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GV alumna running for state representative BY DEVIN DELY DDELY@LANTHORN.COM

A recent Grand Valley State University graduate is hoping to effect change in the state of Michigan by running for public office. Melina Brann, who holds a master’s of social work (MSW) from the College of Community and Public Service, is currently campaigning to be a part of the Michigan House of Representatives for District 68, which encompasses much of the Lansing area. Brann graduated from GVSU with an undergraduate degree in psychology in 2015, and completed her MSW just last year. “I think we need more young people in our government representing the people we serve,” Brann said. “That’s why I felt compelled to run as a person of color, a young person. We need more people like that.” Brann is running as a progressive Democrat on a platform strongly focused on social issues, as well as Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure and troubled economy. One issue she’s heavily focused on is criminal justice reform. She is a big proponent of ending prison privatization, saying that “it makes more sense to invest in jobs and mental health services than incarceration.” Brann also discussed the importance of implementing serious change in the Michigan educational environment—both in public schools and in college. “I want to work to lessen the student debt load,” she said. “We need more support for our public schools and help for our college graduates.” Perhaps the issue closest to Brann’s heart is that of health-care reform. She said her own family’s experience with the healthcare system frustrated her and prompted her to take action. “I got into social work because when my sister was 17, she needed emergency brain surgery,” she said. “My family had to navigate health services with little help, so I got into social work and saw firsthand how the system wasn’t working for those people. I decided to make a change, and the biggest change I could see was becoming a representative. SEE REP | A2

RECORDS: On Thursday, Feb. 8, GVSU presented Radio Hall of Famer John Records Landecker with a diploma making him part of the graduating class of December 2017. Landecker was surprised by Dean Fred Antczak of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and GVSU professor Len O’Kelly. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

‘Walking out a graduate’ Renowned radio host honored with GV diploma 50 years after transferring BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI RMATUSZEWSKI@LANTHORN.COM


rand Valley State University recently invited John Records Landecker to campus to bestow him with a surprise diploma. Len O’Kelly, assistant professor of multimedia journalism at GVSU, invited Landecker to speak about his new book, “Records Truly Is My Middle Name,” to an audience of students, guests and faculty on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. Though most radio hosts coin different names on the air, once Landecker made his way to his own show, he used his real name, with his middle name being his mother’s maiden name. Landecker’s book is a collection of stories following his life from his time at GVSU to his communication studies at Michi-

gan State University to the many jobs he has held since. Landecker could always be found with a tape recorder in hand. His first fascination with radio came from his father, who was from Germany and worked as a college professor. Although he did not share the same interests in pop culture and sports that Landecker did, the two held the basis of Landecker’s career in common. “I tape recorded everything,” Landecker said. “(My dad) had a Dictaphone, which was a very early form of recorder. (He) brought it home and he let me play with it. (When) I spoke into it and I heard my voice come out of it, that was one of those, ‘Oh how’d that happen?’ (moments). I think being attracted to a radio had some connection of trying to bridge a connection with him.”

Landecker’s book also has some stories from his high school days as a graduate of the University of Michigan High School, one of which involved him not wanting to write a term paper and deciding to make a tape instead. “I went to a local radio station in Ann Arbor,” Landecker said. “The man on the air in the afternoon was also the program director. He said, ‘Go in that room and when that light comes on, read it.’ And I never left.” Landecker has worked in numerous radio stations, including The Big 89-WLS/Chicago and WERX in Wyoming, Michigan. He has also worked in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Toronto. At the event, Landecker told the class of 2018 to pursue what motivates and resonates with them. “No matter what, whether it’s a daytime AM station back

then or (if ) it’s coming out of a satellite or on the internet or however it’s distributed, there’s something a certain people like me, and probably like you, have this weird fascination with the idea of being able to sit down, talk into (a microphone) and it comes out over there,” Landecker said. “I think that the big deal about it is that if you really, really want to do it, then you will do it. Nothing I will tell you will make or break it. Only to tell you if it’s (something) you really want, you’ll get it. Be willing to do anything.” Landecker’s advice resonated with attendees. “It’s definitely inspiring, the advice that he gave us to just keep going for it,” said Marin Smith, GVSU student and mulSEE GRAD | A2


Student senate looks at credit structuring, upcoming elections BY SARAH HOLLIS SHOLLIS@LANTHORN.COM

At its general assembly Thursday, Feb. 8, the Grand Valley State University student senate discussed the current credit block at GVSU, a potential partnership with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the upcoming Student Senate Week. After seven years of the 12-15 credit block at GVSU, student senate is beginning to investigate changing it back to a 12-16 credit block. “It’s more research now,” said Eric-John Szczepaniak, chair of the educational affairs committee. “I found out it was the Board of Trustees’ decision that took effect in fall 2011, so it will probably have to be the Board of Trustees that ultimately changes it back. “I guess the first step is finding out how much money the university makes from this 16th credit and students that are taking 16 credits, and seeing how much money it is

generating for the university, then seeing if we can help alleviate that somewhere in the budget.” In addition to changing the credit block to make scheduling easier for students, senate is in the early stages of setting up a partnership between GVSU and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in downtown Grand Rapids. This would enable GVSU students to have free entrance into the UICA with their student ID. “All I did was email them,” said Rachel Jenkin, chair of the campus affairs committee. “I asked about, on average, how much it costs per month for these universities, how many students are coming and how long the partnership has happened. They said that they had just created the partnership with GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) a month ago, so they’re fairly new to all of it. Then they explained how it’s $5, and they just contact the university at the end of each month, and the university pays $5. SEE SENATE | A2

MEETING: Student senate meets for general assembly on Thursday, Feb. 8. At the meeting, senate discussed changing credit structuring at GVSU and the upcoming student senate elections for the 2018-19 academic year. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE






LAKER LINE FINALLY RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDING The Laker Line initiative, a project geared toward providing transportation between Grand Valley State University's Allendale and Pew campuses, finally received federal funding after previously being tied up. The project received a federal grant that will pay for approximately 80 percent of the $70 million project, with the rest being financed by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Laker Line will replace the current 50 route, which connects the two campuses, as well as the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. According to a press release, Laker Line buses will be larger and be able to transport 80 to 90 students at a time. The project will also feature construction of brandnew bus stops designed to appear more like railway stations, adding raised platforms, seats and snowmelt to make the wait for buses more comfortable. Construction on the project will begin as early as this spring with expected completion in 2020.

“Someone needed to be a voice for those people, and I decided that person needed to be me.” According to Brann, many

of her opponents are career politicians. At a time when much of the U.S. population has a growing dissatisfaction with the government and the way it’s run, Brann hopes to break away from the mold and be a different kind of politician, eliciting a strong sense of trust

from the people she serves. “I was not groomed for this position,” Brann said of her campaign. “This is powered by grassroots donations. I see myself as a vessel for this movement of change. People need someone who will really represent them in a ho-

listic way. This is not about me; this is all for the people.” A master list of all the candidates is not currently available, but will be soon as the election draws nearer. The Democratic primary will take place Aug. 7, and the general election will be held Nov. 16.


Levi Rickert, editor and publisher for “Native News Online,” captured a series of photographs of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Standing Rock reservation. His photos, amounting to 1,500, covered the movement of the protests from Standing Rock to Washington, D.C., to Lansing. They are currently on display in the Exhibition Space of the Mary Idema Pew Library.


The Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center's Democracy 101 series is returning this week on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at noon in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2270. The event is titled "Disentangling from the U.S'. Argument Culture: Keeping It Real About the 'Sticking Points.'" Lisa Perhamus, associate professor at GVSU in the College of Education, will be leading the discussion. Perhamus will dissect the tendency individuals have to be argumentative and confrontational, and how to go about overcoming this tendency. The event is LIB 100- and 201-approved. Pizza will be provided.


For the 11th time, Grand Valley State University is participating in RecycleMania, a competition designed to inspire students and community members to treat their waste consciously. The event is taking place through March 31. GVSU students can participate by making sure their trash is put into the correct disposal bin.


PROFILE: GVSU graduate Melina Brann. Brann is running for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 68th disctrict, which encompasses most of Lansing. Brann graduated from GVSU in 2015 and received a master's in social work in 2017. GVL | MELINA BRANN



timedia journalism major. Little did he know,

O’Kelly had arranged for Landecker to graduate with the class he spoke to all along. Frederick Antczac, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was

brought up to present Landecker with a diploma from GVSU. The recognition brought tears to his eyes. “The history of me dropping out of college and my

dad being a college professor, (the fact that I) had never gotten a degree, I was totally blown away,” Landecker said. “I came in a dropout. I’m walking out a graduate.”

The Grand Valley State University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will be holding an event to celebrate the 109th Founders Day on Monday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Thornapple Room. The event is open to the public. For more information, email

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HALL OF FAMER: John Records Landecker (left) is brought to tears after being presented with a GVSU diploma on Thursday, Feb. 8. Landecker, a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, attended GVSU from 1965 to 1967 before transferring. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT



“I just started the conversation this week, but I plan to meet with somebody, figure out where we can get the money for this, because I think it would be awesome, even if it’s just for a semester, and then try to continue it from there.” Those interested in these projects, or who have their own ideas for projects at GVSU, are encouraged to think about running for senate. The student senate will be hosting Student Senate Week from Monday, Feb. 12, to Friday, Feb. 16, to help interested students learn more about senate and how to run, as well as to create buzz surrounding elections. “Student Senate Week is a week put on by the public relations committee to put more of a face to the name of senate and just get the student body involved,” said Morgan Mattler, chair of the public relations committee. “We have an assortment of events that go on throughout the week where we try to get as many students out as possible to learn about senate and to learn about how to run for senate.”

SPEAKING: Annie Bélanger, dean of University Libraries, speaks at the student senate general assembly Thursday, Feb. 8. Senate meets every Thursday afternoon in the Kirkhof Center. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE

Mattler said the week is about showing GVSU students that they can be a part of senate. “We have students come out just to get a feel of what senate is all about,” he said. “We try to do an assortment of different events, we try to survey

students, we try to get students to just come out and meet senators and to have senators listen to students’ complaints. And we also do a couple of awesome things like a diversity affairs workshop where students will get to learn how to be more

inclusive. Student Senate Week is about bringing students together and really hyping up elections for student senate.” Student senate meets for general assembly in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room every Thursday at 4:30 p.m.




GVSU community celebrates annual Asian New Year Festival BY ITA TSAI NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State University Asian Student Union upheld its annual tradition of celebrating the New Year festivals of various cultures with the Asian New Year Festival on Saturday, Feb. 10. At 6 p.m., students, family members and faculty started to pour into the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. Each visitor was given a ticket for a chance to win a raffle giveaway later in the night. Around 400 people attended, and each seat provided the visitor with a small red envelope to symbolize good luck and ward off evil spirits for the upcoming year. The festival started off with a “lion dance” performance, where five dancers moved around the room mimicking a lion’s movements in a costume accompanied by the beating of drums, cymbals and gongs. The performance was followed by dances choreographed by the Asian Student Union and the K-pop Group Evolution (KGE) organization to various K-pop songs. “We started learning the dances we performed at the beginning of the semester,” said Annie Schoonmaker, the public relations officer of KGE. “It took all of the members five weeks to learn the four-song mix. It would take two to three practices three hours each for just one song.” The Linh Son Buddhist Youth Group followed KGE and awed the audience with a traditional Vietnamese fan dance. There was a “Minute-To-

LUNAR NEW YEAR: Performers on display during the GVSU Asian Student Union’s Asian New Year Festival on Saturday, Feb. 10. The New Year Festival is an annual tradition at GVSU that exemplifies the various methods of celebration for different Asian cultures. Around 400 students, faculty and staff attended the event. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE

Win-It” dance competition where each competitor got the chance to show off their dancing skills to the public. The one that received the most public acclaim would win and determine the tables that would get to go get food first. Among the participants were even young children who claimed a big part of the audience’s cheer. Typical Asian food was soon served after the first batch of prizes was awarded for the raffle, which was mostly merchandise of famous K-pop bands. Attend-

ees lined up to get a serving of different Asian food, including wontons, miso soup, spring rolls and stir fry, “It was fun to see the many cultural traditions and enjoy good food in good company,” said Amber Modena, a GVSU student. “The ASU did an amazing job. They obviously put a lot of work into it and it paid off.” For the intermission, the audience got to enjoy a performance by the University of Michigan’s Revolution, a group dedicated to raising

awareness of the Chinese yoyo, also known as the diabolo. The break-dancing crew “61Syx Teknique” also went under the spotlight to show off their skills. A fashion show took place to showcase the typical Asian garments from a variety of nations and cultures, such as the Chinese qipao or the Vietnamese Áo dài. To end the festival, guest performer A.J. Rafael took the stage. Rafael started off by singing a cover of various Disney songs and then proceeded to his original

pieces, such as “We Could Happen,” which has over seven million views on YouTube. The fans sang along with the singer and sat around him after he invited the audience to come closer. Even though the festival was scheduled to end at 8 p.m., the meet and greet with Rafael prolonged the event until 10 p.m. “I received emails and responses from the performers, audience, students and faculty saying this was one of the most memorable ANYF to date

and (that) President T. Haas also came to visit,” said Casey Nguyen, one of the organizers of the festival. “We also raised about $400 for charity. I think the event was very successful.” The preparation that went into the evening was ultimately reflected by a successful event. “I was very stressed during the whole event, but after it was all done, I can confidently say that the event exceeded many people’s expectations,” Nguyen said.


GV student gains new perspective studying abroad in Middle East BY TYLEE BUSH TBUSH@LANTHORN.COM

PROFILE: Sophia Bagnall during her study-abroad trip in Oman. Bagnall, a GVSU student, is a Padnos scholar who has been studying abroad in Oman this academic year. COURTESY | SOPHIA BAGNALL

What do Netflix and Oman have in common? The answer is nothing. In fact, Netflix is blocked in Oman, a small Middle Eastern country bordering Saudi Arabia. This was a rude awakening for Sophia Bagnall, a Grand Valley State University student studying abroad in Oman for the winter 2018 semester. Bagnall is in her third year at GVSU pursuing a degree in international relations with a minor in Middle Eastern studies and Arabic. Bagnall is one of the Barbara H. Padnos Scholarship recipients, and she chose to put her $5,000 toward a year-long studyabroad program in Oman. “I chose Oman because it is a very safe country,” she said via email. Bagnall added that she was able to visit Oman beforehand to see what it was like. This trip validated her desire to spend a year studying and exploring the country. She arrived in the fall of 2017, and her trip will continue until the spring of 2018. So far, Bagnall is thoroughly enjoying her experience. She is studying at the University of Nizwa, and for her first few months at the DHAD Institute, she was the only international student. This enabled her to have several one-on-one lessons and establish personal relationships with some of her instructors. “I decided to study abroad because immersion

is the best way to learn a language,” Bagnall said. “Being surrounded by Arabic 24/7 has definitely helped me develop my language skills.” Culture shock was definitely something Bagnall struggled with at the beginning of her trip. She admitted that “the hardest adjustment to make has been the university Wi-Fi blocking several websites I used a lot in America, … like Netflix.”

Be open to new cultures and people, and be respectful of the customs of your hosts. Lean about where you want to visit so you know what to expect, and always be sure to have fun.” SOPHIA BAGNALL GVSU STUDENT, PADNOS SCHOLAR STUDYING IN OMAN When she moved to Oman, Bagnall also had to become mindful of her attire. “There are some cultural adjustments to consider in Oman, like wearing clothing below your elbows and knees,” she said. “But I found it was easy to get used to.” Outside of her studying,

Bagnall has had several opportunities to explore the country and revel in the different opportunities it has to offer. “My best experiences have been seeing the nature of Oman,” Bagnall said. “You can climb mountains and swim in caves. Wadi Shab is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.” Bagnall knew she wanted to study abroad, but she also knew how costly these experiences could be, so she applied for the Padnos Scholarship hoping to gain financial support for her trip. “I expressed my dedication to learning the language and immersing myself in the culture,” Bagnall said regarding her scholarship application. This sincere interest in learning the culture, along with the fact that she was the only person who applied to study in Oman, is what Bagnall believes set her apart from other applicants and enabled her to receive the scholarship. “It helps if you have a history of studying the region that you want to visit,” she said. “It is also valuable to express your desire to expand your worldview and use what you will learn abroad in the future.” Bagnall offered some advice to any students interested in studying abroad. “Be open to new cultures and people, and be respectful of the customs of your hosts,” Bagnall said. “Learn about where you want to visit so you know what to expect, and always be sure to have fun.”





By Kayleigh Van Overen

Students should participate in senate elections


ith the winter 2018 semester almost halfway over, it’s time for returning Grand Valley State University students to begin thinking about the next academic year. Aside from scheduling classes, GVSU students can also look to get civically engaged on campus. One way to do this is by participating in the upcoming student senate elections, whether by running for an open seat or voting. Student senate is comprised of 50 seats on seven different committees ranging from finance to diversity affairs and everything in between, so interested students will undoubtedly be able to find a position where they can make an impact in an area they’re passionate about. Running for senate gives GVSU students an opportunity to make a difference. Not only can they ensure their priorities are represented in the school’s government, but they can also contribute to bringing about policies that will shape GVSU and affect generations of students to come. GVSU senators are constantly working on initiatives to improve students’ experiences at the university. Just the past two academic years, the senate has helped students register to vote, co-sponsored an inaugural Mental Health Awareness Week, continued to fight for a fall break, launched a support group for victim-survivors of sexual assault, changed the housing policy for holiday lights, passed a resolution for a human rights minor and implemented many other resolutions. Every student at GVSU has benefited or at least been affected by one of these policies, and students elected to senate have the opportunity

to propose and implement them firsthand. Joining an organization like student senate also gives students the chance to make important connections. Senators are often able to work directly with faculty and administration, as well as people in the surrounding community, all of whom could potentially make great references come graduation time. Senators also make excellent connections within the senate organization itself, and peer relationships are no less important; the more (connections) the merrier. Another benefit of participating in the student senate elections is the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Regardless of where students end up after graduation, they will undoubtedly have to spearhead a committee or project at some point. Serving on student senate is a practical, hands-on way to develop leadership skills, and being able to say you led the implementation of a university policy looks great on a resume. To run for senate, students must meet certain criteria, including being enrolled at GVSU during the time the position is filled and maintaining a certain cumulative grade point average at all times. For a full list of campaign rules and regulations, visit Even if you don’t run for a position on student senate, you can vote in the elections to make sure there are senators who represent you and will advocate for policies that reflect your priorities as a student. You can also attend student senate’s weekly general assemblies, held every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room.


Trump’s ‘mere allegation’ tweet reflects complexity of #MeToo movement


Headlines about White House staff members losing their positions aren’t really “news” at this point in the administration’s duration, but the recent departure of secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter James Sorenson after allegations of domestic abuse merits genuine attention. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, Feb. 10, with his take on what he seems to see as a continuation of the political landscape we’ve been living in since The New York Times published the original accusations against Harvey Weinstein back in October. “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” the tweet reads. “Some are true and

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forward against past abusers, but the end goal is creating a culture where people can expect to get justice for crimes when they happen. Reputations have suffered and wealth has decreased, but actual legal consequences? Even in the original case of Weinstein, who has such a long list of accusers that seemingly no one in Hollywood was willing to deny his decades of sexual harassment, there still haven’t been any actual criminal charges. Not to mention that though the loss of his company and the divorce settlement with Georgina Chapman has certainly cost him more money than most people will see over their whole lives, the lowest estimate I’ve seen for his 2018 net worth is $50 million. So even after being “shattered,” it looks like Weinstein’s life is still going to be considerably cushier than that of the majority of men who aren’t habitual predators with dozens of victims. The men we’re seeing publicly accused on a national scale are wealthy and powerful enough that for a long time, any tangible justice against them has been hard to come by. Even the accusations made over the course of the #MeToo movement, which

many have argued is creating devastating consequences, can seem to fall short in this regard. Kevin Spacey might have been dropped from plenty of projects following the many allegations made against him, but even if he never acts again, he’s already made enough money off of projects like “House of Cards,” “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty” that his greatest concern for the future would be getting bored. So yes, it is possible that innocent men are being found guilty in the public arena while real abusers haven’t even been brought to the courtroom. It’s certainly true that the world Trump wants to return to pressured victims into never standing up to their abusers at all. There aren’t “clean” solutions to society-spanning problems that have been around since the beginning of our civilization. The world doesn’t become a better place if we step back. It’s debatable whether stepping back is a possibility at this point at all. #MeToo is calling attention to a problem that desperately needs a solution. It isn’t a fix, it’s just a first step. If we want real justice, then the only thing we can do is move forward.

We need to stop judging athletes on their appearance


some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recover for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Trump’s fear that “lives are being shattered” and that “there is no recovery for someone falsely accused” isn’t unique to himself. Since the conception of #MeToo, some people have been concerned that the movement would (or already has) hurt innocent men with false accusations. It’s not an impossible prospect. Women aren’t members of some sisterly hive mind willing to put aside our personal motives for a better world, and the U.S. already has a long history of white women making false rape accusations against black men, so it wouldn’t be an unprecedented concept. The argument that follows usually comes down to whether it’s worse to falsely accuse men or to ignore real victims. Consensus is as divided as you would expect and usually skips over the obvious conclusion—no one actually wants the #MeToo campaign to be the last word in gender politics. It’s great that victims have felt empowered enough by the bravery of others to come


When I was little, I looked up to strong female athletes. I idolized Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Serena Williams. They were everything I wanted to be: strong, powerful, graceful and passionate. As I grew up, I played a lot of sports and surrounded myself with athletes who pushed me and inspired me. I pushed myself not only to play as well as others, but to look as good as them, too. I wanted to be an athlete, and I wanted to look like an athlete. But what does it mean to look like an athlete? I used to

think that to be an athlete was to be skinny, strong and lean, with a flat stomach and visible abs. I used to think that if I didn’t look that way, I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a competitor. As I look back on this belief, I realize now that it was silly to be worried about what constituted an “athletic” appearance, but I also realize that this is an issue many athletes face. What if an athlete isn’t lean? What if an athlete is “too muscular?” What if an athlete doesn’t fit into the physical framework that society has created for them? Oftentimes, we associate athletes with extreme physical activity. We know they work out a lot and need to be in shape to fulfill their jobs. Basically, we expect them to be skinny and lean because they are more physically active than most. Because of this, young athletes (and society as a whole) develop an image of what they are supposed to look like. According to a study conducted by Eirini Koidou in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, teenage female athletes with a normal body mass index

(BMI) are more likely to experience body dissatisfaction and are more motivated to lose weight than those who are not involved in sports. This body image issue begins at a young age, and while it alters and changes over time, it never really goes away. It can be hard to be an athlete when you do not feel strong enough or skinny enough or toned enough. What people don’t realize is that there is not one athletic body shape and, likewise, there should not be one singular ideal image of what an athlete should look like. Having one “perfect” athletic image only sets people up for disappointment and failure. A female athlete will either be too thin or not thin enough, too “masculine” or not muscular enough. After her baby was born, Serena Williams wrote a letter to her mother. She said her daughter had her strong, muscular build and that she was scared for her. She wrote, “I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15-year-old and even

to this day. I’ve been called a man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that I use drugs. It has been said I don’t belong in women’s sports—that I belong in men’s—because I look stronger than many other women do.” Here, we see arguably the greatest female athlete of all time describing what it is like to be constantly scrutinized for not fitting into the “normal” physical framework of a female athlete. It seems that a female athlete cannot win. We socialize our younger generations to see athletes in a certain way, and we scrutinize them when they don’t fit the model. This ideal image is not only unobtainable for most, but the very idea is long-lasting and toxic. Athletes should not feel obligated to look one way or another, and their athleticism shouldn’t be judged on appearance. An athlete is not an athlete because they look a certain way. An athlete is an athlete because they work hard to push their own physical and mental boundaries.




Do you think that GVSU adapts to students’ needs?

Would you ever consider running for student senate?

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“Honestly, probably not. I’m pretty busy.”

“No, because I have so much that I’m doing already.”

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YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Communication studies HOMETOWN: Newburg, Massachusetts



“No, because I’m already a leader in other aspects of my life.”

“Probably not. I already have a lot on my plate, and I’m not the leader type.”

YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Health communications HOMETOWN: Hastings, Michigan

YEAR: Sophomore MAJOR: Film and video HOMETOWN: Grand Haven, Michigan




Space exploration conference to honor legacy of late astronaut Roger Chaffee BY JAMES KILBORN NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

This upcoming weekend marks the second celebration of “Roger That! A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B. Chaffee,” a two-day conference to bring the community together to honor the memory of astronaut Chaffee while offering a glimpse into the world of space exploration, both past and present. The event will take place Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at the DeVos Center on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. The Grand Rapids Public Museum will also host a variety of events on Saturday in celebration of the occasion. Deana Weibel, associate professor and chair of the anthropology department at GVSU, developed the idea for the celebration as a way to memorialize Chaffee, a Grand Rapids native who lost his life in the Apollo 1 training fire in 1967. “We (my husband and I) were talking about this big anniversary coming up, and we weren’t sure if anything was going on to recognize it,” Weibel said. “We were talking in the kitchen about how we should do something, so we got in contact with CLAS, we got in contact with engineering, so we got some support. In 2017, we had ‘Roger That’ thinking it would probably be a one-year thing hitting that 50th anniversary.” Due to the large turnout and popularity of last year’s events, Weibel was encouraged to plan another conference this year. Although this year’s events are perhaps less historically significant in the context of the Apollo 1 fire, the confer-

ence is nonetheless dedicated to the Grand Rapids astronaut. “This is the second one we’re doing, and since it’s not a big anniversary of anything to do with Roger Chaffee, we’re just keeping him as a symbol of space exploration in Grand Rapids,” Weibel said. GVSU and other organizations encourage students to join in the festivities, as local elementary and junior high students will take field trips to visit the conference. “The idea is that we worked both this year and last year with the Grand Rapids Public Museum because they have the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium and it’s a logical connection to make,” Weibel said. “So basically, GVSU takes the Friday and does field trips for elementary and junior high school kids.” Although space exploration is often tied to science and math-related fields, Weibel made it clear that people from all backgrounds will enjoy the conference, as topics range from the psychology of space travel to learning about the Mars Pathfinder rover. “There’s a whole series of events starting about 11 o’clock in the morning on Friday and going until about 7 o’clock that are all just about space exploration but looking at it from a number of different perspectives,” she said. “We have the conference portion, which is a series of breakout sessions. There’s five of them, and for each one, people can choose to go to the science tract or the society tract. “What we’re doing is showing that there are different ways of approaching space exploration in a number of ways. So,

HONORING THE LEGACY: The late Roger Chaffee, who died during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission in 1967. The ‘Roger That’ symposium will honor the Grand Rapids native’s contributions to space research on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17. COURTESY | NASA

science is sort of the hard sciences, but society is more social sciences, arts and humanities.” One of the guest lecturers is Mark Schwartz, GVSU professor of anthropology, who will be focusing on the theory behind ancient aliens influencing past civilizations. “I’m going to talk about the ancient alien theory that was made popular by Erich von Däniken and what most people know today—the History Channel,” Schwartz said. “I’m going to show the roots of that idea and the reflections of it within science fiction. The main thrust of the talk is to put the ancient alien idea into a

cultural context; I want to approach the movement as an anthropologist trying to figure out why people would come up with this idea in the first place.” The conference will also feature words from Guy Bluford, a former Air Force colonel and the first AfricanAmerican to travel to space. “In the evening we’re bringing Guy Bluford, who was one of three NASA-recruited African-American men who were brought into what they called the ‘Thirty-Five New Guys’ group, which was the eighth astronaut group,” Weibel said. “He was the first of those three who were actually able to go

up into space.” After Friday’s events, there will be a ticketed dinner in the Gordon Gallery of the DeVos Center. GVSU a capella group Euphoria will perform songs inspired by outer space. A special show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium will follow the dinner. Parking for the event will be provided by GVSU, and the Pew Campus parking garage will be available to visitors. “On Friday, if people don’t have a parking permit, there’s the parking ramp at the downtown campus that you can say you’re there for the conference and they’ll

give you something to put on your dash” Weibel said. Friday’s events are free to the public, while Saturday’s events at the Public Museum are ticketed. Saturday’s events include viewing student-submitted projects for a space-focused design challenge and another speech presented by Bluford that will focus on his experiences on the Space Shuttle and the future of space travel. Students and those interested in the conference are encouraged to come as Chaffee and other pioneers of space exploration are remembered and the future of traveling the stars is discussed.


ALL SMILES: A group of students poses during Campus Life Night on Sep. 5, 2017. The Office of Student Life is hosting the 21st annual Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Kirkhof Center. The day will feature various breakout sessions as well as a keynote address. More than 30 different workshops are planned. The event is also co-sponsored by the Omicron Delta Kappa Society of GVSU. GVL | EMILY FRYE


For the 21st consecutive year, Grand Valley State University will host its Leadership Summit. The goal behind the summit is to teach undergraduate students how to be leaders in their own fields. “I think it’s a huge skill area that’s usable for students while here,” said Tyler Clark, a graduate assistant in the GVSU Office of Student Life. “When they’re graduated and moved on, people skills are something that employers are always looking for and makes students more marketable.” Clark has been overseeing the planning of this year’s Leadership Summit for quite some time. He said students can learn a lot by attending the event Satur-

day, Feb. 17, from noon to 8 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center. At the Leadership Summit, there will be a wide variety of workshops covering topics from many fields, so students can learn about what they want, Clark said. The summit is designed to have more than 30 different workshops, a keynote address and a dinner. The registration for the event will end around 1 p.m., when students will be met with an opening ceremony in the Grand River Room. From there, the workshops will be broken down into four different segments. The first two segments will occur until 3:20 p.m., followed by a 20-minute break. From there, the second set of workshop segments will take place until 5:35 p.m. Lastly, dinner and a keynote address will happen from 5:30 p.m. to

7:30 p.m., finished off by 30 minutes of closing remarks and recognition. “Students who attend Leadership Summit will learn tons of information from all different aspects of leadership development,” said Eric Stevens, assistant director of student organizations, via email. “We have presentations on social justice, inclusion competencies, personal leadership skills, finance and more.” Stevens mentioned e-board positions as being of crucial importance to student organizations and leadership. He said students often feel intimidated or overwhelmed, and to combat this, they need to trust their team and their strengths. Respect within an organiztion is another key element Stevens mentioned. He said for students to be respectful, they have to empathize with

someone else’s experiences. This includes being able to apologize when you are wrong or for stepping on someone’s toes, learning from the experience and not doing it again. Stevens said treating others the way you want to be treated goes a long way in being inclusive and welcoming. Clark also spoke about what he thinks makes a good leader. “I think there’s a variety of things everybody in their own unique way can embody,” Clark said. “I don’t think you can narrow it down; each student can be leaders in their own unique, useful way.” Stevens mentioned some common characteristics of good leaders. He said a leader isn’t someone who barks orders and demands a certain outcome. Instead, they take ini-

tiative, empower others to succeed and lead by example. The Office of Student

Life and the Omicron Delta Kappa Society of GVSU are hosting the event.


Grand Valley State University faculty will perform in a string orchestra concert in the Haas Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The music for the program includes the work of Tomaso Albinoni, Aaron Copland and Claude Debussy, among others. Several of the GVSU faculty orchestra members will be playing solos.

STUDENT THEATER GROUP REACT! TO PERFORM MONDAY, FEB. 12 Grand Valley State University’s anti-violence peereducation theater troupe ReACT! will perform Monday, Feb. 12, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. During the program, ReACT! student actors will present scenes and pose questions to the audience about what they think makes a healthy, respectful relationship. For more information, contact Jack Lane at lanejack@ This event is LIB 100- and 201-approved.

PLAY ‘MARX IN SOHO’ TO BE SHOWN IN KIRKHOF CENTER Howard Zinn’s play “Marx in Soho” is a dramatic production based on the life of Karl Marx, one of the most prominent social thinkers of the 19th century. During the play, Marx comes back from the dead to inspire everyday people to forge their own histories and create a society that is more just, equitable and sustainable. “Marx in Soho” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.

SWING DANCE CLUB TO HOST ‘SWEET HEART SWING’ The Swing Dance Club at Grand Valley State University will host its “Sweet Heart Swing” Thursday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. This event is free and open to everyone.


Grand Valley State University professors of illustration and foundations Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson will discuss interpretations of space exploration through various art forms on Friday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium. Their focus will be on the NASA Space Art Program, which is built on an artist’s ability to use their talent to record and communicate NASA’s major scientific breakthroughs. This event is free and LIB 100-approved.


For those who want to learn more about different styles of food, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will have a table available in the Kirkhof Center to offer traditional African-American “soul food.” The “Taste of Soul” table will be available Friday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center lobby.



GV students curate film and video exhibition BY ARIE NIENHUIS ANIENHUIS@LANTHORN.COM

Film, video and photography are diverse artistic mediums with a wide range of possibilities in terms of creativity and vision. To demonstrate this, a group of Grand Valley State University art students has curated an exhibition featuring a collection of coursework from GVSU film, video and photography students. The exhibit, titled “Beyond the Frame,” features student-made work ranging from landscape photography to animation. A wide array of visual themes are presented, highlighting both the talent of GVSU film, video and photography students, and the rewarding nature of the university’s art programs. The exhibit was curated by students Dan Schrader and Rachel Britton, both of whom worked hard to ensure that the exhibit featured a wide variety of artistic talent and concepts. Schrader expressed that working on the exhibit was both rewarding and eye-opening. “I’ve entered into other exhibitions before, but I’ve never been behind the scenes,” Schrader said. “So, it was nice to see what goes on and understand that it’s a lot more work than most think it is.” Britton expressed that setting up the exhibition was rewarding as well, stating that the experience of organizing it was very valuable. “It’s just nice being able to practice the organization aspect of putting on an exhibit,” Britton said. “You have a lot of time, a lot of deadlines.


VISUAL ARTS: GVSU students Dan Schrader and Rachel Britton display their artwork in the exhibit ‘Beyond the Frame.’ Their work will be shown until Thursday, Feb. 15, in Calder. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

You have to hang up work; you have to think about food. It’s nice to practice this kind of organization stuff.” Both Schrader and Britton shared their thoughts on how exhibitions like “Beyond the Frame” can help art students transition from college to the professional world, both as artists and employees. “I think as a student it’s important to be able to have an opportunity to get your work out,” Schrader said. “With photography, you do a senior thesis exhibition like this, … and that is great for opportunities for internships and stuff like that in the real world.”

“The whole point of this exhibit was to showcase the film, video and photography program,” Britton said. “When you make work and exhibit it more often than other students, that shows initiative, so it’s a good resume builder.” Exhibits like these not only display the talent of fellow students, but they demonstrate a level of drive and hard work that other students could learn from. “I think it’s a good opportunity to see something different,” Schrader said. “Seeing somebody do something one way in a different medium (can) help you in your medium. You can draw inspiration from other

people (through this exhibit).” Britton also believes that exhibits like “Beyond the Frame” are great sources of inspiration for art students. They went on to state that submitting work and talking with other artists is very helpful for success in the art world. “What helped me with a lot of my success so far was just submitting to everything I could,” Britton said. “I would say take advantage of opportunities and network with people.” “Beyond the Frame” will be exhibited in the Padnos Student Gallery in the Calder Art Center from now until Thursday, Feb. 15.


NYC artists to discuss art, activism at GV BY ANNE MARIE SMIT ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

CULTURE: Art history professor Ellen Adams will lecture on artist Mathias Alten on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The GVSU Gordon Gallery is home to a vast collection of Alten’s work. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU

Professor to lecture on local artist’s life, legacy BY NICK MORAN NMORAN@LANTHORN.COM

The art of German immigrant Mathias J. Alten fills the homes of Michiganders, decorates historic furniture and dominates the walls of Grand Valley State University’s George and Barbara Gordon Gallery. Alten’s life will be explored Wednesday, Feb. 21, as professor Ellen Adams delivers a lecture titled “Mathias J. Alten: The Artist As Worker.” Adams, a professor in art history at GVSU, will discuss the legacy of the Grand Rapids artist. Her lecture and the paired reception are part of the gallery’s efforts to provide a seasonal event on Alten.

“We’ve been doing a lot more research into the life of Mathias J. Alten,” said program coordinator Stacey Burn. “The event is an opportunity to, at the end of the day, have a cup of coffee, meet up with people, and then professor Adams will then provide the lecture. So, it will be a short event, but a good opportunity to learn about Alten, the life of an artist during a time of modernization, meet some people and have a snack.” The lecture will be held in the gallery, where guests will be surrounded by Alten’s art. The gallery holds the largest public collection of Alten’s work in the world.

“If people haven’t been to the George and Barbara Gordon Gallery before, it’s a great, great space,” Burns said. “People will sit right in the gallery space for the lecture. It’s a very intimate, traditional, beautiful kind of space.” For Joel Zwart, curator of exhibitions at GVSU, the setting of the exhibit and lecture on the Pew Campus is important becauset of the close ties Alten had to the city of Grand Rapids. Zwart said Alten’s prowess as an American Regionalist painter earned him the common title as the “Dean of Michigan painters.” LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

After taking students to an art exhibit in Chicago that featured the artist collaborative “fierce pussy” and seeing the impact that it had on the students, Grand Valley State University professor of sculpture, visual studies and foundations Anna Campbell invited the group of queer artists from New York City to give a series of lectures on campus. Three of the four women in the group—Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla and Carrie Yamaoka—will be visiting GVSU. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Calder Arts Center, Yamaoka will present her paintings and sculptures and will discuss how people make pictures from what they see. On Thursday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m., Brody will present her abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures. Finally, on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., Brody, Episalla and Yamaoka will deliver a public keynote in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. While a number of women have joined and left the collaboration over the years, “fierce pussy” is currently a group of four queer female artists who were united by their efforts in AIDS activism in 1991. Their artwork is low-budget, utilizing the resources available to them, such as old typewriters, printing supplies, baby photos and found photographs, to shed light on lesbian identity. Jae Basiliere, professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at GVSU, is hosting one of the artists in her queer theory class and hopes her students can better appreciate the role of art in activism. “I hope that my students gain a greater appreciation for

the relationship between art and activist work,” Basiliere said via email. “I also hope this will serve as an opportunity for them to see that knowledge is produced in a variety of different ways, including through the production of art.” Campbell thinks the activism for AIDS and gay rights in the ‘80s and ‘90s in “fierce pussy” was very influential and that the group’s visit to GVSU is an opportunity to see how art can effect political and social change. “They’ve been able to have such a significant cul-

tural impact,” Campbell said. “I think a lot of that is because, when they came together, they were members of ‘ACT UP’ (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), and that was one of the most radical, informative, successful, impactful organizations that did AIDS advocacy in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It changed everything from cultural stigma to treatment procedures. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

IDENTITY: NYC artist group ‘fierce pussy’ will visit GVSU this week to discuss their art and activism. COURTESY | FIERCEPUSSY.ORG




The Grand Valley State women’s basketball team faced off against a GLIAC foe, Davenport University, at home on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Lakers managed to pull out a 56-47 win, bringing the team’s record up to 20-4 on the season and 13-3 in the GLIAC. Taylor Parmley led the way for the Lakers, posting her third double-double of the season. She finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Cassidy Boensch also had a big game for the Lakers, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Lakers shot 36 percent from the field and only 19 percent from the 3-point line. One of the areas where the Lakers really separated themselves from Davenport was the rebounding department. The Lakers finished with 46 rebounds compared to Davenport’s 26. This was a significant win for the Lakers moving forward, as they have another big week of GLIAC matchups coming up. On Thursday, Feb. 15, they will take on the best team in the conference, Ashland, and on Saturday, Feb. 17, they will face Tiffin. Both games will be held at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.


The Grand Valley State track and field teams competed at home in the GVSU Big Meet this past weekend. The main goal of the indoor track season is for runners to make it to the National Championship meet. To make it there, teams must hit certain times in order to qualify. The track and field teams hit 31 NCAA qualifying times this weekend. On the men’s side, there were seven qualifying marks set, and there were also some very strong performances by the team. One of the better performances of the weekend came from the men’s distance relay medley team of Dennis Mbuta, Jaylin Golson, Nick Salomon and Woui Mach that finished first in that event and hit an automatically qualifying time of 9:46.76. This time is also a record for the Kelly Family Sports Center. Tyler Kirkwood finshed second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.21, which was also a qualifying mark. Justin Scavarda had a big weekend, finishing with two qualifying marks himself. Scavarda finished first in shot put with a throw of 16.88 meters and second in weight throw with a throw of 18.85. On the women’s side, the team finished with four qualifying marks. Angela Ritter finished first in the 400-meter race with a time of 56.28. The women’s distance relay medley team of Rachel Bendewald, Chant’e Roberts, Carly Burnup and Rachael Walters finished in second in the event and posted a time of 11:40.03. Two throwers posted qualifying scores: Dajsha Avery threw 13.89 meters in the shot put, and Brianna DeSappio finished third in the weight throw with a throw of 17.79 meters.


GV women’s basketball dominates Wayne State, sweeps season series BY BRADY MCATAMNEY ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM


ou wouldn’t like the Lakers when they’re angry. Coming off a heartbreaking defeat at Michigan Tech one week ago, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball players have won two straight games and have seemingly gotten their groove back with a 71-41 decimation of the Wayne State Warriors at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. WSU came into the matchup as the fourth-best team in the GLIAC, right behind the Lakers, meaning people expected a hotly contested duel. That notion was put to rest early when GVSU leapt out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. “Any time you beat a really good team like Wayne State and play as well as we did, you feel pretty happy,” said head coach Mike Williams. “They’re a really good team. They’ve beaten good teams. They can score. They can defend really well, and I thought our kids stepped up to the challenge.” The Lakers dominated in virtually every statistical category: assists (13 to three), rebounds (39 to 27), turnovers forced (21 to 14), points off turnovers (27 to 12), points in the paint (30 to 20), second-chance points (16 to 6), field-goal percentage (45.5 to 34.7), 3-point percentage (34.8 to 18.2) and more. “We finally talked about the importance of getting stops,” Williams said. “I think we were worrying too much about missing shots, turning the ball over, fumbling it off our foot, and we just said, ‘That stuff’s going to happen.’ We’ve just got to get stops, and I think our kids are taking more of a mindset on that, and I think we’ve actually been better offensively when we’ve done that because we’re not worrying so much about missing shots and turning the ball over.” Guard Jenn DeBoer led the Lakers with 16 points on only seven shots while adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Her backcourt mate, Natalie Koenig, scored 12 points, the last of which was the 1,000th point SEE W. HOOPS | A8

GAINING POSSESSION: GVSU senior Korynn Hincka jumps to win the opening tip-off to start the Lakers’ 71-41 blowout victory over the Wayne State Warriors on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the DeltaPlex Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. GVL | EMILY FRYE


GV MEN’S TENNIS TOPS CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY The Grand Valley State men’s tennis team was in action this weekend and pulled off a sweep of Cornerstone University 9-0. The Lakers had three doubles matchups, and all three were won fairly easily. The Lakers’ No. 1 pairing of Alex Van de Steenoven and Sebastien Lescoulie won their match 8-1. The No. 2 pairing of D.J. Colatone and Jack Geissler followed the trend of the first match and won 8-1. The third pair, Drew Coleman and Nicholas Urban, won their match 8-0. The singles matches were much of the same for the Lakers. Singles No. 1 Lescoulie won 6-2, 6-0. No. 2 Geissler won his match 6-1, 6-2. Steenoven won 6-3, 6-1. Urban and Colatone both won their respective matches 6-1, 6-1. Finally, Coleman won his match in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. The men’s tennis team will take on Hope College on Saturday, Feb. 17.

GETTING HYPED: GVSU men’s basketball freshman Steven Lloyd (3) jumps and bumps shoulders with sophomore guard Lance Dollison during the team’s 79-68 victory over Davenport University on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. With the win, the Lakers improve to 12-12 (7-9 GLIAC). GVL | SPENCER SCARBER

Earning redemption

Van Tubbergen leads GV men’s basketball in ‘revenge’ victory over Davenport


According to Grand Valley State senior point guard Chris Dorsey, there was only one mentality that he—and the rest of the men’s basketball team— had coming into the Saturday, Feb. 10, matchup against Davenport University: revenge. The reasoning was because of GVSU’s previous contest against the Panthers on Dec. 2, 2017, where the Lakers struggled in all aspects to lose the contest 66-55 in one of their more disappointing showings of the season.

“(Davenport) completely embarrassed us out there,” Dorsey said prior to Saturday’s contest. “We know we have to be looking for revenge and give them everything we got.” Revenge is what the Lakers got as they topped Davenport (11-13 overall, 5-11 GLIAC) 79-68 at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena to improve their overall record to 12-12 (7-9 GLIAC). Against a much smaller Davenport team, the Lakers came out with a completely new starting lineup, comprised of freshman guard Steven Lloyd, Dorsey, junior forward Zach West, fresh-

man forward Jake Van Tubbergen and junior center Justin Greason. Leading the charge for GVSU was Van Tubbergen, who finished the contest with a careerhigh 20 points (6-12 FG, 8-10 FT), along with eight rebounds and two blocks. In the beginning of the first half, neither team could separate themselves in terms of scoring, as there were eight lead changes just in the opening half. By the end of the first half, the Lakers found themselves up 37-35. Van Tubbergen dominated the half with 14 points, finding success inside and on the free-throw line. West and

Dorsey finished the half with 6 points each, while junior forward Chris Pearl scored 5. However, the second half was a much different story, as the Laker defense turned into easy transition offense. Leading the charge was Zach West, who scored 9 second-half points. With 4:26 remaining in regulation, Pearl hit two straight free throws to give GVSU an 18-point lead, their largest of the contest. After that, the Lakers had a chance to play their bench players in key minutes to close out the game. SEE M. HOOPS | A8



GV men’s basketball falls short in physical showdown against Wayne State BY ROBBIE TRIANO SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Coming into their matchup against the Wayne State Warriors on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the DeltaPlex Arena, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team knew exactly what to expect from the GLIAC rival: physicality. After a week of preparing for their battle, the Lakers brought the fight, but the Warriors landed the final punch to knock out GVSU and take the 66-60 victory. With the loss, GVSU’s record dropped to 1112 overall (6-9 GLIAC). (Following the Lakers’ win against Davenport University on Saturday, Feb. 10, their record now stands at 12-12 overall and 7-9 in the GLIAC.) When asked about his team’s performance, GVSU head coach Ric Wesley was left with more questions and frustration than answers. “I don’t know what happened there,” Wesley said. “It felt like we just didn’t match up to their physicality. From start to finish, it was a football type of game, and I just didn’t think we responded.” That lack of intensity was most apparent in the first half, as the Lakers fell victim to Wayne State center Chuck Key. Whether it was inside or at the top of the key, Key converted six of seven attempts for 14 first-half points. On the other side, the Warriors didn’t make it easy for GVSU on offense, as they held the Lakers to 31 percent from the field and only 25 points. Wayne State is currently the No. 1 defensive team in the GLIAC, holding opponents to 66.7 points per game and 29.3 from behind the 3-point line. Going into halftime down 34-25, the Lakers knew something had to be done to stop Wayne State’s Key from scoring inside. After talking with the coaching staff, Wesley decided to shift the Lakers’ defense from their typical manto-man to a 2-3 zone. “We had to go with the zone because we just couldn’t stop them,” Wesley said. “I don’t think we came out and defended Key very low. He’s such a good low-post guy and was able to shoot some jump shots. I don’t think we adjusted to that very well.” The adjustment took some


of her career. Additionally, center Cassidy Boensch scored 11 points and hauled in nine rebounds, while forward Maddie Dailey added 10 points. “I think we just played with a lot of energy on both offense and defense,” DeBoer said. “On defense, we got a lot of stops as a team. We really worked together as a team on defense, which led to a lot of opportunities on offense that we captured on. I thought we had a lot of energy, everyone. That was a big key.” Now at 20-4 (13-3 GLIAC) after beating the Davenport

BLOCKED: GVSU junior forward Chris Pearl gets his shot blocked by two Wayne State defenders during the Lakers’ most physical matchup of the season, which resulted in a 66-60 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the DeltaPlex Arena. GVSU head coach Ric Wesley referred to the game as more ‘football’ than basketball. GVL | EMILY FRYE

time to settle in, as Wayne State started the half on a 8-2 run. The bigger issue for GVSU was its lack of offensive production inside from the starting guards. Nevertheless, when the Lakers needed it, senior point guard Chris Dorsey and center Drake Baar came in to lead the Lakers on a 16-2 run by attacking the basket and feeding the post. With eight minutes remaining

in regulation, the Lakers had cut the deficit within 2 points: They were down 49-47. Dorsey finished the contest with 12 points, while Baar scored all 10 points in the second half. “I was just trying to stay aggressive and push our guys,” Dorsey said. “In a game like that where they were not calling any fouls, I just had to be as aggressive as possible and at-

tack the basket.” But just like the first half, the Warrior defense prevailed in the final minutes, sweeping their season series with the Lakers with a 66-60 final score. For the Lakers, their downfall came from the lack of success from beyond the arc, as the team only converted two of their 12 total attempts. Coach Wesley had

to respect the Wayne State defense for shutting down their greatest strength. “They just do a great job getting up into our bodies,” Wesley said. “Ultimately, they just took our guards out of the game.” The only other notable factor for the Lakers was freshman Jake Van Tubbergen, who totaled 14 points, eight rebounds,

Panthers 56-47 on Saturday, Feb. 10, the Lakers have secured their spot in the 2018 GLIAC Conference Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. As previously mentioned, they sit in third place behind Ashland (three games behind) and Michigan Tech (one game behind), and are two games ahead of both Wayne State and Northwood. The Lakers will play four more games in the regular season—two at home and two on the road—starting with a home series against the first-place Ashland Eagles (24-0, 16-0 GLIAC) on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. and the Tiffin Dragons (816, 4-12 GLIAC) on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.

ON THE BENCH: GVSU basketball players Natalie Koenig (left), Jenn DeBoer (middle) and Cassidy Boensch (right) all watch as head coach Mike Williams draws up a play during the team’s victory over Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the DeltaPlex Arena. GVL | EMILY FRYE


PULL-UP JUMPER: GVSU senior guard Chris Dorsey takes a mid-range jumpshot over a defender during the Lakers’ 79-68 ‘revenge’ victory over the Davenport Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. Dorsey finished with 10 points. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER

GVSU shot an impressive 57 percent from the field, compared to Davenport’s 39 percent. Although that percentage is high, the Lakers struggled to convert from beyond the 3-point line, only hitting two of their eight attempts. From a team that usually relies on its strong 3-point shooters, the Lakers only hit four of their 20 3-point attempts during both weekend games. West finished the night with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 total rebounds. Dorsey finished the night with 10

two steals and two blocks. As one of the team’s many vocal leaders, Dorsey knew he couldn’t be too hard on his team for being just a few possessions short of getting the win. “I don’t really harp about past games with these guys,” Dorsey said. “Our mindset has to be onto the next game and to get back on another win streak.”

points, while teammate Pearl ended up with 10. “I’m just happy for us to get a win,” Wesley said. “We’ve been playing solid basketball as of late but just haven’t been able to finish strong lately. This is a first of many steps in the right direction.” With only four regularseason games remaining, the Lakers will need to play their best basketball against GLIAC opponents before the GLIAC Tournament. They will face Ashland on Thursday, Feb. 15, and Tiffin on Saturday, Feb. 17, in their last two home games of the season.




Column: Why Matt Patricia is the right head coach for the Detroit Lions BY KELLEN VOSS KVOSS@LANTHORN.COM

For a lot of people, the traditional interview question “Where do you see yourself in the next five years?” can be difficult to answer. Well, for the first time in a while, the Detroit Lions can answer that question with confidence and excitement. Within the next five years, any fan of the Detroit Lions will remember Feb. 5, 2018, very fondly as the day the Lions turned their franchise around for the better. Matt Patricia was hired on this seemingly random winter Monday, and under his leadership, the Motor City can finally make the leap from an average franchise to a force to be reckoned with. Lions fans have lots of reasons to be confident in the hire of this brilliant, bearded beast. One of them is the fact that he knows what success looks like. He has worked with the New England Patriots—arguably the most successful professional sports franchise of the 21st century—since 2004, working his way up from an assistant offensive line coach to the defensive coordinator the past five years. Patricia got his coaching start at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the school where he was a four-year starter on the offensive line. From there, he had small roles with Amherst and Syracuse before being asked to join Belichick’s dynasty in 2004. Running an elite NFL defense can sometimes be as complicated as rocket science, but that’s a good thing for Patricia. In 1996, he received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and was offered a six-figure job managing nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, meaning he literally could have been a rocket scientist. But alas, Patricia turned down the offer and chose to pursue his dream of coaching football. And the RPI grad has done a great job pursuing that dream, especially in his key role with New England. In his time with the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls, including two as the lead architect of the heralded New England defense. The hire of Patricia makes a lot of sense for the “Cardiac Cats.” Bob Quinn is also a disciple of the New England powerhouse, so the

RESTORE THE ROAR: From losing the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4, to being introduced as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions shortly after, former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia had himself quite an eventful few days to begin the NFL offseason. COURTESY | THE BOSTON GLOBE

hire brings two like-minded minds back together. And Quinn just recently signed an extension to work with the Lions until 2022, so it looks like he is committed for the long haul. As a Lions fan, I am genuinely excited to see what Patricia has to offer in his leadership of this team. He brings with him a very complex defensive scheme, as he doesn’t have any concepts set in stone. He is more of a believer in crafting his defense around the players in his arsenal, which should make this Lion’s defense very interesting. Any improvement to the Detroit defense should be seen as a blessing. This past season was a struggle for the defense, as they ranked below average in the league (worse than 16th) in every major defensive cat-

egory, including passing yards allowed, total yards allowed and rushing yards per game. They let teams run up the score on them, as they ranked 21st in total points allowed per game (23.5), which is unacceptable for any team looking to make the playoffs. Luckily for the Lions, not giving up points is a specialty of Patricia’s defenses, as his units have been in the top 10 in points allowed every year he was the defensive coordinator, including a first-place finish in 2016. Patricia has proven that his teams can be awesome defensively, even without stars on the defense. This year’s Super Bowl team featured a front seven full of players the average NFL fan has never heard of: Eric Lee, Lawrence Guy, Malcolm Brown, Trey Flowers, Eland-

on Roberts. Patricia made these average players look like stars because of his brilliant schemes that tailored to his players’ strengths. Patricia can even make former Lions look good. In Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots started Kyle Van Noy and Johnson Bademosi, two guys who couldn’t see the field in Detroit and were traded for low draft picks. If Patricia can make magic out of these Lions rejects, imagine what he can do with the young guys who currently play for Detroit. The possibilities are endless. Critics of the hire of Patricia don’t trust that he can succeed at an NFL level simply because he’s a former Patriots assistant. Former Patriots assistants have looked terrible as head coaches elsewhere, with Charlie Weis, Romeo

Crennel and Josh McDaniels being some tragic examples. But something is different about Patricia. He’s been dreaming about an opportunity like this for years. You could see it in the look in his eyes at the Lions press conference. He’s passionate, he’s hungry to prove himself and he can’t wait to get started. I’m excited to see Patricia show off his genius game plans, shining charisma and big black beard as he wreaks havoc all over the NFC North. This is a team that was one or two games away from making the playoffs last season and appeared to need one last push not only to make the playoffs but to finally do something meaningful once they get there. Now to answer that dreaded five-year interview question: Patricia, Quinn and franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford

are all signed on through 2022, so this core will be around for years to come here in Detroit. Long gone are those days of the “same old Lions,” as the sky is now the limit for this franchise. Where do I see this team in five years? I see Stafford throwing crisp passes all over the field and becoming a perennial MVP candidate. I see a hungry defense led by young studs and smart veterans playing with heart and a newfound invigoration. And most importantly, I see a team that not only can get to the playoffs but that has a legitimate chance at getting to the Super Bowl once January rolls around. A new culture is brewing here in Detroit, so brace yourselves, Lions fans. The new wave is rushing in. Patricia is the captain now, and I can’t wait to see how far this ship can sail.



AIMING FOR PERFECTION: Members of the GVSU men’s swimming team prepare for a long-distance relay during a meet victory over Findlay University on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the GVSU pool. After a three-week hiatus from competition, the GVSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete in the GLIAC Championship from Wednesday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 17. GVL | MATT READ

GV swimming and diving teams hope to repeat success at GLIAC Championship BY LOUIS RICARD LRICARD@LANTHORN.COM

It’s been a long road for the Grand Valley State swimming and diving teams, but this week is the time to shift gears and focus. GVSU will be competing in the GLIAC Championship in Jenison, Michigan, from Wednesday, Feb 14, till Saturday, Feb. 17. Both the men’s and the women’s teams hope to repeat and be crowned GLIAC champions for the second consecutive season.

Although this year turned out to be challenging for both groups, GVSU is ready to take on the competition and make a splash in Jenison. The word of this past week is simple, yet crucial: “healthy.” Head coach Andy Boyce wants his team to be as rested and as healthy as possible so that both groups can perform to the best of their abilities. However, with a young group like his, Boyce has to make sure everyone is on top of their emotions and not vice versa. “We’re pretty relaxed, a little excited,” Boyce said. “We don’t

want to be too excited because you can psych yourself out. We cut out morning practices last week, so we should be feeling pretty rested.” Junior Ben Walling—competing in the sprint freestyle and back events—is entering his third year with the team and hopes to be able to bring back another trophy to the Fieldhouse in Allendale. This year, however, Walling knows GVSU has a target on its back. “We battled against Northern (Michigan University) and won last year, so they probably kept us in (their)

thoughts,” Walling said. Northern is not the only team that wants to dethrone GVSU, however. Wayne State has been a rival for several years now, and the three teams are expected to battle it out to decide the one true champion. “I believe we still have the upper hand thanks to our depth,” Walling said. “We do have a lot of freshmen. I think half of our team is in their first year, so it’s our job as juniors and seniors to help them get ready for this week.” As young as they may be, the freshman class is as tal-

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Issue 42, February 12th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 42, February 12th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn

Issue 42, February 12th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 42, February 12th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn