Articles by Claire Buck


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The Big Read takes off

In November of 1960, three sisters and a wrecked jeep were found at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff in the northern region of the Dominican Republic. Although the official newspaper reported that their deaths were an accident, nobody was fooled. Throughout the Dominican, the people knew these young women as Las Mariposas, the Butterflies,…

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The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series kicks off soon: Here’s how to get involved!

If you’re looking for a way to engage with great literature, talented writers and thoughtful community, the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series (JRVWS) might be the perfect opportunity. This fall, Hope College will be hosting three award-winning authors—Mira Bartók, Heather Sellers and Julia Alvarez—to give readings of their work and share insights in a Q&A…

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Hope alum advocates for peace and human rights

When congratulating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his reelection last week, President Trump also suggested that Netanyahu’s win improved the chances of establishing peace in a region long troubled by conflict. According to experts quoted and published in the New York Times, Al Jazeera News, and the Council on Foreign Relations, the actual chances…

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Hope College Pull could save American politics

As polarization and divisive partisan rhetoric erode trust in American democracy, one political science expert has proposed a new way of choosing governing officials, inspired by Hope College’s longstanding tradition known as the Pull. Democratic elections would be replaced by a massive, threehour tug-of-war competition between Democrats and Republicans. The party that holds the most…

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Ottawa County mental health gets new funding

After years of underfunding, Ottawa County Community Mental Health (CMH) will get an additional $2.5 million from the state over the next four years. Lynne Doyle, director of the county’s CMH, explained in an interview with the Holland Sentinel that this won’t be enough to guarantee financial security for the crucial public health organization. The…