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About Allison Tinsey ʼ14

Allison Marie Tinsey Kalamazoo College | 2014, Philosophy and French Editor-in-Chief of the Index Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI. Study Abroad: Budapest, Hungary

COPY: Orgo I to be offered in the Spring

Orgo I to be offered in the Spring

Next quarter, Organic Chemistry I (Orgo), a class previously only offered in the fall, will be offered to all students who have completed Chemistry 110 &120 with at least a C-.

Orgo I is usually taken by Chemistry and Biology majors, and Pre-Med students during their sophomore year, after completing the prerequisites necessary during their first year.

Dr. Jeffrey Bartz, Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair, said that the conversation around adding another Orgo I class started because of the large size of the first-year class.

The department was debating how the 144 students who need to take Orgo I can be accommodated with the current laboratory infrastructure. Dr. Greg Slough, Professor of Organic Chemistry, had the idea of offering two starting points for Orgo.

“It provides flexibility for students to plan their schedules,” said Dr. Bartz, “Second, students can start organic in their first year, similar to what students experience at schools like the U of M. Third, it allows students to avoid taking physics and organic at the same time in winter quarter.”

Sophomore Delfino Gaspar, a Chemistry major who is currently taking Orgo II, was not offered to start taking Orgo during his first year. However, this is not something he is particularly upset about.

“I don’t think I would have liked taking it last fall,” said Gaspar, “I would have forgotten most of the information during the three month summer break. Having them in the fall and winter, there was a smaller period between Orgo I and II.”

Offering Orgo I next quarter will also alter the schedule next year.

“We have only scheduled 72 seats for our Fall 2014 Orgo I class because there will also be an Orgo II class that will run at the same time,” Dr. Bartz said. “We do not have enough time, space, and instrumentation to do much else, unless we compromise on your education.”

Although the decision to offer Orgo I in the spring was originally due to the large class size of the 2017 class, it has been decided that Orgo I will be offered again in the Spring of 2015.

With this change, Dr. Bartz hopes that “we can continue to provide an instrument-rich instructional laboratory experience, which gives Kalamazoo College students an advantage.”

Statement Regarding Staff Editorial

Kalamazoo College Community,

As the only reporter present at the time of the student protest, I take full responsibilty for the editorial as it does not reflect the entire staff’s opinion. As stated in the editorial, “The autonomy of the Index has always been sustained by the independent efforts of its staff to hold both itself and those at Kalamazoo College accountable. This is constantly mirrored in student efforts to bring injustices that go unseen and unheard to the light within a community that values education, awareness, and respect. As a publication by and for the students, we stand for all faculty and students here, not just one.” I sincerely hope that we may continue this conversation toward the betterment of our community as a whole and translate those energies to fighting these systemic issues systematically.

Letters to the editor can be sent to The submissions policy is located on page four of this week’s issue.

-Allison Tinsey, Editor-in-Chief

Football Finishes Season with Last-Second Victory

By Daniel Herrick, Sports Editor

Jake Larioza recovered two fumbles and took this one in for a score (Photos by Chuck Stull)

Alex Deitrich was the team''s second-leading receiver.

Nick Bolig started on the offensive line for the Hornets.

Ian Good was a force on the defensive line all year

The Kalamazoo football season came to an exciting finish last weekend as freshman kicker Jacob Hardy lifted the Hornets above the Olivet Comets 39-37 with a 19-yard field goal that came with five seconds remaining in the game.

The win lifted K to an overall record of 6-4 and a conference record of 4-2. The 6 wins is the teams highest total since 2003. Four wins in MIAA play was good enough to tie the Hornets for second in the MIAA, the team’s best finish since 2000.

K was led by a group of seniors that improved their season-win totals every year at K. Their freshman season the team won just three games; however, the Hornets have been able to add a victory every season since then. With 18 wins over their careers, 2014 is the class with the most wins since the 2003 class finished with 21. The class of 2002 also finished with 18 wins and prior to that, you must go back to the class of 1996 to find another group that had 18 or more wins.

“We’ll miss the leadership in general,” said junior Clay Weissenborn. “They’re all very hard workers and set a good example for the younger players. All of them were working hard all offseason, doing extra running, and lifting. Some people think that goes unnoticed, but we see that.”

Josh Wise and Ian Good were the statistical standouts of the group this season. Each player was selected to the All-MIAA First Team.

Wise, an offensive-team selection, led the MIAA in conference play in receptions (46), receiving yards (713), touchdowns (10), and punt return yards (266). The standout wide receiver led K with total receptions (81), yards (1,087), touchdowns (10), and all-purpose yards (1,359). He was just the fifth Hornet receiver of all-time to surpass 1,000 yards in a season. His 81 catches and 10 touchdowns were both the third best totals ever by a Hornet in one year.

Good, a defensive-team selection, also led the MIAA in multiple categories: sacks (7), sacks per game (1.7), and tackles for loss (10.5). He ended the season with 59 tackles, 17 for a loss, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Good ends his career second in school history in sacks: 17.5.

While Wise and Good may have the most eye-opening statistics, contributions came from across the board for K’s group of seniors. Ryan Gregory was selected to the All-MIAA second team defense. He recorded 55 tackles, seven for loss and .5 sacks.

Jake Larioza recovered two fumbles, took one back for a score, and added 43 tackles, nine for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He joined goods in the double-digit career sacks club with 12.5 in his four seasons.

Blake Simon led the group in career tackles with 122. Gregory (112), Good (156) and Larioza (119) also finished their careers with triple-digit tackle totals. Simon recorded 60 tackles this season.

Alex Burkholder, Brett Thomas and Thomas Tabor were also important contributors on defense, recording 47, 35 and 27 tackles respectively. Tabor’s work included five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and 2.5 sacks.

The senior class combined for 45 percent of the Hornet’s tackles this season and 76 percent of the team’s sacks.

“I hope that my class is able to step in and fill the void that will be left by these guys,” said Weissenborn.

Sophomore Octavius Sanders was also selected to the All-MIAA First Team defense, the only sophomore selected to the team. Junior Connor Rzeznik was selected to the All-MIAA Second Team defense for the second year in a row.

Among the postseason All-MIAA team selections, sophomore quarterback Justin Danzy has subbed. Danzy led the MIAA in yards (3,056), yards per game (339.6), touchdowns (22) and completion percentage (65.9). He had nearly 500 more yards than the next closest quarterback: Hope’s Michael Atwell (2,582). Despite this statistical dominance, Danzy was passed over for the three quarterback selections. Albion’s Dominic Bona was the first-team choice. Atwell and Olivet’s Braden Black were the two selections for the second team.

Alex Dietrich was the other half of the Hornets dangerous pair of senior receivers. He finished the year with 70 catches for 765 yards and two touchdowns. He and Wise combined for 49 percent of the Hornet catches this season.

Sophomore Dylan Zerki could also have been deserving of a selection. He finished second in the MIAA in total tackles with 108. He was one of just two players to finish the season with triple-digit tackles.

Kalamazoo College Awarded Green Generation Consumer of the Year by Consumers Energy

By Olivia Nalugya, Contributor

On the 25th of September, Environmental Studies Concentration Director and Professor Binney Girdler, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Paul Manstrom, and Sustainability Interns Emma Dolce ‘14 and Katie Ray ’14 accepted an award on behalf of Kalamazoo College for its ardent utilization of eco-friendly energy from Consumers Energy – Michigan’s largest utility company.

Green Generation Energy is renew- able energy powered by wind turbines in Michigan and K is one of its top ten consumers. According to Manstrom, the College has been using this kind of energy for about five years now and buys about “7020 kilowatts a year in green generated power”.

K started using Green Generation Energy in 2008, owing to the student’s petitioning of the administration to adopt measures that would reduce the College’s emissions via a sustainability campaign that was dubbed “8 in ‘08”. “They wanted the college to commit to buying 8 percent of its electricity in renewable energy,” Manstrom explained.

Despite the financial cost, the College administration thought it was a request worth honoring. Manstrom admits that there are other relatively inexpensive ways of buying wind-powered energy, but “there is no guarantee where that energy is being produced”.

In 2007, President Wilson-Oyelar- an was one of the over 280 American college and university presidents that signed the President’s Climate Commitment, which is geared towards reducing the global emission of greenhouse gases by 80 percent by mid-century at the latest.

Consequently, over the years the student sustainability interns have spearheaded various projects to ensure that the College follows through with the pledge. Ray indicated, “We are trying to keep the president on track with her climate commitment.”

Students last year also devised a composting program that ensured that food wastes from the College are appropriately disposed. The program description indicated that “the food waste was transported to a local farm to be used as pig feed.” However, in compliance with Michigan’s law on feeding animal waste to animals, the College has purchased earth tub machines that will be capable of recycling all of the cafeteria’s compostable waste.

Manstrom revealed that about 90 percent of the College’s emissions come from energy consumption. Subsequently, computer upgrading, LED lighting, and the installation of motion detectors in almost all campus buildings are measures the College has undertaken to offset the emissions. The purchase and usage of Green Generation Energy has thus contributed to the reduction in the College’s overall emissions.


Careers in Student Affairs Promoted by OSI

By Annah Freudenburg, Staff Writer

Graduate interns Christina Fritz and Mark Campbell work on OSI plans in the Student Resource Room. Photos by Allison Tinsey.

The Office of Student Involvement (OSI), located in the Hicks Center may be unfamiliar to many students. However, most know of their efforts. Fliers for Zoo After Dark, Wind Down Wednesdays, and Zoo Flicks color campus.

These events and activities are all the products of OSI. The Index spoke with Mark Campbell and Christina Fritz, both Graduate Assistants of the Offices of Student Involvement about the work they do.

The Office of Student Involvement works primarily in student affairs. “Student affairs focuses on active learning, which helps students focus on their own experiences with co-curricular activities,” said Campbell. This would include a student being a member of a club or organization, or being involved in lead- ership opportunities. “Essentially it’s student development outside the classroom,” Fritz embellished.

Student affairs is a very broad field and offers many career paths: “Some of the well known ones are resident directors, area coordinators.” Campbell said, naming a few. “You can work in student activities, such as the office of student involvement, academic advising, career services or career counseling. There’s also a sect of student affairs that has a research component.”

For students interested in pursuing a career in student affairs after undergraduate ism complete, the next step is to apply to a graduate program to earn a masters degree in higher education in student affairs.

“All of the graduate assistants at Kalamazoo College are part of the Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) program over at Western Michigan University,” Campbell said.

Western is only one of many schools across the country that offers graduate programs in student affairs. The programs are typically two years in length, but may go longer.

“I never planned on doing students affairs, which is a very common story. No one knows student affairs exists until it happens!” Campbell exclaimed.

OSI has hosted up to 17 events in ten days and has even more planned. “Homecoming is coming up,” Fritz said, “so we’ll have a lot of fun events leading up to that weekend.”

In regards to movies, they have just set up an email account allowing students to send in suggestions for what is to be seen on Channel 22 as well as at Zoo Flicks.

Moreover, there will be new occa- sions for student involvement: “Coming up this fall we have Emerge Into Leadership,” informed Campbell, “which will be for first-year students who want to be involved with leadership.” The applications for this opportunity should be available towards the end of October.

Index Throwback: Trowbridge House is Now Occupied, 85 Girls Are Rooming in New Dormitory

Curated by Katie Schmitz, News Editor

Article taken from Number 1 Volume 24 of The Index published on September 24, 1925.

With the opening of College this fall, Trowbridge House, a $150,000 dormitory, and the latest addition to the campus, is ready for occupancy. A two month delay in the building program nearly caused disappointment for fac- ulty and students alike.

Dr. Hoben is very proud of this structure. He points out that Albert Kahn, architect for the building has,
not only, been able to furnish a building capable of rooming 85 girls, with dining room capacities for 150, but he has pre- served the home atmosphere through- out. From the dignified and beautifully furnished living room with the solarium adjoining, and throughout the whole structure the home atmosphere prevails. The exterior of the building in its beauti- ful setting of trees further carries out this spirit of hospitality.

Mrs. Barbara Mead is matron of this home for the girls, succeeding Mrs. Archibald Wheaton, who served in this capacity for 22 years. With the opening of Trowbridge House, the use of Ladies’ Hall for a men’s dormitory is made pos- sible, and all roomsthere will be occu- pied by men. With the men residing in William’s Hall, this means that there will be 125 men living on campus this year.

Lacrosse Team Prepares for Inaugural Season

By Charlotte Steele, Contributor

Women’s Lacrosse Team (Photo by Charlotte Steele)

“Got ball, got ball!”, the women’s lacrosse team is in full swing practicing their defensive communication skills in a mark-up drill. Typically a spring sport, the team has been practicing three days a week during the pre-sea- son to prepare for their first season as a Kalamazoo College varsity program.

With huge interest among the players of the club team, and more feeder high schools to recruit from, the President started a working group to assess the feasibility of fielding a var- sity lacrosse team at K. The women’s team has begun its first season, with a men’s team to follow next year.

“I think it will be exciting for the College, it’s something we’re not used to,” said Athletic Director Kristen Smith.

The team is composed of 26 girls, 13 of them first years. Heading into the first season, Coach Emilia Ward recalls that she “hit the recruiting trail reallyhard.” She traveled to watch nearly every prospective player in person. Six of the first years are from out of state, drawing from Utah, New York and California.

The team is a unique mix of upper classmen who are adjusted to college life, but newer to the sport, and skilled first-year student athletes, each offering something different to the team dynamics.

Senior, and Co-Captain (along with sophomore Elizabeth Arellano) Anna Eshuis said, “We are learning so much from them skill-wise and game- wise, and they’re learning from us al- ready… like how to be in college and be on your own. I think everyone has done a really nice job of supporting and pushing each other. I haven’t been a part of a team that’s this much of a team, and it has only been a week and a half.”

Ward agreed, “They’re such a goofy group. They’re meshing faster than any other team I have been around.”

Clare Jensen, a first year, said that lacrosse was an important consideration for her when deciding to come to K, and was really excited to be a part of a new varsity program.“Everyoneis out there for the right reasons, because we love the sport. This is new to all of us… we’re all first timers in varsity lacrosse, so I’m excited to grow over the four years,” she said.

The team practices on the grass intramural field for the fall, and will play on the current soccer field, known as the soccer/lacrosse field for the spring. The scoreboard was built to accommodate lacrosse scores and the field has markings already to prepare for lacrosse’s different lines.

Ward said, “[The new facilities] showed the players the school was committed to their athletic experience. At the D3 level, you really can’t get any better.”

Ward came to K after helping to start up varsity programs at both Adrian and Winthrop College in South Carolina. She brings a lot of experience working with new programs, and has a clear passion for the sport and enthusiasm for the team.

“My favorite part about lacrosse is being able to play my sport, but also have friends to do it with and having that community. Team sports are amazing,” said Rachel Fine, a senior who started playing her first year at K.

The team will travel to Grand Rapids for their first “play day” this Saturday at GVSU where they will play 3 other teams including Indiana Tech, Finley, and Oakland University.

Men’s Soccer Picks Up First Conference Win

By Daniel Herrick, Sports Editor

Photos by Daniel Herrick

The men’s soccer team got their first win of the conference season this past Saturday with a commanding 4-0 win over the visiting Albion Britons.

After scoring just one goal in their first two conference games, netting four against the Britons was a sigh of relief for a young Hornet team.

“It was very important to get the first win,” said junior Jory Finkelberg.

First-Year Dylan Jolliffe opened the scoring for the Hornets with a goal in the 23rd minute; his second of the season. The game remained at just 1-0 heading into halftime before the Hornets took over the contest with three second-half goals.

The first-year trend continued for the Hornets when Kyle Hernandez opened up the scoring for K in the second half with a 53rd minute goal. Fellow first-year Joshua Robison assisted on the score. Goals by juniors Spencer MacDonald and Werner Roennecke rounded out the day for the Hornets.

“With such a young team, it was important to get some confidence and get ourselves back on track,” said Finkelberg.

The first-year players were the talk of the game for K. For large chunks of the match, K featured lineups with eight total freshmen on the pitch. Among them was the goalkeeper, Kellon Johnston-Roper. Johnston-Roper made six saves in the match on his way to a shutout in the first start of his young career. Johnson-Roper started in place of the regular starter, junior Beau Prey, and gave the Hornets a reason to be confident in both of their keepers.

While the young team looked veteran against Albion, they are not without growing pains. Their first two MIAA games resulted in a pair of losses: 2-1 vs. Adrian and 3-0 at Olivet.

“The freshmen players are handling the transition well, but adjusting to the high level of physicality that comes with MIAA play is not an easy task,” said Finkelberg.

“It takes time to get everyone to mesh into such a demanding program, but we are making great strides,” said junior Emerson Talanda-Fisher.

The Hornets continued their MIAA season when they hosted Alma on Tuesday, October 1. Following the game against the Scots, the Hornets travel to Calvin this Saturday, October 5.

“We simply need to maintain our mentality of out-working everyone and fighting harder than every opponent,” said Talanda-Fisher. “We have a very skilled team, but keeping focus for all ninety minutes is crucial to our success.”

Also in action this past Saturday was the women’s soccer team when they lost 3-0 to the visiting Calvin College in the first game of the doubleheader that featured the men’s game immediately after.

They played in front of the home crowd for the second day in a row with a loss against the University of Chicago, 2-0, on Sunday.

The loss extended their goalless streak to three straight games dating back to September 18 when the team scored four in a win against Albion. They have been outscored 10-0 over the course of those three matches.

The women’s team will look to right the ship on the road at rival Hope College on Wednesday, October 2. They round out the week with another road match on Saturday at Alma.

K-Team Builds a Workout Community

By Mallika Mitra, Features Editor

Kaitlyn Perkins ’17 sprints during a cardio workout. (Photos by Mallika Mitra)

K Team begins their abdominal workout.

Founders of K Team, Charlotte Steele ‘13 and Kari Paine ’13.

“30 more seconds!”, “You can do it,” and “One more sprint!” can all be heard on most weekdays coming from the patio outside of the Anderson Athletic Center before the day’s classes have even started.

This is “K Team”, a newly formed workout group open to anyone on campus who is looking to work out in a supportive environment.

Over the summer, Charlotte Steele ’13 and Kari Paine ’13 founded “K Team”. According to Steele, both of the founders were on sports teams in high school and now miss having to be accountable to push themselves.

“When you’re not doing a sport, it’s so easy to get into a rut,” said Paine. In regard to exercising with others again, she enjoys “making a community out of it.”

Over the summer, Steele and Paine were working out a lot and realized that their knowledge of good workouts, along with other students’, could make a good regiment. They wanted to form a place where students could “push themselves physically.”

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can find the K Team out on the patio outside of the Anderson Athletic center at 7:45 am. Led by Paine and Steele, the group of about twelve, including both males and females, goes through several cardio workouts, sometimes similar to CrossFit, and ends with an abdominal workout. According to Paine, they understand that everyone is coming in with different levels of physical ability, but want everyone to feel pushed.

“K Team was a great way for me to start a fun workout routine,” said Annalise Robinson ’17. “I love that you can modify any move that you want, and everyone who goes is really great!”

For more information on K Team or to read what exercises the group does during their workout, follow them on Twitter at @the_Kteam.

Channel 22 Now Accessible for Online Streaming

By Sarah Wallace, A & E Editor

From its launch three years ago, Kalamazoo College’s cable channel, Channel 22, will likely be rapidly broadening its viewers. Funded by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Channel 22 plans to become available to students online.

Channel 22 is a continuously running movie channel for any student on campus with a television connected to K’s cable. The website works similarly to a Netflix account, minus any additional fees. With plenty of genres to choose from including comedy or drama, it’’s simple to select a movie from recent ones that have played on Channel 22.

The Director of OSI, Brian Dietz, expects the new option will prove even more popular than its televised counterpart, since any student with a laptop and a Kalamazoo College ID address will be able to access it.

Replying to why online streaming for the channel is just becoming available now, Dietz said, “Well, because [streaming] became an option. K College is one of the first schools that have adopted this option for its students. The OSI is really excited about having this new expansion.”

The movies selected to play on Channel 22 have been determined by students since the channel was established. Each month, there are around ten movies that are added to the list of movies to select to stream online. Students can send movie suggestions to Christina Fritz via email at

OSI aims to have the channel’s website up and running by the week of October 7th.