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  • Student Senate: Hospitality Committee Update February 6, 2015 The Student Senate ad-hoc Hospitality Committee was formed this year to meet the needs of the international student body at Calvin Sem. When we began, we thought that the needs would be mostly logistical: transportation, help navigating the postal system, demystifying grocery shopping, etc. However, we found that the need international students mention most frequently is fellowship and friendship in a new country. Thus, starting Spring semester there will be a number of get together events for international and local students to talk about what life is like for foreign students in the U.S., to answer questions about cultural differences, to build friendships, and to find ways to help one another. We the Hospitality Committee and Student Senate, invite you to participate in these events. Look for updates in E-News and the Student Senate bulletin boards / social media.
  • Recap of Recent Events February 6, 2015 It is very unlikely that, over the last fews months, you have not heard the words and phrases “Ferguson,” “Hands up, don’t shoot!” “I can’t breathe!” “Grand Jury Indictment,” and the names Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Though the topic of race is often not very far from the national media spotlight, it has been a focus in recent months due to the deaths of two men and the systemic problems that they represent. The deaths of these two unarmed black men have become a pivotal moment in recent history. The first incident to gain national attention was the death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, at the hands of a white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. While debate over the facts of the case continues, the sticking point for many is that Michael Brown was unarmed when shot to death and reports that he attempted to surrender before being shot.  These reports have led to the rallying cry, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”  Following his death, a Grand Jury chose not to indict officer Wilson, causing outrage among many across the country, and especially in Ferguson as this ruling indicated the jury’s belief in his innocence. Eric Garner, a black man strangled to death by a white police officer in New York, came to national attention not long after Michael Brown’s death. Many Americans were outraged by the video footage showing him repeating, “I can’t breathe!  I can’t breathe!” just before his death. These two incidents have brought to the spotlight  our country’s severe deficits in race relations, the judicial system, and the lack of trust in the police that most minority groups in the US  experience. For many, these deaths have become symbolic of a shared negative experience with law enforcement and larger justice system. The sad truth is ...
  • CTS Table Hockey Championship 2014 February 6, 2015 The CTS Table Hockey League crowned a repeat champion this season, as Stanley’s Cup fought off the competition for a second title. In the Cup Finals, Anthony Vander Laan’s squad battled the top team during the season, Ryan Hoekstra’s Potential Problem.  The Problem finished atop the table with a sterling 7-1-0 record, with their only loss coming against Prof. Bolt’s Delta Lightning.   Stanley’s Cup finished the season 6-1-1, playing Emily Sajdak’s Bactrian Blitzkrieg to a draw, and falling to the Hof My Rocker team of Brian Hofman. Vander Laan started the Cup Final strong, dominating in game one for a 3-0 shutout.  When the teams switched ends, the scoring continued on one end only, as Hoekstra notched a shutout, 2-0, in game two.  The final game was tied at 1-1 when Stanley’s Cup found the back of the net late in the game to earn the CTS Table Hockey League title for the second year in a row. Congratulations to Anthony and Ryan, and thanks to all nine players who participated in an enjoyable table hockey season that took minds off of exams and papers for awhile.  The CTS Cup Trophy, with Anthony’s second championship puck added, can be seen above the student mailboxes. By Jeff Sajdak
  • Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Amanda Benckhuysen November 21, 2014 This year we are excited to welcome to Calvin Seminary 3 new professors: Amanda Benckhuysen, Danjuma Gibson, and Sarah Schreiber.   To help you get to know them, we’d like to spotlight each in a different edition of the Kerux. Our first new faculty spotlight is with Amanda Benckhuysen. What brought you to Calvin Seminary? The Donuts !! More seriously, while I loved and benefited from my time at Dubuque University, as an ordained CRC pastor, serving in the seminary of my denomination was very appealing to me and felt like a homecoming. I think this is an important time in the CRC, and I am excited to be fully involved in it. Where are you from? I grew up in the suburbs around Toronto and have since lived in Ann Arbor, where I was involved in campus ministry.  Working in campus ministry whetted my appetite for a deeper engagement with the life of the mind and more particularly, a deeper understanding of the Christian Scriptures and their contemporary relevance.  I chose to attend the University of Toronto because of the number of faculty there who were schooled in (and students of) Brevard Childs, an influential Old Testament scholar who reclaimed a tradition of reading the Bible theologically as Christian Scripture.  My most recent home was Dubuque, Iowa, where I was a professor of Old Testament. What are you/will you be teaching?  I’m currently teaching the residential sections of Hebrew 1.  Next semester I’ll be teaching the residential sections of Hebrew 2 as well as Psalms and Wisdom Literature for the distance program.  Next year, quite likely Old Testament Prophetic Literature.  So a variety of Old Testament studies courses. What is your educational history and research interests? I completed a BA in English Literature and Political Science at Queens University, an M.Div. at Calvin Seminary, ...
  • Student Senate Update 2014 November 21, 2014 Greetings from Student Senate! I would normally start off an article like this with a quip about ‘How busy the year has been’ or ‘My hasn’t time flown’, but that would likely fall on deaf ears; life is always busy. I digress. This article is supposed to be an update on Student Senate activity. With that said, there are a few things that I think would be helpful for everyone within the community to know about!. Primarily, we have been asking ourselves the question: Why does Senate matter? While the answers have not come overnight there is a greater degree of clarity that is developing in the minds of senators. Currently, we are wrestling with our commitments to both the academic and social aspects of the CTS community. With regards to the social aspects we have landed on the quality of hospitality. Do we as a seminary foster an environment of hospitality?   Do we as students perpetuate that environment? While more information will be available on this at a later date we are actively developing a strategy for weaving hospitality into the fabric of our culture. (Trust me on this one, things are in the works!) In addition, we have been examining existing facets of social life such as The Kerux, clubs, Food Pantry, and various ‘tent-pole’ activities such as Christmas Around the World, and the Medenblik Stick. With respect to the academic component of CTS we have begun preliminary discussions surrounding student workload. In some of my conversations with fellow students this is an area of considerable concern given a pull that is felt in virtually every direction. We ask ourselves as students the question: How can we survive? What if the question changed and became: How can we thrive? (A cheesy rhyme, I know. However, you get the point!) Part of ...
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