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The pendulum that put Grand Valley State University in the international limelight for its viral imitations of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video was reinstalled Tuesday morning. Tim Thimmesch, associate vice president for Facilities Services, said the reinstallation project will cost somewhere between $25,000 to $30,000 when it’s all completed, which is expected by Dec. 6 pending weather issues. The art exhibit was removed from its original site near the Padnos Hall of Science on Sept. 16 after videos and photos of students riding the pendulum went viral online.
Repairs to the pendulum’s harness, cable and spike had to be completed off-campus, and the entire piece was returned to GVSU on Monday. Renovations are currently being made to the pendulum’s site to ensure safety and present the pendulum as an art exhibit, not a ride. “The new site redesign will enhance the pendulum as a scientific art exhibit and will include signage developed by the physics and Art Gallery departments,” Thimmesch said. “I am confident that the university community will appreciate the improvements. At some time in the future we will have an event that officially reopens the site.”
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windows that he puts it in, with not a lot of reaction time by the secondary.” In addition to his arm, Jennings is also a threat with his legs. He has nine rushing touchdowns on the year, and exhibits a strong pocket presence. “He can also beat you with his feet,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s something that’s probably undervalued in his game. The first guy, a lot of time that gets back there, doesn’t get him down. It’s hard to get pressure on him because he is elusive and he extends plays and they’re not afraid to run him.” Jennings’ favorite target is senior wide receiver Jeff Janis, who leads the GLIAC with 14 touchdown receptions and 1,149 yards receiving on 68 catches. Senior cornerback Reggie Williams and senior safety Erik Thompson will be tasked with slowing down the SVSU
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or the Grand Valley State University football team, it’s simple. Win, and you’re in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Lose, and your season is over. If GVSU (8-2, 6-2 GLIAC) is going to make the postseason, they’ll have to earn it by defeating its rivals, Saginaw Valley State University (9-1, 9-0 GLIAC), who locked up the GLIAC North title, and enters this week’s game with the No. 3 ranking in the Super Region Four. GVSU sits at No. 5 in the region. “Based on looking at the thing on paper, the emotion heading into the game, what’s at stake, and everything that’s involved, it’s gonna be a great game,” GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell said. “This is one of the reasons why I think you sign a letter of intent to play at a place like Grand Valley, because you’re involved in these types of ballgames.” Unlike 2012, the 2013 Lakers have been consistently strong
on the defensive side of the ball. GVSU leads the GLIAC in yards against per game (349.2), passing yards allowed per game (176.4), and is first in the GLIAC North in points allowed (23.8). But on Saturday, GVSU will face the most explosive offense in the GLIAC. The Cardinals average the most points per game in the conference (41.2). “Our defense is going to be under some serious duress on Saturday because of all the playmakers that they have on the offensive side of the ball at every position,” Mitchell said. One of those playmakers is SVSU senior quarterback Jonathon Jennings. Jennings has completed 68 percent of his passes on the year for 2,978 yards and 30 touchdowns. “I think the things that jump off the tape at you… He’s got an incredibly strong arm,” Mitchell said. “The ball is not in the air very long. As a result, you don’t have as much time to react in the secondary. He’s accurate too. There are some really tight
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While Grand Valley State University has seen an overall increase in enrollment over the past few years, enrollment on its satellite campuses has been decreasing or remaining relatively steady, which is largely due to the change in online enrollment. The need for the extra campuses has not diminished with the population, though. Gayle Davis, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at GVSU, said the satellite campuses in Holland, Muskegon and Traverse City are beneficial to the university as a whole. “The satellite campuses are established to make it more convenient for students who can’t relocate or commute to Grand Rapids to take our classes,” Davis said. “We offer classes in agreement
with a community college or university center to offer upper division classes that the college or center needs in order for students to progress in academic degree programs.” Both the Holland and Muskegon satellite campuses have seen a steady decrease in enrollment since 2010, according to GVSU’s Institutional Analysis. Enrollment on the Holland Campus fell by about 37 percent between fall 2010 and winter 2013, while enrollment on the Muskegon Campus dropped about 21 percent. Davis said the credit hours taken at the Holland Campus have dwindled from 4,430 during the 2009-2010 school year to 2,286 during the 20122013 year. However, credit hours in Muskegon actually increased from 219 to 578 SEE SATELLITE ON A2
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Task force addresses faculty bullying BY ERIN GROGAN EGROGAN@LANTHORN.COM
The Civil Conduct Task Force was created this year by the Executive Committee of the Senate to form an antibullying policy at Grand Valley State University. Once the task force has finished drafting its policy, the proposal will go to appropriate faculty, staff and student governing bodies to be reviewed, said Neil Rogness, chair of the Civil Conduct Task Force. “Sadly, one doesn’t have to look far to find individuals who feel they’ve been bullied in the workplace or school—a form of non-civil conduct,” Rogness said. “I see the policy resulting in a win-win outcome, as it is another way in which to make
GVSU an even better place than it already is.” After the policy has been reviewed and is determined to meet the civil conduct expectations of all university members, Rogness said it will be adopted as policy by the university. “Having a clearly articulated policy that speaks to the expectation of civil conduct toward others communicates to everyone, including current and future students and current and future university employees, a sense of value about who we are at GVSU,” Rogness said. The task force, which is made up of 25 faculty, staff and student members, is working to create a definition for “civil conduct” that encompasses all university members. The re-
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sponsibility for creating that definition belongs to the task force’s Definition Subgroup. John Lipford, hospitality and tourism management professor at GVSU, represents the College of Community and Public Service as part of the Definition Subgroup. Lipford used to be an employment discrimination and civil rights attorney, and he currently incorporates his experience into addressing the frequency of bullying in the workplace during each semester. He said many cases he worked on as an attorney involved situations similar to those the task force is trying to prevent. “Many actions which may be perceived as bullying, or non-civil conduct, in the workplace are not necessarily unlawful, and they are usually covert,” Lipford said. “Nevertheless, the ramifications of such actions on the victims or targets are often times no different than the psychological effect on those employees who face discrimination, sexual harassment or other statutorily unlawful actions at work.” Another subgroup of the task force is the Action Subgroup. This subgroup is dedicated to coming up with appropriate paths for intervention when a non-civil act occurs, Lipford said. “No matter who the ‘actor,’ behavior which is demeaning, intimidating, threatening or violent affects everyone’s ability to function in an academic environment,” Lipford said. The task force will meet three more times this semester.
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2010 and 2012. interests, as this program The office also found that is interdisciplinary and enrollment has been steady students can focus on areas during the same period. at the Traverse City regional they find of particular “It is possible for the number center, with a 13 percent interest,” Jonaitis said. of students to decrease while the increase from 2010 to 2011 “Also, many of our students credit hour increases,” said Simone and a 7 percent decrease complete their degree in Jonaitis, executive from 2011 to liberal studies and go on to director at the 2012—an overall graduate programs.” Center for Adult growth of 16 Graduate programs are and Continuing students. also contributing to the Studies. “It’s a Many of our Though the survival of the satellite matter of how growth is small, campuses. Jonaitis said many classes one students...go Jonaitis said the graduate education individual student on to graduate the Traverse program “engages students is taking. In the case City location is from all over northern of Muskegon, it’s programs. expanding for Michigan” because many likely the students several reasons. of its programs are offered SIMONE JONAITIS have increased the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR First, the liberal online and in hybrid number of classes studies program formats. they are taking.” has been More information Jonaitis said enrollment is gaining students recently. regarding GVSU’s satellite the total number of students “This program is very campuses can be found on who are in a class or the popular among students the university’s website at individual headcount for who have multiple www.gvsu.edu. one class. If students take multiple classes, it counts as multiple enrollments. N E W S She added that many of the students who enroll at these locations are nonWomen’s Center staff member wins national award traditional, which includes Theresa Rowland from the Grand Valley State University adults who are working, Women’s Center was chosen to receive the Emerging Leadtaking care of a family or er Award from the National Women’s Studies Association. returning to college. Rowland was chosen for her work as coordinator of the lead“This population of ership program and the Violence Against Women Act grant individuals has multiple at the center. She received the award at the NWSA Women’s demands on their time and Center Committee pre-conference awards ceremony on seeks alternative formats to Nov. 6 in Cincinnati. As VAWA grant coordinator, Rowland delivery of their programs,” organizes events and programs on campus to address sexushe said. “Students do take classes both online, hybrid al assault and violence in relationships. Women’s Center Asand at multiple campuses. sistant Director Brittany Dernberger and Associate Director They are not exclusive to one Jo Ann Wassenaar nominated Rowland for the award. location.” Jonaitis said the increasing Holland Campus hosts recycling fair numbers of students enrolling In celebration of America Recycles Day, Grand Valley State in online or hybrid classes has University’s Holland Campus will host a Recycling and Reimpacted the enrollment of source Fair tomorrow. Individuals looking to recycle matesatellite campuses. According rials can drop the items off at the Holland Meijer Campus. to data collected by Institutional Paper and plastic bags, cell phones, medications, CFL light Analysis, online enrollment bulbs, books, metal, glass, plastic, cardboard, paper, comrose about 16 percent between
puters and accessories, and electronics will all be accepted. Items will be collected between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/holland/america-recyclesday---november-15th---with-lunch-and-learns-all-weeklong--43.htm.
GV creates scholarships for local students President Thomas Haas announced Nov. 8 that Grand Valley State University has partnered with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to create a new scholarship for students from Grand Rapids Public Schools. The scholarship will be based on family income and which school the student attends. Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College are also participating in the program. The scholarship is part of GRCF’s Challenge Scholarship Program.
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Veterans’ benefits improve at GV commitment to our veterans and to the State of Michigan.” As a part of the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators, GVSU strives to create opportunities for veteran employment and military support on campus. “Grand Valley State University’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s veterans is a step in the right direction for our state and our community,” Victory said. “Eliminating the educational barriers for these individuals is a strong showing of GVSU’s higher calling to provide a first-rate education to those who have put their lives on this line to defend our freedom. The dedication of our veterans to our country and of Grand Valley to our veterans is something that we should all applaud.” The representatives said the development in veteran educational opportunities is a reminder to the nation’s youth that establishments are actively working to help those who choose to serve. “We appreciate the sacrifice that you have gone through,” Huizenga said. “It is important that we honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country. This is something that will create great opportunities for all veterans and it is important to provide services such as these. We want our veterans coming to Michigan and staying in Michigan.”
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ll of Michigan’s public universities, including Grand Valley State University, have decided to provide in-state tuition to veterans, as well as their spouses or dependents, who currently live out of the state of Michigan. “Providing in-state tuition to veterans and making sure they all have access to affordable and quality higher education is the right thing to do,” said Thomas Haas, president of GVSU. “Our veterans sacrifice for our way of life and possess skills and attributes employers want. Grand Valley is proud to support these men and women in any way we can.” The audience applauded when the decision was announced at the dedication of the GVSU Veterans’ Lounge by U.S. Rep Bill Huizenga and state Reps. Robert VerHeulen and Roger Victory. “We owe so much to our veterans, and it is wonderful to see that GVSU is granting this benefit to them,” VerHeulen said. “This is also good news for Michigan. Veterans make excellent employees and, when equipped with a quality GVSU education, are more likely to stay in Michigan and contribute to our continued progress. GVSU does an outstanding job in providing a top notch education to its students. By taking this action, it has also demonstrated its
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Veteran appreciation: President Thomas Haas speaks at the veterans’ lounge dedication. In his speech, Haas made it clear how grateful he was to Grand Valley State University student veterans through his personal remarks given Monday morning.
Haas dedicates GV veterans’ lounge BY HANNAH LENTZ
resident Thomas J. Haas hosted a breakfast on Veteran’s Day for more than 80 students, faculty and staff members to officially dedicate the new student veterans’ lounge at Grand Valley State University. The lounge is located on the second floor of the Kirkhof Center and will serve as a meeting place for more than 500 GVSU students who are active military members or veterans. “Symbols are important, and this lounge is a symbol of the value that we put on our veterans,” Haas said. “These
people have sacrificed so much, and this is something we, as a university, can do to say thank you.” The event on Monday included presentations from country artists and military veterans Michael Peterson and Jill Chambers, as well as presentations of past experiences and future endeavors of American veterans. Haas addressed additional efforts recently made for GVSU veterans, such as the military appreciation football game, red, white and blue honor cords for graduating seniors, and new programs and fields of studies for veterans. The university is currently a member
of the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators, a statewide network of twoand four-year universities that work to support military members and veterans and provide access to resources that can lead to employment. The new lounge for veterans will include a TV for recreational purposes, walls adorned with past military medals and a space for military-affiliated individuals to meet and talk throughout the semester. “The lounge provides an opportunity for veterans to tell their story and continue their story even after their years of service,” Haas said.
DeVos discusses why West Michigan is remarkable at Secchia Lecture
BY RYAN JARVI NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
rand Valley State University’s Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture offered Grand Rapids native Dick DeVos a chance to tell hundreds of people why he thinks West Michigan is special. “I started making a list, and I realized that there were too many things that were unique and interesting that I couldn’t combine
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Stand out: Dick DeVos speaks at the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture held at the Seidman Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.
to give,” he said. “A lot of places you go, you ask a question and the first answer is always no, and you have to work to yes. In West Michigan, the first answer is normally yes.” West Michigan is also characterized by its faith perspective, accepting attitude and work ethic, DeVos said. “There’s a work ethic, and it’s not just showing up, but it’s an attitude toward work,” he said. “That work is a good thing, that work is something that we’re called to do, that work is productive, that work is service. It’s a way that we serve others (and) it’s a way that we participate. It seems to me that the work ethic here, that we bring joy to our work, that we find meaning in our work. That is something important.” He also said the ability of schools such as GVSU, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College to attract students is an important part of the West Michigan area. “We have this natural magnetic attraction going on with these schools that are bringing in these young people who are bringing their creative energies, their dynamism, into our
or distill all of them,” DeVos said Tuesday. DeVos is president of Windquest Group, an organization based in Grand Rapids that invests in technology, clean energy solutions and manufacturing. He offered audience members a number of qualities he thinks make the area special, including its cleanliness, geography and philanthropy. “There’s a generosity of spirit around this community, a willingness
community on a regular basis,” he said. “(They’re) bringing new people to our community, and they fall in love. They fall in love with our community, or they fall in love with someone they met in our community. Either way, they stay.” DeVos also said the area is conservative in all the right sense, and “conservative in the fact that things are run with a certain amount of restraint and discipline.” Though Grand Rapids may handle its finances conservatively, DeVos said he doesn’t see the downside of conservatism in the area. “What I find fascinating is that the downside of conservatism, which always is unwilling to try new things, stuck in the past, unwilling to engage in different conversation—the downside of conservatism doesn’t seem to be present in West Michigan,” he said. “That in this conservative, religious, traditional, family-oriented community, ArtPrize comes along and is embraced.” ArtPrize, which was founded by DeVos’ son, Rick, celebrated its fifth year this past October.
“It’s extraordinary to me what’s happened,” DeVos said. “It’s extraordinary to me how that was embraced by the community. It’s not totally surprising to me when you look at the context of entrepreneurship.” Entrepreneurship involves creativity, which is essentially what ArtPrize celebrates, DeVos said. “There’s a nature of entrepreneurship in this community of figuring out if something needs to be done better and then going and figuring out how to do it better,” he said. Twenty-five years ago, people in Detroit weren’t exactly sure where West Michigan was or how to get there, DeVos said. Now he hears all over the state that people are discovering what the area has to offer. “Certainly within the state of Michigan, comparatively, West Michigan and Grand Rapids has exploded on the scene,” he said. “People come here expecting this backwater community, and they find what we’ve got going here. It’s always great. It’s not that we always score a 10, but when you’re expecting a three, we look pretty good.”
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rand Valley State University’s Strategic Planning Committee hosted its first of many strategic positioning conversations Monday to collect ideas and suggestions from stakeholders of the university. Students, faculty and staff members were invited to answer questions on large sticky notes and hang them
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“The idea is to get as much input, all across the university and the community, to help the strategic positioning, strategic planning committee that’s been formed on campus to develop a strategic plan for Grand Valley,” Luttenton said. The committee began meeting last winter, but its planning is really picking up speed this fall, he said. “We started meeting last winter semester to kind of get things started, and the fall is
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up on a giant piece of paper so the SPC could gather suggestions on how to answer three questions: What should GVSU aspire to be? What attributes and abilities should GVSU graduates possess? How can GVSU distinguish itself from other universities? Mark Luttenton, biology professor at GVSU and member of the SPC, said the committee hopes to develop a plan for GVSU for the next few years based on the conversations.
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when we really started to get input and feedback from the community for a developing plan,” Luttenton said. Matthew Boelkins, mathematics professor and another member of the SPC, said the committee has a wide range of goals for the outcome of the conversations. “One of the goals is to make the process inclusive and to have a wide range of different stakeholders say what they think is important
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to them,” Boelkins said. “What you can sort of hope emerges is that there are themes so that you say, ‘Oh, lots of people think this would be an important thing for Grand Valley to do,’ and then to see if that aligns with what the Board of Trustees and the executive leadership of the school think is important.” Around 45 people attended the meeting on Monday morning, and more than two dozen campus
community members voiced their opinions at the second meeting that day. Youssef Darwich, a GVSU student who participated in the conversations, suggested the committee “provide an area for students to actively experiment and try new things and take risks that they maybe wouldn’t if they’re on their own, and have a support system of students and faculty around them.” SEE COMMITTEE ON A5
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To misanthrops everywhere: Give mankind a little credit
BY NIKKI FISHER NFISHER@LANTHORN.COM
’ve never understood misanthrops, those who claim they hate other people and society at large. Often times, these people come in form of hipster “progressives” who
claim to see the gates of Hell looming somewhere on the horizon of a world growing darker and darker. To me, such arguments hold a special kind of naivety. Most of the people I’ve met who claim to “hate” other people have their own friends, family, or significant others who glow like soft suns in their dark world. But is there not a latent hypocrisy here? Statistically speaking, it’s unlikely that they’ve found the world’s crème de la crème in their small home towns.
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How can GVSU distinguish itself from other universities? “Keeping a classy reputation and valuing high acedemics.”
EMILY VANDENBERGHE Broadcasting Sophomore Monroe, Mich.
“GVSU provides a safe and high quality learning enviornment for studies as well as individual grownth. A way to further expand this is by more voulenteering opportunities on camous or in the local district.”
Anthropology and Art History Sophomore Midland, Mich.
“GVSU is primarily an undergraduate institute, but we could have more opportunities for research. Research cultivates new ideas and allows universities to seperate themselves from the rest.”
Many environmentalists I’ve met (though, of course, not all) seem perfectly adept at misanthropy. Once, at a writing conference, I heard a poet recite a poem about his trip to Michigan’s Isle Royale. His poem described a couple carving their initials into the bark of a tree. In the second half, the narrator wishes ill will for these people, prays that they will die tragically and alone. This scene was presented as a joke, and the audience rumbled with laughter. But since when is it OK to value
plant life more than human life? What kind of culture finds such jokes funny? A modern culture, I’d venture, where our basic needs are fulfilled and we can put on a façade of valuing plants more than people. I’m sure the trendy clothing donned by Mr. Progressive Poet required the slaughter of more than a few plants. Needless to say, I walked out right out of that crowded conference room. Modern perspective tends to place humankind
there is nothing in the world that cannot be reduced to its natural roots. What I’m really trying to argue here is that mankind cannot be wholly evil. Though environmentalists certainly do make good claims about what we could improve as a society, the misanthropy surrounding such conversations often perturbs me. I do not think the world is growing darker. I do not think people arwe growing more evil. I think we need to give ourselves a little more credit.
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not only outside, but also at odds with nature. Anyone whose taken a high school biology class should know that the theory of evolution posits that humans are the byproduct of a winding and complex road that is very much rooted in nature. We are biological beings made from the same atoms which compose plants, dirt, and stars. Cities are not utterly unnatural, but handcrafted by one of the environment’s most intelligent creatures out of all natural materials. Really,
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his week, Grand Valley State University began to hold strategic positioning conversations to hear ideas and suggestions from students, faculty and staff regarding the direction of the university. The SPC posed three questions to attendees: What should GVSU aspire to be? What attributes and abilities should GVSU graduates possess? How can GVSU distinguish itself from other universities? Certainly the feedback from attendees was valuable and generally representative of the various sectors of the GVSU community. However, we would like to assert our opinions as involved and informed members of the student body to provide some (possibly) fresh perspectives. What should GVSU aspire to be? GVSU is earnestly a great university that has been growing rapidly in recent years, as made evident by a record-setting freshman class and the massive construction projects completed on both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses. The university’s
past should not necessarily dictate its future, though. GVSU has been marketed as a personal educational experience with small class sizes, invested and personable professors and easily accessible opportunities. Rapid growth may have been its past and still be its present, but its future should remain true to the initial values of GVSU. Keep it simple and small. What attributes and abilities should GVSU graduates possess? GVSU graduates need what a liberal arts education is trying to provide them: a wellrounded education. Trying different classes and garnering seemingly unrelated skills and facts are essential to constructing a thoughtful graduate. GVSU alumni should be characterized by strong critical thinking skills, an unquenchable desire to grow, and an impressive knowledge base ready for expansion. How can GVSU distinguish itself from other universities? The main way that GVSU can set
itself apart is not to aspire to be like other schools. For example, GVSU is often complimented for being the “Best in the Midwest” because of its quality of classes, small class sizes and small-school feel. If GVSU tries to grow too quickly to compete with larger Michigan universities, it will lose the niche that it has right now. Along these lines, its governing bodies shouldn’t justify policy decisions—such as rejection of the fall break model—by what other universities are doing or have done. If GVSU is meant to stand apart from other schools, its leaders should make a true effort to make some distinctions. While we do have opinions and concerns to address, one thing we can’t complain about is the university’s attempts to take student and faculty needs into account. GVSU administrators have done well this year in gathering community perspectives, and that is one thing that should not be compromised as they strategically position GVSU for future growth.
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n my last column, I talked about how students who operate under the consumerist model of education tend to view college in terms of enjoyment. As a result, they by and large select professors who provide the best experience and not necessarily the highest level of learning. In addition to the “virtue of enjoyment,” students have a second consumerist goal for their education: practicality. Students want to be sure that their time in college will get them a job. We can see this most clearly in the way that students approach knowledge. In the consumerist model of education, knowledge is useful because it provides you with enough information to be able to complete a task efficiently. For example, learning anatomy is important because it helps you become proficient at practicing surgery, and surgery is important because it’s a skill that will allow you to make money and live comfortably. Similarly, writing is a valuable skill because it allows you to express yourself effectively, which is necessary in job interviews, email
correspondence, and business deals. On the other hand, from a liberal arts perspective, knowledge is valuable because it satisfies an individual’s innate desire to learn. By taking classes in a wide variety of fields, students are able to see how various bodies of knowledge influence each other. Knowledge is valuable for its own sake. Anatomy is worthwhile because it helps you understand how your body works, and writing is important because it allows you to enter into a dialogue with thinkers from the past. Clearly, most students are more interested in the practical applications of knowledge. General education classes serve as an obstacle to getting a degree, graduating, and applying for jobs. Consequently, liberal arts institutions can no longer assume that people who attend college have any love for knowledge (a statement that, if uttered a century ago, would appear to be a paradox). As a result, colleges have changed the way they operate to match this consumerist expectation. For example, GVSU recently switched from requiring three Theme classes to two Issues classes, reducing the number
of general education requirements and streamlining the path through college. Most students are probably thankful for this money-saving policy change, but it serves as a demonstration of the way that the practicality of the consumerist model tends to win out over the traditional liberal arts mindset. Because of these imported consumerist mindset, liberal arts universities bear the responsibility to instill the value of “knowledge for knowledge’s sake” in students. And, truly, college is the only environment in which this mindset is promoted. As anyone who holds a full-time job can attest to, working doesn’t give you an inordinate amount of time or resources for reflection on culture, power, truth, and justice. Now, that doesn’t mean that people can’t find a liberal arts education at work, at home, or in a book; it just means that they have to do this of their own volition. Universities are the last holdout of a social standard of liberal education. Now, because students largely don’t want a liberal arts education, universities have tried to convince them by making general education courses a requirement.
This demonstrates the belief that if students formally partake in liberal arts classes, they will eventually see the intrinsic value in studying bodies of knowledge outside their major. For example, if students take a general education class in linguistics, they will see the power of language in their everyday lives. Perhaps that’s true. But it seems to me that even this approach isolates student interest to particular bodies of knowledge, rather than letting them generalize their experiences. Students may now see how language plays a role in their lives, but still hold that chemistry is useless. Furthermore, this approach suggests that students can only be wooed to a liberal arts experience if the professor can prove that the knowledge is applicable to their lives. Knowledge that is not directly relatable to their life experience is not worth knowing. This perspective is not knowledge for knowledge’s sake. And that is, perhaps, the contemporary question for the liberal arts education: is it possible for a university to promote a love of knowledge for knowledge’s sake?
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BY SARAH HILLENBRAND ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM
he Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University held its seventh Meijer Lecture Series speaker on Monday when Brian Walker, president and CEO of Herman Miller, offered words of wisdom to the student attendees. “The lectureship was created for something crucial: to focus on the importance of a liberal education from the perspective of a businessman,” said Jeff Chamberlain, director of the honors college. “Leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation are all important parts of that.” Walker said he came to be the CEO of Herman Miller by “a series of fortunate mistakes.” “I volunteered a lot for things a lot of other people didn’t want to do; that’s what got me here,” Walker said. “I was willing to move around a lot. I always gave my opinion, even if I didn’t know much about it.” Walker said he almost came to GVSU after receiving a scholarship, but after an argument with a teacher about taking the advanced placement test, the teacher failed him and he lost the scholarship. He then attended a community college to earn his degree. “For me, that was a really big moment of growing up,” he said. “My dad did the right thing in making it confrontational. That made a defining moment in my work career, as well.”
Walker said he feels fortunate to lead a company like Herman Miller because of its values and beliefs. He said that while many people think he gets to make most of the company’s decisions, he really only makes a small percentage of them. “My job is often to point out a direction and compel them to take that direction,” he said. “To go there, I try to pick areas of the business that I really have an interest to learn.” Also as part of his job, Walker spends a lot of time with customers “not necessarily to find out what they want but to see what you’re good at and what you’re not and find unmet needs.” While Herman Miller has changed over its history, Walker said the changes have been positive and are usually in response to social change. “I think that our history will tell us that all great design generally comes in response to social change,” he said. “It’s a matter of finding a compelling story of where we need to shift to and how do we use that to improve what we’re doing or find new areas for growth.” Walker said the company leaders receive new ideas by encouraging their employees to get involved outside of work and in the community and by helping employees go back to school to receive further education. “We never saw folks as being stuck in the job they started in or based on their educational training,” he said. “My job is to make sure we have great people and
Imparting wisdom: Brian Walker, president and CEO of Herman Miller, discussed his leadership and business sense at the seventh lecture of the Meijer Lecture Series hosted by the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
the bandwidth to do it.” Gaining new ideas for products also depends a lot on the company’s corporate culture and if employees feel they can pitch their ideas as well as remain open to hear others. Based on his leadership experience, Walker advised students not to think of their future career only as climbing up the corporate ladder. “Think of your career path like a Christmas tree and not like a ladder,” he said. “Real careers are
built by going sideways. Don’t think about what the job is, think about what the experience is. It’s important to get experiences beside what you’re doing everyday. When looking at your class load, take things that stretch your thinking and get a lot of variety.” He added that students who add this variety to their classes gain a broader view, which can help in a future career. “I look back and wish I could do
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it again,” Walker said. “I think about things that I could’ve spent my time on outside of my major that would give me a broader view of the world.” Because Walker was almost a Laker, Chamberlain announced that the Honors College is starting a scholarship in Walker’s name to aid students at GVSU. For more information about the lecture series, visit www.gvsu. edu/honor/frederik-meijer-lectureseries-58.htm.
Gala to increase cultural awareness
BY ELLIE PHILLIPS
he Iota Chapter of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Grand Valley State University’s only Asian-interest sorority, is gearing up for its annual Global Gala, a signature showcase designed to increase cultural awareness. “Global Gala has always been receiving great support from the community, attracting 350 to 400 people annually, because it promotes the diversity at GVSU that not many people know of,” said Quyen Ho, coplanning chair of the gala. This is the sixth year the gala has been held, and it is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the GVSU Multicultural Greek Council and the University Bookstore. “America is a diverse country that is made up of many different races,” Ho said. “This is why the Global Gala is the perfect event for participants to open their eyes to the world, as it is the goal of why we’re hosting such a significant event.” A variety of groups will be involved in performances that will take place during the gala. Delta Phi Lambda will be performing, as well as three other Greek organizations: the Omicron Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority; the
COMMITTEE CONTINUED FROM A3 Darwich is optimistic that the SPC will use the information from the conversations to better the university. “I hope they really listen to it, because there is a lot of wisdom here at Grand Valley—students, faculty and alumni alike,” he said. “I understand that a lot of the goals that students write down might not be realistic, but they definitely should consider them because there’s definitely good ideas.” The strategic planning conversations are also being
Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity; and the Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity. The organizations will also perform “cultural strolling.” “Cultural strolling is strolling with cultural dance movements and music rather than the regular strolls,” Ho said. “(It is) a synchronized dance to a song that was initially started back in the 1920s by African-American collegiate organizations. Later on, the National Pan-Hellenic Council incorporated strolling into the Greek system, and the Multicultural Greek Council also adopted strolling afterward into the council’s Greek lettered organizations.” The gala began as the Dance Fusion event in 2007, which was part of GVSU’s Intercultural Festival and was put on by Boba Bellas, the Asian student interest group before Delta Phi Lambda. Boba Bellas changed the event to the Global Gala the following year, and since then, it has been the annual cultural showcase of Delta Phi Lambda’s chapter at GVSU. “I feel that it is important for us to showcase and bring the minority cultures that we have at our school to light,” said Victoria Sun, another Delta Phi Lambda member. “Because GV is not a very diverse
used for teaching hands-on skills to graduate students, such as Eva Jenson, a student in the master’s of public administration program at GVSU. Jenson’s strategic management and planning course is using the conversations as an opportunity for out-of-theclassroom learning. She and her classmates are helping to facilitate the conversations and to evaluate the findings afterward. “We’ll take all of the answers to the questions and code it so that we can analyze the data, and then we will present a paper and a
presentation to the Strategic Planning Committee on our findings and what the trends are based on the stakeholders’ answers and input,” Jenson said. More strategic positioning conversations are scheduled for today, with the first being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 107C University Club of the DeVos Center on the Pew Campus. The second meeting will go from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the same location. Virtual sessions will also be held today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For instructions on the virtual sessions, visit www. gvsu.edu/strategicplanning.
school in terms of the Asian to Caucasian ratio, I marvel at the fact that my sorority is able to pull off such a big event every year.” Dancing performances will include the Swing Dance Club, Ballroom Dancers and the Belly Dancing Club. Delta Phi Lambda will demonstrate cultural Jamaican dancing, and two other cultural dances will be performed—a Latin dance by the Latino Student Union and an African dance by the African Student Council. The dancing will continue with the student organization Kpop Group Evolution—a Korean dance team that promotes appreciation of Korean pop music—and Latin couples. The group Capoeira Mandinga will be
performing the “dance of war.” Capoeira, a form of Brazilian martial arts, was invented by slaves who disguised the fighting style as a dance to avoid detection. The Linh Son Buddhist Temple Youth Group, a nonprofit that promotes education through learning and applying Buddhist and Vietnamese culture and language, will perform a cultural Vietnamese hat dance. The free showcase will take place 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center. It will feature 13 performances by GVSU student organizations, including a cultural fashion show. A raffle and food will be offered, as well. The gala is open to the public and LIB 100 approved.
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Battle of the best talents BY AUDRA GAMBLE AGAMBLE@LANTHORN.COM
As a part of the Battle of the Valleys, Grand Valley State University’s Laker Traditions Team held GV’s Got Talent on Nov. 12 to fundraise for this year’s non-profit, S.P.O.R.T.S. The event charged a $5 admission donation, which will be added to GVSU’s fundraising total. The evening began with a fashion show featuring GVSU varsity athletes walking the runway. The student-athletes displayed their sports uniforms as well as street clothes. After the fashion show, the talent competition began, judged by LeaAnn Tibbe, the assistant director of Student Life; Ricardo Benavidez, Student Senate president; and Louie the Laker. There were eight competitors, including a band, multiple singers, a hula hoop artist and more.
The first place trophy went to Gabrielle Hutchinson, who hula hooped with a light-up hoop that changed designs. The second place trophy went to Jacob Guajardo, who performed an original song called “Sad Boy Sings Song.” “My favorite part is all the different talents,” event coordinator Alicia Arnold said. “We held auditions for this event and it was amazing to see all the talents people have that I never would have known if we didn’t host this event.” While the event was meant to entertain, the talent show’s purpose was to raise funds, and early estimates were that the evening raised just over $200. “We had 38 paid, so it’s around $190 in donations,” Arnold said. The Fashion Club, Athletic Department, Spotlight Productions, Student
Senate, and Laker Traditions Team all hosted the event. “Battle of the Valleys is not the football game,” said Alyssa Smith, overall chair for Laker Traditions. “It’s a fundraiser for a nonprofit the Student Senate picks every year. We want to raise as much money as possible. It looks really bad when we go on the field and our checks to charity are $10,000 to $20,000 less than SVSU’s are. Obviously we want to beat SVSU, but we want to give back as much money to the community as we can.” Other fundraisers planned include doughnut sales in Kirkhof from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a volleyball tournament Friday. “We just wish there was as much hype about the fundraising as the game,” Arnold said. For a full list of events, visit www.gvsu.edu/battleofthevalleys.
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Laker Traditions Team hosts GV’s Got Talent for Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition
University talent: West And Run performs at the GV’s Got Talent competition. The event was sponsered by the Laker Traditions Team to raise money for S.P.O.R.T.S., GVSU’s charity for the Battle of the Valleys.
‘Did they die for you to forget?’
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GV theatre tells story of Kindertransport that saved children from Nazi round-ups
Untold story: Marllory Caillaud-Jones (right) plays the role of Eva and Alaina Wilson (left) plays Helga in Grand Valley State University’s production of “Kindertransport,” a World War II story. BY KARI NORTON
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or most people, it’s an accepted fact that six million Jews died in concentration camps during the Holocaust. But what is not widely discussed is the 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia who were saved because of the Kindertransport. Grand Valley State University senior Amanda Furstenburg was interested in doing a play about the Holocaust for her senior honors project, so she approached professor and director Karen Libman with the idea. The two collaborated, discussed possibilities, picked several plays to read with a committee and as a group decided to share the story of the children. “This was the one the students really liked the best. It was sort of the meatiest one and had some really great roles for students,” Libman said. “It
was complicated, very artistic, it wasn’t just a straight story. There were a lot of metaphors in it and connections to things that are happening now.” Although 10,000 is a small number compared to the millions who died, it is not insignificant, said said. “These 10,000 were saved through the generosity of strangers and through the absolute selflessness of their parents who were willing to send them to a country alone where they didn’t speak the language and not know if they would ever see them again, and of course most of them didn’t, but their children survived,” Libman said. After doing more research, she and Furstenburg found that this is the 75th anniversary of the rescue and that the Kindertransport Association had put together an exhibit that the university could rent. Everything started to snowball from there. The play has become bigger than just a theater production; the Office of Multicultural Affairs, members of Hillel and the Honors College have all teamed up to help make this a community event. “The university’s mission is to do outreach and connect the goingson at Grand Valley to the greater community, and of course in this way we’re also connecting to the larger world community,” Libman said. As preparation for the stage production, many members of the cast took a trip to Farmington Hills, Mich., to visit its Holocaust Museum and hear from a survivor. They also had the chance to hear the story of John Rosen, a Kindertransport survivor who recently spoke to students on campus. Furstenburg, who plays Faith, the daughter of Kindertransport survivor, said the experiences were insightful even though her character was not actually one of the children on the train. “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it would’ve been like and how I would’ve dealt with surviving knowing the rest of my family didn’t,” she said. Faith is a young girl who is dealing with her parents’ divorce by digging into her mother’s past for answers. She knows that her mom was adopted but is unaware of her former life in Germany or her escape from the Holocaust. “For me, I’ve spent more time thinking about the person playing my
mom because there’s a reason she didn’t tell my character, Faith, what happened. I’ve been trying to see her side of it and trying to portray that with Faith a little bit,” Furstenburg said. The audience will get to see Faith and her mother, Evelyn, played by senior theater major Alyssa Simmert, during the 1980s in Great Britain as well as during flashbacks to the 1930s when the Kindertransport took place. “Evelyn’s very repressed… She tries to pretend like none of it ever happened to her, mostly for the sake of herself but for the sake of her daughter, as well,” Simmert said. “She doesn’t want her daughter involved in any of the past. She doesn’t want anything to do with it.” Instead of forgetting like Simmert’s character attempts to do, Furstenburg said people need to keep the memories alive. “Faith has a line that I really love; she asks her mom, ‘Did they die for you to forget?’ and that’s just really powerful,” Furstenburg said. “It’s like, why’d they die? You have to keep remembering them otherwise their death was for nothing.” The purpose of the play is to educate people and get them to think not only about the Holocaust, but about discrimination and prejudice that is still taking place today, Libman said. “The best kind of art entertains you and is also thought-provoking in some way, and I think the play will be that for people—both entertaining and thoughtprovoking, making you wonder what you would’ve done in this situation and how would you have reacted,” she said. The play will take place Nov. 15 through 17 and Nov. 21 through 23 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. “I think people will enjoy the production, even if it’s somewhat sobering,” Libman said. “I love the idea that the play doesn’t give a pat answer to questions of identity and what to do with a past that was problematic. It would be so easy to make things up, but the situation wasn’t easy, and the playwright doesn’t dumb down the story.” Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and $6 for all students and groups of 10 or more. For more information, call the GVSU box office at 616-331-2300 or visit www. gvsu.edu/theatre.
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n Nov. 17, the Laker Marching Band will showcase music from its season at its sit-down concert, Bandorama. John Martin, assistant professor of music and the director of the marching band, said he enjoys the great exposure that Bandorama provides and the support given from the athletics department. “We’re bringing everything we’ve done together,” said Tim Priest, a junior majoring in music education and one of the marching band’s drum majors. Last year, the Bandorama concert was held in the Kelly Family Sports Center and more than 800 people attended, Martin said. “Some of the best highlights of this season come from the Saturday nights and the atmosphere that the team and band together create,” said Brianne Hooper, alternate drum major for the marching
band. “We are fortunate enough to be a part of such a supporting university that allowed us to travel to a few away games this year to support our team.” Thomas Duebner, another one of the marching band’s drum majors, said this year’s Bandorama performance is much different for drum majors than it has been in the past. “Instead of conducting two or three pieces, we’re conducting the whole thing,” he explained. “It’s a lot of work.” This year, the marching band has about 200 students with 90 to 95 freshmen, and next year the goal is to get around 240 to 270 total , Martin said, adding that the band played seven shows this year. “We’ve been learning a show a week. It’s a lot of time and effort on the students’ part, and I try my best to give as much time as I can back to them,” Martin said. Both Priest and Duebner said the best show of the season was the circle drill show, even though the band only had
three rehearsals to get it ready and on the field. “Half time at games is the best feeling of being a drum major—hearing the crowd react is amazing,” Priest said. Feeling the atmosphere of Lubber’s Stadium on a game night and knowing that the marching band is directly involved with the creation of that atmosphere is a great feeling, Hooper said. The recognition, support and appreciation of the football players, faculty and fans add to the euphoria. This year, events will be back-to-back with the last game of the season (unless GVSU makes the playoffs) and the marching band banquet on Saturday, and Bandorama on Sunday. “It’s been a busy year and students are just trying to catch a breath,” Martin said. Bandorama is free and open to the public. More information can be found at the GVSU website under “Events.”
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SHORTS GV welcomes Hope College in final exhibition game
Williams notches second ‘Defensive Player of the Week’
Grand Valley State University senior cornerback Reggie Williams was named the GLIAC “Defensive Player of the Week” on Tuesday after picking off a pair of passes in the football team’s 34-20 victory over Wayne State University. Williams was part of a defensive unit on Saturday that held the Warriors to just 220 yards while adding a pair of tackles in the victory. His 11 career interceptions rank as the fifth most in GVSU history. The Lansing, Mich., native also earned the award on Oct. 14. This was just the second time in GLIAC history that a team has secured the weekly honor five times in a season. The Lakers have taken the accolade in each of the past three weeks. The team returns to action at home on Saturday in the Battle of the Valleys against Saginaw Valley State University at 1 p.m.
Ferrero, Madsen named National Swimmers of the week
A pair of Grand Valley State University student athletes, sophomore Gianni Ferrero and senior Caitlyn Madsen, were named the Collegeswimming.com national men’s and women’s swimmers of the week for a pair of record-setting performances in a home meet against Lewis University on Nov. 2. Ferrero set an individual pool and varsity record (500 free) and swam a leg on two relays that also set GVSU pool records (400 medley, 400 free), while Madsen set a trio of individual pool records (200 fly, 100 fly, 400 IM) and swam a leg on a relay team that set a new pool record in the 400 medley relay. The team returns to action this weekend at the Doug Coers Invitational at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
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The Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team caps off its preseason schedule tonight when it takes on Hope College at the Fieldhouse Arena at 7 p.m. GVSU finished its 20122013 campaign with a 19-9 overall record in March, and it will attempt to bounce back from a 101-52 loss at Michigan State University on Oct. 29. The Lakers will be looking to tune up for the regular season against Hope, an NCAA Division III opponent that finished with an 18-9 campaign last season. GVSU was picked to finish second in the North Division this year in the 20132014 Preseason Poll. The team kicks off its regular season schedule at home on Monday against Olivet College at 7 p.m.
Battle of the Valleys: DeVonte’ Jones (21) and the Laker defense take down Saginaw Valley State’s quarterback Jonathon Jennings in last year’s matchup, when SVSU defeated GVSU 55-52. A playoff berth is on the line Saturday at 1 p.m., as the Cardinals are ranked No. 3 in the region, while the Lakers sit at No. 5.
Breaking it down GV Lanthorn and The Valley Vanguard talk pre-game analysis for BOTV 2013
t’s been 16 years since the Grand Valley State University football program went three straight seasons without making the playoffs. That streak is in jeopardy, as a loss this Saturday against Saginaw Valley State University would end the 2013 Lakers’ campaign. Grand Valley Lanthorn’s Sports Editor Bryce Derouin and Saginaw Valley Vanguard football beat reporter Joseph Oliver break down the matchup between the two rivals. SVSU’S OFFENSE VS. GVSU’S DEFENSE
Bryce Derouin: When you think of Saginaw Valley State, the first thing that comes to mind is quarterback Jonathon Jennings. He leads the GLIAC in touchdown passes and is second in yards passing per game. Just how good has he been this year, and what makes him and the offense successful? Joseph Oliver: I think when anybody thinks of SVSU, at least from an offensive standpoint, they think of Jennings because of how successful he has been. Having been able to watch this offense over the course of the season, I’ve come to realize, however, that there is much more than just Jennings leading the charge. Obviously, he gets most of the hype— and rightfully so because he’s the quarterback—but you have to also look at what he has to work with. We’ve got Jeff Janis who, in my honest opinion, is going to be playing on Sundays next year. He’s a little undersized, which is why he’s probably playing in DII, but regardless of that, he’s managed to dominate every secondary he’s played throughout his career. This year he’s dominating the GLIAC statistically. He has the league lead in receptions (68), yards (1419) and in receiving touchdowns (14). None of these stats are even close. Setting up the passing game, we have a pair of talented seniors in the backfield alongside Jennings. Norman Shuford actually transferred to
SVSU from GVSU and in his chance on the field with the Cardinals, he’s almost at 1,000 yards rushing. Mark Mays is another guy who sees time in the backfield. He doesn’t have the yards that Shuford has, but he has scored six times. Looking over GVSU’s schedule from this year, I notice that they’ve surrendered 50-plus points twice but aside from that have seemed to be somewhat stingy. How do you think they will fair against Jennings and this offense? Will it be the unit that surrendered 50-plus points to Ohio Dominican and Ferris State or the unit that didn’t allow more than 21 in any other contest? BD: The debacle against Ohio Dominican was simply a team not being mentally ready to play. The game was one of the worst losses in school history, and GVSU was never a threat to win. With Ferris State, the Lakers had no answer for Jason Vander Laan and the quarterback power running game for the second consecutive year, and the Bulldogs blew the game open by scoring 37 points in the second half. The thing both of those games have in common is that they happened away from Lubbers Stadium. At home, GVSU is surrendering only 17.8 points per game compared to 39.5 points per game on the road, but they did manage to get their woes solved these past two weeks. To say this defense is better than last year’s would be a gross understatement. Yes, they’ve had two poor showings this season, but they’re first in the GLIAC North in points allowed per game (23.4) and third overall in the entire conference. Head coach Matt Mitchell and his staff spent a lot of time trying to get this defense fixed, and for the most part, they’ve been able to do so. The most consistent area of this defense has been the secondary this year. GVSU leads the GLIAC in pass defense, giving up 176.3 yards passing a game. Considering the injuries the secondary has suf-
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JO: As good as the Cardinals’ offense has been so far this year, the defense has been quite the opposite. On average, this unit has surrendered over 400 yards per game to opposing offenses. That’s good for seventh in the GLIAC. They have really been inconsistent at getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They have 18 sacks, but nobody on the defensive line has really had a standout year. When you look at this side of the ball, you see how young they are. The team lost two defensive SEE FOOTBALL ON A8
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fered this year, it’s quite an accomplishment. Safeties Brad Horling and Erik Thompson have missed time this year, and safety Bobby Wunderlich was lost for the season in the Michigan Tech game. Cornerback Michael Hatcher also missed time with an ankle injury. Do I expect GVSU to hold SVSU to 17 points and 176 yards passing? No. But I do think something has to give, and it will be the biggest challenge this defense has faced all season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see GVSU’s Reggie Williams spend a decent amount of time on Janis. He’s tied for 33rd in the country with 1.3 passes deflected a game and is one of the faster guys on the team. One player who has really come on as of late is defensive lineman De’Ondre Hogan. Besides a quiet game last week against Wayne State University, Hogan recorded 4.5 sacks and 15 tackles in the two games before the matchup against Wayne State, where he was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week both times. If Hogan, Mosley, and the rest of the GVSU defensive line can get pressure on Jennings, it can go a long way in limiting the Cardinal passing attack. As much attention as the SVSU offense gets, it would be easy for the defense to be overlooked. How have they performed this year?
Final tune-up: Kat LaPrairie attempts a shot in the final exhibition game for GVSU, which won 79-52.
It was just an exhibition game, but the Grand Valley State University women’s basketball team flashed glimpses of its potential. GVSU proved its ability to close out halves by holding visiting Madonna University scoreless in the final three minutes and twenty-seven seconds of the first half and maintaining a 16-point lead, which will be key in future games this season. “It’s crucial. Especially going into halftime, we need that momentum,” junior Kat LaPrairie said. “We really felt good about ourselves going into the second half, which made us more confident with our shot selection.” GVSU eventually won the game 79-52. Taking steps to becoming a floor general this season, LaPrairie was highly active on
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both ends of the floor as she led coach Janel Burgess said. “They the Lakers with eight points at threw a match-up zone at us, the break. which we struggled a little bit “Last year I started more on with. We just have to calm down the bench and focused on be- and feel the game out, and things ing vocal from the will work themselves bench. This year, out.” being a starter, it’s Junior guard Merreally important yl Cripe took control for me to continue We just have of the game, findto be vocal on the ing her teammates court, because I to calm down on consecutive posknow my team- and feel the sessions to push the mates feed off of Laker lead out to 15 that,” LaPrairie game out... points. Cripe finsaid. ished with five points JANEL BURGES Fueled by the HEAD COACH and four assists. Lakers’ poor shoot“There is a lot ing from the threeof emphasis on my point line and their inability to position, being the leader and take care of the ball, Madonna coach on the floor,” Cripe said. was able to keep the game within “Getting everyone organized ten points in the early part of the is a key part of my game and is second half. important to the success of our “You can tell we are very self- team.” less, and sometimes that selflessSEE BASKETBALL ON A8 ness can create turnovers,” head
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Women’s soccer heads to Division I playoffs in hopes of attaining a national title TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (No. 4) NSCAA RANK: NR RECORD: 12-4-4 CONFERENCE: Great Lakes Valley
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High hopes: Senior Kayla Kimble passes the ball up the pitch in Grand Valley State University’s game against Michigan Tech. The team has had a successful season and is now preparing for the NCAA Division II playoffs. BY PETE BARROWS PBARROWS@LANTHORN.COM
hroughout the 2013 season, the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team has permitted one goal and accomplished many. As one of 48 teams in eight regions to advance into the NCAA Division II playoffs, there’s one primary goal left to obtain—a national title. GVSU has won an unprecedented nine consecutive conference titles, has advanced to four consecutive Final Fours, has won two national championships since 2009 and has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all 11 seasons of coach Dave Dilanni’s tenure. The Lakers have averaged 3.65 goals per game on 26.9 shots, while holding opponents to 0.05 goals per game on 4.9 shots. Seventeen different Lakers have recorded a goal, and six different Lakers have at least 15 points. GVSU (19-0-1, 12-0 GLIAC) recorded the second longest streak of straight shutouts (13) in Division II history, the seventh
longest across all divisions and third- and quarterfinal-round went 1,228 minutes and eight competition to be played Nov. 22 seconds without yielding a goal. and 24. GVSU is the No.1 seed in For good measure, GVSU will the Midwest region. also play the first two rounds of “Now that we’re through the the tournament at home, where GLIAC portion of our season, our the Lakers have won a Division energy and our nerves will amp up II record 62 straight games. even more,” senior defender Sam Although when it comes to Decker said. “We know exactly winning championships, history, what every single game means records and statistics from here on out, and are only a part of the we’ll focus on each equation. team individually as “We work really they come. Right now, hard to get here and Both teams in that focus is Sunday, are very pleased with whoever we play.” our bracket our regular season, Truman and but in the playoffs, it’s are well Rockhurst will play never easy,” Dilanni coached... Friday at 7 p.m. at said. “Both teams in GVSU, and the winner our bracket are well DAVE DILANNI will advance to take coached, and both HEAD COACH on the Lakers Sunday seeds in the No. 2 seed at 1 p.m. bracket of our region “There’s not one are direct and physical. At this team that I’m hoping for,” senior point, everyone’s good, tough—we All-GLIAC defender Kayla just have to take care of ourselves.” Kimble said. “I’m ready to play Six teams, seeded one through anyone that comes our way.” six, compose each of the eight Below are previews for both of regions, and the two finalists in GVSU’s potential opponents for each region will advance to the Sunday.
Truman enters the national tournament for the first time since 2010 off a 2-1 overtime loss to Wisconsin-Parkside in a GLVC regional semifinal and is one of four teams representing the conference in the Midwest regional. All-GVLC first team senior forward Trisha Shoemaker leads the Bulldogs with eight goals and four assists for a team-high 20 points, although 14 different players have logged goals for Truman this season, with six scoring at least twice. TSU outscored opponents 30-10 on the season. The Bulldog backline is bolstered by three all-GLVC performers, senior Suzanne Pelley, junior Lauren Seawright and sophomore Jessica Hanson, and has only allowed 10 goals all season. Senior Emily Bozdeck, another of Truman’s seven allconference selections, patrols the pipes for the Bulldogs and has recorded 74 saves and 11 shutouts to go with a 0.48 goals-against average. In 21 years at the helm of the Truman women’s soccer program, Mike Cannon has amassed a 277100-42 (.697) career record and is the seventh-winnigiest active coach in Division II history, ranking him securely among the top 10 active Division II coaches with Dave Dilanni. Key for Truman: Strike first. When Truman scores first, the Bulldogs are 11-1, compared to just 1-3-1 when their opponent beats them to the board. ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY HAWKS (No. 5) NSCAA RANK: NR RECORD: 12-5-3
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Rockhurst four-game winning streak came to a skid with a 1-0 loss to Quincy (No. 2 Midwest Region, No. 8 NSCAA) in a GLVC regional semifinal and is another one of four teams representing the conference in the Midwest region. 9-0-1 at home this season, the Hawks out-scored opponents 2812 and balanced first-half (12) and second-half (16) scoring succinctly. Although for the Hawks, who went 3-5-2 on the road and 0-3 on grass surfaces, playing at GVSU could present a challenge. All-GLVC second team honoree junior forward Taylor Skala led RU with seven goals and 18 points, while all-GLVC first team member junior defender Kasey Lierz paced the Hawks with six assists.Senior midfielder Katie Kujawa, Rockhurst’s third and final all-GLVC recipient, made the second team and chipped in five goals. For RU, youth comes in the form of freshman keeper Ali Wallner, who in 19 starts in goal, tallied 70 saves and 10 shutouts to go with a 0.56 goals against average. Experience, in turn, is provided by RU coach of 15 years Greg Herdlick, who is 155-98-22 (.644). Key for Rockhurst: Play at home, away from home. Neither Truman or Rockhurst will have a home field advantage Friday and the Hawks cannot afford to concede an extra edge to the Bulldogs. The winner of a first round match between No. 3 seed Wisconsin-Parkside (13-4-3) and No. 6 Michigan Tech (14-5-1) Friday at 7 p.m. will advance to play No. 2 seed Quincy (17-0-4) on Sunday. To view the NCAA tournament bracket in it’s entirety, complete with real time score updates, visit: http://www.ncaa.com/interactivebracket/soccer-women/d2.
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FOOTBALL CONTINUED FROM A7 captains in Grant Caserta and Jeff Heath from a year ago. Obviously, the team has had an entire year to fill those holes, but much of the statistical woes can be credited to the defense’s early season struggles. It will certainly be interesting to see how SVSU tries to stop Grand Valley’s “Legion of Doom” of a backfield. Michael Ratay and Chris Robinson pair up as a real one-two punch for the Lakers, and SVSU has not shown the ability to consistently stop strong offenses, which GVSU certainly possesses. On the other hand, the defense has shown the ability to make plays. The unit has 12 interceptions on the year and eight fumble recoveries. DeAngelo Parris has a league-leading five interceptions on the season. In the middle, Brian Johnson has over 100 tackles to his name and is really the force of the defense. I think that if the front seven does its job and the down lineman can get some pressure on Heath Parling, then Parris and the rest of the secondary will be in good position to make some plays. Whether they do or not could be the story of the game. I briefly mentioned the Lakers’ backfield, but what can you say about the GVSU offense coming into Saturday’s contest? BD: Ratay tore his ACL and meniscus in the game against Hillsdale College and will miss the remainder of the season. Just another injury GVSU has had to deal with this year. Running back may be one of the deepest positions on the depth chart for the
Lakers, but they’re also nursing injuries. Kirk Spencer broke his hand against Ferris State and hasn’t returned since, but he was practicing on Tuesday. Robinson was injured in the game against Wayne State, but I would expect him to play Saturday. Terell Dorsey and Ben Hutchins have proved to be dependable in the running game. It’s no secret that Charles Johnson was a big part of the success GVSU had on offense last season, but the Lakers have had guys step up in his absence this year. Wide receiver Brandan Green is third in the GLIAC in yards receiving (93.3 per game) and is especially dangerous in the screen game and as a deep threat down the field. Tight end Jamie Potts and Parling have also developed a little bit of a connection as of late. Potts has 11 catches for 234 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the last two games, and is tied for third in the GLIAC in touchdown catches (six). Parling has had numerous injuries this season, which has put him in and out of the lineup. In five games as a starter, he’s passed for 1,188 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 160.5 quarterback efficiency rating would be 13th best in the country, if he played enough games to qualify amongst the national leaders in that category. One of the most impressive things Parling does doesn’t show up in the stat sheet. Whether it be checking into a run or reading a blitz and audibling to a screen pass, he’s shown the ability to read defenses and exploit their weaknesses. This has resulted in some big plays and touchdowns during the season. It’s no secret that this game has major implications for GVSU. A win, and the Lakers are in the playoffs and may be able to host a playoff game. A loss, and
GVSU misses the postseason for the third straight year. What kind of mentality and approach is SVSU taking into Saturday’s contest?
out the window because it’s going to come down to beating the guy in front of you and so I think both teams will be focused on their goal.
JO: As with every year this game has huge implications for both teams. I think that even without playoff implications or whether a team is trying to maintain an undefeated record in the conference, both teams will come in ready to play. Grand Valley has dominated the overall series with a 30-11 record against SVSU. With that being said, the Cardinals won in dramatic fashion a year ago and I’m sure that the Lakers haven’t forgotten about that. Likewise, coach Jim Collins knows what is at stake for his team. Losing to Grand Valley means an undefeated GLIAC record would be gone, and a playoff berth could be questionable. I expect both teams to come in ready to play. On Saturday, for at least 60 minutes, you can throw all of the records and stats
PREVIEW CONTINUED FROM A1 passing game. Williams and Thompson are tied for second in the GLIAC with four interceptions. “They’re good, no doubt,” senior GVSU cornerback Reggie Williams said. “They throw a lot of good balls and make a lot of good catches, but we got some good guys on the defense too. We’re not gonna back down from anything. We’re gonna come in, we’re gonna play aggressive, and we’re just gonna get after it. When it comes down to those types of offenses, you have
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JO: I think that both offenses will come out fired up. I expect both teams to be able to move the ball and it’s really going to come down to whichever team can make adjustments on the fly. In the end, I think Jennings to Janis will just be too much for the Lakers. SVSU 34, GVSU 31. BD: Jennings and the Cardinal offense are going to put up points, and I predict that Parling and the rest of the Lakers will keep up. Expect numerous big plays on offense in what should be an exciting game. If these two teams played 10 times, each would probably win five times a piece. Home-field advantage will be the difference and GVSU will make just enough plays down the stretch to finish the year 7-0 at Lubbers. GVSU 42 SVSU 38. to get pressure on the quarterback and you gotta make plays when you get the opportunity.” GVSU is undefeated at Lubbers Stadium this year, going 6-0 on its way to outscoring its opponents 39.8 to 15 in the six games. But on Saturday at 1 p.m., the stakes won’t be higher. “It’s a big game. Win or go home, pretty much for us,” senior center Matt Armstrong said. “Obviously not making the playoff the last few years, this game is one of the most important games in awhile. We just got to be ready and try to play to the best of our ability.”
BASKETBALL CONTINUED FROM A7 Poised to have a breakout season, senior Dani Crandall led all Lakers with 17 points, shooting eight of 11 from the field. Crandall also led the Lakers with nine rebounds, just one board short of a doubledouble. “I thought I passed up quite a bit of shots, caused a few turnovers,” Crandall said. “Once we got the jitters out and were looking at the basket and looking to score, we really focused in and were able to knock down shots.” The Lakers will look to transition into a more guard-orientated team
with the additions of transfers Janelle McQueen (Texas Southern) and Bailey Cairnduff (Bowling Green). “We are looking to play extremely fast in almost every aspect of the game,” Crandall said. “For the most part, we are all the same size, which works to our advantage. Being able to run the floor and switch pretty much between anyone on defense is going to make us that much better of a team.” The Lakers will officially start the 2013-2014 season when they travel to Nashville for the Pops Duncan classic to face Truman State and Missouri-St. Louis in a two-day event.
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BY JAY BUSHEN ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
othing was handed to senior point guard Rob Woodson of the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team. Woodson, the team’s only senior, is finally getting a chance to prove himself in the starting lineup this season after waiting patiently for his chance to shine. “I appreciate it more,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity I am getting. If something is given to you, you don’t understand it as much. I had to work my way up.” He joined the team as a “preferred walk-on” in 2009 but had to wait his turn on a team that was loaded with talent in the backcourt. He decided to redshirt during his sophomore year. The Inkster, Mich., native persevered. “I wouldn’t say it was easy— sometimes you get down on yourself,” he said. “I just had to remember that one day I was going to get my time. I finally got it, and it means a lot to me. I know I have to keep on grinding.” He appeared in all 55 games over the course of the next two seasons while coming off the bench as the team’s back-up point
guard behind All-GLIAC secondteamer Breland Hogan, his best friend who has since graduated. Woodson said he learned a lot from Hogan during that time. “Breland stayed aggressive and was a floor general for us,” he said. “I’m going to be way more vocal than I was last year, because this year I’m generating. I’m telling my teammates where to go so we can all come together and work toward a common goal.” He said he compares his style of play to Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, a passfirst distributor who can score when needed while providing a defensive presence. Woodson finished with the second-most assists (51) and steals (35) for the Lakers in 2012. He averaged six points and 2.7 rebounds per game while leading the Lakers with a shootingpercentage clip of 57.9 percent from the field. “Rob has been a glue guy for us,” junior shooting guard Ryan Sabin said. “He brings leadership on and off the court and has a lot of experience under his belt.” Sabin said the backcourt duo seems to have good chemistry early on in the season. Head coach Ric Wesley said he
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Fifth-year Woodson earns starting job to lead men’s basketball team
Leadership: Rob Woodson (12) is the only returning senior off of last year’s team. Grand Valley State University was picked as the No. 2 team in the preseason GLIAC North division poll.
has noticed a lot of progression with Woodson’s speed, quickness and explosiveness but the leadership ability is one of his greatest strengths. “He’s one of our more popular guys,” Wesley said. “He’s got a real warm, engaging personality. He
gets along with everybody and people enjoy being around him. “He’s got a good sense of humor. It matches well with the position he plays on the floor and his personality is in his play. That goes hand-in-hand with the relationship he has with his teammates.”
Woodson said he couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming season and especially looks forward to the leadership role. He’s earned it. GVSU will take on Hope College tonight in an exhibition at the Fieldhouse Arena at 7 p.m.
get the big kills,” freshman Nicayla Joyce said. “People may not notice (the he poise of junior position) as much, but we libero Christina do as a team. Canepa means “I respect her so much everything to the Grand and I think she deserves Valley State University more publicity than she women’s volleyball team gets.” when it’s time to dig deep. GVSU (24-3, 15-1 Canepa’s reliable play GLIAC) holds the secondhas helped guide the highest digs-per-set mark unseasoned yet surging (17.27) in the GLIAC Lakers to the top of the this season, and Canepa’s GLIAC this season, and it dependability is a big figures to be a key element reason why. of the team’s postseason She makes her job look success in the coming easy with her technique, onweeks. court awareness and relaxed “She’s not loud, she’s not demeanor. Her understudy flashy,” head coach Deanne has taken notice. Scanlon said. “She goes “She always has control about her business, does of her emotions,” Joyce said. her thing and doesn’t get “Her mindset never wavers too bent out on the court and of shape when that’s something she makes a I need to learn mistake. She is a from.” steady defensive C a n e p a’s People may presence in our leadership role not notice as goes beyond the lineup.” C a n e p a much, but we boundaries of reached a the Fieldhouse pair of career do as a team. Arena. milestones The student earlier this NICAYLA JOYCE athlete takes her FRESHMAN month when job seriously in she tallied the classroom. her 1,000th career dig at She was named to the Michigan Technological GLIAC All-Academic Team University on Nov. 2 before in 2012. cracking the GVSU top 10 She also understands the all-time list against Saginaw importance of helping her Valley State University at teammates, who she refers the Fieldhouse Arena on to as “family”. Nov. 8. “She is somebody I would The Grand Rapids, Mich. go to for advice,” Joyce said. native chose to deflect the “On a lot of different things, praise to her coaches and from school to boys. She teammates. really helps out to make “As a libero, you don’t sure the underclassmen are BY JAY BUSHEN
doing well.” Canepa said she gained perspective this spring when she had to have surgery on her meniscus. She was unable to join her teammates on the court, something she wasn’t too fond of. She chose to stay positive and battle through it, though, and still encouraged her team throughout the process. The absence seemed to make her coach grow fonder. “We really struggled as a team,” Scanlon said. “We were all over the place with our ball control and defense.” GVSU has excelled in those two areas this season with Canepa in the back row. She may not be in the spotlight, but her strengths have appeared to be invaluable for a team that can’t stop winning. The humble libero deserves some credit-with or without the career accomplishments. “I never thought I would be able to do it,” Canepa said. “It’s exciting. It’s nice to get recognized for working so hard over these past three years.” The team needs just one victory to clinch the regular season conference championship outright, and will have two chances to do so this weekend at Northwood University on Friday at 7 p.m.and at Hillsdale College on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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GV libero inks name into school record books twice in one week
She can dig it: Christina Canepa made the top 10 list of career digs at Grand Valley State University this season. The junior libero has more than 1,000 career digs thus far in her career.
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