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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...

Calvin students enter 36-hour film contest

Juliana Ludema

December 9, 2016

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This January, Calvin film students go head-to-head with teams from the six other regional film programs in the 36-Hour Challenge, hosted by the Grand Rapids Film Festival (GRFF). For the competition, teams script, shoot, edit and s...

Trump to stop in GR Friday

Carolyn Muyskens

December 9, 2016

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Last time Grand Rapids hosted the president-elect, it was the night before the election — or perhaps more accurately, the morning of the election. Donald Trump was late to his own rally and didn’t begin speaking until 12:30...

Michigan begins Stein-led election recount

Carolyn Muyskens

December 9, 2016

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Editor's Note: This article was written on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Michigan’s sixteen electoral votes weren’t officially Trump’s until last Monday, Nov. 28 — nineteen days after Trump clinched the presidency. The margi...