Articles by Zachary Dankert


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Concert band hosts final spring performance

On April 24, the Hope College Concert Band performed in the Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts. The band was directed by Dr. Gabe Southard along with several student conductors: Genevieve DeHart (’19), Jessica Proper (’21), Charles Jordan (’21), Samantha Savalle (’19) and Andrew DePree (’21). This group differs from many other Hope ensembles in…

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JRVWS hosts final event of semester

On Thursday evening, the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series (JRVWS) put on its final event of the semester, ending the year with two fantastic authors and a celebration of creativity. Hope College played host to writers Hilary Plum and Chen Chen, both of whom demonstrated their literary prowess when they gave live readings to students…

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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Dance 45. – You don’t need to be the Avatar to enjoy this show

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Hope College Dance Department premiered their 45th annual showcase the weekend of March 1. Dance 45: “The Elements” featured fifty-two talented Hope students, and dances were choreographed by Hope faculty and guest artists alike. The showcase is comprised of seven dances…

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47th annual Concerto-Aria concert

On Feb. 15, the five students who won the 47th annual Concerto-Aria Competition had a chance to showcase their talent and musical prowess while being accompanied by the Hope College Orchestra, directed by Dr. Christopher Fashun. Winners include clarinetist Kailtlyn Rustemeyer, cellist Miquel Fuentes, pianist Deborah Blackmon, and sopranos Emma Clark and Gabrielle Barber. The…

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Kruizenga debuts Japanese exhibition

The Showa period of Japan’s history is one of mounting tension and dramatic change, as well as artistic birth. It began with economic crises in the late 1920s and evolved to ultra-nationalistic philosophies that culminated in invasions of China and Manchuria in the 1930s. At Japan’s 1945 surrender to Allied Forces during World War II,…