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Julianne Vanden Wyngaard chimes in on her experiences as GV’s campus carillonist

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Music to our ears: Carillonist Julianne Vanden Wyngaard teaches the carillon (pictured) and plays the Cook Carillon Clock Tower at GVSU.

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Julianne Vanden Wyngaard gives a carillon demonstration.

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Steady growth: Freshman students pay close attention during the Marshall and Dorian presentation during Transitions. FTIAC freshman enrollment grew to 3,927 students this year.

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After receiving a record number of almost 24,000 applications for admission, Grand Valley State University has reached record en-

rollment for the 29th consecutive year with a total of 24,662 students, a 0.4 percent increase from last years’ total of 24,541. Enrollment for first time attending any college freshmen was the secondlargest in university his-

tory with 3,927 students. President Thomas J. Haas said these numbers fall in line with the university’s plan for strategic growth of 1 percent each year, which he said has been consistently met during the past five years.

With a steadily growing student body, Haas said the university has kept conscious of the subsequently growing need for all types of accommodation. The expansion of facilities, classroom spaces and recreational fields, as well as

the provisions of additional faculty and staff, have all been in an effort to ensure the university stays well balanced. “I think we have a very, very good planning horizon so that we can continue

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GV Athletics saves $11,000 with Athletic department uses video chat service to cut interviewing costs By Emanuel Johnson GVL Editor in Chief

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Those who have paid close attention to the inner workings of Grand Valley State University Athletics may have heard that the university recently hired a new Associate Athletic Director, Keri Becker. But what’s interesting is not who the university hired – it is the amount of money it saved in the process. GVSU Athletics saved about $11,000 this summer by using ooVoo, a Web-based video chat service, to conduct first-round interviews in three job searches. The savings were tracked based on projected expenses that Athletics would have incurred with a normal interview process, which include travel by plane, train or car, food, lodging, employee pay and entertainment. As a result, Athletics is now looking to fully implement ooVoo within its department and use it for future interviews, conference calls and recruiting.

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Digital discussions: Members of Team ooVoo, all Seidman College of Business students, gather around a computer. From left to right: Sarah Swiatek, Christine Davis, Douglas Trudeau, Mike Angerbrandt and Kristin Frens are pictured.

GVSU Athletic Director Tim Selgo said using ooVoo in lieu of traditional interviews also aided the department to save a great deal of time. “To be able to do a first round of interviews via ooVoo was just tremendous from a time standpoint,” he said. “It allowed us to get our

searches going, (and) we could do them all in one afternoon instead of spreading them out over one week.” Becker, who formerly served as the head softball coach at Ferris State University with

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a very, very stable Grand Valley State University, regarding enrollment as well as financial means to achieve our mission,” Haas said. He added that in the past few years, GVSU has moved further and further along to a residential campus from the commuter campus the university used to be. Of this year’s FTIAC freshmen, 3,291 reside on campus, making a total of over 5,800 students living on campus for fall 2011, said Andy Beachnau, director of Housing at GVSU. “This is an increase in all types of residential students - freshmen, transfers and returning students,” Beachnau said. He said more students are opting to return to oncampus housing as well as more transfers requesting to live on campus. In the short term, Beachnau said the university should be able to meet the growing demand because housing always has the option to add more beds to some of the single bedrooms to accommodate more students. In the long term, Beachnau said the university still has to assess the demand for student housing both on- and off-campus as part of the campus master planning process. The university also saw a 1.2 percent increase in transfer students, with 1,865 admitted transfers this fall versus 1,667 last fall.


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added administrative responsibilities, said the technology was simple and convenient. “The search committee

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Growing numbers: This year’s freshmen gather in the Fieldhouse Arena during Transitions. Enrollment at GVSU has increased for 29 years in a row.

This follows a recent transfer student pact with Grand Rapids Community College signed by GVSU as well as Ferris State and Western Michigan Universities. The agreement, signed in early June, was intended to act as a steppingstone for students who transfer out of GRCC with an associate degree, allowing those students to more successfully transfer over credits to the three institutions that signed the pact.

However, Jodi Chycinski, director of admissions at GVSU, said it is too early to tell whether or not the reverse transfer agreement was a factor in the increase of transfer students coming to GVSU. “The university has worked very hard in recent years to improve our relationships with community colleges,” Chycinski said. “We value students transferring to GVSU. We are very

pleased with the number of transfer students that made the decision to enroll at GVSU this fall.” She said though registering transfer students for courses closer to the beginning of the term can be more challenging than it is in late spring, academic advisers and faculty have been working with those students to build class schedules that meet degree requirements. Haas, who said the start of

this academic year has been one of the best he has ever seen, is certain the positive energy will fuel a successful school year for the increasingly opulent student body. “The positive energy as we welcomed back students and welcomed new students to our campus was just infectious with optimism,” he said. “I am so proud of what we are doing.”

did a great job communicating with me via email or phone and explaining to me what was going to happen and how ooVoo worked,” said Becker, who was on vacation at the time of her

interview. “They walked me through it and helped me with a few things ... it was easy to navigate and set up.”

face?” As of right now, Becker said there are no plans for the NCAA to discuss how this technology plays into the recruiting process, but she expects it to be a topic at its convention in 2013. For now, Selgo said ooVoo will be considered a video phone call.

for it,” said senior Douglas Trudeau, a member of Team ooVoo. “We’re doing this for the sole purpose of sustainability and to save the university money and encourage different ways to communicate.” Team ooVoo tracked the initial savings in the search for several athletic positions and will continue to do so until the end of next semester, at which time it plans on pointing out benefits and flaws in a documentary video and a white sheet.


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Recruiting The service also offers opportunities for coaches to have more effective sessions with their recruits, which some coaches are already doing, Selgo said. “When you’re talking to a recruit over the phone, they might be playing a video game or on the Internet,” he said. “But if you’re talking to them face to face through ooVoo, it makes it a worthwhile phone call.” But there will be some NCAA restrictions to consider in the near future, Becker said. Under current NCAA recruiting rules, coaches are allowed to speak to a recruit once per week via phone call and three times total through the entire recruiting process. “So we’d have to think about where ooVoo fits into that,” Becker said. “Is it a phone call, or is it face-to-

Team ooVoo Team ooVoo, a group of interdisciplinary students in the Seidman College of Business working under GVSU professor Star Swift, first brought the idea to Selgo in May as a way to save money, but it had been working implementing the video service within the GVSU community for more than a year. The students on Team ooVoo, whom Swift handpicked herself as trustworthy students, receive no compensation for working on the project. “All of us on Team ooVoo are working for free - none of us are gaining any credit

ooVoo across campus Swift, who has worked on various projects with ooVoo officials for the past four years, was also instrumental in ooVoo’s decision to make GVSU its lab school. “That means every member of the Grand Valley community gets the business plan – which costs a lot of money – for free,” she said. The business plan, which costs anywhere from $15 to $25 per user per month, includes 12-way video conferences, high-definition video and desktop sharing, among other features. It is currently available for a free download to anyone with a GVSU email account at oovoo, which also hosts tips on how to effectively use the service. Swift added that ooVoo is a more viable option than other programs such as Skype for students looking to conduct business over the internet. “Skype is old technology,” she said. “It was built mostly for voice whereas this was built for video. The thing is you use a lot more bandwidth because it’s a very strong program ... It’s the difference between a BW and a BMW.”



Grand Valley State University faculty and staff are asked to beginning nominating students for the “I am Grand Valley” campaign, which recognizes students for exemplary leadership and service. This January will be the ninth year of the campaign. About 1,000 “I am Grand Valley” t-shirts and certificates will be distributed to nominated GVSU students by the Office of Student Life. Nominatees and nominators them will be recognized at the “I am Grand Valley” leadership reception on Jan. 25. Deadline for nomination submission is Dec. 9th.

Mapworks survey underway at GV Targeting freshman, the 2011 Mapworks survey began on Sep. 12 and will finish on Oct. 3rd. The survey is used by the University to work with new students and assist in transitioning into college. Freshmen are highly encouraged to participate in the survey and also get involved in Grand Valley State University’s student support services. Any questions or concerns are to be directed to Nancy Giardina, assistant vice president for academic affairs or Joe Godwin at the provost’s office.

GV stepping their way to victory against Saginaw Valley Grand Valley State University faculty and staff can now begin to register for the sixth annual Pedometer Challenge. The contest, measures the amount of steps by faculty and staff members from both institutions and the university with the higher total of steps recorded wins the challenge. This challenge coincides with Student Senate’s Battle of the Valleys and will run from Oct. 3 to Nov. 9.

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Behind the scenes of the Cook Carillon Clock Tower Professor chimes in on playing GV’s largest instrument By Chelsea Lane GVL Staff Writer

The Cook Carillon Tower is a familiar part of life at Grand Valley State University, used at Convocation, Commencement, recitals, special events and, of course, to tell the time. While the time strikes are automated, carillon player and GVSU music professor Julianne Vanden Wyngaard is responsible for filling the Allendale air with music the rest of the time. After working at GVSU for many years teaching piano, Vanden Wyngaard began studying the carillon in 1997 at the urging of then-president Don Lubbers, who told the music department of his plans to construct the Cook Carillon Tower. “It seemed a natural (fit), probably because of its likeness to the piano,” Vanden Wyngaard said. “…I can’t say that I was pushed into it, but I’m really glad the opportunity presented itself and that I was smart enough to step into it.” She began her studies with a carillon professor at the University of Michigan and, over the course of four summers in the Netherlands, she completed her diploma requirements for the carillon in 2000. The carillon itself is set up somewhat like a piano, with two levels of batons like the black and white keys of a piano and a full radiated pedal keyboard below replicating the first two octaves of the carillon. Carillon sheet music looks like piano sheet music, with the treble clef played by a “loosely closed fist” and the bass clef played with the foot pedals. Each baton is connected to a bell clapper, which strikes the bells to produce notes. But unlike a piano, carillon bells are tuned at the casting factory and do not need to be tuned again for roughly 50 to 75 years. Vanden Wyngaard said while the technology used to cast carillon bells has remained largely unchanged since the 14th or 15th century, the purpose of carillon bells has evolved over time. “In Europe, often these carillons are at city gates from the days when the city gates closed at night and there was a curfew,” she said. “The people in the city would get their information from whatever was being told on the bells. It could be that someone died… They could announce that the enemy was approaching from the west, because they were very tall towers so they could see, or weather or whatever. But it was sort of like a town crier or a newspaper.” Both the Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus and the Beckering Family Carillon on the Pew Campus have 48 bells encompassing four octaves and can play most literature composed for the carillon. The Cook Carillon Tower bells are Dutch, while the Beckering Family Carillon bells are French. Vanden Wyngaard said the difference in origin produces slight differ-

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All the bells and whistles: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, GVSU campus carillonist, poses next to the carillon in her office. Vanden Wyngaard, who is nationally renowned, learned to play the carillon in 2000 and has since played in locations such as Arlington National Cemetary and the National Cathedral.

ences in sound between the two towers. “Each bellmaker thinks they have the answer to the recipe for the metal that goes into the bells, so those bells down there (on the Pew Campus) do sound just a tiny bit different than these (in Allendale),” she said. “It’s a slightly warmer sound than these bells out here (in Allendale), but the treble bells here, I think they are so clean and clear.” Vanden Wyngaard said students are “very curious” about the carillon towers and the university’s open tower events always attract sizable crowds of students lining up to get a glimpse inside. In addition to playing on both GVSU campuses, Vanden Wyngaard also performs carillon recitals around the country, including at the National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery and across many different states. She said one of her most memorable performances was playing at Arlington Cemetery the summer after 9/11. “They were still working on the Pentagon and from up there (in the bell tower)…if you look down to the left, you see the Pentagon kind of out in the distance, but you can see the side where all of the damage was inflicted so that was especially meaningful,” she recalled. “Then to the right, the Iwo Jima Memorial is there, where they’re raising the flag, so (it was) a moment of patriotism… That was really a fun and really nice experience.” Vanden Wyngaard also looks forward to performing later this

year at a carillon festival at the historic Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales, Fla., which she called “the Taj Mahal” of carillon towers. “She accepted the challenge of learning a new instrument and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading players of this marvelous instrument,” said Gayle Davis, GVSU provost, in a press release. Vanden Wyngaard also teaches students how to play the carillon as part of a two-credit course offered by GVSU, consisting of one 30-minute lesson each week on the electronic carillon in her office plus practice sessions in the Cook Carillon Tower itself and a final playing exam. Vanden Wyngaard currently teaches the carillon to two students but is always searching for more, regardless of major. Students interested in enrolling in the carillon course for the Fall 2012 semester may contact Vanden Wyngaard at In 2003, a garden near the Cook Carillon Tower was dedicated to Vanden Wyngaard. Christened “de Luisterplaats,” the garden’s Dutch name roughly translates to “the listening place.” Vanden Wyngaard said she is proud of what an important and recognizable symbol the carillon tower has become for GVSU. “It has really become a focal point for the university,” she said. “You see it on all our papers and any print matter we have… It’s been a big contribution to just how the campus looks.”

Kutsche Office offers internships with local history organizations By Lizzy Balboa GVL Staff Writer

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History buff: GVSU senior Abby D’Addario (pictured) helped organize the Kutsche Office of Local History’s internship program, which is accepting applications from interested students.

In an effort to continue to preserve and promote the culture and backstory of West Michigan, the Kutsche Office of Local History is partnering with local organizations to provide Grand Valley State University students a variety of internships. The Caledonia Historical Society, Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Public Library are a handful of the 14 groups that students can assist during a year- or semester-long internship organized by the office. Veta Tucker, the director of the Kutsche Office, said the internships would be a beneficial supplement to history degrees. Tucker said the internships would be especially helpful for students interested in public history. “A degree in history does not necessarily prepare you to work in a public history institution,” she said. “There are some specific skills, like archiving and preservation, that you don’t get with a degree in history. You just do the theoretical. You just learn the information. But how you deliver the information and how you store and preserve that information are special skills that public history institutions specialize in.” Some interns may work on researching history, digitizing information, recording oral histories and writing highlights of local historical places for Heritage Hill Association. Others may teach local school children about life during the Civil War for History Remembered/Sons of Union Veterans. The opportunities vary depending on the organiza-

tion, but Tucker is confident that students will contribute to the community and acquire valuable skills in any of the internships. Although the Kutsche Office just started offering the internships this fall, it has already helped nine students secure positions for this semester, and helped one student, senior Abby D’Addario, complete two internships already. D’Addario, who worked in the Kutsche Office this past summer and organized the internship program, also worked as an intern for the Jenison Historical Association during the summer of 2010. As an English literature

major, D’Addario said she gained great experience studying the historical side of literature. However, D’Addario was not the only one to benefit from her involvement. “The internships are a great opportunity for students to not only experience history in a richer way, but to help and support local communities,” she said. “We don’t do that enough.” The internships, which stretch from the Lakeshore to as far as Caledonia, are generally unpaid because many of the organizations are run by community volunteers. “There’s a personal investment in terms of making

it to the internships,” Tucker said. “But the rewards and what they’re going to learn about archives and artifacts and organizing and preserving documents is invaluable to them and is something that they can certainly put on their résumé in the future.” Students of any major or class standing with a GPA of at least 2.5 may apply online. For more information on applying to internships, visit the website at www.gvsu. edu/kutsche. Interested students can also visit the Kutsche Office of Local History on the first floor of Lake Ontario Hall.

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Every penny counts Implementing ooVoo interviews in departments outside of Athletics could give the university an opportunity to funnel funds into other struggling programs.


ithin the past two years, Grand Valley State University has seen its students forced to swallow larger bumps in tuition, its faculty members take voluntary pay freezes and its state funding drop to an all-time low. Without question, these are tough times for GVSU, as well as the rest of Michigan. But while an end to GVSU’s financial strain seems far off, the university would do well to follow in the footsteps of its Athletics Department, which saved about $11,000 by using ooVoo, a Web-based video chat service, to conduct preliminary interviews for three positions this past summer. This university hangs its hat on sustainability and sustainable practices, which is a noble purpose indeed, but students often cannot directly feel the effects of some of the sustainable practices that the university promotes. However, in the form of ooVoo and other video chat services GVSU has the opportunity to promote a sustainable practice that directly impacts the bottom line and benefits the entire GVSU community. Imagine what administration could do if it didn’t have to spend money on lodging, travel, food and entertainment expenses for job candidates. Some of the money could be funneled into the Counseling Cente, which recently had to cap individual appointments at six per year. Some of the money could go toward decreasing the portion of their deductible that faculty and staff pay into their health care plans. Maybe they can even get a little wiggle room to give them the raises they deserve. Implementing and promoting a concept like using ooVoo instead of utilizing valuable resources needlessly probably isn’t going to stave off another tuition increase, but the potential savings the university could incur by doing so should not be overlooked, especially considering the way Michigan’s economy stands now.

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Do you think the rapidly increasing student population at GVSU is a good or bad thing? Why?

“I think it is a great thing because this means that GV is expanding as a school and this students can only benefit from it.”

“I’m torn. I feel that it’s a good idea because that means more people are choosing college, but more students means more upgrades needed for the school to accommodate them all.”

“I think it’s a good thing because with the growing population more opportunities arise to meet new people and experience new things.”

“I think that it is a good thing, because more students are furthering their education.”

“I think the increase in students is a good thing because it gives more networking opportunities and it feels more like a university rather than a small community college.”

Jonathan Cuncich Sophomore Physical therapy Livonia, Mich.

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Bethany Ryder Junior Special education Grand Blanc, Mich.

Anisa Schnepp Freshman Allied health science Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lindsey Spafford Junior Allied health science Tampa, Fla.

Soulja vs. the soldiers By Chris Slattery GVL Columnist

I’ve never liked Soulja Boy. I know what you’re all thinking: “But Chris, when you enjoy the musical stylings of Wilco and the lyrical complexities of Bright Eyes, Soulja Boy looks like he would be right at home in your music collection.” No doubt, but there’s something about his music that rubs me in all the wrong ways. Perhaps I don’t “Superman” enough. Cut to late in the summer when Mr. Boy released a new song called “Let’s Be Real,” which begins with naming his social network URLs and repeating the N-word. It’s classy, to say the least. But what people found especially offensive about

the song was this lyric: “F— the FBI and f—k all the Army troops / Fighting for what? B—, be your own man.” Apparently, some military personnel thought the song was inappropriate (although I can’t imagine why), and there was an uproar that such a song could be released, considering we just observed the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It reminded me a bit of a column I wrote last year about the unfortunate free-speech rights of the Westboro Baptist church and how, living in America, we have freedoms that can unfortunately be bent to hurt others rather than liberate them. The same applies here. In his five-minute-long song, this is the only instance of Soulja Boy disrespecting troops of any kind. Instead, the song seems more occupied with describing how many “tats” Soulja Boy has than telling off the troops for... whatever he’s mad at them for doing. Perhaps they weren’t “Superman”-ing

enough, either. Is a song that says “F— all the Army troops” any worse than songs like Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)”? With blindly-patriotic lyrics such as “We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way,” reactionary songs like this give off the wrong impression of how the U.S. defines “patriotism.” My third grade U.S. government teacher must have been incompetent, because I was unaware that, along with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” came a steeltoe to the keister of foreign countries. Soulja Boy has since apologized for the entire song (which is considered offensive for less than 2 percent of its lyrical content), and will not include “Let’s Be Real” on his upcoming album. And while I was not planning to listen to said album, I have even less incentive now. Rap is supposed to challenge and push buttons, and Soulja

Boy took the easy way out, pushing to be more marketable rather than standing up for his own words, however he meant them. Imagine if N.W.A. redacted “F— the Police” weeks after releasing it because of the controversy it created (what a cop-out!), or if Green Day pulled “American Idiot” from the shelves because some fans were offended by the message (somewhat validating their point). Artists make statements because it’s their right to do so, just as it’s our right to voice our displeasure in response. Just to show how peeved I am by Soulja Boy’s “mea culpa,” I will parody his song in my column: “Yo, this is Chris Slattery and I got the most columns of all the columnists! Check out or friend me on Facebook! Columnist, please! Apatheticapathetic.blogspot. com in the house!”

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By Samantha Butcher and Stephanie Deible GVL Staff

As the cost of college rises, so does the stress of paying for it. With undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University costing more than $9,700 per year for lower level students in the 2011-2012 academic year, the cost of tuition alone exceeds the $5,500 Stafford loan limit offered to first year students. Additional expenses from housing, transportation, books and fees leave some students seeking additional private loans to fund their education. According to the Project on Student Debt, 14 percent of undergraduate students took out private loans in 2007, up from 5 percent in 2003. Many private lenders charge higher interest rates and offer shorter or no deferment periods, students with limited scholarships or who carry part-time credit loads sometimes find them to be their only choice. However, there are smart private loan options. To the right, the Lanthorn has compiled data about popular alternative loans to help you with your next lending decision. To read the Financial Aid Office’s list of suggested lenders, visit managingeditor@

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Snyder visits Grand Rapids for town hall address By Dan Spadafora GVL Assistant News Editor

Before the cameras at Wood TV 8 went live and Gov. Rick Snyder began answering questions during his town hall meeting about his plans to continue to improve Michigan, he addressed the studio audience with a story. “It was the debate with Virg Bernero, it was actually on Detroit Public TV,” Snyder said. “The way they had it set up was is they had just painted the studio floor and what happened is it didn’t dry. The funny part is we got to our podiums and they had us standing there 15 minutes before, and we were stuck, literally you couldn’t move. So you never know what’s going to happen.” However, once the cameras went live and the hour-long, commercial-free town hall meeting began, Snyder got down to business. “As governor, I believe there are two things you want to do: one of them is communicate well,” Snyder said. “It’s an opportunity to communicate what the plan is and where we are going. But secondly, by your questions, it’s an opportunity to listen and to hear what’s on your thoughts and minds.” On the minds of many in the audience were the unemployed. Several questions for Snyder were about jobs and how he plans to improve the work force in Michigan. Grant Wright of Lowell, Mich., is 59 and has been out of a job for about three years.

“...By your questions, it’s an opportunity to listen and to hear what’s on your thoughts and minds.

-Rick Snyder Michigan governor

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First amendment rights: Protesters picket outside the town hall with Gov. Snyder on Tuesday. Questions raised at the meeting by citizensfocused on jobs and education.

Previously an auto service manager, Wright was opened the question and answer session with Gov. Snyder with a question about Snyder’s plan to decrease the unemployment rate in Michigan. “For the structurally unemployed, the long term unemployed, there is still a lot of work to be done and I don’t walk away from that issue at all,” Snyder said. “It’s something we really need to focus in on because the question is, how do we help people get that first job and that entry level job?” The town hall meeting centered on this topic but refocused on education when Andrew Dewindt, a junior from Jenison, Mich., asked Snyder about the cuts to education. “I really wanted to write something that

would get a direct response and that you wouldn’t be able to jump around and I think I got a little of that out,” Dewindt said. “There was a little vagueness and I don’t know if he understood it or not but I think he answered my question pretty well.” Snyder addressed the issue of education and budget cuts to education, saying that the system is broken in Michigan and needs to be improved. “The net cut for organizational schools that do the best practice procedures is less than two percent,” Snyder said. “So in terms of prioritizing, we actually cut less there than almost all the areas of the budget we had to cut and I still didn’t like it. Long term is, how do we invest more into education?”

Towards the end of Snyder’s hour-long town hall meeting, the governor addressed the audience and the state by a call for action and unity. “That’s why I like this opportunity because it’s not about me, it’s not about you, again it’s about we,” Snyder said. “So let’s get fired up and get excited about the good things we can do in this state and just get them done. We will stand out and we will create more and better jobs and we will create that environment.” To watch the whole recorded town hall meeting with Gov. Snyder, log onto or watch the replayed version on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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Creating conflict: This anti-religion billboard, located on northbound U.S. 131, has created controversy and debate in the Grand Rapids community since it went up on Aug. 30. It will remain up until the end of the month.

Athiesm billboard draws local attention, controversy By Dan Spadafora GVL Assistant News Editor

By sponsoring a billboard on northbound U.S. 131, the Center for Inquiry is spreading their message to Grand Rapids that life without God is possible. Located just south of Hall Street, the billboard reads, “You don’t need God – to hope, to care, to love, to live.” The advertisement has been along the highway since Aug. 30 and will remain visible until the end of this month. Center for Inquiry now has seven billboard advertisements throughout the country similar to the Grand Rapids model. Besides Grand Rapids, Durham, N.C., Niagara, N.Y. and Washington, D.C., all have billboards sponsored by Center for Inquiry. “The main purpose of the billboard is to let people who are non-religious know that CFI is a community group that is here and they can come and find out more about living a life without religion,” said Jennifer Beahan, assistant director of CFI Michigan. “They are also encouraged to join our community and get involved.” Beahan said the billboard and CFI are not trying to cause any problems or create any controversy, but rather they are interested in offering a dialogue for those interested and also offer a community for those who are non religious. For the weeks that the billboard has been viewable, it has

“There’s a hurt that comes with

that because someone says something against God, they say you don’t need God, it’s not what I was raised with.

-Father Brad Shoeberle Pastor, St. Luke University Parish

drawn much attention. The Grand Rapids Press has published several letters to the editor in debate for and against the billboard. Father Brad Schoeberle, pastor of St. Luke University Parish at Grand Valley State University, said he supports the idea of dialogue between religious and non-religious groups but admits to some initial feelings the billboard stirred in him. “I guess my first reaction to the billboard was sadness,” Schoeberle said. “There’s a hurt that comes with that because someone says something against God, they say you don’t need God, it’s not what I was raised with.”

Speaking on behalf of what the Catholic Church says on the issue, Schoeberle said Christianity is not an easy life but by believing and developing a closer relationship with Christ, life may become a little more bearable. “Life doesn’t necessarily become easier, it does become easier to deal with because we know we are not alone,” Schoeberle said. “So if someone says you don’t need to believe in God, they might feel a sense of being alone.” Luke Galen, associate professor of psychology and adviser for CFI at GVSU, said he feels this billboard is targeted to those who are not affiliated with a religious group and in some cases is less aggressive than other billboards. “For a religious world view there are all types of billboards that say if you don’t know Jesus there’s no peace or you are going to Hell,” Galen said. “I would think that that is much more aggressive because that implies that if you don’t agree with Him that you’re going to go to Hell.” What both sides to this issue agree upon is the importance of the dialogue and the need to grow not only as an individual but also as a community. “Do you want to be someone who is interested in what the other person is saying even if you disagree with it?” Schoeberle said. “You hear the phrase you have to agree to disagree once and awhile; some people don’t accept that. Some people say you either believe it this way or get out of my face.”


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sports Lakers look to correct mistakes shorts TRACK GV track and cross country hire new assistant coach

against Indianapolis By Brady Fredericksen GVL Sports Editor

Former Grand Valley State University AllAmerican Nick Polk is returning to his alma mater. The holder of three GVSU records, Polk will assist men’s and women’s cross country coach Jerry Baltes this season. This was Baltes’ second coaching hire of the offseason, as he also hired former Ashland Univerity All-American Blaine Maag as an assistant. Polk will work with the men’s and women’s cross country as well as the track team, working primarily with the distance runners.

Coming off of their first loss five-step drops, with most of those passes directof the 2011 season, the Grand ed toward a pair of dangerous receivers in junior Valley State University football Mar’Quone Edmonds and senior Ryan Forney. team is looking ahead, not behind, “I think we‘re used to seeing this kind of offense for their Saturday game. because we‘ve seen it in camp,” said GVSU head After dropping a 34-31 contest at Hills- coach Matt Mitchell, who’s defense allowed 318 dale College last week, the Lakers have now yard through the air against Hillsdale. “Emotionlost three of their last four road games dating back ally, we were excited to play that ball game (last to last season, and have dropped from No. 4 in the week), and our lack of execution in all three phases AFCA Top 25 to No. 15. Last-second defeat or not, of the game cost us, but I think the one thing that we the team hasn’t slowed its trek and will look to take away from it is we’re not 10 of 11 people away, bounce back strong against the University of India- but we’re one or two people away.” napolis on Saturday. “If we can get one or two people getting back in “I feel like we were in good schemes, we just the right direction before the snap, we can get this didn’t execute and do what we were supposed to thing back where it needs to be. That’s why I’m not do,” said junior running back Norman Shuford, pushing the panic button.” who rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns While the GVSU defense is going to have to against Hillsdale. keep Mills and the of“We’ve just got to get fense from exploding for it done, Grand Valley big plays, the Lakers’ offootball is known for fense is going to have to that, and we’ve just find a rhythm of its own Nickname: Greyhounds got to go in there and on Saturday. Coach: Bob Bartolomeo get the job done.” Although they scored The workman-like ap31 points last week, 2011 record: 1-1 (0-1 GLIAC) proach from Shuford is quarterback Heath ParPoints scored/game: 38.5 something seen throughout ling locked onto juPoints allowed/game: 18.0 the roster. After Saturday’s nior receiver Charles Offense scheme: Multiple loss, senior linebacker Brad Johnson throughout the Howard emphasized that game, which resulted in Defense scheme: Multiple the Lakers needed to focus big results for Johnson, this week in practice, and but the offense was unthat is what they’ve done able to put together any so far. long scoring drives. However, Saturday’s match up with the Grey“Their defense is going to make us earn it. One hounds will bring a much different offensive attack. of our scoring drives Saturday was one play for 71 Led by sophomore quarterback Chris Mills, the In- yards - that‘s not going to happen this week,” said dianapolis offense will go to the air early and often Mitchell. “Us being able to string together 8, 10 against a secondary that had its share of breakdowns or 12 plays, that’s going to be necessary and when in the loss to Hillsdale. you get into those situations you really have to bear “This week (practice) is us being on top of the down and focus.” receivers. A few times in the game last week we Despite the shortcomings against Hillsdale, the let the receiver get behind us, that’s where it went offense isn’t putting their heads down. This same wrong,” said sophomore safety Eric Thompson, offense scored 44 points in their season opener, and who had an interception against Hillsdale. “We’ve has the ability to put up points in spades when they been practicing staying on top, and basically it’s execute it correctly. repetition. Once you see that once, you‘ll get a feel That execution is something Mitchell and his for what‘s coming” team have emphasized all week long, and they will Unlike the bootleg and roll out plays that Hills- finally be able to see if they can do it Saturday. dale utilized in their passing game, Indianapolis Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the game can will take a more traditional approach through the be heard live on the radio on 107.9 WMUS. air. The majority of their passes will come from

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ROLLER HOCKEY Club roller hockey to hold tryouts The Grand Valley State University club roller hockey team will hold its annual tryouts later this month. The team, which returns 18 members from last year’s squad, will be holding tryouts on Sept. 24 and 25. The tryout will consist of three practices - two skates on Saturday and one final skate on Sunday- and potential members must arrive one hour early on Saturday to fill out paperwork. Cost for the tryout will be $30 and they will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday at Rivertown Sports in Grandville, Mich.

SCHEDULE M./W. Cross Country Friday at Spartan Invitational, 1 p.m.

Chris Mills Quarterback Only a sophomore, the 6-foot-4 Mills has started the season on fire, throwing for 519 yards and six touchdowns in two games, including 342 yards last week at Ashland.

Football Saturday at Indianapolis, 6 p.m. W. Tennis Friday at ITA Regional Tournament, TBA Saturday at ITA Regional Tournament, TBA Saturday at River Forest Tennis Club Invitational, TBA Sunday at ITA Regional Tournament, TBA W. Soccer Friday vs. Michigan Tech, 7 p.m. Sunday vs. Northern Michigan, 12 p.m. Volleyball Friday vs. Lake Superior, 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Northwood, 7 p.m. W. Golf Sunday at Michael Corbett Fall Classic, All Day M. Golf Saturday at Northwood University Invitational, All Day Sunday at Northwood University Invitational, All Day


Mar’Quone Edmonds Wide receiver The All-GLIAC Honorable Mention member will need to be keyed on by the GVSU defense. The junior caught 13 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the loss at Ashland.

‘Voice of Grand Valley Football’ turns 400 games old By Brady Fredericksen GVL Sports Editor

Dick Nelson has been an integral part of Grand Valley State University football for decades, but you won’t find him running up and down the sidelines at a game or on TV - Nelson is the man behind the microphone, whose voice has aired to Laker football fans for 35 years. Nelson will reach a career-milestone on Saturday in Indianapolis, when he will broadcast his 400th career game at GVSU. Nelson, the “voice of Laker football” has been traveling and doing play-by-play for the Lakers since 1977, and the culmination of 400 career games is something he is appreciative of. “I was going to move to Chicago when they conned me into doing this for one year, and I’ve been do-


ing it every year since,” said Dick Nelson, a Chicago native. “This has been tremendously rewarding for both my wife and I. She comes to all the games and travels with me and we both enjoy it tremen-

dously.” Nelson’s path to GVSU was a long one, and he mrrly stumbled upon the opportunity to work as the play-by-play announcer. As a boy growing up in Chicago, Nelson lived for baseball, working as a Chicago Cubs visiting team batboy during high school from 1952 to 1954. Following high school, Nelson left Chicago for Grand Rapids, hop-

ing to find a way into the broadcast- casting helped shape where Nelson ing field. wanted to go with his career, and “When after leaving I got into the business for broadcasta short time, he ing, and came back as started out the sports direcas a disc tor at WZZMjockey, and 13 News. I just always That is where wanted to get GVSU comes into sports in. After leavbecause that ing WZZM in -Dick Nelson 1977, Nelson was my background,” said GVSU broadcast announcer came to GVSU Nelson. “I on the invitation was workof then-Sports ing in Grand Information Rapids for Director Don John Fetzer, who at that time owned Thomas to set up a radio broadcast the Detroit Tigers, and worked at for the football team - and the rest is WGEF.” now history. The early experience in broadSee Nelson, B3

“We’ve just been

blessed here, and I’ve learned from a lot of good coaches.


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Missed putts lead to second-place finish for Lakers By Zach Sepanik GVL Staff Writer

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Just below par: Senior Travis Shooks lines up a shot during a past match. Shooks led the GVSU men’s golf team during the second day of the Al Watrous Memorial Invitational over the weekend, finishing with a 143.

A final round one-under par 287 positioned the Grand Valley State University men’s golf team for a second-place finish Sunday in the Al Watrous Memorial Invitational at the Bay City Country Club in Bay City, Mich., this past weekend. After finishing day one tied for fourth place, the Lakers battled back to finish the weekend with a two-round total of 577. In his first collegiate tournament, sophomore Jack Rider led the team as the highest individual GVSU finisher. Rider’s threeunder par 141 for the tournament, including a final round 71, placed in a tie for fourth. “Being my first tournament it caught me off guard playing as well as I did. I was extremely nervous and a little antsy before the first round,” Rider said. “I played consistent golf all weekend and didn’t make many mistakes which makes a huge difference in scoring. I pretty much surprised myself.” Meanwhile, seniors Travis Shooks and Nick Gunthorpe played solid golf over the two days as well. Shooks led the team on day two with a two-under 70 and finished the tournament with a 143. “It is comforting when you have guys like Travis and Nick on the team, who are both great guys to have on your team just from a skills standpoint, knowing they are going to produce something of at worst a 73,” Rider said. “It made me less nervous knowing I have plenty of talent on my side.” Gunthorpe also finished the tournament with a 143, but shot a one-over 73 in the final round, still good enough to finish in a tie for ninth place in the individual results. As a team, the Lakers finished 11 strokes behind first-place Ashland University, who finished at 10-under par 566. “We hit the ball really well for the most part,” Shooks said. “It was just the same story from everyone each day that we couldn’t make any putts. As a team, we really struggled on the greens.” The Lakers also barely outdistanced the University of Findlay by one stroke, and Wayne State University and Northwood University by three strokes, which rounded

out the top five. “It’s a good warm-up tournament and it’s nice to win them, but I would much rather win the conference tournament which is one of the biggest tournaments we have for the whole season,” Shooks said. “We will get a lot of confidence coming off the way we played this weekend.”

“It is comforting when

you have guys like Travis [Shooks] and Nick [Gunthorpe], who are both great guys to have on your team just from a skills standpoint...

-Jack Rider GVSU sophomore golfer

As the Lakers continue to face a string of conference opponents in the upcoming weeks, they look to improve on their play from the first tournament of the year. Rider, Shooks and Gunthorpe all remain close when it comes to scoring. However, each player brings a different strong point to the team they hope to carry out heading forward. “I am a pretty good ball striker and a leader on the team since I have played all the golf courses in the conference,” Gunthorpe said. “During practice rounds I can put in my input of how to play the course and where to hit the ball and where to hit the greens at.” While Gunthorpe leads the team with his reliable ball striking ability, Shooks stands out around the greens with a strong short game and will look to improve his ball striking. As for Rider, he hopes to continue to ride his strong play. The team heads to Midland, Mich., to play in the Northwood University Invitational at Currie Municipal Golf Course on Friday and Saturday.


D–II club finalizes 2011-2012 roster By Jon VanZytveld GVL Staff Writer

With its long-awaited roster finalized, the Grand Valley State University Division II club hockey team is setting

its expectations high, and for good reason. After winning their first ACHA National Championship title last year, many of the team’s top players have graduated, including forward Jeff Anonick, defender Jake

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Iced out: (Above) GVSU senior Ryan Welch hones in on the puck during a past game. (Below) Junior Shane McCusker goes in for the kill.

Ochsner and goalie Grant Lyon. For weeks, the prospective players for this season engaged in intensive tryouts, which were presided over by third-year head coach and 2010-11 ACHA Men’s Division II Coach of the Year Mike Forbes. “Essentially what we do is we have six sessions of tryouts and the guys play games,” Forbes said. “Most of the assessment is done by watching players in game situations, just paying attention to their competition level and their skill level and whether or not they can maintain a high level of play for all six games.” From this process a team emerged that included all 16 returning members of last year’s team, as well as eight new freshmen. The newcomers to the team include forwards Jacob Endicott, Brad Wilhelm, and Ian Hamilton. “My expectation is that we always compete at the highest level possible and that we represent Grand Valley and represent ourselves with dignity,” Forbes said. “My goal every year is to go to the National Tournament. It’s not that this season will be a failure if we don’t do that, but that is an attainable goal.” However, before any of this can be achieved, the team must work on coming together as a group, said returning forward Brad Keough. “Last year, our team was very close knit,” Keough said. “I’d like to see that happen again first and then, obviously, we’d like to go back to Nationals and make another run at it. But I think our first step is to come together as a team, that’s the reason we had so much fun

“It’s not that

this season will be a failure [if we don’t get to Nationals], but that is [our] goal.

-Mike Forbes GVSU head coach

and we did so well in the first place.”

In the coming days before the season opener at Eastern Michigan University, the team will continue to work together in rigorous practices that aim to incorporate the new players into the team. The Lakers are becoming a cohesive whole, on and off the ice. Returning defender Craig Marrett said the freshmen are already part of the family. “They just eventually become another member, another player, and eventually another brother to these guys,” said Marrett.

Like the rest of the team, Marrett is optimistic about the upcoming season, and looks forward to playing again. “We can’t expect of ourselves anything lower than repeating the National Championship, coming off our first ever championship title for this program,” he said. “We can’t expect anything less from here on out.” The team’s season opener will be on Sept. 23 at Eastern Michigan University. The puck will drop at 10 a.m.


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Row, row, row your boat: The men’s Varsity 8 catches up during last year’s Lubbers Cup Regatta. GVSU head coach John Bancheri, who came to GVSU in 2005, has led the team to regattas in California, England and beyond.

GV head coach Bancheri leads with passion, determination By Joe Maher-Edgin GVL Staff Writer

Underneath the busy causeway where M-45 crosses the Grand River, a fleet of narrow boats; each with varying groupings of pairs, fours and eights; row crisply against the current of the murky waters. Apart from the hum of buses and cars passing overhead, there is only the rhythmic sound of paddles pushing uniformly through the water. From aboard a small motorboat, a deep male voice bellows from behind an old blue bullhorn megaphone. “Here we go, 4-to-1,” it said. “When we change the ratio, let’s keep the same recovery and increase the speed through the water.” The sights and sounds of Grand Valley State University head coach John Bancheri and the GVSU club rowing team can be both impressive and intimidating. During a typical Monday practice on the water, 140 student athletes were out on the water with Bancheri as he weaved his boat between the rowers, shouting commands as he passed. There is much more to booming Bancheri than meets the eye. “I’m not as rough as my exterior,” he said. “I’m the John

Madden of crew - I’m big, I’m loud and I’m opinionated.” Bancheri’s coaching philosophy has helped him build successful rowing programs at the University of Charleston, Wichita State University and Marietta College. He arrived at GVSU in 2005. He describes himself as “the coach from the other side of the tracks” and said he doesn’t fit the appearance of a typical rowing coach. Like their coach, there is more to GVSU’s rowing team than meets the eye. “We have kids going to the National team levels, other universities trying to recruit our kids because we’re a club, competing in California and England. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in the time I’ve been here,” Bancheri said. “A lot of people at Harvard know of Grand Valley because of rowing, a lot of people in England at Cambridge and Oxford know of Grand Valley because of rowing, and that’s pretty cool.” The team’s success can be measured by Bancheri’s passion for rowing and his determination to drive his student athletes to reach their potential and beyond. Sarah Zelenka, who graduated in 2009, began rowing as a novice under Bancheri and was part of the 2009 Dad Vail Champion Varsity Eight crew while at GVSU. Recently,

Zelenka led Team USA’s Women’s Four team to the 2011 World Championship final where they defeated Australia, the Netherlands, China and Italy for the gold medal. “When Coach Bancheri first came to the program my freshman year he brought with him strong goals for the program, high expectations and a winning attitude,” Zelenka told Row2K in a 2010 interview. “He is a very good technical coach on the water.” The GVSU rowing program welcomes all students that come out for rowing. Bancheri runs the program with a “Darwinistic” philosophy. “We call it boathouse Darwinism - natural selection - where only the strong survive,” Bancheri said “But it’s not just the physically strong that survive, it’s the mentally strong and the academically strong. It’s a combination of everything.” He values his entire team including the newcomers and students at different skill levels. “We will never cut,” he said. “What we do is we push. The weakest person is very important to the program because the better that person gets, the more it forces everybody else up the ladder - you’re not just pulling from the top, you’re also pushing from the bottom.”


Freshmen aid GV in Saginaw Valley takedown By Stephanie Deible GVL Intern

A strong start helped propel the Grand Valley State University women’s tennis team to a 7-2 victory over GLIAC rival Saginaw State University on Tuesday. The No. 15-ranked Lakers were looking to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the season to Wayne State University on Sunday, a goal they easily accomplished.

“We knew we had to step it up and come ready to play today,” said sophomore Anne Marie Morin. “We can’t take anything for granted.” With Morin’s words in mind, GVSU came into the match with the mindset compete hard, regardless of who the opponent is or what the score is. As the first serve went up the air, GVSU displayed energy after picking up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Junior Allison Fecko and

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Guiding the crowd: Dick Nelson (left) and GVSU Football Radio Road Show co-host Steve Lloyd Jones spend time in the stadium announcer’s box.


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“I knew very little about football when I arrived - my whole life was all baseball - and [former GVSU head coach] Jim Harkema taught me the basics of football,” said Nelson. “We’ve just been blessed here, and I’ve learned from a lot of good coaches.” Appreciation for coaches is something Nelson showed for every coach. From applauding Tom Beck as an “offensive genius” to talking about how now-Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly learned to coach at GVSU, Nelson cares about the football program and those he works with and they show the same care back. “Nobody knows Grand Valley football better than Dick Nelson,” said Matt Mitchell, GVSU head football coach. “His excellence behind the mic has been constant for over three decades.” Nelson has been around the program long enough to

have seen it grow up. Aside from a down period in the mid-1980s, the Lakers have been a successful program with Nelson in the booth shown by the team’s 299-982 record during that time. “When I started, the program had established itself to a degree,” said Nelson. “But after hiring Tom Beck, we were in the playoffs yearly and by far the strongest program in the GLIAC, but the last ten years have just been sensational.” From his vast knowledge of GVSU football to his sheer longevity in the booth, Nelson has positively impacted everyone he’s interacted with during his 35 years. “His longevity has been just remarkable if you think about it,” said Steve LloydJones, Nelson’s partner in the booth for most GVSU broadcasts. “To be in your 70s and still have that passion and love for being there - I just hope at his age I can do it as well as he does.”

senior Alyssa Lucas defeated the Cardinals 8-0, while the sophomore duo of Lexi Rice and Niki Shipman won their match 8-1. “From Sunday to [Tuesday] we really turned it around,” said Jon Black, GVSU head coach. “I feel like we’re starting to reach our form, and we got strong performances from our freshmen today.” Tara Hayes and Morin dropped their doubles match 7-9, but kept the momentum on the Lakers’ side in a battle

that went down to the wire. “Personally, I think I did better today. I really wanted to focus on moving forward and being more aggressive than I was on Sunday,” Morin said. The consistent play in doubles by the entire team helped GVSU relax, and build a lead it would not relinquish. “Anytime we have a lead after doubles it’s huge because it takes pressure off of our singles matches,” Black said. “Then we know we only have to win three of our singles

matches, and we feel like we can beat anyone in the conference once we have the lead.” As the day continued, GVSU kept their “step it up” mindset alive, dropping only one match during singles play. Freshmen Kristina Lucas and Kali Phillips helped shut the door on the Cardinals with strong performances, winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively. “We were all excited to get back on the court, and wanted

to redeem ourselves after the loss,” said junior Alyssa Lucas. “We all played well today. Everyone did their part, and the freshmen Kali and Kristina played tough, which was great.” With the win, the Lakers improve to 3-1 while Saginaw Valley falls to 0-3. GVSU hopes to build off their total team effort this weekend as they compete at ITA Regional Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Media ecologist to lead discussion at GVSU By Chris LaFoy GVL Staff Writer

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Crimson man cometh: Michael Sandel delivers a lecture at Harvard University. Sandel will bring his popular lecture on ethics to GV Thursday.

Harvard professor to discuss justice at GV By Lauren Ringger


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orld-renowned academic lecturer Michael Sandel will come to Grand Valley State University next Thursday as part of the GVSU Fall Arts Celebra-

tion. The popular Harvard professor will give a lecture called, “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” Sandel has been a political philosophy professor at Harvard for 30 years. More than 15,000 people have enrolled in his class “Justice,” the first Harvard University course made available online and on television for free. “He is a great lecturer, and he would probably be interesting to anybody, but specifically people who are interested in ethics or public policy or politics will be interested in what he has to say,” said John Uglietta, chair of the Department of Philosophy. “But I think it is difficult to find people who aren’t interested in any of those things. He is also just a very engaging speaker; his classes and lectures are very popular.” Sandel’s New York Times bestseller, “Justice,” looks the meaning of justice as well as a variety of different subjects like government bailouts and immigration reform. The book causes readers to reflect on what they think, and why. “We all say, ‘Well, that wasn’t fair’ - well, explain to me why that wasn’t fair or explain what we owe each other,” said Phyllis Vandenberg, a GVSU philosophy professor. “What do we owe each other to be citizens of the same country, or different countries — what do we owe each other and what is our reasoning behind that? The lecture will give people a much deeper view when people say something like ‘that’s not fair’ or what it means to be just, or do the right thing.” Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. In his course “Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature,” Sandel explores the connection between science and ethics. “Part of Sandel’s theory is that if we don’t address these issues directly we won’t make any progress on them,” Uglietta said. “It’s as if there are certain things we think we shouldn’t talk about because people will disagree about it. But if we avoid them, for one they really don’t get any better, and two, people that are willing to talk about them tend not to be very representative of all of the other people who are simply being to polite to say anything right now. I think he also believes that a lot of the questions we have about public policy at bottom resolve to deeper philosophical or ethical questions.” Although the lecture is directed at those interested in political philosophy, justice or ethics, the applications of the lecture can be applied to any area of life. “We are all citizens in our community, and it doesn’t matter what career you go into, doing something the right way and the fair way is important,” Vandenberg said. “So when we talk about issues of justice and politics—that involves every citizen. We get insight on how we should vote, or what we can demand from our government, or what we can demand from each other, even in the workplace.” There will be a panel discussion on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in preparation for Sandel’s lecture. The panel will include four GVSU faculty members: Charles Pazdernik from the classics department, John Uglietta from the philosophy department, Kathleen Underwood from both the history and women and gender studies departments and Darren Walhof from the political science department. The panel will also include students from political science and philosophy. The discussion will take place in Rooms 2215 and 2216 of the Kirkhof Center. “To have an esteemed Harvard professor coming to Grand Valley is very exciting, his lectures are very deep and any student could benefit from listening to one of them,” said Josh Barnhart, a political science at GVSU. The lecture will be held in the L.V. Eberhard Center at 7 p.m. next Thursday, followed by a reception.

As communications worldwide continue to constantly evolve, understanding the media environment can be critical, and an upcoming speaker at Grand Valley State University will tackle the issue. GVSU will host Dr. Lance Strate, professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University, for a discussion about media ecology. According to the Media Ecology Association, which Strate co-founded, media ecology the study of media with the idea that technology and communication play a pivotal role in human affairs. The discussion will include topics from Strate’s newly released sixth book, “On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology.”

According to Strate’s website, the book explores the relationships of symbols, language and media and examines how these things are perceived by humans in the environment of communication. This will be Strate’s second trip to GVSU. “Dr. Strate came here last year briefly,” said Dr. Valerie Peterson, associate professor of communications at GVSU. “We wanted to bring him back and share him with more people.” Strate will appear partly because of the efforts of his colleague and personal friend Corey Anton, associate professor of communications at GVSU. Anton has served as a trustee on the Board of Directors of the MEA and as an editor for the MEA’s publication, “Explorations in Media Ecology.” “Strate is a very professional, polished speaker,” An-

ton said. “He really puts on a show.” Anton has dedicated much of his academic career to media ecology. He has published multiple books, including “Communication Uncovered: General Semantics and Media Ecology” and “Valuation and Media Ecology: Ethics, Morals, and Laws.” Strate is considered a leading mind in the field of media ecology; he sits on numerous boards and councils, many dealing directly with media ecology. His current teaching position at Fordham University allows him to teach a diverse range of subjects including science fiction and popular culture. Peterson said the extensive communications department at GVSU makes it a good fit for Strate to visit. “GVSU has film programs, theatre programs, photography

STRATE programs and more,” she added. “Some schools just don’t have the media programs that we do.” Strate writes and maintains a blog about his work and research at www.lancestrate. Strate’s guest lecture will be held in the Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center at the Pew Campus on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Tafelmusik event to combine art, food, song

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Artistic vision: Marlen Vavrikova (left) and Colleen Bazuin stand in the GVSU Art Gallery. Vavrikova will be one of many faculty that will be performing banquet pieces in the art gallery. The musical performances will complement the food inspired painting that hang on the gallery walls.

By Lauren Ringger GVL Staff Writer

The Grand Valley State University community will have the chance to enjoy music, food and on Monday in the GVSU during Tafelmusik, this year’s first Afternoon with the Arts program. “Tafelmusik” is a German term, literally meaning “table music.” It is a type of music one would listen to during a feast or a banquet. The event was put together by oboe professor Marlen Vavrikova. “The first exhibition this semester features canvases by Tim Fisher, who captures in his paintings food and people,” Vavrikova said. “What better way to connect this topic with music than to perform selections from Tafelmusik? I have always been a great admirer of visual arts – which, for me, go hand in hand with music. Every time I walk by the Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center, I realize how fortunate we are to have this space in our building. Not only it is a beautiful gallery where you can see poignant art, but it also is a space that has been used for occasional concerts. I have attended a couple of events in the Art Gallery organized by

my colleagues and I found it very inspiring to be surrounded by art while listening to music.” The first concert will feature a performance by the Grand Valley Chamber Players, with Kathryn Stieler singing soprano, Christopher Kantner on flute, John Clapp on bassoon, Gregory Maytan on violin, Gregory Crowell on harpsichord, Pablo Mahave-Veglia on cello and Vavrikova on oboe. “The venue is very nice and also has a pleasing acoustic,” Clapp said. “I am looking to a successful afternoon of chamber music, art and dessert.” In addition to the musical piece, audience members will have an opportunity to hear an aria from Bach’s “Coffee Cantata,” sung by Stieler. “Who knew that people were as passionate about a cup of coffee back then as they are now?” Stieler said. “In the cantata, the daughter, my character, tells her father that she would rather have her coffee than a husband and will only marry if her husband brings her coffee - girl after my own heart.” Vavrika collaborated with Henry Matthews, GVSU’s director of Galleries and Collections, in order to make this event possible.

“One of the things at the gallery that I like to do is have different programs, like interdisciplinary programs including music, dance, and poetry — various things like that where professors come in and have programs related to those subjects,” Matthews said. “I’m thrilled to have professors from the music department organize exhibitions and small programs that involve students and faculty and that relate to the exhibitions going on. What could be more interesting and more fun than that?” Other concerts in the “Afternoon with the Arts” series will include performances of student ensembles on Nov. 14 and 28, as well as holiday music featuring GVSU faculty and students on Dec. 7. “I think it is important to seek connections between various forms of art,” Stieler said. “It enhances our experience of each art form and tends to encourage making connections beyond art as well. I am hoping that our music will help to illuminate, add a dash of salt, so to speak, to the visual exhibit for viewers and listeners.” The event will take place in the GVSU Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center on Monday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Norwegian violinist Terje Moe Hansen to perform at GVSU By Chris LaFoy GVL Staff Writer

Critically acclaimed professor and violinist Terje Moe Hansen will play a guest recital Friday at Grand Valley State University. Hansen, a native Norwegian who now teaches violin at the Malmo Acadamy of Music and Norwegian State Acadamy of Music, has been considered an exemplary violin talent since he first performed at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 1984. He is renowned for his unique style. Classically, violinists play holding the violin with their left hand and bowing with their right. Hansen, who is left-handed, bows with his left hand, an unusual technique that he credits part of his interesting and uncommon methods to. Hansen said his style does not ignore classical style but rather enhances it. Because he plays in a way many would consider back-

wards, he developed a new way of organizing and patterning fingering. Gregory Maytan, a violin professor at GVSU, was instrumental in making Hansen’s appearance at GVSU a reality. “I applied for a grant from the Padnos Center to do an exchange with Mr. Hansen,” Maytan said. “Mr. Hansen is one of Scandinavia’s leading violin teachers, and I felt it would benefit the GVSU community to have him come.” Hansen has played music since he was a young man. His father built violins in his hometown of Stavern, Norway, a small town south of Oslo. When his father asked him to test the acoustics of a recently-produced violin, he immediately recognized Hansen’s natural talent. The family hired a local violin teacher to teach Hansen the foundations of his new practice, and eventually Hansen was invited to study full time at the Academy of Music in Oslo. Hansen’s recital will be a part of the mas-

ter class program he is teaching this semester at GVSU. “It’s fascinating to learn how the violin is taught in a different part of the world,” Maytan said. “Perhaps my students will get new insights into how to solve their problems and will become inspired to work harder.” Hansen’s instructional book, “A Modern Approach to Violin Virtuosity,” focuses on teaching students better fingerboard control and sight reading. Maytan said guest performers often elevate student work in the music department. “Guests of this caliber bring knowledge and inspiration on many levels,” he said. “Just the knowledge that a guest like this will be coming causes student to practice and prepare more.” Hansen’s guest recital will take place on Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Prodigy professor: Terje Moe Hansen (pictured) will give a free concert performance at GVSU on Friday. Hansen is teaching several master classes at the university as a guest professor this semester.


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