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Meet the people who sewed masks for Calvin

Meet the people who sewed masks for Calvin

May 1, 2020

Over Easter weekend, Liz Waid and her nine-year-old daughter set up their sewing machine to make face masks. Like many others with connections to the Calvin community, they were answering the call to create 500 masks in just five days to protect the students and staff still on campus. Calvin issued ...

I was presumed positive for COVID-19: here’s what Calvin did for me.

I was presumed positive for COVID-19: here’s what Calvin did for me.

Joshua Polanski, Managing Editor

April 30, 2020

A few weeks ago, I woke up in a sweat and with body aches — a rare occurrence for me. The day after Calvin moved online, my body aches were so bad that I couldn’t do any school work. But by the next morning I felt much better and didn’t think it could be anything. A week or so passed and the ach...

Interim change leaves students, especially engineering students, hanging out to dry

Lexie Lundquist and Sam Crow, Guest Writers

April 29, 2020

In the midst of academic advising, Calvin made an announcement that starting next academic year, students will no longer be required to take any interim classes to graduate. Many students are likely celebrating this news, as interim has been an opportunity for students to take courses outside of thei...

Students with pre-existing conditions are included in at-risk populations

Students with pre-existing conditions are included in at-risk populations

Harm Venhuizen, Religion Editor

April 27, 2020

When Calvin senior Annake Vande Brake was sixteen, she was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), an illness more commonly known as systemic exertion intolerance disease or chronic fatigue syndrome. ME is a neuroimmune disease, which means that too much physical or mental activity can leave he...

70% of student workers have temporarily lost their jobs

70% of student workers have temporarily lost their jobs

David Swartzentruber, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

 70% of student employees have seen their position temporarily eliminated, according to TaRita Johnson, director of the Career Center. In a mass email sent to student workers, Calvin’s student employment team outlined which students would be able to remain working. Students in the fields of ...

Our last semester in a pandemic

Our last semester in a pandemic

Ethan Stafford, Campus and Community Editor

April 27, 2020

It’s been a long, but fun, four years at Calvin University. From intro courses to senior seminars and everything in between, the final semester is wrapping up for the class of 2020, in one of the most strange and unorthodox ways. Campus has essentially shut down, and all classes are being held onli...

What to watch when sports are cancelled

Last Dance Documentary showing every Sunday

Ellington Smith, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

If you’re anything like me, you're devastated by the absence of March Madness and the NBA playoffs, and the cancellations and postponements of baseball and other sports. As a result, there aren’t many accessible things to watch for an avid sports fan, but here’s what to watch while you’re wa...

Students with pre-existing conditions are included in at-risk populations

Students with pre-existing conditions are included in at-risk populations

Harm Venhuizen, Religion Editor

April 24, 2020

When Calvin senior Annake Vande Brake was sixteen, she was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), an illness more commonly known as systemic exertion intolerance disease or chronic fatigue syndrome. ME is a neuroimmune disease, which means that too much physical or mental activity can leave he...

Graduation pushed to October 3

There will still be an online graduation ceremony on May 23.

McKinley Anderson, Campus and Community Editor

April 22, 2020

Graduation for the class of 2020 will now be on October 3, according to an email from President Michael Le Roy early this afternoon.  Le Roy noted that this reflected the wishes of the graduates, who were sent a survey earlier in the month, to have an in-person ceremony. Conversations with a pare...

Student senate’s plan for spring

Catherine Casturo, Student Senate VP of Administration

April 20, 2020

Student Senate is committed to serving the student body as a representative voice, and this mission has not changed as Calvin moved classes online. We have transitioned our meetings to MS teams, and the projects that were in progress have been evaluated to see if they can be completed virtually. Approximately...

Can we predict how many people in the Calvin community will get sick? It’s more complicated than that, public health profs say.

Can we predict how many people in the Calvin community will get sick? It’s more complicated than that, public health profs say.

McKinley Anderson, Campus and Community Editor

April 20, 2020

The statistical predictions of how COVID-19 will impact the Calvin community are difficult to predict, according to Erica Boldenow and Kristen Alford, public health professors.  Typically, statistical numbers for diseases can take months or years to develop into official reports by the CDC. Bold...

What would a typical day on campus look like if campus was open?

What would a typical day on campus look like if campus was open?

McKinley Anderson, Campus and Community Editor

April 20, 2020

With school closures, stay-at-home orders, and states and the media encouraging social distancing, I decided to display the importance of social distancing and uncover the reasons why schools and other large gatherings have been canceled.  I used The Center for Social Research’s (CSR) Tableau meeting ...