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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE GVSU’s Xinyi Ou has become the first to be named a Point Foundation Scholar By Austin Metz Associate Editor


istory and sociology major Xinyi Ou has been named the first Grand Valley State University student to be a Point Foundation Scholar, which is aimed at empowering LGBTQ students and to help them meet their academic and leadership potential. “I originally heard about the scholarship through the Fellowship’s office here because I knew I needed additional funding for school and so I was looking into what kind of scholarships would be available and this one just seemed to fit with everything in my story and what I wanted to accomplish in my life,” Ou said. The application process was long - Ou had to first complete two essays and be named as a semifinalist. Once she was named as a semifinalist, Ou then had to complete more essays and was eventually named as a finalist. “When I finally got the finalist email, they flew me out to San Francisco for the interviews and at that point it finally sunk in that this was actually a reality for me,” Ou said. “Even if I hadn’t won the award at that point, it wasn’t so much finances or anything like that. It was that sense of commu-


Moving forward: GVSU student Xinyi Ou has overcome many obstacles on her way to helping change the face of the school’s LGBTQ community.

nity and that these were all the other people who were working for a better community for everyone. That was very powerful in it’s own way and also very intimidating.” Ou interviewed in front of a board of directors and was given a half hour to give a presentation and to field questions board members may have. Following the presentations, the board members chose to award Ou the scholarship, which she received in June.

“We are so excited for Xinyi,” said Colette Beighley, director of the LGBT resource center. “Xinyi is GVSU’s first Point Foundation Scholar. This is an amazing honor and she most certainly deserves this recognition.” OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Born in Beijing, China, Ou lived there with her grandparents until she was ten

years old. She moved to Michigan to live with her birth parents, and it was then that Ou began to be beaten and sexually abused by her father. “I remember a social worker came by our house at least four times before I actually ever ended up saying anything,” Ou said. “Every time they would come I SEE EYE, A2

Student senate helps okay funding requests $1.2 million budget helps fund campus 360 on-campus groups and organizations BY SARAH HILLENBRAND GVL STAFF WRITER


In good help: Students in need of on-campus health care can visit Grand Valley State University’s campus health center.

Professionals offer tips on local health care BY LIZZY BALBOA GVL NEWS EDITOR

Learning to live alone presents a lot of challenges. Students soon become responsible for their own education, their own income and their own health. When students leave home for the first time to attend Grand Valley State University, they generally leave behind their primary care provider, rendering them defenseless in a new community of diseases and health concerns. “It is important for students to establish a relationship with a primary care provider so that they can establish and maintain healthy preventive care habits, rather than rely upon reactive care as their response to a health need,” said Kimberly Muma, special projects coordinator for the GVSU Office of the Vice Provost for Health. “Establishing routine

primary care helps to prevent unnecessary emergency room visits.” Muma said the GVSU Family Health Center advises students to use the services that it provides, but it also encourages students to communicate with their hometown care provider. “Assistant practice manager Shannon Helton of GVSU’s Family Health Center suggests that students begin with their primary care provider back home first (and) ask their hometown primary care provider to provide recommendations for who to seek out in their new environment,” Muma said. Muma advised students who do not have a hometown care provider to use one of the GVSU Family Health Centers. If students do find a local provider, Muma recommended contacting their hometown care providers to request that copies of their medical records and immunizations be sent to the new care provider.

TIPS • establish a relationship with your primary health care provider • when selecting a local provider, know your insurance policy • send updated copies of your medical records & immunizations to any new local providers

Heather Rhodes, office manager for MetroHealth, offered a different opinion on care providers. Rhodes said the necessity of having a local primary care provider is really situational. “If the patient has a chronic disease that requires frequent visits, then yes, I would say it’s a good SEE HEALTH CARE, A2

The Grand Valley State University Student Senate receives many funding requests from organizations throughout the year, and its finance committee helps decide whether to approve or deny these requests. “Student Senate hears requests mainly for oncampus programming and educational or conference travel,” said Stephanie Ewart, vice president of the finance committee. “The vast majority is for on-campus programming from the 360 organizations on campus. Events such as Relay for Life, Leadership Summit and Rock Against Rape are partially funded through the Student Life Fund. Most organizations on campus utilize the Student Life Fund at some point.” The Student Life Fund began with about $1.2 million this year, which was allocated by the Board of Trustees and other members of the University Budget Committee. “The Student Senate Finance Committee spends several months budgeting the Student Life Fund appropriately to ensure that each group gets the money they need,” said Jeffrey Pelc, a member of

the finance committee. Ewart added that the money is allocated based on both merit and need as perceived from previous years. “The lump sum of $1.2 million is decided upon between faculty and administrators,” Ewart said. “From there, the 1.2 is broken down in a budget created by the Student Senate Finance Committee and approved by the general assembly. The budget is planned with input from students, staff and faculty and takes close to two months to plan.” Each senator on the finance committee chairs one of 13 funding boards on campus that include a variety of students from different organizations. The boards hear requests and the senate member that chairs the board is advised by the director of Student Life. “The senators provide counsel and proper procedure but the board members are responsible for making the decision about whether to approve or deny requests,” Ewart said. “Senators do not have a vote.” Organizations in good standing with the Office of Student Life are eligible to make a funding request. Once a request is made, a SEE FUNDING, A2





would sit across from them at the dining room table and tell them that everything was okay even knowing that everything wasn’t and that others could see that everything wasn’t okay.” It wasn’t until Ou turned 16 that she decided to take matters into her own hands. “I had just gotten home from school one day and things were a lot worse than usual so I ended up making that split decision of, it felt like life or death at that point so I just ran out the door,” Ou said. “I didn’t have any shoes on and I didn’t bring anything with me, I just bolted for it. I think at that same moment I had a lot of expectations leaving home, that everything would suddenly be better because I wouldn’t have to endure this anymore.” Ou spent that and the next few nights at a friend’s house. Since she had rushed out without taking anything, Ou was forced to wear her friends clothes until she could move in with a foster family. “We found a foster family who didn’t typically take people in and they agreed to because they lived in the area and they wanted to help me out,” Ou said. “I think that is when I finally felt like it was all com-



funding meeting is scheduled for the organization to answer questions about the details of the request. If it clearly benefits campus, it will be approved. “The one thing that always has to happen is the program has to benefit Grand Valley’s campus and be open to all students,” said Samantha Conrad of the Senate Finance Committee. Only requests that are over $10,000 get voted on in the Student Senate general assembly, and Ewart said those only come two or three times per academic year. The funding boards approve about 90 percent of requests. Ewart said the ones that aren’t approved are usually rejected because they do not follow internal funding rules or don’t benefit campus as a whole. “The number one priority of students and senators is to understand how events will benefit campus overall,” Ewart said. “If an organization is present on


idea to establish care with a primary care physician or specialist (depending on condition),” Rhodes said. “If a student has a chronic condition that requires frequent appointments, I would suggest that the students have a copy of their medical records sent to their primary care provider (in this area).” Rhodes advised students to call their insurance companies before selecting a provider to ask if there is a physician in the area that accepts their insurance. They should also make sure that their insurance plans cover nurse practitioner or physician assistant care, if that is what they choose to receive. Rhodes said a nurse practitioner or physician assistant can act as a student’s primary care giver, but some insurance companies require that they bill under a physician. For this reason, many patients list a physician as a primary care provider but see a physician’s assistant on a regular basis. Students can look into their insurance plans to get a better understanding of their limitations.

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ing back together. Even though there were still obstacles to come, I think it was the first time I felt kind of in control.” Eventually, Ou was aged out of her foster home and moved in with a single gay man, who became a mentor to her. While they lived together, Ou worked for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where she cooked and bar tended. It was here that Ou witnessed a dose of sexual discrimination against her roommate. “I both cooked and bar tended there, and when my roommate would come and visit, he had been told several times that they would put a burlap sack over his head and would beat him with a baseball bat,” Ou said, explaining that they also slashed his tires because he was homosexual. “Because of his sexual orientation, he was attacked multiple times, and this is in Grand Haven, Michigan.” MOBILIZING Once Ou entered college, she was able to give up the feeling of powerlessness to spark change that she’d struggled with in high school and finally make a difference. “When I got (to GVSU), it was through meeting Colette, the director of the LGBT Center and then participating in their programs that I started getting these tools for activism and for making a difference that I didn’t have

campus and puts forth effort in fundraising and programming, we will more than likely approve funding.” Conrad said she is impressed by GVSU’s method for funding student organizations. “It is not very often you see students supporting other students’ needs and working together,” Conrad said. “The funding board process has worked well, and it really gives every group a chance to be heard. Our process is definitely not flawless, but really has improved each year, and I am glad with the way we do things because it truly benefits all.” And in the end, that’s the point of the funds: To support student life on campus. “We want to do everything in our power to make sure campus events are able to be held,” Ewart said. “The students of Grand Valley are passionate and we want to do what we can to fund these passions and make relevant campus programming.” shillenbrand@lanthorn.

The GVSU Family Health Center, which is operated by the Kirkhof College of Nursing, provides a nurse practitioner-managed primary care model that is different than that provided by physicians and physician assistants. However, Muma quoted Helton as having said the nurse practitioner model of primary care is “more than adequate for the vast majority of students’ health care needs.” Students with special health needs can go through a similar process to find a specialist in the area. However, Rhodes said it is not necessary for students to find a consistent specialist to see, since the primary care provider usually refers students to see a specialist if they deem it necessary. “Based on their referral, students have the opportunity to pick their specialist,” Rhodes said. “MetroHealth Hospital offers a wide variety of specialists and has numerous physicians within the specialist group. If a student is unaware of what their options are to select a specialist, either the medical assistant or the provider at the office can help them select one.”

before,” Ou said. “Before, all I had was a burning passion to do something and no where to spend it so I jumped into it quickly.” Ou started out working in the training programs at the LGBT Resource Center and participated in Pipeline to try to start gender-neutral housing. “They were very accepting to the help and I did a lot of research because there are over 100 institutions across the U.S. who offer something similar to gender-neutral housing so I did a lot of the research and met with them multiple times,” Ou said. From there, it came down to ironing out the details as to whether or not the school would do it in freshman housing, and also the language to use on the application and other material. Beighley has been able to watch Ou’s development and has seen first hand the difference she has made in GVSU’s LGBTQ community. “During Xinyi’s first year at Grand Valley, she was very involved in working with Housing and Residence Life to implement gender-neutral housing,” Beighley said. “She not only helped fine-tune this program but also worked to prepare RA staff with specific training. The LGBT community at Grand Valley has benefitted from the impact of this incredible world

changer. We are very proud of her. REACHING OUT Moving forward, Ou is working to raise awareness for students in the LGBTQ community who are homeless like she once was. “I think all my experiences kind of lead me to say, well this is what this person is experiencing as we are talking and so how can we reach those people?” Ou said. “Especially transportation is a huge issue. In Grand Rapids there is great transportation but not so much in the towns surrounding West Michigan.” Following graduation, it appears teaching and influencing tomorrow’s youth are in Ou’s future. “I found a big passion for teaching and for helping people see the world in a different light so I’m not sure if I want to go to graduate school or not yet,” Ou said. “I’m a history major now but I know it’s something that teaching will kind of drive me so I will come back to academia but still stay involved with the student affairs. I think there is a sense of power in the classroom that you have over the students to advise and really influence them that you may not get when seeing someone only occasionally.”


Fun fundraising: Student senator Stephanie Ewart sells T-shirts for a past Battle of the Valleys competition at a table in the Kirkhof Center at Grand Valley State University’s campus. All proceeds of this fundraiser went to Make A Wish foundation.

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BRIEFS President Haas sends campus-wide email Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas sent out holiday wishes to students on Nov. 21 in a campuswide email, emphasizing that this year has been a challenging year for higher public education finance in Michigan, but despite these challenged GVSU will continue to provide a high quality and relevant education. Haas highlighted three crucial construction projects that are currently underway, including the Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons, as well as the William Seidman Center at the downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus.

Vice Provost to present in ‘Her Story’ The Women’s Center’s next Her Story will take place on Nov. 27 from noon-1 p.m. and will feature Nancy Giardina, vice provost for Student Success at Grand Valley State University. Giardina will be sharing her story promptly at noon in room 2263 of the Kirkhof Center. The entire GVSU community is welcome to attend and is recommended to bring their lunches.The Her Story series, which is co-sponsored by the Women’s Commission, offers opportunities for the campus to listen to unique stories of women that have leadership positions at the university. For more information, call the Women’s Center at (616) 331-2748.

MAREC adds new software developer Corlnet, LLC is the newest tenant at Grand Valley State University. This particular company develops software for small businesses, government offices, and Fortune 500 companies. This company also has public and private sector clients in industries, including education, health care, insurance, aerospace, transportation, manufacturing, and furniture makers. The founder of Corlnet, LLC is Hank Betten, who moved to MAREC on Nov. 1. Betten said that this location in Muskegon allows clients to have face-to-face interaction with several of the company’s developers. Corlnet also has four other MAREC business incubator tenants, including Energy Partners, Logical Lighting Systems,, and McKenzie Bay International.

Gov. appoints trustees to GV Board Gov. Rick Snyder recently appointed a Grand Valley State University alumna and energy executive to be a part of the Board of Trustees at GVSU. Snyder chose Mary Kramer of Detroit and John G. Russell of East Lansing to represent the school for the next eight-year term. Kramer is the vice president and publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, which is a business newspaper and website. Kramer graduated from GVSU in 1979, and had experience with reporting and management experience at daily newspapers. Russell serves on several boards, including the Business leaders for Michigan, Grand Rapidsbased The Right Place Inc., and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

AWRI contributes to Muskegon River restoration project Some researchers from Grand Valley State University’s Annis Watershed Resources have recently been offered a grant for $85,000, by the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. This award is to help restore different areas of the Muskegon River. This will allow AWRI researchers to establish stewardship plans for sensitive areas in a larger watershed effort. The total budget for this particular project is anticipated to be more than $939,000.

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Sustainable leaders workshop returns TO GV BY ELLIE PHILLIPS GVL STAFF WRITER


he Community Sustainability Initiative has partnered with Laker Leadership Programs, a department of the Office of Student Life, to bring back the Sustainable Student Leaders Workshop for yet another year. “The Sustainable Student Leaders Workshop is a two-hour workshop designed to help participants better understand and utilize concepts of sustainability in their lives and student organizations,” according to the LLP website. “This workshop will focus on the Triple Bottom Line concept and how student leaders can use it to be socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Participants are encouraged to sign up with at least three to four other members of their student organization.” This workshop was born out of a desire to encourage students to be leaders in sustainability, in their academic, professional and personal lives. “The Office of Student Life and Laker Leadership Programs wanted to provide a short training experience for students to better understand what sustainability is and to emphasize its importance in their roles as leaders on campus and beyond,” said Valerie Jones, assistant director of Student

Life Leadership & Service Initiatives. “Our hope was that student organization leaders and students who aspire to be leaders would attend the training and adapt the practices outlined in their personal lives and in their activities on campus. We also hoped to direct students to the Community Sustainability Initiative and the resources and opportunities that office provides.” The workshop will involve interactive and reflective activities during which students will learn about the CSI and current sustainability practices on campus. They will also gain awareness of the Triple Bottom Line framework, which refers to ‘people, planet, profit’ or ‘the three pillars.’ The Triple Bottom Line framework is an accounting strategy that focuses on the three areas of sustainability: Social, environmental and financial. This includes ecological and social measures that are not found in more traditional approaches. The students will also examine how they can apply these principles and strategies into their own lives and student organizations. Though this training is open to any member of the GVSU commu ers and registered student organizations. “Our participants range from freshmen to graduate students, and also range in prior experience with sustainability practices and leadership development,” Jones said.


Selling the goods: Jenny Jordan of the Sustainable Student Leader Workshop sells organic food under the Transformational Link on GVSU’s campus.

LLP offers a variety of leadership development experiences for GVSU students and student organizations, all based on concepts from the social change model of leadership development. These opportunities are core programs in leadership development that provide a solid foundation upon which students can build their leadership skills and endeavors on campus and in their own lives after graduation. GVSU students are welcome to participate in as many

of the programs as they like and are invited to the various other leadership events and recognition initiatives offered by LLP. Registration is now open online for the workshop, which will take place Nov. 28 from 3-5 p.m. in Kirkhof Center, room 2266. To register, visit leadership/the-sustainable-studentleader-workshop-56.htm

CSLC and Student Life connect aspiring volunteers BY RACHEL CROSS GVL ASSISTANT NEWS

The Community Service Learning Center and the office of Student Life at Grand Valley State University are resources on campus that offer many volunteer opportunities for students looking to give back to the community and expand their marketability. Jeff Mutch, coordinator of the CSLC at GVSU, helps to connect students, faculty, and staff to service opportunities. Mutch said that in order to effectively connect the GVSU community with service opportunities, he has to effectively build and maintain strong relationships with nonprofit organizations and other community partners who are working to address community need in a variety of ways. He added that a lot of the work with connecting students to service opportunities is performed by the CLSC Consultant student staff, which is currently made up of four student staff members, who are all highly trained in assisting students with searching for specific volunteer opportunities. “While the work that I do behind the scenes is important, it would all be for naught if it wasn’t for the passion, effort, and expertise that our CSLC student consultants put into their work each day helping to keep GVSU students engaged in service,” Mutch said.


Valerie Jones, assistant director of student life, provides supervision to the volunteer connecting process and overall office. The CSLC helps students explore their interests and abilities to best match with community service opportunities, according to Jones.

“We make sure that the student feels empowered with information options and understands the next steps and then we also follow up with them to inquire and see how it went,” Jones said. Mutch said that the CSLC hosts a wide array of service programs during the year, and he also said that they work in conjunction with the Laker Leadership Programs team, which hosts several programs related to leadership development like hte Michigan Campus Compact organization, dedicated to increasing university college engagement in communities. “These types of opportunities allow GVSU students to connect and network with campus leaders from other colleges and universities as well as with leaders from the public and nonprofit sectors,” Mutch said. Mutch added that volunteering also allows students to build their resumes and to demonstrate to employers and graduate school admissions officials that they can do more than just attend their classes and do their homework in college. “In short, it can help land you that job offer or graduate school acceptance letter that you are looking for after college.”


Mutch reccommended students utilize the “Service Tracker” tool on GVSU’s website to log service hours. This tool can increase the number and type of employment and educational opportunities available to individuals at GVSU. “If students start volunteering early on and regularly update their Service Tracker accounts, they will have an extremely useful resource in the form of a comprehensive record of their service experiences when it comes time to update their

resume, interview for a job, or apply to graduate school,” Mutch said. Jones said that the types of students who volunteer at GVSU are passionate about environmental and social issues. “For students who work with more of the environmental causes, they can literally see the benefit the day that they are performing the service because it’s very hands on,” Jones said. “For the societal causes, when students can contribute to an organization that directly serves others, it can be powerful to see the connection of the value of each action one takes.” Jones also said that a growing trend is students that are looking for direct experience related to their major or future career. Both Mutch and Jones agree that the best advice to students looking to volunteer should start as early as possible in college. “Not only does the academic course load and course content tend to be lighter during the first few semester of college, but it also represents a time where college students really begin to define themselves and set the course for what they will do and who they will be during college and beyond,” Mutch said.

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Student Journals offer learning opportunities BY KARA HAIGHT GVL STAFF WRITER

Grand Valley State University’s repertoire of student publications grows every year with the help of the school’s 13 student journals. The various journals can be found on GVSU’s ScholarWorks website, managed by Sarah Beaubien, who also serves as the scholarly communications outreach coordinator in the GVSU Libraries. Some journals have a regional focus, like the Language Arts Journal of Michigan and the Seidman Business Review. Other journals have a national or international focus, like Online Readings in Psychology and Culture and Journal of Tourism Insights. Beaubien said the website also features student-run journals like Fishladder, McNair Scholars Journal and the Grand Valley Journal of History. While Beaubien oversees the 13 journals, the editors of each journal work closely with their publications. “The editors make all of the publication decisions and run the day-to-day operations of the journal,” Beaubien said, adding that each journal has its own submission guidelines and review process. Jeremiah Cataldo, assistant professor of history in


Editorial decisions: Editor Hollie McDonald meets with students Katrina Maynes and Xinyi Ou to work on a journal. GVSU features 13 different student journals covering a variety of topics.

the Frederik Meijer Honors College, is the faculty adviser for the peer-reviewed Grand Valley Journal of History. “It provides space for an interdisciplinary conversation by encouraging student authors from across disciplines to submit their works,” Cataldo said. Hollie McDonald, editorin-chief of the Grand Valley Journal of History, said all submissions are edited by two editors and then sent to faculty for more reviewing. “The entire process is ‘double blind,’ meaning neither the author nor the editors know the identities of

the others,” McDonald said. The Journal of History is available to all majors as long as the work can be related to the study of history, Cataldo said, adding that the Journal of History is unique because the production of the journal is linked to a credited course. “Student editors cultivate important skills in research, editing, collaboration, and interpersonal communication,” Cataldo said. The student editors that work on the journal must be prepared and equipped with a wide range of skills, which are valued by employers and graduate schools that “tend

to view published applicants favorably,” Cataldo said. “Editors must be prepared to critically evaluate and assess a broad range of works related to the study of history and develop a proficiency in communicating the journal through an equally broad range of mediums, from professional letter writing to social media to other creative avenues.” McDonald also stressed the importance of the journal’s student-publishing feature, adding that it is a tangible example of students’ dedication to their undergraduate work. “The journals give undergrad-

uates an opportunity to publish their works pre-graduate programs,” she said. “The journal is reputable, and very similar to the process students in graduate programs, or even beyond that, undergo.” GVSU also offers a class aligned with the Journal of History. “The History Journal (class), currently listed as a 380 course, helps the students in the class flex their editing muscles, but also allows them to explore marketing and advertising skills,” McDonald said. Beaubien said the main goal of all the journals is to offer the chance for student writers to publish their research and work. “An author contributing to one of our journals has the opportunity to share his/her work, to participate in the scholarly activity of a discipline and to have an impact in their field of study,” Beaubien said. GVSU is currently in the process of adding three more journals to the ScholarWorks collection, Beaubien said. Its collection of journals can be found at scholarworks. Students interested in publishing their work should contact



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In college, it’s easy to let first-impressions weigh you down; but this holiday season, consider looking deeper than the surface


very student at Grand Valley State University is different. We all come from different backgrounds, from different cultures and different situations. Despite the places we come from, we’ve all ended up here now with the same goal - to earn our degree and hopefully, start a lucrative career. While that goal is easily attainable for some, for others, there are bumps and cracks in the road that make the journey much harder, sometimes leaving them with in places where these obstacles feel insurmountable. Keeping this in mind, why do we as students feel the need to put added pressure on our classmates? In a recent study completed by the Ameri-

can Psychological Association, it showed in a survey of college students, 44 percent reported having severe psychological problems. Those ranged from depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and eating disorders to name a few. All of these are issues that can fly under the radar, but that also can greatly affect a person’s personal and academic life. In the article on page one of today’s Lanthorn, GVSU student and Point Foundation Scholar Xinyi Ou talks about her own personal struggles she has faced in the darkness on her way to the much brighter place she is standing today. Of all the lessons she has learned, one stands out above the rest:


Don’t cast judgment. “I think it is a lesson that a lot of people have learned that you don’t know what someone else is going through,” Ou said. “…If there is one thing I would take away from my story it would be that when you have those moments where people behave in a way you don’t understand or act in a way or say something you don’t understand… it isn’t that they are terrible people. It might be that they have something going on or an experience that has lead them to be like that.” It sounds so cliche, to return back to this idea that seems so basic and elementary, but the fact is that while lost in the mad to-ing and

fro-ing of everyday life, we often forget that sometimes people around us have drama too big for others to dream of. Without that foundational understanding, without that very basic love-your-neighbor attitude (that admittedly at times can feel like more work than it does welfare) we’ll never reach our full potential; not only as peers, but as human beings. So remember that next time resentment begins to bubble up in a place where compassion should, because there is always more than meets the eye.


Is there a limit to how much leeway professors can give students based on personal issues? If so, at what point? “Yes, there should be some leeway with student’s personal issues, but I don’t think students should be given more than a week to complete assignments/exams.”


Junior, hospitality and tourism management Brighton, MI “Yes, there is a limit to how much leeway the student should get from a professor because the student should talk to the professor right away so they can figure out a plan together. I believe the student still needs to put in effort, no matter the issue or they should take the semester or the year off.”

Beth schacher

Senior, mathematics elementary education Otsego, Mich. “The limits set for leeway should be decided by the professor. Obviously, if there is a death in the family, the student will be at the funeral and not at school. If professors did not allow for students to have time to grieve and finish their work, students could be failing an assignment or even class. We can’t stop nature, we need to work with it and eachother.”

Holi-don’ts: Tis officially the season

john ross

Sophomore, english Kouts, Mich. “I think that each case is going to be different so it is up to the professor to decide how much leeway should be given.”

george toles Senior, music Marine City, Mich.

“Any professor with a sense of justice will know when a student needs a break and when that student can absorb a bad grade due to personal difficulty. But a good professor will also keep in mind that employers might not be very understanding, and ought to direct his/her students accordingly.”

Sr. anne marie cheikh Sophomore, social work Grand Rapids, MI



Well, it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. So why aren’t you smiling? Or singing carols while walking through Kirkhof? Why aren’t you just filled to the brim with holiday cheer? Well, for one, you have finals on the horizon. You haven’t bought anyone’s present yet, and you don’t know how you are going to buy gifts and manage to pay your water bill. For all of the supposed holiday spirit- this time of year can be stressful, especially for students. I can help you there. Here’s what not to do this holiday season:

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for groceries. Ask mom for that, and use the money you would save on those items for your cable bill, or eggnog. Again, Experiences. 3) Don’t put off studying in favor of ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas Harry Potter marathon: Harry Potter will always exist as a short, slightly awkward hero, and Voldemort never fails to die at the end of Deathly Hallows. All is right with the world, so complete your homework, feel less stressed, and sit down with your friend for a cup of hot chocolate. 4) This last, most important, piece of advice I can give you is a big do: Make sure to remember what the holidays are really about. Despite having finals, besides buying presents, and ignoring the mad traffic at the mall - the holiday break

is about enjoying time off from the daily routine with your family and friends. In preparation for this holiday season, study for your exams – a good grade will make your break that much better. Be smart about buying presents, physical purchases don’t necessarily prove how much you care about someone. Ask your parents, grandparents (and any other kind souls that buy you things) for gifts that will make your life a little easier. We let ourselves get caught up in the consumerism of the holidays. This year, while we navigate the holiday season and fight through our finals, let’s try to remember that the holidays (and life in general) are about the experiences you make with friends and family.

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1. If you have friends, don’t buy gifts for them: You are all in the same boatbroke. Understand this and move on. If you must do friend presents, get your friends together and do a Secret Santa swap. Now you can spend the money you have saved on that electric bill, or a beer with your present-less friends. Hey, as Mastercard’s advertisements have taught us so well, it’s the experiences that are truly priceless. 2) Stop asking for what you want, start asking for what you need: You aren’t four, and you don’t desperately need Tickle-Me-Elmo (now called LOL Elmo - don’t get me started) anymore. That being said, you don’t need those trendy boots or new iPod, either. What you really need are socks, or perhaps a Meijer gift card

BY garrick see GVL COLUMNIST

Most often than not, people will tell you that it’ll be tough to make friends in another country, while others might say that it’s a piece of cake. Everybody needs a friend or two in their lives, even if it’s just a “hi/bye” friend or acquaintance. We associate ourselves with different people around us so that we know where we stand in society, and, in our particular situation, where we stand on school grounds. Ideas of high school cliques like the ones shown in movies are not always what they seem to be. Sure, there may still be some of

them left, but everybody’s diversifying these days and so it’s not uncommon for people with different interests, background and political stance to interact with one another. Back in my high school days in Malaysia, it was rare to see a clique made up of people who did the same things in school because, first of all, we inherited the British schooling system from when we were conquered by them in the past and we didn’t have football or baseball or Glee club really anything that would have required us to be with people who were our “own kind” 24/7. Of course, we had certain sports clubs and such but most of the time, the only clique we could find were the ones that are made up of people that like each other enough to be together. It was not a social re-

quirement for us to gather solely on the purpose of our actions, but on our likability of each other. I guess it’s fair to say that friends have become the backbone to our daily lives even more than we think they are. The saying that “no man is an island” rings true to the fact that no one person can go on in today’s modern society without including other people. Of course, then the problem of making the right friends come into question. These days, the act of making friends has been reduced to sheer unwillingness or an unwanted necessity due to the fact that no one goes out intentionally to make a new friend anymore, but rather, they have to because they’re involved in the same group or association with them. Friend by association, that seems to be a popular thing - especially

in our classes when we are forced to do a group project and when we’ve finished, it’s as though we’ve never spoken to each other at all. Back in the old days, making friends just came natural because we did not have much in our lives to distract us, like the technology we have today. If you lived on a very rural farm with limited Internet access, most likely you’ll be very good friends with the closest neighbor near you. Does that mean that we all have to live in a rural, outback piece of land just so that we can make a friend? Think about it this way, you are more likely to make a friend that way than you will with someone using his/her phone a few feet away from you at the bus stop.

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Baltes named National Coach of the Year After leading the Grand Valley State University women’s cross-country team to its second national title in three seasons, head coach Jerry Baltes was named the National Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This is the second USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honor for Baltes in his 14year tenure at GVSU. In that time, Baltes has captured 12-straight GLIAC regular season titles, as well as leading the men’s and women’s teams to topten finishes at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships over the last five seasons.

Taylor Wins GLIAC Player of the Week Grand Valley State University senior Briauna Taylor has been named the GLIAC Women’s Basketball North Division Player of the Week. Taylor was exceptional during the team’s visit to Washington D.C. She had two doubledoubles as GVSU (3-0) took home wins against the District of Columbia and Bowie State. She was named the Firebird Class MVP. Taylor is averaging 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game through three games. The All-Conference senior will be relied upon Thursday, as the Lakers travel to take on the nation’s top team, Ashland (5-0). The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Career bests: Senior forward Kayla Addison dribbles past the defender on her way to another goal. Addison has moved into fourth all time in points with 139, fourth in career goals with 57, and is also in fourth place with 15 game-winning goals. The Lakers will need it all if they hope to take home the championship this year.



fter Thanksgiving weekend, things are back to normal at Grand Valley State University. Students make their way back to classes, faculty prepare for final exams and the GVSU soccer team prepares for what is becoming an annual trip to the NCAA Division II Women’s Final Four. After a heart-pounding finish last Sunday against Minnesota State University, which saw the Lakers advance on penalty kicks, GVSU makes their way to Evans, Ga. for Thursday’s semifinal action. “We beat a really good team,” said senior goalkeeper Chelsea Parise. “That’s how it is at this point.

In order to advance, you have to beat really good teams and trust in what you’ve been doing all season.” The team that the Lakers will face first is University of California-San Diego, who are coached by Brian McManus. McManus has accumulated an impressive record 417-64-38 in his 25-year tenure at UC San Diego. “They’re an incredibly wellcoached team,” said GVSU head coach Dave DiIanni. “We faced them a few years ago, but we expect to see some new characters. They be really technical and crafty, and we’re preparing for that.” The Lakers have an extra week to prepare for this one, as well. As opposed to Division I, Division II takes Thanksgiving weekend off before the Final Four. “I like the idea of a break,” DiIanni said. “It gives us time to take care

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say that we’ve had that experience and that we’ve got all these seniors who’ve been there is priceless and it gives us a big advantage.” Coach DiIanni hopes that Botts and the rest of his seniors can keep the Lakers poised and under control when the going gets rough this weekend. “We are a team of momentum,” DiIanni said. “Once we get rolling, our quality of play is very high, but when momentum swings away from us, we don’t do a very good job of getting it back.” If momentum ends up in GVSU’s favor on Friday, they have the opportunity to play the winner of The College of St. Rose and University of West Florida in the National Championship game on Saturday. Links for the broadcast of both games will be on www.gvsulakers. com.


Lakers head to regionals as No. 3 seed BY ZACH SEPANIK GVL STAFF WRITER


of injuries and it allows the quality of play to be better after getting some rest mentally and physically. It’s also nice to have the kids spend some time with their families.” The Laker soccer team will get right back into the swing of things after the holiday. They leave on Tuesday in order to get a few practices and implement a game plan in Georgia before the match against UC-San Diego on Thursday. In the final days of their careers, the Laker seniors know what it takes to win a national title. This is GVSU’s fourth-consecutive semifinal appearance, which they hope will prepare them for the pressure and intensity of this weekend’s matchups. “It’s a great advantage,” said senior forward Ashley Botts. “Not many teams can even say that they’ve been to the Final Four once. But to make it four years in a row. But to

The Grand Valley State University volleyball team has to be sick of seeing Hillsdale College. When the Lakers open up the NCAA Division II Tournament in the Midwest regional as the No. 3 seed Thursday, it will be against the sixthseeded Chargers, marking the fourth time the two teams have played this season. “We are definitely not overlooking them,” said GVSU head coach Deanne Scanlon. “They were a Final Four team last year so they really know what’s at stake. That brings a lot to a team when you know what you are playing for. Our kids don’t know that.” So far, each team has held home-court in the 2012 series. The Chargers struck first, capturing a four-set victory on Sept. 14 in Hillsdale. GVSU then turned the table, earning a four-set win on Nov. 10 and a straight-set victory in the opening round of the GLIAC conference tournament four days later,

both at Fieldhouse Arena. This time around, the Chargers and Lakers will square off on a neutral court — the Ruth Lilly Center at the University of Indianapolis. “When you play at home it is always great because you have your fans there and draw a big crowd,” said senior middle blocker Eno Umoh. “On a neutral court, we are playing in a gym where we both are not from, so it is basically which team has more energy and more heart.” While the focus is strictly on Hillsdale until the match is over, GVSU (25-7) sits behind Northwood University, the No. 2 seed, as well as the top seed and host, Indianapolis. In the opening round, Northwood takes on seventh-seeded Ashland University, while Indianapolis plays Rockhurst University, the No. 8 seed. Other action includes fourth-seeded Lewis University going up against No. 5 Ferris State University. “We can’t look past anyone and have to come and play with the same intensity

just as any other game,” said freshman outside hitter Betsy Ronda. “Just stay consistent in our game and play through anything that happens will help us move along.” Another aspect that the Lakers will have to overcome is the potential of three games in three days. They have not experienced the level of play they will see in succession if they continue to win as the second round will be played friday and the third on Saturday. “It’s about who is going to be able to put three good days of competition together,” Scanlon said. “There is a physical component where you want to take care of business. The biggest component is the mental part of it, which is three straight days of high intensity volleyball. We’ve played some really intense matches this year so I would hope it’s something that we could carry through.” If the Lakers defeat Hillsdale in the first round, they will then face Northwood or Ashland for a chance to get to round three, one step

from nationals. The winner of the Midwest region will advance to the Elite Eight from Dec.

6-8 at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla. where they will first meet the East regional victor.


Regional bound: Megan Schroder and Kaleigh Lound make a block during the team’s route to the regional tournament.

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All about the Journey


Back for another: The Lakers celebrate their shootout victory over Minnesota State. The Lakers are headed to Georgia and the Final Four in hopes of giving the seniors their third national championship in the last four years. Those seniors have compiled a perfect 49-0-3 record on their home field but are trying to get rid of the taste of defeat after losing last years championship 2-1.

Soccer uses experience to key Final Four run BY brady fredericksen GVL sports EDITOR

When you’ve played in the last three NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship games, the expectations can be daunting. It’s a win-or-go-home proclamation, but for the Grand Valley State University soccer team, it’s not as much about the end result as it is the journey to reach it. “It’s really important for us to be able to focus on the journey versus the end result,” said head coach Dave DiIanni. “By speaking about how we want to be seen as teammates and people and friends; the expectations of that, I think, helps slow down the process of,

‘we want to be national champions.’” Of course, the eventual goal of any team is to reach the pinnacle and become national champions. This group, specifically the senior class, has seen the highs and lows of being in the postseason. “One thing that this group is figuring out, and I think every great team is different, is that there’s a lot of pressure to have your end result be national champions,” DiIanni said. “There’s a lot of pressure … from outside opponents and the expectation level that your teammates expect out of you on a consistent basis, and I think we’re still managing that.” Fighting the entitlement that comes with playing for GVSU is

something the team has avoided. DiIanni cited the seniors’ balance between life on and off the field and being able to lead by example in both settings as a key for the Lakers’ postseason success. Kayla Addison and those seniors never lost a home game, compiling a 49-0-3 record in Allendale. Even with the records and a pair of national titles on their resume, this group still knows the feeling of losing last year’s title game — a 2-1 loss to The College of St. Rose — and it’s one they hope to avoid this week. “Knowing the highs and lows of both — you know how it feels to win and know how it feels to lose — pretty much being there every year, you just have to grind it out

the whole time,” Addison said. That grind is something the seniors have instilled and has trickled down to the younger players, like sophomore midfielder Charlie Socia. “They keep us really focused. They push us, but they keep us on track to where we want to work hard and we want to be here,” Socia said. “There’s still definitely the pressure, but you get more used to it as years go on, but its still there and you still want to play hard and show teams we are Grand Valley and we are here to beat you.” The entire team has the confidence and the experience needed for a successful run, but it’s a sense of urgency — one that DiIanni notes that the senior class has had to work on — that will keep

the Lakers in the Final Four. “Every senior class, and every teammate, they don’t recognize it till they’re seniors, (but I) hope that they have a little bit of urgency when they’re seniors,” DiIanni said. “Knowing that every practice is one less practice they’re going to get in their career and one game is one less game that they’re going to get in their career — I think the senior class has taken some time to figure that out, but they’ve done a great job, especially at the end of the year here.” As DiIanni said, it’s not too late to get better, and the Lakers will look to continue that process on Thursday against the University of California, San Diego.

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It’s the second season, if you will, otherwise known as the playoffs — a place where Grand Valley State University volleyball has experienced much success over the years. A majority of that success can be attributed to GVSU head coach Deanne Scanlon, who is in her 18th year at the helm of the program. She has led the Lakers to 18-straight winning seasons, including 14 with at least 20 wins, and it is the postseason that brings out the best in her coaching abilities. Scanlon’s postseason résumé features GVSU volleyball’s lone national championship, coming in 2005, and is also highlighted by three trips to the NCAA Elite Eight and four appearances in the Final Four. “You have to have great kids in order to win and to consistently be there competing for championships,” Scanlon said. “I’ve been able to do that because the university gives us great resources to provide for our program, to make it attractive for student-athletes.” While the 2011 season was the first time since 1999 that Scanlon and the Lakers did not qualify for the NCAA tournament, GVSU is back on the national stage this season. After defeating Hillsdale College and Wayne State University to reach the finals of the GLIAC conference tournament where they fell to Northwood University on Nov. 18, the Lakers have earned the No. 3 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA Tournament. For 15 of the 19 athletes on the roster, it will be the


Big hitter: Junior Megan Schroder spikes the ball in a recent match. Schroder has 288 kills on the season for a .266 rate.

first time they have competed at the Division II postseason level. They have a small taste of what it will be like following the GLIAC tournament, but they understand the intensity increases the farther they advance. “It’s a whole different atmosphere, just so much more energetic,” said freshman outside hitter Betsy Ronda. “All the work you have put in all year comes

down to this. This is where you can have fun with it.” The rest of the team features a group of veterans in senior middle blocker Eno Umoh, junior middle blocker Abby Ebels, junior right side hitter Sam Phillips and junior libero Sacha Gill. Umoh was a part of the 2008 team that made it to the Final Four, while all four athletes were part of an Elite Eight run in 2010.

They will be able to offer the leadership to help guide the team as it prepares for a playoff run. “We make the younger girls see that you have to expect effort from every team that you play,” Umoh said. “They are bringing everything they got and we have no time to get down on ourselves. This is do or die for every single one of the teams in the tournament.” The combination of youth, with a pinch of experience, is something that Scanlon said resembles her 2005 national championship team. That group featured a freshman setter, a sophomore libero and two sophomore outside hitters, along with a senior leader. “We were a fairly young team when we won the national championship,” Scanlon said. “We had a great senior middle (blocker) that really led us so we are mirroring that with Eno and what she is providing. There are a lot of similarities. The team chemistry is a lot alike and I’ve referred to that championship team a lot with this young group in that we are not going to use it as an excuse that we are young.” GVSU has shown the talent and determination of a playoff team, evident in their 25-7 record. It will now be a matter of implementing a style of play that feeds off the adrenaline and “win-or-go-home” situation of the moment. “When you are playing in the postseason, you have to be aggressive; you have to be willing to push the limits in order to get your best performance,” Scanlon said. “You just can’t play it safe.”


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New kids on the block: GVSU head coach Ric Wesley (bottom, second from left) has built this season’s roster around traditional recruits and transfers, including former transfer, senior Tyrone Lee.

GVSU continues to build program with transfers BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL STAFF WRITER


f you looked at the roster for the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team, chances are you wouldn’t be able to recognize some of the names. That’s because GVSU added six transfers to their roster for the 2012-2013 season, which has become a common practice within their program. “You’re kind of aware of some of the guys, you’ve known through high school and maybe you had some contact with them before they chose other schools,” said head coach Ric Wesley. “Once they go somewhere where it doesn’t work out, quite often

they call us and if you had a relationship or you’ve had a chance to evaluate them before, it certainly makes it an easier decision on whether or not you decide to add them to your program.” Three of the top four leading scores entering Saturday’s game for the Lakers are players who have transferred. Including senior Tyrone Lee (11 points per game), who transferred last year from Oakland Community College and was named to the GLIAC All-Defensive team last year and one of the team captains for this season. For Lee, coming to GVSU was a completely different experience for him on and off the court. “It’s so difficult to change your whole mindset from what you came from — to this system and this program,” Lee said. “You have to change the way you sleep, everything. The way you carry yourself, the way

you dress. It was totally different when I first came here. You gotta know the players. It takes time. You gotta know how to rub people right. Everybody on the team has a different personality, so you gotta know how to approach guys certain ways.” In a sport where chemistry and being on the same page is vital to a team’s success, getting adjusted to a constant slew of new players can sometimes be a hurdle. Senior Tony Peters has had to get acclimated to new players in each of his four years, whether it is from recruiting or incoming transfers. “It takes a while,” Peters said. “Experience comes with time. That’s one thing the team needs is chemistry. It just takes time to build so we’re looking to do that right now and I think it’s coming together. It comes with game experience. Open gym is a lot different than actual game experience. So

that’s where you learn guys’ spots and what they like to do. Once we get a few games under our belt, I think that’s when we start the most gellin’.” While getting used to one another may be a challenge, an advantage by adding transfer athletes for GVSU is their increased depth and competition within the team. Therefore, Wesley has more options available to him as a coach. “We needed some bodies,” Wesley said. “We didn’t have the numbers that we needed. It makes for good, healthy competition and lots of options if everybody buys into the system and everyone is willing to sacrifice. That is often what makes the Grand Valley teams in every sport what they are is our depth and hopefully that will continue to be an asset for us.”

Hogan makes plays down stretch in win over Cedarville BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL STAFF WRITER

When crunch time came, Breland Hogan showed up. The senior floor leader was instrumental down the stretch in completing the 69-66 comeback victory for the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team over Cedarville University on Saturday. Hogan scored 10 of the team’s final 19 points in the last three minutes of regulation and the overtime segment. “I just gotta stay aggressive,” Hogan said. “I had an opportunity to win the game and change the momentum around and I just took advantage of it and made it happened.” The Lakers (3-1) found themselves against the ropes late in the game when they trailed Cedarville (2-4) 47-38 with just over six minutes to play, but one of sophomore Ryan Sabin’s five trifectas sparked a 10-0 GVSU run. Sabin managed to score a game-high and careerhigh 19 points, while converting 5-7 attempts from deep.

“We were focused,” Sabin said. “I think we all had the mindset that we refused to lose this game. I think that’s what happened. Everyone was focused in, tuned in, and they all did their part.” The win avenges last year’s loss to Cedarville, who went on to win the Division I National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lakers 71-58. Early on, it looked like history would repeat itself, as both teams struggled in the first half and Cedarville took a 19-16 lead into the half. GVSU was limited to 21 percent shooting from the field in the first half, but their counterparts weren’t much better, as Cedarville converted only 28 percent of its attempts. “The first half, offensively we didn’t play together very well,” said head coach Ric Wesley. “The ball wasn’t moving. Guys were breaking the offense trying to do too much on their own. Second half I thought the ball moved a little bit better. We shared it. Guys picked

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‘HELP THAT WILL WORK’ Haiti and help students that are silently struggling like she had done once not so long ago. “I want to go back, and a lot of us want to go back – I think about it every day,” she said. “…If we really need development, I don’t think this is something that’s going to happen without people being educated properly.”


Far from home: Mario Pierre, Hatian-born speaker at the Students for Haiti event, shows his hometown to students in attendance.

Student org mobilizes on campus with first-ever event BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL Editor in chief


little over a year and a half ago, geology professor Peter Wampler spearheaded an outreach effort to bring Hatian students to Grand Valley State University through an endowment fund, called Empowering Haiti Through Education. Now, Wampler’s efforts have extended to the student body, with the creation of a new student organization called Students for Haiti, which aims to raise awareness about both the positive aspects of Haitian culture and to shed light on the brokenness the country still faces, especially when it comes to education. “I think there’s a limited perception of Haitians being students and a lot of people can’t really envision what that would look like, so I think it’s just good to bring these folks here so that people can see that they’re not that different than us, they’re not all poor sitting on the streets – it’s not like that,” Wampler said.

The GVSU Students for Haiti group, which is 36-members strong on Facebook, held their first event last week, bringing three Haitian speakers to the Allendale Campus to talk about education in Haiti – something the club’s Haitian-born president, Cathie Jean, said is an important aspect of understanding the challenges Haiti faces today. APPRECIATING EDUCATION IN A BROKEN SYSTEM Jean and the other members of Students for Haiti brought in three Haitian community members to speak. Frantzie Pierre, Georges Dugué and Mario Pierre all grew up in Haiti, and eventually came to the US in pursuit of opportunity. The differences between a Haitian education and the US education that most students here are familiar with are striking; not only in terms of infrastructure, but in practice, as well. “School is a privilege,” Frantzie said. “When you go to school, you cherish it… when teachers don’t show up, other kids teach each other.” All three speakers came overflowing with stories of peers educating peers when the system did not afford proper instruction. From copying down textbook in-

formation by hand when supplies were slim to overcoming considerable socioeconomic hardships just to make it to class on time, Dugué, Frantzie and Mario’s stories all emphasized the idea that Haiti is facing the opposite problem than that of the US – they have plenty of students willing to put in the work, but a government that does not place enough value on building a sustainable model of education. “Education is important because the mentality of the people needs to change on certain things and it’s only through education that you can do that,” Dugué said. “Yes, you can say ‘Haiti has been through a giant earthquake, we need to rebuild it,’ but the real rebuilding should be done through the people…let’s say you build buildings that were devastated by the earthquake, but if the people don’t have the education, how can they build anything?” The lack of infrastructure is a problem for Haiti; a challenge that gives way to perhaps an even bigger one – keeping the educated in the country, something that is easier said than done in a place that is not so conducive to sustainable growth. “I think (returning) is something that a lot of peo-

ple want to do, but do they have the means to do it? Because going to Haiti, let’s say you try going back,” Dugué said. “It’s not going to be something easy.” “This is a big problem that some experts are complaining about now,” he continued. “Because people that are really educated in Haiti – the Haitians that are really educated – they don’t stay in the country because there’s no opportunity. We are vibrant examples of that. If these people aren’t going to be better there, then we better go somewhere. I think this is not a good thing, because the country needs us – but of course they need to attract us, and maintain us there.” Frantzie who is now a social worker in Grand Rapids and on her way to earning a masters degree, said things like learning disabilities often go misunderstood or completely unnoticed in Haiti, where one-on-one education is virtually nonexistent. “It’s a huge thing, because they’re in class and they don’t even know they have (a learning disability,)” she said. “There’s nobody there…they don’t even notice, they just call them dumb children, then they drop out.” However, she said she’s determined to go back to

HELP THAT WILL WORK’ Wampler said the key to really helping Haiti is by educating Haiti, developing a refrain similar to that of the old “teach a man to fish” adage. “The need is massive for help that will work, help that will actually be a longterm change,” Wampler said. “There’s a ton of help, but it’s not something that’s really fostering a long-term change from my perspective. The difference would be giving someone your old shirt, versus allowing them to gain the skills to make the money to buy their own new shirt. Giving somebody a shirt doesn’t give them a lot of self-esteem.” Wampler said that he hopes the Students for Haiti group can extend beyond the Allendale Campus to actual outreach efforts in Haiti, whether it’s building water systems or spending a few weeks teaching students English.

Likewise, Dugué said help, in all of its forms, is much appreciated. “I would say that it’s good for me to be here and share with you guys,” he said. “I think this is a very good thing that students here are interested in Haiti. Any way that you can help – whether it’s by helping some students com here or by helping schools financially down there – whatever is possible, I think would be great and the people would be very thankful of it. Most importantly, I think the impact that it will make, even if you cannot see it now, but in the future, will be very important. “ To learn more about Students for Haiti, look them up at, or visit their Facebook by typing GVSU Students For Haiti into the search bar. “I just hope that the program that they have – because they are a group of students that have good things in mind for the Haitian people,” Frantzie said. “I really like the project that they’re having and I really wish them the best and I hope we can get some Haitian students out here because I know they’re going to take advantage of the program. They’re going to come here and they’re going to learn and they will become somebody.”


Peer education: Georges Dugué, a recent grad of Liberty University in Virginia, speaks to students about the challenges facing Haiti’s current education system.

Arctic traditions honored BY NATE SMITH GVL STAFF WRITER

While games like caribou jumping and lassoing could be seen simply as rural pastimes, in many cultures around the world these activities have a deeper and almost sacred meaning. On Nov. 30, students from the Frederick Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University will present an Exhibition of Traditional Arctic games. In addition to displaying live reindeer, the exhibit will highlight games from both the Inuit of the Eastern Arctic of Canada and the Saami of Scandinavia as well as the culture and heritage that surround them. “It’s important to know that we’ve participated in games throughout our evolution,” said John Kilbourne, professor of movement science at GVSU. “Some of the games students will be participating in have been around thousands of years.” Kilbourne’s students will present a variety of games, ranging from blanket tossing to board games. Each game presented gives a glimpse into a different



Reindeer and games: Professor John Kilbourne will be leading different arctic activities at GVSU’s Arctic Games event.

aspect of Arctic culture. “We’ve put together quite a few games for the exhibit,” said Ashley Helm, one of the students presenting at the exhibit. “The people of the tribes in Canada and Norway have played these games for generations.” The exhibit itself is part of Kilbourne’s course, which is a seminar for junior honors students titled “In Search of the Meaning of Games in Life: A Journey to the Circumpolar World.” “This is the first time something like this has been brought to Grand Valley,” Kilbourne said. “This will really allow students to experience an important

part of arctic culture.” The promotion of understanding when it comes to the people of the Arctic is the main goal of the exhibit. “By participating in these games people are able to connect with other cultures,” Helm said. “Sometimes we get too caught up in American culture and games, it’s great to be able to step back and see the way other people live their lives.” Students from area K-12 schools as well as GVSU students are invited to participate. The event begins at 9 a.m. and hot chocolate will be provided for attendees.

Mailing a smile: Juniors Jessica Hines (left) and Alica Arnold (right) work with Campus Dining, the GVSU Bookstore, and the American Red Cross as part of the Holiday for Heroes program.


The Grand Valley State University community has already exceeded expectations this holiday season with the “Mail for Heroes” effort on campus. GVSU’s Campus Dining and The University Bookstore partnered with the American Red Cross to send holiday mail for heroes, reporting 607 cards were completed, 357 more than expected. “This was an opportunity for the campus community to look beyond GVSU and help others, which supports the university’s mission to produce well-rounded people who positively contribute to their greater community,” Deb Rambadt, campus dining, said. “This was a tremendous success and a credit to the GVSU campus community’s ability to give something back.” Tammie Luce, the campus dining projects and training manager, discovered the oppor-

tunity for GVSU to participate through the American Red Cross, which provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans, according to their website. The University Bookstore partnered with Campus Dining by supplying 350 cards at a reduced rate, with an original goal of completing 250 cards, Rambadt said, though the response required additional cards to be purchased. “This was a tremendous success and a credit to the GVSU campus community’s ability to give something back,” Rambadt said. Mail can be sent to: Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Dec. 7.


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GV to march in Parade of Lights Representatives from around 75 community organizations and businesses, including Grand Valley State University, will be clad with holiday cheer during the annual Parade of Lights Nov. 27 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in downtown Holland. This year is GVSU’s first year being apart of the parade. Faculty, staff, students and alumni, along with their families, will represent the university as they walk in the parade handing out GVSU pencils and stickers. GVSU’s mascot, Louie the Laker, will also make an appearance in the parade. The parade will begin at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Avenue and continues down 8th Street until the Holiday Kerstmarkt where Santa will take the time to say a few words to attendees. Admission is free. For questions or more information, contact GVSU’s Meijer Campus in Holland by phone at (616) 331-3910 or by email at


The love of lights: Grand Valley organizations and businesses will be participating in the 2012 Parade of Lights by passing out pencils and stickers.

Panhellenic partners with Family Promise BY HANNAH MATRO GVL STAFF WRITER


he Panhellenic Association at Grand Valley State University recently took on a new challenge by embracing Family Promise as their new philanthropy outreach. Family Promise was founded in 1997, and is a Grand Rapids outreach that aims to “provide hospitality to homeless families and keep them together in a time of crisis. We assist families during temporary periods of homelessness, encourage them to create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency,” according to the website. Because homelessness is growing more and more prevalent in the Grand Rapids community, Family Promise is rising to action to address these problems, specifically arising from: Lack of affordable housing, domestic violence, unemployment, lack of education, and family break-ups. Their goal is to end family homelessness through engaging community and faith-

based organizations to end this homelessness “one family at a time”. Panhel’s community includes over 800 women on GVSU’s campus, and therefore, their last philanthropy, Children’s Enrichment Center, was outgrown and could not accommodate them as an association anymore. To replace them, the women have decided to partner with Family Promise because they need a lot of help - help that Panhel’s woman can provide with their womanpower. They heard about the organization through a delegate of the Panhellenic Association who had volunteered there before. While the projects they would specifically working on have not yet been worked out, but instead of fundraising and drives, the majority of the work would be solely community service based. “Their goals align with Panhel’s goals because they are local, they have a need for volunteers that can handle around 50 women or more at a time, and the need is year round”, said Williams.


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Issue 28, Nov. 26, 2012 - Grand Valley lanthorn  

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