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GV awarded grant for high-tech innovation BY DEVIN DELY NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
In downtown Grand Rapids, anchored by the Van Andel Research Institute, is the Grand Rapids SmartZone. Created in 2001, it has been a pillar of technological innovation and research in West Michigan, empowering businesses and researchers to grow and make advancements in their fields. The SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) has recently given Grand Valley State University a chance to experience that same technological growth, awarding them over $1 million for several initiatives and projects. The applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI), which is a part of the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in Grand Rapids, received $680,000 to advance the program. The institute works on developing medical devices and advancing medical technology. LDFA also awarded a $700,000 grant to a collaboration project between the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Spectrum Health Innovations, and the Kendall College of Art and Design. The grant will be awarded over three years. Additionally, LDFA also gave money to Future State, a community and development project that GVSU partners with. Linda Chamberlain, Meijer endowed chair of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, discussed the importance of these financial awards. “The donors are primarily focused on student jobs and engaging students in their work,” said Chamberlain, who is involved with the development of Future State. “There’s a lot of research to be done. We’re going to prototype the model (of Future State) around workforce development skills and employability skills. It’s very clear to our regional employers that they can’t find people to employ fast enough and that there’s a gap in employability.” In addition to GVSU, Future State is closely partnered with the organization Talent 2025 and Fred Keller, whose namesake is lent to GVSU’s engineering laboratories on the Pew Campus. SEE GRANT | A2
DEMONSTRATION: GVSU students, faculty and staff walk through the Allendale Campus in a Silent March on Monday, Jan. 15. Following the Silent March, speaker and activist April Reign delivered a keynote speech in the GVSU Fieldhouse as a part of GVSU’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE
Honoring MLK’s legacy April Reign delivers keynote following Silent March BY KARINA LLOYD NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
undreds of feet crunched through the freshly fallen snow on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus, united in silence as a call to remember the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. By taking part in the annual Silent March at GVSU, participants were able to step into his shoes while silently reflecting on the impact his legacy continues to have. On Monday, Jan. 15, walkers passed by signs marking significant moments in King’s life, such as his work to create the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and significant acts done to remember him, such as the creation of his memorial in Washington, D.C.
“I wanted to expose my kids to some MLK activities,” said Tiesha Shankin, one of the participants. “It is important so they can understand how everything is connected and so they can (start) building the framework to make change in the future.” This year marks the sixth year that GVSU students have been given the day off of classes to participate in MLK Day events. This year’s festivities include a service and solidarity event, a silent rally, keynote speakers and other events later in the week. “I think it is very important for not just African-American people but the community as a whole to take their education in their own hands and learn more about other people,” said GVSU student Chasity Brooks. “It’s a big problem in America and ev-
erywhere else to be able to accept and learn about somebody else. It helps us better as a race to be able to accept and love one another. “I hope (those who participate in the MLK events) have a better understanding of not just African-American people but other races and how our history is different. ... We’ve all struggled, and there are still problems today that we still have to face.” As the walk came to an end, participants were welcomed into the Fieldhouse to hear a keynote presentation by April Reign, who discussed the idea of uniting behind a cause and coming to understand the realities of being a minority in 2018. Reign is most famously known for her creation of the viral Twitter hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite,” which trended and started a national
conversation about the lack of minorities represented in the famous awards show. In addition, through social media, she has been able to play a role in some of the nation’s most talked-about public protests. “I was not able to be in Ferguson, but I was able to do my part at home,” Reign told attendees. “I was able to coordinate and communicate with folks that were on the ground and those who were trying to get there. We were able to provide information and resources. ... When the cops were trying to crack down on certain areas and so the protest needed to be moved somewhere else, you could come to my timeline and see ‘OK, this is where we’re going to (relocate).’” SEE MARCH | A2
Bree Newsome speaks about consciousness, activism at GV BY ARPAN LOBO NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
UP FRONT: Bree Newsome speaks at GVSU on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for MLK Commemoration Week. Newsome spoke to the audience about the history of white supremacy in the U.S., as well as their ability to promote equity. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Grand Valley State University continued its honoring of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting Bree Newsome for a keynote speech on the Allendale Campus. Newsome is an activist who gained notoriety in 2015 for climbing a flagpole at the State Capitol of South Carolina to remove a Confederate flag shortly after the mass shooting of nine black parishioners by a white supremacist. Her message to GVSU students and community members consisted of being conscious of the societal roles that are assigned to people based on the color of their skin. “From the time we are babies, as we interact with society and grow, we are socialized into holding thought patterns, beliefs, customs and social roles, and we act these roles out, often unconsciously,” Newsome said. “So, what does it mean to be conscious? In this most basic sense, it means to be aware of our unconscious behavior. “I’m aware that I am a black woman. But I am also aware that race as it is understood in the United States is largely a social construct with no real basis in biology.” Newsome explained the role of white supremacy in the history of
the trans-Atlantic slave trade, historical perceptions of people of color and the American Civil War. Newsome, whose ancestors were slaves in South Carolina, reminded listeners that the Confederate symbolism of the Civil War had meaning deeply rooted in white supremacy. Newsome added that the Confederate flag she took down in 2015 had flown over South Carolina since 1961 as a symbol of defiance against the civil rights movement of the 1960s. “Being a child of the South myself and descending from family that has been in the Carolinas for hundreds of years, the meaning of this flag and the social order that it represented was never lost on me,” Newsome said. She read quotes from Confederate figures, repeating lines of racially charged hate and intolerance, reminding listeners again of the causes of the Civil War. “The Confederacy was formed in the belief that African-Americans should remain in a perpetual state of bondage,” she said. “And so the Confederate flag was a banner that first represented slavery, and then, after the South lost the war, it became emblematic of the Jim Crow laws that would govern the South for the next hundred years.” SEE NEWSOME | A2
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PADNOS INTERNATIONAL CENTER TO HOST STUDY-ABROAD FAIR
The Padnos International Center will host its studyabroad fair Thursday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Henry Hall Atrium. Students interested in seeing what study abroad is all about are welcome to browse the different programs and speak to students who have participated in them. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the fair. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad.
“I’ve been in this position a couple of years, and I frequently find other people who are interested in finding creative solutions that impact the vitality of our community,” Chamberlain said. “I have a co-conspirator in that, if you will. Frank Keller is someone who has a long his-
tory of addressing social justice issues in our community. So we created the proposal (to LDFA) that was awarded to try a problem-solving technique that we would love to see institutionalized in our community.” Chamberlain also discussed Talent 2025 and what its role will be in the project. “Talent 2025 is an organization that has hundreds of CEOs of the region addressing key
issues that affect the economic vitality of the region,” she said. “To me, what they bring to the project in a very clear way is the lens of employers. For this particular challenge—really any community challenge—we need employers at the table.” As these various projects begin to take shape thanks to LDFA’s awards, those running these initiatives will be looking ahead to the future
and wondering how they can grow from here. “I’m very excited to engage with the community and try to develop innovative solutions that will serve our region well,” Chamberlain said. “Even more so, I’m excited about the possibility of change. It’s about taking those solutions, implementing them and driving positive change in our communities.”
GV TO HOLD SIBS AND KIDS WEEKEND
Students are welcome to bring a sibling or any youngster in their life to Grand Valley State University for Sibs and Kids Weekend on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27. Activities include face painting, laser tag, an escape room and inflatables. To register for the event or to see the completed list of activities, visit www.gvsu.edu/sibsnkids/.
SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTIONS TEASES SPRING CONCERT HEADLINER Grand Valley State University’s Spotlight Productions has announced that the headliner for the 2018 spring concert will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 18, on its Twitter account. The opening act of the evening, Gnash, was announced on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The account has tweeted hints of the headliner with a blurred album cover.
GV TO HOST SPACE EXPLORATION CONFERENCE
Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum will host a two-day symposium on space exploration featuring the first African-American to travel to space. “Roger That! A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B. Chaffee” will take place on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium on GVSU’s Pew Campus. Chaffee was an astronaut from Grand Rapids who died during the testing of Apollo I in 1967. Guion “Guy” Bluford became the first ever AfricanAmerican to travel into space in 1983. He will be a part of the conference. The conference is free and open for the public to attend, but the registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 11.
GV RECEIVES GRANT FOR HISTORY PROJECT
The Grand Valley State University Kutsche Office of Local History received a $12,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Common Heritage grant will go toward a collaboration with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center for its project “Stories of Summer.” The project will use historical newspaper articles to document the rise of the LGBT community in Saugatuck.
GV PROFESSOR WARNS OF WORKER SHORTAGE
Paul Isely, professor of economics at Grand Valley State University, told a gathering of workers during the West Michigan Economic and Commercial Real Estate Forecast on Wedneday, Jan. 17, that West Michigan employers are “out of workers.” Isely, who is also the associate dean for the Seidman College of Business, told attendees that employers are hiring non-violent felons. He also said that growth will continue through 2018, but a shallow recession is expected in 2019.
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APRIL REIGN KEYNOTE SPEAKER, 2018 GVSU MLK COMMEMORATION WEEK “uses the privilege that they have to stand in the gap and make it easier for the marginalized community.” Reign said she recognizes that we all have some kind of privilege. “I have to use my privilege to learn more about what it is that they need, and then I have to go out there and stand with them, if not in front of them,” Reign said. Again addressing the students in the room, Reign expressed the importance of passing the baton of social justice. Just as King and his followers used
the tools available to them, Reign believes we must educate ourselves and use the tools we have today in the modern world, one of them being social media. “Listen to the old hits, learn from them, talk strategy and outcome because, unfortunately, a whole bunch of stuff hasn’t changed, but then take that knowledge and run,” Reign said. The event ended with a Q&A session, which allowed the crowd to interact and have a one-on-one conversation with Reign.
Reign called on the millennial generation to find a cause and begin making change through social media tools. “Everyone can play their part,” Reign said. “Regardless of what your issue is, ... you can do something to make the world a better place.” Reign called upon the words and actions of King and made ties to today’s world and modern activism. “Physical protest is another effective method, as King knew so well,” Reign said. “King was in his 20s when he created the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted more than a year and brought the city to its knees. “Too often we hear that justice and equality are being done wrong. They’re too loud, they’re too intrusive, but one wonders how the country can applaud King on one hand, whose
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efforts shut down public transportation for an entire city, but then chastise (Colin) Kaepernick, who is also in his 20s, for his peaceful protest of taking a knee at a football game. It can’t be both.” Reign also discussed what it means to be an ally. She said she notices that too often, people self-identify as an ally of marginalized communities simply so that they feel better about themselves. Reign said instead, she looks to others and herself to become “accomplices.” “Ally is passive,” Reign said. “(An) ally is (someone who says), ‘Oh my god, I didn’t realize how hard your life is; let me sit with you and hold your hand,’ which is great for about three minutes, and then what ... are you (as an ally) prepared to do?” Reign called on the audience members to become active—someone who
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ACTIVISM: April Reign delivers a keynote speech for GVSU’s 2018 MLK Commemoration Week in the Fieldhouse on Monday, Jan. 15. Reign gained notoriety in 2015 for creating the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter during the Academy Awards. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE
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Newsome told attendees that the way to overcome the trauma of the historical plight of African-Americans and the injustices that exist today was to become conscious of self-privilege and the fight for racial equity. Becoming socially conscious, according to Newsome, is an active decision to
be made by individuals. She told listeners that not everyone has to be a larger-thanlife figure like King, as leadership is about selflessness. “It’s important that when we give of ourselves that we do it with an understanding of service leadership, that leadership is first and foremost about service and sacrifice for others, and that giving is first and foremost about grace,” Newsome said. “People often speak in
terms about this modern movement as being leaderless, but it’s more accurate to describe it as leader-ful. There’s a common belief in the shared leadership and collective responsibility. Everyone can help lead the way toward a just society.” Newsome finished her speech by encouraging attendees to take the steps toward social justice. Also speaking at the event were Jesse Bernal, vice president
for inclusion and equity at GVSU; Bobby Springer, director of the Pathways to College Office and co-chair of the MLK Commemoration Week planning committee; and Kin Ma, fellow co-chair. Cassonya Carter led the Voices of GVSU in song before Newsome’s speech. Newsome’s speech was part of GVSU’s MLK Commemoration Week. The remaining schedule of events can be found at www.gvsu.edu/mlk.
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Nominations for Venderbush Award open through January BY SARAH HOLLIS NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
In Hollywood, there are Oscars for actors and Grammys for musicians, but at Grand Valley State University, there is the Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award for one outstanding senior who demonstrates academic success as well as leadership skills. “It’s an award that is named after former Vice President of Student Affairs Kenneth Venderbush,” said Stephen Glass, acting vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at GVSU. “It recognizes a senior who has demonstrated an exceptional blend of academic achievement and shown leadership and contributions to the campus community.” The award has a long history at GVSU, dating back to the 1980s. “We started it in 1983, and it honors someone who was in leadership at Grand Valley,” said Marlene Kowalski-Braun, assistant vice president for inclusion and student affairs. “He served as an associate professor and acting dean of the William James College from 1969 to 1973. The reason it was named after Venderbush is because he
was a really strong advocate of student leadership participation as a learning tool.” There are several criteria that a student must meet in order to be nominated for the Venderbush Award. “You must be a senior enrolled fall and/or winter semester, you must demonstrate significant contribution to campus community, you must excel academically and show how you can balance your academic work with your extracurricular involvement, and you must be sponsored by a GVSU faculty or staff member,” Glass said. To be nominated or to nominate someone for the Venderbush Award, you must fill out a nomination form. The form is comprised of student information only, but the most important part of the nomination process is a letter of support. The letter, according to Glass, typically comes from a faculty or staff member. After nominations close, students who have been nominated will be asked to fill out a nominee response form. The form requires two reflective essays based on the award criteria. Glass added that the link for the response form will
be open in February. “A big part of it is reflection, asking what you’ve been involved in and what you think your contributions have been,” Kowalski-Braun said. “That’s the spirit of it.” The award recipient will be invited to receive their award at the annual GVSU Student Awards Convocation in April. “There is an actual committee of faculty and staff that review the nominees, and then the award recipient goes to our GVSU Student Awards Convocation in April, and then they receive an award, like a plaque of recognition,” Glass said. Those interested in learning more about the Venderbush Award can visit the Dean of Students Office website, where the nomination form will also be available. The nomination form will be closed at the end of January. “With an award like this, what you’re doing is you’re recognizing leadership,” Glass said. “Our goal of course is to have students graduate who not only are strong academically in their field but also are prepared to contribute to society. So, we want to recognize excellence in those areas.”
LEADERSHIP: Ella Fritzemeier greets a friend during the Student Awards Convocation ceremony April 10, 2017. Nominations for the Venderbush Award are open through January. GVL | MACKENZIE BUSH
GV awarded $500K grant to test potential cure for Parkinson’s disease BY JENNA FRACASSI ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM
Recently, a team of researchers from Grand Valley State University, Rush University and the Van Andel Research Institute received a $500,000 grant to test a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The grant was provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PD is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain, causing them to drop and subsequently affecting movement over time, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation website. PD is a very prevalent
issue, as about 1 million Americans live with the disease, and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with it each year, per the same source. Merritt DeLano-Taylor, associate professor of biomedical sciences at GVSU, will serve as one of the three researchers who will be testing for a cure. He will be joined by Van Andel Research Institute’s Patrik Brundin and Rush University’s Jeffrey Kordower. DeLano-Taylor has been involved in an ongoing research project centered around PD, testing if the introduction of a modified protein, known as PM-Nato3, will protect dopamine neurons from the harmfulness of the disease. The technology that will be used in
the research was developed by GVSU alumni Jordan Straight, Nicholas Huisingh, Douglas Peterson and Daniel Doyle while they were undergraduate students. “The grant is testing an agent that we developed in my lab (PM-Nato3) that helps cells make a neuroprotective series of factors, and these factors have been shown to be helpful for protecting neurons against cell death in Parkinson’s-like conditions,” DeLano-Taylor explained. The associate professor will be assisted in his research by two current students in his lab: Melina Frantzeskakis, a junior at GVSU, and Maxwell Okros, a freshman. Dayne Martinez, a former GVSU student who is now graduated, will also be
involved in the project. “So, what we’re doing is we’re collaborating with people who have done a lot of those experiments in Parkinson’s models, in cells and in animal models, and seeing if our agent really can do something to help protect those neurons from getting damaged or killed by the Parkinsonian conditions,” DeLano-Taylor said. The research the grant will fund started off as a Student Summer Scholars project, according to DeLano-Taylor. “Those results are what made us think, ‘Oh, these are really interesting,’” DeLanoTaylor said. “So this grant, … what happened was basically this area, and West Michigan, has a lot of really good Parkinson’s people in it, or people who
RESEARCH: Microscopes from the opening ceremony of Kindschi Hall on Aug. 28, 2015. GVSU was awarded a grant worth $500,000 to test a potential cure for Parkinson’s disease, and GVSU professor Merritt DeLano-Taylor will be working on the project. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF
are studying Parkinson’s, and so we wanted to see if any of them are interested in our work. … It just turned into a really good conversation, and then we were like, ‘We should write a grant and see if we can get the support we need for it.’” Frantzeskakis, who is currently studying cell and molecular biology, said she will be responsible for designing protocols to reach goals laid out in the team’s research; most of her work has been with the creation and screening of the PMNato3 mutants that will be used in the research. “The previous research our lab has been conducting has been utilizing our basic HelixLoop-Helix transcription factor Nato3 as a means to drive dopamine neurogenesis (neurons being generated in the brain),” Frantzeskakis said via email. “This means that we were only looking at its ability to up-regulate (increase a response in) genes that indicated dopamine neurons were being produced. The impact of this research meant that we could potentially utilize this as a regenerative therapy down the line for people who are already suffering from Parkinson’s disease. “However, in doing this work, our lab identified PMNato3 had the ability to upregulate the gene En1, which in other publications this gene is indicated to have neuroprotective effects in dopamine neurons. This means that with this grant our research is going to begin also looking at PM-Nato3 in the context of
the prevention of Parkinson’s disease. This shift could mean that there is a potential for us to improve the lives of those who suffer from this devastating disease before it occurs.” DeLano-Taylor said the NIH was “very excited” about the expertise of the team of researchers, as well as the support that GVSU has for innovation for its students being involved in projects and faculty being able to pursue “high-risk projects.” “The main goal is to determine if there are ways that we can help improve therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease,” DeLano-Taylor said. “The way we approach it is … how can we use what we understand about how the cells work normally and see if we can kind of hack it if you will.” Not only does this research have the potential to impact peoples’ lives significantly around the world, but it also has an impact on the students involved by engaging them in relevant, important work. “I have learned so much more from this lab than I ever believed I could in my undergraduate career,” Frantzeskakis said. “Professor Taylor has given me the ability to improve my prospective future and has been very involved in my personal growth despite being an incredibly busy faculty member at Grand Valley. “All of these aspects of this lab have made me a better scientist and have better prepared me to carry on my education as I purse an M.D.-Ph.D. dual degree.”
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Larry Nassar and institutional failure
n Tuesday, Jan. 16, former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics (USAG) doctor Larry Nassar’s victim survivors began to give their impact statements in front of a Lansing judge for Nassar’s sentencing on sexual abuse charges, which include the molestation of underage girls while he was serving as a doctor. The statements will be read throughout the week before the judge decides Nassar’s fate. Nassar is already slated to serve a minimum of 60 years in prison on other charges. Based on the early impact statements, several things are clear. First and foremost, Nassar is a monster who preyed on young, vulnerable girls who only wished to succeed as gymnasts. Some of them did in spite of Nassar, including USA Olympians Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney, who have all come forth to reveal that they, too, were abused by Nassar. Luckily, Nassar will die in prison and will be prevented from scarring any other hopeful gymnasts from here on out. Secondly, MSU and USAG are also culpable in this case. Through a 14-month investigation conducted by ESPN, it was found that officials from both institutions had knowledge of the issue. It was in 1998 that the first complaint about Nassar was made to athletic trainers at MSU, yet he worked at the university until September 2016. In the report, it is recorded that numerous high-ranking officials at the university had knowledge of complaints against Nassar. He even continued to work at MSU during a 16-month investigation conducted by MSU. While MSU’s failures as an institution have yet to be
criminally proceeded, it is very likely that several highranking officials within the university will resign. Lou Anna Simon, MSU president, didn’t even show up to the first day of sentencing, only showing up on day two after public pressure. But MSU was not the only enabler of Nassar. USAG, several of its coaches and other figures also tried to suppress the stories about Nassar. After several notable gymnasts shared their stories, the main concern from USAG and its CEO Steve Penny was to keep the story from getting out. This was in 2015, the year before the Rio Olympics in which Raisman and Biles earned gold for USAG. There are several damning factors in the Nassar story. No matter the judges’ verdict, the readers of the whopping 98 impact statements will never be able to erase what Nassar did to them. But it’s also clear to see that institutional silencing of voices played a factor in allowing Nassar to continue to prey on young girls. Having swept things under the rug, MSU and USAG failed to ensure the safety of its athletes. Title IX laws exist to make sure cases of sexual assault are reported, but clearly something has failed here. Both MSU and USAG failed in their handling of Nassar by not putting a stop to his actions upon first hearing of them. Nassar’s case—and his victims—should serve as a reminder of the responsibility that institutions have. Hopefully the coverage of this case will ensure that universities and other institutions are held responsible for protecting their most vulnerable members.
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doesn’t mean you won’t have presentations and reports to give your boss once you snag your first “real adult” job. Moving onto something bigger and better than college is exciting, but now is definitely not the time to lose your work ethic. When you’re going out trying to get that first job, you don’t want potential employers to see your GPA fall off the deep end during your last year of school. You’ve clearly already worked hard to get your 120 credits, so why stop now? A lot of this is easier said than done. Trust me, I know. There are times I feel like graduation can’t come quickly enough, but that excitement and anticipation shouldn’t outweigh my ability to succeed. Instead, we should all be using our last semester to improve ourselves even further. Personally, I’m trying to adopt new study methods and time-management skills. I’m taking more classes
this semester than I ever have while at Grand Valley State University. Pairing that with work and extracurriculars is enough to make me want to throw in the towel, and it’s only the beginning of the semester. But instead of doing that, I’ve chosen to work even harder than I have before. By laying out a schedule for completing my reading and doing my assignments, I’m making sure that I graduate on a high note. I’ve picked up some bad learning habits over the last 17 years of my schooling, and this semester is my last chance to nip them in the bud. I think that this is incredibly important because we might all be graduating, but we’re definitely not done learning. Whether we take our talents to the workforce or to grad school or to some other walk of life, we should all be taking these last couple months in school to grow just a little bit more.
Why our health system should go from biomedical to biopsychosocial
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with that thought in the back of my mind, I think it’s really important that we all push ourselves to finish out strong. It’s so easy to fall victim to the mindset of “I just need to graduate” or “Cs get degrees.” I’ve definitely thought about that once or twice or a million times over my time spent in school because yes, both of those mindsets are true. But the better question to ask yourself is if you really want to finish four years of hard work with a lackluster last semester. You probably don’t. These last couple of months should be your time to shine because you’ve worked your butt off to get here. Plus, despite popular belief, your life isn’t going to get easier when you graduate just because you don’t have to go to class. School is a lot of work, but actual work is also a lot of work. Once you get your diploma, you might not have huge papers and exams to stress over, but that
BY AMY MCNEEL SOPHOMORE COM. & WRITING MAJOR EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM
“On a scale of one to 10, how bad is the pain?” You’ve probably become quite familiar with this question, as it’s asked at doctors’ offices around the world. Doctors are always focusing on numbers. They ask when symptoms started, they take blood tests and body scans, and so on. This is because today’s health system is using a biomedical approach. The biomedical model is focused solely on physical heath and
numbers. However, in recent years, a shift has started to occur. This shift is to a biopsychosocial model of health, in which a patient is examined in a more “wholesome” way. While the shift has been slow and many health professionals are still using the biomedical approach, I believe there needs to be a worldwide shift to a biopsychosocial model of health. There is a large difference between these two approaches. According to Athena du Pré’s book “Communicating About Health,” the biomedical method “is based on the premise that ill health is a physical phenomenon that can be explained, identified and treated through physical means.” In other words, doctors who use this model see health as being completely physical: The body is a machine, and it is their job to fix it using medication. While this seems like a very rational approach, I do not believe that it is complete. Yes, health is a physical attribute,
but there are also other aspects of a person that need to be looked at. A person’s well-being can be improved by them becoming more social, starting new hobbies or just taking more time to relax. In these situations, the medications prescribed by doctors aren’t effective. This is where a biopsychosocial model comes into play. This medical approach takes a more holistic look at the patient. Du Pré goes on to say that the biopsychosocial model “takes into account people’s physical conditions, their thoughts and beliefs, and their social expectations.” Basically, this model takes the biomedical approach and adds to it. This model is a lot better for those who struggle with mental health, as it conveys that mental health can greatly affect overall health. It also shows that medicine doesn’t always heal someone and that no single approach is right for all people. I think that this approach is much more effec-
tive because people need to be looked at in a holistic way; the overall health of a person is affected by their mental health, their physical health and their social health. Today, we view sickness and health as numbers. In doing this, we neglect to acknowledge other aspects that make people, well, people. Of course, health needs to be looked at in a physical way, and of course medicine is important and oftentimes crucial. But so are the ways people behave and socialize. Too often we overlook simple solutions to problems. People are the product of their environment, beliefs, social elements, and their mental and physical health. So when a person gets sick, why do we only focus on one of those? I believe that in doctors’ offices and hospitals it is time we stop looking at people as numbers and start looking at them as people.
THIS ISSUE’S QUESTION
Are you planning to attend any MLK events on campus?
Are you going to attend Presidents’ Ball?
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
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QUESTION OF THE ISSUE
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ARE YOU GOING TO ATTEND PRESIDENTS’ BALL?
“No, I’ll be out of town. I would, though!”
“Yes, I am excited about dressing up and getting out.”
YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Hospitality and tourism management HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan
YEAR: Freshman MAJOR: Communications HOMETOWN: Benton Harbor, Michigan
“Yes, I’m excited for dancing!”
YEAR: Junior MAJOR: Computer information systems HOMETOWN: Grand Rapids, Michigan
YEAR: Sophomore MAJOR: Music education HOMETOWN: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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CSLC to host MLK Day of Service and Solidarity BY JAMES KILBORN NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
Monday, Jan. 15, marked the 32nd observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday dedicated to the famous civil rights activist who championed racial equality and human rights during the 1960s. In celebration of the holiday, Grand Valley State University is hosting an MLK Day of Service and Solidarity on Saturday, Jan. 20, where students and faculty can engage and volunteer in local communities in the greater Grand Rapids area in honor of King. Rachael Zaborowski, a graduate assistant in the GVSU Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), encourages students to come out and participate in the Day of Service. “It’s a great way for students to come together, whether they’re individuals or groups, come together with a community partner, learn about how that partner connects to the legacy of Dr. King, and allow students to see how their hands-on service experience can be connected to the legacy of Dr. King, which happened years ago, but is still relevant today,” she said. Zaborowski said that students will “get to go do four
GIVING BACK: GVSU students help build Cherry Street Park’s ice rink for the Martin Luther King Jr. community service projects on Jan. 23, 2017. GVSU students will again work on community projects with partners in Grand Rapids for the MLK Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 20. GVL | SARA CARTE
hours of service as well as get educated around the mission of the community partner and service site they are at.” The different community partners can be found on the CSLC website. A diverse array of volunteer opportunities exists for those in attendance, such as working with 20 Liters, where students will have the chance to make water-cleaning solutions for countries where
clean water isn’t accessible. “The Refugee Education Center is another one,” Zaborowski said. “Students will be writing thank-you notes to community partners and other volunteers for their service. It really helps the Refugee Education Center do that outreach they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do without volunteers.” Bobby Springer, director of the Pathways to College Office
and chair of the planning committee for MLK Commemoration Week, is hoping this week’s events will help students gain a new perspective for the holiday and encourage them to become active in their communities. “For Dr. King, it was bigger than himself,” Springer said. “A pastor, a Ph.D., he could have just done his nine-to-five every day, a comfortable life, a nice
income, but he chose the high road, the tough road, where he wanted to make a difference for the people who couldn’t really speak for themselves.” Springer hopes this day prompts students to ask themselves, “How can I get involved? How can I do my part? What ways can I make a difference to advance the cause for others outside of myself?”
The MLK Day of Service and Solidarity will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at the CookDeWitt Center. Students were encouraged to RSVP before Wednesday, Jan. 17, although walk-ins are accepted. Lunch will be provided as students honor King by serving their local communities.
Travus Burton named director for civic learning at GV BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
Grand Valley State University’s mission is rooted in shaping students’ lives, professions and societies. Travus Burton, who has recently been named the director for civic learning and community engagement at GVSU, will be promoting that same mission in his new position. Burton moved from Oakland University’s Office of Student Success and Experiential Learning Center to GVSU’s Office of the Provost in Zumberge Hall. He started his role with GVSU on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Burton took the place of Ruth Stegeman, who retired in August, after being interested in the position for nearly half a decade. “When I found out four to five years ago that Grand Valley had a director for community
engagement, I was immediately interested because this is the work that I believe in,” Burton said. “I had my eye on this position a long time ago when I found out it even existed, and I saw my career going this direction. I felt like it was the next step in my career.” The purpose of Burton’s work is to start conversations between faculty and the community. His work provides students the opportunity to use their skills in professions outside of the classroom. “Part of my job is to be visible in the community, to connect with partners,” Burton said. “But my job is also working through the provost office to support our faculty and staff, not just on the curricular side but also on the co-curricular side. I make connections for community partners, but I am also a connector for faculty, staff and divisions around the university—divisions that
Context for a Complex World
Staying informed matters more than ever.
Dialogue with world-aware experts The World Affairs Council’s annual Great Decisions series begins on January 29 and brings us eight critical global conversations. Monday, Jan. 29: “Foreign Policy in a Twitter Universe” William Dobson, senior editor, international desk, NPR Monday, Feb. 5: “China and the World Economy” Dr. Badrinath Rao, Asian Studies professor, Kettering University Monday, Feb. 12: “Trouble Brewing for the U.S. and Turkey?” Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Institute for Turkish Studies, Georgetown Univ. Monday, Feb. 19: “Bang for our Bucks: The U.S. Defense Budget” Dr. Stephanie Young, political scientist, RAND Corporation Monday, Feb. 26: “Is America’s Global Leadership Waning?” Dr. Amitav Acharya, UNESCO Chair, American University
might not traditionally connect or talk or know we both have a similar interest in working with specific organizations. I might be the person that connects them together.” Although he does not work directly with students, Burton finds opportunities and turns them over to the faculty. This communication and engagement with the community may result in an opportunity for student internships. “I want students to take advantage of the opportunities that we provide through community partnerships and engaged faculty,” he said. “The community can provide a context for learning abstract academic principles and what academic concepts mean in the context of our communities.” Burton said his experience at Oakland and Central Michigan University was the main reason he was offered the position. One of Burton’s more
prominent roles was his position as the president of the nonprofit organization the Isabella County Restoration House. There, he helped build a homeless shelter in Mount Pleasant. The shelter was also made possible through the service of CMU students, whom he orchestrated in different classes to further the advancement of the Restoration House. “That’s something that needed to be done that was real work for the students, and (we) couldn’t hire professionals to do any of the work,” he said. “(It was) a great opportunity for students to learn their profession by doing things through experiences and directly impacting an issue. I think those are the kind of opportunities I am looking for (in) students here, too.” LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE
Christy Coleman challenges modern memory of Civil War for MLK Week BY DREW SCHERTZER DSCHERTZER@LANTHORN.COM
Christy Coleman took on the task of answering questions about the past when she started her work as a history interpreter years ago. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, she was at Grand Valley State University doing the same. Coleman spoke for about
an hour during the “How Shall We Remember?” event as part of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies’ Common Ground Initiative. The event took place at the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium, and a crowd of about 250 people filled both the auditorium and an overflow room to hear Coleman’s words. Coleman, now the CEO
[Spring break during the week of March 5] Monday, Mar. 12: “Putin, Russia and a New Cold War?” Susan Glasser, Politico columnist and co-author, Kremlin Rising Monday, Mar. 19: “South Africa at a Crossroads” Desiree Cormier, senior director, Albright Stoneridge Group Monday, Mar. 26: “Global Health: Equity, Ethics and Eradication” Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, CEO, The Carter Center
Two venues and times to attend
Calvin College, Recital Hall, Covenant Fine Arts Center; 12 noon-1 p.m. Aquinas College, Performing Arts Center, 6-7:15 p.m. Public invited. No reservations needed. Free parking. Only $10 a discussion. GVSU faculty, students, and staff attend free. Simply sign in at the College desk. Pay for all eight in advance for discounted price. www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2018
1700 Fulton East, Grand Rapids 49506. 616.776.1721. worldmichigan.org
PROFILE: Travus Burton, GVSU director for civic learning, started his role on Tuesday, Jan. 9. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU
REFLECT: Christy Coleman speaks at the “How Shall We Remember?” event on Tuesday, Jan. 16. GVL | SARA CARTE
of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, believes that each generation brings about new and interesting questions that must be answered. “We look for answers to questions about new insights every generation,” Coleman said. “We revise history all the time; what we do is because of you and your questions.” Coleman explained that when new questions are brought up, she and her colleagues dig through records to find answers. She said this generation of millennials is asking, “How shall we remember the Civil War?” “Places should remind us of how the American Civil War altered everything,” Coleman said. Coleman was shocked to find out that 48 percent (according to a 2011 Pew Research Center report) of people thought the Civil War was started primarily because of states’ rights. She said the war was clearly started mainly because of slavery: The underlying cause for secession was racially focused. Coleman pointed to three clauses pertaining to slavery in the constitution of the Confederate States of America that
differed majorly from the U.S. Constitution, including that the federal government couldn’t restrict slavery in any way, no laws could be passed about slavery and all future territories conquered by the Confederacy would be allowed slaves. Coleman discussed many legislative acts or major events that led to the Civil War. She said the Missouri Compromise gave the South overwhelming political power and that Nat Turner’s Rebellion scared slave owners in the South. Coleman continued by explaining the Republican party’s rise to power and the election of Abraham Lincoln. Coleman also identified the misinterpretation of Confederate statues and their meanings, saying that the Civil War was fought over slavery and that we shouldn’t try to see them or other Confederate commemorations in a different light than what they really represented. This generation is asking about the correct way to view the past, and they need to see it for how it really was, Coleman said. The event was a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week at GVSU. For a list of events taking place through Saturday, Jan. 20, visit www.gvsu.edu/mlk.
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ACES TO HOLD 12-STEP MEETING
The Grand Valley State University organization ACES, which is centered on education about alcohol and other drugs, will be hosting a 12-step meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 0073. The meeting will offer the education and support necessary to aid people who want to stop drinking or using other drugs. Meetings are open to GVSU students, faculty, staff and other community members. Multiple meetings are held throughout the semester on campus. For more information, contact the ACES office at 616331-2537.
DANCE AUDITIONS SET FOR ALL DAY FRIDAY, JAN. 19
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. An audition schedule is available to be viewed online, and for certain auditions there is a required dress code. There are audition times set aside for ballet technique auditions, modern technique auditions and solo pieces. The day will conclude with an informal meeting with the dance faculty. For more information, contact the Office of Music, Theatre and Dance at 616-331-3484.
STUDY-ABROAD FUNDING WORKSHOP SET FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 19
The Grand Valley State University Padnos International Center is set to host a funding workshop centered around summer programs abroad from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, in Lake Ontario Hall, Room 130. The workshop will help interested students navigate the possibilities for financial aid abroad, including scholarships, grants, loans, fundraising, deferred payment options and affordable program options. Studying abroad during spring/summer may offer GVSU students a convenient opportunity to go abroad without having to arrange a special semester schedule. For more information, visit the Padnos International Center in Lake Ontario Hall or call at 616-331-3898.
NEW ART EXHIBIT AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING IN GV ART GALLERY
In the Art Gallery in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, the new art exhibit titled “Ebb and Flow: Explorations in Painting” by Herbert Murrie is available to be viewed. Including 26 pieces done throughout Murrie’s life, the exhibit examines the “ebb and flow” of his creative process. The opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, Jan. 18, and several events will be held throughout the duration of the exhibit’s presence on campus, which will end Thursday, Mar. 15. For more information, contact the GVSU Art Gallery at 616-331-2563.
CELEBRATE: The sisters of GVSU sororities recruit new members during the winter 2016 semester. GVSU Greek life is putting in an effort to promote a positive image on campus after recent controversies with two fraternities that have been banned from GVSU. GVL | ARCHIVE
Fraternities, sororities work to promote positive Greek-life image BY TAYLOR CROWLEY LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM
The recent punishments and bans of Grand Valley State University fraternities Delta Upsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon have cast a shadow over Greek life at GVSU. Students in the Greek community have come forward with their thoughts on the events and expanded on why they think these incidents should not affect people’s opinions of Greek life as a whole. “The image of Greek life is a little messed up now because certain people have ruined it for the whole,” said Kyler Kupres, former member of Delta Upsilon. “But despite the chapter getting kicked off campus, I still think the whole experience was worth it. I have made so many connections that I still use today.” While the banned organiza-
tions caused controversy, violated policy and raised safety concerns, members of Greek life at GVSU maintain that fraternities and sororities have changed the lives of many by giving students the opportunity to find themselves and create friends that could last forever. “I personally have no regrets about going Greek,” said Brielyn Stevens, Zeta Tau sorority member. “It has helped me in many ways: I have volunteered, it’s made me more motivated in my major and I have met friends that I would put in my wedding.” In an email correspondence with the Grand Valley Lanthorn, Conner Carns, founding member and president of the Epsilon Beta chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, said he hopes people see all the positive work Greek life does in the community. A
major area the Greek communities pride themselves on is the work they put in to raise money for their chapters’ philanthropies. Each chapter does volunteer work for a specific charity in the hopes of raising more money for the philanthropy than the year before. For example, the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega walk from Allendale to Traverse City, totaling 160 miles, for multiple sclerosis. The men dedicate their spring breaks to the event and have raised more than $100,000 over the past five years. The Panhellenic community, which is all nine sorority chapters at GVSU, is also engaged in noteworthy service work. “We (the Panhellenic community) had a surplus of around $40,000 in the budget, so we are going to send one
woman from each chapter to Nicaragua to build a school,” said Sam DeBoer, Phi Sigma Sigma sorority member. In addition to providing opportunities to engage in volunteer work, fraternities and sororities also provide their members with opportunities for networking and growth within the chapters. “I am constantly communicating with people from different fraternities and helping to schedule recruitment events,” said Kyle Molloy, member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. “It’s a lot more than just partying and hanging out.” Molloy also discussed his success in getting a position within the fraternity and said the position has helped him grow in many ways. He said Greek life has contributed most to his experience at GVSU and has given him something he can be passionate about.
Theater professor to star in world premiere of ‘Anton, Himself’ BY TY KONELL LAKERLIFE@LANTHORN.COM
This weekend, the Grand Valley State University theater department will be hosting the world premiere of the play “Anton, Himself: First and Last.” Theater professor Roger Ellis will be performing as Russian playwright Anton Chekhov on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Ellis has acted both on the
stage and in front of the camera. Originally from California, he has been acting and teaching acting for several decades. “I’ve been doing theater about 40 or 50 years,” he said. “I’ve been here at Grand Valley for 42 years, and I’ve been an actor here, as well as an instructor of acting, and a director. So, it’s been quite a while.” An intriguing aspect of the upcoming play is that it is a monodrama, meaning that it is performed by a single actor.
“They’ve been around quite a while, and they’re very popular,” Ellis said of the art form. “They’re very easy for an actor to kind of showcase himself. As long as the subject is quite interesting, it can be a very handy show to produce, and it’s a lot of fun for an actor to do this kind of show.” Ellis said monodramas offer a more intimate experience for both actor and audience. “The thing about theater is it’s a real relationship, you
know,” he said. “It’s live on stage, and you create this relationship with the audience, and in a monodrama you’re talking right to them. There’s a kind of honesty there. There’s a kind of authentic quality to that.” A long-time fan of Chekhov, Ellis said he feels particularly excited to be able to portray him on stage. Ellis also said there are some similarities the audience may be able to draw between Chekhov’s
time and the present. “This guy is really fascinating to me; he seems very modern,” he said. “He lived in 1900 in Russia, which seems pretty far removed from Donald Trump’s America, but not really. He was heading towards a huge revolution, so his society had a lot of the same pressures that we have. There was a wealth gap, just as there is a wealth gap today. It’s as though this guy who has been dead for 120 years
has come back to life and he’s talking about it (his life).” Moreover, Ellis said there are many social similarities that can be noted in the play. “We have a lot of oppression and civil rights issues, and we have struggles of people of color and so did they,” Ellis said. “There was hatred of the Jews, and they were very anti-Semitic.” LOG ON TO: www.lanthorn.com FOR THE FULL ARTICLE
GV hosts stalking awareness discussion BY TASMAN MATTOX TMATTOX@LANTHORN.COM
January is Stalking Awareness Month, and the Grand Valley State University Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity decided to help make GVSU students aware of this with a presentation held Tuesday, Jan. 16. The hour-long presentation informed a small group of Lakers about the dangers of stalking and resources available on campus. According to the presentation, about 7.5 million people report incidents of stalking per year, and most people know the perpetrator. “The most surprising facts I have taken with me from this event have got to be the statistics on stalking,” said Sandy Nguyen, a GVSU student who attended the event. Nguyen found the event eye-opening. “I have always had a bit of knowledge on the seriousness of stalking, but I was not aware
of how downplayed stalking is portrayed and communicated through social media,” she said. This downplaying of stalking was shown at the event through examples of memes, jokes and the like that people share online. Another group on campus working to combat campus violence is the “It’s on Us As Lakers” team. “We strive to educate and spread awareness about sexual assault, consent and bystander intervention through a variety of ways, like social activities, social movements and professional speakers,” said Michelle Roldan, the campus organizer who started the chapter in October 2017. The organization fulfills a need Roldan thought had to be addressed on campus. “It is such a taboo subject that somehow society isn’t willing to transparently teach,” she said. “What exactly is consent? What isn’t? What about when drugs and alcohol are thrown into the mix? Should I say something if this person at the party
doesn’t look okay with what’s going on? What do I say?” The group has a team of nine members, but Roldan is excited for more people to get involved. Interested Lakers can contact the group through their email, itsonus. firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the group’s Facebook page. As part of the event, attendees practiced repeating phrases to say to a possible stalker in order to get more comfortable saying them. “These awareness events really make you leave feeling educated and united knowing you don’t stand alone,” Nyugen said. If you or someone you know is being stalked, the Center for Women and Gender Equity also has resources. If there is a current emergency, call 911. For support, resources and advocacy, contact the center at 616-331-2748. To report incidents of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX coordinator at 616-331-9530.
#ITSONUSGVSU: Samantha Przybylski holds a sign behind the ‘It’s on Us’ social media stand in 2015 in the Kirkhof Center. GVSU held a suicide awareness discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 16. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF
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QUICK HITS GV TRACK AND FIELD SWEEPS WEEKLY GLIAC AWARDS After a series of productive performances at the Bob Eubanks Open on Saturday, Jan. 13, four members of the Grand Valley State men’s and women’s track and field teams were rewarded with GLIAC weekly honors, sweeping all four categories. Dominating on the track for the Laker men’s team was senior Gary Hickman, who earned GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week. In the 60-meter hurdles, Hickman hit a provisional time of 8.08 seconds, currently the second best time in the GLIAC and tied for eighth in Division II. On the field, freshman Justin Scavarda earned GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week after claiming first place in the shot put with a mark of 17.76 meters and finishing second in the weight throw with 18.24 meters. His mark in the shot put is second in the GLIAC and fourth in Division II, while his weight throw distance is eighth in the GLIAC and 16th in Division II. The women also had some noteworthy performances. On the track, senior Angela Ritter earned GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week after hitting 7.59 seconds in the 60-meter dash, along with a first-place finish Friday afternoon. Her time is the best in the GLIAC in the 60-meter dash and the third best in Division II. On the field, junior Bobbie Goodwin dominated the weight-throwing competition to win GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week after she hit a provisional mark of 19.03 meters. Goodwin’s mark ranks second in the GLIAC and fifth in Division II. The Lakers will compete in their third straight weekend of competition at their home base, the Kelly Family Sports Center, in their host GVSU Open Invitational on Friday, Jan. 19. GV RIFLE CLUB COMPETES IN CAMP PERRY OPEN Nine members from the Grand Valley State rifle club and all three coaches competed in the Camp Perry Open international air rifle event on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. The match, which included 193 participants, consisted of 120 total shots fired from the standing position at 10 meters. The match attracts some of the best shooters in the U.S. and Canada, including prior Olympians and National Team members. GVSU rifle club veteran and senior Christian Yap finished 39th overall. His total score was 1,194.8 (out of 1,308), leading the Laker club. His score of 597.5 (out of 654) on the first day of the match qualified him for the Super Final, an event in which shooters are eliminated as the match progresses. Yap was eliminated with half the field after 10 shots. His appearance marked the first time a Laker has qualified for the event in the program’s history.
VARSITY SCHEDULE MEN’S BASKETBALL Thursday 8 p.m. vs. Lake Superior State (Downtown Thursday) Saturday 8 p.m. vs. Ferris State WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Thursday 6 p.m. vs. Lake Superior State (Downtown Thursday) Saturday 6 p.m. vs. Ferris State TRACK AND FIELD Friday 3 p.m. at GVSU Open
HALE STORM: GVSU men’s basketball’s Hunter Hale soars through the defense in an attempt to convert a layup during the Lakers’ victory over Olivet on Nov. 14, 2017. The Lakers will be playing Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Ferris State on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Fieldhouse. GVL | MATT READ
GV men’s basketball to head downtown for matchup with Lake Superior State BY ROBBIE TRIANO SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
n a season that has already seen its wide range of highs and lows, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team has seemingly found its groove at just the right time. Whether it’s been the recent scoring explosions from senior point guard Myles Miller, Stephen Curry-esque 3-point shooting from sophomore Hunter Hale, or freshman Jake Van Tubbergen emerging as the potential future of the program, these players stepping up when needed has helped discover the one trait they’ve been yearning for all year: how to mix all their differ-
ent talents together to not only compete, but to win as a team. That learning lesson will be put to the test as GVSU (9-8 overall, 4-5 GLIAC) will face off against the two top teams in the GLIAC: No. 1 ranked Ferris State (18-1 overall, 8-1 GLIAC) and Lake Superior State (14-3 overall, 8-1 GLIAC). Although Ferris has a better overall record than Lake Superior, GVSU head coach Ric Wesley sees both opponents as very similar challenges. “You have to put Lake Superior State right with the team they have at Ferris,” Wesley said. “Both teams are similar because they have point guards and big guards that are extremely good and in the North Division right with us.”
Luckily for GVSU fans, both games will be played at home. One game that is considered “home” but not played at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena will be their matchup against Lake Superior State at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 18. The game will be the second of three games held at the DeltaPlex as part of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ “Downtown Thursdays” series. The women will start at 6 p.m., while the men tip off at 8 p.m. Downtown Thursdays also provide Laker fans with new opportunities designed to enhance their game-day experience, including expedited service,
unique food options, and adult beverage selections provided to those 21 and older at a “pop-up courtside micro-pub,” courtesy of local craft brewing giant and newly established GVSU Athletics corporate partner, New Holland Brewery. Despite a second-half comeback attempt during the first game of the Downtown Thursdays series, the Lakers lost to Michigan Tech 78-68. Besides the game’s final score, the first attempt at the promotional event pointed out some major benefits—and learning lessons—that came with the venue. SEE M. BALL | A8
Preview: GV women’s basketball to face off against Lake Superior, Ferris State BY BRADY MCATAMNEY
So far, the year 2018 has been good to the Grand Valley State women’s basketball team. The Lakers came into the year with an 11-2 overall record on the 2017-18 season and have since gone 3-1, outscoring conference opponents by 57 points since the calendar turned to January. Their only loss in that time came against an undefeated, top-ranked Ashland team on the road, a game that the Lakers were very much in up until the final few minutes. Simply put, things are going well for GVSU, even if their six-game win streak was snapped last week. Coming off of a win at Tiffin, they now return back home—or close to it—for three games in two weeks against three of the four teams at the bottom of the conference. Thursday, Jan. 18, will see the Lakers hit the road for the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids for the second of three Downtown Thursday contests this season. They’ll host another set of Lakers from Lake Superior State with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Lake Superior has not had a strong season. At 0-13 (0-9 GLIAC), they sit dead last in the conference in both record and points scored. None of their games have finished with a single-digit deficit. All in all, they have not done much to strike fear
into their opponents’ hearts. Still, the GVSU players don’t plan to let their guard down. “(We’ll treat it) just like any other game,” said head coach Mike Williams. “We treat every game the same no matter who you’re playing, obviously, and we try to get better every day we play. We know that Lake State has a new coach, so it has taken time, but they’re playing well as of late.” Despite a vacant win column, Lake Superior possesses weapons in the post and has five players who are shooting at or above 33 percent from 3-point range. Additionally, they are in the middle of the pack in the GLIAC in points allowed, sitting at seventh place with 1,048. “From what I remember in past years, it’s just not letting them get in a flow on offense, not letting them run their sets,” said senior center Korynn Hincka. “It’s pressuring the ball and not letting the ball go in the post and doing those things on defense.” Following the inter-Laker matchup on Thursday, GVSU will finally return to the Fieldhouse Arena on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. to host the archrival Ferris State Bulldogs, who pose a greater threat than Laker Superior but are still 10th place in the GLIAC with a 9-8 (3-6) record. SEE W. BALL | A8
CALM & COLLECTED: GVSU point guard Jenn DeBoer prepares to hit a layup attempt over her defender during the Lakers’ win over Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 2017. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER
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A8 | SPORTS M. SWIMMING & DIVING
Germany native Moritz Bartels making a splash for GV swimming BY LOUIS RICARD LRICARD@LANTHORN.COM
As practice is winding down, members of the Grand Valley State swimming team do one last rotation of 50 yards before exiting the pool. They’re all on the same page, crawling their way to the finish one by one. In the middle of the pack is Moritz Bartels, a freshman distance swimmer who is wrapping up an intense race with fellow distance swimmer Dayen Wilson. Bartels gets out of the pool with a wide smile on his face,
seemingly not phased by the fact that he just swam 1,200 yards during the practice. Of course, it could be because he just realized that he was named GLIAC Male Athlete of the Week. It could also be that after a few months spent here in the U.S., the German native is starting to feel right at home at GVSU. Bartels is from a small German town called Zweibrücken, located in southwest Germany right near the French border. Given that the town has a population of nearly 35,000 inhabitants, it is safe to say that coming to GVSU has offered a true
change of scenery for Bartels, both in and out of the pool. The freshman did not find GVSU, but rather GVSU found him. As an international student, Bartels went through an agency to find a new home in the U.S. GVSU swimming and diving head coach Andy Boyce received an email with Bartels’ profile on it and then decided to learn more about the open-water swimmer. “We contacted him, set up a couple Skypes, lots of emails, explained our program, explained that we were looking for some-
one to help in the distant events,” Boyce said. Bartels contacted multiple schools around the nation but felt a deeper connection here at GVSU. “I spoke to a lot of different schools, but I had a good feeling with Andy,” Bartels said. “He is a nice guy and a good coach. I also knew (another German freshman) Melina (Goebel), and she liked it here, so I thought that was the right fit for me.” The freshman did not waste any time once he started competing for GVSU. However, competing for a team was a
foreign concept to him. Bartels had always been competing on an individual level when he lived on the other side of the Atlantic. Now that he’s at GVSU, he is learning about the benefits of competing in a collective environment. “It’s totally new for me,” Bartels said. “At home, everything is individual; you do everything for yourself. Here, when you have a dual meet, it’s about the team; you try to score for the team. It’s fun because everybody cheers for you.” Boyce thinks this has a direct correlation with the
GOING THE DISTANCE: One of the GVSU men’s swimming relay teams competes in the meet against Findlay at the GVSU pool on Saturday, Jan. 13. A major reason for the Lakers’ overall team success this year has come from freshman distance swimmer Moritz Bartels, who was recruited from Germany by GVSU coach Andy Boyce. GVL | MATT READ
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“Once we got the kinks worked, everything seemed to work out when the game started,” Wesley said. “It’s a good facility and court. I’m just hoping we get a large turnout to come out and enjoy the different atmosphere.” For sophomore guard Ben Lubitz, the environment of playing at the DeltaPlex was unlike anything he had previously experienced during his tenure at GVSU. “It was a new experience for all of us, and I think we were taken aback on how cool the opportunity was,” Lubitz said. “First half we didn’t play very well, but after getting used to the atmosphere, we finally found our rhythm.” One matchup that is worth the price of admission alone will be the pointguard battle of GVSU’s Miller and Lake Superior’s Akaemji Williams, a Division II comparison to NBA superstar Russell Westbrook, according to Wesley. Williams, who stands at 5
foot 8 inches, currently averages 19.6 points (3rd in GLIAC) and 7.1 assists per game (1st in GLIAC). “I’m just excited to see my teammate Myles Miller battle against one of the best players in the league,” Lubitz said. “They’re also around the same height, so I’m excited to see how each one will get the upper hand.” On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Lakers will return to their home court to face the archrival Ferris State Bulldogs at 8 p.m. In an effort to promote the event, the GVSU Athletics marketing department announced they will be hosting a “Jersey Party” theme where they encourage students to wear their favorite jerseys to the game. GVSU hasn’t played Ferris yet this year, but they had a chance to watch them live during the GLIAC/ GLVC Challenge to open the season in early November. Since then, GVSU has begun to solidify their rotations and find each player’s strengths and weaknesses. If there’s one thing that coach Wesley has learned during his 14 years as GV-
SU’s head coach, it’s that he can never get complacent with each team’s production. “Coaches are never really comfortable, or even think that way,” Wesley said. “We’re always on edge and constantly looking around the corner for the next thing to happen. We have such a tough teams on our schedule that we’re just focusing on the next game. Mainly, how can we put ourselves in the best position to win? There’s never really any chance to come up for air.” For senior Miller, who scored a combined 50 points over his last two games, these contests against top competitors mean much more, especially in his final stretch of collegiate competition. “I want to leave a legacy here,” Miller said. “I want to be a part of the team who wins a GLIAC Championship and makes a run at it. It all starts with this weekend of competition.” For more information about Downtown Thursdays or to purchase tickets, visit www.gvsulakers.com.
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fact that his 14 international students love competing in the U.S. “When they’re surrounded by a team caring about how they do, it makes a difference,” Boyce said. “I think it’s the reason we see the success that we see, and day in and day out, you have people right next to you with alike ability that are going to push you to get better.” Bartels has felt the encouragement of his teammates this year, as he has already broken the school record for the mile with a time of 15:44.79. But the freshman wants more, and not just on an individual level. His main goal is to help his team win the GLIAC Championship because he knows how important it is to his teammates. The freshman has only begun his journey in the U.S., and a lot remains to be accomplished, but coach Boyce is not too worried about it. “We hope he can be right at the top, maybe even this year,” Boyce said. “The 1,000, the 500, the mile are all good events for him. He definitely has the potential to finish in the top eight finalists in the national championships.” Bartels is embracing the challenge and agrees with his coach. “My big goal here is to make it to the nationals and maybe after that make it to a final,” Bartels said, followed by a chuckle and a smile.
BAND OF BROTHERS: GVSU basketball players Zach West (left), Chris Dorsey (middle) and Hunter Hale (right) all share the court together during the team’s win over Olivet on Nov. 18, 2017. GVL | MATT READ
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The Bulldogs are built on offense. They have scored the second most points in the conference (1,353)—only behind Ashland—while having allowed the most in the conference (1,228). This poses an intriguing matchup for the Lakers, who make their living on defense, as evidenced by their 57.76 points allowed per game, best in the conference. Conversely, the Bulldogs score 79.6 points per game, which is not only top two in the GLIAC, but also the 17th best in Division II. “We’ve just been focusing on our defense and just really our toughness on the offensive end to get ready for the next half of the GLIAC play,” said junior guard Natalie Koenig. “The mindset is the same, just like any other game. Coaches don’t care if we’re up by 30 or if
we’re in a close game—we’re always going 100 percent just to get the win.” While the Bulldogs have lost three of their last four contests, the trio of losses came by a combined 12 points against three teams in the top half of the GLIAC, including a 3-point loss to nationally ranked Michigan Tech, meaning they will show up in Allendale lacking no confidence. Though their next two matchups have a combined conference record of 3-15, the Lakers have their work cut out for them, and they know it. Therefore, they have been working hard to maintain a high level of play to ensure another win streak gets started in sure time. “Two things: getting better with the ball and then, on offense, getting a little better, a little cleaner with decision-making, a little toughness with the basketball,” Williams said. “Then, on defense, it’s basically just keep finishing and not giv-
ing in. I still think we’re giving in on possessions and we’re giving in on stretches, hence Ashland having a 13-0 run at the end of the second quarter and then a 16-2 run to end the game. So, we need to do better with our possessions defensively and not break down.” With two wins in the coming week, the Lakers will officially be back on another run of victories. Certainly, strong play on both ends of the floor is vital to earning those wins. Just as important, though, is the confidence of the women that they can outplay their opponents and come away with the wins. “We’re going to get some wins,” Koenig predicted. “That’s all I’ve got to say.” If the prediction by the Lakers’ starting shooting guard after practice on Tuesday before the two matchups is any indication, GVSU has nothing to worry about.
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BREAKING FREE: A member of the GVSU men’s club wrestling team fights his way out of a pin by a wrestler from Mott Community College during the Lakers’ meet on Sunday, Jan. 14. GVL | MATT READ
Back on the mat GV wrestling dominates in duals against nationally ranked programs BY D’ANGELO STARKS DSTARKS@LANTHORN.COM
The Grand Valley State men’s club wrestling team participated in a threeteam match on their home mats at the Fieldhouse Arena on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Lakers faced off against Mott and Macomb community colleges in the first match of the new semester, teams that are both currently ranked in the top 12 of the national NWCA rankings. Before the contest, GVSU was ranked 11th, Macomb Community College was 10th and Mott Community College was atop the ranks in first. On paper, this served as a great matchup for these teams and doubled as a measuring stick for the strength of a team as the postseason draws closer. At the start of the event, GVSU took on Macomb first, the highest-rated team in terms of points in Division II wrestling. Every wrestler but one
that GVSU sent out against Macomb won their matches, leading to GVSU convincingly winning the dual 56-3. Afterward, the Lakers took on Mott Community College, which is currently leading Division I in points. Mott managed to pick up three wins in the matchups, but those wins wouldn’t be enough, as the Lakers pulled away with a 43-15 victory in the dual. This is a big win moving forward for the Lakers. “We got some guys that definitely needed some matches to prepare for things later this month and into our postseason,” said head wrestling coach Rick Bolhuis. “It was nice because all but one guy got onto the mat on Sunday.” The start of this season did not go as planned, as the Lakers got off to a slow start and didn’t have the team at full strength for the entire first semester. The team struggled with injuries and scheduling conflicts with classes, and be-
WINNER WINNER: The referee raises the hand of a GVSU wrestler after winning his bout over Mott Sunday, Jan. 14. GVL | MATT READ
cause of these two issues, they wrestled for the majority of the first semester without four AllAmericans from last season. These All-Americans who returned to the lineup after the first semester are whom Bolhuis considers the “leaders” of the team. Brendan Hazelton, Nick Reddy, Ahmad Khatib and Harun Bogdanic all got back on the mat, and the return of wrestlers of this caliber gave a natural boost of confidence to the GVSU team. “Were excited to get those guys back because they’ve been on the podium,” Bolhuis said. “Guys know that they know how to compete and that they’ve been there, so they can feed off of their energy knowing the types of things they do.” Those are not the only wrestlers who have been and will continue to be vital to the success of the team moving forward, however. Jake Sobeck, who is one of the team captains, had a big
day Sunday, winning both of his matches. Sobeck is also among the team leaders in stats, such as dual team points, dual wins and wins. Joe Posledni was a person who performed very well in the first half of the season and leads the team in several categories. He leads in dual team points, dual wins, wins with 18 on the season and pins. He has also won two tournaments. Even more impressive is that he’s doing it all as a freshman. “The possibilities are kind of boundless for us because we have the horses, so I think we should be competitive to not just contend for a team trophy,” Bolhuis said. “But if we have things go the right way and we make our own breaks, winning a dual national title or a team national title is completely on the table.” The Lakers continue their season on Friday, Jan. 26, at Liberty University in the NWCA National Duals.
READY TO RUMBLE: The referee prepares both GVSU and Mott wrestlers before their bout on Sunday, Jan. 14. GVL | MATT READ
ON THE MAT: One GVSU wrestler prepares to take down his opponent during the GVSU meet on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the GVSU Fieldhouse. The winter break didn’t slow down GVSU, as they defeated Mott and Macomb community colleges in the first meet back. GVL | MATT READ
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A10 | SPORTS M. CLUB HOCKEY (DII)
New kid on the block Veteran goalie transfer Dylan Knox joins GV men’s DII club hockey BY KELLEN VOSS SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
This past weekend, the Grand Valley State men’s Division II club hockey team brought in yet another skilled player to the squad to help bolster their roster for a championship run. Junior goalie Dylan Knox had a strong performance in his Laker debut on Saturday, Jan. 13, as he only allowed two goals and saved 92 percent of the 25 shots on goal in the win against Indiana University. Dylan Knox is a seasoned veteran when it comes to the college hockey circuit, as he previously played two years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, along with playing all over the U.S. and Canada. “I started playing hockey when I was 15, which is relatively late considering most guys start as soon as they can walk,” Knox said regarding his previous hockey experience. “I lived and played in Florida a couple years, moved to Massachusetts and lived there a few years, lived in Canada, lived in Maryland, and now I live here in Michigan.” Knox brings some more experience to a GVSU roster full of veterans ready to make a run in the playoffs, as he has past experience in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, playing for the Florida Eels and the Boston Junior Rangers. From there, he joined the Blind River Beavers in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, helping to lead them to a quarterfinal appearance after missing the playoffs the previous year. Knox posted an impressive season for the Beavers, saving 88 percent of his shots in 28 regular-season games and saving 91 percent of his shots in the playoffs. Once it was time for him to play in college, Knox spent a year in Division III playing for the Rams of Framingham State before his two-year stint with UMBC. After UMBC’s team folded, Knox was left scrambling for a school to play with until he got a call from GVSU head coach Mike Forbes. “When our program got canceled, it left me in a bit of a weird situation, but fortunately, when it happened, a couple schools reached out to me, and Grand Valley was one of them,” Knox said. “I knew about coach Forbes and how good the program was, so it sounded like a match for me
CROSS-CHECK: GVSU hockey player Reede Burnett keeps the puck alive during the Lakers’ win over Indiana on Friday, Jan. 12, at their home rink. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER
and I decided to go for it.” Once Knox made his decision to transfer to GVSU and move to Allendale, Forbes and the rest of the hockey program made the transition as smooth as possible for him. “Coach Forbes gave me a call, and he said we’d love to bring you here and add some chemistry to the lineup,” Knox said. “He told me, ‘Our goal is to make a run at a championship, and we think you could be a part of that goal,’ and I was sold. Everything got transferred over, and here I am.” Now that the transition is fully finished and Knox is playing for the team, he’s simply excited to get back to playing the position he has played since he was 15. “I started out playing forward, and our team’s goalie (at the time) didn’t show up to practice, and they asked if anyone wanted to play goalie,” Knox said. “I happened to be the one kid crazy enough to raise my hand, and the rest is history.” Knox joins a GVSU hockey team that is looking forward to making another run at the championship, and he hopes to do whatever he can to help this team on their quest for glory. “This is a phenomenal program with a great coach, and all the guys have been fantastic,” Knox said. “They’ve had a great pedigree in the past, and I’m just excited to be a part of it all.”
SHOOTING ON GOAL: A member of the GVSU men’s club hockey team prepares to shoot the puck Friday, Jan. 12. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER
The GVSU team looks primed for another year with postseason success, as they have posted an impressive 15-3-2 record with only one loss on the road. This
team has the championship mentality, which is why Knox is the perfect edition. “I want to win a national championship here, and anything less than that is some-
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