Calvin University Chimes

2020-2021 Staff

Juliana Knot

Editor-in-Chief

Juliana Knot is the editor-in-chief of Chimes this year. She is studying math, philosophy and German and is from the south suburbs of Chicago. Her hope for this year is that the upperclassman student who asked her sister “What’s...

Harm Venhuizen

Managing Editor

Harm Venhuizen is the Managing Editor for Chimes in the 2020-21 school year. He has previously worked as a staff reporter and religion editor at Chimes, currently interns at Military Times, and is involved in a variety of extr...

Afua Brantuo

Features Editor

Afua Brantuo is a sophomore majoring in mathematics with a minor in French, serving as the Features editor this year. She loves reading, watching anime, listening to music and dancing. She hates winter because, for her, the ideal...

Lauren DeVries

Multimedia Editor

Lauren DeVries is excited to use the things she’s learned in marketing classes and internships as she takes on the position of Multimedia Editor this year. This is her second year on Chimes. She is currently in her junior year...

Sam Ballast

Layout Editor

Sam Ballast is a senior majoring in graphic design and minoring in business. This is her second year as Layout Editor for Chimes. She also does media for the athletic department when she isn’t working for Chimes. Sam is a strong...

Michaela Giovannelli

Religion Editor

Michaela Giovannelli is the religion editor of this year's Chimes. She is a sophomore from La Grange, IL, and, as everyone says, "it's a town right outside of Chicago." She is studying business finance and political science. She...

Ellington Smith

Sports Editor

Ellington Smith is the sports editor for Chimes. He is from Detroit, Michigan and is majoring in film and media with minors in journalism and religion. He has always had a passion for sports and believes that they can become a...

Maria Poortenga

Head Copy Editor

Maria Poortenga will serve as the Chimes head copy editor this year. She is a junior majoring in philosophy and environmental science with minors in psychology and religion. While at Calvin she has enjoyed playing on the tennis...

William VanZytveld

Ad Sales Manager

William wasn't sure what perspective to write this bio from but has decided to write it in third person even though he wrote it himself. He will be the new Advertisement Sales Manager for Calvin Chimes. A senior studying Spanish...

Abigail Ham

Staff Reporter

Abigail Ham is a staff reporter for Chimes this year. She is a sophomore studying Writing and Classical Studies. She grew up in rural Vermont and enjoys writing about politics, people in power, and other controversial subjects....

Abigail Poirier

Opinion & Editorial Editor

Abby Poirier is a fifth-year transfer student at Calvin. You may have seen her articles for Chimes during the previous school year when she wrote for the paper as a staff reporter. She is finishing her degree with a major in writing...

Susannah Epp

Staff Reporter

Susannah Epp is a senior at Calvin who comes from the thriving metropolis of Newton, Kansas (population 19,000). She is majoring in French and International Relations at Calvin because of her passion for languages and her belief...

Jamison Van Andel

Staff Reporter

A staff reporter for Chimes, Jamison Van Andel is a sophomore studying Philosophy, Urban Studies, and Spanish at Calvin. When he’s not writing for Chimes, he’s often found playing soccer on campus or discussing issues of race...

Katherine Benedict

Campus and Community Editor

Katherine “Katie” Benedict is a junior who is excited to be serving as a Campus and Community Co-Editor this year. She is majoring in international relations, with minors in environmental studies and writing. Katherine has...

Sarah Gibes

Science & Technology Editor

Sarah Gibes, Chimes’ Sci-Tech editor, is a junior from Gurnee, Illinois. She is majoring in biochemistry and writing and aspires to be a primary care physician in the distant future. Outside of Chimes and her homework, she enjoys...

Lauren Vanden Bosch

Campus and Community Editor

Lauren Vanden Bosch is one of the Campus and Community editors. She’s terribly indecisive, mentally changing her major more times than she can count (the curse of a bona fide INFP). Her favorite activities include running cross...

Mattheus Colyn

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Mattheus Colyn is the Arts and Entertainment editor for Chimes. He is a junior majoring in mathematics, but he is passionate about film and photography as well. Though often occupied with homework, Mattheus also enjoys listening...