Calvin University Chimes

Presumed positive COVID-19 case on Calvin campus

Joshua Polanski, Managing Editor

March 26, 2020

An on-campus student has a presumed case of COVID-19, according to a campus wide email. The student is isolated in a residence hall suite. According to the email, “there are other ‘presumed positive’ situations like this noted for members of our community off-campus as well.” “Anyone wit...

COVID-19, foreign oil war spark stock decline, hit university portfolio

The university has over $200 million invested.

David Swartzentruber, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2020

The pandemic of COVID-19, along with the ongoing Russian and Saudi Arabian oil wars, has driven down the value of the stock market, according to Mike Wilson, Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Stanley, over a conference call. According to Jim English, vice president for finance, Calvin University, althoug...

Study abroad students lament, reflect on the impact of COVID-19

Calvin students on study abroad trips return to Grand Rapids and some continue classes online.

McKinley Anderson, Campus and Community Editor

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 has not only impacted Calvin students locally as they transition to online classes, but globally as study abroad trips return home. Students on the Ghana, York and Chicago semesters discussed the process of returning to Calvin and home to other parts of the United States.  Cynthia Slagter, t...

Classes to go online for rest of spring semester due to COVID-19

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

March 18, 2020

Calvin’s classes will be online for the rest of the semester because of the coronavirus, according to an email sent out by President Michael Le Roy. The administration previously announced that the shift to online classes would last until April 14.  Residence halls will close this Saturday, Ma...

Festival of Faith and Writing postponed due to coronavirus

Photo of Kwame Alexander, author and speaker at the 2018 Festival of Faith & Writing

Juliana Knot, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

The 2020 Festival of Faith and Writing (FFW) has been postponed to April 8-10, 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. This would have been the 30th anniversary of the FFW. In the announcement on March 5, the FFW website read, “After two years of planning, we are so disappointed to be postponin...

Calvin to suspend classroom instruction amidst COVID-19

 Calvin allows political candidates to speak on campus for educational events.

Juliana Knot and Joshua Polanski

March 11, 2020

Calvin is taking steps to slow the spread of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Classes will move online effective Monday, March 16, according to a campus wide email sent Wednesday night by President Michael Le Roy.  Classes will be held on campus as usual Thursday, March 12, but will be cancelled Frida...

Coronavirus: the epidemic’s impact on the Calvin community worldwide

Passengers on an unusually empty subway in Beijing wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

Katherine Benedict, Sci-Tech Editor

February 7, 2020

For Priscilla Liu, a junior at Calvin and president of the Chinese Student Association (CSA), the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is closer to home than the news headlines. Liu grew up in Guangdong, but her family is originally from Wuhan, and she has many relatives inside the city at the epicenter of th...