Calvin University Chimes

Calvin should grandfather students into their entry tuition price

Andrew Olson

June 5, 2020

Every year,students see the cost of tuition rise. It's not by relatively huge amounts, but for the students and parents who are paying, $1,500 can still be significant. With the rising cost of higher education, many universities have decided to freeze tuition. Liberty University, Purdue University, Grand Canyon Un...

Remote classes after Thanksgiving, rescheduled breaks and advising: Calvin announces scheduling changes

Remote classes after Thanksgiving, rescheduled breaks and advising: Calvin announces scheduling changes

Harm Venhuizen, Managing Editor

June 2, 2020

Courses will move online following Thanksgiving break, Provost Cheryl Brandsen announced in an email Tuesday morning.  This and other scheduling changes were made to mitigate the risk of students spreading COVID-19 on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year. According to the email, staff and faculty...

For international seniors, a deeply uncertain post-graduation

For international seniors, a deeply uncertain post-graduation

Hadassa Ribeiro, Guest Writer

May 22, 2020

Senior Debora Haede remembers the rollercoaster of emotions she went through the day Calvin announced that classes would go online for the rest of the semester. “When am I going to see these people ever again? Am I going to have a proper goodbye?”, she wondered. As an international student from Turkey and ...

Students receive federal grants as part of CARES act

Students receive federal grants as part of CARES act

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

Roughly 1,200 students received grants on Monday under federal coronavirus relief bills. Altogether, Calvin students received $1.3 million in aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, according to Vice President of Finance Jim English.  Calvin is distributing these grants to stude...

I came to the United States to open doors for my future. COVID – 19 shut many of them

I came to the United States to open doors for my future. COVID - 19 shut many of them

Yejae Kim, Guest Writer

May 19, 2020

The clock starts ticking on May 23, 2020. 60 days — that is the amount of time that graduating international students have to find employment (related to their respective majors) or attend graduate school in order to remain in the United States.   If an international student does not have a plan after those 6...

COVID-19 might be the best time to hope

COVID-19 might be the best time to hope

Andrew Olson, Guest Writer

May 18, 2020

Although many young people might not be worrying about their own health during this crisis, I think few, if any, do not worry about what the future will become. Whether needing to reschedule summer trips, scramble to replace cancelled internships, try to get a new job, or postpone a wedding, it is fa...

A premature farewell: how COVID-19 has upended commencement traditions

A premature farewell: how COVID-19 has upended commencement traditions

Madelyn Wyma, Guest Writer

May 15, 2020

Four years. 36 months. 1,044 days. 25,056 hours.  This time is inscribed with invisible ink on the diploma that Calvin graduates receive the day they cross the stage. Commencement is the frontman to all traditions. Senior rituals from sports banquets to final chapel services are pieces of closure th...

Worship at Calvin continues despite COVID-19

Judah Manoraj (left) and Denny Tawas (right) lead worship remotely.

Gabrielle Eisma, Guest Writer

May 15, 2020

Judah Manoraj sits and reads Daniel 3 to a closed window, face lit by both his screen and the afternoon light that filters through his suitemate’s empty dorm room. The passage is 880 words long, and consists of words like “zither” and “Nebuchadnezzar” and “Abednego,” which spiral the 880 words into...

Le Roy, admin hold town hall meeting about Calvin’s future

Le Roy, admin hold town hall meeting about Calvin's future

Katherine Benedict, Sci-Tech Editor

May 15, 2020

President Michael Le Roy doesn’t want to make a promise he can’t keep. In a virtual town hall organized by student senate on Monday, Le Roy said that many in the Calvin community have been asking him for answers about how classes will be held in the fall of 2020. He shared that he can understand w...

Calvin partners with lab to test all students, staff in efforts to return to campus in the fall

Calvin partners with lab to test all students, staff in efforts to return to campus in the fall

Harm Venhuizen, Religion Editor

May 13, 2020

Calvin is partnering with Helix Diagnostics to ensure access to COVID-19 testing, President Le Roy announced Wednesday in a campus-wide email. This partnership is the first step towards reopening the university’s physical campus in the fall and guarantees that Helix will provide access to 5,000 tests f...

Incoming students anxious amidst uncertainty for fall 2020

Students will be attending PASSPORT Orientation online this year rather than in person.

Lauren DeVries, Features Editor

May 12, 2020

Normally, prospective students would be worried about their roommates or new courses; now, they’re worried about whether they’ll be able to attend Calvin in person this fall. Incoming freshman Matt Bergsma says he is still planning on attending Calvin but that “it has really dulled the anti...

As social isolation continues, profs miss grandkids

Yonker had to quarantine strictly for two weeks before seeing her granddaughters.

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2020

The day that Calvin announced classes were moving online because of the coronavirus, professor of psychology Julie Yonker’s granddaughters visited her at Calvin. It would be weeks before they could meet again. Shelter-in-place orders soon followed, as it became apparent that life as normal could ...