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Johnson Center publishes 2018 philanthropy trends BY DEVIN DELY NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

efits myself, my classmates and others,” said Austin Cammire, a GVSU graduate student at the reception. “I thank you on behalf of GV students.” Students commonly have clinical experiences at Mary Free Bed, which even has half of its non-clinical interns come from GVSU. Students from an array of health-care majors can indulge in learning-specialized information about their field. This comes from more than $1 million Mary Free Bed spends yearly for instructional opportunities on students.

As the number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. continues to grow, experts are working to keep up with the changing landscape. According to the most recently available data at the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are currently more than 1.5 million registered nonprofit organizations in the U.S., and that number is projected to grow in 2018. Officials at Grand Valley State University are getting ahead of the game, however. Recently, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy published its report for philanthropy trends in 2018. According to Kyle Caldwell, executive director of the Johnson Center, this annual report is meant to identify current trends in philanthropy and benefit the community, as well as nonprofit organizations. “This is our second annual report,” Caldwell said. “We launched it last year when we were having a discussion about what we were observing in philanthropy, and some of us thought, ‘You know, we should really share this.’ So we created the report.” The 11 trends listed in the report encompass a wide array of topics, including globalized giving, the next generation of donors, and the changing relationship between government and nonprofits. “These are actions in the field, behavior changes, issues we are seeing that change the way we think about philanthropy,” Caldwell said. Caldwell elaborated on the importance of certain trends, highlighting equity as an example of a particularly significant topic. “I’d say we do see some cluster themes that come out of this (the report),” he said. “One that is really standing tall is a trend towards equity and how philanthropy affects equity. When we think about



EXPANSION: GVSU President Thomas Haas (left) shakes hands with Kent Riddle, CEO of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, on Thursday, Jan. 11, at GVSU’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. GVSU and Mary Free Bed announced an extension of the health partnership between the two. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE

GV, Mary Free Bed announce extension of their partnership BY DREW SCHERTZER DSCHERTZER@LANTHORN.COM


erebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect balance, movement and muscle tone. It plagues the minds of its victims, often making it more difficult for them to speak or walk. This is the case for ShenaLi Chien, a 10-year-old who was born with the illness. Chien and her family moved from Florida so that she could be a patient of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. On Thursday, Jan. 11, in the CookDeVos Center for Health Sciences

(CHS), Mary Free Bed and Grand Valley State University announced an extension of their partnership with the goal to combine technologies to create a data analysis laboratory to help people like Chien. Mary Free Bed will use this technology to conduct patient studies while GVSU students can learn from the experience. “We’re so pleased that our colleagues at Mary Free Bed want to bring the great work from their own Motion Analysis Lab to our facility and work alongside our students and faculty members,” said GVSU President Thomas Haas. “This aligns with Grand Valley’s

strategic plan to produce graduates who are ready for the workforce and meet employer demands for trained health-care workers.” The Motion Analysis Laboratory is equipped with cuttingedge technology at CHS. It has 16 specialized cameras that can each take 120 pictures per second. A computer then takes the images to create a 3-D reconstruction of the patient’s movements. This provides physicians and therapists with a detailed map that allows them to create the best treatment plans for patients. “Mary Free Bed, this contract you share with GV ben-


Michigan’s MIP laws updated for 2018 First-time offenses bumped from misdemeanors to civil infractions BY SARAH HOLLIS NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

The new year tends to bring many changes along with it, and not just resolutions. In Michigan, this new year has brought about a change to minor in possession (MIP) laws. Before these law changes went into effect with the start of the new year, each MIP would be classified as a misdemeanor, whether the minor was a firsttime offender or not, and would appear on their arrest record. “A couple years ago, the state legislature introduced a bill reducing the punishment for a minor in possession offense from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction,” said Sgt. Jeff Stoll of the Grand Valley State University Police Department. “A civil infraction is going to be more like a traffic ticket, something that you would receive and then take care of with the court, but without having it appear on your arrest record. “That was passed and that was signed into law by the governor a year and change ago, and it gave law enforcement agencies and courts a full year for it to take effect.” The consequences for a minor receiving their first MIP will no longer include an arrest with possible jail time. “For the first violation, the minor is responsible for a state civil infraction and shall be fined not more than $100,” Gary Secor, court administrator for

the 61st District Court, told the Grand Valley Lanthorn. “A court may order a minor under this subdivision to participate in substance use disorder services as defined in section 6230 of the public health code, and designated by the administrator of the office of substance abuse services, and may order the minor to perform community service and to undergo substance abuse screening and assessment at his or her own expense.” Though the MIP law change makes the punishment for the first MIP considerably less, this doesn’t mean that minors should be less concerned about receiving an MIP or less careful about underage drinking. “One of the concerns would be if you view underage drinking as not as severe, you could end up getting yourself in even more trouble by consuming alcohol and making further bad choices, like drunk driving, property damage or assault, something that tends to happen when people have been drinking,” Stoll said. “So, we’re hopeful that there won’t be a trickle-down effect that people will drink more because they view the punishment as less.” One final piece of information to be aware of with the new law change is that it does not apply to minors who already had an MIP on file before the new year began. SEE MIP | A2

FLASHING LIGHTS: A view from the back seat of a GVPD cruiser during a traffic stop on Oct. 28, 2017. A new Michigan law for 2018 ensures that first-time MIP violations are no longer charged as misdemeanors. GVL | EMILY FRYE



Grand Valley State University’s “It’s on Us” organization will hold an event titled “Stalking Awareness Month - Get Informed” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Rooms 2215/2216. The event is designed to inform members of the GVSU community about the dangers of stalking today. In addition to discussing the prevalence of stalking, attendees will also be educated on how to identify the warning signs of stalking. The event is LIB 100/201-approved.


The 2018 West Michigan Economic and Commercial Real Estate Forecast will take place Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the DeVos Place Convention Center in ballrooms B and C. The event is a collaboration between Colliers International and Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. Colliers International Group is a global real estate company operating in nearly 70 countries. To RSVP for this event, visit register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eetro9hs9ec40a24&oseq= &c=&ch=.


The Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center’s Democracy 101 series will return Wednesday, Jan. 17, for “Democracy in Classical Athens: An Organizer’s Guide.” The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2266. The event will allow attendees to explore the history and inspiration behind many current democratic practices that were founded by the Ancient Greeks. The event is LIB 100/201-approved. For more information, visit www.


Several events honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will take place in Grand Rapids on Monday, Jan. 15, observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. At Grand Valley State University, April Reign will lead a keynote speech after a silent march through campus starting at 1 p.m. At the Woodland Mall Celebration! Cinema, the film “Selma,” based on the marches led by King in the 1960s, will be playing throughout the day. At Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, “I Dream,” a performance detailing the life of King through jazz and other performances, will start at 7:30 p.m. Reign will be speaking there as well.


Those looking for service opportunities will be able to do so at the Seidman College of Business’ “Night of Service” on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m in the L. William Seidman Center’s forum. The event is also in collaboration with Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center. Service projects taking place that night will benefit three West Michigan groups: Humane Society of West Michigan, Operation Gratitude and Kids’ Food Basket. For more information, visit

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HEALTH: GVSU President Thomas Haas (left) and Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle chat on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Haas and Riddle were there for the announcement of a partnership extension for GVSU. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE


CEO of Mary Free Bed Kent Riddle was very enthusiastic about the continued partnership. He said they don’t just value their relationship with GVSU—they also rely on it and are very proud of it.

“Teaching the next generation of medical professionals is one of the factors that makes a hospital excel,” Riddle said. “And our patients are well-served by the Grand Valley grads that we hire.” The reception was well attended. A packed laboratory listened to Haas and Riddle ex-

change banter before signing official papers. A demonstration with Chien was then held to showcase the 16 cameras. Mary Free Bed has been working with GVSU for many years, as it is a clinical site for students. This lets students foreshadow their careers and get crucial practice in their

fields. The partnership not only benefits students, but faculty of GVSU as well. Faculty can work with Mary Free Bed practitioners for specific research projects. The hope is that new research can be done to continue fighting against CP and helping patients with that illness.


evaluation and think about collecting data, how do we think about it in ways to make sure we’re being inclusive and making sure we’re encompassing a broad population, and not just a narrow population?” Item number five in the report, written by Johnson Center Leadership Council member Juan Olivarez, addresses this need for equity to be considered an important issue in philanthropy. “Many foundations are striving to incorporate an equity focus into their work,” Olivarez writes in the report. “Monumental demographic shifts taking place in the U.S. necessitate the development of new tools and strategies that will allow the field to effectively address equity issues and impact change.” The Johnson Center has been a part of GVSU’s College of Community and Public Service since 1992. The center frequently holds workshops and participates in a great deal of research surrounding the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, leadership and community. “We’re an academic center at GVSU that works with individuals to help them understand and strengthen philanthropy,” Caldwell said. “We make philanthropy more effective and sustainable by working with nonprofits, foundations and donors, all in a quest to help them be more effective in engaging a community change. We have a global perspective in how we engage philanthropy, and that allows us to bring in other organizations from around



“Anyone that has received an MIP prior to the new year,

TRENDING: The poster for the report published by the Johnson Center. The report addresses 11 different trends in philanthropy, including equity and more to look out for in 2018. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU

the world.” As the Johnson Center works toward protecting the future of nonprofits and philanthropy, Caldwell wants to make it clear that they are not only there for the organizations—they are there for students as well.

“The Johnson Center does engage nonprofits who are working on a myriad of different causes, and we give students an opportunity to be exposed to those as well,” he said. “I think opportunities like the recent ARNOVA (Association for Research on

Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) conference are a great way for students to get experience and be exposed to the world around them. “We really just hope to help students understand what the world is and how they can engage with it.”

that counts as the one,” Stoll said. “Your second isn’t reset to zero now. So, if someone had an MIP in October, we cannot give them a civil infraction—they are still get-

ting a misdemeanor. Even though people may not have had a previous civil infraction MIP arrest, if they had an MIP arrest before, then they are ineligible to get a

civil infraction ticket.” Anyone with questions regarding the new MIP law changes can contact the GVPD at 616-331-3255.


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BUSTED: GVPD Sgt. Jeff Stoll assists Officer Seth Beelen during an MIP ticket stop on Oct. 28, 2017. The state of Michigan passed new legislation for 2018 that reduces the penalty for a first-time MIP offense from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. GVL | EMILY FRYE




Student senate holds first general assembly of 2018 BY KARINA LLOYD NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State University student senate convened Thursday, Jan. 11, for its first general assembly of the semester. The evening’s agenda included two guest speakers from the university, a public comment period, president and vice president reports and a working general assembly session. Guest speaker Bobby Springer, director of the Pathways to College Office, discussed the plans for the campus’ Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week. He urged students to look at their day off as an opportunity for celebration and student involvement. “(This is) a day on, not a day off,” Springer said. “Do we have the day off so students can sleep in and do whatever they want and come back to school the next day? No. We have the day ‘on’ so students can get engaged with this meaningful working going

on on campus, ... so we can engage in the work of Dr. King.” Felix Ngassa, professor of chemistry and chair of the University Academic Senate, also spoke at the general assembly to discuss the role he plays at the university and answer questions from attendees. The session’s public comment period brought the senate’s attention to two student organizations: The bystander intervention program Peer Education and Prevention (P.E.P.) Talks, in which trained GVSU students educate their peers about sexual assault prevention, and the Student Veterans Association, which was represented at the general assembly to inform the senate of the organization’s ongoing activity. Following the president’s and vice president’s reports, the senate split off into groups to create a “working general assembly” in which they addressed possible scenarios they may face in the coming year, analyzed past and future projects, and

studied a series of headlines. “This week we are trying to start the semester a little more involved,” said Jonathan Bowman, student senate president. “We’ve broken up into seven (randomly selected) groups with one person from each (of the seven student) committees. They’re just going to be brainstorming different projects they could work on for the school year, different incentives that they might want to partner with other senators on.” For one of the activities, senators were asked to think of ways to handle different oncampus issues or scenarios. “We have some different scenarios we want the groups to work through and (decide) how student senate (should) respond,” Bowman said. “It may be a different issue on campus: … If a student organization had (a) huge concern and they want senate to do something, how would we react? How would we get involved and make sure the situation was handled correctly?”

ATTENTION: Student senators listen to speakers during the general assembly on Thursday, Jan. 11. The general assembly was student senate’s first of the winter 2018 semester. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

Though this is not a usual practice during general assembly, members thought it was an important practice to begin the new semester with. The exercises allowed the senate members to work on their problem-solving skills to be able to work with people outside their own com-

mittees and prepare the senate for the semester’s work ahead. “We’re hoping it starts to get some ideas flowing,” Bowman said. “I don’t think people realize how effective working together can be, and also I think student senate has a lot of things that we can ac-

complish if we work toward (our goals) and work together to accomplish (these) things. Student senate meets in general assembly every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room.


Researchers find drop in rate of uninsured West Michigan residents BY ALEX SIXT NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University researchers have found that the percentage of uninsured residents in Michigan has dropped below 10 percent. The effect on West Michigan’s health economic forecast was also studied, with

researchers finding that the downward trend is the lowest the rate has been in years. Leslie Muller, assistant professor of economics at GVSU, and Kevin Callison, assistant professor of global health management and policy at Tulane University, worked to research this topic. They analyzed two different surveys that asked

residents of West Michigan and Kent County about their health care, specifically what kind they had and what their savings were. This information helped them pinpoint the trend of health care in the area. Although the uninsured rate of West Michigan has gone down, Muller found through her research that

FOCUS: Megan Buchman practices filling a syringe in the Center for Health Sciences on Sept. 26, 2016. Researchers recently shared their findings on health trends in West Michigan. GVL | LUKE HOLMES

there are still barriers to obtaining medical care for some in West Michigan. “The biggest barrier is cost; there were about twothirds of people that said cost is the largest barrier from not getting health care, like going to the doctor and getting prescriptions,” Muller said. She also explained that there are other barriers to receiving medical care that were indicated on the surveys, such as time off from work, child care and lack of transportation. However, these barriers will not affect the uninsured rate because even those who are not able to access medical care typically do have insurance—it just may be too difficult for them to receive actual care. According to Muller, the health-care industry has been growing in West Michigan recently, which has increased the demand for a publication called Health Check. This is an annual publication run by the Seidman College of Business that tracks health behaviors, mainly of residents of West Michigan, while also gather-

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ing information from other health-insurance agencies. Health Check is in its ninth year and is annually presented by a panel of researchers to explain the West Michigan Health Economic Forecast. Callison analyzed health trends that helped to create the forecast for the area and compared trends to the other side of the state in East Michigan. These findings resulted in discovering that the uninsured rate had dropped drastically. “The share of those people with no health insurance in the state is down below 10 percent, and that is for the first time in essentially ever,” Callison said. He credits most of the drop in the rate to the Affordable Care Act, including both the Medicaid expansion and health-insurance exchanges. While the ACA and other contributing factors have allowed the rate to drop lower than before, Callison says the downward trend will most likely level off or even increase depending on future changes to the ACA. “It has led to some pret-

ty significant system-wide changes in the health-care sector, but this (rate) will be fluid because of these policy changes happening at the federal level,” Callison added. Muller and Callison used their research to discuss the implications their findings will have on West Michigan at the West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast on Friday, Jan. 12. The presentations were held in the L.V. Eberhard Center on the Pew Campus and discussed health-care trends in West Michigan. The presentation held by both Muller and Callison focused on the data gathered from the two surveys they studied on the health-care forecast of the area. The surveys also helped them gather information on what is behind these health-care trends. As for the uninsured rate, the direction it moves will rely on federal decisions, specifically the ACA, and will continue to be studied for the betterment of West Michigan and its residents.




By Kayleigh Van Overen

MIP law change is step in the right direction


tarting at the beginning of this year, the consequence for first-time offenders charged with a minor in possession (MIP) in the state of Michigan has changed from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. This legislative overhaul is a necessary step toward more accurately reflecting shifting societal attitudes about the relative severity of alcohol possession and consumption. Throughout the state and country, various legal consequences for “abusing” different substances (alcohol, marijuana, etc.) are unnecessarily harsh and disproportionately affect minorities. Michigan’s change toward comparative leniency for first-time MIP offenders reflects the increasingly prevalent sentiment that minors’ professional and personal lives shouldn’t potentially be irrevocably damaged by something as “minor” as possessing and consuming alcohol. In fact, you could easily argue that if 18-yearolds can exercise the right to vote and serve in the armed forces, then they should also be allowed to legally drink alcohol. But for now, this law change is at least a step in the right direction to amending the regulation of this particular substance. People make mistakes, especially freshman students thrust into the college atmosphere with newfound personal freedom and absolutely no idea what to do with it. Inevitably, many of them end up experimenting with drinking at parties. That’s just reality—even many dedicated and responsible students under the age of 21 drink alcohol at least a few times. Does that mean that these individuals, who

may be perfectly responsible in every other area of their lives, should be punished with criminal records, lengthy probations and other penalties? Most students learn pretty quickly that binge drinking and getting black-out drunk isn’t worth it, and they figure out how to handle themselves more maturely. What is far more unfortunate than an 18-year-old trying a beer is that minors’ legal records—including those of dedicated, responsible students—could, up until this year, be tarnished as a result of alcohol possession and consumption. Having a criminal record can negatively impact a person’s career search and future in other ways. All that for possessing or drinking alcohol. Now, at least, students don’t have to worry that these choices—which they usually learn from, anyway—will potentially irreparably damage their futures. To be clear, the Lanthorn does not condone underage drinking. But it’s good to know that in Michigan at least, individuals won’t be so harshly punished for what is usually a minor slip up. No one should have their future put at such risk for simply carrying around or drinking a beer. Period. Obviously, driving under the influence of alcohol or otherwise putting other people at risk as the result of drinking is another matter, but that goes beyond the basic issue at the heart of this law change. Hopefully this demotion from misdemeanor to civil infraction is but the first step of many toward reforming restrictions on how legal adults can selfgovern themselves and oversee their own consumption of alcohol without suffering disproportionate consequences.


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The importance of keeping traditions alive at college


Before I became a student at Grand Valley State University, I was scared that college meant nothing was going to be the same again. In many ways, I was right. Some things are just never the way they were before. As we enter college, we meet new people, learn new things and go through all sorts of new experiences. In many ways, college is a journey that is constantly evolving. However, with all this newness,

some things never change. For me, these things are traditions, and whether they are small or big, each one leaves a lasting impact. While I was away on winter break, I realized how powerful and important traditions are. A tradition is an action that is passed on from generation to generation, but it can also be something that a group of people do annually. For me, traditions include our Christmas-tree-ornament night, a “beach house blast” trip to Florida to see my extended family and a Panera outing with my best friends when we get back home from school. While these are simple, they give me something to look forward to as well as something to cherish. Our experiences and environment shape who we are as people, so it’s no surprise that traditions leave a lasting impact on our lives. According to Katherine Rose of HuffPost, traditions “propel us forward as human beings in

life wisdom, understanding and even emotional intellect.” I think that the traditions in my life are a part of who I am. They have taught me that simple things in life are often times the most important things. states that customs are important because “our unique cultural traditions have the greatest potential to help in this process of self-definition, to contribute to well-being, and to cultivate an all-important sense of belonging and a healthy perspective of our place in the world.” Furthermore, traditions bind people together. As shown in my own life examples, traditions can exist between both family groups and friend groups. When a tradition is formed and then continued, people can build similar values and grow closer together. This is important because a lack of traditions can create a sort of disconnection and absence of belonging. While at college,

traditions can be hard to maintain. However, it’s important to know that whatever the time or effort they may take, they are ultimately worthwhile. My time at home with family and friends provided me with much-needed familiarity and brought me back down to earth from the college chaos. While at school, my friends and I also create our own traditions, from painting pumpkins to hosting a “Friendsgiving” and decorating our own Christmas tree. These were things that we were all familiar with in our own ways that helped us get closer and have great times as a result. Overall, our traditions shape who we are personally as well as who we are in our social circles. They are important and worthwhile. As written by Joseph Stein, “Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as … as … as a fiddler on the roof!”


Why young people should run for office BY ERIC-JOHN SZCZEPANIAK EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

Editor’s note: Eric-John Szczepaniak is the chair of the Grand Valley State University student senate educational affairs committee and treasurer of Kenowa Hills Public Schools Board of Education. On Dec. 19, 2017, the city of Grand Rapids saw one of its youngest elected officials in its history sworn into office. In November of 2017, at the mere age of 19, Ivory Lehnert was elected to the Grand Rapids Public Library Board. On the same day, Michigan State University students turned out to successfully elect 21-yearold MSU student Aaron Stephens to the East Lansing City Council. Across the country, young people are running to make a difference in their local communities. Now, it’s your turn. You may think that you are unqualified for something like this. You may ask if you can even get on the ballot. Well, for nearly every office in the country, you do not need any specific

educational background and all it takes is U.S. citizenship. Chances are, if you can vote, then you can run. In Michigan, elections are conducted at the county and municipal level, so you can get all the information needed about running for office by contacting your county clerk. In Michigan, both major parties have produced strong candidates for governor who are younger than the average legislator. From the former executive director of Detroit’s health department, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, to one of the nation’s youngest lieutenant governors, Brian Calley, the youth vote is certainly factoring into the conversation across the board. “But I’ve seen how political parties operate and I’m not a fan.” Not a problem! Many positions are nonpartisan, so no one will have a (D) or (R) next to their name on election day. These include every public-school board in Michigan and the vast majority of city councils in the state. So why run? It is time to be part of the solution, rather than just letting the previous

generations write our stories for us. Launched in January of 2017, the group Run for Something, which encourages and empowers young people to run for office, claims that more than 8,000 millennials are gearing up for elections in the coming years. Given the approximately 500,000 elected positions in the U.S., this means young people make up around .02 percent of political candidates. Let’s fix that. What is the time commitment? Most elected offices are part time or less with a few meetings per month. All meetings and times are posted online, so you can look ahead to see how many times any given board will be meeting for months in advance. And please, attend a meeting in your community to see if this is something you could do! Those at the table will always tell you that they love public participation and that there are not nearly enough people showing up to their meetings as there should be. There are always issues that lawmakers miss, and adding our chair to the table

can certainly help close that gap. It will not be easy; no campaign is. But it is a worthy endeavor and an amazing opportunity to share your opinion and continue the dialogue in your own community. In addition, several studies have shown that people who vote at a young age are more likely to become habitual voters throughout their lifetime. So by engaging with others our age, we can help to create a more democratic society with more citizens engaged in the electorate for decades to come. The world is changing and is in need of a new generation of servant leaders who will mend and advance our society and enhance our collective future. And if running is not for you at this time, encourage a friend to run. Being their first pledged supporter could go a long way. Work on a campaign or set up a voter registration. There are ways that you can create change in your community today. I, for one, am tired of waiting.




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Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment causes stir Michigan officials, gubernatorial candidates offer responses BY ARPAN LOBO NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

As has been the case since his election in November 2016, President Donald Trump continued to be in the news over reported inflammatory comments. On Friday, Jan. 12, The Washington Post reported that Trump, during a White House meeting with lawmakers focused on creating bipartisan immigration legislation, referred to El Salvador, Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.” “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to people with knowledge of the meeting. Trump reportedly derided Haiti later on as well, saying, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” Trump’s comments resonated across social media sites, including Twitter, soon after The Post released the story. Several legislators and political figures, including those associated with the state of Michigan, offered their responses on Twitter and through other releases. Rob Davidson, a Democratic congressional candidate vying for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga’s (R-Zeeland) seat in 2018, called for his opponent to denounce Trump over the comment. “West Michigan is a diverse, dynamic community whose growth is the work of many people coming together for the common good, including people from countries President Trump described in language we wouldn’t allow our kids to use,” Davidson wrote in a press release. “Congressman Bill Huizenga has a duty as a community leader and as a Christian to uphold lessons from the Bible that tell us to feed, clothe, and open our door to immigrants for we were immigrants in Egypt once. As our representative, Congressman Huizenga must show that he stands with our

CAMPUS LIFE NIGHT 2.0: Campus Life Night 2.0 was held Friday, Jan. 12. Over 400 student organizations were represented at the event, and browsing GVSU students had the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the various oncampus clubs. HANNAH HILL GVL

CENTER OF ATTENTION: Then presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids on Nov. 7, 2016. Trump reportedly called several countries that individuals in the U.S. have emigrated from “shitholes.” Several Michigan officials have responded, deriding Trump’s comments in tweets and press releases. GVL | EMILY FRYE

diverse and tolerant community by denouncing Donald Trump’s racist slur and demanding the president apologize to all Americans for his ignorant, hateful rhetoric. Silence equals agreement.” Huizenga tweeted on Thursday that he “whole heartedly” agreed with U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) after she tweeted her contempt for Trump’s comments. He has yet to publicly respond to Davidson. Michigan gubernatorial candidates either denounced the comments or stayed silent. Democratic dark-horse candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed tweeted, “... what a national embarrassment (Trump) is.” Green Party candidate Jennifer Kurland wrote in a press release that Trump’s comments were “thinly veiled racist rhetoric.” The two current front-

runners for the Republican and Democratic nominees didn’t offer comment, however. Michigan Attorney General and Republican candidate Bill Schuette and former Michigan Minority Leader and Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer both stayed silent on the issue. According to a December 2017 poll conducted by EPICMRA of Lansing, Schuette had a 3-percentage-point lead on Whitmer. The margin of error for the poll was 4 points. While the White House did not deny that the comments were made, Trump tweeted on Thursday that he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a

wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!” “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” said White House spokesperson Raj Shah in a release. In addition to the alleged comments on Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, Trump also reportedly added that he believes that the U.S. should look to add more immigrants from Norway, a country whose prime minister met with Trump the day before. According to the eyewitnesses, Trump said he was open to immigrants from Asian countries, believing that they could help the U.S. economically.

The bulk of Trump’s campaign was built around his hard stance toward immigration, as well as a proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. In November 2017, the Trump administration ended protection for 60,000 Haitian immigrants

living in the U.S. after the 2010 Haitian earthquake. On Monday, Jan. 8, the administration announced a plan that removes protections for 200,000 Salvadorans. As of January 2018, no significant legislation toward creating a border wall has been passed.

Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, REPORTEDLY DURING A MEETING WITH LEGISLATORS



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Bus safety tips General tips Avoid talking to strangers, especially in isolated areas. Never give out any personal information. The person you’re talking to may be fine, but others can overhear. If you are riding a route where you need to show ID, have it ready so that you don’t have to fumble with your purse/wallet. Plan your route ahead of time. Know the bus schedule so you aren’t forced to wait longer than necessary.

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On the bus Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Stay awake. Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the transit system (iPods, cell phones and portable radios will distract you and could make you a potential target). During off hours, ride as close to the bus driver as possible; find a moderately crowded section of the bus.

Travel with a friend or co-worker whenever possible. Observe the behavior of those around you.

Sit near the aisle so you can get up quickly if someone bothers you. lf trouble occurs, notify the bus driver.


Walking to/from the bus stop

Try to avoid isolated bus stops. When riding a bus, use a stop that’s well lit and near a coffee shop/store that’s open.

Walk briskly and confidently to your destination.

When waiting for a bus, stand near other passengers and in well-lit areas. Move to your bus as it arrives.

Scan the area as you walk and be aware of the people in the area.

Don’t get too involved with reading/listening to music while you wait. Stay alert!

lf someone looks suspicious, move away from them.

Keep your belongings secure at all times.

Have your keys out and ready before you reach your vehicle.



Tips for riding the bus Courtesy of GVSU Transportation Services • Take an earlier bus, especially during peak times and inclement weather when there may be many more passengers using the bus, to ensure that you arrive at your destination on time. • Do not cross in front of the bus after exiting. Wait until the bus has pulled away from the bus stop and you have a clear field of vision in both directions before crossing the street. • Do not stand in front of the yellow line in the front of the bus. This is a federal safety regulation to allow the bus driver to have a clear field of vision. • Use designated bus stops only. For your safety, buses may only allow passengers to board or alight at designated stops. • Hold on to a post, if you are standing, while the bus is in motion. • Use the pull cord to signal the driver that you would like to exit at the next stop. • Move to the rear of the bus after boarding so that as many people as possible may board the bus.

Making the most of your bus ride Courtesy of GVSU Transportation Services

Transportation Services at Grand Valley State University and The Rapid provide free transportation on and between campuses for faculty, staff and students. The system operates as a fixed-route, scheduled service. Service is scheduled to have the maximum number of buses going between campuses at peak times. Here are some tips for making the most of your bus trip:

Overcrowding At peak times, the buses will be overcrowded. Plan to leave earlier at those times and expect crowded conditions. Our buses are designed to hold standees equal to the seating capacity. When boarding a fully loaded bus, standees should move to the rear of the bus to allow additional passengers to board.

Laws require that no passengers stand in front of the line marked on the floor of the bus to ensure that the driver has a clear view and to protect passengers in the case of a sudden stop. When loading a bus, the driver will determine when the bus has reached its capacity, even though it may seem to passengers that more space is available.

• Exit at the rear door. This will expediate the boarding of passengers. • Check that you have all of your personal items (backpack, purse, gym bag, etc.) when you leave the bus. • Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before approaching the front door. • Board at the front door only.








Boarding and exiting Passengers should be waiting at the bus stop prior to the scheduled times. Buses will pick up passengers only at the designated bus stops. Passengers boarding the bus should use the front door. Passengers getting off should use the rear door. Using the front door to exit the bus interferes with the passengers boarding and paying the fare and will slow down the boarding process. This will in turn cause the bus to run behind schedule, inconveniencing all the other passengers on board. A moving vehicle is always dangerous, especially a large bus. Never run alongside a moving bus or pound on the side to get the driver’s attention. Once a bus starts moving, the driver will not stop to pick up additional

passengers. Large crowds often wait at the bus stops. It is dangerous to press toward an oncoming bus while it is still moving. Persons in front may be forced into the path of the bus. Be attentive of your destination. Do not ring the bell prior to the bus stop before your desired destination. Whenever possible, wait until the bus has turned onto the street where your stop is located. Only one ring of the bell is necessary to alert the driver that you want to get off at the next stop. After exiting the bus, do not cross or stand in front of the bus. This will keep the bus from leaving the stop and will delay other passengers. Wait until the bus leaves the stop before crossing the street.




ARTS AT A GLANCE GV PRESENTS ‘ANTON, HIMSELF: FIRST AND LAST’ Grand Valley State University theater professor Roger Ellis will be performing “Anton, Himself: First and Last” in the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, followed by a reception. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for alumni, seniors, faculty and staff; and $6 for students.

GV TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ‘J.B.’ AND ‘NO EXIT’ Grand Valley State University’s theater department will be holding auditions for “J.B.” and “No Exit” on Friday, Jan. 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To sign up for an audition, stop by the Box Office in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, call 616331-2300 or email

DEVOS CENTER: Mathias Alten was a famous Grand Rapids artist who was known for his naturalist landscapes. GVSU will be displaying his work from now through Saturday, May 5. GVL | SARA CARTE


For students wanting to major or minor in dance or who are interested in taking a dance class, dance auditions will be held Friday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Call the Office of Music, Theatre and Dance at 616-331-3484 with any questions.


The Muskegon Museum of Art will be opening its annual “Art Talks Back” poetry competition on Thursday, Jan. 25, and will be accepting submissions through Thursday, Mar. 29. Poetry for this competition must be based on one of 10 selected art pieces in the museum. Winning poets will receive cash prizes, gift certificates and a membership to the museum. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 25, the guidelines for the competition, images of the selected art pieces and required entry forms will be available at the museum shop and at


To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and impact on U.S. history, Grand Valley State University will be hosting Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, to speak about the U.S. after the Civil War: what has changed and what hasn’t, and insight going forward. Coleman’s talk will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium. The event is free, open to the public and LIB 100- and 201-approved.


The Padnos International Center has a study-abroad fair planned for Thursday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students who are thinking about studying abroad or those who are planning to study abroad but need to decide on a program. At the fair, students can browse the study-abroad programs that GVSU offers, talk with students who participated in those programs and meet with program directors. There will also be free food.

GV showcases famous Grand Rapids artist’s collection BY ARIE NIENHUIS ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

Mathias Alten, often referred to as the “dean of Michigan painters,” was a German impressionist painter who did the vast majority of his work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Valley State University is known for holding the largest public collection of his work. From now until Saturday, May 5, “Mathias J. Alten: An Evolving Legacy” will be exhibited in the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, located in the DeVos Center, Rooms 103E and 202E. The collection spans decades of Alten’s work, highlighting his various naturalist landscapes among other pieces. Henry Matthews, director of galleries and collections at the GVSU Art Gallery, said that most of the university’s collection of Alten’s work will be on display and that he was one of the most significant artists to

have lived in Grand Rapids. “We have 130 works by Mathias Alten in the permanent collection, (and) there are about 90 on view in the gallery,” Matthews said. “We’re able to tell the story of Mathias Alten, … who became probably the most important artist in Grand Rapids.” Through his artwork, Alten left a substantial cultural impact on the Grand Rapids area. His involvement in the community is visible through both his art and where his art resides. “If you go to many of the homes and churches in Grand Rapids that have been around for generations, many of them will have works by him in their lobbies and their parlors because he was clearly the artist whose work you had to have, whether it was your grandfather’s portrait or a view of Lake Michigan,” Matthews said. Beyond Alten’s importance in the world of art, his activ-

ity in the community at large has cemented his importance in the Grand Rapids area and Michigan as a whole. “That connection to Grand Rapids is important when it comes to his work,” said Leigh Rupinski, archivist for public services and community engagement at the University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. “But he (was) also a community member. … He was commissioned to paint a posthumous portrait of a Grand Rapids man that was killed in France in World War I.” Rupinski believes that the documentation of Michigan creatives is incredibly important to both the education and the preservation of Michigan’s history and culture. “I think the importance of documenting Michigan artists lies in that connection to local history,” Rupinski said. “These people came out of places that

we are familiar with (and) that we can identify with, and that lends them this personal aspect to how we look at their work and how we understand them.” Matthews shares a similar sentiment in regard to the importance of documenting Michigan creatives, especially in the art world. “What makes (the exhibit) extraordinary for learning and teaching purposes is that it spans his whole career, from his very beginnings; we literally have this last painting,” Matthews said. “So, if you’re an artist or if you’re someone who wants to get to know one artist in depth, this is a really, really good example.” The “Mathias J. Alten: An Evolving Legacy” exhibit is available to view in the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Guest pianist to perform at GV BY OLIVIA CONATY ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

PORTRAIT: GVSU will be hosting guest pianist Mika Sasaki to give a recital on Friday, Jan. 19. Sasaki is an accomplished musician who is currently pursuing her doctorate at Juilliard. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU

Kicking off the first guest artist recital at Grand Valley State University in the new year, pianist Mika Sasaki will be performing Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Sasaki grew up in Demarest, New Jersey, and started studying piano at a young age. She began playing piano with musician Olegna Fuschi at the Juilliard Pre-College in New York when she was seven years old. Sasaki’s talent was evident early on in her studies: She made her concerto debut with the Sinfonia of Cambridge when she was seven years old, the age she began taking lessons. Sookkyung Cho, assistant

professor of piano at GVSU, said Sasaki is the perfect example of an artist whom students should look up to. “I think that one must be a musician first before being a pianist, and one must be an artist first before being a musician,” Cho said via email. “I think students will see a great example in Ms. Sasaki.” According to GVSU’s event page on Sasaki, she has performed at many venues around the world, including the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini in Italy, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall in Japan and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan concert hall. At the guest recital, Sasaki will be playing six pieces from the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Thomas Adès, Franz Schubert and Alexander Scriabin. Her highly acclaimed solo debut album, “Obsidian: Mika Sasaki plays

Clara Schumann,” was released in 2016, and the album can be found on all streaming services. While students today have music at their fingertips through multiple streaming services, Cho thinks live music is an enriching experience that students of all majors should take advantage of here at GVSU. “There is something very special about being in the same room while music is being created in real time,” Cho said. “No matter what your major is, I think we can always learn from someone who is dedicated to what he/she does.” Cho also explained that while there are many chamber music and orchestral concerts around the Grand Rapids area, it is rare to hear a solo recital. “I love listening to pia-

nists who play with a sincere heart and a sense of commitment,” Cho said. “Also, those whose playing reflects a sense of awe and respect for the composers and their pieces. I try to invite those whose playing I remember as such.” Sasaki is currently completing her doctorate at The Juilliard School in New York, where she teaches various courses. She also instructs middle school piano students in Queens, New York. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the day after the recital, Sasaki will be leading a master class workshop with GVSU piano students at 10 a.m. in 1325 Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall. More information about Sasaki’s background, awards, teachings and samples of her music can be found at www.


Guest artists to revive music by Richard Stöhr for GV concert BY NICK MORAN ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

The effects of the Holocaust still plague the world years later. For cellist Stefan Koch, the story of composer Richard Stöhr’s life and legacy is a testament to this notion, and his journey to illuminate the shadows inflicted by the Nazis will come to Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with the Academy Trio’s performance of Stöhr’s Piano Trio, Op. 16. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Koch will be partnering with pianist Mary Siciliano and violinist Laura Roelofs for the group’s performance, which will be one of the first times the piece will have been performed in the U.S. With Stöhr’s music

being widely unknown outside of Europe, GVSU cello professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia said the concert is an opportunity to share the formerly unheard of but masterfully crafted music. “Richard Stöhr is actually a very interesting guy,” MahaveVeglia said. “(Composer Leonard) Bernstein speaks very highly of him as his musical influence, as a theorist, a musicologist, but we have not heard so much or known so much of (Stöhr’s own) pieces. But lo and behold, (Koch) has gone and resurrected this music that has lived in relative obscurity.” Stöhr, a Jewish immigrant originally from Austria, fled his home during the rise of the Nazi regime around 1938 but maintained his status in musical education by teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia before ultimately moving to

The Nazis first and foremost wanted to silence the Jews, especially Jewish artists, thinkers, intellectuals. In the case of Richard Stöhr, that actually happened. ... I just think that we can’t let that happen to good composers.” STEFAN KOCH

Cellist Vermont. While Stöhr was well-known for teaching famous musicians and composers like Bernstein, his collection of his own music was kept in Europe until his later life, which was a visible attempt to silence his

Jewish voice, Koch said. “Even though the Holocaust feels like ancient history in a way—something that happened a long time ago in our lifetimes—it’s still having an impact on the world today,” Koch said. “The Nazis first and foremost wanted to silence the Jews, especially Jewish artists, thinkers, intellectuals. In the case of Richard Stöhr, that actually happened. … I just think that we can’t let that happen to good composers.” Koch’s studies on Stöhr began when he met his grandson in Chicago who had introduced him to Stöhr’s cello music, which Koch loved instantly. He said that through visits to colleges where Stöhr taught in the state and in Vienna, Austria, he tried to hear and gather as much information about the composer’s music as he could to bring the pieces to the U.S.

“I’ve listened to everything that I can get my hands on of his completed works,” Koch said. “I’ve heard maybe 10 percent or 15 percent; the rest has never been performed. They haven’t been performed by anyone living—they haven’t been heard by anyone living—and so I can’t really say I know his music the way I know Beethoven’s music because I’ve heard almost everything (of Beethoven’s).” While Koch has worked to record previously hidden music of Stöhr’s, the opportunity to play at GVSU also offers the chance to educate and inspire audience members, especially music students. “I like it when I see young people in the audience because that’s the future, and I’d like people to remember Richard Stöhr,” Koch said. “Someday soon or someday later on, when they’re all professional,

(I hope they) try and get some of his music and play it.” For Mahave-Veglia, the revival of Stöhr’s music at GVSU through the Academy Trio’s concert proves that great music is everywhere, even if it hasn’t been heard of yet. Mahave-Veglia said the concert is an opportunity to see how history and music intermingle while also discovering the work of a voice nearly silenced by the Holocaust. “I think any music student would be familiar with the works of Beethoven and Brahms and Stravinsky, and here is a major work of art by a composer who they didn’t even know existed,” Mahave-Veglia said. “I hope it gives them the inspiration (to start) digging holes out there and finding the timeless (musical pieces) still out there in the pockets of history.”






After a successful weekend against Wayne State and William Jewell, members of the Grand Valley State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were rewarded with GLIAC Athlete of the Week accolades. GVSU sophomore Melina Goebel earned GLIAC Female Athlete of the Week accolades after collecting three first-place finishes and one second against Wayne State, while also earning three second-place finishes against Nova Southeastern and William Jewell. Goebel, who is a native of Offenbach, Germany, usually participates in all major freestyle races and some butterfly events. On the men’s side, Moritz Bartels, a native of Germany, earned two first-place finishes in the 1,000-meter freestyle (9:45.12) and 500-meter freestyle (4:45.93) in the Lakers’ win over Wayne State to earn GLIAC Male Athlete of the Week honors. The freshman also added a second- and fourth-place finish during the team’s double dual against Nova Southeastern and William Jewell.


After a long winter break, the Grand Valley State men’s Division II club hockey team returned to their home ice to face off against Indiana University at Georgetown Ice Center on Friday, Jan. 12. The Lakers didn’t skip a beat as they trounced the Hoosiers of Indiana by a 9-1 score to earn another win in the record books. GVSU outshot Indiana by more than double, rifling 45 shots compared to their 22. By the end of the first period, GVSU had already built themselves a comfortable 5-0 lead. Goals in the period came from Ryan Hein (two goals), Lucas Little, Evan Newell and Cameron Dyde. Hein added one more goal in the third period to earn the hat trick. The Lakers found themselves up 7-0 until Indiana broke Laker goalie Jared Maddock’s shutout. Maddock finished the contest with 21 saves off 22 shots on goal. Other goal scorers for GVSU were Danny DeBlouw, Tommy Carey and Daniel Smith. The Lakers completed the weekend series sweep with a 5-2 victory over Indiana on Saturday, Jan. 13, bringing their record to 17-3-2. Their next contest will be on the road against DePaul University on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at the JIH West Arena.

FEARLESS: GVSU junior Natalie Koenig leaps up to complete a layup attempt over two defenders during the team’s 66-52 victory over the Lewis University Flyers on Nov. 19, 2017, at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. After splitting their two games this past weekend, the Lakers now sit at a 14-3 record (7-2 GLIAC). GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE

GV women’s basketball splits weekend set Lakers drop opening contest against Ashland, rebound for victory over Tiffin BY BRADY MCATAMNEY BMCATAMNEY@LANTHORN.COM


he Ashland University women’s basketball team is pretty good. Coming into their Thursday, Jan. 11, matchup with a vengeful Grand Valley State squad, they were riding a Division II record 52-game win streak that the Lakers were keen on snapping. Besides, three of those wins came against the Lakers during the 2016-17 season: one in the regular season, one in the GLIAC tournament and one in the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately for GVSU, they were unable to upend the Eagles, taking an 83-67 defeat to snap a sixgame win streak of their own. The battle was hard-fought, especially in the first quarter when the lead swung back and forth a few times,

but a 24-13 run in the second quarter eventually sealed the deal. Sophomore guard Jenn DeBoer led the Lakers with 19 points while also nabbing four rebounds and swiping three steals. Forwards Taylor Parmley, Korynn Hincka and Cassidy Boensch all contributed heavily, as well, with 16 points and nine rebounds, 7 and eight, and 12 and seven, respectively. “For the most part, we just did a great job sticking it out,” Parmley said. “In the third quarter, we came out and gave it our best effort. It didn’t last the whole game, but we gave it a good effort. We gave it all we had today. We made some silly, inexperienced turnovers down the stretch, but I’m proud of the effort we gave. Ashland is a really good team, and they caused a ruckus.” For a team with only two seniors, it can be difficult to stick around in tight games against elite teams like Ashland, and the

Lakers’ youth reared its head at times during the battle. “We don’t have the maturity yet, and it showed in stretches on the game,” said GVSU head coach Mike Williams. “This team just doesn’t quite have that yet, but I think we took some steps toward that this game. We showed some toughness and some more character.” Things changed on Saturday, Jan. 13, when GVSU made a short interOhio trip to Tiffin, where they dominated the Dragons 73-40. The Lakers opened up the game with a 20-7 first quarter and led during every second of the game where the score was anything but double zeroes. Regarding whether or not the team showed maturity with the bounceback victory, Williams did not stutter. “We did,” Williams said. “Once again, our kids played with a lot of energy, which they always do, and we were more vocal in this game,



especially in the second half. I thought we stepped up and owned some things as the game went on. “I thought our offense was good. We need to get some 3’s to drop, but we got some good looks. I thought we did what we had to do, and obviously we’ve got to get better every day we practice, but we did what we needed to do today.” Boensch and Hincka scored 15 points each, while Boensch pulled down 11 rebounds to secure her first career double-double at GVSU. Overall, the Lakers dominated in the post, scoring 48 points in the paint to Tiffin’s 40 points total, and did not allow a single offensive rebound, which led to a 49-to-27 rebounding advantage for the Lakers. “I think we got inside the paint and finished really well,” Boensch said. “Coach mentioned that they had no SEE W. BALL | A10

Miller time Myles Miller, GV men’s basketball split weekend series on Ohio road trip

Coming into the winter break with a solid 23-3-0 overall record, the Grand Valley State men’s Division III club hockey team hoped to come back to the new year with the same amount of success. However, the Michigan State Spartans spoiled the Lakers’ return, defeating GVSU 8-3 on Friday, Jan. 12, at MSU’s Munn Ice Arena and again 6-2 on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Georgetown Ice Center. During the first game, the Spartans tacked on four goals to start the contest, which were enough to hold their lead until the final buzzer. MSU finished with 56 shots on goal, compared to GVSU’s 35. Goal scorers for the Lakers were Alex Siroky, Ben Kowalske and Spencer Godin. Goalie Jack Lindsay recorded 48 saves on 56 shots. The next night, the Lakers returned to their home ice in hopes of tying the weekend series, but they just couldn’t seem to get their offense clicking. MSU managed to collect a 6-2 win, scoring four goals in the final period to head back to East Lansing as weekend-series winners. Goal scorers for GVSU were Chuck Reed and Alex Siroky. Lindsay collected 39 saves in net off of 44 shots. The DIII team will now head over to Indiana Tech in hopes of collecting their first win of 2018 on Friday, Jan. 19, at SportONE Parkview Icehouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


FOR 3!: GVSU senior point guard leaps in preparation to shoot a 3-pointer over his defender during the team’s contest against Northern Michigan on Dec. 9, 2017. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

Riding the highs of a fivegame winning streak, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team headed to the state of Ohio to face off against GLIAC foes Ashland University and Tiffin University. The Lakers’ winning streak would end after a closely contested 89-80 loss to the GLIAC heavyweight Ashland Eagles on Thursday, Jan. 11, but a new streak began after GVSU took down Tiffin 80-71 on Saturday, Jan. 13. GVSU’s record now stands at 9-8 overall (4-5 GLIAC), placing them in fourth in the GLIAC North Division. Although GVSU would have rather taken two victories, their solid play proved that this group has the fight to compete when it matters most. That mentality came from their senior leader and point guard, Myles Miller, who scored a combined 50 points over the two games. Before their contest against Ashland (13-3, 6-2 GLIAC), the Lakers knew what type of opponent they would be up against. Although the Lakers average 2 more points a game, the Eagles are currently the No. 1 ranked defense in the GLIAC, allowing only 63.7 points per game. Ashland also has the league’s second-leading scorer in forward Wendell Davis, who averages 21.7 points per game. “We just have to come in

hungry if we want a chance to beat Ashland,” said freshman forward Jake Van Tubbergen before their trip to Ohio. That’s what the Lakers did, as the first 10 minutes of regulation resulted in three major lead changes. With 10:55 remaining in the first half, Van Tubbergen hit a short-range jumper in the paint to give his team a 18-15 lead. Van Tubbergen finished the contest with 10 points (4-8 FG) and five rebounds in 25 minutes. However, Ashland finished the half up 42-36. GVSU’s 3-point shooting wasn’t the problem, as the team went 5-11 at a 46-percent clip. The problem was their scoring in the paint, which has been their bread and butter all season long. GVSU only scored 6 points in the paint during the half. Willed by stellar second halves from Miller and sophomore Hunter Hale, the Lakers began to chip away at Ashland’s lead. After a Hale 3-pointer with 16:53 left in the second half, the Lakers regained the lead at 45-44. Both teams then proceeded to trade leads with each other until Hale hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 80 with 0:59 remaining. However, Ashland’s Davis answered back with a 3-pointer of his own to give Ashland a lead they would never look back on. Final score: SEE MILLER | A10




GV track and field wins first place at Bob Eubanks Open Men’s, women’s teams both deliver strong performances BY D’ANGELO STARKS DSTARKS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State track and field team was back in action this weekend when they hosted the Bob Eubanks Open on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Kelly Family Sports Center. This is the first meet since the winter break, and the first of three straight home meets. Both the women’s and men’s teams turned in strong performances on Friday. The women ran away with the victory, finishing first with 177.75 total points as a team, while the second-place finisher had 56. The men also won handily with a total score of 150 points, and the second-place team had 74. The first meet back from winter break is always a tough one because the team goes from not training very hard to training hard again, so they are already dealing with fatigue. “I think our student athletes did a pretty good job handling the fatigue from training, and we had some really bright performances,” said head coach Jerry Baltes. Several GVSU runners performed very well and hit their marks on Friday. On the women’s side, Angela Ritter finished first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.60, and Nicole Sreenan finished second with a time of 7.63, a personal best. Willow Stuedemann finished third in the 60-meter with a time of 7.76. In the women’s

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weight throw, Bobbie Goodwin placed first in the event with a throw of 19.03 meters. Brianna DeSappio finished third in the event with a throw of 17.09 meters. Both of these distances were personal bests for them.

I think our student athletes did a pretty good job handling the fatigue from training, and we had some really bright performances.” JERRY BALTES GVSU T&F COACH Other standout performers on the women’s side included the top three finishers in the 60-meter hurdles race. Tiara Wiggins led the way with a time of 8.99. Finishing right behind her was Breanna Luba at 9.06, and coming in third was Victoria Patton at 9.17. The 4X400-meter relay team of Heather Johnson, Sreenan and Jessica Eby finished in first with a time of 3:51.63. On the men’s side, in the 60-meter dash, GVSU had four of the top five finishers.

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Emmanuel Arop finished the race first with a time of 6.88. Ethan Noble finished third at 6.94, and finishing right behind him were Kenny Jones and Jeremiah Davis with times of 6.97 and 7.04, respectively. Noble also finished first in the 200-meter dash, running a 22.28. Jaylin Golson won the 400-meter dash, coming in with the time 49.05. Two GVSU hurdlers finished first and second in the 60-meter hurdles: Gary Hickman and Tyler Kirkwood, finishing with times of 8.08 and 8.24. Other standout performances were turned in by the men’s 4X400-meter relay team, consisting of Tyler Pavliga, Wanya Sanders, Jaylin Golson and David Alberdi, who finished first at 3:22.61. Isaiah Thomas finished first in the long jump with a distance of 7.15 meters. The standout from the field events for GVSU was Justin Scavarda, who finished first in the shot put with a throw of 17.76 meters and second in the weight throw with a throw of 18.24 meters. It is also important to note that about 50 percent of the team competed in Friday’s meet. None of the distance runners ran, and none of the pole vaulters were in action either. Coach Baltes expects around 95 percent of the team to race when the team is back in action on Friday, Jan. 19, in the GVSU Open.

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FINISH LINE: GVSU junior sprinter Thomas Capers takes his final strides after passing the finish line during the men’s 4x400-meter relay at the Bob Eubanks Open Friday, Jan. 12. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

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AWAITING THE FACE-OFF: GVSU men’s Division II club hockey player Tommy Carey waits for the puck to drop during a face-off against Indiana University on Friday, Jan. 12, at Georgetown Ice Center. The Lakers won both of their games against the Hoosiers, collecting a 9-1 victory on Friday, Jan. 12, and a 5-2 victory on Saturday, Jan. 13, to bring their overall record to 17-3-2 so far this season. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER

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The first week of the winter 2018 semester is officially over, and the Grand Valley State men’s Division II club hockey team has gotten right back to its winning ways, defeating Indiana University on Saturday, Jan. 13, by a score of 5-2. GVSU got the scoring going early with Tommy Carey making the first goal just eight minutes into the contest. The score came off assists by Lucas Little and Ryan Hein. The scoring kept pouring in for the Lakers, as two more pucks saw the back of

the net with five minutes remaining in the first period. Cameron Dyde scored at the 5:01 mark, and German Samvel also converted at the 4:43 mark. Assists on these goals came from Hein, Carey, Troy Marrett and Austin Koleski. “We got some great rebound goals today,” Carey said on the team’s successful offensive attack. “Because we stuck to our systems, we did a really good job of getting shots in the net.” GVSU’s win completed the sweep for the Lakers, as they blew out the Hoosiers 9-1 on Friday, Jan. 12. The Lakers’ consistent defense and offen-

GV men’s DII club hockey beats Indiana to cap off weekend sweep

sive contributions from all of the roster allowed them to get the second half of their season started off the right way. “We really moved the puck well all weekend long,” Hein said. “We were solid all around on offense, as we got all four of our lines going over the weekend.” As the second period started, the hot start from GVSU continued, as they raised the lead to 5-0 before Indiana had time to think, including one goal in the first 20 seconds of the period. Carey scored again with 19:42 left in the period, and Nicholas Beers scored three minutes later. GVSU

used this hot start to coast through the rest of the game. “We did a great job offensively today,” said coach Mike Forbes. “We cleaned up in our (offensive) zones. We just have to be more consistent in them as the game goes along.” On the defensive side of the ice, GVSU debuted a new goalie over the weekend, and Dylan Knox did a solid job in the net. Forbes is very excited to see Knox, a transfer student from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, find success this early on. “He played well all weekend long,” Forbes said. “He’s a good veteran goalie who just trans-

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that we can rise to the occasion once regionals start and playoff hockey really gets going.” It is indeed important that GVSU continues to get more dominant as the playoffs get closer and closer with each passing day. GVSU looks to improve its impressive 17-3-2 record (112-1 at home) next weekend, as the Lakers have two matchups with the Blue Demons of DePaul University. They will travel to Chicago for games on the weekend of Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at the JIH West Arena. Friday’s puck drop is at 9 p.m., and Saturday’s is at 1:45 p.m.

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ferred in this semester, and we’re very happy to have him.” As the second half of the season starts for this hockey team, the expectations are quite high. Because of this, Forbes says there are still a few things this team needs to work on before regionals, including finishing games. GVSU allowed Indiana to score the last two goals of the game, and Forbes really wants to see his team finish off opponents more consistently. “It was a good team effort today, but we can be better,” Forbes said. “We need to be more consistent and show up to every single game, as it’s important that we can stay focused so

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Issue 34, January 15th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 34, January 15th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn

Issue 34, January 15th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 34, January 15th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn