Calvin University Chimes

Intramurals offer new activities, ditches contact sports for fall

Students, during simpler times, enjoying games of spike ball on the lawn.

Ellington Smith, Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

This year Intramurals at Calvin have a very new look due to COVID-19. Some sports have been retained but most have been replaced with an alternative outdoor sport. Currently, Calvin Intramurals will have spike ball, 4v4 volleyball, badminton, pickleball, and a wiffle ball tournament. All contact sport...

Athletics suspended to evaluate surveillance testing results

Athletics suspended to evaluate surveillance testing results

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2020

The university, in consultation with the athletic department, decided to suspend all athletic-related activities starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Sports are still suspended, as of Wednesday, Sept. 16.  James Timmer, Calvin’s athletic director, said in an email to Chimes, “The suspension will ...

Celebration Cinema offers “drive-in” alternative to traditional theater experience

Celebration Cinema offers

Mattheus Colyn, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 12, 2020

With theatres across the country shut down amid the current pandemic, many are yearning to go back to the movies. Although theaters in some states have begun reopening, if you would like to see a film on the big screen in Grand Rapids, you could consider Celebration Cinema’s newly-established “pop-up dri...

SAO to launch “Toknight Show, ” other tentative events

Photo Courtesy of SAO

Susannah Epp, Staff Reporter

September 12, 2020

Student Activities Office will return this Thursday with the launch of its new “Toknight Show” after a long hiatus from COVID complications. This show will be streamed virtually and interview guests such as Pastor Mary and other Calvin figures, local bands, and some bands that were booked previous...

Credit where it’s due: the admin’s preparation for COVID-19 has paid off

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2020

I’m very critical of the administration in these pages, but credit should be given where credit is due. Calvin has done solid work in preparing for the return of students, and I am impressed with the testing, tracking and isolating system they have in place, as well as all of the social distancing...

Safety Dance: The joys and burdens of community

Eleanor Lee, Guest Writer

September 11, 2020

Guys! I found something we can ALL agree on!! (Crazy, right?) The summer of 2020 was hard.  From mid-March to right about now, life has tripped us up the stairs over and over. We didn’t all trip the same way; maybe you lost a summer job, a graduation, or a loved one. Maybe your health, your rel...

Catching up with Calvin’s contact tracers

Calvin's contact tracers work to track the spread of COVID-19. (Graphic by Lauren DeVries)

Sarah Gibes, Sci-Tech Editor

September 10, 2020

Social work professor Kristen Alford and biology professor Erica Boldenow have both been trained by the Kent County Health Department to serve as the leaders of Calvin’s community contact tracing program. Chimes spoke with them both about their work.   Chimes: What exactly is contact tracing? ...

COVID-19 dashboard an accessible way to stay informed

COVID-19 dashboard an accessible way to stay informed

Lauren Vanden Bosch, Campus and Community Co-Editor

September 10, 2020

During the summer, members of the Safe Return team worked on implementing an effective Calvin COVID-19 case tracker dashboard for the fall semester.  Calvin’s dashboard became live on Sept. 1 and includes data gathered since Aug. 1. It was primarily developed by Lauren Amick, the manager of institutional effectiveness a...

Where two or three Zoom: how to worship this semester

Chapel this semester will be livestreamed, and humming will replace singing in viewing rooms on campus.

Michaela Giovannelli, Religion Editor

September 4, 2020

Some students may go entire semesters without setting foot in Calvin’s chapel; this semester, that could be all of us. No longer in person, chapel will be livestreamed every day at 10:00 a.m. The temptation to gather in large groups to sing, dance and go through the choreography for favorite chi...

Calvin’s back on campus. Here’s what it took.

The Safe Return Team met at least once a week, with working groups meeting in addition to that.

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2020

Shortly after classes went online in March, the cabinet was looking ahead. The incident command group, an emergency team created to react to the pandemic, needed to transition to a planning and implementation group in order to get students back in person in the fall. Calvin University President Michael Le Roy c...

COVID-19 hit small universities’ finances hard this summer. Here’s where it’s left Calvin.

COVID-19 hit small universities’ finances hard this summer. Here’s where it’s left Calvin.

Harm Venhuizen, Managing Editor

September 3, 2020

Faced with a projected $13 million decrease in revenue this year, Calvin made numerous cuts to personnel and programs over the summer. Calvin, however, remains financially stable, University President Michael Le Roy said in a June 17 video call announcing the cuts. “We are working hard to restore a...

The return: Calvin comes back to campus

Students adjust to new rules as they move back in.

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

September 3, 2020

Six months after going online for the spring semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Calvin has returned to in-person instruction. After conducting 3,809 tests as of Aug. 31, only twelve cases have been identified as positive, a .3% positivity rate. Of those twelve, currently only four of those c...