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Baseball Takes Three of Four from Hope

By Daniel Herrick

 

Home Run: Although the Hornets fell 7-6 to Alma (pictured above) they successfully held back Hope College in three games out of four, losing the second game in the series 4-1.

The men’s baseball team improved their MIAA record to 7-9 last week, after taking three of four games from rival Hope College in a pair of home-and-home doubleheaders last Thursday and Saturday. The Hornets are now ranked fifth in the MIAA just past the halfway point of their conference schedule.

Junior Scott Devine led the Hornets against Hope at home on Saturday. In the first game of the day with a 10-3 Hornet victory, Devine went 2/3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Devine came to the plate with two men on and brought both of them home when he took a 3-1 pitch deep beyond the left-field fence for the first ever home run at the new Woodworth Field.

“[Hope pitcher, Matt] Chema started me off with two breaking balls in the dirt, and then two fastballs, one of which was a strike. Three-one count – I was looking for a pitch up over the plate,” said Devine. “He threw me a fastball at the belt middle-in and I really just swung hard at it. It was such a rush and so exhilarating to blow that game open for our team.”

During the second game of the day, Devine showed off another of the tools from his repertoire as he threw out a Hope runner looking to tag and score on a fly ball. From his position in right field, Devine caught the fly with his momentum carrying him toward home plate and threw a laser to catcher Jack Dynes, beating the Hope runner by a good two steps.

While Devine claimed the play of the game, the Dutchmen would go on to claim the second game, 4-1, to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Hornets. The results from Saturday do well to serve as a mini-model of the Hornets’ MIAA year, thus far.

After scoring ten runs on 13 hits in game one, the Hornets were only able to plate one run in game number two. The inconsistent scoring between the two games has been a tale of the Hornets’ MIAA season. Since March 30, Kalamazoo has lost just twice when they score three or more runs: a 7-6 loss to Alma and a 10-4 loss to Albion. In their other five losses over that span, the Hornets have scored just six runs in total. The team has averaged 6.67 runs scored in their six wins over that same time.

“Our lineup is so young, and earlier in the season we were very inconsistent at the plate. We would show flashes of how good we could be one day, then get away from that the next day,” said senior Marc Zughaib.

Over the course of the entire season, Kalamazoo has scored the least amount of runs of all MIAA teams: 93. This comes in spite of the team ranking second in the conference in batting average with a team average of .282. Youth could be a major determining factor to these struggles scoring runs. Including junior transfer Carter Chandler, the Hornets often start six first-year players in their eight field positions.

Further evidence of this comes in the form of improvements displayed over the course of the year. While the Hornets have scored the least amount of runs of all MIAA teams over the course of the entire season, the team has managed the score the fourth-highest total—64—in all MIAA games.

Some of their advancements over the year have come from a refinement of team hitting philosophy. “What I’ve seen as the season has progressed is our hitters have been able to drive the ball to the opposite field,” said Zughaib. “Our whole offensive philosophy is based off of this and our guys have bought into what has been taught this whole year by our coaching staff. It also has not been just one guy getting all of our hits. Everyone has been able to contribute which has made the lineup that much deeper.”

Not all the struggles can be explained by age. In fact, three of the team’s top-four batting averages belong to freshmen players. Freshmen center fielder Ian Kobernick leads the team with an average of .397—good for second in the MIAA.

The Hornets will look to put their struggles at the plate from the loss against Hope behind them when they face off against Olivet in a pair of home-and-home doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Olivet has surrendered the highest number of earned runs in the MIAA this season by 14 runs over the next-lowest: Kalamazoo. The pitchers have been happy to watch their teammates continued improvement at the plate and have used the momentum to positively affect their performance on the mound.

“The offense has consistently improved throughout the season and they’ve been great over the past five games,” said junior pitcher Adam McDowell. “It’s a lot easier to go out on the mound and throw confidently knowing your offense is going to put up runs for you. It means you don’t have to be perfect.”

Kalamazoo will open their four-game series against Olivet in the first game of a doubleheader at home on Friday starting at 2:00 p.m.

In case you missed it: What happened at Frelon

By Olivia Nalugya

Saturday’s Frelon show was concluded by a student protest about institutional racism as perpetuated by Frelon Dance Company. According to the student protestors, the event was a general call for institutional reform at Kalamazoo College.

During the action, Student Commission President Darrin Camilleri ’14 made opening remarks about the need for institutional reform on campus and the efforts to make the campus a welcoming environment for everyone including students of color. “As the chief advocate of students at Kalamazoo College, I took it as my responsibility to stand in solidarity with those treated unjustly,” Camilleri said, at the Student Commission meeting on Monday.

Justin Danzy ’16 followed Camilleri’s introduction during the action and read out grievances against Frelon Dance Company.  The group was accused of refusing to approve the student protestors’ fliers for posting and also taking down the ones that were posted before the show. There were also comments about lack of cultural acknowledgement of some the dances featured in the show.

Danzy also mentioned the lack of concern for institutional oppression among the Frelon Directors evidenced by their absence on stage during the action. He however apologized during the Student Commission meeting for he was later informed that there were indeed a couple of Frelon directors on stage at that time.

Student Commissioners Andrew Kim ’17 and Lucas Kushner ’14 described the action as insensitive and inappropriate for such a celebratory moment. Lucas felt that instead of it being ‘a collective call for action, it turned out to be a polarizing in a lot of ways”. However student commissioner Cassandra Solis ‘16 thought it was far from insensitive since it was staged at the end of the show. She maintained that such actions are bound to create discomfort among various people but that this discomfort is also part of the point trying to be made. Danzy indicated that action was not intended to divide the student body: “It is not about being anti-white if you stand up for people of color. You are not merely going against the majority,” he said.

Frelon Director Jack Massion ’14 urged the entire campus community to take this as a learning experience. “I think it is more important to look forward instead of backward,” he said. Further discussions regarding the issue will take place on Thursday of this week at 11:30 a.m. on the lower quad co-facilitated by Dr. Reid Gómez and Dr. Shanna Salinas.

 

Beer and Loafing in Kalamazoo: Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery

By Colin Smith

Bigg Dogg: The restaurant/brewery combo is conveniently located on the corner of Academy St. and Westnedge.

We were somewhere roaming around Westnedge and Academy St. when the thirst began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “I feel a bit famished; maybe we should go to Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery.”

Gonzo’s, which has no affiliation to the style of narrative journalism of Hunter S Thompson, is a relatively new restauran-bar on the corner of Westnedge and Academy St. Its aesthetic is a minimal one—the bar fuses rustic and industrial ambiances while still keeping a casual yet slightly “posh” atmosphere. One could come in a tie or t-shirt and not feel particularly over- or underdressed, respectively. However, while the stools and chairs in the restaurant are metal and seem to fit well with the rustic feel, they are far from comfortable.

As the third of many canine-referencing bars just outside of downtown Kalamazoo, Gonzo’s is the creation of Gregory “Gonzo” Haner. Haner has been brewing since the early ‘90s, both in his garage and through Siebel Institute of Technology, where he graduated with degrees in both microbrewing and brewmastery. His impressive craft becomes quite clear after sampling some of Gonzo’s namesakes, such as their Vanilla Porter Ale, which contains hints of both chocolate and vanilla.

As a restaurant, Gonzo’s offers the usual assortment of American bar cuisine. Patrons are sure to be delighted by the appetizers: hummus, poutine, fritters, nachos and breadsticks, just to name a few. The menu also features the typical burger, sandwich, and pizza choices including a make-your-own pizza. That said, while the food is a satisfying companion to the various beers, the menu doesn’t offer anything noteworthy. This is not a bad thing, as Gonzo’s main strength is its craft beer.

Gonzo’s sports a wide variety of craft beers (sixteen are listed on the drink menu), ranging from softer and hoppier light beers to more malty-dark ales and porters. I ordered tasters of the Burning Sun Redd, the Unloosened II experimental ale (an original concoction, and there are more to come), the Geyser Brown Ale, and the (aforementioned and house favorite) Vanilla Porter. As I am not particular about my taste in beer, I thoroughly enjoyed each sample. However, be warned—the prices are slightly higher than other local bars such as Rupert’s, with beers typically priced at $4.50

Gonzo’s is a great place to grab a drink every now and then with a close friend or two. The prices are stacked a littler higher than competitors–($9.95 for a sandwich and chips). The aesthetic is simple but slightly cold and, as one anonymous K professor thought: “a bit too much like a chain restaurant-bar.” But if the aesthetic doesn’t bother you, I would highly recommend taking a stroll off-campus and grabbing a great beer at Gonzo’s to watch spring unfold.

What a Wonderful World: A Night with the Kalamazoo Concert Band

By Camden Krusec [Contribution from Naked]

This past Saturday evening at the Chenery Auditorium, patrons of the art community were treated to a free show by the Kalamazoo Concert Band (KCB). The band, thrillingly conducted by professor of music Dr. Thomas Evans, performed an assortment of theatrical and jazz-pop pieces such as Louie Armstrong’s 1967 hit “What a Wonderful World.”

Notably, the band was accompanied by winner of the 2014 Youth Solo Competition Jeffery Allardyce on alto saxophone for an entrancing rendition of “Carnival of Venice.” Jeffery, a senior at Grandville High School, displayed prodigious precision—clicking every note with immense accuracy governed by practiced control and intention. His solo was received by the audience with thunderous applause. Jeffery recently competed and placed third in the nation among the top high school saxophonists at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Also accompanying the band on “What a Wonderful World,” “How High the Moon,” and Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” was nationally recognized mezzo-soprano Pamela Terry. Terry, who is a member of the Army Voices, has also travelled the globe and performed in operas and oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah. Her vocals delightfully varied from sweet, lush crooning on “How High the Moon” to scat-bopping on “Summer Wind.”

The performance, the first half mainly consisting of dynamic scenes of wonder and adventure, notably with Rossano Galante’s “Beyond the Horizon” and Richard L. Saucedo’s “Confluence,” sandwiched Allardyce and Terry’s performances by another piece by Rossano Galante, “Mount Everest.”

In usual KCB fashion (as Dr. Evans declared over the speakers, “We always have one up our sleeves!”) the show concluded with an encore of a piece by John Philip Sousa from 1908 titled “Fairest of the Fair.” It was an exciting conclusion to the 2013-2014 concert season. The 2014-2015 concert season begins later this fall. Be sure to check out the KCB website for more information on future events for next fall and winter.

The Chenery Auditorium is also home to this year’s Gilmore Festival, which starts later this month, and features such notable acts as Ben Folds and John Legend. To purchase tickets, visit the Gilmore Festival or Chenery Auditorium website.

 

Rumors About Dow Science Confirmed, but Only Because Someone Actually Went Inside

By Emily Pizza

Senior anthropology major Aaron Brown was looking for the Stowe Stadium tennis courts, sought for the fame and glory of the teams that play there, when he noticed another building: Dow Science Center.

“I’d been here all four years, except when I went to Ecuador of course,” Brown said. “But I’ve never seen that building before. I thought it was the new Arcus Center that had finally opened, so I decided to check it out.”

Swiping into the side door, Brown wandered down the dark hallways where a very large wooden box was sitting in the corner collecting dust, labeled “laser,” and quickly realized that the building he had stumbled across was the mysterious fortress of science.

“I was like, ‘Is this a rocket or a nuclear laser?’” Brown added. “It looks like a weapon of mass destruction just chilling in the hallway!”

When Brown turned the corner, something small and white came flying to his legs and began licking his ankles.

“I immediately regretted wearing my fair trade sandals from Uganda,” he said. “Its tongue was sticky and rough, I thought I was being licked by some mutant thing they made in the biology labs or something.”

Then an ominous voice called down the hallway for a tank and the creature disappeared, according to Brown. He never found the source of the call, or where the creature went.

Brown said, “Well, I was right. They were definitely plotting mass destruction there. I mean, look at them. They’re creating mutant tanks and leaving lasers in the hallways.”

Brown also believes this is why hard-science majors are known for boasting about how difficult their work is.

“I mean, I’m sure plotting global destruction is tough work,” Brown said.

When asked about this theory, senior chemistry major Anna Snajal agreed.

“We basically put two things together and see if they explode,” Snajal said. “So yeah, world destruction seems right up our alley.”

Sophomore biology major Samantha Cho also agreed with Snajal.

“Evolution is a fact, and thus, we’ll continue to evolve,” she said. “But a few flesh-eating viruses or fluffy white mini-tanks on our side couldn’t hurt.”

 

Beeler and Collins Fellowship Gives the Opportunity to Engage with the world

By Justina Kilumelume

Kalamazoo College encourages students to engage with the world in more ways than just Study Abroad alone. The Beeler and Collins fellowships allow K students to actively engage with the world on an individual level. The two fellowships are part of the Center for International Programs’ (CIP) Students Projects Abroad programs, which offers grants to students for who need funding for Senior Individualized Projects (SIPs) research or individual humanitarian projects purposes.

“The Students’ Project Abroad programs are designed to allow students to investigate topics or issues or pursue internship in area of interest to them and that’s connected to their academic program,” said Margaret Wiedenhoeft, the Associate Director of the CIP.

The program is in honor of Isabel Beeler, a K alum, who specifically left a sum of money for K students to go out and engage with the world.

The program is not only limited to students who went on study abroad, it’s open to all continuing students, although most who apply are those returning to their study abroad sites in order to do research for their SIP, or follow up on projects they might have worked on during study abroad.

A majority of students that apply for the Beeler grant fit in the SIP category, and they get the most funding because their programs are usually longer (4-6 weeks). The Collins grant is for those planning to do humanitarian work and projects in developing countries.

“It’s a chance for them to use the skills they may have developed on study abroad, or for them to develop new skills,” said Wiedenhoeft. “The programs are flexible. They don’t have as much structure as the study abroad programs. Students seek out the opportunity and make arrangements individually throughout the process.”

The deadline for this year’s grant applications was last Monday, April 14. Typically, there are about 25-35 applications every year, and every applicant has a 75% chance of receiving funding. Even though the grants are not designed to be the sole source of funding, students are usually satisfied and able to complete their projects with this supplemental funding.

Last year, Matthew Munoz ’14 was awarded $2,700, the maximum award offered. He returned to his study abroad site in Caceres, Spain where he spent six weeks conducting interviews for his SIP about the Spanish economic crisis.

“Because I was there on study abroad and I made friends, they let me stay at their places, and I contributed by buying groceries,” Munoz said.

Emma Dolce ’14, Political Science major, also received the Beeler grant last year and spent six weeks in Chaing Mai, Thailand researching the impacts of Statelessness of indigenous and ethnic minorities in Northern Thailand.

“My grant covered pretty much all of my costs. I also had some money from the Political Science department funded by the Ham Grant, so I didn’t spend too much of my own money,” Dolce said.

“It was a whole different experience from study abroad. It was much better because I got to live on my own. I enjoyed figuring out things for myself,” concluded Munoz.

 

Students Define Local in Welles Dining Hall

By Sarah Wallace

Michigan turkey, green beans, and apples were served last Thursday, April 10, as part of Kalamazoo College Dining Services’ first local meal of the quarter. These foods were on exhibition that day, but the cafeteria has 15 local products at any given time, and the number will be going up with the season’s turn.

Kalamazoo College Dining Service’s definition of local is food purchased from companies that are within a 150-mile radius of Kalamazoo. This does not necessarily mean that all the food brought in is produced in Michigan, although the majority is.

The Dining Service’s staff is actively working to increase the amount of local food that is available to the College. One recent addition is sushi in the Richardson Room, which is purchased from local Hunan Gardens, located on West Main Street in Kalamazoo.

The idea of serving sushi came from a tour of Western Michigan University’s campus that a few of the Dining Service employees took, including Emily Pyne, James Chatanasombut, and Estelle Bean. Jill Nance, the new Dining Supervisor Lead, is pleased with the quality and the response from students.

“Hunans makes the sushi fresh every day. It gets delivered here every morning and it’s very well-handled and very well-done,” Nance said. “We’re selling out of it daily. I’m surprised at how fast it caught on.”

This is just one way students can see that the Dining Service is looking to fulfill campus needs. Farms to K is working to increase the amount of local food in the cafeteria. Emily Pyne, the former Supervisor Dining Lead, commented on this:

“Farms to K and the food committee – Kalamazoo students – define local and what percentage of these local foods they want to see available,” Pyne said. “Our goal is to reach whatever they are asking for.”

Farms to K is supportive of the Real Food Challenge, a nonprofit organization that has a nationwide goal to get 20 percent of the cafeteria’s food to be “local” by the year 2020. Maddie MacWilliams, one of the Civic Engagement Scholars and Co-Leaders of Farms to K along with Nadia Torres, recognizes that this is difficult to accomplish.

MacWilliams brings up that Farms to K’s definition of “local” means that the product does not only come from within a 150-mile radius and from the state of Michigan, but that it is grown and produced there, as well.

“We would be thrilled if we could reach the goal of 20 percent local and sustainable food in the cafeteria in the near future, but we understand that, based on our definition of local, this is an ambitious goal,” said MacWilliams.

Emily Pyne has recently left the Dining Service’s staff after working at K for 12 years. She was happy to reflect on the company’s growing relationship with the school.

“Creative Dining’s learning the demands of the students, the students are learning how the company is going to function,” Pyne said. “The Kalamazoo College campus is lucky to have Creative Dining and as far as the options and the quality of the food, it supersedes by far…any university around here.”

 

Humans of K: Disc Jockey Jakob “The Kaptain” Rodseth

By Mallika Mitra

The Kaptain: Jakob Rodseth DJing a house party.

While most of us spend our weekend nights doing homework, hanging out with friends, or getting off-campus, Jakob Rodseth ’16 often finds himself behind a DJ booth. Rodseth mostly works house parties, but when he’s home in Ann Arbor he will also DJ at University of Michigan fraternity parties, graduation parties, and weddings. He’s done a few school events as well.

“I’ve always enjoyed performance arts… but I got really, really into music like, right at the beginning of high school. I became a music nerd,” Jakob said. “I had to listen to everything. I knew a couple of people who DJed…in Ann Arbor and got me into watching stuff online.”

He and a friend combined their money to buy some “high-end gear to start doing gigs.”

For the past two years, Rodseth has been trying to make his own music. It started with mash-ups, but he recently transitioned to making completely original music.

He uses an Ableton DJ set, which is “useful for people who DJ because if you make your own music it’s easy to use hardware to perform that music live,” Rodseth said.

According to the DJ, who sometimes goes by “Kaptain,” there is nothing like interacting with the crowd through music.

“You literally can control the atmosphere and the feeling of a party,” Jakob said. “The music can make or break a party and being able to introduce that sort of new energy and keep it flowing is a lot of fun.”

Usually people will let Rodseth know anywhere from a week to an hour before an event they want him to DJ. Depending on how much time he has, he will usually put together a playlist that incorporates current top hits, music he’s played before that people like, anything new that he thinks will be requested, and anything he’s found over the past week that he likes. Because he doesn’t have a car, Rodseth will sometimes find himself running down the halls of his dormitory before a gig, looking for someone to help him drive all his equipment.

“I listen to pretty much anything but country,” Rodseth said. “I don’t find any particular genre of music unlistenable,” he added.

He will listen to “anything from classic rock, to top-40 hits, to really weird electronic [music] no one has heard of.”
Rodseth explained that he does DJing for the fun of it.

“It’s cooler than it sounds,” he said. “It is just pressing buttons, but it’s pressing buttons in an ingenious way.”

 

StuOrg Examines Problems with Binary

By Viola Brown

A new student organization (StuOrg) named Sphere has emerged on campus. The StuOrg was the brainchild of Brianna Lombardini ‘16, who got the idea after attending a dinner and discussion about issues with gender binary—the classification of gender into two distinctions, male and female.

“One of the people who spoke is a student named Chelsey Shannon who, through her senior individualized project research, had concluded that gender does not exist in a binary, but rather a sphere of possibilities. From that notion, the idea for a student organization came about,” Lombardini said.

The main purpose of the group is to provide an inclusive space that promotes discussions about gender identity, and presentations and talks about the problems facing people who are non-binary. It also provides resources for members of the LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally) community here at K.

“I believe that members of the Kalamazoo College community strive for inclusivity and understanding but have thus far been unable to create an institutional and social growth regarding gender, gender identity, and gender presentation,” said Lombardini when asked about the need for such a place at Kalamazoo College.

As of now, the group hasn’t had any official meetings but they encourage people to like their Facebook page (Sphere at Kzoo) for updated information about meeting times and discussions. However, Sphere did host a poetry slam as a Wind Down Wednesday event on April 2, 2014

Lombardini sees a growing interest in the group and its message and hopes that through Sphere, people can find a safe space and a common voice to express their needs and desires for change.

“I hope to see both social and institutional growth regarding gender and the inclusivity of all gender presentations and identities.  I hope that with the future building and renovating of current buildings, we will see an increased desire for all gender restrooms,” Lombardini said. “Additionally, we hope to see movement academically toward a less heteronormative default, in which non-binary genders are represented.”

To find out more information about Sphere, join like the Sphere at Kzoo Facebook page.