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Asian students experienced coronavirus-related discrimination on campus prior to distance learning

Asian students experienced coronavirus-related discrimination on campus prior to distance learning

Harm Venhuizen, Religion Editor

May 11, 2020

In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., racist actions against Asians and Asian-Americans were reported in cities across the country. While violent actions of racism related to coronavirus have yet to be reported in Grand Rapids, Asian students report having experienced discriminati...

Clinicals in quarantine: how Calvin’s pre-med and nursing programs have adapted

Clinicals in quarantine: how Calvin’s pre-med and nursing programs have adapted

Sarah Gibes, Guest Writer

May 10, 2020

Tina Jones’s foot hurts. It started hurting after she scratched her ankle on a cement step. She covered it with a washcloth, but eventually it got bad enough that she decided to come to the clinic. Her mom came along, too. Like many visitors to this clinic, Tina is a complex patient: she lives with asthma...

Student teachers meeting their requirements by getting creative

Student teacher Abby Vedders waves hello to her sixth grade class during a Zoom check-in.

Harm Venhuizen, Religion Editor

May 10, 2020

When schools across Michigan moved education online in response to COVID-19, both educators and learners were affected, but the change was doubly disruptive to student teachers who wear both of those hats. Many senior education majors at Calvin have seen significant changes to their student teaching exper...

CCW continues providing mental health support during pandemic

The CCW office is located in the Spoelhof University Center.

Joshua Polanski, Managing Editor

May 6, 2020

“Wear clean pants every day,” advises Irene Kraegel, the director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness (CCW). Kraegel notes that the move online has created a struggle of motivation for many students and little things like wearing clean pants can help repair the missing structures in your life...

Students miss in-person interaction but get more sleep during online learning

Students miss in-person interaction but get more sleep during online learning

David Swartzentruber, Staff Reporter

May 6, 2020

The move to online learning has impacted every single student at Calvin University, without exception. While nothing can compete with in-class learning, some students are finding online classes to be helpful. First-year Kameryan Koning had but one pro: that his now-relaxed schedule allowed him more...

Tim Bergsma awarded Professor of the Year

Bergsma, in the bottom right corner, received the award in his Accounting 204 class.

McKinley Anderson, Campus and Community Editor

May 6, 2020

Tim Bergsma, a business and accounting professor, was awarded Professor of the Year on May 6. President Michael LeRoy and Paul Bylsma, speaking on behalf of Knights4Life, greeted Bergsma during his Accounting 204 class on May 6 and awarded him the 2019/2020 Professor of the Year Award.  The studen...

Profs struggle to manage online courses with young children at home

Lauren DeVries, Features Editor

May 6, 2020

Coronavirus has forced professors to teach online from home. Some of Calvin’s professors have young children who no longer have a daycare or school to go to during the day. This means the responsibility of teaching and childcare are both handed to the professors. A few professors have taken a few m...

Calvin couple says “I do” delayed

Calvin couple says “I do” delayed

Grace Cole, Staff Reporter

May 6, 2020

Along with the thousands of couples having to postpone their weddings due to COVID-19, Calvin couples are struggling to accept a lost wedding day. One such couple are Calvin students Derek Vos and Sarah Catlin. The pair met at Calvin during their freshman year, in December 2016. Up until that point, they...

C.S Lewis’s message for our pandemic

C.S Lewis’s message for our pandemic

Joshua Polanski, Managing Editor

May 4, 2020

“And at first sight this seems to be an odd thing to do during a great war. What is the use of beginning a task which we have so little chance of finishing? Or, even if we ourselves should happen not to be interrupted by death or military service... Is it not like fiddling while Rome burns?” C.S. Lewis...

Hands-on arts classes continue despite pandemic limitations

Students in Prof. Greidanus' ceramics class are now making sculptures from materials found in their immediate environment. Pictured here is one such project,

Garrett Strpko, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 3, 2020

Many art classes require materials, equipment, and communal insight that only in-person classes and art department resources can provide — COVID-19 has changed all that. Now, students and professors are finding creative ways to overcome the limits quarantine poses to students engaged in hands-on tr...

What are you watching in in quarantine?

What are you watching in in quarantine?

Garrett Strpko, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 2, 2020

For people worldwide stuck indoors, staying entertained is a top priority. According to The New York Times, social media and streaming services have seen incredibly sharp upticks in website traffic. Senior Sam Tuit believes that quarantine has changed his viewing habits. “I'm watching more YouTube than I ...

Students rise to the occasion amidst online courses

Students rise to the occasion amidst online courses

Ethan Stafford, Campus and Community Editor

May 1, 2020

Professors sing nothing but praise for their students as online courses continue for the 2020 spring semester.  With the campus shutdown and the transition to online courses, Calvin students and professors have entered uncharted territory. Courses designed to be taught in a classroom have had to sw...