Articles by Carolyn Muyskens

Carolyn Muyskens

Hey Chimes readers, I’m Carolyn, your local editor for the 2016-2017 school year. When in class, I study language and people and how they’ve shaped one another throughout history--the disciplines formally known as linguistics and literature. Outside of class activities include eating (lots of it), sleeping (less so), and running (sporadically). I have the listening habits of a middle-aged man: mostly NPR and various selections from the dad-rock genre. I have never returned a library book on time, but for some reason Hekman Library still lets me work for them. I look forward to connecting you to the Grand Rapids community through local news and perhaps beginning to puncture that “Calvin bubble” we’ve been known to inhabit.

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GVSU revises free speech policy after lawsuit

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) loosened its regulation of on-campus free speech last week as part of a settlement ...

Oil floats on the surface of Plaster Creek near Breton and 32nd street.  The fuel was traced to a trucking company. Photo courtesy the Grand Rapids Press.
Diesel fuel found leaking into Plaster Creek

A Kentwood resident called 911 on Tuesday to report the smell of diesel fuel coming from Plaster Creek. The firefighters...

Attendance was 20-25% lower than the average school day. Photo courtesy the Grand Rapids Press.
5,000 students absent on day of protest

Approximately 5,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) students skipped school last Thursday, Feb. 16 in protest of Pres...

The proposed cut from 4.25 to 3.9 percent would leave the lowest income bracket with $16 more a year than before. graph by Maddie Hughey; source: Institution on Taxation and economic policy.
Michigan lawmakers propose scrapping income tax

In some of the first bills introduced this year, Michigan lawmakers are looking to wipe out the personal income tax with...

Bethany Christian Services helped resettle this Sudanese family in West Michigan; Photo courtesy Bethany.org
Interview with Bethany Christian Services refugee director

In the wake of President Trump’s executive order halting all refugee entrance to the U.S. and the subsequent restraini...

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Calvin alumna Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary

With Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos, a Calvin College alumna, to be e...

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Mayor Bliss and Governor Snyder respond to refugee ban

In a statement Tuesday, Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss articulated her disappointment with the recent executive order...

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Dozens turned away from Rep. Amash’s town hall

Around one hundred gathered around the doors to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the freezing rain last Tuesday...

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GVSU’s Common Ground Initiative: Journalists debate race and the American dream

As a part of Grand Valley State University’s Common Ground Initiative, a series that seeks common values in our politi...

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DeVos grilled at senate hearing

The Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominee to head the Department of Education, allowed DeVos to express h...