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Student curators activate space on campus

By Jennifer Wendel, Opinions Editor Last Monday Eeva Sharp ’13 met with Sharon Kenney ’14 in the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) gallery space to prepare for the June show. Sharp … Continue reading

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An afternoon of Latin fun for a cause

By Reynaldo Hernandez, Layout Editor This past Saturday May 25, Bell’s Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo held a fundraiser social for the Vargas family, the owners of the local ethnic Mexican grocery … Continue reading

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Division III Championships at K

By Daniel Herrick, Sports Editor Kalamazoo College, along with Western Michigan University, will continue to host the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships through Saturday, May 25. Matches are taking place at … Continue reading

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K’s first Global Prize split three-ways: Who won?

By Elaine Ezekiel, News Editor Kalamazoo College hosted a Ted Talks-like conference of speakers competing for social justice cash prizes in Dalton Theater earlier this month. The Kalamazoo College Global … Continue reading

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College changes grading scheme, GPA calculation

By Maggie Kane, Editor-in-Chief An A- grade will no longer be considered a 4.0 at Kalamazoo College, starting in the fall of 2013. The college will adopt a new grading scheme … Continue reading

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Making the move to off campus living

By Allison Tinsey, Staff Writer With just over three weeks left in the quarter, juniors look to finalize plans for fall housing — but not without struggles. Choosing who to … Continue reading

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King Median releases first EP: Carousel

By Emily Pizza, Staff Writer Kalamazoo College is known for its talented students, including musicians. Recently, a new band of students has emerged: King Median. King Median includes students Colin Smith … Continue reading

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More than just studying abroad: Students receive Boren Scholarship

By Reynaldo Hernandez, Staff Writer For many Kalamazoo College students, the chance to study abroad is a chance to live in a new culture and explore a new environment (and … Continue reading

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Staff member shows off office Roller Coaster

By Elaine Ezekiel, News Editor Few people outside of the library staff know this secret about Kalamazoo College: deep in the bowels of Upjohn lies a roller coaster. It’s a … Continue reading

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Bronson Park fountain causes controversy

By Jennifer Wendel, Opinions Editor The Fountain of the Pioneers that sits in Bronson Park has become subject to controversy: is it a historic piece of art or racist reminder of … Continue reading

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Food composting program ends, plans for new strategy emerge

By Maggie Kane, Editor-in-Chief Campus efforts to establish a food compost program ramped up after the shutdown of a nearly three-year-old disposal program. Since 2010, Kalamazoo College Facilities Management has dropped … Continue reading

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Real world food justice: Guest chef Brian Polcyn shares the reality of supporting the family farm [pics]

The aroma of fresh mushrooms, leeks and parmigiano reggiano filled the small Sodexo catering kitchen last Sunday as people packed in for a cooking class featuring Chef Brian Polcyn. Chef … Continue reading

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Make ’Em Laugh: A look into the history, rehearsals and improvisational wisdom of Monkapult

By  Annie Gough, Layout Editor At 10pm every Tuesday, students muster up the energy to make their way to the Dungeon Theatre for Monkapult’s open workshops, Monka Shop. But for a … Continue reading

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Rare Book Room Shows Off College’s ‘Gems’

By Elaine Ezekiel, News Editor In celebration of the College’s 180th birthday, the A. M. Todd Rare Book Room is displaying what Rare Books Librarian Paul Smithson calls “the gems … Continue reading

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A sneak peek at the Arcus Center

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Former NBA star to speak about addiction

By Dave Graham, Active Minds President and Eric Silverstein, Active Minds Member Former NBA standout Chris Herren’s story has many parts: dreams, drugs, fame, a near fatal car crash, pain, relapse and … Continue reading

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It’s all about the climb: women’s softball preview

By David McIntyre, Sports Editor As the women’s softball season approaches, we would like to give our readers an in-depth preview of the roster, schedule, and a general idea of what … Continue reading

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Opening day is right around the corner

By Skippy Faber, Staff Writer As the winter winds down and the squirrels sheepishly begin to wander their way back onto the quad, one thought begins to creep into the minds … Continue reading

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Women in the Weight Room: Past, Present, Future

By Elaine Ezekiel, News Editor The feminist blog Jezebel.com referenced the Kalamazoo College Women in the Weight Room program in an article last month about recovering anorexic women in college. … Continue reading

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MEChA calls for StuComm recall

By Zac Clark, Staff Writer and Kelsey Donk, Arts and Entertainment Editor The Kalamazoo College branch of El Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos y Chicanas de Aztlán (MEChA) is petitioning for a recall … Continue reading

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Festival Playhouse puts on “hysterical” play

By Annie Gough, Layout Editor After a bloody and intense performance of “Titus Andronicus” this fall, the Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College continues on its bold path with “In the Next … Continue reading

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President Wilson-Oyelaran named NAICU chair

By Maggie Kane, Editor-in-Chief Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran was named chair of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) this month. NAICU represents the policy … Continue reading

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Lady Hornet headed to football world championship

By Elaine Ezekiel, News Editor When Liz Okey ’07 got the email that said she had qualified for the U.S. Women’s National Football Team, she was sitting at her desk at … Continue reading

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Local music gets some fresh faces

By Jennifer Wendel, Opinions Editor Last Wednesday Emily Salswedel ’16 and her four band mates crowded into a practice room in Fine Arts Building for their daily rehearsal. “We didn’t reserve … Continue reading

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Bursting the bubble a bit

By Emily Townsend, Staff Writer If one journeys to the back of the library’s third floor, pass the most desperate and hushed paper writers, to the Archives Office, they will find … Continue reading

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Valuable insights in a free tour

By Colin Smith, Staff Writer After sporting a sticker that read “I’m Stoked,” the tour began with a large lump of clay that resembled the kiln that furnaced it. Featuring works … Continue reading

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Senior seminars expand to include community-supported agriculture

By Colin Smith, Staff Writer While first year seminars have been solidified into the Kalamazoo College education, senior capstone seminars are still being fleshed out as another ingredient in the “K … Continue reading

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New York Arts Update

Jasmine An ’15 Intern at The Poetry Project What have you learned about your area of study? “Poetry can be weird. The Poetry Project hosts 2 to 3 readings a … Continue reading

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Living learning house makes many allies

  Last Wednesday, in honor of National Gay-Straight Alliance Day, The Queer & Allied Living Learning House partnered up with The Ally Coalition to allow Kalamazoo College a chance to … Continue reading

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A weekend of drama and tragedy

By Maggie Kane, Editor-in-Chief   Seniors from Kalamazoo College’s “Directing II” class will stage their performances this weekend in a lineup that offers German drama and Greek tragedy. “Progress,” an original … Continue reading

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Black history month events relevant to K students

By Colin Smith, Staff Writer According to a recent College Board report, nearly half of young men of color age 15 to 24 who graduate from high school will end up … Continue reading

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Women’s Basketball Continues Their Struggles

By David McIntyre, Sports Editor The women’s basketball team continued their struggles as they lost to Olivet over the weekend, 69-37. The Comets were able to dominate the Hornets the entire … Continue reading

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Men’s Basketball Team Looks to Grow Moving Forward

By Skippy Faber, Staff Writer Your Kalamazoo College’s men’s basketball season is beginning to wrap up. With MIAA play coming to a close, the Hornets have found themselves out of the … Continue reading

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Campus mourns sudden loss of sophomore

By Maggie Kane, Editor-in-Chief Emily Stillman, a 19-year-old Kalamazoo College sophomore from West Bloomfield, Mich., died on Sunday morning from complications caused by bacterial meningitis. Stillman became ill in the early … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo Thunderbirds

By Katherine Rapin, Staff Writer A two-foot long foam plane zipped through the air, twirling, flipping, plunging to the ground, and hovering vertically — all without touching a single person in … Continue reading

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Music professor places high in international conducting competition

By Maggie Kane, Editor-in-Chief To compete in the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, Andrew Koehler had to conduct an orchestra and soloists whom he had never met before. “One of … Continue reading

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Women’s swim and dive set sights on conference championship

By David McIntyre, Sports Editor As the calendar changes from January to February, the Kalamazoo College Swim & Dive teams are on the home stretch of their grueling six month season. … Continue reading

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Women’s tennis preview: championship or bust

By Skippy Faber, Staff Writer As Kalamazoo falls deeper and deeper into winter, things are heating up inside Markin Racquet Center. Though it may be considered a spring sport, your women’s … Continue reading

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On with the show: Senior continues impressive theater repertoire

By Annie Gough, Layout Editor/ Staff Writer While most students were catching up with friends the first week of winter quarter, Sierra Moore ’13 was performing in front of critics and … Continue reading

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The heart of a cheerleader

By David McIntyre Sports Editor If you have atteneded a Kalmazoo College sporting event recently, you may have done a double-take at something off the court: the presence of cheerleaders, and … Continue reading

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Men’s swim & dive team continues its conference dominance

By Skippy Faber Contributor As the snow begins to fall on Kalamazoo College, the men’s swimming and diving team is in the midst of another stellar season. The team has finished … Continue reading

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Lee’s Garden shines on chilly nights

By Kelsey Donk Arts and Entertainment Editor   On a chilly fall night in Kalamazoo, Mich., the big, blue front doors of a small Korean restaurant on Westnedge Avenue open to … Continue reading

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Sober on campus, but not alone

By Maggie Kane Editor-in-Chief On a typical Saturday night, Ben Baker ’15 can be found playing a card game. Elinor Epperson ’13 might be watching a TV show with a few … Continue reading

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The Rumblings of A Campus’ Lifeblood: ‘Motor of Campus’

By Zac Clark Staff Writer “We are a service organization,” said Facilities Operation Manager of Kalamazoo College Pamela Barrett in an interview, “people assume the campus is going to run until … Continue reading

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The Underground Railroad in Southwest Michigan

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership hosted a tour of Underground Railroad landmarks in Kalamazoo. The tour, facilitated by Dr. Michelle S. Johnson, brought participants to monuments, settlements and … Continue reading

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Men’s basketball back in action

By Skippy Faber Contributor The men’s basketball team (4-11) played its first home game with classes in session last Wednesday night. With a crowd featuring both raucous, beachwear-sporting students and old, … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Kalamazoo College Displays Picasso

By Colin Smith Staff Writer Few Kalamazoo College students realize that President Eileen Wilson-Oyeleran has a Picasso engraving on display in her house. Though not all students can walk inside to … Continue reading

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Football climbs to .500 in season closer

By David McIntyre, Staff Writer The football team completed its season last weekend with a victory over Olivet College, 31–16. The Hornets never trailed the winless Comets in the impressive game … Continue reading

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What’s your trademark?

Martin Blanc’s ’12 : Hornet gear “I played soccer here for four years so I just have gotten a lot of K clothes over the years, and I like representing it.” … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Recording history

By Kris Schaffner ‘97 After reading how the history of Monkapult was remembered (“Make ‘Em Laugh,” Week 2), I expressed concern about inaccuracies. Maggie Kane and Annie Gough responded with … Continue reading

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Seniors Give Thanks

Collected by Elaine Ezekiel, News Editor “Thanks to the Pearl Girls for always enjoying quiche, coffee and porches with me.” -Caroline Michniak “I would love to shoutout the cup dude … Continue reading

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Zombie apocalypse creates social justice movement

By Emily Pizza, Staff Writer TV cameras swarmed main street last Tuesday as Kalamazoo College students rallied against recent government action to kill off creatures that are believed to be Zombies. … Continue reading

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DOGL survivors are home safe and sound

By Mallika Mitra, Staff Writer On Tuesday night, the survivors of DOGL finally returned. After being stranded at South Haven for days, with no sign of buses, the students finally … Continue reading

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K is gay: Setting the record straight

By Allison Tinsey, Staff Writer During a recent Kalamazoo College tour guide meeting, a senior tour guide mentioned being distressed over being asked a rather ridiculous question by a visiting … Continue reading

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Missing Biggby ice chronicle: Mystery revealed

By Annie Gough, Layout Editor The scribbled, scrap-paper sign outside of Biggby that reads “We have NO ICE. NONE!!!” has been an unforgiving sight for members of the Kalamazoo College … Continue reading

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K welcomes a new StuOrg

By Mallika Mitra, Staff Writer K can look forward to a new student organization next year: Enactus. Although the group is not yet registered as a StuOrg, they are an … Continue reading

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Changes in Freshman housing next fall?

By Reynaldo Hernandez, Staff Writer You may have heard the rumours circulating campus, either from a student or “someone in the know” — DeWaters residence hall is, for the very … Continue reading

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