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SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

GV Football; better the second time around? Molly Hottle COLUMNIST

Ask any member of the Grand View football team how this year will be different than their first one on the playing field and the answer will sound something like this: Better, faster, stronger. After making their debut last year in the Mid-States Football Association, the Vikings ended the season with a record of 2-8. They won their inaugural game against Briar Cliff University, but they made more than a few mistakes on the field during the rest of the season. Back then, Grand View didn’t stand much of a chance and for good reason. Last August, 99 football players and a handful of coaches met as a team on the Williams Stadium field for the first time. They had just two weeks to practice before their first game. With more than half of the players fresh out of high school and without any spring training together, the odds were more than against them. In addition, some of the players were getting in trouble off the field, getting into fights and skipping class. But that was last year. This year, problematic players were removed from the team, according to head coach Mike Woodley. And the team is one year more mature. One year better, faster, stronger. “We’re one year older and wiser,” Woodley said. “We’ve been through the wars.” And then there’s Lawrence Taylor, the icing on the improvement cake. Called “LT” by his teammates, he’s a junior running back who moved from San Jose four weeks ago. And he might just bring the edge Grand View needs. On Saturday, during the first game of the 2009 season, he ran for a game total of 97 yards, scored his first touchdown as a Viking and helped lead the team to its 27-21 win over Briar Cliff University. So it’s a simple hypothesis: If a football team has more than two weeks to practice before the season, then it will be inherently better. Butt can the team be better than the giant it will face this week? This Saturday, the Grand View Vikings will face off against the Drake Bulldogs in their first match-up ever. When Drake officials first contacted the coaching staff at Grand View with an open weekend and the prospect of playing the game, Woodley hesitated. “I really didn’t want to do it yet, not until they grew up a Continued on p 5

Campus offers etiquette reception Reception focused on business, networking skills Micah Stevens STAFF WRITER

The Career Center will be hosting a Fall Etiquette Reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 17 at the Student Life Center in the Multi Purpose Room. The cost of the event is $5 which includes hors d’oeuvres and a seminar. Business attire is required. The event is limited to 75 people, and the registration deadline is Monday, September 14; registration forms can be picked up in the career center. “We hope to encourage students, especially upper level students, to attend this event for the benefit of their career success,” Mary Stearns, Director of the Career Center said. “Statistically, 65% of

job placement is attached to networking. Students must understand the art and science of introducing, engaging, and making a good impression.” Callista Gould, a Certified Etiquette Instructor from the Culture and Manners Institute, will be presenting the basics of etiquette through a business network simulation. A nonalcoholic mocktail bar will be served and students will walk through conversation etiquette exercises, how to make a good first impression, practicing speaking, navigating social hours, and generally feeling better in an upper level social setting. “Etiquette builds confidence and poise, ” Gould said. There are three different generations of people; the younger generation, who is used to electronic communication, the older generation, who is used to one-on-one face-toface communication, and the group in between. Etiquette

“Bad etiquette can follow you through a company... people remember.” Callista Gould Certified Etiquette Instructor

can bridge the gap between groups, Gould said. “Bad etiquette can follow you through a company, it may stand in the way of promotions and salary raises. People remember,” Gould said. “In past years we have had mostly a dinner simulation, this year we have decided to include a seminar as well, because etiquette is more than just in a dinner setting. In the

past we have had registration fill quickly, we are expecting to have a good turn out because it is a fun, comfortable, learning environment,” Stearns said. Gould has been teaching etiquette for approximately three years and is the founder of the Culture and Manners Institute. She has given etiquette presentations across the United States and China, and is an award-winning speaker. Before teaching etiquette classes, Gould worked as a Director of Marketing for InterTech Media, a Manager of Public Relations for Amana Appliances, and did Marketing for Sony Music Entertainment. “After working with such companies I became interested in etiquette due to experiences with good and bad managers. It’s a lot of fun to go to different colleges and teach students the basics of etiquette,” Gould said.

Fall leadership retreat helps bring students together Reception focused on business, networking skills Courtney Townsend STAFF WRITER

Grand View’s 09-10 student leaders started off the year with a fall retreat and a week full of leadership activities. Around 80 students and advisors came together for a weekend of leadership training and team building Kent Schornack said. The Fall Leadership Retreat is centered around building a sense of community among students leaders, leadership skills training and student leaders taking a lead in influencing the direction the university is going. The retreat was held on Aug. 14 and 15 and Leadership Week was Aug. 17-21. It started out on campus, and relocated to the Iowa

4H Camp just south of Boone where student participated in leadership activities, recreation and an overnight stay. Students and advisors worked in large groups and teams to further develop leadership skills and work on projects related to this year’s theme: vocation. The retreat was entitled, “CALLED2LEAD… gifted to serve.” “The big direction we have been talking about this year promotes the idea of vocation and what the word vocation means, a sense of life calling,” Schornack said, “ I asked the students, how do you want to message vocation to the campus.” Projects consisted of creating a Facebook page, GV Spotlight, flip videos, posters and an article for GV magazine. Each piece had the same theme of how to spread the term vocation across campus. The Facebook page has rough drafts of all the projects, including a list of reasons brainstormed by the student

leaders about why vocation is important to Grand View. It can be viewed by searching “GV Students on Vocation.” “Grand View empowers us to fulfill the needs of our vocation,” Marissa Miller, graphic design and Spanish sophomore said. Following the retreat was Leadership Week from the Aug. 17-21 which gives the student leaders time to meet with their specific groups such as Viking Council and Campus Ministries. “As individual teams, I asked them to keep in mind of the big picture of vocation from the retreat as they do their planning for the year, ” Schornack said. Along with meeting in groups the whole team came together to participate in a service project with Habitat for Humanity. Also the team enjoyed a luncheon with the President Henning in which he updated students on new things happening at Grand View. The team also hosted a tailgate luncheon at the stadi-

um for new and returning fall athletes. “Leadership week all in all was a huge success and I can’t wait for next year,” Ashlee Whitfield, nursing junior said. “Being a student leader is a great way to meet other students and help bring together the Grand View community,” Madi Riddle, psychology and human services sophomore said.

“Grand View empowers us to fulfill the needs of our vocation,”

Marissa Miller graphic design sophomore

Find out how the football team has been preparing for the big game on Saturday.

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