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Tyranny of the “OR”

In Winter/Spring 2017, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

I was asked recently by the parent of a prospective student whether Dordt College was remaining true to its Reformed distinctives or watering that perspective down to appeal to a broader audience. As president, that’s a question I enjoy responding to. I’ve been a student of both Jim Collins and Roger Martin for many years. Neither are explicitly Reformed thinkers—but …

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Change Agent

In Alumni, Winter/Spring 2017 by Sonya Jongsma Knauss

EUNICE MUTHENGI AT WORK IN KENYA Eunice Muthengi (’01) remembers the moment she decided to change her major. It was at a Students Without Borders Club event, a model UN gathering of international students from Iowa colleges and universities. “As we sat there discussing global policy issues, I realized how much I wanted to be involved in making change, to …

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State of the Arts

In Features, Winter/Spring 2017 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

DORDT STUDENTS AND ALUMNI EXPLORE WHAT IT MEANS TO PURSUE FINE ARTS AS A CALLING The lights come up in Dordt’s black box theatre. Two actors bustle about an elegant living room, putting things in order, not talking. The sound of rustling programs only gently disrupts the fictional world on stage. It’s a room at heightened attention. Just as for …

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The Ruralists

In Features, Winter/Spring 2017 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

The Ruralists meet for practices in the “Back Back” – the deepest room of Sioux Center’s main-street café, the Fruited Plain. It’s the dark, dusty home to odds and ends: a green vintage chair, a few tables, a large lettered sign. There’s an old upright in the corner, a network of exposed pipes, and a makeshift stage. On this quiet …

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Red & Blue & Black & White

In Features, Winter/Spring 2017 by Kate Henreckson

IN A NATION INCREASINGLY DIVIDED ALONG POLITICAL AND RACIAL LINES, DORDT COLLEGE LOOKS FOR A BETTER WAY. On a cold morning in February, hundreds of students flocked to the B.J. Haan Auditorium. They were there to hear First Mondays speaker Jemar Tisby, president of the Reformed African-American Network and host of Pass the Mic, a podcast about race, culture, and …