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BoTV fundraising falls short to SVSU By Sarah Hillenbrand GVL Staff Writer
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Too little too late: Sophomore DeVonte’ Jones (21) takes down Saginaw Valley quarterback Jonathon Jennings during Saturday’s action.
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or the past four years, Saginaw Valley State University has triumphed in the Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition, and this year, the Cardinals tacked yet another victory to their record. While Grand Valley State University raised about $1,100 for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, SVSU raised over $30,000 for its charity, Great Lakes Bay Miracle League. Despite the defeat, the GVSU Student Senate is still proud to have supported its charity. “Raising money for a charity is a wonderful thing, and to be able to give back to a charity that gives so much, is a wonderful feeling,” said Jennie Hlady, who is part of the Grand Valley State University Student Senate’s political affairs committee. GVSU’s charity this year is an organization that helps families who have been affected by a mental illness or disease. It also aims to educate people about mental diseases. Its tagline, “Stomp Out Stigma,” was also on the Battle of the Valleys shirts that were sold at GVSU last week. “In my personal opinion, it is important for students to care about Battle of the Valleys for multiple reasons,” said Lindsay Viviano, vice president of public relations. “First off, we as Laker nation should care to raise the most money for a local charity. After all, that’s what the whole week is about.” The main fundraising events were the Run with Love 5K, Pie a Senator, and t-shirt sales, which Vivano said was the most successful fundraiser. “Next year more people should get involved with Battle of the Valleys,” Hlady said. “It’s a great week, and it all goes to a great cause.” firstname.lastname@example.org
SVO, GVSU Cheer team up for Veterans
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Here to help: Staff members Anthony Clemons and Deva Hull speak in the LGBTQ resource center. The center is one addition that helped Grand Valley State receive a five-star LGBT-friendly rating.
GV recieves five-star rating for LGBT-friendly campus
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Grand Valley State University joined 39 other colleges around the U.S. to receive a fivestar rating - the highest rating possible - on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. Colette Seguin Beighley, director of the LGBT Resource Center at GVSU, wrote in an announcement that the rating reflects GVSU’s commitment to and value of inclusion. Seguin Beighley added that the efforts of the university’s Gender Expression and Equity Committee strongly
contributed to the move from 4.5 to five stars. “For nearly two years, the committee has examined policies across campus as they pertain to accommodating transgender students, faculty and staff members,” Seguin Beighley wrote. “Though the committee is completing its final recommendations, which will be presented to the Senior Management Team, many of the departments or units across campus have already complied with these recommendations after learning the changes that needed to be made.” The director also attributed
the accomplishment to the addition of gender-neutral housing as well as the LGBTQ minor, which she said is planned to be available to students in the fall 2013 semester. “This recognition is the result of across-campus collaborations, reflecting an institutional commitment to the values of equality and justice for our LGBT communities,” Seguin Beighley wrote. The university met all qualifications in the areas of LGBT Academic Life, LGBT Student Life, LGBT Campus SEE RATING, A2
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Bringing good cheer: Grand Valley State University’s cheer team brought their routines to the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans to help cheer up residents and staff.
The Grand Valley State University Cheer Team and the Student Veterans Organization have joined forces to bring smiles - and cheers - to local veterans. Both organizations met up with veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans in late October, and members from both the all-girl and co-ed cheer teams performed a cheer routine for the veterans. The home provides a place for veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to live, along with those from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Despite the home having a low ceiling and a hard floor surface, the team performed a normal routine that de-
lighted the veterans, who could watch from their rooms or in person, as a camera streamed the show for viewing comfort. Steven Brown, president of SVO, approached the Cheer Team with the idea a few weeks beforehand in conjunction with an ongoing series of events coordinated by the SVO leading up to Veterans Day. Freshman cheerleader Torence Witherspoon was more than happy to comply. “It’s really important as athletes that we go out and do stuff like this in our community,” Witherspoon said. “Before we’re athletes, we’re students and secondly, we’re role models. I think it’s important that
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Professors go through ranks at GV By Rachel Cross GVL Assistant News Editor
rom the fall of 2010 to 2012, the number of professors of all ranks at Grand Valley State University has jumped from 836 to 864. These different ranks of professors go through many processes and evaluations by the university in order to be on tenure-track and ultimately tenured. Philip Batty of institutional analysis said that tenure stream faculty means that professors are full-time and eligible to achieve tenure. “Tenure stream faculty expectations as full-time professors include scholarship and service to the university within their academic discipline,” Batty said. Gayle Davis, provost of academic affairs at GVSU, said that professors receive tenure-track status after they have been at the university for six years. “After a professor receives tenure then they have an ongoing contract,” Davis said. “Unless something terrible happens, like the professor became incapaci-
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Safety and LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts. In almost all categories, GVSU scored a 4.5 rating or higher, but it only received a 3.5 star rating in the area of LGBT Counseling and Health. Under this category, the university failed to meet two requirements. First, it does not provide training to health center staff to accommodate the special health care needs of LGBT patients. Second, it does not provide insurance opportunities for transsexual students to receive hormone therapy treatment. Dwight Hamilton, assistant vice president for Affirmative Action, said the university has no plans to change its health care codes at the moment, “but the Gender Identity and Expression Committee has compiled information regarding trans-inclusive benefits and has looked at what other institutions are doing.” Hamilton said GVSU is looking into other ways to better serve
tated or otherwise misbehaves, everyone has tenured after the first six years and goes through various titles.” These different ranks for professors include assistant professor, associate professor, full professor, visiting professor and affiliate faculty. An assistant professor is typically the first title that professors have when first being hired in at the university, and after the first six years, the professor’s application goes under review for tenure, as well as a promotion, Davis said. Davis said that the next title up from assistant professor is associate professor, which is when faculty reviews a professor they believe is making good progress and has fulfilled the university’s expectations on service and scholarship. The highest rank in professors is a full professor. This means that the professor has “obtained a level of excellence and criteria when getting a promotion, which is usually five to six years after being tenured,” Davis said. “The first big chance for profes-
sors to move up their status levels is when a professor becomes an associate professor,” Davis said. “Once that happens they are out of their probationary period, and faculty may feel like they don’t need their contract reviewed in terms of job promotion.” Other ranks of professors within the university include visiting and affiliate faculty, who don’t receive tenure. Davis said that a visiting professor is temporary and limited to teaching for three years as a visitor under normal curriculum, and that this helps their resume when they go on to look for their next job. The affiliate faculty member is unique to GVSU. Figen Mekik, chair of the University Academic Senate and a regular faculty member in the geology department, said that the hiring process of professors is generally long and interviewing typically takes one to three days. She added the job candidate is usually asked to give a presentation on their scholarly work, and sometimes also asked to teach a class. Mekik said that hiring decisions
are made by individual departments, then subject to approval by the Dean of the respective college, and then the Provost and finally the Board of Trustees. Mekik has an active role in hiring Geology faculty. “During the interview, the candidates generally interview with all or a number of faculty in the department where their discipline is housed, meet and chat with residents,” Mekik said. “While department plays a critical role in recommending whom to hire to the Dean, students are also generally asked their opinion, although it may not be a deciding factor.” Mekik added that GVSU’s tenured faculty are at the top of their games and, though very diverse in opinion and attitudes, all cherish their roles as educators and like working with students, but being tenured doesn’t mean you have the freedom to not show up for work without an excuse. For further information on the ranks of professors at GVSU and the hiring process, call the Provost’s office at (616) 331-2400. email@example.com
the LGBT community, like allowing easy name changes on university records to accommodate transgender students. “Currently most of our information systems, like Banner, require us to use students’ legal names,” Hamilton said. “Unless the student changes his or her legal name, we’re currently limited in options. We have looked into using ‘preferred names’ in our systems to better accommodate students and have looked into some solutions used by other universities, but as of now, a change hasn’t been feasible with our systems. The creators of the Banner system (an outside provider), however, are looking into a solution.” Hamilton said the Gender Identity and Expression Committee is also finalizing a university-wide assessment to determine where GVSU stands on issues affecting the transgender community. Furthermore, the Campus Climate Implementation Committee is using the 2011 myGVSU surveys to identify ways to improve the
campus atmosphere for the LGBT community. The survey result summary indicated the university has a number of areas for improvement, including LGBT employee job satisfaction and workplace environment. For students, prejudice on the part of peers and faculty members seemed a prevalent issue to address. Despite the noted areas progressed in, GVSU’s welcoming attitude and inclusive policies have impressed many potential students and served as their main purpose for choosing the university. Seguin Beighley said only 7 percent of college campuses around the U.S. offer resource centers for the LGBT community, so the unique quality of providing the center has contributed to the recruitment of many GVSU students. “In the fall, we have both LGBT students as well as allies come into the center and say that the reason they chose GVSU was because we have an LGBT Re-
source Center and that spoke to them about the inclusive values of our university,” Seguin Beighley said. “One first-year student this fall said, ‘Even though I’m not a member of the LGBT community, I saw this center on my tour and thought ‘This is where I want to go!’’” Freshman Errin Fornicola, who identifies as part of the LGBT community, was one of the students impressed by the resources offered. “When I first started looking at Grand Valley, the fact that there was an actual physical ‘sanctuary’ for LGBT students was really neat to me,” Fornicola said. Some of the features that attracted her were the LGBTQ courses and the Freshman Queer Alliance club. So far, the university has met her expectations for inclusiveness. “There’s nothing I can think for GVSU to improve on,” Fornicola said. “It’s all been fantastic so far and I definitely don’t regret coming here.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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we give back to our community because they’ve given so much to this university, as well as with the veterans, who have given so much for our country.” Cheer coach Brandy Skantze said she issued her teams the challenge of completing 15 hours of community service, with positive results across the board. “Mostly everyone has gone above and beyond the 15 hours,” Skantze said. “Once they get out there and do one event, they realize that it not only makes you feel good but it does give back to the community.” Witherspoon said several members of the team have already gone back to the home on their own time, which has proved beneficial for both sides. “You gather so much information from (the veterans),” Witherspoon said. “They’re so knowledgeable, it’s really awesome to get that history lesson from them. As a life experience, it was great to meet them and they were really happy we could come.” Brown, a veteran himself, has already been at the head of several successful projects with the SVO this year, including raising over $2,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project in September. The decision to recruit the Cheer team to go to the veteran home was an easy one. “We were like, ‘How could we get Grand Valley more involved with veterans?’” Brown said. “The cheer team helped us out so much and we’re looking to span out to the dance team, the pom-pom team and other organizations here to reach veterans in the area.” The SVO did a tailgate party and salute during the GVSU football game last Saturday and plan to attend the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans with the Cheer team again, either this semester or next. Skantze was in favor of this proposal as well. “I’d like to make it a regular thing,” Skantze said. “I think it was a great experience for everybody who went.” email@example.com
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BRIEFS Olympic medalist to speak about heritage
Olympic gold medalist and Native American Billy Mills, will be giving a presentation at Grand Valley State University on Nov. 12 as part of GVSU’s Native American Heritage Month. Mills won a gold medal in the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and was the only American to win this event. Throughout his presentation, he will be discussing his personal experiences about being an orphan on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, as well as his college life at University of Kansas with a track scholarship, and overcoming discrimination. The event will be from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Cook-DeWitt Center on Allendale’s campus. For further information, go to www.gvsu. edu/oma.
Students take first at business competition
A Grand Valley State University student recently took first place at the Fourth Regional Idea Pitch Competition, which was at Aquinas College on Nov. 7. Jason Sissing competed against students from Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, Hope, and GRCC to get a prize of $1,500. Participants had 90 seconds to share their ideas for a new project to judges without PowerPoint or props. Sissing, a marketing major, won with his idea called the “Pop-Top,” which is a redesign to plastic cup lids. This competition was sponsored by West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group and Ernst & Young, LLP. For more information and details, call GVSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Seidman College of Business at (616) 331-7582.
NOVEMBER 12, 2012
SICK AND TIRED
Common college illnesses and prevention methods
By Leah Mitchell GVL Staff Writer
hances are, with cold season just around the corner, you might find yourself attempting to dispel the most unpleasant symptoms. Mostly everyone can agree that washing your hands and not sharing body fluids are effective ways to abstain from getting sick, but those aren’t the only methods. Grand Valley State University nutrition professor Jody Vogelzang said sleep and nutrition can be important to staying healthy. “Mindful eating and proper sleep usually lends the individual to take care of their bodies in other areas, as well,” Vogelzang said. “There is oftentimes a direct correlation between routine physical activity, sleep and entire self-care. In regard to nutrition, everything you put into your mouth has effect. Focus on everyday mindful health choices on an everyday basis. Failure can cause serious illnesses, so prevention should always be No. 1.” Vogelzang also said students often have a misconception as to where the energy to fuel the body should come from. Often times, in an effort to stay awake a few more hours while studying for an exam or finishing a paper, students will drink an abundance of caffeine, which hypes up the body and later on allows it to crash. The only true healthy way to gain energy is through absorbing whole foods that contain carbohydrates, proteins and fats. With stress, poor eating habits and lack of sleep, students have a natural tendency to wear down their immune systems without knowing it. The McKinley Health Center of Illinois wrote that the average college student gets fewer than six hours of sleep per night, which seriously affects health including increased anxiety, stress, concentration and de-
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Preventative measures: Student nurse Ashlee Olsen checks out a patient in the Health Services Building. Students can prevent many common illnesses simply by getting more sleep and making slight changes to their everyday diets.
pression. These factors can cause an overall weakened immune system. GVSU’s Campus Health Center has identified the most common illness at GVSU as mononucleosis. Otherwise known as “mono,” this illness causes fatigue, fever, sore throat and swollen lymph glands. It can be spread through contact with saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. If proper rest and recovery are not applied, mono can cause the spleen to swell and possibly burst with too much activity. Although mono symptoms will eventually go away for good, the virus that caused the illness will always remain in the system. From time to time, it may become active and contagious to others without causing any symptoms. Sophomore Kelly Doedens said she struggled to regain her strength after contracting mono. “I was sick for three weeks and
thought I had fully recovered, so I went and played basketball,” Doedens said. “I ended up relapsing for two months. It’s really important to listen to your body, because without your health you can’t accomplish anything. You can only watch so many movies.” Another common mistake that students make when feeling a little under the weather is overdosing their bodies with Vitamin C tablets or multivitamins. In one sense, it is proven that these vitamins can reduce symptoms to some extent, but overdosing the body does no good. After the body absorbs the maximum amount of a certain vitamin, the excess is simply flushed from the body. The best way to use vitamins is to continuously take them as part of an everyday routine, which will act as a preventative method to stay healthy. The GVSU Campus Health Center is set up to see a variety of acute
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Walk on the wild side: Pedometer challenge participants Chris Borda, Vicki Wenger, and Troy VanKoevering of team Moving PIC-tures take a walk as they attempt to improve improve health through walking.
Pedometer challenge pushes faculty to get, stay in shape By Rachel Cross
Speaker to address multimedia journalism The challenges associated with the advent of multimedia journalism will be the primary topic of a presentation by television news director Jill Manuel. She will also address critical issues of the outcome of the presidential election. Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff members, as well as the public can come to the presentation on Nov. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. in room 2263, Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.
Students club hosts “Haitian Experience”
The new Students for Haiti club at Grand Valley State University will host an event called “Haitian Experience” Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Au Sable Hall, room 1118. The event invites Haitian speakers to share their experiences and answer questions about education, lanuage and life in Haiti. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/haiti or email email@example.com. edu.
illnesses, general physical exams and some preventative medical services. If an illness is determined to be a chronic (ongoing) or serious condition, the patient will likely be sent to another clinic or to the Emergency Room to establish care. In the past, the health center has seen suspected appendicitis, pancreatitis and meningitis, which were all sent to the ER for further evaluation. Other common illnesses ranging from the most serious to the most common at GVSU include: Pneumonia, influenza, strep throat, common colds and a variety of allergies. Each of these illnesses can become serious if they are not addressed. The best way to stay healthy is to practice preventative health, and don’t let the body reach this level. GVSU’s health center is located on 42nd Street. More information can be found at www.gvsu.edu/campushealth. firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Senate talks success
Alum joins Wayne State board Grand Valley State University alumna Sandra Hughes O’Brien has recently been elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors. O’Brien received her bachelor’s degree in legal studies from GVSU in 1990, as well as a law degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998. She is the owner of the O’Brien Law Office in Northville, and focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration.
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The eighth annual pedometer challenge at Grand Valley State University motivated faculty on campus to get in shape by participating in teams that encouraged each other to get healthy and fit. The challenge lasted from Sep. 26 to Nov. 7, and faculty in teams of four people participated in the challenge. This year, there were 364 participants and 91 teams at GVSU, which competes against Saginaw Valley State University to see who can get the highest step average. The first place went to the team “Full Throttle” with a total of 2,256 miles traveled. Second place went to the “Sergeant Steppers and the Lonely Shoes Club Band” with a total of 1,995 miles, and the third place winners, the “DEV Destroyers,” traveled a total of 1,903 miles. GVSU lost to SVU - GVSU had an average of 378,154 steps, whereas SVU had an average of 433,320 steps. The most creative team name was given to the group “One Foot Two Foot White Foot Blue Foot,” and the winning department was Facilities Planning. Lindsey DeSarmo, health and wellness coordinator of the challenge, said there are two different categories of competition. The first level is less competitive where teams simply set a goal of miles to walk by the
ending date, and if they achieve this goal, they win a prize. The second level is more competitive, where participants compete against one another and are typically exercising more days a week and hitting the gym. DeSarmo said that from the feedback she receives, she has found that the pedometer challenge intrigues a majority of the faculty and staff to incorporate more physical activity throughout their day. “Many faculty and staff may decide to start taking the stairs versus the elevator, just things that get them moving more than usual,” DeSarmo said. Dorothy Vice, athletic and recreation facilities management assistant, participated with the Rec-ers this year. Vice’s team finished seventh place out of 45 in the level 2 competition. “Getting external motivation from teammates was great, but the most rewarding part was seeing our progress when compared to the other teams,” Vice said. “We logged the number of steps accomplished each day into a database online and could always see our number of steps compared to other teams.” Chris Borda, office coordinator of the Padnos International Center and participant of this year’s pedometer challenge, said he has a great time participating in the pedometer challenge, and that it’s something that he and his teammates look forward to every year.
“We enjoy thinking up crazy team names, doing activities together and pushing each other to keep stepping,” Borda said. “We’ve spent lunches touring the parts of campus that we don’t often see, walked over to check the progress of the new football field and brought exercise bands and hula hoops into the office for a different form of exercise. All of it adds to the fun of the challenge.” DeSarmo said there are a lot of different prize categories for the pedometer challenge. For the competitive challenge, there is the golden shoe category. The golden shoe is a pair of sneakers painted gold that is passed between SVU and GVSU for winners. For second and third place, recognition plaques and gift certificates to Gazelle Sports are given out. For the noncompetitive challenge, athletic socks are given to each team that meets its goal. In addition, the most creative team name earns a prize and there is also a celebration lunch for the competitive team at the end of the challenge. The challenge was originally created by an intern in the Human Resources Department, which now provides pedometers to participants. For further information on the pedometer challenge, go to http:// www.gvsu.edu/healthwellness/ fitness-challenges-96.htm. email@example.com
The Grand Valley State University Student Senate had two speakers at its meeting last week who spoke about student success and Scholar Works, which gives students open access to scholarly and creative works. The first guest speaker at the meeting was Nancy Giardina, the vice provost for student success at GVSU. Some of her many duties include acting as the official liaison between her office and Student Senate, overseeing instructional support services, and overseeing the blueprint for student success. “The blueprint for student success is a pathway to help students in all years to see critical landmarks and hit those landmarks to graduate on time,” Giardina said. The blueprint is different from MyPath because, where MyPath is more like a technical degree audit, the blueprint is more like a conversation with an adviser, Giardina said. “The blueprint is packed with information from students and faculty.” “We have gotten national recognition, and other schools use it as a model,” Giardina added. The second speaker at the meeting was Sarah Beaubien, who is the scholarly communications outreach coordinator at university libraries. She talked about Scholar Works and some of the history of open access, as well as the problems that publishers and subscribers had with the costs involved. “All of us as taxpayers are funding it, and it’s the publishers that are profiting,” Beaubien said. “The profit margins of the publishers are huge, bigger than large companies like Apple, because they charge so much to get access.” Beaubien said that now, things are changing with open access. There are now government and institutional mandates that if they give grant money to do research, the researcher is required to publish it in an open access repository somewhere. “More and more institutions are doing this because they don’t want to pay to do the research and also pay to subscribe to it,” Beaubien said. She also gave advice to the senators as future authors: “Fight for your rights as an author. Anything you create in a tangible medium is yours and you can protect that. Anything of your making is yours until you give it away. Make a stand on your behalf.” Also mentioned in the meeting, the educational affairs committee is finalizing the Fall Break resolution and has created a survey for both students and faculty to get their input. “We really need to get student and faculty input to make the proposal stronger and be able to give evidence that people are behind it,” said Katie Carlson, vice president of the educational affairs committee. To fill out the survey, visit www.gvsu.edu/ studentsenate. firstname.lastname@example.org
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he 2012 Battle of the Valleys event between Grand Valley State University and Sagniaw Valley State University has come and gone, and GVSU has once again fallen frighteningly behind in fundraising, with students here raising $1,100 total for the university’s chosen charity, compared to SVSU, who came out on top with $30,000 of total fundraising. The event, which just wrapped up it’s tenth year, has raised about $418,737 for different charities since its advent. Since the first year of BoTV, GVSU has been outgained $253,089 to $165,684, a total fundraising gap of $87,441, and ultimatley championed by SVSU for seven out
of the last 10 competitions. Though in a philanthropic event like this, winning and losing isn’t as important as raising money for a good cause, but with numbers that astronomically polarized, this year’s total begs the question: what is SVSU doing that GVSU isn’t? From traveling bake sales to t-shirt sales, donation collections, a car smash, and a date auction, SVSU has launched a whole host of different events to raise money for BoTV. This year, GVSU used a 5K race, a Pie a Senator event and tshirt sales to raise money. The fact that GVSU does anything at all is still commendable - fundraising
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After GVSU’s $30,000-$1,100 loss, the university might want to rethink its strategy for next year
isn’t easy in college, and any effort is better than no effort - but the numbers show a clear difference between the two universities and improvement should be our goal. This goal does not rest in only one person or group’s hands; it is up to each of us to make a difference. It starts with advertising and raising awareness for the event leading up to Battle of the Valleys. Though the more familiar upper-classmen at GVSU should already be somewhat aware of BoTV, many freshman and sophomore have never even heard of it before - so make fundraising accessible to them, make the event almost unavoidable. Also, adding
more avenues for fundraising might also help to increase participation; events like bake sales, garage sales and also having donation locations around campus would all make the event more recognizable and would make students more aware of the event. So heading into next year, event organizers are tasked with evaluating their methods, regrouping and rethinking, and coming up with a better strategy for next year while GVSU students are tasked with participating in those events, helping to publicize them, and rallying around not only their school, but a much bigger cause.
GVL EDITORIAL CARTOON I BY DAN SILLS
Do you think enough was done to promote the Battle of the Valley’s fundraiser?
“Honestly, I didn’t know much about it besides that fact that it was between Grand Valley and Saginaw Valley.”
Freshman, secondary education Spring Lake, Mich.
“No, I personally wasn’t aware of anything going on for fundraising besides T-shirt sales.”
ALYSSA DAVENPORT Junior, marketing Saginaw, Mich.
“No. Because I didn’t even hear about it until I was given this question.”
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Sophomore, geology and natural resource management Plainwell, Mich.
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“I think an excellent job was done promoting the Battle of the Valleys. I had texts coming from friends in Saginaw that were just as excited as I was and I saw various posters, messages in chalk and people talking about it.” JAKE GAULINSKI
Freshman, accounting St. Clair, Mich.
“Not enough was done to promote the fundraiser this year.”
PHILIP JACKSON Senior, nursing Ann Arbor, Mich.
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pression in five years? Let’s downsize our “thanks” and think about things that relate directly to us: A couple of wondrous clichés like family, friends and good health come to mind. How about the fact that we’re in college? For music, our talents and abilities, or the fact that “The Bachelor” is on Hulu, so my roommates can’t see me watching it and openly mock me. There’s much more than deadlines and pages of to-be written papers to be thankful about. Being lucky is not about being fortunate, rather, it is about looking past the obvious and sometimes finding the best in the worst. Simply by being aware - of this month of thanks, of others, and of the growing and sensitive world around us, can help guide us on a path to happiness. What happened to “giving from
the heart?” There are scarce situations where people are found volunteering with no motivations. It’s quid pro quo at its worst. “Be nice” has been a reoccurring theme in my columns. Funny, I never thought that I would write about a topic so much. But countless reminders seem to be necessary sometimes, especially in this competitive and often chaotic world that we live in. Alas, I cannot write about such a topic continuously for a year (trust me, I’ve thought about making it a challenge for myself), and therefore, I give up the role of sweet, old grandmother whose answer is always “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Retiring both my image and the message that I often present, I hand this role over to you. email@example.com
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work and group meetings seem to be dictating the lives of fellow classmates, acting as though Black Friday is now every day, and instead of deals, people are fighting for grades and against deadlines. The holidays have always been busy, but people seem to forget, only remembering the blissful times and the eggnog. “No, no, I’ll wait to get her a present” or “I’ll think about that later” are popular sayings that are always sworn never to be said again, but somehow have a way of recurring every year. And as far as Thanksgiving, it can be hard to give thanks. What is there to be thankful for? The fact that George Lucas sold Lucasfilm as well as the rights to do another “Star Wars” to Disney? The fact that Kristin Stewart hasn’t changed her facial ex-
Grand Valley State University… definitely not the type of university I thought I would one day be attending. Maybe I’ve watched too many movies before coming over here and raised my hopes way too high. Allendale is not the worst place on earth, but I am pretty sure the majority of us will not qualify it the best and you’re certainly not a legitimate Laker if you’ve never called it “Allenhell.” Thank God, I have amazing friends who make my time enjoyable here, and they’re
one of the reasons why I am still here. Four years ago, I had the chance to experience 11 months in an American High School as a senior. Those programs which allow you to do that shouldn’t exist. They let young teenagers like me go overseas, get used to a whole new life, become a part of a couple people’s daily routine and then send them back home after a year. How many of you guys have met an exchange student in your high school? For the most part, if you haven’t seen them again by now, chances are you will never see them again, no matter how much they swear they will be back. Imagine having to go back home and act like those 11 months never happened, like you never left but still have to get used
to your original life again? Not cool. I didn’t want the growing experience to stop, my new best friends to forget about me so I came back for more, here at GVSU. Since I’ve been here, I have seen a couple of my friends that are International Students drop out, a few, very close to graduation. Some couldn’t handle being so far away from home and others just didn’t like the area. In both cases, they left and went back to the country that has their hearts. I guess it wasn’t fancy enough for their taste. Long story short, they quit. Yes, Allendale can be extremely boring at times, and there are millions of things that I could be doing if I was back home in Paris. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but you do have
to try. Allendale is a great place to perfect your social skills. Go out, meet people and try new things. Andrew Zimmern said, “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things. Meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” I am all for it. Grand Valley sure has been and is transforming the sheltered city girl that I am/was into a well prepared and experienced young woman ready to slalom through some huge intimidating skyscrapers. I might even force myself to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time I graduate. amamaty@ lanthorn.com
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Balancing the budget
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Costly investments: The Engineering program at GVSU, much like the nursing program, cost more than they bring in. Biomedical science and chemistry do the opposite by making money.
Financial sustainability practiced in academic programs BYELLIE PHILLIPS GVL STAFF WRITER
he fiscal sustainability of Grand Valley State University is a complex topic that involves several factors, including state funding, tuition, enrollment and program spending. Despite all the complicated processes of proposing budgets and analyzing priorities, the staff of GVSU makes it all work. What many people may not know about program funding is that it is not allocated by the enrollment of students in any particular program. “University funding is not allocated by student major,” said Philip Batty, director of Institutional Analysis. “Academic departments are funded based on the cost of fulfilling their role within the university. That role includes teaching and advising students in their own majors, but also teaching and supporting students who are not majoring in the discipline.”
This cooperation of departments keeps a fiscal balance between programs like engineering and nursing, which cost more than they bring in, and programs that do the opposite, like biomedical science and chemistry. “There are a number of (programs) that really run very efficiently,” said Joe Godwin, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. These efficient programs bring in more revenue than they cost the university and balance out the effects of the less “efficient” programs. Revenue brought in by the different programs comes primarily from tuition, but more expensive programs don’t necessarily make up the cost in tuition. The relationship between nursing and math demonstrates the collaboration and sustainable nature of GVSU programs. Due to the demands of the program, there are fewer students in nursing classes than there are in math classes. Students of nearly every major are required to take at least one math
course, whereas only nursing students are required to take nursing classes. Thus, the math program brings in more tuition money than the nursing program, even though nursing costs more money. This concept may be difficult to understand, but in reality, it is very simple. If 20 students enrolled in one three-credit math class with the current tuition rate ($420 per credit hour for lower division Michigan residents), the revenue for the math department generated by these students would equal $25,200. If five students enrolled in three three-credit nursing classes in that same semester, with the same tuition rate, the enrollment would generate a revenue of $18,900. The math department would bring in $6,300 more in tuition revenue than the nursing department, even though the nursing department costs more money to run. This situation requires that revenue generated by more “efficient” programs, like math, will partly provide the funding for
less “efficient” programs. In the end, Godwin said the budget is decided and balanced at the beginning of every fiscal year, though some surprises like more students enrolling or higher utility bills do happen when the fiscal year begins. Since GVSU is not in a position where it can easily spend more than it has, the programs are asked two things: To do more with less and to request funding they need, in an order of priority. This helps the university to decide what things need how much money and how to distribute the money brought in by efficient programs to the programs that are less efficient. Between that system and state funding, GVSU maintains a balanced, financially sustainable academic program budget. For more information on GVSU’s finances, visit http://www.gvsu.edu/financeadmin/. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Postseason roundup With the regular season wrapping up for much of the fall sports teams at Grand Valley, the athletic season isn’t over just yet. After dropping its season finale, 55-52, at Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday, the football team missed the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the secondstraight season. Meanwhile, the soccer team continues to roll, setting up a date with the University of WisconsinParkside on Friday. Volleyball kicks off this postseason this Wednesday against Hillsdale College, a team the Lakers defeated on Saturday, 3-1. GVSU will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed. The men’s and women’s cross-country teams will take to the course this Saturday in the NCAA Division II National Championships. The women won the 2010 title, while the men are coming off their best finish ever last year, a third-place showing.
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Near miss: Senior Charles Johnson (4) tries to hall in a pass against Saginaw Valley State University. In Johnson’s last game as a Laker, he finished with 10 catches for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Down 28 at halftime, the Lakers battled back to take the lead but lost the game on a late touchdown by Saginaw Valley.
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STANDINGS FOOTBALL GLIAC North Standings GVSU Saginaw Valley Michigan Tech Hillsdale Ferris State Wayne State Northern Mich.
7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 6-4 5-5 3-7
FOOTBALL GLIAC South Standings Ashland Ohio Domincan Findlay Lake Erie Notre Dame (OH) Tiffin Walsh Malone
10-0 7-3 7-3 3-7 2-8 2-8 2-8 1-9
VOLLEYBALL Northwood Ferris State GVSU Ashland Norhtern Mich. Malone Wayne State Hillsdale Findlay Walsh Ohio Dominican Michigan Tech Saginaw Valley Tiffin Lake Superior St. Lake Erie
17-1 16-2 13-5 12-6 12-6 11-7 11-7 11-7 10-8 8-10 7-11 7-11 6-12 2-16 1-17 0-18
SoCCER GVSU Michigan Tech Saginaw Valley Findlay Ferris State Ohio Dominican Tiffin Ashland Northwood Walsh Northern Mich. Notre Dame Lake Erie Malone
11-1-1 11-1-1 8-2-3 8-4-1 7-4-2 6-4-3 6-5-2 6-6-1 6-6-1 5-6-2 3-10 2-10-1 2-10-1 0-12-1
While the offense got off to a slow start – quarterback Isiah Grimes threw a pair of first quarter interceptions – it was the defense that couldn’t slow the fast and efficient Cardinal offense. Jennings scored three times in the first half, once passing, rushing and receiving. Part of the defensive struggle can be attributed to the loss of linebacker Charles Hill. The junior was carted off early in the game, but Mitchell said he was with the training staff Saturday night and the prognosis is good. Without their defensive leader, the Lakers didn’t find their footing on defense until the fourth quarter where they held Saginaw Valley State to just one touchdown – the game-winner. “You can’t give up that many points and expect to win games. This defense is not good,” Mitchell said. “We gave up too many big plays on the defensive side of the ball – that’s where the blame has to lie.” As Mitchell said, the GVSU defense struggled to contain the big play. Saginaw Valley State saw plays
BY BRADY FREDERICKSEN GVL SPORTS EDITOR
It was the comeback that wasn’t mean to be. Staring at a 28-point halftime deficit, the Grand Valley State University football team looked to be on the ropes against rival Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday. That was before the Lakers scored 45 points in the second half to take a 52-48 lead into the final minute of play. But the GLIAC’s top passing duo, Saginaw Valley State’s Jonathon Jennings and Jeff Janis, had other plans. The Cardinals (8-3, 8-3 GLIAC) marched through the GVSU (83, 8-3 GLIAC) defense in the final minute as Jennings found Janis for a 32-yard touchdown reception with nine seconds left, handing the Lakers a heartbreaking 55-52 loss. “Got off to a horrific start, I mean, horrible start,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “Giving up big plays on defense, turning the ball over on offense, (we) basically spotted them 21 points.”
Overview It was over when... Jonathon Jennings hit Jeff Janis in the end zone with nine seconds to play. The score won the game for Saginaw Valley State and broke a 21-0 GVSU scoring run.
Gameball goes to... Charles Johnson.
Despite dropping a few passes in the first half, the senior put together a monster final game with 10 catches for 198 yards and four touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 0:53. The amount
of time it took for the Saginaw Valley State offense to march 95 yards in seven plays for the game-winning touchdown.
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of 37, 41, 54 and 87 yards in the game. Even though the defense held strong throughout the fourth quarter, it faltered at the wrong time on Saginaw Valley State’s final drive. The play resulted in a Janis touchdown and came a play after junior safety Dana Dixon just missed a game-clinching interception. “Man-under with some safety support over the top, and we didn’t do a good enough job of getting our safety over there to help,” Mitchell said of the final play. “They got back behind our corner and then our safety’s too far inside. They made a play and we did not.” Offensively, the Lakers found their way in the second half and the biggest reason for that was the duo of Grimes and senior receiver Charles Johnson. Grimes rebounded from a slow start, finishing the game 21-of-37 for 371 yards and four touchdowns, all of which went to Johnson. The senior receiver, playing what is likely his final game at GVSU, went out in monstrous fashion. Johnson caught 10 passes for 198
yards, out-dueling his Saginaw Valley State counterpart Janis. But it was the defense that couldn’t make enough plays to seal the improbable comeback. “In the first half they came out with some stuff we hadn’t seen, a couple of trick plays, but going into the second half, we just kept fighting,” said junior linebacker Luther Ware. “We didn’t care about the score, we just kept playing. Guys were playing physical and we just started having fun and I think that’s what brought us back.” The loss effectively eliminates the Lakers from NCAA Division II playoff contention and ends their season with a loss to Saginaw Valley State for the first time since 2004. “I’d like to say that we played hard,” Ware said. “I’m proud of the guys that I played with – I love ‘em. We gave a lot of effort out there, even when we were down by, what, three or four scores. We kept fighting and I’m proud about that for fighting and staying in the game.” email@example.com
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13:34 SV Ronnie Lark 1 yd run, 0 - 7 11:37 SV Jeff Janis 15 yd run, 0 - 14 06:00 SV Tim Hogue 54 yd pass from J. Jennings, 0 - 21
13:17 SV Jeff Janis 41 yd pass from J. Jennings, 0 - 28 09:41 GV Michael Ratay 6 yd run, 7 - 28 04:48 SV J. Jennings 7 yd pass from Ronnie Lark, 7 - 35 14:04 10:26 09:27 06:32 04:51 02:12
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Charles Johnson 42 yd pass from Isiah Grimes, 14 - 35 Scott Stanford 22 yd field goal, 14 - 38 Charles Johnson 2 yd pass from Isiah Grimes, 22 - 38 Scott Stanford 35 yd field goal, 22 - 41 Michael Ratay 2 yd run, 29 - 41 J. Jennings 4 yd run, 29 - 48
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Charles Johnson 17 yd pass from Isiah Grimes, 37 - 48 Charles Johnson 20 yd pass from Isiah Grimes, 45 - 48 Michael Ratay 11 yd run, 52-48 Jeff Janis 32 yd pass from J. Jennings, 55-42
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Soccer advances after tough regional win against Rockhurst BY KYLE ROSKAMP GVL STAFF WRITER
n a season marked by consistently clinical wins and dominating performances, the Grand Valley State University soccer team proved on Sunday that it could overcome some unfamiliar circumstances, too. On a blustery Sunday afternoon, Lakers took on Rockhurst University in their opening game of NCAA Tournament play. After receiving an opening round bye, the top-seeded Lakers hoped to build on their GLIAC regular season and tournament championships. It was a cagey first half, with GVSU struggling to find their way forward through the winds that were driving them back towards their own goal. “We took a risk,” said head coach Dave DiIanni. “Going into the wind for the first half … but I think scoring a goal would’ve been huge.” The goal never came, as the first half was devoid of clear cut scoring opportunities, as many of the Laker attacks were stymied by Rockhurst clearances that the wind floated all the way back to GVSU goalkeeper Chelsea Parise. Despite the difficult conditions, the Lakers outshot Rockhurst six to five in the opening 45 minutes. That aggression set the table for a more familiar GVSU performance in the second half – this time with the wind at its back. The Lakers began the second half as expected, keeping the ball in the Rockhurst end and playing balls into the box, hoping to take
the lead early in the second half. Then, in the 54th minute, Rockhurst forward Julia Bartolacci hit a hopeful shot from 20 yards out that swerved through the wind at made its way past senior goalkeeper Chelsea Parise to put the Lakers behind for the first time since Oct. 12. But Kayla Addison and the rest of the GVSU weren’t going to go out like that. “I just got mad,” Addison said. “There is no way we were going to go out like that. That wasn’t about to be the last game, especially on our home field.” Minutes later, Addison dipped and danced into the Rockhurst penalty box and found freshman Katie Klunder who put home the equalizer past the out of position Rockhurst goalkeeper. “I looked around and was like ‘I have nothing, I have nothing,” Addison said. “Katie just came out of nowhere.” It was Klunder’s first collegiate goal and it couldn’t have come at a more important time. “It was overwhelming,” Klunder said. “It was really unselfish of Kayla to find me. To score my first one to tie it up was awesome. I couldn’t be happier.” Addison wasn’t done. She continued to torture the Rockhurst defenders with her speed and less than 5 minutes later, galloped onto a wind-aided through ball, where she was taken down for a Laker penalty shot. Addison coolly stepped to the spot and buried the penalty into the corner to give the Lakers the lead. “I wasn’t nervous at all,” Addi-
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Leading the charge: Kayla Addison steals the ball from an opponent in Sunday’s game. Addison lead the Lakers back from a 1-0 deficit with a second half assist to Katie Klunder and then scored a penalty kick goal shortly after.
son said. “I got all my nerves out earlier.” Casey McMillan iced the win for the Lakers in the 86th minute, giving the GVSU a 3-1 win as they advance to the next round of the
NCAA tournament. “We didn’t have our a game the entire 90 minutes,” DiIanni said. “But what we can take out of this is the character we saw out of each other and the fight that occurred
once we gave up the goal.” The Lakers continue their tournament charge in Allendale on Friday against Wisconsin-Parkside. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lakers end regular season on winning note BY ZACH SEPANIK GVL STAFF WRITER
After a loss to Northwood University on Friday, senior day and a match with Hillsdale University on Saturday seemed to be just what the
doctor ordered for the Grand Valley State University volleyball team to get back on track in its regular season finale. GVSU (23-6, 13-5 GLIAC) took the first set from Northwood, 25-19, but the
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Timberwolves then won three straight, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-7. Saturday, though, the Lakers fed off the excitement of senior day against Hillsdale, celebrating the accomplishments of its lone senior, middle blocker Eno Umoh. “Oh my gosh, very exciting and surreal at the same time, it was bittersweet. I couldn’t believe it’s my senior year, my last regular season home game,” said Umoh, who totaled a match-high and career-high 18 kills in the win, hitting at a .500 mark in the process. “It was probably the best thing ever since we haven’t beaten Hillsdale since my freshman year.” Losing four-straight matches to the Chargers dating back to 2009, GVSU looked to stop the bleeding. The script was completely opposite, from both Friday’s match and the history books, as the Chargers won the first set, 25-22, and the Lakers dominated the rest of the way, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-15. “On Friday, we didn’t play up to our potential and let the game control us, rather than us controlling the game,” said sophomore setter Clair Ruhenkamp, who dished out 57 assists, her second-highest total of the season, against Hillsdale. “We came back Saturday ready to prove that we were better than that. I was so proud of Eno — she played amazing and really showed senior leadership in a big game like that.” After their weekend performance, GVSU, winners of 14 of their last 16 matches, now turns its attention to the GLIAC conference tournament. As the No. 3 seed, the Lakers will host one game, a quarterfinal matchup against Hillsdale on Wednesday. However, all roads go
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Season finale: Kaleigh Lound spikes the ball against the District of Columbia. The Lakers will begin tournament play against Hillsdale Wednesday.
through Northwood. With a 17-1 record in the conference the Timberwolves head into the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Ferris State University sits at No. 2. In order to make a deep postseason run, the Lakers realize it will first take getting past the top tier in the GLIAC and an effort like Friday will not get the job done. “Against teams like Northwood, we have to bring our all, otherwise that stuff will happen,”
Umoh said. “We kind of sat back and waited for them to make mistakes, but they don’t. When we lose, it is a chance to take a step back and look at what needs to be done.” For the Lakers, they believe that losing a couple games down the stretch has brought them back to reality and allowed them to notice the flaws in their game that they need to improve on. “Each of our losses, and even our wins, has shown
us what we need to do to get better,” said freshman outside hitter Betsy Ronda, who chipped in with 29 digs over the weekend, including a match-high 17 on Saturday. “They have also shown us that we always have to come ready to play no matter who it is.” Following Wednesday’s action, the semifinals take place on Nov. 17, while the GLIAC champion will be crowned on Nov. 18. email@example.com
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Lakers have eyes set on GLIAC title BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL STAFF WRITER
ith a combination of established returning players and incoming talent, the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team is optimistic about the 2012-2013 season. The Lakers will return six letterwinners from last year’s 14-13 team (10-9 GLIAC), including four players who made starts last year. “We’re very excited,” said head coach Ric Wesley. “We have a lot of depth this year. We have some returners that did some good things last year. We’ve added some transfers and freshman that are all talented young guys. There’s a sense among our team that we have a chance to do something special this year.” The young Lakers will lean on senior point guard Breland Hogan and senior forward Tyrone Lee for leadership. Hogan returns as a four-year starter to run the Lakers offense and led GVSU in assists (89), steals, (39) and free throw percentage (82.7 percent) last year. GVSU will also look to Lee, who was named to the GLIAC AllDefensive Team last year, to anchor the Lakers defense and be one of the team’s top rebounders. “I expect us to win the GLIAC,” Lee said. “This is my last everything. Last time I’m ever playing basketball in college ever. So you want to lead your team to have the best season possible. It’s all or nothing. All win or go home.” With transfers and incoming freshman, the Lakers will have a different look this year. Sophomore Ryan Majerle makes his way to GVSU from the University of Toledo and sophomore Kristers Zeidaks is an
incoming transfer from Mississippi State University. “There’s always a learning curve with getting to know each other, but fortunately we had a pretty long preseason,” Wesley said. “I think we’re doing fine. Until we start playing games, there’ll be things we don’t know about ourselves until we’re thrown into that competitive situation. I like where we’re at. I like our chemistry and camaraderie.” GVSU will also rely on sophomore Ryan Sabin, who started last year as a true freshman. Sabin was the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 7.4 points per game and scored double-digits in nine games. “With one year of experience, it’ll be a lot easier this year,” Sabin said. “I know what to expect since I’ve been through it before. I feel that I don’t have those nerves that I did last year. This year I’m a little bit stronger and a little bit bigger and I know what to expect because of one year in the program already, so it’s gonna be a lot easier.” GVSU dropped their season opening exhibition to the University of Cincinnati 8060, but the Lakers will open their regular season at home tonight against MichiganDearborn University. Coach Wesley is hopeful that his team will be able to open the season on the right foot and maintain a high level of play night in and night out for the entire year. “Everyone has to maintain focus,” Wesley said. “We’ve got to work together. Guys will have to make sacrifices at times in terms of individual expectations being scoring average or minutes played. Everyone has to give a little bit so that the group as a whole can be as good as they can be and I think we’re headed in the right direction.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leader of the pack: Senior guard Breland Hogan will be leading a young but talented Laker team this coming season as the Lakers welcom two transfers and a slew of incoming freshman.
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The anchor: Sophomore Milan Medo anchored the Laker’s 200-yard medlay and also won the 50-yard freestyle against MSU.
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The Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team played host to Michigan State University Friday night at the Jenison Aquatic Center, dropping both meets 167.5-132.5 and 189-108, respectively. The men took eight out of 16 events, while the women earned five victories against the Spartans. Slovakia native Milan Medo set the tone for the Lakers anchoring the 200yard medley relay team to a win in the meet’s first race. Medo also won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.83 seconds. Sophomore Sven Kardol won two events tallying wins in the 200-yard backstroke and the 200yard medley relay. The women had a much tougher time against MSU and were limited to five wins. “You always want to win but I think we really came out and performed well,” said junior diver Katie Vulpetti. Vulpetti tallied third-placed finishes in both the one-meter board (249.37) and the three-meter board
(259.64), finishing just behind teammate Taylor Wiercinski (264.6) in the one-meter. Olivia Schultz and Caitlyn Madsen both turned in strong performances for the Lakers. Schultz won two individual events touching first in the 100-yard backstroke (58.04) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.64). Madsen won the 100-yard butterfly (57.65) and came in second in the 200-yard fly (2:06.43). “Caitlyn is one of the best butterfly swimmers in Division II, she showed that Friday night, Olivia posted the best times of her career and we’re really early in the season,” said the men’s and women’s coach Andy Boyce. Vulpetti said that it was good to see a high quality opponent very early on in the season because it will help the team prepare for tough competition later this year. “There is definitely a difference between D-I and D-II schools but we showed them that we can swim with anybody,” Vulpetti said. Senior diver Kyle Gebraad agreed that the tough competition will help the team further along. “Everyone on the team fought for
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every position in each race.” Gebraad said. “I think we really held our own and showed that we can contend with a big school.” Gebraad admittedly had a shaky day on the diving board for the Lakers placing third on the three-meter board (227.17). “For me, I need to be more mentally prepared.” Gebraad said. “A lot of diving is staying focused and I was a little beat up mentally.” Even though the Lakers didn’t get a win, Vulpetti said the team got a taste of the competition to come later in the season. “Our coach schedules tough opponents and it kind of opens our eyes to what really good competition is,” she said. Coach Boyce agreed 100 percent with Vulpetti. “You get better by racing fast people.” Boyce said. “The more we do that, the more we’ll be able to compete.” The team heads down to Muncie, Indiana for the Doug Coers Invite at Ball State University on Nov. 16 and 17. email@example.com
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Students explore their options at GVSU Majors Fair
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Getting guidance: GVSU students were given the chance to quiz Grand Valley State University faculty and staff about what to expect when trying to find a job in any of the fields offered by GVSU. BY PAIGE PLATTE GVL LAKER LIFE EDITOR
xploring the possibilities is what the college experience is all about, and the Grand Valley State University Majors Fair offered a multitude of possibilities to students. The Grand River room in Kirkhof was filled with faculty and staff from every department on campus. Students were able to ask faculty members questions about anything related to the different majors offered at GVSU. “I really appreciated how well the faculty answered my questions,” said freshman Taylor Cassidy. “It really helped me narrow things down.”
Faculty members from all disciplines mentioned that one of the greatest aspects of their respective fields is the chance to work with and help people. “I would say with an undergraduate in psychology you can do so many things working closely with people and the mind,” said Bill Rogers, GVSU psychology professor. Psychology is not the only major that offers a chance to work with people - human biology also offers a chance to help people in many aspects. “It’s such an intrinsic way of helping people,” said human biology faculty member Patricia Matthews. Matthews said that working in the health field has been a wonderful opportunity to use her knowledge of science to help others
culturally, physically and mentally. Cell and molecular biology may not involve direct work with people, but often the discoveries in this field make great strides for humanity. “The best thing about cell and molecular biology is that there is a research project required for the major,” said Margaret Dietrich, associate professor. “It gives students the opportunity to get a lot of one-onone time.” A major that may not be widely known is comprehensive science and arts for teaching. Many students in this major are preparing for a career in special education. “People in this major prepare to help very fragile populations,” said Regina Smith, faculty. “Students in this major genuinely want to help people.”
Smith said that students in comprehensive science and arts for teaching are very patient and very caring people who really want to help make a difference. Smith also said that often times this major focuses on working with people who have disabilities. Business-related fields also offer a chance to help people. Marketing majors get the opportunity to bring ideas to life. “The best thing about marketing is working with people taking their ideas and turning them into something tangible,” said Emily Roeser, a GVSU graduate. For more information about GVSU majors, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 331-3588 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. email@example.com
Creators of Found Magazine visit GV BY NATE SMITH GVL STAFF WRITER
Davy and Peter Rothbart are two brothers that have developed a love for things that are “found.” The siblings collect everything from grocery lists to birthday cards, displaying their collection in their appropriately titled “Found Magazine”. The brothers came to Grand Valley State University on Nov. 7 as part of the 10th anniversary tour for their magazine. The tour also served as promotion for Peter Rothbart’s new album “You Are What You Dream” as well as his brother’s new memoir “My Heart is an Idiot”. Davy Rothbart is a writer for This American Life, and his memoir is a candid look into both the man himself, as well as his childhood.
As Davy began explaining the first excerpt from his new book, he shifted uneasily in his vibrant red pants, adjusting his houndstooth cap as he spoke. “This story is called ‘Bigger and Deafer’, it’s about my mom,” Davy said. “Promise me you guys won’t hate me after I read this.” In addition to reading excerpts from his book, Davy also shared some of his favorite “finds” from around the world. He shared everything from awkwardly worded love letters to strange grocery lists, all found by people besides the original creators of the items. “This one is a good one, I’m guessing it’s from a University of Texas student,” Davy said, while reading from the disheveled stack of papers. “It goes ‘Jenna, can I give you a sensual massage? Then I will talk about Jesus.’”
“This was a love note to a deceased parent. It’s finds like these that mean the most.” DAVY ROTHBART
CO-FOUNDER, FOUND MAGAZINE
While promoting his new album, Peter also shared some of his favorite finds in song form. Standing on stage with his acoustic guitar, Peter had the same jovial and casual attitude of his brother as he began to sing songs based on some of his favorite finds. “This song is based on a page of a love letter that was never delivered,” Peter said. “Even from the one page you can tell the guy had been holding this back for a long time, and that it took finding his passion to get the courage to say anything.” Peter Rothbart went on to sing the love song “The Baddest Nissans in the Northwest”. The lyrics of the song consisted of an amalgamation of Rothbart’s own lyrics and excerpts from the lost love letter. Davy read a letter that was found attached to a tangled, deflated tree in a cemetery, then went on to explain its significance. “This was a love note to a deceased parent,” Davy explained. “It’s finds like these that mean the most.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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My Heart is an Idiot: Davy Rothbart, co-creator of Found Magazine shares some of his personal essays from his memoir last week in Grand Valley State University’s Cook DeWitt auditorium.
Cloudy with a chance of Sonny BY MEGAN BRAXMAIER GVL STAFF WRITER
Students filtered into the Grand Valley State University Cook-Dewitt Center to listen to members of the Comedy Club and a special guest speaker in “Cloudy with a Chance of Sonny.” This open mic event is the second that the comedy club has put on this semester and the first for guest comedian, Sonny Pandit, to attend. Pandit has been in comedy for about a year and a half, since he got started by performing stand up at Louie’s Trophy House Grille in Kalamazoo. Since then, he hasn’t been able to shake the act and comedy is now a large part of his life. He usually centers his bits on growing up
as an Indian, his romantic life, every day occurrences and working at a liquor store. “I have a really strange, weird-ass life,” Pandit said. “I try to even make the dark situations funny. Comedy is like a therapy.” Pandit enjoys fellow comedians Louis CK and Russell Peters, but enjoys listening to local talent such as his friend, and GVSU alumni, Casey Stoddard, who won the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids competition in 2011. “We’re really excited to have Sonny here,” said Comedy Club Vice President, Jarrett Weber. Many members of the comedy club opened for Pandit, along with Stoddard, including club president Aric Pike, who has been doing comedy for three years, Jarrett Weber, Joe Stahura, Dan Schindler, Luis Valencia and Vince Persichetti performed. Per-
sichetti already made his comedic reputation known by being the creator of the infamous Grand Valley Meme’s Facebook page. The comedians talked about subjects all across the board from sex to partying to romance to politics. Members waited backstage with their notes ready for the show to begin. Pandit opened his bits by interacting with members of the audience in silly conversation followed by his anecdotes such as his bucket list, racial profiling, weight loss, adventures with his girlfriend and Facebook pranks gone bad. Students doubled over in their seats laughing at every anecdote that was told. “I thought Sonny did a really stellar job,” Pike said. “He did awesomely as usual and did not disappoint. He is a great guy and a better comedian and we were thrilled that he
would come to Allendale to perform for us. I hope everyone else enjoyed him.” The comedy club was created last winter and became an official club in January. Pike says that students can expect a lot more from the club in the future including more open mic nights. “We are hiring comedians to come in and entertain the students, which will cost the students nothing,” Pike said. “Also, next semester, we are planning on having a huge event so keep your eyes peeled for that.” For more information visit the club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GVSUComedy and be sure to keep your eyes open for fliers for upcoming performances from the comedy club. email@example.com
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Sigma Lambda Beta Hosts Beta Week BY HANNAH MATRO GVL STAFF WRITER
ast week, the brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta, a Latino-based multicultural social fraternity at, hosted “Beta Week”, a week to honor the receipt of their charter and recognition as Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc, which took place in 2004. Beta Week at Grand Valley State University was full of documentaries, workshops, fundraisers and cookouts. “In planning our Beta Week events, we try to come up with programs that will be able to connect us not only to other GV students, but faculty, staff, and the Grand Rapids and Allendale communities as well,” said Eric Villafuerte, Alpha Gamma Chapter Vice President of Communications. Beta Week lasted Nov. 4-Nov. 11. The first event was the Charter Celebration Day, held in the Campus West Community Center on the fourth. On Monday, the fraternity held a showing of “Sicko,” a Health Care Documentary directed by Michael Moore which takes a closer look at health care as provided by profit-orientated Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) compared to free universal health care in Canada, the U.K. and France. Discussion and opinions were held after the showing. “We chose to do this event as it is an election year, and health care in our country has always been a hot topic of debate”, Villafuerte said. On Tuesday, Beta Week got more involved as a workshop entitled “This Isn’t High School Anymore” was held in the Academic Success Center in Kirkhof. This workshop aimed to teach students how to study effectively. Professionals offered their tips and tricks for success. The group walked over to Zumberge library after the event to implement their newly learned practices at study tables. Things got spicy on Wednesday, as cou-
pons for 20 percent off Buffalo Wild Wings takeout or dine-in were distributed. That percentage went to the chapter to support their SOL Program. Brothers attended the event between 7-9 p.m. On Thursday, the chapter hosted their feature event, “So You Think You’re Cultured?” a Jeopardy-like game where participants are quizzed on other countries’ facts: Flags, national animals, popular cartoons, etc. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners. “This event is a fun and interactive way to spread cultural awareness among a broad spectrum of topics,” Villafuerte said. Things got physical on Friday during “Beta Your Health, Beta Your Bodies” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Rec Center. Pick-up basketball and volleyball games were held and attendees had access to the rest of the Rec Center’s offerings. “This event is also important to us because being a multicultural organization certain cultures are more prone to different diseases and conditions that can sometimes be prevented through exercise and a healthy diet,” Villafuerte said. The Third Annual Community Clean Up and Cookout, a favorite of the brothers, took place on Saturday in the Roosevelt Neighborhood along Grandville Avenue. The event is a partnership between the chapter brothers, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, Multicultural Greek Council, our local philanthropy (SOL), community members, Latino Student Union, GVSU’s Women Center, Sigma Lambda Gamma from GVSU and MSU, Delta Phi Lambda, Alpha Sigma Tau, as well as alumni and brothers from DePaul, Toledo, Calvin, Wayne State, Western Michigan and the University of Michigan. Groups were formed - some groups took on the house of an elderly person in the com-
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Double jeopardy: Alpha Gamma Chapter Vice President and host Eric Villafuerte quizzes contestants during the Are You Cultured? trivia night which featured questions about different countries.
munity, raking leaves and performing other yard maintenance, while other groups did highway cleanup, volunteered at the Hispanic Center, or covered up graffiti. Following the event, the brothers hosted a big cookout, free of charge for everyone involved. “As an alumnus of the chapter, I am very proud of the direction that the members have taken Beta Week,” said Santiago Gayton, Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator. On Sunday, the official end of Beta Week, information was offered to gentlemen who were interested in joining the Brotherhood during a meeting. “(Being in the fraternity) has allowed me to connect with many students and faculty of
Grand Valley, and other universities nationwide,” said Mario Gelano, chapter brother of two years. “It has also helped me grow as a person and learn more about myself by giving me opportunities to be a leader and involved in the whole community.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Events educate students about Arab culture BY MEGAN BRAXMAIER GVL STAFF WRITER
On Nov. 8 and 9, Grand Valley State University students traveled to the Middle East and North Africa - or at least they pretended they did. The International Student Organization, Padnos International Center and the Arab Culture Club put together Arabian Nights, a two-day event that educated students about Arab cultures in different countries as well as the Arab Spring in an attempt to eliminate stereotypes and biases associated with Arabian cultures. Thursday night featured guest speaker, Dr. Sofiene Malouli, a professor at the University of Sfax in Tunisia. Dr. Malouli gave his lecture, “The Arab Spring: A Different Story for Each Country” and allowed students to ask questions afterwards. Malouli said that the revolution allowed him to become more involved within his own university, and students here in America should be more exposed to the Arab revolution and how it is affecting the rest of the world. “These revolutions are not exceptional, but they are part of a long standing tradition of people trying to win back their dignity and live freely,” Malouli said. “We long for democracy much like the rest of the world. We hope that during this event people can get to know us better.” Since the revolution, Malouli has helped found the Tunisian Association of Teachers of English, which is a forum of teachers that attend conferences and receive training as well as giving back to the community by reaching out to underprivileged students, an organization that he would not have had the chance to form prior to the revolution. Over 100 Grand Valley students attended the first night to hear Malouli’s presentation. On Friday, around 100 students got the opportunity
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Sparking changes: Dr. Sofiene Malouli, from the University of Sfax, Tunisa, speaks to Grand Valley students about trying to eliminate stereotypes and biases in the Arabian culture.
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source would be more beneficial and a “more authentic perspective.” Lachheb also created the event to educate students and eliminate stereotypes about the Arab culture. “There is so much going on and so much stereotyping,” Lachheb said. “Our hope was for students who come to go home with a good message about the Arab world. We are not terrorists. We are not angry. We are human beings and we have our own cultures and traditions.” Lachheb encourages Grand Valley students to learn more about the Arab Spring so they can be better educated when competing globally because it is affecting the world both directly and indirectly. Lachheb says that the title for the event, Arabian Nights, was no coincidence and chosen absolutely on purpose. “We chose this title because it is so stereotypical and we in turn wanted students to come and break these stereotypes,” Lachheb said. mbraxmaier@ lanthorn.com
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