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A Local First: Grand Rapids Poets' Conference

A Local First: Grand Rapids Poets' Conference

by Matt Simpson Siegel

On Monday, April 2, another first for Grand Rapids occurs when Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) hosts The Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference: A Celebration of Grand Rapids Poetry. The four-day event is set with panel discussions, seminars and learning sessions at 108 Sneden Hall during the day, and evening readings on the second floor of the GRCC library. All events are free to the public.
 
This will mark the first time an exclusively Grand Rapids-based identity is focused on the oldest of the arts. It features poets from GRCC, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, all previous poet laureates (Linda Nemec Foster, Patricia Clark, Rodney Torreson), and “poets published extensively beyond academe, activist poets and those who have developed quietly over decades of work.”
 

A Man Among (Tiki) Gods

A Man Among (Tiki) Gods

By Audria Larsen

Anthony Carpenter is a modern man living in yesterday’s modern world. Dwelling among tiki gods, enchanting women swathed in sarongs and fantastical monsters of his own creation, Carpenter is a working artist who has constructed his personal haven to the backdrop sounds of Martin Denny and Les Baxter. Put simply, this man has a penchant for thrift shops, retro album covers, monster movies of yore and all things tiki. And he’s got an impressive way with a pencil.  

“I don’t know exactly how it starts,” says Carpenter. “It was just always there from the earliest of memories. I would lie on the floor in front of the television and just draw from comics and monster magazines. It was just something that I did.” Not much has changed.

State of Schools Address Brings Attitude of Gratitude and Hope

State of Schools Address Brings Attitude of Gratitude and Hope

By Rachel Melville

The atmosphere for the State of Schools address was one filled with hope, acknowledgement and gratitude as Board of Education (BOE) President Senita Laneer called attendees to their seats. All were treated to a performance of “Colors” and the Pledge of Allegiance by the Ottawa Hills High School JROTC. President Laneer then took time to acknowledge members of the BOE, elected official clergy, parents, students, faculty (past and present), tax payers and members of the community to stand and be given a warm round of applause saying, “ You are all very important to GRPS. You all should be applauded.”
 

Schmidt, Dillon to host joint March coffee hours

State Representatives Roy Schmidt (D-Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) are inviting residents to join them for an informal conversation about improving state government at one of their weekly joint coffee hours.

Schmidt and Dillon's March weekly coffee hours are as follows:

Calvin history prof lands prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Cyprus

Calvin history prof lands prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Cyprus

Calvin history professor Young Kim has landed a prestigious Fulbright Research Grant to study in Cyprus during the 2012 academic year. Kim will be studying an expert in heresies: Epiphanius--a  church father born in Palestine--and will write a book about his life and work.

"He wrote this large manual that described the beliefs, practices and refutations of 80 heresies," Kim said. The work is called the "Panarion," Greek for "Medicine Chest," and it cautions against, among many others, the Manichaeans, the Origenists, various 'Gnostic' sects and the different derivations of non-Nicene theology.

"However, the "Panarion" tells us in many ways more about the author than it does about the heresies he describes … ," said Kim. "It embodies in written form his self-constructed public persona--as the defender of orthodoxy, the scourge of heretics."

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In the 3rd Congressional District (includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Ionia, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, and Walker among others), the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 31,990 votes, Mitt Romney with 30,876 votes, and Ron Paul with 7,792 votes.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

G-Sync: Hello, Innovation! Welcome High Five Co-Op Brewery!

G-Sync: Hello, Innovation! Welcome High Five Co-Op Brewery!

by Tommy Allen

If last week’s Chipotle restaurant commercial during the Grammy Awards taught us anything, it was that there is beauty in the small and simple, but most of all, we should not be afraid to start over again.

This is also how I would describe the burgeoning startup by craft brewers who just voted on the nameHigh Five Co-op Brewery, taking an important next step in their effort to launch Michigan’s first co-op brewery. 

The name plays off many popular and uniquely Michigan components: the notion that it takes two hands to make a high five, thus playing off the teamwork aspects of a co-operative, or simply the hand shape that is definitely an image every resident of our state understands.