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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Kent County voters approve public schools millage

Local elections don’t usually measure up to the high drama we’re used to from last November, but they make a great d...

GRPD presents findings at town hall meeting. Photo by Tanner Vincent.
Inside the GRPD racial bias study: Calvin students describe their role in the research

Calvin student Grace Maurer and Calvin alumnus Ari Vangeest led teams of surveyors last fall to study racial bias in Gra...

A mistake with the voting platform led to nearly three hours of votes being negated. Photo courtesy Calvin Senate.
Student senate election initially allows multiple votes

Ballots sent out to the student body at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning gave students the opportunity to vote for their chosen ...

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Grand Rapidians march in support of science

Hundreds of Grand Rapids science advocates will take to the streets this Saturday. March For Science Grand Rapids — wh...

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This week in Lansing

The Michigan Senate and House have adjourned for two weeks, until April 18 and 19 respectively. In the meantime, bills...

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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...