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The ping pong tables and

cushy chairs in the Grewcock
Student Union were replaced with
folding tables and plastic chairs
on Thursday, March 1.
Hillsdale College’s Classical
School Jobs Fair was held March
1 and 2. Twenty-eight schools (13
oI them Ior the frst time) came
from across the country to meet
and interview students for teach-
ing and administrative positions.
Director of Career Services
Joanna Wiseley said that on
Thursday both students and rep-
resentatives from the schools met
and learned about one another.
Interviews were held on Friday.
“An average of 35 resumes
were collected by each of the
schools that responded to our
survey,” she said. “This was the
most successful fair yet.”
Follow-up interviews were
held in Phillips Auditorium on
Friday, students have since had
Skype interviews with potential
employers, and a few students
have oIIers to be fown to schools
for on-sight interviews.
“Schools are only as good as
the people in front of the class-
room,” said Associate Professor
of Education Daniel Coupland.
“In order to last, they need good
Along with the meet-and-greet
and interviews, school repre-
sentatives enjoyed lectures from
Hillsdale professors, and received
a tour and attended opening cer-
emonies at Hillsdale Academy.
Mark Peterson, the principal at
Aristotle Academy in American
Fork, Utah, said he was impressed
by the Hillsdale students he met.
Aristotle Academy is a brand new
school and will be opening its
doors this coming August.
Peterson said the school is
patterned after both Hillsdale
Academy and the college, and
he was excited to see the schools
in person. He also came with the
hopes oI hiring people to fll a Iew
of 17 different positions.
“Hillsdale has the caliber of
students we are looking for,” he
said. “I was already expecting to
be impressed, and after coming
here I am even more impressed. I
am hoping that at least one of our
staff will be a Hillsdale graduate.
At least one.”
Rebecca Demeyer, the elemen-
tary school assistant principal at
The Classical Academy in Colo-
rado Springs, Colo., said she was
looking for candidates that feel
they can align themselves with
the core values of the school.
“We need people who are
interested in continuing to grow
as a learner, who want to nurture
their students and become a part
of the community, and who have
a passion for teaching,” she said.
Demeyer said the school
already employs a few Hillsdale
graduates, and she is hoping to
fnd more.
“Hillsdale is a great place to
communicate with like-minded
people,” she said. “Our school is
classically minded, so the people
here are already aligned with our
philosophy. Coming here is a con-
tinuation of their beliefs. There
are Iewer gaps we have to fll in
our staff. At our school we are
working to bring up exemplary
citizens, and we need teachers
who will emulate that role for our
Katie Walker ’11 is a grammar
school intern at Veritas Academy
in Leola, Pa. She said her educa-
tion at Hillsdale prepared her for
teaching at a classical school.
“The Veritas [Academy] ap-
proach to education is the same
as Hillsdale’s approach,” she said.
“Hillsdale prepared me a lot. They
have a great idea of education.”
Walker said Hillsdale espe-
cially gave her a love for learning
and inspired her to continue learn-
ing and to model that mindset for
younger students.
“Because I’ve been at Hills-
dale, I can see what [Veritas is]
striving to do in its education,”
she said. “I can work to take my
students and prepare them for that
in the future.”
Senior Shannon Sullivan had
eight interviews on Friday, and
has already heard back Irom fve
different schools about further
“I think the people who were
John Derbyshire writes for the
National Review, The New Crite-
rion, and The Washington Times.
He has written hve books, on topics
ranging from politics to mathemat-
ics. He spoke at Hillsdale College
on Tuesdav, March about his most
recent book, 'We are Doomed. Re-
claiming Conservative Pessimism.`
What do you mean by
“reclaiming conservative pes-
I wrote a book called “We Are
Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative
Pessimism.” More than anything, it
was a reaction against the George
W. Bush years. Conservatism had
been led astray by optimism and
conservatives need to return to a
more pessimistic outlook — to
avoid those kinds of errors in
future — so we don’t get into the
kind of vast new social programs
that George W. Bush gave. Not to
overlook, of course, these wonder-
fully optimistic wars, where we’re
going to remake the Middle East in
our own image. So my mood at the
time was a reaction against what
I saw as George W. Bush’s — I
wouldn’t go as far as Bob Bartley,
and say “betrayal” of conservatism
— but wandering astray from the
true path of Conservatism. Most
people, including most political
commentators, tend to personalize
things quite intensely.
Have you seen any connec-
tions between British and Ameri-
can politics?
American and British politics
tend to run on curiously parallel
lines. You see a development in one
country and then a couple of years
later you see the same kind of thing
going on in the other. We had Mar-
garet Thatcher, and then a couple of
years later you had Ronald Reagan.
Then we had John Major and you
had Bill Clinton. There’s a sort of
rough parallel to the way things
advance in the two countries. But I
Hillsdale College said it
would continue advertising on
Rush Limbaugh’s radio show,
following a controversy over
Limbaugh’s comments about a
Georgetown Law student.
“Mr. Limbaugh made
remarks of a kind that are de-
structive to reasonable political
discourse and that we would not
tolerate on our campus,” said
Vice President of Administra-
tion Rich Péwé in a March 6
statement. “We hope deeply that
he, his audience, and the Ameri-
can people will resume talking
seriously about the ongoing
assault on religious freedom and
on other basic rights under our
Limbaugh called the woman,
Sandra Fluke, a “slut” and a
“prostitute.” He also said she
should post a sex tape online
so that those who would help
pay for her sexual exploits can
get something in return. Fluke
had appeared before a group of
representatives on Capitol Hill
to argue for the HHS mandate
that would require insurance
providers to provide contracep-
tion even if it goes against their
religious beliefs.
Numerous companies,
including Sears, AOL, and
AllState, stopped advertising
on Limbaugh’s show because
of his comments. The talk show
host apologized for his words on
March 5.
Against my own instincts,
against my own knowledge,
against everything I know to be
right and wrong, I descended
to their level (the political leIt)
when I used those two words to
describe Sandra Fluke,” he said
on his show on March 5.
The administration issued its
statement this week in response
to phone calls and emails,
including a message sent to fac-
ulty members by a woman call-
ing herself Hesh Hepplewhite.
“I would assume the vast
majority of both MALE and FE-
MALE employees and students
at Hillsdale have used some
form of birth control ... There-
fore by continuing to sponsor
Mr. Limbaugh, Hillsdale has
decided to label their female em-
ployees and students SLUTS,”
her email said.
Professor of English Mi-
chael Jordan said he thought
the college’s response to the
controversy was “sensible and
temperate.” Don Westblade, as-
sistant professor of religion, also
said the college’s response was
Others, however, said the
school should have handled the
situation differently.
Katya Cavallaro, a junior
history and art major, said
Hillsdale should stop advertising
on Limbaugh’s show because of
his comments, which she called
“extremely offensive.”
“I think his comments are
certainly enough to justify pull-
ing advertising,” she said. “I
think they should defnitely be
reconsidering it right now. In my
opinion, there’s no question.”
Josephine Burns, an alumnus
who graduated in 2011, said
the school should reexamine its
relationship with the pundit.
“I don’t necessarily think
that Hillsdale should pull their
advertising from his show,” she
said, “but I think they need to
think really carefully about the
image that it sends people who
are uneducated about Hillsdale,
or maybe who don’t understand
Hillsdale’s mission, because I
think in that sense, it creates a
negative picture of Hillsdale as
condoning his outbursts.”
Paul Rahe, professor of his-
tory, said conservative pundits,
including Limbaugh, are held
to higher standards than their
liberal counterparts.
“If he were a liberal, he’d
have less trouble,” Rahe said.
“You can call Laura Ingraham
a slut and keep your job. But
conservatives expect decorum
–– a measure of it, at least. And
obviously he slipped across the
line. And he did what a gentle-
man does when he crosses the
line. He apologized.”
Rahe said Limbaugh failed
to meet his audience’s expecta-
“The people who listen
to Limbaugh are people who
think there should be higher
standards,” he said. “I know
he knows that, that’s why he
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Hillsdale College
sticks by Rush
Q&A: John Derbyshire
Pessimism and the future of Ameria
Yesterday, a number of faculty and staff received an abusive email from one “Hesh Hepplewhite.” The mes-
sage was a clumsy and crude attempt to distract the College in light of contemporary media disputes. In order
to address any questions raised by these events, the College issues the statement below. Finally, should you
receive an inquiry or correspondence similar in vein to that sent yesterday, please simply forward it to Bill Gray, Thank you for all the good work in pursuit of the daily task of teaching those in our charge.

“Hillsdale College advertises on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show because he and his large audience have
proved themselves friendly to the College’s 168-year-old mission: to provide “sound learning” of a kind es-
sential to maintaining “civil and religious liberty” and “intelligent piety.” Last week, Mr. Limbaugh made remarks
of a kind that are destructive to reasonable political discourse and that we would not tolerate on our campus.
We welcomed his apologies over the weekend and on his Monday radio show, and accept them as honest. We
hope deeply that he, his audience, and the American people will resume talking seriously about the ongoing
assault on religious freedom and on other basic rights under our Constitution.”
— Vice President of Administration Rich Péwé
Shannon Odell
Spaces Editor
Greg Barry/Collegian
Brandon Carmack has
wanted to run Ior oIfce since
his childhood.
“My bedroom was decorated
like the Oval OIfce,¨ Carmack
`10 said.
Now, the Iormer political
economy major is running Ior
Minnesota House oI Represen-
tatives in District 64B.
Carmack is running against
the incumbent Michael Pay-
mar who has held the oIfce
since 1996. Paymar has won the
past two elections with about 70
percent oI the vote.
'I looked at the current situ-
ation and it couldn`t get much
worse,¨ Carmack said.
The Highland Park resident
decided to run at the beginning
oI January aIter hearing evan-
gelical pastor John Piper speak
about Christians being involved
in politics. Piper inspired Car-
mack to pursue his dreams.
'I called Sen. David Hann
|the Iather oI John Hann `11|.
He suggested I put together a
campaign and get the experi-
ence oI both organizing a
campaign and articulating posi-
tions,¨ Carmack said.
BeIore graduating Irom
Hillsdale College and moving
to Minnesota with his wiIe, Jes-
sica, Carmack said his time at
Hillsdale heavily infuenced his
understanding oI politics and
Iuture goals. He was involved
in many areas on campus and
began describing himselI as
a 'classical liberal,¨ said his
Iriend, senior Brad Deitzen.
'Politics was always his
thing,¨ he said.
Deitzen said that Carmack
had a great reputation on cam-
'He wasn`t a jerk and def-
nitely had charisma,¨ he said.
One conversation with col-
lege President Larry Arnn about
Carmack`s dream oI presidency
in particular shaped his under-
standing oI the responsibility oI
politicians. The men discussed
Aristotle`s argument that poli-
tics is the highest good mankind
can pursue.
'The highest responsibility is
being a statesman, not a politi-
cian,¨ Carmack said.
In his campaign, he hopes
to restore the idea oI states-
manship to political dialogue.
Statesmen, he said, understand
the importance oI legislation but
also the importance oI higher
In District 64B, Carmack
is attempting to connect with
young people. One Iacet oI that
approach is to reach out to local
College Republicans.
'I`m representing disgrun-
tled college students,¨ he said.
One oI the incumbent`s main
goals is to increase taxes on
alcohol, Carmack said. So he
also wants to establish relation-
ships with restauranters and
bar-owners whose livelihoods
hinge on the sale oI alcohol.
Carmack`s own campaign
is built on the three issues he
believes are the most press-
ing in District 64B: the right
to work, education policy, and
lowering property tax rates. He
hopes to communicate his posi-
tions to constituents through
'trendy and thought-provoking¨
billboards and monthly town
hall meetings.
Currently, he is beginning
the frst oI three stages oI cam-
paigning by building support,
researching, Iundraising, and
making phone calls.
“What we need more than
anything are volunteers,¨ he
said. 'Right now, I`m doing all
oI this. I`m getting to the point
where I need to divide and
Deitzen said Carmack has
shown a statesman’s character
and ability in his personal liIe.
When one oI Carmack`s Iriend`s
lost his Iather, he jumped in to
try to help.
'Brandon did a Iundraiser
to help provide money Ior the
Iamily. They raised several
thousand dollars,¨ Deitzen said.
'He coordinated it all.¨
Deitzen said he has no doubt
that these qualities could spell
positive changes Ior Carmack`s
“Brandon knows what he’s
talking about,¨ he said. 'He has
set ideas and I don`t think he
will compromise.¨

NEWS A2 8 March 2012
Westbrook and
Baldwin named
Man and Woman
The Hillsdale College presi-
dent`s oIfce revealed March
2 that Clint Westbrook and
Brittany Baldwin were voted
outstanding senior man and
woman by the college Iaculty,
aIter being nominated by the
senior class.
'I was really honored just by
the Iact that my peers and pro-
Iessors would see that in me and
also humbled by the responsibil-
ity oI always being an example
to those that are around me,¨
Baldwin said.
Westbrook said that reading
the letter Irom the president`s
oIfce and realizing he was se-
lected Ior the honor was surreal.
'It was exciting and odd at
the same time, being in the posi-
tion that I had looked up to Ior
the last three years,¨ Westbrook
said. 'It was exciting and hum-
bling, especially given the other
guys who were nominated.¨
Both Baldwin and Westbrook
hold their predecessors in high
“I just remember that Betsy
Peters (outstanding senior wom-
an oI 2010) was almost superhu-
man because she did so many
things, but all so well, including
having three majors,¨ Baldwin
said. 'I still don`t compare to
her, but to be able to serve in my
own way and to be able to have
the same honor as her is prob-
ably the most honoring aspect oI
being nominated.¨
Baldwin an American
studies major said that some
oI her Iavorite activities on
campus have been attending the
same Bible study Ior Iour years,
learning Irom her sisters in
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority,
participating in the American
studies honorary, and being
the vice president oI the senior
Baldwin is also a member
oI the George Washington
Fellowship, the Lamplighter
Fellowship, and Omicron Delta
Kappa Leadership Honorary.
She served on Student Federa-
tion and now serves as a resident
Throughout her time at
Hillsdale, some oI her Iondest
memories have been trekking
to Mecosta (home oI Russell
Kirk) with the American studies
honorary Ior the best apple pie,
watching 'Lives oI Others¨
while eating pizza and drinking
beer at college President Larry
Arnn`s house with her Aristotle
class, and visiting Monticello
last spring with the rest oI the
Washington-Hillsdale Internship
program members.
'The biggest thing that I have
learned while I have been at
Hillsdale is not to over-commit
and to make sure that I am
always able to have enough time
to be at peace so I can serve
the people around me and do
my best in school,¨ she said.
'Sophomore year I realized I
did not want to hold up a fag
that said I had achieved all these
things. I wanted to be able to say
that I lived to love people and to
love learning.¨
Westbrook said he has appre-
ciated the diversity oI perspec-
tive oIIered by his politics,
philosophy, and French majors.
'I have really enjoyed getting
all oI these big questions Irom
diIIerent perspectives, and the
conversations that stem Irom
those diIIerent perspectives has
really shaped the way I think
about the diIIerent questions that
Hillsdale poses,¨ he said.
Westbrook is the president oI
ODK, the senior class ambas-
sador, a member oI both the
French and philosophy hon-
oraries, and a member oI Delta
Tau Delta Iraternity.
The key to his experience oI
'Do what you don`t want
to do now, so you can do what
you want to do in the Iuture,¨
he said. 'That advice Irom my
dad has served me well, because
sometimes you don`t want to
go to a certain meeting or do
an assignment. Not only will it
build your work ethic and study
habits, but it will prepare and
allow you to do what you want
to do in the Iuture.¨
Westbrook wants to go to law
school, but has also applied Ior
a position in southern France to
teach English.
Baldwin is less certain about
her Iuture plans, but she would
like to eventually move back
home to Texas.
She said she is keeping her
eye out Ior a position that incor-
porates writing, working with
people, and public speaking.
'They are oI course young
people oI high character,¨ Arnn
said. 'They take the purposes
oI the college to heart and see
them as the purposes oI good
living itselI. They try to get to
the bottom oI things. They want
to know things oI value well
enough to retain and use them,
to live by them, to admire and
enjoy them.¨
Arnn also attested to their
charming and Iun characters.
'Brittany upset me once by
giving a better speech than I at
Ireshman convocation. I have
Iorgiven her only because she is
in so many ways Iunny and de-
lightIul. Clint once explained to
me the purposes oI his Iraternity
in better terms than I could do. I
have Iorgiven him Ior the same
Baldwin and Westbrook will
speak at the parents` luncheon
on Saturday. Baldwin said she
plans to speak on 'the good,¨
while Westbrook hopes to give
the parents a better glimpse
oI the educational process at
'I think that parents who are
visiting the college may only get
a cursory understanding oI what
we do and how the learning
process works,¨ Westbrook com-
mented. 'I would like to outline
that Hillsdale both presents you
with ideas and then teaches you
how to question the very ideas
it has presented |to| you. It is a
very unique thing, and I think it
is something that parents should
Ieel very encouraged by.¨
Emily Shelton
Collegian Freelancer
Alumnus chases congressional seat
Sally Nelson
Web Editor
For 35 years, Jill Pulley has
worked with people at Hillsdale
This month, the people
around her will bid the executive
director oI personnel Iarewell
when she retires Irom Hillsdale
College on March 30.
'I`m ready Ior a new career, a
new challenge,¨ Pulley said.
Pulley has worked in Central
Hall since 1976, and she became
the head oI personnel in 1989.
'I was here beIore comput-
ers,¨ Pulley said, smiling.
Since the days oI carbon
paper and hand-typed invoices,
Pulley has seen other changes
on campus, Irom new oIfce
technology to new buildings, a
renovated sports complex, an
alumni walk, and many new
Iaculty and staII members.
Some things have remained
the same, however. Her work
ethic, Ior starters.
Receptionist Linda Solomon
has worked Ior Pulley Ior 10
years. She calls Pulley 'The
B.B.E: Best Boss Ever.¨
'She has worked hard,¨
Solomon said. 'She has paid her
Vice President oI Administra-
tion Rich Pewe said 14 years oI
working with Pulley has proven
that she is an 'outstanding col-
'As a colleague,¨ he con-
tinued, 'I could never ask Ior
anyone better than Jill.¨
Pewe says that she does more
than a typical human resources
director would do, but never
complains about it.
'She could work circles
around anyone. II she doesn`t
fnish it, she`ll fnish it on week-
ends. You just have confdence
and Iaith that she is going to get
it done,¨ he said.
He also mentioned her
warmth and consideration, a trait
colleagues said they appreciate
as well.
'I trust her. She is abso-
lutely confdential about sensitive
things,¨ Pewe said.
Executive Assistant Debbie
Brown has worked with Pulley, a
good Iriend, Ior 23 years.
'She is dedicated to her
position, outgoing and sincere,¨
Brown said. 'She has the energy
and will to get things done and
make sure they are right.¨
Brown has learned Irom Pul-
ley 'to stay positive, to not let the
workload get you down, to take
one day at a time.¨
What will Pulley miss come
April 1?
For one, student interactions.
Pulley said she has loved
meeting students through her job.
Her transition to head oI person-
nel in `89 brought many changes
Ior Pulley, but she said that
losing those interactions was the
hardest part.
'The students add such energy
and joy and vitality to liIe,¨ Pul-
ley says. 'I like to see them come
in as Ireshmen and blossom over
Iour years.¨
Brown said her Iriend`s retire-
ment is bittersweet.
'I`m happy Ior her but in a
selfsh way I want her to stay
on,¨ Brown said.
Pulley said she plans to 'stay
active¨ aIter retirement by spend-
ing time with her children, and
volunteering Ior a Jonesville
school and her church.
She gestures toward a row oI
pictures oI her fve grandchil-
dren: 'I want to spend more time
with that group.¨
In Iact, she said she and her
husband already have plane tick-
ets to visit Iamily in Florida the
day she retires.
Samantha Gilman
Collegian Reporter
Ready for a new challenge
Head of Personnel Jill Pulley to retire
The Lamplighters women’s honorary chose eight new members on
March 5, as well as initiating a new faculty adviser.
The new members are juniors Hannah Akin, Maggie Ball, Brianna
Landon, Sarah Leitner, Crystal Marshall, Kathryn Michels, Elizabeth
Matheson and Annie Taylor, each of whom was visited by a procession of
robed and candle-bearing women with the announcement.
The Lamplighters honorary was founded in 1949, originally as a coun-
terpart to the all-men’s honorary, the Mortar Board.
“Each year the Lamplighters recognizes eight senior women and
|rv|les lrer lo jo|r or a oas|s ol exce||erce |r lre le|ds ol craracler, ser-
vice, scholarship and leadership at the college and in the community,” said
senior Barbara Matejova, president of the Hillsdale College Lamplighters.
Following their invitational tea, held in early February, the Lamplighters
invite women in attendance to apply to join the honorary. Unlike most hon-
orar|es, Wr|cr are oased or a suojecl area spec|lca||y, lre Larp||grlers |s
based on overall activity and excellence in and around the college.
“It’s not something to do to add to people’s busy lives,” Taylor said. “It’s
more of an honor.”
— Teddy Sawyer
Courtesy of Brandon Carmack
Tre lra| rourd ol lre EdWard
Everett Oratory competition will
be held in Phillips Auditorium on
Thursday, March 8 at 11 a.m. Five
lra||sls W||| lace oll lor a S3,000
prize. This year’s topic was social
networks, which senior Samantha
Nasser said allows ample room
for diverse responses among the
“Last year, everybody had
variations of the same speech,”
she said. “But with this year’s
topic, I’m the only one talking
about policy, or at least as far as
I’m aware. Mine has more of a
political aspect on social network-
This year is Nasser’s second
participating in the competition
(she took third place last year).
Tre olrer lra||sls are ser|or
Trevor Anderson, junior Andrew
Dykstal, senior Blake Faulkner,
and senior Elliot Gaiser. Junior Jill
Buccola will be the alternate.
Each speech presented will
be the same speech from the pre-
liminary round. The only adjust-
ment permitted in the speech is in
“I probably freak out my room-
mate by pacing the room all the
time,” Nasser said. “So I try to
leave her in peace and go some-
where else when I practice.”.
— Bailey Pritchett
really sure that they wanted to
teach at a classical school are the
ones who got the most inter-
views,¨ she said. 'I really want to
be at a classical school, and I think
that was obvious.¨
Sullivan appreciated how ac-
cessible the Iair was.
'It`s in the union, so that helps
a lot,¨ she said. 'It also helps to
be able to meet someone and then
have an interview. That`s really
helpIul Ior a person like me who
might not look the best on paper.
It was great just being able to
meet them and present the Iull
Coupland said he was excited
with the turnout and the opportu-
nity schools had to see the college.
'It is crazy so many schools
are trying to do the same thing in
K-12 that we are doing here Ior
undergraduates,¨ he said. 'I fnd it
Wiseley agreed.
'I have high hopes that a lot
oI students will get jobs because
oI this event,¨ she said. 'I was
thrilled with the event. Once
again, Hillsdale did what it does
From A1
From up-to-the-minute Charger sports scores to what’s good for
lunch at Saga., Hillsdale College students are turning more and more
to Twitter for campus information.
The social media platform allows users to publish 140-character
updates, called tweets. In the case of Hillsdale students, those tweets
can mention event announcements, quotes from the Christian writer
C.S. Lewis, or photos of recent study spots.
Anyone can read these tweets, from alumni in Delaware to political
pundits or syndicated newspaper columnists. Professor of History
Bradley Birzer, an avid social media user with more than 3,900 tweets,
said the wide reach of Twitter enables a vast virtual community.
“Twitter allows us in our relative isolation here in southern Michi-
gan to communicate with anyone in the world instantaneously,” Birzer
said. “In that way, it has the astounding potential to bring a community
of geographically separated folks together.”
Hillsdale staff and administration members have picked up the
social media platform to tweet about the athletics department, schol-
arly articles published by professors, and even upcoming events at the
Alan P. Kirby Center.
Joe Cella, a communications and marketing consultant for Hills-
dale, said Twitter fts nicely under the college`s goal oI advancing its
“It’s really niche-marketing in a way that can effectively spread the
word to individuals and organizations that might not know about the
college,” he said. “The more people learn about Hillsdale and what it
does, the better.”
Students watching the social media platform said that the number
oI Hillsdale users jumped up signifcantly in the last 12 months.
Junior Katy Bachelder with 1,600 tweets to her online name, said
that is partially because of how easy it is to get information through
“It is hands down the fastest way to get information,” Bachelder
said. “We knew that Osama bin Laden had been killed a full hour
before it was announced.”
Bachelder said Twitter has affected the way people look for news.
“It’s made people less patient, more demanding,” she said. “I’m
interested to see how it affects the English language eventually.”
Here are a few representative Twitter accounts to follow:
“Genocide: A Campus-Wide
Dialogue” has raised approxi-
mately $300 after only two days.
“While the number of people
has, unfortunately, been less than
we hoped for, the amount of
money that people have already
donated has exceeded my expec-
tations,” senior Kelsey Fox said.
The International Club is
hosting the event to both increase
understanding of genocide and
raise money for the Kigali Memo-
rial Centre in Rwanda. The Centre
works to bury bodies found in
mass graves and raise awareness
in Rwanda, where the atrocities
occurred in 1994.
Fox said that $20 donated to
the Centre allows one student to
attend a peace-building program
and $140 will enable an entire
class to attend the program and
receive a lunch.
'We hope to raise $2,000 and
encourage people to continue bid-
ding in the auction,” Fox said.
Former ambassador to Rwanda
and Visiting Professor of Politics
David Rawson spoke on Wednes-
day about the atrocities of the
Rwandan genocide. In the 100-
day genocide, he said, more than
800,000 were slaughtered.
“We wanted to start the week
by presenting the cold, hard facts
and he did that well,” Fox said.
“It set [Professor of History]
Birzer up excellently to present
the philosophical implications of
Sophomore Martha Ekdahl
said she appreciated Rawson’s
ability to answer questions that
might not be in history books, like
how former President Bill Clinton
reacted to the genocide.
“[Dr. Rawson] invoked his
experience. He was there. He saw
things happen. He also had an ear
for what was going on in Wash-
ington,” Ekdahl said.
Birzer, in his Tuesday lecture,
said he worried that the horrors
oI the 20th century are simply
a transition into a more violent
“The single most important,
primary, and fundamental fact
oI the 20th century is murder,
murder by the state,” Birzer said.
“Every continent except Antarc-
tica and Australia has experienced
genocide of some sort.”
He reminded attendees that
Hitler rose to power legally,
democratically and constitution-
ally. He also urged students to
remind policymakers about the
nature of man and the effects of
“Dr. Brizer’s talk explained
what [genocide] meant in the en-
tirety oI the 20th century, and how
new and devastating genocide is,”
Ekdahl said.
The week-long series will con-
tinue with a lecture from former
Reagan aide Barbara Elliott and
a roundtable with Rawson and
Anyone interested in placing
bids on silent auction items can do
so before and after the lectures in
Phillips Auditorium on Thursday
and Friday and from Saturday
morning until Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
in the Grewcock Student Union.
At its frst meeting oI the
semester, Student Federation
recognized that it has more
money than expected, and it
wants students to help decide
where to spend it.
This year’s discretionary
budget is $20,974. Due money
collected from the Skip-A-Meal
event, the philanthropy budget
is now at $1,712. Treasurer and
sophomore David Wilhelmsen
attributes this increase to a lack
of event proposals, because the
federation has not declined any.
Wilhelmsen also found that
many checks have been incor-
rectly entered into the record in
past years. He is working with
Sue Koppel, executive assistant
to the chief administrative of-
fcer in the fnance department,
to correct the books.
“We have more money than
we think we do,” Wilhelmsen
said. “I have to go over all the
past checks.”
The federation hopes that
more students will contribute
to brainstorming new ideas to
improve campus. To encourage
involvement, junior indepen-
dent representative Margaret
Danaher proposed a plan for
federation members to sit by
the comment box every day at
lunch on behalf of the campus
improvements committee.
“Students don’t even know
there is a comment box,” Dana-
her said. “This will encourage
them to place comments.”
Junior Kurt Masciovec-
chio proposed another plan to
encourage students to present
their ideas to student fed. The
committee wants to create a
survey of student life, in which
students can rank the areas of
campus most in need of im-
provement. The committee will
take this survey into consider-
ation when choosing what to
“This will provide students
with a better opportunity to ex-
press what they want,” Mascio-
vecchio said.
President and junior Esther
Ashmore agreed with the plan.
“It will let people know we
actually do things,” she said
with a laugh.
On March 1, three student
clubs took advantage of the
fed’s enlarged budget and came
to request funding for upcoming
Junior Daniel Teal, the presi-
dent of the International Club,
requested $1,750 in additional
“Genocide Awareness Week”
funds to pay for Barbara Elliot,
a former Reagan aide, to speak.
Junior Daniel Gaines, presi-
dent of the Aliaga Foundation
chapter on campus, requested
$425 Ior 'A Wild Night at
the Dawn” held at the Dawn
Theatre on March 3. The money
was put toward decorations and
the venue, and all proceeds will
go to an orphanage outside of
Lima, Peru.
The Cravats and Bluestock-
ings also requested funding for
the annual Regency Ball. Junior
Richard Norris and sophomore
Kodiak Dschida, on behalf
of the club, said he wanted to
bring students together in a fun
and historical event. Although
the federation has always
funded the event, Dschida
asked student fed to look at the
event with fresh eyes and not
rest on precedent.
The federation unanimously
decided to approve all three
Student fed also swore
in two new members, junior
Olivia File and sophomore
Viktor Rozsa, to fll the vacant
independent representative seats
(Teal resigned after rushing
Sigma Chi fraternity). The other
seat belonged to junior Kokko
Sinapi Chou, who stepped down
because he was too busy to
adequately perform his duties,
Ashmore said.
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Collegian Reporter
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Web Editor
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Editor in Chief
“More money than we know what to do with.”
Federation looks for opportunites to invest on campus
Campus dialogues
raises $300
Hillsdale in 140 characters or less
Hillsdale Col-
lege athletics (@
3,287 tweets, 709
Sports Infor-
mation Director
Brad Monastiere said he sees
Twitter as an opportunity to
complement Hillsdale’s athletic
website. He uses the social media
platform to live-tweet games, and
post updates on teams’ schedules
and achievements. He said Twit-
ter has been especially good for
getting information out to people
off campus who want to stay in
touch with the school
“The demand is there,” he
said. “Twitter is a very simple and
easy way to satisfy that demand.”
Several of the individual
teams have their own handles
(like @HillsdaleTrack)
C.J. Mifsud
(@CMifsud —
12,870 tweets,
261 Iollowers)
Sophomore C.J.
Mifsud said
he uses Twit-
ter mostly to keep up with his
“It’s a little more personal than
Facebook,” he said.
His pet peeve?
“When people use Twitter as a
replacement for texting.”
That said, “Hashtags are some
of my favorite things, and I love
following trending topics,” he
“Everyone should have a
Katy Bachelder
— 1,580 tweets,
240 Iollowers)
Junior Katy
Bachelder tweets
about everything from political
trends to funny quotes from Hills-
dale friends.
'It`s fnding the Iunny in the
ordinary,” she says.
Her biggest Twitter peeve?
People who misuse hash tags.
“Hashtags should be either
a category or a pithy summary
of your tweet. They should be
Sonny Gast
2,492 tweets,
623 Iollowers)
Senior Sonny
Gast said she
initially got on Twitter in May
2010 to keep up with news, and
Charger athletics.
“It has really become a
medium to stay engaged with the
world outside of Hillsdale and to
keep up with campus activities
and friends,” Gast said.
Gast said Twitter habits like
bad grammar and poorly-spaced
tweets dominating the Twitter
feed can be irritating sometimes,
but the thing that drives her most
“Links that don’t work!”
She said hashtags took a while
to get used to too.
'At frst I thought they were
really redundant … but now I
sadly fnd myselI hashtagging
things in normal conversation
with other people,” she said,
laughing. “Though I know quite
a few students and even a few
professionals that do the same
Brad Birzer (@
4,035 tweets,
Professor of
History Bradley
Birzer said Twitter allows him to
pursue four of his passions: learn-
ing about human rights abuses in
America and abroad, keeping up
with friends, everything Apple-
related, and what’s new in the
world of progressive rock.
He frst started tweeting in
2010. He says it was part oI an
overarching conversion to social
“I was pretty skeptical at
frst,¨ he said.
Since then he has tweeted
more than 1,536 times, and re-
tweeted other people 1,539 times.
“I really appreciate the brevity
of Twitter. There’s something
very satisfying about expressing
a serious or whimsical thought in
140 characters,” he said.
He said he uses Twitter pre-
dominantly to connect to people
outside Hillsdale, following a
slew of alumni, and the occa-
sional celebrity or two.
“I’ve yet to see a tweet from
Steve Martin that didn’t cause me
to laugh out loud,” he said.
John J. Miller
(@heymiller —
509 tweets, 676
Director of
the Dow Jour-
nalism Program
John Miller has the most Twitter
followers of all Hillsdale faculty.
He said he joined the social
media site in 2009, Ior 'selI-
promotion, of course.”
Miller tweets about articles
and events, many of them from
National Review on-line.
He claims GOP presidential
candidate Mitt Romney as a
His favorite person to follow?
“Jonah Goldberg is the
world’s best tweeter,” Miller
HC Kirby
1,323 tweets,
Stephen Ford
‘10, research
manager for the Alan P. Kirby
Center, said the Kirby Center
handle has existed for several
“We reach out to citizens,
students, policymakers, and our
alumni,” Ford said. “The Kirby
Center Twitter is functional but
not fashy.¨
The handle features updates
about the center’s live events,
and webcasts, as well as written
work from Hillsdale faculty,
and last but not least, quotes of
Iamous fgures and Iounders.
“ Our most popular tweet
to date was, “’The poets have
been mysteriously silent on
the subject of cheese,’ by G.K.

(@hillsdale —
957 tweets, 3,038
Started in
2009, the Hillsdale
College handle is managed by
several people, including Director
of Marketing William Gray and
Joe Cella, a Communications
and Marketing consultant for the
In 2009, administrators real-
ized the role Twitter could play in
marketing the school, Cella said.
“They recognized the value of
using the social media platform
as a means to communicate to
citizens of the principles upon
which Hillsdale is founded,”
Cella said.
Hillsdale’s Twitter feed is
full of information about college
events, articles and speeches
by professors and friends of the
school, and a plethora of refer-
ences to the college’s Constitu-
tion course.
“We’re basically looking for
individuals, institutions, and orga-
nizations, that would appreciate
Hillsdale College,” Cella said.
The Twitter handle tends not
to reply directly to Tweets.
“We haven’t gotten involved
in a fame war,¨ Gray said, laugh-
A4 8 March 2012
The faculty meeting that took
place on March 1 provided an op-
portunity for several departments
to do some housekeeping.
The German department
streamlined its minor from 11 to
nine credit hours beyond the 201
language requirement.
The department also slightly
recorlgured lre rajor lo a||oW
sluderls a cro|ce oelWeer locus-
ing more heavily on literature or
on language. But Professor of
German Eberhard Geyer said the
difference is only one course.
Also, German 350, the study
aoroad prograr, Was rerared
“Study in a German Speaking
Courlry¨ lo a||oW sluderls lo
r|gr||grl lr|s courseWor| rore
prominently, Geyer said.
The economics department cut
the required accounting class from
lre rajor. Prolessor ol Po||l|ca|
Economy Gary Wolfram said this
Was |r order lo a||oW ecoror|cs
rajors |rleresled |r graduale
school to take an extra upper-
|eve| ralr c|ass, Wr|cr re sa|d |s
more important for a competitive
The biology department
lr|rred as We||, crarg|rg lWo
botany courses from four credits to
lrree cred|ls. VearWr||e, lre lor-
ors Program added a one-credit
seminar to the freshman core
requirement, to be taken in the fall.
— Patrick Timmis

l|||sda|e Cravurar re|d
|ls lrsl ollc|a| everl, a Pur|r
Party, on March 7. The event,
Wr|cr rad al |easl ê0 allerd-
ees, Was re|d |r Carpoe|| A
ard 8 ol lre 0oW Cerler.
Purim commemorates the
de||verarce ol lre JeW|sr
people from genocide at the
rards ol larar, a Pers|ar
roo|erar Wro rad corsp|red
against them.
3oprorore 8er l|rd|e, v|ce
pres|derl ol lre reW|y eslao-
||sred c|uo lor JeW|sr peop|e
on campus, opened the event
al 8 p.r. W|lr a or|el preserla-
tion about the history of Purim.
Nexl, reroers ol l|||sda|e
Chavurah read aloud and
re-enacted the megillah, the
biblical story of Esther. In
|eep|rg W|lr JeW|sr lrad|l|or,
lre aud|erce jeered every l|re
larar's rare Was read a|oud.
Fo||oW|rg arolrer lrad|-
l|or, allerdees lrreW cardy al
larar, p|ayed oy lresrrar
Marshall Gobba.
“I love playing the bad guy,”
Gobba said
Finally, sophomore treasurer
Abby Schultz led a game of To-
rar Tr|v|a, W|lr quesl|ors aooul
JeW|sr la|lr ard lrad|l|or.
The party also had tradi-
tional food, including challah
(lrad|l|ora| JeW|sr oread) ard
rarerlascrer (lru|l-l||ed coo|-
|es served or Pur|r). Fresr-
rar Ay|a Veyer, lre c|uo's
president, said the triangular
shape of hamentaschen com-
rerorales larar's lrree-
cornered hat.
“Purim is a humorous holi-
day, and a fun holiday,” Meyer
The name Purim comes from
lre Word 'pur,¨ rear|rg '|ols,¨
oecause larar 'casl |ols¨ lo
deslroy lre JeWs.
“We tried to replicate a tra-
d|l|ora| reg|||ar serv|ce you'd
lrd |r a syragogue,¨ l|rd|e

— Sharon Barrett
Bracing yourself for
Parents’ Weekend
Dear Kate,
My parents are coming this weekend to visit me. I’m ex-
cited, but a little apprehensive. This is the frst time they`ve
been able to visit in the two years I’ve been here, and I’ve
always wanted them to come. I never told my friends, be-
cause what kind of a man admits that he misses his parents,
but I did. I always walked by Saga on Saturday morning and
longingly watched as parents and child entered the dining
hall to sit at those blessed tables clad with the beautiful ta-
ble cloths and fowers. Anyway, this weekend is fnally my
turn. But now I’m anxious and a little stressed. My room is
a mess. There are Ramen noodle bowls everywhere and I
don’t remember the last time I did laundry. I’ve gotten used
to the smell, but I’m sure my parents will notice it. I haven’t
shaved in days and I don’t know when I’ll have time to do
so. Maybe my parents shouldn’t come. They’ll just worry
more about me afterwards, right? What if they stop sending
me grocery money? And what will my proIessors tell them?
And how will I write two papers this weekend? I love my
parents, but is it worth all of this stress to see them?
Conscientious Son
Dear Conscientious,
Yes. Yes it is. It’s Parent’s Weekend! The weekend when we
all get to be children again. The glorious weekend when our
grocery shelf is magically restocked, our laundry miracu-
lously washed, and we eat like kings and queens. Parent’s
Weekend: a small slice oI heaven. It is worth every fber oI
our being that is destroyed by stress because our work gets
pushed back and we have to haphazardly clean our room
an hour before they arrive. Parents are the most important
people in your life, but never more so than during Parent’s
Weekend in college. They bring fresh hope to your life!
They make all things seem possible! Parent’s Weekend is
mythical and legendary. It shines out as a bright star among
the many weekends of the semester. Rather than frantically
attempting to catch up on work, fnally giving up and choos-
ing instead to watch three movies in a row, we spend one
weekend basking in the love of the two people who love
us the most in the world. Drink it in. Drink in the golden,
rainbow-flled days, because beIore you know it, your
parents will be gone and you’ll have to write two papers in
one night.
think that the English have made
more mistakes than Americans. I
think England’s in a bigger mess
than America.
Do both messes come from
spending too much?
Yeah. The runaway welfare
state, yes. Runaway uncontrolled
immigration, yes. This willful en-
gagement in futile and half-hearted
military adventures, yes. So there
are all kinds of parallwels like that.
Who do you think will bear
the brunt of these programs?
What’s that line in the Bible?
We’ve all touched pitch? We’ve
all got dirty hands in this, so we’re
all going to suffer. I hope, anyway.
I hope it’s equitable. But I think
we`ll fnd a way out oI it somehow.
There’ll be a period of disruption,
perhaps a few decades. But I don’t
think we’ll actually go over Niagara
Falls. I think it’ll be more like just
bumping down the rapids for a few
years. We’ll lose a lot of the things
we have, like public services. I was
talking recently to an oncologist,
and he was saying that some huge
proportion of Medicare costs go to
the last few months of a person’s
life. He said we can’t go on doing
that. We can’t afford that. I said
“What do you mean, death panels?”
He said, “Yeah, it’s absolutely
inevitable.” We’ve got some very
diIfcult choices coming up, but
we’ll work through them somehow.
Are there historical examples
of countries surviving debt crisis?
There are some modern ex-
amples. Argentina went through
a terrible crisis in the end of the
1990s. They pulled through.
They’re not in great shape, but their
country didn`t go up in fames. I
don’t think modern countries do go
up in fames. The French Revolu-
tion and fIth-century Rome, these
were civilizations with universities
and hospitals and so on, but in a lot
of ways they were coarse and rough
places. Look at the kind of punish-
ments people had. There has been
human progress.
— Compiled by Tyler O’Neil
discuss ideas and work toward a
common goal.
“We talk about theory a lot too,”
Wunsch said. “But the point of an
activist group is to try to get the
vote in.”
On Feb. 28, some of the Hill-
sdale group watched as Ron Paul
received 11.6 percent of the vote in
the Michigan primary. The mem-
bers of the Hillsdale group do not
consider the election results a loss
as Ron Paul received 16 percent of
the vote in both Hillsdale County
and Wayne County.
“In my opinion, it’s been a
successful endeavor in that we got
more of the vote than we did last
time. That’s what people expected,”
Wunsch said. “The majority of the
people are not as well-educated
as we need to be. We have the
incredible problem of all the money
thrown at an election. It’s hard to
get the truth out of all that.”
Wunsch said some in the group
will rest for a while now that the
Michigan primary is over. Other
members, such as Deborah Con-
ners, plan to get involved with both
the Indiana and Ohio campaigns.
“It isn’t just about Ron Paul,”
she said. “He’s a great person up
front, but it’s about the fact that
people know that everything is
messed up and needs to be turned
Other members, such as co-
chair Peter Cromwell, are looking
forward to seeing Ron Paul speak
at the Republican National Conven-
tion. Cromwell believes that Paul
is going to have to be allowed to
participate this year.
“The good ol’ boys are quaking
in their boots at the prospect,” he
Jim Foster, a volunteer at the
bookstore, observed the meetings
and activities of the group the entire
campaign season.
“It’s an eclectic mix of people.
They don’t agree on everything, but
they agree with many of Ron Paul’s
In the end, the Hillsdale for Ron
Paul group wants change.
“It [being politically active] is
not as much about enjoying it as
much that it has to be done,” Crom-
well said.
Making meth is relatively
simple, as the ingredients are
found in over-the-counter drugs
and the supplies needed can ft
in a suitcase.
“The problem with the syn-
thesis is that it is very dangerous
it releases toxic and fammable
fumes, in addition it gives off
a lot of heat so explosions are
common,” said Christopher
Hamilton, chemistry professor.
Manufacturing one pound of
meth can create six pounds of
toxic waste.
“[M]any of the regular style
meth labs are going away since
more meth users are making
their own in a small setup, called
‘shake n’ bake,’” Hamilton said.
¨All oI the methods use pseudo-
ephedrine or ephedrine, which
is why they keep it behind the
counter now.”
Crystal meth, the crystalline,
smoke-able form of metham-
phetamine, sells Ior about fve
dollars for one tenth of a gram.
It is one of the most com-
monly abused illegal drugs. said
While production may be
getting simpler, the use of meth
is on the decline.
According to the National
Survey on Drug Use and Health,
between 2006 and 2010, the
number of monthly meth us-
ers decreased from 731,000 to
353,000. About 100,000 people
started using meth in 2010 –– a
signifcant drop Irom 157,000 in
2007 and 299,000 in 2002.
From A5
From A5
From A1
paid solely by city resi-
Councilman Brian
Watkins also supported the
income tax Ior its fexibility.
Because they don’t earn
income, unemployed people
in the area would not be af-
fected by the tax, he said.
“If my property tax goes
up and I lose my job, well,
there goes my house,” Wat-
kins said.
The feasibility study also
looked at the special assess-
ment option.
Under the special assess-
ment, city residents would
pay for the road directly ad-
jacent to their property from
money put up by the city.
Residents would be required
to pay back the money –– in
addition to their property
taxes over a fxed period
of time.
Rebuilding Hillsdale’s
roads will cost roughly $1
million per mile, the study
said, or about $190 per
square foot. The cost for
the average residential lot
would range from $9,500 to
$11,400, the study said.
Watkins said that busi-
nesses and tax-exempt orga-
nizations that own a lot of
property, including Hillsdale
College and the Hillsdale
Community Health Center,
would be burdened with a
large amount of road renova-
tion responsibility.
“I can’t even imagine
what they’d be paying,”
Watkins said.
Also, the city would need
to have the money to give to
city residents for the special
assessments. The reason the
city is looking for alternative
funding for road reconstruc-
tion is because the city
doesn’t have money for it,
City Manager Linda Brown
“If the city has the money
to front, just do it and be
done with it,” Linda Brown
The last choice the study
presented the city with was
to do nothing and let current
funding methods –– a com-
bination of pulling money
from the general fund and
applying for state grants ––
“There is no easy way be-
sides a winning lottery ticket
someone wants to donate to
the city,” Watkins said.
The council decided to
postpone making a decision
on adopting an ordinance for
the tax.
Instead, they commis-
sioned Linda Brown to begin
developing a system of in-
struction for city residents to
become educated on the tax.
That would include bringing
Municipal Analytics back to
Hillsdale to present their in-
formation in a larger forum
than City Council meetings.
Councilwoman Mary
Wolfram agreed the public
needed to become better in-
formed on the pros and cons
of the income tax. However,
she cautioned the council
against taking too long to
solve the city’s lack of road
“We can go forward and
do a series of press confer-
ence, town hall meeting kind
of events,” Wolfram said, “...
but we need to be mindful if
we want to put something on
the November ballot –– we
need to adopt an ordinance.”
From A5
Local business owner Julie
Kast was elected city clerk last
week by the people of Hills-
dale. She grew up in Hillsdale
and moved back to the area in
the last few years. The self-
described “doer” is a mother of
fve and the owner oI three sepa-
rate businesses.
What made you want to
run for the city clerk position?
I am a business owner in the
city of Hillsdale and what hap-
pens here is very, very important
to me. I know a lot of people in
the city of Hillsdale. I want to
do more, I want to serve. I was
born here, I grew up here. We
need to continue to thrive. We
need to move forward.
What businesses do you
I have Coney’s and Swirls on
Bacon Street, I have State Street
Market, [and] I’m also in part-
nership and do all the account-
ing with RJ’s Hair Care. So I
actually have three businesses.
Wow, busy woman.
[Laughs] Yep, yes I am.
That’s just the way I like it.
So is the city clerk job
going to add a lot to your
workload then?
No, actually. I also do real
estate part-time, so I’m going
to end up putting that in escrow
and do this instead. It will work
out well with my businesses
because I am fexible. This posi-
tion cannot be for someone who
works full time because you
have to be able to be fexible in
your hours so you can be here
when the citizens of Hillsdale
need you.
How often do you need to
work as city clerk?
I’ll be in here almost every
morning, fve days a week. My
mornings are free and I do plan
on spending the time down here
at city hall.
What does the city clerk
position entail?
It’s the keeping of the city
records and [Hillsdale City]
Council meeting minutes. Also,
certifying the vote whenever we
have a vote in the city of Hills-
dale. I am the the keeper of the
city seal; it’s kept in the vault
here. All those are a few of the
things the city clerk does.
How long have you owned
your businesses for?
I have had [Conies and
Swirls] for three years and State
Street Market for one year ––
that’s out on State Street by the
airport. It’s been one full year.
Before that I was actually a di-
rector of quality. I was over two
plants up in Vicksburg –– that’s
by Kalamazoo –– and I drove it
every day [a 90-minute com-
mute|. I`ve had up to six plants
I’ve been in charge of. I was
a corporate quality manager. I
lived in Chicago for a few years,
so I`ve done quite a bit oI ex-
tensive travelling. I know how
to keep records because quality
is all about record keeping. I’ve
done ISO, the QS-9000, and
I worked for the automotive
|industry|. Keeping fles and
paperwork, and following rules
and regulations, is what I do
So you grew up locally and
moved back. Were you excited
to come back to Hillsdale?
Absolutely, that’s where all
my family and friends are so I
wanted to come back.
Tell me about your family.
I`m married, I have fve chil-
dren. They are all grown. My
youngest goes to Central Michi-
gan [University], but he is also
in the Marines and he is getting
deployed this summer. He’s
going to Afghanistan so he’s
going to end up having to take
a year off of college. That was
his choice. All my children have
served in the military – well all
my sons. My husband also. I’ve
been married for 21 years.
So do feel excited to be here
and ready to serve the city?
Oh absolutely. I`m very ex-
cited. This is a great opportunity
for me.
A fre destroyed the pole barn
of Paul and Michelle Noble on
Half Moon Lake Road on Tues-
day night.
The Nobles are parents of
two Hillsdale College students,
sophomore Alexi Noble and
senior Krista Noble.
“It’s a complete loss,” Mi-
chelle Nobel said.
The Nobles noticed the fre
after 9:30 p.m. The barn wasn’t
visible from the house and by
the time they noticed, the entire
building was engulIed in fame.
“It was all very self-con-
tained and it burned from the
inside –– it was all a wood
structure,” Paul Noble said. “It
just went very quickly. At frst
it was disturbing, but then there
was just sort of an acceptance.”
His wife agreed.
“There’s nothing you can do
about it,” she said. “You just
fgure you go with the fow and
fgure out how to cope.¨
Twenty frefghters and six
trucks responded to the blaze.
Brian Aube, the chief of the
Hillsdale Rural Fire Department,
said the cause oI the fre was
unknown though there were no
signs of a malicious cause.
Because the Nobles were in
the process of moving, they had
stored many of their possessions
in the barn. It was all lost.
“If it’d happened a week ear-
lier, I wouldn’t have had to do
all that work,” Paul Noble said.
The pole barn was built on
a cement slab. The Nobles said
though that would make the
clean-up easier, they have a lot
of work to do.
Michelle Noble said they will
need to borrow some kind of
front-end loader to clean up the
mess leIt by the fre.
“We can’t use ours because it
got burned up,” she said.
Within the past week, two
cases involving methamphet-
amine have gone to the Hillsdale
County Circuit Court.
The frst was the hearing oI
Lawrence McDonald, held on
March 5.
McDonald was arrested on
Dec. 18, 2011, in Allen Town-
ship after police traced a motel
receipt back to him they had
found in a discarded meth lab.
McDonald told the court he
had discarded the lab after he,
a woman named Jolene Green,
and his dealer suspected they
were being followed by an un-
marked police car while driving
out of Hillsdale.
“I thought it was just a ve-
hicle and we were all paranoid,”
McDonald said.
The dealer told him to discard
the lab anyway, and McDonald
threw it out the car’s window.
The car turned out to not be
Police discovered the dis-
carded lab a few days later. They
found a motel receipt inside
the bag and traced it back to
“I wasn’t thinking very
clearly,” he said, adding that he
was high on meth at the time.
McDonald was arrested on
Dec. 18.
'I fgured what the heck, I
might as well go to jail for the
night,” he said. “I need to get off
the drugs anyway.”
At a court hearing March 5,
McDonald pleaded guilty to one
count of operating and maintain-
ing a lab involving metham-
phetamine, which could carry a
maximum sentence oI 5 years in
prison and a $12,500 fne. Two
other drug-related charges were
dropped as part of McDonald’s
plea deal.
Sentencing is set for April 9.
A trial was held for Edward
Percy on Mar. 6. He pleaded not
Percy was arrested on Sept.
16, 2011, when a deputy from
the sheriff’s department pulled
Percy over due to an outstanding
warrant for his arrest.
Percy, a resident of Hudson
Township, was at a gas station
on U.S. 127 near Hudson pre-
paring to fll the tank oI his mo-
torcycle when he was arrested.
The arresting oIfcer searched
Percy`s person, fnding a
marijuana cigarette in his shirt
“I forgot about that,” said
Percy of the marijuana cigarette.
The oIfcer then searched
Percy’s motorcycle as per
protocol. A pill bottle flled with
crumpled coIIee flters, which
are commonly used to make
meth and then kept for the traces
of the drug that remain, was
found on the motorcycle along
with a bag of marijuana. Percy
claimed the coIIee flters were to
clean his glasses.
The oIfcer then got two war-
rants, one to test Percy’s blood
and one to search his apartment.
The tests showed traces of
meth and THC in Percy’s blood.
In the apartment search, a
marijuana cigarette and a Red
Bull can containing meth were
Upon further search of the
motorcycle in the sheriff’s
department crime lab, meth and
marijuana were both discovered.
Percy pleaded not guilty, the
defense claiming the drugs were
planted. Percy was found guilty
on all charges and his sentencing
is set for Apr. 16.
According to the United
States Drug Enforcement
Administration, there were 679
meth lab busts in Michigan in
2010 out of a total of 11,239 in
the country.
In 2005, there were 341 meth
labs busted in Michigan, eight of
which were in Hillsdale County.
In 2006 and 2007, 21 labs were
found in the county.
The Hillsdale City Coun-
cil couldn’t agree on how to
smooth out the city’s road pav-
ing problem, but they could
agree on at least one thing at
March 5’s meeting:
“We need to move on some-
thing,” councilwoman Ruth
Brown said.
At the last meeting on Feb.
20, the council was presented
with the results of a study
that determined if a voter-
approved, city income tax
could be a feasible solution to
Hillsdale’s lack of road reno-
vation Iunds. The tax would
be, at most, 1 percent for city
residents and .5 percent for
Municipal Analytics, the
frm that conducted the study,
estimated the city needs $39
million worth of road renova-
tion. The income tax could
generate $1.1 million per year
of net income for the city. In
other words, it would take 35
years to reconstruct the roads.
The city currently has no
permanent means of paying
for road repair. However, the
council must adopt an ordi-
nance to place the income tax,
or any other large fundraising
endeavor, on the ballot for
While some on the council
supported passing an ordi-
nance on Monday, others
wanted to wait and gauge pub-
lic opinion before they move
Brown said in the last two
weeks she had asked voters
from her ward if they were in
Iavor oI the income tax. OI
the 120 people she surveyed,
she said only one was in favor
of it.
“The voters are sending us
a message,” she said. “They
don`t want the income tax.¨
Instead, Brown said she
would be in favor of a millage
increase or special assessment.
Both were alternatives
Municipal Analytics discussed
in their presentation to the city.
The city would require 7.3
millage increase to raise as
much as the income tax in one
year and 13.52 mils to raise
the entire $39 million over 20
Councilman Casey Sul-
livan said he was in favor of
the income tax over a millage
“It’s going to take some-
thing out of your wallet, [but]
at least an income tax is fex-
ible,” he said.
The income tax would be
shared by both city residents
and commuters who, Sullivan
said, use the road as much as
residents and should help pay
for it. The millages would be
The following is a list of calls compiled and reported by the Hillsdale
County Sheriff’s Department.
Hillsdale City Police
March 6
A 25-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested on suspicion of domestic as-
sault. A $1,000 bond was posted.
March 4
A 17-year-old Hillsdale boy was arrested on suspicion of domestic as-
sault. A $1,000 bond was posted.
March 1
A 42-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested on suspicion of domestic
violence and the possession of marijuana. A $1,500 bond was posted.
A 45-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested on suspicion of malicious
destruction of property. A $500 bond was posted.
Michigan State Police
March 6
A 37-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested on suspicion of driving with a
suspended license. A $2,000 bond was posted.
March 1
A 20-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested on misdemeanor warrant for
assault and battery. A $1,000 bond was posted.
A 20-year-old Hillsdale man was arrested on suspicion of assault and
battery. A $1,000 bond was posted.
Jonesville Police Department
March 4
A 24-year-old Jonesville man was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant
for selling alcohol and furnishing alcohol to a minor. A $500 bond was
March 3
A 25-year-old Jackson man was arrested on suspicion of driving with a
suspended license. A $4,000 bond was not posted.
Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department
March 6
A 49-year-old Hillsdale woman was arrested on a felony warrant for ac-
cessory to murder after the fact. A $40,000 bond was posted.
A 50-year-old Pittsford woman was arrested on a criminal bench war-
rant for probation violation. No bond was allowed.
The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to one larceny,
one civil dispute, and two car-deer accidents.
March 5
A 31-year-old Pioneer, Ohio man was lodged on suspicion of driving
with a suspended license. A $6,000 bond was posted.
A 23-year-old Waldron woman was lodged on a warrant for the mali-
cious use of the telephone. A $1,000 bond was posted.
A 50-year-old Pittsford woman was lodged on a warrant for breaking
and entering. A $10,000 bond was not posted.
A 53-year-old Hillsdale man was lodged on suspicion of his third of-
Iense oI operating a vehicle while intoxicated and intoxicants in a motor
vehicle. No bond was allowed.
A 29-year-old Jerome man was lodged on suspicion of driving while
intoxicated. A $1,000 bond was not posted.
A 48-year-old Pittsford man was lodged on a warrant for breaking and
entering and on suspicion of manufacturing and possession of mari-
juana. No bond was allowed.
The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to seven
property-damage accidents, one larceny, three civil disputes, one assault,
and one harassing communications.
March 4
A 31-year-old Osseo man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of
domestic assault. A $2,000 bond was posted.
A 43-year-old Hudson man was arrested on suspicion of domestic as-
sault. A $1,000 bond was posted.
The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to two breaking
and entering calls and one car-deer accident.
March 3
The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to two suspicious
situations, one civil dispute, and one domestic violence call.
March 2
A 36-year-old Camden man was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for
the malicious use of telecommunications services. A $3,000 bond was
—Compiled by Sarah Leitner
Despite his defeat in the
Michigan Republican Primary,
the members of the “Hillsdale
for Ron Paul” group are still just
as passionate about the Texan
doctor as when they began
meeting as a group in October.
“There are peace activists
involved, small government
people, and Constitutionalists,”
said Richard Wunsch, co-chair
of the group and self-proclaimed
peace activist. “There’s people
that I’ve known for 20 years and
people I’ve just met. There’s no
one who represents the radi-
calism people think Ron Paul
Wunsch said he and his
fellow Paul supporters worked
for the candidate because they
believe he will promote liberty,
peace, and stability. They sup-
ported the campaign by having
sign-waving events, canvassing
the Hillsdale area, and placing
a few radio ads. One member
even stuck a Ron Paul sticker to
the back of the Rick Santorum
campaign bus that came through
Hillsdale on Feb. 25.
Sophomore Spenser Amaral
is one of a few Hillsdale College
students who attended some of
the town Ron Paul meetings and
went to Ron Paul’s speech at
Michigan State University a few
weeks ago. Amaral has support-
ed Paul for many years and said
he admires the passion he sees
in local groups in his hometown
and here at school.
“It seems like a really
hardcore group of old-timers,”
he said. “It seems like they’re
going to be there for a while just
like the Ron Paul movement.
It’s these local groups that are
the backbone of the freedom
movement, and they’re not go-
ing anywhere.”
The group met every Tuesday
night in the Volume One book-
store in downtown Hillsdale
during this campaign season to
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—Evan Brune
Members of the local Ron Paul group pose with literature. (Joe Buth/Collegian)
Hillsdale residents Paul and Michelle Noble barn was completely de-
stroyed by a fire on Tuesday night. (Joe Buth/Collegian)
Kast at Coney’s and Swirls
(Caleb Whitmer/Collegian)
Police Blotter
Ron Paul supporters rally
City seeks solutions
to road problems
Roxanne Turnbull
Arts Editor
Caleb Whitmer and
Betsy Woodruff
Copy Editor and City
News Editor
Caleb Whitmer
Copy Editor
Meth users go to court
See A4
See A4
4-Min. Interview: Julie Kast, new city clerk
Caleb Whitmer
Copy Editor
Fire destroys property of
Hillsdale students’ family
Kelsey Drapkin and
Caleb Whitmer
Collegian Freelancer
and Copy Editor
ace it, ladies, if you’re looking for a “ring by
spring” you don’t have much time.
As the semester dwindles, you must be
even more eIfcient in your search Ior the perIect
man. You don’t have time to go on countless dates
to sift through the losers. You need to know im-
mediately if a man is right for you.
That’s why, in your search for the perfect hus-
band, you must look no further than his neckwear.
Stay clear of ascot-wearers — they’re generally
pretentious or Freddy from Scooby Doo.
Bolo-tie wearers can be nice people but they’re
usually from the country. Unless you want to
spend the rest of your life milking cows, don’t
bother dating one of these.
Avoid a clip-on wearer at all costs. Either his
mother still dresses him or he hasn’t been shop-
ping since middle school.
If his tie lights up or plays music, you are most
likely dealing with a sociopath. Run.
There is nothing special about a regular neck-
tie, which makes the men who wear them particu-
larly diIfcult to judge. You must avoid them. You
need to know, at a glance, if a man is marriage
material, and regular neckties do not provide such
II you want a confdent, intelligent, and suc-
cessful man, only two words should matter to you:
Bow ties.
These fashion icons have indicated social re-
fnement and good taste since the 18th century.
Today, they are beacons of hope for single
women everywhere. As long as bow ties exist,
there will be men to wear them — men who are
worth marrying.
Bow ties mean intelligence. Professors are
notorious for wearing them, but you can also see
them on orchestral musicians, doctors, and Bill
Nye the Science Guy.
Donތt be Iooled by their seemingly stodgy
nature — bow ties gesture to a hidden sense of
adventure. Professor Indiana Jones wears bow ties
when in the classroom and he travels the world,
living a life of excitement and intrigue.
You could join him.
Bow ties mean confdence. Few men wear
bow ties, so those who do must be secure and self
aware. Not only is this trait attractive, but it is
also useful in the professional world. These men
are taken seriously because they take themselves
Bow ties mean success. They have graced the
necks oI infuential men Irom Winston Churchill
to Orville Redenbacher. Choose a bow tie man
and you won’t go wrong.
Don’t be discouraged if your bow tie beau is
still in college. I`m sure youތve heard the saying
'dress Ior the job you want, not the job you have.¨
If your man is wearing a bow tie, you can bet
he`s on track to become an infuential member oI
The trick is to fnd a guy who wears them
regularly. Anyone can wear a bow tie to his high
school prom, but only real men wear bow ties to
Finally, bow ties are attractive. There’s a reason
why they have become the neckwear of choice
for black-tie events and why James Bond so often
wears one.
Worried that you`ll fnd the bow tie wearing
man of your dreams and he won’t propose in
Never fear.
My fance wears bow ties, and I got my ring as
a junior.
elia Bigelow says she’s for “Anybody
but Mitt.” That was the headline to her
opinion column in last week`s Collegian.
She should be warned: “Anybody but Mitt”
means another four years for President Obama.
Her argument, as I understand it, is: 1) The
country faces problems that demand immediate
attention; 2) Romney is unft to address those
problems because of ideological blemishes,
specifcally on the issues oI healthcare and
minimum wage; 3) The other GOP candidates
are more suited for the nomination because
they have more principles. The argument is
both circuitous and incorrect.w
Most Republicans agree that the federal gov-
ernment’s runaway spending must stop, unem-
ployment poses a problem in all demographic
groups, and the national debt must be tackled
immediately. This, carried out to its logical con-
clusion, suggests that 2012 is a must-win elec-
tion. If Republicans fail, Obama will have four
more years to wreak havoc on the economy
and implement his healthcare plan in totality.
Unseating President Obama is the solution, and
Romney is the candidate most likely to accom-
plish this, as every poll indicates.
Romney’s healthcare plan in Massachusetts
may not refect perIect Iree-market principles,
but it`s an example oI the diIfculties in gover-
nance. Romney did not force an unpopular plan
on the public veto-prooI supermajorities
in both state legislatures ensured its passage.
Healthcare reform in Massachusetts was politi-
cally inevitable, and its implementation in no
way proves that Romney lacks a fundamental
understanding of free-market economics. He’s
promised to do what is best for the free-market:
eliminate Obamacare on his frst day in oIfce.
Bigelow’s economic argument against
minimum wage correctly explains its nega-
tive effects. But the federal minimum wage
will not be eliminated. And if tacit support
Ior a minimum wage disqualifes a candidate,
Ron Paul is the only one who meets Bigelow’s
criteria. Gingrich caved to Democratic pressure
to hold a vote on raising the minimum wage
during his speakership, and Santorum voted to
increase the minimum wage during his time in
the Senate.
Finally, the endorsement of the other
candidates as more principled than Romney is
unpersuasive. Gingrich may have worked with
a Democratic president — and was often out-
maneuvered by him — but Romney governed
a deeply blue state without any Gingrich-style
explosive disasters. Gingrich disappointed most
conservatives during his speakership, and for
this, he was the frst speaker in American his-
tory to be ousted by his own party. Santorum’s
social conservatism is irrelevant to demonstrat-
ing he understands free-market principles better
than Romney. Ron Paul may have the best
economic plan in the feld, but to implement it
would require winning the nomination and get-
ting elected, a prospect that seems unlikely at
this point in the race.
Romney is more than just better than the
other candidates. He’s an accomplished leader
with executive experience, including turning a
$3 billion budget defcit into a $2 billion sur-
plus in Massachusetts. He’s put forth a tax-plan
to cut marginal rates by 20 percent, reduce the
corporate tax rate, and eliminate the estate tax,
making the system more uniform and incentive-
based. He’s demonstrated his understanding
and belief in free-markets and deserves conser-
vative support.
Bigelow has a choice: either insist on
total ideological perfection, refuse to vote for
Romney and implicitly help reelect President
Obama, or vote for Mitt Romney and have a
chance at economic recovery. The beautiful
thing about the United States is that the choice
is hers.
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elationships are based on communication.
Ultimately, so is society. When we have no
more communication, there will be no soci-
ety, only some Lockean “state of nature” where no
one actually talks to each other. We may be closer to
that state than you think.
'What?¨ you ask, 'Aren`t we getting closer
to eachother than ever before through texting and
social media?”
Yeah right. And I’m about to go play hockey on
the quad right now.
People often claim that they have become much
closer to their Iriends through these artifcial means.
That may be, but I seriously doubt that any long-
term friendship has been sustained or even helped
by large doses of social media interaction.
First, electronic communication puts an extra
stage between two people. You have two screens,
flled with other interesting things. Even the best
multitasker will never be able to pay full attention
to three friends in three different media at the same
Second, even if you are only texting or chat-
ting with one person, you don’t have the ability to
convey emotion, nor the space to say as much as
you would like to. Your communication is gravely
limited by its very nature.
“I don’t care,” some may say. “I have had lots of
great Facebook conversations.” I would simply ask
you to think again about how great those conversa-
tions have been. Compare them to real conversa-
tions that you have had and then tell me then that
you don’t wish you could take your Facebook time
and put it into face-to-face communication.
Think about the last political debate or personal
conversation you had via social media. Did you
ever get beyond superfcial issues? Did you have
the time or interest to delve deeper into the philo-
sophical presuppositions that grounded your point
of view?
No matter how many times I post on Facebook
that I like Ron Paul, I will never convince anyone
without sitting down and talking directly to them.
Similarly, I can never hope to help a hurting
friend through a tough situation by “liking” his or
her status. Not even Facebook’s famously glitchy
chat window can express sympathy or understand-
ing. Any attempt to use these tools to help facilitate
communication is good, but it will never be enough
to substitute for any amount of real, personal con-
Social media, at its worst, becomes the new
defnition oI 'community¨ and our deIault Iorm oI
social interaction. This technology, once meant to
aid individuals in communicating, becomes the sole
means of communication between many people.
This inhibits real thoughts and friendships from
forming. Our thoughts are becoming dangerously
limited in scope and depth. When I can get online
and chat Ior fve minutes with a Iriend Irom home,
I feel as if I have maintained our friendship when,
in reality, we’ve have had no real exchange of
thoughts. We are coming to live in a world defned
by our artifcial, online 'Iriendships¨ instead oI our
true, personal relationships with real people.
And don’t even get me started on the grammar.
ush Limbaugh made a fool
of himself last week when
he betrayed the ideals he is
supposed to stand for and ma-
ligned a woman he did not know.
The talk show host smeared
Georgetown University law
student Sandra Fluke’s reputation
because he disagreed with her.
That is weak and inexcusable.
He criticized her opinion about
the federal contraception mandate
by calling her a “slut” and telling
her to make a sex tape so the tax-
payers who would fnance her love
liIe could beneft Irom it.
That is utterly unacceptable.
On Monday, he apologized for
his comments.
“Against my own instincts,
against my own knowledge,
against everything I know to be
right and wrong I descended to
their level when I used those two
words to describe Sandra Fluke.
That was my error,” he said.
We think his remarks were a
little more than just error.
Not only did he single out the
reputation of a college student
with offensive, unproven labels
that seemed to degrade women
everywhere, he also managed to
distract the nation from the impor-
tant question oI Constitutionalism
and religious liberty that he was
supposed to be debating.
In his comments, he pulled our
national discourse into the mud
and pond scum that our founders
hoped American political discus-
sions would avoid. Hardly excel-
lence in broadcasting.
Understandably, many of his
advertisers have pulled their fund-
ing. Some have called for Hills-
dale College to do the same. While
we deplored his comments, we
think that may be premature.
Apart from demeaning the
dignity of another human be-
ing, Limbaugh’s comments were
destructive because they distracted
from the important discourse at
hand. Hillsdale’s mission, as a
custodian of America’s experiment
in self-government, is to elevate
the national discourse. That’s the
reason we are offering a national
course on the Constitution to
help our fellow citizens under-
stand frst principles and the ideals
of the liberal arts.
Those ideals include reasoned
discussion without ad hominem
fallacies. Our founders expected
vigorous debate, but the Federalist
Papers also demonstrated a level
of civility that they expected to ac-
company any clash of ideas.
Some of us think that advertis-
ing with Limbaugh can continue
to promote principles of the liberal
arts into the national conversation.
Pulling our ads now would do
nothing to bring the Constitution
and thoughtful argument to the
Rush, we take your apology
at face value, but you have done
little to bolster your credibility
and much to destroy the cause of
Constitutional conservatism. The
essence oI Constitutional Repub-
licanism is a fundamental respect
Ior human beings. We hope that by
not pulling ad space Hillsdale can
contribute to the national conver-
sation by pointing you and the
listeners who respect your ideas to
the principles that should under-
gird your thinking.
You have a authority in the
realm of conservative ideas; use it
more wisely.
ighting for life [against abortion] is easy,”
Maggie Gallagher told me. 'It`s fghting Ior
marriage that is diIfcult.¨
Gallagher is the founding president of the National
Organization for Marriage. Her organization has been
instrumental in accomplishing legislative victo-
ries across the states, such as Prop 8 in CaliIornia,
which defnes marriage as between one man and one
woman. Citizens in 30 states have overwhelmingly
voted to protect this traditional defnition oI marriage,
showing, she said, that the public is largely in agree-
ment with her organization.
She visited Hillsdale briefy as part oI a bus tour
and, during our conversation, she told me about the
many death threats she has received because of her
involvement in this, an issue even more divisive than
abortion. She told me she has had her own security
detail because of death threats. U.S. Rep. Musgrave,
who was also on the bus, confrmed that not only was
she threatened, but so were the lives of her grandchil-
dren by name. It seems nothing appears off limits for
many homosexual activist groups, they said.
Why the threats? In order to advance their agenda,
homosexual activists need to keep supporters of tradi-
tional marriage on the defensive, because those who
uphold marriage between one man and one woman
have the winning argument. A lack of scrutiny on the
war being waged on traditional marriage is absolutely
essential to homosexual activists’ strategy. The eight
states that have legalized same-sex “marriage” have
all done so through the ruling elite: the courts or the
legislature, not through popular vote.
Ironically, many homosexual advocacy groups
issuing deaths threats turn around and call Maggie
Gallagher, and groups like hers, haters. Their strategy
is really quite brilliant: re-defne the marriage issue
as one of civil rights and declare the debate already
settled. No one wants to go back to Jim Crow laws,
right? Then, they paint anyone who actually wants
to hold a reasoned debate a “hater” while simultane-
ously targeting them with threats to bully them into
silence and keep others Irom joining the debate.
Even if the bullying isn’t physical, they threaten
businesses with lawsuits and assault their opponent’s
reputation. Santorum’s google problem comes to
mind. Unfortunately, these tactics have kept many
conservatives Irom fghting what the homosexuals
claim is the inevitable spirit of the age.
But are the civil rights of homosexuals violated? Is
it an act of discrimination for the government to issue
a marriage license to Bob and Mary, but not Bob and
According to the dictionary, civil rights are
“rights belonging to a person by virtue of his status
as a citizen or member of civil society.” The Bill of
Rights delineates these rights of American citizens.
While that they have, in the past, been denied to an
entire class of people, black Americans, they have
never been denied to homosexuals. It is untrue for
them to assert that their rights are being violated the
same way black Americans’ rights were violated, and
this claim is a gross dismissal oI the actual injury
black Americans faced.
Homosexuals are not seeking the right to marry.
They already have it, provided they abide by its
defnition. What they want to radically change the
Government regulations of marriage, such as the
prohibition of marrying a sister, child, animal, or
someone of the same sex, are in place to reinforce the
public purpose of marriage.
That public purpose of marriage is not only to con-
tinue the human race, but also to nurture and educate
of our next generation. Our founders believed this
public union of a man and a woman is essential to the
endurance of our society and should be encouraged
through the sanction of law.
When we step back and actually have the cour-
age to start debating the issue, it is clear that mar-
riage does not violate anyone’s civil rights. Rather, it
supports the building block necessary for our society
to endure and prosper. Thought warriors like Mag-
gie Gallagher understand this and continue to fght
Ior marriage despite threats. The majority oI citizens
are on the winning side of this argument, and more
importantly, so is the truth.
The question is whether or not conservatives will
surrender because fghting Ior marriage is hard.
SINCE 2004
Jonathan Slonim
Special to the Collegian
Amanda Rubino
Special to the Collegian
Katy Bachelder
Special to the Collegian
Brianna Walden
Special to the Collegian
A7 8 March 2012
It’s been a long day for
senior Linda Okonkowski.
After a 6 a.m. practice, it’s
breakfast, classes, meetings,
and then another two to three
hour practice. Then it’s dinner,
homework, and sleep –— if
there’s time. When she’s not
pounding out laps in prepa-
ration for her fourth NCAA
Division II National Meet,
beginning March 14, she’s div-
ing into her text books priming
for Michigan State University’s
prestigious College of Veteri-
nary Medicine. Here are her
keys to success.
Find your
passion and
set a goal
Okonkowski found
her two loves at a remarkably
young age. In the frst grade,
she started swimming and de-
cided to be a veterinarian. To-
day, she is Hillsdale College’s
frst two-time All-American
swimmer and one of just 114
students accepted to MSU’s vet
school this year. She implores
others to fnd what makes
them tick. “Expose yourself
to every area,” she said. “Be
open-minded and take different
classes.” Okonkowski found
her passion long ago, but more
importantly she continually
pursued her smaller goals. This
season, she set a goal to make
it to nationals for the fourth
time. On March 14, she will be
swimming the 200-meter but-
terfy, the 400-meter individual
medley, the 200-meter IM
and the 100-meter fy at the
national meet in Dallas, Texas.
'When I knew I had a specifc
goal, it makes getting up early
[for morning workouts] that
much more worth it,” she said.
Be competitive
a balance
In her sophomore
season, Okonkowski broke
nine team records. “If I see
someone at a different school
swimming fast, I want to swim
faster,” she said. She stresses
the importance of healthy
competition. As a freshman
she swam in the same lane as
former star swimmer Anne
Verhoef ‘09. “I would not be as
fast without her,” she said. To
this day Okonkowski admires
Verhoef, and they keep in
touch. Throughout her career,
Okonkowski has been quick to
talk about the friendships she’s
developed through swimming.
“You still have to be there for
family and friends,” she said.
“Find that balance everyday or
you’ll drive yourself crazy.”
Have a posi-
tive attitude
and read
“The Secret”
For someone who gets up
nearly every morning for the
frst oI two daily workouts,
travels all over the Midwest
for meets, earns a 3.74 GPA, is
a member of three honoraries,
and co-founded the veterinary
club, staying positive might be
easier to dream about than do.
For Okonkowski, positivity is
essential. “There never seems
to be enough time to get things
done. But they always do get
done, and they get done well,”
she said. “Having a positive
attitude helps me get through.”
As a little reminder, she keeps
a copy of a book her sister
gave to her called “The Secret”
by Rhonda Byrne. “I swear by
it,” she said.
Have a sup-
port system
“Family. That
is huge in any-
thing I’ve accomplished,”
Okonkowski said. When it
came time to commit to veteri-
nary school, she chose MSU
not only because it is one of
the best programs in the na-
tion, but because it’s less than
two hours from her home in
Allen Park, Mich. She credits
her parents, sister, teammates,
coaches, and professors as
major contributors to her
success. Assistant Professor
of Biology Jeffrey VanZant is
her research adviser and has
been with her “every step of
the way,” she said. The support
of her teammates has always
been important to Okonkowski
as well. The Chargers fnished
sixth at GLIACs, but that
was not the only highlight for
Okonkowski. “It was by far the
best GLIACS ever,” she said.
“It was my best season not just
in terms of times but in getting
to know my teammates.”
Don’t half-ass it
Head swim coach
Kurt Kirner previ-
ously told The Col-
legian, 'She fnds
a way to go fast. It speaks di-
rectly to her work ethic.” Work
ethic is something Okonkowski
said she learned from her par-
ents and her sister, who teaches
primarily Hispanic students in
inner-city Detroit. “You get out
of it what you put into it in ev-
erything,” she said. “If you’re
going to do it half-ass, you’re
not going to get what you want
out of it.”
Phil Morgan
Senior Reporter
Senior Linda Okonkowski will compete in the NCAA Division II National Meet next
week in Dallas, Texas. (Courtesy of Amanda Geelhoed)
When the Hillsdale College
volleyball women brought in a
box of tennis balls to the Hill-
sdale Humane Society, no one
was more excited than the dogs.
The Hillsdale Charger sports
teams participate in a variety
of community service projects
throughout the Hillsdale com-
“So many people from the
community come to our games
and support us that it’s impor-
tant to give back,” sophomore
volleyball player Lindsay
Kostrzewa said.
The volleyball team volun-
teers at the Hillsdale Humane
Society this semester. Although
the players were only required
to serve one day, they enjoyed
it so much that they go back in
small groups every Saturday.
“It’s hard to see all the
animals there— it’s really sad,”
sophomore volleyball player
Caitlin Kopmeyer said. “You
walk in, and it smells so bad.
Although it’s not the best envi-
ronment, they do the best they
The dogs are very excited
when the team comes to walk
them on Saturdays. Some of the
players even have favorite ani-
mals. Kostrzewa enjoys petting
the cats.
“You can’t really do anything
with the cats,” she said, “so I
talk to them.”
The assistant coach Stepha-
nie Gravel and her daughter
are regular volunteers at the
Humane Society and encour-
aged the volleyball team to join
“Our coaches really advocate
giving back,” Kostrzewa said.
While the volleyball team
serves at the Humane Society,
the football team participates
in a wide range of volunteer
activities. The team works
at the Mary Proctor Randall
preschool, keep score at high
school tournaments, and read
in Jill ShreIfer`s kindergarten
class at Gier Elementary In Hill-
sdale. ShreIfer is the wiIe oI the
Charger’s offensive coordinator,
Nate ShreIfer.
Junior quarterback Anthony
Mifsud and two of his team-
mates visit Jill ShreIfer`s class
each week. They started in the
fall during the busiest part of
their season.
Mifsud said he enjoys read-
ing stories to the kindergartners.
“The kids will pick out
two-to-three books and sit on
the reading rug while I sit in the
chair,” he said. “After I read, we
will talk about the story and see
if there is a lesson to learn.”
Mifsud also plays word or
number games with the kids.
Now that the off-season is
here, the players have more time
to serve 10 hours of required
spring semester community ser-
vice. Roughly 20 players signed
up for “March is Reading
Month¨ in Jill ShreIfer`s class.
“The teacher builds it up
saying, ‘These college football
players are gong to come in and
read!’” Mifsud said. “And we
can remember when we were
that age and were so excited to
see college players come in.”
Helping out in a kindergarten
class really appealed to Mifsud
because his father is a teacher
and his sister teaches a kinder-
garten class of her own.
“They are not always coop-
erative,” Mifsud said, “but if
you get a group that works well
and listens, it’s a nice break
when you’re with 18 to 21 year-
olds all day.”
While Mifsud and the
football team enjoy working
with children, the swim team
recently started volunteering at
Domestic Harmony, a shelter
that helps women in the Hill-
sdale area who are victims of
domestic violence.
Last spring, many girls
from the team participated in a
triathlon to raise money for the
shelter. After the event, the team
learned more about the organi-
“Just hearing the stories of
these girls touched our hearts,”
senior swimmer Diana Wilkin-
son said.
The team decided they want-
ed to become more involved in
the community, and Wilkinson
thought it would be a great idea
to help Domestic Harmony.
This past Saturday, 10
women from the team went to
help with some interior painting
at the shelter. Wilkinson said
they hope to get more involved
over time.
Each Charger athletic team
also sends two representatives
to the Student Athlete Advisory
Council. Every school in the
GLIAC conference has a SAAC
“We are the voice for the
Hillsdale College athletic com-
munity,” said junior baseball
player Scott Lantis, vice presi-
dent of Hillsdale’s SAAC. “And
it’s nice to have a community of
athletes. We have a pretty close
knit group.”
SAAC participates in com-
munity service projects. They
hold a Pink Wave fundraiser
each year to raise money for
breast cancer by selling T-shirts.
Currently, they are working
with the King’s Cupboard, a
food pantry in Hillsdale.
The group is able to volun-
teer a few hours of their time
each week and organize the new
food shipments by rationing it
into individual bags.
“It’s just busy work, but
usually this lady does it all by
herself.” Lantis said. “What
could take her all week, takes us
a few hours Sunday night.”
Taylor Knopf
Collegian Freelancer
Chargers give back to community
Five things to learn from Linda Okonkowski
Junior quarterback Anthony Mifsud visits Jill Sheffler’s kindergarten class each week
to read to the kids and spend time with them. This month about 20 football players
will participate in “March is Reading Month.” (Sally Nelson/Collegian)
The Hillsdale College
softball team was picked in
the GLIAC preseason poll to
fnish fIth in the North Divi-
sion this year.
The team only graduated
one player last year, providing
continuity and a closely-knit
Senior third baseman Jes-
sica Guertin said four starters
are returning.
In addition to six fresh-
men, the softball program also
welcomed new head coach Joe
Abraham this year.
“He’s very knowledgeable
about the game,¨ senior frst
baseman Jennifer Berlet said.
“He’s understanding, yet he
knows how important it is
to be on time and get things
done that we need to do at
Abraham previously
coached at Whitworth Uni-
versity in Spokane, Wash. The
Columbus, Ohio, native said
he knew of Hillsdale because
of his political orientation and
had kept his eye on the soft-
ball coaching position.
“When the spot opened up
in June, I had my cover letter
ready to go,” he said.
Guertin said the team
has enjoyed training under
“He really loves what he’s
doing,” she said. “It’s easy
to play for a coach like that.
And he`s a fghter Ior our
Abraham acquired a new
Ience in the outfeld, as well as
batting cages, for the team this
season. The new eight-foot,
wooden fence, which will be
painted navy blue, will have
“Hillsdale Softball” written
across it in white. Guertin said
the team has feld days where
they maintain the diamond.
“The softball facility was
so far behind the times that
these improvements were
desperately needed,” Abraham
Along with changes to the
home facility, Abraham said
he also brought to the program
a different style of play from
the previous coach.
“[My style of play] seems
to be extremely different in
terms of philosophy — es-
pecially on offense,” he said.
“We teach aggressiveness but
playing smart and really un-
derstanding game situations.”
Berlet said the biggest
change is her new coach’s
emphasis on the mental side
of softball.
“He requires us to think
more about the game,” she
said. “He brings up things we
hadn’t thought of before.”
The Chargers` frst double-
header will be Saturday March
10 at West Virginia State
University. Over spring break,
the team will travel to Florida
to play eight games.
“Everyone gets tried at a
different position,” Guertin
said. “So many things are up
for grabs this year.”
When they return, the
Chargers will begin GLIAC
play on March 23 against
Wayne State University.
Abraham said spring
training is important for the
playing experience. He said
the Chargers are at a disadvan-
tage because they only have
12 games scheduled before
GLIAC play, while schools
such as Wayne State will have
already played close to 30.
“Initially, we’re going to
take some time to fgure out
some positions on the feld
and who the regular starters
will be,” he said. “And we’ll
take the frst 12 games to
fgure that out.¨
Abraham said the willing-
ness of the players to work
hard and improve is one of
the biggest strengths of the
“The players are enthusias-
tic and really ready to put the
time and effort in it takes to
get the program moving,” he
said. “These girls are ready to
do things they haven’t done
before and, frankly, what Hill-
sdale softball hasn’t done in a
long time.”
Sarah Leitner
Sports Editor
“I was excited just to go be-
cause I missed outdoor nationals
by three inches last year,” senior
Nathan English said, “so this is
helping make-up for that,”
English and sophomore Mau-
rice Jones are the two athletes
representing the men’s team.
This is Jones` frst appearance
at a national meet and English’s
frst at an indoor national meet.
English is currently ranked
No. 5 in the men’s shot put and
said that even with the tough
competition he hopes to achieve
All-American status.
“I am excited for the com-
petition, and it is just a continu-
ation of the same old rivalries
from high school,” English said.
Jones will be running in the
400-meter run where he is cur-
rently ranked 12th. After he was
told he’d be going to nationals,
Jones said it took a moment for
the news to sink in.
“I am one of two people to
run my time on a fat track,¨
Jones said. “I think I will be
able to achieve my goal to make
fnals and be an All-American.¨
The competition will be
tough, but Putt said that the
GLIAC is one of the strongest
conferences in the nation. Putt’s
coaches chose to place her in
only two of the four events she
qualifed in because they hope
Putt will be able to compete
fresh. Also, in the case of the
DMR, it would allow another
runner, Albaugh, a chance at
Most of the throwers come
from the GLIAC and English
said that in the shot put all the
guys feed off each other
“When one guy throws big, it
pushes everyone to do that much
better so that they are not the
last one standing,” English said.
Putt has already received
honors before competing at na-
tionals: she was named Midwest
Regional Champion of the year.
Towne said that he expects to
see the team do well and run a
couple unexpected races this
Men’s head coach Jeff Forino
and assistant coach R.P. White
left Tuesday to drive to Manka-
to. The athletes left Wednesday
morning. Events will start on
Putt said that the rest of the
team will be watching from
a live stream on the NCAA
website, cheering on their team-
to No. 5.
The Chargers will travel
to Louisville, Ky., to face off
against the No. 6 seed Universi-
ty of Indianapolis in the opening
round of the NCAA tournament.
Hillsdale will be the No. 3 seed
in the Midwest regional.
If the Chargers win their
opener, they would face the win-
ner of the University of South-
ern Indiana/Kentucky Wesleyan
College matchup. Hillsdale and
Findlay are the two teams repre-
senting the GLIAC in this year’s
“We leave tomorrow eve-
ning. It`s going to defnitely be
hectic, but we’ve got a lot of
confdence that we can move on
if we execute,” senior forward
Brent Eaton said. “The realistic
goal for us is to make it to the
regional fnals.¨
The Indianapolis Hounds are
led by a high-caliber point guard
senior Adrian Moss, who was
an honorable mention for the
preseason All-American team
and is averaging 19.2 points and
5.3 assists per game.
“They’ve got a strong inside
presence too, and some shoot-
ers who can stretch the foor,¨
Gerber said. “They’re similar
to many of the teams we have
faced this year in the GLIAC.”
And, if the Chargers win their
next two games, it could lead to
a possible rematch with Findlay
in the semifnals.
“Which would be a great
shot at redemption,” sophomore
forward Tim Dezelski said.
At the close of GLIAC play,
the team accomplished two
important goals: win the GLIAC
regular season title and secure
an NCAA berth.
“The next step for us is to
stay true to our fundamentals
and see how far we can go,” said
From A8
From A8
Hillsdale may have fallen
short in the GLIAC tournament,
but their season will continue
on March 10 in the 2012 NCAA
DII Men’s Basketball Champi-
onship tournament.
In the GLIAC tournament,
the Chargers beat Ashland
University (74-71) and Michi-
gan Technological University
(84-62) but then lost to the Uni-
versity of Findlay (71-52) in the
fnal round.
Against Michigan Tech, the
Chargers won in commanding
fashion. March 3’s game echoed
the two teams’ earlier matchup
on Jan. 28 — the Chargers
dominated in both games.
In the rematch, Hillsdale
was led by senior forward Brad
Guinane’s shooting. He made
11-of-15 shots, including six
3-pointers, for 30 points — the
highest a Hillsdale player has
scored this season.
He was frequently set up by
senior point guard Tyler Gerber,
who had 13 assists.
But against Findlay, the
Chargers struggled through a
poor shooting performance, par-
ticularily in the frst halI where
they shot a miserable 20 percent
Irom the feld.
Findlay opened the game
with a stunning 24-2 run and
Hillsdale found itself in too deep
a hole to climb back into the
A pair of free throws by
junior center Nick Washburn,
a dunk by sophomore Darius
Ware, and a jumper by Gerber
briefy swung the momentum
back in the Chargers favor, but
the Oilers came right back with
free throws of their own and
fnished the halI up 31-10.
In the second half, Hillsdale
managed to fnally fnd their
shots. They shot 47 percent
but still only went 2-of-9 from
the 3-point range. But Findlay
matched the Chargers bucket for
bucket, matching the 40 points
Hillsdale scored in the half.
Findlay point guard Kyle
Caiola’s 22 points led the Oilers
to a GLIAC tournament title.
Despite the loss, the Chargers
dropped only one spot in the re-
gional rankings. Findlay jumped
Nine track athletes will rep-
resent Hillsdale College at the
NCAA DII National Champion-
ship this weekend at Minnesota
State University-Mankato.
The women’s team is ranked
No. 8 in the nation and will be
competing with seven of its
members. Seniors Amanda Putt,
Jennifer Shafer, and Chelsea
Wackernagel will compete in
multiple events.
“I have been hoping to get
to a national meet and win one
since last year,” Putt said. “It is
great to see the rewards of all
the hard work that I have put
Putt will be running in both
the 800-meter run and the
mile-run. She is ranked No. 1 in
the 800 and No. 2 in the mile.
Women’s head coach Andrew
Towne said that it will be inter-
esting to see how well she does
because she is favored going
into the meet.
“I would love to see the
DMR [distance medley relay]
get All-American — especially
since they are ranked fourth —
and it would be huge to have
two freshmen do so well at
nationals,” Putt said.
Shafer will also run the 800.
Her second event is the wom-
en’s DMR with Wackernagel
and freshmen Amy Kerst and
Shena Albaugh.
Wackernagel will also com-
pete in the pole vault with junior
Kayla Caldwell, and junior
Kathy Dirksen will be in the
weight throw.
Sophomore Maurice Jones was recruited his freshman year from
Jackson, Mich., to run on the Hillsdale College track and held
team. Jones has run track since seventh grade, but it was not
his main sport until he came to college. Jones broke the school
record in the 400-meter run this year, and on March 7 he will
compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships in the
Why did you choose to run at Hillsdale?
Well, it is a great school, of course. I just really got along
with all the people I came and met with. Coach [Jeff] Forino was
great. I thought, under him I would be able to be the best that
I could be, and I thought that he could train me and take me to
my limits — even beyond my limits. That was one of my main
reasons for choosing Hillsdale.
What have you improved on this year as opposed to your fresh-
man year?
Coach [Andrew] Towne is a great coach. He just came back
this year. Not to say that Coach Forino or Jared Krout aren’t great
coaches, but Coach Towne is a great coach, and I would like to
attribute a lot to him because he ran the workouts a little differ-
ently. He tended to my needs, my injuries. He made sure that I
talked to him about it because I don’t tend to tell people if I have
injuries. I tend to usually work through them. But he took care of
me and really made sure that I was healthy. He really helped out
with that.
Last year at conIerence, I should have probably took frst |in
the 400-meter run], but I took fourth because they put me in the
wrong heat. I lost by one hundredth of a second. I really wanted it
this time. Instead of having doubts, I was just going out there and
try to do the best I could.
What is your daily routine?
The majority of my days are schooling in the mornings until
about lunch — besides one or two classes I have after lunch —
and then 3:15 p.m. I practice anywhere from 5 to 6 p.m., de-
pending on what time of the season it is. Later in the season we
might only go until 4:30 p.m., but earlier in the season we can go
upwards to 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.. And then I eat dinner, get some
homework done, then start over the next day.
When did you begin training?
In August, we oIfcially started training. But all through the
summer I do all kinds oI cross-ft training and diIIerent sports
because I found that the best thing that always helps me is to not
focus on one thing. When I do, I tend to get hurt because of a lot
of wear and tear. I play a lot of soccer for endurance. I wrestled in
high school so I do a lot of that still. I do a lot of swimming, too.
I just try to stay active. I’ve been training my whole life.

How do you plan to succeed at nationals?
I myself don’t know exactly what I’ll do. That’s what I
worked for this whole season. But once it actually happened then
I didn’t really know if I was ready to do that as a sophomore. But
then I just kind oI fgured that the experience would be good. I
am ranked 12th, and it takes eighth to be All-American so I’m
gearing towards winning my race, getting into fnals, and then
from there on just whatever happens — leave it on the track.
There is not much training left I can do. Just the technical stuff,
refning. But capacity-wise I just have to go out there and get it.
— Compiled by Emmaline Epperson
Baseball splits doubleheader in season-opener
Track athletes look for
All-American honors
Sarah Anne Voyles
Collegian Reporter
Junior Nick Washburn looks for an open teammate in
Saturday’s final against the University of Findlay. The
Chargers could not overcome an early-game deficit and
lost 71-52. (Joe Buth/Collegian)
The Hillsdale College base-
ball team opened their season
with a series against Kentucky
Wesleyan College (3-4). The
Chargers split the Sunday
doubleheader but were defeated
in Monday’s nine-inning game.
“Being able to get outside
and play was huge,” head coach
Paul Noce said. “We were happy
with what we saw defensively,
and pitching was kind of what
we were hoping for.”
Noce said the team mostly
struggled hitting, though this
was the frst time the team has
seen live outdoor pitching this
In the frst game, the Panthers
capitalized off of a Hillsdale
error for their only run of the
game. The Chargers could not
respond and were defeated 1-0.
Sophomore frst baseman
Matt Pochmara and senior cen-
ter felder Pat O`Hearn had Hill-
sdale’s two hits for the game.
But the Chargers responded
in the second game of the
doubleheader with a 4-2 win.
The game was tied at 2-2 until
the fIth inning when senior
center felder Mike Blanchard
batted in junior third baseman
Scott Lantis. In the seventh,
Blanchard hit another RBI.
Junior second baseman Scott
Rhodes got the run.
“We learned that commu-
nication and in-game adjust-
ments were key to fnding an
edge in competing,” Blanchard
said. “Not that we were totally
lacking in those areas, [but] just
learning to be more eIfcient
with the cards we see [the other
team] playing.”In Monday’s
game, the Chargers could not
keep the momentum going and
lost 5-2. Hillsdale had six hits
against Kentucky Wesleyan’s
“I think we showed great
enthusiasm and fought for the
entire series, and I think that’s
going to translate into a lot
of wins and a GLIAC playoff
berth,” O’Hearn said.
Noce said these pre-GLIAC
games are very important for
post-season play as well as for
evaluating the team.
The team graduated eight
seniors last year and, though
that did leave some positions
open, Noce said the juniors who
played last year still provide
a solid base of starters. Senior
pitchers Dan Rhodes and Kris
Morris, as well as sophomore
pitcher Tyler Haggerson, have
also returned to the team after
sitting out last year due to inju-
“They were all healthy and
contributing on the weekend,”
Noce said.
The team welcomed nine
freshmen to the team this year.
Four of those freshmen trav-
eled with the team to Kentucky
Wesleyan. Freshman Nolan
Breymaier played shortstop all
three games.
“Freshman have a key role
this year with the amount of
seniors gone at short[stop],
behind the plate, and leIt feld,¨
Blanchard said. “They’ve shown
good discipline at the plate, so I
have very high expectations for
them as league play starts here
This weekend, Hillsdale will
travel to Louisville, Ky., to play
at Bellarmine University. The
Chargers will travel to Florida
over spring break to play six
games as they continue to fnd
the starting line-up and pitching
rotation. When the team returns,
they face Saginaw Valley State
University in their frst GLIAC
game of the season on March
Noce said the team’s goal
this year is to make it to the
conference tournament.
“That’s what we’re shooting
for,” he said. “We’re getting bet-
ter, and we’re improving. That’s
the next step.”
8 March 2012
Sarah Leitner
Sports Editor
Q & A
Chargers head to Indy for regional tourney
David Gordon
Collegian Freelancer
(Caleb Whitmer/Collegian)
See Men’s Bball, A7
See Track, A7
Best Casual Date Dessert $7.50 for two
On the side of a chalkboard dessert menu,
there`s a little fag with 'S`mores¨ written on
it this easily overlooked fag lists the best
dessert at Rosalie’s Roadhouse.
While the quality oI the ingredients could be
better, the presentation of this dessert is fun,
lively, and entertaining.
The wooden tray flled almost halI oI the table.
Skewers, marshmallows, graham crackers packets, and pre-broken
chocolate bars fll compartments around a central fame.
This dessert is not only classic it really does taste like camping it is
a built-in ice breaker Ior any frst date.
There is nothing like roasting marshmallows to help bring out Iun camp-
ing stories, talk about embarrassing hiking stories, or to laugh about other
family traditions.
B1 8 March 2012
(Joe Buth/Collegian)
A baking legacy
The frst pan oI tender,
crumbling coIIee cake vanished
within an hour and that was
beIore the bulk oI guests ar-
rived at Waterman Residence’s
weekly open-house tea. The
blackberry tea disappeared even
faster than the cake.
'I greatly enjoy Waterman
teas,¨ said sophomore Josiah
Kollmeyer, a regular attendee.
'It`s a Iun place to come.
There’s nice conversation and
tasty Iood.¨
Tonight it was coIIee cake.
Last week the women served
cinnamon sugar pull-apart
bread. BeIore that, the low and
sturdy coffee table of Water-
man has supported such delights
as white chocolate cranberry
scones, apple tarts, snickerdoo-
dles, layer cakes, baklava, and
apple cake with walnuts and a
caramel drizzle.
'I think Iood in general is
essential to creating commu-
nity,¨ said Shannon Taylor `09,
a former Waterman resident.
'The process oI making it brings
Waterman women together both
because they enjoy Iellowship
while they cook, and because it
is a giIt they can oIIer others.¨
Taylor and her two Iormer
roommates, Cara Valle 10 and
Erin Zoutendam 10, used to
hold teas in Valle and Zouten-
dam’s room in Olds Residence
beginning in 2006.
'When I, and later Cara and
Erin, moved to Waterman, we
decided Waterman`s lovely liv-
ing room and kitchen oIIered the
perfect opportunity to continue
Tuesday tea and its Iellowship,¨
Tory Cooney
Copy Editor
A red binder full of recipes is a Waterman heirloom and
one of the houses prized possesions. (Bonnie Cofer/Collegian)
Plum Tarts
Pear Glaze
For Tart Shell:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose four
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together room-temperature butter
with sugar and four in a Iood processor until a ball Iorms.
Press the dough into the tart pans. Make sure the dough is evenly
pressed into all areas. Bake until golden.
Meanwhile, mash the pears. Combine all glaze ingredients together
and blend in a food processor.
Cook glaze in small sauce pan over low heat until think. Chill
glaze in an ice bath until completely cooled.
Slice plums thinly. Place plum slices in a spiral pattern in the tart shell, starting on the
outside and working your way in, creating a rose bud shape.
For Pear Glaze:
(Joe Buth/Collegian)
By Roxanne Turnbull
See B2
Best desserts
in Hillsdale
Emily Johnston
Senior Reporter
Best Cheesecake $3.79
Drizzled with chocolate and caramel,
sprinkled with walnuts, Johnny T`s Turtle
Cheesecake is the perIect balance oI sweet
and savory. The flling was not overly
sweetened, so the cream cheese favor
had a chance to shine. There was enough
chocolate sauce to allow Ior the right ratio
oI sweetness in every bite.
Jan Mosher, head baker at Market House,
makes all oI Johnny T`s pies Iresh weekly, and this dessert defnitely has
a home-made taste.
It is the perIect combination oI rich and creamy without any oI the
heaviness you can actually eat the whole slice. AIter fnishing oII the
plate, I Iound myselI wanting more.
Best Elegant Date Dessert $7
When you order Bananas Foster, Olivia`s Chophouse gives you a show.
The presentation of this dessert cannot be beat.
This dessert is prepared table-side, usually by manager Josh Butler, who
has been making it Ior about six years.
Butler frst heats butter in a skillet, then adds rum, brown sugar, banana
liqueur, and cinnamon. A beautiIul blue fame rises out oI the pan when
he adds each ingredient.
AIter the fame dies down, Butler adds cut-up, chilled banana. He coats
them thoroughly in the glaze and then pours everything over high-quali-
ty, vanilla bean ice cream.
Each bite is a perfect combination of the smooth ice cream and the cara-
melized topping. There is a hint oI rum, but the favor did not overpower
the sweetness or banana favors oI the glaze.
Best Group Dessert $11
The Colossal Chocolate Cake from Olivia’s Chophouse is the perfect
choice Ior any group celebration.
This cake has layers upon layers of moist, delicious chocolate cake,
flled with, yes, more chocolate. The slice is heIty and perIect Ior
sharing. The thick layers help keep the cake moist and delicious. No
matter how much you want to stop, your Iork will keep fnding its
way back Ior one more bite.
Another great thing about this dessert once you cannot stuII any-
more chocolaty goodness into your stomach, you can bring the rest oI
the slice home to enjoy again later.
Best Late Night Dessert
Nothing beats a late night craving like Dutch Uncle Donuts in Coldwater.
This 24-hour doughnut shop is worth every minute oI the halI-hour drive
Irom Hillsdale College. The doughnuts are Iresh, delicious, and their
variety is unparalleled.
I recommend their Old-Fashioned doughnuts or Apple Fritters. Delicious.
The doughnut selection always changes depending on the day and hour,
and never be aIraid to try something new.
The doughnuts seem to improve as you approach midnight. This is
defnitely one dessert you want to have well aIter dinner. The ambiance oI
the 24-hour shop improves as characters Irom Coldwater and surrounding
areas congregate.
Photos by Emily Johnston
1 cup white sugar
3 tsp. corn starch
1/2 cup water
1 cup mashed pears
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
squeeze of lemon
5 whole plums
Waterman women create community through baking
Spread glaze evenly over the tart. Let sit. Enjoy!
Yield: fve small tarts and one large tart
8 March 2012 B2
changing a stigma
Commonly assumed fact: all gluten-free desserts are
tasteless or, even worse, downright disgusting.
Unknown fact: they do not have to be.
A friend of mine told me recently about her favorite glu-
ten-Iree dessert, a fourless chocolate and vanilla marble cake.
She described the concoction as “divine,” and recalled that it
was made with chocolate, eggs, sugar, cream cheese, butter,
and salt. No four. I wanted to trust my Iriend`s judgment, but
wondered how any cake could taste decent without four, the
building block oI all baking. I was skeptical.
Then I made it.
Another Iriend oI mine and I tackled it together, and
were soon whisking the two batters, one vanilla and the other
chocolate. As we were combining the copious amounts oI un-
healthy ingredients, my skepticism melted with the chocolate
and butter in our makeshift double-boiler.
'Well, with butter and chocolate and sugar, you can`t go
wrong!¨ I told her.
The beautiful marble cakes baked for 40 torturous min-
utes, a chocolaty aroma flling the house. When a group oI my
Iriends sampled the experiment, everyone had two pieces.
The fourless wonder has a smooth consistency and
deep chocolate favor. It is denser than most cakes but lighter
than fudge. The two batters –– vanilla and chocolate marbled
together serve more than decorative purposes, the vanilla
sharp and the chocolate rich.
The cake is positively addicting, and I should know, since
the leftovers have been haunting my kitchen counter ever
since the experiment.
Clearly, the old rice cracker with peanut butter gluten-
Iree staple has been eclipsed by desserts oI much more sub-
stance and taste. I highly recommend the fourless vanilla and
chocolate marble cake (recipe Irom Fine Cooking Magazine),
and submit that gluten-free desserts are not as bad as their
For more gluten-Iree recipes, I recommend visiting liv-, which boasts recipes oI cakes that look like
ordinary cakes, minus the gluten.
On March 10 and 11 the
Hillsdale College Orchestra will
open with the 'Romeo and Juliet
Fantasy Overture¨ by Piotr Ily-
ich Tchaikovsky and close with
the 'Symphonic Metamorphosis
by Carl Maria von Weber¨ by
20th century composer Paul
Hindemith. Concerto winners,
sophomores Anika Top and Vik-
tor Rozsa, will play pieces by
Franz Liszt and Edward Elgar.
'Everything`s either Irom
the 19th or 20th century,¨ said
James Holleman, associate
proIessor oI music and music
director for the concert.
Each oI the spring orchestra
concerts consists oI Iour pieces.
Two of them are strictly orches-
tral, and Holleman selects these.
For the March concert, he chose
Hindemith`s 'Symphonic Meta-
morphisis¨ and Tchaicovsky`s
'Romeo and Juliet,¨ in part
because both works feature an
English horn, which the music
department bought over the
Beyond the availability of
instruments, Holleman said there
are a number of factors he con-
siders when selecting orchestral
pieces. The educational growth
of orchestra members, balanced
programming, entertainment val-
ue, and challenging the students,
a more diIfcult task this year.
“We have strong woodwinds,
strong brass, strong strings,
strong percussion. So it`s a very
balanced orchestra as far as the
talent. In past years, we`ve had
some sections stronger than
others,” Holleman said. “But
this year, what`s unique is that
they are all
equally strong
and young.
We`re not
graduating —
I mean, we`re
seniors — but
not the largest
amount we`ve
ever gradu-
ated, and we
have people
waiting in line
Ior their spots.
So the health
of the orches-
tra Ior next
year is also
going to be
very good.”
The other
two pieces
are chosen by
the concerto
winners. Each
works with
his or her teacher during the fall
to prepare Ior the audition in late
Jan. Top and Rozsa auditioned,
respectively, 'Piano Concerto
No.1 in E-fat Major, S. 124¨
and 'Concerto Ior Cello in E
Minor, op. 85¨ and will be play-
ing those pieces Ior the concert.
Both Top and Rozsa had played
their pieces in high school
Top Ior her senior recital, and
Rozsa as a junior.
'It`s nice to give pieces a
break and then come back to
them. You have a greater ma-
turity when it comes to playing
it,¨ said Top, who worked with
Hillsdale`s Teacher oI Music
Brad Blackham while at school
and with a teacher from home
over the summer and during
Christmas break.
Both Top and Rozsa had per-
Iormed only the frst movements
oI their pieces in high school.
When Rozsa began think-
ing about auditioning for the
concerto competition, his music
teacher told him he should learn
the second, as well.
'He told me, It`s one musi-
cal idea, so iI you`re going to
audition, you should do both of
them,`¨ Rozsa said.
So he did.
'It showcases the Iull range
oI what a cello can do,¨ Rozsa
said. 'The frst movement is
really slow and emotional and
really dynamic, and then the
second movement just gets
really fast and sort of furious,
a bit, but still in sort of a funny
way it`s hard to describe. It
goes through a range of different
tonal colors.”
Rozsa and Top look Iorward
to the perIormance this week-
'I`m excited to see how it all
sounds,¨ Top said. 'The orches-
tra just makes |the concerto|
sound so full and vibrant.”
Rozsa anticipates the com-
munion music brings.
'I think that music it`s
about sharing it with others. II
you`re just holed up in a practice
room all the time, it`s not really
doing much Ior people. I think
of concerts as being where
the point oI music is actually
Morgan Sweeney
Copy Editor
Shannon Taylor said.
Along with tea, they also
provided baked goods that drew
attendees Irom across campus.
Senior Bonnie Cofer was one
such Ireshman who came Ior the Iood, stayed Ior the Iriendship,
and much to her surprise, is now one oI the hosts as well as a resi-
dent assistant at Waterman.
'I never imagined I could get into Waterman or host the teas,¨
CoIer said. 'It`s really wonderIul. Everyone bakes, and it`s always
'Compared to the cramped rooms in Olds, a big, orange living
room Iull oI baked goods just becomes this haven oI happiness and
Iood,¨ said junior Annie Taylor, another Waterman resident.
Waterman women emit a very hospitable nature and host the
open-house teas as a way oI giving back, said senior Ashley Bau-
mann, a four-year Waterman resident.
'And we just love to bake things,¨ Baumann said. 'There`s
always something going on in the kitchen.”
'Always!¨ Annie Taylor said. 'I`ll come back Irom class and
the whole house will smell like chocolate, and a plate oI something
tempting will be cooling on the counter.¨
While coffee cake was served in the living room over the ebb
and fow oI conversation ranging Irom the details oI John Der-
byshire`s speech, 'We are Doomed,¨ to the generalities oI ancient
Greek literature a plate oI biscuits and a pile oI cookies sat
conspicuously on the kitchen counter.
'II you spend much time in Waterman, you quickly realize that
its kitchen is its heart,¨ Shannon Taylor said. 'Rinsing oII a dish
or making a cup oI tea inevitably (and delightIully) becomes a
prolonged visit with a Iriend.¨
The kitchen was also the location oI 'BreakIasts with Jesus,¨ a
Waterman tradition Irom to 2009-2011, where the residents gath-
ered each morning to eat their individual breakIasts together. Each
Friday, one oI the residents would make breakIast Ior the entire
house, Baumann said.
'We had a really close bond. This year, everyone is just too
busy, but the teas continue,” Baumann said.
“The legacy of baking continues because the women in Water-
man intentionally pass it on. As the older women in Waterman
model this tradition to the younger, they are gifting them with a
way to support, encourage, and build community,¨ Shannon Taylor
said. 'Waterman`s baking tradition is inclusive: it spreads out,
invites in, and thus continues through generations.”
The legacy is witnessed in the perennial teas, but also the stand
mixer in the kitchen clean but clearly well-used , the abun-
dance of cutting boards, cookie sheets, and carefully-balanced
stacks oI etched glass teacups, all bequeathed by Iormer residents.
The most cherished of these heirlooms, tangible manifestations
oI Waterman`s cultural legacy, is the slim red binder nestled on
a shelI in the dining room It contains recipes passed down Irom
generation to generation oI Waterman residents, begun by Mandi
Swenson and Emily Droege in 2006.
Droege`s chocolate chip cookie recipe, dubbed by CoIer as 'ri-
diculously amazing,¨ and Swenson`s 'Iamous curry with chicken,
yields 4 6 servings depending on number oI boys present¨ still
warm Waterman residents and guests alike.
“Waterman feels more like a house than a dorm and draws to it
those who appreciate that atmosphere,¨ Shannon Taylor said. 'Wa-
terman`s real kitchen is a blessing to those who love cooking.¨
It is a blessing clearly seen in the vibrant orange living room,
brimming with conversation, the vapors oI a Iourth pot oI tea, and
the crumbs of a second coffeecake.
From B1
Orchestra highlights concerto winners
Many Dr. Seuss stories have debuted
as 30-minute TV specials. To bounce 'The
Lorax¨ onto the silver screen required a bit
more padding.
Dr. Seuss` classic tale teaches the virtue
oI personal responsibility: planting a seed
when the trees have been cut down. With
more context and humor, Hollywood`s
'Lorax¨ adds another lesson the evils oI
big business.
The flm opens with Thneedville, a
booming metropolis flled with satisfed
consumers. But this seeming utopia masks
a darker side: 'plastic and Iake, a town
without nature.¨ Its citizens enjoy cars, ski-
ing, and lounging in the sun, not seeing the
defciency oI plastic trees and bottled air.
Ted, the young protagonist, Ialls in love
with Audrey, a high-school girl who dreams
about trees. When she tells Ted that she
would marry whoever brought her one, he
snaps into action.
Ted`s grandmother Norma points him in
the direction of the Once-ler, a mysterious
creature who knows why the trees are all
gone. Finding a secret exit to Thneedville,
Ted sees the hidden consequences oI the
town`s artifcial liIestyle: a river oI slime, a
polluted atmosphere, and a landscape oI tree
AIter proving himselI to the Once-ler,
Ted hears the tale oI Dr. Seuss` Lorax with
some embellishment. The Once-ler explains
how he left home, seeking to make his
Iortune selling Thneeds multi-purpose
garments that feature as hats, scarves, and
rags. When he fnds an idyllic Iorest, Iull
oI dancing bears and singing fsh, he also
discovers the perIect Thneed material- truI-
fula trees.
Thneedless to say, he chops one down to
harvest its fabric-like foliage. But with each
swing oI the axe, a tremendous crack splits
the air. When the tree has fallen, lighting and
thunder hail the emergence oI the Lorax.
This Iurry, orange creature proclaims 'I
speak Ior the trees.¨ He places stones around
the tree stump Irom which he came, and the
animals gather to hold hands, commemorat-
ing the frst Iallen tree.
Even though the Once-ler appeases them
with marshmallows, the animals push his
bed into the river. Not only does the Lorax
stop the Once-ler Irom perishing in a deadly
waterIall, but he also sparks the intruder`s
limp body back to liIe with static electricity
Irom two bears` Iur. The intruder promises
that he will not cut down any more trees.
But then the Once-ler`s Iamily arrives,
people discover the virtue oI his thneeds,
and the entrepreneur becomes a successIul
businessman. While destroying the animals`
habitat, he sings 'how bad can I be?¨ His
musical number praises the principle oI
natural selection in nature and business. At
the end, he stands in a suit beIore a poster oI
himself, with the message “too big to fail.”
Another evil businessman also ruins the
lives of innocents. While Ted seeks to learn
about trees, Mayor Aloysius O`Hare, owner
oI O`Hare Air, does all in his power to stop
him. O`Hare has discovered how to bottle
and sell fresh air. Trees, which make fresh
air “for free,” threaten his business. His
power relies on dirty air, so people will pay
him to clean it up.
But both millionaires get their comeup-
pance. As soon as the Once-ler cuts down
the last tree, he loses everything: his family
leaves, the animals migrate, and the Lorax
rises up into the sky, leaving a stone carved
with one word 'unless.¨ I won`t give away
the ending, though.
The flm mimics Dr. Seuss` tale, teach-
ing children the destruction of greed and the
redemption oI personal responsibility. In
addition to these positive elements, how-
ever, the flm also took liberties. Explicitly
referring to Sunday as “family day,” may not
constitute a shot at Christians, and there may
be nothing wrong with entertaining romance
at such a young age. Nevertheless, the flm
conveyed a not-so-subtle message: big busi-
ness is bad, and the environment is good.
Its fnish pounded home the moral point
– suggesting a way for kids to get involved:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole
awIul lot, nothing is going to get better. It`s
Tyler O’Neil
Collegian Freelancer
Sophomore Anika Top is one of the concerto winners who will play in this
week’s orchestra concert. (Schuyler Dugle/Collegian)
‘The Lorax’: fun with a side of Liberal philosophy
Kathy Connor reminisces on her
life in Hillsdale
B3 8 March 2012
In Their Eyes
Abi Wood
Copy Editor
athy Connor ’79 knows Hill-
sdale, Mich. like the back
of her hand. And she knows
Hillsdale College even better.
Kathy Connor was born in Hills-
dale. She grew up under the shadow
of the college, attending Mary Randall
Preschool as a child and local schools
during high school. When Kathy Con-
nor graduated from high school, she
was prepared to leave her 18-year jaunt
in Hillsdale behind and pursue some-
thing different.
“I absolutely did not want to go
to Hillsdale because, like any person
who grows up in the town, as soon as I
fnished high school I wanted to leave,¨
Kathy Connor said.
Her father Daniel Goldsmith, how-
ever, was a football coach and profes-
sor at the college, and he asked her to
stay for two years and take advantage
of the free tuition his position with the
college offered her.
Kathy Connor agreed to stay for the
allotted time, but eventually ended up
remaining the full four years, gradu-
ating in May of 1979. She met her
husband, Craig Connor, her sophomore
year at the college. Back then Hillsdale
had a hockey team—a good team, ac-
cording to Kathy Connor—and Craig
Connor played on the team. He was
recruited by hockey legend Ted Lind-
say, who coached hockey at Hillsdale
college. The team played Division 1
teams like Michigan State University
and Nortre Dame University.
Kathy Connor married Craig Con-
nor two years after graduating from
Hillsdale. After getting married, Kathy
Connor earned her masters in Early
Childhood Education from Eastern
Michigan University, returning to Hill-
sdale to teach at local venues. In 1988
she was offered the job of head teacher
at the Mary Randall Preschool.
“It is what I had wanted from the
day I set Ioot in there,¨ Kathy Connor
said. 'I was just waiting.¨
She was promoted to Director of the
Mary Randall Preschool six years later
and worked there for 10 years before
accepting a position teaching full time
at Hillsdale College as an instructor in
Randall said there is much that is
different around the college today than
in the 1970s.
“The ‘70s was the ‘streaker’ era and
Hillsdale College had no shortage of
them. Practically every home football
game had a streaker for quite a few
years and often they would be seen
during the day on campus. I remember
in particular a Von Mises lecture got
streaked—it would have been kind
of like a CCA getting streaked. Many
dignitaries were there and I am sure the
college administration was not happy,¨
Kathy Connor said.
She described a snow storm in ’78
that closed the college down for a week
with 12-foot drifts and a roof collapsed
from the weight of the snow.
She said the campus has changed
considerably. She said the classrooms
on campus are newer now—fresher.
She described the old, now-demol-
ished, buildings.
“They smelled old; they had slant-
ing wood foors that almost made you
dizzy and really high ceilings and
musty smelling wood, but one felt
comfortable in them, like an old, favor-
ite, sweater,¨ she said.
Some things, however, have not
“I often hear alumni say that they
would never be able to attend Hillsdale
College now because it has become so
tough,¨ she said. 'I don`t know. I think
we had really good professors then and
I think a lot oI things haven`t changed.¨
“ ”
abeek Pradhan had al-
ways been good at ev-
erything placed before
him. School was easy for him.
He played piano and composed
music from a young age. But
when he started running track
and cross country a few years
ago, he consistently came in
last place.
His father, Kamal Pradhan,
hated to see him struggling and
asked if he wanted to quit.
Sabeek Pradhan told him
‘No,’ he wanted to keep at it.
“One thing that I like about
him is that he is persistent,¨
Kamal Pradhan said.
Four years and a couple of
school records later, and Sabeek
Pradhan won the Michigan
High School Athletic Associa-
tion scholar-athlete award.
Now, Sabeek Pradhan’s
work as a student at Hillsdale
Academy is being recognized
beyond the state of Michigan.
He was selected by the U.S.
Department of Education as one
of 3,000 candidates for the U.S.
Presidential Scholars Program.
According to the depart-
ment’s website, the program
“was established in 1964, by
executive order of the Presi-
dent, to recognize and honor
some of our nation’s most
distinguished graduating high
school seniors.¨
Sabeek Pradhan made the
initial cut based on his ACT
score, a perfect 36. Next came
an intense application process
including fve essays, letters oI
recommendation, and an extra-
curricular resume.
Those extracurriculars are
pretty solid.
Sabeek Pradhan is a black
belt in karate. He won the Ka-
lamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Young Composers in Concert
award twice, the frst person
ever to win both the junior and
senior sections. He is heav-
ily involved with the YMCA
Michigan Youth Government
Program. Last year he was
named all-state in QuizBowl,
and this year his team qualifed
for the national championships
in Saint Louis.
His academics aren’t too
shabby either. Sabeek Pradhan
had fnished the Academy`s
math program by the end of his
sophomore year, and has taken
six credit hours per semester in
math, economics, and com-
puter programming here at
Hillsdale College.
This spring, those 3,000 ap-
plicants will be narrowed down
to 141 Presidential Scholars,
described by the department
of education as “one of the na-
tion’s highest honors for high
school students.¨
Sabeek Pradhan said the
Academy has fostered his love
of learning and set him up to
pursue higher education at
the University of Michigan,
University of Chicago, an Ivy
League school, or maybe even
Hillsdale College.
“With only 17 people in my
graduating class, it’s a very
small, very close-knit com-
munity,¨ he said. 'The culture
of education and of hard work
and excellence there is a lot
better than what some of my
friends at other high schools
are describing. It’s been a really
good environment to learn and
grow in.¨
A young Kathy Connor (center) eats lunch at Mary Randall Preschool. Connor grew up in Hillsdale and at-
tended Hillsdale College, but never thought she would spend her adult life in Hillsdale. Now she is a profes-
sor at the college. (Courtesy of Kathy Connor)
Patrick Timmis
News Editor
Hillsdale Academy student Sabeek Pradhan is being
recognized for achievements in both academics and
extracurricular activities. This spring, he is in the running
to be named one of 141 Presidential Scholars, one of
the highest honors for high school students in America.
B4 8 March 2012
hen your professor asks
you to curl up on the foor
and wave your legs in the
air, demonstrates crying on demand,
and leads you in a group rendition of
“The Wizard of Oz,” you might say
you are not in Hillsdale anymore.
On the contrary, you are in Voice
for the Stage with Professor Elizabeth
“It doesn’t seem like a [typical]
Hillsdale class,” said freshman Wes
Wright. “But once you get into it, it’s
really neat.”
Voice for the Stage is offered on ro-
tation every two years and is typically
taught by a guest professor. Elizabeth
Terrel, this semester’s visiting lecturer
in theatre, serves on the faculty at
Western Michigan University where
she is assistant professor of theatre and
director of voice and movement.
Terrel said she teaches the Fitzmu-
rice Voicework technique, the Roy Hart
vocal technique, and her own method,
Terrel Core Training. In this class, she
focuses on production of the voice
through relaxation and resonance,
rather than on articulation of text.
Terrel tells her students they must
use breath exercises to discover ways
they can express emotion through the
“Theatre is not just about ‘pretty,’”
she said. “You have to use the whole
range of human vocal expression, from
pretty to ugly.”
Terrel coaches her students using an
exercise she calls the Oz routine. She
calls it “extended voice work” because
it engages all the different resonators
within the body.
First is the Cowardly Lion: the
deep chest voice. Standing relaxed and
low, weight slung between two feet
as iI looking Ior a fght, the students
mumble, “Put ’em up! Put ’em up!”
Next comes the intermediate chest
voice: “I am Oz, the great and power-
Head voice appears in Dorothy’s
frightened tones: “Run, Toto, run!”
Finally, the croak of the Wicked
Witch of the West engages the nasal
register: “I’ll get you, my pretty!”
After their trip to Oz, Terrel brings
her students back to earth, reminding
them that every sound they make is
connected to deep, often non-verbal,
Since emotional expression begins
with a relaxed body, Terrel’s students
begin class with exercises known as
“tremoring” or “destructuring.” This
involves lying on a foor mat, fex-
ing the body into various contortions
such as “child’s pose” or “cobra,” and
then letting the muscles shake in that
position while vocalizing with sighs or
The purpose is to create a physical
foundation for using the voice.
“You are breaking down the habitual
patterns of breath,” Terrel said. “This is
about fnding chaos and staying in it to
work, which is what actors have to do
to be effective. In giving voice to your
tremor, you are allowing the voice and
the vibration to come out.”
Terrel said performers must main-
tain their vocal presence while reenact-
ing situations, such as arguments, in
which people normally stop speaking
or lose their voice due to tension and
Terrel said she has been fascinated
with issues of breath since childhood,
when her grandfather struggled with
emphysema. She became interested
in training others in use of the voice
through her own studies as a vocalist.
Terrel began her college career
studying opera, but switched to musical
theatre. She found that, in addition to
her classical training, she needed to
learn new vocal techniques to be suc-
cessful in musical theatre performance.
Homework for Voice for the Stage
is always practical. Last week, Terrel
asked students to go home, get into an
argument, and observe how the rising
tide of emotion affected each person’s
breath and thus their voice.
Last week students began exploring
their “cry voice.” Their next assign-
ment is to visit a local store, ask in an
authentically weepy tone, “Do you
have an ATM machine?”—and see
what response they get.
The class is composed of speech and
theater majors, ranging from seniors to
Freshman Wes Wright said one of
his favorite exercises is the Oz routine.
“It’s really neat [to hear] the
changes that simple vocal exercises
can have on the tone of a whole room,
without changing the pitch of anyone’s
voice,” he said.
Wright said this training enables
him to speak clearly in situations where
speech is normally diIfcult.
“She often gives the example of
[acting the role of] a hunchback; you
are bent over, but you have to keep
everything in line so you can still speak
fully,” she said.
Junior Margaret Ball, a theater
major who also studies classical voice,
said there is a lot of overlap between
singing and speaking on stage.
“You’re talking about the same
thing, especially in regards to vocal
health,” she said.
Ball said the exercises gave her new
insights into her singing technique.
“It opens you up to explore new
resonances. It’s great to go back to
voice lessons and use this newfound
freedom,” she said.
Ball said Terrel told the class the
voice is the only thing about an actor
that touches the audience.
“As a theatre major, what I work on
frst in a character is the voice, to make
it different from my own,” Ball said.
“Maybe we’re not there, but we’re with
them through their voice, experiencing
these emotions through their sound.”
“I do a decent amount
of thriing but I look for
the best pieces I can nd.
I am very patient, but I
am usually rewarded.”
Visiting professor engages students’ acting skills and voices in a unique class
— Compiled by Rachel Hofer; photographs by Mel Caton
“Texture can be
your best friend.
With patterns
you run the risk
of going over-
board and look-
ing like a quilt.”
Junior Margaret Ball demonstrates an exercise from her Voice for the
Stage class. Here she practices the “Run, Toto, run”exercise from the
Oz routine. It is a particular routine the professor has the students do
in sequence. Each part of the routine has a different posture and facial
expression that goes with it. (Schuyler Dougle/Collegian)
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