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What holidays do you celebrate? See some of the traditional holidays that CMU students celebrate through songs, dances, and other performances at this annual event.

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The Central Michigan “Celebrating Life” annual Pow wow is held in the spring of every year to celebrate the new beginning of life and to share Native American culture and traditions with the CMU campus and surrounding community through featured dancers, singers and craft vendors.




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Attractions within the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel.

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel features ‘green’ applications, reclaimed water system Melissa Beauchamp Senior Reporter

Frank Cloutier said the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel brings a fresh change away from gaming and entertainment to a destination of diverse entertainment. Cloutier, public relations director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, said the success of the project was in the hands of the construction company. Cloutier said the tribe decided to hire Horizon Construction Group of Wisconsin for their experience of constructing 18 other water park properties.

The architecture firm working on the project, Thalden Boyd Emery, recommended Horizon Construction, he said. “Another reason we hired Horizon Construction is they agreed to bring their specialty skills in, but they agreed to hire the labor here,” he said. Because of the agreement, the water park and hotel was able to hire local people, he said. The construction process of the 45,000-square-foot resort took about one year, and Cloutier said it was so fast-moving because of the mild winter. “We were very fortunate,” he said. “There weren’t many de-

lays.” The construction team’s ability to work closely and communicate with project managers and architects made the process run smoothly. Cloutier said the design and architecture was a team effort, focused on a woodland natural-botanical look, texture and feel. “I think it’s been accomplished,” he said. “When you look at all the stones and artwork, everything looks natural.” Horizon Construction worked with project management and hired around 40 sub-contractors and suppliers,

with a total of about 225 people working on the project at any given time. “There were a lot of different suggestions,” he said. “From time to time, Horizon would jump in and share their opinions with us, which is very helpful. In both the design and construction, Cloutier said they utilized “green” applications and processes. The windows have a geothermal heating system that heats the property with the energy in the ground. Because of a reclamation system that allows 1.3 million gallons of water to be simultaneously both clean and filtered,

he said relatively little water is used. Jason Fischl, project superintendent for Horizon Construction Group, said there weren’t many challenges except the aggressive timeline of construction. “We came in and it was just an open lot,” he said. The 17 acres of land was raised four feet before construction was started, he said. Four separate crews worked on the Waterpark portion and the hotel portion to eventually meet in the middle. The focus on energy-efficient and green was carried throughout construction, Fischl said.

“Equipment is all energyefficient, top-of-the-line,” he said. Products were also recycled as much as possible. “For that to work as well as it did in six weeks is crazy,” he said. Cody Benish, project engineer for Horizon, said the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel is the quickest water park construction the company has ever built. “It’s been a pleasure to work with them,” Benish said. “It’s been a great experience from budgeting to closeout.”


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Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel more than 110,000 square feet Hotel has 243 rooms, restaurant seats 134 By Hailee Sattavara | Staff Reporter

Children and adults alike will soon be able to enjoy the experience the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel is hoping to provide. The hotel and water park combined is more than 110,000 square feet, said Jennifer Turner, CEO of Migizi Economic Development Co. Migizi Economic Development is responsible for all non-gaming interests of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. “One of the reasons this project was so important for us was to create a family destination,” Turner said. “The community doesn’t have a lot of things to do for the family. This really opens up the door for a new market, and we see this becoming a vacation destination for families.” The water park is 45,000 square feet and the hotel has 243 guest rooms. “The casino is an excellent location and attraction for the Tribe and the area, but it isn’t really a place for the whole family,” Turner said. “This really turns the area into the place to go for families.” Turner said, a brand new, state-of-the-art Waterpark and hotel plus special birthday packages and other room specials will keep families both in the area and in the region coming there, along with other attractions like the golf course and the casino. The restaurant has a liquor license and will serve drinks, Turner said. “Things really came full circle with the completion of the Waterpark and the RV park, along with our golf course and the casino,” Turner said. “Like I said, this really makes the

area a destination, with something to do for everybody in the family.” The hotel also features an adult pool, hot tub, and sauna, along with an arcade right by the Waterpark. “I think were all really excited for something like that to open in Mount Pleasant,” said Starbucks employee, Lexis Smith. Smith, a resident of Alma said she thinks Starbucks, 5655 E. Pickard St., will see an increase in business once the Waterpark opens. There will also be a shuttle service that can transport visitors from the water park to the new RV Park and the casino. New water hazards were put into the golf course as a result of construction. Turner said, the water park

A guest surfs down a water slide in The Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel.

can hold roughly 900 people at once. “Kids and their families will be coming during spring break, winter break, and over the summer. Obviously, we’ll have our peak times when it comes to attendance, but we’ll be busy throughout the year.” The restaurant will seat 134 indoor customers and 72 outdoor customers and a meeting room with room for up to 48. “There will be a food court in the Waterpark that will serve typical things you might expect for kids, like chicken tenders and things like that, plus food for adults,” Turner said. “Families can also order food from the restaurant and have it delivered to the Waterpark.”

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As Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel prepares for a May 21 grand opening, marketing projects are in full force. Television ads, a new website, continued use of social media and personal invitations are among the ways the staff of the self-described “Family Fun-Cation Destination” has been spreading the word. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has hired Media Image, Inc. to handle marketing details. Ed Zebrowski, Media Image president, said marketing efforts are focused on the lower peninsula of Michigan for the time being. “Due to economic reasons, such as high gas prices, we’ve decided that marketing to the Lower Peninsula is our best bet,” he said. “Once we’re better established, we’ll reach out further.” Although the water park doesn’t officially open until late May, Tribe members are invited to a “soft opening,” which includes a 50 percent discount on their stay between April 22 and May 5. “A soft opening allows our staff to get accustomed to the way things will work. It’s a trial run,” said Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel General Manager Bonnie M. Sprague. “We’ve had over 300 bookings so far.” Additionally, soft openings are planned for Tribe employees from May 5 until May 13 and a “VIP Golden Week” has been planned for Tribe and Isabella County dignitaries and vendors from May 14 to May 20.

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Sprague said she is planning for minimal competition from other water parks in the state. “Our water park isn’t as large as Great Wolf Lodge, and we’re bigger than Splash Village,” she said. “In fact, I think we’ll pull guests from Great Wolf Lodge because we’re more affordable.” Northern Ohio and Indiana are on the radar for marketing efforts in the near future. “We’ll start utilizing advertisements and commercials in states close to Michigan as well,” Zebrowski said. “Those states are close enough that it would be re-

alistic that they see our advertisements.” The Waterpark will also feature an upscale recreational vehicle park for out of state guests. “The RV park will be called Soaring Hideaway RV Park and will have 67 lots. This isn’t your average RV trip, though,” Sprague said. “All lots have running water, electricity, wireless internet, sewage and a fire pit. Additionally, a 25-acre beach front lake as well as a clubhouse will be available for the guests to use.” Zebrowski said the water park is designed to be appealing to fami-

lies of all ages. “We want to make Mount Pleasant a destination,” Zebrowski said. “We want to have something to offer to accommodate families.” Sprague said the waterpark is taking initiatives to be environmentally friendly, which may appeal to more guests. “We’re definitely going green,” she said. “We’re saving the environment and keeping costs down by using recycled water in the waterpark, installing motion detection lights in every guest room and using recycled paper and cleaning products.”

Media Image, Inc. will be updating the waterpark website- and will introduce new commercials beginning May 1. The Waterpark website, created by Impress – Horak Creative Group, went live on April 20th and new television commercials will be introduced beginning May 1st. “What we have to offer here is an experience,” said Frank Cloutier, director of public relations for the tribe. “Mid-Michigan has always been a gateway to the north, but now we will be a stop.”

More than 200 people hired for operations By John Irwin Senior Reporter

The soon-to-open Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel has hired more than two hundred people for various positions. Jennifer Turner, CEO of Migizi Economic Development Company, which is in charge of all non-gaming operations for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, said they have mainly looked to hire members of the Tribe. “We’ve primarily hired members of the Tribe,” Turner said. “The goal of Migizi is to create jobs for the tribal members and to promote economic development for the entire Tribe.” That’s not to say Central Michigan University students or others haven’t been hired, though. “We’ve hired a lot of students for jobs such as lifeguarding,” Turner said. “We’re very grateful that so many students have expressed an interest in working for the water park. We’re able

to return the favor by being as flexible as we possibly can be with their schedules.” The hiring process for the water park is extensive, Turner said. “All employees have to go through the same process,” Turner said. “There are interviews, drug testing and all the other things you might expect. We also conduct a thorough background check on everybody since we’re dealing with a lot of young children.” Turner said the extensive checks in the hiring process are done for the safety of the guests. “It’s a very rigorous process because we want to make sure everyone is safe, and that we’re hiring only the best of the best,” Turner said. “We’re excited for our employees heading forward.” Tribal spokesman Frank Cloutier said all phases of the project, from construction to hiring, has been done to showcase central Michigan as a vacation destination.

“We want to show that midMichigan is a real destination place,” Cloutier said. “This is just the next logical step.” One of the most notable hires was the hiring of a former aquatics manager from Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. Kalahari boasts the largest indoor water park in the United States and is known throughout the country as a premier vacation destination for families. The Tribe employs more than 3,000 people in Isabella County, making them the largest employer in the county. According to the most recent data from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, that means the Tribe is responsible for employing more than 10 percent of the county’s workers. The county’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the state, at 6.7 percent, just about 2 percent lower than the current statewide average.


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Local officials, lawmakers react to construction, opening of Waterpark Cotter: ‘It helps community as a whole’ By Melissa Beauchamp | Senior Reporter Several local officials and lawmakers are excited for the addition of the Soaring Eagle Water Park and Hotel to the community. State Rep. Kevin Cotter said the new venue will benefit the job market and economic development in the area. “It’s great for the job aspect in the area, but it also will increase tourism,” he said. Cotter said the new complex’s location, right off the highway, will be good for attracting people driving through the area. “As we have more to offer, it helps the community as a whole,” he said. Cotter said other businesses surrounding will also benefit from the Waterpark. “It will help feed other businesses in the area,” he said. “I’m excited about it.” Union Township Supervisor John Barker said there is no question the new Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel will move Mount Pleasant in the direction of becoming a tourist destination. Expanding its operation to include services suitable for family and people of all ages is a positive step, he said. “Having one of the largest Waterparks in Michigan is certainly going to become a draw,” he sad. “The casino has served as a good attraction for the community. I anticipate it will be very successful.” Barker said he was present for the groundbreaking of the complex and has been impressed by the quality of the construction. “I am looking forward to the

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ribbon-cutting ceremony,” he said. Mount Pleasant City Commissioner Jim Holton said it’s fascinating to see how fast the construction came together. Walking through it, it was exciting to see such a facility in the community, he said. “It will draw people to midMichigan to have some fun,” Holton said. The location, close to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, is a great idea, he said. “I couldn’t think of a better spot,” he said. “I’m excited to see the people who will come.”

Construction of The Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel took about one year. State Rep. Kevin Cotter said the Waterpark will be a feature for the community’s usage, but also benefit the economy of Mount Pleasant and help the job market. The Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel will be one of the largest waterparks in Michigan.

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New waterpark provides something for the whole family By Brittany Wright | Staff Reporter

Providing an environment that all ages can enjoy is one thing the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel is hoping to accomplish. The Waterpark targets every age group, said Gene Steere, Operations Manager of the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel. For the teenagers, there is an above-water rock climbing wall. There are also two different slides: A bowl slide and a body slide. Both of the slides start outside of the facility and end inside of the park and into the lazy river. There is also a FlowRider attraction which is designed for body or board surfing. “We eventually hope to hold a couple of competitions,” Steere said. There is an area for toddlers, that includes a low impact dump bucket, and small attractions with slower flowing water. There is a “tween” section that has an acorn and log crossing, and a pool with basketball rims for playing, he said. There are three cabanas that are available to be rented out in the Waterpark. The cabanas come with a pre-stocked (pop and water) refrigerator, fan, microwave, Wi-Fi, flat screen television and a location for seating. To ensure safety, the area will have 24 lifeguards on staff at all times. The area of the water park is kept at 84 degrees Fahrenheit and the water at 82 degrees. The Waterpark itself is 45,000 square feet and recycles 3,391,300 gallons of water ev-

The Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel provides something for all ages to enjoy.

ery day. The water is chemically processed with chlorine. “The water is tested every morning and evening at different levels in different places, mainly monitored through a computer system,” Steere said. A day pass, which is available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Monday through Thursday at the Waterpark will cost $25. However, no passes will be given if the Hotel is completely booked, as preference goes to those staying at the Hotel. “During the winter months, the target of the Hotel is going to be geared towards day passes, interaction with the community, trainings, crafts, projects and contests,” Steere said.

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To the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. For all you do in support of the community in which we live, as we witness the opening of the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel, further strengthening the economic viability for all of us that live and work in this place we all call home.

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As Homecoming approaches, student and guest safety is a concern for law enforcement. SIU’s Department of Public Safety prepared for the university’s Homecoming weekend, yet the department treats it as just another day at the office. “As far as Homecoming (is concerned), we promote safety,” said Russell Thomas, allhazards preparedness resource coordinator for DPS. “We want to make sure that during Homecoming people don’t cross the line as far as what’s safe and what’s not safe, what’s a prank and what’s not a prank.” Thomas said people may not know when they’re breaking the law, even if it is just for fun. He said people get in trouble for pranks less often than others think, though. “We always try to point it out that (people should) use good judgment (and) be responsible,” he said. Thomas said there used to be more crime during Homecoming, but it has decreased in the past 12 years and become just another day at work for the DPS. “It’s been years since anything has happened,” Th omas said. “Homecoming is a pretty good day, actually.” He said people should be aware of their surroundings when they use crosswalks during Homecoming weekend. He also said one of the best ways to prevent becoming a victim of crime is to travel with friends instead of alone. “(The police) want people to have fun but to be careful,” Rod Sievers, university spokesman, said.


e want to make sure that during Homecoming people don’t cross the line as far as what’s safe and what’s not safe ... — Russell Thomas DPS resource coordinator

Sievers said law enforcement will be at the parade and football game as well as other locations to guarantee everyone’s safety during Homecoming weekend. Despite DPS’s presence, though, some students differ on how safe they expect SIU to be over the weekend. Catherine Dempsey, a sophomore from Mahomet studying geology, said even though she thinks the event will not be very safe because of partying students, DPS will keep it under control. “I always see (DPS) on campus pulling people over and handing out tickets, so I think they are doing a good job keeping us safe,” she said. Benjamin Pedrigi, a junior from La Grange studying civil engineering, said he thinks the campus will be safe for Homecoming. He said he said he feels safe at SIU and thinks past Homecomings have been safe, too. Matt Daray can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 254.

Swimming coach Rick Walker said he enjoyed his time at the Summer Olympics and would go back if given the opportunity, but that is not his main goal. “If my work brings me to that, fine,” he said. “I’m more concentrated on trying to get our kids there.” Saluki swimmers Csaba Gercsak, Pamela Benitez and Mazen Aziz went to London to compete in their respective competitions this Olympic season. Walker coached Egyptian Aziz in the 10 km. marathon. Both Gercsak and Benitez will return for the Salukis’ 201213 season. It was the first Olympic experience for Walker, who had a chance to swim in the 1980 games but could not because of the United States boycott. “In 1980 we held the trials, and I did not make the team, but nobody did,” Walker said. “We boycotted and nobody went. That was kind of my year. I felt like I had a reasonable shot and I still wanted to go.” Walker said he relished his first trip to the games — particularly being in the company of athletes around the world who worked relentlessly to get there. He said he also enjoyed seeing how similar all the competitors were, even across cultural barriers and in the presence of world-class athletes. “I think in the (Olympic) Village everybody was just like everybody else,” he said. “Kobe Bryant could go down to go eat and, while people wanted to talk to him or get a picture, he wasn’t the biggest star there,” he said. Hungarian Csaba Gercsak swam alongside

SIU teammate Mazen Aziz in the 10 km. marathon and finished six places ahead of him in 18th. “Mazen is a good friend of mine,” Gercsak said. “It was really special that we both made the Olympics, but in the water we compete against each other, so I don’t treat him differently than anybody else.” It was Gercsak’s second Olympic appearance, as he also competed in the 10 km. marathon during the 2008 Beijing games. He also won bronze in last year’s International Swimming Federation World Championships 25 km. marathon in Shanghai. Of all the games’ spectacle and hoopla, Gercsak said it is the competition that he will remember most. “The race was in my mind all the time. It was my second Olympics, so I kind of knew what to expect,” he said. “Obviously, I had a little more pressure on me, but it mostly came from the feeling that the world was watching.” Pamela Benitez, from El Salvador, swam in the women’s 800 meter freestyle and finished in 33rd after the first heat at 9 minutes and 2.66 seconds. Benitez, who does not typically swim in longer distance competition, only swam in one event greater than 500 meters last season. Against Washington University, she swam the 1,000 meter and finished at 10:13.85. Coach Walker said he is proud of his Olympians, and he enjoys watching his swimmers progress. “Every good grade that we get, every good swim that we get, every challege we overcome, I get equal sense of reward and a sense of accomplishment,” he said.

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South Dakota State Jackrabbits Record: 4-1 (2-0) Key Players: linebacker T.J. Lally, running back Zach Zenner, linebacker Ross Shafrath Big Win: 24-10 over Indiana The Scoop: Th e Jackrabbits are off to a hot start with the team’s only loss to Southeastern Louisiana 31-14 Sept. 8. Running back Zach Zenner leads the MVFC in rushing at 215.4 yards per game, and linebacker Ross Shafrath has 57 tackles, which is second-most in the conference.

Illinois State Redbirds Record: 5-1 (2-1 MVFC) Key Players: running back Darrelynn Dunn, quarterback Matt Brown, wide receiver Tyrone Walker SOURCE | VALLEY-FOOTBALL.ORG

The Scoop: Illinois State was off to its best start since 1967 before the Redbirds lost 17-0 to the Salukis Saturday in Normal. Illinois State features a strong offense led by quarterback Matt Brown (263 yards per game — most in the MVFC). The ISU defense allows only 284.8 yards per game, which is the secondfewest in the conference.

South Dakota Coyotes Record: 1-4 (0-2) Key Players: linebacker Ryan Hillier, defensive back Aaron Swift, junior defensive back Chris Frierson Big Win: 31-21 over Colgate Sept. 8 The Scoop: The Coyotes have lost three-straight, following their only win of the season, a 31-21 defeat of Colgate. South Dakota surrenders the most points per game in the conference at 30.4. Receiver Terrance Terry leads the team with five receptions per game.

Key Players: running back Shakir Bell, linebacker Aaron Archie, linebacker Jac Washington Big Win: 24-3 over Southern Illinois Sept. 29

Western Illinois Leathernecks Record: 3-2 (1-1) Key Players: linebacker J.J. Raffelson, linebacker Kevin Kintzel, running back Caulton Ray Big Win: 23-15 over Butler Aug. 30

The Scoop: Indiana State prepares for undefeated North Dakota State this week after it defeated Missouri State 31-17 Saturday. Lightningquick running back Shakir Bell leads the conference in carries with 152, and has turned those attempts into 937 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Sycamores defense allows only 13 points per game, or second fewest in the MVFC.

The Scoop: Western Illinois sits at 3-2 on the year after winning only two games in 2011. Senior running back Ray Caulton handles the bulk of carries for the Leathernecks and averages 62 yards per game. Linebacker J.J. Raffelson ranks fifth in the conference in tackles with 48.

Indiana State Sycamores Record: 4-2 (2-1)

The Scoop: Th e defending national champions have held the No. 1 ranking throughout all of 2012 and lead the Valley in total offense and defense. Th e Bison give up only 8.4 points per game, while averaging 44.2. Quarterback Brock Jensen completes 69.5 of his passing attempts, which puts him first in the conference.

Youngstown State Penguins Record: 4-1 (1-1) Key Players: wide receiver Andre Stubbs, running back Jamaine Cook, quarterback Kurt Hess Big Win: 31-17 over Pittsburgh North Dakota State Bison Record: 5-0 (2-0) Key Players: wide receiver Zach Vraa, defensive back Marcus Williams, quarterback Brock Jensen Big Win: 22-7 over Colorado State Sept. 8

The Scoop: The Penguins have lost only one game, a 48-7 drubbing at the hands of No. 1 North Dakota State Saturday. Quarterback Kurt Hess was the MVFC offensive player of the week Sept. 23, and running back Jamaine Cook averages just under 100 yards per game, at exactly 97 per contest. BEN CONRADY | DAILY EGYPTIAN

After a tremendously successful premier campaign, Saluki Athletics decided to bring back the Black Out Cancer game this season. The Black Out Cancer event is a game where the Salukis wear black jerseys instead of their regular home uniforms, and the jerseys feature names of family members and friends affected by cancer on the back. Last year’s event raised more than $125,000 for cancer research. In the months before the game, Saluki football fans can make bids on the jerseys, which are given to the highest bidder afterward. The Black Out Cancer game is the brainchild of Mike McElroy, a former safety and current Marion High School volunteer assistant football coach. McElroy thought of the idea before his 2011 senior season. “The main goal was to find a way to use athletics to give back to the southern Illinois community that supported us,” he said. Saluki Athletics announced a partnership with Southern Illinois Healthcare for the 2012 campaign during an Aug. 27 press conference. People in southern Illinois who are affected by cancer travel far distances

to undergo treatment. All the funds raised from this year’s Black Out game will go toward an ongoing plan for a regional cancer center. Athletic director Mario Moccia said the event was a way for the athletic department to pay back the community, which helped fund the Saluki Way project through taxes and donations. The project included SIU Arena restorations and the construction of Saluki Stadium. “This community, through Saluki Way, made a significant investment in Saluki Athletics,” he said. “This is one more way that we can repay that investment that the community has made.” Rex Budde, CEO of Southern Illinois Healthcare, said during the press conference that eight of the top 10 Illinois counties with the highest cancer death rates are in the region. “That fact shows why the need for cancer care at home is even more important,” he said. Rarely in our lives do we have such a chance as this to make a significant and meaningful contribution to our community.” Last year’s Black Out Cancer event happened during the Salukis’ last home game of the season, a 45-28 romp over Eastern Illinois. The men’s basketball team also wore black jerseys during its home


Junior quarterback Kory Faulkner drives the ball into the end zone for a Saluki touchdown last year during the SIUC Black Out for Cancer football game against Eastern Illinois University on November 9, 2011, at Saluki Stadium. The Salukis won the game 45-28, which ended their six-game losing streak. opener that night. This year’s game will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 against the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Saluki Stadium. Of all of Mike McElroy’s accomplishments during his four-

year SIU career, he said the Black Out Cancer game ranks near the top. “It’s definitely something that I’m proud of, in being able to give back,” he said. “All of your records will eventually be broken, but this is a

legacy that (2011 SIU football team) left behind.” Visit to place a bid on a Black Out jersey. Bidding ends at 10 a.m. Nov. 5.


An alumnus who fine-tuned his flying ability at SIU has taken his experience to new heights. Clarence Copping, a 1977 graduate of SIU, is one of three SIU Alumni


As president of a global company, SIU graduate Dan Korte has traveled to Saudi Arabia, Korea, Russia, London and India within the last six weeks. However, Korte, president of Rolls-Royce Defense, a $4 billion company, since 2009, said he looks forward to coming back to Carbondale the most. Korte, 52, graduated with an electrical engineering degree from the university in 1985. This weekend, he is one of three graduates to be honored by the SIU Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumnus. “I’m quite honored to come back,” he said. “Coming back and being able to help students who are just starting out is very valuable to me.” Korte, who was also awarded the SIU College of Engineering Alumni Achievement Award in 2007, said he was excited to come to Carbondale early to speak with engineering students on campus. He said he planned to tell students that teamwork, never-ending learning and staying humble are the keys to success. “My degree from SIU not only taught me the principles of engineering and taught me how to work in a team environment,” he said. “I learned the importance of business and finance when trying to resolve technical issues. I think all of those things have led to my success.” After he grew up in a small farm community in southern Illinois, Korte enrolled at SIU to get a computer-related degree but switched

Association Distinguished Alumnus Award honorees this year. Although the aviation and College of Applied Sciences and Arts graduate is a senior captain at United Airlines, he has also done work for SIU in past years. Copping, who is originally from Palatine but has lived in St. Charles since 1993, had flying experience before he started at SIU. He said his father was a World War II pilot, and he was always interested in aviation. “I was one of those guys that somebody takes you up in an airplane and you just kind of go, ‘This is for me,’” he said. “And so I was very lucky. I knew what I wanted to do early.” Copping began to fly in high school with the Boy Scout Explorer Post, where

to the College of Engineering. After he graduated, Korte spent about five years in the semi-conductor industry and has since worked in design engineering, electrical engineering, system engineering, supply chain management and as a program manager. Before he became the head of Rolls-Royce Defense, Korte was the vice president and general manager for Global Strike Systems, which is a division of the Boeing military aircraft business. He has held various senior-level positions, including V-22 program manager and vice president of supplier management and procurement. Today, Korte oversees RollsRoyce’s global defense aerospace business, encompassing 5,500 employees in 17 countries across the world. Altogether, Korte — an expert in design and systems engineering — has influenced the aerospace industry for more than 25 years. Korte said he worked at the Student Center during his time at the university so he could pay for his books and tuition and live off of 20-cent boxes of macaroni and cheese. Now, he’s the head of a $4 billion company. “I never thought I would be in the position that I am in today back then when I was struggling to get to the next exam,” he said. Korte met his wife of 25 years, Laurie Landgraf, in the Engineering Building while the two were students at SIU. They now live in St. Louis with their 13-year-old daughter. The Alumni Association honored Korte and the two other alumni Friday at a public reception and plaque unveiling in the Student Recreation Center’s Alumni Lounge. The honorees’ framed photos will join the other distinguished alumni on the university’s Distinguished Alumni Wall. Riley Swinford can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 268.

he became friends with someone a year older who was attending SIU. Copping said he visited the friend in Carbondale, where he was introduced to the flight and aviation technology programs. “I came home to my parents and said ‘I want to go to SIU,’” he said. “I made it real easy for them.” Copping already had a private pilot’s license when he enrolled at the university because of his high school flying experience. He said he was very busy in aviation technology and flying courses during his first two years at Southern Illinois Airport through the university. He said his peers and he had a lot of fun, but the curriculum often required a full day of work.

He received his flight instructor’s certificate at the end of his sophomore year and was hired by the university as a part-time flight instructor. He said he instructed during his junior and senior years and even got the opportunity to fly some charter flights. “It was a really great learning experience, getting paid to learn at that point,” he said. Copping was hired to work full-time as an assistant chief flight instructor for SIU a few months before he graduated in 1977. He did that for a year and a half before he placed an application with United Airlines. “I didn’t think I was qualified, but I wasn’t going to not apply for the job,” he said. “Unbeknownst to me,

because I had the rating that I had and the flight time I was able to get at SIU, and ... the mechanics rating, all of that put together, in United’s eyes, I was able to get hired as a pilot.” Copping said he was 22 years old when he got his job at United Airlines. He was laid off, though, after three years. SIU was looking for pilots at the same time. Copping was hired in 1981 as a university charter pilot, which is someone who provides air transportation for administrators and the athletic teams. He was at SIU for another two years until he was recalled by United Airlines. He has been with the airline ever since. For the rest of the story please visit


here was a period of time that I feel like agriculture was out of favor and people took it for granted. I am really pleased to see SIU College of Ag is witnessing growth. There are a lot of areas students can go into that would be fulfilling.


Since he graduated SIU nearly 30 years ago, David Delaney has tried to give back to the school he said prepared him to be successful in his career. Delaney, a 1983 graduate of the College of Agriculture Sciences and originally from Eldorado, started a scholarship in his late father’s name for students in the college, has been a guest speaker at the school’s Ag Industry Day and just last week started his orientation to be a member of the SIU Foundation board of directors. He said the professors he had at the university taught him more than just the agriculture industry. “Every university not only prepares you for the area of your degree, but you learn how to work as a team and build personal integrity,” he said. “I think that begins and ends with the professors you have. They weren’t just teaching from the textbook. They were preparing you for your future career.” A day after he graduated, Delaney flew to Omaha, Neb., where he already had a job in his field. From there his career has been a transition of company buyouts that led him to his position as vice president and chief operating officer for PotashCorp, the world’s largest mineral fertilizer company by capacity and leading potash producer with opperations in seven different countries.

— David Delaney Distinguished Alumni Award recipient

Delaney has transferred with four different companies that were bought out, and he continued to work his way up through the organization. He started out as a sales trainee, and then he was a sales rep. Delaney became product director in 1987, and he became product manager in 1989. In 1991, Delaney became director of industrial sales and in 1993 became the vice president of agriculture sales. He was promoted to vice president of industrial sales in 1997, and he became president of sales in 2000. Delaney’s last climb up the corporate ladder came in 2010, when he became chief operating officer. Delaney said he feels fortunate to work for the company as global food security is becoming a looming issue. With the world population growing quickly, he said it is important to teach people in different positions around the world agronomic practices that will help sustain a growing population. “It does feel like a greater calling,” he said. “I’m proud to be a part of agriculture and part of a great company that will contribute to the growing food security needs of the future.” PotashCorp also owns 28 percent of the Arab Potash Corporation in Jordan. Delaney represents his company on the Arab Potash board of directors

and goes there five times a year where he said he enjoys learning the region’s different culture. Delaney’s love of agriculture started young. His father, George Delaney, taught agriculture in Eldorado and Harrisburg for 15 years. “(He) was a great mentor to me and was a tremendous individual; well respected by anyone who knew him,” he said. George Delaney died in 1985 from a heart attack. David Delaney, whose older brother and sister also graduated from SIU, decided to start a scholarship in his father’s name in 2007. Every year a $1,000 scholarship is given to three or four students. Delaney meets the students every year and said he tries to mentor them as his father and professors did for him. “There was a period of time that I feel like agriculture was out of favor and people took it for granted,” he said. “I am really pleased to see SIU College of Ag is witnessing growth. There are a lot of areas students can go into that would be fulfilling.” Delaney lives in Lake Forest with his wife Kelley, and daughters Mallory, who is a school teacher, Madison, a senior in high school, and Meredith, who is in seventh grade. Sarah Schneider can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 256.


The women’s volleyball team was 15-3 and 5-2 going into Friday’s game on the road against Bradley. Today they play another conference team, Northern Iowa. The Salukis are undefeated on their home court under the direction of first-year coach Justin Ingram. Senior Alysia Mayes leads the team in kills, and in the team’s last win against Evansville she posted an impressive .842 hitting average. The team is in the top five in every Missouri Valley Conference statistic, including No. 1 in hitting percentage and opponents hitting percentage. A season highlight was the 3-1 Creighton upset for the first time in 10 years.

The swimming and diving team has competed in two events so far this season. SIU hosted the annual Miler and Open Water 5K. There was also a Sept. 29 alumni meet. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary and Pamela Benitez of El Salvador, who both swam in the London Olympics, won the Open Water 5K on Sept. 22, competing against Illinois State and Evansville. Benitez also won the Miler the night before. Till Pallmann won on the men’s side, competing against other Salukis. Coach Rick Walker leads the team again this year in his 20th season.

The men’s tennis team has mixed results this season through two events. The Salukis have competed in the Dale Short Shootout at Middle Tennessee State University and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-American, a tournament that featured some of the nation’s premier singles players. The Salukis compiled 14 victories in both singles and doubles at the Dale Short Shootout. Senior Badr Cherradi from France and freshman Jonny Rigby from England anchored the club in doubles, going 3-0. Cherradi also starred in the All-American, surpassing all other Salukis and advancing to the round of 64 in the pre-qualifying round. Dann Nelson is in his eighth year as coach.

Women’s tennis has had a stellar season so far. Being a preseason favorite to win the MVC, the team is earning its billing this year. Senior Melanie Delsart won the No. 1 singles championship at the MVC individual Championships. Senior Jennifer Dien and sophomore Natasha Tomishima won a doubles championship from the No. 2 slot at the Individual Championships last weekend. Early in the season the team traveled to New Orleans and also found success there. Senior Anastacia Simons and Delsart were able to win the flight 1 doubles championship and Abigail Plecki won the flight 3 consolation championship.

Both cross-country teams are excelling this year. The men came into the season ranked No. 1 for the conference, but it’s the women who are exceeding their No. 4 preseason rank. Both teams were able to come away with the finishes at the Saluki Early Bird and the Walt Crawford Open in Charleston. At the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, the Saluki men finished second only to No. 1 Wisconsin. The women were able to notch a sixth place finish out of the 51 teams participating.

The women’s golf team enters its fourth tournament this season Monday. Th e team placed seventh of 15 in the first tournament, fifth of 11 in the second and won the SIUE Intercollegiate Sept. 25. Freshman Amy Lee took the individual title at the SIUE intercollegiate by two strokes. All five athletes who competed placed in the top five. At that tournament, junior Cassie Rushing placed third. She and her sister Ashleigh Rushing tied for 11th place in the year’s first tournament. The team has three more tournaments in the fall season before it picks back up in March.

The men’s golf team has competed in five tournaments, with one remaining in its fall season. Senior Brandon Cauldwell highlighted the team thus far, including a win at the Sept. 16 Purdue/ Midwest Shootout. After the win, Cauldwell was named Missouri Valley Conference golfer of the week. The Salukis finished in fourth place in tournaments twice this fall and tied for fifth place Oct. 9 at the Skyhawk Fall Classic. Seniors Jeff Miller and Jake Erickson lead the team, too, which has also seen action in the top five from juniors George Tate and Caleb Harms and freshman Drew Novara. The Salukis’ next match is Oct. 22-23 at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate in Hopkinsville, Ky.

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ampus View is now offering a $100 discount off their application/activity fee for tenants who sign up prior to year-end this year. Campus View has been serving GVSU students for more than 45 years, and does more for its tenants than any other offcampus complex. They offer a lot to their tenants – from the welcome back pool party the Friday before classes (over 600 tenants attended) to the Super Bowl party (over 400 people last year). Campus View apartments are located on Pierce Street and 42nd Avenue, across the street from Laker Village and South Apartments, next to the GVSU health center. Campus View is the closest housing option to campus of any off-campus housing by about a half mile. Tenants have the option to choose be-




tween studios, one and two bedroom apartments, and three and four bedroom townhomes. They also have the option to choose to room one or two people per bedroom in the apartments and three bedroom townhomes, and one person per bedroom in the four bedroom townhomes. Stephanie Hamacher, sophomore at GVSU, said Campus View was the least expensive options and they had the best to offer. “I really like it here,” Hamacher said. “I like having all of the amenities they offer – we use them a lot.” The complex allows pets with a $2,000 non-refundable pet fee. Parking is available by purchasing a permit, which are $50 per vehicle. There are a few transportation options available to students. Campus View offers two bus stops in addition to the CV2GV Shuttle from 7:30 a.m. to noon, free of charge.



“I really like how close (Campus View) is to campus,” Hamacher said. “It’s within walking distance, but you can still take the bus.” Campus view offers full-year, school year, semester and summer lease terms along with free summer storage and they are still extremely flexible with their leases. Amenities available to tenants include garages, free cable and internet, full-size washer and dryer in each townhome with a laundry room in each apartment building. The complex also offers a swimming pool and hot tub and a Frisbee golf course. The Campus View community center is open 24 hours and includes free tanning, full-court indoor basketball and volleyball courts, a workout room with universal gym, ellipticals, treadmills and bikes. They also offer a dance/aerobic studio with free yoga and aerobics classes. The Community Center also offers a game room with pool tables, ping-pong, foosball and air hockey tables. And, they have study rooms,

a video game lounge and a movie theater. Hamacher said the owners of Campus View provide a lot for the tenants including things like breakfast at the bus stop and parties for residents to get to know each other. Campus View is also offering its tenants free food through the upcoming exam weeks. They are one of the only complexes that have on-site recycling. Campus View is a family-owned residence, so when tenants have any issues, they’re talking to the owners, not a hired hand. “Students should live here,” Hamacher said. “They have really great rates – especially for college students looking to save money. It’s in a great location and everyone is really friendly.” Campus View’s biggest obligation goes to their service commitment and accommodating the needs of their tenants.






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Campus West: Bringing together campus community BY BRADY FREDERICKSEN GVL SPORTS EDITOR

Who doesn’t like free money? That’s the question Campus West Apartments is asking Grand Valley State University students in need of a place to live next year. “Campus West is more of a community than other places,” said leasing manager Nichol Payne. “It’s more of a friendly atmosphere and a lot of people sign here because the people are nice.” With a new offer, expiring at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, new Campus West residents that sign a lease for the 2013-14 school year will be able to keep more than a few dollars in their pockets. New tenants who sign before the Nov. 30 deadline will receive a $125 rental credit as

well as half off the application fee of $250. Those new signees also get free parking, saving another $40 for a total savings of $290. “The promotion is going to be the biggest promotion we’ll have,” Payne said. “(Tenants) are already saving money by living at Campus West — just because our rates are lower, lower sign-up cost — and this reduces that even more.” Money saving deals is something many students have at the top of their shopping list when it comes to apartment shopping, but the complex is filling fast — thanks, in part, to the savings. Located at 4832 West Campus Drive, Campus West provides students with benefits of independent living with apartment and townhome-style complexes to go with a plethora of

perks and amenities. “I love having easy access to entertaining activities within walking distance of my apartment,” said John Motz, a three-year resident at Campus West. “It’s wonderful to have access to a free workout center that’s not always packed like the rec center.” Those amenities range from a basketball court and workout center to free tanning and an entertainment and game room, all that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Within that, Campus West offers monthly events and free high-speed Internet. Parking is also easier at Campus West. The complex allows free guest parking passes, allowing visitors to park directly in front of their friend or family member’s complex as well as in the des-

ignated guest parking lot, one that does not require a pass. With Campus West located about a mile from campus, Payne said the bus stop locations prove to be among the best. As a tenant, riding the 48 bus home from campus will leave you as the first off-campus stop, and when riding the 37 bus to campus, you’ll be the last off-campus stop before the bus heads for Kirkhoff. “I love the bus route system, that’s probably one of my favorite parts,” said resident and senior biology major Zach Leinonen. “You’re running a little late to class and you can always wait and, hopefully, if you get there on time, the 37’s right there.”

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QUICK FACTS Location: 4832 W. Campus Dr., Allendale, MI 49401 Property types: Apartments and Townhouses Room options still available: Two bed two and a half bath at $535-545 per room (fully furnished), two bed one bath at $410 per room, four bed two bath at $335 per room Pets: Only dogs in designated areas Parking: One parking pass available per person at one time (free guest passes) Bus stop: Located on the 37 and 48 routes Inclusions and amenities: Free Wi-Fi and cable, tanning, fitness room, study lounge, and work out center

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Apartment Amenities • All townhome bedrooms feature a private full-size bathroom with bathtub/shower • Multiple-level living for increased privacy • Large capacity washer & dryer • FREE high-speed Internet connection • FREE expanded cable • High-efficiency heating & air conditioning system • Premium insulation package • Breakfast bar in kitchen and abundant counter space • Available furnished or unfurnished

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LIFE IS A BEECH Copper Beech keeps students close to campus, leaves plenty of room for play

BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL editor in chief


ith spacious townhomes containing units that offer Grand Valley State University students up to 2,000 square-feet of living space, Copper Beech Property Manager Cory Corban said these townhomes are “perfect for students looking to maximize their off-campus living experience will still enjoying closeness to campus.” Copper Beech, located on the corner of 48th Ave. and Pierce Street, just west of GVSU’s Allendale Campus, Copper Beech offers units with 1-4 bedrooms, prices ranging between $400-680 per person depending on specific style and size. “Aside from our large floor plansCopper Beech offers ample luxuries at a competitive price,” Corban said, adding that in the past few weeks, Copper Beech has been leasing a lot of properties for the 2013-2014 academic year. Maybe it’s thanks to the anticipated new 3,600 square-foot gym – which is still in progress now, but scheduled for completion in the coming months.

It will include an indoor sports court and new gym equipment. Or it’s the easy access to stressfree transportation to class, with two Rapid routes tucked right within the community. But for those students who want to keep their wheels close to home for the semester while they kick back and utilize Copper Beech’s free cable and Internet package, onsite, open-air, carports and garage parking spaces will keep your ride safe while you relax after that big exam. If you’re the kind of student who likes to sweat out the stress, Copper Beech offers 24/7 access to a community gym and fitness center and has an outdoor community basketball court. Copper Beech townhomes also include full-capacity washer and dryers and large bedrooms with full-size private bathrooms. If that’s not enough space, check out Copper Beech’s clubhouse, equipped with a game room, study area, pool table, TV lounge and foosball table. For more information on life at Copper Beech, visit

QUICK FACTS Location: 48th Ave and Pierce St. One street west of GVSU’s Allendale Campus Property types: Townhouses Room options still available: 1-4 bedrooms, $400-$680 per person depending on specific style Pets: No Parking: On-site open-air, carports, and garages Bus stop: Two Rapid bus stops within community Inclusions and amenities: Free cable/internet


Living in luxury: Copper Beech townhomes offers residents with free cable and internet along with onsite, open-air carports and garage parking spaces to keep cars covered and safe.


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Full Circle Townhomes is Allendale’s only eco-friendly, LEED® Silver certified rental community.

One Month Free Rent! Applicable for leases signed Nov. 13 - Dec. 31, 2012.



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Full Circle Townhomes thinks green, saves students money BY stephanie allen GVL A&E EDITOR


ull Circle Townhomes doesn’t just think green when it comes to saving on rent money, they’re also LEED certified and Energy Star efficient. Along with competitively priced rent per bedroom – $550 for two-bedroom, $470 for three-bedroom and $445 for four-bedroom – Full Circle Townhomes is running a special one month free deal until Dec. 31. But ownermanager Darcie Whiddon said they don’t have many units left, and suggests that interested students sign a lease soon. “By leasing now, each student will get one month’s rent for free,” Whiddon said. “That’s a savings of up to $1,780.” But the energy efficient status can also save tenants hundreds of dollars on utility costs, too. “It’s all about being green and conscious of the impacts we have on the environment,” Full Circle Townhomes estimates savings of more than $800 annually for each tenant, which is almost half off of what other complexes around Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus pay. “It’s a great place for students to live because it gives students the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment,” Whiddon said. “By living at Full Circle, the tenants will breathe healthier air; they’ll save thousands of gallons of fresh water; and they save hundreds of dollars on utilities.” The eight available units come in two, three, or fourbedroom options and each

unit is built with greenfocused materials including “Green Wood” floors, “Green Label Plus” carpet made from recycled materials and dual flushing toilets. The “green philosophy” is just one aspect that drew GVSU student and resident Chelsie Hernandez to Full Circle Townhomes. “Everything you would expect to have in a home is included in Full Circle Townhomes,” Hernandez said. “For example there is a washer, dryer, and dishwasher in each unit, plus each bedroom has its own personal bathroom.” The spacious bedrooms, personal bathrooms and overall look of the townhomes were also a big aspect for Hernandez. “Student’s should consider living at Full Circle Townhomes because the bedrooms are spacious enough to not only just fit a bed, TV, etc., but also everything else a successful college student would need, like a desk, and still live comfortably,” she said. With a location right on Lake Michigan Dr., Full Circle Townhomes is within walking distance of campus. And during the winter, the Rapid Route 37 bus stop is only about 100 feet from the units. “The location is perfect, it’s close to campus so it’s convenient, but it’s secluded enough to where you are able to get a homey and relaxed atmosphere,” Hernandez said. The location isn’t the only thing that helps with a quieter atmosphere, though. The walls were built with sound barriers so neighbor noises will never be a problem. Included in the monthly

rent is high speed internet, cable, parking, water, snow removal, recycling and trash – just another way Full Circle Townhomes is trying to save tenants money. And the free, assigned parking spaces insure tenants always have somewhere to park by their unit. With a think-green focus and a great location, Hernandez said it was an easy choice to make, and it only helped that the staff is understanding and willing to help students, unlike some larger complexes, she said. “I’ve heard horror stories from other students on campus about awful landlord’s and staff that they have had to deal with in situations where they live, Full Circle is not like that at all,” Hernandez said. “Full Circle Townhome’s staff are all people whom are super friendly, easy to get along with and truly care about you.”

QUICK FACTS PROPERTY TYPES:8 units2,3,4 bedroom options LOCATION: 4533 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale, MI AMENITIES: All ENERGY STAR Rated Kenmore Appliances – gas range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, front loaded washer and dryer

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itting about a quarter mile from Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus, Hightree Townhhomes are the perfect place for you and your friends to live. The Townhomes offer three and four bedroom units with onsite friendly management and an on-site shuttle bus stop. Danielle Voetberg has been a resident of the Hightree Townhomes for three years now and

said the friendly staff and ability to jump on the bus have played a key role in keeping her there. “It is such a quaint community,” Voetberg said. “It’s not very big and the owners treat you more like family than just another number.” The family-friendly staff at Hightree Townhomes also offers on-site maintenance for residents and lawn care and snow removal. The townhomes, which are three level houses, also offer residents telephone access in each bedroom, cable TV hookups in

the living room, and water and sewer for residents. “I have lived here for three years and I will be signing up for a fourth year real soon,” Voetberg said. “I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else to be honest. You get help from maintenance if you need it and it’s very quint and comfortable.” Voetberg also said she enjoyed the fact that she has the bus available. “It’s a 10-15 minute bus ride,” Voetberg said. “It’s nice because Hightree Townhomes are the first

pick-up and also the first to be dropped off by the bus.” The townhomes feature luxurious living and include a dishwasher, refrigerator, range, oven and microwave in each unit and lots of private storage. Unlike some apartment and townhouse complexes in the area, Hightree Townhomes offer free parking near each unit along with an on-site manager to help residents. Other features residents can expect are free expanded basic cable TV, free wireless internet,

central air conditioning, window blinds, and great carpet and tile flooring in each unit. Leasing at the Hightree Townhomes is done by a 10-month lease and go from Aug. 1 until May 31. If you are thinking of renewing an existing lease, Hightree Townhouses will give residents June and July for free. For those interested in learning more about life at Hightree Townhomes, visit or call them directly at (616) 490-0454.

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Choices, choices: With eight unique loft options, Loft 45 offers residents up-scale living at a reasonable cost.

or residents looking for an upscale, loftstyle unit with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 5-10 minutes from the Allendale Campus, look no further than Loft45! Located in the Heritage Towne Center Commercial complex on Lake Michigan Dr., Loft45 sits close to restaurants and shops in the heart of downtown Allendale. Loft 45 is known for its up-scale style loft floor plans that are designed with tall 10 ft. ceilings, large palatial windows, and walk-in closets in each unit. “Loft45 has shops, restaurants, and businesses that are steps from your door,” said property manager Rachel Fuller. JV Spa and Nail salon just opened recently in the center and Forever Sun tanning business plus Allendale Vision are located in the center as well. Fuller said that a lot of the businesses around the complex, including Allendale Vision, do offer discounts for GVSU students who have a college ID. For residents looking to stay active, Snap

Fitness center is on location that can be used by residents at a discounted price if they show their lease upon entry. Another feature that Loft45 offers to residents is the ability to keep pets on the premise. “We are the only, or one of the only, apartment complexes that is a pet-friendly community in Allendale,” Fuller said. “We do allow cats and dogs in the complex up to 35 pounds.” Each apartment comes fully equipped with GE black appliances which include a dishwasher, built-in microwave, oven, refrigerator, and even a washer and dryer. Loft 45 has eight unique one and two bedroom loft options ranging from 716 square feet to over 1,115 square feet. Rates are competitive as the one bedroom loft ranges from $729 to $779 and a two bedroom unit ranges from $850 to $999. There is free open parking available to the residents as well. So, if you are looking for a place close to campus but also close to city life, Loft45 is the place for you.

QUICK FACTS PROPERTY TYPES: One or two-bed upscale loft-style apartment’s $729-999 PETS ALLOWED: Up to 35 lbs. PARKING: Open/general parking Bus stop or transportation: N/A AMENITIES: Full-size washer/ dryer units, black appliances, 10-foot ceilings, large windows, walk-in closets, upgraded kitchens with maple cabinetry, restaurant/eateries on site.

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Located conveniently across from Meadows Golf Course, on the corner of 48th West Avenue and West Campus Drive, Meadows Crossing offers Grand Valley State University students a great location at a great price. “We offer a high-quality living environment for our residents,” said Karen BierHobbs, Meadows Crossing property manager. “We provide privacy and comfort, security and an array of attractive amenities.” At Meadows, students can choose from two- or four-bedroom apartments and town homes, which range from $410 to $480 a month for a 12-month lease. Each unit is fully furnished and includes bedroom furniture, a sofa, coffee table, side chair, couch, end table and entertainment center. There is no cost to park at Meadows, so students can keep their wheels stationary and their wallets thicker, and on-site bus stops that connect to both Rapid routes 37 and 48, moving throughout GVSU’s campus without feeling the pain at the pump has never been easier. “Meadows Crossing has a lot to offer, but the biggest is convenience to the bus stops,” Bier-Hobbs said. “There’s no price on time saved.” Utilities at Meadows have all been selected in the spirit of sustainability, with 90 percent efficient gas-forced air furnaces, fast-recovery water heaters, compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and sink aerators, Andersen windows, energy-efficient floor plans and recycling for paper, plastic, glass and cardboard. Meadows Crossing units all come with a dishwasher, micro-

wave, refrigerator, garbage disposal and full washer and dryer – not to mention a premium cable TV package and high-speed internet at no extra cost to students, so you don’t have to worry about how to spend your downtime between classes. Still not enough? Meadows Crossing offers the best of sun and fun with a resort-style swimming pool and spa when the weather is warm, and tenants can get their bodies toned and poolready with at the Meadows Crossing Fitness Center, with free, 24-hour access to treadmills, elliptical, free weights and much more. In fact, Meadows Crossing is designed for promoting physical fitness, with on-site basketball and volleyball courts and ample pavement for biking and walking. If you’re not a fan of the great outdoors or the cold winter weather has got you down, the Meadows Crossing Clubhouse has all of your indoor entertainment needs, equipped with PingPong, foosball and pool tables along with a quiet study space and free printing, all

open to tenants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The complex also has a variety of shops, specifically designed to maximize convenience and fun for tenants. Drop by Hip Party Store to get ready for your Friday night, or just for some supplies when the crunch of exam time makes it difficult to get to the grocery store. Located on the other side of the Meadows Crossing Fitness Center, students can kick back at the Hookah Longue for some quiet conversation and relaxation with friends. “This is my fourth year living at Meadow’s Crossing and it really has become my home away from home,” said GVSU student Bianca Pannone. “I love all of the amenities they have to offer as well as everything that comes with the apartment. I didn’t have to worry about providing my own furniture, and having my own bedroom and bathroom allows for privacy. It’s a very safe and friendly environment, and I would definitely recommend Meadow’s Crossing to others.”

QUICK FACTS LOCATION(S): The corner of 48th Avenue and West Campus Drive, across from the Meadows Golf Course Property types: two- and 4-bedroom apartments and townhomes PETS ALLOWED: No Parking: Free parking, including carports Bus stop or transportation: Bus stops for both Rapid routes 37 and 48

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Mystic Woods provides students with a home away from home. “They’re spacious, reasonably priced and it has a great community feel,” said current resident Brad Wandschneider. “I wish I would have moved here sooner!” Mystic Woods has it’s own unique community environment as well. “I think we’re unique because of the type of housing we are,” said Jodi Dekkenga, owner and property manager. “It really does feel like a home. Students will get more of a ‘home-y’ feel. It’s a close community feel and unique experience.”

Mystic only offers 12-month leases, management said because of such a high demand and all options are four bedroom units which means students must find a group of four to sign a lease along with a guarantor form. Most units come unfurnished, but there are three or four furnished options. Two addition things residents receive is free, covered parking and the ability to keep pets, although having a pet does require management approval. Mystic Woods also offers a few new amenities including a beach volleyball court and basketball court. “The reason I enjoy living in Mystic Woods is because it has it’s own sense of community,” said current resident

Brittani Hudson. “We all know who lives in what place and are friendly when we see each other. From playing volleyball or basketball to hanging out on the front porch, we all enjoy our community.” Each duplex has bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a kitchen and living room on the main floor with a half-bath and laundry room on the main floor as well. Two bedrooms are upstairs and two bedrooms are downstairs. “It’s the only place at GVSU that offers larger units,” said owner and property manager Scott Dekkenga. “It’s the closest thing to renting a house – it’s like a housing community.” Rent includes cable, Internet and trash but tenants are obligated

to pay utilities – gas, electric and water. They currently have security, but only as it is needed. Maintenance service is available by request and emergency maintenance service is available. “The landlord Scott is amazing as well,” Hudson said. “He makes an effort to get to know each of the residents and respects every single one of us. We don’t have to wait weeks to get anything fixed, he usually comes over within a day or two to make sure it’s taken care of. Mystic Woods is by far my favorite place to live as a college student.”

Contact 5386 Pierce St. Scott Dekkenga (616) 886-8533 Jodi Dekkenga (616) 886-8535


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High standards: North Campus offers residents a clean and safe environment near GVSU.

A SPACE TO BREATHE By Brady Fredericksen GVL Sports Editor


or students looking to experience townhome-style living while having a little personal space from the bustling Grand Valley State University campus, life as a tenant at North Campus Townhomes next year may be the life for you. Located at 11250 Kistler Ave., North Campus Townhomes provides a more private living experience for students ranging from the serious variety to those looking for a new locale. “It’s a private quiet area, and it’s new which is nice for us being landlords,” said complex owner Sonya Bolks. “The maintenance, we take pride in that, and as parents ourselves with college kids, we want to make sure it’s a good, clean, safe environment.” That parental mentality

is one of the main things that separate North Campus Townhomes from other off-campus apartment complexes. With very spacious buildings, the complex has all the amenities of living at home. Standards are high and when people call Bolks at North Campus Townhomes with an issue, they jump to it to try to fix tenant’s needs. Bolks and her husband Steve are actually new landlords this year, but tenant Tyler Ferguson said the transition and complex has been exactly what he’s looking for. “It’s nice and quiet, it’s spacious and under control and doesn’t have the craziness with bills,” the sophomore psychology major said. “Sonya has been here three times in just a few weeks, she comes around and checks in with us … I’m enjoying it here so far.” As for amenities, the

complex includes a full washer and dryer along with pre-paid cable, Internet and water for tenants. Also included are a microwave and dishwasher in the kitchen. With the location tucked back off Lake Michigan Dr., tenants are also within walking distance of the bus stop, GVSU’s main entrance and the Speedway down the road. The complex offers unique three-bedroom, two-bath set ups with leases ranging from a 10-month version to a 12-month version. “As local owners, we’re close by and maintenance is always taken care of,” Bolks said. “Myself being a parent, now I look at is as having 15 kids. Being in the community, our reputation is on it, so we have very high standards being locally owned.”

Included: -Cable -High Speed Internet -Full- sized washer & dryer -Microwave & Dishwasher -Water/ Sewer/ Trash 616. 551. 8523 11250 Kistler Ave. Allendale, MI. 49401



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So close: Located near GVSU’s Allendale campus, Ottawa Creek is a walk away from many stores.

Ottawa Creek offers country calm BY Lizzy balboa GVL news EDITOR

A Great Place To Call Home At A Great Price FEATURING •Spacious 1 & 2 Bedrooms •Modern Appliances •Walkout Balcony •Central Air •Dishwasher •Basketball Court •Coin–Op Laundry (in each building)

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Separated from Lake Michigan Drive by a grassy field, the peaceful atmosphere of Ottawa Creek Apartments provides students a prime environment for relaxation after the hustle and bustle of school. “The quiet and serene country setting that surrounds OCA is the perfect location for residents to unwind after a busy day of classes and studying at Grand Valley State University,” said Terri Ainslie of the complex office. But residents are never far from the fun of commercial strips, if that’s what they’re looking for. The apartments are located about a mile from GVSU, within walking distance of Peppino’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, PNC Bank and the Allendale Goodwill store. Residents enjoy access to a full basketball court and picnic area, as well as free basic cable and DSL hookup, water, trash pick-up and

parking. Each building also has coin-operated laundry machines. Ainslie added that the complex offers large apartments with lots of closet space and big balconies. GVSU student Katie Lihan is living in the Ottawa Creek apartments for her third year and said she has had only good experiences. “The rent is reasonable, especially considering the size and condition of the apartments,” Lihan said. “In fact, the owners have been very helpful whenever I’ve had any problems. They’ve been very willing to work with me to straighten things out.” The helping hands and accommodating staff members have helped make the student’s housing experience a positive one. “I would have to say that the best part about living here is the office staff,” she said. “They are really good with their tenants and are extremely helpful. I quite honestly don’t have any com-

plaints about the last three years I’ve been here.” Residents can choose between one-year and nine-month leases. Oneyear leases include a onebedroom, no balcony room for $600 per month; a two-bedroom, no balcony room for $720 per month; a two-bedroom apartment with a balcony for $770 per month; and a spacious one-bedroom apartment for $650 per month. Nine-month leases include a one-bedroom, no balcony room for $650 per month; a two-bedroom, no balcony room for $850 per month; and a two-bedroom apartment with a balcony for $890 per month. Ottawa Creek Apartments is currently offering $250 off the first month’s rent on a twobedroom apartment when the renter brings in the ad. The offer expires Jan. 31, 2013. For more information about the complex, call 616453-9190 or visit


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University Townhouses gives residents options BY LIZZY BALBOA GVL NEWS EDITOR


ituated less than two miles from the Allendale campus, University Townhouses and Apartments provides what owner Dan Jansen calls “just a quiet community.” “It’s a quiet, out-of-the-way place for kids to go where they don’t have to worry about the busyness of Grand Valley,” Jansen said, adding that he typically has about 30 to 40 percent who re-sign their leases after the year “just because they like that atmosphere.” UTA has two separate locations with 18 housing units on Fillmore Street and five units on Lake Michigan Drive. The Fillmore complex is nestled in a secluded, forest setting, while the Lake Michigan complex is within walking distance of a shopping center and food, video and convenience stores. Students can choose between 10- and

12-month leasing options for three differ- apartment units priced at $370 to $390 per person depending on the lease term. ent rental styles. The final style is two-bedroom, oneDepending on the length of lease and number of occupants, two-bedroom, two- bathroom apartments, located at 6425 Lake bathroom Fillmore townhouse with 1110 Michigan Dr. The name of this complex is square-feet could run anywhere from $225 Campustown Flats, and its 900 square-foot apartments are priced to $390 per person. at $325 to $350 per Meanwhile, a fourperson depending on bedroom, two- “It’s a quiet, out-of-the-way lease term. bathroom town- place for kids to go where “I think we’re one house with 1400 they don’t have to worry of the most reasonably square-feet could about the busyness of Grand run anywhere from priced [housing estabValley.” $200 to $280 per lishments] as far as the things that we offer,” person with the DAN JANSEN same conditions. UNIVERSITY TOWNHOUSE OWNER Jansen said, adding that one perk to living Two to four tenants at UTA is that the units can fit comfortably in a two-bedroom, while the four-bedroom provide more spacious bedrooms than many can accommodate four to six tenants. Both other off-campus housing complexes. Each townhouse and apartment unit also townhouse options are dual-level. The Fillmore location has recently comes equipped with a washer and dryer; added eight two-bedroom, two-bathroom a stove, refrigerator and dishwasher in the

kitchen; and DSL, phone and cable hookups in each room. Students staying at the Fillmore location also receive digital video and cable Internet access. And although UTA does not have a nearby bus stop, it does offer free parking for all units. Utilities for all living style units include water, trash removal and sewer. Heating is provided at several locations, and the Lake Michigan apartments include gas and electric. In addition to rent, each unit has a cleaning fee of $200. However, the price of residence is well worth the quaint atmosphere. “It’s small, so we’re more personal than a lot of the other complexes are,” Jansen said. UTA requires a $10-per-person application fee and still has rooms available for the 2013-14 school year. For more information about touring or leasing with University Townhouses and Apartments, call 616-477-5511 or visit the website at

University Townhouses

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Leasing for Fall 2013!


-Free 24 hour gym and game room -Free multi sport’s court -Free tanning, cable, & wifi -Free movie theatre -Menna’s Joint -Individual leases -On site bus stop -Large, fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar -Privately keyed, large bedrooms -Private bath for every bedroom -Full sized washer & dryer -Study lounge featuring: computer room with print & copy center

-1, 2, 4 bedroom apartments and town homes -Fully furnished options available Leasing office located directly across from GVSU on 48th Ave. 10897 48th Ave. Suite B 400 Allendale, MI 49401 616-895-2400

Grand Valley Lanthorn

Grand Valley Lanthorn


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At your finger tips: Whether you need a quick cup of coffee or a quick workout, 48 West has everything you will need right on its premise including a theater with a projection screen and a fitness center.

48 West: value, convenience and comfort BY 48West


s a college student, you may occasionally find yourself in the drivethru of your favorite fast food joint as you’ve simply run out of time to make dinner. You check over the menu and order off the value menu—everything you want for the just the right price. Indeed, that is value just as you will find the value you are searching for at 48west. 48west has unmatched convenience


when it comes to having everything you need right at your fingertips. Need coffee before class? At Ugro, the on-site coffee shop you can order tea, coffee, smoothies and food to get your day started. Missed your favorite show? You can check out Theater 48 with its 106 inch projection screen and surround sound. Just find your favorite show On Demand in HD and have a seat with up to 50 of your closest friends. Are you ready to sweat? 48west’s 2200 square foot fitness center has individual TVs on all the cardio equipment so you can watch the Food Network as you burn calories and dream of all the tasty food you can eat when you’re done. Still want more? They’ve also got a fully loaded game room with pool tables, shuffle board, darts, an X-box with Kinect, a Wii, and more. Perhaps you were hoping to cozy up by one of the fireplaces in the commons while you watch the 70” flat screen TV, or maybe lounging in one of the private study rooms is more your style. They’ve got it all in the Commons for whatever your mood may be. With on-site restaurant Menna’s Joint, a multi-sports court, and profes-

sional leasing and management offices, 48west provides its residents with more than just the basics. It’s a community that wants to make you feel like you’re at home and provide with you an experience rather than just a roof over your head. At 48west, they know however, that you are looking for more than just a fun place to hang out and study, you need a great place to live too. How does your own bedroom and bathroom sound? At 48west you get the luxury of having roommates without the complication of worrying if they are paying rent. That’s right; you are on your own individual lease. This is something to get the parents excited about. Do you need something else to tell mom and dad? 48west is well lit and has security that walks and drives the property! If this is not enough for you, read what resident Allison Ott has to say: As a resident at 48west I get to enjoy all the perks they offer. The fitness center is only a few steps away from my door, the commons offers the perfect quiet place to study and the Red Bull Smoothies from Ugro are amazing! They

also have the theater where I go and watch some of my favorite TV shows with my friends. My apartment is awesome! I’ve been here for two years and I love living at 48west. The value may seem too good to be true… but it’s not! 48west offers 1, 2, and 4 bedroom apartments and town homes. Bedrooms are filling up fast for fall 2013 and you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Hop on the 37 bus and take it right to 48west t o begin your tour.


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Grand Valley Lanthorn

Finding your furniture swag BY AUSTIN METZ GVL ASSOCIATE EDITOR


o you have just spent the past month searching for an apartment. You looked online, visited different units, and made close to a million phone calls until you finally found your dream apartment. Now the real problem, where are you going to get your furniture? As college students, the ultimate goal is to accomplish two things while furnishing your apartment. First, the goal is to pay as little as possible and second, you want to get furniture that is fashionable and hip.


If these are your goals, the first place to turn to has to be Craigslist. After perusing today’s Grand Rapids furniture section on Craigslist, the selections included a nifty three-piece Coca Cola dining set for $100, a trendy 60” vintage mirror for only $45, and even a snazzy sofa for $650. Everything from bamboo chairs, china cabinets, computer chairs and desks, and mattresses are available to you with just a click of the mouse.


Don’t want to go the Craigslist route but you still want to save some cash? Can you say Goodwill to the rescue? With over 15 locations around the state of Michigan, you will be able to find a location wherever you are coming from. Who knows, you may even find a few vintage t-shirts while you are there.


Not sure you want to go the used furniture route? Meijer and Target both have many fashion-friendly furniture choices with pretty good sale prices.


Another option students can explore is IKEA’s online store. Available to you 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the online store gives you tons of options while allowing you to shop from the comfort of your own home. Even in your pajamas if that’s your style.

Lastly, no matter where you shop, be sure to check for those sales, especially because the holiday season is here.


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