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Monday 4/21 through Thursday 4/24
Open until 1am

Friday 4/25 and Saturday 4/26
Open until 10pm

Sunday 4/27 through Thursday 5/1
Open until 1am

Friday 4/28
Open 9am-5pm

Saturday, May 3 – Sunday, May 4

Beginning Monday, May 5
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm


Attention Graduating Seniors,

Here are a couple of reminders for you regarding graduation.
You must have your account paid in full in order to be eligible to
participate in the commencement ceremony.
You will also not receive your diploma or your
official transcripts if you owe money to the college.

Week Before Graduation (April 28 – May 2)
Graduates, pick up your cap and gown in the bookstore during
the week before Commencement. Regalia must be picked up
by 3:00pm on Friday, May 2nd.

Commencement Schedule of Events (May 4)
Students report for Commencement rehearsal and
class photo on the Mall. Students are to wear cap and gown.

10:00am – 3:00pm
Arrington Bookstore Open

Baccalaureate Service—Herrick Chapel

11:00am – 2:00pm
Graduation brunch, hosted by Sodexo

Graduates report for processional

Commencement Ceremony Begins



Men’s lacrosse remains undefeated in conference play

Senior Alex Smith works to keep possession of the ball in the 15-5 win over Olivet.
Senior Alex Smith works to keep possession of the ball in the 15-5 win over Olivet.

The men’s lacrosse team moved to a 4-0 record in the MIAA Tuesday, April 15 against Olivet with a decisive 15-5 win. The Bulldogs are now (10-3, 5-0 MIAA) on the 2014 season and have two games remaining, both in conference games. Adrian has outscored all opponents 70-24.

“Olivet was a great win for us. We came out strong and were able to play a lot of guys throughout the game. Trine will be another tough game but will give us another opportunity to fine tune everything going into the conference tournament,” said senior Drake Dailey-Chwalibog. The team started off to an early lead scoring the first six goals of the game before Olivet was able to register even one point. Freshman Eric Fannell had two goals in the first quarter while junior A.J. Smith, freshman Nick Karapas, sophomore Doug Boyd, and senior Tom Thielman registered the other four.

The second quarter was no less impressive for the Bulldogs as they were able to push the score to 13-2 with seven more goals.  The goals in this quarter came from Dailey-Chwalibog who had two as well as Fannell with two, with Boyd, Karapas, and Thielman all registering a goal. Adrian outscored Olivet once again in the third quarter by a smaller margin of 2-1, moving the score to 15-3. Fannell was able to register his fifth goal of the game and sophomore Zach Kozlowski marked his first of the game. The fourth quarter was a slow one for the Bulldogs as Olivet registered their last two goals with no answer from the team.

Senior Kevin Lerg started in goal for the Bulldogs and played thirty minutes when the commanding lead allowed sophomore Brett Farrelly to have his chance at the net. Lerg let up two goals and Farrelly let up three. There were fifteen total shots on the Adrian goaltenders and 26 against Olivet. The Bulldogs ended up with 5 infractions in the game amounting to four minutes and thirty seconds. The infractions were holding, unnecessary roughness, two counts of slashing, and an illegal body check. Olivet was only penalized twice for a total of one minute and thirty seconds.

The Bulldogs men’s lacrosse team celebrates in a huddle after scoring a goal.
The Bulldogs men’s lacrosse team celebrates in a huddle after scoring a goal.

“We strive to be better than one another on and off the field to ensure overall team success. The key thing that we need to improve as a team is something that only comes with time, which is hard because it is constantly working against us, and that is experience,” said Thielman. “We are an extremely young team with the majority of our team members being freshmen, the college game compared to the high school game are worlds apart due to the speed, physicality, and commitment that is demanded by the college game.”

The Bulldogs also beat Trine 15-9 Saturday, April 19. The men’s lacrosse team has one more game to go in the regular season against Albion, which is a conference game. They are currently on a four game winning streak. The game will be at Adrian College Saturday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Softball sweeps Kalamazoo Hornets in double-header

Sophomore K’ya Toles-Burton keeps her eye on the ball in the Bulldogs double-header against Kalamazoo College.
Sophomore K’ya Toles-Burton keeps her eye on the ball in the Bulldogs double-header against Kalamazoo College.

The women’s softball team didn’t have much trouble with the Hornets from Kalamazoo last Wednesday as they swept a double-header at home 4-1 in game one, then 9-1 in a five-inning game two.

Sophomore pitcher Kaitlin Lock tossed a solid four and one-third innings for the Bulldogs in game one, giving up five hits, one earned run, and striking out two. Junior Brooke Stewart took over in relief in the fifth and finished the game very well without allowing a hit and striking out three. Senior Katie Dewyre led the Adrian bats by going 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a walk. Sophomore Karissa DeVore pitched in by going 1-for-4 with an RBI double, which began the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Jessica Sarch began with an infield single to the shortstop, advanced on a groundout, and then hit home by Devore on her double.

The scoring continued in the second as Dewyre singled up the middle to score freshman Chelsea Shellman and sophomore Kim D’Arcangelo to make it 3-0, Bulldogs. Adrian added another in the third as D’Arcangelo RBI doubled to left to score junior Kaitlyn Hinojosa and made it 4-0. The Hornets finally got on the board in the fifth inning on a Megan Malish RBI single. But that was all, afterward, and the Bulldogs took the first game, 4-1. “We were very confident at the plate,” said sophomore Becca Greco. “We waited for our pitches and didn’t help them out.”

The second game went even better for the Bulldogs as the bats came back a little hotter, beginning in the second inning. After a couple singles and a stolen base, D’Arcangelo struck out but reached base on a wild pitch and scored sophomore K’ya Toles-Burton. Two batters later, Sarch singled and scored sophomore Morgan Brandt and made it 2-0 through two innings. As for pitching, sophomore Kelsey Meyer was solid. Meyer hurled a complete-game and struck out six, giving up only two hits.

In the meantime, while she was doing work on the Hornet lineup, Adrian added a pretty comfortable cushion in the third inning. Toles-Burton walked up and smacked a three-run homerun to right field to make it 5-0. Sarch continued the inning with help from Kalamazoo second baseman, Querubin Dubois. She singled and reached second on a throwing error, which scored Brandt and sophomore Tiffany Lamble and made it 7-0 Bulldogs after just three innings. The Hornets finally got on the board in the bottom of the third as Dana Page singled and scored Emma Patrash to cut the lead to six. But in the very next inning, Toles-Burton ensured any comeback from Kalamazoo would not happen. She added to the lead with a two-run shot to right-center, her second of the game, to make it 9-1 and sealed the game shut.  Despite giving up a run, the Bulldogs had the winning recipe all day that was fending off the Hornets. “It’s simple, we’re just having fun,” said Toles-Burton. “We forget about all the negatives that happen and just stay positive. That’s what makes us unstoppable.”

The Bulldogs (14-12, 5-7 MIAA) return to work at home on Wednesday vs. Hope for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. Then, they travel to Ohio Wesleyan Thursday for another doubleheader also starting at 3:30 p.m.

Though the softball team had a positive week, the challenges ahead are constant reminders of sticking with their guns. “We still need to focus on the little things and taking games one inning at a time,” said Greco. “We really need to be confident in ourselves.”

Men’s tennis victorious over Calvin in close match

Freshman Joey Loselle returns the ball in their match against Calvin College.
Freshman Joey Loselle returns the ball in their match against Calvin College.

The men’s tennis team was in MIAA league play action Wednesday as they hosted the Knights of Calvin College at the Craft Tennis Complex. After a cold blistery day on Tuesday the skies opened up and it turned out to be a great day for tennis. The Bulldogs were able to take advantage of the ideal conditions as they continued their remarkable play this season. The doubles matches turned out to be the deciding factor in this close contest as the Bulldogs edged the Knights 2-1 in doubles play and then split the six singles matches for a 5-4 victory.

In the first doubles match Adrian’s sophomore Jordan Verbauwhede and freshman Joey Loselle defeated Loukas Peterson and Klaas Walhout of Calvin 8-6 to give the Bulldogs an early lead. Adrian continued their strong start as sophomore Michael Mertz and sophomore Spencer Georgetti rolled over Matt Buesing and John Strikwerda 8-5 extending the Bulldogs lead to 2-0. Calvin managed to cut into the deficit in the third and final doubles match as they picked up an 8-6 victory over sophomore Alex Amos and junior Ryan Delacy, which left Adrian with a 2-1 advantage heading into singles. This lead however, was short lived as Matt Buesing of Calvin dominated Delacy in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. The lead then swung back into Adrian’s favour as Mertz picked up a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Calvin’s Tom Griffin, putting Mertz 2-0 on the afternoon. Mertz also recorded his 14th win this season in singles play with the defeat of Griffin.

Not to be out done by his teammate, Loselle picked up his record breaking 15th singles win of the season when he defeated Klaas Walhout comfortably in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Loselle’s win also put the Bulldogs up 4-2 with three matches remaining, ultimately only needing one more point to secure the victory. The next match saw Amos drop a hard fought contest against John Strikwerda 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), Amos was just unable to break the serve of Strikwerda and unfortunately fell late in the tie-breaker. Without too much drama, the Bulldogs were able to find the crucial fifth and deciding point in sophomore Troy Gargrave as he battled back from a 3-6 first set loss to dominate the final two sets 6-0, 6-0. Gargrave sat out in the doubles matches and this proved to be a great strategy, as he was able to outwork a fatigued Stephen Healy who competed in doubles matches for Calvin earlier in the day.

The win against Calvin kept the Bulldogs in second place in the MIAA, extending their spectacular season. The Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday, April 19 against Hope College where they will look to secure a spot in the post-season.

Our View: These won’t be the best four years of your life, I promise

It’s crazy for me to think I’ve reached the point in my college career where it’s time to say goodbye to Adrian College. I remember coming on my first tour as a senior in high school like it was yesterday. If I’ve learned anything in my four years at Adrian College, it’s that nothing will prepare you more than the things you learn outside of the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, classes and that very expensive piece of paper are important, but the real lessons come from late night movie sessions with friends, having your heart broken and one too many adult beverages on the weekend.

First and foremost, don’t forget about your parents. They’re the only ones who will be there for you all four years and likely the ones paying for your degree. As annoying as it can be, take time out of your week to call your mom and tell her about her classes, and let her talk for 20 minutes about what’s going on at home. In the middle of a stressful finals week, it’s the best pick me up. Second, spend as much time with your friends as you can. If you’re in a serious relationship, chances are you’ll be together for a long while after college, you won’t be with all your friends after college. This is your home, these people are your family. Never take the time with them for granted. Third, your professors can really be your best friend. I credit all my success in college to my minor professors. The opportunities I’ve had is because they believe in me. Fourth, and probably the most important thing I’ve learned while here, is to procrastinate. Put off your homework until Sunday night to go out all weekend. It’s cliche, but it’s true, you never remember the nights you got plenty of sleep. You’ll be amazed at the things you’ll learn, memories you’ll make and new friends you’ll meet at a party on Saturday night. That won’t happen at the library, I can guarantee it.

They may consider college to be the best four years of your life, but I don’t think that’s true. College is probably the scariest, most heartbreaking, worst four years. You’ll have a bad break up and think you’ll never survive, live in the library (during the week) for a midterm and still fail. You’ll get into a bad fight with your roommate and probably not be friends with the same people you were freshman year. That’s fine, it’s expected, and I can promise you, you’ll be ok.

If I had any advice for underclassmen, it would be don’t settle. Don’t settle in a relationship you’re not happy in. Don’t settle in a major because it’s going to make you more money than what you love to do. Don’t settle for being a number, stand out, join clubs. Don’t settle for a summer at home when you can study abroad or have a killer internship. And don’t settle for bad friends. It can be very scary to make big life choices at 18 and 19 years old, but don’t be afraid to do exactly what you want. You’re spending four years training for the rest of your life, make sure you’re picking something you love. I’ve gained amazing friends in my time at Adrian, I can honestly say I have a family away from home in them. The professors that have helped with my career, I cannot thank them enough for having faith in my skills when I didn’t even have faith in them. I’m beyond greatful for every person, both good and bad, that has come into my life while I’ve been here. I’ve learned a lot in my time at Adrian College. I’ve learned about myself, about others and about my field of study. The main thing I’ve learned, these aren’t the best four years of your life, but they’re pretty darn great.

United States to welcome first openly gay federal judge, Judge Levy

When I saw that Judge Judith Levy, the first openly gay federal judge, was sworn in a few weeks ago I had a similar reaction as to when Michael Sam, NFL draft prospect, came out. Both times I thought, “good for them”.

While I think it’s great that more and more people are gaining confidence and being honest with their sexual orientation I do not understand why these kinds of stories dominate headlines. Are public figures coming out as gay noteworthy? Yes, because I think it can help others become comfortable in coming out as well. But on the other hand, I think the media makes more out of these stories than there needs to be.

Take the Michael Sam story for example. Being the sports fan I am I heard a lot more about Sam than I did about Judge Levy. For about a week and half all I heard on ESPN was analysis on Michael Sam and how his decision to come out would affect his draft stock not to mention the environment of whatever locker room he will become a part of next year. I saw similar comments about Judge Levy as well. In my mind this is absurd. People act like being gay is a condition that hinders one’s ability to make reasonable decisions in a courtroom or plays on the field. Sadly, some people actually believe this. It doesn’t. We as a society make it sound like these brave people who openly come out as gay, have overcome the odds of some physical or mental condition. That is not the case.

If we want to show just how progressively we are as a society the next time some public figure comes out as gay we should pay no attention. I’m pretty sure that most people do not want to be hounded by reporters after they made one of the biggest decisions of their life.  Imagine a world where when someone comes out as gay, little is made of it. Being a gay judge or a football player or a doctor or teacher or whatever, is not a big deal. Your sexual orientation has about as much to do with how well you do your job as what kind of car you drive. Let’s stop making it a bigger story than it is.

Gender and equality issues are brought up in Crossfit court case

Crossfit is currently in court for refusing to let a transgender athlete compete as an individual woman.  Originally born a male, Choile has been taking hormones for years, has had sex reassignment surgery, and has been legally declared a woman. She believes it is an outrage and is demanding 2.5 million dollars in civil court. Crossfit headquarters released a statement saying, “Choile was born genetically—as a matter of fact with an X and a Y chromosome and all of the anatomy of a male of the human race. A male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic make up that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women. We owe it to the competition and the whole pool of female athletes to exclude Choile from participating in the female division”. I agree with the decision made by Crossfit headquarters, because they are not singling her out for discrimination, even though this story made national headlines. They are simply examining the genetic make up of a male vs. female and coming to the conclusion that males have a muscular advantage over women, due to increased testosterone.

This doesn’t mean that transgender athletes cannot compete. The NCAA has over thirty pages on how to deal with transgender athletes and the rules governing them. M (male) to F (female) and F to M are allowed to compete on team sports, however their presence on the team disqualifies them from any championship titles. The individuals must be monitored and under hormonal treatments for at least a year before they are allowed to compete.  The fact that they are not eligible for championship titles, however will greatly affect whether coaches choose to have them on their team. Colleges want to give themselves a good name, coaches want to have good win/loss records, and colleges ultimately want to make money. If the presence of a transgender athlete keeps them from any one of those things, discrimination is bound to occur. This is the price the teams have to pay, however to possibly have a genetic advantage on their team. When it comes to team sports, I don’t see why transgender athletes cannot be treated as equals, because one person can’t carry a whole team.

Individual sports, like Crossfit, however, are different because they are competing only for themselves. Therefore, they have an unfair advantage. When it comes to Choile’s lawsuit, the defense and prosecution are going to have to brush up on their anatomy and physiology, because the case will be won or lost based on hormones, muscle composure, and bone structure. Crossfit simply has to prove that Choile is not the same on the inside than the rest of the female athletes and because of this difference; she would have an unfair advantage in competition. This case is not about prejudice, discrimination, or hate, unlike what the media likes to say. We live in a society where these questions are going to have to be answered, not on whether your driver’s license says you’re a female, but whether the inside of your body tells us who you are, in order to uphold the integrity and fairness of competition.

Commentary: Looking back at the Boston bombing, one year later

I can still remember it vividly, as everyone can when a tragedy occurs. It was about 5:30 on a Monday afternoon last April. As usual, I was finishing up a Digital Media Production project and, all of a sudden, someone told me that a bomb had gone off at the Boston Marathon earlier that day. I had sequestered myself in the media lab, so I hadn’t heard about the attack. I had no idea until much later the absolute scale of the damage and horror that had gone on. My best friend, Jonathon’s, sister, Sarah was running that year, and had luckily finished and been away from the finish line when the bombs had gone off. It still didn’t stop me from being sick with worry about her safety until I managed to make contact later that night and find out she was ok.

Now, it’s one year later, and the Boston Marathon is getting underway as I write this. Sarah is running again, and her whole family is there to cheer her on. I pray for their safety, and for the safety of all the people who are running or cheering loved ones on. I pray that nothing like that happens again, although I know it’s foolish, with the world we live in, but I have faith that Sarah and Jonathon and their family will be ok and be back in Michigan before we know it.

It’s hard to fathom that it has already been one year, especially when I can recall it just as clearly as if it was that awful day. Recall that gut-wrenching fear of possibly losing Sarah, the frustration of not being able to reach her and what that could have meant to our family. Jonathon, Sarah, and their parents are basically my second family, so I was scared almost to the point of paralysis at the thought of losing her. Last year, we all rallied around that city on the Atlantic, rallied because of the injustice of the killing, that something so senseless could be done to what was supposed to be a fun day for Bostonians. Three people died in the blast, one of them was barely older than my young cousin. They were all innocent, the entire dead and wounded, innocent.

Across this campus and the nation, televisions turned to the news channels and people stared, unable to comprehend what they were seeing. When the police captured the lone remaining bomber days later, cheers went up across the country. I wrote a piece last year for the sports section of the College World, and I read over my copy early Monday morning in reflection.

As I did, the last paragraph stood out to me, and I feel that, even after one year, it still rings true. We are all from different places, look different, and many of us have beliefs that others find insane. Nevertheless, when a tragedy such as this occurs, and innocent lives are lost, we all put aside petty differences such as politics and band together to help and protect those hurting.  We do this for one reason: We are all human.

AC Art Students win awards at exhibition in Albion

This month, three Adrian College students were presented art awards in the Michigan Small College Exhibition at Albion College. The exhibition had over 231 works entered in various media.
Each year five colleges: Adrian, Albion, Alma, Kalamazoo and Olivet, compete in the exhibit, with a different college hosting the show each year. Senior Meredith Maniscalco, junior Kaitlyn Church, and senior Josalyn Updegraff were the AC students that placed in the exhibition. “For me to get an award for the exhibit is an extreme confidence boost. A lot of artists go through the moments where they question if what they make holds any worth. To have a juror choose my work as something special is a huge compliment. I already have it framed, it to me means what I do is worth making,” said Church, “I have entered the show twice before and never even got my work into it, so to win was a huge shock.”

The AC students who won in the exhibition entered with different art mediums. Maniscalo, who said she has entered the exhibition for the past three years, said her art has a deeper meaning. Maniscalo said this meaning was featured in her ceramic sculpture in the exhibition, “Fight or Flight”, which won first prize at the event. “My sculptures are all birds of different sizes and styles, each one is an interpretation of the human spirit, and how we “live” after death. The body of work was inspired by the loss of my brother- the piece acts as a sort of homage to his life, and keeps him close in death,” said Maniscalo.

Church was presented the Juror’s Choice Award for her photograph titled “Sweet Dreams’, which was centered on a sort of nightmare.“For my art I draw a lot of inspiration from personal dreams and nightmares that I’ve dealt with for as long as I can remember, with my art I try to take the things that scare me and turn them into something almost beautiful but still gives the viewer a chill when they look at them.  I want people to feel like they are in the dream/nightmare when they look at my images,” said Church. “Being recognized outside of your own school is really exciting. Someone other than your professors or peers acknowledging your work is a rare experience, and being rewarded for it is, in a way, reassuring,” said Maniscalo.

AC’s Spring Commencement is just around the corner

Photo courtesy adrian.edu
Photo courtesy adrian.edu

Adrian College’s Spring Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 3pm. Tradition will continue as Commencement will take place at Commencement Plaza, overlooking the Mall. Over 260 students are set to graduate and take part in the ceremony.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. John E. Harnish, a retired pastor for the First United Methodist Church. Harnish has traveled the world spreading his message and has put in over 40 years of ministry. A member of the Adrian College Board of Trustees, Harnish at one time was also the associate secretary for the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Education.

Richard A. Gurdjian and Betty Dancey Godard will also be recognized as part of the ceremony. Gurdjian is an alumnus of Adrian College and is also a member of the Board of Trustees. Godard is a legacy friend and advocate for first generation students. Godard has donated generous amounts of money that has gone to creating more scholarships for students. Both will receive their Doctor of Humane Letters.

As is usual with Commencement the graduating class president will attach a ribbon to the Shepherd’s Crook with the name of each class member before passing down the Crook to the undergraduates.
For a complete schedule of the day’s activities visit, adrian.edu/events/commencement.

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