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Senate discusses dean of students search, gun safety resolution BY SARAH HOLLIS SHOLLIS@LANTHORN.COM

Despite student senate elections getting closer every day, and only three general assemblies left for the current student senate body at Grand Valley State University, the senators are still working hard on projects to improve the campus environment for students. During the general assembly Thursday, March 15, senate discussed the ongoing search for a new dean of students at GVSU, voted to pass a resolution in support of two bills regarding gun safety that are currently in the Michigan House of Representatives and invited the Title IX coordinator to speak with them. The search for a dean of students at GVSU has been progressing for several months now, and in the first week of April, students might be able to catch a glimpse of a few of the candidates during their on-campus visits. “Currently, we have only an acting dean of students, Dr. (Stephen) Glass. We have been doing a search for the past few months,” said Jonathan Bowman, student senate president. “A few weeks ago, we went through resumes for a bunch of different candidates that had applied for the position, and we selected a few of our top candidates that we liked and wanted to see in person. “So, we met them for our interviews off campus on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. We got to interview them all and were able to give our recommendations of our thoughts on each of the candidates to the provost, and the provost is choosing three to four candidates to come and do on-campus visits. That will be happening in the first week of April.” By a secret ballot vote of 39 for, two against and one abstaining, the senate body approved a resolution written by two senators that will support two gun safety bills currently in the Michigan House of Representatives. SEE SENATE | A2

SHAPE: GVSU alumnus Matt Maletich emcees the TEDxGVSU event Friday, March 16. With its ‘Shape’ theme, the event featured several speakers, including GVSU alumni, professors and Grand Rapids community members, who discussed various topics. GVL | MATT READ

TEDxGVSU event delivers lessons on shape, identity BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI RMATUSZEWSKI@LANTHORN.COM


he DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium was packed with intelligent energy Friday, March 16, for TEDxGVSU’s independently organized TEDx event, which gave Grand Rapids employees and GVSU professors and graduates a chance to share their ideas worth spreading. The night’s theme was “Shape.” Talks were broken into topics regarding impressions, identity and impact to pose the questions, “What impressions have your experiences left you with? How have they shaped you? What shape does your identity hold? How can

you impact and shape society?” GVSU alumnus Matt Maletich emceed the evening. Among those challenging the audience to explore impressions were GVSU math professor Robert Talbert, author and speaker Thad Cummings, and teacher and standup comedian Catye Palomino. Cummings discussed how today’s society does not measure your success by your level of happiness. Instead, success is defined based on the size of your house, the car parked in your driveway or the amount of money you make working. “The American lifestyle comes with a fair amount of societal pressure and performance

stress that says if you are not growing, building or achieving, you are in fact failing, lazy or incompetent,” Cummings said. Cummings’ own success story began in college after he got lucky with his business. He rode the high as his multiplying businesses grew to secure him his own nonprofit, social programs, a six-figure income and a seven-figure net worth. But by 2016, it was gone. Yet, his joy was much greater in this low than when he had it all. “What if the goal was to laugh more and have a bit less stress?” Cummings said. “To worry about ourselves a bit less and to care for others more? What if we took time to engage the interconnect-


Design Thinking Academy searching for applicants BY DEVIN DELY DDELY@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University’s Design Thinking Academy is looking for applicants for the fall semester. The academy, headed by director John Berry, is looking to accept 20 new members, and at less than a year old, it has already attracted the interest of

many students. “The idea of an academy came about to see if there was interest in students who wanted to know enough about design thinking to go through the academy and meet all the requirements,” Berry said. “It is cross-curricular, so it’s not for credit, but it’s really good on your resume. It provides a set of experiences that are somewhat unique.

“There is no other undergraduate-focused design thinking academy anywhere in the U.S. There’s a graduate-level program at Stanford called the ‘,’ which is also not for credit, but the students that get accepted, I will tell you: Companies vie for them when they are coming out of school.” The Design Thinking Academy has been in the making for

FUTURE: The Connection on Sunday, March 18. A section of the Connection’s second floor was converted to a workspace and offices for the Design Thinking Academy, which is seeking applicants for the 2018-19 academic year. GVL | EMILY FRYE

quite some time and is just beginning to take shape. Recently, a portion of the second level of the Connection was converted into a workspace and offices for the academy. According to Berry, through its surging popularity he learned that a semesterlong commitment is not enough for participants to fully experience all that the program has to offer. So, beginning in the fall, being a part of the academy will be a year-long affair. “The genesis of design thinking at Grand Valley was to help build experiences for students of any major to have an understanding of this collaborative process to help them be more employable when they graduate,” Berry said. “Businesses and organizations are looking for people who can function as a collaborative team and be more innovative, to be able to discover problems and then be able to solve them in a collective way.” The program involves teams of students working closely with organizations, under the guidance of a faculty coach, to address real-world problems. Along the way, students learn skills in such areas as improvisation, storytelling and professional design—all to address professional and everyday problems from a new perspective. SEE DESIGN | A2

edness of our communities, not the monopolistic agendas of our own pride and egos?” Palomino’s struggle with boredom in school inspired her to teach. After years of getting students interested by being interesting, she found herself labeled as a veteran teacher, and her passion was lost. She spoke of being fully present, being able to live in the moment. “All of us at some point get in a rut,” Palomino said. “It’s easy to get caught up in the work part of our jobs instead of the joy of the actual career. Sometimes we have to be dramatic of reminding SEE SHAPE | A2


Karen Ingle to assume associate VP of facilities planning role BY JAMES KILBORN JKILBORN@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University will have a new head of facilities starting next month. With the announcement of former head of facilities James Moyer’s retirement, Karen Ingle will fill the position of associate vice president for facilities planning Sunday, April 1, and will be tasked with continuing the university’s commitment to sustainable development and efficient stewardship of campuses resources. Ingle’s appointment comes at a time of change on campus, as increasing enrollment creates demand for additional buildings and facilities on campus. When Ingle arrived at GVSU in 1996, total university enrollment was 14,662. Today, that number has risen to more than 25,000, and the facilities department is tasked with creating a campus that can accommodate the influx of students. “When I started in 1996, the Life Sciences building had just been completed,” Ingle said via email. “The Eberhard Center was the only GVSU building downtown, and there was no development in Muskegon or Holland. The university was experiencing a tremendous growth in enrollment, so there was a great demand for new programs and classroom space, offices and housing. SEE INGLE | A2







Grand Valley State University’s student senate announced that funding requests for student organizations between July 1 and Oct. 1 need to be submitted between Monday, March 19, and Monday, April 9. An email on behalf of Carly Aller, vice president of finance for student senate, was sent to all GVSU students with a registered OrgSync account on Tuesday, March 13, with additional details.


A discussion about navigating gender roles in foreign countries will take place Wednesday, March 21, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room. Titled “Navigating Gender Roles Abroad,” the panel will consist of former Peace Corps volunteers and study-abroad faculty/alumni. The full story can be found at


Chris Vargas, the executive director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA), will speak at Grand Valley State University on Tuesday, March 20, for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Vargas will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2263. The speech is a part of Women’s History Month at GVSU. Vargas will speak about MOTHA’s evolution and the arduous process of founding it, as well as future projects. The event is sponsored by the Milton E. Ford LGBT Center and is LIB 100-and 201-approved.


Victor Strecher, author of “Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything,” will speak at Grand Valley State University on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in the DeVos Center Loosemore Auditorium, located on GVSU’s Pew Campus. The lecture, which shares the same title as Strecher’s book, is taking place for the fifth annual Distinguished Wesorick Lectureship at GVSU. The event is sponsored by the Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, a part of GVSU’s Kirkhof College of Nursing. Those interested in attending the event, which is open to the public, can register at

“There are currently two House bills that are at the state of Michigan House of Representatives that are trying to support more gun safety, and so we have two senators that wrote a resolution about it, and they wanted to show support for those two bills that are currently in the House,” Bowman said. “So, we voted today to show our support of those two bills.” Currently, Bowman believes this resolution should not concern students. There will be a process of getting this resolution, which expresses GVSU student senate’s support of these bills, in front of senators. “I really don’t think there’s any immediate student concern with it,” Bowman said. “I think it just shows that Grand Valley student senate and the Grand Valley student body that we’re representative of, we



ourselves of those things, but it takes an effort. You can’t just assume you’re going to be passionate about something for 25 or 30 years.

AWARENESS: Theresa Rowland, the Title IX coordinator at GVSU, speaks during the student senate meeting Thursday, March 15. The next senate meeting will be Thursday, March 22. GVL | HANNAH HILL

support those two bills that are in the House right now.” Theresa Rowland, GVSU Title IX coordinator, spoke with the senate body regarding the Title IX office, as well as the

new responder advisers who will be available beginning next year. The student senate is currently looking for more ways to collaborate with the Title IX office and increase student en-

gagement and awareness. GVSU’s student senate meets every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center for its general assembly.

“You have to have an ‘aha!’ kind of moment (to) figure out what it is that brought you to (the) career in the first place.” Palomino also encouraged and advised students seeking post-graduate careers. “Choose a career you are

passionate about, not just a job,” Palomino said. “There’s a difference. In choosing something you feel strongly about, it might not pay you a lot, it might not be easy to accomplish, but if that’s what you want to do, do (it). “Don’t just settle for something because it’s easy, because that will quickly feel like a job. When it does feel like a job, that’s when you know it’s a red flag.” On the topic of identity, GVSU graduate and salesman Ari Zucker and assistant campus director at Grand Circus Grand Rapids Kelsey Perdue spoke to attendees. Perdue challenged the audience members to embrace their fluid selves and be open to change. She reminisced about her time as a college student when she made the executive decision to be a career woman, and not a family woman, as her mother had given up her

dream of being a scientist to support her family. She considered this decision final and a part of her identity. However, Perdue believes that identity can be fluid. “Who we are right now might not be the person we need to be in our next opportunity or the next phase of our lives,” Perdue said. “Happiness is a moving target. What fulfills us and makes life worth living can, should and will change, and we must be ready to welcome it. We forget we have the freedom to be fluid.” Finally, the audience was asked to consider the impact they have by co-founder of Watershed company Mike Schuler, GVSU graduate and thirdgrade teacher Sarah Park and nutritionist Jody Vogelzang. This event was the second TEDxGVSU talk to be held at the university, following an event in 2017.

ply to the academy. According to Berry, the more majors that are present, the better. “When looking through applications, I lean towards making sure I’m able to have a diverse representation,” he said. “The logic is, if you have a problem to solve and you give it to a room full of engineers, you’re going to get an answer that’s pretty consistent. If you take the same problem and give it to an accountant, a philosopher, a physics major and an

engineer, you’re going to get a very different and most likely a much more creative and innovative solution.” Students who have gone through the Design Thinking Academy are already seeing the positive effects of enrollment. GVSU junior and marketing major Steven Reame said that even though the program is not for credit, he values some of the skills he’s learned more than what he’s done in class. “If you want something

to better yourself, enhance your skills as a person, and have something you can take forward into a career and get a future internship or job from, I would definitely recommend this,” Reame said. “Personally, I got an internship this summer coming up with Hayworth because of the Design Thinking Academy.” Students interested in the Design Thinking Academy can apply at www.gvsu. edu/designthinking/dta.

the facilities department has given her experience in overseeing many recent developments on campus. LEED-certified structures such as the Mary Idema Pew Library, P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science and the L. William Seidman Center have all been constructed in recent years and illustrate the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability. “GVSU is dedicated to sustainable design and has adopted LEED standards for new building projects,” Ingle said. “We have constructed 24 LEED-certified buildings and have more in progress. LEEDcertified buildings result in sustainable site development,

energy and water savings, a healthier environment and improved building performance. We will continue to pursue sustainable design and LEEDcertification on buildings and sites going forward.” Ingle looks forward to working within her department to develop projects that address challenges facing the university. “I am looking forward to leading our group in supporting the planning initiatives of the university,” Ingle said. “Going forward, more emphasis will be placed on program development and support, facility maintenance, improving building performance and other

objectives. And, of course, new construction to meet the needs of our campus.” As GVSU undergoes change, the facilities department is tasked with ensuring the campus remains an inviting environment for learning and living. Ingle’s appointment as head of facilities comes at a unique time in the university’s history, as GVSU and the greater Grand Rapids area continue to grow. Although the campus looks different than when she started in 1996, Ingle is optimistic about the future and looks forward to her role in improving life at GVSU.


Grand Valley State University will host the Peter Secchia Breakfast Lecture on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 a.m. in the L. William Seidman Center, located on GVSU’s Pew Campus. The theme of the event is “Convergence of Automation and Work.” The event will start with a light breakfast, with the lecture beginning at 8 a.m. Speakers for the event will be Fred Keller, founder and chair of Cascade Engineering; John Kennedy, president and CEO of Autocam Medical; and Spencer Stiles, president of Stryker Instruments. The event will be moderated by Michael DeWilde, director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative at GVSU.

TALK: A speaker at the TEDxGVSU event held Friday, March 16. This event was the second TEDxGVSU campus event. GVL | MATT READ


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“The important thing to realize about design thinking is that it’s based on empathy,” Berry said. “It’s based on really understanding another person’s needs. You’re working with others, you’re learning how others think, so you have to be open to the thought processes and ideas of others.” Anyone is welcome to ap-



“There was also an effort underway to develop and expand the downtown campus and regional campuses in Muskegon and Holland.” Ingle currently serves as a project leader in facilities planning. “In 1996, GVSU had approximately 1.6 million square feet of building space and 1,600 beds on campus,” she said. “Since then, GVSU has built over 50 new building projects and major additions, has 6,000 beds on campus and is approaching six million square feet of building space on five campuses. So, Grand Valley has changed quite dramatically in the past 22 years.” Ingle’s work within the facilities department has afforded her the opportunity to witness these changes at GVSU and has allowed her to develop important relationships across many departments. As the campus continues to change, input from students and faculty on the future of the campus will be integral in creating a healthy campus environment, and Ingle’s tenure with the university will serve as an asset in ensuring dialogue between all departments remains constructive. GVSU’s emphasis on sustainability and green design is another key aspect of Ingle’s future position, and working as a senior project manager within

BUILDING PROJECTS: Zumberge Hall is sunlit on Sunday, March 18. With James Moyer’s retirement, Karen Ingle will fill the position of associate vice president for facilities planning. GVL | EMILY FRYE




Political clubs partake in senate-moderated debate BY DEVIN DELY DDELY@LANTHORN.COM

Political views are a topic of discussion often avoided by many due to conflict. However, it is the job of political organizations and clubs to embrace these conversations head on and engage in civil discourse with one another. On Tuesday, March 13, three major political clubs at Grand Valley State University did just that. Members of the College Republicans, College Democrats and Lakers for Liberty gathered in the Kirkhof Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus to discuss relevant and controversial issues. “The purpose of this debate was that with the polarization of the past year, we wanted to get an open dialogue going with students,” said Julian VanDaele, a member of GVSU student senate’s external relations committee who helped moderate the event. “An openforum debate would allow people from different ideologies to come together, represent their views and just to be able to start a dialogue. I mean, we can’t make any progress unless we start talking about it.” The discussion was centered on topics that have been highly debated during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, includ-

ing health-care reform, gun control, immigration, foreign relations and the economy. Students were asked to share their opinions on the administration’s decisions regarding those issues, with moderators moving to a new topic approximately every 15 minutes and cutting speakers off at a hard two-minute time limit at the podium. “It’s hard to see the effect of such subjective things like this, but you can see people’s faces as other people speak, and you can almost see their expectations being met or not being met,” said Ian Arnold, a diversity affairs committee member and another moderator of the debate. “It’s exciting when someone comes up and people have already got the judgment on their face, and you really see that soften and their perspective change. “I think that’s really the best part, is that everyone comes in with a certain amount of different information and different perspective, and the more you can spread that around, I think we all are better for it in the long run.” Given the vastly different views held by Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, Arnold said he was happy with the civil nature of the discus-

DIALOGUE: GVSU students participate in a debate about political events Tuesday, March 13. At the event, members of GVSU College Democrats, College Republicans and Lakers for Liberty debated immigration, gun control and the economy. GVL | HANNAH ZAJAC

sions that took place. “It could be said that I have some sort of obligation to promote an open dialogue since I’m on student senate,” he said. “I think universities are the best place historically for learning about as much as you

can from as many people as you can. It’s a good platform for listening and speaking.” Walking into a room full of so many different viewpoints, one might expect a hostile, argumentative environment. But the members of GVSU’s various

political clubs provided a different example, showing that it doesn’t always have to be that way. “I just want to say at the end of the day, we may not agree on everything, but we should all remember to be friends,” said Dorian Thompson, a

member of the College Republicans. “We live in a country right now where it’s so polarized that people are tearing up their friendships and relationships over political issues, and that should not ever happen because disagreement is a hallmark of our democracy.”


Democracy 101 to tackle menstrual equity BY ANNE GIFFELS AGIFFELS@LANTHORN.COM

On Friday, March 23, Grand Valley State University will be welcoming author, lawyer and feminist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf to discuss a subject that makes many people cringe: menstrual equity. The Democracy 101 event, “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equality,” will take

place in the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center at noon. The event is scheduled to last an hour with time for questions at the end. In addition, attendees who bring in factory-sealed menstrual products to donate will be entered to win Weiss-Wolf ’s novel for free. Menstrual equity, a term coined by Weiss-Wolf herself, is the fight for fairness for all women when it comes

to their menstruation. It is the fight for new laws that make sanitary products safe and easy to access, and the belief that tampons and other sanitary items used for menstruation should not be taxed. Weiss-Wolf is the author of “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity.” It chronicles her journey as a lawyer and a feminist in making a change for menstruating

people all around the world. For the homeless, the impoverished and the incarcerated, getting a period can be debilitating. Those who do not have access to safe, affordable and necessary sanitary items are, in WeissWolf ’s opinion, missing out on a basic human right. Karen Zivi, an associate professor of political science in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, was doing her own

MENSTRUAL EQUITY: Heather Tafel, associate professor of political science at GVSU, presents during GVSU’s Democracy 101 event in the Kirkhof Center on Feb. 15, 2017. The next Democracy 101 event will welcome author and lawyer Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF

research on activism pertaining to menstruation when she came across Weiss-Wolf’s novel and work. With the help of Melissa Baker-Boosamra, associate director of student life for civic engagement and assessment at GVSU, Zivi was able to get into contact with WeissWolf and secure her an opportunity to share her knowledge. “We do host authors pretty often,” Baker-Boosamra said. “But this is an emerging conversation and it is a facet of feminism as we are moving into this kind of new era. This is an extremely important discussion.” Baker-Boosamra believes that discussions on topics such as this are hard to come by on a college campus. Zivi touched on that same thought. “This is an event that’s meant to introduce a lot of people to a topic they might not know much about,” Zivi said. “It’s something that’s really important for thinking about reproductive justice and our place in society.” Along with reproductive justice, Weiss-Wolf will be discussing the stigma that follows the many different topics regarding reproductive health. Many people consider menstruation and the reproductive rights of women in general to be taboo and avoid discussing these topics altogether. “Menstruation should not impact one’s ability to

participate fully in public life,” Zivi said. Through research, Zivi has become aware of the ways in which limited access to sanitary products can strip menstruating individuals of their dignity, in addition to their ability to participate in everyday life. Baker-Boosamra and Zivi are looking forward to the discussion and hope students are as well. “I’m excited to hear more from her about how that topic provides a window into the cultural lack of respect for women’s bodies,” Baker-Boosamra said. Many changes have already begun to take place with the help of Weiss-Wolf and her novel. With firsthand stories from those in need, everyday people and different leaders, WeissWolf shared how she and others joined the fight for menstrual equity, one policy at a time. For students and attendees looking to read up on Weiss-Wolf before she arrives at GVSU, her novel can be found at the bookstore, and attendees will also get the chance to get their copy signed by WeissWolf herself. This event is LIB 100- and 201-approved and open to anyone hoping to learn about something new or gain more information on a topic they may already feel strongly about.

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GV must be transparent in dean of students selection


ast spring, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas announced his appointment of Maria Cimitile as provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs. Preceding this decision was a lengthy selection process that had begun a year prior. Toward the end of the fall 2016 semester, GVSU identified a number of candidates to interview, and three were invited to participate in a campus-wide open-interview process. Following this, Haas explained that despite bringing in “folks that were qualified,” he received feedback from many different people and determined that the right person was not in that mix. From here, the committee brought three more candidates to campus in April 2017 for interviews, but the search ultimately came up short again. Haas admitted that although he was disappointed the search didn’t produce a provost, he really wanted to make sure they “had the right person with the right fit.” Gayle Davis, who was provost at the time (and has since retired), mimicked Haas’ sentiment, saying, “While the applicants who were interviewed were interesting people, Grand Valley is distinctive enough that none of the candidates were likely to fulfill all of our needs.” The search was subsequently conducted internally, leading to the appointment of Cimitile, who had seven years of experience in the provost’s office under her belt at the time. While it may be true that Cimitile was the

best choice for the position, the search process, as it turned out, did not involve the GVSU community at all. Rather, it only provided the illusion of transparency. GVSU arranged to conduct interviews with various candidates and let them share public presentations with the GVSU community, making the entire process seem transparent and, to some degree, involving students, faculty and staff in the selection process. But, as it turned out, the last-minute selection of an internal pick who had not gone through that same public process meant that the initial “transparency” and involvement of the GVSU community was all for naught. But why bring this up now? As it turns out, GVSU is currently searching for the next dean of students. University administration needs to look at the provost search as a lesson to be legitimately transparent this time around. Rather than conducting a lengthy public search that appears to involve the GVSU community in the final pick and then really doesn’t, administration should take this chance to be up front about—and inclusive in— their selection process. As the dean of students (and the Dean of Students Office) is meant to support and assist both students and staff, campus involvement is critical in this decision. If GVSU decides to hold a campus-wide openinterview process to find a new dean of students, the position should be filled by one of those candidates in the end.


NRA shows lack of class with AR-15 post during national walkout


Thousands of students stepped out of their classrooms to bring awareness to gun violence Wednesday, March 14, as part of national school walkouts. While the original goal of the walkouts was to honor the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, many students also used the opportunity to protest gun laws. After the Parkland shooting, tensions surrounding gun control and the National Rifle Association (NRA) have been high. It’s no surprise that peo-

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to bring some attention to the organization’s stance as well. At 8:31 a.m., the NRA posted a picture on Twitter of an AR15 with the words, “I’ll control my own guns, thank you.” My first reaction to this was shock. How dare they post a picture of the weapon that was used to kill children on the day that people nationwide were honoring them? Not only was the tweet passiveaggressive and rude, but it was also incredibly unprofessional. In the midst of controversy and disagreement, all parties are allowed to have and project their own opinions, but as a corporation, the NRA has a responsibility to do so in a way that is respectful and professional. Instead of posting a photo of an AR-15, they could have shared their thoughts in a letter or even a written tweet that was better articulated. To me, the NRA has gone too far with this one. What are they trying to do, pick a fight with a bunch of K-12 students? It seems that they are more worried about being right than being respected. They

can’t even step back for one day and respect kids for doing something courageous; you don’t have to agree with someone to show them respect. Today, I am scared for my brothers. I am scared for the kids who have to go to school in fear, and I am scared for future generations. But I am also proud. These kids are our future, and so far, they are looking stronger and more defiant than ever. It is no wonder that people are scared, but instead of letting fear take over, these students have let fear motivate them to make change. However, while they work to create a small sense of security and hope for themselves and the U.S., the NRA decides to haunt them. Of course, the NRA deserves to have a voice, but they should not have posted a photo of the weapon that was used to perpetrate very fresh wounds. The NRA has picked a fight with kids who are showing no sign of backing down, and in terms of class, I think the kids who walked out are already winning.

Why we need to keep our eyes open about genocide


ple are scared; kids wonder if their school could be next, parents worry about dropping their children off at school and other public places, and brothers and sisters are scared for their younger siblings. My brothers are still in high school, and sometimes I can’t help but be scared for them. In this time, how could one not be? This fear, I believe, is one of the main reasons students chose to walk out Wednesday. And while they were doing so, I watched the live streams and constantly projected Snapchat videos in awe. I read articles about students in different countries walking out in solidarity. It is amazing to me that so many students decided to do something. They did something to stand up for themselves and their peers, to let their voice be heard and to attempt to make a change. In the end, the students are the ones most affected, and, therefore, their voices should be the ones that matter most. However, in the midst of the walkout, the NRA decided

It is remarkably easy to distance ourselves from the problems that other people face. When trouble isn’t knocking on our own door, we tend not to notice it at all. Even global issues such as genocide seem to do little to rouse individuals, the government or the country as a whole. Still, genocide is a present and prominent part of the world we live

in today, and we can no longer turn a blind eye. Throughout history, there have been many instances of mass displacement, mass discrimination and even mass murder. For a long time, the human species didn’t really have a name for crimes like these, but during the Holocaust, Raphael Lemkin finally found a term: genocide. According to the United Nations, genocide can be defined as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” From that definition, we knew what to call it, but we didn’t know what to do about it. We still don’t. The Holocaust, one of the most egregious mass killings to have ever occurred, is still only one example of many genocides in the last 100 years or so. Different populations in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur have all experienced acts of genocide,

too. Right now, the Rohingya of Myanmar are showing the same markers that we’ve seen in the past, and the international community is doing very little to help. As a world, we have a bad history of skating around the truth when it comes to the topic of genocide. We can say that a country is performing “acts of genocide,” like we did during the genocide in Rwanda, but we refuse to really come out and call it what it is because labeling it correctly means that we actually have to step in. After all, we agreed to do so when we signed onto the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948. Still, we’re doing nothing. A recent report from the United Nations mentioned the indecision between “whether or not we consider that the crimes (committed in Myanmar) amount to crimes against humanity or genocide.” Likely,

the crimes occurring against the Rohingya in Myanmar are categorically both, and at that point we’re splitting hairs. We know that people are being forcibly relocated, raped and killed. We know that. The longer we attempt to figure out what to call this problem, the more people that will suffer. The idea of sovereignty is great, and we shouldn’t intervene in other countries for no reason, but at some point we need to acknowledge that the Rohingya people matter in the same way that Jews, gypsies, Tutsis and Darfurians mattered. No, this problem isn’t currently domestic, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t play a role as passive observers. As German pastor Martin Niemöller once wrote, “They came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”




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Professor lectures on human trafficking in Michigan BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI RMATUSZEWSKI@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University’s Delta Phi Lambda chapter hosted a discussion on human trafficking in the state of Michigan to complement the sorority’s home chapter philanthropy of fighting human trafficking. On Thursday, March 15, the sorority partnered with assistant professor of criminal justice Tonisha Jones. Jones’ experience studying human trafficking for 18 years started with her internship as an undergraduate at the prosecutor’s office in a domestic violence unit. She reviewed police reports, helped victims of sexual violence fill out paperwork and accompanied victims to court. When many students think of the words “human trafficking,” they might envision a girl walking late at night snatched off the streets or an immigrant smuggled over the border. Although women may be an easy target due to varying economic, social and political rights, religious populations are also trafficked due to some cases of population displacement. Victimization is found in individuals who identify as youth, homeless, LGBTQ and runaways. They live in isolation, are impoverished and suffer from domestic violence. On a social scale, victims may experience discrimination, immigration, political instability and a lack of strong labor protec-

END IT: Representatives from the Manasseh Project speak out against human trafficking in Michigan after the viewing of the movie ‘Break the Chain’ on Thursday, March 15. GVSU professor Tonisha Jones spoke to those in attendance about being able to identify the warning signs of potential human trafficking victims. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

tion. The words and images that came to mind for attendees were slavery, abuse, manipulation and control, and they drew images of a red X as they remembered the END IT Movement. Jones said human trafficking comes in many forms and does not discriminate. It comes for sex, labor, illegal adoption, illegal removal of organs and participation of child soldiers. It finds U.S. citizens, foreign na-

tionals, women, men and children. It steals from the streets, fake massage businesses, online ads, truck stops, hotels, homes, factories, restaurants, construction sites, door-to-door sales and more. It takes through violence, threats, debt bondage, confiscation of passports and other forms of coercion. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigated 1,029 trafficking cases in 2016. The numbers were re-

markably lower for the Michigan State Police in the same year, reporting 17 commercial sex acts. This vast difference could partly be explained by victims going unreported and being hidden or the police confirming the people they see don’t act like victims. Jones taught students the signs to look for in possible victims. “A lot of people say this is bigger than me; I don’t have a

role to play,” Jones said. “But everyone has a role to play.” Jones encouraged students to educate themselves on human trafficking and how to identify it. She suggested raising awareness through friends and family, schools and the local community. There are also ways to get involved through organizations, advocacy and challenging the dominant narrative. In these ways, GVSU students, faculty

and staff can help stop this trafficking. “Not many people are taking action on this,” said Pactra Chab, vice president of Delta Phi Lambda. “We want to be the ones taking action and making the community aware this is happening. You don’t see it, so (we have to think about) how (we) are going to make an impact.”


CASHIN’ OUT: Officials from the GVSU Padnos International Center offer tips on finding study-abroad programs that cost less than a typical semester at GVSU. By using strategies like identifying scholarships earlier, attending study-abroad advising sessions and thinking outside of traditional study-abroad destinations, students can find programs at a much lower cost. COURTESY | PADNOS INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Studying abroad for less BY TYLEE BUSH TBUSH@LANTHORN.COM

Many students do not study abroad during college because they think it is too expensive and they would never be able to afford it. But at Grand Valley State University, there are study-abroad programs that cost less than a typical semester in Allendale. From Chile to China, Ghana to Germany, and Taiwan to Turkey, there are countless destinations available to GVSU students at a minimal cost. Inexpensive trips offer credits for a variety of majors and degrees, and they range

in duration from two weeks, four to 11 weeks and even semester long. Many students who choose these trips end up saving more money than they would have if they had done the semester at GVSU. The Padnos International Center (PIC) is a free resource on campus for students to receive study-abroad advising and guidance. Peer advisers in the PIC office are experienced and trained to find inexpensive study-abroad programs to make study abroad possible for any student. Advising is available on a drop-in basis— appointments are not necessary—so students can stop by


the office in Lake Ontario Hall, Room 130, at any time. Meaghann Myers-Smith, study-abroad adviser at the PIC, is passionate about making study abroad an option for any student. “We like to highlight those less expensive programs so that the opportunity is accessible to any student here if they can be flexible with the destination,” she said. Myers-Smith said many students automatically look into the most popular study-abroad locations, such as the United Kingdom, Western Europe or Australia, and are immediately turned away by the cost. “Thinking outside the traditional destinations is where you find these less expensive programs,” she said. Myers-Smith recommends using the PIC peer advisers because when you’re looking on your own, you don’t know where to start and tend to gravitate toward those traditional destinations. Peer advisers, though, are good at helping students do the research and realize how many experiences are available to them for feasible costs. Alissa Lane, outreach coordinator at the PIC, is also eager to help students achieve a once-in-a-lifetime studyabroad experience. According to Lane, “students see the price tag but don’t always think

about the comparison to how much it costs at GVSU.” A typical semester at GVSU ranges from $11,000 to $13,000 for students living on campus. Lane said when staff members at the PIC determine the listed cost for a study-abroad program, they consider everything from tuition, housing, food, airfare, public transportation and even spending money. So, any study-abroad trip with a bottom-line cost equal to or less than roughly $13,000 is a trip that would be less expensive than a semester in Allendale or Grand Rapids. The PIC also offers more than $200,000 in scholarships to GVSU students who study abroad, and there are plenty of additional resources available, including departmental scholarships such as those in the international relations department, nationally competitive awards through the Office of Fellowships and more. Myers-Smith said it is important that student know they can use their GVSU financial aid packet toward study-abroad costs, even for non-GVSU programs. When she was a student, Myers-Smith was intimidated by the study-abroad price tag until someone told her she could use her financial aid. This is why she wants students to know that the majority of

GV offers programs that cost less than typical semester in Allendale scholarships, federal loans, and even the MET and Pell grant can be used to study abroad.

Experiences are so much more valuable than half the stuff you can buy. ... You won’t remembers ‘things’ half as much as the experiences that you have through study abroad.”

ALISSA LANE OUTREACH COORDINATOR, GVSU PIC It is recommended that students start their scholarship search at least a year before going abroad, or even sooner. Some students have even gotten their whole semester abroad covered in scholarships and aid, so the earlier you start the better. The PIC hosts funding workshops every month where students can learn more about their financial opportunities and even gain some tips on being frugal. Lane and Myers-Smith offered advice to students

on how to cut study-abroad costs while traveling. “Experiences are so much more valuable than half of the stuff you can buy,” Lane said. When she studied abroad, Lane fell in love with travel and soon realized that Western consumerism is overrated. “You won’t remember ‘things’ half as much as the experiences that you have through study abroad,” she said. Myers-Smith added that many students exhaust unnecessary expenses by traveling from city to city while they are abroad. “Students should stay put in the city and country that they’re studying in in order to foster relationships with local people and get to know the culture and language,” she said. “Hopping around to other cities might make them miss out on connections in their study-abroad city.” Myers-Smith wants all GVSU students to know that study abroad is accessible to everyone. “It’s not just an opportunity for students with needs or for the elite,” she said. “If you can fund a semester here at Grand Valley, then you can study abroad.” Students can visit www. to find a complete list of study-abroad programs with less expensive fees.




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


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.


The Department of Visual and Media Arts, writing department and digital studies department at Grand Valley State University will be hosting James McAnally, a writer, editor, curator and artist from St. Louis, Missouri. McAnally’s art is described as eclectic, including publications, exhibitions, ephemeral actions, site-conditional criticism and theory. McAnally will give a basic overview of his work in the visual arts, including his work as an artist, curator, collaborator, organizer, writer, editor and theorist, on Monday, March 26, at 1:40 p.m. in the Calder Arts Center, Room 1718. Following that discussion, he will be leading a round-table discussion about the role of writing and criticism in the development of culture, which will take place at 3 p.m. in Room 1201. Finally, on Tuesday, March 27, McAnally will host a discussion off campus in the Avenue for the Arts’ Learning Lab, which is located in Grand Rapids. This talk will focus on the production of art in the Midwest, covering the unique opportunities and challenges for artists in this area.

GRCC TO PRESENT THE PLAY ‘DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE’ From Thursday, March 29, to Saturday, March 31, Grand Rapids Community College will be presenting the play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl, who is a MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, set the comedy in a quiet cafe, where a constantly ringing cell phone forces a woman to confront her assumptions about mortality, redemption and technology. GRCC theater faculty member Tom Kaechele will be directing the play, which will begin at 8 p.m. at GRCC Spectrum Theater, located on 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets are $5 for GRCC students; $8 for students in the Grand Rapids area, as well as GRCC faculty and staff; and $12 for the public. In addition to these performances, there will be a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m., where tickets will be sold at the door.

CONCERT: Artist Elohim will be stopping in Grand Rapids for the first time during her self-titled tour. COURTESY | CHASE O’BLACK

Student publishes poetry book after friend’s suicide BY ANNE MARIE SMIT ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

Last April, Grand Valley State University junior Natalie Masterton was getting ready to move back home for the summer when she received a phone call: A friend from home had just committed suicide. Following this tragic news, Masterton began to write every night after work to process her unexpected loss. She had been writing privately for some time in her journal, but after her friend’s death, she decided to use her writing to raise awareness about mental illness and offer comfort to those struggling themselves. Masterton is from a small town near Ann Arbor, which she described as a place where not much changes. She leaves for school and comes back for the summer and everything is basically just as she left it. But that spring, she said, everything had changed; the town didn’t know how to process the tragedy. Her poetry was a way for her to work through her own emotions while educating people about the risks of leaving mental illness unchecked. “I’m from a really small town,” she said. “When it happened, I think people were not only shocked, but didn’t even know how to start the conversation. I think a lot of people were really angry and that it was a selfish act. ... They didn’t really know how to look towards solutions—they were just looking at the problem and saying it’s too big.”

Masterton self-published her book “Clockworks” in August 2017, just months after her friend’s suicide. She decided to publish the book herself because publishing companies wanted her to choose 10 to 15 poems as an excerpt before agreeing to publish the book, and she thought all of the poems would have to be read together for her message to be understood. She chose the title “Clockworks” because her friend’s death caused her to think more about time, and many of her poems have that theme. “I have a lot of poems about time, and I think one of the things I struggled with a lot when my friend passed was, you know, our own mortality,” she said. “Animals don’t have a sense of time— they’re not worried about missing things or being late or anything—but we’re very obsessed with time, and that time is the third party in all our relationships. “When I was going through the poems and stuff, I noticed that I kept coming back to time, and I kept coming back to this idea of what we do with it and where it goes.” Many of the poems in “Clockworks” are about her friend and his relationships with others, as well as the need to understand mental illness and its warning signs. “There are a lot of poems about him,” Masterton said. “(One) favorite is one that says that mental health is just as

AWARENESS: Natalie Masterton published ‘Clockworks,’ which talks about the reality of mental illness. COURTESY | NATALIE MASTERTON

important as physical health and that society has started to have a conversation about that more, but definitely a couple years ago it wasn’t something people talked about. “People thought depression was just a disease instead of saying, ‘You know what, people need help. We need to talk about this more so there’s not such a stigma around it.’” One of the most rewarding experiences for Masterton in publishing her book was seeing those from her hometown begin to understand or empathize with what they previously didn’t. It was also a source of comfort for some.

“The coolest part since I published (the book) was that so many people from my hometown (bought) a copy and (said), ‘Hey, this got me through some really bad stuff, and you had a way of saying things that made me feel that someone else gets it and I’m not alone,’” Masterton said. Masterton is currently working on another poetry book, which she described as the “cousin” of “Clockworks.” She wants to continue to experiment with her writing and share her voice on meaningful topics. “Clockworks” is currently available for purchase on


Elohim bringing new single on first visit to Grand Rapids BY NICK MORAN NMORAN@LANTHORN.COM

With an album due to release Friday, April 27, and music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Electric Forest in her sights, artist and producer Elohim is finally bringing her work to Grand Rapids. Elohim’s U.S. headline tour, which began Friday, March 9, brings her to the Intersection on Friday, March 30. Despite Elohim having to cancel her last tour due to pneumonia, her return for her self-titled tour will once again feature Grand Rapids on its hit list. “I owe Grand Rapids a show,” Elohim said via email. “(The city) is exciting because it is hometown to a bunch of the wonderful people on my team. I am also very excited because it will be my first time in Grand Rapids.”

Following the debut of Elohim’s latest single, “Panic Attacks,” on Wednesday, March 14, Yoshi Flower, the song’s feature, will also be joining Elohim on her tour. Elohim said the duo bonded in Los Angeles, evolving their friendship into creating music together. “Yoshi has become one of my best friends,” Elohim said. “My favorite people to be creative with are those closest to me. There is a feeling of safety and fearlessness that allows you to go as weird as you possibly want to in that moment with no judgment. We actually encourage the weird.” Elohim said “Panic Attacks” explores her and Flower’s similar experiences of being both artists and humans. The single—which is in conjunction with her tour—also serves as a preview for her upcoming album, she said. “The album is eclectic in

a sense, but it all comes together as one cohesive work of music,” Elohim said. “It is hard to put into words what this album means to me and sounds like, but what I can say is that it is a journey and I am very, very excited to share it with the universe.” Elohim’s visit to Grand Rapids will feature both her new and older music, providing the audience with “a little bit of everything.” She said one unique aspect of performing live is the ability to create music just for those shows that are unique to the performance. “One of my favorite parts of performing live is being able to change up the songs I’ve created for a special rendition that can only be seen or heard in a live setting,” Elohim said. “It keeps it very fresh and exciting for me and gives the audience something different to look forward to.”

In choosing where in Grand Rapids to perform, Elohim said the love of intimate shows paired with the closeness of the Intersection drew her to the venue. “(Intimate shows) are some of my favorite because there is a genuine connection unlike anything else in the world that you can only get when you are singing close enough to hold hands with the person in front of you,” Elohim said. Scott Hammontree, talent buyer and partner for the Intersection, said the venue is a “destination point” for artists, from its opening in 1977 to its move downtown in 2003. The show itself sits in the Stache, the Intersection’s 400-viewer-capacity venue that hosts a range of different performances, he said. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Fishladder debuts first 2018 exhibition of student art BY ARIE NIENHUIS ANIENHUIS@LANTHORN.COM

For 15 years, Grand Valley State University’s art publication Fishladder has served as a collection of some of the best art created by GVSU students. Released once a year, Fishladder highlights work from several branches of art, such as painting, creative writing and everything in between. Jenna Pewarchie is one of the many artists and writers chosen for this new edition. Her work, “Mended,” is a series of portraits torn apart and sewn back together. “I remember opening the email and seeing ‘congratulations’ and thought I was reading it wrong,” Pewarchie said via email. “It is the best feeling in the world to get acknowledged for all the time and passion that you put into the

work, so it is very gratifying.” Pewarchie sees photography as a method to create a different world through her work. She experiences a distinct sense of freedom when working alone and with her peers. “I noticed an openness to expressing those emotions, questions, interests, desires and fears in a way that wouldn’t be possible, or as accurate, in a different medium,” Pewarchie said. “I am very influenced by my surrounding friends and family that always accepted my work and encouraged me to keep creating.” In particular, Fishladder gives the GVSU community the chance to see works of art that represent the university’s entire art community. Joel Zwart, curator of exhibitions at GVSU, believes that Fishladder’s universality is one of its strongest aspects.

“Fishladder is an artistic publication that is working with a large number of students, and they’re soliciting works for their publications and highlighting works that are in the publication,” Zwart said. “The second way that it differs from a lot of our students’ shows is that it has creative writing in it.” The fact that Fishladder also exists as an ongoing publication is a clear highlight, especially for the creative writing side of the series. “It’s a great way from bringing attention to the organization itself,” Zwart said. “We don’t do a lot of creative writing, so putting up creative writing samples is a great way of elevating that form of art.” As for getting involved with the art scene at GVSU, Fishladder has always stood out as a unique opportunity for students. “Fishladder does a call

for entries every year, so I would say reach out to them and see when they’re planning their call for entries,” Zwart said. “Get involved; (write) something this summer. Draw something this summer. Work on something in the intention of submitting it to Fishladder.” Pewarchie also shared her advice for young artists looking to expand their horizons and range of opportunities. “No matter where (you) are within your art form, just keep practicing it whenever you can,” Pewarchie said. “I submitted multiple styles of writing and photography to different publications and got denied every time, but I didn’t let it stop me.” Selections from Fishladder will be on display in the Kirkhof Center from now until June 22. The latest edition of the Fishladder publication will be released soon.

EXPRESSION: GVSU’s Fishladder publication opened its first 2018 exhibition, available until June 22. COURTESY | JENNA PEWARCHIE






The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in the 2018 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the top finishing GLIAC members for both the men and women. The Laker men finished 11th with 136 points, while the women finished 15th with 81 points. Queens (North Carolina) won both the men’s and women’s titles. The competition started Wednesday, March 14, and concluded Saturday, March 17. The Laker men turned in an outstanding final night at the NCAA Championships with four top-10 finishes. Harry Shalamon picked up another All-America honor with his third-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke, hitting the wall in 1:44.73. Marius Mikalauskas added an All-America honor in the 200-meter breaststroke with a fourth-place finish in 1:56.63. GVSU’s 400-meter freestyle relay team of Shalamon, J.D. Ham, Liam Little and Ben Walling earned All-America honors with a 15th-place finish in 3:00.5, and four divers earned All-America honors on the three-meter board. Jared Gregory tallied an eighth-place finish with a score of 473.90, followed by Jared Bergerin in 10th (468.90), Christopher Kelly in 14th (438.35) and Joe Gucwa in 16th (429.50). Walling finished 23rd in the 100-meter freestyle (44.59), and Ahmed Nabih was 22nd in the 200-meter breaststroke. Melina Goebel earned All-America honors in the 1,650-meter freestyle when she touched the wall ninth in a time of 16:52.72, while Sam Postmus concluded her collegiate career as an All-American with a 16thplace finish in the 100-meter backstroke, hitting the wall in 2:03.00. Celia Hoag finished 25th in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:19.83. The men’s team finished its season with a 9-3 overall record and the 2018 GLIAC Championship, while the women finished with an 8-5 overall record and a secondplace trophy from the GLIAC Championship.

Lakers prove their football worth on pro day NFL DREAMS: On Thursday, March 15, multiple GVSU football seniors—highlighted by NFL-bound prospects like tight end Nick Keizer, receivers Brandon Bean and Urston Smith, and linebacker Garrett Pougnet—showcased their skills in front of 20 various NFL scouts in the Kelly Family Sports Center. GVL | ROBBIE TRIANO BY BRADY MCATAMNEY ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM


ithout a doubt, one of the most highly anticipated events in sports every spring is the National Football League Draft. Every April, the top college football players in the country nervously await to hear their phones ring with confirmation that they’ve been selected or have garnered interest in being signed to a professional contract. Without months of behind-thescenes preparation and workouts leading up to the big day, no players (or teams) would have any idea what route they might be taking. That’s where pro days come in, and

on Thursday, March 15, Grand Valley State held its very own to showcase the abundant talent encased in the university’s historic program. Scouts from 20 different NFL teams—including the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers—filed into the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale to watch multiple Laker seniors. These seniors included tight end Nick Keizer, linebacker Garrett Pougnet, and wide receivers Brandon Bean and Urston Smith, who participated in different drills and workouts to showcase their athleticism and overall football ability. “You hope the best for your players,” said GVSU football head coach Matt Mitchell. “You put the time and effort into getting to this point,

so you just hope that everyone is 100 percent. For me, organizing this day with the scouts and everything is just about giving our guys a platform. You just want to see kids that you know take advantage of it.” Some of the many drills each player participated in included the bench press (225 pounds), vertical jump, broad jump, shuttle run and route running/pass catching. After the day, the players seemingly impressed the handful of scouts in attendance—and felt good doing so. “Overall, I’m pretty satisfied,” Keizer said. “It didn’t go perfect; wish I could have run a little bit better on the 40. Had a couple slipups on the L-drill with those cones, but overall I was pretty satisfied with my performance. I felt pre-

pared coming in. It’s never going to be perfect exactly. I did the best I could. That’s all I can really ask for.” The 6-foot-5-inch player put on a worthy performance during pro day and, as of now, is the most likely Laker to be drafted, according to Mitchell. Even with his 4.4-second pro agility, 4.75-second 40-yard dash, 10-foot-1-inch broad jump and 32-inch vertical leap—above average numbers for the tight end position—Keizer’s 27 reps on the 225-pound bench press was his most impressive stat of the day. At the NFL Draft Combine last month, the largest number by a tight end was 23. That really blew SEE PRO | A8


Grand Valley State’s coed club quidditch team qualified for the US Quidditch Cup 11, the Harry Potter version of the NCAA National Championship Tournament. The team clinched its spot after a game Monday, March 12. GVSU’s team—also known as the Grindylows—is one of 27 teams around the country that qualified for the tournament. The top 16 eligible college teams and the top 11 community teams in the US Quidditch league have been offered bids into this year’s US Quidditch Cup 11. Other notable schools that made the cut include Baylor, Michigan State, Arizona State and West Virginia. The tournament will take place Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, in Round Rock, Texas.


GETTING SET: Urston Smith talks to NFL scouts from the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers before perfoming in the vertical jump drill Thursday, March 15. GVL | ROBBIE TRIANO

AROUND THE CORNER: Receiver Urston Smith sprints around to the finish line during the three-cone drill Thursday, March 15, in the Kelly Family Sports Center. GVL | ROBBIE TRIANO

REACHING HIGH: Brandon Bean gets ready before performing the vertical jump drill Thursday, March 15. GVL | ROBBIE TRIANO

Although the season for the Grand Valley State Division III men’s club hockey team came to an abrupt end, six members of the team were selected to the ACHA All-Star Challenge held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lakers who were selected were goalie Jack Lindsay, captain Alex Bjork, forward Alex Siroky, forward Ben Kowalske, defenseman Derek Simon and Ben Chafin. These six players will represent their program and university on Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15.

LANDING: Linebacker Garrett Pougnett lands after performing the leap Thursday, March 15. GVL | ROBBIE TRIANO

BREAKING RECORDS: Tight end Nick Keizer maxes out at 27 reps of 225 pounds during the bench press, four more than any other tight end during the NFL Scouting Combine. GVL | ROBBIE TRIANO



DYNAMIC DUO: GVSU pitcher Tate Brawley (22) and catcher Connor Glick (16) fist bump at the mound after closing out the game for a victory against Ashland on April 12, 2017. Against non-conference opponent Lewis University, the Lakers won three of four contests over a two-day span to improve their record to 11-8 on the year before GLIAC play begins Friday, March 23, against Purdue Northwest. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF

GV baseball pulls off road series win against Lewis BY BRADY MCATAMNEY ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Friday, March GVSU 5, Lewis 2


On a chilly afternoon in Romeoville, Illinois, the Lakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead starting with an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Ryan Blake-Jones. Three batters later, third baseman Ricky Clark reached on a basesloaded error, allowing two unearned runs to score. The three first-inning runs would be all the Lakers needed, but they managed to score twice more in the fifth inning, once again courtesy of a Blake-Jones RBI single.



people away, though he was more humble than boastful about it. “I was proud of that,” Keizer said. “I knew going in I’d probably put up more than most of those guys. There’s a lot of measurables. That’s just one of the tests, and, to be honest, it’s one of the more insignificant tests.

Ryan Arnold pitched eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out four on his way to his fourth win of the season (4-0). Kyle Lawson came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing only one baserunner via a walk. The Lakers compiled 10 hits on the afternoon with eight combined coming from Blake-Jones, left fielder Zach Berry, right fielder Jacob Gleason and shortstop Alex Mandeville, all of whom had two hits each.

five innings in long relief for GVSU, retiring every batter he faced while striking out five. The performance earned him his first win of 2018 (1-1).

On a day nearly identical to the last in terms of weather, GVSU once again gained

an early lead when BlakeJones reached on an error by the Flyers’ third baseman in the first inning, allowing Zach Berry to score. The 1-0 lead would hold up until the fourth when—guess who— Blake-Jones hit his teamhigh third home run of the season to left field, tallying the Lakers’ lead to 2-0. However, Lewis would show some fight in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to take their first lead of the series. They would take that lead into the eighth when Gleason’s sacrifice fly knotted the score at 3. Then, in the ninth inning, the Lakers added two unearned runs to secure their eventual 5-3 win. Josh D. Smith pitched

As long as you get above 20 at my position, in my mind it’s just kind of a check. It was good, but there’s a lot of other areas, too, so I’m not really hanging my laurels on that.” Even if he is not selected in the draft, Keizer should have no problem finding a team as he has already had multiple meetings with NFL scouts who have declared their interest in signing him as a preferred free agent if he makes it through draft day.

He is not alone in Allendale in that regard. Pougnet, with 22 reps on the bench press, a 4.64-second 40 time and a 32-inch vertical, was pleased with the way he performed on Thursday, and his athleticism and versatility should make him an ideal fit for a number of teams. “I feel really good,” Pougnet said. “Still have a couple more things to do with position work, actually football stuff now, but from a num-

bers point of view, I feel really good about things. Yeah, I’m happy with it so far but want to finish strong. I just kind of look at myself as a football player. (I’ll play) wherever (teams) want to put me. “Linebacker, safety, nickel, (defensive) end, special teams as well. ... We’ll see where they want to put me. I always try to attack everything with a great attitude. No matter what the situation is, hope-

Saturday, March 17: GVSU 5, Lewis 3


Sunday, March 18: GVSU 10, Lewis 11

In the closest game of the weekend, the Flyers completed a massive comeback, scoring six runs in the sixth inning while trailing 10-5. The Lakers had scored in each of the first five innings to build up the advantage, including runs from a Blake-Jones threerun homer in the first extra-base hits from Berry and Gleason in the fifth. However, the Flyers scored just enough at the


end of the game to pull off the victory, shutting the Lakers out in the top of the seventh in the front end of a doubleheader. GVSU’s offensive attack was led by the middle of the order, with the two through five hitters combining for nine of the team’s 11 hits with six RBIs and eight runs scored.

In danger of tying a series they once led 2-0, the Lakers pulled off the win in the rubber match of the four-game set in Romeoville. For the second time of the day, GVSU got off to a relatively strong start, scoring in three of the first

four innings, including a four-run fourth fueled by a Blake-Jones’ two-run single and Austin LaDoux’s double to drive in two more. LaDoux was the star of the show, collecting three hits in four at-bats while driving in four runs and scoring one on a solo home run in the second inning. The Laker bullpen held the game down with Noah Lamboley pitching 3.1 innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out two. Lawson came on for the bottom of the seventh to retire the Flyers in order with two strikeouts sprinkled in to earn his fifth save of the season. After the 3-1 weekend, the Lakers are now 11-8 in 2018.

fully I’m a good leader to everyone else out here. I’m going to give it all I’ve got.” Meanwhile, while Bean’s pro day numbers were solid, he has already received reported interest from the Detroit Lions, according to draft analyst Tony Pauline. “A couple of guys are probably better football players than testers, like Brandon Bean is a better football player, might be a little better with the pads on, so you have

to take it all in a combination,” Mitchell said. “It’s not all about what you see here in T-shirts and shorts.” Any player who is eligible to be selected but is not drafted will then immediately become a preferred free agent able to sign with any team. The NFL Draft begins the evening of Thursday, April 26, with the first round and is scheduled to conclude Saturday, April 28, with rounds four through seven.

Sunday, March GVSU 7, Lewis 4



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SOLID CONTACT: GVSU softball player Kelsey Dominguez takes a swing and makes solid contact with the ball during the Lakers’ wins over Walsh in Allendale on April 23, 2016. After defeating the Ferris State Bulldogs 3-0 in the first game and 2-0 in the second of their doubleheader, the Lakers extended their winning streak to seven and improved their overall record to 15-5 to start the season. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF

GV softball sweeps home-opening doubleheader against Ferris BY ROBBIE TRIANO SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Without a cloud in the sky and temperatures reaching the upper 40s, the No. 23 ranked Grand Valley State softball team was finally greeted by their fans during the team’s home-opening doubleheader against Ferris State on Sunday, March 18. Fueled by more great pitching performances by Allison Lipovsky and Allie Grys, the Lakers shut out the Bulldogs, winning their contests 3-0 and 2-0, respectively. With the victories, GVSU extends their winning streak to seven games, improving their overall record to 15-5 (2-0 GLIAC). The contests were originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, but were moved up due to the possibility of inclement weather. Game one: GVSU 3, FSU 0

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Lakers scored the first run of the contest in the first inning. Senior Tegan Shomin led off the inning with a single and crossed the plate all the way from first base after freshman Taylor Rieger hit a double. The second inning was quiet scoring-wise, but GVSU tacked on another run in the third after Nikoma Holmen hit a single through the right side of the field to help redshirt junior Kaylie Raynard score, giving GVSU a 2-0 lead. The final GVSU run came after Holmen led the fifth inning with a double and shortly crossed the plate after a single by junior Shannon Flaherty scored the third run. On the pitching side of things, Lipovsky dominated the strike zone against the Bulldogs, striking out 12 batters in a complete game outing and only allowing four runners on base (three hits,

one hit-by-pitch). With the win, Lipovsky’s record on the season now stands at seven wins and two losses. “I get myself in the mental state I need to be in, and we go out there; the only things I know are the batter I’m facing and what number in the order they are,” Lipovsky had previously told a Lanthorn reporter. Game two: GVSU 2, FSU 0 With just a short break, the Lakers came out with Grys to complete the doubleheader sweep over the Bulldogs. The first inning was much more dramatic than the last contest, as the Bulldogs’ first two hitters recorded singles. Grys stayed composed and struck out the next two batters and forced a popup to end the early scare. In the third inning, Shomin reached base off an error by the Ferris shortstop and quickly bolted to reach sec-

ond base. Shortly after, another error by the Bulldogs advanced Shomin to third base. Holmen then stepped up to hit a frozen rope to the Ferris shortstop again, but once again, the Bulldogs made another error to score Shomin and give GVSU the 1-0 lead. Later that inning, Rieger scored after sophomore Kelcie LaTour grounded out to first base but gave enough time to run home. After the first inning scare, Grys dominated the rest of the contest to capture her fifth victory of the season. The senior from Portland, Michigan, struck out six batters over the course of seven innings, allowing only four hits and one walk. With so much early success from the Lakers, there’s been a sense of optimism throughout the clubhouse. “This is one of the best teams I’ve ever played on, and I think as long as we don’t beat ourselves, we can

ACE: GVSU pitcher Allison Lipovsky hurls a pitch down the plate during the Lakers’ victory over Lake Superior State on April 18, 2016. Lipovsky struck out 12 batters and only allowed four hits for her seventh win of the season over rival Ferris State. GVL | LUKE HOLMES

go all the way,” Lipovsky had previously told a Lanthorn reporter. “Our staff is one of the best in the country, we have some of the most disciplined hitters and we work really hard on defense. When we play the game as best as

we can play, there’s no team better than us.” The Lakers will next face off at home against GLIAC foe Northwood University in a doubleheader Saturday, March 24, at the GVSU softball field.




GV lacrosse sweeps road weekend series against Tiffin, Wheeling Jesuit BY D’ANGELO STARKS DSTARKS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team traveled to Ohio and West Virginia to take on GLIAC rival Tiffin University on Friday, March 16, and Wheeling Jesuit on Sunday, March 18. The Lakers would first come away with a blowout 20-10 victory over Tiffin, later closing the weekend with a 22-11 win over Wheeling Jesuit. These wins bring GVSU’s record to 3-2 on the season and also mark the team’s first GLIAC game and win of the season. In their contest against Tiffin, the first half was a back-and-forth battle with several lead changes after GVSU scored the opening goal in the game. The Lakers would take a 10-6 lead heading into the halftime period. However, the second half was a much different story, as the Lakers finally found their offensive rhythm, outscoring Tiffin 10-4 on the way to a 20-10 victory. The Lakers outshot Tiffin 37-20, with 32 of the Lakers’ shots were on goal. GVSU also held the lead over Tiffin in the draw controls category, where

GVSU had 23 compared to Tiffin’s 8. In a big win like this the Lakers had several big scoring performances, including four different hat tricks. The Lakers top scoring output came from Erika Neumen, who scored five goals and three assists for a total of 8 points on the game. Ashley Bailey, Meggan Loyd, and Meghan Datema each scored hat tricks for the Lakers. In terms of setting up her teammates, Kelley Fitzgerald also had a big game, dishing out five assists. In the team’s second game of the weekend, the Lakers pulled out another big victory over Wheeling Jesuit. The Lakers doubled the score of the cardinals in route to a 22-11 victory. The Lakers got out of the gates quickly scoring the first four goals of the matchup, but the Cardinals would answer back and manage to make the game close with the first half ending 10-7. The second half saw the Lakers get hot as a team and outscore their opponents 12-4 to seal the win. GVSU out shot Wheeling Jesuit 47-23 with 35 shots on goal for the Lakers and only

THROUGH TRAFFIC: GVSU lacrosse player Aimee Hite protects the ball as she moves up field during the Lakers’ game against Northern Michigan on April 15, 2017. The Lakers won both weekend contests against Tiffin and Wheeling Jesuit by double digits. GVL | KEVIN SIELAFF

20 shots on goal for the Cardinals. Wheeling Jesuit posted 20 turnovers compared to GVSU’s 16. The Lakers--once again-vastly outperformed their opponent in the draw control category. GVSU finished with 24 and Wheeling Jesuit finished with 11 as a team. The team saw several

huge scoring performances with five different players scoring at least three goals. It was Meghan Datema who lead the way for the Lakers in this game, finishing with a double hat trick--six goals. The other hat tricks were scored by Ashley Bailey, Erika Neuman, Carly Shisler,

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and Sarah Stagaard. Those were not the only players to have important games for the team, however. Kelley Fitzgerald had a huge passing game finishing the game with five assists. Abbi O’Neal had a big game for the Lakers scoring a total of five points, she scored two




Issue 50, March 19th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  
Issue 50, March 19th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 50, March 19th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn