(Unexpected) Major Opportunity

by Cecelia Pletan “I came here with the promise of never becoming specifically a philosophy major,” my housemate Colleen Prince, ’19, told me as I sipped coffee and watched her pack for a dance competition one afternoon this semester. “[Back then] I bet I probably couldn’t even define philosophy,” she joked. When she stepped onto […]

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Remi Brague: a Philosopher and Friend

by Nina Hufford To many, Remi Brague is a French historian and philosopher who studies Jewish, Arab, and Christian thought in the Middle Ages. To Hillsdale students, he is also a friend. I found myself learning this rather rapidly when I was handed the keys to drive this world-renowned professor to an off-campus house to […]

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Pursuing the Beautiful: Nighttime at Dark Sky Park

by Nina Hufford “Let’s go tonight! This is our last chance to see a Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse!” “Where would we go?” “Dark Sky Park. It’s only half an hour away, so we’ll be back before your bedtime.” I was in the process of impatiently wrangling friends into coming with me on a school […]

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The Heart of the Matter: Claudia Louis, ’71

By Josephine Von Dohlen, ’19 When Claudia Louis, ’71, was 21, her 23-year-old sister passed away from a congenital heart defect. Not long after, Louis found out that she had a heart defect as well. After learning how to navigate her heart issues, she brought together her passion for heart health and her love of […]

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Finding His Voice: Tenor Nicholas Nestorak, ’11, finds success on the opera stage

Written by Monica Vanderweide, ’95 Nicholas Nestorak, ’11, grew up in Hillsdale and developed a love for the performing arts while attending free concerts by professional artists at Hillsdale College. Although he sang in his church’s choir, he saw himself as an instrumentalist more than a vocalist, also playing piano and cello. But college often […]

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Adam Carrington: Politics and Friendship are Not Incompatible

By Josephine Von Dohlen, ’19 Every Hillsdale student takes a Constitution 101 course in which they explore the historic document and its role within the United States—both at the time of the Founding and today. When Assistant Professor of Politics Adam Carrington teaches that class each semester, he begins the first day with a discussion […]

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Top 10 Hacks to Beat Procrastination

by Victoria Nunez We’ve all been there. Your book is on the table, unopened (kudos to you for putting it on the table with full intention to read), your laptop’s screensaver has been going for the past 20 minutes, and you’ve already dived deep into the seven levels of social media (let’s be honest: you’re […]

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Top 10 Student Study Playlists

by Victoria Nunez You walk up the hill with your cup of coffee and settle in your perfect study spot. You are about to open the Western Heritage Reader, but before you begin, you search for the perfect study music to settle your mind and help you focus. You search, and search, and search some […]

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BCSI School Staff Spotlight—Mrs. Juliane Hillock

Juliane Hillock is the founding principal of Hozho Academy, a K-5 BCSI school that opened in 2018 in Gallup, New Mexico. She graduated from Hillsdale College in 1991 with an English major and history minor. She also holds a master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University.   What did you do immediately after graduating […]

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Blue Christmas: Pain has a Place

Written by Victoria Nuñez “For all that we carry in our hearts, sorrow we fear may never end, and wounds we cannot even put into words.” – from the brochure for the Blue Christmas Service. As people arrange themselves sparsely across the pews inside the quiet, warmly lit church, Father Adam Rick and Brock Lutz, […]

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The Day We Peaked: A Visit to the Top of Central Hall

Written by Nina Hufford I visited Hillsdale College for the first time as a senior in high school. During that visit, I shadowed Paul Keenan, a high school friend who was a sophomore at the time. As I settled into a chair in a Kendall classroom to hear Provost Whalen lecture on Alexander Pope, I […]

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Connecting the Dots between Hillsdale’s Non-Profits

In a town with so much need, many groups want to help. Problems arise, though, when those groups don’t coordinate. Missy DesJardin is helping connect Hillsdale’s non-profits, starting with her new thrift store.

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