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is it’s not that young adults or collegeage students don’t care. It’s that we don’t ever create opportunities for people to talk about these issues. We act as if talking about politics is something that is taboo. People are afraid to try out the way something sounds.” Brendan Bilski, who works at the Speech Lab as well as in North C living center as a resident assistant, agreed. He thinks that it’s not apathy that’s keeping many students from actively engaging in the election process, but a lack of understanding. “We just don’t talk about politics anymore, so we don’t know what direction to look in, much less to actually pin down. So,

I remember the first presidential debate I ever saw. It was October 1992, and I was a freshman at Michigan State University. President George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot met face-to-face for the debate in East Lansing, moderated by Jim Lehrer. The Wharton Center was filled to capacity and the debate was televised worldwide. There were surprisingly few student tickets handed out for that event, and I was fortunate to have one. All three candidates spoke with such certainty and conviction. The atmosphere in the building was electric. After the debate, I was interviewed by one of the Detroit newspapers and asked to “grade” the candidates on their performance. I was an obvious choice to share a “student’s perspective.” I was a recent high school graduate with years of varsity debate experience and multiple championship trophies. I was a firsttime voter, and now a member of the debate team at MSU. But I struggled with that interview. How could I give one grade to each candidate when there were so many different dimensions of each performance? President Bush had a strong opening statement, but struggled to




Agree to disagree: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney discuss topics during the most recent presidential debate at Hofstra University.

Students gather at GV to watch round two of the presidential debates BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL EDITOR IN CHIEF


ith the second of three presidential debates leading up to the Nov. 6 election behind us, both President Barack Obama and his republican opponent Gov. Mitt Romney turned up the heat on Tuesday night’s debate, while around 70 Grand Valley State University students gathered in the Kirkhof Center’s big-screen theater to watch. The viewing, sponsored by Speech Lab, was spearheaded by the same associate professor of communications that helped to kick start the Speech Lab earlier this year. “My area of research is young adults and politics – so that’s what I’m most passion-

ate about is how do we encourage young people to be involved in talking about political issues and politics and elections,” said Danielle Leek, associate professor in the School of Communications. She said the presidential debates are not only a chance for students, like the rest of the country, to see the candidates in action, but also a chance for them to thing about how their issues translate to issues and aspects in their own lives. “By getting people together to watch the debate, afterward they can say ‘hey remember when Obama interrupted Romney,’ or when Candy Crawely said, ‘sorry, Mr. President, we’re going to have to move on,’” Leek said. “I think what’s interesting about this

Haas email aims to mobilizing campus vote BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL EDITOR IN CHIEF

In a campus-wide email sent on Oct. 15, Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas detailed the importance of student’s role in the upcoming Nov. 6 election. “November 6 – Election Day across the nation – will soon be here,” Haas began the email. “I encourage all members of the Grand Valley community to vote. This most fundamental of our rights is, to me, a sacred undertaking. In too many places around the globe, citizens seeking to vote confront intimidation, danger or other obstacles crafted to limit participation. We should never take for granted the free and

safe exercise of our right to vote.” Haas, like the presidential candidates, is trying to “get out the vote” this election to the younger population of voters, who he said tend to participate in elections less than the older voters. His message to the GVSU community included a link to Michigan’s absentee voter application and a Detroit Free Press report detailing information about each of the proposals that will be included on the November ballot. “I really hope that our citizens here in the state do their own reading and research on the different proposals,” Haas said. “This is quite unique because a couple of years ago there was one question about whether or not we needed a constitutional convention and the citizens said ‘no.’ Now we have an array of

proposals that are out there to possibly change the constitution, and from that I believe people need to do a little reading their own research and come to their own conclusions.” Voting, he said, is not only a right, but also a responsibility as an American – a constitutional privilege, but also a constitutional responsibility. “(This vote) is a real privilege that we need to exercise because we as a people in our constitution clearly states that we have the responsibility for our nation and this is the way we exercise it,” he said. Haas said the misconception that one vote doesn’t matter is lost in the final analysis. The proof can be summed up, he said, by history and, appropriately, a baseball metaphor. “That our voices are heard because when

you come down to it it’s kind of like a baseball game, there’s a lot of strikes and a lot of balls to be thrown and you would think that it’s just the last strike in a game that could make a difference HAAS and it really does,” Haas said. “I think that type of metaphor holds with voting too. There are a lot of votes out there but when you take the individual vote and combine it with the collective vote you have then the voice of the people and the direction we want to go as a nation.”

Student Senate regents use homecoming to continue representing By Sarah Hillenbrand GVL Staff Writer

While many Grand Valley State University housing communities and organizations prepare for the events they’ll host for homecoming week, the Student Senate regents prepare to represent senate and continue representing the student body. “To me, being a homecoming regent— especially as a representative of the Student Senate—means acting as the face of Grand Valley students,” said Katie Carlson, Stu-

dent Senate vice president of educational affairs. “As senators, we strive to represent the entire student body, and this is just one more opportunity that I have been given by the body to do so, and for that I am extremely thankful and honored.” Senate is involved in homecoming by promoting Laker pride on campus, Carlson said. Student Senate President Jack Iott, also a regent, agreed and added that senate aims to promote school spirit and continue to represent all students at GVSU. “Being a regent is representing the or-

ganization who nominated you, but also students as a whole,” Iott said. “Being a homecoming regent is a great experience and honor for all organizations and teams that I have been involved in and is a celebration of Laker pride.” Homecoming is important to the GVSU students and community because it brings everyone together, Carlson said. “Whether you participate in a lip sync for your residence hall, compete in trivia games for your RSO or simply tailgate and cheer on the Laker football team, everyone on this

campus seems to find a way to get involved in the homecoming activities,” Carlson said. Iott added that homecoming participation is a great example of being a “Laker for a Lifetime” because it is all about promoting school spirit, giving back to the university and encouraging alumni to come back to campus. “Homecoming is a great experience for alumni to come back and be involved with our campus,” Iott said. “Promoting and being involved this week is exciting and great for GVSU.”



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Taking in the debate: Grand Valley students watch the presidential debate in the Kirkoff Theater on campus. The event was sponsered by the Speech Lab and attracted about 70 GVSU students.



when you don’t understand,” Bilski said. “(This event) will start helping students to actually put into more concrete detail what they believe and how that translates to politics.” Bilski, who has been interested in politics in high school, said he’s not an undecided voter, and developed his political ideology over a long period of time. But for the students who haven’t, he said he thinks part of the issue is the perception of an individual’s role in the elec-



answer questions on-point. Ross Perot was notably confident, yet failed to clearly articulate how his ideologies would translate to policy in the White House. Bill Clinton spoke with his now infamous swagger and personality, but at times, appeared annoyed about having to share the stage with his opponents.

tion process. “The underlying assumptions of our culture are that we don’t need to worry about politics, that it’s not our responsibility,” Bilski said. “And I think that once people start to see that they do have a responsibility and that they can make a difference, then they will be much more likely to not be so apathetic.” Leek, however, said that it’s not so much apathy from college-age voters, but the absence of a comfortable forum in which to talk about politics that’s holding students back from

actively engaging. “I think what’s interesting about this is it’s not that young adults or college-age students don’t care,” Leek said. “It’s that we don’t ever create opportunities for people to talk about these issues. We act as if talking about politics is something that is taboo…That restriction on people being able to talk about politics, I think is what makes it difficult to learn what they really think about it, and that’s what we’re trying to do.” Erika King, a GVSU political science professor, said that although the impact of

the youth vote may not be quite as formidable in this election as it was for Obama in 2008, student participation still has the potential to make or break the candidates – especially in battle ground states. “I think that if we look to 2008, students were an important part of Obama’s constituency,” King said. “Students alone did not cause him to win the election, but they were part of a coalition of different kinds of groups and he very much targeted college students and other young people, especially college students.”

Perhaps inspired by the event, and a desire to understand my discomfort, I went on to study presidential politics and political communication as a career. Since 1992, I’ve seen quite a few political debates, coached a number of championship debaters and consulted on political campaigns. I’ve decided that watching a debate isn’t really about who “wins” or “loses” (even if that is the question the press likes best).

Watching the debates is important because it is an experience that connects us to our shared lives as Americans. In our 24-7 news climate, where we are all exposed to news and information all the time, there are very few moments during the election when voters from both sides of the aisle come together with independents and undecideds for a shared event. Usually, we engage in selective exposure, limiting our interactions to people who already believe and feel the same way we do. The debates give us a reference point to start conversations about politics, the candidates, policy, and our society. The debates help us understand and recognize the issues that are important to other Americans, so that we can better think through how our vote might impact our community. So while one letter grade may not truly capture the

complexity of what happens in a 90-minute debate, it can light the spark of larger discussions about politics. And those are discussions we voters need to have more often.

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In regards to student’s stake in the November election, King said to keep an eye on candidate’s positions on federally funded financial aid, access to higher education and issues surrounding healthcare and insurance policies. “My best projection is, given what we know from public opinion polling about attitudes of college-age students, that they will still trend toward Obama – but I don’t think it’s going to be such a big gap as it was in 2008,” King said. The final presidential debate will air at 9 p.m. ET,

Danielle Leek, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University’s School of Communi-

and cover issues surrounding foreign policy. “As youth, we can influence each other, but we can also influence a wider square,” Bilski said. “I mean, the fact that we are going to a university means that we’re learning about what many, if not most Americans, don’t have the opportunity to. So, we have the time to sit down and think things through, and we could use that to go out and talk with people who aren’t a part of university. We can be the change that shifts the mindset.”

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IN BRIEF Project highlights sexual violence awareness A clothesline project created by Grand Valley State University students that want to raise awareness on sexual violence will be displayed throughout the Kirkhof Center as well as the Meijer Campus in Holland until Oct. 19. This project is in honor and recognition of Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and Eyes Wide Open, a student advocacy group that attempts to raise awareness on sexual abuse. T-shirt making workshops will take place from Oct.15-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in room 1201 of the Kirkhof Center, as well as on the Holland Campuus, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For further information on the clothesline project, call the Women’s Center directly at (616) 331-2748.

Scholarship deadline approaching The U.S. government is attempting to increase the amount of Americans studying and learning specific languages fluently, as it offers a competitive scholarship that helps students study abroad as well as learning a new language. This scholarship is called the Critical Language Scholarship, which gives several students to opportunity to master a foreign language at summer language institutions. The locations of these institutions for the summer of 2013 will be located in Azerbaijan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Oman, Russia, Tunisia, andTurkey.The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Nov. 15. If you’re interested in applying, contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at (616) 331-2543.

MAREC to host panel on proposition No. 3 The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center will conduct a panel of environmental, public policy, and business experts will elaborate on the pros and cons of Proposal No.3, which will increase the Michigan renewable portfolio t0 25 percent by 2025. This panel will discuss an array of different perspectives on this proposal, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. This event will take place on Oct. 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. at MAREC, 200 Viridian Dr., Muskegon, which is free and open to the public.

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Homecoming game aims to leave behind ‘Zero Waste’


Get the trash out: GV officials will have recycle bins around Lubbers Stadium to promote zero waste at the homecoming game. Student workers will also collect waste during the game. BY Ellie Phillips GVL Staff writer

Like most universities, at Grand Valley State University, football is a big deal. And with this weekend’s game against Northwood University, there is no time more opportune for the Sustainable Community Development Initiative, Facilities Services and the Athletics Department to band together to hold a ‘zero waste football game.’ To decrease environmental impact at the game, the collaborating departments will provide recycling stations in tailgate areas as well as within the stadium for the game. The Zero Waste Initiative, which is one of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ events as part of the October Sustainability Spotlight, aims to divert material from the waste stream. This endeavor has been carried out by the Student Environmental Coalition since last year and was inspired by other universities that have attempted zero waste games. “Several large universities have held zero waste football games with varying degrees of success,” said Steve Leeser, facilities service operations supervisor for GVSU. “The homecoming game always draws one of our larger crowds and therefore will give us a greater challenge. The University of Michigan recycled less than 30 percent of their waste stream when they attempted this. I am hoping to exceed 50 percent at our game. Look for and use the recycling stations that will be located in tailgate areas as well as within the stadium.” Students from the Honors College and

the Student Environmental Coalition will team with individuals from Campus Dining, the Women’s Center, Meijer Holland Campus and the Office of Student Life to help out, educating the fans about composting and recycling. They will also gather waste at the game, depositing it in the recycling and composting bins located at the entrances and seating areas of Lubbers Stadium, as well as the tailgate parking lots. “Athletics is involved in a couple of ways, one being the football game and the tailgating in the parking lot,” said Jamie Schlagel, assistant athletic director. “Athletics is also assisting in advertising the Zero Waste Game on the gvsulakers. com website. The GVSU Laker Marching Band will also incorporate the initiative in their halftime performance at Saturday’s game.” Bartels said last year the SEC collected 1,800 bottles and cans after football games, which was enough to fill 10 large bags. The deposit from the drink containers went to the SEC fund. It has also composted 9,180 total pizza boxes—more than 200 of them from that single game— and kept them out of the waste stream, as they can’t be recycled because of the grease soaked into the cardboard. “I am hoping to take this effort to a new level and bring attention to our recycling and sustainable practices here on campus,” Leeser said. There are more than 100 students wanting to help with the initiative, though volunteers are still needed. To volunteer for the initiative, contact Bart Bartels at

GVPD ask for tips in graffiti case

GV to host panel prior to Nov. 6 election Grand Valley State University will be hosting a panel that elaborates and debates the issues of voters a week prior to the presidential election on Nov. 6. “Election 2012: A Watershed in American History?” will be hosted by GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and will also have debate and perspectives from GVSU experts. Pressing issues between Obama and Romney such as healthcare, the economy, and taxes will be explored at this panel. The preelection panel will take place on Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew campus.


On the trail: A bike and backpack were found at the most recent graffiti crime scene. BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL EDITOR IN CHIEF

‘Change U’ deadline approaches The registration for “Change U,” a social justice program at Grand Valley State University, will be open until Nov. 16.The entire GVSU community is encouraged to participate in the event that is hosted by GVSU’s LGBT Resource Center. ‘Change U’ will start in January and continue until April.This program will offer students the opportunity learn specific skills as well as strategies that they can use to follow their aspirations. For more information, call the LGBT Resource center at (616) 331-2530.


The Grand Valley Police Department are asking for leads in an on-going investigation involving widespread graffiti on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus. Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of GVPD, said on Oct. 13 around 1:30 a.m., one of the student officers was doing rounds on campus when he spotted a freshly painted sign near Lake Huron Hall. It was the same red “revolution” stencil that GVPD had removed over 16 instances times last month, with damages resulting in over $1,000. The individual responsible for the graffiti left a bicycle, backpack, the stencil

and cherry red Rust-Oleum spray paint. The body of the bike is painted with a flat-black spray paint, and the handlebars are the same cherry red that police recovered from the scene. The seat of bicycle reads “Ross.” Officers pursued the subject into the Ravines, but were not able to apprehend the individual at that time. “Again, there was a fair amount of damage that needed to be cleaned up,” DeHaan said, adding that removal costs come directly out of the university’s general fund, and therefore is paid for by the student body. “This continues to cost students money,” DeHaan said. Though police still do not know the actual intent of

the stencil, DeHaan said it’s possible it could be related to the campaign slogan used by republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on his web site. GVPD is currently using some of the items left at the scene for fingerprints, and are asking the campus community to contact the police department if they have any information. “We’re asking our community to assist us in catching this person,” DeHaan said. “If there is someone in the community that can assist us with a lead, it would be most welcome.” Anyone with information is asked to call GVPD at (616) 331-3255 or Silent Observer at (877) 8874536.


Youth movement: Melissa Selby-Theut directs the peer education program at Grand Valley State University.

Peer educators link students, counselors BY LIZZY BALBOA GVL NEWS EDITOR

Many organizations are taking to the philosophy that young people relate better to other young people than they do to their elders. Schools hire student ambassadors, faith groups hire peer ministers, and now the Grand Valley State University Counseling and Career Development Center has remodeled its peer educator program to follow the trend. “We’re utilizing them through the counseling center as a whole as kind of liaisons between us as therapists and the larger campus community, and specifically the larger student body,” said Melissa Selby-Theut, director of the peer educator program. “We want (the counseling center) to be a place that is accessible to the larger campus community, and we want it to be somewhere where students feel welcome and feel a sense of comfort. By connecting with students peerto-peer, our hope is that we’ll reach that goal.” The peer educator program has transformed over the years, initially serving as a wellness program. Now, nine peer educators assist in one of four administrative areas of the university: Alcohol Campus Education Services (ACES), Career Services, Strengths Quest test administration, and a learning and study skills development program coordinated with the Student Academic Success Center. “Our hope is that, within each of those administration areas, that the students that they come in contact with through their presentations and through the events that they do will walk away with information specific and readily usable, readily able to be implemented into what they’re doing as college students,” Selby-Theut said. With the goal to spread awareness of mental health issues, the peer educators assist program coordinators with delivering presentations and hosting events. Recently, they manned tables for the National Depression Screening Day, and they also helped with family weekend. But the work of the peer educators varies based on which administrative department they are in. One student in the learning and study skills program has designed a presentation to teach others how to effectively incorporate technology into the work they do on campus. Alecia Smith, ACES graduate assistant, said the peer educators in her program help

deliver the presentation “Alcohol Truth, Lies and Consequences.” The educators can choose to work alone or with a coordinator to present the hour-and-a-half talk to campus organizations. “Our schedules have been really crazy this semester in trying to figure out who’s going to do which program, so it’s been really nice to be able to just say, ‘Hey, do you want to take this program because I already have a commitment this night,’” Smith said. “It’s been really helpful to have somebody else to take some of the pressure off of doing all these programs.” Smith said the peer educators aren’t limited to alcohol presentations, but will also have the opportunity to spread awareness of marijuana and Adderall abuse, too. “We really want the program to expand and grow and be known across campus as kind of a vital element to the campus community,” SelbyTheut said. But the community is not alone in benefitting from the peer educator service. “A lot of research is focused on the gains the peer educators make personally and professionally,” Selby-Theut said. “A big part of peer education is actually the growth of the educators themselves. What I want to make sure is that it is two-fold. That not only are they growing as professionals, which is a vital part of programming, but also that those skills are being relayed directly out to the campus community in a way that is demonstrably and measurably beneficial to the students that they’re working with.” So far, the experiences of the peer educators have enhanced their education of the university. “I have been able to sit in on some of the group meeting sessions that Alecia does and been able to gain a better understanding of alcohol awareness and the education behind our program here at GV,” said Natosha Beamon, a peer educator in the ACES program. Not only has she learned the ins-and-outs of the university initiative, but she has also picked up practical knowledge along the way. “I have gained a better understanding about alcohol and the responsibility that needs to come while you are choosing to drink, and the affects that alcohol can actually have on one’s body.” For more information about the peer educator program, visit counsel/the-peer-educationprogram-1.htm.



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n a guest column by Associate Professor Danielle Leek published today on the front page of the Lanthorn, Leek wrote that a U.S. presidential debate should “give us a reference point to start conversations about politics, the candidates, policy and our society.” But at Grand Valley State University and college campuses nationwide - there’s one big problem: not everybody is willing to engage in those conversation. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement’s most recent numbers on youth voter turnout, 42 million people ages 18-29 are eligible to vote, making up 21 percent of the total eligble voting population in the U.S., while seniors - who tend to retain more extreme conservative policy views than

younger voters - total at 39 million. In the 2008 election, 84% of those youth 18-29 who were registered to vote actually cast a ballot. Statistics on Project Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated that works to “works to empower, educate, and mobilize low-income, minority, youth, and other marginalized and under-represented voters” reports that as of November 2008, fewer than half (49 percent) of the 3.7 million 18-year-old citizens were registered to vote. That’s 22 points lower than the general population. Though a product of an arguably broken voting system, the reality is that there is only one day to cast your ballot for president, and it only happens once every four years; and the only thing worse than no vote is an uninformed vote, so arm yourself with knowl-


Why do you think some college students don’t engage in the presidential election race?

If two men debate and nobody hears it, did they debate at all? On the cusp of the last presidential debate, it’s time to get engaged.

edge on the candidates, and the proposals also included on the ballot. GVSU’s own President Thomas J. Haas took a commendable step earlier this week with a campuswide email addressing students, faculty and staff about their thoughtful participation in the Nov. 6 election. “I encourage all members of the Grand Valley community to vote,” Haas wrote. “This most fundamental of our rights is, to me, a sacred undertaking. In too many places around the globe, citizens seeking to vote confront intimidation, danger or other obstacles crafted to limit participation. We should never take for granted the free and safe exercise of our right to vote.” Danielle Leek made an argument that it wasn’t neccesarily apathy, but the lack of an appropriate forum in which students can

discuss politics - and that’s true. Policy issues have become so polarized between parties, and so attached to social stigmas, that it can be hard for students to voice their opinion without fear of making an enemy of either side. In fact, in can be hard for students to surmize an opinion at all. But here’s the thing: we, as students, have the power to create that forum. We have the power to call eachother to action, to hold eachother accountable - some people even say we might have the power to swing the vote. So, when you think that your one vote doesn’t matter, think about the big picture; and as the election draws near and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney take the stage for the final debate before the polls open, take the time to tune in - even if baseball seems more important at the time.


“For me personally, I don’t have the time to follow the debates or read up on policies. Due to that, I don’t feel fair voting when I’m not too sure what I’m voting for.”

Ashley McKae

Senior, Criminal Justice, sociology Canton, MI

“Some college students lack interest in the presidential election and therefore become uninformed about each candidate. This causes them to not engage in the election.” Ashton O’Malley

Senior, Health Communications Farmington Hills, Mich.

“I think that being at college, students are sequestered from the outside world, and this forces them to have to do outside research to remain in the loop. This extra effort is often spent on school, rather than politics.”

Oh. Space rocks. That’s cool.

Tony Coleman

Senior, biopsychology Clarkston, Mich.

“Some don’t have the available time or necessary resources to get the type of information needed to make such a big decision.”

Dana Giancarlo

Freshman, psychology Tinley Park, ILL.

“I think that some students feel they wouldn’t want to be responsible if the race did not turn out well and more problems were created.”

Amber Draft

Freshman, recreational therapy Coopersville, Mich.



It’s safe to say that nobody cares about space anymore. Can you blame us? Years worth of budget cuts and NASA’s ½ a-penny-onthe-tax-dollar budget cuts have made our foray into spacy very…limited, to say the least. While our telescopes are picking up signs of new black holes forming in our galaxy, NASA is expecting the American people to be wowed by high-definition

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in one aspect of the latest rover landing; they have hyped the hell out of this latest venture. I’ve seen more than three updates since the initial landing that have had the words “shiny rock” in the title. If NASA isn’t genuinely wetting itself over each pebble the rover comes across on Mars the organization isn’t letting it show. I mean, if anybody were going to get that excited over Mars rocks I’d guess it would be them, right? Here’s the bottom line: the projects would probably get a bit more fanfare and public support if they were new and exciting. That isn’t to say that the

Curiosity Rover isn’t finding out new information on the red planet – it’s just that it’s not as cool as real, actual humans finding out said new information on the red planet. In the end, I really just want a future I can look forward to. I want companies to start marketing their products as the “the _____ of the future” again. I want to believe that my species can achieve more than devouring the resources of its home planet. I want a true glimpse into the future of space travel, and exploration. You can keep the rocks, thanks.

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pictures of rocks. Awesome. What burns me up the most is how any discussion of manned flights to anywhere besides our multibillion dollar orbital tree house is always taken with a grain of salt. Intergalactic travel seems like more of a pipe dream than the future. If you’re keeping track, it’s been decades since we put a man on the moon and we still don’t have moon colonies or even solid plans to develop any moon colonies. We’re stuck at home on spring break while our robotic friends upload pictures of their trip abroad. This sucks. I will give NASA credit


Pop music is like junk food. It’s over-processed, sometimes sugary and not always easy to quit. Most of us indulge in it, whether you happen to be a glitterdrenched Ke$ha enthusiast or someone who hummed “Call Me Maybe” one time while you were waiting for the bus. I myself have a weak spot for Taylor Swift and the Backstreet Boys. Call them my guilty pleasures. The problem with pop music is that somewhere along the way we stopped listening for real, authentic music and started accepting digitalized “pop-crap.” Somewhere along the way,

pop music ate our souls. I don’t know exactly when it happened, maybe around the time that the Baja Men let the dogs out. Or when Fergie’s London Bridge fell down (does anyone even know what that means?). Maybe we lost our souls when Willow Smith started whipping her hair back and forth and we copied her, effectively launching the whiplash epidemic of 2010. My point is, pop music lacks substance. The record companies know what will sell, and we reinforce them when we download these inane pop songs and records. The music is highly manufactured and made for blind consumption by the Average Joe/Jane. Are you merely an Average Joe? I didn’t think so. At risk of sounding like a total college hippie, it’s time we fight against the pop sen-

sation. Don’t let stiff-suited people at the top of the record companies decide what YOU like. It is time to begin saving your music-deprived soul. Start by ignoring Lady Gaga’s egg capsule and meat dress. Sure, she could be a great person who stands behind nice causes, but the main reason she is pulling these “stunts” is to sell records. It’s only business. Understand that just because a song is catchy does not mean it’s any good. Just look at lyrics of one of Katy Perry’s recent hits: Kiss me/ Ki- ki- kiss me / Infect me with your love and / Fill me with your poison. These (umm...) highly intelligent lyrics don’t hold a candle to Louis Armstrong’s: Give me a kiss to build a dream on / and my imagination will thrive upon that kiss / Ah, sweetheart I ask no more than this / A kiss to

build a dream on. Finally, work on finding the music that inspires you. I am not trying to sound corny. Good music is art— it should promote some self-reflection and deeper thought. Norah Jones jazzy vocals and insightful lyrics do this for me. Maybe a metal band gets you thinking, or the sound of a bluegrass banjo- we all have our own preferences. You don’t have to give up pop music completely. However, pop music is the equivalent of sweets on the food pyramid- to be used sparingly. At the very least, don’t take pop music at face value. You probably shouldn’t whip your hair like Willow, and, no matter how much you love Ke$ha, it is not the best idea to brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack.


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Religion prevades politics in election talk coming election, since it’s a topic where each candidate tends to differ. hile the fate of “Obama’s platform is the presidency leaning towards a comrides on secular mon responsibility, while issues like the economy Romney’s is probably and environment, faith more inclined to say that and religious-based sub- these are important isjects, too, have become sues, but other organizarelevant in recent months. tions can attend to them,” Although hard-hitting top- Maodush-Pitzer said. ics like abortion and social The parties behind these justice stand prevalent and candidates have continued bring heated discussion, to hold similar stances on other academic programs society. have just as much at stake “The republican party with this election. focuses on individuality, “If Romney won, he and the capability of ‘pullwould probably reinstate ing yourself up by your the ban (on federal fund- bootstraps,’” said Landon ing for embryonic stem cell Hughes, a GVSU political research),” said Sheldon science student. “The demoKopperl, a religious studies cratic party views society as professor at Grand Valley more of a fluid object with a State University. Kopperl collective attitude.” explained that groups supThe different stances on porting Romney and his “responsibility” feed into campaign the debate would be of social jusopposed to tice, which funding the is another “Obama’s platform research. religious W h e n is leaning towards concern inP r e s i d e n t a common herent in the B a r a c k opposing Obama was responsibility while purposes of elected into Romney’s is probably the Repuboffice, he more inclined to lican and removed the Democratic say that these are prohibition parties. of federal important issues...” The elecfunding for tion outcome DIANE MAODUSH- won’t only embryonic PITZER affect religion stem cell reRELIGIOUS STUDIES in the legislasearch, and PROGRAM the state of tive branch, Michigan though. decided that “ T h e both state and federal funds president is the only person would be used to continue federally elected by everythe research. However, that one,” Hughes said. “(That would most likely change means) their power is vast with a Romney victory. and can extend into every Diane Maodush-Pitzer of branch of government.” the GVSU religious studies One action that will inprogram, said issues sur- directly affect religion in rounding responsibility will the U.S. will be the future also be important in the up- president’s appointment of




Hot topics: Senior Holly Stuut practices her right to pray. In the upcoming election, each president’s stance on hot bottom topics ranging from the economy to religon will sway the public’s vote along with the possibility to appoint three Supreme Court judges.

Supreme Court judges, who will have to make decisions about religious-based social issues in the country. Who takes the court seats will depend on who takes the presidency. “With judges over 70 years old and some sick, the next president may have the opportunity to appoint up to three new judges (during their term),” Kopperl said. Whoever is appointed must weigh in on decisions such as what aspects of religion are permitted in schools, what is to be done with public prayer and the

FACEBOOK ON POLITICS The following comments originally posted to the Grand Valley Lanthorn’s Facebook page following the Oct. 16 presidential debate. Or how about 53% of college students can’t find a job after they graduate? I hope you all are putting that $2000 increase in tuition costs to good use because Obama isn’t helping us college students. You can’t blame Bush for those numbers and you certainly can’t criticize Romney for wanting to reform the system. But gosh, we can’t blame Obama. He just wants to help.

Romney clearly has no concern for the middle or lower class. A top heavy economy IS NOT the answer. The student body of almost any institution would suffer under Romney’s Plan. We need to help promote education, not destroy it. We’re the future of America!

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So an average $2000 increase in tuition costs in Obamas four years is a good thing for us college students?

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Obama won by a landslide. Nick Vander Ploeg

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presentation of the Ten Commandments in public areas, and even what is to come of the ongoing argument of Roe v. Wade. Though the president himself will not influence these changes, his judges will. While the election outcome could have an effect on religious practice in the U.S., religion also affects the election. The candidates’ stands on certain issues do have an impact on which religious groups tend to side—and ultimately vote— for each candidate. “The Jewish vote is usu-

ally democratic because of the party’s stance on social justice issues,” Kopperl said. “Romney’s relationship with the Prime Minister of Israel may help him receive more Jewish voters, but Obama will probably still get most of the Jewish vote.” Polls of Muslim voters have also shown a favor in Obama, which Kopperl said is probably because one of the pillars of Islam centers around social justice. “Social justice is an important topic in all religions,” he said, adding that Hinduism also values that

aspect of the campaigns. Regardless of what each candidate does or does not propose for this country, one thing is certain: religious practice and the election are interdependent topics that pervade the present society. For more information on candidates’ religious backgrounds and stances on religious-based issues, visit the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life at



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Ethics Week sheds light on relationship of business, common good By Ellie Phillips GVL Staff Writer


he Business Ethics Center of Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business is hosting its first Ethics Week from Oct. 22-26. “Ethics Week 2012: Find Your Moral Compass” is a weeklong series of events geared toward educating students on ethical values and inspiring them to do business, research and other endeavors in ethical ways. The events will feature speakers from local businesses, including Chuck Saylor, CEO of izzy+; Kim Horn, former CEO of Priority Health; and the new president of the mid-Atlantic region for Kaiser

Permanente, the largest health care concern in the country. Individuals from the GVSU community will also speak. Ethics Week and its events are in line with the mission of the Business Ethics Center, which is “to examine the role and influence of business in public life, to promote inquiry into ethical business practices and education, and to be a leading resource for business persons, students, faculty members, and administrators who seek to understand the relationship between business, the common good, and a life well lived.” It also reflects the Seidman College of Business Student Code of Honor, in which students pledge to “conduct themselves with the highest level of

integrity, maintain accountability for their actions and encourage the same of others, and (to) be open, fair, trustworthy and honest.” Roberta Osipoff, special projects and student professional development assistant with the Seidman College of Business, said Ethics Week was the brainchild of Lee Constantine, a member of the Seidman Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board (DUSAB) and chair of the Ethics Committee for DUSAB. “Lee is the driving force behind the week of planned events and has been working diligently on this with his committee,” Osipoff said. Though Constantine brought the idea to the dean, he was not the

primary muse upon which the idea was formed. “Ethics Week was inspired by Dean H. James Williams of Seidman College of Business,” Constantine said. “He feels that the principals of truth and honesty are recognized as fundamental to a community of teachers and scholars.” The planned agenda for Ethics Week will start off Oct. 22 with the presentation “Why and How our Moral Judgments Shape Success in Business” with keynote speaker Chuck Saylor. The presentation will take place from 5-6 p.m. In the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center. On Oct. 23, there will be an ice cream social from 5-6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion.

Keynote speaker Kim Horn will present on a topic titled “Morality, Money, and Medicine: Thoughts on Universal Health Care” on Oct. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium. There will be a Student Code of Honor luncheon Oct. 25 featuring keynote speakers from GVSU from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Club. The final event of the week will take place Oct. 26 in the courtyard area of the DeVos Center, which will overview the “Best and Worst Ethical Companies of Our Time.” For more information on Ethics Week, visit the event page at www. under upcoming events

GV takes stand against cancer, raises awareness By Rachel Cross GVL Assistant News Editor

Breast cancer has proven to be the most common cancer in women, but Grand Valley State University’s Colleges Against Cancer is working to make sure awareness of the disease is equally prevalent, especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With tables and pamphlets, the student group is taking a stand. Courtney Miller, president of the Colleges Against Cancer club on campus, said her organization works with college students to spread awareness on ways of preventing cancer and maintaining health by taking the appropriate steps. “Colleges Against Cancer does many different things for advocating cancer (awareness),” Miller said. “We do a lot of tabling (and) passing out pamphlets. We also work with the American Cancer Society who helps with tools that we need.” The organization also participates in the whiteboard storm, which is when club members set up statistics and facts of cancer on different whiteboards in classrooms across campus. In addition, members may write upcoming cancer awareness events and activities going on at the university. “The whiteboard storm helps to keep college students aware of what is going on at the Health Care Center and Women’s Center to help students on how and where they can get screenings,” Miller said. She added that Colleges Against Cancer hosts many different events based on specific cancers every month. September was ovarian cancer awareness, and the organization did announcements about the importance of

women getting Pap smears annually and going to the health center on campus. October is breast cancer awareness, and the club is currently involved in Win the Fight, tabling to raise awareness among college students. Members of the club pass out pamphlets that contain information on how to find breast cancer early. This includes getting annual mammograms, clinical breast exams, as well as doing regular breast self-exams. Miller said next month, on Nov. 15, Colleges Against Cancer will host the Great American Smoke Out. This event will promote awareness on the importance of quitting smoking. “For the GASO, we can provide students with a quit kit, which consists of different tools to help people with the quitting process,” Miller said. “We also provide facts on quitting cold turkey, such as by contacting your physician for a quitting plan that works for the student.” The Women’s Center also works with promoting cancer awareness at GVSU. Jo Ann Wassenaar, associate director at the Women’s Center, said the center participates in raising awareness during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, the center has hosted several programs on breast cancer. Some of these programs include individuals sharing their stories in fighting and surviving breast cancer, and this year’s program called the “Pink Ribbon Inc.” “‘The Pink Ribbon Inc.’ is a Canadian documentary that explores the apparent corporate capture of breast cancer activism,” Wassenaar said. “This film also observes that such philanthropic organizations seem to place a higher priority on giving positive publicity to their corporate partners than on actually finding a cause and a cure for breast cancer.”

The film will be shown Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Grand River Room located in the Kirkhof Center. Wassenar said the center also offers programming on the Human Papilloma Virus during the month of January, and that highrisk HPV’s cause virtually all cervical cancers. “The most rewarding part is when the Women’s Center educates and causes students to critically examine issues,” Wassenaar said. “Certainly by sharing information on breast cancer, students learn that young people can also get breast cancer, and can also receive support for family members

that are fighting breast cancer.” Heather Rhodes, office manager at the Health Center at GVSU, said the health center usually refers patients with or concerned about cancer to the oncology center at Metro Health’s main campus in Wyoming, Mich. She said there are programs for ages of different people that come in with a specific type of cancer. For more information on cancer awareness and prevention, contact Colleges Against Cancer at or the Women’s Center at 616-331-2748.


Decorative support: In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of GVSU’s Colleges Against Cancer are raising awareness through events like Bras on the Grand, pictured above.

Deciding between two great helping careers? Information Session Tuesday, Oct. 30 Western Michigan University in Grand Rapids invites you to attend an Information Session for those in the fields of social work, human service and education to learn about two of our nationally accredited programs.

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SHORTS Bush named National Swimmer of the Week Grand Valley State University senior Carly Bush was named the National Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 19 for her performances in the pool last week. Bush set three pool records in the Lakers’ 159-74 victory over the University of Findlay. The senior’s first record came during the 1,000-yard freestyle when she shattered the previous record by almost six seconds with a time of 10 minutes, 16.22 seconds. Bush followed up her performance in 1,000-yard freestyle by eclipsing the 200-yard butterfly record with a time a mark of 2:06.49 Finishing off the meet, Bush helped the 800-yard freestyle relay team set a pool record of 7:49.34. GVSU will be back in action on Feb. 8 at the GLIAC Championships in Jenison, Mich.

Demers receives promotion Grand Valley State University women’s soccer coach David DiIanni announced that Erica Demers has been promoted to associate head coach. Demers has been a part of GVSU soccer program for the past seven years, during which GVSU has compiled a 145-9-12 record. As an assistant coach, she has guided offensive stars including former NCAA Division II Player of the Year Katy Tafler and current juniors Ashley Botts and Kayla Addison. With the promotion to associate head coach, Demers will coordinate recruiting efforts and facilitate soccer camps throughout the year. She will also continue to work with the Laker front line. GVSU finished the season as the national runnerup with an overall record of 20-1-4




Records fall as Lakers storm back from 11 down to capture GLIAC title BY ZACH SEPANIK GVL STAFF WRITER


own 11 strokes and in a tie for fifth place heading into Tuesday’s final round of the GLIAC Conference Championships at Elyria Country Club in Ohio, the Grand Valley State University men’s golf team put together a group effort to miraculously win by nine and defend their title. Junior Joel Siegel led that push with the lowest single round in school history, shooting a seven-under par, 65, to earn medalist honors and mark the second straight year a GVSU golfer has won the event. “An eagle on No. 12 jump-started my day and I kind of realized that it could be a special day,” Siegel said. “I have to give credit to my teammates. It was crazy to come back by that much and win by the margin we did.” Siegel opened the tournament Sunday with a round of 73. Then on day two, he began play on the back nine. Once he made the turn to No. 1 on Monday afternoon, there was no looking back for the eventual individual champion, as he carded a five-under, 31, on the front nine, for a 70 overall. “You sure don’t see something like that coming,” said GVSU head coach Don Underwood. “Joel came off the back nine, turned to his second nine and just played great. I had a feeling that was one of those moments that you see somebody turn the corner.” Throughout his final 27 holes, Siegel was 12-under par. His three-round total of 208 helped him claim the individual crown by seven strokes, and claim a spot on the postseason AllGLIAC First Team. “In my time here, that was as good a 27-hole stretch as I have ever seen,” Underwood said. It is the second-straight year a Laker has taken home the individual title; junior Chris Cunningham did so last

season. This time around, Cunningham began play with an uncharacteristic 84 in the opening round, but strung together a solid second day, bouncing back with a 73. Only to be overshadowed by Siegel’s performance Tuesday, Cunningham then posted a 69 to finish at 226 for the tournament, in a tie for 15th on the leaderboard. GVSU’s sixth GLIAC championship in men’s golf history was captured by a final round team score of 10-under par, 278, also a new school record. It was nine shots better than any round from the 12 teams competing over the three days. Sophomore Jack Rider went 76, 70 over the first two days, but with only four players contributing to the overall team score in any given round, his final round 75 was not even used. It goes to show how well the Lakers played as a team on day three. “It was unreal, one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of without a doubt,” Rider said. “I’m not really sure how it all happened. We knew we had to go pretty low and everybody had the right mindset of being patient and eventually the scores came.” GVSU was greatly helped by freshmen Chris Beltzer and Tyler Polulak, who each had coming out parties Tuesday. After rounds of 82 and 78, Beltzer shot a 71 on day three. For Polulak, opening with an 80 and following that with a 79, his 73 cemented the Lakers’ impressive final round. “Coming through on the final day of conferences to come back and win, I think it will do unbelievable work for their confidence,” Rider said. The victory gives GVSU an automatic berth to the regional tournament in the spring, and wraps up their fall schedule. “They are going to be able to draw on this for sure in the spring and beyond that,” Underwood said.


Size up: Junior Chris Cunningham won the individual medal last season.



The score posted by junior Joel Siegel in Tuesday’s final round. It is the lowest singleround in GVSU history and also a GLIAC championship single-round record.


GVSU’s team score on day three, which is not only a new school record, but also a single round GLIAC championship team record. It was also nine strokes better than any other team round of the tournament.


The number of strokes the Lakers trailed behind the leaders heading into the final round, one in which they won by nine strokes — a 20-stroke turnaround.

M. Basketball GLIAC North Standings Ferris State Michigan Tech. Northwood GVSU Saginaw Valley Northern Mich. Lake Superior

7-3 7-3 6-4 6-5 5-5 4-6 3-7

GLIAC North Standings 9-1 7-3 6-5 4-6 2-8 1-9 1-9

M. Swimming and Diving GVSU Indianapolis Findlay Wayne State Ashland Lake Erie Lewis

4-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-3 0-1 0-1

W. Swimming and Diving GVSU Hillsdale Findlay Wayne State Indianapolis Ashland Lake Erie Lewis Northern Mich.

5-1 4-1 2-2 2-1 1-2 1-4 0-1 0-2 0-2


Title’s in sight GVSU cross country teams prep for GLIACs BY TATE BAKER

W. Basketball Ferris State Michigan Tech. GVSU Northern Mich. Northwood Lake Superior Saginaw Valley



Grand Valley State University’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to go streaking again this fall. No, not the kind that involves shedding clothes. The Lakers are aiming for their 11th-consecutive men’s GLIAC title, and also it would be the women’s 12th-consecutive GLIAC title as the teams travel to the GLIAC Championships in Midland, Mich. Saturday. “We’re just ready to compete and eager to get out and going,” said head coach Jerry Baltes. “Staying focused, and not putting pressure on ourselves is the key.” The Lakers have become accustomed to handling pressure during their 10-plus year streak of consecutive GLIAC titles. “We are aware that we have a huge target on our backs year in and year out,” Baltes said. “Our kids realize that, and do a great job of consistently bringing everything they have to each race.” Consistency is a common term used around both the

men’s and women’s programs. In any given race GVSU is running, a pack of Lakers will be working together, driving each other toward the finish. “You never really know who is going to be leading the pack on any given race,” said redshirt freshman Spencer Pageau. “We really focus on running in a group, working off of each other’s determination and toughness to get through the race.” The Lakers women’s team, like the men, is built around a mixture of young talent and experienced veterans — a formula that has worked to perfection thus far this season. “Any one of us can finish first for us,” Pageau said. “We have seven No. 1 runners, we’re not really worried about who finishes first.” The Lakers are coming off of strong performances from redshirt freshman Jessica Janecke’s GLIAC Cross Country Runner of the Week feat. The team also had strong showings from Pageau, and Joe Duff’s first and second place showings at the Michigan Intercollegiate earlier this month. “Our athletes have con-

tinued to stay focused,” Baltes said. “It’s really shown by what they have accomplished so far.” Teams looking to spoil the streak of both the men’s and women’s programs include a very strong Ferris State University team, and a new program on the rise in Malone University. “We can’t get cocky,” said redshirt freshman Duff. “We know everyone will be gunning for us; that’s why it’s key for us to stay focused.” In order for the Lakers men’s and women’s programs to earn another GLIAC title, they will have to continue to run consistently as they did throughout the year. That being quality performances from their No. 7 runner all the way to the No. 1 runner. “We lost a lot from last year’s team,” Duff said. “We rebounded nicely, just as we thought. It’s now up to us to bring home another title.” The Lakers will leave it all on the line this Saturday, when they travel up to Midland, hoping to bring yet another set of GLIAC conference titles back to Allendale.

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Defensive-minded: Junior cornerback Reggie Williams (2) celebrates with teammates following a play. The Laker’s defense will be counted on to step up and stop Northwood’s wishbone offense saturday.

The Lakers aim to end two game losing skid with homecoming matchup against Northwood



dversity can strike any time, and it can come in a variety of ways. No matter if it’s in the form of lackluster play or a rash of injuries, the Grand Valley State University football team has five games to right its own ship.

Carrying a two-game losing streak into this week’s game against Northwood University (4-3, 3-3 GLIAC), it’s going to be a group effort if the Lakers (5-2. 4-2 GLIAC) hope to get back on track. “We’ve got to work together. Coaches and players got to work together,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “There’s some variables

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we can control, and there’s some variables we can’t control, but the variables that we can control we need to focus on and get those controlled, coaches and players — that’s not just for our defense, that’s for our whole football team.” While the injuries that have piled up are one of those uncontrollable variables, the variables that GVSU can control, the execution of their defensive and offensive game plans, are something that’s struggled during the recent skid. The Lakers played without sophomore quarterback Isiah Grimes in last week’s loss at Northern Michigan University, and with minimal practice time, redshirt sophomore Brandon Beitzel struggled in relief. Grimes’ status for Saturday’s game is still unknown. Mitchell considered him doubtful following Saturday’s game, and if he cannot go this week, expect Beitzel or even redshirt freshman Jeff O’Brien to take over. “We had to, in a span of basically 24 hours, get Brandon up and ready to go at that position,” Mitchell said. “I’m also aware that the type of offense, the structure, what we look at might change because of the skill set of the guy we have there.” The change in quarterback earlier this season from injured Heath Parling to Grimes was one that included minimal change

of the offense, but going from Grimes to Beitzel or O’Brien may require more of a simplification of the offense considering the lack of experience for both. Part of the solution to the Lakers’ offensive woes could be solved in the trenches. GVSU boasts a veteran offensive line, and with the return of junior tailback Hersey Jackson to pair with freshman Kirk Spencer, the Lakers can lean on that part of its offense. That may present a problem Saturday, though. Northwood enters the game with the No. 3 total defense in the GLIAC and the No. 2 rushing defense, giving up just 3.3 yards per carry. “We just have to come in and work hard the entire week; we can’t take a day off,” Lelito said. “We’ve got to be very physical, do as much as we can, still watch a ton of film and get their checks and stuff down. Going forward through this week, I think we can’t afford to waste any time.” Mitchell expects a pair of defensive contributors to return from injury against Northwood. Sophomore defensive end Matt Judon and junior linebacker Sam Power will play and be needed against a Northwood team that runs a woodbone offense similar to the one run by Army. Led by junior fullback Cameron Jackson and quarterback Aaron Shavers, Northwood’s woodbone offense cur-

rently stands as the GLIAC’s No. 2 rushing offense, gaining 230 yards per game. GVSU’s defensive struggles have been magnified by opponent’s ability to run straight at the Lakers, a large part of the triple option offense. Mitchell cited the return of Judon and Power as ways of solving that, but also that controlling the line of scrimmage will be key. “We’re going to get a tough, tough test with Northwood and running the ball,” Mitchell said. “They’re probably going to run the ball right at us. We’re going to have to do a great job on the defensive side of the ball bowing our neck and getting the job done for this team — we’ve got to provide a spark on that side of the ball for this football team.” That spark is one the Lakers need to break out of its slump. “The leaders have to lead. The guys in the offense who have been here before, been through a lot of stuff, we have to step up and lead,” said senior offensive tackle Andrew Biedenbender. “The offensive line is kind of a veteran group and we gotta step up and do whatever we can, whosever back there at quarterback, whosever back there at running back, we’ve got to block for them, we’ve got to do all we can do and the leaders have to lead the team.”


From 1999 to 2010 the Grand Valley State University football team started only four quarterbacks in regular season games. That list includes Jeff Fox, Cullen Finnerty, Brad Iciek and Kyle McMahon over the 11-year span. If redshirt sophomore Brandon Beitzel starts on Saturday, that will mark three starting quarterbacks in this season alone.

Walking Wounded In the first seven games of the season, GVSU has seen a combined 29 starters miss games since its 28-0 victory at Tiffin University. Within that, 12 starters have missed games on offense and seven starters on defense have missed games. GVSU has been forced to start its thirdstring quarterback, third-string running back and played without starters at defensive end and linebacker.


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Crew set to row in Head of Charles Regatta in Boston


At the catch: The club rowing team will be sending four boats to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta against teams from Harvard University, Brown University, and Columbia University. BY judson rodriguez GVL intern


ollege sports are about more than just winning. Representing a school is the highest honor a collegiate athlete can achieve, while splitting time between the classroom and the sporting world. The Grand Valley State University club rowing teams have the chance this weekend to represent “Laker Nation” at one of the most unique sporting events in all of college sports: the Head of the Charles Regatta in the heart of downtown Boston. The regatta features teams from Harvard University, Columbia University, Brown University

and GVSU, as well as many other alumni-based teams. GVSU has been making noise in the rowing world for the better part of the last decade, but head coach John Bancheri thinks that other schools are starting to give GVSU the respect nationally that is due. “They’re going to notice us,” he said. “You’ve got all these Ivy League schools and then you have GVSU right in the middle of all that. It’s really a great representation of the impact our team is making nationally.” Bancheri knows that the weekend is more important than just a feel-good sporting event, it carries over into life beyond college. “Most graduates from Harvard are not going to be working a bluecollar kind of job,” Bancheri said.

”In the future, that businessman may remember rowing against GVSU and may see your name stick out in a pile of a thousand because of this connection.” The $100 price tag on the trip couldn’t be more worth it for the students who will participate in Boston’s heralded boat race. “You know a price tag can’t really be put on the experience that we get to have,” said rowing club president Andrew Zwierzynski. The team will have the experience of a lifetime as they get to travel Boston’s famous “T” subway, and see the sights of Harvard Square and Cambridge. “Whenever we go somewhere, we try to give the athletes some time to explore the world we live

in, and there isn’t a greater place to take a look around than Harvard Square,” Bancheri said. Alumni involvement has really pushed the program to the upper echelon of the rowing world. “What does it say about a school when you have alumni returning to participate in an event after years of being out of school,” Bancheri said. Men’s rower Keegan Jahnke said it’s nice to have the alumni presence within the program, pushing them through training. “They really help motivate us through the training process,” Jahnke said. ”They’ve all done it before, so they know what we are going through.” GVSU will send its most boats ever to the event with two women’s 8+

boats, a men’s 4 and a men’s 8+ boat competing. These four top boats are all fast enough to medal, Bancheri said. While winning is always the goal in sports, the team knows how important this race will be for GVSU. “We have the chance to really do something special for GVSU and take the Laker for Life motto to a whole new level,” Bancheri said. The boats have been on a torrid pace lately in practice, completing the practice course in the fastest times ever. Bancheri said the team is physically ready to go, but at the same time its important to stay loose. Jahnke may have found the best way of all. “I plan on drinking the Charles River water for two reasons-luck and to see if it tastes like tea,” he said.


GV senior Tiefenthal readies for starting role BY alex harroun GVL staff writer

The starting goalie for the Grand Valley State University Division III club hockey team for much of his career, Scott Tiefenthal is now a senior and ready to make the most out of his opportunity starting in goal for the Division II club hockey team. With a 2-0-1 record in three starts, Tiefenthal has started a solid foundation for his senior season as the starter. Not being the outright starter going into the season, Tiefenthal, who moonlighted with the Division II team at the end of last season, remained confident he would be playing on the Division II team this

season. After a new offseason workout regiment and tough tryouts, he was named a starter by head coach Mike Forbes. “It means a lot (to me) being the starter (as a senior),” Tiefenthal said. “It’s everything you work for all through high school and college.” The jump to Division II has made Tiefenthal statistically much more difficult for opposing teams. With overall competition faster and better at the higher level, Tiefenthal boasts a 2.57 goals against average and a 0.90 save percentage and attributes this not only to his own preparation, but the team in front of him. “The team plays a great allaround defensive game, they

really work hard in our zone,” Tiefenthal said. “(The team) really makes things happen in the offensive zone. It always helps to get goal support.” Being a fundamentally sound performer with a tremendous “compete level,” especially in the big game, is what head coach Mike Forbes attributes his success at the Division II level. “He wants to be in those big games and thrives in them,” Forbes said. Expectations are high for Tiefenthal and company this season with consecutive trips to the ACHA National Championship game, which the Lakers won in 2011 and finished second in 2012. “Making it to the national tournament is our number one

goal right now,” Tiefenthal said. “It’s a long way away. Our goal is get back there and be at our best…we will see how things shake out, we just have to be prepared for every game.” Along with such lofty goals comes stiff competition from opponents trying to knock off arguably the best DII hockey team in the ACHA over the last two years. “We’re one of the best teams in the nation and have one of the best programs,” Tiefenthal said. “Whoever we play, they’re giving us their best game possible. Everyone is trying to knock us off the top. We have to come with it every night and be prepared. Any night someone could beat us.”


One last chance: Senior Scott Tiefenthal has a 2-0-1 record as he prepares to start the season as GVSU’s starting goalie.


FISH OUT OF WATER FREAKY Swim teams prepare to open season against Wisconsin-Milwuakee BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL STAFF WRITER

After months of offseason workouts and practices, the Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s swim teams are eager to start competing in the 2012-2013 season. The Lakers will open their season this Friday in Allendale against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “We’ve been working hard since day one as a team,” said head coach Andy Boyce, who last year was named GLIAC Men’s Coach of the Year. “We came into the season in good shape. We’ve been itching to race since we’ve just been training. Having the first meet here Friday night against Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be a good test for us.” GVSU’s men and women are coming off second place finishes in the GLIAC conference, right behind Wayne State University. Nationally, the women finished sixth, while the men secured an eighth place finish. “We’re just getting things rolling here,” Boyce said. “We’re looking to be competitive within the conference.


All wet: Junior Ellen Wiese performs the backstroke during the 400 yard IM. The team’s season begins Friday in Wisconsin.

Every year we’re fighting for a conference championship and we want to inch our way up on the national level.” On the men’s side, the Lakers will have to deal with replacing Aaron Beebe, who last year became GVSU’s first national champion in school history, taking first in the 200 IM. The men’s team will hope that they can fill the void left by Beebe and others by stepping up and having freshmen fill key roles. “Last year we lost a couple big seniors,” said senior Derek Mead. “It’s going to be having guys step up this year. We have a big freshman class, so it’s going to be our returners and our new guys stepping up and fill those holes we’re trying to replace from last year.” The men will look to

count on Mead in the middistance freestyle and sophomore Milan Medo in the sprint freestyle IM’s. Boyce is hopeful that these two will lead the team. “We’re looking to lean on those guys and see what they can do,” Boyce said. On the women’s side, expect GVSU to be led by junior Caitlyn Madsen in the backstroke and butterfly. Junior Kirsten Emerson will anchor the Lakers in distance races, and junior Danielle Vallier is one of the team’s strongest backstroke swimmers. “It’s definitely coming together real well,” Madsen said. “We have a very young team this year. The freshmen are stepping up and showing that they’re here to work and that they want to help the team as

much as they can, and the upperclassmen are showing them how the team is run.” GVSU has one intersquad meet under their belt, but they are looking forward to the opportunity to race in competition against different schools. The Lakers will look to be pushed by their competition. “It’s super exciting to be able to start competing now,” Madsen said. “We’ve just been practicing and racing each other, and now we’ll get to race other people. It’ll push us to our limit and we’ll be able to go faster and compete more.” While it may be early in the season, the Lakers have already set their sights on the GLIAC championship. Last year, Wayne State topped the GVSU’s men 872-801 and the GVSU women 923-599.5. “Like every year, our main goal is to win conference,” Mead said. “We want to come away with the conference championship. Wayne State is big competition and that is definitely our primary goal to beat them and win conference, and we want to have a strong showing at nationals.”




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MIXING DANCE MEDIUMS Dance companies combine, explore technology By Kari Norton GVL Staff Writer


rand Valley State University’s dance company will get a technology overhaul in their Oct. 22 recital, while collaborating with the Thodos Dance Chicago for a virtually interactive performance of Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons.’ Shawn Bible, GVSU faculty artist choreographer, has been working closely with Nate Bliton, the music and dance department’s equipment and stage manager, to master Kinect software and create technology that is controlled by the dancers’ movements. “The Kinect is used as a sensor to tell the computer where the dancers are so they can interact with and generate the animation themselves,” Bliton said. The idea to add animated software projections to the show spurred from a project called ‘Bodies in Motion’ that Bible and Bliton worked on over the summer. Nintendo Wii controllers were attached to dance students’ hands to control the music, and the concept for the fall arts performance grew from there, Bliton said. Bible said the dance department is always exploring new ways to incorporate technology with dance. “I am pretty sure GVSU has not seen something quite like this,” Bliton said. “I hope that people will see this and be inspired

to put on a new kind of project, or some kind of interaction we haven’t thought of yet.” The performance will begin with two original Thodos dances and conclude with the two companies performing the Vivaldi dance piece choreographed by Bible. Bible said the collaboration with Thodos Dance Chicago is different from what GVSU’s dance department has done before. Guest dancers have performed with students in the past, but this is the first time an entire company has been invited. Melisa Thodos, founder of the Thodos modern dance company, choreographed a dance for the department two years ago, and Bible said it was such a great experience that she was brought back with her whole company, comprised of 10 dancers. “The audience should expect to see a highly energetic and thrilling dance performance by both Thodos Dance Chicago and GVSU Dance Company members,” Bible said. Thodos Dance Chicago members arrived at the university Sunday, giving them a week to rehearse with the four GVSU dancers that were chosen to perform in the final production. “This performance stands out because the caliber of performers is truly outstanding,” Bible said. “Our bill is full of amazing talent that has only been brought together by GVSU Dance.” The companies are performing to live music by violinist Rachel Barton Pine from Chicago, and the GVSU Faculty and Staff


Sweet embrace: Dancers prepare for the recital which will incorporate new technology in the performances.

Orchestra conducted by Henry Duitman. “Every year I look forward to bringing an innovative element into the Fall Arts Dance productions, rather than present a traditional dance concert,” Bible said. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the per-

formance, it is not to be missed.” The Oct. 22 performance is free and open to the public, starting at 8 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre on the Allendale Campus. For more information call (616) 331-3484.

Mayday Parade, The Maine set for Homecoming Concert BY STEPHANIE ALLEN GVL A&E Editor


potlight Productions, the studentrun event programming board for Grand Valley State University, chose to switch up genres for this year’s Homecoming Concert – last year was pop singer Mike Posner, and 2010 was Jason Derulo. So when the Music Programming Board was looking for artists, they found Mayday Parade and The Maine. Both bands are coming off of headlining world tours, and have released new albums within the past year. “We gave GVSU students a survey to see what they wanted from this years homecoming concert and the majority said it was time for rock to come back to our school,” said Bradley Kosiba, Spotlight Productions music committee chair. The alternative rock guys of Mayday Parade, from Tallahasee, Fl., are known for their first studio album, without former front man Jason Lancaster, “Anywhere But Here.” The Maine, a group of alternative rock guys from

THEDAILYCITY.COM | COURTESY Alternative homecoming: The alternative rock group, MayDay Parade, will headline this year’s homecoming concert at GVSU.

Tempe, Arizona, have five studio albums, including a Holiday CD. Their live DVD, “Anthem For a Dying Breed,” was set to be released Oct. 16, but was pushed back until Nov. 19. The bands are joining for a double-headlining U.S. tour and the Oct. 19 show at GVSU is one of their first stops. “This will be GVSU’s

first true double-headliner, with both Mayday Parade and The Maine playing full sets along with their opener, The Postelles,” Kosiba said. “This will be the biggest concert to roll through GVSU in its existence in terms of stage size, lights and the bands involved.” Office of Student Life staff member Chelsea Pulice has been working with

Spotlight Productions to get all of the “behind the scenes” glitches worked out, so the concert runs smoothly. She said there has been a lot of planning and meetings with everyone on campus to get the facilities and staff ready. The planning process began in June, and Kosiba said they have been continuously working on it since.

“A lot of time, sweat, and stress has been put in to this concert by Spotlight Productions in hopes that this will be a great concert that all students can enjoy,” Kosiba said. Although the group has been bumping up advertising, ticket sales are still down from recent years, which Pulice said could be because this year’s bands

aren’t as well known as previous artists. “I’ll be interested to see how many tickets are sold this week,” Pulice said. “Its in the nature of students to buy them at the last minute.” Spotlight Productions has seen a positive response from students, and Kosiba still expects the Fieldhouse Arena to be packed with students. He said one student even started to cry out of excitement. “We have had a lot of positive feedback from the students concerning the concert,” Kosiba said. “I have received quite a few emails expressing that these bands were an amazing choice and that they are amazing live performers.” Tickets for the Oct. 19 concert are on sale now at the 20/20 desk inside Kirkhof Center and are $15 for students, alumni, faculty and staff, and $20 for the public. There is no limit for student ticket purchases. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. general admission concert. For more information, got to Spotlight Production’s website at studentlife/programming.

GV animation program ranked No. 16 in Midwest By Stephanie Allen GVL A&E Editor

Grand Valley State University’s film and video program has a new reason to attract perspective students. The Animation Career Review ranked GVSU’s animation program No. 16 out of the 20 best Midwest schools, placing higher than the University of Michigan at No. 19 and Kendall College of Art and Design at No. 17. Michigan State University was the only other Michigan school to place, at No. 10. “Having our program recognized in this manner is an honor,” said Deanna Morse, animation professor. “It is a tribute to the full-time faculty, the staff, and also our many adjuncts MORSE who are committed to quality teaching and learning.” Animation Career Review ranked the programs by looking through professional reviews of schools around the nation, such as The Princeton Review, interviewing professionals in the field and based on several criteria including curriculum, faculty, internship opportunity, location, campus life, and tuition.

The article lists GVSU being ranked for its liberal arts degree and abundance of student access to equipment, faculty and opportunities. “I’m glad that the article recognizes the liberal arts degree – it’s not an art school,” said Toni Perrine, film and video associate director. “We have really good hands-on opPERRINE portunities for students.” She said having the program within the School of Communications helps students get a wellrounded educational base with a specific degree focus. “The students really get a very strong emphasis in film and video,” Perrine said. Animation student Keren-happuch Benavides was shocked GVSU ranked higher than UofM and Kendall. “It’s neat knowing we beat Kendall and UofM, there’s some friendly competition,” Benavides said. Because the article ranked schools based on tuition too, Perrine said it could’ve helped push GVSU one spot higher than Kendall, which costs almost $1,000 more to attend per year. She said it’s more of a bargain for students who

are still looking for a comprehensive education. Film and video students apply to enter the program after passing several prerequisites. Perrine said the selective entry helps to yield the most talented and dedicated students. And GVSU has many film and video alumni who have created successful careers, including John Willette and David Burton, who were nominated for an Oscar for their special effects work on “Castaway,” and Greg Colton, who received an Emmy for directing the TV show, “Family Guy.” While teaching, Morse continues to create animation art and can see, and help teach the changing animation skills needed to have a successful career, “Because there is only one certain thing in this ‘evolution of animation education,’ we have not reached a plateau. The change

continues.” She said the focus in teaching animation has been discussed amongst educators over the past few years, and she has created an idea of the type of education students need. “For the long term, what we really want to model - and teach - are some basic skills that have nothing really to do with our discipline,” Morse said. “To teach students how to learn, how to adapt, how to ask good questions, how to analyze and be critical, how to be introspective, how to think outside the box. To have a knowledge of the past and present with an enthusiastic curiosity and a willingness to embrace change. To be respectful of others and our planet. To work for what is good, to work to leave the world a better place.”

“ Having our program recognized in this manner is an honor. It is a tribute to the full-time faculty, the staff and also our many adjuncts who are committed to quality teaching and learning.” DEANNA MORSE



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Jazz students improvise during performance


Blown away: Fueled by improvisation and a variety of solo’s, the Grand Valley State University Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra wowed the crowd in the Louis Armstong Theater. Lead by GVSU jazz professor Tim Froncek, who also played the drums and the vibe throughout, the performance included one improvisation number and five rehearsed songs performed by the orchestra. BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI GVL STAFF WRITER


he Grand Valley State University Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra played, sang and danced its way through its Oct. 16 concert in the Louis Armstrong Theater. The Jazz Combo, comprised of Cam Miller on alto saxophone, Dutcher Snedeker on piano, Kaja Lill on bass, Joshua Dreyer on drums, and William Scanlon on tenor saxophone, started the performance with “Fina-

le Blues,” written by Lill. “I am happy by the turn out of people, even though many were here for classes, it is good that people took time to come,” Dreyer said. The Jazz Combo also performed “Spain,” which allowed for each member to have a solo. Lill interacted with his band mates during his bass performance and sang with the beat to himself. Dreyer and Scanlon performed with the Jazz Combo and the orchestra, which was conducted by Tim Froncek,

a GVSU jazz professor. Froncek conducted the group on stage, and helped out by playing several instruments, such as the drums and the vibe. But he didn’t limit himself to only conducting and playing – he was interactive with the audience and comical with dance moves. Throughout the concert, he told stories of different performers while in classes and introduced every soloist, including Scanlon, Dreyer, Julia Gjebic, Janet Christensten, Willis Dotson, Tyler Keur, Richie Arn-

GV to host young talent on High School Vocal day BY MATT OBERSKI GVL STAFF WRITER

High school students from all over Michigan are coming to Grand Valley State University Oct. 19 to see if they have what it takes to be part of the vocal music department. High School Vocal Day gives prospective students a chance to check out GVSU’s Allendale Campus, meet music department faculty members and attend a master class hosted by guest artist Robert McIver, professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. McIver, who has been working with college vocal programs for over 40 years, said he has always been fascinated with teaching. His father was a college professor and choral conductor, and his mother was an elementary music teacher. With all this influence at home and school, teaching music came naturally. “I just decided that’s what I wanted to do with my life,” McIver said. He said the master class for High School Vocal Day is an interaction between high school students and himself. Students will perform for him, so he can give feedback and constructive criticism about what

dorfer, Garrett Riley, Ryan Birko and Eric Saksa. Froncek said he thought the show went well, but would like to include more solos next time to give students more opportunities to practice performing. “I have been playing the saxophone for years,” Saksa said. “You have to prepare for always, not just one performance.” The orchestra performed five rehearsed songs and one improvisation number, which stole the audience’s attention.

The improvisation was by freshman Riley, or as he was referred to onstage, “Big Daddy G.” He played the drums and vibe during the performance. It started with Froncek on piano and Dreyer on drums, then Riley wowed the audience with his creative beat. “The performance was exciting, and overall it was an amazing experience,” Riley said. Most of the Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra members said the show went really well, and the audi-

ence agreed. “It was a wonderful show, and it was the best when all the performers came together,” said Sadiah Cannon, GVSU freshman audience member. This was the first of many performances for this year’s Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra. “I thought it went great,” Froncek said. “This performance broke the ice to audience members and for other performances.” spendowski

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Pitch perfect: Robert McIver instructs a student. McIver will provide high school students with feedback and constructive critistim to work on before moving to the college level.

they can work on while in high school and possibly as GVSU students. The two-day event begins Friday with two master classes by McIver for high school students, and with private sessions with GVSU students afterward. “We’ll be dealing with vocal technique, how they produce sound, and how that production can be improved,” McIver said. The master classes will also provide insight into how students can effectively interpret the repertoire they perform. “I try to teach all students of the responsibility they have to their gift,” McIver said. “If you want to do it seriously, you have to devote yourself to it every day.” Dale Schriemer, GVSU

“ We want students to feel like an individual on campus, and not just on of the masses.”



associate professor of music, said High School Vocal Day shows students around campus and the benefits of GVSU’s music department. “We want students to feel like an individual on campus, and not just one of the masses,” Schriemer said. The event is to show students the opportunities GVSU offers. “You can’t do that in a brochure,” Schriemer said. “You have to experience what that is.” Schriemer said the music department sent out emails to high school directors to try to get the most students possible attending High School Vocal Day. “It’s a very high-level opportunity to study and learn,” Schriemer said. “We’re trying to attract the highest possible talent.” The master classes are free and open to the public, held in the Performing Arts Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. For more information about High School Vocal Day, or the music department, contact Schrimer at


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