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According to the CDC statistics, young adults are one of the least likely groups to die from COVID although they largely contribute to its spread.

Students who have had COVID share their experiences

Afua Brantuo, Features Editor October 2, 2020

For most people, COVID-19 is largely a mystery. For Calvin students Heidi Groenboom and Liz Memmelaar, contracting and recovering from the virus granted them a more in-depth understanding of how it works....

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Provost cancels 2021 spring break, Easter holiday

Harm Venhuizen, Managing Editor October 2, 2020

Students won’t be going home or traveling for breaks this spring, Provost Cheryl Brandsen announced Friday. Both spring break and Easter holiday have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Final...

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

Intramurals offer new activities, ditches contact sports for fall

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...

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....

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

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...

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SAO to launch “Toknight Show, ” other tentative events

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...

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...

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...

Calvin's contact tracers work to track the spread of COVID-19.

Catching up with Calvin’s contact tracers

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....

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...

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

Where two or three Zoom: how to worship this semester

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...

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

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

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...

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