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issues still cause for concern
I have been inter-racially married for 22 years and have four bi-racial children. I cannot in good conscience encourage them to go to Calvin for the reasons these alumni give voice to. Life is hard enough; being a black, or a hispanic, or an Asian youth in America is particularly hard these days without attending a college where the dominant ethnic culture is given religious superiority.
It was ironic to me that on the page opposite this article was a picture of the Calvin College Board of Trustees 2000-2001, which is overwhelmingly white male. Until there is a willingness to engage in a real sharing of power with people of color, racial interactions at Calvin can never really change. There is a lot of rhetoric about being "agents of renewal in God's world." For that to happen there has to be a giving up of power, and an ending to the myth of the supremacy of the white male. Call me a cynic, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
warming is political issue
to Prof. Hoeksema
I remember when I first met him as my advisor-I was having problems scheduling the classes I needed. I walked into his office and burst into tears. He sat me down mapped out the next three years of my life, got me into classes I needed and was a great help.
His influence on my teaching style is also evident every day that I am in the classroom. I have been teaching for 13 years now and the way I approach my students and treat them comes from the way Prof. Hoeksema taught. I often receive comments that I don't teach the way other teachers do. I believe this is because I approach my job from a Christian standpoint: how can I best glorify God with what I do? When I get frustrated with students I stop and think of what God would want me to do-something I learned from Prof. Hoeksema. So congratulations to Prof. Hoeksema for a job well done!
Bouwman Cunigan '87
Secondly, the Blue Man Group article was pretty shocking. It's impressive to know that another "CRC/Dutch" is in such a popular part of the entertainment industry, but I never in a million years thought that the three blue men would or could represent the Christian faith-the Trinity? That's hard to grasp. How many times do you think of the Bible during the Twinkies segment or the spitting of paint balls?
Vos Iwema ex'83
My father, William Post ex'48, had attended Calvin and later served on the Board. My brother, Dan Post '71, graduated from Calvin. My husband's two sisters, Nancy DeYoung '72 and Sue DeYoung '80, graduated from Calvin. My husband, John, and I graduated from Calvin in 1975, and our son, John, graduated just this past May.
David was accepted at all three colleges, and rather quickly decided against Wheaton. Then began a difficult process of deciding between Hope and Calvin. As you can see, he is now at Hope and we are convinced that that is God's plan for David. He is thriving academically, spiritually and socially at Hope, just as John did at Calvin.
What really made our rivalry interesting is that David played JV basketball his freshman year. We were faithful fans sitting in the Hope stands, missing only about four of his games. We never went so far as to buy orange clothes, however. Brother John was also a faithful, though quiet supporter of David.
So how do we handle the rivalry? We celebrate it! We fly both flags on our garage with sincere gratitude for each institution, and for what each has meant to our sons.
'75 and Rachel Post DeYoung '75
East understanding needed
This article is a great summary of what we need to know and learn more about as Christians. How much I appreciate seeing this published in your magazine! We always enjoy receiving the Spark and are impressed with the quality of the publication and the academic excellence at Calvin.