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Humans of K: Studying Abroad with Maya Edery

By Mallika Mitra

With gold bangles and earrings, and a pile of books sitting next to her, Maya Edery ’15 met with me to talk about why she sometimes finds herself wanting to eat with her with hands. After studying abroad in Varanasi, India, and then traveling around the country with her mother when the program ended, there were several habits Maya had to ‘unlearn.’

She lived on the campus of a school for pre-K through high school with six other women from K, and would wake up to the sounds of students doing karate and going to play practice, as well as the barks of Menna and Raffie, two dogs that lived in the guesthouse next door.

The program was service learning based, which allowed Maya to teach classes and take classes, simultaneously.

“I taught a class of English,” she said. “I did a class on sexual assault and rape and sexual education.”

The classes Maya took included Globalization and Local Narratives, Hindi, Yoga, Women’s Studies, and Mehndi, an art class.

The mission of the school, Nirman, was “to bring students of all different castes, classes, and religions” together, Maya said.

For their final exam, the K students had to perform a play in Hindi to the entire school, in which Maya played the goddess, Sita.

During the trip abroad, she went on a “crazy, unplanned backpacking adventure” for two weeks of independent travels with Sonia Morales ’15. The girls went to the Himalayas to white water raft, kayak, and camp. They then went to Kerala to look for tigers at a national park.

“We didn’t decide our trip before going,” she said. “We would decide where we were going the next day based on who we met.”

They met a famous singer from New Zealand who traveled with them for three days, swam in the Indian Ocean, stayed in a guesthouse on top of a hill station in Munnar, and went on a jungle trek that resulted in feet covered in leeches.

It was Maya’s “first time traveling in such an unplanned, spontaneous way,” she said.

With her fellow K students, she rode rickshaws, celebrated Indian holidays with students and teachers, and went to the wedding of her student’s older sister where she learned how to properly wear a sari.

Once, Maya and some friends were running late to Mehndi class and bumped into their teacher, who was running late as well, at a café. Their teacher cancelled class, invited them to her birthday party at a Japanese restaurant, and drove them there motorcycles.

“Getting to know our teachers, who were also our friends, was one of the best experiences,” Maya said.

State of the Campus

This is the quarter of DOGL and all of the other things you guys like so much!

By Darrin Camilleri

Fellow Students,

Welcome back to campus for our final quarter of the year. It was a very long, cold, and snowy winter, but this spring looks to be full of promise. I know that I’m already looking forward to DoGL. Are you?

At the end of last term, we had several changes to the Commission. Three of our seniors stepped down from their yearlong positions to pursue different passions during their final quarter at K: Secretary of Student Affairs Tendai Mudyiwa, Secretary of Communications Kari Paine, and Secretary of Records Colin Lennox. Their service on the Commission has been distinguished by many victories, projects, and initiatives—truly commendable and amazing work that has made us stronger as a student government. I want to extend my thanks for all that they have done for us and for K. Their leadership will truly be missed.
At a special session at the end of tenth week, I appointed—and the Commission unanimously confirmed—their replacements. Now joining the executive board are Secretary of Student Affairs Rian Brown and Secretary of Communications Graham Wojtas. Additionally, Commissioner Wyatt Smith will now serve as Secretary of Records. I am excited to see how their energy and passion for StuComm will transfer over to their new roles.
This past quarter, we have accomplished even more, including: Awarding the Innovation Fund to a new and more representative art project for the cafeteria, taking a comprehensive survey of the campus, fighting for a Safe Ride program, supporting an idea for a new Multicultural Center, and asking for a student member on the Board of Trustees.
We have been doing our best to be advocates for the student body on these and many other issues, but we need your support if we are going to find solutions to these long-term problems. If you are passionate about any of the issues that I mentioned, please find me on campus, send me an email, or connect with me on social media. I want to hear your thoughts on how we can make K a better place for everyone.

This year, it has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Student Commission President, especially because of the many changes that we were able to implement thus far. During my time on campus, I have never seen as much interest in StuComm as I do now, and I credit that to the many new students who have been engaged with our work, particularly students of color.
I recognize that we still have a lot of work to do to make our campus more inclusive, but I firmly believe that Student Commission is pushing the College in the right direction. Please join us in this fight. Our nest is stronger when all Hornets are united and buzzing as one.

Lux Esto,

Spring Election Results

By Allison Tinsey

Last week the student body of Kalamazoo College voted-in 12 new members of Student Commission. 515 ballots were cast in the election with approximately 35 percent of the students voting. The Commission will have more elections coming up this quarter including their ’14 – ‘15 Executive Board elections and Fall 2014 elections. This election yielded a small number of incumbents and welcomed many students new to the Commission. Results are as follows:

Mele Makalo- Junior Class Commissioner

Skylar Young- Junior Class Commissioner

Samantha Foran- Junior Class Commissioner

Justin Danzy- Sophomore Class Commissioner

Cassandra Solis- Sophomore Class Commissioner

Maddie Hume- Sophomore Class Commissioner.

Marly Garrido- Commissioner at Large

Suma Alzouhayli- Commissioner at Large

Jasmine Kyon- Commissioner at Large

Rachel Ellis- Commissioner at Large

Megan Rochlitz- Commissioner at Large

Karl Erikson- Commissioner at Large

New Grant Opportunity for Senior Individualized Projects

The Hough Foundation will fund two SIPS over the next two years

By Mallika Mitra

The Hough Foundation has recently offered to fund two Senior Individual Projects (SIP) each year for the next two years. One grant will go to a project in the natural sciences or mathematics, and one grant will go to a project in language departments.

“It’s a pretty remarkable SIP opportunity,” said Biology Professor Jim Langeland, who is the Division Chair for Natural Science and Mathematics. Langeland is coordinating the application and review process for the natural sciences and mathematics grant.

He said applicants should “dream large and tell us what you got,” and added that there are “not a lot of parameters” around what the grant applicants can do. They are looking for innovative and imaginative projects.

Regardless of major, any rising senior intending to do a SIP in these certain departments are eligible for this grant. The recipients must agree to give a public presentation of their work in a campus-forum during the winter term of their senior year.

Applicants are being asked to prepare a statement that outlines their intended project, explains why it is an appropriate project for the applicant and his or her field of study, and discuss what makes the project imaginative. They are also asked to include an itemized budget and up to three letters of recommendation in their applications, which are due April 25, 2014.

The committee who will be choosing the recipients consists of Langeland and other department chairs. Langeland explained that they are getting the applications to students through the department chairs, and that applications should be given to the department chairs when completed. Classics Professor Elizabeth Manwell will be overseeing the application and review process for the languages grant.

Although the grants are currently only available for the next two years, and will only fund four SIPs in total, Langeland explained that if they “get some really cool projects,” the foundation might decide to continue with the award in the future.

According to the announcement for the natural sciences and mathematics SIP grant, the mission of the Hough Foundation includes “encouragement of lifelong success, and the promotion of positive contributions to society.”

“The idea is for them to follow their passion and not be too constrained by budget,” Langeland said.

Missing Man Closely Tied to Kalamazoo College

Missing: Takashi Sugimori (pictured above) went missing on April 4 after telling his wife, Kalamazoo College professor Noriko Suigmori, that he was going cross country skiing around Asylum Lake. He has not been seen since.

Takashi Sugimori, husband of K Prof, went missing on April 4

By Allison Tinsey

On the afternoon of Friday, Apr. 4, 2014, Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran issued a special announcement to campus. The announcement concerned the continuing search for Takashi Sugimori. The announcement detailed that Mr. Sugimori was reported missing when he did not return from a hike at Asylum Lake in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety conducted a search a day before the announcement and the search is still in effect. According to President Wilson-Oyelaran and the KDPS, it is believed that Mr. Sugimori may have fallen into the lake.

Mr. Sugimori is the husband of Assistant Professor of Japanese Noriko Sugimori and the father of senior Hikaru Sugimori. The family has asked that members of the community respect their privacy at this time, but appreciate the kindness and support.

President Wilson-Oyelaran concluded that the College will share more developments in this story as they become available.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Mr. Sugimori told his wife that he was going cross-country skiing on the day he disappeared. His wife told police that Mr. Sugimori frequently cross-country skied in the area.

Search teams have scoured the area and Mr. Sugimori’s car was found parked in the Parkview Avenue lot at the Asylum Lake Preserve with his skis in the car. Dive teams have been unable to enter the lake’s water due to moving ice.

The search was scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014.


Greater Capacity, Greater Results

Kalamazoo College increases its student bandwidth capacity from 240mbps to 400mpbs.

By Sarah Wallace

A student’s laptop once served primarily to access academic websites. Now, the Internet acts not only as a portal to the Hornet Hive, but to the entertainment world. As laptops transform into televisions and music players, this technology-driven shift calls for a greater bandwidth capacity.

This quarter, Kalamazoo College’s Information Services has raised its bandwidth capacity for students from 240 megabits per second to 400 mbps. Before this latest upgrade, K had been nearly hitting its bandwidth capacity every day.

With the expiration of K’s three-year telephone contract with TDS Technologies, Information Services has invested in a packaged deal with CTS Telecom, their current bandwidth provider. Costing an extra $20,000 a year, Kalamazoo changed their phone provider to CTS and increased their bandwidth capacity. This caused for a considerable jump in K’s standing among other schools in the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA).

A survey conducted last October revealed that K had the lowest total bandwidth in the GLCA and the second lowest bandwidth per-student at the College. Now, K ranks as having among the highest bandwidth capacity per student. Pictured here is the survey, with the addition of K’s current bandwidth capacity.

Though the term “bandwidth” is often tossed around, the definition remains fuzzy for most people. It is often thought of as a higher Internet speed, but, in fact, it is rather just a higher capacity for Internet use.

This capacity is divided among all of the networks, including Res Net (for students), Academic (for faculty), Admin (for administrative staff), Lab Net (for computer labs and classrooms) and Guest Net (for guests).

While this increase is substantial, there have been many like it just in the past few years. In 2009, K’s bandwidth was only 40mbps. By Spring Quarter of 2011, it had up surged to 100mpbs.

The need for a higher streaming capacity is steadily growing. Greg Diment, the Chief Information Officer for Information Services, recognizes that the last few years have demanded a much greater mbps capacity.

“The demand for bandwidth seems to be ever increasing. In only recent years has there been streaming videos (YouTube, Netflix, etc.) and that drives the need for more data,” said Diment.

Students’ high level of streaming is why the greatest amount of bandwidth capacity is dedicated to the student subnet. In fact, 80% of the throughput is to students, while the other 20 percent is for all of the other sub nets.

While the Internet morphs from just a means of completing homework to a device that serves as a pastime for entertainment, K staff is willing to accommodate the ever-growing uses for the Internet.

“We recognize that there was a need for a large increase and are pleased that we were able to make that investment,” said Diment.

New Walgreens Opens Up at the Bottom of Academy Street

By Olivia Nalugya

Location, location, location: The new Walgreens at the intersection of Academy St. and West Michigan.

On March 28, Walgreens Pharmacy officially started operating at its new site in downtown Kalamazoo at 760 W. Michigan Ave., a short distance from Kalamazoo College after closing its old location at the intersection of West Main and Berkeley streets on March 27.

The closure of the old West Main store was due to increased competition from pharmacies in the area, according to business reporter Al Jones of the Kalamazoo Gazette. “In the face of competition from newer pharmacies further west on Main Street, it struggled to grow its sales,” he wrote.

The constructions for the new location, formerly Burger King, started early last summer and finally concluded at the end of last month. The new location is situated within close proximity of both “K” and Western Michigan University with hopes that the pharmacy’s sales will increase as students and staff of the two institutions, as well as members in the neighboring area, visit the new pharmacy.

All the shelves at the new location are fully stocked and everything has seemed to go smoothly within the first few days of its opening. A couple of K students visited the store after their first day of school this quarter to buy groceries and other essentials.  Most students used to walk or drive to the old location on West Main to b uy such amenities, so it is undoubtedly a big relief for most of them to have an even closer store nearby.

About the pharmacy, Yessica Herdnandez Zuniga ’16 remarked, “It is literally behind my house! Very convenient, just a 5 minute walk from campus. My housemates and I have taken multiple trips to the new Walgreens.”

The relocation of Walgreens is especially beneficial for students who do not drive on campus. “I think it is great. As a student who doesn’t drive, it makes me happy because I don’t really have to hustle to get on a bus or pay a taxi to go shopping. I can buy my things from Walgreens and plan my main shopping trips for the mall when I have more time,” revealed Justina Kilumelume ’14.

The close proximity of Walgreens to K will also be very beneficial during future winter seasons, a period where it is harder for most people to go shopping regardless of whether they drive or not.

Like most Walgreen’s locations, the new outlet is open 24-hours every day.



Bringing the Students’ Resources Together at Last

By Sarah Wallace

The first floor of Upjohn Library is a hub for students meeting for projects, tutoring, and study sessions with others. Starting spring quarter, even more will be happening on this floor: the Supplemental Instruction for Biology and Chemistry will be coordinated there.

Hilary Wagner, Director of the Biology and Chemistry Center, will have her office moved from Dow to the first floor of the library. This means these Supplemental Instruction sessions will take place in the library. Though the room can be utilized as a space for SI sessions, it can be used for any other types of student collaboration as well.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Supplemental Instruction Program, it is a peer-to-peer review session centered on helping students in the introductory science level classes. It involves an upper-class student majoring in either Chemistry or Biology coordinating a study session.

The plans for the renovations are going to take place beside the reference librarians’ offices on the first floor of the library. Currently, this space acts as a quieter and more secluded study space for students in contrast to the central part of the main floor. Both the existing and current diagrams of this can be seen in the graphic.

As shown, this space will be remodeled into an enclosed room, much like the Writing Center’s current space. Within this room will be four moveable tables, whiteboards, as well as two offices, one of which will be Wagner’s. The use of the room beside Wagner’s has not yet been decided.

When students arrive back from this upcoming spring break, the main part of the construction process will have been completed. The walls will be up, though the windows and painting will not yet be complete.

The Supplemental Instruction sessions will be a valuable addition to the current student resource help already located here like the Writing Center, the research consultants, and the reference librarians. It will also create another space better suited for collaboration in the library, and making it easier to carry out activities that happen here anyway.


Index Staff Launches New ’Index Radio’ Show

On Air: Graham Key ‘17 and Ogden Wright ‘16 (above) are the creators and weekly hosts of Kalamazoo College’s only news broadcast: Index Radio.

By Mallika Mitra

On Air: Graham Key ‘17 and Ogden Wright ‘16 (above) are the creators and weekly hosts of Kalamazoo College’s only news broadcast: Index Radio.


“Hello and welcome to the inaugural Index Radio Show!” Graham Key ’17 said into the microphone on Monday at 6:00 PM. With his University of Michigan hat turned backwards and his co-host Ogden Wright ’16 by his side, Key kicked off what will be a weekly radio show including on-campus and off-campus news.

Deputy Secretary of Finance of Student Commission Amanda Johnson ’17 was the radio show’s first guest. She discussed Student Commission’s low budget, and mentioned that there are many Student Organizations “who would like to obtain those funds.”

“We are elected students and those who elected us know that StuComm is elected for the funds,” Johnson said at the end of her interview.

The second guest, Sports Editor of the Index Daniel Herrick ’14, talked about how the women’s lacrosse team had had their first game cancelled.

“It is a very talented team,” Herrick said. “I think going forward, it could definitely be a good sport for us.”

Key then asked Herrick about the “ever popular Mark Ghafari.” “The legend,” Wright chimed in.

“Everyone will attest to his work ethic…he came in first quarter freshman year working hard,” Herrick said.

The interview then continued to cover the men’s basketball team and the men’s tennis team.

Key and Wright then shifted the conversation to off-campus news happenings, including the Russian government, the European Union, and racial profiling by Kalamazoo police.

During a five-minute break during the show, the hosts played songs about Monday, “as bloody and depressing as it is,” said Wright.

For the second half of the show, Allison Tinsey ’14 and Dylan Polcyn ’16 were interviewed together. The two talked about being involved in student organizations on campus, how to balance their involvement with schoolwork, and StuOrgs’ leadership transitions, among other things.

“To me, student involvement means I have the opportunity to do something at my school that is student driven and not just ran by the administration,” Tinsey said.

“You have this unexplainable want to change things,” Polcyn said about joining getting involved on campus. “I feel like I have something to offer, though I’m not exactly sure what that is.”

Tune in Monday at 6pm to WJMD if you want to hear, as Key said, “hard news and bad puns.”