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Hands on: Junior Kevin Newell and senior Tyler Dawson of Alpha Tau Omega helped freshmen move into Kistler Living Center last week. They joined other volunteers from several organizations to ease the move-in process for the newest Lakers.


President Thomas J. Haas worked alongside Helping Hands—a group of administrators, faculty, students and alumni at Grand Valley State University—to direct traffic, help students check-in, carry items from cars to rooms, and welcome nearly 5,000 students and their families to campus during move-in week. “This is an organization that really makes a difference,” said Andy Beachnau, director of Housing at GVSU. The university’s housing page indicates that the first six weeks at college are critical to retention and to student satisfaction, and for first-year

students, the first few days are the most important. The purpose of Helping Hands is not only to help students move, but to also get acclimated to the university quicker by making new students’ first hours on campus a positive and inclusive experience. The program was founded in 1994 and then only consisted of a handful of volunteers. Nearly 20 years later, hundreds of volunteers offered help during move-in week. Haas and his wife, Marcia, have also been involved with move-in week for the last eight years. The Haas family made an appearance on campus Aug. 21 as it served ice cream to students and their families in

Your Chauffeur is cool because people get home safely but still have their car home the next day. shawn blonk

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Tasty treat: President Thomas Haas hands out ice cream.

front of Kleiner Commons. Colleen Bailey, associate director for Housing and Residence Life, said this year there were 400 hours worth of faculty and staff volunteering and more than 2,000 hours worth of help from students.

“The volunteers with Helping Hands made movein a lot easier,” said freshman Abbey Rickelmann of the Seidman Living Center. “It helped so much having them, and I wasn’t as stressed because of their help.”

Phishing problems persist at GV IT warns of false email requests for personal information BY LIZZY BALBOA EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM

Internet users with Grand Valley State University email accounts have recently been targeted in a series of phishing incidents wherein recipients are requested to divulge personal information to unknown senders. What Director of Information Technology Sue Korzinek called a “constant battle” has been going on since the summer semesters. Korzinek said the IT department

has responded to many phishing incidents, with 15 of them having occurred since July 22. The scammers create misleading GVSU email accounts to deceive recipients into thinking that they are university officials, and then they ask recipients to follow a link to a different website to supply personal data. Korzinek said the people behind the fake emails try to collect personal information to gain access to other accounts.

Planning a night out in Beer City, USA, almost always leads to the inevitable question: who is going to drive home? Your Chauffeur, an on-call designated driving service, proposes a possible answer. “These kinds of businesses have been around for a while in places like Europe and Korea,” said Chad Becker, the owner and founder of Your Chauffeur. “I got the idea while visiting a friend in the Carolinas. It was floating around in my head for awhile, (until) finally I started up (Your Chauffeur) in Grand Rapids.” Operating out of downtown Grand Rapids alongside HopCat on Ionia Street, Your Chauffeur’s licensed drivers are on-call Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. By using mopeds designed to fold up and fit into a car’s backseat, drivers are able to drive the patron home in his or her own car, then jet back to Grand Rapids. Patrons can make a reservation by calling or texting 616-803-9247, or make reservations online at the business’ website. When a driver has been reached, the driver hops on a moped and meets the patron at this or her location. The first five miles are charged a flat rate of $20, and any mile beyond that is an extra $3. On weekend nights, the business chauffeurs within a 12 mile radius from

“The more you answer, the more data they (have to) use against you for fraud or getting into your accounts,” she said. The phishing emails first began hitting faculty and staff accounts but were soon also sent to students. Korzinek said she hasn’t heard of any email recipients who have actually opened the link and fallen victim to a scam—although some have started the process before realizing the

emails were not authentic. Korzinek said GVSU has implemented a few protective measures against phishers, including limiting the use of the online directory so that scammers cannot obtain a comprehensive list of people to email, but instead can only view a certain number at a time. IT has been combatting the

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downtown Grand Rapids, which includes Allendale. “With the hours that we operate, we’ve garnered some messed up responses,” Becker said. “People say, ‘I can’t fit on that moped!’ But once they understand what we’re doing, their responses have been good.” The business got its start this summer after winning the “Public Selection” from local investment fund Start Garden in June. “Once we got off the ground, we went to an arena district meeting,” Becker said. “I gave a presentation, told the businesses ‘if you have any interest in working with us, please let us know.’ Bars like HopCat were definitely the people we wanted to work with and they were interested in the idea.” Your Chauffeur is sponsored by HopCat, Stella’s Lounge, McFadden’s and the Grand Rapids Brewing Company. All four bars are owned by local company Barfly Ventures, LLC. “It’s (an idea) we were definitely geeked about,” Shawn Blonk, the general manager of Grand Rapids Brewing Company said. The Grand Rapids Brewing Company helps out with Your Chauffeur’s business, often directing patrons toward its services. “At the end of the night, we’ll try to call cabs for our guests and make sure they get home safely,” Blonk said.




Grand Valley State University’s Office of Student Life has put student events back into student hands with the development of a new Traditions Team to coordinate all major events this year. “(The OSL) decided to have a more uniform way to get events and Grand Valley’s traditions out to students and have a team of event coordinators working on it as a whole,” said senior Alyssa Smith, chair of the group. Smith leads the team of 13 regular staff, two event assistants and multiple volunteers to coordinate nine events: Presidents’ Ball, Homecoming, Battle of the Valleys, Sibs and Kids Weekend, the Laker for Lifetime kickoff, Laker Remembrance, Family Weekend, the intercultural festival and a Spring Fling. “It was all to ensure the alignment of these events (and) that they’re all set up similarly and have the same level of

success,” said sophomore Tyler Ziola, the team’s social media coordinator. “That’s why they did it—so there’s this concrete team year to year doing this.”

It was all to ensure the alignment of these events.

tyler ziola Traditions team social media coordinator

Director of Student Life Michelle Burke said the development of the team is not in response to last year’s Battle of the Valleys results, which saw Saginaw Valley State University conquer GVSU in the fundraising battle. “The formation of the team actually had more to do with Homecoming,” Burke said. “Student Life had tried with limited success for the last

several years to form a student Homecoming Committee to plan and coordinate all of the events related to that week. In addition, we also wanted more student involvement in the traditions of Family Weekend, Sibs and Kids, and Intercultural Festival. All of these events were consuming staff time for event planning rather than allowing us to advise students to plan the events.” With the exception of the new Laker Remembrance and Spring Fling, the events were previously run by the OSL and Student Senate, who will still remain involved to some extent. Members of the OSL advise the team leaders on all events, while the Student Senate retains an active role in planning Presidents’ Ball and Battle of the Valleys. Emma Moulton, a senator on the Traditions Team, said the shift in event coordination from Student Senate to the SEE TRADITIONS ON A2

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A new reign: Student Senate President Ricardo Benavidez is preparing to lead the 2012-13 senators into a new year after spending last year as a cabinet member.


Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate has a new cabinet with fresh plans for the upcoming year, including increasing involvement from the student body. “There are a lot of ‘new’ senators on this year’s body, but their fresh minds and new ideas

will help to look at issues with a fresh light,” Student Senate President Ricardo Benavidez said. Benavidez added that the senate is already looking to address a few concerns, including a lack of space in the Recreation Center. “I also look forward to our work with the Student Association of Michigan,” he

said. “This is a body made up of the Student Body Presidents from all Public Universities in the state. We work with each other and our VPs for Political Affairs to tackle student issues at the state level. These issues include items such as student loan rate increases. SEE SENATE ON A3



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As of this year, Grand Valley State University joins the University of Michigan as one of the only two universities in the state to offer a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer studies. Danielle DeMuth, professor of women and gender studies at GVSU, was one of the key members of the faculty team that brought the minor to the university. “The integrative and dynamic curriculum is designed to build leadership, activist and professional skills through theory and civic engagement,” DeMuth said. Before establishing the minor, DeMuth and her team looked for feedback from local employers. They found that businesses all over the state were intrigued by the idea of hiring students with a background in

LGBTQ studies. “Employers want to hire graduates who are prepared to work with diverse populations and be leaders for their organizations in these areas,” DeMuth said. “Our students will be able to apply their education in many careers, including but not limited to counseling, education and higher education, business, social work, nonprofit work, government, social services, law, human resources, government and health professions.” DeMuth also took student insight into account when deciding whether to establish the minor. After surveying 402 students who were enrolled in courses with an emphasis on gender and sexuality, her team found that about 42 percent had a “very strong” or “strong” interest in the minor, and 31 percent said that they “definitely” or “probably” would pursue the minor.

DeMuth said the program also received much support from students who visited the LGBT Resource Center. “We are proud that GVSU has joined esteemed institutions such as Yale, UCLA and the University of Michigan to offer a minor in LGBTQ Studies,” said Colette Seguin Beighley, director of the center. The new minor is a section of the women and gender studies department, which is housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. The program requires students to take three core classes and four electives. In the core classes, students will learn about the complex historical relationship between sex, gender and sexuality and how these categories intersect with race and class. Students can choose their electives from eight different disciplines: anthropology, biology, English, history, liberal studies, sociology, psychology and

women and gender studies. The LGBTQ minor, itself, is a new area of study compared to other disciplines. In the mid1980s, the first LGBT studies programs in the U.S. were created at City University of New York and City College of San Francisco. GVSU first introduced LGBTQ studies to its curriculum in 1997 with a course titled Sexual Orientation and the Law. The following year, a course called Introduction to LGBT Studies was offered. To commemorate the introduction of the new minor, there will be a celebration Sept. 9 at the LGBT Resource Center in 1161 Kirkhof Center. The event will start at 4 p.m., with remarks by Anne Hiskes, dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, at 4:45 p.m. For more information, visit

PHISHING CONTINUED FROM A1 issue by blocking the addresses known to have sent spam. “Once we see them or they’ve been reported to us, we block them so we don’t see them or get them any longer,” Korzinek said. “Unfortunately, these people just keep changing where it looks like it’s being sent from, so it’s very hard to keep up with.” When one fake email address is recognized and blocked by IT, those behind the accounts simply create another and repeat the process. Capt. Brandon DeHaan of the Grand Valley Police Department said that unless a crime is committed or someone engages in a criminal enterprise where money or something of value is lost, the police are not involved in investigating the online scams. However, DeHaan warned that the GVSU police are continuing to see online criminal activity of other sorts such as Nigerian and other bank-related scams. “Students sometimes do

fall prey to these,” he said, adding that some of the scams he has seen involve subleasing apartments, selling musical instruments and finding tutors—all common Internet transactions. DeHaan advised Internet users to be wary of communicating or engaging in online businesses with unknown people. Similarly, Korzinek advised that if an email is received requestingpersonalinformation, the recipient should call the person or organization that sent it to clarify that it is valid. At this point, IT’s main strategy to counter the efforts of the phishers is simply to spread awareness and alert the GVSU community to the problem. Korzinek advised students never to send personal information via email and insisted that IT does not request data through this medium. She added that anyone who has taken the steps in the email and fallen victim to a scam should contact someone from the IT Help Desk for assistance and change all online passwords.


BRIEFS Gov. Snyder addresses Young Professionals of G.R. Gov. Rick Snyder addressed the Grand Rapids Young Professionals, a group dedicated to providing young professionals with an opportunity to network with each other, at MLive Media/Grand Rapids Press Hub on Aug. 22. Snyder encouraged the group to stay in Michigan rather than pursue careers elsewhere in the nation. The governor said he wanted to focus on creating new and better jobs, and he told the young professionals they are at the forefront of making a change in Michigan. He also encouraged volunteerism and the use of the website

Delta College signs transfer agreement Delta College joined 21 other community colleges across the state to sign a reverse transfer agreement with Grand Valley State University on Aug. 21. The agreement will help students who transfer to GVSU complete an associate’s degree through the college, and it applies to students who earned at least 24 credits at Delta College but transferred to GVSU before completing the associate’s degree. GVSU has similar agreements with Alpena, Glen Oaks, Grand Rapids, Gogebic, Jackson, Kellogg, Kirtland, Lake Michigan, Lansing, Macomb, Mid-Michigan, Montcalm, Mott, Muskegon, North Central Michigan, Northwestern Michigan, Schoolcraft, Southwestern Michigan, Washtenaw, Wayne County District and West Shore community colleges.

GVSU Fall Arts Celebration focuses on Cyril Lixenberg Grand Valley State University’s Fall Arts Celebration will honor the life of the Dutch contemporary artist Cyril Lixenberg, whose work can be seen throughout GVSU’s buildings and campuses. The exhibit will be open from Aug. 23 through Nov. 1 in 1121 Performing Arts Center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. A reception for the artist will also be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

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Having a ball: Students sit down to dinner at the 2012 President’s Ball, which is hosted by the Traditions Team this year.

TRADITIONS CONTINUED FROM A1 team was a “group effort.” “It didn’t make sense to have two of (the major events) not run by the Traditions Team,” Moulton said. “We decided just to have the Traditions Team do all of them.” Moulton said senators helped with the first kickoff event for freshmen and will continue to stay involved in every event by advertising and providing funds. “The reason we are helping with it now is because student senators are there for student government—they’re not event

coordinators, so were there to help them with the event coordinating process,” Smith said. “They still have a say. They still selected what nonprofit for Battle of the Valleys. They still selected the theme, and actually the event coordinator for Presidents’ Ball is on Senate and on our team.” Although the events are now headed by a new group of students with fresh ideas, most will remain similar to previous years. Battle of the Valleys is the exception. “Battle of the Valleys is completely new,” Ziola said. “It’s going to be revamped,

relaunched and it’s going to be incredible this year.” Smith said the team will expand the tradition by adding new events throughout the week to increase student involvement. “Our goal is to raise $25,000, and it’s not just going to be focused on t-shirt sales or a day of football,” Smith said. “We have events set up. For the whole week we have a different event, and we also have a kickoff in October for it.” The Traditions Team is also taking on the complete development of two new traditions.

Laker Remembrance will begin this year and is meant to honor Lakers who have died with a candlelight vigil. The other new tradition, the Spring Fling, is still in the works, but Smith said it will be a sort of end-of-the-year kickoff event similar to those at the beginning of the year. Ziola said that students who wish to be involved with the Traditions Team can start volunteering with the group now in order to be better known during the application and interview process. The website is still in the works but can soon be found on the OSL website.



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Professors respond to feedback on RateMyProfessor


While some students choose not to give their time to midterm and end-of-year course evaluations, many head online to evaluate their professors in a less formal venue— According to the website, the ratemyprofessors database features more than 8,000 schools and 1.8 million professors from colleges in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as 15 million student comments with more than four million students commenting each month. Reviewers are able to rank their instructors on a five-point scale in three different categories—easiness, clarity and helpfulness— and an overall score is then calculated based on averages. Because professors can be one of a student’s biggest registration worries, it’s not surprising that many students use the site to determine if they should take a particular course section to get—or avoid—a specific professor. Grand Valley State University has many highly rated professors,


CONTINUED FROM A1 more on campus, we will continuing to work on representing all students and their diverse needs.” Other senators joined with different visions to improve the university. “As a whole, senate would like to be more visible on campus,” said Andrew Plague, vice president of the political affairs committee. “As the student governing body we have a responsibility to represent the interests of our fellow Lakers. We’re planning some exciting new ways to get feedback from students so that we can better fulfill that responsibility.” The senate’s ups and downs are directly related to the senate

but a Lanthorn study of stillemployed faculty members with more than 100 reviews found five in particular who left positive impressions on their students: James Sanford - business, Steeve Buckridge – history, Dennis Stovall – accounting, Corey Anton - communications, David K. Lange - computer science. Sanford said he checks his ratemyprofessors page a few times a year but pays significantly more attention to the comments than the numbers. One of the most frequent things students mention is that he has difficult exams—and yet he’s the most highly rated professor at GVSU. “I think students like a challenging exam,” he said. “I like to think my exams are challenging, not difficult, and they’re fair.” Sanford is often called funny as well, though he said that he doesn’t try to be. “I have fun doing my class, and it comes through,” he said. Stovall said he is flattered by his 4.5 rating, but added that he’s aware the rating is neither statistically valid nor entirely complete. He even made a pact with another accounting professor back in 2004 to never

cabinet, said Anthony Clemons, vice president of the diversity affairs committee. The cabinet’s influence is why he decided to accept the nomination. “I wanted to take on this role because not only do I eat, breathe and sleep social justice advocacy, but I also think that I can be a member of cabinet who will ensure the senate has more ups than downs,” Clemons said. “I think our cabinet this year will be working extremely hard to make sure that the senate runs as smoothly as possible, at the same time allowing each and every senator to build their own experience within the governing body.” Tim Layer, vice president of the campus affairs committee, said he hopes his committee can focus on campus issues such as

look at the page again. Many of the comments on his page refer to his teaching style that requires students to use their textbooks, and even teach themselves, but Stovall isn’t worried about this. “I feel very good to know that I might encourage students to do things on (their) own,” he said. “I do not enjoy students who require hand holding.” Comments also described Stovall as a nice, helpful professor who cares about his students and their success—qualities that likely relate to his high rating. “If the students let me, I like to try to connect with them as a mentor,” Stovall said. “I do this by determining how they best can learn a concept, paying attention to their facial expressions—boredom, confusion—in class, and being available in and outside of the classroom. My standing joke is that I am the most responsive e-mailer that they will ever have at GVSU due to my total lack of social life.” Anton is unaffected by his score, though he does check the page from time to time. “I try not to look,” he said. “The first time I looked was many years ago when my father-in-law pointed the page out to me. He was happy to see a few misspellings in some of the critical student comments. But the fact that this information is public and available to anyone—even one’s relatives—was, and still is, a little embarrassing or odd at any rate.” However, Anton agrees with the comments that say he is an engaging professor. “I am fairly lively and direct in the classroom—some might say ‘intense,’” Anton said. “In the classroom, itself, at least

for the most part, I never use PowerPoint, show no videos, and basically focus by discussing the day’s readings. I require that students come with readings studied well enough to be quizzed over them, at least potentially. If I know that they will have adequately prepared in this way, I am eager to speak as directly and clearly as I can to make the readings clear, relevant and useful. I try to help open the discussion between and among young scholars. But I don’t want to own their struggle to study, and so, I am uncomfortable being highly engaging with them unless I am sure they have sufficiently tried prior to class.” Lange doesn’t put much merit in his ratemyprofessors rating and hasn’t checked the comments in several years. “I used to, but I found there are so many absolutely false statements, and that hurt,” Lange said. “I believe some students try to ‘get back at the prof’—as I have been promised when a student earns a bad grade.” That aside, Lange is still one of the most highly rated professors at GVSU, probably because he connects with his students through laughter and a dedication to their education. “My style is to blend humor and knowledge, while enjoying life,” he said. “I think back to my undergrad years and which classes I truly enjoyed attending. The class could be teaching incredibly difficult material, but if taught with humor, personal relevance and involving the students, it makes it enjoyable for the class and the instructor. Further, I realize that students are all different. I will spend countless hours with any student that wants to learn the material. Their success makes this job rewarding.”

safety, students’ rights, parking and disability services. “I enjoy being a part of the Grand Valley Student Senate and wanted to take a leadership role in my last year here,” Layer said. “The growth and improvements completed since my freshman year have been exciting to watch. I hope our committee can continue to influence and make an impact at Grand Valley.” Scott St. Louis, vice president of the educational affairs committee, said he felt driven to continue working on the committee because the projects he worked on last year were well-received by the senate and the student body. “I intend to raise student awareness about a policy issue known as open-access scholarly publishing, which

aims to increase the amount of high-quality academic research to which students throughout the world have access for their own education and projects,” St. Louis said. The senate cabinet is currently seeking students who are interested in applying for senate. “I encourage anyone with a passion for change and advocacy to apply for senate,” Clemons said. “This includes graduate students. We’re the governing body of the entire student body and I think there is a lot to be said about that. Fill out an application on our website and bring it to the senate office.” The Student Senate office is located in 0040 Kirkhof Center. For more information, visit www.gvsu. edu/studentsenate.

Robert Mathews | GVL

Inside UBS: Junior Sean Chareat browses book shelves, searching for his fall textbooks at the University Bookstore.

Flood of book orders shuts down system BY RYAN JARVI NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

A few Grand Valley State University students who ordered textbooks online early in the summer through the University Bookstore were rewarded, but those waiting until the last minute weren’t able to place an online order or view other purchasing options through GVSU Choose. For the second year in a row, UBS helped a few lucky students with college expenses by holding its Textbook Giveaway Contest, but due to a large number of last minute, online textbook orders, the bookstore had to shut down its online ordering system, which also closed off the GVSU Choose program to students. The GVSU Choose program allows students to view other options through which to purchase books when shopping online. “We invested in this program because it was in the students’ best interests for us to do so,” said Jerrod Nickels, manager of UBS. “It (also) helps UBS by demonstrating that our pricing is, in fact, highly competitive. While we do not always offer the least expensive online option, our pricing is very competitive and we want our student customers to be able to see that for themselves.” Because the GVSU Choose program is connected to the

The contest is designed to encourage students to order their books early in the summer so that we have adequate time for processing fall textbook orders.

Jerrod Nickels UBs manager

bookstore’s online ordering system, both had to be shut down when the bookstore couldn’t keep up with demand. “It would be our preference to keep both online ordering and GVSU Choose in place,” Nickels said. “However, if we receive 500 orders per night and we know that we can reasonably expect to process only 200 orders per day, we have to make the tough decision to shut down both systems.” Nickels said winners were chosen randomly based on online textbook orders to the bookstore that were received before Aug. 11. “The contest is designed to encourage students to order their books early in the summer so that we have adequate time for processing fall textbook orders,” Nickels said. Though students weren’t able to place online orders through the bookstore or view other online options through GVSU Choose, they were still able to lookup which textbooks they needed for class. “Although it pains us to shut down GVSU Choose and online ordering, if we can’t offer our customers a high level of service, we prefer not to offer the service at all,” Nickels said. “Both space and human resources are considerations when it comes to leaving website ordering active for a longer period. We hope that once we are in the new store, we will be able to process more orders faster and perhaps keep online ordering and GVSU Choose active throughout the semester.” The new University Bookstore, which will be housed in the Marketplace Building, is scheduled to open spring of 2015 and will have a larger sales floor than the current store. “The new store will more than double our current sales floor and will allow us to significantly increase the products and services we are able to offer our students,” Nickels said. “In addition to being more spacious and comfortable, the new store should be a very exciting destination for students through its innovative design, interactive shopping elements and increased product lines, including an expanded technology store and custom imprinting.”




Who Are You & Why Are You Here? BY garrick see GSEE@LANTHORN.COM

As you may already know, there’s been a behemoth of new and unfamiliar faces around campus lately, which means that it’s the new semester and people from all over Michigan, the United States and even the world are right here right now. Oh, how I enjoy

seeing excited and nervous faces while they’re trying to figure themselves out in this place. I remember my first time here in the States and how lucky I was to arrive during a harsh wintertime. I was excited, nervous, shy, unsure and unaware of where my place is, but eventually I got through it seeing as I’m writing to you now. It’s always scary going to a new place and experiencing something different like college life. I was lucky enough to want to be independent and


WHAT CHANGES OR INITIATIVES DO YOU HOPE TO SEE GVSU PURSUE THIS SCHOOL YEAR? “I wish for GVSU to increase the accessibility of wireless networks on campus. Also, general expansion of university buildings is also nice!”


Freshman Anthropology major Dimondale, Mich.

“The sprinkler system that waters everything but the lawn. I hope to see it fixed/adjusted to keep the students dry on the walk to class.”


Sophomore Engineering major Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

“I would like to see Grand Valley pursue more campus-wide integrating events like concerts and large events like that.”


Junior Film and Video Production major Manchester, Mich.

not have to worry that I’m thousands of miles away from my home, but that isn’t always the case for everybody. Some of you may be from the east side or up north while some of you could be from Chicago or Ohio or somewhere nearby. Then there are the international students from all over the world. I was involved in a meet-and-greet with the new students recently and I could tell from their faces that most of them were happy to be here. We talked about the life and culture

here, what it’s like living with Americans, certain ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s, and even about drinking. Just by looking at them I could tell that they’ll be fine here, but there’s always some insecurities that lie beneath. Regardless of where you’re from, just remember that trying something new is a way of life and how we progress to becoming better. Right now, you may be scared of speaking up in class or joining a club you’re interested in or even talking to someone new, but you’ve already taken the

first step in coming here, so all the other things are just incentives. And for those returning students who have the been-there-and-done-that attitude, go make yourself available to those new students and help them get settled here. There’s nothing more comforting than a friend trying to ease the pressure. I know it’s always easier to stick with your own friends and not really bother with anyone else, but to be honest, it’s not healthy. Be that guy or girl

stepping out of the pack and venturing into new territories. Read all the books and listen to all the experts and they’ll tell you that trying something new—in itself—is a gift and a privilege that not everyone has. But you do have it, and you are going to use it this school year. You are going to be different and you will absolutely love it. As Dr. Seuss once said, “Think left and think right, and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”



Over the next year, the Lanthorn will provide you countless opportunties to engage in conversation about the GVSU community. Here’s chance No. 1: Well, congratulations on choosing to spend another year with us at Grand Valley State University—and thanks for picking up the Lanthorn. This year, the Lanthorn staff prepares to celebrate 50 years of newspapers at GVSU. That’s 50 years of sleepless production nights, 50 years of pestering administrators and exercising our right to know where our tuition money’s going, and 50 years of enduring harassment as we seek to expose the hidden or disfigured truths of university operations (and I mean harassment— one of our earliest editors was charged by the Ottawa County Circuit Court for obscenity, and our paper was consequently shut down). But just like truth, itself, our newspaper has endured, even as it passed through countless ink-stained hands. Sure, it’s had a few facelifts. We’ve taken the news to the Internet with an improved webpage and created mobile apps to keep up with the times, but our pursuit of the truth is as firm and fervent as ever. If you stick with us, you can expect to read balanced reports of university proceedings and occurrences, as well

as community recaps. We’ll keep you up to speed on the activity of GVSU’s various governance boards, including the Student Senate, Board of Trustees and University Academic Senate; the prolific Laker sports programs; the university’s and Grand Rapids’ budding artists; the unique people who make up the student body; and more. If we neglect to cover a topic of your interest or if you ever have a concern or question about the university that you want addressed, send a tip to any one of our editors either by dropping by the office in the basement of the Kirkhof Center or by emailing us. We’ll launch an investigation and write up a piece with all the answers you’re looking for. While we enjoy working for your educational gains, we also value your potential contributions as writers, photographers and artists. We want to get our readers involved in the conversation, so we’ve opened a number of different mediums for you to be printed or have your voice heard. The easiest way is to comment on our online stories or submit Letters to the Editor. We’ll generally pull a few to run in print. We also solicit student opinions for

our Question of the Issue, so if you’d like to have your photo printed, linger outside our office door on production days. Following each issue, take the time to answer our Question of the Issue poll on our website so we can better understand our readership. Finally, we know how exciting it can be to see your name in print, so we like to offer our readers the chance to gain recognition for their work. We accept student and faculty submissions for a Your Space page, which will highlight creative writing pieces, photography and art by talented readers. Send your best work to, and you might just see it published. So to recap, we want to keep you informed and get you involved. For this next year at GVSU, whether you’re starting your first freshman term or preparing for your last, let us be the bearers of news—good or bad—and we won’t let you down. Get on our website at www.lanthorn. com, follow us on our main Twitter account (@GVLanthorn) or various section accounts, like us on Facebook, download our app, keep up with our Instagram and just hang with us. We’re glad to have you around.


“I hope the school can devote more of its energy toward the arts. Maybe a new PAC?”

Tyler francavilla Super Senior English major Walled Lake, Mich.

“This year I hope to see Grand Valley do even better of a job with on-campus environmental issues.”

Yolanda Hamilton Senior Geology Southfield, Mich.

Welcome Week heat and the skin you live in BY JOE HOGAN JHOGAN@LANTHORN.COM

GVL OPINION POLICY The goal of the Grand Valley Lanthorn’s opinion page is to act as a forum for public discussion, comment and criticism in the Grand Valley State University community. Student opinions published here do not necessarily reflect those of the paper as an entity. The Grand Valley Lanthorn aims to be a safe vehicle for community discussion. The Lanthorn will not publish or entertain any forms of hate speech, but will not discriminate against any other views, opinions or beliefs. The content, information and views expressed are not approved by nor necessarily represent those of the university, its Board of Trustees, officers, faculty or staff. Reader submissions on the opinion page appear as space permits, and are reserved for letters to the editor only, all other reader-generated content can be submitted to the Grand

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Move-in day at college is always hot—a wet hot that inhabits all the intimate places of your body you forget about when the weather is mild: the cracks in your skin, the back of your neck, the space in between each toe. You become keenly aware of your flesh and its aesthetic shortcomings in such conditions: sweat makes your clothes stick to skin at areas that do not compliment your shape. You feel conscious of your body—the way it looks, moves, bends and gyrates. You uncomfortably lift a heavy box of school supplies or toiletries. Your cotton shirt darkens under the arms and at the back. You look down at yourself—at the areas where sweat has accumulated. You feel other eyes on you. You get the keen sense that you are an organism, a piece of flesh, exposed to the hot sun and the judgment of others. And this feeling is likely to stay with you as you encounter your first

roommates, their parents, everyone in your hall, your classmates and professors. Completely uprooted from the comfort and solace of home, you move from place to place—from your dorm room to someone else’s; from your residence hall to Kirkhof, to the new library, to the fieldhouse and the Rec Center. You’ll be thrust into the presence of unfamiliar others—a great deal of them—and do all the smiling and the greeting and the getto-knowing that you feel you should do during the first week of college. And, through it all, you will inevitably feel exposed, on display. Reflecting on this difficulty presents a challenging question: what will it take to feel comfortable in your own skin? The most common answers come in platitudinous form. You are informed, by well-wishing uncles and family friends, reflecting on their long-gone college days, that you should go out and meet new people

during welcome week! College, they say, isn’t college without the freshman dorm experience—the community showers, the open-door policy. In fact, the beauty of these things is crystalized in the first few weeks of school! The implication of these assertions is that, if you just “put yourself out there,” you will end up making a slew of new friends and gain valuable life experiences, etc. Your uncle’s energetic, joyously nostalgic propositions would, of course, be more comforting if they came with some credible guarantee—a guarantee that simply cannot be made in a wholly satisfying way. Still, if you ask almost any senior, he or she will likely corroborate your uncle’s story. You will forge friendships, you will experience things that your former self—the self tethered to the familiarities of home— would not have guessed, and would not have been able to digest without the wisdom that the new you has gained. But even these insights,

however true you will discover they are, smack of cliché and probably do no good to the many anxious and homesick freshmen who, for the first few weeks, wander campus feeling exposed and utterly vulnerable. One real comfort, and possibly a non-cliché, is the assurance that as I write this, I am positively certain, thanks to the many times I’ve heard my friends reflect on the early weeks of their first year, that this vulnerability is felt by almost all freshmen. It is a universal truth: no one can escape the feeling of being exposed. In fact, it is this feeling that provides solidarity to the freshman class—that defines, at its root, the “college experience.” I suspect, in the August of ’76, when your uncle arrived at college, it was as hot and humid and uncomfortable as it is today. Something tells me it’s a good thing we don’t move in during the pleasant warmth of spring or the cool serenity of fall. Better it’s humid, muggy, exposing.


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Haas speaks at Convocation Fifty years ago, Grand Valley State University welcomed its first students, its pioneer class. On Aug. 23 during Convocation at the Fieldhouse Arena, faculty and staff members welcomed the newest Lakers, who represent the Class of 2017. The venue was different, and the technology has, of course, changed, but the messages presented by speakers during Convocation likely had similar themes to those presented in 1963: GVSU is a student-centered institution that offers a liberal education. President Thomas J. Haas told first-year students that a liberal education remains the cornerstone of GVSU. “We want a diploma from Grand Valley to signal to employers and to the community that you are a critical thinker,” Haas said, adding, “you value diversity of thought and you understand the complexity of the world and

the value of teamwork.” Haas urged new students to take advantage of the university’s newest facilities: the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and the L. William Seidman Center. He said those facilities and many other resources available on campus will help students apply knowledge and achieve. During his opening address to faculty and staff members prior to Convocation, Haas said GVSU’s course over the past 50 years has set the stage for future success, particularly in challenging financial times. He reminded the audience that enrollment remains critical, calling it job No. 1. “No public university is as enrollment dependent as Grand Valley is,” he said. “Steady enrollment is essential for our financial model. We must promise what we can deliver and deliver on the promises we make to

students and to each other.” Other Convocation speakers shared advice with new students. Karen Gipson, chair of the University Academic Senate, explained how her recovery from a 2010 stroke somewhat parallels the journey first-year students have before them. Gipson, associate professor of physics, said her recovery was dependent on four principles — good fortune, excellent support, persistence and patience. Each of those qualities will help students be successful, she said. Ricky Benavidez, president of Student Senate, recalled being afraid of attending his first college class in 2009. He told students that GVSU quickly became a home for him, and the many new faces he saw quickly became his friends. “Grand Valley offers you a chance to expand your minds and views,” Benavidez said. “This is your turn to lead your own future.”

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SHORTS Fritts named to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

Former Grand Valley State University midfielder Allyson Fritts of the women’s lacrosse team has been added to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II Academic Honor Roll. Fritts, who was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team in May, was a standout performer both on and off the field for the Lakers. The 2013 GLIAC Attacker of the Year notched 56 goals during her senior season, helping the team to a conference record of 8-0. The two-time captain from Howell, Mich., finished her career as a Laker with 81 goals and 106 points. Fritts, who graduated with a degree in health professions, will continue her education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services this fall.

Tennis program adds four men and women

John Black, head coach of the Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s tennis teams, has announced the addition of four players who will join the program for the 2013-2014 season. The men’s roster will be bolstered by three new players, as freshmen Billy Heckman, Jack Heiniger and Brad Plaisier hope to add depth to a GVSU team that finished with an 8-3 GLIAC record last season. Black also announced the addition of Carola Orna to the women’s team, a junior who transferred from William Carey University (Miss.). The women’s team will kick off the 2013-14 season on a three-game Ohio road trip starting Sep. 6 at Malone College at 12 p.m.

Women’s tennis team earns academic honors

The Grand Valley State University women’s tennis team has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 academic year. To qualify for an ITA All-Academic Team award, teams must attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above. GVSU was one of three GLIAC teams to earn the award. Leah Dancz, Allison Fecko, Kali Phillips, Lexi Rice and Kelly Trapp were recognized as ITA Scholar Athletes (varsity letter winners, 3.50 GPA).


Going up: Sophomore Betsy Ronda eyed the ball at one of the 2012 women’s volleyball games. With a successful freshman year under her belt, Ronda, who is known for her positivity and enthusiasm on the court, is preparing to lead the 2013 team to a winning season.

Sophomore Sensation

Ronda aims to build off of historic freshman year BY JAY BUSHEN ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

Sophomore Betsy Ronda’s cup is never half-empty. Ronda’s knack for staying positive will play an important role for the Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team this season, as the 2012 GLIAC Freshman of the Year looks to lead the Lakers to the top of the conference. The young Laker has plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic about her career thus far. Her rookie season wound up being one for the record books, as the outside hitter became the first freshman in school history to garnish All-GLIAC First Team honors. GVSU head coach Deanna Scanlon said it all starts with Ronda’s attitude. “Betsy just has a demeanor about her—she brings an energy,” Scanlon said. “She’s never going to look at something

in a negative way. In volleyball you have to forget about mistakes, and to have that demeanor is so helpful.” Ronda’s positive mind-set makes her a natural leader on the court, both vocally and statistically. The former standout from East Grand Rapids High School led the team in kills (390) and aces (32) last year, which led to her being named a team captain in the offseason. Her upbeat state of mind seems to keep her and her teammates from dwelling on a bad play. “My role is to be loud, stay positive and lead by example,” she said. Ronda also tallied a team-high 19 double-doubles as a freshman, starting in all 33 matches. In her mind, there is still plenty of room for improvement. “I can still improve everywhere,” she said. “Consistency is the big thing. Especially after last season,

I know there will be an expectation to be consistent. I came in with the mindset that I will always have to work as hard as I possibly can.” Ronda joined an elite class after being named the GLIAC’s top freshman, placing her name alongside GVSU greats Colleen Murphy (1987), Carrie Baker (1991) and Rebeccah Rapin (2007). Each of her predecessors went on to earn multiple AVCA AllMidwest Region honors. Junior teammate Abby Aiken said Ronda is far more concerned with the team’s accomplishments than her own individual accolades. “She knows that was last year,” Aiken said. “Betsy understands that she has to keep improving. She wants everyone around her to be better, and she’s focused on the team’s success.” The Lakers will rely heavily on




Armstrong anchors the Laker offense

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Ronda this season, as the team hopes to improve on a 25-8 campaign that ended with a 3-1 loss to Hillsdale College in the Midwest Regional Tournament. If she is able to elevate her game to an even higher level, it could mean big things for GVSU. Scanlon said she is pleased to be coaching such a unique talent, who turned down offers from Division I schools before making Allendale her home. “We knew all along that this was the right place for her,” Scanlon said. “It’s very hard for freshmen to come in and make that sort of impact at the college level. We’re just glad we got her.” Ronda and the Lakers will begin their season at the Riverfront Hotel Grand Rapids Classic on Sep. 6, as the Lakers square off against Adelphi University at 1 p.m. before taking on St. Leo University at 7 p.m.


On a streak: The men’s and women’s rowing teams work toward another championship.

Lucky number seven? Rowing looks to win seventh consecutive title


Winning one national title earns you the reputation of being a strong program. Six? That cements your place as a dynasty. The Grand Valley State University rowing club is gearing up for another championship year as it returns strong teams from both the men and women. “This fall season is going to be exciting, especially with the group that we have coming back,” Head Coach John Bancheri said. The Laker Navy is coming off its sixth straight American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship. As the six-peat capped off an impressive spring for the Lakers, Bancheri said he believes his team can carry over the energy that was generated during its championship run. “Those championships come from dedication and hard work in the off-season,” Bancheri said. “We will continue to compete at a national level as

long as our will to work stays a consistent level.” For any program, it’s difficult to retain focus year after year. The ability to do so is something Bancheri said is the strong point of his program. “Keeping the fight in our kids is never an issue,” he said. “We are consistently led by a group of upperclassmen, which really makes our jobs easier.” GVSU faces the uphill battle of many successful programs with having to replace a group of seniors that anchored the rowing program for the past four years. “It’s a challenge that myself and our staff face every year,” Bancheri said. “We have started to gain high school recruits from around the area recently. Credit our recent program development which gets the word out to many athletes among the area.” Senior Costas Cuingan leads the men’s varsity SEE ROWING ON B2

Grand Valley State University senior center Matt Armstrong may never score a touchdown in his career, but that doesn’t mean his role on the football team’s offense is any less important. When you never hear about the offensive line, it’s usually a good thing. It means they’re doing their job and protecting the quarterback or creating holes in the running game, so in that regard, it wouldn’t be surprising if you never heard of Armstrong. However, if you talk to anyone around the GVSU football program and ask them to name the best all-around players on the team, Armstrong’s name is sure to come up. “Charles (Johnson) was our best player last year, (and) I think Matt Armstrong is our best football player this year,” junior quarterback Heath Parling said. “He knows how to bring a group along. He leads that offensive line group and the offense as a whole.” Even early on in his career, Armstrong made it clear that he was a special talent. As a redshirt freshman, he was named All-GLIAC Honorable Mention and the GVSU

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Offensive Rookie of the Year. He would go onto start for GVSU in the national championship game that season. “That guy is probably the only guy remaining that has played in any huge games around here,” Parling said. “He knows what it takes. He knows what you have to do to win a lot of games.” As Armstrong enters his sixth

ARMSTRONG season in the GVSU program after redshirting his freshman year and undergoing a medical redshirt in 2011 to remove dead bone, his experience makes him an obvious leader for the 2013 Lakers. While he may not be the most vocal leader, the leadership he does bring to the SEE ARMSTRONG ON B2

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Grand Valley State University varsity athletic programs have won a collective 15 national championship titles since the university’s inception. Moriah Muscaro, GVSU’s baton yielding majorette and Laker marching band

feature twirler, took home 10 titles in a single summer. Traveling nearly every weekend since the 2013 winter semester concluded, Muscaro, who often practices upwards of six hours a day during the summer and has committed 10 to 12 routines to memory, has little familiarity with downtime—or, lately, losing. Competing in events as







far west as Las Vegas, as far

east as Maryland and as far south as Florida, Muscaro has consistently placed tops in the nation among BIG 10, PAC 12, ACC and SEC college twirler peers, leaving her mark and expanding GVSU’s growing legacy everywhere she travels. It’s an opportunity to act as an ambassador that she does not take lightly for herself, her school or her sport, competing exclusively in her GVSU garb and putting a positive spin on relatively unknown GVSU and baton twirling worlds. “I think it’s really fun to get to, as I call, it ‘spread the good news of Grand Valley,’ tell people what a little hidden gem we have and all of the really cool things about Grand Valley,” Muscaro said. “I get to show that by my twirling, so I twirl and wear my Grand Valley uniform and it makes it really fun. We’re going to put it (Grand Valley) on the map in the baton world.” It hasn’t always been easy—Muscaro didn’t take home her first Miss Majorette of Michigan title until she was in the sixth grade and spends what little free time she has volunteering at nursing homes and shadowing doctors in hopes of one day becoming a physician, but her dedication to her craft has never floundered. A twirler from the age of five, Muscaro wasted little time in

pursuing lofty aspirations. “It’s something that I did in college and high school, introduced it to her and she picked it up at age five,” said Rhonda Muscaro, Moriah’s mother and coach until fifth grade. “Her first contest was in August the summer before she went to kindergarten, and she’s always worked very hard at it. Now through nothing more than hard work, she’s reached the top of the sport.” Muscaro returns to Allendale from what she notes as her “most successful summer” to date with a treasure trove of accolades including NBTA World Open Strut two-baton and three-baton championships, Miss TU World Majorette, TU International Solo Champion, WTA National Miss College Majorette, Senior Women’s Grand National Solo, Collegiate Halftime Women’s Champion, Congressional Cup All-Around Champion and College Miss Majorette of Michigan and the Great Lakes honors, among other distinctions, designating her twirling prowess. Muscaro isn’t quite finished yet, either. A runner-up to win the college Miss Majorette of America two years straight, Muscaro is decidedly inclined to end her second place streak in the event. When Muscaro isn’t performing at GVSU football and basketball

games, marching with the band, keeping her skills sharp at the Recreation Center, or applying to medical schools, she works to qualify next year to compete as a member of the American team in world competition. “I would just like to go out on a high note,” Muscaro said. “I’m going to be applying to med school next summer, so I really only have one more summer and two years left of twirling. I just want to go out knowing that I gave it my all.” GVSU and Muscaro, both accomplished in their own right and spinning in upward trajectories, have yet to experience championships on a world stage. If both have their way, that lack will be shortly remedied—no stage left too daunting to conquer. “Moriah’s great and she just came out of nowhere, really, over the past three years because she has the desire,” said baton coach Joe Rowe, who has worked with Muscaro for several years now. “She really decided that she wanted to do it and has great fortitude and perseverance—she knows exactly what she wants. She did a routine five times at Notre Dame University and only one time did she have a drop. She just turned in flawless performances and that’s what makes her great.”


varsity crew as it prepares for a demanding fall schedule. “We have a lot of matchups against some high level programs,” Cuingan said. “Obviously the Head of the Charles is what everyone points out on our schedule, but it’s important we keep our focus throughout the fall.” In the 2012-13 season, the women’s novice crew had an impressive season going unbeaten throughout the entire year. Eyes will be on this group of rowers as many of them will take on their first varsity season. “That group of girls turned many heads last year,” Bancheri said. “It will be a big adjustment for them as they will face tougher competition, but I believe they are ready for the challenge.” Before key events such as the Head of the Charles, it’s imperative the freshman adjust to the speed of varsity races. Making the leap from novice to varsity is a huge wake up call for many second year rowers. “I remember when I competed in my first varsity race, how much more intense everything was,” senior Shelby Welbaum said. “It’s important to just remember your training during the race.” The rowers of the Laker Navy will get their feet wet Sept. 28 when they compete for the first time this fall at the Grand River Challenge in Grand Rapids.


ARMSTRONG CONTINUED FROM B1 team remains just as important. “I just try to come to practice every day and lead by example, and hopefully others see me doing things as hard as I can, and hopefully they follow,” Armstrong said. One of the most unique characteristics of Armstrong is his ability to be multidimensional. While he excels at the center position, there’s not much he can’t do when it comes to playing on the offensive line. “He’s a dominant player that can play any of the five sports,” head coach Matt Mitchell said. “He’s definitely an NFL prospect, so it’s nice to have that guy up front who can do things. I’m excited that he’s back. He can make the calls and he’s at the attack point.

If we get a heavy nose guard or something, we know he won’t be overwhelmed. He can handle that too. He’s a dominant player at Division II, so having him up front is a big thing for us.”

He’s a dominant player at Division II so having him up front is a big thing.

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After receiving a plethora of awards throughout his career, including being named to this season’s Lindy’s

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival's 20th Anniversary presents

September 27–October 6, 2013

Our production takes place just as World War I is ending, and soldiers returning home from the reality of war are caught up in the “merry war” of wits between the sexes. September 27, 28, October 3*, 4, and 5 . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. September 29, October 5 and 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 p.m. September 30, October 1 and 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 a.m.**

Theatre at Grand Valley presents

Preseason First-Team All-American, Armstrong has still continued to refine his talents in each off-season. “I worked on mainly technique,” he said. “As an offensive lineman you have to have great technique. It’s a hard position. That was my focus in the summer and so far through camp and the rest of camp.” With new faces on the offensive line and the entire offense, the Lakers will look to lean on Armstrong to lead the line, which could make or break the GVSU offense this season. “We’re plugging in some new pieces,” Armstrong said. “We’ll have to gain some experience through camp with a lot of reps, but I think we got a lot of potential and if we keep working hard, I think we’ll be a great line.”

GVSU Opera Theatre presents

January 31-Febuary 9, 2014 Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. January 31, February 1, 7, and 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. February 2 and 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 p.m.

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March 28-April 5, 2014 A full evening of new short stories, six romantic relationships play out against the backdrops of the Garden

November 15–23, 2013

of Eden, cemeteries, zombies, magic, New Agers and

The play examines the life of one child over a 40-year period and is based on interviews with other kinder who spent the war years with foster families in Britain never to see their families again.

fortunetellers. Expect an evening of love from a smart and

November 15, 16, 21, and 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. November 17 and 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 p.m.

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March 28, 29, April 3 and 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. March 30 and April 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 p.m. Contains adult language and content.

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Take to the field: An intramural softball team from a past season celebrates its championship victory. The intramural sports program has significantly grown since it first started, and officials are looking to expand it to involve even more students.

IM program expands, develops new website


While we may not all be Division II caliber athletes, that doesn’t mean we have to stop playing the sports we love. With the Grand Valley State University intramural sports program, the game doesn’t end after the last high school buzzer. Over the past decade, GVSU has developed a successful intramural sports program. John Rosick, assistant director of Campus Recreation, has been around GVSU intramurals a long time and has watched the program grow significantly. “We have it great; it’s a great place to be,” Rosick said. “The students are tremendously interested in our program, and I think they really buy into what we do. We have grown by 55 percent in my time here with the program and within that 55 percent, our campus participants have grown by 35 percent.” In looking for ways to improve the experience of students and staff who participate in intramural sports, GVSU developed a new website called that allows for more convenient access to league schedules as well as creating and joining teams. “We are trying to make it easier for the staff and the students,” Rosick said. “It’s a one stop shop for intramurals. It has the social aspect like Facebook and we are really excited about it. In the past we have had to do paper and pencil scheduling and mandatory captains meetings. This includes everything all together. You can create teams, join teams, or become a free agent. The site is linked up with our intramural sports website.” The easier access to participating in intramural sports will contribute to another goal of the program: expansion. Rosick said that although the number of participants currently involved with intramurals is very high, he would like to see that number climb even more. “We always have a goal of growth,” he said. “We have a 95 percent satisfaction rate to begin with and we are always looking to make that number even higher. We are also looking for increased satisfaction

with our officials, which is always our biggest challenge.” Kyle Bowen has worked for campus recreation for five years, beginning as an official before working his way up to an event planner for intramurals. “The intramural program is getting better and better every year,” Bowen said. “There are always new ideas and fundraisers, and I think it comes down to the people. The people are what make the program.”

This (site) includes everything all together. You can create teams, join teams or become a free agent.

John rosick assistant director of campus recreation

To celebrate the people involved, GVSU intramurals is planning an event for students toward the end of the fall semester. “We are trying to have some fun as the semester unfolds,” Bowen said. “Right now we are calling it a wild card event because we don’t really know how it will play out.” For now, though, it works to provide students a healthy outlet and a means of forming positive campus memories away from homework and tests. “Participating in my first year of intramural sports exposed me to an employment opportunity that I will never forget,” said Gavin Peoples, an intramural sports participant and official. “The positive atmosphere doing what I love has me convinced that it is truly the best job on campus. This officiating experience has taught me many life skills and the relationships that I have developed will be ones that will last a lifetime. ”






The first Grand Valley State University sporting event I attended was in 2005 when our family visited my sister, who was currently attending GVSU, and we decided to take in a football game. Just from that visit, I knew I was going to attend GVSU. I didn’t bother applying to any other places for probably the same reasons you all chose to become a Laker. We all have taken our own unique and different paths to get to this point. Mine started with that football game and was eventually followed by three years of classes that were filled with lectures and class projects. I also managed to cover every sport at GVSU from football to equestrian, and to top it all off, I experienced my own run in with the Ottawa County Police and a

visit with Judge Kenneth Post. This will be my third year at the Lanthorn, and my second semester as sports editor. I won’t lie to you, the fact that GVSU has strong athletic programs from top to bottom makes doing this job a lot more fun. Losing is no fun and can be depressing, and as a Cubs fan, I have to deal with losing enough as it is. Football might be the more popular fall sport around here, but that doesn’t mean GVSU doesn’t have any other sports that aren’t worth your time. The women’s soccer team enters this season with the No. 2 preseason ranking and has been a model of consistency over the years as it aims to make its fifth consecutive trip to the Final Four, while the women’s cross country team is looking to defend its national title and earn its third championships in four years. Many of you know the football team opens up its season on Sept. 7, but it’s the women’s volleyball team who kick-starts the fall sports season for GVSU the day before the football opener. The team is coming off a runner-up finish in the Midwest Regional Tournament, but sported a young roster last season as it had only six upperclassmen. The swim and dive, tennis and golf programs all have individuals who are some of the best in the conference, and the teams

are always in contention for a GLIAC title. However, most eyes will be on the football program this fall. It’s been three years since GVSU has seen the playoffs, and the expectations are always high at this time of the year. The only guarantee is that half of the students will leave the home games by halftime. It’s surreal to see everything come full circle. From my first GVSU football game to now covering that very team. Saying “time flew by” is really cliché, but you realize as you enter your final semester, it couldn’t be truer. Whether you’re a freshman nervously planning how to “play it cool” when you walk into your classes for the first time, or a senior planning the next part of your life, we’re all after the 15 second span when we hear our name announced (probably still butchered even though we wrote out the pronunciation), get our diploma and shake President Haas’s hand. Just don’t forget to take the time and relish this part of your life. You don’t want to feel like you missed out on anything. “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them,” Andy Bernard explained on The Office. We’re in the good old days, so go out and enjoy it.



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Trailblazing student dazzles at Convocation BY AUDRA GAMBLE AGAMBLE@LANTHORN.COM

When Grand Valley State University senior Elizabeth Dugan sang “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” before a packed Fieldhouse at the August Convocation, the “Sound of Music” song held a personal and symbolic meaning for her as the first in her family to attend college. “The song speaks toward finding and obtaining your dream no matter the struggles that you must face along the way,” Dugan said. “This speaks directly toward my own journey.” Dugan’s own academic quest has come with its own challenges, but the Bath, Mich., native continues to meet them head on. The GVSU senior is one of eight children and is the first in her family to pursue education at the university level— embarking on the journey with only her own determination to guide her. The success she has found is a result of her perseverance and selfreliance. “I am the first of seven siblings, two parents and four grandparents to be continuing in higher education,” Dugan said. “As a result, the entire collegiate experience has been one of selfdetermination and discovery.” Though now a Laker, Dugan did not begin her education at GVSU.

Before transferring to GVSU in 2012, she attended Lansing Community College for two years. As Dugan is the first one in her family to pursue a collegiate degree, she had to learn the ropes herself. “Neither of my parents had gone to a

I cannot imagine life without the job of making music.

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university or anything,” Dugan said. “They had no idea what to do or how to help. So, the downfall of that was I had no idea how to do anything, other than to look it up online.” This did not deter her. “I have supported myself fiscally [throughout] my entire academic endeavor, often working two or three jobs at a time in order to do so,” she said. “The most jobs I have held at one time [were] five.” Despite the challenges she has faced in pursuing a university-level education, Dugan consistently finds success. On top of the opportunity

to sing at Convocation, last winter semester she placed in the GVSU Music Department’s Concerto Competition 2013. She was one of two GVSU students selected to perform as a featured soloist, singing with the GVSU Symphony Orchestra. Dale Schriemer, Dugan’s voice professor, praises her efforts. “She sings beautifully and she rises to the challenge,” Schriemer said. “I know she appreciates (the opportunity). Her performance (at Convocation) was well received, earning a standing ovation from the entire Fieldhouse.” The fact that Dugan has followed her dreams to college serves as an inspiration. “She’s the first college-bound in the family,” Schriemer said. “Now, she has younger brothers and sisters who I think will go to school. She’s blazing a trail, in a way, for her family.” And Dugan will continue to blaze the trail, as she said she hopes go on to get a Master’s degree in vocal pedagogy after graduating in the spring. “Singing is like air to me,” she said. “I cannot imagine life without the joy of making music. Creating music has allowed me such joy that I want to give that passion and joy to others.”

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Trailblazer: Elizabeth Dugan’s performance of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” brought Convocation attendees to their feet in a standing ovation.

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Lakers for a Lifetime: Students danced, whooped and cheered at last week’s Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff party. The event included everything from a DJ to free pizza and a corn toss competition, and it was the first of many major events hosted by the Office of Student Life’s new Traditions Team.

Lifetime Lakers kick off school year


As the freshmen class at Grand Valley State University was led out of the Fieldhouse following orientation, shouts of “Go Lakers” and the infamous “GV Nation” could be heard loud and clear over the sound of the GVSU marching band at this year’s Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff party. Hosted by the Future Alumni Association, Omicron Delta

Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Student Senate, this event set into motion the fun-filled year planned by the Laker Traditions Team. Based on the turnout at this year’s celebration, the Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff party has grown not only in attendance numbers, but also in activities provided. From dancing and corn toss competitions to free pizza and community service opportunities, this year’s event

dwarfs the pilot kickoff held last year at Robinson Field. “Last year we had tiedye and ice cream, this year we had a DJ and more people than we could have hoped for,” Student Senate President Ricardo Benavidez said. “The effort put into this event is quite obvious from the results that we received.” Planned and executed by students themselves, the Laker for a Lifetime Kickoff party is

a collaborative event between all involved and required dedication and an “out of the box” type approach. Heading up this ambitious project was senior Alyssa Smith, department chair of the event. “A lot of time and effort was put into this event since it was the first of its kind,” Smith said. “My coordinator (Erika Noth) and all the volunteers who helped were so supportive.” Student Life Director

Michelle Burke oversaw the newly established Laker Traditions Team, which organized the event. “When you look on Twitter the first thing that students say is ‘where is the party,’ and where better to have a party than on campus surrounded by your classmates?” Burke said. Whether students participated by dancing near the DJ, eating pizza

under the tent or by simply observing the event and meeting new people, the kickoff celebration for the 2013-2014 school year allowed for a supportive experience for students. “The party was such an amazing experience,” freshmen Ashley Tallarico said. “It helped me meet new people and it was great to just be crazy with all the freshmen.”

Hal Sparks comedy show to visit GV campus BY BEN GLICK BGLICK@LANTHORN.COM

The first week back to school can put students through the ringer. Contending with new schedules, living arrangements and unfamiliar instructors can be an ordeal. Spotlight Productions hopes to ease some of that stress with a free comedy show. “Comedians are something that everyone can enjoy,” said Corey Orvis, the vice president of marketing at Spotlight Productions. “Everyone loves to laugh. It’s inherent in all of us. Bringing comedy acts to GVSU lets students take a break from class work, studying and homework and just have fun and laugh. What better way to kick off the semester than with a comedian?” On Aug. 28, Spotlight Productions welcomes comedian Hal Sparks to the Kirkhof East Lawn. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and wraps up around 9 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the show will

take place in the Grand River Room located in the Kirkhof Center. Sparks is most well-known for his commentary and guest appearances on television, movies and radio. He appeared as a frequent commentator for the nostalgia series “I Love the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.” Sparks also makes regular appearances on “The Joy Behar Show” and “The View” when he’s not hosting his own progressive radio talk show based in Chicago “The Hal Sparks Radio Program.” Sparks is no stranger to West Michigan, recently performing in Grand Rapids at the B.O.B on Aug. 1. “When we learned that Sparks was so willing to come back, we were more than happy to accommodate him,” said Chelsea Pulice, adviser for Spotlight Productions. Sparks’ comedy reflects observations made over his long career in popular culture, current events and politics. In 2012, Sparks hit the tour circuit with the “Politics, Sex and Religion Tour,” which swings

through GVSU Wednesday. Opening for Sparks is student comedian and winner of the 2013 edition of the stand-up competition Last Laker Standing, Jacob Guajardo. “Opening for (Sparks) is a dream come true,” Guajardo said. “It was a little short notice. Spotlight shot me a text asking if I’d like to do it, and I jumped at the opportunity. I’m very excited.” Guajardo, a double major in creative writing and gender studies at GVSU, became interested in comedy through performing at open mic shows put on by Spotlight Productions. “I would play some silly songs on my ukulele at their shows, which were accompanied by some witty banter in between,” Guajardo said. “People always laughed at me. I figured doing stand up was the next step in my performance walk-of-shame.” Guajardo, who is in talks with Spotlight Productions to begin hosting the comedy open mic

Courtesy | Spotlight Productions

Last Laker Standing: Jacob Guajardo, winner of GVSU’s comedy competition, aims to entertain as Sparks’ opening act.

nights, will bring his unique brand of humor to the show Wednesday night, warming audiences up for Sparks’ witty social commentary. “Everyone who has seen (Guajardo) perform loves what he can do,” said Tim Hartland, executive vice president of Spotlight Productions. “So will everyone else

who will see him for the first time.” For more information on the Hal Sparks show, future campus events or the Last Laker Standing competition, visit the Spotlight Production’s OrgSync account or Facebook page, or view the calendar of events at studentlife/programming.



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On the hunt: Study Abroad peer adviser Megan DeKievit assists Alyse Griffis in her search for a study abroad trip. A new website was designed to help ease the Study Abroad process.


The Grand Valley State University Padnos International Center is kicking off the school year by making the Study Abroad option a little easier for students. Along with planning several new events to raise awareness of opportunities abroad, the center has also developed a new search engine that helps students more efficiently browse for an appealing study abroad experience. “The Padnos International Center is proud to launch the new GVSU study abroad search engine,” said Alissa Lane, the Study Abroad outreach coordinator. “This tool will revolutionize the way students are able to search for GVSU study abroad programs, allowing them to browse based on what subject they want to take abroad, which semester they would like to (study abroad), (which) country they want to travel to and more.” The search, which features GVSU facultyled programs, GVSU partnership programs and GVSU Internships Abroad, prepares students for their meetings with advisers. “The new search engine allows students to access the most up-to-date information,” said Megan Lendman, a Study Abroad peer adviser. “This means it’s easier for a student to find a program that interests them. Therefore, students are more prepared for advising, allowing us to more deeply explore program specifics with them.”

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The search engine works to expand students’ study abroad opportunities. If a student looks through the search and can’t find a GVSU program that travels to their country of choice or that covers the subject that interests them, students can always choose to participate in a non-GVSU program. About half of students who study abroad at GVSU choose this option because it allows them to study with any reputable program in the world. After browsing the new search engine, a student’s next step is to come to a Study Abroad First Step Meeting. These meetings cover all the basics of study abroad, including picking a program, garnering funding, understanding academic information and more. Meetings are 5-6 p.m. every Wednesday in 130 Lake Ontario Hall and every Thursday in 040 Mary Idema Pew Library. Students who can’t make the meetings can drop in any time during office hours for advising. Many students who have taken advantage of the study abroad programs have found the experience rewarding. Caitie Key, a senior at GVSU, recently spent her summer studying abroad in France. “I went [to France] through GVSU and the PIC center, and they offered an amazing experience abroad with the comfort of knowing GVSU supported me through every step,” Key said. Students can access the new search engine by visiting


Many students have chosen to attend Grand Valley State University not only for its academics, but also for its recognized atmosphere of inclusiveness and offered support of students as they learn more about their identity. The LGBT Resource Center located on the main floor of the Kirkhof Center aims to provide a safe and open place for students to discover more about themselves and to support them as they navigate their journeys of gender and sexuality development. As a welcome to incoming freshman and returning students, the center is planning several events for the coming week to commemorate the new school year. The “Queer Students of Color Reception” will be held at noon on Tuesday, and the “Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Student Reception” will be held at noon on Thursday. Both will be hosted on the balcony of the Resource Center in Kirkhof, with snacks and refreshments provided.

The two receptions have been planned to give students the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming programs and provide a chance to meet new friends. After Labor Day on Sept. 4, the LGBT Resource Center is hosting a “Rainbow Social” where new and returning students will meet for ice cream, live music and socializing as the center welcomes its LGBT and allied students back to school. The center will also kick off its long-standing programs that meet weekly throughout the year: First-Year Queer Alliance and Loud and Queer. “First-Year Queer Alliance is a program that provides new students with the opportunity to learn about university life while in community with others who are seeking to better understand their gender and sexuality as part of leading authentic lives,” said Colette Seguin Beighley, the director of the center. “Our FQA students learn skills such as how to use the library, ride the bus and develop healthy relationships—all while developing lasting

friendships.” Loud & Queer is a program that was created for second year students and beyond. “L&Q is focused on empowering students to lead authentic lives, to challenge systems of gender and sexuality, and to work for social justice by fostering a community of learning, celebration and solidarity,” Seguin Beighley said. The center also has a monthly program called the OnGoing LGBT Conference for students who are interested in learning more about systems of gender and sexuality. The series kicks off in September with a three-hour workshop called “Mapping Desire.” “(This invites participants to) explore their relationships with their desires, past and present, (and) how those desires fit into a broader landscape of society with the complexities of gender, race, class and ability,” Seguin Beighley said. This week the LGBT Resource Center will be hosting two events to welcome incoming and returning students.

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