Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Michigan colleges transition to remote learning with varying case counts

Abigail Ham, Staff Reporter November 20, 2020

Following the statewide epidemic order, all Michigan colleges have transitioned to remote learning. As the in-person semester came to a close, Calvin and comparable schools differed greatly in final case...

Effective Nov. 18, the suspension also includes in-person high school learning.

Whitmer shuts down in-person collegiate learning as part of new statewide restrictions

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief November 15, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that all in-person collegiate learning is suspended effective Wednesday, Nov. 18 at a press conference this evening. This suspension is part of a statewide "three...

Evelyn Chen with her family the last time she saw them, more than a year ago.

Thanksgiving brings tough choices for some, no options for others

Abigail Ham, Staff Reporter November 13, 2020

This unique Thanksgiving season will be marked by smaller-than-usual gatherings, missing far-away family, and the occasional Tofurky sandwich. COVID safety, in-state employment and family political tensions...

Why I love being a COVID-RA

Hannah Riffell, Guest Writer November 6, 2020

When I applied to be a resident assistant, the world was what we now call “normal.” I had magnificent plans for my floor community. I imagined hosting weekly hot seats in my room, with girls laughing...

Formal social gatherings suspended amid rising cases

Formal social gatherings suspended amid rising cases

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2020

Calvin has halted in-person social gatherings on campus, according to an email sent to the student body on Friday. This includes student organization events and departmental meetings. Students are still...

Students have been getting coursework from a hard drive dropped off at the correctional facility until Oct. 19.

CPI suspended amid outbreak at Handlon Correctional Facility

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief October 29, 2020

The Handlon campus has suspended all classes, as there are 62 active cases of COVID in the prison. It is unknown how COVID-19 was introduced to the prison. At least six Handlon staff have also contracted...

The Kent County Health Department put COVID-19 safety signs outside of local elementary schools

Kent County Health Dept. launches COVID public information campaign targeted at young people

Katherine Benedict, C&C Co-Editor October 29, 2020

Steve Kelso, marketing and communications manager for the Kent County Health Department has a message for college students: Please stop gathering in large numbers, mask up, wash your hands, and practice...

Calvin mens basketball team is excited to be able to play despite COVID-19.

After long break, men’s basketball team is eager to play

Ellington Smith, Sports Editor October 29, 2020

After an approximately 6 month hiatus, the men’s basketball team are excited to have reunited on the basketball floor. Due to COVID-19 many players were only able to get shots up on their own driveways....

This antigen test is one of six tests Abbot offers

Abbott tests to speed up diagnostic testing

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief October 8, 2020

Calvin will soon be able to test students for COVID-19 using the Abbott tests, in addition to the PCR tests, according to Calvin University President Michael Le Roy. These tests take only 15 minutes to...

A post on the Calvin Memes for CRC Teens Facebook page about the cancellation of spring break.

Students protest cancelation of spring break, Easter holidays. Admin says no reversal possible.

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief October 8, 2020

Following the cancellation of spring break and Easter holidays, students immediately began posting about their frustration with the decision. Calvin Memes for CRC Teens, a popular student meme account,...

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....

A screenshot of the updated 2021 spring schedule shows no spring or Easter breaks. (Photo from

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...

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