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Two Fulbright professors share their experiences BY SARAH HOLLIS SHOLLIS@LANTHORN.COM

MAKING A CASE: GVSU President Thomas Haas speaks with a student during the Civic Engagement Showcase held in the DeVos Center in Grand Rapids on April 13, 2017. Haas and members of student senate traveled to the Michigan State Capitol on Thursday, March 1, to discuss state funding. GVL | LUKE HOLMES

Fighting for funds University officials travel to Lansing to make case for increased state backing BY ARPAN LOBO NEWS@LANTHORN.COM


efore students left Allendale to celebrate spring break, two university officials spoke in front of Michigan representatives for an increase in state funding. On Thursday, March 1, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas, as well as GVSU student senate president Jonathan Bowman and student senators Cameron Jones and Julian VanDaele, traveled to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing to discuss an increase in GVSU’s state-allocated funds. Seeing an increase in fund-

ing for GVSU has been a priority for Haas. In his retirement announcement Wednesday, Feb. 28, he spoke of the necessity for more resources put into the university. “We cannot tolerate any further disinvestment in higher education,” Haas said. “Education is a public good, and states that invest in it have more lively economies and communities.” Multiple universities were present at the event. However, Bowman was the only student representative to speak. “I think the fact that I am in front of you today shows the student-centered attitude of Grand Valley, an attitude which all universities should have,” he said

in his statement. “Representing Grand Valley’s 25,000 students, I want to share how impactful our college experience has been. Grand Valley is preparing future nurses, engineers, teachers and people in many other fields who will be the driving force for the innovation and development of our great state. “We need the state to invest more into our education and for higher education to be seen as a priority.” Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, both university administration and student senate have made an effort to draw attention to GVSU’s comparative lack of funding. In January, senate

collaborated with other schools in Michigan to create a petition geared toward state funding. The 11th annual Accountability Report, released in November, showed that GVSU has received the second-lowest funding per student for the past five years. According to university officials, an increase in state funding could result in lower tuition costs for GVSU students. In Haas’ nearly 12 years at the university, he has made a concerted effort to alleviate financial concerns on the behalf of students. “I think it’s clearly evident when you look at the Grand FinSEE FUNDING | A2

For the 2017-18 academic year, three faculty members from Grand Valley State University were selected as Fulbright Scholars: Lisa Feurzeig, professor of music; Brian Phillips, professor of sociology; and Jitendra Mishra, professor of management. Feurzeig and Phillips were both selected for the Core Fulbright Scholar Program, while Mishra was selected for the Institute of International Exchange and Council for International Exchange of Scholars Senior Fulbright Nehru Professional-Academic Teaching Scholar Award in International Human Resources Management. Mishra did not conduct any research as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, he received Fulbright awards for teaching/lecturing. Applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program is challenging and requires an extensive amount of preparation. “The application is rather extensive as one would expect it to be,” Phillips said via email. “The statement of intention that potential Fulbright Scholars draft is the most challenging part of the application process and an important aspect of a scholar being accepted to the program.” Mishra believes his long history of achievements in the field of human resources has contributed to his receiving this award. “Fulbright is very competitive,” he said via email. “Everyone must go through three levels of competition. ... I was fortunate that I got in for teaching. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity for submitting/ implementing ‘Philosophy & Design of Undergraduate Business SEE FULBRIGHT | A2


The ‘Battle’ continues Student senate votes to keep annual Battle of the Valleys charity competition BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI RMATUSZEWSKI@LANTHORN.COM

At its general assembly Thursday, March 1, Grand Valley State University’s student senate voted in favor of continuing the annual Battle of the Valleys charity competition. The vote concluded a threeweek-long discussion of whether or not to keep Battle of the Valleys going. The senators had been debating keeping it for the sake of having a week devoted to charity or finding another charity to promote, as some senators believe most students are unaware that Battle of the Valleys is more than just a football game. “Don’t stifle an amazing thing because it takes time and effort,” said GVSU student and former student senator Brooklynn Golnick. Golnick spoke on behalf of keeping the competition. Her reminder of GVSU’s contribution to the Laker Children’s Fund, the main beneficiary of the competition, ultimately swayed voters. Once the list of speakers was exhausted, 26 students voted in favor of keeping Battle of the Valleys, while 12 voted against it and one abstained. “We’re going to keep doing it, so I think that’s exciting,” said student senate president Jonathan Bowman.

“We are going to work towards planning (it), and if people want to get involved in that process, I encourage them to reach out to us.” As part of its weekly business, student senate also addressed its finance guidelines, which is the control of the $1.2 million Student Life Fund and how the senators plan to disperse it to student organizations for the 2018-19 academic year. After the budget is reviewed, the organization’s requests are divided into certain categories. “I think the huge thing for people to know is about the budget,” Bowman said. “I think the students need to know where the (fund) is going, if they have comments, questions, concerns, (to) reach out to us so we can address those. (We want to) help people better understand that money is there for students to use, and we spend the whole year dispersing that fund to students. It’s there for organizations to request it however they deem fit.” Student senate also invited Chris Swank, an operations manager for Pew Campus and Regional Centers Operations, who discussed the construction of the Laker Line, a brand-new busing initiative to be finished in fall 2020. The plans are meant to improve the SEE BOTV | A2

ANCHOR UP, CARDINALS DOWN: Student senate president Jonathan Bowman poses with the Battle of the Valleys trophy on Sept. 30, 2017. On Thursday, March 1, senate voted 26 to 12 to maintain the BOTV charity competition. GVL | EMILY FRYE







James Moyer, associate vice president for facilities planning at Grand Valley State University, announced his intention to retire on Saturday, March 31. Moyer has been at GVSU since 1996. Since then, he has served as the director of facilities planning. Moyer also has served as a member of GVSU President Thomas Haas’ cabinet. There will be a reception to honor Moyer on Wednesday, March 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Alumni House, located on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. Karen Ingle will assume the role of associate vice president for facilities planning on Sunday, April 1. Ingle has also been at GVSU since 1996 and has served as a senior project manager and team leader for facilities planning.

DEHAAN PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY Capt. Brandon DeHaan of the Grand Valley State University Police Department has been named director of public safety at GVSU, the university announced Tuesday, March 6. DeHaan has served as GVPD acting director since October 2017. He joined GVPD in 1987, serving as an officer before being promoted to sergeant in 1997. In 2004, DeHaan was promoted to assistant director of public safety services. DeHaan also currently serves as Clery compliance officer at GVSU. “Captain DeHaan is highly experienced and his longtime service and leadership in the department have been recognized by our campus community,” said D. Scott Richardson, retiring acting vice president for finance and administration at GVSU to GVNow. “We are confident that he will continue to move us forward in providing a safe learning and living environment for the entire Grand Valley community.”


The TEDxGVSU event will take place Friday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium, located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. The theme of this year’s event is “Shape.” Tickets for the event cost $20 and include admission, a T-shirt and hors d’oeuvres.


A workshop focused on addressing microaggressions will take place Monday, March 12, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Rooms 2215/16. The workshop, titled “Managing and Addressing Micro-Aggressions: Tools and Strategies,” will be led by Hsiao-Wen Lo, a licensed psychologist. The event is both LIB 100- and 201-approved. For more information, visit The event is sponsored by the Grand Valley State University Office of Multicultural Affairs.

-ish Grant that President Haas started; it gives (a) $1,000 grant for all fourthyear seniors. I think that really shows (his dedication),” Bowman said. “That was something that he asked the legislature: If you give us increased funding, we’re going to give that directly back to students.” Other senate efforts include alerting Michigan gubernatorial candidates to GVSU’s comparative lack of funding. Jones, a member of the external relations committee of student senate, reached out to multiple candidates on the issue. Jones sent a statement to candidates Bill Schuette, Brian Calley, Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed. The statement detailed GVSU’s impact on Michigan’s economy, as well as other key issues related to higher education funding. Jones also attached a copy of the Accountability Report with the statement. Part of his statement reads as follows: The state of Michigan considers Grand Valley at the bottom of funding decisions despite the university’s performance at the top. Our growth in the last twenty years has not been accompanied by an equivalent increase in funding, meaning that Grand Valley’s students are simultaneously some of the bestperforming and some of the most underserved in the state. We run an incredibly efficient program at GVSU that attracts talented students who graduate here and who stay

DEDICATION: (Pictured from left to right) Julian VanDaele, GVSU President Thomas Haas, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, Jonathan Bowman and Cameron Jones. COURTESY | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

to work in Michigan, and we believe that those students deserve investment from the state of Michigan that matches their achievement. I am reaching out to you as a candidate for Michigan’s next governor to inquire about your position on higher education funding. More money from the state of Michigan would allow Grand Valley to improve our technological infrastructure, to provide our growing population of students with adequate facilities and with qualified faculty, and to expand our leadership development programs so that our brightest students have every opportunity to achieve their full potential. Of the candidates Jones reached out to, only El-Sayed responded. His team gave Jones the following response: We will build a higher edu-

The Grand Valley State University Career Center and Student Employment Office will host a Summer Job Fair on Wednesday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Henry Hall Atrium. Over 40 different organizations will be present at the fair, which will give GVSU students seeking summer internships a chance to reach out to businesses associated with health care, business, recreation, education, manufacturing and more.

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model with the best of the apprenticeship model. El-Sayed will participate in a town hall at GVSU on Wednesday, March 14, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. In addition to funding for higher education, El-Sayed will also discuss housing reform and marijuana legalization. As for GVSU, Bowman and others hope that the university and its students are recognized for their continued performance. “The cost of attending college is increasing, and there is more of a burden on (students),” Bowman said. “I think that’s something that we need to advocate for. If it was based on performance, which schools are performing the best, Grand Valley would be a lot higher.”


“We expect publications and continued collaboration with KUE since this study mirrors the one done by the American Sociological Association’s study of how students prepare themselves for the labor market,” he said. So far, the experience has been very rewarding for Phillips, and he encourages other faculty and students to apply for the Fulbright Scholars Program, too. “The Core Fulbright Program offers three areas of focus for scholars: lecturing, lecturing and research, and research only. My Fulbright is lecturing,” Phillips said. “As of this point, I find this experience to be very rewarding, and I enjoy working with students and faculty from various parts of Europe.” Those interested in learning more about the Fulbright Scholars Program, or who want to apply, can reach out to the Padnos International Center. “I strongly encourage faculty and students to apply to the Fulbright Program,” Phillips said. “It may be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. The Padnos International Center does an excellent job at assisting faculty and students with materials that are important to the application process.”



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cation system that supports both college and vocational education. Our higher education system must prepare our youth to thrive—no matter what path they choose while eliminating barriers to social mobility. That means we will work to make college tuitionfree for families earning less than $150,000 annually—and much more affordable for all families—through creating a universal state grant for Michigan students. We will also provide additional financial support to adult and non-traditional students enrolled in any form of postsecondary education, including vocational training and apprenticeships. Furthermore, we plan to partner with community colleges, unions, and employers to expand accredited training opportunities that combine the best of the traditional college

AWARDED: Jitendra Mishra was one of three professors at GVSU selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2017-18. COURTESY | GVNOW

Program,’ receiving the Presidential Plaque in 2001 from (former GVSU) President (Arend) Lubbers, 2015 Contributions to a Discipline Award and being nominated three times for the University Teaching Award. “These opportunities helped me to build the foundation of Seidman school, which I started and introduced many courses to, as well as an HRM major and many student organizations that are thriving today.” For his research, Phillips is currently working with other GVSU faculty at the Kraków University of Economics in Poland. “Professor Rachel Campbell of the Sociology Department at GVSU and Dr. Lisa Hickman, formerly of GVSU, along with myself, are collaborating with sociology professors at Kraków University of Economics (KUE),” Phillips said. “We are conducting survey research on what college students at GVSU and KUE do to prepare themselves for labor market entry other than (taking) classes.” Once this research is complete, Phillips expects he will continue collaboration with the KUE.



pace and ease of the bus drop-off and pickup at the Kirkhof Center. The Pew Campus bus stop will also be receiving an upgrade in order to prevent students from “playing Frogger” on the street whiel trying to catch buses. Swank said the new buses will be able to hold 60 students. The senators erupted in excited snaps when he mentioned Wi-Fi would also be available on the buses. Furthermore, student senator Cameron Jones of the public relations committee addressed the shooting and gun violence recently occurring in schools. Student senate intends to support measures being taken to alleviate gun violence in the community. “The resolution is showing support for two House bills that are currently at the Michigan Legislature, and

SUPPORT: GVSU football takes on SVSU for the Battle of the Valleys game on Sept. 30, 2017. Student senate recently voted to keep the annual charity competition around for next year. GVL | MATT READ

we show support for action being taken in regard to gun violence,” Bowman said. “Student senate isn’t a political body, so we don’t make the statements on issues like ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It’s more of a discussion and bringing up concerns with students.”

One GVSU student who has been attending the senate’s regular meetings was pleased with the progress the senate has been making on improving issues across campus. “I think they went over a lot of things, and they (were able) to go in depth on a

lot of (issues),” said student Shelby Vincke. “I noticed (the difference when I) was here for their first talk about Battle of the Valleys, (but it’s good to hear) everyone is still super passionate about (it). I think they’re getting somewhere.”




‘Just do it’ GV student encourages others to study abroad

SKYLINE: Santiago, the capital city of Chile. GVSU student and liberal studies major Christopher ‘Pez’ Lopez has been studying abroad in Santiago since August 2017. He shared his study-abroad experience with Grand Valley Lanthorn reporter Tylee Bush. Lopez, who was apprehensive before making his trip, shared that studying in Chile has led to one of the best years of his life. COURTESY | PAUL VAN OSS PHOTOS BY TYLEE BUSH TBUSH@LANTHORN.COM

Christopher “Pez” Lopez, a Grand Valley State University student studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, has just three words of advice for students who are considering studying abroad: “Just do it.” He may have taken these words from Nike, and they may be cliché, but the meaning is deeper to Lopez, who encourages all college students to invest in a studyabroad experience during their college careers. Lopez arrived in Santiago at the end of August 2017.

He is pursuing a liberal studies major with an emphasis in implementing social change in health care. However, in Chile, he is exclusively studying Spanish every day. “This has been one if not the best years of my life,” Lopez said. Even though Lopez is currently enjoying his studyabroad experience, there was a time when he was very nervous about leaving the U.S., the comfort of GVSU’s campus and even his fraternity. “I was getting worried about leaving,” he said. “However, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Lopez wasn’t sure how he would be able to afford his trip initially. He was fortunate enough to receive the Barbara H. Padnos Scholarship, and after accepting it, he decided to refrain from applying for other scholarships to allow other students to benefit, too. “Because of the Padnos International Scholarship, I no longer needed money, which, in my mind, meant if I received more, I would be taking away from someone who actually needed the money,” Lopez said. “I wouldn’t even be here if I didn’t receive any money. (Receiving the scholarship was) a life-changing

and worthwhile experience.” In fact, Lopez shared that because of the scholarship opportunities available to students who study abroad, his time in Chile has actually been cheaper than attending GVSU would have been this year. Even still, after overcoming the financial challenge, Lopez had one more challenge to conquer upon arriving in Santiago: the language barrier. “The language is hard,” Lopez said. “I came here without knowing any Spanish, but I have adapted very well.” Despite this, Lopez said he has felt truly at home and welcomed in Chile

from the very start. “I am Mexican and I look like everyone here, so honestly, I feel more comfortable walking around here than I do in the USA,” he said. Lopez has classes Monday through Thursday and often uses his Fridays off to explore. He has taken full advantage of his geographic location and has traveled to several places within and around Chile. “It would take a while to list all the places I’ve had the ability to travel to in my time here,” Lopez said. “The Atacama Desert was one of my favorite places, and I have been there twice.” These excursions, along



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Open Auditions For: Grand Valley 2018 Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary presenting

King Lear And our touring Bard To Go Where: Haas Center for Performing Arts, Room 1721 When:

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with his time in class and studying, have been enough to convince Lopez that there is no experience quite like studying abroad. To prospective studyabroad students who are on the fence, Lopez said, “Even if you don’t know the language, just go for it. I came here to Chile for a whole year without knowing any more Spanish than ‘Hola, ¿cómo estás?’ “Enjoy yourself, live with a host family, immerse yourself in the culture, and not only will the language come along, but you’ll learn a significant amount about yourself along the way.”


Academic credit available for cast and crew positions Rehearsals to be held on weekday evenings and weekends depending on schedule Seven public performances

1. Attend audtions by signing up at Louis Armstrong Theatre box office in person, call 616-331-2300 or email 2. Please prepare a 1 minute monologue and 16 lines of a Shakespeare play, preferred. 3. Attend final casting “callbacks” on TBA, if notified




By Juliette Elton

Battle of the Valleys worth keeping


fter a few weeks of deliberation, the Grand Valley State University student senate finally voted Thursday, March 1, to continue the annual Battle of the Valleys charity competition against Saginaw Valley State University. While some senators had expressed concern that the competition might not be well-known enough to be worth keeping (reflected in the 12 votes against continuing it), Battle of the Valleys is arguably one of the only Laker Traditions that has a tangible and significant effect on the surrounding community. While other traditions, such as Presidents’ Ball, can cost the university thousands of dollars to hold, Battle of the Valleys actually raises thousands of dollars every year for the Laker Children’s Fund, which awards mini grants of up to $5,000 to organizations specializing in childhood growth and well-being in Kent and Ottawa counties. According to the Battle of the Valleys’ history web page, the competition, which has been around since 2003, raised a whopping $17,331 for the Laker Children’s Fund in 2016. While GVSU has never raised more than SVSU, the competitive nature of the fundraising has clearly spurred Lakers to open their wallets and contribute to this worthy cause nonetheless. Even though some senators may be convinced that this event is overshadowed by the accompanying football game, surely they are doing something right because money is still being raised.

And down the line, perhaps they can harness the hype of the football game in their promotional endeavors to encourage even more donations from the Laker community, turning what might be considered a competitor for attention into an attraction for fundraising efforts. In addition, while senators might be concerned that students don’t know about the fundraising side of Battle of the Valleys, replacing the competition with another charitable endeavor won’t solve this supposed issue. GVSU students across campus are constantly pushing new initiatives and agendas as part of their respective organizations, so a new charity effort would likely just get lost in the noise of other Laker happenings. It’s better that senate is working to push a pre-existing Laker Tradition, building on an established history to continue to raise money for the Laker Children’s Fund. In the end, the most important reason to keep this event is simply the fact that it does raise money for charity. While it takes time and effort to plan, spread the word and put on, the end result of Battle of the Valleys makes it worth it. Despite senators’ concerns, the event is actually reasonably well-known around GVSU, and trading in this tradition for another is ultimately going to confuse people. When something has been going on as long as Battle of the Valleys has, it can be considered a staple university event. And while all students may not be aware of the charity aspect of the event, it brings the campus community together for that small period of time and fosters school spirit.


It’s time to start thinking about Michigan’s gubernatorial race


The political climate is something new to many of us Grand Valley State University students. In fact, some freshmen probably can’t even vote yet. But regardless of your age, if you weren’t raised in a politically active family, chances are that through primary school you didn’t learn much more than the three branches of government and the presidents on Mount Rushmore. With the 2018 elections coming up, specifically the race for Michigan’s next governor, now is the time

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elect our state’s leader for at least the next four years. Up next is one of the most important parts of politics: the candidates. Michigan has never had a black governor, a Muslim governor or an IndianAmerican governor, not to mention that the number of women to hold the office has been pretty slim, too. But, as of now, all of those groupings of people are in the race. Yes, they’re all Democrats, but it is still a pool of diversity we don’t see nearly often enough. When you’re considering for whom to vote, race, gender or religion should definitely not be the deciding factor, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate politics as they start to broaden their horizons. It’s no secret that our political system has been criticized for being disproportionately full of old white men. To me, it is awesome to see a state like Michigan take a step toward the future. Still, the most important thing to consider is where each candidate stands on policies. Chances are that

you will not be able to find a candidate who perfectly lines up with each and every one of your viewpoints because politics are just too diverse. Instead, you need to decide on the issues that matter the most to you and find out who aligns with them. After that, it is always important to look into your candidate’s background. Experience matters, and so do their past choices, so look at them closely. Sure, the race is still eight months away and there’s a primary that has to take place before the actual election, but it’s important to start thinking about it now. I know how college students work, and you won’t be able to procrastinate registering to vote until the morning of the election. You also can’t expect to be an informed voter if you “SparkNotes” each candidate’s background. As all of our professors say, do your homework now, and you’ll get a better result later.

Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ waters down book’s complexity


to start learning about our political system and thinking about how you’re going to vote. Most of us, myself included, probably have not yet had the chance to vote in a Michigan gubernatorial race. In November 2014, I was only 17, and I didn’t have the slightest clue about what policies I thought would suit our nation best. In the last four years, I’ve made it a point to try to learn by reading and listening to information from different sides of each policy debate. The only thing worse than not voting is voting without a real clue of what you’re helping to decide. So, for those of you firsttimers like myself, I decided to do some of the research for you. First things first, the next election will take place this upcoming November, so registering to vote is a must. Don’t listen to what people say; your millennial vote does matter, even if it has to compete with the Baby Boomers’. You really can effect change one vote at a time. For starters, you can be responsible for helping to


As is proudly proclaimed by the trailer for the 2018 cinematic adaptation, “A Wrinkle in Time” has been a beloved children’s book for decades. The Disney film is exactly what you would expect a modern take on a cherished story written for kids in the 60s to be: a colorful fantasy amusement park ride, more than a little on the cheesy side. Its core theme of “you’re beautiful and deserve to be loved” is sweet and unobjectionable, especially considering director

Ava DuVernay’s decision to make the Murrys a mixed-race family. But being familiar with the book, I can’t help but think the film plays it too safe to live up to the ambition of author Madeleine L’Engle’s original. L’Engle was a woman with strong opinions about what kind of content could belong in children’s literature. You’d have to be to consider quantum physics a fun plot device for your chapter book about kids going on an adventure. “A Wrinkle in Time” was complicated because she believed her young readers could handle complicated stories. “Despite the undeniable fact that the children’s minds are tender,” L’Engle once said during a 1983 lecture at the Library of Congress, “they are also far more tough than many people realize, and they have an openness and an ability to grapple with difficult concepts which many adults have lost.” If the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, she suggests, then you write it for children. But the 2018 movie cuts

away many of those difficult concepts and replaces them with content that’s much more cut-and-dried. The book warns against the complacency that comes with ignoring injustice to focus on what makes you happy. In the film, main character Meg simply has to find her balance with the “Happy Medium.” The book criticizes the factory design of the U.S. school system that prioritizes memorization over real understanding. In the film, Meg’s frustration with her school life is reduced to a bully who’s mean to her because an evil space cloud made her self-conscious about her weight. The book shows Calvin’s relationship with his neglectful workingclass mother, whom he loves deeply because he knows that, despite her flaws, she’s doing the best she can. In the film, Calvin is briefly shown being screamed at by a caricature of an abusive father for not getting an A in one of his classes. The book begins with celestial beings disguising themselves

as homeless, weathered old women to illustrate the problem with judging people by their appearances. In the film, those beings are beautiful and stunningly dressed from the get-go to keep anything ugly and mundane from ruining the movie’s perfect fantasy aesthetic. Storm Reid and Deric McCabe do a great job as the two Murry siblings, and their performances are what make the most powerful scenes in the movie. But they aren’t enough to redeem the vague prettiness that makes up the rest of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Too much of the movie’s rudiment is spent on nothing but showing off Disney’s massive CGI budget to allow it to live up to its much more enterprising source material. It’s a beautiful movie with some tremendously emotional scenes, to be sure. But its lack of faith in its audience to understand the story that L’Engle wrote might leave the readers in the audience disappointed.




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CEO Eric Liu to discuss civil activism in next Wheelhouse Talk ment in civil processes regardless of political position or affiliation, BakerBoosamra said. He encourages individuals to listen to one another and act from shared U.S. values. “Liu is the perfect combination of goals at the Hauenstein Center Common Ground Initiative in engaging in democratic discussion and powering folks of this country,” said Chadd Dowding, senior program manager for the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center. “This helps us to understand what political and democratic power mean to getting things done in this country.” Dowding believes that students play a large role in their communities. He said education applies to the community around students on campus and in the Grand Rapids area, adding that it’s valuable to see learning take a role in your life. Student activism and empowerment through citizenship can be seen on a state and national level, too. For example, after the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, students were able to bring national awareness to the issue of gun control, proving that students do


Each and every person has the power to impact their surroundings through their citizenship. This can be accomplished through voting or contributing time and attending community meetings. On Wednesday, March 14, Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host a Wheelhouse Talk about these capabilities each citizen has. Led by Eric Liu, author, columnist and CEO of Citizen University, this event will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the L.V. Eberhard Center, Room 215. Liu will cover many topics that he discussed in his book, “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen.” “(Liu’s) book talks about where we are today as a society and the social fragmentation of our culture and social institutions,” said Melissa Baker-Boosamra, associate director of student life for civic engagement and assessment at GVSU. “He brings an inspirational message that mandates particularly for young people on how they can be active in the community.” Liu encourages engage-

CITIZENSHIP: Author and Citizen University CEO Eric Liu will speak at GVSU on Wednesday, March 14, as part of the Hauenstein Center’s Wheelhouse Talks series. Liu will speak about civic engagement, as well as his book dedicated to the topic. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU

in fact have the ability to bring community issues to the forefront of national political discussion. Dowding said the college experience is about expressing activism, and according to Baker-Boosamra, there are numerous ways students can get involved in the com-

munity. On campus, students can participate in advocacy work or work through student organizations. Beyond hosting events, Baker-Boosmara said, students can see how these organizations can influence policy decisionmaking and be part of a broader political landscape.

The Wheelhouse Talks series is organized to host local mentors to share their stories of leadership with students and the community. The leadership values are reflected in the Cook Leadership Academy, which is an institution for students who are leaders in their

fields. Applications are currently open for students to apply to this program. This Wheelhouse Talk will be the biggest of the year, according to Dowding. The event will be free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit hc/ under “Events.”



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RIDING INTO RETIREMENT: Students and faculty gather outside the Mary Idema Pew Library on their bikes. ‘Bike Ride With T. Haas’ was held June 12, 2017, to kick off Active Commute Week. GVSU President Thomas Haas announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019, on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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GV PROFESSOR TO LEAD SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP For those interested in perfecting their Shakespeare monologues, Katherine Mayberry, Grand Valley State University professor and director of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, will be leading a Shakespeare workshop, scheduled for Friday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1721 of the Haas Center for Performing Arts. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Mayberry at Space is limited and registration is required.

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2018 Plans for the 2018 season of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival are already underway. This year’s performances will be “King Lear” and “Bard to Go.” There are casting opportunities for all students regardless of major or minor. Backstage duties are also available. Open auditions will be held Monday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 1721 of the Haas Center for Performing Arts. To attend an audition, please sign up at the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office, call 616-331-2300 or email Jack Lane at


The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is holding performances of the popular musical “My Fair Lady” from now until Sunday, March 18. Wednesday through Saturday, performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $37. To purchase your ticket, visit

KEITH URBAN COMING TO GRAND RAPIDS THIS OCTOBER Keith Urban will be stopping at the Van Andel Arena for his “Graffiti U World Tour 2018” on Friday, Oct. 19. Guest artist Kelsea Ballerini will be his supporting act during the performance. Tickets went on sale to the general public Friday, March 2. Prices are $39, $65.50 and $96.50, and are available for purchase at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Only eight tickets can be purchased per customer.

DOCUMENTARY ‘BACKPACK FULL OF CASH’ TO BE SCREENED THURSDAY, MARCH 15 On Thursday, March 15, the GVSU Educational Foundations Department, along with the GVSU College of Education, will be screening the documentary “Backpack Full of Cash,” which examines the widespread attempt to privatize and cut funding to public education in the U.S. Sarah Mondale, the director of the film, will be attending the screening the holding a discussion and Q&A session following the movie. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the L.V. Eberhard Center. It is free and open to the public.

Student composers to give concert of original music BY ANNE MARIE SMIT ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

At Grand Valley State University, many music majors perform recitals with their instrument for their senior project. While these recitals give music students an opportunity to share their talent, a number of students compose their own pieces and have few chances to share them with others. Recognizing this, GVSU senior Josh Doane organized the GVSU Composer Concert, which is scheduled for Friday, March 16, from 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The concert will feature the compositions of 14 GVSU students, with styles ranging from Contemporary to NeoBaroque to Neo-Romantic. Doane is a performance major who has been composing his own music for six years. The primary reason he organized the event, he said, was that there are quite a few students who compose their own music who don’t have many opportunities to share it since GVSU doesn’t offer a composition major. “A lot of people for their majors do senior recitals for their instrument, and that’s a required thing,” Doane said. “Over time, I learned that there are a lot of composers in the music program, and not all of them are necessarily in the composition studio. (So), at the end of last semester, I sort of got the idea to put together a concert of all the composers I know.” Surprisingly, of the people Doane assembled to participate in the concert, only about half of them formally study music at GVSU; the other half compose music on their own for fun, like GVSU sophomore Annelise Trout. Trout has been playing


RECITAL: A GVSU student held his recital in the Performing Arts Center on April 4, 2017. On Friday, March 16, student composers will give a recital of their original music on campus. GVL | LUKE HOLMES

music since second grade when she began taking piano lessons, but she didn’t start composing her own music until three years ago when she began to use the program GarageBand, a computer music creation studio. After Doane told her about the composition concert he was thinking of putting on, Trout knew she would want to participate. “It was a random opportunity that I stumbled into,” Trout said. “I’m taking piano lessons from Dr. Cho on campus. We had a piano recital, and I met Josh there, and we started talking about music composition, and he told me about a concert that he might be putting on. So, I said, ‘Oh, that would be cool. Let me know if you decide to do it.’” Many people are intimidated by composition, Doane said, because they think they have to measure up to the great composers. But he

believes many people could compose a piece of their own. “Through my time and study, I wish more people felt like they were confident in composing because I feel like it’s a lot less complicated than what people make it out to be,” Doane said. “There’s an overall problem in classical music that when we study the history, we talk about these composers and we make their lives seem really grandiose, and it makes composition seem so out of reach. But I think anyone could compose if they wanted to.” In addition to the music of the famo us composers seeming unattainable, Doane thinks another reason people don’t compose music of their own is because the usual demographic doesn’t represent them. “Back to the ‘famous composers’ problem, it kind of perpetuates the composer demographics within the modern classical community because

we study all the great composers, and the great composers are white males,” Doane said. “It inspires a lot of white males to do composition and not other people. Fortunately, with the Composer Concert, I was able to try to incorporate more female composers. “That was kind of the limit I was able to take due to the demographic I had to work with in the music building, but I am proud to say that I did my best to make the concert (a) more inclusive experience for music students that compose.” Doane’s compositions in the concert include a Romantic piece called “Fancy in the Stars Above” and “A Consideration of U.S. Foreign Relations,” which he refers to as a musical collage. Trout’s compositions featured in the program are “Ookaya,” modeled after a string orchestra concert, and “Stalker,” a more techno piece. Refreshments will be provided.


Indian dancer to perform in Arts at Noon series BY ARIE NIENHUIS ANIENHUIS@LANTHORN.COM

CURATION: ‘Five Chapters’ senior exhibition was on display in the Haas Center for Performing Arts on Nov. 28, 2017. The VMA student show is open now through Friday, March 30. GVL | HANNAH ZAJAC

VMA student exhibition showcases various disciplines, department unity BY NICK MORAN NMORAN@LANTHORN.COM

The Department of Visual and Media Arts Student Exhibition showcases student work on a variety of levels, ranging from art across multiple disciplines to the curation of the show itself. The exhibition, which will be held in the Padnos Student Gallery from now until Friday, March 30, features work selected by faculty from various disciplines within the Department of Visual and Media Arts (VMA), said jewelry and metalsmithing professor Beverly Seley. The curation of the exhibit is student-run through professor Anna Campbell’s Curatorial Studio class, where students group pieces of art together and create themes for exhibitions, said curatorial studio student Megan Galvin. The exhibition, formerly known as the Annual Student Jury Show, has since shifted to include work from the photography and film and video production programs since

their merger with the art and design department to create the VMA, said Morgan Lloyd, a Curational Studio student. While also including a more equal spread of work across the disciplines, Lloyd said the revised show is about unity of the arts. “The show is trying to bring all of the departments together as one, because that’s what we are now,” Lloyd said. “It’s (also) trying to make sure everyone gets a fair share and is equally shown.” Curatorial Studio students had a variety of responsibilities in organizing the student show, from designing the catalog to creating and printing the poster. Lloyd said she had the responsibility of creating a 3D model of the Padnos Gallery so that students and faculty could plan the show more effectively for both this show and future exhibitions. “Right now, we don’t have a 3D model,” Lloyd said. “We don’t even have a drawing of it. We just have the floorplan, which is just basic

measurements and not even all the measurements are there. So, this (model) gives a better visual to people.” While also curating the show, Galvin and Lloyd also have faculty-selected pieces of art displayed in it. Galvin’s piece, titled “The Wollar Project” was a site-based group project made for her SPACE class. The 35-foot flag was installed on Rumsey Street with help from SiTE:LAB, Galvin said. Also accompanying it was a tax form that discussed ideas of loss, using the “Wollar” to give grief a numeric value, she said. “We wanted to talk about loss and the various forms of loss, and how often times it’s an intangible value,” Galvin said. “You can talk about how you’ve lost so much money or something else, but oftentimes, loss is something that can’t be evaluated in a number amount. So, we created the Wollar.”

In terms of performance art, it is likely that dance is the form that is most commonly understood and appreciated by the general public. Soon, students will be able to experience this form of art through a performance from Indian dancer Sanjukta Banerjee. Banerjee is an Indian classical dancer with an extensive history in her craft. She has appeared in a number of Indian films, as well as live performances, and has spent a large amount of time touring throughout the world. She will be taking her craft to Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, March 21, at noon in the Cook-DeWitt Center as part of the ongoing Arts at Noon series. The Arts at Noon series brings many famous musicians and performers to GVSU for hour-long performances that any student can attend for free. Hannah Seidel, assistant professor of modern dance at GVSU, shared some thoughts on the series, as well as on dance as a whole. “Events like Arts at Noon give the Grand Valley commu-

nity a chance to connect to the larger world and to each other,” Seidel said via email. “Visiting performers bring their rich histories, knowledge and artistry from around the world.” While Seidel has not seen a performance from Banerjee in person, she has seen other performances in Banerjee’s Bharatanatyam style, and Seidel said she was amazed at the intricacy, control and subtle power the art form requires. Henry Duitman, associate professor and conductor of the GVSU Symphony Orchestra, believes that seeing dance performances is beneficial for anyone who goes out of their way to attend events like this. “Dance brings the visual aspect to music,” Duitman said via email. “In a very real sense, (it) can make any musical experience more memorable. (Students) can see how universal human emotions can be expressed equally well through dance from another culture.” Seidel said dance performances can be appreciated by all kinds of people, making it an accessible art form. “One strength of dance is how movement can be intuitively interpreted by anyone who witnesses it, whether that

means being amazed by the abilities of highly trained performers or recognizing meaning in gestures from everyday life in a duet between two dancers,” she said. Seidel also views dance performances, as well as exposure to art in general, as great ways to spur students to think in different ways and expand their margin of creativity with its nearly universal appeal. “The expression of creativity makes people unique,” Seidel said. “Exposure to and participation in the arts can help students train themselves to color outside the lines and think outside the box.” In terms of getting involved with the arts, both Seidel and Duitman view GVSU’s many programs and student organizations as fantastic ways for students to put themselves into the art community. “Students who are interested in the arts have excellent opportunities at GVSU to see performances and exhibits, take classes and become involved in a huge variety of student organizations,” Seidel said. GO TO: FOR MORE INFORMATION


CULTURE: Indian dancer Sanjukta Banerjee has appeared in films and live performances. She will visit GVSU on Wednesday, March 21, for the Arts at Noon series. COURTESY | SANJUKTABANERJEE.COM






The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s track and field teams finished the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday evening with the men tied for sixth with 26 points and the women in eighth with 25 points. This year’s championships kicked off Friday, March 9, and concluded Saturday, March 10, in Pittsburg, Kansas. The Pittsburg State men’s team won their first-ever Indoor National Championship by edging defending champion Tiffin by one point, 49 to 48. West Texas A&M University won the women’s championship with 40 total points. The GVSU women’s 4x400meter relay team was crowned a National Champion as Chant’e Roberts, Angela Ritter, Jessica Eby and Rachael Walters hit the finish line first and set a school record with a time of 3:40.34. GVSU saw six podium finishes as both teams had three apiece. For the men’s side, Jacob Battani placed fourth in the pole vault with a clearing of 5.15 meters, while Wuoi Mach tabbed a seventh-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:10.71. The men’s 4x400meter relay team, composed of Andrew McFarland, Thomas Capers, Tyler Pavliga and Jaylin Golson, set a new indoor school record with a time of 3:12.10 en route to a fifth-place finish. On the women’s side, Roberts and Walters each reached the podium twice during the meet. Both placed in their individual events and were part of the 4x400-meter relay team that was crowned a National Champion. Roberts placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.08, while Walters finished as the National Runner-Up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.13, only behind Danielle McCormick, who ran a time of 2:07.79. The Lakers will now head to their outdoor season, as they will be on the road for the next month before they host the Al Owens Classic on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.


In the world of baseball/ softball, arguably the hardest milestone to accomplish is for a pitcher to toss a perfect game—meaning that not a single opponent reaches the base via base hit, walk or error. During the Grand Valley State softball team’s spring trip to Clermont, Florida, junior pitcher Allison Lipovsky tossed a 14-strikeout perfect game over seven innings to claim a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame College. The perfect game came just one day after Lipovsky threw a complete game four-hitter to upset the No. 1 nationally ranked Minnesota State Mankato 6-1. During that contest, Lipovsky struck out six batters over seven innings. From the beginning of their trip on Sunday, March 4, to its end on Saturday, March 10, the Lakers won 10 of their 12 contests. GVSU outscored their opponents 73-20 over that span. GVSU will next compete in a doubleheader against GLIAC rival Ferris State on Wednesday, March 21, in the Lakers’ homeopener at the GVSU softball field. The first contest will begin at 3 p.m.

UNTIL NEXT YEAR: GVSU women’s basketball assistant coach Phil Sayers leads the team in a timeout during the Lakers’ blowout victory over Wayne State Thursday, Feb. 8, at the DeltaPlex Arena. The Lakers’ NCAA Tournament run came to an end after No. 1 ranked Ashland eliminated GVSU on Saturday, March 10. GVL | EMILY FRYE


GV women’s basketball season ends against Ashland in NCAA Tournament



ational tournaments are some of the most exciting events of the entire sports year, especially when it comes to basketball. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat seemingly define the entire month of March, at least for sports fans, that is. As the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region following their 25-6 regular season—the third most

wins in program history—the Grand Valley State women’s basketball team earned themselves a bid into the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Out of their six total losses, three of them came against No. 1 ranked Ashland, two against No. 24 nationally ranked Michigan Tech and one in an early-season loss to the University of Southern Indiana. After a surprising first-round 75-54 blowout against No. 4 regionally ranked Michigan Tech, the Lakers were unable to continue

CONCENTRATION: GVSU guard Natalie Koenig takes her time before shooting a free throw in a game against Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 8. GVL | EMILY FRYE

their season in the Midwest Region Semifinal by falling to the defending GLIAC and National Champion, the top-seeded Ashland Eagles, 68-80 on Saturday, March 10. Their short but inspired run started Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. when the Lakers and the Huskies tipped off. Michigan Tech came into the opening round of the tournament with confidence after beating GVSU twice in the regular season. Unfortunately for them, it’s not easy to beat a team three times in one season. The game started off tight as the Huskies took a 17-15 lead into the second quarter, but that was where their good time ended, as the Lakers outscored them 25-13 in the 10 minutes before halftime, taking a 40-30 lead into the break. GVSU controlled the second half, as well, sending Michigan Tech packing with a 35-24 beatdown in the last 20 minutes to advance to the semifinal. Sophomore center Cassidy Boensch was seemingly unstoppable inside, scoring 32 points on 14 for 20 shooting with 10 rebounds (six offensive) and four blocks. Sophomore guard Jenn DeBoer led the Laker backcourt with 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3PT), while backcourt partner Natalie Koenig delivered 8 points plus seven assists. As it would turn out for the Lakers, though, there was not much time to celebrate, as their showdown with the Eagles loomed just ahead of them. The semifinal against Ashland tipped off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,

March 10, not even 24 hours after the conclusion of the Lakers’ game against Michigan Tech. Being the top-seeded team nationally and in the region, Ashland was rewarded as the host school for the regional matches to give themselves home-court advantage. Coming into the game with 69 straight victories under their belts, they also knew what the Lakers were capable of as they nearly saw their historic streak come to an end Thursday, Feb. 15, when GVSU took the Eagles to overtime but eventually fell short in one of the most thrilling games of the entire season. The Eagles managed to outscore the Lakers in all four quarters of their win on Saturday, but never by more than four points, meaning that GVSU once again gave Ashland a fight. The last time they had played, it was free throws and fatigue that eventually did the Lakers in. This time, it was turnovers, as the Lakers turned the ball over a whopping 30 times on Saturday, which was the team’s second most turnovers committed in a single game all season. The most was 31 on Jan. 11 in a loss at Ashland. The Eagles scored 38 points off GVSU turnovers on Saturday. Once again, it was Boensch who did lots of the heavy lifting on offense, scoring 27 points (12 for 14 from the field) and grabbing nine rebounds. Koenig contributed 12 points and five assists, while DeBoer scored 10. The Lakers finish the season 26-7 (16-4 GLIAC).


After a very long winter offseason, the Grand Valley State men’s golf team finally completed its first tournament of the spring season during the threeday Las Vegas Classic, starting Sunday, March 4, and ending Tuesday, March 6. Out of 18 teams, the Lakers finished in third place after carding a three-day total of 887 (+23). Senior Dominic Mancinelli had a great opening tournament, shooting rounds of 69, 68 and 76 for a total of 213 (-3), which put him in fourth place out of 104 golfers. Junior Alex Scott shot rounds of 75, 73 and 71 (+3) to finish in a tie for eighth place.

THANK YOU, SENIORS: GVSU seniors Korynn Hincka and Taylor Parmley stand with basektballs to commemorate Senior Day before facing Tiffin on Saturday, Feb. 17. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER

BEAST: Cassidy Boensch, three-time GLIAC Player of the Week, shoots a free throw on Saturday, Feb. 17. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER



Season in review: GV men’s basketball lays groundwork for bright future BY ROBBIE TRIANO SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Whether you religiously follow Grand Valley State athletics or not, even the most casual follower realizes the university’s dominance in Division II. From women’s soccer not making a fifth straight National Championship appearance seem like a “disappointment,” track and field quietly taking home multiple trophies a year or football becoming a factory of future NFL prospects, these programs are the gold standard of excellence in all Division II athletics. Before these programs found their consistent stream of success, each had their own set of growing pains. Whether it was finding the right talent, implementing a winning culture or having the right personnel, their success did not happen overnight. It took a process of patience and hard work to reach that level. Then there’s the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team, whose season came to an abrupt end in the quarterfinals of the GLIAC Tournament after falling 73-65 to Lake Superior State on Wednesday, Feb. 28. With the Lakers ending the season with a 14-15 overall record (9-12 GLIAC), any nonfollower could say this season didn’t match that level of excellence expected here at GVSU. But for those who followed their journey, it’s hard to be disappointed with this year’s final product. After their top three offensive weapons from the season prior graduated, head coach Ric Wesley was faced with the task of imple-

menting new recruits and transfers—while enhancing the roles of returning players—to fill those voids. Those newcomers who expected heavy minutes early on included Central Michigan transfer Hunter Hale, junior transfer Chris Pearl and incoming freshman Jake Van Tubbergen. Unfortunately, Van Tubbergen was unavailable to play the first four games due to a leg injury. After covering this team for this entire season, it was hard for me to be upset with their overall outcome. GVSU has the coaching staff needed to succeed, players who have bought into their system and the competitive nature to make every single game they played a close one. But what this team lacked in a sneaky-good Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) was a true star to carry this team. Not only that, but they had to play GLIAC heavyweight programs like Ferris State, Lake Superior, Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech twice each. These teams have that star power. Ferris State had GLIAC Player of the Year in center Zach Hankins (15 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game); Lake Superior has point guard Akaemji William (18.8 ppg, 7.0 assists per game); and Michigan Tech has the GLIAC’s top scorer in Kyle Monroe (27.7 ppg). However, what this season proved is that GVSU has two potential stars who can carry this program to the next level. Those players? Van Tubbergen and redshirt-sophomore Hale. These two future stars

for this program—who each earned All-GLIAC Second Team honors—showed glimpses of their true potential over the course of this season. Hale led the Lakers in scoring per game (12.9), total 3-pointers made (67) and free-throw percentage (.871). Besides his Second Team honor, Van Tubbergen was also awarded GLIAC Freshman of the Year—and for good reason. After recovering from his leg injury, the Lakers finally had someone to get them a basket—inside or outside—on command. Standing at 6 feet 6 inches tall, his ability to play the power forward and center position allowed the Lakers to become more versatile with bigger and small lineups defensively. By the end of the season, Van Tubbergen finished second in scoring for GVSU (11.4 ppg), second in field-goal percentage (.561) and first in rebounds per game (6.6). While this team will miss seniors Myles Miller, Drake Baar and Chris Dorsey on and off the court, they have players like freshman guard Brett Lauf, junior center Justin Greason and transfer guard Demetrius Laker to step into those roles with confidence. So while it’s hard to accept the end of this season, it’s not hard to say that the future now looks brighter than ever for this GVSU men’s basketball program. If these players and team evolve to the next level, don’t be surprised to see this team enter the upper echelon of Laker programs.

THE FUTURE: Freshman Jake Van Tubbergen, who was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year, fights his way to make a layup over a Purdue Northwest defender on Saturday, Jan. 27. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER


ONE LOVE: The entire GVSU men’s basketball team huddles together before the Lakers’ contest against rival Ferris State on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER

BIG MAN BATTLE: GVSU junior center Justin Greason jumps up to win the opening tipoff during the Lakers’ narrow loss to Ferris State on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Fieldhouse. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER



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SWINGING: GVSU baseball’s Josh Smith steps up to the plate and makes contact with a pitch during the team’s doubleheader against Ohio Dominican on April 8, 2017, at the GVSU baseball field. During GVSU’s week-long road trip to Kissimmee, Florida, over spring break, the Lakers won six of their nine ball games against non-GLIAC teams, improving to an 8-7 overall record early this season. GVL | LUKE HOLMES

GV baseball captures six wins during Florida trip BY KELLEN VOSS KVOSS@LANTHORN.COM

While most of the student body spent their spring break catching up on sleep, drowning in work or getting sunburned somewhere tropical, the Grand Valley State baseball team had a rather productive break in Kissimmee, Florida. The Lakers went 6-3 over the break, including a fivegame win streak to improve their overall record to 8-7. Over the course of seven days, the Lakers competed in nine contests against non-GLIAC opponents, including two doubleheaders Wednesday, March 7, and Saturday, March 10.


GVSU kicked off the Diamond 9 Events Kissimmee Road Trip with an impressive 10-6 win over the Seton Hill Griffins on Monday, March 5. The Lakers tallied 13 hits in the win, including three hits and four RBIs from first baseman Ryan Blake-Jones. The Lakers kept the winning going the following day, as they beat the Rockhurst Hawks 9-7. Five Lakers had multiple hits in the game, including freshman Nolan Anspaugh, who had two RBIs and a triple. Shortstop Ricky Clark also homered in the game. The next day, the Lakers picked up two more wins, conquering the Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis 8-6 in the 11

a.m. game and then 7-3 in the 2 p.m. game. The Lakers proved to be clutch in the first game with six of their eight runs coming with two outs in their respective innings. Blake-Jones and catcher Austin LaDoux combined for five RBIs and four runs scored in the contest. The Lakers used that clutch play and momentum to propel them to their second win on Wednesday. Blake Dahlstrom picked up his first win of the season, only allowing three hits over five innings while striking out 11 batters. Brendan Nearing also got the last three outs, earning his first save in 2018. The fifth-straight win came easily for GVSU the next day, as they destroyed one of their

Midwest rivals, the Cedarville Yellow Jackets, 16-2. The Lakers held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the first seven innings, thanks to a dominant four innings from Christian Mercure. Blake-Jones hit his second homer of the season in the game, and big doubles came from Jacob Gleason, Alex Mandeville and Drake Ellens. The winning streak was snapped the next day when GVSU played Rockhurst again, losing 2-3. The Lakers struggled to get on base in the game, only collecting two hits as the Hawks beat them in extra innings. GVSU started off their final weekend of the trip with another doubleheader, this time facing the University of Slippery Rock. They won the open-

ing game 5-2, as Ryan Arnold picked up his third win for the season on the mound. The Lakers capitalized on a pair of Slippery Rock errors in the fifth, racking up four runs in the inning and securing the win. The same could not be said for the second game of the doubleheader, as the Lakers took the 7-2 loss hard. GVSU did not play well in the field, racking up three errors and only five hits in the game. Hits from Ansbaugh and LaDoux garnered GVSU some momentum in the fourth, but the seven-run deficit was ultimately too much to handle. The Lakers limped to the finish line in their final game on Sunday, losing to the defending champion West Chester Rams 13-4. Helping secure the loss,

Travis Keys gave up six runs, although only one of them was earned and he only allowed one hit. West Chester scored all 13 runs in their first five innings and never looked back. After spring break, the Lakers sit at 8-7 as conference play gets closer and closer. Despite being above .500, GVSU sits alone in sixth place in the GLIAC. The Lakers look to improve upon their record next weekend, as they travel to Romeoville, Illinois, for games with the Lewis Flyers (5-7). They play Friday, March 16, at 4 p.m. before a doubleheader Saturday, March 17, with games at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. They end the weekend with a noon matchup Sunday, March 18.



NCAA TOURNAMENT: Starting Thursday, March 15, and concluding Monday, April 2, the men’s and women’s Division I NCAA Basketball Tournament will not only dominate the sports world but will give fans a chance to prove their knowledge by filling out March Madness brackets. According to the American Gaming Association, roughly 70 million brackets are filled out each year for March Madness. COURTESY | NCAA

How to pick a winning March Madness bracket


One in 9,223,372,036,854,777,808. According to Forbes Magazine, those are the odds of selecting a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket. In fact, you have a better chance of winning an Academy Award or becoming the president of the United States (as seen in the 2016 election) than picking a perfect bracket. So, unless you have a time

machine or crystal ball, let me be the first to tell you an important tip when picking your bracket: You are not going to predict a perfect bracket. Let me repeat: You are not going to predict a perfect bracket. With that being said, there are many factors to consider when selecting a winning bracket to claim that $10 bet with your overly confident roommate or earn bragging rights that make it acceptable to tell your friends 100 times how you’re the smartest one in the group. Step 1: Do your research Don’t overthink this process. That means don’t try to find some random statistic that will convince you that you know something everyone else doesn’t. Wins on the road against teams with yellow jerseys or anything similar to that is NOT an important statistic.

Keep it simple. If a team appears to be much better than the other team in terms of record and ranking, then odds are they are the better team. Upsets will always happen to the best of teams during this tournament, but don’t go predicting random upsets against teams who are simply better than the other. The best thing to look at is how each team has been doing as they enter a tournament. If a team enters the madness on a recent roll or having just won their conference championship, there’s a better chance that they will carry that mojo through the tournament. I consider myself a diehard Michigan State fan, but watch out for the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. Not only did they upset MSU and Purdue to collect the Big Ten Tournament Championship, but they did it in convincing fashion. There are always those

other random stats that will help you decide if you’re somewhat clueless, too, like BPI (Basketball Power Index), offensive/defensive efficiency, conference record, etc. One underrated aspect is the location of the events. If a team is within a close radius of their home base, then you have to factor in the feel of home-court advantage. And if you’re looking for something much, much easier, look up who has the cooler mascot or team colors. This isn’t the best or smartest option if your bracket has money on the line, but it might be the last resort when you’re deciding the games you’re just not sure about. Step 2: Trust your gut Yes, you will not get a perfect bracket, but the key is acting like you will. Once you begin to overthink your picks, you’ve


already lost the battle. If the team you chose first but switched out right before the submission deadline loses that game, you’ll find yourself staring into a mirror questioning your entire existence. Trust me, I’ve been there before. Save yourself the trouble and self-doubt. If a team initially sticks out to you as clear winner, there must’ve been something that told you that. Trust yourself. Give yourself that cocky Kanye West ego if need be. If confidence is an issue when you’re selecting your picks, put on some swagger-filled music in the background. It not only helps boost confidence, but it makes you feel like a total badass clicking those winning buttons. I prefer “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” by DMX. Step 3: Sit back and watch Once you submit and the

tournament begins, there’s nothing else you can do but watch and root for your picks to prove your bracket. If this seems too calm for you, pick up a new superstition that will convince you that what you’re doing is somehow helping your team hundreds of miles away. Whether it’s wearing a lucky hat, sitting in the same spot on the couch or not showering until your team loses (not recommended), anything to convince you that you’re making an impact on the results will help. But most importantly, just remember that you’re not going to get a perfect bracket. Have fun, watch with some of your closest friends, crack open a nice beverage and relax. This is by far the most exciting period of the year for any sports fan. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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