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WELCOME BACK HAPPENINGS Grand Valley State University has a lot of events coming up to welcome students back to campus after summer break and to help new students transition to their new surroundings. Here’s a listing of events to check out: TUESDAY // AUG 19

RENT + Meijer Mania at the Standale Meijer from 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. YO U R TEX L AY E D T WEDNESDAY B I L L I N// AUG 20 B O O K S H E R E G FOR + GVSU Farmer’s Market FinI N parking G on the Allendale A N Clot IAL AI campus from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. D + Transitions New Student Orientation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. + Laker Welcome: Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff Party in parking lot C by the Fieldhouse from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. THURSDAY // AUG 21

+ GVSU Farmer’s Market in parking lot G on the Allendale campus from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. + Transitions New Student Orientation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. + Laker Welcome: Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff Party in parking lot C by the Fieldhouse from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY // AUG 22

+ Transitions Day 3 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. + Convocation and Luncheon at the Fieldhouse from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. + Seidman College of Business Fall 2014 Orientation in the Grand River Room of Kirkhof from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. + Students of Color Welcome Mixer in the Mary Idema Pew Library Atrium from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. + Laker Weekends First Friday in Kirkhof from 6 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. + Welcome to Incoming Students- First Friday Event in the Women’s Center Lobby from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. SATURDAY // AUG 23

+ Service Saturday sponsored by Alternative Breaks- meet on campus to go to Blanford Nature Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. + Back to School Bash on the Kirkhof west lawn from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. + Outdoor movie at the Robinson Field, or in Kirkhof if it’s raining, starting at 9:30 p.m.






he Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees increased tuition by $149 per semester from last year’s rate, bringing the annual tuition to $10,752 for a full-time undergraduate Michigan resident. The newly adapted budget includes $38 million for student financial aid – an increase of $3.1 million – that is available for students in the form of scholarships and grants. The GVSU tuition increase for the 2014-2015 school year is the lowest percentage rate in the last 10 years, categorizing GVSU’s tuition rate in the lower half of all universities in Michigan. The relatively low tuition rate increase this year is a direct result of GVSU’s increased funding from the state. “While GVSU pays attention to the tuition rates of our peer or competitor institutions, our goal is to provide the highest value, which we believe is a combination of a very high quality education at a price that makes it affordable or accessible to our community,” said Jim Bachmeier, vice president for finance and administration. “We worry about affordability and student debt after graduation and strive to minimize that debt load both through lower tuition rates and by striving to enhance speed to graduation.” With the focus being on creating a positive college experience followed by increased job potential, GVSU has experienced an ap-

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he Grand Valley State University Student Senate is an important part of life at GVSU, but do you know any of the members of the governing body? Meet Andrew Plague, the Student Senate president. Going into his third year at GVSU, Plague is a peer research consultant in the Knowledge Market at the Mary Idema Pew Library, a fellow in the Cook Leadership Academy and part of the Speak Up campaign. Plague is majoring in political science with minors in LGBTQ studies and philosophy. He was elected this past spring to serve as GVSU’s 2014-2015 Student Senate president after being in the cabinet the previous school year. He offi-

cially joined the senate during his sophomore year. He compares the structure of GVSU’s elections to that of the United States’ system; speculation begins almost as soon as cabinet members are selected. “Outgoing and returning senators started talking to me about being president as soon as I was elected as a vice president. It seemed ridiculous at the time,” Plague said. Several months before elections were held, Plague decided to run. “I felt confident that I was prepared and had the perspective needed to do the job,” he said. “An effective Student Senate president really has to have a strong understanding of the Student Senate itself and the overall university governance and administrative structure.”

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proximately 30 percent increase in to add the dimension of innovative graduates over the past 10 years. and entrepreneurial thinking to According to a press release by the their primary area of study. Innovauniversity, nearly 85 percent of stu- tion is a key driver in helping orgadents are employed, in graduate nizations move toward the future school or both following gradua- needs of those they serve.” tion. Of those working, 90 percent In league with the new developare employed in Michigan. ments for GVSU, the university also “I believe our students tend to approved the introduction of Light represent the best and brightest of the World Academy in Pinckof Michigan’s young adults. Our ney – a charter school authorized academic programs are both rig- by the university. GVSU authorizorous and relevant. Our employers es 62 charter schools throughout have confidence in the state and serves Grand Valley gradu34,000 students in ates,” Bachmeier said. charter schools. The “Said another way, Light of the World “I believe our our alumni have done Academy, once it students tend to well, and employopens its doors in ers would like to hire represent the best 2015, will become the more just like them. 63rd charter school. and brightest of GVSU faculty work “As a university closely with the em- Michigan’s young authorizer, we proployer community vide legal oversight, adults.” and have paid attenteacher training and tion to what employserve as the school’s JIM BACHMEIER ers want or need in fiscal agent,” said Tim FINANCE VICE their new recruits. Wood, special assisPRESIDENT Students have been tant to the president deliberate in meeting for charter schools. those employer needs.” “Additionally, as the authorizer we The Board of Trustees addition- apply to the State Department of ally approved a new major in entre- Education for a school code which preneurship at GVSU that will be allows the charter school to receive available this school year. state per pupil funding.” “The major in entrepreneurIn board-related news, David ship is a formalization of existing S. Hooker was elected as chair of Seidman curriculum in entrepre- the Board of Trustees, and John C. neurship and innovation,” Diana Kennedy was elected as vice chair. Lawson of the Seidman College of Hooker and Kennedy are curBusiness said. “The entrepreneur- rent trustees who were elevated to ship is a secondary major and pro- leadership positions on the board vides the opportunity for students SEE TUITION ON A2








very year, Grand Valley State University starts its school year by inviting first-year students to attend a convocation ceremony. Convocation is a longstanding tradition not just at GVSU but also around the world. Its origin can be traced back as far as the 14th century. “For students that attend both convocation and commencement, it’s like bookends for their time at GVSU,” said LeaAnn Tibbe, assistant director in the office of student life. Convocation is a part of Transitions, a program designed to introduce new students to GVSU. It is tradition that all first-year students, Transitions staff and residential and multicultural assistants attend as one community to set the tone for academic excellence at GVSU. Transitions leaders are undergraduate volunteers that facilitate sessions for new students about the mission, vision and values of the university. Convocation is an academic


at the July meeting. Both individuals are serving eightyear terms of a gubernatorial appointment and have been members of the Board of Trust-

ceremony that brings together expect to hear music from the faculty, staff and adminis- the GVSU Brass Quintet and tration in their academic rega- the University Arts Chorale. lia and is the official start of a First-year students will also college student’s career. be shown a new Laker for a Academic regalia consists Lifetime video. of gown, cap and hood, which “The video will show firstindicate the degree held by year students what it means to the wearer and the college be a Laker,” Tibbe said. and university Those atthat awarded tending will that degree. hear from Pres“The video will The last to ident Thomas enter the buildJ. Haas as he show first-year ing and the welcomes firststudents what first to leave is year students to a distinguished the university. it means to be a member of the Remarks Laker.” faculty carrying from the chair the mace. This of the Univeryear, Felix Ngassity Academic LEAANN TIBBE STUDENT LIFE sa, representative Senate Karen DIRECTOR of the university Gipson, stuacademic serdent body vices will be the mace-bearer. president Andrew Plague and “The mace is the formal recent GVSU alumnus Matbeginning and end of the cer- thew LaVere will also take emony,” Tibbe said. “After (the place during convocation. mace) is put in place, all the “Convocation gets people pieces are there.” ready to start college academiGVSU first used the mace in cally and socially,” LaVere said. the 1983 commencement cerConvocation is an imporemony and it is still used today. tant transitioning period from Students who attend can high school to college for in-

ees since they were appointed in 2011. Both will serve until 2018, unless reappointed by the governor. Hooker has also served as chair of the academic and student affairs committee of the Board. Kennedy previously served as chair of the finance and audit committee of

the Board. “Both are very committed to the mission of the university,” Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board, Teri Losey said. “(The) John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering was named for Kennedy. Hooker’s mother and father

coming freshmen. “Convocation puts everyone on the same playing field,” LaVere said. “It shows new students this is a nervous but exciting time for everyone.” This year is the first year a recent GVSU graduate is speaking at the event. With the success LaVere has had recently in his professional life as a photographer, one message he wants to leave the first-year students is to take advantage of all opportunities offered to them at GVSU. “Do what you love to do,” LaVere said. “Not just what you think you should do.” The ceremony also helps to cement new students’ relationships with GVSU. “It’s something freshmen can relate to,” LaVere said. “Convocation is going to be a lot of energy and excitement.” Convocation will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 in the Fieldhouse arena. Immediately following convocation, those in attendance are welcome to join the all-campus picnic luncheon in parking lot C next to the arena.

both have served on the Board of Trustees.” In addition, the budget passed by the Board includes a 3 percent wage increase for faculty and staff members for the 2014-2015 school year.



The Grand Valley State University College of Education is turning 50 this year. To celebrate, the university held an award ceremony Aug. 12 to honor 12 alumni from the College of Education with the Laker Blue Apple award. All honorees are educators. The College of Education will continue its celebrations throughout the academic year. These events include lectures, panel discussions and a reflection of the past 50 years, occurring in March. To find a full list of upcoming events from the College of Education, visit GV STUDENTS CREATE VIDEO FOR THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

Six Grand Valley State University students and two professors created a video called “Tapping In - Stop. Think. Connect.” for the Department of Homeland Security. The students worked for months on the video at the request of the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium. The video focuses on staying safe on the internet and features local tap dancers, animated graphics and a song. The video may be found on YouTube on the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium’s channel. GRAB SOME ICE CREAM WITH T. HAAS

Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas and his wife, Marcia Haas, will be serving ice cream to students and their families as they move into their dorms on Aug. 20. Haas and his wife will be by Kleiner Commons starting at 10 a.m. Additionally, Shelley Padnos will be helping families move in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Padnos is a member of the GVSU Board of Trustees.

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ver the summer, construction was wrapped up on two main buildings on the Allendale Campus at Grand Valley State University. This fall, new and returning students will once again have access to Kleiner Commons and the James H. Zumberge Hall. KLEINER COMMONS

After several months of remodeling, the campus dining location Kleiner is opening its doors today to students, faculty and staff at GVSU. The 18,000-squarefoot expansion of the building is the second renovation since the building opened in 1989 and includes additional seating and menu options. Among the changes is the inclusion of a national brand at Kleiner, Qdoba National Grill. In addition to Qdoba, Kleiner will now have six dining locations inside the Market, compared to four previously. The selections include: + BENE: Freshly made pizzas and breadsticks

+ CROUTONS: Customized salads offering a variety of toppings and dressings + GRILLE WORKS: Burgers, chicken tenders, fries and more + MONTAGUE’S DELI: Madeto-order deli sandwiches and subs + CENTERPLATE: A rotating menu of international and Mediterranean dishes + BISTRO: A round fire oven serving a variety of baked entrees Centerplate and Bistro are new to the building and their menus will rotate daily. The Crouton’s salad station, which was added last fall, was upgraded to provide more topping options. A few items on Qdoba’s menu are madeto-order burritos, nachos, chips and queso, tortilla soup and Mexican Gumbo. The expanded venue can now hold almost 500 students, doubling the seating of the original layout. The added second floor includes food venues, more seating, additional study space for students and room for faculty and administrative support offices. “This renovation has greatly enhanced circula-

tion through the serving and seating area, expanded menu variety and offers additional seating – all providing a better guest experience,” said Deb Rambadt, the Campus Dining marketing manager. Campus Dining hopes the expansion and upgrades will drive more students, faculty and staff to Kleiner to help lighten traffic in other parts of campus. The GVSU community is invited to the grand opening event, which will take place on Sept. 18. It will include samples, games, giveaways and more. “Kleiner’s renovation and expansion was due in part to the growing student population,” said Tom Minor, the Campus Dining general manager. “This upgrade will offer better traffic flow and is more comfortable for both on campus residents and commuters to visit the location.” The expansion is the first phase of the renovations at Kleiner. The second phase is scheduled to be completed for Fall 2015. The remodeling was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on Nov. 1, 2013 and will cost $6 million


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FINISHING TOUCHES: Workers wrap up Phase 1 of renovations at Kleiner. The 18,000-square-foot expansion allows for more food options and seating space. for both phases. Campus Dining funds will cover $4 million and the remaining $2 million is coming from the university’s general fund. The general fund will also cover any further expenses that may occur. The Market at Kleiner will continue to be cashless. Meals, Dining Dollars, debit and credit will be accepted as payment. Cash customers can purchase gift cards from the Kleiner C-Store to use at the Market. Qdoba will accept Dining Dollars, debit,



ith students beginning to trickle on campus and classes looming ever closer, the academic year is about to begin. For some, doing well in their classes is as easy as anything. But for others, they could use a little help. Grand Valley State University offers multiple resources

for its students to use in order to succeed. However, not all students know about them. The following are just a few of the offices and resources available to students at GVSU. One of the better-known places on campus for students to get help is the Writing Center. Switching from writing high school-level papers to collegiate papers can be a challenge for students, so many take advantage of the help they can receive at the Writing Cen-

“GVSU writing consultants exist as non-professor peers who know how to talk about writing...” MELANIE RABINE CENTER COORDINATOR

ter, which is located in Lake Ontario Hall, Room 120. Along with the stereotypical editing of papers, the Writing Center also offers other services. The center can help students come up with ideas for papers, help organize and plan where a paper or story is going, help with cover letters and resumes as well as give aid to English language learners. The Writing Center will also help students with nonschool related writing. If stu-

credit and cash as payment. Hours and menus for Kleiner can be viewed at www. For more information call the Campus Dining office at (616) 331-3016. JAMES H. ZUMBERGE HALL

Over the summer, Zumberge Library finished its transition to the new Zumberge Hall. Rather than rows of books, visitors will now find administrative departments and offices. The $22 million project

was funded through university-issued bonds and Campus Development Funds. The library officially closed April 27 after serving more than 20 years as a study spot for students. Since then, the building has been expanded to almost 95,000 square feet and administrative offices have been relocated to the hall. Students can now find resources such as Institutional Marketing, Human Resources and Student Accounts in one central location.

GV offers many resources for student success dents have a piece of creative writing, a play or other written work, the Writing Center welcomes them to take their work in to them. All Writing Center consultants are students so that those who go there to seek help are receiving it from a fellow student rather than a professor. “GVSU writing consultants exist as non-professor peers who know how to talk about writing so that students around campus have a safe

and knowledgeable space to make writing more accessible and achievable for all students,” said Melanie Rabine, Writing Center coordinator. For more information about the Writing Center, visit While some students struggle with writing, others struggle with math. For those GVSU students, there is the Math Center as well as the Statistics Center. SEE RESOURCES ON A5

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ost college students have some sort of summer job to help pay for tuition, and sometimes those jobs can be pretty weird or unpleasant. Some of us work in retail, some of us do landscaping and some of us do whatever odd jobs we can find.

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However, I do something a little different. I deal with customers too, but the average age of my customer is around 11 years old. I’m a Girl Scout camp counselor during the summer, and I wouldn’t trade that job for anything else in the world. Being a camp counselor isn’t ever easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding and always hilarious. When you’re a counselor at a sleep-away camp, you become part parent, part best friend, part mentor, part choir teacher, part entertainer and full-time goofball. Of course, being around 80 Girl Scouts for two months of the summer is never boring.

This summer, I tied jingle bells to kids that sleepwalked, I helped eight-year-olds dig to Paris in a sandbox, watched a teenager drop-kick a catfish, taught the whole camp how to make a Maypole, pretended I was a sorting hat from “Harry Potter” and led a midnight ambush on some other campers sleeping out in tents. Of course, those are just some of the many highlights from this summer. Unfortunately, being a camp counselor isn’t always just S’mores and happy camp songs. Sometimes the campers are really annoying, or sometimes you forget the most important ingredient to your campfire dinner,

or you have to clean up a child’s vomit, or you have to watch your camper fall off her horse three times in a row, or you have to jump in the lake at 6:30 a.m. for a lifeguarding in-service while the rest of camp is still sleeping. There are always some moments when you just want to give up and you pretty much constantly question why parents let you take care of their children for a week. However, giving up or sitting down and crying isn’t an option when you’ve got 15 campers depending on you to keep it together. And it is always worth your effort when you

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get to witness a little girl conquer her fear or learn something new. I’ve taught campers how to make a fire, I’ve helped girls realize that they are brave and strong enough to do an obstacle course 40 feet up in the air, and most importantly, I’ve helped them make some lifelong friends and memories. Of course, it’s also a ton of fun to be able to spend all summer outdoors doing awesome things like archery and kayaking, but the best part by far is getting to see how much fun the kids had or just how much they don’t want to leave when their parents pick them up. Camp is only eight

weeks out of the year, but the memories and lessons I learned there (as well as those camp songs that always get stuck in my head) last year round. As I sang at every single closing campfire this summer, “Come with me where the fire burns bright, we can see even better by the fire’s light. And we’ll find more meaning in a campfire’s glow than we’ve ever found in a year or so. On my honor, I will try. There’s a duty to be done and I say aye. There’s a reason to be here for a reason above. My honor is to try and my duty is to love.”

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COSTLY EDUCATION T his year, students attending Grand Valley State University will have to fork over an additional $298 for their annual tuition, now at $10,752 for a full-time undergraduate Michigan resident. While GVSU’s tuition increase for the 2014-2015 school year is the lowest percentage rate in the last 10 years, according to Hannah Lentz’s article, the increase in cost is still an extra burden on students. Just because GVSU raised tuition slightly less than other Michigan universities did, it does not hide the reality that yet again, tuition did go up. The nearly $300 increase could instead be used to buy groceries for a few weeks or pay most of the month’s rent or utilities for several months. In addition to the higher tuition costs, students that are part of the Frederik Meijer Honors College are experiencing the $20 per honors credit fee for the first time this

Graduates are leaving college weighed down with debt from rising tuition costs. Though the raise at GV is one of the lowest, it still affects students’ finances.

semester. For freshmen in the Honors College, this can amount to another $120 each semester. Some other classes have an extra fee that can be as much as several hundred dollars more, which is just another burden on students. Finding extra cash for necessities becomes harder, or even impossible. Extra activities – like going out to eat, going to the mall or spending time with friends – become harder to enjoy because of the feeling that money is being wasted instead of going to a more productive cause. Many students work one or more jobs during college to help cover tuition and other expenses. Some end up taking fewer credits during the semester in order to work more hours. However, taking fewer credits prolongs their stay at GVSU, and the costs of those extra semesters add up fast. Rising tuition costs and a 31 percent four-year graduation rate is certainly nothing to be proud of. Though 31 percent





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is the national average for public universities, GVSU has never been satisfied with being average. It is our hope that GVSU continues to come up with innovative ideas such as the Grand Finish Grant to encourage students to graduate in four years and to find new ways to keep tuition rates low. We also hope that GVSU looks closely at what they spend their money on. It has always been and always will be a burden on students to pay such high tuition, so it is the university’s responsibility to spend our money carefully and wisely. Though this year’s increase is much lower than in past years, every dollar makes college even less affordable for those who are wanting to go or considering whether they should attend or not.




ver the weekend, a friend and I went into the Allendale Screaming Needle parlor and got piercings. I now have a stud in my nose, a tiny surgical steel thing. It was really spur of the moment, but we had a great piercer, and I’m glad that I did it. (But in case you were wondering, even though it barely hurts, your eyes will water like crazy and you’ll have a needle hanging out of your nose for a couple of minutes, so you’ll look a

little ridiculous.) After I got my nose pierced, I was expecting some pushback, or at least some comments. I thought my parents would freak out, but they just asked me how much it cost and how I was planning to blow my nose. When I saw some friends on the fourth, it took them a couple of hours to notice that I’d even gotten it done. And when I went into my waitressing job today, none of my coworkers (much less any of my managers) even noticed it, or at least they didn’t say anything to me about it. And I wondered if there was a chance it might lower my tips or that older clientele wouldn’t approve, but I had my highest tip day yet. Of course, it’s too soon to make any definitive assessments, and my piercing is pretty minor, but it seems like piercings don’t

have much impact on job performance, even in settings where what a customer thinks of you is the main component to your success. I’ve always thought it went too far to forbid any holes in your face or unnatural colors in your hair in a workplace, especially one where you’ll just be operating a cash register or waiting tables. It doesn’t seem right for an employer to be able to dictate an employee’s permanent appearance. I’ve seen enough to know that it’s hard to find quality employees who won’t eventually stop showing up to shifts or make everyone’s lives miserable, and it seems limiting to not consider a certain aesthetic of people. But I’ve started to notice more people with more alternative looks working behind counters, and I’m wondering if, as a society, we’re moving away from the stigmatization

of piercings and tattoos. At my past two jobs, several of my managers have had arm sleeves. At this one, there are a few girls with nose rings, and one who has huge gauges and her tongue split, and I haven’t heard a word about it. Maybe there are simply more tattooed and pierced individuals in management now, or enough young people are getting them that it’s made it difficult to condemn them altogether. Although I don’t think we’re quite there yet, I think our society is changing its views of professionalism, defining it as behavior and attitude rather than an appearance. Of course, it will never be okay to walk into a job interview in jeans, but maybe in a few years, a lip piercing or some pink highlights won’t be a dealbreaker.



a5 search effectively. One of the lesser-known resources available to students is the research consultants that work in the library. “Research consultants are available to assist students at three of our locations on the Allendale and Pew Campuses,” said Kristin Meyer, user experience manager at the MIP Library. “Research consultants are highly trained students who can help with any step of the research process, from brainstorming gvl : Garrett Leon Bleshenski

Both centers can be found on the second floor of Mackinac Hall. The Math Center is located at MAK A-2-601 and the Statistics Center is at MAK A-2-101. “(The Math and Stats Centers are) comfortable places to work on homework and ask questions,” said Marcia Frobish, director of the Math and Statistics Centers. “There is no appointment necessary,

so students can stop by during our open hours and get help with anything related to math and stats.” For more information about the Math and Stats Centers, visit www.gvsu. edu/tutoring/math. For a wider range of academic assistance, students may find what they’re looking for in the Mary Idema Pew Library. The library offers IT help, tutors at the Knowledge Market and subject specialty librarians to help students re-

news ideas to finding and evaluating resources.” Additionally, students should not feel limited to the materials they find in the library. “We can get materials for you from around the world through our document delivery service,” Meyer said. “Articles are often delivered electronically – we even scan and email articles from our own print journal collection.” To schedule appointments, search the library catalogue and more, visit Another resource that can be found in GVSU’s library is the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS), located in Room 230. “(OURS is focused on) connecting students with faculty mentors and former and current GVSU research and creative scholars,” said Susan Mendoza, OURS director.

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Plague said that the Student Senate’s main purpose is to help improve the university and to help ensure that it remains focused on the students. “Senators are working on a variety of initiatives including expanding bus routes, exploring open textbooks, striving for a more inclusive campus and promoting a ‘fall breather’ in lieu of a fall break just to name a few things,” he said. Plague’s job consists of using his position to work toward the inclusion and benefit of all students but also to oversee that the senate runs smoothly. One way that they work to represent the student

courages first year students to be prepared to learn. “Half the fun of being a first year student is figuring everything out,” Plague said. “You will learn so much during your first year in college, not just in the classroom, but also about yourself and other people. If you haven’t completely shattered at least one idea that you held to be true about yourself or the world by the end of your first year, I would say that you are missing out on the true purpose of a liberal arts education.” To learn more about the GVSU Student Senate or to get involved, visit their Facebook page, www.facebook. com/GVSUStudentSenate, their Twitter @GVStudentSenate or their website, www.

ing experience of my college career, and I love getting the chance to help someone else start their journey every day,” said Alissa Lane, outreach coordinator for the center. The center also provides outreach and support to international students spending time at GVSU. There are currently over 380 international students at GVSU, representing over 80 countries. For more information on the Padnos International Center, visit While there are many different centers and programs at GVSU, there is another resource available to students that many overlook – the professors. When students need help with a specific assignment or need help scheduling their classes, they need look no further than their professors and academic advisors. Most professors have their office hours listed on the GVSU website or on their syllabi.

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voice is by sitting on committees and taskforces throughout the university. As president, Plague would like to make sure that the senators are a part of these meetings and are engaged. “As president, I also need to work to foster leadership growth and development among the senators,” Plague said. “So while much of my job is being that spokesperson or face at the university, there are a lot of things that I work on internally to ensure that, as a student government, we live up to our potential.” Plague’s many hats are a testament to his leadership ability and to the example he sets for all students. As a veteran student, he has plenty of advice for incoming freshmen. He en-

“Once those connections are made, we provide support along the way. Sometimes that support is through our scholar programs, which provide financial support for students to do research over the summer. We also provide conference travel grants, research supply grants and advising. “Simply stated, our role is to help nurture your inner nerd through cultivating curiosity, connecting you with faculty, providing supportive programs and services, and celebrating your successes.” For more information about OURS, visit www.gvsu. edu/ours. GVSU also provides support for students that want to plan ahead – especially if those plans include studying abroad. For those filled with wanderlust, the place to start is the Padnos International Center inside Lake Ontario Hall. “Studying abroad was the most impactful and life-chang-

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hether students are trying to find ways to fulfill LIB 100 or 201 requirements, give back to the community, meet new people or perhaps all of the above, “Service Saturdays” may be just the thing they’re looking for. Grand Valley State University’s Alternative Breaks organization and the Community Service Learning Center are collaborating with nonprofit organizations in the Grand Rapids area on the program. The goal of Service Saturday is to serve the community in various ways such as mentoring, educating and doing labor work. Alternative Breaks focuses on different social issues throughout the nation on educational breaks from GVSU. Among other events and trips, the organization has been sponsoring Service Saturdays since 2012 and is

providing a continual effort to enhance the program for years to come. During last year’s season of Service Saturdays, there were nine different trips in which GVSU students ventured out to execute diverse tasks. In the past, GVSU students have teamed up with organizations like Rays of Hope, S.P.O.R.T.S and the Blandford Nature Center. Alternative Breaks representatives often encourage GVSU students to participate at least once throughout the year. “The satisfaction of doing something with your Saturday and interacting with those who are passionate is why I truly enjoy what I do,” said Ryan Carrier, an Alternative Breaks community impact leader. To open up this fall semester, Alternative Breaks will be hosting their first Service Saturday on Aug. 23 and will return to the Blandford Nature Center. There will be a specific approach for the

2014 season, Carrier said. “We want to get a wide, diverse range of individuals involved this year,” he added. At the Jan. 2013 event, participating students were linked with Rays of Hope International – a nonprofit organization that takes pride in providing humanitarian aid by providing shelter, food, clothing, clean water, healthcare and education to those who may not have access to such resources. During the event, GVSU students sorted medical supplies and prepared shipments to medical clinics in Haiti. Rays of Hope is committed to helping not only those in the Grand Rapids area, but the world. On Oct. 26, 2013, GVSU students took part in the national contribution, “Make A Difference Day.” The day is designated to the effort of people around the U.S. simply making a difference to improve the lives of others. About 350 students volunteered at GVSU’s Make A Difference Day with various

Service Saturdays offer students the opportunity to help their community nonprofit organizations in the the students were in regard Grand Rapids community. to connecting well with the One of the more notable mentors was pleasing.” volunteering matchups was In August 2013, the first with GVSU’s Alternative Service Saturday of the fall Breaks and S.P.O.R.T.S., a semester was focused on innonprofit organization that coming freshmen and transstrives to provide opportu- fer student participation. Alnities and recreation to kids ternative Breaks aimed their around the attention toworld through ward familiarstudent-to-stuizing those stu“They do an dent relationdents with the ships. The two opportunities exceptional job vo lu nt e e r i ng offered through entities helped educating you, not GVSU. run a basketThe Blandjust allowing you ball camp at ford Nature to do work.” Harrison Park Center seemed Schools. like the most alison von “I had an fitting place to werder amazing time go during that working with alternative breaks time of the year S . P. O . R . T. S . in order to aland students of low the stuHarrison Park dents to take Schools; us mentors con- advantage of Michigan’s fleetnected really well with the ing good weather. A total of students,” said Alison von 18 students helped clean up Werder, former president trails along with other outof Alternative Breaks. “It door tasks such as hauling cut was a great experience, and wood to a sugar shack where hearing how appreciative maple syrup was made.

Aside from providing a service to improve the Grand Rapids community, students enjoy volunteering at places such as Blandford Nature Center. “I’ve been there four times already and love working with the people there. They do an exceptional job educating you, not just allowing you to do work,” von Werder said. Accepting gratitude from those being helped isn’t the only reward from participating in Service Saturdays. “Working with the many nonprofit organizations around the Grand Rapids community has opened my eyes to the many relationships you can build with not only those you serve with, but for,” von Werder said. “Relationship building is the best thing about serving for others.” To get more information about Alternative Breaks and Service Saturdays registration, visit or visit the CSLC office located in the Kirkhof Center.

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ive sororities and one fraternity at Grand Valley State University will move in to the $7.5 million Grand Village, located at 5050 Pierce St. near the Copper Beech Townhomes in Allendale. Alan Hoffman is the private developer who funded the construction project, which broke ground last January. After discussions with GVSU groups, Hoffman chose six organizations to receive houses off campus: Alpha Sigma Tau, Sigma Kappa, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Phi, Gamma

Phi Beta and more than two Alpha Omiyears ago. “It is important cron Pi. Four “Having houses will some sort of that each hold 25 people Grand Village organization and two will has always been hold 30 people. talked about realizes this is a Santiago within the privilege so we Gayton, the Greek commufraternity and nity,” he said. can continue to sorority life “I am hoping it prosper...” coordinator creates a great at the Office sense of commaria ciolino of Student munity.” senior Life, said he is Gayton rec“personally reognized that ally excited” for the Grand moving can be a stressful and Village because the initial challenging process, which is meetings between the de- why he serves as the adviser veloper and the organiza- to the six Greek organizations tions, both local and na- slotted for the Grand Village. tional headquarters, began He helps students with poli-

cies and procedures that may be unfamiliar, such as paying for rent with 25-30 housemates. Gayton will meet with the groups to discuss any adjustment issues they may have. However, his work is not exclusive to the new development. “I will continue to serve as a resource for other fraternities with group housing,” Gayton said. In the future, GVSU students may see more houses in the Grand Village. Though it is ultimately up to the developer, Gayton said they are planning to add four more houses and a community center during the second phase of construction. “We are waiting to see

what the initial phase will look like,” he said. “There may be an opportunity within the next couple years for 10 off-campus houses for sororities and fraternities.” GVSU senior Blake Stezskal, the president of Alpha Sigma Phi, expressed excitement in moving to the new house. His organization will be the only fraternity in the Grand Village this fall. Stezskal said he hopes Greek life at GVSU will grow because of these houses. “Our new house will bring our brotherhood closer together now that we are under one roof,” he said. “There is always someone there to talk to about personal issues, to

seek out academic help or anything in between.” Maria Ciolino, a senior at GVSU, is the Sigma Kappa president this year. Ciolino agreed with Stezskal that the new houses are an essential addition to GVSU. She said she is excited about the possibility of adding more houses for other groups to enjoy. “It is important that each organization realizes this is a privilege so we can continue to prosper as leaders and have a positive impact on Grand Valley’s campus,” Ciolino said. “Also, Sigma Kappa is continuously growing, and it would have been a missed opportunity to pass up something so great for our future.”

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ne of the best parts of Grand Valley State University is its location. Drive 30 minutes west and you’ll hit Lake Michigan. Hop a bus and go 30 minutes east and you’ve reached a bustling, downtown Grand Rapids. Whether you enjoy traipsing through the woods and exploring new trails or prefer to stay in air conditioned, bug free zones, you’re bound to find something to do. Turn the pages for a glimpse at a few of GVSU students’ favorite local spots.

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If you don’t feel like cooking but want a great tasting but reasonably priced meal, head to Grand Coney. What do we like about Grand Coney? + It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. + Serves a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert foods. + Fast and friendly service.


+ Grand Valley pride displayed inside. SCOOPS ICE CREAM

This ice cream shop is a newer location that has become very popular among students because of their great flavors and services. Our favorite things are: + Unlike most ice cream shops, Scoops will deliver! + Location is very close to campus and near a bus stop. + In addition to ice cream, they also have flurries, parfaits, sundaes and more. MAIN ST. PUB

This restaurant and bar offers a extensive menu of burgers, pasta, sea food and sandwiches. It’s the perfect


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spot for a quick lunch with friends or for a dinner with visiting family. Come stop by for a Laker Club Wrap. Students can also try out these eateries along the 37 bus route. Just a few are: PEPPINO’S PIZZA JIMMY JOHN’S MENNA’S JOINT BIGGBY COFFEE

OUT AND ABOUT There are also many fun activities on campus that students can do between classes or on the weekends. Here are a few of our favorites: HIKING OR GEOCACHING IN THE RAVINES. GOLFING AT THE MEADOWS GOLF COURSE. WATCHING A MOVIE IN THE KIRKHOF THEATER. TAKING A WALK IN THE ARBORETUM.

EXPLORE DOWNTOWN: Visitors wait to go inside the Grand Rapids Art Museum, one of the many attractions students frequent downtown.


owntown Grand Rapids is filled with fun cultural, art and music events throughout the year and is home to hundreds of eateries, shops and boutiques. Whether you’re looking for dinner, an afternoon at a museum or a night out, the options are endless. Here are a few ideas for your trip to the city. ON THE MENU STELLA’S LOUNGE

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In 2012, Stella’s Lounge was voted best burger in America by GQ Magazine. The giant stuffed burgers quite literally melt in your mouth. The lounge is also known for its bar, which is stocked with over 200 whiskeys, and their collection of vintage arcade games.


Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market provides students the opportunity to get local food year round. The market offers baked goods, produce, meat, cheese, coffee and more. It also provides resources for education on healthy living practices with cooking classes, yoga and other special events. OUT AND ABOUT GR ART MUSEUM

This downtown coffee shop is committed to selling coffee that is both high quality and sustainable. The owners Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp have personally visited over 75 percent of the farms- located around the world- that produce the coffee they sell. Their goal is to make it to 100 percent by the end of 2014. The duo only buys from farms that they believe are committed to their craft.

Including hosting many of the best pieces during ArtPrize, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is a great place to go to look at amazing artwork year round. Here are a few of our favorite things about the GRAM. + Free admission to the public on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free general admission Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. + Ongoing events being planned and hosted by the GRAM including concerts, special exhibitions and much more. + Conveniently located close to top-notch restaurants, hotels and other museums and events.





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have live music, booths and sidewalk sales throughout the night. Admission is free and food tickets only cost $1 each.

This event will take place on Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature many different restaurants from Gaslight Village. The event will also

Rosa Parks Circle is a great space for hanging with friends or a first date. During the warmer months, there are concerts and dances every week. For those who can brave

the cold, the winter months transform the plaza into an ice skating rink. Even if there isn’t something going on, it’s always a nice place to sit and enjoy the day with friends. Listed below are a few upcoming events: + Parks & Recreation Zumba on Aug. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. + Swing dancing on Aug. 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. + Blues on the Mall on Aug. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. + Dozynski Festival Aug. 22 through Aug. 24. MOVIES IN THE PARK

While the weather is still warm, going to Movies in the Park is also a good way to get your mind off of preparing for classes. On Aug. 22 there is a double feature playing Jurassic Park and a voter’s choice movie. It will take place at 7 p.m. in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs and snacks to enjoy the movie! ARTPRIZE

During the school year, one of the most popular events for students to attend is ArtPrize. People come from all over to display their work around Grand Rapids and then viewers get to vote on their favorite pieces. There are many amazing works of art and admission to many of the museums that host the artwork is free during the festivities. This year the event will take place from Sept. 24 through Oct. 12.

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he Lake Michigan shoreline is dotted with small towns, such as Holland, where students can go for a relaxing day at the beach or to explore new shops and restaurants. ON THE MENU LEMONJELLO’S

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a person and their coffee can only be described as true love. When you’re in need of a little affection head right over here for a cup or two. Come use the free Wi-Fi and get some homework done while you enjoy your drink. If you don’t like coffee, don’t worry, the menu has options for you too.

A9 A few of our favorite drinks: Stress Reliever Mood Latte: Chocolate, caramel and hazelnut Summer: Hot chocolate, blackberry and strawberry Green Army Guy: Apple soda, strawberry and an army guy OTTAWA BEACH PIZZA CO.

This take out and delivery restaurant is right across the street from Lake Macatawa and just a few minutes from Holland State Park. Plus, Ottawa Beach Pizza Co. offers gluten free crust and has over 30 pizza

toppings. Grab some friends and a Beach Bum pizza and head to the lake. OUR BREWING COMPANY

If you need a relaxed environment to do some group work or to hold a meeting, this is the place to go. The owners (Trevor and Lisa Doublestein & Dane and Brynn Sexton) encourage people to make the bar their own and to bring work or just hang out. Trevor calls it an office away from the office.

views of both lakes, the Big Red lighthouse and the marinas. The highest point of the trail is 157 feet above Lake Michigan. CAPPON


The tiny food stand was built in 1947. Pronto Pups (not to be confused with corn dogs despite the similar appearance) are a favorite among both locals and tourists. The booth, located on the Grand River near the lakefront, serves battered-andfried franks on a stick, attracting long lines during the summer months. Make sure to stop here when you’re in the area. MORNING STAR CAFE

This cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a Southwest touch. Stop by for a breakfast quesadilla or their huevos

rancheros. The homemade cinnamon rolls are both “ridiculously awesome” and “to die for.” Breakfast is served seven days a week and lunch is available Monday- Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. BUTCH’S BEACH BURRITOS

When you’re craving Mexican food, stop by this small eatery located within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven Lighthouse & Pier. Butch’s offers burritos, tacos, specialty hot dogs wrapped in warm tortillas, nachos and salads. Other popular spots include: JEANNE’S CAFE ARTURO’S TACOS THE FORTUNE COOKIE RAY’S DRIVE-IN MR. KOZAKS FRICANO’S PIZZA TAVERN


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f you’re in need of a change in scenery head to this lake town northwest of Allendale. The pier and lighthouse are gorgeous when the sun sets and the beaches are hard to beat. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you occupied downtown too.


The Italianate style Cappon House was built by Holland’s first mayor Isaac Cappon. Now, the house is open

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PURE MICHIGAN: The Grand Haven Pier & Lighthouse attract visitors at dusk.











The park includes 142 acres of sandy beaches and campgrounds along Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. East of the park, the Mt. Pisgah dune walk stairway and hiking trail offers

Michigan and offers views of the Grand Haven Pier and Lighthouse. Visitors don’t just come in the summer though. The colder months highlight the beauty of winter in Michigan with frozen waves and sand mounds. Bundle up though!

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to the public for self-guided tours. The interior showcases the lifestyle of Cappon and his family in the 19th century with original Michigan-made furniture, early light fixtures and a family photograph gallery. Five doors down the road is the Settlers House. The 1867 cottage was built by the ship carpenter Thomas Morrissey and shows the contrast between Holland’s working and upper classes. WINDMILL ISLAND GARDENS

Windmill Island Gardens include 36 acres of gardens, canals and the DeZwaan windmill. The five-story windmill is the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the U.S. The gardens also have costumed guides, an Amsterdam street organ, a hand-painted Dutch carousel and gift shops. Visitors can buy stoneground windmill flour during the open season or it can be shipped during the off season. The garden is open seasonally from May through October.



This Great Lakes dune system has several trails ranging from .7 to 2.5 miles and includes 1,000 feet of stairs. The hike ends on a sandy beach along Lake Michigan and has gorgeous views of open and forested dunes. MULLIGAN’S HOLLOW SKI BOWL

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After spending three seasons under Grand Valley State University coach Jerry Baltes, cross country mainstay Nick Polk was announced as the head coach at Elon University in North Carolina. Polk was instrumental in GVSU’s sustained success in men’s and women’s cross country over the last three years, which included back-to-back national championships for the women. Polk also competed at GVSU as a student athlete, where he was a threetime NCAA Division II AllAmerican. He currently holds the school records in the 1,500 and 10,000 meters. He has also worked for Nike and USA Track & Field. GV




Grand Valley State University men’s basketball head coach Ric Wesley announced the addition of Lawrence “J.R.” Wallace to the Laker coaching staff on Friday. Wallace will join the team as a graduate assistant. The Muskegon, Mich. native was a four-year letter winner at Central Michigan University from 2000 to 2003. He most recently spent time working with the Grand Rapids Storm, an AAU team, and as a youth advocate at Wyoming Junior High School. Wallace was a standout at CMU as a senior. He was named an All-Mid American Conference Honorable Mention honoree after averaging 14.3 points per game.

GETTING STARTED: GV holds its first practice of 2014 season. The Lakers take on Azusa Pacific on Sept. 4. Regardless, the 2014 season could be a big one for the Lakers. Championship-caliber teams often share many of the same traits, and GVSU certainly seems to have the required ingredients for a winning recipe. That recipe can be broken down like the different parts of a palatable pizza. It takes the right combination of crust, sauce, cheese and tasty toppings to make a supremely stacked pie: THE CRUST: AN EXPERIENCED ROSTER WITH PLENTY OF


Like a Chicago-style deep dish, it all starts with the crust or, in this case, a core nucleus of returning players. GVSU brings back 47 letter winners, 21 seniors and 26 players who have started games. The returning starters got a taste of the Division II postseason in 2013 when they finished two victories away from a national title, and their postseason know-how could certainly aid GVSU on the field. Off the field, they’ll be just as valuable. Particularly because GVSU won’t have the luxury of looking ahead. It’s the

only NCAA Division II squad facing five opponents that had eight or more victories in 2013. GVSU, the NCAA’s all-time winningest football team, will have to deal with lofty expectations all season, but an experienced locker room could help the team stay focused despite the hoopla. “We kind of like distractions; it kind of gets us in the game setting in a lot of ways,” senior linebacker/nickelback Deonté Hurst said. “It’s just ‘stay focused and ignore the noise’ – that’s something Coach Mitchell likes to say a lot. We’ve got to focus and get the job

done because there’s going to be distractions, we’ve just got to overcome them.” PIZZA








Hurst, who led the team with 109 total tackles in 2013, will be an important member of the defense, which lost five of its eight leading tacklers. Hurst, converted linebacker Brad Horling and senior cornerback DeVonté Jones will need to make plays and provide leadership as they are the only SEE FOOTBALL ON B3

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rand Valley State University football coach Matt Mitchell took to the Twittersphere on Wednesday after his team was picked as the preseason No. 2 team in the nation by USA Today and The Sporting News: “Just distributed pizza to the team in the dorm. Far more interesting and important than pre-season polls and prognostication.” The preliminary prognostication seems to suggest GVSU is an early favorite to make a national championship appearance in 2014 – so how could pizza possibly be more important? “Especially in Division II, a lot of the people at a national level have never seen the teams play,” Mitchell said Thursday before the team’s first official practice. “They’re going based on the previous year’s records. I understand we’re ranked high in some preseason polls because of what we did last year, but it’s pretty much meaningless when it comes to the 2014 season.”



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ince assuming the reins as head coach of the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team on June 27, Jeff Hosler has known he will have to hit the ground running. GVSU’s transition period

will have to be a quick one in 2014, as the team not only has a reputation to uphold and a national championship to defend, but also a No. 1 ranking to confirm. The Lakers were slated as the No. 1 team in the NSCAA/ Continental Tire NCAA Division II Preseason Rankings on Aug. 7. Conventional wisdom – and collegiate sports stan-

dards – might suggest the team should ease itself into the 2014 campaign with a platter of cupcakes. However, that has never been GVSU’s style. The players representing the powerhouse program understand that being the best means beating the best from day one. In 2013, the No. 2 Lakers took on No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic State University to open

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program might seem like an intimidating task to a new coach, but Hosler sees it differently. “Last year’s team put up very impressive statistics, but to me it’s more how the team is playing as a whole,” he said. “I’m my biggest critic and the amount of expectations I put on myself are higher than anyone else. I’m excited to get going.” SEE SOCCER ON B3

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TAKING STEPS: Senior Abby Aiken jumps to spike the volleyball during a match in 2013. The Lakers look to have another strong season this year. – Grand Rapids – Lakeshore


he high-flying Grand Valley State University volleyball team is locked and loaded with returning talent and more than ready to take the next step in 2014. GVSU, which posted a 31-4 record last season en route to its first conference championship since 2008, garnered top honors in the 2014 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Thursday after receiving seven of the eight possible first-place North Division votes. Last year’s first-place finish could certainly be duplicated this time around, as the Lakers return five of six starters and a dozen letter winners from the 2013 squad. The 2013 GLIAC Coach of the Year, GVSU head coach Deanne Scanlon, said expectations are high entering her 20th season with the team. “We’ve got a lot of pieces in place to have another great season, so we’re just really going to focus on two things,” Scanlon said. “One is being a great teammate. The team is this big entity, but it’s made up of separate people so we’re going to focus on everyone’s role and their dynamic on the team. Two is the most important part, and that’s having a good time.” The good times were plentiful for the happy-go-lucky Lakers in 2013. Prior to its five-set loss to Ferris State University in the regional championship in Allendale, GVSU compiled a 21-game win streak which included a stretch of 21 straight sets without a loss. The Lakers swept their opponent 16 times, were 15-1 away from home and had a 17-1 GLIAC record. “Yes, we did all of that good stuff last year but it’s not how we

wanted to finish, so we’ll have a inserted into the starting lineup little chip on our shoulders,” se- early last season, and her abilnior outside hitter Abby Aiken ity to keep opponents guessing said. “We’re pretty confident in was a key advantage for GVSU. what we can do this year, but “Kaitlyn is someone who we’re not overlooking anyone.” can take over a game and keep Aiken, the 2013 GLIAC a defense honest,” Scanlon said. Player of the Year and DaWolters could also be lookktronics Midwest Region ing to set up a familiar face at Player of the Year, will be right-side hitter. looking to build on an imHer twin sister, senior transpressive season in which she fer Kourtney Wolters, is one of racked up 427 kills, 413 digs the players expected to compete and 67 total blocks. for the final starting spot. Junior She is one of three returning Jessica Majerle, sophomore CarAll-Ameriley Gross and cans – which redshirt freshGVSU has man Carley never had – Serowkey are along with also in the mix. senior setDefenter Kaitlyn sively, the Wolters and team will rely junior middle heavily on blocker Kasenior libero leigh Lound. Christina Lound Canepa. The and reliD a kt ronics able senior All-Midwest starter Ally Region First ABBY AIKEN Simmons Team honwill have to GRADE: oree ranks SENIOR play well in- POSITION: sixth all-time OUTSIDE HITTER side when in school GLIAC & Daktronics Midwest teams key Region Player of the Year, history with in on Aiken Daktronics All-American (2nd 1,198 career and junior team) digs, and has outside hita knack for ter Betsy Ronda, a former making her job look easy. GLIAC Freshman of the Year Despite high expectations, who battled injuries in 2013. Canepa said the Lakers won’t “Kaleigh really came into be getting ahead of themselves her own – you can’t leave her in 2014. alone in the middle – and Betsy “We’re all really excited bounced back and had a great and obviously we have big spring for us,” Scanlon said. goals, but we’re making sure “Having those two dynamic we get the little things down hitters on the outside is going to first before we look ahead to be a tough thing to stop.” tournament play,” she said. Aiken and Ronda have The team begins its 2014 the potential to lead a lethal campaign on Sept. 5 at the Laker attack offensively, but Oredigger Classic in Golden, the group’s productivity all Colo. The Lakers will take on starts with the offensive cat- four non-conference oppoalyst at setter. nents in the two-day event, Wolters was an assist-pro- starting with Minnesota State ducing machine after being University Moorhead.




returning starters along the back seven. The front four, however, features five formidable defensive linemen with a rare combination of size, strength and agility: seniors Isiah Dunning, Matt Mosley, Frank Boenzi and juniors De’Ondre Hogan and Matt Judon. If jersey numbers are indicative of the group’s speed, then they’ll be able to run like defensive backs in 2014. They will don No. 1 (Dunning), No. 4 (Mosley), No. 5 (Hogan), No. 9 (Judon) and No. 11 (Boenzi). “The key point is going to be our defensive line,” Hurst said. “They’re real good, real deep. There’s a lot of places we’re real deep with young guys, but the thing about last year to this year is we’re way deeper and we’ll have a lot of those guys to go to.” CHEESE: A CAPABLE OFFENSIVE LINE

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Now, Hosler will look to pioneer the wrecking-ball crew to another historic season, and GVSU will waste no time in matching up with top-quality talent. The team, which has not lost a season-opener in more than a decade, hosts No. 13 Quincy University on Sep. 5. GVSU held off Quincy in the third round of the NCAA playoffs last year in a tight 2-1 tilt. The Hawks were one of just four teams to score a goal against GVSU last season. This season, the Lakers welcome back a host of nationally-feared talent all over the pitch, but a few questions still linger. The reconstruction work begins on the back line, an area patrolled last season by Abbey Miller, the 2013 GLIAC


pizza without a healthy portion of mozzarella – and GVSU will have some work to do up front. The team will be without the services of graduated center Matt Armstrong, who is currently a member of the New Orleans Saints. Additionally, Mitchell said, the unit will have to adjust after the “early retirement” of 13-game starter Connor Gould, who was plagued by a shoulder injury. However, the team brings back a trio of starters from 2013. Junior tackle Brandon Revenberg returns after starting all 14 games in 2013, as does senior tackle and 14-game starter Eric LaBuhn. The interior group will be anchored by junior left guard Jim Walsh, who was recently named to the BSN GLIAC 2014 Preseason All Conference squad. The right guard figures to be senior Payton McCallum, who started a trio of games at the position a year ago. Meanwhile, the center spot appears to be up for grabs. “I’m excited to see how our offensive line comes along,” senior quarterback Heath Parling

said. “We have a lot of different players that can really step up and make an impact this year and a couple young players who haven’t really had a chance yet.” MEAT: A VETERAN QUARTERBACK WITH WEAPONS IN THE BACKFIELD

After missing five games last season, Parling is back, healthy and ready to build on a 2013 campaign in which he racked up 2,441 passing yards and 27 touchdowns to go with just eight interceptions. Like a pepperoni to a pizza, Parling will be one of the most valuable components of the GVSU offense – and he’ll have plenty of help from his tailbacks. Call them the meat trio (sausage, ham and bacon), the three-headed monster or the three musketeers: senior Michael Ratay, classmate Chris Robinson and junior Kirk Spencer. “The number one goal in our offensive meetings every day is we want to be able to run the ball,” Parling said. “That’s our number one goal

Goalkeeper of the Year, who GVSU’s defense racked up has since graduated. 21 shutouts last year, allowing Miller’s replacement just 63 shots on goal all season. has yet to Center back be deterKaty Woolley mined, but returns in her senior Ansecond year drea Strauss as a starter and a pair to lead what of freshwas one of men, Paige the stingiest Pryson and defenses in Jennifer Division II S t e i n a w a y, history a seaare expectson ago. ed to comSenior pete for the left back and position. fellow reJENNY SHABA As is turner Juane Laker soc- GRADE: Odendaal SENIOR cer tradition, POSITION: is, as Hosler FORWARD however, the describes, an defense in Daktronics & NSCAA All-American “outstanding (1st team), led team in goals (16) front of the & assists (12) talent” and unnamed will help foskeeper may be the most im- ter the future fate of the Laker portant cog of the seemingly defense. Hosler expects the reunsolvable machine. maining positions in the back


of our offense, the hallmark VEGGIES: PLAYMAKERS IN of our offense. THE PASSING GAME “When you have three guys The final touches to this with versatility and different fully-loaded pizza – tomatoes, things that they can do, it makes jalapeños and an assortment of it easier as a quarterback to peppers – have been somewhat know that these guys are going overlooked: the tight ends and to be able to wide receivget you first ers. downs.” At receivThe trio er, seniors Kecombined to ontre’ Miskel put up some and Darryl i mpre s s i ve Pitts will likely totals last lead the way, year: 2,342 but it’s anyrushing yards body’s guess (5.9 yards from there. A per carry), recent trans25 rushing fer, former touchdowns, University of 31 receptions, Oklahoma JAMIE POTTS 628 receivwideout Kaing yards and meel Jackson, GRADE: JUNIOR six receiving POSITION: TIGHT END has a chance touchdowns. to compete S e n i o r s Daktronics First Team All- for a roster American, led all GLIAC TEs with Hersey Jack- 11 TDs in 2013 spot, but it’s son and Ben too early to Hutchins will also be compet- know who will climb the depth ing for playing time along with chart in the coming weeks. sophomore Terrell Dorsey. “Other than defensive line, I honestly think that wide re-

ceiver is one of the deepest position groups on our entire team,” Parling said. “I know that some people may not agree with that, but I’m around these guys every day and I see honestly eight, nine guys deep that can play and can make an impact. “I really like our wideout core as much as I have since I’ve been here, so I’m really looking forward to working with them.” At tight end, junior and Daktronics First Team All-American Jamie Potts returns in a Jimmy Graham-esque role after leading all GLIAC tight ends with 11 touchdowns in 2013. Seniors Joe Wirth and Alton Voss also figure to be in the mix.

to be “highly competitive.” Inner competition will be key for GVSU. Any feelings of entitlement or contentment could quickly hinder the crew that was often dominant in 2013. “If you get complacent you won’t do nearly as well going forward,” Wesley said. “You have to go into each game trying to do better than the last one. We have to put pressure on ourselves.” The offensively adept midfield returns a number of starters whose chemistry and talent succeed in unifying a team from one end of the pitch to the other. Sophomore Marti Corby returns after a breakout freshman season in which she totaled 31 points and earned All-American honors. Senior midfielder Charlie Socia also returns for her fourth year as a starter. She tallied eight goals

Juniors Katie Klunder and Katie Bounds will be expected to contribute in her absence. “The game plan is going to look a little different this year,” Shaba said. “Last year we lost quite a bit of our offense and we were looking to build on that. We lost a lot of defense going into this year, so dependability and consistency for our offense is going to be key for us.” Consistency became synonymous with GVSU soccer under DiIanni’s guidance. The program may have a different look under Hosler’s direction in 2014, but the winning tradition and talent are still there. The page has been turned and a new chapter remains unmarked. Jeff Hosler holds the pen and, although there are some questions to be answered, the team certainly appears primed to hit the ground running.


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in 2013 – and six of them were game-winners. “(Socia) was vital to the team’s run last year,” Hosler said. “She has that clutch gene.” Up front, the Lakers are poised to challenge any defense standing in their way. Senior Jenny Shaba and sophomore Kendra Stauffer, the top two scorers on last year’s squad, will headline the GVSU attack. Shaba, who racked up 44 points last season, is a dynamic playmaker who works best from the wing. Stauffer had an unprecedented freshman campaign, finishing second on the team in assists and points. She was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament in the NCAA Playoffs. The Lakers will be without 25-game starter Erika Bradfield, however, who suffered a torn ACL in the spring and is unlikely to see action in 2014.


GVSU will begin its season on Sep. 4 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports. Until then, Mitchell and the Lakers will be focused on perfecting their recipe for success in practice.

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Coach: ‘Whoever is playing well is who is going to play’

STAYING FOCUSED: Redshirt senior Jack Rider surveys the green at a tournament last season.




ary Bissell played his last collegiate golf match in 2012 as a member of Ferris State University. Now, just two years removed from his playing days, Bissell leads the Grand Valley State University men’s golf team in his rookie season as head coach. Familiar with the game, the conference and the mark of a victor, Bissell is planning on implementing a few changes after taking the reigns from 20-year head coach Don Underwood. The Underwood regime saw little variation among key players each year. Often, the team saw just five or six players crack the lineup while the rest waited idly by, hoping against hope for a chance to sneak into the rotation. A new coaching philosophy combined with a roster that runs as deep as GVSU has ever seen will make the old policy obsolete. The slate has been wiped clean, and, even as the season progresses on, little will be set in stone. “What you did in the past

doesn’t mean that much to me is ready to get back to Alright now,” Bissell said. “Who- lendale and start playing ever is playing well is who is together again when the going to play. I don’t ever want time comes.” the guys playing in the four When the squad assemand five slots to feel safe. They bles in Allendale for the first need to stay motivated.” time, three new faces will be The Lakers plan on seeing in their midst. a mass of internal competiNCAA Division I transfer tion thanks to both a strong Trevor Rosekrans has argujunior class ably been the and a wealth of biggest prize new talent. of Bissell’s tenIt’s all about Redshirt seure to date. taking that next nior Jack Rider Rosekrans leads the row spent three step for the of returners exyears playing for program and pected to conOakland Uniintroducing the tribute, while versity, where juniors Chris newer guys on the he earned his Beltzer, Austin undergraduteam... Eccleton and ate degree in as Tyler Polulak many years. A will all look to biomedical enJACK RIDER expand upon gineering maREDSHIRT SENIOR impressive jor, Rosekrans 2013-2014 campaigns. is coming to GVSU primarily Many current Lakers also for graduate school, but he had a chance to improve still holds one year of NCAA this summer, as a number of eligibility which he will exerthem spent time honing their cise this season. skills in various tournaments Bissell also managed to around the Midwest. build for the future and ac“Summer is a good time celerate the talent of the for everyone to play in the present with the signing of bigger tournaments,” Eccle- two freshmen for the upton said. “Usually everyone coming season. Brent Marshall, a threetime MHSAA All-State selection, led Lansing Catholic Central High School to backto-back MHSAA Division III state titles in 2013 and 2014. Bissell said Marshall is a “a culture-changer” and “one of the hardest workers you’ll ever be around.” The Lakers also added another signee from the top ranks of Michigan’s high school golf-

ers. Domenic Mancinelli, a Detroit Catholic Central High School grad, is a nationally ranked top 1,000 player. Players who hold this distinction tend to be considered as Division I talent, but Mancinelli was overlooked. In high school, he was a two-sport athlete who held hockey as his top priority. As a result, he flew under the radar for golf recruitment until Bissell was tipped off. Mancinelli had already chosen GVSU for his studies, and, after playing in front of Bissell for one tournament, he was chosen to be the third newcomer for GVSU golf in 2014. The new-look 2014 crew certainly appears to have potential, especially because each player fighting for a roster position is accustomed to making significant contributions – and each one has had a taste of success in the past. That wasn’t necessarily the case at GVSU last season, however, as the Lakers placed ninth in the NCAA Super Regionals. The team was unable to qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, which were hosted at The Meadows in Allendale last year. Needless to say, the team expects to go further this time around. “We’re not at all content with making it to Super Regionals,” Rider said. “It’s all about taking that next step for the program and introducing the newer guys on the team to a winning lifestyle.” The Lakers open their season Sept. 15 at the University of Indianapolis Invitational at Brickyard Crossings G.C.

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DYNASTY IN THE MAKING: The Grand Valley State University women’s cross country team celebrates a back-to-back national championship in 2014. The team lost Nick Polk, assistant coach for the Lakers, but they return a number of key members. GVSU will have an opportunity to win their fourth national crown in five years this season. BY TATE BAKER TBAKER@LANTHORN.COM


t may not be the most celebrated team in the landscape of Grand Valley State University Athletics, but, since 2010, it has celebrated the most success at the NCAA Division II level. The GVSU women’s cross country team, which has won 13 straight GLIAC and Division II Midwest Regional titles, will have high expectations to live up to this fall after claiming back-to-back national championships in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s National Coach of the Year, GVSU head coach Jerry Baltes, said the

winning formula remains the same: Build team chemistry off the field and translate it into championships on the field. “We have used the same approach year after year,” Baltes said. “We rely on each other every day in practice and it results in our athletes running in packs during meets. No individual athlete is stronger than a group of teammates who constantly push one another to compete to their fullest potential. “I believe that’s where our success originates from.” Duplicating such success for a third straight season will be a tall task, but the 2014 squad certainly appears to have all the pieces in place

to claim its fourth national title in five years. Seniors Allyson Winchester and Hannah Osborn will lead the pack, as will junior Jessica Janecke and sophomore Kendra Foley. All four runners earned USTFCCCA AllAmerica plaudits by finishing in the top-40 at nationals last November in Spokane, Wash. The team also brings back a pair of top-50 finishers from that race in junior Jordan Chester and senior Madie Rodts. “We definitely have the potential to stay atop of the cross country ranks in Division II,” Rodts said. “As long as we can stay healthy throughout the season and

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we each do our “The amount of part to further depth we have We rely on each the team, then in that class I don’t think is assuring to other every day there is much know that anyin practice and that can hold one can step it results in our us back from up at any given reaching our moment.” athletes running goals.” For a team in packs during A flock of that has exnewcomers and perienced as meets. redshirt freshmuch success men will also as GVSU has JERRY BALTES be eager to conin the past four HEAD COACH tribute. Sarah years, it’s hard Cullip, Jenna to imagine its Klynstra and Brianna King expectations will be anything are a few names to keep an less than a 14th straight GLIeye on. AC title and a third straight “We have a great amount national crown. of potential in our freshman “We understand that with class this year,” Baltes said. success comes the expecta-

tions,” Chester said. “Not only does the success that we accumulate positively impact our cross country program, but it also goes a long way in gaining success for the university and its overall goal of achieving yet another Director’s Cup.” The team’s cross country campaign begins Sept. 12 in East Lansing, Mich. at the Spartan Invitational. The season will likely conclude at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. – where the Lakers claimed their first national championship in 2010 – and if history repeats itself, GVSU could be ending its season in celebratory fashion once again.
















efore this summer, the biggest achievement of Dan Wentworth’s dance career was dancing for the Grand Valley State University dance program. After this summer, he’ll be able to say he danced at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. “(The Joffrey Ballet) trains dancers in a versatile and well rounded program that enables the student to experience all forms of dance in a rich, high level of professional instruction,” Artistic Director Davis Robertson said in the 2013 video about the New York school. Wentworth received a full scholarship to the school’s seven-week ballet summer intensive after Brian McFween, GVSU dance instructor and artistic director of the

Joffrey Ballet, referred him. “I guess Brian used the semester that he taught me as an audition. So my audition was the classes that I took with Brian,” Wentworth said. “I was and continue to be unbelievably humbled.” Only a few of the hundreds of students at the intensive receive an all expenses paid scholarship. “Up until that point, nothing had really come of my dance career and then just right here out of the blue, this happened,” Wentworth said. “I didn’t feel like I deserved it at all. I felt almost ashamed by the fact that I’d gotten it because I felt like I didn’t deserve it over other people I knew.” The lengthy Joffrey Ballet summer intensive is run similarly to a standard semester at a university. Students have a

handful of classes each day in which they focus on different types and aspects of dance. During the first three weeks of the intensive, students take nutrition and history classes along with technique classes that help dancers with the placement and movement of their bodies. “You learn how to find different muscles in your body and how to isolate them and work them individually,” Wentworth said. “It really helps you focus on dancing safely and not hurting your body.” During the seven weeks, students are also taught dancing techniques and routines by professional and sometimes famous dancers. “You’re learning from names you hear about in textbooks. Living legends. People I’ve only ever dreamed of seeing on stage at some point,



WINDSPIRATIONAL: Robin Wilson prepares herself for her dance solo in “Into The Wind.” BY CENIQUE YELDELL CYELDELL@LANTHORN.COM


tudents, faculty and alumni from the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University have come together for a performance that includes dance, poetry

and music centered on Muskegon’s metamorphosis from a manufacturing community to a community powered by renewable energy. “Into the Wind” will be performed on Aug. 22 and 23

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at 7 p.m. at Michigan’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) in Muskegon. Admission is free, but seating is limited for the indoor portion of the performance. Audience members are advised to make a phone reservation. Transportation is available for participants who might find the outdoor walk difficult. Jessica Fogel, a University of Michigan dance professor, was inspired by the work of Sara Adlerstein, associate research scientist and visual artist for U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment. Adlerstein participated in a Great Lakes offshore wind park project and was able to obtain funding to produce a video about aesthetic

MAKING MOVES: Dan Wentworth spent his summer training vigorously in N.Y. and I’m having day to day interactions with them and they know my name,” Wentworth said. “It’s like a dream almost.” The intensive draws in dancers from across the country and continents. “This level of intensive is attracting people who have been dancing professionally for several years,” Wentworth said. “It was extremely humbling to be in the room with people that I’ve seen on YouTube and ‘So

You Think You Can Dance.’” Wentworth didn’t expect that he would keep up with the dancers around him quite so easily, but he proved himself wrong. “I thought it would be harder on my body and that I would want to quit every day,” he said. “But actually I’m finding that my experience at Grand Valley has very much prepared me for real world dance.” Wentworth feels fortunate


Laker Dan Wentworth journeys to renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York

to have had the opportunity to dance at such a wellknown establishment with well-known people. “I definitely think that everything that I learned about my body and the knowledge that I gained will help me excel in the future,” he said. “It really pushed me to learn about myself and to learn more about the art that I’m studying. It gave me the tools I need to excel in the future.”

Performance showcases Muskegon transformation perception of the structures. Adlerstein invited Fogel to collaborate on the video, but the project didn’t come to fruition. However, the idea of doing a dance performance about wind energy stuck with Fogel. To further her research on wind energy, and because of her interest in MAREC as a setting for the performance, Fogel attended a lecture on offshore floating wind turbines held at the center. Fogel began to work with Arnold Boezaart, the director of MAREC, who Fogel said has been a tremendous help with the project. Boezaart said a key reason this came together was due to a signing ceremony that happened three years

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ago, when the presidents of each university at the time – Thomas J. Haas and Mary Sue Coleman – stood up at the board of regions and entered into an agreement that stated the two universities would look for opportunities to collaborate. The director said when he met Fogel he thought that this opportunity would fit the vision that the two presidents had. “In working on the performance and studying the site, I became intrigued with the layered history of the MAREC location,” Fogel said. “I learned that MAREC had been the former site of the Continental Motors factory, the manufacturing heart of Muskegon, and that when the

factory closed it left a large hole in the community.” Fogel incorporates this piece of history into the performance. In a section of the dance, interviews she conducted with former factory workers can be heard. As an outsider to the community, she said she is struck by the resilient spirit of Muskegon and the many initiatives in the city pointing toward a rebound. The U-M dance professor is a site dance choreographer, which is a choreographer who creates performances for alternative spaces. In this case, the performance moves from inside of MAREC – the state designated “SmartZone” that focuses on developing renewable energy technology – SEE WINDS ON B7

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to outdoors, where across the bay the 600-foot tower of the B.C. Cobb coal plant serves as a backdrop. Fogel said the probable closing of the coal plant in 2016 presents new challenges and opportunities for the community. “There is something special about an audience becoming active participants and taking a literal journey with the performers,” Fogel


said. “Traveling outside to the site allows the audience to literally set foot upon the site’s history and imagine its potential for transformation.” The first dance is entitled “H.A.W.T.” an acronym for “horizontal axis wind turbine.” The segment is choreographed by Shawn Bible, GVSU dance professor and U-M alumnus. It will also include music that employs the sounds of wind turbines, composed by GVSU music professor Nate Bliton. The second dance, entitled “Circlings,” is choreo-

graphed by Fogel. Part of the sound used in the dance is from wind data gathered by a buoy launched by MAREC to study the potential for offshore wind development in Lake Michigan. The data was transformed into sound by sonification consultant Robert Alexander. “The dance contains materials that evoke more abstract notions of wind – as the very breath within us, and as an invisible force that can propel bodies through space. The dancers’ breath forms part of the musical

score composed by David Biedenbender,” Fogel said. Keith Taylor’s poem “Circle in the Wind” concludes the dance, which speaks eloquently to our need to harness wind to “heal the world we damaged,” Fogel added. Taylor, an English professor at U-M, said he hopes the audience has a sense of what a dance performance can be when the creators expand the definition, and that they connect the dance with the wind and the power the wind can give us. Aside from being visu-

ally and aurally rich, Fogel said the performance will offer the audience a vision of the ways the arts can provide environmental stewardship and can engage with issues and ideas within a community. Adlerstein agreed, adding, “Problems in society are becoming increasingly complex and require creative solutions. Educational institutions need to include the arts in all fields of study so students become creative professionals rather than narrow minded specialists.”

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GV’s Eberhard Center becomes home to 85-foot ArtPrize entry

SHOWCASING ART: U-M Professor Jim Cogswell’s ArtPrize entry is displayed in the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Grand Rapids campus. BY BEN GLICK BGLICK@LANTHORN.COM

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the latest installation on the Pew Campus may be worth more than that. “River Tattoo” is the latest artistic acquisition for Grand Valley State University, and now its most anticipated. The creation of University of Michigan Art Professor Jim Cogswell, the work is being hosted at the Eberhard Center and is an entry in this year’s ArtPrize. Stacey Tvedten is the program coordinator for the GVSU Art Gallery and worked closely with Cogswell and two others on the project. “We were excited, and he was excited to do a collaborative project between both universities, and we also thought it’d be interesting to do it as an ArtPrize entry so the public would be able to

see it,” she said. GVSU has a history of hosting artists and their entries for ArtPrize, with past years supporting 30 different works at a time. “This year we’re focusing exclusively on ‘River Tattoo,’” Tvedten said. Cogswell’s piece certainly required the attention it received. The mural-like composition is collected and arranged from thousands of pieces of vinyl cuts made by Cogswell in Ann Arbor and assembled in Grand Rapids on the windows of the Eberhard Center. The work spans 85 feet of the building’s windows. Tvedten explains the complex process that went into making this immense project come to life. “It’s a machine-cut process where he goes cutting up shapes of multi-colored ink drawings… creates digital

renderings of his photography and drawings, turns those into vector files and then the vinyl is machine cut into all its individual pieces,” she said. “Each color is a separate piece and there’s pieces in this work that are under a square inch to some pieces that are probably more like a foot, and I don’t know how many thousands of pieces there.” However, Tvedten said that it was due to Cogswell’s expertise that the work was done with such ease. “It’s actually a pretty complex project, but he’s made it seem incredibly simple,” she said. “We’re lucky that Jim’s an exceptional planner.” Cogswell joined the University of Michigan School of Art & Design faculty in 1990, where he focused on teaching, painting and drawing. During the 1992-93 academic year, he was awarded the

Charles P. Brauer Faculty Fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. Born and raised in Japan, Cogswell has a taste for the esoteric and strives to challenge preconceived perceptions through his work. “I’m inspired by the mystery of who we are, how we acquire information through our senses and then what we do with it… I am curious about where meaning comes from, and suspicious of what we ignore in our desperate need to comprehend the significance of objects and experiences,” he said. The misleadingly abstract nature of the work may lead many to overlook the forest in the trees perhaps, but Cogswell said he tries to challenge perceptive biases and then ask why. “My work explores sequence and pattern as triggers for cognitive processes that enable us, as humans, to perpetually reinvent our sense of the world, immediate and recalled,” he said. “For me, the unexplained is always most compelling.” Cogswell’s pieces have become fixtures throughout the country, and have been featured in museums, civic buildings, universities and purchased by several companies. The University of New Mexico alumnus has had a


number of solo exhibitions and lectures at colleges and universities around the country. He has also been invited to speak on his work at conferences in Japan, Ireland, Hungary, France and Israel. However, it’s the homage to the city of Grand Rapids – its local history and symbolism in “River Tattoo” – that made it a singular and celebrated piece even as it was being constructed, Tvedten said. “When you first walk up to it, you see all this amazing light and color and reflection. If you take some time to look at it, you start to see kind of more stories and individual shapes,” she said. “It’s a sequence of images that runs across the piece, and it’s actually in direct response to the blue bridge, the Grand River, as well as the city around it. It has elements of botanical life as well as history and references to the river. Actually, the river runs through the whole piece, you can see it.” From his main website, Cogswell said his main source for inspiration for this and other works is how we see and perceive light and dark. “Dawn, dusk and starlight are magical for me,” he said. “In the half-light, my perceptions go on full alert. I struggle to make

sense of partially perceived forms, silhouettes, muted contrasts, distorted spaces, unexpected glimmers. If there is a time of day that prompted the emergence of human imagination, it was certainly not the clarity of high noon but more likely the dimly comprehended lusciousness of half-light tangled in shadows.” Despite its recent debut, “River Tattoo” has been highly praised by students and faculty. “We’ve got such a lot of great feedback… People are starting to pick up on the shapes and the stories that go along with it in relation to the river, and the blue bridge and the history of Grand Rapids. But most of all, it’s just breathtaking. I think people walk in and they’re overcome by the size and the color,” Tvedten said. The artwork is on loan and at this point will remain at GVSU for three years, but Tvedten said that the work might stay longer than that. She hopes that Cogswell’s work will remain in Eberhard to inspire future students. “We want to have music students, poetry students, dance (and) writing do different interpretations of the artwork while it’s here,” she said. “It’s a really cool kick-off to something Grand Valley students and faculty will get to use for several years to come.”








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Issue 2, August 18, 2014 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  
Issue 2, August 18, 2014 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 2