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GV students don headscarfs for Islamic Awareness Week BY CARLY SIMPSON NEWS@LANTHORN.COM

Oppression is a word often associated with Muslim women who are seen wearing a hijab or headscarf. To combat this stereotype, the Muslim Student Association handed out 40 hijabs to students at Grand Valley State University to wear for “Try the Hijab for a Day with the MSA” on March 10 and March 11. “It’s naive to think that those stereotypes don’t exist,” said Nargilya Gasanova, the risk management officer for MSA. “It’s upsetting to know those ideas exist and that there is a mentality of ‘them’ versus ‘us.’”

The event was concluded by a discussion with members of the MSA, which allowed students to ask questions about Islam and the practice of wearing a hijab. The biggest misconception is that the hijab is only practiced by women, said Gasanova. “It’s very inaccurate to think that,” she said. “It’s for all of us. The whole idea is to make sure it’s going to be balanced and fair. The reason men don’t have to completely cover their bodies is because women are the ones that are seen as the beautiful creations.” The translation for hijab is barrier. It is meant as a form of protection and

discipline. Many Americans view it as a sign of oppression, though, saying that women are forced to wear it. “When and if someone looks different from you, you’re already comparing them to your standards and to your norms,” Gasanova said. “If you feel free to wear short sleeves or a bikini, then you automatically assume that someone who doesn’t do that is oppressed. I don’t wear a headscarf all day, but I only wear long sleeves and long pants, and I can assure you that is my comfortable level. If one day I were to wake up in a country that bans me from wearing long sleeves and long pants, that would be oppression to me.”

Jenna Stoken, the president of MSA, has been a Muslim for six years and does not wear a hijab. “It’s a personal choice and I know I’m not ready SEE HIJAB ON A2

State representative to speak on leadership at Venderbush Lecture

students connect the leadership experiences that they’re having at Grand Valley State University Grand Valley to being a leader in will host state Rep. Winnie Brinks the community after they graduto tell her story of her rise to a lead- ate,” Thome said. Brinks received a bachelor’s ership position in the Grand Rapdegree in Spanish with a minor in ids community. The event is being organized sociology from Calvin College. She by the Office of Student Life for its went on to lead a local nonprofit biannual Venderbush Leadership and worked in local schools before Lecture. The lecture will take place becoming a state representative. “We try to choose people in on March 17 at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Mary Idema different fields, and we hadn’t had someone from the government or Pew Library. “Anytime someone does some- political sector in quite a while,” thing to help improve their com- Thome said. Along with the keynote speaker, munity — whether it be at school, the lecture will celein their neighborhood brate on-campus leador even in a group of ership by recognizing friends — they are the nominees and anleading,” Brinks said. In her keynote ...get involved nouncing the winner of the Immediate Imspeech on Monday, Brinks will offer advice and don’t quit pact Award. The award to students about tak- until the job is is given to outstanding student leaders on being on leadership roles. half of their registered “Wherever your in- done. student organization. terests and skills lead WINNIE BRINKS Nominees for the you, get involved and STATE REPRESENTATIVE award this semester don’t quit until the job are Julie Bartkowicz, is done,” she said. This is Brink’s first term serving Amanda Martin, Lydia Wright, as a state representative. She repre- Cassie Trapp and Zack Morford. The Venderbush Leadership sents the 76th district of Michigan, which includes part of the city of Lecture has honored the memory of long-time employee Kenneth R. Grand Rapids in Kent County. Brinks said she found herself in Venderbush since 1999. Venderthe position by looking for prob- bush was vice president for Student lems she could solve and always Affairs at GVSU from 1969 until 1973. trying to make a difference. During his time as vice presiMichelle Burke, director of Student Life, said that telling a real dent, he was committed to student story that students can relate to and affairs and specifically advocated be inspired by is common among the importance of student leaderVenderbush Leadership Lecture ship. “The speeches that are given are keynotes. “We tell our speakers to talk inspirational. They really do make about how they use what they you want to be a leader and make learned in college in their leader- change,” Thome said. Registration for the event is free ship role today,” Burke said. Kate Thome, the event coor- and can be done online at www. dinator, said she hopes students The deadline will make their own connections for registering is March 14, but between leadership and the real Thome said everyone is welcome as long as space is available. world after hearing Brinks’s story. “This lecture is looking to help




With loud voices: The Saakumu Dance Troupe from Ghana performs at Grand Valley State University on Wednesday afternoon. The troupe is an artist-founded association that performs all over the world. The university hosted the group as a part of its Intercultural Festival, which involves celebrations of various cultures.

A GROUP EFFORT Second ‘SynergyWorks’ to improve university, community partnerships

sity filled with knowledge and skills and ways to access information, and we have a community of people Grand Valley State University will feature the sec- finding ways to make things better themselves. The ond annual “SynergyWorks” on March 14. The con- conference is about collaborating between the two.” The conference’s keynote speech will ference is centered on improving univerfeature Daniel Hall, vice president for sity and community partnerships. Community Engagement at the UniverHosted by the Office of Community sity of Louisville, who will describe the Engagement, it will further explore methuniversity-wide initiative being used in ods to integrate GVSU with its surroundWe have a neighboring West Louisville. ing communities through the theme of Hall’s topic, “Transforming Commuuniversity synergy. nity: A University-Wide Imperative,” will Inspired by the “Signature Partner- filled with provide a case study for how a university ship Initiative” started at the University can work with its local neighborhoods to of Louisville, the model consists of a uni- knowledge... achieve, impact and benefit both sides. versity effort to enhance the quality of life Cynthia McCurren, dean of GVSU’s and economic opportunity for neighbor- GEORGE GRANT, JR. CCPS DEAN Kirkhof College of Nursing, has worked ing communities. The goal of the initiawith the University of Louisville in previtive is to work with various local partners ous years and encouraged GVSU to observe its model to improve the education, health and social status of of neighborhood partnerships. individuals and families. “We can consider what might be replicable in our “The idea of SynergyWorks is all about collaboration,” said George Grant, Jr., dean of the College of Community and Public Service. “We have a univerSEE SYNERGY ON A6



Blind student creates opportunities for those with disabilities to study abroad BY STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI SBRZEZINSKI@LANTHORN.COM

Studying abroad is often encouraged at universities, but not to all students. Oftentimes, students with disabilities have a harder time organizing a trip abroad than their peers do. Juanita Lillie, a senior at Grand Valley State University who is legally blind, is working to change that. After talking with friends and family, Lillie decided to travel to Costa Rica. The Spanish major spent the 2013 winter semester there earning credits and having fun. While studying abroad, she lived with a host family that she said is “like a second family to me.”

“As long as I told them what I needed, more inclusivity. The page can be found at they would do anything,” Lillie “Everyone was willing to StudentsAbroad. assist me. Everyone would help She hopes the page will everyone.” raise awareness at universiAbout a month ago, Lilties and increase recruitment, lie started researching study It is a platform training and faculty advising abroad opportunities for other to share for students with disabilities to students with disabilities. She study abroad. found that there wasn’t a lot of experiences “It is a platform to share exinformation available on the and resources. periences and resources,” Lillie topic so she decided to create said. “It allows students with JUANITA LILLIE her own site for students. disabilities to speak with other Lillie created the Facebook SENIOR students with disabilities. The page “Abroad with Disabilities” ultimate goal is to provide an to encourage more universities to have open networking opportunity to students

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with disabilities despite the university they come to.” She added that she hopes this project expands to other universities so that more students can access study abroad. She emphasized that it needs to be more diverse and inclusive of other disabilities, such as colorblindness and dyslexia. Natalie Gomez, a GVSU Spanish professor, met Lillie in their Spanish 410 class last fall and shared the idea to start researching study abroad for students with disabilities. SEE ABROAD ON A2

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HIJAB CONTINUED FROM A1 yet to wear one,” Stoken said. “I’m taking my time and waiting until I’m ready.” On the other hand, Yousra Hamed, the secretary of MSA, chose to wear a hijab at the age of 13. “It was against my father’s will,” Hamed said. “He didn’t tell me to put it on. I said I was going to put it on. My sister still hasn’t worn it and she’s in high school. You’re not forced to put it on. Some cultures force women to, but that’s a


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Students in need of a study cram can attend Night Against Procrastination, an all-night study event hosted March 14 by the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors. It will begin at 8 p.m. and go through 8 a.m. in Lake Ontario Hall. Students need to check in at room 120, but the entire building will be open. There will be games and food, and Writing Center consultants will be available. For more information, visit or call 616- 331-2922.

Shakespeare Festival to begin auditions in April Grand Valley State University students will have the opportunity to audition for the 2014 Shakespeare Festival production, The Comedy of Errors, and the international touring troupe, Bard To Go. Auditions will be held April 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call backs will be on April 8. To schedule an audition slot, stop by or call the Performing Arts Center’s box office at 616-331-2300.

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The works of writer Kama Sywor Kamanda will be celebrated at Grand Valley State University through a series of events. Kamanda has written hundreds of stories and novels and more than a dozen volumes of poetry, all in French. Many have been translated into Japanese, Italian, Greek and English. There will be a poetry reading and book signing on March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium at the DeVos Center. On March 25, Kamanda will be at the Grand River Room in the Kirkhof Center from 11 a.m. to noon. He will also be a guest of honor at the French Melodies event on March 26 in the Cook-DeWitt Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, contact Isabelle Cata of the modern languages and literatures department at 616331-2477 or

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Women’s Center continues ‘Her Story’ lecture series Female campus leaders share personal and professional successes, inspire students not to set limitations BY HANNAH LENTZ

your life,” said Katie Ennis, a freshman at GVSU. “It y sharing personal journeys and stories was inspirational in the fact of success, women at Grand Valley State that she continued looking University are working to end stereotypes toward her future rather than about females in roles of power. As part of a dwelling on her past.” year-long series at GVSU, Jo Ann Wassenaar, Growing up in the ‘60s associate director of the Women’s Center, and ‘70s, Wassenaar was presented her version of the “Her Story” lecture. exposed to the Civil Rights GVSU first caught Wassenaar’s attention Movement, the Vietnam when the university announced it was opening War, the Women’s Rights a Women’s Center on campus. Movement and “I wanted to work for a place the Watergate that was doing this kind of work s c a n d a l . and willing to be so transparent Being raised in the things they were trying to in a time that accomplish,” she said. “My work Don’t take life e n c o mp a s s e d with the Women’s Center has for granted, such great included a lot of firsts.” change and Wassenaar started as the first and take time g r o w t h , graduate assistant of the Women’s to enjoy life... Wassenaar said Center and over the years moved she wished up to become the first assistant and JO ANN WASSENAAR to be a part WOMEN’S CENTER associate director. of something “While life at times presented that made a obstacles, I had many privileges that were given difference in other’s lives. Showing success: The GVSU Women’s Center hosted the “Her Story” lecture on campus, featuring the associate to me,” she said. “Don’t take life for granted and “I believe that a person director Jo Ann Wassenaar to talk about her experiences growing up and her hope to make a difference. take time to enjoy your life today.” is not only shaped by the More than 50 students gathered to watch the community they grow up in, career path. In addition, her parents strictly all throughout my career to make sure I never presentation to gain insight into the triumphs but by the things that they are surrounded by as enforced the idea that their children would go set limitations for what I wished to achieve.” and accomplishments of the GVSU leader. they grow up,” she said. to college and obtain a degree. During Wassenaar’s next phase of life, she “The lecture showed that everyone goes During Wassenaar’s childhood, women “My mother always said ‘life’s not fair, cry hopes to enjoy her new role as a grandmother through hard times and you have to work began entering the work force, which impacted about it later and tomorrow will be a better day,’” and take a biking trip from coast to coast. hard to overcome them and move forward in Wassenaar’s ambition to move forward in her Wassenaar said. “I’ve used this sort of ambition HLENTZ@LANTHORN.COM



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o kick off Islamic Awareness Week, students from the Muslim Students’ Association presented Monday on the five pillars of Islam, which are the basic acts that provide the foundation for the lives of Muslims. “An important thing to understand about the religion of Islam is it goes off the Judeo-Christian tradition,” said Jacob Lumsden, a member of MSA. “It is a continuation of Judaism and Christianity, and because of that there are certain themes, elements, like the ritual bathing of baptism, that are mimicked in Islam.” The event, “Five Pillars, Five Stories: A Story from an MSA Student,” was a part of the Intercultural Festival being presented by Laker Traditions and the Cultural Programming Council. The first pillar, presented by MSA co-president Amina Mohammad, is Shahadah, or the testimony of faith. To complete Shahadah, Muslims must state their belief in

one God and affirm their belief that Muhammad is the last and final prophet. The second pillar, Salat, is that of prayer. Muslims say five separate prescribed prayers throughout the day. Each is said at a set time based on the position of the sun. Some prayers, verses from the Koran, are recited in Arabic while others can be said in native languages. “Knowing Arabic is not a necessity or a must to be Muslim,” said Nargilya Gasanova, a member of MSA. “It’s very similar to Jews. A lot of prayers in the religion of Judaism are in Hebrew.” The third pillar, Zakat, is a form of almsgiving or giving to the poor. Zakat requires Muslims who have excess wealth to give 2.5 percent of their wealth to those in need. “It’s the personal responsibility for Muslims to support those who are living in economic hardship, and it’s a means to eradicate inequality among people,” said Jenna Stoken, co-president of MSA. “As Muslims, we do not



Raising awareness: Freshman Anas Almassrahy explains one of the five SEE PILLARS ON A6 pillars of Islam to kick off Islamic Awareness Week at GVSU.

KGE showcases part of Korean culture in ‘easy and fun’ way Kpop Group Evolution club aims to show the depth of Korean Music, performs to a variety of high-energy, popular songs BY CENIQUE YELDELL CYELDELL@LANTHORN.COM


has this incredible energy that buzzes through all the members at nearly every waking moment,” said Ryan Bardusch, group member. “GVSU students should attend our performances because we offer a high-energy performance that’s really unlike any other group on campus.”


t was the night before finals when a group of students came up with what they call the best decision ever made at 2 a.m.: to form the dance group now known as Kpop Group Evolution.

Aiming to prove that there is more to Korean pop music than the song “Gangnam Style” by PSY, the Grand Valley State University club Kpop Group Evolution performs a variety of songs that are popular and high-energy. “One of the unique things about KGE is that it

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Bardusch said k-pop music can appeal to audiences across the board because it encompasses many different genres of music, including hip-hop, metal, indie and dubstep. On March 13 at 5 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center, KGE will be showcasing its main event of the year: “K-pop Unleashed.” There will also be performances by the Belly Dance Club and Swing Dance Club. A few former members of the Korean International Society banded together to create KGE because of their deep interest in Korean culture, music and dance. Only a few of the members have dance experience, one of them being Ju Yong Park, a founder of the group. During his freshman and sophomore year, Park was a member of the dance clubs Move to the Beat and Sabrosisimo. He said one of the reasons he wanted to form the group was to share a part of Korean culture in a way that is easy and fun. Park said some of the songs the club will be performing Thursday night are by groups like 2ne1, Bangtan Boys, Girls Generation and VIXX. These groups may sound unfamiliar to some but are hits with the Korean music fan base. Janell Williams, another founder of the group, said they don’t require members to be good at dancing or even to perform. Prior to the club she didn’t have any dance experience herself, which she said makes learning the dances that much more fun. Updates on the group and upcoming performances can be found on the Facebook page Kpop Group Evolution.



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Welcome back to GVSU, Lakers. Nothing says “Hope you enjoyed your Spring Break” better than these record weather snaps, leaving us with both a low of -4 degrees and a high of 46 degrees in this week alone. With such vast changes in temperature, this columnist anticipates the 10-foot snow banks lining our campus like the walls of Troy to melt, leaving floods unlike anything

Grand Valley has ever seen. When the Grand River flood, filling the Ravines and washing out campus sidewalks, here are a few things I think you should prepare yourself for: 1. Due to the high volume of snow days, classes will be forced to resume despite the deluge. Classes will take place on building tops. Space heaters will not be permitted on rooftops due to issues with fire safety and LEED certification. Administrators will kindly encourage students to “buck up” and “act like they’re from Michigan.” 2. With all the 50s layering the bottom of campus like sunken ships, the Rapid industry will employ the rowing team to serve as their new transit system, ferrying students from rooftop to roof-

top in valiant pursuit of liberal education. 3. Fully clad in Louiegear, T-Haas will zoom around campus on the speedboat from the “Laker for a Lifetime” video, singing “I’m on a boat aaaand I’m going fast aaaand. . .” 4. The BSPs (Blue-Structure-Preachers) will tear down their beloved blue structure (a.k.a. “the Transformational Link”) and create an arc that Noah would envy. Unfortunately, only a handful of students and faculty will make the cut to get on the boat due to the BSPs high standards for what constitutes sin. 5. On the optimistic side, we will finally have the opportunity to live up to our title as “Lakers” (though after four years, I’m still not sure what we

ever did to earn this, besides being lucky enough to live in giant farm field 30 minutes away from Lake Michigan). 6. The “Little Mak” Bridge will wash out. All that hard work spent preventing erosion will be all for naught. As soon as the waters recede, the bridge will be scheduled to close for somewhere between two and sixteen months (depending on the extremity of the erosion the flood leaves behind). 7. We will find freshmen emerging from the Ravines as mud people. Before the flood, they may have been out sledding on stolen food trays, getting lost on the trails behind Calder, throwing broken bikes and appliances over the “Little Mac” Bridge, or doing onlyGod-knows-what-else happens in the ravines after-hours.




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The rowing team will send our scouts to look for these poor, misguided souls. 8. Someone will break into the waterlogged clock tower and learn how to play “Top 40’s” hits. A slow, “blub blub” version of Ke$ha and Pitbull’s “Timber” will shake all the other buildings left remaining. Local whales will be attracted to sound, causing further damage to campus infrastructure. 9. The Classics Department will take over. They did, after all, win the “Life Raft Debate” in 2011, where their representative, Professor Charles Pazdernik, persuaded everyone that their major would be the most useful in the event of a post-apocalyptic rebuilding. This will probably be for the best. 10. If the waters stay

until spring, no longer will the grounds crew need to water the sidewalks with their top-of-the-line “sustainable” sprinkling system. 11. Many students will post out on the gardened-roof of the M.I.P. Library. Below, fish will swim in the floor-length windows among the books, computers, and 31 varieties of chair. In the garden, students will recreate their own society, called the “Grand and Virtuous Sustainable Utopia,” living off the fruits of their labor and splitting their wealth equally like true egalitarians. Here, they will hold protests, running around the roof’s perimeter to wave signs at THaas, who will still zooming around on his speedboat.


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I made an hour-and-ahalf-long drive home on a Friday morning with a simple list of things to do over Spring Break. There were a few shopping-related items on that list, like a birthday present for each of my twin brothers, but most of it was dominated by homework and class projects. Over a week of break time? Perfect for writing that fulllength play for Drama, and that craft paper for Fiction. Cue me spending most of Spring Break playing video games with my brothers. We take our gaming pretty seriously, and even with the

existence of online capabilities, nothing quite compares to being in the same vicinity the people you’re playing with. And here I am, two days before I have to return to my apartment in Grandville and struggle once again to catch up on homework. I decided at the beginning of this semester that I was going to do my best to not procrastinate on any work, that I was going to try to get it all done early—but for me, scrambling to finish work a couple days ahead of time doesn’t count as “getting it done early.” That counts as “being on-time.” At least, with this semester’s workload, that’s how I’ve come to view it. I whined about it too; every morning I’d grab my laptop and say “I need to get some work done,” only to stare at my assignments for about twenty minutes—maybe tap out a few sentences—and then get bored and head back to the PlayStation. I’m beating myself

about it too. Something’s got to be wrong with me. My priorities are misaligned or something, right? Nah. Now that I write about it? It’s Spring Break, for crying out loud. The last thing I want to do is more schoolwork during the week I actually don’t have to worry about turning in schoolwork. It makes sense that I keep finding easy excuses to X out of Word and log out of Blackboard. Plus, I really miss my brothers, I miss my family, I miss my dog, and this week has just been great spending time with them all. Thinking about work just… I can’t say it depresses me because I don’t like working even when I’m supposed to be working, but it just doesn’t make much sense for this past week. That’s got to be one of my favorite things about life in general: making sense of things. Looking at situations or reactions, breaking them

down into their most simple components in my head, prioritizing dates and deadlines. To me, life gets tangled as easily as cords in pockets, and the untangling process sometimes makes me want to bite the cords in half even if I get zapped. Untangling cords takes time that I don’t always have. I like to refer back to The Sims when it comes to life issues—again, this makes sense because The Sims is a “life simulator.” Sims have a meter labeled “Fun” and when that meter gets emptied out due to a lack of fun in their lives, their mood drops and they don’t want to do anything productive. So initially I was thinking “stop wasting time playing games and get back to work!” but now I’m thinking that it wasn’t time wasted at all—it was me taking care of my own “Fun Meter.”











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like inequality whether it be economic, racial or any other way. It’s a way to get closer to God. By giving to others, you are recognizing a way to get yourself closer to God. It’s a way to purify your soul.” The next pillar, Sawm, is fasting during Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this month, practicing Muslims refrain from eating from dawn to dusk. “If Muslims can take this month and be as devoted as possible and even go so far as to be without basic food and water, the sustenance of life, if you can go without actual physical sustenance, then it’s not so hard to go without sin or to go without evil,” Lumsden said. Hajj, the final pillar of Islam, is the travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia — the holiest city according


Abortion is a word attached to a stigma. In a panel discussion on March 10, abortion rights supporters shared their thoughts about what has become know as the “war on women.” “The war on women describes a series of legislative and rhetorical attacks on women and women’s health taking place across the country,” said Amanda Grigg, moderator of the event. The presentation, “Hands Off! Ending the War on Women,” took place in downtown Grand Rapids at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. It was cosponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Michigan. The discussion was focused on women’s access to reproductive health services. In one of her opening remarks, Merissa Kovach, a field organizer for the ACLU, dubbed Michigan the “ground zero” for the socalled war.

SYNERGY CONTINUED FROM A1 West Michigan community,” McCurren said. “We are most fortunate that Dr. Hall is coming to Grand Valley to further share his insight and knowledge that will advance our ability to envision true community engagement in West Michigan.” She added that students can use this opportunity to further their education outside of the classroom and apply their knowledge

“We are seeing a lot of things get tested on Michigan before they go throughout the whole country. The ACLU has been really battling these antichoice policies,” Kovach said. The women continued to discuss legislation that is being brought forth by leaders in government and its ultimate goal to make certain women’s health care services a done deal. “There is a religious refusal bill that would allow health care professionals to refuse to give services based on moral or religious beliefs,” Kovach said. “It is promoted as a means of protecting consciences of health care workers who have religious and moral objections to providing certain health care services.” While Kovach said this may have negative repercussions for women, members of GVSU’s Students for Life group argued that abortion is the killing of a human being and the refusal is justified. “Health care providers should never have to perform an abortion if it goes against their religious beliefs,” said Shannon Scott,

president of Students for Life. “Even if the health care provider is not religious but believes that abortion is wrong, they should never be forced to perform an abortion.” Jessica Jennrich, director of GVSU’s Women’s Center, said that while it may seem like a black and white issue, there are other unintended consequences that fall on the backs of the underprivileged. “My work is in trying to expand the understanding on how it became a war on women when we are talking about reproductive justice, which clearly requires some inclusion of men at some point,” Jennrich said. Though the two groups do not have much to agree on, Dani Vilella, a field worker for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, made a deeper point. “There are a lot of ways that we can get to common ground and deeper conversations about abortion,” Vilella said. “The first point is to start talking about abortion openly. We can’t have an honest conversation about choice until we can have any conversation about choice in this country.”

to a real world situation. “There is no substitute for the value of learning in the ‘real world,’ to appreciate complexity, and to experience diversity and social justice,” McCurren said. “There is heightened growth in interpersonal development, the ability to work well with others and leadership skills.” Ruth Stegeman, director of the Office of Community Engagement at GVSU, agreed with McCurren and added that “communitybased learning is a high-

impact practice.” “Students who participate in community-based courses benefit through enhanced deep learning of course content and development of higher-order skills that employers desire,” Stegeman said. The SynergyWorks conference will take place at the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus in room 215. Students, faculty, staff and community leaders are invited. To register, visit community.




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Receiving knowledge: Brother Kamal Nuridin shares his knowledge to the group about the Islamic religion.

to Islam. The journey of Hajj is required of those who are able to afford to participate, though it is recognized that not everybody will be able to. Anas Almassrahy, an international student at GVSU from Saudi Arabia, has been able to take part in Hajj three times.

“There are no classes of people,” Almassrahy said. “The Hajj is all humankind heading the same direction to do an act — the same action. The poor, the rich, whoever, the politician, the famous, all together in one place doing the same thing, worshiping the Holy God.”

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SHORTS Woods to retire after 2014 season


After spending 24 years at the helm for the Grand Valley State University softball team, coach Doug Woods announced his decision to step down at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. Woods, a 38-year GVSU employee, has a career record of 870-387-3 (.692), which includes 17 of the winningest seasons in team history and the 14th-most wins in the history of NCAA Division II. He is a seven-time GLIAC Coach of the Year, and his Lakers have won five conference titles (2001, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013). “Doc” began his time in Allendale as the head athletic trainer.

GVSU caps spring break trip with split


SCHEDULE SWIM & DIVE Thursday at NCAAs 10:30 a.m. Friday at NCAAs 10:30 a.m. Saturday at NCAAs 10:30 a.m. TRACK & FIELD Friday at NCAAs 11:30 a.m. Saturday at NCAAs 11:30 a.m. WOMEN’S TENNIS Saturday at UNOH 9 a.m. Saturday at IWU 4 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS Saturday at UNOH (TBA) Saturday at IWU (TBA) Wednesday vs Aquinas 12 p.m. LACROSSE *Saturday vs New Haven 3 p.m. *Sunday vs Bloomsburg 1:30 p.m. BASEBALL ^Saturday vs Mercyhurst 3:30 p.m. ^Saturday at TNU 7 p.m. ^Sunday vs Bloomsburg 11 a.m. Wednesday vs Hillsdale 2 p.m. Wednesday vs Hillsdale 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Sunday at KWC 1 p.m. Sunday at KWC 3 p.m. Tuesday vs SJC 3 p.m. Tuesday vs SJC 5 p.m. * = Annapolis, Md. ^ = Nashville, Tenn.

Sprint to the end: After a successful normal season, track and field teams are preparing to take the national championship by storm. Both men’s and women’s teams will send representatives to compete this weekend in attempt to best their fourth-place finish.

Lakers to send 29 athletes, four relay teams to national championships BY TATE BAKER TBAKER@LANTHORN.COM


ith great success comes greater expectations, and the red-hot Grand Valley State University indoor track and field program has certainly been having great success this season. GVSU, which swept both the men’s and women’s title GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship for the fifth straight year on March 2, will attempt to duplicate or better its pair of fourth-place national finishes while tangling with perennial powers this weekend at the NCAA Division II National Championship at the JDL Fast Track in

Winston Salem, N.C. “Both the men’s and women’s teams have been rolling with momentum,” senior runner Jeremy Wilk said. “We have been preparing for this meet all year, and we want nothing more than to improve on how we did in last year’s national meet. That would be a huge accomplishment.” The women’s meet, on paper, figures to be one of the most evenly-matched trios of top teams since the USTFCCCA rankings were first released in 2010. No. 1 Lincoln University comes into the weekend with 189.61 points, No. 2 GVSU enters with 184.22, and close behind is third-ranked Adams State University with 172.54.

“On paper, Lincoln and Adams State have a lot of heavy hitters up front,” GVSU coach Jerry Baltes said. “It’s probably going to take between 50 and 60 points to win this thing. “A big part of that is going to come down to the middle ground, between the ninth and 15th places. If you can pick up some of those spots, then you have a good shot at it.” GVSU will send 17 athletes individually to go with a pair of relays, and it will be among one of the favorites to contend for a national title with 10 athletes currently ranked in the top 10 SEE TRACK ON A8


GRCC transfer set for role as Laker flamethrower Towering righty wreaks havoc on opposing batters with fastball, claims spot as reliable starter BY JAY BUSHEN SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM

The acquisition of an offseason power arm was paramount for the No. 11 Grand Valley State University baseball team, and coach Jamie Detillion found one just a few minutes down Lake Michigan Drive. Aaron Jensen, a 6-foot-6 righthander with a mitt-breaking fastball, transferred from Grand Rapids Community College after the 2013 season and has since hurled his way into the rotation as one of the team’s most trusted starters. Jensen’s height and release point combine to create a fastball with the capacity to cause fits in the batter’s box. Opponents simply don’t have time to react. “The liveliness produces chaos for hitters with the velocity he has,” Detillion said. “The downward pitching makes it tough for hitters to see.”

It’s not just junior-college heat, either. The Big Rapids High School product, who was tabbed as a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper “Newcomer to Watch” in the preseason, can sling it in the low-90s. “He’s tall and lengthy so it really allows him to cut down on the distance to the plate,” senior first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni said. “He throws hard from a shorter distance.” Brugnoni said he was pleasantly surprised when he struggled against his new teammate in the cages shortly On the mound: Aaron Jensen loosens up his arm during spring training in Florida over spring break, and he is pegged to be an asset to the Lakers this year. after Jensen’s arrival. That’s high praise coming percentage. offense don’t necessarily need a star from the all-time Laker home-run “It always comes down to to emerge on the mound in 2014 leader, who has already belted four pitching,” Brugnoni said of the team’s but, after a handful of top pitchers bombs in 12 games to go with his .412 ability to make a postseason run. batting average and .882 slugging GVSU (8-4) and its explosive SEE BASEBALL ON A8 COURTESY | KYLE SCHWERIN

The No. 11 Grand Valley State University baseball team moved to 8-4 on Monday after splitting a pair of nine inning contests against No. 5 Minnesota State University-Mankato and Winona State University in Auburndale, Fla. GVSU was unable to duplicate its first-round win over MNSU in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals, and fell 6-4 after failing to reach base in each of its last six at-bats. Sophomore pitcher Patrick Kelly (0-2) was tagged with the loss. The nightcap yielded more success for the Lakers. Junior right fielder Jamie Potts drove in four runs on a pair of hits, while junior pitcher Evan Nietfeldt (3-0) allowed just five hits and one earned run in eight innings of work.


Freshman electrifies GV in leadoff spot

Lenza homers in first at-bat, scorches early in career to promise a bright future




rand Valley State University softball skipper of 870 career wins and 24 years, coach Doug ‘Doc’ Woods, was forced to come to terms with this season when, for the first time in four years, his team began its campaign without the services of now graduated leadoff hitter Nellie Kosola. “That’s all just part of the game,” Woods said. “Players come and go — I’ve seen a lot of them come through during my time here — and for every hole left vacant, there’s an opportunity for someone new to fill it.” Kosola ranks in a variety of GVSU single-season and career record boards, as well as several GLIAC lists. She is third in GLIAC history in career triples (20), fifth in runs scored (172), and seventh in both hits (271) and at-bats (697). In many terms, she’s the finest leadoff batter the Lakers have ever known. To replace her would be a daunting task for anyone, let alone a freshman, but indirectly, that’s what incomer Jenna Lenza has been tasked to do.

And just like a pair of BOGO shoes purchased at Payless, through the first 15 games of spring play, Lenza has worn and filled both roles left to her without missing a step. “I played second for many years and a lot of travel ball in the summer, so I feel like I had a lot of experience coming in,” Lenza said. “Of course I was nervous, especially in my first games, but I think I was ready.” Lenza didn’t waste any time to prove it, either. In her first official collegiate at-bat, she LENZA knocked out a solo home run to left field. The lead didn’t last and GVSU dropped the decision 6-5 to Winona State University, although she finished her first career start 4-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and three runs scored.


In her young career that has spanned a fourgame trip to Chicago, an 11-game spring break trip in Florida and 53 plate appearances, Lenza is fourth on the team in RBIs (12) and on-base percentage (.441), third in batting average (.415) and total bases (36), tied for third in home runs (2), second in hits (22) and slugging percentage (.679), tied for second in steals (one swipe on one attempt), and the leader of all Lakers with 19 runs scored. “It’s almost like she was able to simply surpass all the freshman nerves to step in right away, like she’s been playing on this team for years, and on the field, she’s not a freshman,” senior shortstop and two-hole hitter Briauna Taylor said. Plenty has been asked from Lenza, and to this point, she hasn’t blinked. Not even stepping into the batter’s box straight from high school in Kosola’s absence to face collegiate pitchers. “I haven’t led off most of my career, and coming in to replace Nellie, who did such an amazing job, I understand it’s a big role to fill,” Lenza said. “I’m SEE SOFTBALL ON A8

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Dangerous goal-scorer fuels attack for Lakers Leibovitz flourishes at GV, teams up with little sister BY ADAM KNORR



Sports dedication: GVSU junior Rachel Leibovitz charges toward the opponent’s goal. Leibovitz tried out for the team as a freshman and joined the varsity squad as a sophomore.

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As a freshman in high school, Rachel Leibovitz had never played an organized sport. She decided to try out for lacrosse, which didn’t have cuts and seemed like a safe bet. Leibovitz was promoted to the varsity squad as a sophomore at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., and her ability to consistently find the back of the net in the next few years resulted in a number of accolades. Grand Valley State University coach Alicia Groveston came calling shortly thereafter in an attempt to fill the new program’s roster. What began as a safe bet turned out to be the career starting point for a dangerous goalscorer. “It was really interesting to be on the first (team) and build a program,” Leibovitz said. “It was cool knowing that maybe we wouldn’t be successful at first, but we could help bring it to the future.” The program found success in a hurry, and she was a key contributor from the moment she took the field in Laker Blue.

After switching from her familiar midfield position, she started all 17 games as a freshman at attack. She led the team with 38 goals, scoring in all but two contests. The first season of GLIAC women’s lacrosse took place in 2013. Leibovitz and the Lakers made it clear they were the team to beat. GVSU ran the table, winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. She tallied 48 goals and dished out six assists (54 points) for the second-highest single-season point total in the program’s infancy. “She has developed some serious lacrosse IQ,” Groveston said. “She’s become a much smarter player throughout her three years here. She has all the tools to go with that. She can be a power shooter or a finesse shooter. “She’s extremely good at the draw.” Occasionally Groveston will move Leibovitz back to midfield to give her opportunities to take key face-offs. It’s a part of the game she’s excelled at since her junior and senior seasons in high school when she would target a trusted teammate with

TRACK CONTINUED FROM A7 of their events. It all starts with a pair of seniors. Kristen Hixson, who owns the top vault ranking in the nation, figures to battle it out for the national crown along with sprinter Kalena Franklin, who is the third-ranked competitor in the 60-meter hurdles. “Franklin has great competition in her events; it’s going to be a battle in both the 200and 60-meter hurdles,” Baltes said. “Anything can happen in any given event. You can’t think about your seeding when it comes down to competition.” On the men’s side, the No. 4 Lakers will

BASEBALL CONTINUED FROM A7 graduated, do need an experienced out-getter. Jensen has been able to make the adjustment. In three starts this season, he has posted a 2-1 record with a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. He has 12 strikeouts and just eight walks. “You might try to jump on his fastball, but he’ll come at you with a slider,” Brugnoni said. “He’s attacking the zone — it’s not like he’s walking people — and he’s making the defense get the out instead of trying to strike

SOFTBALL CONTINUED FROM A7 trying my best to be the best leadoff hitter I can be for this team.” Not when she, the only freshman regular for GVSU so far this season, stepped into an infield comprised of three other seniors — Taylor, Miranda Clearly at

the same last name — her younger sister, Kelly. The sisters were dynamic together and could often make eye contact from across the field before accurately predicting the upcoming play. After a two-year hiatus, the duo has been reunited. Kelly, a freshman at GVSU, takes her position at midfield while Rachel spearheads the attack. When the two get a chance to compete head-to-head in practice, they go at it like sisters. Maybe because Kelly is the one opponent Rachel can’t read. “She told me that she picks out the weakest defender on the opposing team within the first five minutes,” junior captain and fellow attacker Sarah Lowe said of Kelly. “Once she gets the ball on her stick, she knows she can take that defender oneon-one all day long. “She’s growing a lot as a player.” Perhaps growing into a player with the offensive capabilities of her big sister. If that’s the case, the GLIAC could be dealing with a double dose of danger from this dynamic duo.

dispatch two relays and 14 athletes, nine of whom are ranked in the top 10 of their respective events. Multiple point opportunities will present themselves in the weight throw — which features third-ranked sophomore Darien Thornton and ninth-seeded classmate Blake Donson — and the 800-meter run with thirdranked sophomore Ethan Barnes and sixthseeded senior Jeremy Wilk. Barnes said getting points in the 800-meter could be key. “It’s up to me and (Jeremy) to get after it,” he said. “We are both confident that we can get through preliminaries and into the finals.” The NCAA Division II Championship will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

everyone out.” Jensen said he has been throwing mostly fastballs, but a breaking ball and improved curve ball could be used with more frequency if teams start to adapt. He’d rather keep it simple in the meantime with the downward-pointed heater. “Really it’s just about pounding the strike zone, forcing hitters to adjust and not giving up any easy walks,” he said. “I like to trust it and know that I have control of what I’m doing out there. I won’t use my other stuff until I start getting hit well with that pitch. I don’t need to rely on any other ones.” The former Raider turned

Laker certainly appears to have the confidence to be a top-three ace for Detillion’s staff. Returning starter and 2013 GLIAC Freshman of the Year Patrick Kelly (02) and junior transfer Evan Nietfeldt (3-0) — who has been lights out in each of his first three starts — round out the likely work horses on the mound this season. If they can find ways to manufacture outs consistently, Brugnoni and the boys will take care of the rest. The Lakers will return to action this weekend for three games at the Trevecca Baseball Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

third and Tonya Calkins at first. “She has excellent skills as a second baseman,” Woods said. “If you watch her throw, she has the infielder quick release – she doesn’t come up over the top – she’s quick on the turn when she gets it from Bri. “I saw her play a lot against real good competition in the summer

and she did what’s she’s doing now the entire time. Jenna is a great athlete that’s gotten off to a great start for us I’m pretty confident to continue to do what she’s doing throughout our season.” No. 4 GVSU (11-4) will play next in a double-header beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. at Kentucky Wesleyan (610).




Lakers swing for home-course advantage

GV golfers enter season with chance to host national tournament BY STEVEN GARBER

After the long, frigid winter, the members of the Grand Valley State University golf program are more than ready to see white melt into green. The geographic disadvantage of a Michigan offseason may have kept the GVSU teams away from practicing outdoors, but location could mean everything this spring when the 2014 NCAA Division II Golf National Championships come to Allendale from May 19 through 24. Until then, the Laker men will have to hope for Mother Nature’s eventual cooperation. “We’ve been limited in what we could do in certain parts of the game,” coach Don Underwood said. “It’s all about taking the time we have and playing well when it’s time to compete.” The Laker men placed fifth at the 2013 GLIAC Invitational before turning in a sixth-place performance at the Midwest Region Invitational, where senior Chris Cunningham finished 10th individually. Meanwhile, the Laker women will begin the season just outside the DII

rankings (53 votes), with a chance to pursue a seventh straight conference title. “There’s a certain level of competition in the team,” coach Rebecca Mailloux said. “You want each player to push each other to get better every day — and certainly talent will do that.” GVSU seems to have more than enough talent. The team opened its spring campaign on March 4 when it placed fifth behind four ranked teams at the Armstrong Pirate Women’s Invitational at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. No. 18 Armstrong Atlantic State University tallied a team score of 619 (+43) to win the event by four strokes. The Lakers totaled 649 (+73) collectively. GVSU sophomore Gabrielle Shipley picked up where she left off last season and recorded a 76 (+4) with six birdies in the opening round. “That first round was pretty incredible,” Mailloux said. “She is one of the hardest workers I’ve come across, if not the hardest, of all the athletes I’ve ever coached.” Shipley carded an 80 (+8) on the second day of action before placing fourth individually.

She said she plans to work on her mental toughness around the green this season. “To be a champion at any level or in any tournament you really have to put most of your effort and practice in the short game because that’s what wins tournaments,” she said. The 2013 All-GLIAC First Team honoree will be relied upon to complement the play of the reigning GLIAC Women’s Golfer of the Year, junior Kelly Hartigan. Hartigan won four tournaments last season on her way to a six-stroke victory at the GLIAC Championship. She also had six top-five outings and led the conference with a 74.22 scoring average. Senior Marni Weinstein, an AllGLIAC second-teamer, will also be a key figure this year in addition to junior Veronica Ryan, who garnered All-GLIAC Honorable Mention laurels in 2013. Both upperclassmen notched a trio of top-five finishes a season ago. The Laker women will be back in action at the Perry Park Spring Fling in Kentucky on March 22 and 23, while the GVSU men will swing into their spring schedule at the Saginaw Valley State University Spring Invitational on March 22.


Stay focused: Julie Guckian golfs at a tournament last September.



Diving in: Grand Valley State University students on the swimming and diving teams jump into the pool at the beginning of a race. They hope to remain a winning team.

S&D teams head to national championships BY LUCAS RAINS LRAINS@LANTHORN.COM

Grand Valley State University has boasted one of the winningest athletic departments in all of the NCAA Division II for the past decade. The GVSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been one of the most successful, finishing as two of the top teams in the country in four of the last five seasons. The Lakers will hope to continue the trend this week at the NCAA Division II National Championships. GVSU will send 20 individuals — 10 men and 10 women — to Geneva, Ohio, to face off against the best swimmers in the country. Seven student-athletes will be making their first trip to the National Championship meet, while the other 13 will look to add to their All-American honors. The Laker men enter as the No. 7 team in the country and most recently placed second at the GLIAC Championship meet, as did the the No. 11 Laker women, at the Spire Institute in Geneva. Both teams are looking to build off their success at the same pool. “It’s nice that the confer-

ence meet was also at the Spire Institute, so we are familiar with the facility,” GVSU coach Andy Boyce said. “Our goal is to start going a little bit faster than our times from conference. We had some great swims at conference and great diving, and we’re hoping to improve upon that this week.” Among the challenges of facing off against the top athletes in the country, the Lakers also had a quick turnaround from the conference meet in terms of preparation. “With it being so close to conference, we had to build back up and train real hard for two weeks and then cut back at the end,” Boyce said. “We were very fortunate that we really didn’t have anyone out sick. We’ve been healthy and injury-free and I’m really excited to see what we can do.” The 10 Laker men competing at nationals include seniors Aaron Aakesson, Michael Griffith, Kyle Gunderson and Aaron Marken; freshman Danny Abbott; juniors Sven Kardol and Milan Medo; and sophomores Gianni Ferrero, Nate Wagner and Nick Zacek. Among those men, Boyce highlighted Ferrero, pointing out that he re-

mains the No. 1 seed in the 200-meter freestyle event. “Our focus is to score as many points as possible against the best Division II swimmers in the nation and become one of the best five programs in the nation,” Aakesson said. “Our goal is to get a top-five finish in the meet and get some national championships.” The Laker women will send freshmen Anna Barry, Kayla Marquardt and Meghan Falconer; juniors Sarah Roeser, Olivia Shultz and Emily Eaton; seniors Danielle Vallier, Katie Vulpetti and Caitlyn Madsen; and sophomore Taylor Wiercinski. Vallier is an experienced senior who already has seven All-American honors. She is highly-ranked in the 100-meter breaststroke. Wiercinski, while just a sophomore, is among the best divers in the country. Boyce noted the importance of finishing well individually and in relay events. The big points are in the relays, so the Lakers are excited to see what they can do in those events. “It’s the greatest stage in college swimming and we are excited to show what we can bring,” Aakesson said.

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t. Patrick’s Day is typically a day that college students devote to guzzling green beer and proudly proclaiming any, if at all, Irish heritage. The Olde World Music Club of Grand Valley State University is offering an alternative for those who want to enjoy the day without taking part in traditional celebrations. “We decided it’d be a good idea to stay on campus and offer a fun event for people to come and just enjoy and still feel like they’re celebrating the holiday while not (having) to go off campus and deal with drunk drivers or anything like that,” said Evan Semeneck, club president. The second annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert will take

place in the Kirkhof Center thing like that,” Semeneck said. Lounge outside of the LGBT “There will be jokes and toasts; Resource Center on March we’re trying to (give the con15 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cert) a pub feel without being concert will feature traditional in a pub. Audience participaCeltic music and group perfor- tion is always recommended mances, as well as and encouraged.” several collaboThe Olde rations between World Music members. The Club, formerly event will be an We’re trying the Celtic Mualcohol-free altersic Club, plays native for under- (for) a pub medieval and classmen who are feel without Renaissance muunderage and for sic in addition those who choose being in a pub. to Celtic music. not to indulge on The group has EVAN SEMENECK St. Patrick’s Day. branched out in CLUB PRESIDENT “The plan is, its focus this year, it’s a PG-13 conlearning mucert, with some bawdy mu- sic from the HBO series, sic… a lot of times I have a “Game of Thrones,” and other whole list of jokes — we have soundtracks. a lot of people who play differ“(Medieval and renaissance ent instruments, so to fill time music are) the beginnings of between set-up, we’ll do some- what we listen to today. It’s

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We’re all Irish: The Olde World Music Club plays during last year’s winter concert. The musicians will take on Celtic music at its St. Patrick’s Day Concert.

more basic and simple — a different style than what we are used to hearing,” said Jessica Zavala, the club’s vice president. “(I was attracted to it because) it was different. I like that style, and it broadens my horizons. I am a music major and in the (performing arts center) I play classical music, violin concertos; playing this music is kind of branching out.” The club, which averages between 20 and 25 members, has been seen this year performing at the annual Renaissance Festival, the Renaissance

Club’s Duke Ball and the club’s Winter Concert. The St. Patrick’s Day Concert is traditionally performed as the last hurrah of the year. “The music we play is a mixture: some vocal pieces, also some just instrumental and some where the instruments accompany the vocals,” Zavala said. “(We play) traditional pieces. Everything from the beginning (of the medieval period) up to the Civil War.” In the past, members have performed original compositions at the St. Patrick’s Day Concert and have also teamed

up to perform as smaller ensembles within the club. “Different group members can shine, it’s something interesting,” said Zavala, a violinist. “I’m doing two duets and one trio called ‘I’s The B’y.’ It’s a Canadian folk piece that they played while fishing in the bay.” The club is looking forward to playing to a sizable crowd and celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with music. “It’s great music and a lot of fun,” Zavala said. “It’s a good way to look at another culture everyone will be celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day.”

LaughFest brings MTV’s Girl and Guy Code to GV Spotlight to host local comedy segment on campus BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI SPENDOWSKI@LANTHORN.COM


ince its inception in 2011, Grand Rapids comedy festival LaughFest has featured comedians such as Bill Cosby, Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias, Margaret Cho and Betty White. This year, the festival is bringing in comedians to whom young people can relate a little more easily. For the second year, the organization has teamed up with Grand Valley State University’s Spotlight Productions. The pairing not only has provided another venue for LaughFest but also created a connection to the GVSU student audience. Zoey Moore, Spotlight’s comedy committee chair, worked with the organizers of LaughFest to choose the 2014 GVSU headliners. After contemplating several different comedians, Spotlight decided to invite Chris Distefano, Carly Aquilino and Andrew Schulz of MTV’s Girl Code and Guy Code. “I was discussing it with Funny Business, who is the booker of LaughFest,” Moore said. “We were going back and forth with people. We were just thinking about a lot of different acts...and we landed on

MTV’s Guy Code. We thought it would be strong for a bigger crowd at Grand Valley.” This is the first LaughFest performance for the MTV trio. On the show the group is provided a topic to talk about, so their stand-up performances are different than the show, said Distefano. “The live act is more personal, it tells you little bit more about me,” Aquilino said. “With stand-up you are allowed to talk about anything you want, instead of them giving you a topic and saying you need to write a joke about this.” As autobiographical comedians, Aquilino and Distefano are recognizable by their content on and off the screen. “I always have the goal as a comedian to be the same off stage as I am on stage. I never want it to be an ‘act;’ I want it to be like me talking, and me being the natural me,” Distefano said. The group is the only performing trio to headline during LaughFest. “We all work together so, so much, so we are all friends and we all have fun together,” Aquilino said. “There (are) no negatives to working with other comics.”

Touring colleges and clubs around the nation is a regular agenda for the trio. The regular collegiate performances work well because of similar age and life experiences that drive the comics’ acts. “I feel like maybe they will have more of a connection with me because I talk about real life instances and things that have happened to me and how I personally feel about things,” Aquilino said. “I am 23 so I am still early in it. I am still going through things in my life and I am still learning every day so I am talking about dating and about relationships and things like that are relatable to women my age, men my age and even people that are older.” The comedic trio performs on March 13 from 9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. for fast-pass ticket holders and at 9 p.m. for general seating. Admission is free. “I am so excited. I am really. It is going to be such a fun experience,” Aquilino said. “I love doing things like this (LaughFest) where you get to meet other comics, and I am very flattered that I was asked to do this.”

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n January, the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery unveiled “The History of Space Photography,” which features 50 noteworthy images taken during the last 50 years of space exploration. While this exhib-

it, located in the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus, provides visitors with an astounding visual experience in itself, a group of students has worked to further enhance the gallery by adding a musical element to the mix. Since 2009, the Grand



hether you’re ethnically Irish and proud, or have no idea what a Blarney Stone is, one thing is for sure- everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. For the 21-and-up crowd, this weekend abounds with drink specials and rowdy fun. From the infamous street party Irish on Ionia to the many pubs located in downtown Grand Rapids, everyone is sure to find something to their liking. For those who will be celebrating in a more sober fashion, there is no shortage of events to check out. LaughFest continues through Sunday, as will the GVSU International Festival. For those choosing to indulge this weekend, please drink responsibly. No one likes the idiot who decides to get behind the wheel and drive after having a few.



Laughter Yoga Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. 7 p.m., free admission

Improv Comedy Show MIP Library Multipurpose Room 7-8 p.m., $2 admission

College Stand-Up Showcase McFadden’s Pub 7 p.m., free admission

The Kickback Improv Dog Story Theater 7 & 9 p.m., free admission

Full Frontal Nerdity The Pyramid Scheme 7 p.m., free admission

Irish Ceili & Ice Cream Social 24 Fountain Street NE 7-9:45 p.m., $10

*Comedy with Yousef Erakat a.k.a FouseyTube Loosemore Auditorium 6-8 p.m., (LIB 100/201 approved)

Duke’s Ball 7-10:30 p.m. Grand River Room 7-10:30 p.m. (LIB 100/201- approved)



Grand Rapids St. Patrick’s Day Parade The corner of Monroe St. and Lyon St. before heading down Monroe Center and ending at Veterans Park 11 a.m.

“The Wearin’ of the Green” Parade Kicks off at the north end of Main Street in downtown Grand Rapids and ends at The Fenian’s, which will feature live music and no cover charge 10:55 a.m.

Irish on Ionia Ionia Street. 7 a.m.-11 p.m., tickets are $15 at the door St. Patrick’s Day Party and Reubens St. Adalbert’s Aid Society of downtown Grand Rapids 1-5 p.m. *Fête de la Francophonie The Loosemore Auditorium 1-5 p.m. LIB 100/201-approved

prised of images snapped by astronauts, astronomers and data visualization experts. The performance is being held March 13 at 8 p.m. in the GVSU Art Gallery and is free and open to the public. The composers are aware of who the performing musicians are ahead of time and what instruments they will be using. This year, the ensemble will include a piano, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, violin and percussion. The compositions are submitted anonymously and then premiered by the ensemble among the exhibit that inspired the works. Out of the 28 submissions, three winners will be selected by the panel of judges to receive cash prizes. There are no guidelines for the judges, meaning that they will come up with their own criteria and simply choose the works that they like best. According to ensemble director Bill Ryan, the student composers aren’t just in it for the cash prizes. “This is a good opportunity for the composers to practice writing something with a fixed, brief duration,” Ryan said. “It’s very chal-

lenging to present someAccording to Joshua thing interesting when you Dreyer, the ensemble’s peronly have 60 seconds to do cussionist, the competition so.” is actually more of an educaIn prior years, the com- tional exercise. position competition was “The composers get to based on GVSU Art Gallery see how their music sounds exhibits that when it is played dealt with a vaand if they riety of topics, should’ve done such as Pueblo things differentIndian pottery be able to ly,” Dreyer said. and the AmeriHe explained can Museum of switch gears that although Magic. the composers every minute are looking to Ryan added that it’s also a is difficult. the same exhibit challenge for for inspiration, students to BILL RYAN each of the 28 ENSEMBLE DIRECTOR compose a piece submissions for both acousshould sound tic instruments and elec- very different from one antronics — something that other. The concert is an opthe competition requires. By portunity that is unique to performing each of the en- GVSU. tries, the contest also allows “At many schools you for the seven performing can’t get your pieces permembers of the GVSU New formed because a lot of Music Ensemble to put their schools don’t have full enskill sets to the test. sembles,” Dreyer said. “And “For the ensemble mem- if they do, they don’t necesbers, the biggest challenge sarily have enough time to is being able to rapidly per- perform the pieces that the form the 26 works,” he said. students compose.” “Each one is very different, New music is gaining furand to be able to switch ther traction at GVSU and gears every minute is quite continues to be an inspiradifficult.” tion to its young composers.

Exploring the Music of William Henry Pommer Cook-DeWitt Center. 8-9:30 p.m., free admission

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Valley State University New Music Ensemble has held an annual composition competition in which student composers prepare original 60-second works inspired by specific pieces found in the GVSU Art Gallery. This year’s competition boasts compositions that mesh with items organized by the California/International Arts Foundation and are com-

Making music: Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble is hosting its annual Composition Competition for students to create one-minute pieces about the art exhibit.

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