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Coach Phelps steps down as Head Coach after 6 years


After six years as the Adrian College ACHA Division 1 Men’s Hockey Head Coach, Dan Phelps has officially stepped down. Phelps coached the team to a 31-7 season this year, gained the GLCHL regular season and playoff titles, and was the assistant coach for Team USA at this season’s Men’s National University Games. Phelps said he ultimately chose to step down for family reasons. “My decision to step down was primarily based on personal and family items. As a father and husband, I felt it in the best interest of my family and myself to take another direction in life,” said Phelps,  “It was a very difficult decision to make as Adrian has been a family as well to me. But I have no regrets of my decision as my family has always been number one to me. It was a tremendous time in my life doing what I did at Adrian. Great people, great players and coaches…great times. I will miss the players the most.”

In his career as coach for the Bulldogs, Phelps had a career 165- 65 record, led his team  to three GLCHL regular season titles, two playoff championships, was named GLCHL coach of the year in both 2011 and 2013, and ACHA Division 1 National Coach of the Year in 2011, and also served as the ACHA Director for Adrian College. “Coach Phelps was a guy that you could go to if you had problems not only on the ice but off the ice as well.  He worked so hard to do what was best for the team. He is a true players’ coach and a mentor,” said sophomore Robert Bodette, “(He) started a tradition here at Adrian College, the players that he recruited have not just been great athletes but great people as well.  If not for Coach Phelps we would have not had the opportunity to share this special bond with each other every year day in and day out.”


Freshman Chris Derochie said his season spent with Phelps will serve as a standard for the rest of his career at AC. “I believe although Dan is gone he’s put together a great foundation of players that are going to carry on the program’s winning tradition. I think he set a standard as far as the effort needed to be invested in a program like this to produce successful teams,” said Derochie, “That being said I think the fresh perspective and energy a new coach will bring will be good for the program. We have a great returning group and I really don’t see why we can’t have the same success we did this year.”

Phelps said he is thankful for the opportunities he had at AC and wishes nothing but the best. “The time I spent in Adrian, and the opportunities that were given to me, provided me the opportunity to actually live out a dream, and I am thankful for that. Coming in originally to coach just the DI team, it was fulfilling to see the program grow to four ACHA teams over the years and provide the opportunity to so many young men and women to become student-athletes at Adrian College,” said Phelps, “The best and most direct thing I can say to all the supporters, fans and players is ‘Thanks for a great six seasons and I will remember all the great friendships I have been blessed to make, it has been an awesome ride. No regrets.’”

AC prepares for annual Ribbons of Excellence events

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Every year all of Adrian College’s campus, staff and students, look forward to the Ribbons of Excellence presentations in the spring. This years Ribbons of Excellence presentations, given by the students, will be given on Tuesday April 8, 2014. Presentations relate back to one or more of the five ribbons that represents the college’s standards of excellence. These presentations are one of the many reasons that AC is unique compared to other institutions.

“Most colleges and universities do not require a capstone experience from their students, or they require it on a much smaller scale,” said President Jeffrey Docking. Ribbons of Excellence is a chance for the students to show case some of their hard work that was endured during their college career. “The purpose of this day is to encourage students to engage in the acquisition of new knowledge outside the classroom and to act as a catalyst for student/faculty collaboration,” according to

Presentations are either given by one single student, or a group of students who are knowledgeable on the same topic. “These presentations require students to synthesize four years of learning into a single capstone project. This is a high level of learning that mirrors the type of problem solving that future employers expect from college students. These presentations require strong articulation skills, clear thinking, the ability to respond quickly to unexpected questions and a laudable work ethic. All of these attributes are essential to a successful life both professionally and personally,” said Docking, on why students should attend Ribbons of Excellence.

This years Ribbons of Excellence topics include everything from American advertising, to bodybuilding, journalism, math, biology, and everything in between. There are plenty of interesting topics on all different areas for students to choose from, it is hard to not be able to find a presentation that will be of interest to you.

“I took a trip to Antarctica where I took a course in eco tourism and a trip to Ushuaia, Argentina where I took a course in sustainable development. My presentation will be bringing these two experiences and education that I gained together,” said senior Nicole Harkness. Nicole’s presentation is titled “The Sustainable Development of Antarctic Ecotourism” which covers the Caring for Humanity and the World ribbon.

Another presentation, titled “Twenty-Five Years of Journalism: Topics, Trends and Testaments” also covers the ribbon of Caring for Humanity and the World. Seniors Elizabeth Golem, John Weishar, Ben Momon and sophomore Goodluck Mpeba will be giving the presentation. “Our presentation highlights the biggest topics in the media in the past 25 years. We will cover topics such as September 11, Michael Jackson’s death, the OJ Simpson trial, as well as others. It is really interesting to look back on what has happened on our planet and how the media coverage has changed throughout those years,” said Momon.

A full list of the presentations, times and locations can be found in your student email as well as online at

PIKE now an official fraternity chapter on campus again

Courtesy of Jacob Morrow.
Photo courtesy Jacob Morrow.

Adrian College’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has hit a milestone this past weekend. For the first time in a number of years, they have become an official chapter on campus and have been united with the list of its fellow fraternity houses across the nation. After a long layoff with no official chapter on AC’s campus, the Zeta Lambda colony has been approved by the fraternity’s national headquarters and fully joined on Saturday with the conclusion of the installation ceremony.

Junior fraternity president John Berling expressed that he and his brothers are overjoyed at this final step, but knww that it didn’t come without work ethic. “It’s great that two and a half years of hard work have finally come to pay off,” said Berling. “We started from nothing but a vision, and that vision lead to goals and it helped us accomplish them.” Saturday’s installation ceremony, which was held in the Adrian Tobias room, included all brothers from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, their dates, alumni, family and representatives from the fraternity headquarters. The event capped off a weekend of events leading up to the official initiation of the once Zeta Lambda colony into the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter.

The accomplishment by these men on campus is something that shouldn’t be overlooked considering the process it took to bring the chapter back to campus. Following the long absence of a “PIKE” fraternity, the headquarters’ representatives came along to AC to bring back their fraternity. From there, the founding fathers had to recruit and build a group of men they felt were suited for the colony. Two and a half years after the colony was started, reflecting on the growing numbers and the tireless work they had accomplished, they made an official petition to headquarters to be made a fraternity.

After the representatives looked through the colony’s numbers, grades, background information, etc., they were approved. “It is definitely a happy weekend for everyone,” noted Berling. “But the work does not stop here. We have to make sure we are going to get bigger, continue doing volunteer work, philanthropy, and setting higher goals.”

The news of the approval was special for everyone, but not much more than the first ones who began this colony a couple of years ago.
“We have worked our past two years of our college careers for this moment and it has finally come out for us,” said senior Alex Krajniak, one of the original PIKE members that began the colony. “This has not only brought us closer as friends, but as brothers.” What also made this weekend special to these men was the opportunity to spend it with all the proud alumni of the previous Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on AC’s campus.
It was definitely essential to the people to bring it back to campus, including a lot of their new members that gave the fraternity the numbers they needed to become an official chapter, again.

“Joining PIKE was definitely one of the best choices of my life,” said sophomore Crystal Brown, who just recently became a member. “[This weekend], I was surrounded by a group of guys and alumni who have been there from the very beginning and who put all the effort back into becoming a chapter again. Seeing that has instilled a foundation for every member that we are not going to stop here, we are going to continue on in being the best fraternity on campus.”

The weekend was a success for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and much more is on the horizon. With the growth of numbers and the closeness of its family, this chapter looks like it’s here to stay.

AC hosts the Science Olympiad for variety of students

Courtesy of Professor Renee Collins.
Courtesy of Professor Renee Collins.

The Science Olympiad brought many high school and middle school students to the campus of Adrian College. “Science Olympiad is where kids from all different schools can come and compete in different events that show case their specific skills. It is also an event that helps kids to build different skills and show off what they are good at and what they can do,” said junior Samantha Bailey.

There were many different events that the students could enter in. Some of the events were Anatomy, Boomilever, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Meteorology, Mission Possible, and Write It, Do It. To enter these events, they enter as teams. Senior Nicholas Oderio was a judge for the Mission Possible event, where the students had to create a Rude Goldberg machine. “A Rude Goldberg machine is a device where a person has some sort of initial input which triggers something else which make something else happen etc., ultimately performing a very simple task,” said Oderio.

In the Mission Possible event, the students had to turn on a light. They were very creative on the different ways to turn it on. Some students burned magnesium to turn on a light with a circuit with a photo detector, while other students would thermally expand a metal strip to turn the light on.

Junior Elizabeth Milligan used to compete in Science Olympiads herself when she was in high school and loved the experiences from them. “The coolest thing I saw at this event was definitely seeing the students getting to experience the culmination of all their hard work throughout the year. I competed in Science Olympiad all throughout high school, so I know where they are coming from, when you work so hard all year to learn and memorize, and then you get to compete and win,” said Milligan.

This was a great event to have students compete in and see the campus of AC. It really got the students thinking and using creative ways while also learning about different areas of science.

Career Planning’s third annual Dress for Success event

On Wednesday March 19, the Institute for Career Planning hosted their third annual Dress for Success event. This event is set up like a fashion show in Caine Student Center for students to show them the proper ways to dress for interviews and for future careers. This year’s event was MC’d  by junior Janaye Powers and senior Ben Momon, who gave out advice on attire for both men and women while the models walked down the runway. All models featured in the show are students from Adrian College wearing clothes provided by The Limited for women and Men’s Warehouse for the men, with hair and make up provided by 110 Madison Ave. Salon. Representatives from The Limited and Men’s Warehouse were also present to talk about their current lines in stores and the current fashion styles that are appropriate while working well with the college age group.

During the women’s portion of the fashion show, representatives from The Limited were able to show off this seasons line currently sold in their stores. The Limited showed off many new skirts, pants and tops that are spring and summer ready with lightweight fabric and bright colors and small accent patterns. The representatives advice for women was to not be afraid to add bright colors to an outfit, even if it is just an accent piece like a necklace or other jewelry, ankle length pants are popular right now and are the perfect way to show off flats or low heels, don’t wear too many neutral colors all at once, and cardigans are always a good staple piece as an alternative to blazers especially with the weather getting warmer. Janaye Powers gave some advice as well, her most important points for women were to keep hair brushed and neat and pulled back if necessary, don’t over do it with the make up the more natural the better and try not to use bright colors in make up, make sure skirt lengths are appropriate preferably falling at the knee and finally, while wearing jewelry can pull together an outfit it is important not to wear big bulky jewelry that distracts people away from the focus on you.

dressforsuccess2A small break in between the women and men’s portion of the show was taken to announce winners of the raffle. This year students won resume binders, resume paper, business card paper, a note pad and pens all provided by the AC Bookstore to help students be more prepared when attending an interview.

The men’s portion of the fashion show brought in representatives from Men’s Warehouse who showed off their new lines of suits and shirts. Their most popular suits are slim fit suits that are more tailored to the body and look more professional. Their advice to men was to not be afraid of adding colored shirts or ties and to not be afraid to mix patterns as long as it is not distracting, make sure socks always match the suit and the shoes that are being worn, do not have a sloppy looking tie practice how to tie one ahead of time, and having a correctly fitted suit not only makes you look good but feel good as well. Ben Momon’s advice to men was to make sure to have a new and clean haircut, make sure to shave facial hair, if you are a smoker don’t smoke before an interview to avoid a lingering smell during the interview, the same goes with cologne, it can be worn but not heavily and overall just look as clean and put together as possible and be confident.


AC’s own Betz and Klaver open up for Spring Concert

Photo courtesy Michael Neal
Photo courtesy Michael Neal

Another year, another excellent Adrian College spring concert. Not only were Timeflies and Walk Off The Earth excellent in their main acts, but the concert also opened to someone pretty extraordinary.
For the first time in it’s history, the event began with one of AC’s own, current sophomore Ryan ‘Hitman’ Betz, including junior Ben Klaver, who’s stage name is coined ‘DJ Klaverflav.’ The Bulldog sophomore and aspiring rap and hip-hop artist was the first performance at the annual spring concert this past Saturday. He introduced a couple of new original tracks including some from his mixtape, “Late Night Lyrics.” Betz is a native of South Lyon, Michigan and plays football and hockey (ACHA D3 Black) at AC. Klaver is from Mason, Michigan and is also on the football team.

Once Betz had heard that Timeflies and Walk Off The Earth selected to come play at Adrian, he made an effort to get in on the show with them. “I thought since I am a hip-hop artist and I go to this school, I can really get in on this,” said Betz. But the process of getting to perform at the concert wasn’t much of a simple one. First, he had to get his music permitted so they can take him into consideration. Then, the list of agents in charge of approval of the music wasn’t short, either.“I sent my five song demo from my mixtape to get approved by the college, the agents of the college, Walk Off The Earth, and Timeflies,” noted Betz.

When it was approved, he was finally given the go-ahead to perform. As soon as he heard of the news, he was incredibly excited and couldn’t wait to get on stage and put on a show. “This was going to be my first legitimate concert so I was just so thrilled about it,” said Betz. Though he only started getting serious with music his senior year of high school, he has been performing since he was nine years old. As the years went by, he was inspired by a lot of the artists he has listened to and started putting the words on paper.  “I’ve wrote music my whole life,” said Betz. “I grew up listening to a lot of Outkast, Eminem, and Tribe Called Quest. In general, I’m just a big fan of music,” said Betz.

Lately, he has streamlined himself through social media to make his music more widespread. He now has 38 videos to his YouTube online channel. Betz and senior Ben Klaver performed the opening to the show, which began at 7:30 p.m. and ran until eight. “Before the concert, I was just so eager to get up on stage,” said Betz on the thrill and excitement leading up to his first ever concert appearance. “I didn’t know what to expect but it was so unreal.” ‘The Hitman’ and Klaver received favorable reception from the large crowd that was packed into the blue courts of the Merillat on Saturday. Their catchy tunes elevated the crowd noise and, needless to say, the mood was set for an excellent night. “Everybody was loud and showed a lot of love, [afterward],” noted Betz. “It was just so exciting and I was really pumped. Everyone said they had a good time and that’s all that matters.”

Throughout the night, Betz and Klaver earned a photo with the duo of the main act of the concert, Timeflies. The act was a definite first for everyone at AC, and it is a first that most of us will never forget. Surely, it will be unforgettable for Betz and Klaver.


Blind violinist, Romel Joseph, to speak/perform at AC

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It is typically believed by many that in order to be an accomplished musician, they must have their eyesight. The case is not so with violinist Romel Joseph. Joseph is a Haitian born, and blind, violinist who will be visiting Adrian College on his, “Never give Up Tour” held on March 30th in Dawson Auditorium at 3:00 p.m., to present a lecture and perform for the AC community. Joseph will be presenting at four events in the region (Ann Arbor and Ohio) and AC is one of the stops.

The event is open to the community and is free but it is suggested that guests make a donation of $10, which benefits the Friends of Music Education for Haiti, to see the performance and lecture by Joseph. Joseph, a Julliard graduate, got attention from the media, including CNN, NPR, and the Huffington Post when he was one of the many who were affected by the Haiti 2010 earthquake. Joseph was trapped for 18 hours under the rubble of the earthquake that collapsed the New Victorian School in Port- au-Prince, a music school Joseph founded. During the earthquake, Joseph unfortunately fractured his hand, and lost his wife and was uncertain if he would be able to play again.

As quoted in an article from about Joseph, he said he was not completely positive about his recovery. “I didn’t think I would be alive … I thought my time was up,” said Joseph, “But my time is not up yet, so God will provide and show me how to fulfill my dream.”

After his story broke news in the media in 2010, blind performer Stevie Wonder, donated a keyboard to Joseph for him to use in therapy.
The violinist will be coming to AC to speak about overcoming barriers and to share his story, along with giving a performance of his classical violinist skills. Along with Joseph, his children, who are also classically trained musicians, will accompany him and the addition of several other local Ann Arbor musicians at the event. The musicians will perform pieces by Mozart, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.

Students and community members who are interested in learning more about Romel, the Josephs, and his cause can view his YouTube channel : rvbjosephsmusic, which has a statement of “(being) dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and youth all over the world through music education.”

Alexander and Zalenko represent Model Arab League

Two Adrian College delegates that participated in the Model Arab League that was hosted at Grand Valley State University on Feb. 13-15, received Honorable Mentions for the Michigan model. These delegates were sophomore Devin Alexander and junior Jordan Zalenko.
The Model Arab League is, “a diplomacy simulation where students act as delegates representing countries of the Arab League. Adrian College offers a class each spring where students learn about, prepare for, and participate in the Model Arab League program,” said senior Emily Gessel, who received Outstanding Delegate.

For Alexander and Zalenko, this was their first time in the Model Arab League. “I thought all of our students performed very, very well at the Michigan Model, but it is always nice when their fellow delegates and the conference itself recognize excellence in the Adrian delegation. Emily Gessel was an absolute rock star in her committee and was clearly deserving of her Outstanding Delegate award,” said Professor David Takitaki, the advisor of the program.

“Both Devin Alexander and Jordan Zalenko, who were recognized for their performance on the Social Affairs committee, proved that we’ve got some incredible student-diplomats on this campus. Neither of those two gentlemen had participated in MAL (Model Arab League) before, and knowing that we can bring out award winning performances with just a few weeks of preparation is fantastic for our program,” continued Takitaki.
The class is a four credit class that meets Monday nights from 6:00-9:20 p.m. Adrian was assigned the island nation of Comoros. They had to study the island’s history, foreign policy, culture and economics. “We also spend time learning about parliamentary procedure, public speaking, negotiation, and how to craft international policy documents called ‘resolutions’,” said Takitaki. The Model Arab League helps teach the student that participate in the program other valuable skills as well, such as public speaking and leadership skills.

They will travel to Washington, D.C. March 28-30 for their second and last conference of the school year. They also went to Washington, D.C. last year as well, for a conference when they were representing the country of Lebanon. They got to visit the Lebanese Embassy while in D.C. They are usually pretty busy while at the conference but they have gotten the opportunity last year to go to D.C. Cupcakes and see the National Mall as well.
Since they are representing Comoros this year, they are trying to get the opportunity to visit the Comoran Embassy as well as some more sight-seeing again this year.

TLC’S reality star, Amy Roloff, speaks at convocation

On Wednesday, March 12, a bundled up and perky Amy Roloff walked into the Caine Hickman Boardroom and sat down for an exclusive interview with Janaye Powers and myself, before delivering her speech for AC’s convocation on Disabilities Awareness Week.
She remained in good spirits despite the snowy weather and the media attention she received that day about her and her husband’s (Matt Roloff) announcement to split up after 26 years of marriage. She even joked sarcastically about how much she had “missed” her home state weather.
Powers began the interview mostly asking about her experiences on Roloff’s TLC reality show, Little People Big World.
“It (the show) was exhilarating, it was scary, and I thought at times ‘what in the world are we doing?’ But it was also unimaginable. When you go through your whole life as a little person and/or dwarf as I have, it’s not like you have ambitions to want to be on television,” said Roloff.
“I always go back to one of the reasons why we are thankful for that opportunity (the show) and that was to educate and advocate to others through the show about what challenges we (little people) face daily,” continued Roloff.

Roloff spoke on the positives and negatives of having a reality show. “It invades your family time, invades your personal life, and it takes up other opportunities that other regular people would get to do with family. My number one role was still to be a mom. I had to make that my number one thought because you can definitely get lost in the television, media, reality world,” said Roloff. “What makes the show worth it, is meeting those people who watch and are inspired by me, or Matt, or my kids. That feeling is what has kept me humble,” continued Roloff.

After exploring the topic of Roloff’s television involvement, I focused on asking her questions about her goals, ambitions, and successes outside of the show. Roloff currently has her own charity organization, The Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, that supports and helps advocate, inspire and add value to the lives of young people who face daily life challenges.  “The impossible is possible for everyone,” said Roloff. “I plan on continuing to speak at presentations. As a little girl, I always wanted to become a teacher and this is my round-about way of being that teacher,” said Roloff.

At 7:00 p.m. that night, Amy addressed the Adrian campus and community with a meaningful message. Almost every seat in the Dawson Auditorium was taken. She began the convocation by making light remarks on what it is like to be a little person. “Wow! Little person, big audience,” said Roloff. She even joked that although she was a little person, she could definitely beat out Kim Kardashian in the “big butt,” department.
Amy looked comfortable and confident on stage while delivering her speech.

“I think one of the biggest challenges with having a disability is when you let it overcome you. You avoid people, going out in public, or attending events. It’s a lot more work wondering what people are thinking about you then it is just making the effort to put yourself out there,” said Roloff.
Amy deliverered a successful speech and made a memorable and impactful remark at the end. “We are all one of a kind masterpieces, why not sign your name to yours and your life. Sign it with a smile.”

Due to the press release of their separation that day, Roloff did inform the audience on the current situation between her and her husband, Matt, at the end of her speech.“It does make me very sad, although I make light of it,” she said. “I do hope we can work things out,” continued Roloff.

Board of Trustees approve 5 new academic programs

The Board of Trustees recently approved the addition of 5 new academic programs. These programs are finance, event and facilities management, graphic design, health care management and fashion design.  They will become available to students in either the fall or spring semester of the 2014-2015 school year.

President Docking and Dean Agnes Caldwell hope that the addition of the new programs will further their goal of expanding Adrian College to 2000 students.

“With the addition of the new programs we hope to continue the trajectory of growth and investment in academics at Adrian College,” said Docking
In deciding what programs to add Dean Caldwell explained that although she looked over a lot of data she referred to three reports in particular. These three all came from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and include the Top 50 fastest growing occupations through 2020, occupations with the most openings and fastest growing occupations requiring a 4 year bachelor degree.

“We want to continue to make sure our education meets market demands but also student demands,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell also looked at what other MIAA schools offered.

She explained, “Although they are our competitors athletically, they are our competitors academically because they are small private colleges.”
According to Caldwell, Adrian College will be the only MIAA school to offer event and facility management as well as health care management.
Caldwell said that this will make Adrian College, “Unique and cutting edge and give us an advantage over our competitors.”

It also looks that at least some, if not all programs, will be accredited. This will serve beneficial to students as the program will meet the requirements of the field and give them an advantage on their future resumes.

It has not yet been determined where the new classes will be held or if new departments will be created for the incoming programs. This is to be determined by the faculty. New additions to the faculty have not yet been determined either but Caldwell assured that at least one new faculty member will be hired for each program. The faculty will grow by at least five but could increase more.

AC is not done expanding. Public relations and computer science are two programs that could be added in the near future. The opportunity for a genetics degree could also be an option with the completion of the new science building. Caldwell noted that some programs like nursing or engineering were not financially possible at the time, however.

Caldwell added that although they have never taken requests by students she is open to hearing their suggestions on possible new programs.
Come fall incoming and returning students alike are sure to have an even wider variety of classes to choose from.