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GRPD looks for clues in death of GV adviser BY lizzy balboa GVL news EDITOR

The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the possible homicide of a Grand Valley State University employee, who was found dead Tuesday in a house on Myrtle ZAPATA Street after not having been seen or heard from in a few days. Previous reports say Santiago Zapata, 50, had suffered traumatic injuries that resulted in his death. Zapata worked as a program adviser in the College of Education’s TRiO Education Talent Search department, where he worked with local primary and secondary students. “Santiago was a cornerstone of the trio education talent search department,” said Elaine Collins, dean of the College of Education. “He worked tirelessly on behalf of the disadvantaged students, and he will be greatly missed.” Medical examiners performed an autopsy on the body Wednesday morning, but the results have not yet been released. However, GRPD Detective Tim DeVries confirmed that the house showed signs of a struggle. DeVries could not offer further information, but noted that the police are “treating this very cautiously and carefully.” news@lanthorn.com

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Slugger: Students catch the Rapid route 48 South Campus outside of the Kirkhof Center on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus.

Rapid ridership numbers steadily increase BY Emelie milnikel GVL staff writer

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bout 10.8 million riders. That’s how many rides the Rapid had transported as of 2011—a new record for the public transportation system. When the Rapid started out 10 years ago, the ridership numbers were only at 4.6 million. One of the reasons for such a huge increase in riders over the years is the improvements the Rapid has implemented and the route

changes that have taken place. At Grand Valley State University alone, it changed Route 50 to go to Rapid Central Station every weekday. More connectivity equals increased ridership numbers for the buses. And increased, it has. For the first three weeks of school, total GVSU ridership rose from 279,726 in 2011 to 310,541 in 2012. The Campus Connecter has shown a 10 percent increase since fall 2011, and while other offcampus routes have shown a slight decrease, the total numbers have only continued to rise.

At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the Rapid noted that it gave about 40,000 more rides to GVSU riders than it did in 2010-2011. “Riding the bus is part of the culture at GVSU and this is directly reflected in our continued growth,” said Mark Rambo, Pew Campus operations manager. There are no signs of the ridership numbers decreasing anytime soon, either. SEE RIDERSHIP, A3

Allendale Township to change state districts in 2013 By Lizzy Balboa GVL News Editor

With the population on the rise in Allendale, the growth is getting ready to affect more than just the overpopulated living space on PRICE the local campus. Beginning in 2013, Allendale Charter Township, home to the

main Grand Valley State University campus, will shift from the 89th into the 88th district of the Michigan House of Representatives. The State-mandated action results from and accommodates the population growth within Ottawa County and Allendale Township. Allendale is currently represented by Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Township), but when the township moves to the 88th District in January, it will then be represented by Republican candidate Roger Victory, who won his primary by 88 votes and is unopposed for the

general election in November. “The Democrats did not field a candidate in the 88th (district),” said Matt McLogan, GVSU vice president of university relations. “The 88th may be the state’s most heavily Republican district.” Being within a Republicanrepresented district isn’t new for GVSU. The current representative Price is also a Republican, and she has a good working relationship with GVSU, which will likely continue after the district change. “Her new district extends to Grand Haven, where one of our re-

search vessels, the DJ Angus, docks,” McLogan said, adding that a continued relationship between Price and GVSU is definitely expected even with the district switch. The shift may mean a new representative for Allendale and GVSU, but few other things are likely to change in 2013. “The change in the districts isn’t likely to have much effect on Allendale or GVSU,” said Roger Moiles of the GVSU political science department. Phil Cornish, also of the political science department, agreed

that little impact is expected to come from the district change, but identified other topics that may become an issue for the GVSU, no matter what district it’s in. “State funding is going to be tight for the foreseeable future,” Cornish said. “No matter who is elected to the Michigan House of Representatives.” The district change is not unexpected, as the State of Michigan re-examines districts every 10 years and reassigns borders based SEE REDISTRICT, A3

GVSU surpasses WMU in enrollment BY KARA HAIGHT GVL STAFF WRITER

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With a record number of freshmen and international students on campus this year, Grand Valley State University is gaining ground on the other public universities in Michigan. Now, with enrollment reports being released by the other institutions, the Allendale-based university can see more

solidly where it ranks. And it can do so with pride. According to the GVSU Accountability Report 2011-2012, GVSU ranked sixth in the state for student enrollment last year, just 303 students behind Western Michigan University. This fall, GVSU surpassed WMU by a mere 56 students. “Total enrollment is one indicator of how students react to any institution and at Grand Valley we are delighted that the students we admit have chosen us,” said Matt McLogan, vice president of university relations. “Grand Valley admits only really bright students, really qualified students, and we are proud that they want a Grand Valley degree.” McLogan said GVSU has not been competing with the other institutions for higher enrollment, though. “We have just not focused on

any other institution,” he said, adding that the university leaders focus on bettering GVSU, not comparing it to other schools. McLogan said GVSU’s current state of growth is appropriate for the mission of the university and that more extreme growth rates may not suit the school at this time. The university has and will continue to focus on a small growth rate. “President Haas thinks the sort of natural enrollment rate for Grand Valley is around 25,000 students, which is a number that is tied to our facilities, to the number of faculty we have and to the size of our campuses,” he said. The total enrollment for this fall is 24,654 students, which GVSU News and Information Services reports as having “hit the target for the university’s strategic plan of quality and stability.” Although having a greater en-

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rollment number than WMU is certainly an accomplishment and helps GVSU move up in the ranks of public universities, XXXXXXx McLogan said other numbers may be even more important. Retention, graduation rates, and quality and performance ratings of incoming students help keep GVSU at the top of the pack among the strongest institutions in the state, he said. GVSU’s 2011-2012 rankings for the different categories can be found online at www.gvsu. edu/accountability/accountability-4.htm. The 2012-2013 report will be released later in the fall. news@lanthorn.com

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Candidate open forum for justice An open forum will take place Sept. 26 at Grand Valley State University. This forum, called “Restorative Justice,” will cover various justice issues, and will contain 11 candidates that are running for Kent County. This forum will start off with questions that will be geared towards legislators, sheriff and judicial. These questions will focus on the philosophical views of justice and punishment, juvenile justice, as well as former and upcoming legislation in regards to justice. At the end of the forum, questions will be directed toward the audience.

International students on the rise The amount of international students present on campus is steadily increasing. This number rose from 317 last year to now 369. Many international students emphasize that they like Grand Valley State University because of the top-notch quality academics and classes that are offered, as well as the opportunities that are presented. International students can gain experience in leadership, community service, and form a unique point of view in the career path that they decide to embark on.

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ith the Nov. 6 presidential election around the corner, Grand Valley State University is doing what it can to encourage students to get out and vote. Lupe Ramos-Montigny, chairperson on the committee to honor César Chávez and former Grand Valley graduate, visited GVSU in conjunction with the National Latino American Heritage Month to encourage students to educate themselves about the candidates and make a difference by voting. “The fact that we live in the United “Everyone’s vote is just as important as any other persons... You (students) are going to be the leaders of the U.S. in the future, that is a huge responsibility.” LUPE RAMOS-MONTIGNY CHAIRPERSON

States of America and in Grand Rapids, whether affiliated with a party or not, makes us politically involved in some way,” Ramos-Montigny said. “Do you see what a responsibility you have just by being born in the U.S.? You must exercise your responsibility to vote.” Ramos-Montigny said a lot of students don’t realize the importance of their vote, but explained that each vote is just as important as the next, even with how many votes are cast in the U.S. Having grown up in Texas, Ramos-Montigny came to Michigan as a migrant farm worker. It is because of these humble beginnings that she wants others to make a difference. “There are many who think that their vote doesn’t matter, that it’s too hard to go out and vote,” Ramos-Montigny said. “Everyone’s vote is just as important as any other persons... You (students) are going to be the leaders of the U.S. in the future, that is a huge responsibility.” Students were also encouraged to get involved with different boards and committees so their voice can

be heard. “With the increase in the population in the U.S. comes added responsibility for civil engagement,” RamosMontigny said. “We want people to get involved. To sit at the table and then sit at the head of the table.” Along with talking about voter participation, Ramos-Montigny encouraged the Latino population, which is the largest minority group in the U.S. with high population numbers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and California, to participate in the vote as well. Because of the high number of Latino Americans in the U.S., political parties are beginning to do different things to get the Hispanic vote. One example was at the recent political conventions when both parties had Latino speakers show their support. Carnelius Scott is a freshman at GVSU who attended Ramos-Montigny’s presentation. “I learned that voting is very important in the U.S,” Scott said. “A lot of people don’t use their right to vote even though it can make a difference.”

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Scott also thought that there are a lot of excuses to not vote but that shouldn’t stop people. “There are a lot of ways that you can RAMOS-MONTIGNY be held back from voting, so going out and finding these things are very important,” Scott said. As for Ramos-Montigny, she encouraged students to get out of their bubble and experience the world while also educating the older generation. “Don’t stay in your little world, expand your world and get involved,” Ramos-Montigny said. “You are going to be more global than I am because of all the people who are coming into the U.S.” For more information about multicultural events happening at GVSU, visit www.gvsu.edu/events. associate@lanthorn.com

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on population shifts, McLogan said. Districts in Michigan are divided so that each representative serves roughly the same amount of people. Areas with denser populations are split into smaller districts to ensure that each representative does not act on behalf of too many constituents. District changes are common, and seats can be moved regularly according to population influx. In the last redistricting, because of its decrease in population, Detroit lost a seat in the House, while Ot-

tawa County gained one, which McLogan explained is not that abnormal. “Some districts get bigger, some get smaller, and some disappear altogether,” McLogan said. For more information about the district changes, visit www.house.mi.gov/home_ redistricting.asp. khaight@lanthorn.com

“This year, we are hoping to break 3,000,000 rides,” Rambo said. Starting in 1996 with a mere few hundred rides to now in 2012 with almost 3,000,000, according to growth charts of ridership numbers, the Rapid has indeed grown rapidly. A contributing factor to this is the student body of GVSU. “Our student body understands and embraces sustainable transportation,” Rambo said. The university pushes to be environmentally friendly in every way possible, and that message has grown to affect and contribute to the success of the Rapid bus system. emilnikel@lanthorn.com

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

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If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

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Fighting the flu at GVSU By Rachel Cross GVL Assistant News

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anaging busy schedules while maintaining your health can be difficult to achieve as college students. The flu can come about when preventative measures are not practiced on a regular basis, so health officials are urging students to take precautionary measures to ensure a strong immune system and not spread the flu virus to other fellow students. Heather Rhodes, office manager at Metro Health in Allendale and on Grand Valley State University’s campus, said that getting flu shots are highly recommended among college-aged students. “College students are living in a small area with

new people that share such a small space,” Rhodes said. “A lot of college students get a lack of sleep and are not hydrated, so their immune systems can get low. When this happens, the more likely it is for a student to get the flu if they’re exposed it.” Rhodes added that if a student doesn’t decide to get the flu shot, other measures can be taken. This includes proper hand hygiene, to not share straws or chap stick, as well as to avoid touching any sort of entrance point on the body. Matthew Boyd, a doctor at Metro Health in Allendale said it’s also important for students to isolate themselves from people who are sick. “If you feel like you’re coming down with the flu, don’t go to class and get everyone else sick,” Boyd said. “Go

to the doctors and get yourself checked out. Do not spread the sickness to everyone.” Rhodes said that an individual doesn’t necessarily have to get a flu shot annually, but in the college environment it is strongly encouraged. In addition, she said that if you work in the health care field or with people who are sick, it is also important to get a flu shot. “Last year, we didn’t have a very big flu season, but it definitely varies from year to year,” Rhodes said. “Often times other illnesses can mimic the flu, such as mono.” The main flu months are considered to be January and February, and oftentimes the health care center has to bump the flu-shot order when it gets busier, Rhodes said. “We try to market the center

as much as possible to inform students on how to access our services,” Rhodes said. At the Health Care Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus, a flu shot costs $20-25 for students who don’t have insurance. In addition, the administration fee, which is a fee for the doctor injecting you, is $31. Rhodes said that selfpay patients, or students without insurance, qualify for a 40 percent discount at the center, which would make the shot only $12.60 plus the administration fee. Those who do have insurance, she added, are usually covered for flu shots. For more information on flu shots or for other health concerns, call the health care center directly at (616) 252-6030. assistantnews@lanthorn.com

College Republican, Democrat orgs encourage students to vote despite new Mich. legislature By Sarah Hillenbrand GVL Staff Writer

With the elections coming up in November, the Grand Valley State University College Republicans and College Democrats are figuring out how to plan events in accordance with the new interpretation of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. The latest interpretation of the MCFA puts new restraints on what the clubs can do during the elections. “ A s an organization, c l u b s c a n HAIGHT not use university resources to oppose or support a ballot initiative or candidate,” said Aaron Haight, assistant director of Student Life. In previous years, the campus clubs could promote or oppose a candidate, but this year, with the review of MCFA, the College Republicans and Democrats must remain neutral. “(The ruling) changed it so that public bodies can’t make contributions or endorse people,” said Kyle

McMillen, president of the College Democrats. Both clubs have been talking with the university and other officials to clarify what the law says about what the clubs are allowed to do. “We can’t campaign for a candidate,” said Eric Bassett, president of College Republicans. “We’ve been talking with the secretary of state to find out what the law really says.” While both have to change some things they do as a club, the groups are focusing more on educating students rather than campaigning for a candidate. The College Democrats are focusing on getting more students registered to vote in the upcoming elections. They plan on hosting more voter registration drives and having more candidates come in to say what they stand for. “It changed some things that we do, because we can’t have speakers come in and campaign for themselves or volunteer on campaigns as a group, but we can educate them on how much goes into planning a campaign and how they are involved with the issues,” McMillen said. “It’s not really affecting a whole lot of what we do.”

The College Republicans are also planning to host similar activities, including educating students about how to get an absentee ballot and hosting watch parties, which the College Democrats also do. “Previously, it was easy just to say, ‘Here’s the Republican candidate and why we like him or her,’ but now we need to find the best way to operate to be within legal reason,” Bassett said. Along with educating students, Bassett said they are trying to get more people to join the club. “We’ve been trying to recruit members to help our cause and to know more about the Republican Party,” he said. However, both clubs are mainly focused on getting students voting and educated on the issues. “We want people to at least get registered to vote regardless of who you vote for,” McMillen said. “A lot of people don’t vote, and you might not think it makes a difference, but it does.” Bassett agreed. “We’re encouraging everyone to research the issues and candidates,” Bassett said. “Vote this November and be educated.” shillenbrand @lanthorn.com

“We want people to at least get registered to vote regardless of who you vote for. A lot of people don’t vote, and you might not think it makes a difference, but it does.” KYLE MCMILLEN

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HAVE HEART L ast week, College Measures, a partnership of the American Institutes for Research and the consulting firm Matrix Knowledge, released a report that aims to shed some light on the darkest corners of higher education: is your degree worth it? With every year the U.S. job market still shakes and shudders toward recovery following the crushing economic downturn, the value of having a college degree in a post-grad world has been routinely questioned by educators, politicians, pop culture icons and most desperately, the students carrying the burden of astronomical loan debt on their shoulders after graduation. While some analysts praised the report for using hard facts on education and employment to produce “revealing insights,” some look at

With the emphasis on the value of a college degree shifting toward post-grad payoff, remember why you came to GVSU

the numbers as an ominous symbol of the changing times, and the place of Higher Education in today’s society, especially liberal arts institutions. So, here at Grand Valley State University, we’re on the bum end of all of this social science. As a liberal arts institution, GVSU operates under the notion that having a strong liberal arts foundation, as stated on their website, benefits students by “fostering critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding.” And though GVSU is not shy about highlighting the economic relevance and post-grad success rates of our engineering, nursing and business programs, we pride ourselves first and foremost on our liberal education. The idea on our campus is that college education is not only a gateway

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to economic prosperity, but as a lens to look through that broadens horizons and challenges students to make connections within the big picture – and that’s what it should be. Of course, there is that reality of life in the information age. Especially in the field of journalism, we rely on numbers to tell us what’s working and what’s not working. So, information optimists are looking at this data set as a way to cater education to societal demands, which largely lies in reinforcing the job market. And while the idea that colleges should begin to cater to programs that turn the most profit after graduation makes sense, it only makes sense if you think of college as a business. This emphasis on “what college is worth” signifies a dangerous trajectory in higher

education. This only works to further the emerging school of thought that college is not to be seen as an experience that puts you in both a financial and mental position to handle the big, bad real world, but rather as nothing more than a transaction between a business and their target consumers. As students on the cusp of this paradigm shift, in some ways, we control the outcome. That’s not to say students shouldn’t be present of mind when deciding their major, and where that might put them after they walk across the stage at commencement – having one foot in reality is crucial – but it doesn’t mean that knowledge for knowledge’s sake is foolish. Having a heart for what you do might not make you a titan of industry, but the payoff? That’s priceless.

COURTESY CARTOON I KING FEATURES

What political issues will influence your vote in the upcoming elections? “Sympathy, mostly. I’m voting for Romney because, well, someone has to.”

JULIA BLOK

Junior, english Grand Rapids, Mich.

“The unemployment rates and the healthcare plan. Also, whether or not we will be bringing home all the troops from the Middle East.”

jessica utter

Sophomore, communications Fowlerville, Mich.

“Economic standing of the United States and the politicians ability to keep it stable and interconnected with the world.”

A mostly satirical look at taking elections seriously

Kelsey Liebenow

Sophomore, communications Cheboygan, Mich.

“Their education standpoint is huge to me – Education is the future as it has been the past.”

Marissa brinks

Senior. marketing and public relations Litchfield, Mich.

“Most recently it has come to my attention the new reforms that Obama has made to welfare. I was in shock when I discovered that people could receive welfare if there were getting massages or quitting smoking. I think this is something to think about! Is this really what America is all about?”

BY KEVIN VANANTWERPEN GVL COLUMNIST

Are you sick of all those pesky political Facebook updates? Me too. Let’s face it. Only people who wear wire-rim glasses and suffer from severe acne think about something as boring as politics. It’s not like our lives will ever change because of an election. Real people have better things to do with our time. Among them are: • Not thinking about politics

• Reading books with pictures • Counting numbers on fingers • Ordering off Taco Bell’s new Fresco menu, because man, that stuff is gourmet cuisine. So for all of you likeminded individuals out there, I’ve created a helpful how-to-vote guide. You see, we’re a different breed. We’re not concerned with things like mathematics, social issues, or ethical boundaries. Here are the important issues: Independence is Sweet, Bro: Look, having a government that’s accountable to the people is a sweet idea

and all, but it’s also a total bummer. We’re busy enough with our schedules. Barrack Obama is always trying to convince me he’s got the right ideas by making me do math to check his work. I’m not voting for a dude just so I can do his math problems for him. I don’t even want to think about it. Do the thinking for me, bro. Mitt Romney doesn’t bore me with all of the details – he just says things like “We won’t back down” and “We will make the right decisions.” That’s all the complexity I want in a voter. He totally wins this one too. The Hottest Candidate: If you’re a chick, you’re

gonna choose the hottest dude … because obviously, a chick isn’t gonna be president. You’re lucky you can vote at this point. If you’re a dude, you’re gonna vote for the hottest dude. The President of the United States represents American guys to foreign chicks all over the world. You’ll have an easier time with them if they have a thing for your dear leader. Mitt Romney looks like a rectangular Count Chocula, so I have to go with Barack Obama on this one. kvanantwerpen @lanthorn.com

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Freshman, radiation therapy Holland, Mich.

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GVL OPINION POLICY The ultimate goal of the Grand Valley Lanthorn opinion page is to stimulate discussion and action on topics of interest to the Grand Valley Community. Student opinions do not reflect those of the Grand Valley Lanthorn. The Grand Valley Lanthorn welcomes reader viewpoints and offers three vehicles of expression for reader opinions: letters to the editor, guest columns and phone responses. Letters must include the author’s name and be accompanied by current picture identification if dropped off in person. Letters will be checked by an employee of the Grand Valley Lanthorn.

Letters appear as space permits each issue. The limit for letter length is one page, single spaced. The editor reserves the right to edit and condense letters and columns for length restrictions and clarity. All letters must be typed. The Grand Valley Lanthorn will not be held responsible for errors that appear in print as a result of transcribing handwritten letters or e-mail typographic errors. The name of the author may be withheld for compelling reasons. The content, information and views expressed are not approved by nor necessarily represent those of the university, its Board of Trustees, officers, faculty and staff.

BY GARRICK SEE GVL COLUMNIST

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.” – Alexander Pope Most of us go through these moments that truly hurt us deep inside. We cry, we weep, we long, and we remember. Almost all of these moments involve human relationships that were once indestructible but are now painful memories. The loss of someone dear, the break-up between

couples, the betrayal of someone we once thought we knew and loved. Why do we put so much faith and trust in human connections when we know that it won’t last forever? Because it feels great to be acknowledged, that’s why. But what if we could one day just wake up and forget those painful memories? Completely erase them from our brains and never have to relive them again. There’s a movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” which revolves around a guy going through a procedure of erasing the memory of a girl and this got me thinking; everyone in the world would be much happier if such a procedure exists. We walk through our hallways and we often see a certain someone that we wished we didn’t know but feel obligated to. If only

there’s a way that I can see him/her in another light so that we could start fresh, or even not know each other at all. Memory is something we have no control over except that it slowly fades away as we get older. This procedure would take it one step further by letting you choose the memories that you don’t want to keep and the rest will be taken care of. Granted, I wouldn’t know where to begin thinking of how this would work firsthand. Maybe they’d shock you with some mild electricity or use some sort of helmet-ish device. All I know is this kind of service won’t be too cheap due to its significance. Think of all the big day disappointments you could leave behind, Valentine’s Day memories, Thanksgiving, New Year’s or just

a normal day itself. Anything that a human being did to you could be forgotten and you will always wake up smiling and with full of hope. I know I have some skeletons in my closet I wouldn’t mind taking care of. Not to sound like a drag, but I have had a lot of disappointing memories in my lifetime. They’re mostly about relationships though, as most of the problems in life are. So the big question is, what would you do if such an opportunity would fall on your lap? I’m not asking you to give up human connections altogether, I’m just saying that if such a thing exists, would you ever do it? Now, if I can only find a way to erase that Gangnam thing from my memory. gsee@lanthorn.com


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SHORTS GVSU to host Girls in Sports Day for GRPS Teaming with the Grand Valley State University Women’s Center and the movement science department, the GVSU athletic department will host Grand Rapids Public School students to learn more about sports on Saturday. The kids, 186 of them ranging from sixth to eighth grade, will be able to work with Assistant VP for Academic Affairs Nancy Giardina, head women’s basketball coach Janel Burgess and players Alex Stelfox, Lauren Stodola and Kellie Watson on physical health and involvement in sports. Along with an array of 40-minute sporting activities, the movement science department will provide clinics on creating role models and making a healthy image of athletic role models for the participants.

Williams named GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week After a performance that saw him force a fumble, intercept a pass and return a kick 83 yards for a touchdown this weekend against Ohio Dominican University, Grand Valley State University junior cornerback Reggie Williams has been honored as the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. The junior has been an important part of the GVSU secondary and return teams this season. He’s the first player in program history to ever return a kick and punt — which he took 90 yards to the house in the Lakers’ seasonopening win over Western Oregon University. Williams and the Lakers will return to action this Saturday when they take on Michigan Technological University.

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SCHEDULE M. TENNIS Friday at ITA Regional Championships, 8 a.m. Saturday at ITA Regional Championships, 8 a.m. Sunday at ITA Regional Championships, 8 a.m.

W. TENNIS Friday at Saginaw Valley State, 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Superior State, 10 a.m. Sunday at Michigan Tech, 10 a.m.

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Howlin’inHoughton Lakers look to remain undefeated and contain big plays versus Michigan Tech

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Headed north: Head coach Matt Mitchell addresses his players during a recent game. The Lakers, who have started the season 4-0 will travel to Michigan Tech. BY Brady Fredericksen GVL Sports Editor

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he idea of the process versus the product was one of the main ingredients of discussion following the Grand Valley State University football team’s 46-41 victory over Ohio Dominican University last week. The offensive product, 39 points scored by the GVSU offense and a game-winning touchdown with 1:16 remaining, was the good. But that process, being held to just six points in the fourth quarter, was just enough to hold off Ohio Dominican. As head coach Matt Mitchell said this week, the defensive product wasn’t good, but the process is still getting better — despite the fact that Ohio Dominican piled up 260 yards on just five plays.

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M. CROSS COUNTRY Saturday at Greater Louisville Classic, noon

with their running game. Through three games, the Huskies are running the ball just over 50 times a game, and through three games the biggest weakness of the GVSU defense has been keeping running backs from breaking long runs. “It comes down to the whole defense, we all gotta make plays,” said junior corner back Reggie Williams, who was named the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. “As far as me, I’m kind of a vocal guy on our defense and some of the guys look to me to make plays and be vocal. It’s important for all of us to come out and make plays week in and week out.” Williams, who forced two turnovers in last week’s game, has led the defensive charge for GVSU. That defense will be playing this

week with some new faces. Sophomore defensive end Matt Judon will miss the contest with a knee injury, and junior Denzel Rodgers will step in on the left side of the line. Rodgers has been GVSU’s most consistent pass rusher this season with 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries, and will be part of the effort trying to force Scarlett into bad plays. “(Scarlett) is throwing the ball well, you can tell he’s a lot more confidence in their scheme,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think there’s any question, this is going to be the most balanced and best offense we’ve faced to date, top to bottom.” For all the struggles the defense has seen this season, sophomore quarterback Isiah Grimes and the offense will have a new speed bump this week. The Lakers

lost starting running back Chris Robinson to a seasonending ACL tear last week, so the once-deep position is now left with sophomore Michael Ratay and freshman Kirk Spencer as guys who have seen significant playing time this season. “I think we have to establish the run early, get them running, get them on their heels a little bit and try to keep them off Isiah (Grimes),” said senior guard Tim Lelito. “At the same time, we have to be very physical up front. They’re a physical team up front, and we have to be just as physical, if not more physical, as they are.” GVSU will look for their first GLIAC North victory of the season on Saturday in Houghton, Mich. Fans can hear the action on ESPN 96.1 FM. sports@lanthorn.com

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With a trip to Michigan Technological University on tap this weekend, the goal of the entire team is to continue that improvement. “We’re getting better, I think we’re closer, but obviously there’s some big plays that kind of cost us,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got a tough challenge coming up here, heading up to Michigan Tech, they’ve been playing some good football and I’m very impressed with Tyler Scarlett.” The team has seen improvements on both sides of the ball in recent games, but they’ll need to continue that improvement against the Scarlett-led Michigan Tech offense. Last season’s GLIAC Freshman of the Year, Scarlett leads an offense that isn’t going to beat you with big plays, but rather, one that will wear you down

KIRK SPENCER

RUNNING BACK

Two weeks ago, the

One start in, one victory

At 6-foot-5 and 255lbs,

sophomore was a nice

for

sophomore.

Rodgers is the proto-

change-of-pace

back

Grimes wasn’t the most

typical defensive end,

playing behind Michael

efficient last week, but

and with sophomore

Ratay and Chris Rob-

he did throw for over

Matt Judon out with a

inson. Now, with both

300 yards and found

knee injury, he will be

backs ahead of him

a way to fight through

leaned on to disrupt

dinged up, Spencer will

the pouring rain to lead

Michigan Tech quar-

have to shoulder a larg-

GVSU to a game-win-

terback Tyler Scarlett

er load. Look for him to be a factor running and catching passes out of the flats with Robinson

ISIAH GRIMES

QUARTERBACK

out for the season.

the

ning touchdown. He’ll need to avoid turnovers (two interceptions last week) to be successful on Saturday.

DENZEL RODGERS

RUNNING BACK

on Saturday. Rodgers leads

the

quarterback

team

in

hurries

with three to go with 1.5 sacks.

SOCCER Friday at Malone, 4 p.m. Sunday at Walsh, 1 p.m.

The sophomore is the

One of the main re-

Michigan Tech is go-

leader of the Michigan

turners on defense

ing to bring pressure

Tech offense and will be

from last year, Russek

and they’re going to

FOOTBALL

the top priority for the

serves as the Huskies

do it from a num-

Saturday at Michigan Tech, 6 p.m.

GVSU defense. Scar-

presence in the mid-

ber of spots. Per-

lett’s ability to throw

dle. The junior leads

rault has two sacks

outside the pocket, an

the team in tackles

on the season, and

improvement Mitchell

for loss with 4.5 and

the

noted this week, will be

has added two sacks

two tackles for loss

W. GOLF Saturday at Gilda’s Club Fall Invite, all day Sunday at Gilda’s Club Fall Invite, all day

M. GOLF Sunday at Great Lakers Region Fall Invite, all day

VOLLEYBALL Friday at Ohio Dominican, 7 p.m. Saturday at Tiffin, 2 p.m.

TYLER SCARLETT QUARTERBACK

important to stop. Even without defensive end Matt Judon, GVSU will need to pressure Scarlett into mistakes.

DAVID RUSSEK

DEFENSIVETACKLE

“WE’RE GOING STREAKING”

as well. Containing Russek will be of importance for GVSU to have success on the ground.

DAN PERRAULT LINEBACKER

sophomore’s

and a forced fumble this season provide the Huskies with a disruptive rusher at linebacker.

INSIDE THE OPPONENT

GVSU’s numbers in their current 11-game winning streak Points Scored: Points Allowed: Penalties: Turnovers For: Turnovers Against:

49.4 19.6 13 20 (5 TDs) 8 (0 TDs)

Head Coach Record Offense Defense Points Forced Points Allowed

Tom Kearly 3-0 (3-0 GLIAC) Pro Set 4-2 38.7 10.7


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Bumps in the road

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Singled Out: Morgan Patterson returns a shot at the net during a match this season. The team battled Wayne State but struggled to finish the singles matches to eventually lose 5-4.

Early lose could effect seeding in postseason play BY TATE BAKER GVL STAFF WRITER

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he Grand Valley State University women’s tennis team got off to a rocky start Tuesday as they were down to Wayne State University, 5-4. “This is an eye opener for us,” said head coach John Black. “We started out strong by winning two of the three doubles matches, but our singles just couldn’t win the close ones.” The Lakers are now somewhat backed up against the wall, as another conference loss from here on out could cost them not only a shot at the conference regular season title, but also a favorable seed in the GLIAC tournament. “We may have been overconfident coming into (Tuesday’s) match,” Black said. “Any more losses could result in a bad seed at conference, it’s going to force us to work even hard-

er in practice.” Morgan Karney shined as a bright spot for the Lakers as she won her doubles match with teammate Niki Shipman 8-1, and also her singles match 6-2, 6-2. “Morgan came to play today,” Black said. “She’s capable of doing that every time out, it didn’t really surprise me.” The Lakers have a big road trip ahead of them this upcoming weekend when they play at Saginaw Valley State University, Lake Superior State University, and Michigan Technological University — all in a three-day period. “We really just need to put this past performance behind us,” said junior Niki Shipman. “As long as we take into consideration what happened tonight, and focus on what we need to improve on then we should be fine.” Despite the early conference loss, the Lakers can

build off of their doubles success, which was a goal for the tennis team. “Its good to see that we already have confidence in our doubles,” said sophomore Leah Dancz. “If we can build off of that, I can see all of the pieces come together for us.” With the success seen nu Black and the team in past years, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they regain momentum this weekend as they face a couple of GLIAC foes. “We just have to stay mentally tough,” Dancz said. “I’m confident we can learn from this and continue to improve.” The Lakers have a long road ahead early into the GLIAC season, and their weekend trip begins with a match up against rival Saginaw Valley State on Friday at 2 p.m. tbaker@lanthorn

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SPIKED: Eno Umoh bumps a spikes during a game against Ferris State University. The Lakers fought to a five-set loss against the No. 22 ranked Bulldogs to snap the Laker’s eight-game home winning streak. Umoh finished the match with 11 kills and 22 total attacks.

Big dog, bigger bite Errors doom Lakers versus rival Bulldogs BY ZACH SEPANIK GVL STAFF WRITER

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eading into Tuesday night’s contest against No. 22 Ferris State University, the Grand Valley State University volleyball team was riding an eight-match home win streak dating back to last season. Five sets later, that streak was snapped to the same team that last defeated the Lakers in Fieldhouse Arena.

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“Coming into games like this we have to come out swinging,” said junior middle blocker Abby Ebels, who contributed 13 kills and four blocks in the match. “It’s Ferris. They are aggressive when they play and we had to be just as aggressive.” It was an energetic, high intensity match between the two rivals with the Bulldogs coming out on top 21-25, 2520, 25-20, 23-25, and 15-13. A couple banged up Lakers, sophomore libero Christina Canepa and senior middle blocker Eno Umoh, returned from short absences to give GVSU a spark. On the stat sheet, GVSU (9-4 overall, 2-3 GLIAC) outperformed FSU across the board. They tallied 69 kills compared to 57, 62 assists against 55 and 87 digs versus 84. What the match really came down to was errors and the Lakers led in that category as well, 33-16. “I felt like we could play with them but what we did that they didn’t do was make errors, we had way too many,” said head coach Deanne Scanlon. “We basically gave them 33 points and they didn’t have to do anything. Hopefully this is something we can grow on. The next step that they have to take for us to be a really good team is they have to become consistent.” Tied at 12 in the opening set, GVSU put together a 7-4 run capped off by consecutive combined blocks from Ebels and sophomore setter Clair Ruhenkamp. The team’s .333 hitting percentage was their best of the match and helped them to an early advantage. In the second set, the Bulldogs jumped out to a big lead. The Lakers used a strong defensive effort to climb back and tie it at 11. However, five consecutive points from FSU put it out of reach. FSU continued their strong play in the third set with a 14-8 run after the score was tied at five. Despite getting it back to 24-

20, the Laker’s hopes were dashed by a kill from senior middle hitter Anne Sutton to end the set. “It was important to stay positive and make sure that we were keeping our errors to minimum,” Canepa said, who had a match-high and career-high 28 digs. “We were all sick of losing, so we all came together.” After two strong sets, FSU looked to put the match away in the fourth, but GVSU would have no part of it. The Bulldogs held 2220 before a kill from Umoh and back-to-back putaways from freshman outside hitter Betsy Ronda shifted the lead back to the Lakers. FSU tied it again at 23 but consecutive kills from Umoh and sophomore outside hitter Abby Aiken forced a deciding fifth set. The Lakers were down to match point at 14-10 in the finale, but consecutive kills from Ronda, followed by an FSU service error made it a one-point game. The last exchange saw Ronda’s shot blocked by a pair of Bulldogs and with the ball falling right back to her, Ronda went for the kill but sent it a bit long, ending the comeback. “They never quit,” Scanlon said. “I think they feel like they can always win. They are always going hard, and it is much easier to pull them back and reel them in versus always trying to light a fire under them.” For Umoh, her two blocks in the match moved her within one of eighth place on the GVSU all-time total blocks list. Meanwhile, Ruhenkamp added 55 assists and Ronda chipped in another doubledouble with 20 digs and a team-high 18 kills. The Lakers will face their next two opponents in Ohio when they take on Ohio Dominican University tomorrow and Tiffin University on Saturday. zsepanik@lanthorn.com


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Finishing Strong G O L F

Lakers overcome slow start in South Haven Fall Event

BYjudson rodriguez GVL staff writer

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he Grand Valley State University men’s golf team showed vast improvement from Sunday’s round to close out the tournament in third place at GLIAC Fall Event in South Haven on Monday. The Lakers shrugged off a tough round Saturday to turn in solid performances Monday. “Sunday we didn’t play up to our expectations, and if you ask any of the guys, I think they’ll tell you the same thing,” said head coach Don Underwood. Chris Cunningham came in seventh overall for GVSU with two rounds of 74 (+2) finishing with a total score of 148 and (+4) for the tournament. Sophomore Jack Rider turned in an even par 72 on Monday to place 11th for the Lakers. His second round was GVSU’s lowest score for the event. “Nobody has played spectacular yet but the guys have been working hard and they played solid,” Underwood said. GVSU’s jump in the standings from ninth to third came on a day when most teams were having trouble. “The wind was blowing quite hard,” Underwood said. “It was a much harder day on Monday and that’s when you have to make good decisions.” Underwood said that the team talks about how to address adverse conditions on the course. “On days like that you have to just take a little off the ball, because if you try to hit a hard shot it’s going to be trouble,” Underwood said. Junior Joel Siegel placed 32nd for GVSU

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Lined-up: Chris Cunningham lines up a putt in a recent match. Cunningham finished seventh overall with two rounds of 74 to finish four over par.

with a score of 154. Siegel battled through a tough opening day to shave six strokes off of his round from Sunday. “I got off to a really rough start,” Siegel said. “It was two shots that cost me five or six strokes.” The Lakers hope that their momentum will carry into the weekend in Wisconsin, where they will be playing in the Great Lakes Region Fall Invitational at Brightondale. This will be the first trip to Brightondale

for the Lakers. “We have a practice round on Saturday so we can walk the course then,” Underwood said. “But there are 36 holes that we’ll be playing and we won’t have a chance to go over the whole course.” GLIAC Fall Event winner Wayne State University will join GVSU in Wisconsin this weekend, along with rival Ferris State. “We need to come out strong and focused and be prepared to play the first round,” Siegel said. “We can’t wait to wake up (and) try

to climb back into it like we did this weekend.” GVSU will need a good start and will need to keep that play up to come out on top this weekend. “This is going to be a real test for our guys,” Underwood said. “There are going to be some good teams and we need to show up.” rodriguezj@lanthorn.com

THE COMPETITOR

Sophomore Hartigan leads women’s golf

For some incoming athletes, there may be a learning curve at the collegiate level. Not for women’s golfer sophomore Kelly Hartigan. Hartigan has been a bright spot on the Grand Valley State University women’s golf team since her freshman year. In her first year at GVSU, Hartigan was named the GLIAC Freshman of the Year and was also named to the GLIAC AllConference first team. She recorded 10 top-25 finishes, including six in the top-10. Hartigan was the top GVSU finisher at the NCAA Division II East Regional, shooting a 223 (7), which was good for third place. “She’s been a phenomenal addition to our team,” said head coach Rebecca Mailloux. “She’s a tremendous athlete. She loves to compete and excels under pressure, obviously something every coach would love to have on their team.” This fall, Hartigan recorded her first win of her career at the Concordia Invite. She shot

BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL STAFF WRITER

a two-round score of 149 (5), to win by one stroke. “My first tournament win felt great,” Hartigan said. “Winning the first one was a good motivation factor to keep me practicing and keep getting better and better. I practice almost any time that I have downtime and getting a reward out of it is obviously really good.” Coach Mailloux has been impressed with Hartigan’s ability to make an immediate impact and maintain her composure. Hartigan is currently ranked No. 72 individual golfer in Division II by Golf Stat. “It’s a true testament to the positions that she’s put herself in, prior to coming to college,” she said. “She has been in those pressure situations before and excelled under them. It’s a true testament to her ability to perform under pressure and nothing really shakes or rattles her.” One thing that sets Hartigan apart is her competitive nature. Her competitiveness and work ethic has helped her towards the

success she’s had. “A lot of that comes from her dad,” Mailloux said. “Her dad has been her main instructor basically all her life, and he was a good amateur golfer and she’s learned a lot from him. Back home she plays with the guys a lot and I think that’s where her competitive nature comes from.” When Hartigan is on the golf course, she is locked in. Her focus and attention to detail is vital to her golf game. “When I’m on the course I don’t really like to talk that much,” Hartigan said. “I like to focus just on golf and golf only. If I get off focused, then I lose focus on the golf course like by talking to other people.” The last two tournaments of the fall season for Hartigan and the rest of the GVSU women’s golf team is the Gilda’s Club Laker Fall Invite and the Bing-Beall Classic. For Hartigan, she is looking to score well and carry the momentum into the spring season. “I hope to put up a couple good numbers

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Ready for success: Sophomore Kelly Hartigan has lead the lady Laker’s as they prepare for spring action.

for these end of the fall tournaments and hopefully start off well in the spring and qualify for nationals again and win another tournament,” she said. “My goal is to win at least two tournaments this year.” bderouin@lanthorn.com

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Women’s club rugby set to extend strong start against Bowling Green BY EVAN MCMILLIN GVL STAFF WRITER

The Grand Valley State University women’s rugby club is starting off the season in rather dominating fashion. Led by head coach Bob Richthammer, the Lakers are in a great position to take advantage of their talents and make some noise this upcoming season. GVSU started the season off Sept. 15 by crushing the Central Michigan club team, 130-0, taking advantage of their speed and tight, clean play by their flankers and wings in the victory. “We have one of the fastest teams in the country, and that’s talking about Division I and Division II rugby,” Richthammer said. “That just comes with the way we recruit. We have a young team and they all love to run, they keep the scoreboard out of their minds and just play their game.” If you spend more than five minutes near the team, you can

easily tell they don’t take the phrase “we’re a family” lightly at all; in fact, that’s one of the team’s greatest strengths. While their opponents are trying to work on team chemistry issues, the Lakers are a tightknit group that already have solid team chemistry, enabling them to be able to work on their on-the-field issues and to progress their skills further. “Everybody’s goal is to win and have fun doing so, and we love working with each other to go about reaching those goals,” said sophomore Caity Kiraly. “Everyone works really well together, which makes things run very smoothly. And it doesn’t hurt that we have great coaches who put in just as much hard work as we do.” The Lakers have some tough competition coming up, however, having to head to Bowling Green to play Bowling Green State University Sept. 30. Playing a larger school is nothing new to the

Lakers, but traveling to a bigger school, on the road, presents challenges. The Falcons should give the Lakers a very competitive game this weekend as they come in on a hot streak. “Throw out the records for this game,” Richthammer said. “It’s going to be a dogfight no matter what. There’s no love lost between these two teams.” Adding to this, senior Emma Pesci said, “From what I know they’ve always been tough competition… They forfeited their game against us last year, so we’re not as familiar as we could be. But it should be a good game.” The team is currently running a can drive to raise money for updated equipment and to help with some of the costs of being a club team. If you are interested in helping the team out, you can contact Richthammer at richthb@gvsu.edu for more information. sports@lanthorn.com

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a classic villain takes a

modern stage

Shakespeare Festival kicks off with play ‘Richard III’ said. “(My) favorite part has been working with the equity actor, Brian Russell, and our community actors, rand Valley State Heather Hartnett and Scott University’s annual Wright.” Shakespeare FestiLibman said the profesval kicks off tomorrow with sional actors worked as realthe theater department’s life advisers for students production of “Richard III.” who want to continue in theAs one of Shakespeare’s ater as a career. more popular plays, the usu“It is a really nice thing ally more serious production because we cast professionis a change from the comal actors to play alongside edies that the theater has put with students, so they are on over the past few years, mentors with the students to said director Karen Libman. find out what it is like to be a “Richard III is one of professional actor…our stuShakespeare’s greatest vildents and audience get the lains,” Libman said. “(He) benefit of the professional is just a wonderful person actor,” Libman said. to watch to see what he goes The cast has put a lot of through and what he does.” their time into rehearsing for Senior Bridgett Vanderthe production – even giving hoof portrays Lady Rivers up weekends. in the play and said “Weekend reGVSU’s perforhearsals are never mance has been simmy favorite thing, plified for audiences. “The way he is dispatching but they pay off “The show is easy the killing...it is like a in performance,” to understand, and tongue and cheek horror Vanderhoof said. also very funny for The performovie. It is so outrageous how dark the events mances are open are that take place that you have to laugh.” to the public and within it,” Vanderhoof said. KAREN LIBMAN the GVSU comAlong Louis Armstrong DIRECTOR munity. with the regular Theatre house manshow times, the ager Jack Lane said theater department the story is about Richard III’s quest for the grows dull as it is different will be hosting special perthrone and how he needs to every performance, and the formances for several local remove the legitimate suc- impact stays with people for secondary schools Oct. 2-4 a lifetime,” Lane said. at 10 a.m. cessors. The cast of GVSU stu“Richard III” opens to“It’s really a story about the quest for power and the dents, faculty and staff have morrow and runs through obstacles he had to remove worked for over a year to Oct. 7. Evening performancprepare the production, but es begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. along the way,” Lane said. The political power the performance is not only 28 and 29, and Oct. 4-6. The struggle storyline fits per- GVSU students. Libman three matinees are at 2 p.m. fectly with the current elec- brought in professional ac- Sept. 30, and Oct. 6 and 7. tors to partner with the cast Tickets are $14 for adults, tion season, Libman said. “I think the people are to create a more memorable $12 for seniors, alumni, faculty and staff, and $6 for really going to like it,” Lib- production. “The preparation began, students. man said. “It is really approFollowing tomorrow priate for being produced actually, way back about a right now because we are in year ago to decide which night’s opener, the public is the middle of an election … Shakespeare play to pro- invited to a reception that is I think it is going to resonate duce, but rehearsals began free and will include a cash with the people right now, back in mid-August,” Lane bar. For more information with the problems in the said. Vanderhoof said working about the production, or election and government. Not much has changed in with the professional actors other Shakespeare Festival taught her a lot about the events including a Bard to 500 years.” Go performance, the RenisTo relate the play to a field. “They have shared acting sance faire and a pre-show more modern crowd, the setting as been taken from tips, but more importantly discussion Sept. 28 at 6:45 past England, to be set “in they have taught me the lev- p.m., go to www.gvsu.edu/ an inner city Detroit apoca- el of professionalism and re- shakes. spendowski lypse kind of thing,” Lib- spect that is required in the theatre world,” Vanderhoof man said. @lanthorn.com BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI GVL STAFF WRITER

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Places!: Veteran Actors’ Equity Union actor Brandon Webb stars as Oberon in GVSU’s production of Richard III. The play, which opens on September 27, will run through October 7.

The play is dark; however, Libman assures that the audience will have some laughs, too. “It is a very funny play,” Libman said. “The way he is dispatching the killing…it is like a tongue and cheek horror movie. It is so outrageous that you have to laugh.” She said a lot of the laughing will be out of an “‘Oh no he didn’t’ kind of way.” Lane added that audiences will enjoy the performance. Shakespeare continues to be one of the most read English writers and his performances will never be dull, Lane said. “…The staging and acting for live theatre never

Theater student takes the stage for lead role in ‘Richard III’ BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI GVL STAFF WRITER

“Richard III” debuts tomorrow as part of Grand Valley State University’s 19th annual Shakespeare Festival with several female lead roles, including one by senior Lauren Masud, who portrays the character Lady Anne. Masud began acting at eight years old, and stepped into the spotlight for the first time as a fairy in Cinderella. “I love acting because it offers an escape from the everyday dulls for the audience and me,” Masud said. “I never grew out of playing make believe.” She is a veteran of the Shakespeare Festival at GVSU, but this is her first lead role in one of the productions. “Auditions are always quite nerve racking, but I was prepared and excited to be there,” Masud said. “I gave it my best, and made the judges laugh, which is always a great thing.” When she received her part, she said was beyond ecstatic. “This has been something I have wanted, and worked toward for a long time,” she said. To help prepare for her role, Masud read other texts along with the script for research and discovered things about the part, which have helped her onstage. “Richard III” is one of Shakespeare’s dark plays, but a popular production. Masud said the audience can relate to the play because,

“everyone deals with heartache on some level and the sometimes terrible decisions that are made during those times.” She relates well to her character, and said she thinks audiences will, too. “She makes mistakes – although her mistakes are a lot more detrimental than most of mine, she is still portrayed with that human trait that some characters do not possess,” Masud said. “This role has been the highlight of my career. I am so thankful and excited to be a part of this production.” She said working with the other cast members has been an unforgettable experience, and one that has helped her make a group of very diverse friends. For the festival, director Karen Libman brought in professional actors to perform side-by-side with the students, who have served as mentors. “I plan on continuing my career in advertising in public relations, along with theater,” Masud said. “I will never stop acting. I get withdrawals if I do not.” She encourages people to come and watch the show, and hopes people realize how much work has gone into the production. “Richard III” opens tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. Tickets can be purchased at the box office inside the Performing Arts Center or online at www.startickets.com. “I love being able to act with

so many of my closest friends and such talented, professional actors as well,” Masud said. “The hard-

est part is always after the last performance. It is surprising how hard it can be to say goodbye to a

production.” spendowski@lanthorn.com

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Action: Lauren Masud performs during the dress rehearsal of “Richard III.“ Masud, who has been acting since she was eight years old, is looking forward to playing the lead because it allows her to ‘escape from the everyday dulls.‘


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Abroad: Four of the 24 total photographs featured in the Red Wall Gallery exhibit, all celebrating GVSU’s 25-year partnership with Kingston University in London.

Photography from London with love BY STACY SABAITIS GVL STAFF WRITER

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he Red Wall Gallery inside Lake Ontario Hall on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus is now displaying new photography, which highlights the school’s foreign exchange program with Kingston University in London. “Our aim is to highlight the 25th anniversary of the KingstonGVSU exchange program,” said Rebecca Hambleton, director of study abroad and international partnerships at GVSU. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the GVSU community a glimpse of what our students are experiencing when they study on the Kingston

exchange program.” The gallery features 26 photographs taken by students and staff who have studied in the program over the past few years. The photos show their travels to Kingston and the area surrounding London. While the university offers many study abroad programs, the Kingston-GVSU exchange program takes in the most students each year, Hambleton said. “This program is very compatible from a curricular standpoint and has been an outstanding place for students to study,” Hambleton said. The study abroad program began in 1986 and is still available for students and staff to enroll. “This is a very important partner-

ship for GVSU,” Hambleton said. “I have personally enjoyed working with so many wonderful colleagues from Kingston and GVSU over the years.” GVSU sophomore Hannah Wallaker said the photographs sparked her interest in the exchange program. “I’m totally jealous that they got to go there,” Wallaker said. “It’s a great place obviously, and there’s so much to see. It’s definitely something I wish I could do, for sure.” Hambleton said the program is having a large impact on GVSU students, which is why the schools continue their relationship. “The stories we hear when students return help you understand just how important these opportunities are in shaping a person’s life forever,” Ham-

bleton said. Wallaker said that people should go to the gallery to find out more about GVSU’s study abroad program. “I don’t think a lot of people know about it,” Wallaker said. “It would be good for people to just take a look and say, ‘Oh hey, these girls actually did do this and they got to experience something that was probably lifechanging for them.’” “The Grand Valley State University and Kingston University: 25 Years of Cultural and Educational Exchange” gallery exhibit runs until Oct. 31, and is free to the public. For more information on the gallery, go to www.gvsu.edu/artgallery. ssabaitis@lanthorn.com

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Trick or treat: Mayday Parade performs with The Maine at Grand Valley on Oct. 19 as part of the homecoming celebration.

MAYDAY COMES TO GV BY MATT OBERSKI GVL STAFF WRITER

Alongside the changing leaves, pumpkin patches, and the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween, this October the Grand Rapids music scene will come alive, too. The month begins with Rascal Flatts at Van Andel Arena on Oct. 6. The country band has been playing together for 13 years, won more than 40 awards and has had 12 singles hit the No.1 spot on Billboard country music charts. The trio is touring to promote the release of their ninth album, titled “Changed.” Tickets range from $25$65 for the 7 p.m. show with supporting acts Little Big Town and Edens Edge. If country isn’t your genre, the alternative rock band Say Anything will be playing The Intersection Oct. 13 as part of the “Say Anarchy” tour with special guests Murder By Death, The Sidekicks and Tallhart. The tour is in promotion of their new album, “Anarchy, My Dear,” which was released last March. The band is fronted by Max Bemis, who formed Say Anything in 2000. The all-ages show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 in advance and $19 at the door. If you’ve got more rhythm and rhyme than that, look no further than The Intersection’s Oct. 18 performer hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame takes the stage for his “Friends, Fans and Family 2012” tour. Special guests Wooh Da Kid and Reema Major help him wrap up the nationwide tour before heading to Europe. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the ages 17-and-up show. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Right here in Grand Valley State University’s own back yard, the Allendale Campus’ Fieldhouse Arena will host a double-headliner show on Oct. 19, featuring alternative bands Mayday

Parade and The Maine. The show is part of GVSU’s Homecoming 2012 Celebration and with both bands coming off of headlining tours, it’s a show students can’t afford to miss – literally. Tickets are $10 until Oct. 4 and $15 until the day of the show, available at the 20/20 desk inside the Kirkhof Center. If you’re into a heavier sound, check out the The Orbit Room on Oct. 19 when Seether, Sick Puppies and Kyng will have fans rocking the venue as part of their Triple Threat Tour. Seether has won multiple awards and has had several songs hit the No.1 spot on the Popular Music Charts. Sick Puppies made a name for themselves with the song “All the Same,” which accompanied the “Free Hugs” video that won international attention in 2006. Tickets are $32.50 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Still wanting more? Dinosaur Jr. hits the Orbit Room Oct. 20 with special guests Shearwater. The classic 80s band has been reunited since 2005 and is back releasing new music together. “I Bet on Sky” was released Sept. 18., and is the band’s 10th studio album. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show. To wrap up October on the spookiest night of the month, Oct. 31, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus will rock The Pyramid Scheme for a Halloween celebration. The show, dubbed “Ultraviolet Hippopotamus Presents: ‘A Nightmare in the Pyramid’ Halloween Party,” doubles as a chance for the rock quintet to release their new EP, “Broomhilda Suite.” A copy of the album comes with every ticket purchase, which can be bought online or at the door for $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the ages 18-and-up show.

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Takeoff: “Flight“ by Dale Rogers is showcased at the Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

ArtPrize top 25 short lists review BY STEPHANIE ALLEN GVL A&E EDITOR

With more than 1,500 entries at 162 venues, ArtPrize can seem a little intimidating. Deciding where to start is sometimes a daunting task, but this weekend it will be a little easier. The first week of voting is over, and both the jury and public have chosen a list of the top 25 entries that caught their attention. And since they’re the pieces that have a high chance of making it into the top 10 list, they’re the entries most people want to check out. As of Monday night, when the lists were revealed, only two pieces overlapped and stood out as favorites between both the jury and the public. “Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance” by Richard Morse is in the Grand River between Fulton and Pearl streets, and “Song of Lift” by Martijn van Wagtendonk is on display at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. It is possible for the public’s top 25 to change before this weekend. After the first round of voting ends Saturday at 11:59, voters then have until Oct. 4 to decide which entry deserves the $200,000 grand prize. The current 25 favorites are located at just 11 of the 162 venues, making it easy to plan a trip downtown. Seventeen of the pieces can be found at four venues, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, The B.O.B. and the Amway Grand Plaza

Hotel. The public’s list includes a mixture of elements and mediums, such as the sculpture made from recycled material, “On Thin Ice,” by Justin La Doux on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, or the glass mosaic, “Return to Eden,” by Sandra Bryant at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Some of the pieces were predictable favorites, such as the sculptures, “Life in Wood” by Dan Heffron and “Heavy Metal Rock Band” by Fred Conlon, which are both at The B.O.B and take advantage of flashy detailed designs. However, there are a handful of pieces that were created using specialized art techniques and show a great deal of skill used. “City Band” by Chris LaPorte is a 14-foot high pencil drawing of a city band from 1925 which appears to be a photograph because of the detailed sketches and shading. Some of the juror short list favorites, which are in the running for a $20,000 category prize and $100,000 grand prize, are “Mr Weekend” by Mike Simi at the Kendall College of Art and Design, and “MORE OR LESS” by ABCD 83 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. The entries use recycled, or “found objects,” to create a unique and interactive 3-D piece. It’s not too late to vote up a favorite piece that isn’t found on the current list, but the round one poll closes Saturday night. arts@lanthorn.com

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University’s Physician Assistant Student Society is hosting the second annual Oasis of Hope 5k run/ walk Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Proceeds from the open event will go to Oasis of Hope, a nonprofit, free clinic on Leonard Street that provides medical care to uninsured people. The 5k will take place on GVSU’s Allendale Campus, beginning at the clock tower. Interested students can pre-register online, or from 9-10:45 a.m. before the event, in the Kirkhof Center. The fee is $15 for students and $25 for non-students. Awards are at noon for overall top male and female runners, and participants must be present to win. For more information go to www.ohcgr. org. Any additional questions about the event can be emailed to rpc.gvsu. pa@gmail.com.

MI Blood Drive at GV One out of every three adults will, at some time in their life, need donated blood. Would you save their life if you could? Grand Valley State University’s Meijer Campus is hosting a blood drive for Michigan Blood on Oct. 24 from 3-7:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the student commons in room 102 at 515 South Waverly Road in Holland; donators will need to bring a picture ID or two IDs without a picture. Anyone can donate whether it be faculty, staff, students or community members. “If you think you could do it even just once, blood equates to saving a life,” said Emily DeLano, Continuing Education’s Student Services graduate assistant. “Blood donors are real life superheroes.” As an added incentive to give, each donator will receive a coupon from Michigan Blood for a free Papa John’s pizza. To sign up please contact DeLano at delanoem@gvsu. edu or call (616)-3944848. Don’t miss out on a chance to give.

GRAND VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL PRESENTS

Featuring performances September 28 - October 7 For tickets, call the box office at (616) 331-2300 For information about Michigan’s oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival, theatre performances, Bard to Go, the Renaissance Faire, and more, visit www.gvsu.edu/shakes


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