The Index Crystal Ball’s Waning Impact

The Index
MAY 14, 2014
Kalamazoo, Michigan
EST. 1877
Art Prize to
Artistic Talent
Robert Manor/Index
Debate: First-year students Danielle Gin, Christine Cho, Malavika Rao, Celeste Nosow, and Taylor Miles dress up for K’s annual Crystal Ball event.
Crystal Ball’s Waning Impact
The once highly
anticipated event
is now viewed as
trisha dunham
and neeha mian
index staff writers
On Saturday, May 10, Kaleidoscope and the Office of
Student Involvement (OSI)
hosted Crystal Ball in Anderson Athletic Center. The event
showcased the campus-wide
support for the LGBTQA
community by encouraging
students to experiment with
gender performance and roles
in a safe environment.
K-Scope member Rachel
Ellis ’16 said that the goal
of the event was “firstly to
raise awareness of different
cultures that are apart of the
LGBT community and allow
students to creatively and in
a safe place play with their
gender and have fun!”
Although this event only
lasts for one evening, the organizers of the event, as well
as many participants, stress
the importance of continuing dialogue regarding the
LGBTQA community and
gender performance.
Before the event took place
on Saturday, there was a discussion on Thursday night, in
which a speaker was brought
in to discuss transphobia, as
well as other issues the event
might garner.
The organizers stressed
that the importance of respecting the event’s goal was
through an enforced dress
code. “We [want to enforce]
a dress code because so often
many [people] may accidentally offend people that are
transgender, which is why
we expect no lingerie,” explained Ellis.
During the actual event,
multiple students gave feedback of their expectations of
IMPACT on page 2
Kalamazoo’s OSI will
initiate the Kalamazoo
College Art Prize at the
end of the month
kamal kamalaldin
index staff writer
For a long time, Kalamazoo College students have
been producing works of art.
As a sign of recognition, K
hangs some of those pieces
on walls, and displays others
throughout campus landscapes. The Office of Student
Involvement (OSI) will now
sponsor another sign of recognition for artistic talent: Kalamazoo College Art Prize.
The event will exhibit K
students’ artwork and will
feature local art vendors. Students enjoying the show will
have the opportunity to vote
for the work they like. The
program welcomes any art
medium, including perfor-
viola brown
index staff writer
On May 7, Kalamazoo
College hosted its annual Take
Back The Night event, which
was co-sponsored by S3A
(Sexual Safety and Support
Alliance) and P.O.W.E.R.
(Progressive Organization of Women Engaged in
Revolution). This event is
a worldwide direct action
that emerged in the 1970s
against rape, intimate partner
violence, and other forms of
sexual violence and assault.
The night started off with a
“speak out,” during which nine
speakers relayed their personal experiences and/or second
hand accounts of sexual violence. Then, the event separated according to gender and
while the men were in a discussion, the women went on
a march along West Main to
the intramural fields. While
at the fields, all the women
gathered in a candle-lit circle
where they were free to share
any experiences they have had
with sexual assault.
“Every year we have seen
an increasing number of students attending all parts of
the event, and this year was
The Issue
NIGHT on page 2
ART on page 2
K Students
Take Back
the Night
The event that brings
awareness to intimate
partner violence and
sexual assault was
held May 7
mances, documentary films,
and visual art.
“This event is the first of
its kind to happen at Kalamazoo College,” said Kari Paine
‘14, one of the OSI interns.
“[OSI has] modeled it off of
the popular Grand Rapids Art
Prize event, but [has] made
it specific to K.”
The Grand Rapids Art
Prize event began in 2009, and
proved to be a huge success.
It was the first time that locals
were the ones to decide upon
the overall winners. Although
Kalamazoo’s Art Prize will
be at a much smaller scale, it
still hopes to draw the same
Mirroring the Grand
Rapids Art Prize event, Kalamazoo’s Art Prize will determine its winner by both
popular and jury vote. Student
voting will take place from
9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on
of juniors
to live offcampus
Poetry: Natasha Miller, delivering one of her passionate poetic pieces. Miller visited Kalamazoo College April 25
“Young Democrat of the Year”
Distinction Awarded to K Senior
Abby Minor ‘14
was honored by the
Michigan Democratic
Party on April 26
mallika mitra
features editor
On April 26, senior Abigail
Miner won the “Young Democrat of the Year” award
from the Michigan Demo-
cratic Party. At the annual
Jefferson-Jackson fundraising and awards dinner at the
Cobo Center in Detroit, Miner
was presented her award and
dined with several politicians
who are currently serving or
running for state and federal
offices. According to Miner, the
Michigan Democratic Party
gives the “Young Democrat
K Senior recieves
Party Honors
Proud to be a Hornet
Abby Minor ‘14 was honored
as the “Young Democrat of the
Year” at the party’s April 26th
gathering at the Cobo Center
in Detroit. Notable attendees
included former president Bill
Clinton. PAGE 2
In a response to Justin Danzy’s
critique of the Kalamazoo
College Football Team, Ryan
Gregory ‘14 reflects on his
experience as an African
American on the team. For
Gregory the experience was a
positive one. PAGE 4
of the Year” award to anyone
under thirty-five for “distinction in service, recruitment,
innovation, and fundraising,”
and that it has been several
years since the award was
given to a woman.
Miner was on the executive board of the Michigan
Federation of College Democrats (MFCD) for about 14
MINOR on page 2
Rising juniors will
be able to seek offcampus housing next
school year due to the
growing student body
marquise griffin
index staff writer
In the fall of the 20132014 school year, Kalamazoo
College enrolled the largest
first-year class in the recent
history of the College. The
record enrollment included
450 students for the class of
2017, along with 14 transfer
students, for a total of 464 new
students. The large amount
of new students affected the
campus community in unique
HOUSING on page 2
Men’s Tennis Team
Remembers Seniors
Following their playoff defeat
in Pennsylvania, it is time
for the Men’s Tennis Team to
say goodbye to their senior
members, who have provided
the Hornets with leadership and
a 76th straight MIAA title. PAGE 8
Pizza’s Kitchen
One journalist’s story of eating
with restrictions one week at
a time.
14 MAY 2014
Art Prize to Display Kalamazoo
College’s Artistic Talent
Graham Key/Index
May 31, and the winners will be announced
at 11:45 p.m.
By hosting Art Prize in Hicks Student
Center, OSI hopes to view the event as more
than just a showcase of art pieces. The set up
will be unlike other Zoo after Dark events:
art pieces will decorate Hick’s walls and hallways. Students will walk through a set path
of corridors, simulating a true experience of
an exhibit.
The event will not be limited to being an
art gallery; documentary film screenings,
circus performances, poetry, crafts, activities, and free food will be available for visitors to enjoy.
The winner’s award will be a “night on
the Town.” The winning artists will be provided transportation to and from the Alamo
Draft House Cinema, dinner, and a movie.
The winner may also pick four friends to accompany him or her throughout the night.
The event will be held on May 31, with
the deadline for submitting pieces being May
21. To register, email [email protected]
Flame On: Penelope Owen ‘16 juggles flames outside of Stetson Chapel late Monday night.
Crystal Ball’s Impact Wanes
of the event. Dallas Pallone ‘17 stated, “Basically I just really hope that people are respectful of drag and take the event seriously.”
When asked what she hoped she would
gain through this event Olivia Finkelstein
‘17 responded, “things to be gained for the
campus is what happens throughout the week
with the education and community reflection,
and becoming informed about drag, but the
event itself is not that constructive.”
Overall, there was a general response
from students and the organizers for there
to be more discussions and reflections of the
present issues that extend beyond Crystal
Ball and should be considered consistently
throughout the year.
In efforts of continuing the discussion there
will be a Talkback on Wednesday, May 13
with the time and place to be determined. This
Talkback will include dialogue about certain
aspects of the event, as well as listening to
students reflect about the event as a whole.
“Young Democrat of the Year”
Distinction Awarded to K Senior
months, during which she managed college
chapters of College Democrats at different
schools and hosted conferences for members
across the state to get together, she said. According to Miner, her duties also included
acting as a liaison between MFCD and chapter
leaders, and sometimes with different candidates who wanted volunteers.
Miner was also the secretary of Kalamazoo College Democrats during her sophomore year.
“When they first called me I definitely
thought it was a joke,” Miner said about first
receiving the phone call from the Executive
Director of the Michigan Party informing her
that she had won the award. “My gut reaction
was that they had called the wrong person.”
According to Miner, the Jefferson-Jackson
dinner is an award ceremony and fundraiser that the Michigan Democratic Party holds
every year, and this year raised over $5,000.
Miner was able to meet Bill Clinton, the
event’s keynote speaker, and dined with U.S.
Senator Debbie Stabenow.
“It was a big honor to be taken seriously
as someone who is 22 years old in a room of
people who are 20, 30, 40 years older than
me,” Miner said.
She explained that when the Michigan Democratic Party chooses the awardee, there is “a
table discussion” about four different awards
that are given out. Miner said she believes
she was chosen because this year the party
emphasized the importance of membership
recruitment, and she did a good job with recruitment, bringing about 600 new members
to the Democratic Party.
Miner said she greatly appreciates K’s Political Science department for funding her trip
to Detroit for the awards dinner.
“I’m hoping to work one or two years before
applying to grad school for public policy,”
Miner said about her plans after graduation.
She added that she hopes to work on a campaign and stay in Michigan for at least one
election cycle.
K Students Take Back
the Night
no exception. I also feel
that this year the stories that
were shared represented a
wider variety of experiences than we have had in the
past,” said Lindsey Koening
‘14, one of the co-leaders of
P.O.W.E.R. and a member
of S3A.
Take Back The Night
planning starts as early as
winter quarter, and takes
up much of the time during
P.O.W.E.R. meetings.
“Planning for Take
Back the Night is extremely
extensive. Most of the time
in our meetings leading
up to TBTN was devoted
to planning for the event,
and getting people to volunteer for tasks regarding the event (advertising,
tabling, etc.),” said Emaline
Lapinski ‘15, another co-leader of P.O.W.E.R. “As one of
the co-leaders, and I’m sure
Lindsey can attest to this, planning for the event takes up a
lot of our free time outside
Both Lindsey and Emaline
have been attending the event
since their freshman year and
believe that it is very beneficial to K because sexual violence is an important issue that
is prevalent on college campuses. It also gives a voice to
“Our event
helps clear
the confusion
up within the
student body,”
an issue that is usually silent.
“Many people still do not
know if their experiences can
‘count’ as a ‘legitimate’ form
of assault, and our event helps
clear the confusion up within
the student body,” Lapins-
ki said.
“I also feel like the separate male and female discussions about rape and rape
culture educate our student
body about what these things
can look like, as well as what
can be done to stop it. I know
for a lot of women, the event
is therapeutic for them, and
provides a safe space for
their stories to be told.”
Both leaders find the
event to be very important. According to Lapinski, even though she is not a
survivor of sexual assault
or rape, the event is important because “as a feminist,
[she] feels that destroying
rape culture will move our
society forward.”
“Although heartbreaking, every year this event
not only revitalizes my
drive to help survivors as a
career, but it reestablishes
that intimate partner violence
and sexual assault need to
be talked about and that the
culture that we live in needs to
change,” Koening concluded.
Administration: Some Juniors
Allowed Off-Campus For Fall 2014
ways, specifically regarding housing and roommate
Eric Staab, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid,
commented in the fall that
no one was more surprised
about the enrollment size
than Admissions. “You don’t
ever know the percentage of
accepted students that will
actually matriculate until it
happens,” he said.
Because of the influx of
first-year students, the Office of Residential Life had
to scramble to adjust. Dana
Jansma, Associate Dean of
Students, said Residential Life
heard from Admissions that
the class would be large but
they did not know how large.
“The deadline for accepted students to submit their
deposit is May 1,” Jansma
explained, “So around May
15th we sent an email to rising
juniors notifying them that of
a lottery to allow off-campus
housing in the beginning of
the 2013-2014 school year.”
Normally juniors are not
allowed to live off-campus
until their spring quarter, but
the large incoming class created an exception.
“Last year was an anomaly,” Jansma declared. “I’ve
been here 14 years and that
has never happened before.”
However, now the process is being repeated for
next school year. On May 6,
Mike Sosulski, Dean of the
Sophomore Class sent out
an email to the class of 2016
stating, “Residential Life is
now offering the opportunity
to allow a limited number of
current sophomores (a.k.a
rising juniors) the opportunity
to move off campus for the
entire academic year next year.
Normally juniors are required
to live on campus through
winter quarter. Remember
that there are only a limited
number of spaces available for
rising juniors to be released
for fall and winter quarters.”
The fall housing process
will take place during ninth
week with the lottery numbers
released online next week.
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Margot Couraud: Outdoor Leader
mallika mitra
features editor
Many may see Margot Couraud
’16 around campus with her signature spunky, short hair, but few know
how much she thrives in the backcountry. According to Margot, as a
member of the executive board of
the Kalamazoo Outing Club (KOC),
she has “to put together meetings,
make sure trips are running, get trip
sponsors, and manage a budget.”
As a board member, she attends
KOC meetings every Friday, meets
once a week with the rest of the
board, and meets once a week with
the board and the Outdoors Programs interns.
“I like to orchestrate outdoor
events for people,” Margot said. “It’s
a really great community.”
This past summer, Margot was a
LandSea leader.
“It was a great experience for
me because I love being a part of
that community and it was just a
great group of people and a great
program,” she said. “I think it can
challenge people from a physical
and mental standpoint. Being a
LandSea leader helped make me
believe in myself and grow in confidence because I knew my patrol
Sophomore Margot Couraud enjoying the outdoors. Margot is on the Kalamazoo Outing Club Executive Board
trusted me, and being there for them
was really great.”
The sophomore has also led trips
with the KOC, including the spring
break trip to Big Bend National Park,
which she said was one of her favorite trips to lead. She got to co-lead
with some amazing people, found
the national park to be a “really cool
place,” and was “happily surprised
by how diverse the landscape was.”
“I think that being outdoors is a
chance to get away from the normal
stresses of life. People have a chance
to slow down and get to know each
other,” Margot said. You get a chance
to think about what’s really important.”
This summer, she will be working
at Crystalaire Adventures, a camp
for outdoors trips, as a logistics
manager. She will handle logistical aspects of the camp’s trips, including planning routes and figuring out food proportions.
As a member of the Kalama-
EnvOrg and Student Commission Reach Day
of Gracious Living Water Compromise
neeha mian
envorg contributor
At last Monday’s Student Commission meeting, there was an initiative for StuComm to reach a solution on the previous conversation of
having single-use water bottles at
Day of Gracious Living (DOGL).
It was decided earlier that
StuComm would respect EnvOrg’s
wishes to not provide single-use
water bottles due to the negative environmental effects it would cause.
One solution reached was utilizing
the large Gatorade jugs owned by
the athletic department. However,
the issue of how the water will be
distributed and with what containers
concerned StuComm and EnvOrg.
Earlier in the week, StuComm
had sent a representative, Amanda
Johnson ’17, to an EnvOrg meeting
to come up with multiple options that
would be presented at the StuComm
meeting, and later voted on.
The StuComm meeting began with
multiple EnvOrg members making
public comments on behalf of more
sustainable solutions for DoGL, and
urging StuComm to think of the potential impact the campus would
have if support was shown for environmental stewardship.
The options were presented, and
concerns were raised by various
StuComm members about the logistics of certain options, such as
transportation, waste management,
sanitation, and sustainability.
Ultimately, all concerns were
taken into account on both sides, and
a decision was reached to collect 250
cups from around campus and from
trisha dunham
very Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, the
dedicated students of the Conditioning and Speed physical education course pull themselves out of
bed and head over to the Anderson
Athletic Center’s weight room for
the 6:15 a.m. start time. The course
consists of about 70 students. A majority of them are members of the
football team, for which the course is
mandatory. However, the remainder
of the students are voluntary participants, seven of whom are female.
According to Assistant Coach
Ryan McElwain, the common goal
of the course which is “to increase
your overall fitness level, as well
as awareness,” and improve overall
Kalamazoo College Dining Services
and StuComm would purchase 250
designated sustainable cups.
The StuComm meeting ended with
K senior and President of EnvOrg
Emma Dolce ’14, expressing her
concern for StuComm to take a
more active role in sustainability on
campus, and to become more aware
of various actors on campus who
share this concern as well.
As DoGL approaches, StuComm
will also be encouraging students to
bring their own reusable water bottles
to minimize waste at the beach.
Kazoo Frisbee Teams to Hold Annual BBUT Tournament
trisha dunham
index staff writer
On Saturday May 10, from 10:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Kalamazoo
College Ultimate Frisbee (KCUF)
teams hosted their annual Beez Buzz
Ulitimate Tournament. This is a hat
tournament in which anyone from
either the Kalamazoo College community or greater Kalamazoo community
is welcome and encouraged to play.
Women’s team captain Christina
Lehman ’14 explained that the tournament is a fundraiser for the Frisbee
team, and that the organizers try to
advertise as much as possible by inviting the entire campus and tabling
in Hicks.
“There’s a fundraising element,
[but] it’s really about tradition,” said
men’s team captain Woody Tauke ’14.
“Members of the community really
rely on it”.
A Closer Look at the Women of Conditioning
index staff writer
zoo College Cross Country Team,
Margot spends a lot of free time
running. She also enjoys watching
“How I Met Your Mother,” and her
favorite movie is “Little Miss Sunshine.” Currently, she is listening to
Fleet Foxes, Beach House, and The
Temper Trap.
While she isn’t at school, Margot
lives in East Lansing, Michigan with
her mother, father, and dog Rusty.
They, along with her older sister,
are “a great support system.”
“physical and mental health.”
McElwain said that all participants of the course take part in the
same activities, regardless of gender.
He added that throughout the course
he himself does not “motivate the
women differently” and that motivation “varies by individual, not
by gender.”
Female students Claire McCarthy ’16 and Simone Arora ’15 confirmed McElwain’s statement.
“[The coaches are] very encouraging at whatever level any of us
are at,” McCarthy said.
“The coaches really push us in
a positive way,” Arora explained.
Coach McElwain reflected on the
impact the women have had on the
football players.
“The women are inspirational
for the football players. They are
willing to come and want to get in
shape,” he said. McCarthy said her reasoning
for taking the course was that she
“missed having a team and being
held accountable.”
“I’m doing it for me, not for
anyone else,” McCarthy added.
She explained
that, although in
the beginning she
felt a bit uncomfortable and intimated by the football players, she
has come to understand that she
is not working
against them,
but working with
McCarthy said she has begun
to feel more empowered.
“I am using my body in a very
physical way. I am proving to
myself that I am strong,” she said.
Arora added that her reason
for taking the course was that she
“wanted to learn something new from
people that really know what they’re
talking about.”
She said this
has definitely
become one of her
favorite courses
she has taken at K.
Fellow student
Lauren Zehnder
’17 explained that
during the course
she has not necessarily become
more empowered
because she never
felt powerless.
“But I definitely feel more confident,” Zehnder said. She added
that she is really enjoying the course
and hopes to take it again next year.
“I am using my
body in a very
physical way. I
am proving to
myself that I
am strong.”
A majority of the members of the
community that participate are either
alumni from KCUF or members of the
Kalamazoo Ultimate Disk League,
known as KUDL and pronounced like
“cuddle”. This year’s tournament was
one of the biggest yet, with about 80
people signed up. The cost for each
participant is $10, which includes refreshments and lunch. All remaining
profits are put into the KCUF account
for the following year’s team.
Tauke explained that the club has,
“never really done much fundraising” and that “it’s something new to
the club this year.”
The reason behind these fundraising
efforts involved difficulties the team
encountered during winter quarter
when trying to secure practice space
from school facilities. KCUF had to
pay an outside facility in order to continue practicing. The money raised
during fundraising went to paying
for practice space, but also was put
into the club account for next year’s
team and team trips.
One of the overall goals of KCUF
is to keep the club’s cost as low as
possible, so that everyone interested
is able to participate, something they
are only able to do with the support
of the school and fundraising.
“[This was] part of the reason for the
tournament. In case we lose funding
from the school, we’ll be able to continue the philosophy of inclusion,”
Tauke said.
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Making an Educated Decision
for Secretary of Finance
Due to the upcoming run-off election, I
believe the student body needs to be better informed about the positions they are
voting for. As current Secretary of Finance
for Student Commission, I feel that I can
accurately tell you who is needed for this
very demanding full-time job.
Being the Secretary of Finance requires a
great deal of energy, patience, and humility.
This person is not only in charge of managing over $112,000 of your money, but also
constantly works with student organizations
to make sure their events can run smoothly.
From registration to reimbursement, the
Secretary of Finance is your advocate for
accessing Student Activities Fee money. Just
as this position is extremely important, so
is your decision in this Thursday’s election.
To start, this position requires constant and
instant replies to emails - always. You can
never be late, forget, or skip a meeting, and
exceptional organization is needed to balance
things smoothly. You must have excellent
time management skills, as there is little
time to study because you will inevitably
put your job and fellow students first. This
is not a resume booster. It requires constant
dedication and persistence, and a real and
deep desire to help your fellow students.
Students need a Secretary of Finance who
is so proactive that they have already made
it a priority and started the job as a Commissioner. They must already know what they
are doing and have a plan in place for next
year. They have even already called the bank
personally to finally figure out how to get
student organizations debit cards.
I have certainly not been perfect in this
position. However, after four quarters, I know
what it takes to do this job well and believe
that I have done the best I can. This is your
money on the line: which candidate will you
trust with this responsibility? Take a look at
the one who has really been campaigning
and reaching out to students - the choice
should be clear.
Kelly Ohlrich ‘14 is the current Secretary of
Finance for the Student Commission
Proud to be a Hornet
While last week's issue
gave a voice to a player who
felt alienated by the Football Program, he failed to
acknowledge his overrepresentation of the black community as a whole. As a
former captain of the football
team and an African American male, I feel it is imperative to portray the FAMILY
that I have been a part of
for the last four years. Arriving on K’s campus was
definitely a culture shock;
the diversity and beliefs here
differ greatly from the Metro
Detroit socialization I received. However, that is the
beauty of going to college,
especially an institution like
Kalamazoo College. You
are supposed to leave your
comfort zone; things that
worked in high school will
not guarantee you success
in college, whether it’s academically, socially or athletically. Yes, things can be
difficult here. We’re all experiencing new things and
learning on the fly, but getting
through this and coming out
on the other side is the most
rewarding part - being able
to say, ‘I made it’.
As student-athletes we
made the decision to be a
part of something bigger than
ourselves, and to accept the
ups and downs that come
with this decision. Sometimes the only way to overcome those challenges is to
dig deep and discover the
answer yourself. Players,
both black and white, have
chosen to walk away from
the team. However, these
were personal decisions that
were not based off of race.
During the recruiting
process, Kalamazoo College
was the only school that went
above and beyond to ensure
that I felt a part of a family,
and not just another black
kid who was good at football. I’m aware that other
minorities have come on this
campus and felt alienated
and without a support group,
but before I ever stepped
foot on this campus I felt a
part of a family. As a freshman, I began fall quarter
with 80-plus brothers (of
all races) who had my back
and were willing to help me
grind through any obstacle
I encountered. Even if a
player was not on the same
page as the team or wanted
nothing to do with us, we
supported them and let them
know that we were there for
them, because that’s what
families do.
Besides my brothers on
the team, I had a father figure
in Coach Zorbo who was
always on my side. Coach
Using the Term
The colloquialism of the term
“Ally” on this campus is problematic. Kalamazoo College students
have adopted this term as a way of
has pushed me to be the
best in everything that I do.
Because of Coach Zorbo, I’ve
learned not to be content with
the average, but rather, to
always strive for excellence.
I’ve seen this man bend over
backwards to ensure that all
of his players are capable of
reaching their full potential,
especially African American
players. Coach isn’t naïve to
the cultural differences here
at K, and I know he has done
everything in his power to
make Kalamazoo feel like
home to all his players. I
can’t think of another group
or team on K’s campus that is
as diverse or accepting than
the football team.
I’m writing this letter to
express that there are other
outcomes for African Americans here. You have the
power and ability to gain
as much as possible from
this institution and football
program. It all depends on
how much you put into it and
if you take advantage of the
opportunities placed in front
of you. I promise you that
doors will open for you like
you have never imagined
possible. I have enjoyed and
loved my four years as a student-athlete at K, and will
forever be a Hornet.
Ryan Gregory is a K senior
glorifying themselves. It is a way
to claim a ‘social justice’ identity
without actually having to participate in the associated movements. It
is a noun taking the place of a verb.
Calling yourself an “Ally” provides you with an unnecessary space.
Your “Allyship” draws attention
away from the work of marginalized
people. It clouds their voice. Your
self-identification as an “Ally” does
not assist the progression of their
14 MAY 2014
Pizza’s Kitchen
No Labels Drives Me Nuts
fter seven weeks of
changing my diet
and going
from starvation to
meals, I
completed my
final week Emily Pizza
of restrict- Opinions Editor
ed dieting:
no nuts.
Peanut and tree-nut allergies are the most prevalent
food allergies, effecting 3
million people in the United
States. This contributes to
many Americans having an
allergic reaction, which could
land them in the hospital.
Once I started my journey, I
realized that most foods were
not going to be a problem.
I obviously would not eat
peanut butter or peanut sauce,
but for the most part the meal
itself wasn’t the problem.
Instead what I was forced to
keep an eye on were the desserts, which definitely caused
me some trouble.
Every day I would go to the
dessert section and watch as
every single food had “contains nuts” signs next to them,
which was definitely frustrating. There was never a dry
dessert option like cookies
or brownies. I suppose you
could always eat ice cream,
a bowl of cereal, or a cup
of fruit. But chocolate chip
cookies without nuts would
have been a great treat for me
every once and awhile.
That said I understand that
the chance of contamination
is a problem. So, I think that
a sign above the foods, cautioning that there could be
some contamination; similar
to what the cafeteria does for
the fried foods
on the Home
But poor labeling extends
beyond the cafeteria. Since
the start of
my journey six
weeks ago, I realized how
important the labeling in the
cafeteria is since some foods
that contained an allergen surprised me. However, I didn’t
realize that as much as I did
this week.
Trying to buy a cookie at
the Book Club was like flip-
ping a coin, maybe it was
totally fine, or maybe (if I
actually had a nut allergy) it
could kill me.
While putting stickers on
the cookies - like the ones
on the signs in the cafeteria
- would definitely be ideal.
Perhaps just having the name
of the cookie on the basket
where they are contained
would have made things much
easier. You would be surprised
how similar peanut butter and
sugar cookies look.
Overall, I
have to congratulate the
cafeteria on
their progress these past
few weeks. I
have seen lots
of improvements every
week that have
only helped me
through my
Although there will probably never be a perfect solution to all of these dietary restrictions, I am really glad that
we have a group of people so
dedicated to making sure that
every student can have a safe
and yummy meal.
“Poor labeling
beyond the
Anne Dueweke’s Call to Action
In response to the heartfelt series written by Anne Dueweke, which I read
as a call to action, I offer the following sources to those who want to dig
deeper in their understanding of race, racism and the African-American
Experience in the United States. Here are twelve books and four films/
documentaries that address the topic in different ways and on different
epochs. I hope this is useful.
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness (Free Press, 2012)
Martha Biondi, The Black Revolution Campus (University of California
Press, 2012)
Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Racism without Racist; Color-Blind Racism and
the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Rowan and Littlefield,
Michael Gomez, Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of
African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South (Univ. of North
Carolina Press, 1998)
Cheryl Harris, Whiteness as Property (Harvard Law Review, Vol. 106,
No. 8, pp. 1707, 1993)
Leon Litwack, Trouble in Mind (Vintage Press, 1999)
Jeanne Theoharis, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Beacon
Press, 2013)
Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark (Vintage, 1993)
David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the
American Working Class (Verso, 2007)
Randall Robinson, The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks (Plume,
Craig Wilder, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Trouble History of
America’s Universities (Bloomsbury Press, 2013)
Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical
Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
(Doubleday, 2007)
Eyes on the Prize: American Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1985 (Produced/Directed by Henry Hampton of Blackside, released 1987)
Twelve Years a Slave (Director, Steve McQueen, 2013)
Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enactment of Black Americans from
the Civil War to World War II (Written by Douglass Blackman, Producer/
Director Sam Pollard, 2012)
Fruitvale Station, (Produced & Directed by Ryan Coogler, 2012)
work. It is not about the labels you
place on yourself. It is about what
actions you take to support oppressed
Your adoption of “Allyship”
creates stagnation where movement is essential. Your work does
not finish because you label yourself an “Ally.” It is a way of life
that should not require any label. It
is not about you.
It is about collaboration. Using
phrases like “working in conjunction with” or “collaboration with”
place the focus on the underrepresented instead of on you.
Your goal should be to create
meaningful relationships. Not create
an exploitative dialogue where
people are dehumanized.
Marginalized people should not
be utilized as banks of information
about their experiences. They are
not here to inform you of your priv-
ilege. That’s your job.
That being said, one of your tasks
is to listen and to show up. That is
what working in collaboration looks
Your silence is integral to their
movements, but so is knowing when
to speak up.
Cassandra Solis and Isabelle Ciaramitaro are
Kalamazoo College Sophomores
14 MAY 2014
Saturday’s Jazz Band Performance not a Drag
emily pizza
opinions editor
Thursday, 5/15
he Jazz band concert Saturday was definitely a change
of pace from previous concerts, as several of the band
members were dressed up in drag.
Stepping onto the stage, these performers looked completely different,
but as soon as they started playing,
their true identity showed through.
Their first song, Rooster Parade,
required the audience to start the
tune by clapping to the beat which
definitely pulled them into the uphill
of this musical rollercoaster.
The star of this song was piano
player Ian Williams ’17, who moved
his hands up and down the keys as
if he was born to do just that. Even
director Tom Evans couldn’t contain
his impressed clapping as Williams
The second song, Rivers, was
another tune, which featured
drummer Chris Monsour ‘16. Even
though his legs and arms moved at
lightning speed, his sunglasses gave
him the appearance that it was just
another walk in the park.
Peer Gynt
7:30 p.m.
Nelda K. Balch Playhouse
Friday, 5/16
Peer Gynt
8:00 p.m.
Nelda K. Balch Playhouse
Saturday, 5/17
Jazzy Nights: Ian Williams ‘17, Sam Lichtman-Mikol ‘15, and Brad Stech ‘15 jam out in drag during Saturday night’s performance.
Baritone saxophone player, Lasse
Grunewald WMU ’15 was also a
spectacle in this tune; dropping
to those low notes from an octave
above was impressive to everyone
A later piece, Freddie Freeloader,
was slower and more bluesy than the
earlier songs. While multiple soloists performed, two really stuck out.
Alto sax player Joe Barth ‘14 moved
up and down scales during his solo
like crazy, and never missed a note.
Bass player Curtis Gough ’14 finished the song out with a solo that
made everyone’s eyes bug out. His
ability to move up and down his
instrument showed a mastery that
many players could only dream of.
For a chance of pace, a Latin piece,
Fiesta Bahia, was thrown into the
mix. The song took off so fast that I
could hardly keep the beat. Luckily,
drummer Monsour was able to keep
it better than I could.
Barth one again showed his skills
during his solo, moving through scale
notes in a peculiar order that kept
the audience on its toes, but never
gave a wrong sound.
However, piano player Ian Williams once again stole the song with
his solo that used every key on the
piano, top to bottom.
The whole group, however, really
showed skill in their unison pauses.
As a musician myself, I can attest
to how difficult It can be to get four
people to stop playing at the same
time, let alone 17.
Finally, the band concluded with
an encore of “Walk The Dinosaur”
featuring Brian Craig ’14 singing
the lyrics and doing the dance up
on the stage. The audience erupted
into cheers at the end of the song and
putting an end to a truly fantastic
year of formal jazz band concerts.
Gilmore Free Day Comes To Kalamazoo
emily katz
opinions editor
Kalamazoo College welcomed Welsh pianist
Llŷr Williams to perform last Tuesday in Stetson
Chapel as part of the Gilmore International Piano
Festival’s free day at the College.
The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary, so far holding five such similar concerts all in
the chapel at 2:00 p.m. In his third performance
of the festival, Williams continued to perform a
collection of Beethoven Sonatas with paramount
talent, shining through each piece’s technical difficulties with effortless ability.
The selected program included Beethoven’s
famous “Funeral March,” sonata No. 27 in E
Minor, Op. 90, and sonata No. 32 in C Minor,
Op. 111. Each piece exemplified Williams’
mastery of Beethoven’s swift thematic changes
and explosive finger patterns imbedded within
each movement.
The extreme nature of Beethoven’s work,
the sweeping range of intense highs and lows,
fill his sonatas to their core. Williams began the
program with the “Funeral March,” a reflection
of Beethoven’s abrupt and dynamic compositional methods, and so requiring an extreme sense
of dexterity to grapple with and play.
Williams’ transitions between Beethoven’s
musical mood swings with succinct eloquence
in both sound and stamina. His hands work total
control over the high tempos and chilling tumult
of notes to then transition smoothly into the grandeur, deep, and echoing melodies.
Sonata No. 27 offers different challenges, none
of which Williams had doubt over. A call and response narrative is played between the two hands,
comparing the two main themes of the piece in
individual style. Translated from German, the
piece’s title comes to be, “with liveliness and
with feeling and expression throughout,” and
Williams portrays this to the greatest effect possible. Harsh, resounding chords are contrasted
to light crystal clean touches given to the shrill
high notes. Williams approaches the keyboard
with an equal mixture of toughness yet sensitivity, able to draw out the two opposing aspects of
the piece with force and flowing style.
Positioning Sonata No. 32 as his last piece,
Williams displayed his virtuosity in commanding Beethoven’s work. The sonata is full-bodied,
all encompassing work, leaving nothing out to
mesmerize the audience in awe of its both simple
and complex themes and phrases.
And William’s did just that, making the audience become completely immersed in the differing subtle voices arranged in the work. Williams
expert use of the foot petals added to the vastness
of the arrangement, magnifying each somber or
angelic chord. Lifted out of their pews, the rose
to give Williams a standing ovation after the
final note was allowed to float off into infinity.
This concert being a prime example, it has
been another successful year for the praised
Gilmore Festival.
Kalamazoo Thespians Perform Peer with a Twist
Gavin Family Band
7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall
Peer Gynt
8:00 p.m.
Nelda K. Balch Playhouse
Sunday, 5/18
Irish Music Workshop
12:00 p.m.
FAB Room 11
Peer Gynt
2:00 p.m.
Nelda K. Balch Playhouse
Shurbert and Faure
4:00 p.m.
Stetson Chapel
Tuesday, 5/20
Bach Community Sing
6:30 p.m.
Dalton Theatre
Wednesday, 5/21
Bach’s Lunch Concert
12:00 p.m.
Recital Hall
sarah wallace
arts & ent. editor
Henrik Ibsen’s slightly profane,
possibly offensive yet thrilling romantic dramatic play will be performed by Kalamazoo College students as a part of the close to the
Festival Playhouse’s 50th season .
The romantic dramatic play is Peer
Gynt, and Kalamazoo College will
be putting on Colin Teevan’s adaptation of it for the modern stage, first
written by Henrik Ibsen. The show
is playing this Thursday through
Sunday, May 15-18, in the Nelda
K. Balch Playhouse.
Peer Gynt is the both the name of
the play and its main character, and
is played by Kyle Lampar ’17. Peer
is characterized as someone who will
do and say anything to get what he
wants. Lampar described his character as “vulgar, carefree, and unapologetic…but behind that persona
of tough teenage angst, there’s a
fragile individual who only wishes
to fulfill his dreams.”
This modern stage edition of Peer
Gynt comes with updated language
and situations. Guest Director Todd
Espeland believes will make this
more accessible for Kalamazoo
College students.
“The roughness of the language,
modernizing Peer’s adventures by
making him a human trafficker,
and its references to the way we
idolize TV celebrities, brings Ibsen's
message into the 21st century while
Friday, 5/16
Annie Get Your Gun
7:30 p.m.
Civic Theatre Auditorium
Saturday, 5/17
Annie Get Your Gun
7:30 p.m.
Civic Theatre Auditorium
Raunch and Roll
8:00 p.m.
Barn Theatre
Sunday, 5/18
Peer Gynt: Performers in the Theater Department’s rendition of Peer Gynt rehearse. Peer will close out the troop’s 50th season.
still keeping the heart of the fairy
These differences include the mentioning of current cultural norms.
Dramaturg David Landskroener ’14
elaborated on the modernization.
“The ever-increasing modern societal message is that everything is
about ‘me,’ which this adaptation deconstructs in an even more timely and
resonant fashion through references
to reality TV,” said Landskroener.
The show opens Thursday, May
15 at 7:30 p.m. (which is “pay-whatyou-can” night), and runs Friday and
Saturday, May 16-17, at 8:00 p.m.,
and Sunday, May 18, at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for
seniors, and $15 for other adults
and may be purchased at the door.
To make reservations, please call
269.337.7333 or visit the website for more information.
Int’l Art Museum Day
11:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Institute of Art
Annie Get Your Gun
2:00 p.m.
Civic Theatre Auditorium
The City Sings Bach
(times vary)
Area Churches
Monday, 5/20
ARTbreak: Images to
Inspire: Bobats, Great
Horned Owls and Bald
12:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Institute of Art
sometimes your life just
needs a little laughter
Sh*t K Professors Say
K professors are known for their zany outbursts and unusual anecdotes. The Index likes to
capture those moments of beyond the pale lecture and immortalize them in cartoon form.
“Papers that you love are like children, they never quite come out the way
way you want.”
“Jefferson was one twisted balloon animal”
Four United States Senators Mauled During
Thursday’s Congressional Tiger Show
WASHINGTON—Four United States senators are reportedly recovering in Washington-area hospitals today following a shocking and grisly incident Thursday night, when
a 480-pound male tiger brutally mauled the
elected officials in front of a full audience at
the nightly Congressional Exotic Live Tiger
Show held in the senate chamber. “At the
time of the incident, [Sen.] Dianne [Feinstein (D-CA)] and I were performing a routine
flaming ring jump—a trick we’ve done hundreds of times during the show’s nine-year
run—when Marduk, one of our white Bengal
tigers, swatted her to the ground and then proceeded to clench her in his teeth and toss her
around on the podium for several seconds,” said
chief congressional tiger-master and two-term
Georgia senator Saxby Chambliss, appearing
deeply shaken as he explained how the tiger
then leapt into the crowd and attacked Sens.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI),
and Pat Roberts (R-KS), dragging the latter
by the neck out to the Capitol rotunda. “I still
have no idea what went wrong. Marduk had
been completely docile and compliant from
the beginning of the show when I commanded
him and [Siberian tiger] Georgina to stand up
1. Nautical
6. Pint-sized
9. CIA employee (abbr.)
12. “Phantom of the ______”
13. ______ Howard of “Happy
14. One (Sp.)
15. Handling
17. Total
18. Put in again
20. Movie awards
23. Of the countryside
26. Scheme
27. Owns
30. Festive occasion
31. Weight measure
32. Swiss mountain
33. Allow
34. Restless desire
36. According to
37. Wealthy
38. Good spirits
40. Military command (2 wds.)
42. Used logic
45. ____ voyage!
The Week
47. Overfull
51. Spanish career
52. Before, to Shakespeare
53. Taunt
54. “The ____ Couple”
55. _____ Plaines
56. Sultan’s wives
Negative word
2. Tax mo.
3. Neckline shape
4. Biblical mountain
5. Tardier
6. Small bird
7. Long periods
8. Join in
9. Sydney’s country
10. Large antelope
11. Male cat
16. Accident
19. Toupee, slangily
20. Of the eye
21. Slow-moving mammal
22. Worried
24. Baldwin and Guinness
on their hind legs at the start of the Pledge of
Allegiance, to when Mitch [McConnell] led
him through his choreographed leaps across all
100 senate desks. It’s just a terrible tragedy.”
In the wake of the incident, all upcoming live
tiger shows have been canceled indefinitely, though congressional sources confirmed
The Magic Of McCain Illusion Extravaganza would continue its twice-nightly performances as scheduled.
25. Woodturning machine
28. Pub beverage
29. Leapt
35. Laughing sound
37. What Moses parted (2
39. Sped
41. Fangs
43. Tender
44. Dollar bills
45. Ghost’s shout
46. Not new
48. Paving liquid
49. WNW’s opposite
50. Rep.’s opponent
May 14
Intercultural House
4:00 PM
Banquet Hall
May 15
Armstrong Lecture
7:00 PM
Olmstead Room
May 17
Music of the Night
9:00 PM
Upper Quad
May 20
Mapping Project
4:00 PM
Dewing 103
To see the full schedule, or
sign up visit our website!
Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus
Gail Griffin
May 14, 2014
6 – 8 pm
Hicks Center
Banquet Room
June 18-23: Pictured Rocks
Back packing
“The Events of October”
Books available
for purchase.
will be provided.
June 16-23: Wilderness Medical
Associates Courses
Enjoy an evening with four faculty authors as they read from and sign their newest books.
Kalamazoo College Bookstore Presents
MAY 14, 2014
Baseball Team Falls in FirstEver MIAA Tournament Slot
spencer macdonald
index staff writer
The Kalamazoo College Baseball team was defeated in
the program’s first ever MIAA playoff appearance, falling
to Adrian College 17-1 last Wednesday and then 10-3 in the
elimination game against Hope on Thursday.
First year Nate Donovan scored the only run in the first game
against the Bulldogs as his fellow classmate Mario Ferrini
drove him in. Sophomore pitcher Dylan Pierce, who held
Adrian to one run over six innings in his last outing against
them, struggled early on and allowed the Bulldogs to jump
out to an early 7-0 lead.
In the second game, Marc Zughaib led the charge in his
final appearance in orange and black, going 2-4 on the day.
Juniors Carter Chandler and Joey Aliota both knocked in an
RBI a piece in the loss. The Hornets were outmatched in
both contests despite beating Hope three out of four games
in the regular season and playing a number of close games
against Adrian.
“I think we let the moment get a little too big for us,” said
junior pitcher Adam McDowell. “We’ve proven we can hang
with these teams but we just psyched ourselves out a little
bit. Hopefully when we get back there next year we’ll be
able to compete a little bit more.”
The program has seen a drastic turnaround since the appointment of a full time head coach in Mike Ott, who was
hired for the 2013 season. The Hornets finished 15-13 in
conference play, which is the first winning season since 1990.
They also made the postseason for the first time in school
history despite fielding a roster filled with youth. The change
to a winning culture is trending among many of Kalamazoo
College’s athletic teams, but nowhere has the shift been as
dramatic as this baseball season.
“It was a big step forward for the program,” said junior first
baseman Carter Chandler. “This means a lot to the school and
the athletic department as they’re trying to change the culture
around here. I definitely feel like we’ve helped with that.”
The Hornets will enter next season with everybody returning except their captain and starting second baseman Marc
Zughaib. Zughaib received All-MIAA second team honors
for the second time in his career this season and was pivotal
to the team’s success.
Even with the loss of a great player and leader, the outlook
is still very optimistic for the 2015 season. Outfielder Scott
Devine returns for his senior season after garnishing all
conference honors as will freshman Mitch VanKoevering.
Fellow freshman Ian Kobernick will play a large role for the
Hornets next year after batting .377 in his first season, which
was good for first on the team. Adam McDowell will head
the pitching staff once again for his senior season.
“This season we showed not just everybody else, but
ourselves too, that we can compete in this league,” said McDowell. “With the most players returning out of any team
in the conference, I think the expectation is to not only make
the conference tournament but to win it as well.”
Men’s Tennis Says Goodbye to Senior Members
daniel herrick
sports editor
After defeating Grove City 5-0 in the first round of NCAA
regional play last Friday, the Men’s Tennis team fell 5-0 to
Case Western Reserve in the second round on Saturday.
The Spartans proved their number two regional ranking
and number nine national ranking as they handled the Hornets
with little issue. After winning all three double’s matches,
Case received wins at number’s one and three singles to complete the 5-0 sweep.
The defeat marked the end of the season for the Men’s
Tennis team and the end of a career for three seniors: Peter
Rothstein, Mike Korn, and Skippy Faber. Korn and Faber were
both four-year players at K, while Rothstein transferred into
K for his sophomore season from Johns Hopkins. Whether
they played three years or four, all of the seniors felt blessed
to be a part of this team and this program.
“It’s a great feeling to know that I contributed four years
to our history,” said Korn. “I hope that I was able to not only
have an influence on these last four years, but also on the
future players going forward as well.”
“It’s special being part of something that means so much
to so many different generations,” said Rothstein. “It mean’s
a lot because it is bigger than just one year’s team, it means
something to 76 years of teams. Each year I was playing for
the hundreds of men that have played at K.”
Being a part of the legacy is something that these three
won’t soon forget. It occupied a special place for all three
during their time at K and they would be quick to recommend
their program to future generations of players.
“I would advise any recruit to give K a long look,” said
Faber. “It’s a winning atmosphere where a chance to play in
the NCAA tournament is but guaranteed every year.”
“If you’re an in-state player, unless you’re a superstar, like
D-I level,” said Korn. “K is the school for you. I don’t know
why you would look anywhere else.”
History and resources are of course factors that speak well
for K, but the players feel that Coach Riley should absolutely be mentioned as one of the main reasons for attending K.
“He’s a very experienced coach, but he’s more than a
coach,” said Korn. “He treats you not just as a player, but as
That is all: Skippy Faber ‘14 (left) and Michael Korn ‘14 (right) competing in their final season at Kalamazoo College. Both members are seniors.
a person. He’s very interested in your development both
on and off the court.”
“He brings out the best in players and makes the entire experience of playing college tennis much more enjoyable,”
said Faber. “Which is a lot more than what can be said for
other programs.”
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Rothstein had the unique opportunity to play for two college
tennis programs and provides a unique perspective on the K
program because of it.
“At Hopkins, there was no winning tradition. After graduation, it was the end of Hopkins tennis,” said Rothstein. “At
K, you are in the family for life.”
Tennis (M)
5/9 Grove City (@Carnegie
Mellon): W, 5-0
5/10 Case Western Reserve (@
Carnegie Mellon): W, 5-0
5/7 @Adrian: L, 17-1
5/8 Hope (@Adrian): L, 10-3