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Fall break proposal approved by University Academic Senate BY RACHEL MATUSZEWSKI RMATUSZEWSKI@LANTHORN.COM

TAKING OVER: Rachel Jenkin (far right) raises her hand during a student senate meeting on Nov. 16, 2017. On Thursday, April 12, Jenkin was elected student senate president for the 2018-19 academic year. Morgan Mattler was elected student senate’s vice president at the same general assembly. GVL | MATT READ

Rachel Jenkin elected student senate president Morgan Mattler named VP, other e-board positions filled BY SARAH HOLLIS SHOLLIS@LANTHORN.COM


t the Grand Valley State University student senate general assembly Thursday, April 12, new cabinet members were elected from the body for the 2018-19 academic year. Before the voting started, several GVSU students and senators voiced their support for different candidates during the public comment section of the general assembly. By the end of the night, Rachel Jenkin, vice president of campus affairs from this academic year, was named the pres-

ident-elect. Jenkin is focused on improving relations between senate and the student body and continuing the work accomplished by this year’s senators. “One of the big projects that I want to move forward with is getting a seat for a student senator at the Board of Trustees’ table,” Jenkin said. “Seventy percent of public universities have that seat, but Grand Valley for some reason does not. Also, I’m trying to encourage consistency in communication on our body. I think we have a really strong relationship with administration, but we really need to encourage that relationship with the students.

I think we have a really strong relationship with administration, but we really need to encourage that relationship with the students.” RACHEL JENKIN GVSU STUDENT SENATE PRESIDENT-ELECT “So, going through and just having that physical connection and reaching out to students in various organizations, going to their meetings, grabbing coffee with their presidents, really try-

ing to establish those face-to-face conversations. ... I’m really trying to make sure that we don’t just hit the reset button on this last year SEE JENKIN | A2

The addition of a fall break to the university calendar has been many students’ wish for some time at Grand Valley State University. A proposal to implement a fall break at GVSU, initiated by student senate, has now officially been passed by the University Academic Senate (UAS). The proposal first passed through student senate in early November 2017. UAS had been deliberating over the topic since and finally passed the resolution during its Friday, April 6, assembly. In the fall semester, students arrive on campus and work from after Labor Day until Thanksgiving break. When they return to school, there are around three more weeks before the semester ends. Working non-stop for nearly three months can be difficult for students, while the winter semester can be more manageable because it includes a week off for spring break. “It’s an incredible amount of time,” said student senate president Jonathan Bowman. “I know just from experience, when you’re going constantly for a whole semester, it’s a lot on students. (It’s) a really easy thing for college students who are super busy focusing on class, working jobs, to kind of forget to take care of yourself. We want to make sure students are healthy in all aspects of their lives.” After realizing how burned out students became in the fall, student senate wrote a resolution to help add a fall break into the semester. Bowman visited the Registrar’s Office to review the academic calendar, and then senate created a task force known as the SOFAB (study of fall break task force). Students from each discipline at GVSU were represented in SOFAB and helped to create an elaborate study of seven different options to incorporate a fall break into the calendar. “One of the biggest challenges was working with labs and clinicals for nursing students, (the College of Health Professions), engineering (and) their co-ops, (and) the College of Ed working SEE BREAK | A2


Presidential Search Advisory Committee hears GV community’s concerns in listening sessions BY JAMES KILBORN JKILBORN@LANTHORN.COM

Since President Thomas Haas announced his impending retirement Wednesday, Feb. 28, Grand Valley State University has been searching for potential candidates to fill his position. On Thursday, April 12, students, faculty and staff came to voice characteristics they desire in potential candidates, as well as their visions for GVSU’s future. The listening sessions took place in the DeVos Center, located on the university’s Pew Campus. On Friday, April 13, similar sessions took place in Allendale. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) is comprised of professors from various departments, members of the Board of Trustees and the student senate president. The committee fielded questions during the session, working to create a better understanding of what faculty and the student body desired in the pool of potential candidates. A common view expressed amongst attendees was GVSU’s role in higher education. Many stated that the university should not be research-oriented but should instead focus on becom-

ing a premier teaching institution, with greater emphasis on improving education for those pursuing a four-year degree. As one attendant stated, “We can become a below-average research university, or we can become better in training baccalaureate students.” Henry Matthews, GVSU director of galleries and collections, said the next president should be an ardent supporter of the visual arts, emphasizing the importance of the diverse collections of paintings and murals that line the halls of buildings across GVSU’s campuses. He argued that the abundance of artwork enriches life on campus and exposes students and faculty to various pieces they may otherwise never see. Another important characteristic raised was the next president’s ability to advocate for the university’s interests in Lansing, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; and local communities. This ability to confront legislators for funding was seen as an important skill that many attendees agreed upon. Rachel Siglow, executive assistant to the president, said an emphasis on student involvement should be a crucial aspect taken into consideration during the hiring process. Siglow

UP NEXT: GVSU President Thomas Haas and Marcia Haas enjoy cake after dinner on April 8, 2017. On Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee held listening sessions for the community. GVL | LUKE HOLMES

cited Haas’ willingness to attend student functions and be active within the student body as a vital role and hopes the next president shares Haas’ commitment to student life on campus. Other attendees said that while

investments toward attracting growth in GVSU’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is important, they hope the incoming president will encourage continued growth in the humanities, such as art, philosophy and literature. Attend-

ees viewed these fields as vital in continuing GVSU’s legacy as an outstanding liberal arts institution and in providing students the ability to empathize with others SEE LISTENING | A2



GradFest, a traditional event held before commencement celebrating students’ success, will take place this week at Grand Valley State University from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19. Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s celebrations will be held on the Allendale Campus in the Grand River Room (2250) of the Kirkhof Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will take place downtown at the DeVos Center Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall from the same time. During GradFest, graduating students can pick up their cap and gown for a special promotional price, enjoy 20 percent off all alumni apparel at the Laker Store, get professional photos taken in their graduation gear, pick up their graduation gift from the Alumni Association table and enjoy a free slice of cake. For more information, visit gradfest-3.htm.


To celebrate the Grand Valley State University winter 2018 graduating class, graduating students can attend Toast with T. Haas on Wednesday, April 18. This event escorts the graduating class members into their new position as GVSU alumni. The event will be held in the DeVos Center, Building C 401. It is sponsored by the Alumni Association and free for all attendees. Complimentary desserts, sparkling punch and water will be available for everyone in attendance. All attendees must bring a state-issued ID as well as their GVSU student ID.

GV TO HOST FIRST-EVER MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY, APRIL 20 On Friday, April 20, Grand Valley State University will hold its first-ever music festival on campus, titled Lakerpalooza. The festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will be held outside the Kirkhof Center in front of the Cook Carillon Tower. Hosted by Laker Traditions, Whale Radio and Spotlight Productions, the event will include food, games, inflatables and live music provided by GVSU musicians. For more information, visit events/198398030764297/.


Starting Monday, April 16, hours at the Mary Idema Pew Library, the Kirkhof Center in Allendale and the Steelcase Library downtown were extended in order to help students prepare for final exams. The Kirkhof Center also reserved quiet study spaces for students. Students can also attend free Exam Cram events (with a student ID), which started Sunday, April 15, and will go until Thursday, April 26. Some of these events include Pancakes with the President, West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Encouragement from Our Littlest Lakers, Color Me Stressed and various workout classes. For a full list of events and times, visit exam-cram-13.htm#activities.

PASSING THE TORCH: GVSU student senate president-elect Rachel Jenkin poses with current senate president Jonathan Bowman on Thursday, April 12. Jenkin will serve as student senate president for the duration of the 2018-19 year. COURTESY | JONATHAN BOWMAN



because we have new senators.” Morgan Mattler, vice president of public relations this academic year, was elected as the new executive vice president. “The vice president serves as the internal source to really help guide all the senators in the body, building their projects, and just helping with any and everything they may need,” he said. “I’m very honored and excited to serve as executive vice president. I have plans in regards to outreach; I re-

ally want our student body to know that we’re coming for them, and we’re excited to interact with them so much more than we have in previous years. “On top of that, I’m super excited just to serve as that resource to my fellow senators, both VPs as well as every single senator on this body. I’ve had excellent experience with an assortment of different projects just being on public relations that past two years.” As for the rest of the cabinet, new elects include Holly Neva for vice president of senate resources; Amanda

Crawford for vice president of finance; Carter Engler for vice president of campus affairs; and Erin McIntosh for vice president of educational affairs. Rachel Ibarra was also elected vice president of diversity affairs; Cameron Jones was named vice president of external relations; and Bilal Qureshi was voted in as vice president of public relations. The voting process was comprised of three sections: speeches, Q&A and discussion. Each senator-elect for every position had five minutes to give a prepared speech in front of the senate body. Then, all the can-

didates sat in front of the body and were allowed to answer five questions each from the body. The answers to these questions were capped at two minutes. After the Q&A, the candidates left the room while the rest of the senators discussed their options and expressed support for their preferred candidates. GVSU student senate general assembly takes place every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. during the school year in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room. The entire campus community is welcome to attend.


Grand Valley State University will hold a Lavender Graduation on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room (2204). Lavender Graduation is held as a celebration recognizing LGBTQIA+ students, acknowledging their successes during their college experiences and their contributions to the university. For more information on the event, visit www.gvsu. edu/events/lavender-graduation-5/.

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FALL: Students walking on campus on Oct. 11, 2017. On Friday, April 6, the University Academic Senate voted to approve a student senate proposal that inserted a fall break into the university’s academic calendar. It is unclear which year fall break would start. GVL | EMILY FRYE



on their student teaching,” Bowman said. “It’s definitely been a process.” As the various GVSU colleges have different schedules of their own, student senate considered a proposal that would start school earlier. But this would have required a shift in the schedule for Transitions and on-campus housing. Summer training for resident assistants and faculty would have to start earlier, too, and vacation would be cut short for professors.


from different backgrounds. Perhaps the most agreed-upon sentiment

“(It’s a) complicated change,” Bowman said. “The biggest thing is we want to make sure we have an equal amount of days in the classroom. We can’t take days off school and just lose those days. We want to make sure fall and winter semester have the same amount of time in classrooms so it’s fair for all students and classes. That’s the biggest concern.” Despite the complications past senators encountered, SOFAB was still able to narrow the choices down to one option, which was passed by the Executive Committee of the Senate on Friday, April 6. Now Bowman will take “Plan

A” to GVSU President Thomas Haas’ cabinet to discuss the benefits students and faculty have expressed. UAS chair Felix Ngassa still expects resistance from the College of Health Professions and departments of nursing, sciences and engineering. The bill includes the option of an opt-out, a path departments can take to their dean and to the Office of the Provost to keep their students in the classroom. Bowman said they will still run into the problem of trying to fit Campus Life Night into the schedule if the new proposal passes. “Like anything else,

change is always very difficult to come by,” Ngassa said. “If they accept (the bill), we’re looking at maybe the next two years.” Although it is not official, SOFAB has planned to add a day of school the Tuesday after Labor Day (typically taken off due to Campus Life Night) and to take Monday and Tuesday off in the ninth week of the semester, giving students a chance to catch their breath after midterm exams. Because the calendar is already set for this coming fall, Bowman foresees the change taking place in the 2019-20 academic year.

shared by those in attendance was the importance of selecting a candidate who is committed to bettering the university’s standing while retaining what makes it unique. As

many mentioned, GVSU is a premier regional university in Michigan and has a “homey” feel on campus. Attendees emphasized that while replacing Haas will be no small feat, they

hope the PSAC will find a pool of candidates that shares his ambition to improve the university while remaining committed and involved in student activities on campus.




Laker Effect Challenge winners selected BY DREW SCHERTZER DSCHERTZER@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University faculty, students and staff pitched ideas in the Laker Effect Challenge, where six teams gave presentations at the L.V. Eberhard Center Auditorium on Thursday, April 12. Five thousand dollars in prize money was split among the top presenters, and $500 was divided between the highestvoted poster presentations. “Students showcasing their work is a way for the work to get noticed by the community,” said Len O’Kelly, assistant professor of multimedia journalism at GVSU and event speaker. “Things don’t happen without funding and attention; this event gives students that chance.” “DECA Blazers” was awarded $2,500 and the largest sum of money for their presentation. DECA is an international association for high school and college students, as well as teachers. The five-minute presentation detailed the need for

students to get 34 new blazers. Many students at Innovation Central High School and other schools have blazers that don’t fit properly or are worn, the presenters explained. “The school can use them for the next 10 years, so a minimum of 500 students will have their futures impacted,” said Shorouq Almallah, presenter and director of the Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. “Future careers and college test scores can be affected by the blazers as it boosts students’ confidence.” One thousand dollars each was given to two different teams of presenters. “Cultivating the Garden of Eatin’,” led by student K’Mystry Taylor-Jackson, offered to build a greenhouse to increase the growing season of a local garden in Grand Rapids. Cooking classes will also be offered, and pots and pans will be given out to people who complete the training, encouraging more home cooking and healthful eating. The second winner of

$1,000 was “Harrison Park Uniform Project.” GVSU student Steven Sholten described how the Harrison Park Elementary School students often don’t have clean clothes that fit them. With the money, Sholten said, the school can get a washer and dryer, as well as establish a program to exchange clean clothes between older and younger students. “Imagine your first day of school with your new clothes and sense of belonging,” Sholten said at the start of his presentation. “Imagine now how these students feel without their sense of belonging.” The last presentation award in the amount of $500 was given to “Ride Your Way, LLC,” a company started by brothers and GVSU students Thomas Sikkema and Bradyn Sikkema. Their pitch was to offer patients rides to their medical appointments. The Sikkema bothers hope to create a more personable approach for patients by catering to their music needs, only driving one person at a time and installing a wheel-

chair-accessible front seat. This way, patients would be more inclined to go to their appointments, saving medical costs in the long run, Thomas Sikkema said. After the presentations ended around 7:30 p.m., the

audience voted on which poster presentations they found the most intriguing. The money was split between “Crush Collateral,” a group removing barriers from people with criminal records ($300), and “Teen Impact,” a sup-

port group for students with at least one parent who isn’t authorized to live in the U.S. ($200). Lastly, “Successful Parenting: Trauma-Focused Support Group,” an organization to help with parental trauma, was awarded $100.

INNOVATION: GVSU student Liza Felix presents her poster at the Laker Effect Challenge reception on Thursday, April 12. Student-led teams were awarded $5,000 in prize money. GVL | DYLAN MCINTYRE


GV alumnus running for Grand Rapids Public School Board BY DEVIN DELY DDELY@LANTHORN.COM

A former Grand Valley State University student is running for the Grand Rapids Public School Board. Chad Patton is taking his desire for change to the next level, and he will be one of the youngest school board members if elected in November.

“I think being younger I can bring fresh ideas, but at the same time, I don’t want to undercut what experience brings, too,” Patton said. “I think that is a constant struggle between generations. I think that right now I’ve done a bit to work with the community, but that’s not to say I don’t still have quite a bit to learn. “I think that obviously

with me being a millennial, I’ve grown up in a time where I have an understanding of the different tools and different technological advances that are ubiquitous to those who are currently at GRPS.” Patton has spent time working in GRPS before. After graduating from GVSU with a degree in secondary education in 2011, he

worked briefly as a TRIO Upward Bound instructor and a TRIO Talent Search adviser before returning to GVSU for graduate school, receiving a master’s degree in adult and higher education in 2016. “When I graduated from Grand Valley at first, I went to school to become a secondary educator,” Patton said. “So, after I had my student teaching experience in 2011, I went on to look for a job teaching in various school districts in the area, and I had a hard time finding a job right out of the gate. I kind of came to a realization that at that point, I wasn’t going to be teaching in a traditional classroom, but instead, I’d be working in mostly GRPS schools. “At that point, I realized if I can’t teach, maybe I can experience the schools as a teacher and maybe work to be on the school board and

provide a service that way.” Between 2011 and 2015, Patton also spent time as an adviser for Ottawa Hills High School, where a teacher crisis made him realize the urgency for action. “I saw what happened when more than half of the teachers were let go due to the demands of the school improvement grant,” he said. “After that, we had a hard time recruiting and retaining teachers, and I believe for a vast majority of that year, Ottawa Hills did not have a fulltime teaching staff. It gave me the realization that especially with me as a teacher by trade, we need to be investing in our teachers because if we’re not properly paying them or providing the resources needed to be effective, then we lose our infrastructure for our students. “That showed through a number of disciplinary issues

that occurred during that year, and our students realized that we were not investing in them.” In addition to his background at Ottawa Hills, Patton was also prompted to run for school board due to a number of other issues, including literacy. “We have people who’ve gone through our education systems, whether it’s GRPS or elsewhere, who are still reading below a ninth-grade reading level,” Patton said. “We really need to find effective ways to measure who is reading and at what competency. We also need to rally around that and work with the community to make sure that we’re addressing early education, and even family education and family literacy within the home.” Patton will be on the ballot for Nov. 6, 2018.

PROFILE: GVSU graduate Chad Patton. Patton, who graduated with a degree in secondary education in 2011, is running for Grand Rapids Public School Board this fall. COURTESY | CHAD PATTON’S FACEBOOK


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Search committee should listen to public opinion for next president


he Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) at Grand Valley State University fielded concerns from the GVSU community Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, to learn what students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public are looking for in the university’s next president. Ahead of GVSU President Thomas Haas’ retirement in 2019, the PSAC is tasked with finding a replacement for the university’s fourth president. The listening sessions were designed for the committee to be able to grasp the desired qualities in GVSU’s fifth president. The listening sessions will prove to be beneficial for the GVSU community, provided the PSAC actually takes public opinion into account. This is one of the reasons Haas’ tenure at the institution has been applauded. Haas, for the past 12 years, has generally put the needs of students at the front of his administration’s agenda. Nearby, Michigan State University has served as a perfect example of what can go wrong when public opinion isn’t taken into consideration. The resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon, prompted by the university’s negligence in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, led to the hiring of interim President John Engler. His handling of the university’s role in the scandal is next to unsuitable, too. Engler has botched every step of the recovery process in the scandal. Katie Strang of The Athletic detailed his missteps in an article calling for his resignation. Engler has mocked

survivors of Nassar’s abuse, as well as media outlets attempting to shed light on university policies, and has even derided attempts to pass progressive legislation that aims to prevent atrocities like the Nassar scandal from happening again. Even worse, Engler offered a survivor a $250,000 payment to try to get a settlement with the university. “Mr. Engler then looked directly at me and asked, ‘Right now if I wrote you a check for $250,000 would you take it?’” said survivor Kaylee Lorincz during an MSU Board of Trustees meeting Friday, April 13, per a Deadspin article. “When I explained that it’s not about the money for me and that I just want to help, he said, ‘Well give me a number.’” Engler’s appointment has been a disaster. It’s painfully apparent now, but student and faculty leaders largely objected his placement at the helm of MSU in January. The MSU faculty senate gave a vote of no confidence in the Board in February. Now, with even more negative light being placed on the institution, the MSU Board’s failure to heed the advice of students and faculty is damaging the university even more. At GVSU, Haas’ retirement doesn’t reflect Simon’s forced resignation in the slightest. His tenure, which has proven to be largely beneficial for the university and higher education in the state of Michigan, will be lauded without scandal. Still, leaders like Haas don’t grow on trees. The PSAC would do well to listen to the GVSU community’s wishes for its next leader.


Review: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ makes history more accessible


For roughly a year and a half, Netflix has been releasing episodes of an original show called “The Crown,” which documents the life of England’s current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The show is an interesting break away from a lot of the work currently on air or online because it takes a look back at the past. “The Crown” is certainly not a documentary, but I believe that Netflix’s

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only as good as the people who are cast to act in it, and once again, Netflix knocked it out of the park. I may not be a connoisseur of film, but I believe that Claire Foy makes a wonderful Queen Elizabeth. She is very likable and does a wonderful job of showing the juxtaposition of her newly found fame with her naturally introverted manner. The same holds true for the show’s other main characters. Matt Smith’s complex and intriguing Prince Philip gives a lot of dimension to the show. His character is abrasive yet charming, leaving the viewer perplexed as to his motives. Princess Margaret, played by Vanessa Kirby, gives similar feelings. She is destructive while also being entertaining. In some ways, I find her to be her very own version of a protagonist. These actors and actresses will not hold their roles through the entirety of the

show because each season covers a wide period of time and they plan to age the actors accordingly. Still, the first two seasons’ cast certainly sets “The Crown” off on a good foot. I’m particularly interested to see how the creator, Peter Morgan, continues to bring his vision to life as time continues to pass and new actors are introduced. Since the academic semester is winding down, I would highly suggest using your Netflix account (because I know you have one) to take in a few episodes of “The Crown.” It’s an easy way to help keep your brain sharp during summer break. Both the first and second seasons are out now, and it has been renewed for two more, so it is the perfect time to get caught up. It may not be a history book, but it is still a great way to learn at least a little more about the world.

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choice to make this show is a great step toward combining education and entertainment. Growing up, I was never a history buff, but the older I got, the more I realized how valuable it can be to learn from the past. I started watching “The Crown” because I was looking for the glitz and glamour of royalty, but what I found was a whole new world of discovery. The first season alone greatly increased my overall knowledge of the United Kingdom, a country with which the U.S. has a lot of shared interests. Not everything about the show is completely factual, but it does a great job of showing the big things: how Queen Elizabeth rose to power, the intricacies of her marriage and England’s relationships with its colonies. Ultimately, Netflix’s reimagined history is informative and engaging. However, a show is often


Finals week is fast approaching, along with hours of studying and stress. It seems like the week before finals should be left for studying, but most of us don’t get that pleasure. Not only do we have final exams to study for, but we also have essays to write, projects to complete and chapter tests to take. To say the least, the week prior to finals is difficult. With this huge workload, it’s

no wonder students are so stressed out during this time of the semester. Personally, I find the week prior to finals to be the most stressful week of the semester. During this time, it can be easy to hole away in your room and let schoolwork and stress take over. However, stress only makes studying and preparing for exams worse and even more tedious. During the week prior to exams, it’s important to step away from the hustle and bustle, and take some time for yourself. While using every second of the day to study may seem appropriate prior to finals, it can actually make studying and retaining information more difficult. Overstudying can cause mental exhaustion. According to the Baylor University Office of Academic Support, “Lack of sleep plus stress causes your body to produce a chemical that

actually blocks information retrieval.” When you’re cramming information and studying too much, it’s easy to hit walls and lose your motivation. To get ready for exams, you should dedicate some time to relaxing mentally and physically, as well as eating well, sleeping and exercising to make sure your brain is in tip-top shape for taking exams and writing essays. Providing yourself with free time can actually have a positive impact on your education. With papers to write, projects to complete and exams to study for, you may find that relaxation is pretty low on your priority list. While this is more than understandable, letting school and stress take over can ultimately hinder your motivation and success. To put it simply, overstudying can negatively affect mental, physical and emotional health. To get the most out of your studying,

while also keeping your mental state at ease, you should plan to balance your time as best as you can. While it’s important to study, it’s also important to relax and socialize. Over the next week, try not to get too caught up in the stressors of finals. When you’re planning out your study sessions, make sure to include study breaks and stress relievers. Stress relievers are different for everyone, so plan on doing some things you personally enjoy, whether that’s socializing, shopping, reading, watching TV or going to the gym. The important thing is to stay active the week before finals. While we all want to get good grades, we also need to take care of ourselves, and ultimately, self-care can improve our studying and help us succeed. This week, don’t hide away in your room. Instead, get your work done while also enjoying your last week of classes at GVSU this semester.




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“Someone who will put the students first to making the big decision.”

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Grand Rapids Public Library holding event on social media privacy BY ITA TSAI ITASAI@LANTHORN.COM

The recent Facebook scandal has raised alarm among social media users who are now concerned about their privacy and personal information after the data of up to 87 million people was shared with the political consulting com-

pany Cambridge Analytica. There has been speculation that the massive amounts of personal data might have been harvested and used to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election or the United Kingdom Brexit referendum. Nowadays, it is normal to share personal information extensively online,

including pictures, work places and personal contact information. In order to teach Grand Rapids citizens about taking care of the information they post on social media, the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) has organized a lesson for Tuesday, April 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

The class is part of an ongoing series that GRPL offers every month, which also includes classes on internet privacy and backing up data from computers and smart phones. Social media has revolutionized the way people communicate with each other, but users may not be completely aware of what putting up

CITY: The Grand Rapids Public Library. On Tuesday, April 17, the GRPL will hold an event focused on maintaining private information on social media platforms like Facebook. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the GRPL’s Main Library. COURTESY | MLIVE

their personal information in a public space may entail. “This month, the social media privacy class is of particular interest because of Facebook’s recent data loss,” said Andrew Coulon, a reference librarian with GRPL. Coulon regularly teaches computer classes in the library. “It is important that people understand how services like Facebook operate,” Coulon said. “When people know more, they can make better decisions on what they share, what apps they allow to have access to their profiles and who they connect with through social media.” Attending students will learn how social media utilizes personal information and how users can regain some control over their online profiles. “People are beginning to realize the power of social media companies and how they can use big data to deliver content,” Coulon said. “I’m not sure what will change in the future, but at least people are becoming aware of how their personal information can be neglected or even abused.” Coulon said he hopes

people will leave the class with a better understanding of how social media works and with more knowledge about the tools they can use to protect their own privacy. Despite the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal and #DeleteFacebook campaigns, there hasn’t been much change in the way users choose to expose their information. According to a recent interview with a Facebook executive for The Wall Street Journal, the majority of users haven’t altered their profile privacy settings, and analyst David Seaburg mentioned that after a study, “engagement hasn’t pulled back.” The GRPL class is meant for anyone who wants to know more about protecting their own privacy on the internet and social media sites. This event is public and open to anyone who is interested. To learn more about the different computer-related lessons that GRPL will be teaching. GO TO: WWW.GRPL.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION


Padnos International Center boasts eventful 2017-18 year BY TYLEE BUSH TBUSH@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University’s Padnos International Center (PIC) puts on hundreds of events, offers numerous free services and helps hundreds of Lakers obtain unique global experiences every year. GVSU is proud to have an active study-abroad office, and this year, the university was ranked number nine in the nation for study-abroad participation among master’s-level institutions by the Institute of International Education. The PIC’s influence can been felt throughout the Laker community, and most students can attest to the quality of the services and opportunities provided by the PIC staff. In the 2017-18 academic year, the PIC awarded nearly $250,000 in study-abroad scholarships to GVSU students, including for the Mark A. Murray Scholarship and Barbara H. Padnos Scholarship, which covered studyabroad fees for eight students in the GVSU community. The PIC also hosted fund-

ing workshops this year to help students overcome the financial obstacles of studying abroad, and the staff there also shows students how to sign up for studyabroad programs that cost less than a semester at GVSU. Other events hosted by the PIC this year included the Passport Fair, where over 100 students were able to obtain a passport with ease; Sexy Accent Night, which exposed more than 200 students to cultural diversity in a fun way; and Greek Life Abroad, which allowed students involved in Greek life to learn about the opportunities available for them overseas. In addition, alumni events were held for global Lakers, including a local event and, for the first time, a happy hour event in Chicago. Nearly 200 alumni, students and faculty also attended the fifth annual Global Laker Celebration this year, which raised funds for study-abroad scholarships. The PIC also makes an effort to bring diversity to GVSU’s campus. Palauan president and GVSU alumnus Tommy Remengesau visited

YEAR IN REVIEW: The 2017-18 academic year proved to be busy for GVSU’s Padnos International Center. The PIC helped the university get ranked ninth in study-abroad participation among master’s-level institutions by the Institute of International Education. COURTESY | PIC

GVSU this fall, and the PIC hosted more than 400 international students on campus this year, with over 80 different countries represented. A new student organization was established this year, as well, to further enhance diversity on campus and allow these international students to get plugged into the community. The

new support group, called Bringing Together the World, connects domestic and international students in the GVSU community to increase unity, harmony and cultural awareness. The PIC is always expanding its outreach and adding to its already-long list of offerings. On top of the nearly 100 study-abroad

programs offered through the PIC, two new programs were launched this year that bring students to Namibia and Costa Rica. The PIC is also already planning and preparing to host another round of international students in the fall of 2018. As proof of just how many students have had memorable opportunities abroad, this

year’s PIC PICS Study Abroad Photo Contest received over 500 photo submissions. The PIC is proud to offer GVSU students the chance to make the most of their collegiate experience. The department’s doors are always open with no appointment necessary to help students learn about their opportunities and make study abroad a feasible option.


Alternative Breaks holding refugee education event BY ANNIE GIFFELS AGIFFELS@LANTHORN.COM

For those looking to learn more about refugees and what can be done to help them, there will be an event held at Grand Valley State University called “Salaam Supper: Refugee Ad-

vocacy 101” on Wednesday, April 18. This event is hosted by GVSU’s Alternative Breaks, and those who attend will receive a free dinner. All are welcome to join. This event will be held in the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center Multipurpose

Room and will begin at 7 p.m. with a free dinner and dessert for attendees. Discussion and presentations will follow. When the GVSU Alternative Breaks club went to Texas over spring break to help local refugees, members of the group found

themselves inspired to bring more awareness to this issue closer to home. One member in particular, Olivia Brown, a student and Alternative Breaks vice president of public relations and recruitment, took it upon herself (with the help

ISSUES: Refugees and migrants get off a fishing boat off the Greek Island of Lesbos after traveling across the Aegean Sea from Turkey in October 2015. On Wednesday, April 10, Alternative Breaks will host ‘Salaam Supper: Refugee Advocacy 101’ at 7 p.m. COURTESY | CNN.COM

of others) to plan an event to teach attendees how they can help refugees and advocate for them. “This trip taught me that the refugee crisis is politicized way too much,” Brown said. “The refugee crisis is a human issue, not a political issue.” With the help of other Alternative Breaks members, Brown was successful in bringing this new knowledge back to Michigan to share with her peers. There are three speakers scheduled to present and discuss this topic with attendees on Wednesday. Following the dinner, one professor from GVSU’s Frederik Meijer Honors College, who is also a refugee himself, will be speaking on how the attendees, as college students and humans, can advocate for those who need help. Also scheduled to present are two speakers from the Refugee Education Center located in Grand Rapids. Brown is putting a special emphasis on the reflection that is planned once presentations have ended. For Alternative Breaks, reflection over what has been learned is essential in understanding the issue.

“Reflection is a staple of Alternative Breaks,” Brown explained. “It’s not just about being educated; it’s also about reflecting on what you have learned and putting yourself in the refugee’s shoes. It’s important to have a sense of empathy and understanding.” To promote understanding, Brown thinks it is important that attendees learn there is a difference between those who are immigrants and those who are refugees, and this will be another topic that will be expanded upon at the event. In the U.S.’ current political climate, topics regarding refugees can spark intense political debate. The event will present attendees with facts and statistics in a peaceful, non-offensive way. “We want to show people that there is stuff to be done on campus to help refugees,” Brown said. Attendees are encouraged by the hosts of this event to, if possible, bring in bulk items or money donations. All donations will be sent to the Refugee Education Center. This event is LIB 100- and 201-approved.




Fishladder unveils annual journal of art, writing

CHORAL CONCERT TO BE HELD MONDAY, APRIL 16 The University Arts Chorale and the Cantate Chamber Ensemble will be performing in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of professor Ellen Pool on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. The University Arts Chorale is a group of 35 auditioned students who perform choral pieces from a variety of periods. The Cantate Chamber Ensemble is a small group that performs a cappella choral music and whose goal is to perform a variety of both sacred and secular music through vocal jazz. The Cantate Chamber Ensemble performs without a conductor.


After a year’s worth of work, Grand Valley State University’s student journal of art and writing, Fishladder, released its 15th edition to a crowd of contributors, editors and guests Friday, April 13. The journal, which features fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, art and photography, was formally released to the public during its annual unveiling event. Fishladder Editors-inChief Chiara Licari and Kathryn Davis revealed the journal together alongside Assistant Editor Maria McKee to a crowd of fellow editors, guests and students who submitted work. Licari said releasing the journal to the public at the unveiling event is a point of finality for the Fishladder staff. “It’s like taking a beautiful breath and sighing,” Licari said. “It’s really nice for (Fishladder) to be done and for people to see and read all of these beautiful pieces that we’ve been able


From now until Wednesday, May 16, the Grand Valley State University illustration show “Emerge” will be showcased on 74 Monroe Center NW. “Emerge” is comprised of both digital and traditional mediums, featuring the perspectives of students from a variety of passions. The gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Assisted tours of the gallery are available from Monday, April 16, to Saturday, April 21.


From Monday, April 16, to Sunday, April 22, three Grand Valley State University visual studies students will be presenting their senior theses in a gallery located on 106 South Division Ave. in Grand Rapids. The exhibits shown include “TEAMMATES HOW DO” by Megan Galvin, “The Wall Is Not Solid” by T.J. Mathieu and “how to ollie” by Morgan Hayden. The gallery hours are Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a reception on Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.


Grand Valley State University alumna and art educator Tricia Erickson will be visiting campus on Tuesday, April 17, to offer survival strategies for students aspiring to be art teachers. Erickson was named 2018 Excellent Teacher of the Year for Michigan and the National Art Education Association. The lecture will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 1201 in the Calder Arts Center. For more information, contact Hsiao-Ping Chen at

CREATIVITY: The staff of Fishladder celebrates the release of the publication’s 15th edition Friday, April 13. The student-run journal features creative writing, art and photography. COURTESY | KATHRYN DAVIS

to publish. Whatever Kathryn and I did, it was to bring these works together, but really, it’s the writers that have made this.” During the event, featured journal contributors presented their work to the crowd, including Schyler Perkins, who read his nonfiction piece titled “Alcoholism

and Oil Deficiencies, or Hydrocarbons: An Essay About Breaking Down.” Perkins said despite his fear of reading his piece aloud, it was exciting to finally have his work published and shared. “It feels kind of cathartic and reaffirming to have your work out there, especially as

an author who has not published before,” Perkins said. “It feels good, but it also has an anxiety to it, that (feeling of) letting your child go out into the world.” LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


Graphic design students to showcase work in senior exhibit BY ARIE NIENHUIS ANIENHUIS@LANTHORN.COM


As the semester comes to a close, seniors at Grand Valley State University are concluding their studies and wrapping up their final academic projects. For graphic

On Wednesday, April 18, three Grand Valley State University professors will be playing in a string trio as part of the Arts at Noon series: Gregory Maytan, violin; Paul Swantek, viola; and Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello. The concert will take place at noon in the CookDeWitt Center.

design students, this means the completion of their senior projects. This week, a group of these students will be showcasing their work in the “Lorem Ipsum” senior exhibition. “Lorem Ipsum” will be available in the Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Art and Design Gallery from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April

19. A reception will take place Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Lorem Ipsum,” along with last week’s exhibit “x-height,” is a showcase of the final projects from GVSU graphic design students. The events were coordinated with help from Vinicius Lima, assistant professor of graphic design at GVSU. “The work in the show is




all design-based, and design is a field that is present in everyone’s culture,” Lima said. “Everyone interacts with design every day, so I think (the exhibition) is a great way to see how the future generations are shaping design and culture.” The works presented in “Lorem Ipsum” are some of the first fully independent works developed by these students. Lima sees the presentation of these works as a great celebration of their achievement. “It’s the first project that’s completely self-initiated; they have to choose what the project is, they have to manage their time and their budgets, and they need to coordinate their production,” Lima said. “It flips the role between the instructor and the student. That’s what makes this project very special.” LOG ON TO:

PROJECT: ‘Lorem Ipsum’ is a senior show in graphic design. The exhibit is open through Thursday, April 19. COURTESY | GVSU.EDU FOR THE FULL ARTICLE


GV seniors to showcase photography theses BY ANNE MARIE SMIT ARTS@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University seniors Margaret Shaw and Olivia Karwoski are two of multiple students who will be displaying their photography senior theses this week in the exhibition “Fractal.” The show will be available in the Art Gallery of the Haas Center for Performing Arts from Tuesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 28, with a reception scheduled for Thursday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shaw is double-majoring in photography and film and video, and her thesis is a combination of what she’s learned from both of her majors. She said she wanted to demonstrate her knowledge in both areas in her final senior project. “Mine specifically is kind of a combination of both of my majors,” Shaw said. “I wasn’t doing a film and video piece, so I decided to do a photography piece that combined aspects of both. So, the goal was to create really cinematic images in which I could utilize the information, the education I learned from both of my majors.” Her thesis offers a unique perspective to universal human emotions, such as fear, guilt, insecurity and paranoia, which Shaw explored through cinematic storytelling.

“My thesis is a series of cinematic images that kind of explore psychological unrest and discomfort, kind of like eerie feelings that we can all relate to but in a very cinematic, narrative storytelling kind of way,” she said. “I’m just conveying basic things like paranoia, like when your boss catches you when you’re slacking off, or just fear and guilt and insecurity, things that we experience every day but photographed in such a way that they seem almost unreal.” Shaw chose photography because she enjoys the creativity and viewing every-

day objects or situations in unique ways. “I like the idea of being able to see in a different way or make images that would give you a different perspective,” she said. “I like being able to take things that we find in reality and make them fiction.” Karwoski’s project is much different, containing designs of household products that consumers use on a daily basis. She said she wanted to explore consumers’ demand on a product’s design. LOG ON TO: FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

ANGLE: A photo displayed in the senior show ‘Fractal.’ The exhibit is opening Tuesday, April 17, at GVSU. COURTESY | MARGARET SHAW






To say it’s only been a great season for the No. 12 ranked Grand Valley State softball team would be an understatement, as the Lakers extended their winning streak to 21 straight after a sweep of the Tiffin Dragons on Thursday, April 12. The Lakers’ winning streak is now tied for their second-longest win streak in program history. In the first game, pitcher Allison Lipovsky tossed seven scoreless innings to secure a 1-0 GVSU victory over the Tiffin Dragons. The senior pitcher collected her 14th win of the season, striking out 12 and only allowing two hits and walks. The Lakers’ lone run came from a Brooke Henning home run in the fourth inning. The second game provided more offense, as GVSU won the contest 4-0. Senior pitcher Allie Grys pitched five solid innings of one-hit action, collecting her 10th win of the year. Tanner Kiessel led the Lakers with two RBIs, both coming off singles. After the two wins, GVSU’s record now stands at 29-5 overall (16-0 GLIAC). The Lakers will next face Ferris State in a doubleheader on the road Saturday, April 21.


The Grand Valley State men’s tennis team delivered one of its best performances of the spring season after a 5-0 shutout over Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats on Saturday, April 14. In the doubles competition, the Lakers swept the Wildcats 3-0. Senior Alex van de Steenoven and redshirt freshman Drew Coleman won the No. 1 doubles pairing by an 8-5 score. In the No. 2 spot, junior Sebastien Lescoulie and freshman D.J. Colantone captured an easy 8-1 victory, while junior Nicholas Urban and sophomore Jack Geissler completed the sweep with an 8-3 victory in the No. 3 pairing. In the singles competition, Urban won in two sets (6-0, 6-1) from the No. 4 singles position. In the No. 6 singles position, junior Marcus Muniz Infante won 6-0, 6-2 to capture the winning point for the Lakers. On Sunday, April 15, the Lakers completed another sweep against GLIAC foe Purdue Northwest, 9-0. Final results and statistics have not been posted. After their weekend sweep, the Lakers improved their record to 14-7 overall (5-3 GLIAC). GVSU will next compete in the GLIAC Tournament in Midland, Michigan, from Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22.

GV football holds annual Spring Classic LEADING THE PACK: GVSU football coach Matt Mitchell talks to his team at the end of the Spring Classic at the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday, April 14. The Spring Classic was the conclusion of their 15-practice spring schedule. The Lakers open their season against Indianapolis on Thursday, Aug. 20. GVL | EMILY FRYE BY BRADY MCATAMNEY ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM


he Grand Valley State Laker football team hosted the annual Spring Classic practice on Saturday, April 14, in conclusion of the 15-practice spring schedule. The event, which typically takes place at Lubbers Stadium, was moved to the Kelly Family Sports Center due to inclement weather. The event is held to show fans, friends and family what the team has been working on during spring practice and give them a taste of what can be expected come August. “We look good,” said running back Marty Carter. “There’s still room for improvement, but we’re looking real solid right now. Everybody’s real excited to go into summer ball, summer camps and just seeing how we’re looking. Other than that, we look

good as a group.” Four key players, including starting quarterback Bart Williams, were forced to sit out of spring practices in order to maintain their final year of eligibility, per NCAA rules. Head coach Matt Mitchell and the Lakers did not view the absence of their signal-caller and other starters (tight end Pete Cender, offensive tackle Nick Fish and defensive end Dylan Carroll) as a negative. Instead, they viewed it as an opportunity to give other players a chance to emerge and show their worth on the team. “I think we made some progress at some spots, solidified some guys in some spots,” Mitchell said. “We have the whole summer and probably another 15 padded practices to kind of sort some things out. It was an interesting spring because we didn’t have our starting quarterback there even though he’s going to play in the


Grand Valley State has certainly garnered a reputation around the NCAA for having superior athletics. Football, soccer and basketball alike have picked up national rankings and titles for years, but what some don’t realize is the prestige of the Lakers’ club sports programs. Following a three-win, zero-loss weekend at Toledo University on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, defeating Western Michigan 16-2, Taylor University 13-1 and Xavier 11-5, GVSU women’s club lacrosse has ascended to being ranked No. 1 in the country for the Division II Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League. The Lakers are 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference. While it takes goals to win, defense has fueled the Lakers’ success as junior goalie Alicia Zeller has the most saves in the nation. Her strong season has helped GVSU to an average goal differential of plus-eight with seven of their 10 wins keeping their opponents at four goals or fewer. The Lakers find themselves one win away from an automatic bid to the national tournament.

SWARM: The GVSU defense jokingly crowds around quarterback Nathan Barko midway through the Spring Classic on Saturday, April 14. GVL | EMILY FRYE

POCKET PRESENCE: GVSU quarterback Nathan Barko throws a pass over a defender during the Spring Classic on Saturday, April 14. GVL | EMILY FRYE

fall, so it really was an awesome opportunity for Cole Kotopka to throw the ball around.” While Williams, Cender, Fish and Carroll will still be suited up in the fall, there are a handful of players from the 2017 team that are gone from the squad for good, leaving gaping holes in their positions. Wide receiver and linebacker, among other spots, will need to be solidified with players like Brandon Bean, Urston Smith, Collin Schlosser and Garrett Pougnet graduated. “It was great to have Nick Dodson healthy and back,” Mitchell said. “Austin Paritee picked up where he left off in 2017, and then we had the emergence of some guys. Brandon Wadley really stepped up his role. I think you guys saw today what we saw in spring. Kordell Hoover, a freshman, made a couple nice plays over the middle and advanced the ball, and (running back) Jack Provencher made some reps in seven-on-seven.” As far as linebackers are con-

cerned, Mitchell named junior Isaiah Nkansah and senior Brendan McMahon (former Grand Valley Lanthorn writer) as players who have established themselves, along with some younger players who still have something left to prove in fall camps. With spring practice wrapped up, the Lakers will turn their attention to finals before getting a handful of weeks to themselves in the summer. After that, they return to campus in preparation for fall camp before kicking the season off in August. “(We’re) just really getting back in the groove, taking everything one day at a time,” Carter said. “Just trusting the process is really Grand Valley’s big thing. Take it a day at a time.” The regular season begins Thursday, Aug. 30, when the Lakers welcome 2017 playoff participant University of Indianapolis to Lubbers Stadium in search of a revenge victory. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

RUN!: GVSU running back Bryce Young-Walls runs down the field with a full head of steam past a diving defender during the Lakers’ annual Spring Classic at the Kelly Family Sports Center on Saturday, April 14. During the 2017 season, Young-Walls led all running backs with nine rushing touchdowns. GVL | EMILY FRYE



GV baseball splits fourgame series against Ashland BY KELLEN VOSS KVOSS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State men’s baseball team split a weekend series against the Ashland Eagles on Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13. The contests were supposed to be played Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, but they were moved up a day due to the freezing rain. Thursday, April 12: Game one It was clear skies with 55-degree weather, almost the perfect setup for a Thursday doubleheader with Ashland. Despite the warm weather, the GVSU baseball team came out cold in the first, losing 6-2.

The Eagles were able to score in bunches, posting five runs in the third and fourth innings after only one run in the first. The bats came alive all around the Ashland lineup, as Austin Elfrid, Carson Mittermaier and Greg Ludwig combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs scored in the contest. GVSU struggled to hit the ball all day long. The Lakers were held scoreless for the first six innings and only recorded three hits on the day. The lone runs of the day came in the seventh and final innings, as Alex Mandeville drove in Josh Smith on a single before being driven in himself by Zach Berry. GVSU starting pitcher Ryan Arnold picked up his first loss of the season

SWINGING: GVSU catcher Caleb Anspaugh swings at a pitch during a game against Ashland Thursday, April 12. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

in the game. He gave up seven hits and four earned runs in six innings of work, gaining four more strikeouts. With the loss, Arnold still possesses an impressive 5-1 record on the year. Thursday, April 12: Game two The GVSU offense finally woke up in the second game, effectively bouncing back to beat Ashland 8-2. The bats exploded in the third inning, putting up four runs. That offense, along with a few more runs down the stretch, was able to propel the Lakers to split the day with the Eagles. Mandeville scored on a wild pitch in the third inning, and singles from Smith, Ryan BlakeJones, Austin LaDoux and Nolan Anspaugh helped give GVSU a commanding lead. Seven Lakers got at least one hit in the game, lighting up the Ashland pitching staff for a stellar offensive performance. They also did well on the base paths, as Smith, Anspaugh and Jacob Gleason all stole a base in the contest. Noah Lamboley picked up the win, improving to 2-1 on the year. He pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings, only giving up two earned runs and recording four strikeouts. Alex Licata closed the game for the Lakers and gained his first save of the year. Friday, April 13: Game one Game three of the fourgame series was a roller coaster ride for GVSU. Playing in 40-degree weather with rain

on the horizon, Ashland came back from being down 2-0 in the first to win 8-6. The pitching trio of Travis Keys, Brendan Nearing and Kyle Lawson combined to give up eight earned runs on the day and allowed the Eagles to hit the ball nine times. Despite striking out Ashland 12 times as a staff, they still were not at the level they needed to be, and Lawson got his first loss of the year. GVSU got off to a good start in the first, with Smith scoring on a wild pitch and LaDoux driving in Gleason on a bloop single. After that first inning, the Ashland offense stepped up to the plate and delivered, scoring five unanswered runs as the Lakers put themselves in a hole they could not dig out of. GVSU did end up coming back to tie the game up 5-5 in the sixth, but the middle of Ashland’s lineup heated up, with Vince Vanata hitting what ended up being the game-winning single, driving in Mittermaier and Connor Barleban. Friday, April 13: Game two GVSU experienced a little bit of déjà vu on Friday because after losing the first game, they battled the adversity and came back to win the second game 10-4. GVSU shot down the Eagles from the jump, holding them scoreless in the first three innings while scoring six runs of their own, including five runs in the second inning. Caleb Anspaugh got everything going with a double in the second that drove in two runs for the Lakers. No-

DELIVERY: GVSU pitcher Noah Lamboley throws a pitch in the game against Ashland on Thursday, April 12. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

lan Anspaugh, Smith, Gleason and LaDoux each had RBIs of their own. The back of the lineup must have eaten their Wheaties before the game, too, as Berry and Caleb Anspaugh combined for four hits and four RBIs from the sixth and eighth spots in the order. Tate Brawley had the best pitching performance of the day for GVSU, tallying four earned runs, seven hits and eight strikeouts over seven solid innings of work. He also made some highlight plays in the field, including a great catch on a line out that ended up taking the No. 3 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. This was his second time being featured on the Top 10 that week, as a similar

catch earned him the No. 7 spot on the Top 10 highlight list Tuesday, April 10. After the series, GVSU improves to 21-15 on the year, as well as 9-7 in conference play. They Lakers currently sit in third place in the standings, only one game behind Ashland and four games behind Northwood. GVSU has a chance to improve their place in the standings next weekend, playing a four-game weekend series in Midland against Northwood. The game on Friday, April 20, starts at 4 p.m.; the doubleheader on Saturday, April 21, is at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and the finale is set to start at noon on Sunday, April 22.


Seven members of men’s DIII hockey represent GV in all-star tournament BY LOUIS RICARD LRICARD@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State men’s Division III hockey team fell to Adrian University in the first round of playoffs early March, but their season and accomplishments did not end there. This past weekend, seven members of the team, as well as head coach Charlie Link, traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the ACHA AllStar Tournament, which ran from Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15. Goalie Jack Lindsay, cap-


tain Alex Bjork, forwards Alex Siroky and Ben Kowalske, and defenseman Derek Simon, along with Ben Chafin and Reidar Burgeson, represented their school with honor, Link said. “It’s a great opportunity for all players to play against the best in the country; I think it’s pretty cool,” Link said. “It just rewards the best players to play in one more tournament. All the players from Grand Valley are representing the school really well.” Players not only fought to represent their school in the best way possible but

also to be selected for a National All-Star Team heading to Russia for a tournament in the fall. According to Link, the competition was at an all-time high. Only 21 players are picked to be a part of this ultimate team. However, other players—including Bjork—wanted to enjoy one last time on the ice. “Seniors can’t be selected to go to Russia,” Bjork said. “I was focused on wrapping up my career the right way.” In his four years wearing Laker blue, this was the first all-star selection for the captain, and Link wanted Bjor-

REPPING LAKER BLUE: P.J. Schnepp fights off University of Michigan-Flint players at the Georgetown Ice Center during their game on Sept. 22, 2017. GVSU finished the season 28-9. GVL | SPENCER SCARBER

kand his teammates to enjoy it as much as possible. Link confessed that he tried to put his GVSU players on the ice as often he could, giving them the chance to make the most out of their experience. This is Link’s second time coaching in the event. Although Bjork’s Russian dream cannot become reality, Link thinks one or two of his players could get the opportunity to compete overseas next fall. However, this weekend had more on the line than a simple trip to Russia. GVSU has overcome a lot of obstacles this season and has brought the community together with their multiple fundraising efforts, too. “It was awesome spending time with these guys. Some of them are my best friends,” Bjork said. “Our families came with us, too, and we hung out with them in between games. It was great.” By the end of the weekend, the Laker all-stars and the rest of their team finished with a 2-2-1 record. Lindsay gathered 13 saves in goal and one victory. Smith scored one goal, while Bjork and Reidar Burgeson each added an assist. These six players made GVSU history, as they constituted the most players selected in an all-star game ever. However, Bjork thinks the future is bright for his team. “We have a few good seniors leaving this year,” Bjork said. “But each freshman class brought in more talents as the years went by.” Bjork thinks GVSU could have more than six players selected in the years to come. If that’s the case, we may be seeing GVSU hockey bringing home some hardware in the years to come.



GV lacrosse falls to No. 15 UIndy, rebounds with win over McKendree BY D’ANGELO STARKS DSTARKS@LANTHORN.COM

The Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team took to the road once again to face off against two GLIAC opponents over the weekend. On Friday, April 13, the Lakers traveled to Indiana to take on No. 15 ranked University of Indianapolis and then to Illinois to play McKendree University on Sunday, April 15. The Lakers would split the weekend series after dropping the first matchup 18-16 against UIndy but redeeming themselves with a 21-10 victory over McKendree. GVSU 16, UIndy 18 The Lakers started off the game strong against UIndy, jumping to an early 2-0 lead with one goal each by Meggan Loyd and Erika Neumen. UIndy responded with two goals of their own to tie the contest in the first. Abbi O’Neal brought the lead back for the Lakers with an unassisted goal, but that lead did not last for long as UIndy fired back with two goals to make the score 4-3. GVSU rattled off three in a row following that to make the lead 6-4. The teams continued to trade goals back and forth for the remainder of the first half. GVSU finished the half with a 10-9 lead. UIndy opened up the scoring in the second half with two quick goals to take the lead, but GVSU retaliated with three

SPLIT: GVSU lacrosse attack Meggan Loyd weaves her way past an attacking defender during the Lakers’ 17-10 victory over the Indianapolis Greyhounds on Thursday, March 29, during the GVSU home opener. On the season, Loyd has already scored 19 goals along with eight assists for a total of 27 points her senior year. GVL | SHEILA BABBITT

straight goals to put the team up 13-11. After that, UIndy went on to score four unanswered goals and did not give the lead up from there. Final score: UIndy 18, GVSU 16. Neumen and Carly Shisler were the big performers for the Lakers in this game. Neumen had five goals for the team, and Shisler scored four goals and tacked on two assists for a total of 6 points. Bailey, Datema and Loyd each had a goal for the team.

“We didn’t play to win,” said GVSU head coach Alicia Groveston. “We came out a little flat and didn’t gain the intensity that we needed to beat a solid team. We had our moments and multiple leads but couldn’t close the game. Poor decision-making and execution down the stretch hurt us.” GVSU 21, McKendree 10 Game two of the weekend would be a bit smoother for GVSU. McKendree struck

first in the game, but the Lakers responded immediately with two straight goals. McKendree then scored two in a row to make the score 3-2. The Lakers would go on a 4-0 run to make the score 6-3. McKendree found the back of the net one more time before the half. The Lakers went into the half with a two-goal run, and the score at halftime was 8-5, advantage Lakers. The second half is where the Lakers separated them-


selves from their opponents. GVSU scored five straight goals out of halftime and did not give up the lead for the rest of the game. The final score was 21-10, with GVSU taking the win. Shisler continued her big weekend for the team in this game. She scored six goals and had one assist for 7 total points. Kelley Fitzgerald had 3 points, and both Ashley Bailey and Meghan Datema finished with 4 points apiece.

“The team started a little slow but picked up the intensity slowly after,” Groveston said. “In the second half, we played the way we should: aggressive and strong defense, and solid transition which turns into quality scoring opportunities.” The GVSU women’s lacrosse team will be back in Allendale this weekend to take on Northern Michigan on Friday, April 20, and Concordia St. Paul on Sunday, April 22.

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Issue 58, April 16th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 58, April 16th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn

Issue 58, April 16th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn  

Issue 58, April 16th, 2018 - Grand Valley Lanthorn