Articles by Ben Rietema

Ben Rietema

Ben Rietema is a Chimes on-call writer for the 2013-14 school year. Being from Boulder, CO, I have in my possession Birkenstocks, long hair, and use the adjective “tight” quite a bit. I enjoy what some might call an over fondness for carrots that gives me eyesight that can pierce through walls, and apparently, I like reading because I’m an English major.

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Tuition increases may hit future engineering and nursing students

Future Calvin nursing and engineering majors may be charged slightly more tuition than other students in the coming year...

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Faculty senate passes new Chinese education major and minor

If you were to think of the highest demand for a foreign language in the United States, what language would it be? If yo...

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Homelessness changing in GR: younger demographic emerges

Imagine someone trying to scrape together enough money for rent. Imagine someone having to come to Mel Trotter Ministrie...

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Calvin considers adding master’s programs in urban studies and business

Calvin College is mulling over the addition of master’s programs to urban studies and to business in order to attract ...

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Calvin hires new director of finance

Fifteen months after the top financial position was vacated and Calvin’s financial difficulties came to light, the col...

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Christians ask how to best help those in need

Bracing against the frigid wind, a grungy-looking man stands with a sign stating, “Anything helps. God Bless.” He ha...

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Provost search starts after committee election hiccups

After initial confusion over electing the committee, the provost search committee has started looking for a new provost ...

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‘Coming Out Day’ chalk message erased after miscommunication

On Friday, Oct. 11, members of the Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA) group scrawled “LGBTQ? You Are Loved on Natio...

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RA conversation continues, but no changes made

Dorm worship, Chaos Day, retreats, one-on-one meetings with the resident director (RD), one-on-one meetings with dorm re...

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Sleeping Bear Dunes quilt wins ArtPrize 2013

In the face of a federal government shutdown, in which her work was shuttled outside, Ann Loveless’ quilt “Sleeping ...