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TRANSPORTATION

ADDITIONAL TESTS REPORT SAFE AIR QUALITY ON PEW CAMPUS

Following an air quality report this January, additional quality tests were conducted on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus near Viant Medical to ensure safe emission levels. Areas surrounding Viant were tested by the DEQ this winter and found increased levels of ethylene oxide, which is known to cause cancer. While the levels were found to be in a safe range, the DEQ and Viant are working to lower these emissions. The most recent tests found that the ethylene oxide emissions are consistent with the previous reports. Indoor air quality was also tested in the L. William Seidman Center, the Bicycle Factory and the DeVos Center. Results were analyzed by experts at GVSU. There are no concerns about shortterm effects caused by these emissions.

VOTER SUMMIT ENCOURAGES STUDENT POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

In preparation for the 2020 presidential election, GVSU held a voter summit May 10 to discuss the importance of voting. The Michigan Student Voter Engagement Summit featured guest speakers and educational meetings about how students can become politically involved. With over 100 representatives from other Michigan colleges and universities, the summit organized a “full day of shared learning, networking and strategizing,” said Melissa Baker-Boosamra, associate director of Student Life for Civic Engagement and Assessment at GVSU. The meetings focused on student involvement, political education, voter turnout and student activism.

GV PROFESSOR PREDICTS ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN

After surveying local business owners, Brian Long has predicted that the economic growth will slow in upcoming years. Long, the director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business, conducted research at the end of April as part of the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly surveys. These surveys are sent to businesses in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids to gauge the areas’ economic state. While Long found that a majority of business’ productivity and purchases increased or stayed positive, employment has decreased. Long said that there is not evidence of a recession, but that the economy could see changes because of these trends. “We know the world economy is slowing and that will ultimately have at least some impact on our domestic economy,” Long said. “Various industries are starting to grow ‘bubbles’ which we hope will not all break at once.” Long also said that longer capital projects and effects from tax legislation could stimulate growth in the future.

NEW AND IMPROVED: The new Laker Line will offer Wi-Fi, quicker commute times and improved stations, all while costing less. Stations will offer real-time arrival information, emergency phones and bike racks. The construction will end Aug. 9 and launch in 2020. COURTESY | RIDETHERAPID.ORG

Campus detours, bus route changes caused by Laker Line construction BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI RMATUSZEWSKI@LANTHORN.COM

From May 6 to Aug. 9, Campus Drive on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus will be closed due to construction of the Laker Line. The Route 50 eastbound bus stop on Lake Michigan Drive and Ferndale Avenue near Meijer will be temporarily closed as well. “As with any road construction projects, allowing for extra time on your commute is a good plan as construction may cause travel delays,” said Lisa Haynes, Associate Vice President for Facilities Services Grand Rapids and Regional Centers. The Laker Line is a new busing system designed for the efficiency of GVSU

students’ commute between the Allendale and Pew campuses, along with the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences on the Medical Mile. MLive reported that construction for the Laker Line received $56.4 million to fund the project in state and federal dollars in February. The Laker Line will replace the current Route 50. “The planning has been going on for over two years,” said Joel Van Ravenswaay, project manager in Facilities Planning. “The new articulating busses will begin operation in 2020. The final configuration of the route will be complete when the new GVSU 333 Michigan Street building is complete.” The new method of transportation will help the nearly 80,000 riders who board the

bus daily to shuttle between campuses. The Laker Line will be operating like a train, but is built for one-tenth of the cost. The vehicles will run on lower operating costs with its longer and compressed frame and need for natural gas. Prospective passengers will also receive benefits during their wait, as the new robust covered stations will be equipped with snow melt, real-time arrival information, emergency phones, bike racks and security cameras. Boarding and exiting the bus will be made safer and faster with level platforms, precise bus docking and automated fare payment. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

FINANCE

Grand Valley Board approves Endowment Fund spending, student scholarship numbers to grow BY OLIVIA FELLOWS OFELLOWS@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University prides itself on being an open-to-all university, creating need and merit-based scholarships to allow for a diverse and growing student body. In an effort to continue this tradition, GVSU’s Board of Trustees recently approved the Endowment Fund spending of 4.5 percent for next year. The continuation of spending will

allow for more students to attend GVSU on scholarships that help with aid. The endowment was created in 1965 and its total value is $130 million, made up of many funds created by donors who support the scholarships given out by the university each year. As the endowment grows, the amount of money that trustees can set aside for scholarships does too. Last year, with the spending rate at 4.5 percent, $4.6 million scholar-

ships were awarded to about 1,600 students. Due to the growth of the endowment, that distribution number has jumped to $4.9 million for this year. According to Board of Trustees Chair Mary Kramer, the motivation behind the fund has always been about helping students succeed. She said that the idea is not to spend all of the money at once, but to use the earnings in moderation so that there will be money for both current and future students at GVSU. These scholarships are increasingly important for students who may not be able to afford the soaring cost of higher education, and earning scholarships can help students attend college and attain careers in the future. “Many donors really like to support students, and the endowment gives them that chance,” Kramer said. “Many donors create specific scholarships for specific disciplines or merit and we hope to continue to inspire donors to give money to make it grow.” LOG ON TO:

AID: The Endowment Fund gives scholarships to current and future GVSU students. Endowment spending was recently approved at 4.5 percent to increase number of scholarships. COURTESY | GVSU

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CONTENTS TRANSPORTATION

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A3 | NEWS STUDENT SENATE

Grand Valley Student Senate prompts LGBTQ inclusion update to Procurement Services BY LUCAS SWARTZENDRUBER NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

From school supplies to construction, Grand Valley State University contracts businesses for its needs. However, Student Senate recently passed W-19-01, a resolution aimed at integrating LGBTQ inclusion into criteria for contracts awarded by the Board of Trustees. “I knew that these executive directives did not apply to universities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do that ourselves,” said Student Senate president Eric-John Szczepaniak. Last winter, Szczepaniak gained the idea for W-19-01 after learning Governor Rick Snyder signed Executive Directive 2018-7 on December 27. His successor, Gretchen Whitmer, issued a similar order the next week. Both directives require all state departments to provide public dollars to companies that practice nondiscrimination toward LGBTQ people, Szczepaniak said. In sponsoring W-19-01, Szczepaniak acknowledged other people face discrimination. Nonetheless, the LGBTQ community is particularly vulnerable since the implimentation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in Michigan, does not recognize LGBTQ people as a protected class. Szczepaniak said it is important to inform students that they can be themselves outside GVSU, but this means ensuring the university avoids funding businesses that refuse to hire or serve graduates due to LGBTQ identity. “If they get a degree from us and

INCLUSION: Following state legislation last year, Student Senate proposed to only work with businesses that practiced nondescrimination against the LGBTQ community. GVL | BENJAMIN HUNT

then go on and continually face discrimination, then what is that degree really worth?” Szczepaniak said. Student Senate adopted W-19-01, asking the Board of Trustees to amend BOT 6.10 to only grant contracts to LGBTQ-nondiscriminatory companies. Vice President for Inclusion and Equity Jesse M. Bernal clarified such protection already exists within BOT 1.4. In 2008, the Board of Trustees amended it to safeguard gender identity and expression. According to Bernal, sexual orientation had been added to BOT 1.4 long before 2008. “1.4, which is a nondiscrimination

statement, is an overarching policy, so that policy governs and covers all Board of Trustees policies.” Bernal said. Bernal mentioned all contracted companies sign service agreements; these documents feature a nondiscrimination statement mirrored after Board of Trustees policy, including LGBTQ protection. Furthermore, he mentioned the university looks at a list compiled by the federal government on businesses faced with complaints of discrimination. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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HOUSING

Campus View fills previous Brian’s Books location with dorm-style living

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COMMUNITY: ViewPoint, developed by Campus View, will offer apartment living for students with shared spaces. GVL | BENJAMIN HUNT

ViewPoint, an apartment development proposed by Campus View, is finishing construction in preparation for the 2019–2020 school year. The 24-unit apartment complex proposed at the previous Brian’s Books location is 50 feet from campus and a few hundred yards from Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof Center. Construction started in the spring and ViewPoint should be ready by the Fall 2019 semester. The units are unique in that they have individual studio apartments as well as a shared community area for residents to gather. “It’s definitely something that has not been done at Grand Valley before,” said Campus View property manager Ben Jansen. “The idea we got from locations in some bigger metropolitan areas like Chicago and I think there are some in California and Los Angeles.” Features of the complex include individual studio apartments with their own bathrooms

and a small kitchenette. Jansen says there will be a mini fridge, bar sink and induction cooktop within each of the fully-furnished studios. According to Jansen, the community, or “shared space,” will have a full-sized kitchen with large appliances. Some of the other amenities that can be found in the shared community space are a large-screen television, sofa, two half-baths and even a fireplace. A few of the security features that ViewPoint offer include “security cameras in the common areas only and there is also going to be a FOB entry, so not just anyone can walk in,” Jansen said. The ViewPoint development was approved from the Georgetown Township Board of Trustees on April 17. “We are really excited about it,” Jansen said. “ We think this is going to be a really great place to live. It’s going to be high-end. An enjoyable place where people can have a really good sense of community without leaving their door.”


A4 | OPINION EDITORIAL

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MAY 13, 2019 GRAND VALLEY LANTHORN @GVLNEWS

GVL EDITORIAL CARTOON

By Athena Jasman

When students step up, the university stands with you

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e’ve seen the tears, the candlelight and the prayer too

many times. The Lanthorn has covered two vigils held for the communities affected by religious tragedy this past school year alone. Between both religious communities that encountered hate, the response was the same: respond to violence with love and support within the community. The premise for these vigils being held is atrocious. While we as a country flaunt innovation and forward thinking, we still suffer from issues associated with intolerance. Religious affiliation is part of a person’s identity and attacks that target people for being people have no place in the world. But the fact that these vigils were held at all is inspiring. As we’ve reported, there is no requisite for the university to support or hold a vigil. Frankly, there is no rule in place that a university needs to even speak out against an attack at all, but Grand Valley State University proves once more that it is s trailblazing example of putting students first. During the days following an attack, students are checked up on, offered resources and given the opportunity to support their communities. Personal emails from administrators shows that when some of us hurt, we all hurt. For this, we applaud the

university, Campus Interfaith Resources and other departments that support it’s students during these tragedies. Despite this, these are student-organized events from the ground up, which means the passion attendees see comes from student drive alone. Without that, there is no vigil. Imagine feeling alone in the world, with groups of people that detest you for your beliefs so much to take to arms. Imagine feeling vulnerable, because no one can predict where another attack will happen. Imagine being persecuted for being you. And now, imagine rallying your community. This involves turning that fear and confusion into a will to serve your people. Leaders invite those who also feel alone to create unity that is unrivaled. Above all else, these moments are inspiring displays of strength and togetherness. While we never hope to have to see it, vigils prove that the bonds these religious communities form are stronger than hate. Organizing these vigils is a feat and their participants deserve praise. This includes those who spark the idea, the brave souls who speak and those who stand in the audience to show their support. In the face of a community-wide tragedy, you hold communities together. Because of you, hate will never win. Thank you.

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Screwed if you do and Screwed if you Don’t

BY EMILY EATON JUNIOR POLITICAL SCIENCE EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

My first trip to the gynecologist was the summer before freshman year. I was tan, I was in my prized peach dress and I was all set to split off to the dorms and get — as a rough estimate — ten boyfriends (preferably all at once and preferably within the first week). Literally, I was searching through the sea of young men as early as freshman orientation. As a foreshadow to the rest of my college sex life, this visit to the lady doctor didn’t quite maintain my expectations. “Are you sexually active?” seems to

be a transparent question, but I panicked. My response? “Well… not penis and vagina sex… but like… active? Sure.” Naturally, this caused a bit of confusion, not only for the doctor, but for me. What kinds of sex could I be having? How many kinds are there? I was terrified. After painfully clarifying my past sexual escapades, I got put on birth control. This was a precaution for college and the many boyfriends I wanted to have, and also my mother’s idea. No one seems to want me to get laid more than her, but safely, of course. My distasteful description of my sex life (or lack thereof) got me thinking. What constitutes being a virgin? More importantly, why does it matter? Am I doomed as a prude until I finally give it up? And if I do give it up, what would I actually be giving up? Is there something to be lost by indulging in sex, or a whole new perspective to gain? Two years later and nothing about that side of me has changed. No boyfriends (officially) and no sex (also officially), but the “we’re not having sex” discussion with my suitors has gotten increasingly burdensome.

The last time I told a man I wasn’t going to sleep with him, he conveniently wandered away without a word. He wandered so far that he actually left the party. I like to assume it was past his bedtime. The stigma of being a virgin has stuck with me my whole life because even when I had boyfriends in high school, I never had sex. Virginity actually became part of my identity, and hindered me from having a healthy relationship with sex. There’s this nagging glow deep within my chest that tells me sex will involve losing a chunk of myself. And that, my readers, is toxic. Being a virgin, or half a virgin, or maybe a small part virgin, or experimenting, or sexually incomplete, or sexually accomplished, or whatever, should be a non-factor. There’s no “use-by” date plastered on your genitals. Virginity, in a sense, isn’t actually real. What is sex to you, could be very different to me, which I learned via my substantially awkward OBGYN appointment. Remember ladies and gents, you’re screwed if you do (literally) and screwed if you don’t (not so literally), so no matter where the sex gods guide you, remember it doesn’t define you.

Endgame brings closure to Avengers

BY XAVIER GOLDEN SOPHOMORE UNDECLARED EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

We must be in the 43rd issue of the first volume of Marvel Comics’ “Fantastic Four,” because “Lo, There Shall Be an Ending!” (That’s the title of that issue. Also, it’s “Avengers: Endgame.” “Avengers: Endgame” is the ending. This review is about “Avengers: Endgame.” Also, the Fantastic Four have nothing to do with “Endgame” or my review, so that’s the last time they’ll be mentioned. Anyways.) “Avengers: Endgame,” the fourth Avengers movie and Marvel Studios 22nd movie, premiered over two weeks ago. “Endgame” tells the story of how the Avengers fight Thanos, a

super-powerful, genocidal alien, to undo the events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the decimation of half of all life in the universe. It features the main Avengers cast — Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Chris Hemsworth as Thor — as well as almost every other character in the Marvel franchise. There was a lot of pressure on this movie to succeed; the previous 21 movies all culminated into “Endgame,” the supposed conclusion of the Marvel franchise as audiences know it. Now, fans can

rejoice because “Endgame” lived up to the hype. Audiences have been following the main Avengers cast for a long time, but this movie has some of their best performances. Given the opportunity to explore a wide range of emotions and drama, they take it and run with it; they can go from being fallout-of-your-chair hilarious to upsettingly heartbreaking in one short scene. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


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A5 | NEWS

COMMUNITY

T. Haas honored by GV and beyond BY AMY MCNEEL ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM

After serving 13 years as president of Grand Valley State University, Thomas Haas will officially retire from the position on June 30. To commemorate Haas for his many years of dedication, organizations both in and out of the GVSU community have held meetings to honor him. During an April 26 board meeting, GVSU’s Board of Trustees recognized Haas with a formal resolution and gave him Emeritus Status. Board Chair Mary Kramer noted that Emeritus Status is not automatic and that not every GVSU president has been given the title. “(Emeritus Status) is an honorary designation and it just shows the esteem and recognizes the person as being someone who is really important to the institution,” Kramer said. “In the case of President Haas, not only did he serve 13 years, but also more than 50,000 of our 118,000 graduates came through and successfully completed their studies while he was president.” Haas received the Emeritus title for his focus on student success and the connection he has made with students throughout his 13 years of presidency. As GVSU grew, he was still able to connect with students on a personal level. “To have students feeling like they connect with the guy at the top of the pyramid, I think that’s a very special thing, and I think it’s envied by other institutions and other presidents because it has to be authentic,” Kramer said. “If

it were fake or inauthentic, it would not work. But with Tom and his wife Marcia, you feel this genuine connection that they have created with students that I think is very special.” Kramer also noted Haas’ impact outside of GVSU. His commitment to student success has helped shape the lives of many in the greater Grand Rapids area. To celebrate his larger impact, City of Walker Mayor Gary Carey named April 22, 2019, Thomas J. Haas Day. After a Walker City Commission meeting, a ceremony was held to honor Haas and the impact he’s had on the community. “More than half of our city commission has either graduated or attended GVSU and has been impacted by him,” Carey said. “More than a third of our city employees – same thing – have graduated, attended or had a family member do the same.” While Haas has affected a large population in Walker, he has also had a direct impact on Carey, who is currently in GVSU’s Accelerated Leadership Program. Carey credits Haas for giving him inspiration to finish the degree that he started long ago. To recognize Haas’ impact on the City of Walker, Carey decided to gift Haas with a proclamation. After inviting President and Marcia Haas to the ceremony, Carey reached out to State Rep. Mark Huizenga and State Sen. Peter MacGregor, both of whom wanted to be a part of the ceremony and celebration. “(Huizenga and MacGregor) are each

LEGACY: President Thomas Haas accepts praise for his time at GVSU after a Walker City Commission hearing. The City of Walker declared April 22, 2019 as Thomas J. Haas Day. COURTESY | GARY CAREY

big fans and know T. Haas personally and professionally,” Carey said. “They were able to both bring a proclamation from the state legislator back to him in a framed certificate. All of us count T. Haas not only as a partner with our entities, but also as a friend.”

Haas will continue to be an ally and influencer in the greater Grand Rapids community as the incoming Chair of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids for 20192020. He will also be back at GVSU as a chemistry professor starting in fall 2019.

SAFETY

Title IX conference addresses sexual assault on campus BY KYLIE ELWELL NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

STIGMA: The Title IX conference was held May 1-2 to discuss sexual assault on college campuses. Guest speaker Lilia Cortina spoke about the misconceptions surrounding it. GVL | BENJAMIN HUNT

Grand Valley State University hosted a two-day regional Title IX conference at the DeVos Center on Pew campus. Title IX’s main purpose is prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in an educational setting. A pre-conference that was open to the public commenced April 30 and was free of charge before the official two-day regional conference May 1 and 2. There were many workshops and discussions at the event that focused on policies, investigation, case preparation and more. Title IX Coordinator Theresa Rowland said that “it’s an important conference,” especially regarding the recent #MeToo movement that has been happening over the past few years.

Title IX is an important topic across the country, especially on college campuses. Lilia Cortina, professor of psychology, women’s studies and management and organizations at the University of Michigan, was the speaker at the pre-conference. Cortina did a presentation discussing her research, sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. The presentation titled “#MeToo: From a Moment to a Movement,” discussed how the term “sexual harassment” can be misleading, since the harassment typically deals with gender and not sexuality as most would assume. Cortina has published over 50 papers in academic journals, along with serving as an expert eyewitness in sexual harassment cases, making her an important guest speaker to have at this event.

“It’s important because we need to eliminate all forms of harassment,” said Rowland when asked why GVSU holding this conference was important not only to the staff, but to students as well. In order to begin to eliminate harassment, many steps need to be taken by all individuals, which may start with students. When student employees get the Title IX paperwork emailed to them, they should fill it out and read it because those small steps lead to bigger strides in ending harassment. “We need to eliminate all forms of harassment and to do that, we need to examine actions, practices and policies that uphold social systems and perpetuate it,” Rowland said. More information about the Title IX Education Amendment can be found on GVSU’s website.


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A6&7 | NEWS

Burning and Binding FEATURE

BY NICK MORAN EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

Christchurch, New Zealand. A shooter kills 50 Muslims during a time of Friday prayer. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Suicide bombers kill more than 320 Christians during Easter prayer. Poway, United States. A shooter kills one Jewish woman during Passover prayer. Over the course of two months, international headlines have captured three different attacks on three prominent religions. These numbers do not include religious tragedies prior, such as the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, 2018, nor more secular attacks such as the swath of concurrent school shootings throughout the country. This has painted the emotional backdrop students have faced as they finish up their semesters and look to find relief in the summer ahead. At Grand Valley State University, administrators and staff acknowledge these attacks through emails and offers of support, and some students see flames and figures in mourning unite during vigils that support communities.

There is a recognition that while our beliefs are strong and are different, we see humanity in each other.” KEVIN MCINTOSH CAMPUS INTERFAITH RESOURCES COORDINATOR Campus Interfaith Resources Coordinator Kevin McIntosh said that his department’s first steps following reports of a religious tragedy include connecting with leaders of religious student organizations and offering them campus resources. They work closely with the Dean of Students Office, the Center for Inclusion and Equity and the Counseling Office to suit a wide variety of student needs. McIntosh said that GVSU’s Campus Interfaith Resources is also one of the few organizations on a public campus to speak out following an attack, which is important in

CONNECTION: Students and faculty gather on March 21 to remember the 50 victims of the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting. While the university reaches out to students during traumatic events, vigils are organized by students and demonstrate the initiative and connection between them. COURTESY | REX LARSEN

making students feel comfortable at school. What the university does not do is organize vigils, which is done entirely through student initiative. While McIntosh will help organize speakers and provide candles, among other things, he said that students organize these events with inspiring prowess. “I think (organizing vigils) shows a lot about the initiative of our GVSU students,” McIntosh said. “It is never easy to both mourn and organize but the students that led these vigils had to do just that.” GVSU senior Morgan Mattler worked with fellow AEPi brother Ben Friedman and Hillel President Allison Egrin to plan a campus vigil in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting. Mattler said that a vigil does not bring a community comfort, but can act as a way to strengthen it. What really played a key role in Mattler’s healing process was the outpouring of support that the university provided him. “Words of reassurance by peers and administrators are what worked for me,” Mattler said. “I know I was in a lucky position knowing a lot of administrators through Student Senate, but getting personal emails of support from President Haas, Dean Rullman, Bob Stoll and more made a significant impact on me.” In order to keep communities comfortable, McIntosh said that education is critical. Attending a Campus Interfaith event or reaching out to a peer of another faith creates compassion. But Mattler said that students — and particularly those in roles of religious leadership on campus — can only do so much to prevent national attacks. Even though he said change needs to come from the government to prevent future attacks, GVSU is providing an array of resources to help students heal from tragies until these changes come. “As long as administrators continue to be as student-centered as they have been and Campus Interfaith keeps up their great work, I think we’re in great hands,” Mattler said. With a surefire way to stop future shootings still unapparent, McIntosh said that the university treasures the strength that its student body showcases in the face of adversity. “There is a recognition that while our beliefs are strong and are different, we see humanity in each other,” McIntosh said. “At GVSU, I’ve been so amazed at the students who volunteered to lead these vigils, knowing that they are mourning at the same time as they bring us together. I think a mixture of sorrow and admiration is a universal feeling.”


A8 | LAKER LIFE A LOOK AT LIFESTYLE TWO LAKERS NAMED GOLDWATER SCHOLARS

Two Grand Valley State University students were awarded $7,500 through the Goldwater Scholars program. Juniors Erin Fish and Shea Siwik were two of the 496 students chosen as Goldwater Scholars out of the 5,000 nominees this year. The program, which is both prestigious and nationally competitive, is open to students who have a strong research background, are likely enrolling in graduate school and are nominated by faculty members. GVSU hasn’t had a Goldwater scholar since 2012. Both Fish and Siwik will use their scholarship to conduct research with faculty mentors. This summer, Fish will wrap up her research with professor Brad Wallar and Siwik will attend the University of NebraskaLincoln as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

AQUAPONIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR GRAND VALLEY STUDENTS

Using fertilizer to enrich farmland is commonplace, but it’s much less common to see that fertilizer come from underwater. Regardless, four students from the Grand Valley State University Traverse City Regional Center — Brittany Bolger, Autumn Anderson, Chelsea Cooper and Sunny Charpentier — have been growing basil, lettuce and strawberries, building a small-scale aquaponic system in a fish tank. The project was a part of the course Wicked Problems of Sustainability and has been installed in the Traverse Bay Area School District’s Career Tech Center. There it recycled waste from fish and other aquaculture as fertilizer for the produce growing inside. The small experiment is creating a wave of awareness for urban farming techniques, and the students, who have already shared their work with Cherry Capital Foods, hope to connect with local restaurants.

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MEMORIAL

Remembering Richard Kaufman BY KATHERINE ARNOLD LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

On Thursday May 16, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute will be hosting a two-part symposium in honor of Richard Kaufman at Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium in Grand Rapids. Richard and his wife Sylvia were the original founders of the organization in 2007. Today, the events that the Interfaith Institute host bring together other universities and seminars around West Michigan to spread a message of good faith for many religions. After Kaufman’s passing, Sylvia will be continuing her part in the organization through contributing her ideas and support. Richard Kaufman had a sprawling business career, after which he decided to pursue further study of his religion by attending the University of Chicago for his master’s degree. At the age of 91, he was preparing to defend his dissertation for his Ph.D. when an unfortunate accident happened while he was vacationing with his

family last November. This celebration of Kaufman as a person, his work and his legacy aims to recognize the institute’s efforts and founding purpose of striving towards a community that is inclusive of different religions and for the better understanding and acceptance of every religion. The first part of the symposium, “Remembering Richard Kaufman and His Religious Pursuits,” is a seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. that will feature several speakers. GVSU President Thomas Haas, Interfaith Institute Founding Director Doug Kindschi, former GVSU President Don Lubbers, former GVSU president and University of Chicago Divinity School professor Paul Mendes-Flohr and Shalom Hartman Institute President Donniel Hartman will all be present and speaking about Kaufman and his involvement with GVSU. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com

FOUNDER: Kaufman made a significant impact on the GVSU community. COURTESY | GVSU

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RESEARCH

History conference puts spotlight on the Midwest BY YSABELA GOLDEN LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

EVENT: GVSU is hosting the annual Midwestern History Conference to highlight the region. COURTESY | ED ABOUFADEL VIA TWITTER

Despite Midwestern America’s importance to the country’s politics and economy, many scholars have found academia’s understanding of its history and culture to be lackluster. That’s why Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center and the Midwestern History Association have teamed up to host Finding the Lost Region V: The Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference May 30-31, an event dedicated to sparking — and sustaining — a revival of Midwestern studies in American schol-

arship. The conference has run for five consecutive years and Hauenstein Center Program Manager Scott St. Louis said it has only grown as time has passed. “The 2018 Midwestern History Conference had around 150 participants, the 2017 conference around 100, and the 2016 conference around 50,” St. Louis said. “This year’s conference is on track to be the largest yet, with more than 180 scholars participating. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

TWO GENERATIONS, ONE DESTINATION

For Grand Valley State University alumna Jamie Mahmoud and her daughter, GVSU student Isabella Mahmoud, having the same alma mater isn’t where their similarities end: they’ve also taken advantage of the same study abroad trip to Kingston, United Kingdom. Isabella, a biology major, says she was inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps by a trip she and her mother took to Kingston when she was five. While there, she’s taking classes in psychology, physiology, Arabic and British culture. Her mother, who took the trip 25 years ago in 1994, is delighted by her daughter’s desire to travel the world. According to staff at the Padnos International Center, the two Mahmouds could be the first time two generations of GVSU students have taken a study abroad trip to the same location.

SUSTAINABILITY

Grand Rapids group holding town hall on Green New Deal BY YSABELA GOLDEN LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM

It’s no secret that American politics have come to a boiling point, but that turbulent landscape seems to be bringing new voices and ideas to mainstream political dialogue. For example, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is infamous for her working class background, her distinction as the youngest woman to have ever served in the United States Congress and her radical political platforms, the most oft-discussed of late being the Green New Deal. That’s why the Sunrise Movement, a youthled organization combating the climate crisis,

is encouraging their communities to learn about the Green New Deal and make their voices heard through a series of town hall meetings all across America. “The Road to the Green New Deal” is coming to Grand Rapids on May 23, thanks to the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement, co-founded by GVSU student Margaux Sellnau. “The point of the Road to the Green New Deal Tour and town halls is to bring a Green New Deal to every corner of the country,” said Sellnau. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

LAKER EFFECT: Members of the GR Sunrise Movement hope to raise support for the Green New Deal. COURTESY | SUNRISE MOVEMENT


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MEN’S GOLF QUALIFIES FOR 2019 NCAA DII NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

For the first time since the 2007-08 season, the Grand Valley State men’s golf team has qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship. The team earned their tourney spot due to a sixth place finish at the Midwest/ Central Region Tournament May 9-10. The Lakers shot rounds of 297 and 290 to finish with a three-round total of 890 (+26) to earn the final advancing spot by just two strokes. GVSU senior Alex Scott led the Lakers after he carded a final round score of 70 (-2) to earn a tie for ninth place overall. Fellow senior Mitchell White finished in a tie for 33rd with a 223 at the two- day event. The 2019 National Championship Tournament will take place at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia on May 20-24.

MEN’S TENNIS FALLS TO WAYNE STATE, 4-1, IN NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

The Grand Valley State men’s tennis team fell to Wayne State 4-1 in the NCAA Midwest Region 2 tournament Saturday, May 11, at the Peachtree Tennis Club in Clinton Township, Michigan. GVSU scored the first points of the match after they won in doubles from the No. 2 and No. 3 pairings, with Jack Geissler and D.J. Colantone earning a 6-4 victory from the No. 2 spot, while Nicholas Urban and Jack Dausman tallied a 6-4 win from the No. 3 spot. The Lakers end their season with an overall record of 16-9.

GVSU SOFTBALL RAKES IN A HANDFUL OF INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

The No. 7 nationally-ranked Grand Valley State softball is one of the few varsity squads for GVSU still in competition, due to the sheer amount of individual talent coming together for what has so far been a fairly successful season. Four Lakers were able to place on the Division II Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Midwest Region teams, highlighted by senior Allison Lipovsky being named Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season.

VARSITY SCHEDULE SOFTBALL NCAA Midwest Super Regional, Dates and Times TBA, GVSU Softball Field, Allendale, Michigan. TRACK & FIELD NCAA Outdoor Championships, Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25, Times TBA, Kingsville, Texas. MEN’S GOLF 2019 National Championship Tournament, Monday-Friday, May 20-24, The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, West Virginia.

ROUND THE BASES WITH A GRIN: Grand Valley State’s Nikoma Holmen rounds the bases after hitting a dinger at the GVSU Softball Field earlier this season. Holmen and the rest of the softball beat Southern Indiana, 8-1, to advance to the Midwest Super Regional. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

GVSU Softball beats Southern Indiana in Midwest Regional, advance to Super Regional BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The No. 1 seeded Grand Valley State softball team continue to dominate, as they were able to beat No. 4 Southern Indiana in the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament final on Saturday, May 11, as the Lakers defeated the Screaming Eagles 8-1. In a duel that remained close throughout the first four innings, the fifth and sixth innings were what ultimately decided the game, as D2CCA Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year Allison Lipovsky recorded two outs with the bases loaded as the Laker offense exploded for four runs in the following inning to ensure that the Midwest Regional Title stayed in Allendale. Taylor Rieger got the scoring started for the Lakers in the third inning with a

single, prior to Nikola Holmen hitting a dinger to right center. Two singles from Bailey Thatcher and singles from Shannon Flaherty and Brooke Henning put the Screaming Eagles in a deep hole that they could never climb out of. Lipovsky was proud of the complete game she pitched, only giving up eight hits and one earned run while recording eleven strikeouts, but she was most proud of the energy provided by the team, as they were dialed in for the entire contest. “Keeping the energy was key,” Lipovsky said. “We’re on the fence screaming and yelling and having those big defensive plays, which I have all the confidence in the world that my teammates will field for me. The energy in the dugout is one of the most important things, because that means everyone’s in the

game and everybody is going after every single play on the field.” Head coach Dana Callihan reiterated Lipovsky’s point about the energy on and off the field, which has been key to every Laker victory this season. “It just means that everyone is in the game,” Callihan said. “As long as the energy is positive, that’s what we need.” Winning this Midwest Regional and also claiming the GLIAC regular season title were not certainties earlier in the season, as Callihan cites a key doubleheader Saturday, April 13, that could possibly end up defining this season. “That week that we went 3-3 and we lost two games to Davenport woke us up a little bit,” Callihan said. “We had to play all three facets of the game every single inning, as they realized we have to play well all the time.”


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GVSU track and field takes gold in GLIAC BY JERROD FATTAL SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s track and field teams made history earlier this month, winning the GLIAC Championships in front of their home crowd Friday, May 3. Both of the Laker teams entered the threeday meet with intentions of winning the conference, and after 27 podium finishes and 11 individual GLIAC champions, they accomplished their goal. “I thought our student athletes and coaching staff really prepared well and came together as a team,” said coach Jerry Baltes. “We performed at a 99 percent success rate and didn’t have any mess-ups.” The men’s team outscored the second place Ashland team, 263-214, over the course of the meet, winning their second consecutive conference championship and 13th in program history. The women’s team also won their 20th consecutive conference title by doubling the score of the second place Ashland squad, 282-140. “We have been put in a very good situation by our university,” Baltes said. “From scholarships and facilities, even our everyday support. It allows us to recruit the type of student athletes we want, who are willing to work hard.” Zach Panning led the way for the men’s team, winning the 5,000-meter and breaking the previous GLIAC record set by Ryan Toth in 2011 with a time of 14:07.05 seconds. Following his victory, Panning continued to add to his trophy collection after being awarded the GLIAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year award. “It’s been a great ride,” Baltes said. “We are excited for the last three weeks with him and

RACE FOR THE GOLD: GVSU senior Jordan Johnson attempts to best fellow sprinters from Wisconsin-Parkside and Davenport to claim first in the 100 meter dash. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

certainly we will miss him when he is onto his professional career after the season.” The Lakers’ championship was a complete team effort, with five different Lakers winning their events. Justin Scavarda and Hunter Weeks both won their events and carried the load off the track, with Scavarda throwing 52.42 meters in the discus and Weeks clearing 2.15 meters in the high jump. Along with Panning, Dave Jones and Dennis Mbuta led the Lakers on the track, winning the 800-meter and the 1,500-meter runs with times of 1:51.87 and 3:52.83 seconds. However, the meet was not won only because of the first place finishers, but also because of podium finishers like John Groendyk, who was awarded the GLIAC Freshman Track Athlete of the

Meet award following his third-place finish in the 1,500-meter (3:55.38). “John’s performance was early in the meet and it really set the tone,” Baltes said. “He’s not flashy, he just does everything right day in and day out.” On the women’s side, Rachel Walters headlined the dominant meet for the Lakers, running a 2:07.74 and winning her third straight GLIAC title in the 800-meter. However, Walters’ most impressive race of the day came in the 4x400 meter, where the team of Nicole Sreenan, Sarah Buella, Jessica Eby and Walters finished first and set a new GLIAC record with a time of 3:41.31, beating the previous record by over two seconds. Following Walters’ two gold medal finishes, she was awarded the GLI-

AC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year award. “Rachel is one of the easiest people I have coached here at GVSU,” Baltes said. “She just bought right in from day one and knows what it takes to be a good team member.” Angelica Floyd followed Walters’ lead, winning three different gold medals, including the long jump (5.82 meters), 100-meter dash (11.76 seconds) and one as a member of the 4x100 meter dash (46.32 seconds), along with Sreenan, Beulla and Willow Stuedemann. Buella also won the individual title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.54 seconds. In the 5,000-meter and the steeplechase, Gina Patterson and Hanna Groeber both won their events with times of 16:42.71 and 10:39.48 seconds. Elli Kimes and Anna Obi were critical for the Lakers in the field events, with Kimes winning her second straight pole vault title with a provisional height of 3.90 meters and Obi winning the triple jump after a leap of 11.70 meters. Mary Hecksel was the lone gold medalist in the throwing events, winning the discus with a throw of 48.86 meters. Over the past 20 years, the GVSU track and field programs have won a combined 33 GLIAC titles and countless individual titles, but that wouldn’t be possible without the coaching staff, which was awarded GLIAC Men’s and Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year at the conclusion of the meet. “Our coaches are committed and willing to put in the time and energy to be successful,” Baltes said. “They put in the time so that our student athletes can be successful.” The men’s and women’s teams will both be back in action and looking to claim more hardware Thursday, May 23 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Kingsville, Texas.

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GVSU’s women’s lacrosse season ends after loss in the second round of the GLIAC tournament ROSEMARY BOOHER SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team faced two teams during the recent GLIAC tournament in hopes of moving forward to the NCAA tournament. GVSU won their first game against McKendree University before losing their second against the University of Indianapolis. Heading into the GLIAC tournament, the lacrosse team and their head coach, Mackenzie Lawler, were satisfied with the way that they had played this season. The Lakers had an overall record of 14-4 and a conference record of 10-1, landing them in the second seat in the GLIAC conference before postseason. “I’m really proud of how the team did,” Lawler said. “We graduated eleven seniors last year and there were a lot of roles that had to be filled. It was great to see them fill

their roles and excel in them to bring us into the GLIAC championship.” The Lakers prepared for the upcoming matchups in the tournament by focusing on the sport itself and keeping sights set on the single game to come. The team knew that they had to center their attention on the game to come in order to make it to the championship. “For us, the girls were done with finals the week before the tournament, so it was nice to get all that stress off of their backs and have them really be able to prepare and focus on just lacrosse,” Lawler said. “We focused on the first game and then the second. Some teams focus on the championship games, but we focused on just one game at a time.” GVSU had a quick start in tournament play against the McKendree Bearcats. The team scored the first goal in less than three minutes, which was answered by the Bearcats tying the score at 1-1. The Lakers then went on a ten-point lead and eventually ended the first half at 13-3, as

they then continued on to score eight more goals after half while also managing to keep McKendree in single digits. With the final score of 21-6, the Lakers moved on to the second round in the GLIAC tournament to play against the Indianapolis Greyhounds. The second and final round of the tournament was held Sunday, May 5, with the Lakers facing off against the Greyhounds to see who would move onto the NCAA tournament. GVSU once again faced the only team that had beat them during conference play in an overtime nail-biter. The second half started with Indianapolis in the lead, 11-8, which then turned into a six point deficit for the Lakers as the Greyhounds went on to make the score 14-8. The Lakers had not given up however -- they scored the six goals needed to tie the game at 14-14. LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

ON THE ATTACK: GVSU sophomore Jess Rupp tries to evade a defender as she rushes to take a shot on goal. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM


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Laker Baseball year in review: The good, the bad and the ugly BY ELI ONG SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Going into the season, expectations were high for Grand Valley State University’s baseball team to reclaim their magic and make a run toward a GLIAC championship. But instead of improving upon a 28-23 season from a year ago, the Lakers continued to digress, finishing with a 15-27-1 record overall with an 8-17-1 record in the GLIAC, good for second to last in the conference. “It’s been a tough year, no doubt about it,” said GVSU head baseball coach Jamie Detillion. “There’s been a lot of times where adversity has come up and we just haven’t matched the challenge for it.” There’s a lot to cover and no one specific reason why this team failed to meet the high expectations of GVSU’s baseball program, so it is worth looking into it in three ways: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good- There were a handful of Lakers that performed well throughout the season despite the team’s overall lack of success. Freshman pitcher Rylan Peets and junior catcher Joe Laudont both earned second team All-GLIAC honors, while senior right fielder Chase Carpenter and junior first baseman Nate Bonter earned honorable mention All-GLIAC honors as well. “Rylan’s a talented kid, he competes, he’s coachable, he throws strikes, and he’s got three good pitches,” Detillion said of Peets. “He has a very bright future in baseball.” Peets finished with a 4-3 record on the mound with an ERA of 2.85 and an opponent’s batting average against of .257. Peets led the pitching staff in wins, ERA and walks per nine innings. Peets was also named GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year and his ERA was good for fourth among all GLIAC pitchers. “If you’re consistent with everything you do every day like your work ethic and paying attention to the little details that you come across then things just come second nature to you,” Peets said. “Doing all that has allowed me to show what I’ve got on the mound and maintain that level of success.” Laudont finished the year hitting .358 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 20 RBI, while Laudont’s .358 batting average was tops among all GLIAC catchers this season. “Joe’s a hard worker who shows up every day at practice ready to get better and if things don’t go his way he doesn’t let it affect him,” Detillion said of Laudont. “That should allow him to continue on the success he had this season next year. It’s what makes him a great guy and as talented as he is, he’s resilient.” Carpenter stepped up offensively where GVSU was decimated by injuries, as he hit .285 while tying for the team lead in RBI with 20. Carpenter’s .285 average was a 72 point improvement on his batting average from last season.

TAKING OFF AFTER THE HIT: GVSU senior shortstop Alex Mandeville takes off to first base after hitting a ball in a game from earlier in the 2018 season at the GVSU Baseball Field. The Lakers had a rough year, going 15-27-1 overall and losing 65 percent of conference games. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU/ATHLETICS

Bonter came on strong at the plate late in the season for the Lakers. Bonter finished with a team high .371 batting average while hitting 2 home runs with 16 RBI and a .467 slugging percentage. Sophomore center fielder Drake Ellens and junior second baseman Anthony Cocco also provided solid contributions throughout the year. Ellens led all outfielders with a .287 batting average and a .989 fielding percentage. Ellens had only 1 error in 39 games played and 37 starts. Cocco hit a respectable .270 while leading GVSU in doubles (12) and tying for the team lead in home runs (3).

The Bad- GVSU had only five players qualify for end of season statistics in the GLIAC due to a rash of injuries. Senior right fielder Jacob Gleason and junior first baseman Ryan Blake-Jones missed a combined 38 games this season. Gleason and Blake-Jones, who combined for 16 home runs, 101 RBI and both hit over .385 last season, never found their rhythm offensively. Gleason finished the season hitting .225 while Blake-Jones finished the year on the disabled list and hit only .296 in 22 games. Zach Berry, last year’s two-hitter in the lineup, suffered a season ending injury to his

throwing arm and underwent tommy john surgery just 11 games into the season. Starting third baseman, sophomore Christian Faust, and junior outfielder jonathan Catapano also missed 37 combined games between the two. Apart from injuries, GVSU also struggled mightily at the plate. The Lakers finished second-to-last in the GLIAC in hits with 357 and third-to-last in runs scored with 232.

The Ugly- In 18 seasons with GVSU baseball and 7 of those seasons as head coach, this is Detillion’s first time where he finished with a losing record at the end of the year. Before the conclusion of this season, Detillion had a record of 206-114-1 with a 121-60 record in GLIAC play. The bullpen, which was supposed to be a strength of this roster, struggled with control all year and paid the price for leaving the ball up and missing locations. The lowest ERA among relievers was owned by Brendan Nearing, who posted a 4.50 ERA. The Lakers also only converted 3 saves on the season, all of which were converted by Nearing. Overall, the Laker’s team ERA was 5.43 in comparison to their opponent’s ERA being 4.83. More so, if you take away the contributions starting pitchers Michael Morelli, Cade Cintori-

no, and Peets, the Bullpen’s ERA was a run and a half higher than the team average at 6.96. After Friday, March 8, GVSU baseball was playing .500 baseball with a record of 6-6. Beginning on Saturday, March 9, GVSU would go on to go 2-13-1 over their next 16 games, which all but buried their season right then and there.

Moving Forward- The future is not bleak for this team, at least offensively and from a starting pitching perspective. Laudont, Ellens, Cocco, Blake-Jones and starting shortstop Parker Murdie all return and should provide an improved effort from the top of the lineup. Peets, Cintorino, and Morelli all return to form a formidable threeman rotation for GVSU next season. The key for this team will be to find consistent pitching from their bullpen, play consistent defense behind their pitcher and drive in runners in scoring position. “At the end of the day if you aren’t willing to face adversity, or create an excuse, or just not willing to face your problems head on then you’re not going to like the results,” Detillion said. “That’s been the story of our season and we were never able to recover. Hopefully next year we can learn from our mistakes and grow from there.”


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Former GVSU linebacker Dylan Carroll signs with Chicago Bears, prepares for pro career BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Every kid that grew up playing football in the backyard with their friends dreamed of playing in the National Football League (NFL) one day, and that dream became a reality for former Grand Valley State University linebacker Dylan Carroll, who signed with the Chicago Bears Saturday, April 27. “Ever since I can remember, it has been a dream of mine to play in the NFL,” said Carroll. “I remember playing backyard football with my friends and neighbors, growing up pretending we were NFL players and an NFL team. I attended a Detroit Lions game when I was 8 years old and told my dad that was going to be me out there one day.” It’s not an exaggeration to say that April 27 was the longest day of Carroll’s life, as he sat by the phone all day with his family while watching the NFL draft, hoping to hear his name get called. He was saddened to see his name not get called throughout the seven rounds, but all that sadness went away when he heard

multiple NFL teams reach out. “The Oakland Raiders’ defensive line coach called and I accepted, and then as I hung up the phone, the Chicago Bears called, I accepted, then the Detroit Lions,” Carroll said. “My agent and I made the best choice that fit me, as well as looked at depth charts, and that was for me to go to the Chicago Bears. I mean what’s a better place to go to than the No. 1 defense in the NFL and get to learn from the greatest player at my position in Khalil Mack.” Carroll, who racked up 164 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 15 sacks with the Lakers, credits the GVSU staff for getting him to where he is today, as well as the trainers at Total Sports Performance. ”I started my pro day training in Wixom, Michigan at Total Sports Performance the first week of January. I had an awesome time down there and was able to train with some great guys, many of whom have made a mini camp with a team or have signed as a free agent,” Carroll said. “Jim Kielbaso, the head trainer in Wixom, got us ready for pro day so we could perform our best. Also, credit to the Grand Valley coaches and our strength program for get-

SOMETHING TO PROVE: Former GVSU linebacker Dylan Carroll competes in front of a dozen pro scouts at GVSU’s Pro Day at the Kelly Family Sports Center. COURTESY | GVSULAKERS.COM

ting me where I am today and for getting me NFL ready. I drive to Wixom two times a week to train and drive to Grand Valley four times a week to train. Big shoutout to Coach Rodenburg for working me out

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