The tables have turned on the athletic department Friday, Nov. 11, when President Erik Hook-n-draw revealed a new 16-part plan to turn Dordt into a theatre-majority campus.
The plans will not be underway until the 2017-18 school year, but there are going to be major changes coming to campus soon. Part 1 of the 16-part plan is to hand the DeWitt gym over to the theatre department in order to renovate it into a theatre.
“I always see the theatre students walking to the high school for their shows,” said Hook-n-draw. “I thought to myself, they don’t need that much exercise, they’re just in theatre; it’s the athletes who really need it.”
Starting next school year, many sports teams will not be taking advantage of the convenient two-minute walk to the DeWitt gym, but will now be forced to take the longer stroll down the street to use Sioux Center High School’s gyms.
Most people were not happy at first, but many came to an understanding by the end of Hook-n-draw’s presentation.
Glenn Bouma, the Athletic Director for Dordt College, said, “At first I thought this was a cruel joke, but then I started to see the logic behind the plan: the athletes run and the coaches can just use the golf carts to get to and from the high school.”
However, there were still many left confused.
Teresa TerHaar, the head of the Theatre Department said, “I’m not sure why this is happening. It doesn’t really make any sense to take away the gym. I was hoping to get a little more space to create the bigger set pieces, so we don’t have to keep making the set, taking it apart, bring it over to the high school, put it back together and repeat at the end of the show, but we didn’t think they would do this.”
There is not a budget set yet, but they are excited to move forward with the plan. Other steps of the plan include the distribution of scholarship money to favor theatre, ban any sports stories on the home page of DCC to include more theatre stories and change Game Day into Performance Day, which would be held on opening night of the fall mainstage production.
This article was taken from the Zircon issue of The Dordt Diamond