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Transcript of Milestone 1988
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CONTENTS Fall 33 Winter 93 Spring 151
T- , rad i t ion Hope is rooted in it. At the found ing | of H o p e Col lege in 1851 A l b e r t u s V a n R a a l t e s t a t ed , " T h i s is my anchor of H o p e for these people in the
f u t u r e . " T h e leader of t h a t smal l colony of Dutch set t lers did
indeed c r e a t e a s t ronghold of l ea rn ing and devotion to G o d
for his genera t ion and genera t ions to come. If , a s we walk
a m o n g H o p e ' s b e a u t i f u l older bui ldings , we happen to forge t
t h a t we a r e living V a n R a a l t e ' s d r e a m , the anchor m o n u -
men t serves to r emind us. E a c h yea r new s tuden t s come to
b r e a t h e young life into the s t rong H o p e t rad i t ion , con t inu ing
a n d en r i ch ing a legacy f r o m the pas t .
C, hange keeps t radi t ion alive. A f r e shman ref lect ing about change
on campus might th ink of the new admissions building, new li-
brary , new president. Sophomores , Juniors , and Seniors migh t recall what
seemed a weekly process of taking down telephone lines and moving houses
to new locations, filling in second floor VanZoe ren , and put t ing finishing
touches on the president 's home. But you don ' t have to go much f u r t h e r back
for people to s tar t reminiscing about the burn ing of V a n R a a l t e , knocking
down Carneg ie G y m , and building DeWi t t , Peale, and Dow. And those a re
only the most obvious changes . N o ma t t e r who you talk to, it is appa ren t tha t
change is a vital par t of l ife at Hope , and 1988 is a vivid example of Hope ' s
t radi t ion of change.
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Once Sleepy Holland, Now A Booming Business Center
Once upon a time not all that long ago - there was a sleepy little Dutch town near a
lake, and the merchants there had a curious and quaint tradition.
Every Wednesday at noon, they would snap out the lights, hang up the CLOSED signs and take the rest of the day off. Never mind that it wasn't very good business. This was how it was done in this town. And back then, the city closed down not just Wednesday afternoons, but also Sundays, when the devout observed the Sabbath not once, but twice.
This was a community of quiet streets and white-steepled Christian Reformed churches, of small-town concerns traded over coffee and cookies, where time marched at the measured pace of an old-fashioned hymn.
Times have changed. Holland, the sleepy little Dutch town, has
awakened and there's no turning back the clock. That clock, in fact, seems to be stuck on fast forward. The city's in the middle of a full-fledged boom that has made it one of the fastest growing areas in Michigan and the Midwest.
Like tulips in spring, apartments and con-
dominiums and fancy new housing devel-opments are popping up all over town. A large industrial park on the city's south side, open land 25 years ago, is now filled with more than 50 in-dustries. A second industrial park just north of Holland is beginning to fill, all of which helps to keep unemployment down in the range of 5 percent.
Now retail stores proliferate along the east side, along U.S. 31 and along Waverly Road. The $25 million Westshore Mall, not far from the newly opened Hill's and Witmark depart-ment stores and the new Holiday Inn, is sched-uled to open this fall. You can almost hear the sound of dollars piling ever higher. And some say, you can hear the echo of problems Holland never faced before. The city now has a rush hour, as streets like River Avenue and parts of 16th and Eighth streets become snarled with traffic as workers make their way in or out of town. Ris-ing enrollment has crowded the city school sys-tem, forcing officials to adopt a plan that would place all district sixth graders in a single school. The new mall at the edge of town, although sure to be an economic boon, threatens the city's
downtown. Even the character of the place is different.
Holland, although still stitched together with churches and tradition, now stays open on Sun-day. You can eat out, bowl, (and) buy a loaf of bread . . . here on Sunday. Holland is more and more a city of change, where growing numbers of Hispanics live side-by-side with their Dutch neighbors, where new money and new residents push the city and surroundings into a new era.
A lifetime resident wondered about the di-rection of things as she shared lunch with a co-worker one day at a Russ' Restaurant.
"It started out to be a Dutch community and everybody was alike," says Sylvia Kalman, 45, a word processor at First Michigan Bank in Holland. "Now we are getting a lot of different types of people. I 'm not saying that 's bad, but it is different."
Kalman still thinks Holland is "a great place to live."
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A Time To Build he new Gordon and Marga re t Van Wylen
T Library was dedicated to the glory of God and the scholarship of the posterity of Hope College on April 21, 1988. The day of dedi-cation commenced with a Convocation in
Dimnent Chapel fea tur ing the Van Wylens, the Brass Ensemble, the Chapel Choir, and the procession of fac-ulty members in full academic regalia. The dedication address was given by renowned black historian Dr. John Hope Franklin, the James B. Duke professor emeri tus in the Law School at Duke University, who also received an honorary Doctor of Let ters degree at the convocation service. Dr. Franklin 's address was en-titled " M o r e Stately Mansions of Learn ing ."
A Ribbon Cut t ing ceremony immediately fol-lowed, and at the moment the blue and orange satin bow was severed, a canon shot was fired to indicate the start of the parade, headed by equestr ians in full Re-naissance dress and a heralder. T h e pa rade made its way around and through campus, stopping at residence halls and inviting all to "come join the fa i r . "
The Renaissance Feast began at noon and fea-tured whole roasted hog. From noon to three the mall area south of the newly dedicated building was filled with folk dancing, fencing, and glassblowing demon-strations, and a menagerie of street musicians, beggars, jugglers, and clowns. T h e Revelry, a program of sing-ing, dancing, d rama , and poetry recitation was staged in the old Van Zoeren Library as a celebration of spring and renewal. This day of dedication drew to a close in the final acts of the Revelry as the Hope College Com-munity was drawn out-of-doors to sing and dance in the streets of Holland.
N a m e d for the ninth president of Hope College and his wife and the first building named for a college president while he still served the college, the library is an 8.5 million dollar s t ruc ture of five floors housing over 300,000 volumes and periodicals. T h e need for ex-pansion was recognized in 1982 when a commit tee was formulated and planning began. T h e new building re-places the older one built nearly thir ty years earlier and increases its square footage threefold. The expansion also includes over eleven miles of book shelving, abun-dant study and reading areas, group and faculty study rooms, lounge, microcomputers, curr iculum library, and archives room. All written material will be orga-nized by a computerized card catalog. T h e s t ructure itself is a unique work of ar t , as one of the architects commented: " T h e Van Wylen Library goes beyond be-ing just a place for books or a place to study. It is, in the tradit ional sense, a cultural center for Hope Col-lege. And so, tha t ' s how we approached its design and location on campus. This building unites the campus, creates an academic center. T h e library is special be-cause its design comes from Holland, Michigan. It doesn't come from any other place. It comes f rom a ver-nacular , an archi tectural vocabulary we felt was de-lightful and meaningful , especially for Hope College. This building is one-of-a-kind because Hope is one-of-a-k ind ."
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Left to Right: David P. Jensen, Director of Libraries; President John H. Jacobson; Dr. Gordon VanWylen; Dr. Margaret VanWylen; Dr. John Hope Franklin, Convocation Speaker; Provost Jacob E. Nyenhuis , Dr. Wil l iam Cohen, Assoc iate Professor of History and once student of Dr. Franklin; Heather Raak, student member of the Library Planning Commit tee .
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The Gordon And Margaret Van Wylen Library
Dedicated April 21, 1988
T he Gordon and Margaret Van Wylen Library stands as an abiding symbol of Hope College's commitment to ex-cellence in liberal arts education in the
context of Christian faith. This magnificent library is a testimony to the love and care with which the Van Wylens served this community. It is also a tes-timony to the love for Hope felt by so many people who contributed generously to the realization of the dream. It is a fitting embodiment of the aca-demic and community values of this College, and will enrich the college experience of our students for generations to come."
Dr. John H. Jacobson, President of Hope College
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11 morial Chapel has seen few | occasions as grand as the one of October 9, 1987. On this da te John H. Jacobson,
Jr . was inaugura