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Grand Valley Lanthorn

Grand Valley’s student run newspaper


Vol. 45 issue 3: Monday, August 30, 2010



GVSU welcomed its newest members to campus with a variety of activities

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Initiative aims for lower textbook prices


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President’s office

President Thomas Haas shares his views on the year ahead, state aid and what he is most proud of at GVSU

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Transfer student Carmen Kase prepares for the start of the school year by picking out books for her new classes.

By Molly Waite and Anya Zentmeyer GVL Staff

By Lauren Fitch GVL Editor in Chief

Facing another tuition increase, a changing state government and the usual challenges of balancing the different aspects of college life, some Grand Valley State University students have entered the Fall 2010 semester with questions and concerns on their minds. The Lanthorn sat down with Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas before the start of classes to get some of these questions answered and hear the president’s thoughts on the upcoming school year. >> Lanthorn: What are some of the main challenges you foresee for this year? >> Haas: Uncertainty with the state. We have yet to receive our budget from the state, even though we have established our own budget. We mitigated tuition and I appreciate the faculty and staff and two of our union groups recognizing the challenges that our students and their families face with the Michigan economy. We froze salaries and there will be a change in the benefits around health (care) where the faculty and staff are going to pick up more of the obligation in the health area ... With the uncertainties, we need to anticipate, adapt and maybe lead some of the changes that are going to be prompted by what is happening around us. But I still want to maintain the stability and the quality of services that the students have come to expect at Grand Valley, At the same time, we have a strategic plan in place. That strategic plan, de- President Haas’ veloped events to watch last year by Julie for in Fall 2010 G u e - • Fall Arts Series vara and o t h e r s • 50th celebraa c r o s s tion the entire c a m p u s • opening of The i n c l u d - Connection and ing the new living center Board of Trust- • groundbreakees, re- ing on the Mary ally is going to Idema Pew provide Learning Coma stable platform mons for us • renovation of L. to make William Seidman sure that our in- building

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Teachers, staff and students have each felt the effects of recent budget cuts at Grand Valley State University GVL / Eric Coulter

GVSU students have been forced to cough up more in tuition this year following state budget cuts and increasing costs.


By Samantha Butcher GVL Senior Reporter

isappearing stimulus dollars, eroding levels of state funding and rising costs are creating a lethal cocktail for colleges nationwide as universities struggle to keep tuition raises to a minimum. Budget containment measures at universities have become increasingly drastic in the last few years, as administrations have been forced to add student activity fees, consolidate campuses and slash salaries in attempts to keep tuition levels competitive. In spite of these measures, some schools, including the University of Georgia and the University of California, have seen increases at 30 percent and higher. Grand Valley State University was not exempt from these challenges as administrators set out to create a budget for the 2010-11 school year. For the second year in a row, tuition rates increased 5.3 percent, making undergraduate tuition $9,088 per year. The increase kept GVSU below the state average tuition at the 15 public universities but not without cost. Labor unions representing the police force and the maintenance and grounds staff both agreed to pay freezes for their workers, as did the faculty. Vice President of Finance and Administration Jim Bachmeier praised the willingness of the staff to make sacrifices for the student body. “I thought it was really a fabulous gesture when the faculty’s Salary and Budget Committee said, ‘We get it,

things are tough, we know our students are hurting and we can get by without an increase this year,’” he said. “I think it speaks boatloads about our faculty.” In addition to pay freezes, faculty are shouldering more of their medical expenses this year in an effort to ou can keep tuition raises to a minimum. throw children The university also prioritized off of food spending, putting assistance, off non-vital t e c h n o l o g y you can throw purchases poor people and opting to leave some off of medical staff vacancies assistance, you unfilled. “(The faculty) can let prisonunderstood the nature of the ers out, or you economy here in Michigan, how can reduce it’s impacting our funding to students and their families, and this universities. was more than - Jim Bachmeier just symbolic. It really is VP of Finance and substantive,” said Administration GVSU President Thomas J. Haas. Adding to the university’s struggles were low per-student appropriations from the state legislature. Because state funding is not based on enrollment dynamics, GVSU receives $2,856 in per-student appropriations from the state despite a $3,775 per student floor funding level and a per-student average of $5,502, a system that Haas


criticized. “They basically give you what you had last year, and if your numbers of students go up you have to operate with less dollars,” he said. “I call that irrational.” During the summer, Haas testified to the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee that he would cut GVSU tuition 5 percent if they were to receive the floor funding level for appropriations. While the state budget has not been finalized, Haas said at this point the decision was unlikely. “If you bring in students, you should be able to serve them with the resources that we have and not be punished in a way financially because we’re doing what the state wants us to do and that is to graduate an increasing, talented student body that will stay here in the state,” he said. Bachmeier said while he has been disappointed in the legislature’s low funding for the university, he understands why universities are a frequent target of budget cuts. “If you look at state budget, you can throw children off of food assistance, you can throw poor people off of medical assistance, you can let prisoners out, or you can reduce funding to universities,” he said. “In some ways their choices are not very good.” According to the 2010 General Fund Budget, the university lost $62 million in state appropriations as well as $1.7 million in stimulus funds due to cuts from higher education funding at both the state and federal levels. The tuition

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MICHIGAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES BY THE NUMBERS 10-year percent change in enrollment Grand Valley State University Ferris State University Oakland University Saginaw Valley State University Northern Michigan University Michigan Tech University University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Central Michigan University University of Michigan-Flint Michigan State University University of Michigan-Dearborn Wayne State University Eastern Michigan University Western Michigan University Lake Superior State University Fall 1998-Fall 2008 Source: HEIDI Access and Affordability Measures



42.6 40.2 27.6 22.1 15.5 11.9 9.8 8.9 7.9 6.8 4.3 -0.6 -5.7 -6.8 -24.3

10-year percent change in tuition Central Michigan Tech Northern Eastern Ferris Wayne State State Average Oakland Western U of M-Flint Michigan State Grand Valley U of M-Dearborn Lake Superior Saginaw Valley U of M-Ann Arbor according to FTIAC

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180.2% 152.3% 144.1% 139.8% 130.2% 125.2% 122.1% 120.2% 120.1% 117.9% 116.7% 113.2% 108.7% 108.5% 96.5% 85.9%


The contents of an average college student’s backpack are teaching hard lessons in economics, with a U.S. Government Accountability Office report showing textbook prices have tripled between 1986 and 2004. The federal government, taking notice of high textbook prices, has taken steps to reduce the expense of textbooks by passing a law in 2008 called the Higher Education Opportunity Act. A provision of this law will require textbook publishers to reveal, in advance, the price, description of content changes, availability of the book in other formats, copyright dates of the last three editions and prices of bundled and unbundled books. The hope is that providing more information to students and professors will lead to lower textbook prices. Laudo Ogura, assistant professor of economics at Grand Valley State University, said one of the reasons textbook prices have become so high is because instructors and students do not have perfect information about differences in textbook price and quality. “Instructors don’t have much incentive to look at prices, since they don’t pay,” Ogura said. “Some of them might start looking at the prices now that they will be disclosed, and avoid a too expensive book, although most books of the same quality have more or less the same price, so it is not likely there will be a large reduction in prices, though a 10-20 percent reduction is possible in the long term.” Ogura added, however, that the price reduction of textbooks will more likely be seen mostly in general education courses because there are already more textbook options available within those areas. Jerrod Nickels, manager of the University Bookstore in Allendale, said the law has had no impact on UBS textbook sales to date and that he does not anticipate it will in the future either. Nickels explained that the textbook information the law required be made public has already been accessible for students through the UBS site, but students can now access the same information through the Banner registration site as well. “UBS continues to be highly competitive in the textbook market based on a pricing structure which is student-focused and an excellent used book program,” he said. “Nearly 50 percent of the books that we sell are used books - the average college store sells about 27 percent used books. We do not feel that the law will have any impact on our ability to be competitive.” Other bookstores agree. Matt, a manager at Brian’s Books who wished not to reveal his last name, said things hav not changed much for the used textbook store at the southwestern corner of GVSU’s Allendale Campus. “Nothing seems to be all that different yet,” he said. “Everything seems to be flowing like normal, but its hard to tell at this point.”

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increase brought in $80 million in revenue. Kate Pew Wolters, chair of the Board of Trustees, defended the budget. “A college degree remains an essential tool for individuals and our entire region,” Wolters said in a

press release. “We approved this budget with confidence that the university is attentive to students’ academic and financial needs. Helping young people graduate and assume leadership roles in our state is vital to our future.” Haas said although the university has had to make some sacrifices in the budget,

the cuts have not come at the cost of the student experience at GVSU. “What we have here is an ethos, a culture that’s student-centered and people will say ‘I’m just gonna have to work a little bit harder so that students are successful,’ and that’s the magic of this place, I think,” he said. This year, 22 percent of

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State Appropriations Per Student

2004-05 2005-06 Wayne State 9,015 8,507 U of M-Ann Arbo 8,407 7,901 Michigan Tech 8,466 7,841 Michigan State 7,083 6,687 State Average 5,886 5,612 Lake Superior 4,970 4,883 Northern 5,517 5,267 Western 4,759 4,710 Ferris 4,785 4,396 Eastern 4,204 4,055 U of M-Dearborn 4,086 3,963 U of M-Flint 4,428 4,090 Central 3,843 3,710 Saginaw Valley 3,522 3,534 Oakland 3,584 3,558 Grand Valley 3,076 3,059 Source: HEIDI State grants to private colleges: $2,100 per student

2006-07 8,510 7,938 8,073 6,683 5,673 5,410 5,340 4,979 4,437 4,177 4,151 4,021 3,793 3,564 3,511 3,020

2007-08 8,875 7,871 7,838 6,702 5,719 5,538 5,478 5,098 4,365 4,322 4,159 3,885 3,876 3,543 3,492 3,026

the university’s budget came from state aid according to the Office of Institutional Analysis, compared to 47 percent in 1991. But long-term planning has helped the university cushion the blow of decreasing state aid, Bachmeier said. “We’ve been more aggressive and we got aggressive earlier in the game than some of the other universities,” he said. “When there are fewer dollars to go around, necessity is the mother of invention. The fact is that we have been somewhat limited and constrained. We’ve made some decisions that have been hard ones but

good ones, and they made us better.” One key element of GVSU’s plan to keep costs down in the future is to increase four-year graduation rates. Currently GVSU is ranked third among the 15 public universities in Michigan, but Haas said he believes the university can do better. This year, he introduced the Grand Finish scholarship for incoming freshmen, which gives any student who completes 90 credits by the end of their junior year a $1,000 grant. Haas said he believes the incentive will not only decrease costs for students but also for the university, as higher four-year graduation

rates would create more stable enrollment levels. “This is a promise that I’m making, and I think it’s a very critical one,” he said. In spite of the higher tuition cost, GVSU slipped from ninth to 10th in the costs of Michigan’s 15 public universities, making the university less expensive in relation to other schools. Financial aid also increased by 6.3 percent, helping to cushion the tuition increase. According to Marcus Wood, the Financial Aid Systems Manager, the average gift aid award this year is $5,649, with almost $64 million in total gift aid distributed thus far.


to be hiring a few additional faculty members to make sure that the courses that are so important to our students are going to be offered. I don’t want to delay a student’s ability to graduate because we didn’t look ahead and provide the resources to offer those classes. So the strategic plan is going to help us and guide us this next year with all the uncertainties with the state budget. We also have new leadership coming in with the new governor, Senate and House leadership. That provides an opportunity actually. I don’t call it a challenge, I call it an opportunity for us to educate and highlight the contributions that Grand Valley’s making to West Michigan and the rest of the state. That, to me, is going to be very, very positive. So I’m going to spend some time, along with some of my staff, highlighting the successes that we’ve had and the potential that we yet have for our obligations to the state in producing people

who are going to either go to grad school or who are going to join the workforce here in Michigan. That, to me, is an opportunity. Part of the challenge is, of course, making sure we offer the educational programs that are important to the state, which we will continue to focus in on. >> Lanthorn: GVSU is still receiving less state aid than other universities and continues be successful. Do you think the state government will continue to ignore GVSU because it’s doing fine on its own? >> Haas: Actually, we’ve factored that in to our own strategic planning and I think we have to look that we will not continue to grow as fast as what we have. We’ll basically be topping off with what we have right now at 24,000 to 25,000 students. So, we know that the certain revenues come from tuition and some from the state. We also have the philanthropic community coming forward to help with scholarships and other types of aid for our students, which again I’m very, very thrilled with. >> Lanthorn: You said you think Grand Valley is getting better and better every day. What is the biggest change you’ve seen in your time here? >> Haas: I think one of the areas I am most proud of is in terms of the climate and culture that I found here, and that has definitely improved through the leadership of Jeanne Arnold and others in the Office of Inclusion and Equity. I know that we spent significant time listening and gathering people’s perspectives across the entire university- students, faculty and staff. Looking back over these past four years, that has been very satisfying ... I see that as a very, very positive change, but we’re not going to rest at all. This area is so important to the success of Grand Valley and the success of our students to create the atmosphere and environment so that people can learn and bring more inclusivity and tolerance. I’m very pleased to see that evolve and mature.

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Shaping Our Future increases fundraising goal Campaign is now $10 million away from new $75 million goal, which was increased from the original $50 million target after ‘great momentum, extraordinary success’ in fundraising efforts By Samantha Butcher GVL Senior Reporter

Grand Valley State University’s Shaping Our Future campaign has increased its fundraising goal to $75 million after surpassing the original $50 million objective a year ahead of schedule. With $10 million left to raise, University Development Vice President Maribeth Wardrop said that although funds have become more difficult to obtain as the campaign has gone on, she believes it will be successful. “You always go to your closest friends first, so they truly understand the need and the support,” she said. “As you go further in your goal, your friends are further away from the university, and it’s a little more difficult. I have to say, we’ve had great momentum and are having just extraordinary success. We will reach that extra 10 million.” Shaping Our Future is the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, offering investors with a variety of choices for their capital. The original campaign goals included funds for the Mary Idema Pew library and the Kennedy Center downtown, as well as endowments to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and a number of student scholarships. President Thomas J. Haas explained the reasoning behind the campaign. “When I came here four years ago, the Development Office was doing some things that were very successful project by project, but I talked to Maribeth my first year and I said we have a 50th year coming up, and

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From left to right, Donna Brooks, co-chair of Shaping Our Future, David and Mary Caroline Frey and President Thomas Haas applaud at the Enrichment Dinner on June 9. The Enrichment Dinner is one event to honor the donors to the Shaping Our Future campaign.

there are people who want to give to Grand Valley that might not be interested in a particular project, so let’s be more comprehensive,” Haas said. “Basically you’re providing choices to people to invest in Grand Valley that could be scholarship or bricks and sticks.” Along with the new fundraising goal, University Development added several new projects to the campaign. The largest of these projects will be a new building on GVSU’s downtown campus that will house classrooms and academic offices for

“The community ultimately is folks who provide

jobs and support and bring money that would otherwise have to come from tuition dollars and scholarship dollars to support our growing enrollment. - Jim Bachmeier VP of Finance and Administration

the growing Seidman College of Business. The campaign, part of GVSU’s 50th Anniversary celebration, ends in June 2011. Members of the administration expressed confidence in the

Business school to upgrade building, revamp program By Anya Zentmeyer Assistant News Editor

The Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business has outgrown its current home and is now waiting for construction on its new building to begin. On July 16, the Board of Trustees was presented with a buy/sell agreement by DeVries Development Properties LLC for its property at 22 and 38 Front Street in Grand Rapids. The negotiated price of $4.42 million was unanimously approved by the board, with construction expected to begin early next year. The SCB has almost 200 employees and serves 3,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduated students, according to Mary Eilleen Lyon, assistant vice president for News & Information Services. “The academic profile of Seidman students is now within the top three in the state,” Lyon said. With high numbers growing higher still, Lyon said the SCB is outgrowing its shared space in the DeVos center, prompting the university to seek an alternative home. In accordance with LEED standards, the building will be

Construction on building to begin in 2011; addition of master’s program will garner national attention designed for sustainability to provide higher functionality with more efficiency, saving both the earth and future budget. “The new building will allow Seidman to add new, cutting-edge educational and computing technologies, including newly configured general-purpose classrooms, computer classrooms, student team rooms and a Financial Services (Trading) Room,” said James Williams, dean of the Seidman College of Business. Lyon said the new space will feature “cluster classrooms” that will allow students to practice investing in a real world setting and “team rooms” that will support students as they learn to work effectively in teams. Williams said they will allow the SCB to cluster its outreach centers in a manner that facilitates and accentuates their community impact. The Small Business & Technology Development Center, the Entrepreneurship Center, the Family Owned Business Institute, the Van Andel Global Trade Center, the Business Ethics Center, and the Family Business Alliance will all come together to form the new and

improved college. “The new building will allow the college to meet the unique and evolving needs of business professionals in the new knowledge, global economy by providing different kinds of learning spaces,” Lyon said. In addition to the aforementioned items, the new building will facilitate Seidman’s offering of a new full-time, integrated Master of Business Administration program, which is scheduled to begin no later than the 2013 Fall semester, which Williams said would distinguish the SCB at a national level. “It is important to note that the new Seidman building will also be a fitting honor and tribute to the late L. William (Bill) Seidman, the founder of Grand Valley State University,” Williams added. A university committee, including Seidman faculty, staff and students, is currently finalizing the programming of the building, which the architects will use to develop mechanical drawings of the spaces. The project will generate around 300 construction jobs and 150 additional permanent

Courtesy photo / The building currently at 22 and 38 Front Street in Grand Rapids will become the site for the new Seidman College of Business.

program’s success as well as its importance. Jim Bachmeier, vice president of the Finance and Administration department, said he believed the program was instrumental in strengthen-

ing GVSU’s relationship with the community. “The community ultimately is folks who provide jobs and support and bring money that would otherwise have to come from tuition dollars and scholarship dollars to support our growing enrollment,” he said. For Wardrop, the strongest selling point for the campaign was the need for a new library. “Obviously, our first library was built in the 1960s for a few thousand students; we have close to 25,000 students right now,” she said. “Those facts

right there speak for themselves. When I go to donors and I drop that, when you say why do you need a library and I explain those facts and when I explain that 50 years later we still have this same space, you hardly have to say much more than that.” The majority of donations to the campaign have come from alumni and private donors in the community, but more than half of GVSU’s faculty and staff have also made monetary gifts. Faculty donations in campaigns at other universities nationwide average less than 20 percent. “That’s a wow in my opinion,” Haas said of the participation level among staff. “I think that is a remarkable display of what is important to our faculty and staff.” While it remains to be seen whether the campaign will hit $75 million, Haas said he believes it has already been a success in other regards. “I know that we were successful in terms of attracting more donors to embrace Grand Valley as their own,” he said. “That’s a measure of success and I’m so proud of that. The faculty coming in at 50 percent, I’m so proud of that. Now what we’ll see is in June, did we hit the target? I think we’re on track to do that.”



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GVL DIGEST News in Brief

Staff, students help keep summer learning alive

Math professor Charlene Beckmann is currently directing the writing of thirteen grade level mathematic books designed to help control and reduce summer learning loss – one for each grade level Kindergarten through 12th. The books are full of activities and games that are aimed at keeping kids engaged in the subject over long summer months. Currently six books are available for sale through the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Over the fall semester, The full set is set to be complete by 2011. For more information, visit

Professor named new secretary of IDEA

Professor Karen Libman was elected Secretary of the Executive Committee of the International Drama Education Association (IDEA) at the IDEA’s 7th World Congress. Honored with the 2010 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award, Libman also received the 2008 American Alliance for Theatre in Education Lin Write Special Recognition Award for her work with the GVSU Shakespeare Festival. To learn more about IDEA, visit http://www/

GVSU education students have chance to receive $30,000 in three years By Susie Skowronek GVL Staff Writer

As Michigan public school test score results fall below national averages – on the mandatory ACT, Michigan’s class of 2010 scored an average of 19.7/36.0 compared to the national average of 21.0/36.0 – public school teachers fall under scrutiny. To provide Michigan’s newest generation of public school teachers with the best education, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation will offer the W.K. Kellogg Michigan Teaching Fellowship for students entering graduate schools. Set to begin in the summer of 2011, the fellowship will go to 120 student teachers at six Michigan universities, including Grand Valley State University. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, one of the foundation’s larger teaching fellowships, brings students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics into teaching programs at high-need Michigan schools. “Many schools, and especially those in urban and rural areas, have a very hard time recruiting and keeping good math and science teachers,” said Beverly Sanford, vice president for communications at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She pointed out that those same science and math fields are “crucial” to a Michigan economy in which many jobs require strong math and science

backgrounds. The fellowship has so far been met with a smile. Through a Woodrow Wilson Foundation press release, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm said, “The new math and science teachers who emerge from this fellowship will inspire our kids to be excited about careers in science, math and technology.” Similar to a national merit scholarship for aspiring teachers, the Michigan teaching fellowship will boost the quantity and quality of STEM teachers entering the workforce as well as function as a launch pad to shape the new generation of teachers, Sanford said. “This is a time when the national and global marketplaces require individuals to have more knowledge and greater skills than ever before, especially in technology and in the science/math fields that drive a lot of economic innovation,” Granholm said. “It’s strong teachers in these fields who help prepare young people to become well-informed citizens and wellprepared contributors to the state and national economy.” According to the teaching fellowship’s Web site, about half of new teachers leave their first job within five years. Because of this, the fellowship requires a minimum three-year commitment by student teachers at a high-risk, high-need school. Through mentorship, fellows receive guidance through their initial experiences in long-term school settings. The fellowship will also overhaul the teacher education system and instate higher

A note from DPS...

Student starts fire in South E A student accused of malicious destruction of property has subsequently left the university. On the early morning of August 4, the student allegedly attached a sheet of paper to a

door in the South E Apartment complex and then proceeded to light the sheet of paper on fire. Officers responded to the scene and the fire was extinguished. Damage was limited to the door itself.

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standards. It will partner with universities to redesign curricula, create real-life scenarios in teacher classrooms and assess each candidate’s performance. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation funds the teaching fellowship with a $16.7 million grant. Established in 1930 by cereal tycoon W.K. Kellogg, the foundation continues to earn interest through a trust set up by Kellogg. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation strengthens communities to propel children to achieve success as contributors to society. “In our work to improve the lives of vulnerable children, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation wants to ensure that all children get the development and education they need to become successful in school and in life,” said Kathy Reinke, communications director for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “The WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching Fellowship is an innovative partnership between schools of education and local districts that can really transform education, especially in our home state of Michigan.”

Administration sets football parking guides Grand Valley State University will take on West Texas A&M this Thursday night, in GVSU’s first home football game of the school year. As the game occurs while classes will still be in session, Athletics and the Department of Public Safety have made several changes to oncampus parking for the day of the game, in order to accommodate fans and students alike. Lots C East and F West will be open until noon only, while Lot C West will be

closed the entire day. After noon, Lot F East will be reserved for Faculty only. On September 2 only, commuter students will be allowed to park in residential lots without being ticketed. Incoming students will be directed to Lot J. In addition, park and ride shuttles will run from Allendale High School and the downtown Pew campus from 5 p.m. to midnight on the day of the game, free of charge. The Irwin lots will be open as normal.


Elijah Brumback, A&E Editor

Grand Valley Lanthorn Monday, August 30, 2010


Coming soon to the entertainment scene ALBUM RELEASES


Aug. 31

Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), All Birds Say

The Weepies, Be My Thrill

Sept. 7

Interpol, Interpol

Aug. 31 Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine

Sept. 7 MacGruber Solitary Man, starring Michael Douglas

Robyn, Body Talk pt. 2

Sept. 14

Sept. 21 Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe

Sept. 28 Get Him to the Greek, starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and Diddy

VIDEO GAME RELEASES Chromeo, Business Casual

Aug. 31 Dead Rising 2, Case Zero (Xbox 360)

Of Montreal, False Priest

Weezer, Hurley


Flying Lotus, Patter+Grid Worlds

N.E.R.D., Nothing

Sept. 14 Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)

Upcoming concerts:

Aug. 27 Chicago Afrobeat Project at the Intersection Sept. 12 Atmosphere at the Intersection Sept. 15 Electric Six at the Intersection Sept. 16 Glitch Mob at the Intersection Sept. 21 As I Lay Dying, All That Remains at the Orbit Room Oct. 8 Flyleaf at the Orbit Room Oct. 18 Clipse at the Intersection Oct. 28 BASSNECTAR at the Intersection Oct. 29 GWAR at the Intersection Nov. 3 3OH!3, Streets of Gold tour with Hello Goodbye and Down With Webster at the Orbit Room


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New year, new Lanthorn In the year that Grand Valley State University celebrates its 50-year milestone, the Lanthorn will celebrate its role in university life by continuing the past tradition of bringing the GVSU community its news with even greater on-campus presence and more extensive coverage. As the 2010-11 school year begins, the Lanthorn will continue to be your favorite student-run newspaper published twice weekly and independently of the university. But you may notice some improvements this year in the Lanthorn’s areas of coverage and relevance to the GVSU community as a whole. It’s safe to say those of you reading this are probably already aware of what the print version of the Lanthorn has to offer. However, fewer people may know of the even wider range of multimedia features available online at its Web site,, in addition to some changes planned for the printed product. One area of expanded coverage students can look forward to in the Lanthorn is the addition of a downtown page to the news section. Grand Rapids offers a wealth of entertainment, art and nightlife in addition to playing host to GVSU’s Pew Campus. The Lanthorn is now making a greater effort to keep students and faculty up to date on the issues affecting both the Pew and Allendale campuses. The sports section is also “stepping up to the plate” with exclusive interviews and stats for the print editions as well as immediate game coverage and live blogs during the competitions available online. Laker fans can check out slideshows, videos, game analysis and player and coach profiles for any GVSU sport, whether varsity, club or intramural. Through the new Lanthorn Web site, launched last April, readers can view stories published exclusively online, watch videos and slideshows, order photo reprints and products through the photo site, post free classifieds and research housing options through the housing site. The home page also offers searchable archives and PDF versions of past issues as well as links to all current stories and various blogs plus the interactive poll. The Lanthorn has more to offer than ever before and will continue to be a reliable, relevant source covering every angle of life as a Laker in the new school year.


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What are you looking forward to most about this school year?

“I’m looking forward to jamming at Kistler where I’m a firstyear RA.”

“Football games. I’m on the team as a running back.”

“Getting more involved in different organizations.”

“I’m looking forward to all the programs. Last year I enjoyed Invisible Children and Rock Against Rape ... “

“I’m excited to reconnect with old friends and meet new people as well. I’m also looking forward to the programs ... “

Joel Mounts Sophomore Biopsychology Grand Rapids, Mich.

Justin Davis Freshman Communications Southfield, Mich.

Erika DeVriendt Junior Advertising and Public Relations Macomb, Mich.

Taylor Moore Sophomore Criminal Justice and Psychology Detroit, Mich.

Anna Hollett Sophomore Aviation Mechanics Kalamazoo, Mich.


7 simple steps to GV success Chris Slattery GVL Columnist

Dear Class of 2010, First off, no one cares that you are the class of 2010. You are now the tentative Class of 2015. The first week of college can be an overwhelming and humbling experience. Your parents drop you off with all your stuff and, with a kiss goodbye, they exit your lives with, “Go exist. We’re turning your bedroom into a shoe closet.” Fear no more, young’uns. I am here to ease your load with some sage advice to survive. 1. Waste time. If 2015

seems like a long time from now, it really is. Months will not seem to disappear, and you will not be standing around your dorm upon move-out time, questioning, “Was that really two whole semesters?” 2. Bring your cell phones to class, and leave them on. When a professor says he or she doesn’t allow cell phones in class, it is really a faculty-wide inside joke that I am making you privy to. 3. Get a PC. There ain’t nuthin’ Macs kan doo bettr. 4. Don’t attend campus events or join campus groups. In fact, don’t ever go on the GVSU Web site ( or read the Lanthorn (in your

hands). This will prevent any accidental ideas you may get, because both are usually full of information on unique and exciting activities that are sometimes free. 5. Never plan ahead. Do you remember in high school (three months ago) when all of your teachers just assumed that they were the only ones that assigned homework? Well, here professors (especially the ones from entirely different academic departments) have meetings every week to decide which classes will get the majority of work for any given day. They then have a quick chuckle about students abiding by the no-cell phone gag policy. 6. Get hit by a

campus bus. Seriously, you get free tuition that way, despite what the administration says. 7. Complain about how you should have gone to another school. It’s not as if most other schools charge their students admission to football games or require a costly pass to ride the bus. GVSU may provide more exercise facilities than Canada provides health care, but there are so many reasons why MSU is clearly superior. For one, they don’t have any campus activities. If you can abide by these seven simple rules, you can graduate with honors ... and return home to your shoe closet.

The modern mating dance Elijah Brumback GVL A&E Editor

They dance in an upright spoon shape, in the middle of a crowded apartment. It’s less of a dance and looks similar to how dogs mount people’s legs in reflex. On her face the emotions are easy to gauge. In one instance you might guess utter terror, perhaps on the verge of tears and one good gyration from vomiting a stomach full of cheap liquor. The other instance is more commonly realized as a blackout, blind drunkenness, an emotional black hole skirting the edges of self-induced stupidity. This is standard and oddly associated with a good time. If it were 10,000 or so years earlier this would likely be the point at which the male would grab a modest-sized rock and offer it to the side of the female’s head, then proceed to drag her by the hair to his cave. Unfortunately these simpler times are past our species.

Language and technology have become generally-adhered-to barriers to otherwise rampant unwise fornication, and when I think about it, I’m relieved and thankful for these developments. Sadly though, when it comes to using our words, we men unsurprisingly fall short of even the lowest expectations. The dancing was easy; in fact he hardly had to move his feet. For a moment he seemed to be making good progress, but that was quickly replaced in her mind as soon as he opened his mouth. You can almost see her interest feigning and physically leaving her body. Ultimately it ends when over the thudding bass he yells something to the effect of, “You dance Good.” It’s risky, but she’ll bank on the chance he’s a decent guy and won’t throw up on her or try and do something perverted later that night. I don’t usually put much faith in statistics, but I’m inclined to assume the chances of the latter are slimmer than the width of the expired condom crammed into his wallet.

The whole ritual of “hooking up” really cheapens the experience and suffocates the build up of lustful anticipation in the onset of a newlybegun relationship. It’s hard for me to picture myself or anyone in the midst of sloppy romp suddenly thinking, “Wow, this is really nice girl. I wonder if she likes Italian food.” This is stupid in part because it’s common knowledge that everyone likes Italian food, but more seriously it is also the sad reality for a good number of college students across the country, even if it is a sort of parody. Sometimes I wish for a revival of the old days of courtship and dating, something akin to the late ‘50s or ‘60s when cruising around in a soft-top and going to a drive-in were the standard. Maybe, at the end you could steal a pint of dad’s whiskey and trade sips until your stomach is warm and your cheeks are red and the two of you have built up enough courage to fool around a little. All I want to see is a little dignity put back into the emotional entanglement of young people.

I’m not going to lie to myself and say this isn’t a fantasy because being foolishly drunk and haphazardly promiscuous are most certainly tenured parts to life at a university. What I will say, with some experience, is that these are definitely not the best parts. I’ve finally become far more interested in finding something I care to make as great an effort in as I once made toward becoming the premier drunk buffoon. I realize that my time is, infinitely better spent entrenched in a piece of quality literature or between the blushing limbs of the fairer sex, admittedly the latter being preferred. Only at a university is there so much to marvel at in terms of books and women. The variety is endless and the only way to truly appreciate them is to respect their greatness, in form and content. Let us all graduate from this part of our lives with our souls intact and our regrets few.

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Step 1:

move in.

Make your living space comfortable and get to know your roommates better -- you’re going to be there for a while. Establish rules, set boundaries and understand each other.

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GVSU student Jared Wolf unpacks his things as he prepares to move into his new living center during move-in week from Aug. 23-29.

Step 2:

buy books.

Buy used books whenever possible, but make sure you buy current editions. You can get all of your text books from either the University Bookstore in the Kirkhof Center, Brian’s Books at the southwestern corner of the Allendale Campus or online. GVL / Eric Coulter

GVSU student Amanda Pussehl searches for textbooks at Brian’s Books. Students can also get their textbooks at the University Bookstore.

Step 3:

meet new people.

Interact with the people in and around your living area, and be sure to take part in campus events. You never know how a chance encounter has the potential to benefit you later in life.

GVL / Eric Coulter

Chelsea Messier, left, and Chelsea Collins look at the event boards in Kirkhof. On-campus events are a great way to meet new people.

Step 4:

have fun.

If you spend your four years here with your nose constantly in the books, then you’ll probably graduate with honors, but you’ll also miss some of the best parts about college. Now is your time to explore and blossom into who you are going to be for the rest of your life.

GVL / Eric Coulter

GVSU freshman Amanda Praznik and Amber Coy converse on the dance floor at a Laker Late Night event, which was Friday.

GVL / Eric Coulter Sophomore Danielle Dodson signs up for the Panhellenic Association after speaking with senior Jordin Billinghurst.

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Cody Eding, Sports Editor

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RESPECT program works to ban unruly fans

GVSU players take part in NFL preseason

Former Grand Valley State University standout cornerback Brandon Carr may have already secured a starting spot for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he is not the only former Laker participating in this year’s NFL preseason. Dan Skuta, who played defensive tackle at GVSU, is being tested at fullback for the Cincinnati Bengals after being moved to linebacker last season. Kicker Todd Carter (Carolina Panthers), offensive lineman Nick McDonald (Green Bay Packers) and wideout Eric Fowler (Detroit Lions) are each working to make this season’s 53-man roster for the start of their respective team’s regular season.

Sportsmanship initiative ensures fun, family-friendly sporting events By Cody Eding GVL Sports Editor

Summer sports recap

- Baseball: Finished 37-16 (23-9 GLIAC), dropped an 11-4 decision to No. 11 Southern Indiana University in the Midwest Regional Championship. - Softball: Finished 22-24 (106 GLIAC) after weather issues forced an early end to the 2010 GLIAC tournament. - W. Track and Field: Finished third at 2010 Outdoor Championships, highest placement in GVSU history. - M. Track and Field: Finished 23 in 2010 Outdoor Championships, set school records in shot put and 3000-meter steeple chase W. Golf: Finished sixth in NCAA Division II Championships. - M. Golf: Finished 13th in Midwest/South Central Regional tournament.

Dear Lakers, Football season is here and I want to express my appreciation Selgo to our student body for their great support of Laker Athletics! This week kicks off another year for the Lakers and I hope you will be in Lubbers Stadium this Thursday for the home opener versus preseason No. 11-ranked West Texas A&M. There is always great excitement beginning a new year and this year offers some special attractions with a new head coach in Matt Mitchell taking over the reins of the football program, GVSU’s 50th anniversary with all of its festivities and six home football games at which you can cheer your fellow students on to victory. This Thursday’s game will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports as the featured NCAA Division II Game of the Week. Along with this game, we will be hosting our GLIAC opener vs. Hillsdale on Sept. 11, Family Day on Sept. 18, Homecoming on Oct. 9, and home games vs. Lake Erie on Oct. 16 and Northwood on Nov. 6. It is a tradition at GVSU that our students pack the student section and provide the best support in Division II in the country for their team. Along with that, let’s make sure we represent GVSU with class at all times. Throughout the NCAA, schools are employing a RESPECT program, an initiative to promote sportsmanship. We in Division II have worked hard to provide a great game environment at our venues, one in which you enthusiastically support your team and also respect the opposing team, fans and officials. Please join us in supporting these initiatives at our home football games by cheering loudly for our team without using profane or other unsportsmanlike, classless cheers. Last year our team traveled to Canyon, Texas, to play the Buffaloes and their fans were very welcoming to our fans and treated our team and fans with great hospitality and class. Let’s return the favor this year for the Buffs and their fans, as well as all of our opponents this year. We want Lubbers Stadium to be rockin’ on game day and appreciate your support and respect in making the Laker Nation the greatest fan base in the country in Division II. See you Sept. 2 – GO LAKERS!

Sincerely, Tim Selgo

GVSU Director of Athletics


Same gridiron dominance?

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GVSU defeated West Texas A&M 37-23 last year. Despite new factors in this year’s team, the Lakers are still favored.

New head coach, new quarterback start new decade of GVSU football with home opener against Texas A&M By Cody Eding


GVL Sports Editor

hen the Grand Valley State University football team takes to the field this season, it will be on the heels of the most successful decade in the program’s history. From 2000 to 2009, the Lakers appeared in six NCAA Division II National Championship games and garnered four National titles. The team had six undefeated seasons and finished first in the GLIAC seven times. GVSU went 13-2 last season and captured the GLIAC title before losing 30-23 against Northwest Missouri State in the National Championship game. Under new head coach Matt Mitchell, the Lakers kick off the 2010 season against No. 11 West Texas A&M at 8 p.m. Thursday in Lubbers Stadium. HIGH EXPECTATIONS GVSU returns 40 letter winners and 17 starters from last year’s team. The Lakers are ranked second in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) preseason poll behind defending National Champion Northwest Missouri State. For the ninth-straight year, GVSU is the preseason favorite to win the GLIAC. WHO TO WATCH Kyle McMahon - Quarterback A transfer from Division I Eastern Michigan University, McMahon was officially named the starting quarterback on Aug. 25 after MCMAHON winning the job from incumbent backup Marquel Neasman. McMahon started six games for Eastern last season - totaling 634 yards passing with four touchdowns and four interceptions - and will replace the graduated Brad Iciek as the team’s signal caller. Cameron Bradfield - Offensive Tackle Bradfield, a 2009 Daktronics Second-Team All-American selection and a Grand Rapids native, is one of four returning starters on the offensive line. BRADFIELD The 6-foot-5inch, 295-pound senior anchors the group responsible

for both protecting McMahon and opening holes for the stable of Laker running backs.

Robert Carlisle - Cornerback Carlisle was granted a medical redshirt after a broken leg suffered last year against Saginaw Valley State University ended his season after only three games. He returns CARLISLE as one of only two seniors in the GVSU secondary, and will be the No. 1 cornerback heading into the season. THE GLIAC The GLIAC expanded this past summer with the addition of both Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican University. The two new schools increase the size of the conference to 14 teams. Lake Erie, which has an enrollment of more than 1,300 students, previously competed at the NCAA Division 3 level. Ohio Dominican has an enrollment of more than 3,100 students and was formerly a member of the NAIA. NATIONAL TELEVISION Thursday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports. The Lakers are no stranger to national exposure; the team was broadcast on ESPN twice during the NCAA playoffs last season. All GVSU football games are broadcast on WMUS 106.9 FM with Dick Nelson doing play-by-play and Steve Lloyd-Jones adding color commentary. BLACKOUT The athletic department is urging all fans to wear black to Thursday’s game. Black GVSU apparel is available from the University Bookstore.

“The biggest challenge of any

season is trying to stay healthy as a team. You always have issues with people getting hurt. If you can do whatever you can to prevent that, I know a lot of times you don’t have control over that, but if we can stay healthy, that would be one of the biggest challenges.

-Running back Justin Sherrod

“The biggest challenges early

in the season is that we’ve lost 80 percent of our rushing game now that Jimmy Berezik and P.T. Gates are gone, and the guy throwing the ball (Brad Iciek) - we’ve lost 100 percent of our passing game. Offensively on the skill positions, the guys who are going to be handling the ball every snap - the quarterback and the running backs - we don’t have a tremendous amount of experience there.

-GVSU Head coach Matt Mitchell,

on inexperience at the skill positions SCHEDULE

Date-Opponent-Time-Last year’s results

Sept. 2 vs. West Texas A&M 8 p.m. W 37-23 Sept. 11 vs. Hillsdale 7 p.m. L 2724, W 44-27 Sept. 18 vs. Indianapolis (Family WHAT THEY’RE SAYING Day) 7 p.m. W 26-10 Sept. 25 at Findlay Noon W 38-13 t’s been a very long time Oct. 2 at Tiffin 1:30 p.m. W 47-21 since I’ve been able to put a tally Oct. 9 vs. Northern Michigan in the win column. That alone is (Homecoming) 7 p.m. W 31-19 plenty of motivation to want to Oct. 16 vs. Lake Erie (Kids’ Club 7 p.m. DNP come out here and put in the time Day) Oct. 23 at Ferris State 2 p.m. W on the field, off the field and just 17-10 put together a season where we Oct. 30 at Michigan Tech 1 p.m. can be very good and win a lot of W 55-7 Nov. 6 vs. Northwood 7 p.m. DNP games. Nov. 13 at Saginaw Valley State Noon W 38-7 -Quarterback Kyle McMahon, on DNP - Did Not Play transferring from Eastern


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Fans should show good sportsmanship during all GVSU athletic events.

Excessively rowdy crowds and drunken tailgaters may be a typical college football stereotype, but looking for such a scene at Grand Valley State University’s Lubbers Stadium is futile. Such an atmosphere does not exist there – or at any other Laker sporting events – thanks to the GVSU’s participation in RESPECT, an NCAA program geared toward sportsmanship and providing a quality game environment for all fans. GVSU’s participation in the game environment program started about four years ago, said Athletic Director Tim Selgo. The initiative focuses heavily on sportsmanship, which is one of the six defining attributes of Division II athletics. “What we want is a place where folks can come see a he stuhighly competdents that go to itive athletic contest in an games are exenvironment that is famcited and have ily friendly, an expectation kid friendly and student to win. Engagfriendly,” he ing in negative said. “Therefore, we think behaviors... a big part of that is sportsIt does not manship.” reflect well on a The RESPECT winning tradiprogram is inclusive of tion. both fans and -Capt. Brandon athletes, but DeHaan Selgo said it is mostly geared Assistant Director toward spectaof DPS tors. While students heavily attend GVSU athletic contests (especially football games), many non-students and families also watch the events from the stands. When fans act out, they take away from the family atmosphere and reflect negatively on the university, said Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Department of Public Safety. “The students that go to the home games are excited and have an expectation to win,” he said. “Engaging in negative behaviors – it does not show good sportsmanship and it does not reflect a winning tradition.” Stopping inappropriate behaviors can be tough, especially in Lubbers Stadium where the capacity is often twice filled. DeHaan said it is often up to fans to police themselves. Other measures, such as GVSU’s tailgating policy that places restrictions on alcohol consumption, help to ensure a family environment is present at football games. The tailgating rules were started almost a decade ago, and Selgo said similar policies have been implemented at Division I schools and in the NFL. Under the current rules, alcohol consumption is only allowed in designated areas on campus,




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Faculty works to keep ‘student’ in student-athlete By Greg Monahan GVL Staff Writer

Behind every successful collegiate athletic program, there is a contingent of university faculty that makes the life of student-athletes possible. Well-known are the coaches and athletic director. A lesser-known position, but equally integral to the success of any program, is the faculty athletics representative. Grand Valley State University has been home to the most successful Division

II athletics program during the past decade. The school has also had an NCAA compliance record that is cleaner LEIDIG than about any other, regardless of division. That is due in large part to GVSU’s faculty athletics representative, Dr. Paul Leidig. With a job description

ranging from signing studentathlete eligibility reports to certifying all varsity coaches, Leidig is the most important member of GVSU athletics that no one has ever heard of. “My job is to be the academic oversight eyes for athletics,” Leidig said. “Student is always in the front of student-athlete; they have to be a student first.” The concept of the studentathlete is a main focus at GVSU, with 55 percent of the schools varsity participants earning a 3.0 GPA or higher. Athletic Director Tim Selgo said the

No. 1 priority for the school’s athletic programs is not winning national championships, but rather excellence in academics. “We take great pride in the fact that we’re in Division II, and one of the themes of Division II is that we have life in the balance,” he said. “Our first goal is to create the best learning environment possible. They’re here to get an education, they’re here to learn, and our job is to prepare them for the rest of their lives.” Not only do the majority of GVSU athletes obtain a

B average or higher, but the graduation rate for studentathletes is higher than the rest of the student body on average. Leidig believes success in athletics and academics goes hand-in-hand. “I absolutely think that the athletics helps the academics, and every student-athlete will tell you that,” he said. “You have to be very disciplined athletically to compete at a national level like we do here. If you can discipline yourself in that way, then you can discipline yourself in academics.”

With the travel schedule of Laker student-athletes paired with their college courses, Dr. Damon Arnold, the director of academic services in GVSU’s athletic department, said the instructors and students not involved in varsity sports also play a role in the life of the student-athlete. “We talk to our studentathletes about the importance of creating a network of other students who are in their class to help with notes that one might have missed during a study session or a class period,” he said. “More important is the relationships that our students develop with their professors. We have a group of wonderful professors that we work with that want to see the studentathletes and all students succeed, and they’re willing to work with the studentathletes.”

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Michael Stave, an intramural athlete, balances academic and athletic demands.


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FanFest gives fans taste of athletes’ training By Curtis Kalleward GVL Staff Writer

More than 3,000 people packed into the Laker Turf Building Thursday to celebrate the opening of the 2010 athletic season with the university’s second annual FanFest. Hosted by the GVSU athletics department and presented by 48 West Apartments, the students and area residents on hand were able to interact with the members of the football and volleyball squads. “I think this event is awesome,” said junior Annie Laurie Medonis. “It’s a great way to meet the players and the coaches. I had a lot of fun.” Attendees were able to participate in several drills that the student-athletes regularly undergo. Each drill had student-athletes available to demonstrate and assist the participants. Several student-athletes joined together at roundtable sessions, signing autographs and becoming better acquainted with their fans on a more personal level. “FanFest really creates the perspective that the studentathletes are talkative and easy to get to know,” Medonis said as she waited in line for signatures. The night marked the first time students were able to pick up their free tickets to Thursday’s home football opener against West Texas A&M. According to the GVSU athletics department, more than 1,500 student tickets were picked up in the first 45 minutes of FanFest, an increase from the total of 1,200 picked up at last year’s event. GVSU head volleyball coach Deanne Scanlon turned out with several of her student-athletes as well, commemorating the first FanFest to feature another

sports team alongside the football players. “The turnout was so good last year, and I had asked about doing it last year,” Scanlon said. “I thought it would be a great event that our girls would be excited to participate in.” Scanlon said she was looking for new ways to promote the Laker Strikers

and is especially interested in targeting GVSU’s new firstyear students. “I’m not sure that everyone on campus knows we have a volleyball team, so we’re out here meeting people and connecting with them,” Scanlon said. “The girls being out here will hopefully translate into these new freshmen coming to our

went with her son Jacek, 4, to the occasion. “FanFest was a great experience for him,” Haight said. “For someone who’s 4 years old to see the athletes, it’s a really good feeling for everyone. They were very welcoming and wanted him to have a good time. It was a wonderful experience.” Haight echoed many fans’

sentiments, adding that the amiable nature of the studentathletes made for a very enjoyable experience for all. “We will definitely be back next year,” Haight said. “It was a really good experience. Next year, I am bringing my youngest, too. They have fun wearing their jerseys and meeting all of the players.”

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GVSU student Annie Laurie Medonis hikes a football while sophomore defensive back Mark Bland looks on at GVSU’s FanFest Thursday evening.

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which are Lot A (VIP), Lot B, Lot C, Lot F, Lot G and the Irwin Club Lot adjacent to the stadium. Tailgating is allowed for the three hours prior to each game until kickoff and for no nore than one hour after the game. No alcohol consumption is allowed during the game or halftime. With the current measures in place, Selgo said there have been few incidents in past years. Most problems revolve around the use of foul language, he said. “We get great support. Some of our goals are to keep it that way,” Selgo said. “We want to make sure that our students represent Grand Valley in a class manner for all opponents.” Other incidents happen more infrequently. During the football playoff game against

matches. We want to create that connection, rather than just handing out a schedule and hoping they’ll show up.” Students were not the only attendees. Several young families came out, bringing even the youngest GVSU fans to partake in the evening’s events. Aaron Haight, the assistant director of the Office of Student Life at GVSU,

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One instance of unsportsmanlike conduct occurred when GVSU fans threw snowballs at players during a football game last year.

Carson-Newman last season, for example, fans threw snowballs onto the field at opposing players. GVSU senior Kevin Norton said that while the policy promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, it also promotes the massive halftime exodus that occurs during most lopsided GVSU games.

“I think it encourages more people to go in and watch the games,” he said. “But I feel that with Grand Valley and their record of beating opponents by halftime, if they were allowed to go and party during the game, more people would stick around instead of bailing.”


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On or off campus? The beginning of the school year is when offcampus locations get ready to start renting out their units for the next school year. Feeling rushed and unsure about where to live? Check out the following benefits to sway you toward an onor off-campus apartment, adapted from housing. The housing secton of offers extensive information on each off-campus complex.


Roommates 101: GVSU experts share tips on dealing with new roommates By Haley Otman GVL Laker Life Editor

Benefits of living on campus:

Close proximity to classes, campus resources and organizations You’re only a short walk from almost anywhere you need to go relating to GVSU. Easier to meet new people Each residence hall and oncampus apartment tends to become a close-knit community, and the Resident Assistants and Apartment Living Assistants are constantly coming up with fun programming and social activities to integrate everybody. Stay connected to campus Even if you don’t know about an event, chances are you will walk by it on your way to or from your living center. Connected to a diverse community You have endless opportunities to meet people different from yourself who you may not have chosen to live with, but you could end up developing a close friendship or at least learning something.

Benefits of living off campus:


freedom and independence The only supervision would be the security that some complexes hire, so do what you please, when you please (within the law of course!). More responsibility Take pride in cooking for yourself, managing an entire apartment or townhouse, and possibly driving yourself to campus each day. Privacy Most off-campus complexes offer students their own private bedroom, and many also offer a private full bath per bedroom. You’ll also have living space, a full kitchen and other amenities depending on the apartment. Lower costs There is no meal plan requirement, and the off-campus complexes compete with their rates for YOU.

Haley Otman, Laker Life Editor

GVL / Eric Coulter

Jared Wolf carries his things into his living center and prepares to meet his new roommate.

Dorm regulations Unsure what is permitted in your living center? Don’t want to incriminate yourself and ask? Take a look below for a sample, and visit for the complete rundown. Don’t forget to find those extra-long twin sheet sets! Unsafe dorm items: Dorm-safe items: * Toaster oven * Hot plate * Freezer * Candles (unless the wick has been removed) * Air conditioners * Charcoal grills * Alcohol * Pets (except for non-predatory fish)

*Land line telephone *1,000-watt (or less) microwave * S m a l l refrigerator (less than 4.6 cubic feet) * TV * C o f f e e Maker * Computer * Hair dryer *Hot-popcorn makers * Non-predatory fish

After a summer of living according to mom and dad’s rules, students return to campus to sharing a dorm room or apartment with friends and to enjoying a life with no rules. Once the initial honeymoon period has passed, though, students become perhaps unwilling counselors as friends constantly have complaints about the Messy Mirians or the Loud Larrys creating problems in the townhouse. Leena Karsan, Grand Valley State University’s Living Center Director for both Niemeyer and Calder living centers, said the most common complaints she receives from her residents are regarding sharing a physical space when the two roommates have different lifestyles. It can be difficult when one roommate is a morning person and another a night person, which makes communication all the more necessary. “Communication is vital in having a positive relationship with roommates,” Karsan said. “Residents do not need to be best friends with their roommates, but rather to respect each other in their common spaces.” Positive outlooks Resident Assistant Heather Baron-McLeod, who resides in Kistler, has also heard some of the same complaints but focuses her advice in a different manner. She encourages students on her floor having roommate issues to really try and learn something about others and themselves rather than focus on the negatives. “A lot of people don’t capitalize on that opportunity,” she said. She added that one of the greatest benefits of sharing a dorm room and living center is to encounter people different from yourself. If her residents approach the situation from a learning perspective, she believes the outcome will be smoother living situations. The assistant living center director for Niemeyer and Calder, Shawn Clark, echoed McLeod’s sentiments about taking to the experience in an optimistic way. “I think that it is important for anyone with a roommate to appreciate that experience and all that they can learn from it,” Clark said. “Even if the situation was not fully positive, the resident still gains skills to help them deal with real-life situa-

tions and occurrences after college.” One way on-campus housing tries to be proactive about roommate discord is by giving residents a roommate agreement to sign when they move in. In most situations, the agreement can be signed and shelved, but sometimes it can be a good tool to pull out and remind yourself to what you and your roommate agreed. “The roommate agreement in my area is used when students start finding themselves stuck,” Karsan said. “They are not sure how to approach their roommate with their issue or concerns.” When a student is frustrated, though, those grievances must be aired so the rest of the living arrangement can go as smoothly as possible. E v e n esidents though ocdisdo not need to casional agreements be best friends will happen, Baronwith their McLeod ieves roommates, bthee lbest rebut rather to lationships will involve respect each both parties not bottling other... up prob- Leena Karson lems, but Living Center instead “being honest Director and respectful with each other.” Off-campus roommates Students living in off-campus housing with more living and personal space are not immune from roommate problems, and when those issues occur, BaronMcLeod said the response must be even more proactive since they have already lost resources such as community programming and housing staff support that can help in the case of a disagreement. Karson suggests off-campus students create their own roommate agreement, even if it is just in a conversation as opposed to a contract. “They can set some ground rules for their shared space in the apartment,” she said. “Learning to live with a roommate teaches students how to work through disagreements, speak up, confront each other, and that you can live in the same space with someone and not have to be best friends. You just have to respect one another and each other’s space.”


Farmers markets boom in Michigan, on campus Local farmers bring fresh fruits and vegetables to GVSU campus during the 2010 farmers market By Brittney Mestdagh GVL Staff Writer

A row of white tents lined the Fieldhouse parking lot Wednesday wafting the aromas of fresh bread, specialty jerky, spices, cut flowers and homegrown produce. Local growers sell their produce at farmers markets such as Grand Valley State University’s throughout the summer. According to the 2010 National Farmers Market Directory, released by the United State Department of Agriculture, Michigan ranks fourth behind California, New York and Illinois in the number of operating farmers markets. According to a press release, the number of farmers markets increased 13 percent between 2008 and 2009. There are currently 271 markets in Michigan, representing the state’s second largest industry totaling $71.3 billion every year. GVSU student Laura Barnhill expressed concern for local farmers as she explained that having more farmers markets increases the supply of produce and decreases the number of regular customers who return to her stand each week. Michelle Flokstra of Green Thumb Acres in Tallmadge Township agreed. She said the money she makes goes to stores around the area and pays her bills. “If you offer too much of something, someone

suffers,” Flokstra said. “It hurts the small grower.” With stands stretching across the parking lot Wednesday, there was no short supply of colorful fruits and vegetables. The USDA also reported Michigan at second, behind California, in agricultural diversity, boasting more than 200 products. The USDA press release concludes that farmers markets strengthen the economy. “Dollars spent at farmers markets are more likely to stay in Michigan,” said Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the release. Sharon Mull, who operated a

jerky stand, said she enjoys selling at farmers markets because of the friendly atmosphere. It is in this atmosphere that buyers can ask questions and learn how the produce was grown or, in Mull’s case, made. She made her jerky in Warren, Mich., and said her jerky is not stringy or tough similar to store-bought jerky. GVSU student Jessica Miller agreed as she came to the

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The GVSU farmers market will run every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through September.


market for the quality of produce. verything “Everything looks and smells really good,” Miller looks and said, as she stood across from Flokstra’s stand smells really filled with homegrown good. You can vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers. “You can see the freshsee the freshness.” Produce at farmers ness markets is fresher because -Jessica Miller sellers pick it a day or two GVSU Student before bringing it to market, Flokstra said. Beans lose Vitamin C in five days. It takes at least that long to ship to grocery stores. “The beans there are roughage at best,” she said. The USDA press release confirms Flokstra’s statement, noting five days is sufficient time for fruits and vegetables to lose 50 percent of their nutrients. This is why people who shop at farmers markets may pay more, Flokstra said. In her opinion, a few dollars more is worth it for the quality of food. Students can visit the GVSU farmers market every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Parking Lot F through September.


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Notes from abroad Non profits, THE LAND OF NO students connect at fair By Lacey Cooper

GVL Study Abroad Columnist Chennai, India

“You cannot pass through here” were the first words I heard upon entering Chennai. After 27 grueling hours on a plane, all I wanted to hear were some comforting words to reassure myself that I had made the right decision in placing 10,000 miles between me and the people I love. Instead I was greeted by a wall of guards holding massive rifles and a mob of people making the already intense humidity somewhat more uno’ is pleasant. If the used to cause massive discomfort amount of people in foreigners standing in a con- in hopes that g e s t e d they might area was not over- leave the whelming e n o u g h , country ... the persis- -Lacey Cooper tent stares and never-ending “no’s” made even the most basic task endlessly difficult. Everything was new, everything was exciting, everything was difficult. The first couple of weeks were spent touring various parts of southern India and learning about the history of their traditions and historic sites. As interesting as all of this


information was, my memories remain with the cultural experiences that we had firsthand with the students of India. The time spent outside of the classroom environment has been enriching, to say the least, with its unstructured and unrestricted atmosphere. Here, every movement is watched. From what students say in class to how they interact with people of the opposite sex, every detail is watched and reported back to their parents. Their honesty and knowledge about their culture inspired me to ask somewhat insensitive questions about Indians’ frequent use of the word “no.” In our conversations, Indian students revealed their country as “the land of no.” It wasn’t my imagination; everything felt more difficult here because it was created to be difficult. “No” is used to cause discomfort in foreigners in the hopes that they might leave the country and not add to the never-ending overpopulation problems. The Indian students educated me on discrimination between foreigners and locals. Each territory has its own language symbolizing their membership to that particular community. If you cannot speak their language, you are not appreciated; that is until you learn how to work around this system. I experienced this discrimination when trying to go to the library, the computer station, the canteen, even my own hostel home. Every time I tried to enter

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The Volunteer and Internship Fair will be held on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center.

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Lacey Cooper, a GVSU student who has been studying abroad in India, has had to assimilate in order to perform the most basic tasks.

these places the guards would inform me that what I was looking for was NOT there; “No, you cannot enter.” This is the Indian way of respectfully saying, “What you are looking for is here, but it is not for you.” Getting past these ruthless “no’s” requires establishing your place in their culture. Dressing like an Indian, eating like an Indian, walking like an Indian— all of these symbolize respect and adaptation into their culture. Once you establish your identity as a member of the community, you are overwhelmingly welcomed. By overwhelming, I

mean you cannot go anywhere without a home being offered to you, jasmine being put in your hair and a blessing being placed on your forehead. These people are incredibly loving and kind, and unfortunately overpopulation conflicts have taught them to act otherwise. Until a community identity has been established, this is the land of no. After establishment, it is a short of “Incredible India” for me.

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UBS holds off on textbook rental UBS manager Jerrod Nickels said the bookstore will wait to start rental program until it will ‘legitimately be a better deal for students’ By Susie Skowronek


GVL Staff Writer

hile textbook rental affords students temporary access to course materials at generally one-third to one-half the price of a new book, Grand Valley State University bookstores have yet to offer such a program. “We believe students want us to rent books,” said Jerrod Nickels, manager of the University Bookstore in the Kirkhof Center. “But when we do it, we want to do it well, and we want it to legitimately be a better deal for students.” Nickels said his research has shown that students benefit more from purchasing used books than renting them. He used a $100 textbook as an example, saying that a textbook rental service will charge $40 to $50 for rental. However, if the books return in less than pristine condition, with highlighting or notes, the service will charge the balance for the book. “Depending on the edition and the condition of the book, if we sell you a used copy, our price would be $75 – most used books are about 25 percent less than the new price,” he said. “If the book is used next semester, we pay half the new price of the book. So a student would get $50 back.” For textbooks not used in the next semester, Nickels said the bookstore will give students up to one-third of the original cost if the edition is still current. In textbook rental programs, students who rent books opt out of reselling textbooks at the end of the semester. Rentals also do not guarantee consumable materials that come with the purchase of a new book: software, access codes or workbooks. Students might need to buy these in addition to their rented materials. However, some GVSU students have expressed interest in at least having the option to rent a textbook as opposed to buy it. “I always feel a bit foolish buying a book for $50 and getting back $5, so a rental option would be really nice for classes that I know I will never use (the book) again,” said student Sean Francis. According to a statement re-

leased Aug. 3 by the National Associate for College Stores, about one-half of the association’s member bookstores offer textbook rental services – a steep increase from 200 to 300 stores last fall. Considerable startup costs may account for the rocky b e -


ginning last year for textbook rental always programs. For rental programs to suc- feel a bit foolceed, faculty members must commit ish buying a to using the same book for $50 textbook for four to six semesters, and getting while bookstores back $5, so a need to balance money for admin- rental option istration, maintenance, inventory would be and storage. really nice for Despite the many draw- classes that I backs behind rental know I’ll never p r o g r a m s , use (the book) The College Store again . on the -Sean Francis Michigan State GVSU Student University campus offers a rental program with the slogan, “Rent every book. Seriously, every class, every book.” “People are very excited about having that opportunity to have that option,” said Kathy Stone, general manager for The College Store. “This is an exciting time for all of us.” While The College Store has committed fully to textbook rental, Stone said it has not experienced any of the common drawbacks. Although this is the first year the store will offer all its textbooks for rental, Stone said the bookstore has met great success during the past three years as a hybrid program. This year, many college bookstores will offer hybrid programs. The hybrids provide rental for only entry level courses in which the books are less likely to change from year to year, giving the bookstore greater security in its products.

Local organizations seeking interns and volunteers will visit campus to recruit students Grand Valley State University’s Non Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair will take place Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. Organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of D.A. Blodgett for Children and YWCA, as well as many others, attend this fair each year. Students who get the chance to attend the fair can check out all of the opportunities in order to find which one suits them. The student will then write his or her name and information on a contact sheet to initiate direct communication with the organization. The Lanthorn spoke with Joshua Lee of the Office of Student Life to get more information.

Lanthorn: What is the purpose of the fair? Lee: Well, the purpose of the fair is two-fold: first for our community partners to come into our community and talk about their companies, and second, for students to connect for internships and volunteer opportunities. It’s for students and companies to connect with each other in the Grand Rapids area.

Lanthorn: Who should attend this event? Lee: It really can be all majors and any student. The volunteer opportunities have no specific requirements. But internships are geared more toward juniors and seniors in education and medical fields. But anyone can have an internship — you can never gain too much experience.

Lanthorn: How do students benefit from attending this fair? Lee: Hopefully they’ll benefit directly getting experience by talking to non profits and get


an internship with a non profit. I think overall it’s an (enlightening) experience and students can gain anything from this experience.

Lanthorn: What have past attendees gotten out of going to the fair in the past? Lee: We partner with the Career Services department. We have some great partnerships with these agencies and some students have come back feeling fulfilled in their experience and major.

Lanthorn: Who are some of the companies that will be in attendance? Lee: Some of the more popular, recurring non profits are The American Red Cross, McKenzie’s sanctuary, United Way, a lot of companies doing good in the community. We have 37 agencies signed up right now but have room for 50 so we’re still recruiting.

Lanthorn: What do you hope the outcome will be for both the companies and attendees? Lee: What we hope, and has been happening, is the companies have been satisfied with their connection and we hope that they gain a valuable experience not only personally but professionally.

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GVSU student Shannon Gibson balances a load of newly-purchased textbooks. UBS does not currently offer textbook rental.

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Strange, but true >> >>It was American drama critic and author John Mason Brown who made the following sage observation: “Reasoning with a child is fine if you can reach the child’s reason without destroying your own.”

>>The first Wal-Mart was located in the town of Rogers, Ark. When it opened in 1962, it had a total of 16,000 square feet of space. Today, there are Wal-Mart Supercenters all across the United States, and they measure at least 100,000

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GVSU student Kristina Pepelko, right, is an intern at the Michigan Physical Therapist Association in Ann Arbor. She stands with the MPTA Executive Director Marcy Dwyer.

Internship teaches professionalism Kristina Pepelko interned for the non-profit company Michigan Physical Therapy Association this past July. Pepelko gained first-hand experience in multiple forms of business writing and leadership skills. “I had minimal professional writing experience before this position, which made me nervous, but I gained a tremendous amount of self-confidence in my professional writing skills,” she said. Pepelko helped write brochures, managed the company’s Facebook page and helped interview lobbyists for the MPTA. Current members of the MTPA already know the value of communication and said Pepelko was very helpful. “The life blood of any business is communication, especially non profits,” said Marcy Dwyer, MTPA executive director. “Kristina’s skills were outstanding and her writing for us was phenomenal.”

square feet and can range up to 220,000 square feet. >>The original Maytag company was known for making horse-drawn buggies rather than appliances. >>The word “pretzel” comes from the Latin word for “little reward.”

>>Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania conducted a joint study on Americans’ weight. They concluded that if current trends continue, 86 percent of adults in this country will be obese by 2030. >>Statistics show that three-out-of-four married

Grand Valley Lanthorn women over the age of 50 are on their second marriage. In the same age range, five-outof-six men are in the same marital situation. >>Fireflies start to glow in order to attract a mate, and they die soon after finding one.

>>Experienced boot makers reportedly can get three pairs of the footwear out of a single ostrich hide. >>When you sneeze, the air leaves your mouth at approximately 100 mph. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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