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ccording to Ebony Magazine, “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America” is only one of the titles used to describe Judge Glenda Hatchett. Hatchett, who today joins Grand Valley State University as the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week’s keynote speaker, is considered by many a visionary of justice, and maintains strong authoritative character in today’s world. Bobby Springer, the associated director of GVSU’s office of Multicultural Affairs, is part of the group tasked with selecting the annual keynote speaker, and he has been planning Hatchett’s arrival for some time now. “So we have brought in another exceptional keynote speaker to enhance the MLK events,” Springer said. “It’s all about giving back and enhancing our communities.” A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, Hatchett was the recipient of an Emory Medal, the highest award given to alum by the university, selected by the Emory Alumni Board’s Nominating and Leadership Committee. “I never really expected to be a lawyer,” Hatchett told students during a commencement speech at Morehouse College. “I went to law school to expand my options, and while I was there, I discovered a passion for litigation. After my clerkship, I started litigating at Delta

Air Lines, and I truly believed I would remain there for the balance of my career. I couldn’t have been more wrong.” Upon accepting an appointment as chief presiding judge of the Fulton County, Ga., Juvenile Court, Hatchett became Georgia’s first African-American chief presiding judge of a state court and the department head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. Despite awards and accolades, Hatchett said she still firmly believes her most important accomplishment has been her ability to impact the lives of troubled youths and their families. She remains a significant part of the television show, “Judge Hatchett,” which is currently moving on into its tenth season. The founder of the online parenting network, Hatchett has launched campaigns that range from childhood obesity prevention to another that encourages children to put their dreams in bold letters above their bed so it’s the last thing they see at night, and the first in the morning. Author of two national bestsellers, “Dare to Take Charge,” and “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say,” Hatchett is currently on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization, and she resides with her two sons in Atlanta, Ga. In an effort to reinforce that her brand of justice matters for all, Hatchett will be speaking out of her book, “Dare to Take Charge: King’s Expectation for Justice.” For more information about the week’s events, visit


Grand Valley State University students, faculty and staff will gather on the front steps of Allendale’s Zumberge Library today at 1 p.m. to kick off the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Silent March. “We will at that time welcome everyone for coming out and participating and then we will remind them that it is a silent march,” said Bobby Springer, associate director of multicultural affairs. Though GVSU has hosted these commemorative marches for many years on campus, Springer said it has only been within the last decade that the university

“I just want students to come out and participate. I’m hoping that the students as well as the Grand Valley community will come out and participate so this can be a new day that we continue in the future.”



decided to change it to a silent march. “We wanted people to reflect,” Springer said. “Before that time, people would be having conversations through the march but we wanted silence because we wanted people to reflect.” The march will lead participants through GVSU’s campus and organizers have decided to also line the path with information about Martin Luther King Jr. Springer explained that the signs will include information about King’s birth, education, and other significant information about his life, work and ideology. Brionka Mosley is the Treasurer for the



In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Commencement Week, one student advocacy group is combining forces with the Women’s Center and Access of West Michigan to make the hardships of living in poverty a little bit more tangible for students at Grand Valley State University. The Women’s Center, home to GVSU’s Student Food Pantry, initially contacted the Hunger and Homelessness group with the idea for the event, helped develop the idea for the poverty simulation, and connected members to Access of West Michigan, a group whose mission statement in-

cludes “linking congregational, individual, and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County.” “The Women’s Center houses the Student Food Pantry, and we feel it’s important to educate our campus about the financial needs of students and others who do not have enough resources,” said Brittany Dernberger, assistant director of the Women’s Center. She added that the date of the event, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was chosen specifically to honor King. “In addition to racial equity, MLK ad-






Black Student Union and she provided the student opinion in the planning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. “I think it’s significant to take that time to be able to walk and think back and reflect on what you are doing and what you have done in a positive light,” Mosley said. “Not only what you have done but what you have done to help others. Whether it is publically or privately, thinking back on your life on what you have done.” Springer said that in the past, those who could not make it to the library by 1 p.m.

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were welcome to join the back of the line at any point along the way. Although the entire day is devoted to King Jr., Springer hoped that the walk would cause students to think about the past. “I would like them to step back in time and just know that there was some brave people who stood up and believed in civil rights, believed in standing together to make this a better place for all people,” Springer said. “…We believe in what we are marching for and we are here to do just that. I want people to know that there were other people who sacrificed and I want them to experience it by participating in the march.” This is the first year GVSU students will

We believe in what we are marching for and we are here to do that. I want people to know that there were other people who sacrificed...



not have class on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so Springer and other administrators are encouraging students to take advantage of the free day to come out and participate in not only the silent march, but a whole host of other events aimed at honoring King’s legacy. “I just want students to come out and participate,” Springer said. “I’m hoping that the students as well as the Grand Valley community will come out and participate so this can be a new day that we continue in the future.”


BRIEFS ROBERTS BECOMES DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING CENTER Amber Roberts has recently been named the director of the Counseling and Career Development Center on campus. Bart Merkle, vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students, made the announcement on Jan. 15. Roberts began working at the center in 2002. Her new role will include the responsibilities of serving as chief psychologist as well as the planning and leadership of both prevention and intervention services.

RECYCLING COMPETITION BEGINS JAN. 20 Grand Valley State University will be competing in the annual Recyclemania. This particular competition starts on Sunday, Jan. 20 and ends on March 30. GVSU will be competing in numerous contests to accumulate and gather the biggest amount of recyclables. Last year, GVSU placed 77th in the country and recycled a total of 244,320 pounds. There will be a table in the Kirkhof Center on Jan.22-23 and in the DeVos Center on Jan. 22. These tables will have more information on this event as well as t-shirts.

WILSON NAMED TO NATIONAL AND LOCAL BOARDS Miles Wilson, director of the philanthropic and nonprofit services at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, has recently been appointed to two significant boards. He was appointed to the national Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance; he will serve for three years on the audit committee. In addition, he was named as a trustee of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and will serve for four years.

REAGAN PREMIER ATTRACTS CROWD The premier event for the documentary on former president Ronald Reagan attracted a large crowd at Loosemore Auditorium on Jan. 17. Guests at the event saw several clips on the three-part series. The first hour of the series will be aired on WGVU Public Media, from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.

GVSU HOSTS blood drive The Grand Valley State University blood drive will be on Monday, Jan. 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kleiner Commons on the north end of the Allendale campus. Students can schedule an appointment by using the access code “GVSU Allendale” at Dontating is a simple and easy way to assist in saving lives. By donating your blood, you can save the life of an individual that needs blood as as soon as possible


Life in poverty: The Women’s Center will hold a poverty simulation which simulate’s what life is like as a low-income family.



dressed issue of economic inequality, and this is an opportunity to commemorate his important work,” she said. The poverty simulation, which simulates life in a low-income family that is struggling financially, will take place today at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center’s room 2204. During the workshop, students will assume four different roles – some will be recently unemployed, disabled, senior citizens with Social Security and more – and will be asked to provide their families basic necessities and shelter in their current role. “I definitely think this will be a fun, eye-opening experience for students to learn more about the reality of living in poverty,” said Lauren Nolan, a member of Hunger and Homelessness. “It is a

simulation, not a game.” Nolan said that as a student organization, Hunger and Homelessness is committed to bringing awareness to the homeless and their situation, and this year they wanted to make their volunteer work more accessible to students on campus. “In the past, we have mostly volunteered with various non-profit organizations in Grand Rapids,” she said. “This year, we really wanted to work on campus as well, increasing awareness to GVSU. We thought this would be a great opportunity to have on campus.” After their simulation will be a discussion to talk about the program, with an opportunity to speak to those who have experiences homelessness firsthand. Katelyn Winslow, president of Hunger and Homelessness, said she hopes it will help students challenge the misconceptions and social stigmas that often come alongside poverty and

homelessness. “These stereotypes normally come from people who have never spent time with the homeless or have never been in a household where food insecurity is a normal occurrence,” Winslow said. “This event will hopefully shed light on the realities of homelessness and give a new appreciation for the struggle many people face.” Hunger and Homelessness meets in Kirkhof room 1142 every other Monday at 9:15 p.m. “Beyond that understanding, we hope students will be motivated to take action about this important issue,” Dernberger said. “Whether it’s through volunteering or addressing some of the structural barriers that create inequality, I hope students leave the Poverty Simulation with a desire to make change in our community.”

In the Jan. 17 issue of the Lanthorn, the photo that accompanied the B3 article “Ferrero is swim team’s ‘freshman phenom’” did not picture Gianna Ferrero, but rather a past GVSU swim and dive teammate. We apologize for any confusion.

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The value of writing: Sia, a student at Black River Public Schools, patiently waits to discuss her ideas for her creative story in the Writing Center.



Writing Center hosts prospective students from young ages


The Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors, which is based out of Grand Valley State University, hosted a group of fourth and fifth graders from Black River Public School on Friday to teach them the value of writing. “Writing is a lot like art in that way where when you’re young, everyone thinks they can do it, but the older they get the more self-critical they get about their writing,” said Patrick Johnson, interim director of the writing center. “We want to encourage younger people not to create barriers for themselves when it comes to writing and art.” The young students toured Lake Ontario Hall’s classrooms and faculty offices, as well as worked with writing consultants on their creative process. They also had the opportunity to have their realistic fiction pieces critiqued and to speak with consultants about the drafting stage of writing. “When you poll a group of fourth graders and ask them how many of them are artists, everyone raises their hands,” Johnson said. “When you poll a group of seventh graders, two or three raise their hands because some students get really comfortable saying that’s what they identify as, but most students, even though they can do it, don’t

think they should do it or don’t do it very well. So I think partly the idea of bringing them here is to share that writing is in everything. Writing is just part of life, so we want to encourage sort of life-long learning with regard to writing.” Jim Levering, the students’ teacher at Black River, said he brought his class to GVSU to make it clear that their lessons in grade school matter even in college. “I hope they can see that what I’m teaching in the classroom and trying to help them with their writing skills to become proficient writers, that it’s authentic,” Levering said. “Those skills are very, very important to have, and by coming here I thought they could see how important it is.” The Writing Center isn’t the only GVSU department to host young students. Many offer community days or workshops for high school or grade school students to get comfortable in the university setting. The Admissions Office also provides tours for younger students. Jodi Chycinski, director of admissions as GVSU, said it’s important that the university reach out to prospective students before they reach high school so they understand what they need to do to be eligible for college admission. “We are interested in having students make college part of their long-term plans,”


Shaping future minds: Anna White helps Noah, a student from Black River Public Schools, think of creative ideas for making a story in Grand Valley’s Writing Center.

Chycinski said. The young students’ exposure to GVSU usually includes a talk about the type of classes they need to take in high school and the importance of a college degree. While many parents and teachers of middle school students bring their children to campus with the sole intention of exposing them to college life and piquing an interest in post-secondary education, sparking a desire to attend college was not necessarily Levering’s concern. All of his students are considered college-bound, since one of the requirements to graduate from Black River is to be accepted into a four-year college institution.

At this point, simply knowing that the skills they learn in fourth grade are reinforced in college is enough for the Black River class. But a reminder of the game plan never hurts. “We wanted to show them what life in college looked like and ask them to imagine themselves in that situation,” Johnson said. “So we wanted to not so much recruit future Grand Valley students but rather ask them to picture themselves in college and imagine what they hope to be doing when they’re that age.” For more information about prospective student visits at GVSU, visit the website at

GVPD calls for student awareness of fire, fire alarm procedures Capt. DeHaan asks GV students to be fully prepared BY RACHEL CROSS


Fire alarms located throughout Grand Valley State University’s campus housing may go off for a variety of reasons so it is important to be aware of proper fire alarm procedures as well as preventative measures when living on campus. Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Grand Valley Police Department, said that the police on campus will reDEHAAN spond to nearly all fire alarms on campus. “Burnt food is one of the largest causes of fire alarms,” DeHaan said. “Students don’t need to cook popcorn for 30 minutes.” He added that at the beginning of each semester has one fire drill for all residential housing. “We have these drills so that students know how to evacuate the building and know how to conduct themselves in the event of an actual fire,” DeHaan said. He said that GVPD officers work with housing to identify dates and times for when the drill will be pulled in specific residential units.

“Bottom line, we ask that students are alert and aware,“ DeHaan said. “Whether its food products, shower steam, or hair care products, be responsible for yourself and the community.” David Cox, safety manager of facilities services, said that cooking is the No. 1 cause of fire alarms going off. Cox said that his occupational safety and health management students learn about fire safety procedures. In January, one of their projects is to prepare graphs on the different fire alarms that occurred for each semester as well as causes. In 2008-2009, there were 368 total fire alarms in campus housing, and it dropped to 312 total fire alarms in 2009-2010. The OSH students are currently in the process of producing the data for the 2011-2012 school year. He said that potential causes of fire alarms could be due to the following: cooking, hair dryer/ iron, contractor, pull station, faculty detector, aerosol, steam/ water, mechanical and miscellaneous/uknown. Cox added that the Central Utility Building prints out where the fire is occurring and can often determine whether or not a fire department needs to be contacted. Public safety and maintenance are the first respondents when a fire alarm goes off. While many fire alarms go off during the school year, the amount of actual fires are significantly lower.

According to the GVSU Fire Report for 2012 in Housing, there was one actual fire that occurred due to clothes hanging over the stove. Within the Residential Services Guide of 2013-2013, there is a section on safety and security with fire procedures. These procedures include always exiting a building when a fire alarm sounds and dailing 911 immediately after recognizing a fire and following dispatch instructions. In a situation where there is a fire, always feel the room door before leaving a room - if it’s hot, do not open it; instead, open the window and signal for help instead. If the door is cold, leave the building through closest exit and once outside, proceed to the designates assembly area (away from the building and leave room for emergency vehicles) then wait for further instructions. Students may not re-enter their building until notice is given from the Allendale Campus Police of Pew Campus. “The biggest things I want to emphasize is that when cooking in the microwave, stay by the microwave, do not go away and wander with friends to set smoke alarm off, and follow the directions of the popcorn,” Cox said. For more information of fire safety and statistics, go to www. assistantnews@

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*numbers taken from GVSU 2009- 2012 Fire Log reports



Manti Te’o and the importance of being earnest


If college football star Manti Te’o wasn’t a household name before, he certainly is now. On the off chance you aren’t familiar, Te’o, a Notre Dame Linebacker, is currently involved in a messy web of lies concerning his “girlfriend” who had supposedly passed away this fall. The tragic story in-

volved his girlfriend and his grandmother passing within a day of each other, and concluded with Te’o leading Notre Dame to a big win over Michigan State the day of his girlfriend’s funeral. One of her dying wishes was for him to play on. In the face of such devastation, society opened its arms and enveloped Te’o. We worshiped him. We practically cried for him as the tough, American cowboy played through such obvious pain. Then, rather suddenly, our hero fell off of his pedestal. And fell far, for that

QUESTION OF THE ISSUE DO YOU THINK NOT HAVING CLASSES ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON PLANNED EVENTS? “I know for some students no classes will free them up to participate in today’s events and for those who weren’t wanting to participate anyway, I don’t think not having classes will suddenly motivate them to.

SETH REGAN Freshman Middlebury, IN

“I believe that it will negatively impact participation. I think that people will use the time to relax more and visit home.”

DAKOTA VRADENBURG Sophomore Hospitality and Tourism Grand Blanc, MI

“I think that the lack of classes will positively impact attendance. There of course will be students that won’t go, but classes would likely limit students’ time availability.”


matter. It was discovered his girlfriend had no funeral the day of his game, and that she hadn’t actually died. In fact, she had never existed at all. As far as Te’o is concerned, he is the victim of a cruel hoax. He maintains that his relationship with his girlfriend was exclusively online, and that he had never actually seen her before. I am not sure what I believe, but I do know the situation acts as a lesson for all of us on being honest with ourselves. Sir Walter Scott once wrote, “What a tangled web we weave, when we practice

to deceive.” While it is an appropriate quote for the Te’o situation, I find it just as applicable at the individual level. If Te’o truly maintained this relationship with a fake, online personality for months on end, he had to have been actively dodging the truth. In the age of Skype and FaceTime, it would be supremely difficult (if not almost impossible) to avoid looking at the person you were in a committed relationship with. This brings us to an important notion, the idea that we can actively deceive ourselves- rather

convincingly. I have no doubt that many of us, in Te’o’s position, would come up with similar excuses for a relationship that we wanted to be real badly enough. In fact, we lie to ourselves all of the time already. We toss out declarations like, “It’s not my fault I am doing badly in this class- the professor doesn’t like me.” Or, “I can’t take that job; it will just be too much with my busy schedule.” Sometimes our claims are entirely true, but often we are only building a nice little narrative to help cush-

ion a less-than-ideal aspect of our life- like the fact that we are not currently employed. There is nothing harder than being entirely transparent with ourselves. Honesty is a tough policy, but it remains the best one. Even actively searching for our personal truths is enough to set us free. I have a feeling that if Te’o had taken some time to be honest with himself about his relationship he would still be America’s golden boy today. ccolleran@


STRENGTH IN NUMBERS With the cancellation of classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students should use free time to participate in commemoration events on campus


s we’re sure most students have noticed by now, today marks the first time since Grand Valley State University was established that the university has made the decision to cancel all regularly scheduled classes in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This week, GVSU will host a number of events in the spirit of Dr. King. From keynote speaker Judge Glenda Hatchett to a silent march across campus intended to encourage quiet reflection, these events are a worthwhile investment of time. With the cancellation of classes, it’s a tempting time for us students, staring in the face of a newfound freedom, to call the whole thing off and use the day to catch up on our beauty sleep. But before you make the decision to ditch, hear us out. The entire process of getting Martin Luther King Jr. Day off was not one made in haste, but rather one that was fought for; rallied around. It started back in 2009, when

Vice President of Inclusion & Equity Jeanne Arnold formed a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Executive Subcommittee to examine the way the university observed the holiday. It included a subcommittee that explored whether or not GVSU should close in observance. That subcommittee recommended the measure to University Academic Senate and Student Senate, who recommended the measure to Provost Gayle Davis, who finally gave the official university seal of approval. Up until Davis signed off on the cancellations this past June, GVSU was one of only three public institutions in the state of Michigan that did not close down class in honor of the iconic civil rights leader. In a story we ran following the announcement of the cancellation, Bobby Springer, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs told the Lanthorn that though the majority was in favor of closing classes, it “didn’t happen overnight” and emphasized the role of students in making the measure stick.

Here at the Lanthorn, we know we are not your mother, your girlfriend or boyfriend, or your professor (though sometimes we might act like it) but we’ve just got to make a recommendation of our own: classes being cancelled should not translate into a get-out-of-class-free card. Find out how you can get involved, show up to the poverty simulation or the silent march or spend a Saturday volunteering as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The university is going to revisit the motion in five years, to decide whether or not the cancellation in classes is effective. So, in a way, it’s the decision of whether or not this continues for future generations of Lakers is largely on the shoulders of the students to decide. Take a day to remember the man who changed the way we look at our neighbors, and taught us that there is strenght in numbers; that peace is always more poignant than violence, and that love will always conquer hate.


Sophomore Anthropology Howell, MI

“I think that a lot more students will attend the day’s events because without the time constraints that come with classes, attending will be much easier.”


Sophomore Clinical Exercise Science Ann Arbor, MI

“I honestly do not think it will make a difference. Some people will take advantage of the free time and actively participate in the events, but others will use the day off as an excuse to relax and do nothing. Although I believe having no classes is far better for remembering and honoring the day.”



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Senate plans winter initiatives, advocates MLK Jr. Day activities BY SARAH HILLENBRAND GVL SENIOR REPORTER


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The Grand Valley State University Student Senate held its first general assembly meeting of the new semester last week, talking President’s Ball logistics, encouraging student participation in observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day events and playing host to two guest speakers. This semester, the Senate will work on transitioning the university’s current student organization networking site, Stuey, with a simpler, user-friendlier interface called OrgSync. Moving forward, senators will begin planning the upcoming Feb. 1 President’s Ball, this year building on a retro 50s theme called “Let the good times roll.” The Student Senate encouraged fellow senators and all GVSU students to attend today’s scheduled events to honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Senators passed a resolution last year advocating the cancellation of class. GVSU Provost Gayle Davis gave final

approval of the motion this past June, following not only support from the Senate, but also recommendations by University Academic Senate, the Academic Policy and Standards Committee and the Senior Management Team. The decision to cancel classes on the holiday, according to GVSU’s website, will be revisited in a few years to determine whether the changes “prove to be compatible with the best interest of our students’ academic success.” “We’ve been working for years to get this day off of classes, but we don’t want it to be just a day off, but a dayon of service,” said Rickey Benevidez, vice president of the Diversity Affairs Committee. Also at the Jan. 17 meeting, Sharalle Arnold, director of the Children’s Enrichment Center at GVSU, spoke to senators about the 1,300 students that identify as pregnant or parenting students - 900 of these students are working on their under-

graduate degree – and several of which accompanied Sharalle to the general assembly meeting for personal testimony. “I ask that you all consider supporting the Student Parent Success Initiative,” she said. “There are a lot of opportunities for collaboration.” Arnold suggested that Student Senate consider using the money fund raised from the annual Battle of the Valleys competition to support the CEC. This year, GVSU raised $1,100 for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan during the competition through fundraising events on campus that range from 5K’s to Pie a Senator. “We are helping two generations receive education,” Arnold said. For more information and updates on Student Senate sponsored resolutions and events, visit studentsenate. shillenbrand@

Event teaches ‘Up-cycling’ crafts BY ELLIE PHILLIPS GVL STAFF WRITER

Today from 10-11.30 a.m. and again from 2-4 p.m., Grand Valley State University leaders will host a “Crafting for the Community” event in rooms 2215 and 2216 of the Kirkhof Center as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. The event is community service centered, and participants will make crafts through “up-cycling,” or the process of reusing a material in a fashion that does not downgrade its quality, such as turning used

items into something else useful, which in turn keeps items out of landfills through waste elimination. According to the Sustainable Community Development Initiative website, the items will be donated to local shelters, healthcare organizations and direct service nonprofits after the event. The event is open to children ages five and older, and all children under 16 are required to be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Registration is required, though walk-ins will be ac-

cepted if there is extra space available. It is requested that those who attend stay for the entire length of the project. Supplies for the sessions will be provided, though donations of more supplies are welcome, and will be gratefully accepted. These donations may be brought to the Women and Gender Studies main office, in room 227 of Lake Ontario Hall, prior to the event. Registration for both sessions is available at both locations.








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Rolling right along: Senior guard Breland Hogan has lead the Lakers to a 13-3 start to the season and back-to-back victories against Lake Superior State University and Northwood.

Carbajal’s big second half keys Lakers BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL SPORTS EDITOR


ll season long it seems, the Grand Valley State University’s men’s basketball team has had a different player step up. This past weekend, it was sophomore Ricardo Carbajal’s turn to step up for the Lakers, as GVSU (13-3, 10-2 GLIAC) extended their winning streak to five games, with a 71-62 victory over Lake Superior State University (9-6, 7-5) on Thursday, and a 59-49 win over Northwood University (6-10, 5-7 GLIAC) on Saturday. On Saturday, three consecutive plays by Carbajal essentially sealed the game for GVSU. After Northwood cut the lead to seven, Carbajal grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a layup. On the next possession, he would secure the defensive rebound and assist junior Rob Woodson for the three-point basket, which would turn out to be the deciding dagger for the Lakers as they led 55-43 with two and a half minutes left. Carbajal managed to score all 12 of his points in the second half. “I struggled to get energized in the first half,” Carbajal said. “In the second half, I came out determined with energy.” With sophomore forward Darius Nor-

man being out for the rest of the year with a torn meniscus, and senior Tyrone Lee battling an injured ankle, Carbajal has came up big for the shorthanded Lakers. “Coach always tell us to be ready anytime because anything can happen anytime in the season,” Carbajal said. “Seeing your captain out (Lee), I have to do everything I can to keep this team going.” The Lakers held a 28-25 lead at the half, but GVSU jumped out to a 9-2 run to start the half, and held Northwood to a pedestrian 7-of-28 shooting from the field in the second half. Northwood would only manage to shoot 31 percent from the field for the game. “Both teams really fought hard,” said head coach Ric Wesley. “Northwood has a solid team. I’m happy with how we played. Our defense was strong and seemed to get stronger as the game went on.” Sophomore Ryan Sabin led the Lakers with 13 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He managed to score nine of his 13 points in the second half. “I just take what the defense gives me,” Sabin said. “When I saw an opportunity to drive, I just took it. We were playing well defensively, so anytime we can get some offense, it helps our defense, so it was big.” On Thursday, the low post presence of W.


Sealed: Rob Woodson knocked home a three-pointer against Northwood to secure the win.

Zeidaks and Carbajal proved to be too much for Lake Superior State. Zeidaks led the Lakers with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Carbajal added 13 points and eight rebounds. “Kris Zeidaks had some big plays down the stretch for us,” Wesley said. “Guys just stepped up for us again. Our frontline really played big for us and was a little bit overpow-

ering. We haven’t been a real strong overpowering team, but in that particular game we really scored well in and around the basket.” The Lakers are currently on a five game winning streak, and will put that on the line Thursday when they host rival Saginaw Valley State University at 6 p.m. in Allendale.


Defensive letdown Northwood scores 48 second half points as GVSU falls



Doing it all: Lakers were unable to capitalize on Dani Crandall’s 13 point, 8 rebound, 4 assist game against Northwood University.

Sitting at 8-3 in GLIAC play, the Grand Valley State University women’s basketball team had an opportunity to join a trio of teams in first place. The Lakers needed to come out on top in their most recent home game against Northwood University. Unfortunately, when you give up 48 points in the second half, it’s a difficult uphill battle. The 48 second half points keyed Northwood (9-9, 7-5) to a 74-65 victory over GVSU (124, 8-4). “We haven’t given up 74 points since we were down in Ashland,” said head coach Janel Burgess. “We didn’t have any control on the defensive end.” The University of Ashland is 19-0 and the No.1 ranked Divi-

sion II women’s team. Senior Briauna Taylor led the way for the Lakers as she knocked in 20 points on a 7-of-17 shooting performance. Another bright spot for the Lakers was sophomore guard Kat LaPrairie’s shooting performance, as she added 15 points. “We’re always trying to shoot with confidence,” Laprairie said. “It’s just kind of disappointing when you have to force up some shots to try to get you back into it late in the game.” Trailing late in the first half, LaPrairie knocked down backto back-three’s to tie the game up at 26 at halftime. The second half was a completely a different story as the Lakers surrendered 48 points, unable to keep up with the Northwood. “We didn’t contain penetration and we didn’t box out,”

Burgess said. “You don’t do those things, you’re going to be in trouble.” Another aspect of the game in which the Lakers lacked was in the free throw category. Either the inability to stop penetration, or poor lack of judgment from the officials, or a combination of both led GVSU to only attempt 14 free throws compared to 39 attempts for Northwood. “Perhaps that had something to do with it,” Burgess said. In the midway point of the second half, Northwood expanded their lead from five to eight, which eventually became a 14 point spread. The Lakers were never able to fully recover. “It’s kind of hard to get back into the game when we keep making little mistakes,” Taylor said. “We didn’t play good defense, didn’t box out. “We gave

them second chance opportunities and they capitalized on it.” The Lakers are now one game back of Michigan Tech University and Ferris State University (9-3 in GLIAC play), and Wayne State University (8-3 GLIAC). Their next stretch of games against Ferris State and Wayne State will be a great test of how well the Lakers can deal with adversity. “We just need to get back in the gym and continue to push and go hard,” LaPrairie said. “Getting a little grit in our teeth and grind things out, and we should be okay.” The Lakers next game is this Thursday, January 24th when they face rival Saginaw Valley State University. After that, their schedule includes Wayne State, Ferris State, and Michigan Tech.

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SHORTS Pizza Wars results

During the men’s and women’s basketbal games this past Saturday, the second annual Pizza Wars was hosted at Grand Valley State University. Over 6,000 slices of pizza were handed out by the participating pizza vendors. Eight pizza restaurants took place in the competion, including: Uccello’s Ristorante, Jet’s Pizza, Little Caesars, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Mancino’s Pizza, Hungry Howies and Peppino’s Pizza. Ucceello’s won the Judges Award, which was judged by local people including: Miss Greater Grand Rapids Jodi Beckman, Alexis Rangel of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Tony Brooks of Clear Channel Grand Rapids, John Gonzalez from mLive and Sean Welsh of PNC Bank, the game’s sponsor. Uccello’s also won the Best Speciality award as well. Jet’s Pizza was voted the Students Choice and Jet’s also won the Golden Pizza award, which is the best overall pizza.

GVSU breaks slough of records in win

Three different student athletes now belong to the Grand Valley State University swim and dive record books. Multiple records were broken during the team’s dual meet victory over Indianapolis University on Saturday. Freshman Gianni Ferrero highlighted a 188-112 victory for the men’s team, with individual victories in the 200 yard freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 IM. His time in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 38.90 seconds) was a GVSU pool and freshman record, while his time in the 400 IM (4:00.70) also broke a pool record. Sophomore Nathaniel Stoller set a pool record in the 100 butterfly, touching first with a time of 50.46. His time bested the previous mark by .09 seconds. On the diving board, freshman Taylor Wiercinski broke a GVSU women’s freshmen record with her score of 298.20.

STANDINGS M. Basketball GLIAC North Standings 11-0 10-2 8-4 7-5 7-5 5-6 5-7 3-9

GLIAC South Standings 8-4 8-4 7-4 7-5 3-9 3-9 2-9 0-12

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


Track and Field return home for annual GVSU Mike Lints Open BY PETE BARROWS GVL STAFF WRITER

In a sport where every fraction of a second matters, it was the years that mattered in Friday night’s Mike Lints Alumni Open. It was the 12th annual hosting of the event named in honor of the former Grand Valley State University student athlete and coach who was lost tragically in a car accident in October of 2001. Between 60 and 70 former Grand Valley State track and field athletes returned for the festivities. “It’s important to me and it’s important to our alums that come back and celebrate Mike’s life and our program’s history,” said GVSU head coach Jerry Baltes. “None of these guys knew Coach Lints, but it’s a way to honor him. He gave a lot to the university and our program as a student, as an athlete, and as a coach. It’s an important night for me and it’s a special night for us.” Fifteen schools were in attendance including local schools Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone College and Hope College. With close to 800 athletes competing, the meet was one of the largest the Kelly Family Sports Center will host all year. Friday’s meet was the fourth non-scored home meet of the season for the Lakers. The 2013 season is only in its warm-up stages, but so far the prognosis is strong. Sixteen NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks were hit on Jan. 18, in-

9-3 9-3 8-3 8-4 7-5 6-6 4-7 4-8

GLIAC South Standings 12-0 Ashland 9-3 Findlay 5-7 Malone 5-7 Tiffin 3-8 Walsh 3-9 Hillsdale 1-10 Lake Erie 1-11 Ohio Dominican


Remembering the past: Freshman Carson Jones clears a hurdle during the 12th annual Mike Lints Alumni Open. The event saw 800 athletes compete from Cornerstone University, Hope College, Calvin College, Aquinas College, and 11 other area universities.

cluding five event victories. “I thought it was a great second meet of 2013,” Baltes said. “I think we had some bright spots across the board and kids stepped up and got to keep moving forward. Our vaulters are vaulting very, very well right now and our throwers continue to throw well.” Returning alumni agreed with the assessment. “This team is hitting marks that we’ve never seen before,” said 2012 graduate Jovon Faulk. “They’re hitting them

(now) where they should be at later in the season.” Fellow graduate of the program Xavier Parnell has noticed the growth as well. “They’ve really progressed since we left, bright future ahead of them,” he said. The Lakers will get their season well into gear on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m., in what is sure to be a huge day in track and field in West Michigan. The seconds will officially count for the first time this season as GVSU hosts Central Michigan University, M .

Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College for the GVSU Quad Meet. The University of Michigan and Michigan State University will follow up the act at 6 p.m with a dual meet held on the same Kelly Family Sport Center accommodations. “I think our atmosphere’s good, our team energy (is good) so that’s the biggest thing early in the year,” Baltes said. “As long we keep the focus and the mindset and keep working hard, we’re going to do big things over

the course of the year.” Taking advantage of their years, returning alumni like Faulk and Parnell have also helped to provide motivation for the season ahead. “We trying to just keep their (current GVSU track athletes) minds strong, that’s one thing,” Faulk said. “When people start second guessing themselves, they seem to mess up. You can’t over-think anything. You have to keep going forward, never backwards. Just run.”


Rocky Mountain success

GV men’s club hockey champions wild, wild west BY ALEX HARROUN


Hillsdale Findlay Walsh Malone Tiffin Ashland Lake Erie Ohio Dominican


Gone, Not Forgotten


Wayne State GVSU Michigan Tech. Lake Superior St. Ferris State Saginaw Valley Northwood Northern Mich.

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An 18-hour bus ride, and a 5000-foot elevation change proved to have little impact on the Grand Valley State University Division II men’s club hockey team as they took on a trio of opponents in the Rocky Mountains this weekend. The Lakers continued to dominate on away ice, getting almost 50 shots on net against the University of Denver Saturday and securing a 4-2 victory. The backand-forth game saw GVSU down 1-0 going into the second period, continuing their trend of getting off to slow starts this semester. “We outplayed them the whole game, but we let them hang around,” senior captain Craig Marrett said. “We could have put them away early, but we went into the third period up 3-2, giving them a chance to come back in the game.” Sophomore goaltender Doug Chidester played solid in net making key saves when called upon in his first appearance of the semester, improving to 6-1 for the season. “Dougie played great for us last night,” Marrett said. “Everyone was a little surprised at how close it was. Denver’s goalie definitely kept them in the game and gave them a chance.” The Lakers gave themselves some breathing room in the third period, scoring another goal to seal the 4-2 victory. On Friday, GVSU had a strong start in the first period to set the tone offensively for the rest of the game. The Lakers outshot the University of Colorado 32-7 in the second period,

keeping Colorado in their own zone most of the game, as the Lakers won 7-2. “It was lopsided in the second and that really helped us get going offensively for the rest of the game,” head coach Mike Forbes said. “I’m really happy with the way we played overall.” Colorado became frustrated late in the game, as they ran around chasing the puck, rather then playing their system, which led to

We took away the neutral zone on them and didn’t allow them to establish much in the offensive zone. We outshot them 62-26...


two more goals in the third period for the Lakers. “That happens when you get down five, six, 7-1 on the scoreboard,” Forbes said. “We took away the neutral zone on them and didn’t allow them to establish much in the offensive zone. We outshot them 62-26 for the game. Anytime you get that much at the net, you’re doing something right offensively.”

The GVSU defense was consistent in transitioning the puck in a short neutral zone. Sloppy play in the first period around the blue line was cleaned up in the second and third, which led to a faster transition from defense to offense. This allowed the Lakers to create their offensive dominance. “We kept shifts very short,” Forbes said. “Changed lines every 30 to 45 seconds, not exposing the guys to oxygen deprivation. “Out in Colorado, it’s tough to recover during the game, leading to exhaustion. The guys were very responsible when it came to changing on the bench. Day two in the altitude affects you more severely in my experience, and day three you start to get acclimated to it.” GVSU was positioned well to deal with the added fatigue while playing seven defenseman and four lines. This allowed the players adequate time to rest on the bench. “We didn’t know what to expect with the altitude,” Marrett said. “After the first couple shifts, you come off pretty quickly a little more out of breath than normal. “It’s a different experience and takes me longer to get my breath back. It’s harder to go longer.” With low activity on his end, senior goaltender Scott Tiefenthal made big saves when he needed to, keeping the Lakers in control the whole game. The Lakers, now 4-0 for the semester, concluded their mountain road trip Sunday night at Colorado State University.


Take two: Freshman Chad Rainey brings the puck down the ice during a recent match during the University of Denver.


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S W I M M I N G Three for three: GVSU’s Milan Medo competes in the Men’s Breaststroke event. Medo finished the day with three individual wins in the 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, and 100 freestyle.






As season draws to a close, Lakers have eyes set on GLIACS BY JAY BUSHEN


After a strong start to the 2013 part of the season, the Lakers are making it known that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2013 GLIAC Championships. The Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s swim and dive teams both defeated the University of Indianapolis at home on Saturday, as the men’s team walked away with a 188-112 victory and the women’s team won 177-123. The men’s squad was led by freshman standout Gianni Ferrero, who broke pool records in both the 200 yard freestyle (1 minute, 38.90 seconds) and 400 IM (4:00.70). He also touched first in the 200 backstroke. The freshman said his success so far in 2013 is hard to put into words. W.

“I have no idea how I’ve been able to do it,” Ferrero said. “I was really pumped for today.” Ferrero and junior teammates Aaron Marken, Michael Griffith and Erik Aekesson also placed first in the 200 medley relay, finishing with a time of 1:33.75. GVSU sophomore Milan Medo also played a key role for the Lakers in the victory, with a trio of individual wins in the 100 breaststroke (57.55), 50 freestyle (21.25) and 100 freestyle (47.43). Medo, Griffith, Aakesson and sophomore Nathaniel Stoller also touched first in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.40. Stoller broke a pool record when he finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.46, besting the previous mark by .09 seconds. “Both teams are really coming together at the right time,” said GVSU head coach Andy Boyce. “We’ve been focused on the confer-


Women’s hockey takes home two game sweep BY DEREK WOLFF GVL STAFF WRITER

Taking nothing for granted after an “embarrassing” defeat earlier in the season to the University of Wisconsin, the Grand Valley State University women’s club hockey team dominated the Badgers in a two-game weekend sweep. The Lakers improved to 12-7-1 after Sunday’s 4-1 win over Wisconsin. GVSU took Saturday’s tilt with an impressive 8-2 drubbing. When the teams met in November at a tournament held at Robert Morris University in Illinois, the Badgers, playing with a short bench, won 2-1. Revenge was on the minds of several Laker play-

We lost to them in a tournament so we just wanted to come back and show that we were better than them.



ers and head coach Darrell Gregorio. “This weekend was definitely retribution, a little bit of payback for essentially embarrassing us the first time,” Gregorio said. “We got back to playing our sys-

tems. When we played them the first time, we got out of sorts, not really running our systems to the best of our abilities. Today ( Su n d ay ) it was back to focusing.” T h e Badgers fell to 4 - 1 1 - 0 KURCHARSKI after the weekend loss, allowing 12 goals over the two games. Freshman Stacey Mathieu, senior Shelby Kurcharski and senior Lauren Lavasile opened up a quick 3-0 lead for the Lakers, who never looked back. Freshman Katie Danto added the fourth and final goal on the power play with a nifty backhand to deliver the 4-1 win. On Saturday, the Lakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first period. Iavasile opened the scoring on the power play, before junior Kristen Iannuzzi and freshman Karyn Schmaltz tallied goals. Kucharski added a pair in the second period to extend the lead to 5-1, with junior Alisha Day adding another on the power play. Sophomore Dawn Wilson and Danto found the net in the third as the Lakers cruised to the 8-2 victory. Several Lakers cited the break as a definitive factor in the team’s determination to avenge the November loss. “I think having the break really made us want to play these two games,” freshman forward Kendra Myers said. “We lost to them in a tournament so we just wanted to come back and show that we

were better than them.” With only five games remaining on the schedule before the playoffs, which begin in mid-February, the Lakers know that each game has huge ramifications. Senior defenseman and captain Meghan Jahn knew that the Lakers could not repeat their performance and needed a change of attitude coming into the weekend series. “It was super important after losing to them earlier,” Jahn said.“We came in with big heads and knew they didn’t have too many people so we needed it (the loss) back. Coming out with two wins and beating them by a few goals was really nice.” GVSU will play host to Robert Morris University at home in a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday, with CCWHA playoff seeding on the line. “Ever since we got back from break, it’s been good,” Gregorio said. “Everyone’s back to focusing, knowing that we need to make a stretch here in the last weeks.” Robert Morris defeated the Lakers twice in November, but Jahn is confident that being on the cusp of a playoff berth will inspire the team. “I think it’s just going to take the passion of getting to nationals,” Jahn said. “I think playing Robert Morris is going to be two big games and we’re going to need a couple wins to move us up in the rankings and continue to hopefully go to nationals. We’re right on that line right now.”

ence championships all year, and we’ll have to step up if we want to win them.” GVSU junior Caitlyn Madsen led the way on the women’s side, placing first in three individual events. Madsen was the fastest in the 200 butterfly (2:09.25), 100 butterfly (58.64) and 400 IM (4:41.47). She and teammates sophomore Olivia Schultz, junior Danielle Vallier and sophomore Sarah Roeser also finished first in the 200 medley relay. The relay team of Schultz, Roeser, freshman Hannah Knapp and sophomore Lauren Foor were the fastest in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 1:39.21. Schultz and Vallier also took home a pair of wins in individual events. Schultz notched firstplace finishes in the 100 backstroke (1:00.49) and 200 backstroke (2:08.52), while Vallier touched first in both breaststroke events, finishing the 100 in 1:09.83 and the 200 in 2:28.67.

Roeser added a victory in the 100 freestyle, finishing the event with a time of 54.10. On the diving board, Taylor Wiercinski set a freshman record in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 298.20. “It was a great way to end the year for our seniors,” Madsen said. It was the final meet in Allendale for seniors Jasmine Ramahi, Kyle Gebraad, Emir Ibrahimovich, Derek Mead and Joey Wingett. The men’s squad was 6-2 in dual meets this season, and was a perfect 6-0 against Division II teams. Meanwhile, the women’s team was 7-3 in dual meets and 6-1 against Division II opponents. Boyce said the swimmers will get some rest before the upcoming GLIAC Championships, which will start on Feb. 6 in Canton, Ohio at 4 p.m.



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GV students, staff to participate in Day of Service BY BECKY SPAULDING GVL staff writer

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” On Jan. 26, Grand Valley State University will answer that question by participating in the National Day of Service initiative right here in the West Michigan community as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week. The event will be lead by four staff members and six interns, with about 100 students participating said Eric Stevens, who coordinates Service and Leadership Initiatives for GVSU’s Community Service Learning Center. “Around 100 students are sacrificing their Saturday mornings (when they could be sleeping) to make a difference in the Grand Rapids area,” Stevens said. Volunteers will divide and conquer, with some sorting food donations and learning about hunger in the area at Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and the other at Comprenew Environmental, where students will break down old computers to be recycleded versus tossed in a garbage dump. “The students will benefit

from the practical knowledge that they will be discussing on hunger, poverty and environmental issues,” Stevens said. “We hope that students do not just show up and serve at these (organizations), but that they are willing to ask difficult questions in order to grow and better think critically about the core issues involved in the service itself.” These kind of events, Stevens said, benefits not only the nonprofits students volunteer for, but also benefits the students, who forge a much deeper relationship with GVSU and the surrounding community. “Events like these strengthen the bond between Grand Valley and the surrounding communities,” Stevens said. “It really helps demonstrate that Lakers give back.” GVSU’s participation in the MLK Day of Service is a fairly new tradition, but is one that the CSLC hopes will continue to grow annually and involve more GVSU community members outside of the classroom. “The MLK Day of Service has not been taking place for that long, but is now definitely an annual event,” Stevens said. “We hope that next year we will be able to


Giving time: Students will volunteer at the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and at Comprenew Environmental.

expand beyond 100 students (and) we would also like to encourage more faculty and staff members to participate in the day of service.” The CSLC sponsors many service events throughout the year, and will also have two smaller service crafting projects on GVSU’s campus on Monday, Jan. 21, Stevens said. “There are lots of other

service opportunities available (on the CSLC’s website) outside of this Day of Service as well,” Stevens said. “We expect to have 100 participants for our service projects, (and) Alternative Breaks will also be doing a service Saturday morning, and will be joining us for lunch and a guest speaker upon everyone’s return.

Overall, around 250 students will be out serving our community on (Jan. 26).” The Martin Luther King Jr. International Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative, according to MLKDay. gov. The day is meant to inspire people across America to “honor Dr. King’s legacy

through service” by volunteering their services for those less fortunate in their own communities. To sign up for the service projects on Jan. 21 or Jan. 26, or to check out other projects that the CSLC is participating in, visit www. bspaulding@


Opening up: A women speaks at the That Takes Ovaries! event.


Moving up: After working at WSNX, Thunder 94.5, and Fox 17, Ashley Elzinga has moved to L.A. to work for Ryan Seacrest.

‘Don’t think about it. Just go.’ GV student lands an internship with Ryan Seacrest Productions BY jessica smith GVL staff writer

She grabbed a suitcase that night and packed everything she could fit inside of it. She stuffed the rest of her belongings into the backseat of her car, and without a single goodbye, Ashley Elzinga and her family drove across the country for an experience that changed her life. As a broadcast student at Grand Valley State University, Elzinga has big dreams of working in the entertainment industry. She’s already worked her way around Grand Rapids with internships at the 104.5 WSNX and Thunder 94.5 morning shows. After that she worked for Cumulus Media, and then moved on to a news internship with Fox 17. She was gaining all this experience in hopes of landing one big national gig before she graduated. The first time the unknown number flashed across a hesitant Elzinga’s screen she ignored the call. Shortly after, she had a voicemail from a recruiter, who had news that would take her on the adventure she had been striving for. “I dropped my phone when I heard her say it was Abby from Ryan Seacrest Productions,” Elzinga recalls with a laugh. “Literally, my phone fell out of my hand.” After a grueling application process, Elzinga received the phone call inviting her to L.A. to intern alongside Ryan Seacrest, and she only had a week to get out there. “It was so terrifying,” she said. “I had never been to the city before, and it was just huge. My first day at work

was the most intense. I left there with a migraine it was so overwhelming. I just thought there’s no way I can do this, I just have to go home.” It was her little brother, Steven, who gave her the push she needed to stick it out. He told her that if there’s anything that was meant to happen to her, this was it. It was going to be hard, but it was going to be worth it.

I dropped my phone when I heard her say it was Abby from Ryan Seacrest Productions.



The expectations were high, the office was cutthroat competitive, the locations were almost surreal, but there was no time for daydreaming - Ryan Seacrest was her boss. “My hand was shaking [the first time she had to turn an assignment in to Seacrest], but I had to be super professional, super calm and cool,” Elzinga said. “I kind of got over it the first time

I saw him and worked with him. The whole star struck thing was kind of gone because he was my boss. I had to be professional. I was nervous at first, but he was really sweet. He helped me and would coax me along.” After she got over the initial I’min-L.A.-working-for-Ryan-Seacrest jitters, things fell perfectly into place and she found herself at events she had fantasized about. Elzinga worked on the set of Fashion Police, where she met Kelly Osbourne, whom she described as the “sweetest person in Hollywood,” but her favorite day was covering the Video Music Awards. “We had one of the E! conference rooms, and we were watching on a huge monitor,” she said. “We lost the feed for a minute, but then it went back up right when the show started doing the red carpet stuff, and I was covering the red carpet. So, it was absolute chaos.” Chaotic is a good word to describe Elzinga’s experience as an intern at RSP, but she’s glad that she didn’t pack up her bags when things seemed tough. After coming home she said she’s positive that she wants to pursue a career in radio, and she already has contacts in place to make her dream job a reality. “I’m coming back a different person,” Elzinga said. “My confidence is completely boosted. You have to take huge risks to find your passions. If you’re going to find a career you truly truly love, and be lucky enough to do what you really love, you have to break the rules. You have to pick up and go. Don’t think about it. Just go.”

That Takes Ovaries! hosts sneak preview, open mic BY rachel mclaughlin GVL EDITOR IN CHIEF

The Women’s Center will be hosting a sneak preview for the upcoming production That Takes Ovaries!: Bold Women, Brazen Acts on Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Cook Dewitt Center, located on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University. The preview, Leading a Bold Life, will be led by GVSU theater professor Karen Libman LIBMAN and will include readings from the play and discussion about real-life situations in which women and girls preformed a courageous action. “Women should go to feel empowered and to learn that all women have experiences in their lives that took courage, spunk, spirit, and so on,” said Kira SmithButland, administrative and publicity chair. The LIB 100/201 approved event, however, isn’t just for women. “Everyone else should go, too,” Smith-Butland said. “Learning from these women’s stories will help people (male, female, transgender) become more aware of women’s issues and hopefully urge them to get involved in gender justice.”

Members of the audience will also be able to share their own stories of bravery during the open mic segment of the preview. Students, faculty and community members can audition for the production on Jan. 25 from 3-7 p.m. and Jan. 27 from 2-5 p.m. in the Kirkof Center, room 1104. Smith-Butland will join co-chairs, Jacqui Bernhardt and Dionna Cheatham, as well as all of this year’s directors at That Takes Ovaries! auditions. No pre-planning or previous experience is needed, just show up and read from a provided script. About half of the scenes from That Takes Ovaries!: Bold Women, Brazen Acts are new this year as they were written by students, over half of the play is completely original content. The stories, adapted into playscript format by Kat Willis, feature young women choosing to leave abusive relationships, mothers fighting for their families, and men being partners in gender justice. That Takes Ovaries!: Bold Women, Brazen Acts will be performed March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids and on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Grand River Room in Kirkof Center. For more information contact Smith-Butland at thattakesovariesgvsu@ rmclaughlin@

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New brothers: What began as a joke between friends has transformed into GVSU’s newest fraternity, Kappa Sigma. After struggling to become official, the group was approved in 2011.

Kappa Sigma

gains charter at GV BY KARI NORTON


In 2009, Grand Valley State University student, Eric Broadworth, started joking with a friend about starting up another fraternity at the university. After talking to Kappa Sigma Fraternity area recruitment they decided to make it a reality. What Broadworth and the other men interested in Kappa Sigma did not know, was that the Interfraternity Council had an expansion plan in place, which includeded specific procedures involved in becoming a fraternity at GVSU, and the confusion left the Greek community under the impression that Kappa Sigma was not a real fraternity. Spencer Richardson, president of Kappa Sigma, said the group had to present themselves twice in front of IFC, and were voted on three times before

their colonization was officially recognized by the university. “Our beginning at GVSU was difficult due to our differences with the Interfraternity Council, but that’s all been put in the past,” Richardson said. “Since 2011, we have been a participating colonymember of this campus’ IFC and have had a wonderful relationship with Greek life on our campus.” The chapter’s instal-

We finally made it. It was a huge effort on everyone’s part.


lation took place on Jan. 19 and five Kappa Sigma chapters from other universities came to help out, Richardson said. “This has been a long time in the making, and the work my brothers and I have put in over the past three years gives me faith that great things will come from the Sigma-Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma,” he said. The GVSU chapter of Kappa Sigma currently has around 50 members but is looking to recruit 10-20 more brothers this semester as the first class after the Founding Fathers. Although the current members did not all join at the same time they are considered to be in the Founding Father class because they joined while the fraternity was still a colony. “We finally made it,” Broadworth said. “It was a huge effort on everyone’s part. We went through a long process with GVSU





Professors lead writing workshop for faculty

As part of the Grand Valley State University Human Resources Excellence Series, assistant writing professors Laurence José and Amorak Huey will lead the “Writing for an Audience - Developing the ‘You’ Attitude” seminar Jan. 23 from 9-11 a.m. The workshop will focus on strategies for writing from a reader-centered perspective and how to compose documents that meet audience’s needs. The seminar will give attendees hands-on experience with crafting and revising correspondence documents, such as emails and letters, which talk with the readers. The seminar is free for faculty members, but registration at is required. For more information, or special accommodation requests, contact Human Resources at



Bands compete at Heavyweights Round 3

The third round of the Heavyweights Battle of the Bands competition is Jan. 26 at the Intersection, where local metal bands are competing to take home a grand prize package including $2,500. The six bands performing include, Silent Lapse, As I Said Before, I’m William Cutting, Aside The Ashes, Burden of Ages and Drawing Down The Moon. Round one winners included The Severed Process and Seraphim. The final round will be Feb. 9, featuring two winners from each of the three rounds. Tickets are $5 in advance and $2 extra for a minor surcharge. For more information abouthte competition, go to


Papa Roach returns to Grand Rapids

After dropping from the Uproar Festival stop in Grand Rapids over the summer, Papa Roach will be returning to rock the Orbit Room Jan. 26 as part of their tour with Stone Sour. To date, Papa Roach has released eight albums, and has been nominated for multiple awards. Stone Sour will not be performing during the Grand Rapids stop, but special guests include Deadwood Stone and Coldville. But on a plus side, Papa Roach fans can purchase VIP packages, which include a meet and greet, an autographed copy of handwritten lyrics by lead singer, Jacoby Shaddix, early entry to the show and several other perks. The show starts at 8 p.m., with tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door. VIP upgrades start at $125. Community Foundation, and will serve for four years.

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– lots of ups and downs to become a chapter.” There were many times since the fraternity colonized that the brothers doubted they would ever become a charter, Richardson said. The progress and development they have made over the past three years has helped them develop stronger leadership and brotherhood. Kappa Sigma Fraternity can be traced back to Italy in the 1400s but officially started in America in 1869. The Sigma-Kappa Chapter at GVSU is the 304th chapter in the nation. “Our brotherhood was immensely strengthened through our fight for the installation of our chapter at GVSU,” Richardson said. “I’m so happy to have these men as my fellow brothers. Our work has finally paid off, and we are now the Founding Fathers we set out to be.”

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