and over. I’d like to see a group of people finish their time and go away quietly, perhaps endorsing a slogan such as “We were a graduating class of 2015.” What is it in people that necessitates superlatives? Can’t we be happy with our experience without trying to force it on others? Better start trying now, freshmen, because, clearly, the Hillsdale class of 2011 will never be matched. We appreciated what we had more than you ever could. You know that conveniently spacious student union that’s been attached to the library since the dawn of time? The giant dining room where you complain about the food at every meal? We were here before it was. Similarly, you expect the football team to win every week. We were being recruited and made visits during 2006, when they went 5-6. We remember homecoming games with no one in the stands after halftime, and we changed that. We knocked-off Grand Valley — you’re just knockoffs. Big parts of our experiences aren’t even available to you. We didn’t just frequent the Pink Panther, we attended holiday parties there. Extravagant, smoke-filled parties at 1 a.m. complete with personalized cards from Betty, the best night-shift waitress you’ll never get to meet.


Ever hear about Broadlawn? You know, the place you went for the freshman social and, eventually, senior dinners. It was more than that for us. Yes, Alice Arnn is an objective argument for our superiority. Call me when you take Penny Arnn’s Pathfinder to Florida on spring break. We were both the beginning and end of an era. They passed a new core last year. As if religious conservatives weren’t a strong enough presence already, imagine the effects of Rush Limbaugh’s advertisements and a required theology class…well, at least you won’t have to imagine for too long. I guess I was wrong, in part. Every experience is unique, and you should want to make yours special. Form an identity, and embrace it — where else is the community strong enough for a graduating class to develop a personality? Sure, on one level we will all just be Hillsdale grads someday. But each class that goes out into the world had a distinctive collective experience that will define them on a higher level. In the meantime, don’t be offended or intimidated by false bravado and exaggerated claims made by washed-up homecoming heroes desperate for attention. Enjoy your time, make your own path, and pay attention along the way. One day you’ll be coming back, and you’ll have to have something to tell the freshman. We were the transition class. We established the new identity: the new administration, the new campus, the new sports programs. We transcended Hillsdale and made it ours. It’s okay, though, you’ll be something, someday. You just won’t be us.

should never be awkward
he word “chivalry” comes from the French word for knighthood, or “chevalerie,” and was first used to refer to the ideal characteristics of a medieval knight – mainly courtesy, gallantry, and adeptness in arms. While there are unfortunately no medieval knights walking around Hillsdale’s campus, the college is populated by many men who would like to be known as chivalrous. They pride themselves on holding open doors for women, taking coats, and being the first to ask a girl to dance. Even these simple acts can be considered chivalrous according to a knightly standard. However, many of Hillsdale’s ambitious young men have taken this notion of chivalry to the next level, and in doing so are perhaps more likely to make the girls they’re trying to impress feel uncomfortable. For example — not that I know from personal experience — when a guy about to walk into Kendall sees a girl just emerging from Lane far off and stops to hold the door for her, the girl is faced with two options: run, so that the guy doesn’t have to stand there waiting for a full uncomfortable minute, or continue at a normal pace and try


Susanna Battig Special to The Collegian to ignore the awkwardness of the situation. Double doors seem to present a unique dilemma for the chivalrousminded. When in doubt, never run around someone to reach the second door first, or wrench the second door out of a girl’s hand in an attempt to open it for her. Propping doors open with book bags between classes and watching the people who go through is another sure way of not only making people feel uncomfortable, but being creepy in the process. Finally, when two guys are walking ahead of a girl, please don’t both open both doors. Imagine how the girl feels when she has to choose which side to walk through (hint: either way, she’s hoping she doesn’t run into either of you again). This is not meant to discourage gentlemanly behavior or the presence of true chivalry on campus. It is simply meant as an admonition against allowing chivalry to become a competition rather than sincere courtesy. True chivalry is about sincerely appreciating another persons’ feelings and serving them, not your own desire to appear knightly. If it’s making someone feel awkward, it’s not chivalry.

Exceptions to American exceptionalism
Nikki Harris Special to The Collegian s the Republican party bounces around ideas for its nomination for the next presidential election, many candidates and their supporters insist wholeheartedly that they are “American Exceptionalists” and therefore the true conservatives and Americans. For a term used so often, no one seemed to really know what it means. One of many meanings the phrase assumes a divinely ordained mission given especially to the United States as the beacon of morality in the world — or that American forefathers founded our country on uniquely inspired principles — or that God has exempted America from the trends of history, sometimes calling America the “New Israel” and Americans “God’s chosen people.” American exceptionalism often also


takes a more secular definition, simply the idea that “We got it right” accompanied by a feeling of superiority and eminence over any other country: past, present or future. There appears an inherent hypocrisy with some of these concepts and how they have used in American politics. “We believe in equality, therefore we’re the best.” “We believe in self-government, so let us set up your government for you.” “We’re the heirs of the Western Christian tradition, therefore no one has thought of our principles before.” As we all remember from American heritage — sorry, freshman — Edmund Burke characterized the American Revolution as a conservative force, which is certainly how the founding fathers thought of their actions. This essential motive differentiates the American Founding from the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. They meant to restore the rights and privileges of Englishmen that they had enjoyed before, to get back to how things were, not to do something radical, new, or exceptional. In fact, few to none of the principles of the founding were uniquely or originally American. It was Russian dictator Joseph Stalin who coined American exceptionalism to mean what he saw as America’s delusion of exclusion from the natural course of the world. It would be difficult and irresponsible to attempt to anachronistically claim the founding generation as “American exceptionalist” or not, but we can see how the term has been used since its birth in the twentieth century.

Colonization, imperialism, and foreign wars have all been justified by American exceptionalism – “making the world safe for democracy,” spreading Americanism, and sentiments of moral supremacy. How are these conservative values? “Conservatism, I repeat, is not an ideology,” Russell Kirk explained. “It does not try to excite the enthusiasm of a secular religion. If you want men who will sacrifice their past and present and future to a system of abstract ideas, you must go to Communism, or Fascism, or Benthamism.” “The high–minded conservative detests Abstraction, or the passion for forcing men and societies into a preconceived pattern divorced from the special circumstances of different times and countries,” he said. This lies at the heart of conservatism — understanding the context of one’s time and place -- that the American is obligated to love his country over all others just as the Irishman is obligated to love his country and so on. The word “patriotism,” should inspire a familial bond with our home. We love it because it is ours, not because we love abstractions about it that can blind us to its fallibility and mortality. The conservative places himself first with God and Church; then family, community, state, and country; and finally humanity, instead of in the un-conservative, nationalistic, ideological, perverted patriotism called American exceptionalism.


Putt shines at Notre Dame Rugby loses to Calvin
Sarah Anne Voyles Collegian Reporter Junior Amanda Putt, sophomore Victoria McCaffrey, and freshman Amy Kerst shattered previous personal best times at the Notre Dame Invitational. The cross-country meet, which featured Division I and II schools from across the country, was held at the Burke Memorial Golf Course on Sept. 30. The meet was divided into the Blue (Division I) and Gold (Division II) races. “The weather was not good. It was really windy and muddy, but overall I was able to stay mentally focused,” Putt said. This was the first scored meet of the season. The women’s team placed ninth and the men’s team finished 11th out of 20 teams. Putt finished sixth overall for the women’s 5k. There was only a 41-second spread between the men’s top runner senior Jacob Secor and fifth man, freshman Matthew Perkins, in the men’s 8k. Team captain senior Peter Walsh, who has been injured since the start of the season, was finally able to run this past weekend. Secor finished 44th with a time of 26:04. Coming in second for the men’s team was senior Tim Jagielski, who placed 52nd overall, with a time of 26:09. Jagielski was followed by freshman Joshua Mirth with a time of 26:25. Coming in behind him were team captain senior Jeff Wysong at 26:43 and Perkins at 26:45 for the men’s top five. “The Notre Dame Invitational is always a great meet. I was feeling good and was mentally focused,” Putt said. Putt was able to break 18 minutes for the first time this year, finishing in 17:56. McCaffrey came in 44th overall with a time of 18:52. She was followed by Kerst at 19:12, Senior Melissa TenKate at 19:24, and Senior Jen Shaffer at 19:27 to round out the top five for the women. David Gordon Collegian Freelancer Hillsdale College Rugby finished off its third away game of the year with a loss to Calvin College this Saturday. Despite tries scored by junior Soren Geiger and senior Crane Baer and a conversion by senior Deuce Morgan, the Chargers were overpowered by the Knights in a 40-12 defeat. Hillsdale only mustered 13 players for the morning game in Grand Rapids,. “We traveled there two people short, lacking one of our wings and a fullback,” senior Dino

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Petrov said. “Those are two of the most important positions in the backline, both for offense and defense,” Petrov said. Although Calvin provided replacement players for Hillsdale’s missing backs, their inexperience, rather than conflicted loyalties, cost the Chargers, as the fullback in particular struggled to shore up the defense and catch punts. On the bright side for the Chargers, the forward line tackled well and performed well in winning rucks, and Hillsdale threatened to score more often than the final score indicated. “Both [senior captain] Gabe Bunek and I were inside the try zone and we failed to score because the mauls kept the ball from touching the ground,” Petrov said. Despite controlling much of the possession, the absences in the backfield noticeably hurt the offensive flow. Unfortunately, the club suffered two season-ending injuries in the game. Petrov was injured in the first half but continued to play into the second half before aggravating his condition. His loss at prop will need to be addressed in practice this week. Junior Daniel Chandler also suffered a knee injury, further depleting an already weakened lineup that heads into a rematch with Wayne State University this weekend, the first home game of the season.

Tennis gets second GLIAC win
Caleb Whitmer Copy Editor Despite course obstacles, Melissa TenKate (right) was able to finish the Notre Dame Invite 5k race in 19:24. Freshman Amy Kerst (left) finished in 19:12. (Caleb Whitmer/Collegian) “A lot of the girls success comes from their hard work over the summer,” assistant coach Amanda Mirochna said. Mirochna is new to the program this year along with assistant coach R.P. White. The two coaches are sharing duties for the women’s team this season and they are trying to keep the team on track for regionals, and to keep them from peaking too early. Both teams are looking forward to the upcoming meet at home on Friday, Oct. 7. The meet will be held at Hayden Park and will start shortly after the dedication of the park. “This Friday is more of a fun meet because it is on our home course where we will hopefully be able to see some fans,” said Putt. Maybe sophomore Ellie Voci should fall behind by three games every set. That is the difference that she had to make up in the first set of her No. 4 singles match against the University of Findlay. After falling behind 5-2, Voci won the next five games to take the set 7-5, 80 minutes later. “I was really tired,” Voci said. Voci won the next set 6-2 and, combined with freshman Morgan Delp’s No. 2 singles victory, secured a 5-4 win for Hillsdale (3-10, 2-8 GLIAC) over Findlay (2-8, 1-8 GLIAC) last Friday. The Chargers had finished doubles leading the Oilers by a score of 2-1. Junior team captain Brittany Parks easily won her No. 1 doubles match 6-0, 6-0 to put Hillsdale up 3-1. Freshmen Abby Sjoersdma and Olivia Renfroe, No. 4 and No. 6 singles respectively, both lost their matches. The two Hillsdale losses were followed by another Findlay victory after sophomore Morgan Linden, No. 3 singles, lost in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. At this point, Findlay lead the Chargers 4-3 with two matches to be played by Voci and Delp. Coach Nikki Dzubay told Voci to go into her second set playing like she was already down five games. It appears that advice payed off as Voci was able to take the win for the Chargers over Findlay’s Beverly Beavers, junior. “Elli and I had to pull it off and we both did,” said Delp. “It was awesome.” Voci’s victory tied the team scores at four and left the outcome of the match in the hands of Delp who finished junior Kelsey Yoder in a three-set match about two minutes later. Voci accredited her win and the team’s win to their steady improvement throughout the fall. “It’s been a really tough season, but we’ve been improving so much as a team,” she said. “I know that I personally have improved 100 percent since the preseason.” Parks said that the teams stayed tough throughout the match and especially noted the no. 2 doubles win of Sjoersdma and Linden as being key for the match. “It was huge for them to get a win,” she said. Hillsdale played another match on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Ohio Dominican University (73, 6-3 GLIAC), losing 8-1. “Ohio Dominican was a good team, but we competed with them,” Parks said. She lost 4-6, 6-0, 6-10, in a close match with Ohio Dominican’s Sofia Espana-Perez, sophomore. Delp was the sole Charger to secure a victory against the Panthers. She defeated Anita Girizd 6-0, 6-0. Other close matches against Ohio Dominican included Renfroe’s 6-7, 1-6 singles loss and Delp and Park’s 8-4 doubles loss. The Charger women’s season will continue this Saturday, Oct. 8 with the Alumni Tournament. The tournament will pair up past and present Hillsdale tennis players for a inter-squad doubles tournament. “Hopefully it gets more support and recognition for the program,” said Delp. Hillsdale’s next conference match will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 when the Chargers travel to GLIAC leading Wayne State University (8-0). The match will begin at 2 p.m.

Hayden Park dedication
After the dedication of Hayden Park on Friday, Oct. 7, the cross country team will have their first home meet of the season, Michigan Intercollegiates. “It is one of a kind and with its rolling hills and wooded trails, it is challenging for the runner,” cross country coach Bill Lundberg said. The spectator-friendly course will host schools from all over Michigan. Also, at the dedication a granite stone that will become known as the Spirit Rock will be unveiled. — Sarah Anne Voyles

Swim faster, stronger for 2012
Phil Morgan Senior Reporter By the end of the 2011 season, the Hillsdale College swim team broke 10 team records, placed sixth at the GLIAC meet, and senior Linda Okonkowski competed in the National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. The entire team is back together this year, with the exception of Alison Roberts, ‘11, and the women will be looking to maintain that momentum. The addition of five talented freshman swimmers, a promising new diver, and the return of senior captain Alicia Leduc, who sat out last season with a shoulder injury, means the Chargers have a strong chance of climbing the GLIAC rankings, as well as qualifying individually and in relays for the Division II National Championships in Mansfield, Texas. Kurt Kirner, who is entering his fourth year as head coach, said he is hopeful that the team will have a larger presence in the GLIAC. Kirner said he focuses more on hard training, swimming quality races, and academics than trying to show-up larger swim programs like Grand Valley State University. “There are no real meets we are highlighting. It’s all about effort,” Kirner said. “If we swim against Ashland, we swim against Ashland.” That isn’t to say the team does have a number of concrete goals. These include placing higher at the GLIAC meet, sending more swimmers and relays to nationals, and winning the Scholarship Cup, an award given to the Hillsdale team with highest collective GPA. If the relay teams don’t make Nationals, they will likely break team records. “We rewrite the record books almost every year,” said junior captain Sami Ward. Leduc said she though this year’s team could outdo last year’s 10 records. In order to get those kind of results, Kirner redesigned the team’s training to include more dry-land work through lifting, running, and events like a Navy Seal Challenge, in which the women swam 500 meters, did pushups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and ran a mile and a half. The change seems to be paying off as the women are swimming faster times in test sets than they were last year in early October. On top of the returning swimmers improving their times, the team has added five freshmen in what the captains and Kirner call one of the best recruiting classes they can remember. “We have four freshmen athletes that are faster than anyone in given events,” Kirner said. “We have a very talented freshman class.” Not only have the freshmen shown exceptional talent and versatility that makes them instant contributors, but they are bonding well with the program’s older swimmers. “The girls that came had a ton of fun on the recruiting trip,” Ward said. Freshman Gretchen Geist will be diving for the Chargers — the team’s first diver in two years. Geist will be securing points for the Chargers that in past meets were automatically lost. “Just by having someone for diving we’ll be better,” Kirner said. The team will hold their annual Blue and White inter-squad scrimmage Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.


Patrick Timmis News Editor Last season, senior defensive back Nick Hixson was spending all his time breaking up touchdown passes. Saturday night, he came down with the game winner versus Saginaw Valley State University. The shootout started early, with the two teams trading touchdowns in the first two quarters. Junior running back Joe Glendening (42 carries for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns) broke free for a 41-yard score, and junior Colin McGreevy nailed a 31-yard field goal to close the half. Saginaw (3-1) did a little bit more, taking a 21-17 lead into halftime. But the Chargers (4-1, 4-0 in the GLIAC) kept their cool, a principal head coach Keith Otterbein has repeatedly emphasized as a key to successfully competing week after week in a brutal GLIAC schedule. “We were confident throughout that we were going to [win] the game,” said sophomore linebacker Steve Embry, who had nine tackles. “Especially coming out after halftime there seemed to be confidence about the team itself, that even though we were down we were definitely not out of the game.” The offensive fireworks continued as each team put up another 14 points. The Chargers took the kickoff after a Saginaw touchdown with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter. The ensuing drive would be the game’s longest, eating up almost six minutes off the clock. Junior quarterback Anthony Mifsud (16-25 for 210 yards and a touchdown) led the Chargers to the Saginaw 8-yard line. With Hillsdale facing thirdand-7, and just over a minute on the clock, Hixson stepped up. Hixson was a high school quarterback recruited to Hillsdale for his athletic ability. The fastest player on Hillsdale’s football team, he made the transition to defensive back as a freshman. But with star wide receivers Andre Holmes and Mike Blanchard graduating last year, Otterbein knew he had some holes to fill. “[Nick’s] a leader, he’s a competitor,” Otterbein said. “So we started having discussions as early as last winter about utilizing him a little bit on the offensive side of the ball.” Hixson began lining up as a third down receiver in obvious passing situations. In that situation, the ball wouldn’t typically have gone to Hixson. But he was glad it did. “[Mifsud] made a great throw,” Hixson said. “[The defender] was pressing me so [Mifsud] threw it to the corner of the end-zone, and the defensive back actually got a finger on it. And I reached out after he tipped it and caught it and got my feet inbounds.” It was Hixson’s first touchdown in college. “It’s hard to explain what goes through your head in moments like that,” Hixson said. “Just complete satisfaction. Seeing all your teammates, everyone so happy, celebrating. It’s a great feeling.” But the game wasn’t over. Junior kicker Steve Grant’s kickoff only went 25 yards, and Saginaw returned the ball to the Hillsdale 48-yard line with over a minute left to play. Back to back completions gave Saginaw a first down at the Hillsdale 36, but those were the last yards the Cardinals would gain. “The game was in the defense’s hands at the end of the game,” Hixson said. “And we stepped up when it counted.” The Chargers forced two incompletions and then freshman defensive lineman Joe Snyder sacked Cardinal quarterback J. Jennings for a loss of 7 yards. Sophomore linebacker Brett Pasche sealed the game by breaking up Jennings’ desperation pass on fourth-and-17. “Our kids keep responding, keep throwing punches, and as long as we play longer and harder than our opponent, our kids are going to end up OK,” Otterbein said. “And that’s really what they’re doing.” With the win, Hillsdale joined Wayne State University as the only teams unbeaten in conference play. The Chargers also moved up another spot in the Division II rankings to No. 19. Wayne State (No. 4) and Michigan Technological University (No. 21) are also ranked from the GLIAC. Hillsdale hosts Ohio Dominican University Saturday for Homecoming. Kickoff is at 2:30.

6 Oct. 2011


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Diver on deck
Bitsy Brady Collegian Freelancer Although bubbly and energetic walking up to Saga or hanging out in Olds, freshman Gretchen Geist is practical and focused when it comes to the athletic event that she has made her own: diving. Geist is the first diver that Hillsdale has had since the 2008 season, and consequently, the only athlete of her kind on campus. “I didn’t come because of diving,” Geist said, “but because of the size, the basis of academics, and the quality of the people.” The veteran diver decided to join the team after talking to some of the current swimmers. “I would immediately be able to help them out,” she said. Diving is not a separate sport, but an event within the broader sport of swimming and diving, similar to track and field. Not having a diving squad automatically prevents the swim team from accessing the 26 points allotted to the diving event. With Geist on the team, Hillsdale can gain some of those points back, giving them an edge in upcoming meets. “Gretchen has done a marvelous job taking advantage of what we have available. She is a great listener and a quick learner,” head coach Kurt Kirner said. However, the logistics of diving require Geist to practice separately from the rest of the swim team, as does the schedule of the diving coach that travels to Hillsdale from Hastings, Mich. to work with her. “I try my best to accommodate his schedule,” Kirner said. “It is not ideal, but nevertheless we’re doing the best that we can with what we have.” Having such a separate schedule makes it difficult to build team unity. Though she admitted that she does not know many of the girls on the team as well as she would like, Geist expressed great excitement in going out and supporting the other members of the Charger swim team, especially the six other freshmen. In turn, team captains Alicia LeDuc and Linda Okonkowski both said that one of their main goals was to make Geist feel as much a part of the team as possible. In a sport with so many different events, it is important to ensure that every member gets the support and encouragement that they need.

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Ever since it began in 2007, sophomore Aaron Tracey has remained heavily involved in the men’s soccer club. Now president of the club, the financial management major talks about the sport and his heavy involvement. What is your role on the soccer team? Officially, I’m president of the club. Unofficially, I do a lot of work behind the scenes. A great thing about many of the clubs here at Hillsdale is that everything is student-led. It gives me a great opportunity to coach and organize the team all together. I am captain of the team and correspond with many different teams in the area to set up matches and tournaments. I have also organized many fundraisers and campus events as the club needs funding. What’s the brief history of the soccer team? Last year was its first year. Max Nichols and Joe Chrisman founded it originally. I saw some light in the soccer team as a freshman and am now currently expanding it and taking it to the next level. Do you hope to have a varsity team someday? You’re not the first person who’s asked me that. Yes — it’s definitely one of my many goals that I hope to accomplish before I graduate. There are three things that we need: funding, dedication, and support. At the moment we have two of them. Dedication is going strong as we have 11 new freshmen on the team and only seven upperclassmen. We’re a young team with an incredible amount of talent and potential for the near future. This season we have gained much needed support from the campus as over 100 students and faculty have attended both of our home games so far. The only thing we are lacking is finances. There are a lot of requirements in order for a club to expand to a varsity level and funding is most certainly a huge component. What’s your training schedule like? We practice almost every day of the week and have one, occasionally two, games on the weekends. We are very busy during our fall season, but have a more relaxed schedule in the spring. What has been the highlight of your year? A huge highlight was seeing the amount of guys come out to the first team meeting. I was amazed by the amount of interest that I saw from the freshman class. They have been a huge impact to the reason of our success this season. As far as our season, the best game we’ve played was against Spring Arbor’s varsity reserve team. It was our first game of the season and was played away at Spring Arbor. There were no fans for us and no support, but we combined as a team and won 4-1. How long have you played soccer? I’ve played all of my life, ever since I was 5 years old. Soccer has been a huge part of my life and one day I hope to continue that and coach others. It has greatly affected me as a person as it has helped me manage my time with schoolwork and also given me an opportunity to excel in what I love to do most. Was it a sacrifice to go to Hillsdale since we don’t have a varsity program? Not necessarily. I looked at it as more of an opportunity then a sacrifice. I knew there was some interest in the club so I saw it as more of a chance for growth, and that’s exactly what has happened during my time so far here at Hillsdale. — Compiled by Sally Nelson

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Sarah Leitner Sports Editor After spending a week at No. 11, the Charger volleyball jumped back up to No. 10 with two victories over Wayne State University and the University of Findlay on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Hillsdale College also came away with their third GLIAC South Division Player of the Week for the third week in a row, which was awarded to senior setter Apryl Schmucker. Schmucker had a total of 78 assists over the weekend — 50 of those in Sunday’s match against Findlay. Schmucker also contributed six block assists, three kills, and seven digs. In the game against Wayne State, the Chargers won in three quick sets of 25-21, 25-14, and 25-12, keeping the Warriors’ hitting low the whole match at .086. “We took away what their hitters like to do best,” head coach Chris Gravel said. “Wayne is pretty good if you let them stay with you.” Chris Gravel said the Chargers played several different line-ups during the match to put different strengths at different positions, displaying the depth and versatility of the team. “That makes it harder to adjust to us,” he said. “I could not have made changes or made more changes and it wouldn’t have mattered.” Junior middle hitter Lauren Grover and senior outside hitter Ashlee Crowder combined for 17 kills during the match, while senior libero Morgan Podkul contributed 19 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Kopmeyer had five service aces in the match as well. “We just focus on our control on our side of the court,” Kopmeyer said. “We can’t bank on their errors.” On Sunday, a determined Findlay took the first set 29-27, handing the Chargers their first set loss at home. “They were strong on defense,” assistant coach Stephanie Gravel said. “They got a few digs up that would normally be kills for us. That put pressure on our team to work through it.” The Chargers had swept Findlay on the road in their first GLIAC match of the year, and let their confidence affect their game. “We were a little too loose and giddy during our film watching on Saturday,” Stephanie Gravel said. “The whole team knew that we can’t start out that way.” In the second set, the Chargers recovered and finished off the game in four sets, winning the final three 25-16, 28-26, and 25-21. The Chargers showed outstanding blocking in the match. Senior middle hitter Clara Leutheuser had three solo blocks and nine block assists and Grover turned in one solo block and five block assists. For homecoming weekend, the Chargers will face Lake Superior State University and Northwood University. Stephanie Gravel said the team does not often play at home on homecoming weekend, but said that will not affect how they approach their games. “We need hard work at practice all week and consistency,” she said. “They need to be business-like.”

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