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Knights brave Broadway and cold water


The theme for Homecoming 2000 was "A Knight on Broadway," but Calvin students extended the battlefield to the basketball court, Lab Theatre and even the Sem Pond.

Calvin's Student Alumni Association (SAA) has been hard at work developing a more robust school spirit for the last few years and the organization hit its stride this time around.

The "Cold Knight Club" dip into the chilly February Sem Pond water (top left) has now become a Homecoming tradition. SAA also sponsored other student-related events throughout the week, culminating in the annual Airband concert.

Students also brought Calvin history to life in the community theatre performance of "Voices of Calvin" which drew upon interviews and writings of Calvin president, professors, staff and alumni. Some stories elicited laughter from the audience; others brought tears to the eyes.

Athletics took center stage for a portion of the day and the Calvin Knights were victorious in both Homecoming games. The men defeated the Adrian Bulldogs, with John Tubergen providing a thundering punctuation mark and the women besting the St. Mary's Belles behind the strong inside play of Robyn Fennema.

Prior to the game, the second annual "Knights of Honor" brunch highlighted the golf and soccer programs, as well as the achievements of current student-athletes. Swimming alumni also returned for the Alumni Swim Meet.

Homecoming evenings (Friday and Saturday) featured the Calvin College Alumni Choir's performances of "A Knight on Broadway." The choir packed the Fine Arts Center both evenings. Calvin music professor John Worst wrote the script, posing as a teacher of Broadway melodies, including one from the musical "Cats". One of the numbers that brought the house down was choir member Kim De Stigter's version of "The Music Man" tune "Trouble (in River City)," using a Calvin basketball theme and warning opposing teams about playing the Knights. De Stigter's warning proved prophetic!

Awards were plentiful too, as development officer John Baas congratulated Roger Brummel '61 and pre-college programs director Rhae-Ann Booker honored Carol Aukeman Reinstra '70 with Outstanding Service Awards.

At the "Knights of Honor" event, alumni who have coached for 10 and 25 years were honored by the physical education department. Special recognition was given to retired Calvin basketball and tennis coach Don Vroon for his dedication to student-athletes.

Homecoming 2001 will again be early in February --- the weekend of the 2nd through the 4th --- so mark your calendars today.

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