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Vol. 135, Issue 15 - 9 Feb. 2012
DSP alumni launch petition Dance minor
Marieke van der Vaart Editor-in-Chief More than 200 Hillsdale College students and alumni signed a petition this week to save Delta Sigma Phi’s house. On Sunday, Delt Sig alumni launched the petition online, to gain support for the fraternity’s chapter. “We felt the need to spread the word to obtain support so quickly … because all of us were left in the dark about it,” said Jason Stomps ’10, a Delt Sig alumni and founder of the site www.SaveTheDSPHouse.com. Many alumni have criticized the college administration for last week’s decision to take away the Tau chapter’s house. “The decision to turn the house into a dorm was made by the administration and two handpicked members of the alumni board — the entire board wasn’t even made aware of it,” Stomps said. “The decision was just handed down to us,” said Chapter Advisor Al Seder ’75. “We really had no say in it.” Dean of Men Aaron Petersen announced last Tuesday that the college was closing the fraternity house at the end of this semester due to continued alcohol policy violations that were in conflict with national fraternity restrictions. The action was intended to help build up the chapter, not tear it down, Petersen said. “We are removing the distractions and problems of the chapter house while the men regroup and refocus on their fraternity’s purposes,” Petersen said. The 36-member strong fraternity has been on campus for 97 years, and lived in the house for 34 years. Alumni said the administration’s action seemed harsh, given the chapter’s improvement in the last decade. “The bottom line: the punishment doesn’t fit the crime,” Stomps said. “Not in the least bit.” Seder called the decision “disingenuous” and “unfair,” pointing to the chapter’s recent record particularly in the areas of grade point average and philanthropy. “They’re doing a whole lot more than they’re getting credit for,” Seder said. Instead, Seder said many of the administration’s criticisms of the chapter were unfounded, from a billing problem that started as a mix-up in paperwork, to an inconsistent administrative drinking policy. “Nationals told us, we’re not as concerned with drinking in rooms, it’s the parties, the big picture we’re worried about,” Seder said. “And the dean has often told us in the past, ‘We know you guys are moist, just be careful.’” Representatives from the national fraternity will come to Hillsdale next week to do a chapter review. Seder said that usually means 85 percent of a chapter’s members are cut. “They told us on the phone it would be down to eight to 10 guys,” Seder said. Another campus fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega experienced a similar treatment several years ago, after fraternity and campus violations. Their house was not taken away, but their charter was also in jeopardy. Seder said the dean’s decision seemed unfair, especially in comparison with ATO. “They let the ATOs stay in the house. At least treat us the same way,” he said. Associate Professor of Biology Anthony Swinehart, DSP’s faculty adviser, said the tension between administration and alumni is part of the “growing
22-credit program will require no new classes or faculty
Roxanne Turnbull Arts Editor Hillsdale College’s theater and speech department officially added a new dance minor Feb. 2. The minor requires 22 credit hours of both academic and physical courses. “I just got sent the requirements today,” junior Dan Thelen said. “I’ll be really close to getting it. It will be a tight squeeze, but I’m going to give it my best effort.” Thelen has been dancing with the Tower Dancers since his freshman year at Hillsdale and teaches dance in the community. He is pleased for the the opportunity to put his passion on his resume. “I think it’s about time,” Thelen said. “It might open doors for new classes in the future. It will probably get the interest of students who have put dance on the back burner.” Sophomore Katherine Holt has been dancing for 15 years and is also involved with the Tower Dancers. “I’m really happy about it,” she said. “I’m a little concerned they decided to do this after it’s too late to add classes, but at least they did it.” Holt said she would have to catch up with a lot of the credits to graduate with a dance minor but is seriously considering pursuing it. “Most girls are like me and just audit or show up for [dance] classes,” Holt said. “I think the minor will get the numbers up for dancers who want to enroll in the classes.” Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Corinne Imberski, along with other Hillsdale staff members, needed to fulfill requirements before the faculty voted on whether or not the minor would be created. The vote took place last week and it was in the dance program’s favor. “Everybody seems really excited about it,” Imberski said. “I think it’s going to be a pretty popular minor for a variety of our students, not just dance and theater students.” Imberski said that dance has a rich history that students should explore. The study of dance is both physical and mental, making it a balanced field. “I think it is of the utmost importance,” Imberski said. “Music and theater have always been an academic pursuit. Dance has not had the same visibility and prestige. It’s a performance art that has been around just as long.”
The adminstration’s decision to take away Delta Sigma Phi house has been the catalyst for a web petition from alumni and supporters of the fraternity. (Collegian)
New charter schools slated for Tenn.
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Emily Johnston Senior Reporter Hillsdale students wanting to teach at a classical school are in luck. Great Hearts Academies, a network of private classical schools in Phoenix, Ariz., is looking into opening a new school in Nashville, Tenn. Last week, Great Hearts hosted an open house in Nashville. The event was well attended, said Cara Valle ’10 who now works at one of the Great Hearts schools in Phoenix. Valle confirmed what the open house suggested. “There are plans in the works to open a Great Hearts network school in Nashville,” she said. Valle teaches sixth grade English and high school po-
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etry at Glendale Preparatory Academy, one of 12 schools in the Great Hearts Academies network. Another Hillsdale graduate, Joel VanDerworp, ’10, also works at Glendale Prep. He connected with Glendale Prep during Hillsdale College’s Classical School job fair. Valle found her way into the Great Hearts network through her college roommate, who also discovered Great Hearts Academies at the job fair. Valle said seven Hillsdale graduates teach at Glendale Prep and that there are about 15 Hillsdale alumni working throughout the Great Hearts network. “I would absolutely recommend Hillsdale grads to pursue a position at a Great Hearts
school,” VanDerworp said. “We have begun to build a real community among the different schools, so the social life is much better than I expected.” When Great Hearts opens a new school, it begins with sixth through ninth grades and adds additional grades each year. Before a school can admit students, though, Great Hearts first finds a location where families show interest in classical education. Then, it secures a headmaster. Valle said all of the schools in the Great Hearts network teach the same classical, Great Books curriculum. They focus on pedagogy and Socratic learning. In her classroom, Valle tries to place the emphasis on students asking and answering
questions as much as possible. “Hillsdale prepared me well,” she said. “Most Hillsdale grads working here are doing well because Hillsdale is based on a Great Books curriculum.” Valle said she is excited Great Hearts is continuing to expand. “The advantage of the Great Hearts network is that it’s a good curriculum for average, middle class kids,” she said. “The benefits of teaching at a classical school are obvious — I have the opportunity to discuss great texts with students each and every day,” VanDerworp said. “It’s awesome. One downside is that we are young and do not yet have the kind of facilities the local public schools have, but we’ve made it work.”
NEWS Mark Skousen: FEE’s role in modern economics
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Economist, college professor, and author Mark Skousen delivered a lecture at Hillsdale college on Jan. 31 titled “The Centrality of the Invisible Hand” for the CCA “Adam Smith, Free Markets, and the Modern World.” Skousen served as the president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) from 2001 to 2002 and writes for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Liberty Magazine, as well as many other print and online publications. To honor Skousen’s dedication to economics and business, Grantham University, an online institution dedicated to the education of service members and veterans, named its business school after him: “The Mark Skousen School of Business.” Skousen is also the founder and producer of Freedomfest, a conference held annually in Las Vegas and centered around celebrating America’s freedom. What are your thoughts on “The Wealth of Nations”? “The Wealth of Nations” is the most translated economics book ever. But not necessarily the most read because it’s over 200 years old and 2,000 pages. I’ve read it cover to cover and it is a very profound work. My [CCA] topic [was] the invisible hand which is the symbol that Adam Smith used to describe the free market. That people acting in their own self-interest somehow benefit the public in general. There are some controversies regarding the invisible hand. The other issue is was Adam Smith a devoted follower of laissez faire? Or was he actually a radical egalitarian, a social democrat, who actually favored a very strong and influential government? There is this debate among economists and social thinkers. What do you think Adam Smith would say about today’s monetary system. So if you think about those four areas. Peace. Do we have peace today? No. Do we have easy taxes? Most people would say no. Do we have sound money? Probably not. And finally do we have a tolerable administration of justice? Now at that, I
pains” of campus policy changes toward Greek houses. “One of the main issues here is the relatively quickly changing expectations for fraternity life, which for the upperclassmen has probably seemed to be a moving dation for Economic Educatarget,” Swinehart said. tion, where you worked for two Swinehart said that in the four years, in modern economics? years he served as the fraterThe biggest problem with FEE nity’s adviser, he saw improveis that it has become relatively ments in ritual, commitment, unknown compared to what it and philanthropy that were “like used to be. It used to be the free night and day.” market think tank and all these “Five years ago, there would other organizations have grown have been additional issues, out of it. Almost everybody who’s including lack of adherence to now in charge of Young America’s fraternity rituals, lack of proper Foundation or CATO or IHS, ISI, organization of pledge educaall of these organizations almost tion, far greater disrespect for the all of the founders of those orgahouse and alcohol policy, etc.,” nizations went to a FEE seminar he said. “But these are issues and were subscribers to The Free- which I think the fraternity has man. But now The Freeman has a made great gains in improving, circulation of 5,000 people, which including the issue of alcohol in really dropped even though it con- the house.” tinues to put out good material. Swinehart highlighted the Larry Reed, from what I underchapter’s recent record in stand, has moved the organization philanthropy as an example — to Atlanta and they are working last semester the house raised a hard to do student seminars, record amount — $1,152 — for which is where their influence is a local teen center through its being felt, as well as The Freeannual Haunted House event. man, which, again, doesn’t have Petersen said he appreciated the respect it deserves. What was your position at the CIA? Well, very private and very secret. No, I was an economic analyst. I never got into the underground world of the CIA. Mine was more in the overt side, the Office of Economic Research. I was there during the first energy crisis of the 1970s. So I enjoyed it and it taught me a lot of the government. But it was too bureaucratic and after two years I left to work in the private sector. Do you still have the 1958 convertible?
DSP alumni’s frustration and concern. “We look to the alumni and the national fraternity to help the men of Tau chapter become an exemplary fraternity according to the mission and principles of the college and the national fraternity.” The active members of the chapter declined to comment. Stomps said the petition and the website accompanying it are not intended to send the administration a message. “While it might be nice to present a list of hundreds upon hundreds of supporters, I’m not confident that it will mean much to the Hillsdale College administration, although it is my hope,” he said. Meanwhile, Swinehart said active members spent Saturday deep-cleaning and repainting the house. “It has unified most of the membership and inspired them to take the high road and work hard to earn back their privileges,” he said. “I have been proud of how they have responded,” Swinehart said. Seder said the alumni have also rallied around the chapter. “They’ve showed what brotherhood is all about,” Seder said. He considers his efforts a modest success. “Honestly, I haven’t changed Simpson a whole lot, but third floor south is, without question, the most tight-knit, trustworthy, and open hall on Hillsdale’s campus.” Fields is also confident that other residents of Simpson will step up to maintain what Rogers called an usually strong “level of smoothness” in Simpson. “I’m not worried at all,” Fields said. “This isn’t a job that takes a ton of training or experience. It takes a little bit of leadership skill, a willingness to work with the guys on your hall, and a bit of common sense. There are more than enough men on Hillsdale’s campus that far exceed these very basic minimum requirements.” Rogers said that he has received 25 RA applications for Simpson so far, which he considers a testament to “the amount of guys who both want leadership and who want to lead.” —Jack Butler
economic scene? Smith made an interesting statement ... : “Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.” I, and I think Smith, too, would add in a sound
would probably nod my head in agreement. These are some problems that Adam Smith would raise in today’s society. But he also certainly would be overwhelmed at the dramatic rise in our standard of living. What is the role of the Foun-
Paul House facelift planned
Sarah Anne Voyles Collegian Reporter A large wooden swing sags on the Paul House’s flaking gray wood porch, one side still chained to the ceiling. The Hillsdale College administration thinks it’s time for a facelift. The outside windows and shutters are just a few things that need to be done to the outside, said Diane Philipp, dean of women. “I have had a wish and desire to do something to that house for a long time because it is a beautiful house and want to keep it a jewel on Hillsdale Street,” Vice President for Administration Rich Péwé said. Péwé said the exterior windows need to be replaced with more energy efficient ones, latticework and the shutters need to be stripped and repainted, and the entire exterior needs to be overhauled so that it does not deteriorate any more. The house also has interior issues. There is mold and a troublesome toilet in one of the upstairs bathrooms, and in the resident assistants’ bathroom the tile around the shower is peeling off. Head RA Brittany Baldwin, a senior, said that the administration had approached her about the renovations and she thinks there have been plans in place for a while. But with the influx of new students, the project got pushed back a summer. The Paul House is a hub of activity, serving as a Friday night hangout and a gathering place for club meetings. From the tall ceiling to a tower on the third floor where girls enjoy studying in the warmer months, Baldwin said there is a lot of character in the house. Lorenzo Dow and his wife purchased the house in 1918, hence the house’s official name, the Lorenzo Dow House. The Paul family then purchased it in 1948, before it became property of the college. It then served as the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house until the early 2000s — when the sorority lost its charter with Hillsdale College. It was then converted into a women’s dormitory. “It is a great on-campus place for people to gather and there is a great amount of space,” Baldwin said.“It’s a really comfortable place to live and everyone who came in knew that it had its share of quirks.” One of those quirky moments came last December, when sophomore Rachel Maloley was getting ready for an 8 a.m. final. She noticed something gray that had jumped on her roommate’s forehead. “It was a mouse with dark circles around its eyes, or at least it looked like a mouse to me,” Maloley said. The mouse then scrambled around in Maloley’s clothes before jumping at her and driving her into the bathroom. “It is very chaotic,” Maloley said of the house. “But there are always people there, so I just love it.”
Of Simpson’s 14 Resident Assistants this year, Trevor Anderson, Nate Jebb, Michael Peters, John Bonvillian, and Przemyslaw Grzesiak are graduating. “These are some of the most experienced RAs we had, and their loss represents a vacuum of corporate knowledge,” said Jeff Rogers, assistant dean of men. Another experienced RA, junior Derek Fields, is looking to move off campus. “I’m needed elsewhere right now and I can be much more uniquely effective by devoting my time to other things on this campus,” Fields said. Fields said he endeavored to maintain dorm cohesion and resolve conflicts during his tenure as an RA. “It’s been important for me to try to build those friendships, mediate those disputes, and just foster a sense of hall pride and community,” he said.
Classics student racks up honors
Tory Cooney Copy Editor Like a string of prayer flags, five neatly rectangular pieces of paper hang in a row on Emily Goodling’s desk, each inscribed with inspirational words printed in her meticulous hand. “Only the exhaustive is truly exhilarating,” reads a quotation from Thomas Mann’s novel “The Magic Mountain.” Exhaustive and exhilarating, indeed. Joseph Garnjobst, associate professor of classical studies, described the academic pace the sophomore has set for herself as “blistering.” Goodling’s work has already seen a national payoff. Her paper on the use of ekphrasis in Apuleius’s “Cupid and Psyche” was selected for Eta Sigma Phi’s national convention this March, where she will join senior Kirsten Block in presenting their essays. “They’re both doing wonderful work and we’re very proud of both of them,” Garnjobst said. Since Hillsdale began encouraging the submission of papers to the conference in 2008, 12 Hillsdale upperclassmen have presented and two more were accepted as alternates. “It’s very similar to what we do at our own conventions. It’s kind of a pre-professional thing to do,” Garnjobst said. “It’s a great opportunity for students.”
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Older students, that is. Goodling is the first Hillsdale sophomore to have a paper accepted. “She’s an unusually focused, hardworking and disciplined student,” said Gavin Weaire, associate professor of classical studies and Goodling’s academic adviser. “We’re lucky to have her.” “If I could bottle and sell her aspiration and energy I would be rich,” Assistant Professor of German Fred Yaniga said. “Emily lays out a plan and makes it happen. She is never satisfied with half-done projects.” Homeschooled on a farm in the Green Mountains of Vermont by a “crazy-entrepreneur-artistfarmer-chauffer-cook” mother and an engineer father, Goodling’s education was left largely in her own hands. “They always just said ‘go work hard, just do it,’” Goodling recalled. “Languages just take time and memorizing a thousand billion flashcards.” Goodling has studied Latin since the second grade and began a cursory study of Koine Greek in high school, attending online classes once a week. Upon coming to Hillsdale, she continued her studies in Latin but picked up classical Greek and German as well, vaulting through the ranks to 400-level composition courses in three semesters. “It’s hard. But that’s what makes it exciting,” Goodling said. “The sheer rigor is what
drew me to languages. It’s exhilarating.” When she was 14, Goodling underwent an “I-hate-school stage.” She dropped Latin, switched to French, and nearly suffered a psychological breakdown as a result. “I just remember sobbing and sobbing and saying, ‘I love Latin. All I want to do is Latin. Why am I taking French, why?’” Goodling said. “So I went back to Latin and that was the end of that. There was no looking back.” “She can be introspective and shy, but she forces herself to come out and engage anyone she can find who is willing to help advance her studies,” Yaniga said. Over the summer, Goodling worked on a personal reading project with Yaniga in which the two read works by German author Hermann Hesse, including “The Glass Bead Game,” in the original language. “When someone like Emily comes along, you don’t feel annoyed,” Yaniga said. “She’s bringing something.” Before beginning her studies in German, Goodling had already approached Yaniga with questions about musical aesthetic theory in relation to the work of Richard Wagner and Thomas Mann. “This is senior or graduatelevel work. It wasn’t refined yet, but already on that level of
thought,” Yaniga said. “Emily’s an original thinker, she’s not predictable.” Goodling got a chance to publish some of those thoughts in a book review that ran in Nuntius, Eta Sigma Phi’s newsletter. The article touched on opera, ancient Greece, 19th century German culture, and Georg Hegel. “It was a perfect Emily Goodling topic,” Weaire said. Goodling, a pianist, has a passion for music — particularly German opera — originally planned to add music as a second major. “But I realized I’m not quite good enough and would ruin my wrists,” Goodling said. “Well ... I already have ruined my wrists.” When at home, Goodling accompanies her sister, “a phenomenal vocalist,” on the piano. Their father, who plays guitar, occasionally joining in. The farm in Vermont not only produces skeins of high-quality yarn and maple syrup — which Goodling uses to flavor her tea — but also serves as a bed and breakfast, drawing American city-dwellers looking for a “real farm experience” along with international tourists who travel from Spain, Japan, and Siberia to the rolling, wooded slopes of the Green Mountains. The Goodling family offer classes in fiber-arts, which include dying, weaving, braiding, spinning, and felting, many of
Sophomore Emily Goodling has set a “blistering” pace for herself, earning national awards for her work in Greek and Latin studies. (Courtesy of Emily Goodling) which are taught by Goodling over the summer. Goodling’s favorites were spinning and felting. While taking online classes in high school she would often work with her drop spindle, and spun enough rainbow-colored yarn for a hat during the car-ride to Hillsdale. “I cannot sit still and do nothing,” Goodling said. “I have to be thinking and I have to be doing.” In high school Goodling began selling completely handmade fairies, beads, and birds in felted nests — including her ephemeral trademark hummingbird — on her Etsy shop, Vermont Fairies, to help fund her college education. “Etsy is getting me through college,” Goodling said. As are the hundreds of customers from 16 different countries who have purchased Goodling’s handicrafts, over 1,230 of them giving her 100 percent positive feedback. One customer comment mentions that her two-year-old daughter stole the felted ladybugs intended for a friend. “She loves to take them to bed with her,” the customer wrote. “I just have so much passion and so much love for everything that I’m doing,” Goodling said. “And I have somewhere to channel it and people who are willing to provide guidance and encouragement and challenges, even more challenges than I could take. It’s amazing.” “Emily is certainly a bright star,” Yaniga said. “I can’t wait to write her a recommendation letter.”
Last week, The Collegian published a Q&A with Mark Skousen under the name of P.J. O’Rourke. The correct combination can be read in this paper and on-line. Additionally, one of the photos accompanying the Delta Sigma Phi story featured alcohol bottles that had been moved by a Collegian photographer. While the bottles were found on the house’s property, the paper should not have moved them to frame a better photo.
Key to the constitution
Caleb Whitmer Copy Editor The Constitution can be a contentious topic at Hillsdale College. Students on campus seem split between two extremes: those who revere the Constitution as a sacred document, genuflecting before each statesman statue on campus, and those who cynically dismiss it as Hillsdale propaganda. President Larry Arnn’s latest book is an articulate work for both groups. Arnn’s book, long title and all, is an “Elements of English Grammar” for the Constitutionally illiterate. In the first section, Arnn covers everything from the founding documents to Adam Smith to the progressives in 123 concisely-written pages. The book is titled “The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk By Losing It.” Before you cynics roll your eyes, open the cover and look at the table of contents. The book is divided into two parts: “Part I: The Argument” and “Part II: Foundational Readings.” Do you want an honest and mildly unflattering examination of the slave-holding (and slaveimpregnating) Thomas Jefferson, the man who penned the words “All men are created equal?” Check out chapter six, aptlytitled “Hypocrisy.” Add block quotations from Adam Smith, Abraham Lincoln, and about half the Founding Fathers, and an outline of natural rights, and you have a comprehensive history of the Constitution and Arnn’s vision for the future of the founding documents. Arnn grounds his argument for the validity of the Constitutin in fixed rights and the classical definition of equality. These two points are the thread with which he sews the Declaration and Constitution together. Betsy Ross couldn’t have done a better job of it. Arnn begins his argument by explaining the evolution of human rights, or rather that there should be no evolution of human rights (“The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”). In chapter four, Arnn writes a wonderfully illuminating passage on two meanings of the word “nature” that everyone should read. In his discussion of the idea of equality, Arnn effectively uses Hillsdale football player Jared Veldheer to prove people are not born with equal faculties, perhaps one of the more instinctively true statements he makes in the book. Arnn writes that, today, equality is viewed generally as a result of actions rather than “the condition under which our actions begin and operate.” From there, Arnn tackles modern-day problems that have resulted from a lack of understanding the true meanings of natural rights and the notion of equality. He directly refutes the suggestion that “economic conditions” are the hinge on which the meaning of ideas inevitably turn. He calls that “despair.” Sorry, 99-percenters. Warren Buffett isn’t in this book. Arnn describes the Progressive movement and its rejection of universal truth as the enemies of the Constitution. He states that America is “near a moment of choice” and that his book “aims to make clear the terms of that choice.” “Sometimes we have endeavored to embrace — and sometimes we have endeavored to escape — the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” Arnn writes. “They have been the source of our liberation, and they have seemed the source of our confining.” It’s safe to say this book wasn’t written for politics majors, although they too might enjoy it. Think of it as Everything Public School Left Out Of American History 101. Arnn is obviously passionate about teaching the principles of our nation’s founding, not just to college students, but to the general public as well. His inclusion of the “Foundational Readings” points to this. Also, it’s probably not a coincidence that the book came out when it did, since it serves as a great primer for Arnn’s online Constitution course, which begins in a few weeks. The title of Arnn’s book has a double meaning. Not only is this little book a key to the Founders’ thinking, but also a key for the average American. Anyone who reads this book will have a better understanding of the ideas behind our nation’s founding and the importance of maintaining those ideas in their classical meanings today.
From paper envelopes to twitter:
Matt Resch ‘97 shares his social media story
Marieke van der Vaart and Sarah Leitner, Editor-in Chief and Sports Editor Matthew Resch ’97 is the founder of Resch Strategies, a public relations and social media firm in Lansing, Mich. The former history major and political science minor spoke at the 2012 Michigan Press Association Annual Convention on how newspapers can make social media work for them. The Collegian caught up with him afterward to find out how he went from Hillsdale student to successful social media guru. Resch just finished an eight year term on the Hillsdale alumni board. Did you have a favorite professor at Hillsdale at the time? Dr. Kalthoff was my adviser. Dr. Conner and Dr. Wilson and Dr. Sundahl were my favorites. Are you a Michigan native? No, actually I’m from Indiana. I grew up in Fort Wayne. I went to Lansing after graduation and worked in the governor’s office. I’ve been here since then. Did you marry a Michigander? Actually, my wife is from California. But we met at Hillsdale. She transferred in and we met when I was a senior, and we got married a couple years after. You went straight to work in the governor’s office. What did you do? If there were 100 people in the governor’s office, I was number 100, on the bottom of the [totem] pole. I worked in the mail room answering the governor’s mail, answering the phone. I did that for about a year. And then after the governor was reelected in 1998, the new Lieutenant Governor — who was Dick Posthumus at the time — needed a communications person in the communications office. So, I was hired to be his communications person after that. So, I did that and was in the communications office until the governor left office. It must have changed tremendously since you first started. -- what has changed? It’s incredible. It’s very, very different. When I started, email was just getting going, and the governor’s website was just this blank page, basically, with his picture and a short message. Now — just to see the difference — that’s common in politics and communications. It’s pretty amazing. So you actually opened mail? Yeah, paper mail. Hundreds and hundreds of pieces a day. I would sit there and I would write which department it should be referred to, and then I would put it in an envelope, and someone would come and take it there. Since then you’ve worked in communications. It sounds like something you really love, and it’s certainly something you’re good at. It’s been my job and I do like it a lot. I’ve done it in the legislature, I’ve done it in campaigns, I’ve done it with the governor and I’ve done it in the private sector. Three years ago I was lucky enough to be able to start my own business. What are some differences you noticed going from the public to the private sector? I just liked the freedom of it. I spent a lot of time working on the legislature. I was ready for a change. The constant, daily, political, partisan stuff starts to wear on you after a while. I like the fact I can still get involved in the politics. But it’s on my terms now, and I can do just as much as I want and then focus on the other stuff that I do, too. What companies have you enjoyed working with? I work with AT&T. I work with Pfizer. I work with a group called Campaign for Justice. I’ve always liked the fact that in my job, no day is really the same, and a lot of different issues have come up. It was true in the governor’s office. It was true in the legislature. It’s very true now, and it keeps things interesting. Is it more difficult to work in non-political communications? It really depends. It’s a different beast because, I think a lot of times, reporters are a little more guarded about politics in general, a little more skeptical about covering those kinds of things. But I think it’s a nice change. It’s been very interesting to watch how reporters cover different topics, how they cover politics, how they cover issues, and how personal biases and interests play into those different kinds of things. Did you think you would be doing this 10 years ago? I always knew I had an interest in politics. When I was at Hillsdale, I spent a semester in Washington. And I spent a good portion after graduating trying to go back to Washington. A Hillsdale alum advised me if I couldn’t go to D.C., Lansing was the next best place because it’s a full-time legislature. So, it’s kind of like a mini-Washington. And since my wife was still at Hillsdale I decided to try to get a job in Lansing. And I’m still here. What has Hillsdale affected for you? Everything. I never appreciated it at the time. The thing I think I took away the most was the fact that they taught me how to write and how to talk and how to communicate. Especially in the jobs where I was hiring people — in a lot of cases young people who were right out of college. Seeing some of the writing skills and the communications skills that they were lacking really made me appreciate Dr. Sundahl and Dr. Wilson and Dr. Conner, who didn’t just grade my papers because of the content or the English or the history topic, but they graded it on how well it was written — and in a lot of cases more so that way. And that really, really helped me out. How do you think the campus has changed since you graduated under former president George Roche? I’ve told people that the one thing I regret is that I haven’t been able to be at Hillsdale under Dr. Arnn. Not to say one [bad] thing about Dr. Roche, but I’ve had some interactions with Dr. Arnn just being on the board. And just seeing him, he’s just such a genuine, personable guy. The tone on the campus feels very different to me from when I was there. I regret not having the chance to go to school there while he was president. Follow him on Twitter: @ MattResch
A4 9 Feb. 2012 KATE’S TAKE
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Dear Fellow Students, Briefly concerning last week’s freak-out: Fear not, dear reader! This column, as intriguing and realistic to your life as it may be, is in fact satirical. Last week’s column seemed to provoke concern in the form of emails. Some fellow students seem to think that it was a “cry for help.” And while I do actually need a job, I assure you, I’m not about to kill myself. But I appreciate the gesture, and I did follow the offered advice! I picked out a star that I would love to visit, and named it Barney, after my favorite “How I Met Your Mother” character. Calmed my nerves right down. Meanwhile, back to more urgent problems! Dear Kate, My mom recently signed up for Facebook, and friend requested me. As she is my mother, I naturally accepted. However, now she comments on all of my photos and statuses, and she has started to friend request my friends. As I record every second of my life on my profile, I feel that my privacy has been completely invaded. I don’t know how to distance myself from her in the cyber world without hurting her feelings, but she started tagging me in naked baby photos from when I was 3. I’m quite concerned as this does not aid my chances with the ladies here at Hillsdale. What do I do? Sincerely, Facebook Stud Dear.....Stud (??) Ah yes, this is a classic case of Facebook dementia. Somehow, despite the fact that our generation is the most technologically literate ever, people continue to forget that Facebook has this handy little thing called security preferences. Eye opener, I know. Keep the barrier between College and Family firmly established. It would be horrible for your mother to discover that the thousands of dollars she spending on you to get an education actually have resulted in the pursuit of that most difficult challenge: Hillsdating two women at once (it’s only been accomplished twice in the last 4 years). Or you could consider, wild idea that it is, avoiding Facebook altogether and simply do your homework. Terrifying idea.
Sophomores Abby Loxton and Brett Wierenga’s papers were judged good enough for presentation at a national conference. Too bad they’re not old enough to go. Economists from all over the country and world attend the three day Association of Private Enterprise Education conference from April 1-3 to present papers on a variety of topics. Associate Professor of Economics Charles Steele selected the best essays from students in his class, History of Economic Thought I. The papers were then read by an independent panel of judges who selected Loxton and Wierenga’s papers. Unfortunately, however, the department found out that, according to APEE rules, students have to 21 years old to attend. “All hotels in Las Vegas are casinos and require all minors to be
accompanied. APEE decided to say no to undergraduates under 21,” Pongracic said. Since Loxton and Wierenga are both underage, the runner-ups were chosen to go instead. Seniors Rebecca Schoon and Nathan Lichtman will attend in their stead. Students attending will compete for the best research paper. Winners will receive a cash prize. Hillsdale College has sent students to the conference every year for the past several years. “We’ve done well in the past and heard comments that we were quite impressive,” said Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic. “I expect it again this time.” -Sally Nelson
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On Friday, the Health and Wellness Club of Hillsdale College unveiled the new Health and Wellness portal. The site, which can be accessed by selecting the “Committees” link on the student homepage, offers a myriad of options for students looking to improve their well-being. “There are discussion forums for training, and Carol [the nurse at Ambler Health Center]will be putting up information about the flu and other wellness-related topics,” said Brock Lutz, Director of Health Services. Besides discussion forums where students can communicate about healthy living and training — or even find a workout partner — there are links to different websites that offer information, ranging from body mass index calculators to the development of a workout routine. The portal also offers information on dates and times of workout events, such as boot camp, pilates, and zumba. The site will be updated on a weekly basis with new videos, discussions, and articles appearing every Friday afternoon. — Abi Wood