Calvin College Chimes

5,000 students absent on day of protest

Carolyn Muyskens

February 24, 2017

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Approximately 5,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) students skipped school last Thursday, Feb. 16 in protest of President Trump’s immigration order. The absences brought the district of 16,834 down to 70 percent atten...

Cornerstone cuts newspaper, arts and communications programs

Molly Bruns

February 17, 2017

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Cornerstone University (CU) recently cut four humanities and media programs: public relations, photography, ancient studies and journalism. The campus newspaper, The Herald, is also to be eliminated. These programs were not t...

Calvin alumna Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

Carolyn Muyskens

February 10, 2017

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With Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, a Calvin College alumna, to be education secretary Tuesday morning. DeVos now holds the highest governmental position a Calvin College gradu...

Hundreds protest Trump’s immigration ban at GR airport

Anneke Kapteyn

February 7, 2017

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On Sunday, January 29, hundreds of Grand Rapids residents gathered at Gerald R. Ford International Airport to protest President Trump’s immigration ban. Just two days earlier, the president had issued an executive order called...

Mayor Bliss and Governor Snyder respond to refugee ban

Carolyn Muyskens

February 3, 2017

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In a statement Tuesday, Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss articulated her disappointment with the recent executive order halting refugee entry to the United States as well as travel to the U.S. for nationals of seven majority-Muslim...

Dozens turned away from Rep. Amash’s town hall

Carolyn Muyskens

January 29, 2017

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Around one hundred gathered around the doors to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the freezing rain last Tuesday, Jan.17, waiting to hear if they would be allowed inside. They had come to participate in U.S. Rep. Jus...

DeVos grilled at senate hearing

Carolyn Muyskens

January 29, 2017

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The Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominee to head the Department of Education, allowed DeVos to express her passion for school choice and respond to criticism relating to conflicts of interest. But at times the...

Michigan’s youngest-ever lawmaker sworn in

Carolyn Muyskens

January 13, 2017

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As Michigan’s 99th House of Representatives kicked off a new year on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Capitol welcomed the youngest legislator in Michigan history. Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Dearborn Heights, is 21 years old. Jones is study...

Four new charges in Flint water investigation

Carolyn Muyskens

January 13, 2017

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The criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis has made visible progress for the first time in months as Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged four people with crimes related to the case on Tues., Dec. 20. Darne...