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oming to Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus in the 2014-2015 academic school year is the English Language Service Center. Currently located on 48th Avenue in the Meadows Crossing Apartment Complex, the ELSC will be relocated to AuSable Hall with hopes to help integrate international students in GVSU’s student population. The ELSC will move Aug. 8 into the existing part of AuSable Hall. More than 100 international students from 15 countries are expected to move into the heart of campus, adding to the 387 students from 82 countries already attending the university. “Grand Valley has a firm intention to increase the number of international students on campus so that all students have the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world with a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds so that people have a chance to see things from different perspective,” said Kate Stoetzner, director of International Student and Scholar Services. The ELSC, an internationally known language school, has been in operation since the creation of GVSU. The off-campus location has been in operation since 2004. The ELSC offers fourweek long English instruc-
tion at 12 different levels. Students may fulfill GVSU’s English requirement by completing level 112. Students who are in levels 110, 111 or 112 may enroll at GVSU at the same time, and three English general credits are available for ELSC students after matriculating at GVSU. Programs can last anywhere from six months to a year. Field trips and activities are also arranged for students through the Contact America program, where international students who are learning English are shown around institutions discussed in the ELS program to enhance real life applications and experiences. International students may live in university housing or apply to experience a home-stay with an American family through GVSU. “Students come to ELS to experience the United States, and we want to create an environment where they are comfortable and eager to matriculate to Grand Valley,” Stoetzner said. “It is great that students in the program will be on campus rather than being isolated off campus.” In recent efforts to involve ELS students with oncampus activities, there have been activities such as an ELS soccer tournament featuring 14 teams and six international students to outreach into the whole GVSU community. “ELS is looking forward SEE ELS ON A5
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Research: Kayla Lockmiller (top left), Cameron Wilson (top right) and Terry Felty (bottom) were some of many students who participated in Student Scholars Day. Felty and his peers researched fracking and presented their findings on Wednesday.
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rand Valley State University hosted one of the largest groups of student presenters that it’s ever had during yesterday’s Student Scholars Day. The 19th annual event showcased the faculty-mentored work of 478 student participants compared to last year’s 350. Students had the opportunity to share their work through a variety of creative forms including oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster
presentations. “Research and scholarships is a treasured part of the academic experience,” said Susan Mendoza, director of the office of undergraduate research and scholarship at GVSU. “Students take the knowledge that they have learned in the classroom and employ it through research, creative work, and scholarly projects. SSD is a celebration of their work and a time to come together as a community and recognize the brilliant work they do.” The presentations were held all day in the Kirkhof Center and Henry
Hall, with keynote presentations delivered by professors from Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. Susana Martinez -Conde and Stephen L. Macknik presented “Sleight of Mind” about the connection between neuroscience and magic. “The SSD Committee selected these particular speakers because of their application of neuroscience to more tangible mysteries such as illusion and magic,” Mendoza said. “Their topic will engage those who are scientists and SEE SSU ON A5
Lakers critique GVPD crime alert protocol Student raises concerns of ‘victim blaming’ after campus police circulate email regarding sexual assault
arlier this year on Jan. 8, students were notified of a sexual assault that took place on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in an email from the GVSU Police Department. This email later became a topic of conversation at the March 26 TeachIn between a student presenter and the officer who penned it. The Teach-In session, “The Power of Language in Campus Rape Culture,” led by GVSU junior Megan Prangley, expanded on the power of language and its effect on college rape culture. The concept attributes the idea
of rape and sexual assault to being a part of a society that teaches how to avoid being raped rather than condemning the act, itself. Prangley cited the email in her presentation to illustrate a GVSU-specific example as well as showcase language that she found to be problematic, saying that it placed fault on the victim. The email Prangley referenced reads, “The Grand Rapids Police Department has received a complaint of an alleged sexual assault that took place during the holiday break in a GVSU Pew Campus Residence Hall. The people involved became acquainted after meeting at a downtown establishment, after
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which time they returned to the on-campus residence. The suspect has not yet been identified. Alcohol was a factor. GVSU reminds all students to always practice situational awareness and only stay with people well known to you. Our goal in promoting student awareness is to provide the safest environment possible for our campus community.” Chief of Police Renee Freeman, who authored the email, was present during the Teach-In session and openly shared her reasoning behind the tone and language she used in the notification. Freeman publicly stated, “I have to stay neutral, and I have a job to do. This email was
meant to say, ‘Hey this happened, and please be mindful so it doesn’t happen to you.’” Prangley had several complaints about the wording of the message, though. “The email used language such as ‘alleged’ and that it was a ‘complaint.’ (Freeman) said it’s protocol. Since it is indeed protocol, then the protocol is wrong,” Prangley said. “It already assumes that rape is something that didn’t happen, and it adds doubt and mistreats the victims. (Police) say alcohol needs to be said, but alcohol is not a factor, it’s a tool, and the language perpetuates the stereotype SEE GVPD ON A5
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BY CLAIRE FODELL
rand Valley State University’s Presidents’ Ball is receiving an increase in its budget of 17.5 percent, rising from $33,000 in 2014 to $40,000 in 2015. The item is the second highest percent increase designated by the Student Senate in its annual budget proposal, sitting just behind the 43 percent increase in the service and advocacy budget. It also comes as other budget items — such as the academic and professional council — see a decrease in funding. Emma Moulton, Student Senate vice president of public relations, coordinated the ball in February. She said the increase in budget is due to rises in the prices of the various costs of the event. “The main reason for the increase is just because of inflation,” Moulton said. “Everyone is raising their prices.” For the 2014 Presidents’ Ball, the senate received $33,000 from the Student Life Fund. This money did not cover the entire cost of the event, which was $99,705.
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Budget time: Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate prioritzed a budget increase for Presidents’ Ball to accommodate rising prices in event needs. The boost comes even as other budget items receive decreased appropriations.
The remaining money came from ticket sales. This year, 3,487 tickets were sold for the dance at $15 a piece, and 480 tickets were sold for the dinner at $30. That means that $52,305 was made in ticket sales for just the dance, and $14,400 was made in ticket sales for the dinner, generating a total of $66,705 in ticket revenue. Next year, the budget from the Student Life Fund will increase to $40,000. LeaAnn Tibbe, assistant director of Student Life, said the office won’t allow the price of tickets to increase anymore.
When the Presidents’ Ball first became a GVSU tradition almost 30 years ago, it was a small, free event inside the Kirkhof Center. Less than 200 students attended during its first few years. This year, 3,967 students attended Presidents’ Ball, which was held at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Renting out the DeVos Place for the night cost $15,000, and a required Amway-catered dinner cost $28,000.
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GV community affected by marriage limits LGBT Resource Center addresses Michigan ban on marriage rights BY STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI SBRZEZINSKI@LANTHORN.COM
Michigan constitutional amendment that banned samesex marriage since 2004 was overturned last month, allowing about 300 couples to legally marry based on equal protection under the law. Colette Seguin Beighley, director of the LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley State University, said the ban was only lifted temporarily, though. Seguin Beighley explained that after about one day, the state attorney general appealed it. A few days later, the federal appeals court put an indefinite “stay” in place, which means that more same-sex couples cannot marry legally in Michigan. However, the U.S. attorney general said these couples will be legally recognized if they married before the stay. “The stay is not unexpected,” Seguin Beighley said. “It’s a states’ rights issue that states have historically been able to decide the marriage issue.” She added that she hopes the issue will go to a higher court, because the “rights of a marginalized community shouldn’t be put to a vote of the people.” “The Michigan Supreme Court striking down this constitutional
amendment impacts all of us because we were living in a state that institutionalized discrimination,” Seguin Beighley said. “We all experience greater freedom when those inequities are removed.” Kim Ranger, a GVSU liaison librarian in the liberal arts programs, has had personal experiences with marriage equality in Michigan. Ranger said she and her partner married in 2007 at a Quaker church in Grand Rapids that recognizes and supports same-sex marriages. The next year, they went to California for a conference and to pick up the marriage licenses they had applied for online. A Justice of the Peace performed the ceremony, making them legally married in 2008. Despite this, Ranger said Michigan does not recognize their marriage because its state laws are different than California’s. Michigan only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. Ranger said this poses a personal problem for them because they have to pay legal fees for the same opportunities that opposite sex couples receive automatically when they get married. “I’d like to have my marriage recognized,” Ranger said. “I think we
have a big economic disparity, and we also have a lack of comparable rights in Michigan. For me, this is a human rights issue.” At GVSU, Ranger is a member of the LGBT Faculty and Staff Association’s Steering Committee. Since 2006, it has worked with Human Resources to provide programs for same-sex couples to receive health benefits. One of these is the household member benefits program that covers all couples at the university. The LGBT FSA provides resources and support for the LGBT Resource Center and its events, especially those that relate to social or legal issues for marriage equality. The ban has also impacted college students and their relationships. Leslie Boker, president of Out ‘N’ About and a senior at GVSU, has been engaged since this winter. The overturning of the amendment gave the couple a temporary sense of excitement that they might be able to marry legally in Michigan. “We were left to consider how hard people who don’t even know us will fight to keep us from being able to have the same kind of relationship recognition that so many of our opponents enjoy,” Boker said.
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BRIEFS Be The Match to host booth for Relay for Life Be The Match will be hosting a booth at this year’s Relay for Life on Friday at 6 p.m. The organization will be educating students, faculty and staff members about blood marrow donation. Organizers are also hoping to get 100 new donors. According to a press release by the organization, there are already many Grand Valley State University students and staff that have donated and been recipients of Be The Match blood marrow donations. Countless other student and local organizations will also be represented at the event.
GV students organize wellness event downtown A group of Grand Valley State University students in collaboration with the Frederik Meijer Honors College and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will host “BringThe Green GR.” The event will provide a host of activities at Heartside Park on Ionia to encourage sustainability and a healthy, active lifestyle. There will be a park clean-up, followed by Zumba, yoga, capture the flag and ultimate frisbee. Participants are encouraged to use sustainable methods of transportation to the event such as bike riding, walking or riding the bus.
Horak named director of Family Owned Business Institute in Seidman College Joseph J. Horak has been named director of the Family Owned Business Institute in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. Horak possesses a decorated resume including his doctorate in counseling and leadership from the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Department at Western Michigan University. He was also honored with the department’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2011 and was previously the past president of the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The mission of the Family Owned Business Institute is to promote, preserve, influence and impact family businesses through quality academic research, curriculum and information services.
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benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind
During the event, participants were blindfolded while eating dinner to give he world becomes dark as the strip them an idea of what it is like to perform of black cloth is tied around the an everyday activity without sight. Memparticipants’ heads. A few minutes bers of the Campus Lions Club acted as later they feel a light tap on guides. their shoulder. Their guide “We had several blind or vihelps them to stand and leads sually impaired people in the them to the food table. Spaaudience, and we wanted our ghetti is the main course with audience members to kind of salad and breadsticks on the That made me experience what it’s like for side. The slippery noodles are to eat a dinner while not so much more them hard enough to eat when they having one of their primary are visible, but the temporar- confident in senses,” said Jessica Wehby, ily blind participants struggle my...abilities... president of Campus Lions. even more just trying to get the The event also featured noodles on their forks. two blind GVSU students who CHELSEA HENRIZI On April 7, the Grand Val- JUNIOR spoke about some of their exley State University Campus periences. Lions Club held “Dinner in the Juanita Lillie, a senior at Dark” as a fundraiser for Leader Dogs for GVSU, recently studied abroad in Costa the Blind, which offers programs for the Rica. blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind to “Once I arrived in Costa Rica, I had help them travel independently. a bit of a culture shock in regards to my BY CARLY SIMPSON NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
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In their shoes: Blindfolded students experience the feeling of not being able to see during “Dinner In the Dark.” Students found out what it’s like to be missing one of their primary senses.
disability,” Lillie said. “Here in the U.S., people assume that you need help. ‘Let me take those items out of your hands.’ I can hold them. ‘Let me grab your arm, and I can walk with you.’ No I can do it. Whenever I ask for assistance here, people say,
‘Oh it’s right over there.’ “At first when I got to the airport, it was great because people there are very descriptive. When they would help me SEE BLIND ON A5
Life is like a Plinko board
Annual Awards Celebration honors academics, leadership across disciplines throughout the university
ife is not so much like a box of chocolates, but more like a Plinko board for Grand Valley State University’s Stephen Glass. The movement science professor delivered his comparison on April 7 as the keynote speaker for this year’s Annual Awards Celebration, which recognized GVSU’s best and brightest for their academic and leadership achievements. “When you are moving through the Plinko board, you can’t fight gravity,” Glass said. “From the day you begin your academic career, you are launched into the board, but unlike a Plinko chip, students have options.” Glass compared the pegs on the board to the opportunities that present themselves to students every day. Experiences, he said, branch out and lead to other opportunities. “When opportunities that you’re passionate about come along, you have to go for it,” he said. “You have to push yourself beyond to move along to the next challenge.” To the award recipients and to all students at GVSU, Glass offered this advice: “No one can tell you what your success is going to be, not even you, because your definition of success is always changing as you grow.”
During the event, students from all academic disciplines were awarded departmental awards for their exemplary academic work throughout the year, and a few others received school-wide honors. The Glenn A. Niemeyer award for outstanding graduate student went to Jennifer Bowling, and Katherine Braspenninx and Danielle Meirow received the awards for undergraduates. “These are the highest academic awards given,” said Niemeyer, GVSU’s first provost serving from 1980 to 2001. Meirow also received two other awards during the event, the Venderbush Leadership Award, which encompasses academic and leadership contributions, and the Departmental Honor Award for women and gender studies. When she learned she had won three awards, she said she could not believe it. Receiving recognition: The Outstanding Student Award Ceremony on Monday evening honors “I was quite awestruck. I honest- students who excelled in different departments throughout the university. ly started crying,” she said. “It’s a ademics, but has also recognized the value Frederick Antczak, dean of Liberal Arts great honor. I’m proud to represent of being involved. and Sciences, said he could not be more Grand Valley.” “Get involved early, and stay involved. proud of what the students have accomMeirow added that she was thankful Don’t be afraid to change what you are plished this year. for the recognition but feels there are so “Every one of these students has exmany others who were deserving, as well. doing,” she said. “You always learn more She said she has always prioritized her ac- about yourself if you get involved in a mul- celled,” he said. “We are surrounded by retitude of different things.” ally remarkable people.” GVL | ROBERT MATHEWS
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Chinese Buddhist master speaks about process for enlightenment BY GIOIA JOHNSON GJOHNSON@LANTHORN.COM
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Inner peace: A group meditation followed Master Victor Chiang’s lecture on Tuesday. The Master worked to help students maintain their focus amid his screams and pounding.
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inals are on the horizon. And with them comes great stress and anxiety due to countless tests, paper deadlines and sleepless nights. But if there was ever a way to find some form of inner peace in these tumultuous final weeks, it was covered in a lecture titled “The Challenge of Chinese
Chan Meditation Toward Enlightenment.” On Tuesday, students and faculty alike heard a discussion about the process and challenge of trying to achieve enlightenment through meditation. The speaker, Master Victor Chiang, who is the founder and mentor of the International Chinese Buddhist Association, gave a seminar on this process and spoke on the theory of meditation and its practice. This idea of peace and calm may seem particularly appealing for college students, especially during the dreaded finals week. Chiang discussed the various forms of meditation, from Japanese Zen to Chinese Chan. He explained that the purpose of the Buddhist pursuit of meditation is a path toward enlightenment and Nirvana. He said it is important to be aware that the process to achieve peace is not a simple one. “Remember meditation is not just sitting,” Chiang said.
Focus: Victor Chiang worked one-on-one with students.
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BY NIKKI FISHER NFISHER@LANTHORN.OOM
Yesterday, GVSU hosted its 19th annual Student Scholars Day (SSD). Over the course of this event, 600 students, myself included, presented their research in various venues within the Kirkhof Center. I’m a senior this year-- graduating in two weeks!-- and this was my first time presenting at SSD. In hindsight, this is some-
thing I’m ashamed of. Though it may sound like I’m sucking up to the admins here, I promise, nobody from the Office of Undergraduate Research paid me to write this. Seriously, Student Scholars Day is a really cool event. On its own, this event validates the value of a college education. Scrolling through though the list of abstracts, I was amazed at the sheer variety and depth of the conversations going on within the student body. You can start at 10AM with a presentation on the history of stem cell research, move onto a presentation about computational modelling of the solar system, and then engage with sociological conversations about the
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nature of masculinity after lunch. You could not ask for an event more in sync with the vision of a liberal arts degree. I write this column, then, most ardently to freshman and sophomores, who still have time to get involved. If you’re interested, keep reading for more reasons why you should attend, present, and then expand to larger venues like discipline-specific conferences. First off, face-to-face presentation of research lies at the heart of Academia. This is why we go to class and are encouraged to have collaborative discussions amongst our peers. Such discussions aren’t always fully genuine
within the classroom setting because let’s face it: not everybody in class wants to be there. But, unless required to go to class, you choose to attend SSD, you choose which presentations to attend, and generally speaking, when presenting, you choose the focus of your subject. Here, you have the opportunity to engage in conversations with the experts themselves. In the process, you can glean something that we often miss when hearing research second-hand or through academic journals: Passion. This set-up allows SSD to have a special energy that only comes from real people talking about real ideas that actually matter to them.
ARE THERE ANY GVSU POLICIES OR PROTOCOLS THAT YOU THINK NEED TO BE REVIEWED OR CHANGED? “You should be able to get D’s in history courses and in writing courses, also.”
MALIYA FRANSIOLI Freshman Undecided Grand Blanc, Mich.
“The ‘Teach-In’ that was held a couple weeks ago should be mandatory for incoming freshmen and all faculty.”
Senior Advertising/Public relations Saginaw, Mich.
“I think that the school parking tickets should not be enforced. If we are already paying a ton of money to be here, why should we be ticketed for parking somewhere for an hour or two for class.”
SAVANNAH PAEZ Sophomore Hospitality Owosso, Mich.
or what have you. But I send out a call to action to all major--Writing majors, you especially!--if you don’t think your field has research, you’re probably wrong. Even if research isn’t explicitly encouraged or required in your field, I guarantee there are conversations out there for you to engage with. The world of Academia is large and always seeking new ideas. Attend Student Scholars Day next year. If you like it, try branching out. Ask professors what kind of conferences exist in your field. Find a group of interested students and apply for funding through the OURS together. I promise, you won’t regret it.
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Does GVSU explain to students opportunities to use their skills to advance the human experience? YES - 31%
This energy is precisely why I love attending academic conferences. I’m a bit of a nerd, so I’ve been to about 11 since I was a freshman. Because I jumped on this train early, some of my favorite college memories come from conferencing. Just a couple weekends ago, I drove down to Oxford, OH with some of my coworkers for a writing center conference. Between the van ride down, rushing to finish our presentations, exploring downtown, and staying in the hotel together, we ended up having a great bonding experience. Often I think conferences, especially SSD, are misperceived as “just for science majors” or statistic majors,
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REBOOT THE SYSTEM This semester alone, the GVSU community has called at least two university policies into question, and we think that even more should be analyzed and reconsidered.
t the beginning of the winter 2014 semester, students received an email from the Grand Valley Police Department notifying students of a sexual assault that took place on the downtown Grand Valley State University campus. Some students in the campus community reacted angrily to the email because of the wording that, as they reported, sounded like victim blaming. One student presented on the issue during last month’s Teach-In, and a conversation ensued between her and Police Chief Renee Freeman. Freeman and Capt. Brandon DeHaan from GVPD responded to the student presentation and the general campus-wide backlash by saying they were following protocol; the email closely followed the outline found in long-standing department policies. The student from the Teach-In said that if the message sent to the campus community was rooted in protocol, then that protocol is wrong and should be changed.
The student’s words echo those of St. Augustine of Hippo: “An unjust law is no law at all.” The fact that a practice is written into official policy does not mean that it is everlasting and unable to be changed. And if the policy is deemed unjust or unreasonable, then it certainly needs to be adjusted so that it is just and reasonable. Just because something is rooted in tradition or history does not mean it is inherently unblemished. We got to thinking: the student fighting the GVPD regulation is right. And her insight is not exclusively applicable to the GVPD instance. The concept of adjusting rules should be applied across campus. This year, other policies have been called into question. Even more have been overlooked and should be scrutinized. There are standards and regulations at GVSU that can certainly be improved. For example, the bias incident protocol on campus is currently far to broad
to accomplish what it was created to do. Students can say anything that is in disagreement with another and it could be reported as a bias incident. Re-examining this protocol and making changes so that a bias incident is better defined under more confined parameters is crucial to the success of GVSU’s overall mission. The bias incident protocol is not set in stone, so it can be — and should be — reviewed and reformed. There are presumably other instances throughout campus where protocols are outdated or simply misinformed. It could be a great benefit to GVSU to go through some policies that have not been looked at in some time, or others that have generated complaints, and consider alternative regulations. It’s important to remember that just because something’s written down in the GVSU guidelines or handbook doesn’t necessarily make it right.
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BY JOE HOGAN JHOGAN@LANTHORN.COM
Allow me to begin by stating the obvious: when we students arrive at Grand Valley as freshmen, we certainly are not overwhelmed by our own power on campus. That is to say, we don’t feel a strong sense of agency, of the possibility that we might be movers and shakers at GVSU. Instead, we often feel small, perhaps even isolated, and likely overwhelmed. This feeling is by no means bad; in fact, it is just the natural result, at least in part, of the fact that we feel a bit disconnected from the people who, in our eyes, do make the decisions around here. When we take our first classes, for instance, we identify professors as the clearest
and most present “authorities” on campus—they give out the grades. Then there are administrators, with whom most of us students rarely come into contact. For this reason, each admin appears simply a member of the greater “administration,” some all-powerful monolith that makes the big decisions and allocates the big money. And then there are the trustees and major donors. We all, of course, know that these people exist. More significantly, we know that, due to their major stake in the university, they are likely given some say in university policy. Nevertheless, we are, in general, ignorant of their influence. Further, because few of us students know or even see the people who, in our view, “own” and “run” the university (we’re not even sure if these descriptions are accurate), we feel disconnected from university policymaking, and thus disenfranchised. But last week’s town hall meeting about donor relations with Shelley Padnos and Kate Pew Wolters bridged the gap
between students, administrators, and trustees. During the open discussion, Padnos’ and Pew Wolters’ candor and clear goodwill established that, above all, they are willing to engage students in conversations about donor recognition, and assumedly about anything else important at the university, for that matter. The result of this honest discussion: Padnos and Pew Wolters have, for students, become personable, approachable, no longer distant. This is in all ways a good thing. Foremost, the meeting with Padnos and Pew Wolters made clear that student opinion could have an effect on university policy. Though to trustees, this fact may not ever have been in question, their willingness to express it—especially while discussing a topic that has been quite divisive—clarified to students that we do indeed have a voice and ought not feel disenfranchised. But, in the end, it is the responsibility of us students to claim our place in any and all discussions of university
policy. The editors at the Lanthorn, in their bold coverage of the donor recognition question, set a distinct standard. That is to say, by voicing an argument that was not likely to be well received by those who, in the eyes of us students, “run” the campus, they took a risk. That move paid off and gave rise to a discussion that ought to continue. We, as students, should thus ensure that it does continue. But that goal necessitates a certain kind of confidence: one that, above all, forces us not to shrink from power but to engage it, challenge it when necessary, and support it when it is aimed at the good. In our case, that goal demands we claim for ourselves a more direct relationship with university policymakers and a stronger voice in policymaking. Still, whether we students will leave this situation having claimed a greater place in the conversation will rely on one thing: that we actually have something important to say and possess the guts to say it.
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Speak up, speak out: A Grand Valley State University student presents on blaming rape victims during the Teach-In that occurred the last week of March on campus.
GVPD CONTINUED FROM A1 that girls get raped because they’re drunk.” During the Teach-In, Freeman also expounded some of the lines Prangley used as examples of victim blaming. “We received a complaint. That’s what the police call it, a complaint report,” Freeman said. “Perhaps we should have used ‘report’ instead, and I will be mindful of that next time. We received a report of an alleged sexual assault because that’s what it is. We cannot convict anyone until it has gone through, so we can’t say it happened. Even if in my heart I think it happened, I can’t take a side. I must remain neutral.” Captain Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Department of Public Safety at GVSU, said the email was a “timely warning,” a notice that is triggered as soon as there is pertinent information that alerts the campus community of a continuing or immediate threat.
DeHaan also said the police department was operating within its responsibilities under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to annually publish crime statistics for certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement. “The university believes there’s an obligation that our federal staff, faculty and students are aware of the dangers that are out there. If there’s a crime, we relay that information to our community if it meets the criteria for a timely warning notice,” he said. “A timely warning notice is if there’s a continuing or ongoing threat to the campus community and is an incident of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, sexual assault or other major crimes deemed necessary.” The “Timely Warning Notice” policy is outlined in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and can be found on GVSU’s website. The report states what a timely warning will include, such as the “date and time-
ELS CONTINUED FROM A1 to being more involved in campus events and organizations and contributing to a more diverse campus,” said Nicholas Ghiglia, director of the ELSC. “We want to prepare and encourage students from our program to study at Grand Valley and provide an increased opportunity for international students on campus.”
frame of the incident, a brief description including where it occurred, and information that will promote safety and potentially aid in the prevention of similar crimes (crime prevention or safety tips).” While GVPD operates with the objective to keep the campus community safe and functions as a result of federal laws and requirements, Prangley said she feels that this is where the problem lies. Not with GVPD, itself, but in the institutionalized polices society is conditioned to. “It’s bigger than any one person,” Prangley said. “(Freeman) was doing her job, and she gets it from our laws. But what our laws teach us is wrong, which is victim blaming. It’s something that’s built into our institutions, and we need to understand that it’s a problem. She was using what she was supposed to use, and the fact that that is what she’s given, it’s a federal problem. The defense was valid, but it also validated my point the tools she’s working in are wrong, not her.”
Additionally, ELS often hires students from GVSU to teach English to international students in the program. Students are looking for ways to get involved and get exposed to the English language since coming to the U.S. “ELS students, staff and faculty are excited for this transition of locations,” Ghiglia said. “Hopefully, having this on-campus presence will help international students recognize the benefits of a Grand Valley study.”
sources and thoughts for students with disabilities who have wanted to go, or have around, they would say, gone, abroad. The second speaker of the ‘In a meter there will be a curb, and in half a meter night, Chelsea Henrizi, is a there will be a small step up.” junior at GVSU and a blind Since Lillie returned, she athlete who regularly comhas been working to help petes in goalball. During a other students with disabili- match, teams of three try to ties to have the opportunity throw a ball with bells inside it into the opponent’s goal. to study abroad. Games consist of “Oftentimes two 12-minute (study abroad) halves. applications, “I thought I’d brochures and posters are not ...there would try it out because there would be accessible to evother people like ery single per- be other me engaged in son, and that’s people like physical activity, where I was getting frustrated,” me engaged... and so we could shatter that misLillie said. HENRIZI conception that She created CHELSEA JUNIOR ‘they can’t see the Facebook where they’re page “Abroad with Disabilities” to allow the going so they probably public to discuss ideas, re- shouldn’t run, or they prob-
ably shouldn’t throw a discus, etc.,’” Henrizi said. She has now been playing the sport for eight years. Last June, she competed with the Georgia Firebolts in the national championships in Vancouver, Wash. Henrizi scored the final goal to win the match. “That really boosted my confidence,” she said. “I scored on the hardest scorer in the entire world, plus I blocked her shot. That made me that much more confident in my goalball abilities, which also goes into working at school. Being a blind athlete is basically just like being a college sighted athlete. (Coaches) want us to keep up the good grades and go to classes. We have to stay physically fit so we have to work out all the time. The only difference is we can’t see, but we don’t let that stop us.”
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Let me tell you: Kayla Lockmiller was one of many students presenting as a part of Student Scholars Day. This year, more than 470 students participated.
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nonscientists alike.” Tara Aday, a graduate research assistant in the OURS and a member of the SSD board, said this year SSD included 320 presentations sponsored by 165 different faculty members. “It is one of the largest years that we’ve had to date with the most poster presentations that we’ve had,” Aday said. The dynamic setup of the event allowed students to take a break from their busy schedules to take part at any point during the
day. “One great thing about this event is that you don’t have to be here for the entire day for it to be a meaningful experience,” Aday said. “You could come and look at one or two posters or presentations and still have a good understanding of what research looks like.” Aday became involved with SSD as an undergraduate student. She said she hopes to see students become inspired by the research done by fellow students. “We see a lot of students who know down the road that they would like to do research but they don’t necessarily have a great
was held at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Renting out the DeVos Place for the night cost $15,000. The DeVos Place requires that Amway caters the dinner, which cost $28,000. Aside from the dinner and the venue, the next largest expense was the amenities, the extra things that students got with the price of their ticket. Amenities include the costs of the photo booths, charter buses, candy bar and the cappuccino man. These cost a total of $38,300 for the
night. Tibbe, said that coordinators could cut out all of the amenities, but then the event wouldn’t live up to GVSU’s standards for the Presidents’ Ball. “I think the students have come to expect the high-level event,” Tibbe said. She added that as the event has grown, the cost of the amenities has increased. For example, when the planners decided to have a photo booth at the event, only one was added. Another was added after realizing the high demand for it the first year, and this year there were three booths to accommodate all the students.
understanding of what research looks like,” she said. “This is a good opportunity for them to see the breadth of research that takes place at Grand Valley.” Student presenters showcased a variety of disciplines including the hard sciences, women and gender studies and political science. Freshman Austin Meadows did undergraduate research under biomedical sciences professor Frank Sylvester and was able to present the fruits of his research on a poster at SSD. His group did research on the effect of certain organic functional groups on
The cost of buses has also increased due to the high demand. Tibbe said that at the 2014 Presidents’ Ball, a total of 1,725 students took advantage of the free charter buses from Allendale to the DeVos Place, an increase of 525 riders from 2013. Presidents’ Ball budget: University Promotions Office (video/ads): $3,000 Devos Rental: $15,000 Amway Dinner: $28,000 Candy Bar: $1,000 DJ Ricky: $750 Stage/Sound: $25,000 Decorations: $8,000 Charter Buses: $10,000 Photo Booth: $2,000 Cappuccino Man: $2,300 Misc.: $1,500
crayfish. “We made the poster to present how we structured our scientific research and to present some of the promising results of our research,” Meadows said. Aday believes that all the research presentations were of equal importance and that all the students can learn from one another. “This is an opportunity for the entire community to really recognize and celebrate excellent scholarship, research and creative studies that students are doing at GV,” she said.
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SHORTS Franklin earns weekly GLIAC honor Senior sprinter Kalena Franklin of the No. 1 Grand Valley State University outdoor track and field team was tabbed as the GLIAC Athlete of the Week on Wednesday for her performance in the Big Blue Classic at Eastern Illinois University over the weekend. Franklin hit a pair of provisional marks and had a trio of top-five finishes at the two-day event. She finished first against a number of NCAA Division I opponents in the 100 meter hurdles by clocking in at 13.66 seconds, the fourth-best time Division II time this season. She also took second in the 200 meter dash. GVSU will split into three groups to compete in three different states this weekend at the Hillsdale Invite (Midland, Mich.), the Hilltopper Relays (Bowling Green, Ky.) and the Mason Spring Invite (Fairfax, Va.).
Lakers take seventh at The Jewell The Grand Valley State University men’s golf team finished seventh on Sunday at The Jewell, a 22-team event held at the Elks Run Golf Club at Batavia, Ohio. GVSU senior Chris Cunningham carded a five-over par 76 on Saturday and a three-under par 68 on Sunday to finish fifth individually. It was his third top-five finish of the 2013-2014 campaign. Malone University (+10) won the event as a team, while Ferris State University (+28) and Quincy University (+30) rounded out the top three teams. GVSU recorded a 308 (+36). The Lakers will return to action Sunday at the NCAA Regional #4 at Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Ind.
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Selgo says ‘college sports are an extracurricular activity’ amid talks of paying athletes as employees BY PETE BARROWS ASSISTANTSPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but what about a sweat-drenched studentathlete? Across NCAA Division I and Division II collegiate athletics, more than $2 billion in scholarship funds are distributed to more than 126,000 student-athletes, but in an industry where there are more than 420,000 student-athlete participants and more than $11 billion in revenue generated — despite the fact that only about the top 10 percent of athletic programs turn a profit — the equity of the student-athlete to school relationship might be questioned. For years, it has been, but on April 25, football players at Northwestern University will put it to a vote. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officially recognized and approved the
Northwestern players as employees, and pending the vote by the team, might have opened the door for the first authorized union in the landscape of college sports. While other recently arranged legal filings — for instance the O’Bannon class action suit, a suit that attacks the NCAA’s use of student-athlete’s likeness in merchandising, and the Kessler antitrust lawsuit, a suit raised against the five power conferences (the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12) that would allow student-athletes to be paid beyond their athletic scholarships — if approved, could have an immediate and wide-ranging effect on the scope of Division I college athletics, the Northwestern vote would pertain only to Northwestern...at least for now. The question remains, though, if one domino is tipped, how many others will tumble? How far will the proverbial Rue Goldberg machine reach? What
exactly is a student-athlete — are they participants in extra-curricular activities or service providers for the institutions that they represent? And how should they be classified? “I would personally disagree with the National Labor Relations Board, and I would say studentathletes are not employees,” Grand Valley State University Director of Athletics Tim Selgo said. “I have a hard time with what little I know about unions and unionization of how you could declare student-athletes as employees, but the question at the heart of all of this remains: are they employees or not? “From my viewpoint, college sports are an extra-curricular activity. It’s a voluntary activity, distinct from employment. Any student-athlete could choose not to participate if he or she didn’t SEE GAME ON A8
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he first time he boarded an airplane, he jumped from it. He’s a skydiving, strikethrowing, out-garnering right-hander who seemingly fell from the sky and onto the Grand Valley State University baseball team. Junior transfer Evan Nietfeldt, who was tabbed as the GLIAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday, has hit the ground running since making the jump from the NJCAA to the NCAA in the offseason. Nietfeldt’s leap to Division II baseball has been a work in progress ever since his freshman campaign at South Suburban College under coach Steve Ruzich 2 . 2 3 U S I in South Holland, 3.04 LEWIS Ill. “When we first 3 . 1 0 W S U got him, he was such a project,” Ruzich 3 . 2 1 W S U said. “He was raw. His freshman year 3 . 3 1 T I F F I N he was okay, but 4 . 0 7 O D U the one thing was he really bought into doing the extra work, just constantly working
out in the weight room and doing the extra stuff he was supposed to do.” Nietfeldt began to tack on mass in the winter months after his rookie season, and it paid off. He went 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA on his way to being named a Region IV All-Region honoree in 2013. Since landing in Allendale, his progression has skyrocketed since he started throwing from the stretch rather than the windup and learning to consistently locate his fastball near the bottom of the zone. “One of the things he has done an extremely
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good job of is keeping his pitch count down per inning,” GVSU coach Jamie Detillion said. “In the offseason, we worked on a couple of things mechanically to help him out just to get his body and arm in shape.” The 2014 stat lines have been ridiculous. Nietfeldt (5-0) has surrendered less than six hits in each of his six starts this season. His five wins are tied for the most in the GLIAC, while his ERA (0.90) is the lowest among pitchers with more than one start. “He’s become a great leader on our pitching staff, he throws strikes and he competes” SO BB Detillion said. “He’s not striking out a ton of guys, but we’re more 3 4 interested in getting outs than strikeouts.” 4 1 In his last 34 innings of work, the Homewood, 1 2 Ill. product has given up only one earned run. 2 1 His fastball, which is 2 2 most often delivered in the high 80s, ends up in 4 0 strike zone more often than not. In fact, he has walked just 10 batters
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he traveling roadshow that is the Grand Valley State University baseball team returned home for a delightful day on the diamond after playing its first 26 games away from Allendale. More than 600 strong were on hand to catch a few rays and a glimpse of the action against rival Saginaw Valley State University on Wednesday at the GVSU Baseball Field, and the home team didn’t disappoint. GVSU was powered by a pair of dominant pitching performances from sophomore Russell Griffin and senior Sean Clancy as the Lakers limited SVSU to just nine hits overall in the 4-0 and 13-1 victories. “Russell threw a pretty good game,” coach Jamie Detillion said. “We’ve still got to cut the walks down for both him and Sean, but our pitchers kept us in the game the entire time. That’s what we expect out of them.” The Lakers, who donned camouflage uniforms
as part of Military Appreciation Week, looked fine on the mound while their top-three starters had the day off. Griffin gave up five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings of work in game one before Clancy Getting dirty: Senior Stuart Eisler picks up the grounder at short stop. The surrendered four hits, Lakers beat the Cardinals in two straight games at home. three walks and one baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni said. “That was earned run in 6.0 innings of the nightcap. our turnaround point last year – once we started “That’s what we need when we have multiple getting outside and getting on-field swings – and it games without our top three guys going,” Detillion definitely carried over today.” said. Nine different Lakers supplied at least one hit The Lakers were just as impressive in the batter’s in the rout. box, but after stranding 11 runners in game one, Brugnoni went 5-for-6 overall in the twinbill they found something to work on in game two. and added a trio of RBIs to push his GLIACThe hitters got it going offensively with a four- leading total to 35. run third inning and a five-run fourth to effectively Meanwhile, junior right fielder Jamie Potts went put the game out of reach early. “We finally got outside yesterday,” senior first
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5-for-7 on the day to balloon his GLIAC-leading batting average to .443 on the season. “I was happy all around, it was a good day for us,” Potts said. “Guys get comfortable seeing their pitcher a few at-bats in a row. A lot of guys stepped up.”
NIETFELDT CONTINUED FROM A7 “Obviously looking at his numbers there, he must have cut down on the walk scenarios and he’s getting down on the hitters,” Ruzich said. “He’s very intelligent, he’s one of the smartest guys we had — very knowledgeable of the game.” The arsenal includes more than a fastball. His roommate and fellow pitcher Kevin Hallberg — who also
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The 15th-ranked Lakers move to 21-7 overall on the season with a 12-2 mark in conference play. SVSU dropped to 6-18 with a 3-11 GLIAC record. GVSU had played 11 “home” games this year at alternate sites, including Farmer’s Athletic Complex at Davenport University and Oestrike Stadium at Eastern Michigan University. “It feels good,” Potts said. “It was kind of weird to have your first home games halfway through the season. It was awesome to
see the support we got today. “There were a lot of students and family that came out. It was great to be here and see everybody.” GVSU President Thomas Haas, Louie the Laker, and a number of other student-athletes from Athletics were also in attendance. The “travelling road show” will hit the road once again for its next seven contests, starting this weekend with a doubleheader at Walsh University on Saturday.
came over to GVSU from SSC — said Nietfeldt’s slider isn’t his only secondary pitch. “He’s got a plus change-up that can devastate hitters,” Hallberg said. “He throws strikes and gets ground balls. He’s a strike thrower — a full package.” Nietfeldt, a film major and part-time adrenaline junkie, has certainly appeared to a complete pitcher thus far in a limited sample size. He’s got the stats of a rock-star ace, but his knack for racking up
outs is rooted in the trust he has for not only his teammates, but also his stuff. “I just go out there, clear my mind and throw the ball — I don’t think,” Nietfeldt said. “Individually, my goal is just to give my team a chance to win.” If he continues to consistently work the zone and manufacture outs, there’s no telling how high he can elevate his game in the years to come.
monetary contract. That college sports are a business, even if we would choose to perceive them as the last frontier of pure, unadulterated amateur sport. That no matter how much money an institution stands to make from merchandising, player branding or advertising, that the student-athletes that sign on know the rules of the game just as well as the schools do and agreed to play by them when they enlisted their services. “Anytime there is a unionization, it’s usually
want to do it, and if you want to be successful at it, you must be dedicated and you must be committed, because it is highly competitive.” It has also been argued that as much revenue and attention a high-profile student-athlete can bring to an institution — that a signed scholarship, an agreement to play for a team and a program — is every bit as binding as a
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because there are a few at the top getting wealthy on the backs of others, and I’m sure that’s what those student-athletes are looking at,” Selgo said. “They’re watching people in college athletics getting wealthy, while they’re doing all the work, and so it’s understandable that we’re at this point. “At the same time, I think that the concern Mark Emmert (NCAA CEO) is expressing — that our current model of collegiate athletics, and keep in mind, we’re the only nation in the world that has this model that has worked extremely well, has a high-degree of interest in our society and has benefited a lot of men and women, is going to be impacted in a negative way — has always been a legitimate concern. “Regardless of the complaints one would have with this model — and everything in sports is up for debate — a governing body like the NCAA, whether you call it the NCAA or something else, is still needed, and it has served both the schools in the association, and this country very well.” Under the current construct, Division II programs like GVSU are allotted 36 scholarship equivalencies for football, generally divided among the team in quarter and half-ride denominations and funded both directly by the institution, and through ticket sales, sponsorships and fundraising generated directly by the athletic program. Other GVSU teams, as well as other Division II athletic programs, are funded similarly, although in most cases on a lower scale; there are not many Division II programs that generate more funds than GVSU football. And under the current construct, even if a union deal is reached, Division II athletic programs are not likely to be heavily affected... for now. That could change if the student-athlete label of “employee” sticks. “It’s something I figured would eventually happen because of how much players invest into what they do everyday, but it’s been interesting to watch it develop,” GVSU football and baseball standout Jamie Potts said. “Eventually, there has to be something done — a lot of these bigtime players are making so much money for their schools that not doing anything is going to become problematic — and I think in some capacity, this movement is going to gain a lot of steam. “I think sports can teach you a lot, especially in college, and can help you grow as a person, but I also think that there are athletes making their schools more well-known and bringing attention to their schools that wouldn’t exist otherwise. It’s a symbiotic relationship in a lot of ways, but with everything athletes do, I tend to lean more towards the players side of the perspective. “Playing sports, all the trips and all the workouts and all of the practices, it all consumes a lot of your time — it’s like a job, honestly — but I do see where both sides are coming from.” In labor law, whether an employer is actually making money isn’t particularly relevant, either; the only thing that matters is the employee label and whether an individual is working for someone’s benefit. Employer profit margins aside, employees, by law, still must be compensated — and empowered with the right to negotiate. On a Division I level, that right could lead to a proposal including terms like more advanced injury prevention, guaranteed medical coverage for sport-related injuries and full-cost, five-year scholarships — and a complete rejection of payfor-play, which at the moment, has not even been formally proposed at Northwestern. On a Division II level, or even a Division III level where there are no formal scholarships endowed, if a union is made available to join,
that right could lead to a proposal of more comprehensive scholarship funding for a wider population of student-athletes, albeit at a greater, potentially limiting cost to the university. “Even if joining a union were an option for me, it’d be tough to decide,” Potts said. “I understand the concerns, but I think there are better ways to solve them than what they’re going for right now. “Instead of paying players or deciding who gets what, I think if they’re going to do anything concerning money that they should generate more scholarships. There are a lot of athletes that spend a lot of time and aren’t getting paid very much to go to school. They’re getting $1,000 or maybe their books paid for, but I think with the funds schools have access to and the amount of time the athletes put in, more could be done. “There are so many kids, here at GVSU even, that commit so much of their time and energy to their programs. You know we have guys on the football team that are considered walk-ons who aren’t getting any kind of scholarship or financial aid, that are helping our team get better and playing just because they love it. And as a scholarship athlete, it’s tough to see that because you’re there and are getting a lot more than they are to do the same thing. “It’s just one of those things that needs to be changed, and I think at most any school, it’s something than can be changed. For most schools and athletic programs, it isn’t a lack of money that’s the problem, and I think if you’re going to have these sports teams, you should be able to take care of your players, at least as far as school is concerned, for their contributions.” In the struggle to create balance in college sports, perhaps the problem is that there is no true balance to be found. If athletes are to be one day paid, or more acutely, granted a bigger piece of the pie they help bake, who gets what? For every Johnny Manziel that, as reported by TIME magazine, in 2012 helped Texas A&M generate an estimated $72 million in branded merchandise in a year, there are hundreds of other student-athletes that cost the university to keep — should everyone get an equal cut? Do all athletes get treated equally? How would athletes be proportionally compensated without creating factions amongst teams, without destroying college sports as we know them? Perhaps the answer is they can’t. That a rose by any other name is just a stick with thorns. For now, Selgo and the rest of GVSU Athletics are content to wait and watch for the dominoes to fall — if they fall at all — while concentrating instead on matters at hand. Like a spring sport season that is finally getting a little spring weather, and hosting NCAA national champions in men’s golf and outdoor track and field in May. Although as long as there’s (absorbent amounts of) money in college sports, the questions will continue to be asked until all the rose pedals have been picked off — even if it takes years before GVSU has to answer any of them. “I think anytime that you’re getting school paid for, even if it’s not a full ride, to do something you love, is worth it, but I think, maybe not so much on the Division II and III levels, that there are players on the Division I that get so little of a reward in proportion to what they provide,” Potts said. “The NCAA, the BCS, college sports will all be affected in some way, and it’ll be interesting to see what the scale and range of that impact will be. Good for college athletes if they get more out of the school-athlete relationship, but if not, it is what it is; at least you get to do something you love a few extra years.”
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aker Nation. It’s an interesting concept. Tucked away in an almost-rural town in West Michigan, Grand Valley State University is home to more than 24,000 students. Most of these residents hail from Michigan, while some make the short trip in from the Chicago suburbs. But GVSU’s reach stretches all over the nation, holding surprising connections from the eastern seaboard all the way to the shining shores of the West Coast. Just ask Kira Dosenberry. It was for those connections that she chose to leave the 80-degree Elysium that is San Diego, Calif., to play lacrosse for Alicia Groveston in “little Antarctica” or, as some call it, Allendale. “I’ve never experienced anything like this (winter) before,” Dosenberry said. “I’d be sad looking at my friend’s Instagram and Facebook pictures. “It’s been hard, but being busy has helped a ton.” Then why did Dosenberry choose to come to an NCAA Division II school about 2,200 miles away from her hometown in Southern California? You’ll have to go back to 1985 to find the
answer. After going through two coaches in two years, the GVSU baseball program settled on a man named Andy Chopp for the job. Chopp filled the position admirably, amassing 365 wins in 14 seasons at the helm. Although he left in 1998, his legacy lives on in Laker Blue in 2014 in the form of his niece, Dosenberry. While carving her own way in GVSU’s newest varsity sport, the freshman midfielder has given opponents a full list of to-dos if they want to keep her in check. Despite only starting in two of the Lakers’ 10 games this season, she has managed to accumulate nine points, seven of which are goals. Her accuracy stands out, as Dosenberry has managed to put 14 of her 17 shot attempts on goal, leading anyone to believe that her numbers will continue to accumulate – and perhaps skyrocket – throughout this season and into the years ahead. “She’s incredibly good at hustling and placing her shots,” said roommate and fellow freshman standout Ryan Skomial. “When she gets the opportunity to shoot, she generally takes advantage of it, and, if she does miss, she hustles to get back on defense.” Dosenberry and Skomial both made their
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Dosenberry adds scoring threat to Laker offense BY ADAM KNORR
For the win: The Lakers face off against Roberts Wesleyan in a recent game. The team had a three-game losing streak early in the season, but it pulled together to win the last few games.
offensive presence felt in the team’s first home game of the season on March 31, as both rookies chipped in with a hat trick. However, were it not for her own ambition, Dosenberry might not be a Laker today. In high school, her talent was enough to merit considerations from the University of Michigan along with Division II powerhouse Rollins College. “She’s a steal, to be perfectly honest,” Groveston said. “She fell through the cracks. She’s super athletic, aggressive, and willing to do the dirty work.” Anyone that comes in contact with Dosen-
berry in her lacrosse element will likely reflect Groveston’s observation. She has quickly made an impact with her new team by displaying a work ethic that stands out, perhaps even more so than her natural skill. While no one can predict what Dosenberry will do in the future, one thing is sure: Laker Nation is happy to have her. GVSU returns to the pitch this weekend in its first of three home games against AldersonBroaddus University on Friday at 7 p.m.
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Andrasik, Gevaart dazzle as GV sweeps SV Pitchers fuel Laker softball team in first home series TBAKER@LANTHORN.COM
n Wednesday afternoon, the Grand Valley State University softball team hosted Lake Superior State University in a doubleheader for its first home games of the 2014 season. In the first of the two games, GVSU sophomore Sara Andrasik took to the circle with hopes of extending the team’s streak of three straight scoreless games. It appeared that the streak would continue in game one, until LSSU picked up a run in the sixth inning. Despite the sole run allowed, Andrasik still picked up the win as she pitched a complete seven-inning game with four strikeouts while giving up just three hits in the 13-1 win. “Sara did a nice job of keeping the hitters off stride,” coach Doug Woods said. “She stayed consistent throughout the game, which was key to her getting the outs that she needed.” The Laker bats were hot right from the start, as they tallied runs in every inning but the fifth. None was bigger than senior Briauna Taylor’s two-run shot to left-center field in the third inning, which pushed the Laker lead to 4-0. It was Taylor’s 30th career home run, which ranks fourth all time in program history. The team’s top four hitters (freshman Jenna Lenza, freshman Kelsey Dominguez, Taylor, and senior Miranda Cleary) went 9-18, with three doubles, one homer, six total runs and 10 RBIs. “That’s probably where the strength of our lineup is, and they
proved it,” Woods said. “I think that they feed off of each other, it was great to see them all going at once. I was looking for it in their second game, however.” It was a completely different story in the second game as GVSU struggled to get anything going offensively. In fact, the team’s first hit didn’t come until Lenza hit a single in the fourth inning. Luckily for GVSU, junior starter Lauren Gevaart was in complete control on the mound. “You have to credit our defense; they did a great job of backing me up throughout the game,” Gevaart said. “Staying calm in tight situations and trusting your defense had a lot to do with my performance today.” A big reason for GVSU’s ineffectiveness at the plate was due to Taylor’s absence. She had a school- Endless energy: Sophomore Sara Andrasik pitched the entire game against Lake Superior State on Wednesday. related function around the start of the nightcap. “Briauna is graduating and will be soon getting Next up was Dominguez, who stepped up to the plate and hit a into our nursing program. She had a meeting that she had to attend and it was something that she couldn’t miss,” Woods said. gapper for the walk-off RBI. “I was just trying to tell myself that I needed to get something “We would’ve loved to have her here for the second game, but it’s going for us offensively,” Lenza said. “Any sort of spark was what academics, and you have to take care of that first.” I was hoping for. Thankfully I got the hit that we needed and my The Laker bats, which were quiet through the first seven innings, came to life in the bottom of the eighth inning of the 0-0 teammates stepped up and finished it off for us.” Next up for GVSU is a three-game homestand this this weekend game when Lenza hit a line drive to deep-right center, just over the against a trio of GLIAC foes. center fielder’s head. GVL | HANNAH MICO
BY TATE BAKER
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Spring Dance Concert shows off students’ versatility
While the semester may be winding down, many students’ schedules are doing everything but. Students who understand this phenomenon well are Grand Valley State University’s dance majors. This weekend will showcase a semester’s worth of preparation culminating in the dance department’s Spring Dance Concert. “It’s rewarding (to see the concert) because you see the growth — not only from where the piece starts. Even during the week of the show when we are running pieces every single night, you see the growth in that one week from the beginning of the semester,” said Carrie Brueck Morris, a GVSU dance professor. “You have new people rising up to the challenge in each concert. It’s very rewarding in that way.” The Spring Dance Concert showcases the training and skills dance majors learn throughout the semester, and it features a variety of pieces. The concert will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. “The program, itself, has a lot of variety: there’s two ballet works, jazz, (and) there’s a few really distinctly different modern dance works, so the performers have to be really versatile. That’s another way that (the dancers are) growing in general,” said Jessica Bonenfant, this semester’s sabbatical replacement for Shawn Bible. “One minute they might be on stage with pointe shoes, and ten minutes later they’re moving really grounded and they have a mohawk or something. That’s
potentially happening in one of the guest artist’s works. It’s a challenge (the dancers) rise to really well.” Each dance concert features choreography from both faculty members and guest artists-inresidence. “We choose a range of people to provide students and the audience with a diverse perspective,” Morris said. “It’s not just the same people always choreographing, but something new. Even the faculty… are always creating new works for these concerts.” This year, the semester features works choreographed by artists such as Marlayna Locklear and Rebecca Lemme. The dance department typically invites guest artists after hearing about them through word-of- On point: The dance department at Grand Valley State University is preparing for its mouth or by becoming familiar with Spring Concert, which combines a variety of styles and songs. their work through dance reviews. choreographers prefer to have their routines set from the getOnce the artists are lined up to teach at GVSU, they come for a go, she prefers to let her pieces grow. one-week intensive workshop in which they teach students the “It’s been a crazy process collaborating with the performers choreography. The faculty then spend the rest of the semester — they’re contributing material and partnering ideas,” working through that choreography with the students. Bonenfant said. “They’re also contributing their voices. There As one of the faculty members, Bonenfant created a piece was speaking with the poetry, but now some of that has for the dance concert. She found inspiration from images as become singing. I even ended up changing the song I was well as poetry by Jim Carroll working with. Now (the piece has gotten) a doo wop, retro, and Anne Sexton. ‘50s-’60s feeling.” “I started (choreographing) She said she feels that her piece presents the dancers an where I started, and where opportunity to try something new. I ended was different “I think it challenged them in new ways because there’s not — I ended somewhere a lot of speaking and singing in modern dance here at Grand unexpected,” Bonenfant said. Valley,” Bonenfant said. “So they’re developing new skills or “I started with images of these drawing skills from other parts of their life. They have this underwater sculptures that experience, and we speak everyday to translate that to the have all these beautiful sea stage. It has been a growing experience for them. It’s dance plant life growing on them…I theatre.” have ended up along the way The concert will show audiences the ways in which GVSU working with a different poem has prepared its dancers for the professional world. by Anne Sexton and letting go “Grand Valley really prepared me to go out into the dance of the underwater imagery world and succeed in a variety of styles,” said Carley Klebba, and figuring out that is a work a senior dance major. “I could go to a commercial audition about love letters.” for Beyoncé or I could audition for a company…. They’ve While some prepared me to be ready for everything.” GVL | MARISSA DILLON
BY MARY MATTINGLY
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Chamber music, due to the intimacy experienced among its performers, has been described as “the music of friends.” This week, that friendship will extend beyond the members of Grand Valley State University’s chamber groups to include other student musicians. Three organizations belonging to the GVSU department of music and dance — the Cantate Chamber Ensemble, the University Arts Chorale and the Chamber Orchestra — will join together Thursday to perform in the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Ellen Pool, director of Choral Activities, said the Cantate Chamber Ensemble will open the concert with a collection of pieces that will be sung without accompaniment. “The Cantate Chamber Ensemble is a highly selective, 16-voice ensemble of men and women,” Pool said. “(They) perform a wide variety of music including spirituals, folk, song arrangements and vocal jazz.” Following the Cantate Chamber Ensemble’s performance, the University
Arts Chorale and the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Henry Duitman, will combine to execute Mozart’s Coronation Mass No. 15. “Collaborating with other performance ensembles provides opportunity to present music of specific genres,” Pool said. “The University Arts Chorale welcomes the experience of singing a Mass by Mozart with the orchestra as it was originally intended when the 23-year-old composer wrote it. It is exciting for us to recreate this choral/ orchestral masterpiece.” The University Arts Chorale is an auditioned curricular chorale ensemble of 60 singers. While the group includes music majors, it also welcomes singers from other academic disciplines, such as Tyler Francavilla, a junior English education major at GVSU. Francavilla said the building in which the performance is being held is key to the experience. “The room is a beautiful space with great acoustics, particularly for the kind of music we’re performing,” Francavilla said. “Performing with a large group — especially with (the) orchestra — in there is absolutely riveting.” Completed in 1779, this Mass is one of the most
popular of Mozart’s 17 settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. “Mozart is jubilant music, though firmly rooted in the Classical era,” Francavilla said. “Expect a choir and orchestra blending sweeping musical passages with vibrant proclamations of faith.” Francavilla explained that the piece is a religious text, and the music is elegantly composed and expressive of many emotions. The University Arts Chorale typically performs two concerts each semester, and the concert on Thursday will be its last appearance of the school year. For Travis Brock, a freshman and member of the chorale, the best part of Thursday’s performance will be the feeling he instills in the audience. “Singing is a huge part of my life, and I love doing it,” Brock said. “When I sing for an audience, it gives me a thrill. It makes me feel as if I am changing those peoples’ days for the better.” And as Francavilla said, the combination of ensembles added to the exceptional environment will make for a memorable experience for all. “The atmosphere is going to be serious, but with the exuberant joy of praise and celebration associated with the Mass,” he said.
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Spotlight Productions ushers in summer with country music David Nail joins Sam Hunt, The Henningsens to perform at the annual Spring Concert SPENDOWSKI@LANTHORN.COM
s the frigid wind chills have faded to a brisk breeze, the thoughts of warm summer days emerge in the minds of Grand Valley State University students each time the sun makes an appearance. Its rays resonate more than the freedom of summer; they also turn the musical dial to a country tune. “Historically so, and in the past few years, country music has really embraced this sort of celebratory vibe, and summertime is one of the biggest things in country music. So summer and all that it represents runs through a lot of music,” said country musician Sam Hunt. “Country music can be a really good backdrop for it (summer), or it can promote summer activities. Overall, I think it is just a fun-loving genre that embraces summertime.” This is the second year that GVSU’s Spotlight Productions has booked country artists for the spring concert, which takes place Thursday. Once the student body voted on the genre, Spotlight contacted a Concertideas.com representative to shuffle through the options. With the hit “Whatever She’s Got” reverberating from many radio stations around the area, David Nail fit the bill. “Last year at the end of the school year, we took a poll of the students about what type of music genre they would like to see,” said Executive Vice President of Spotlight Productions Zachary Morford. “Country was one of the most popular genres, so we decided to go on the route of country. David Nail has a really big hit on the radio, so we (figured) he would be a good fit for our school.” The up-and-coming artists The Henningsens and Hunt, currently touring with Nail, create a country trifecta for the concert. “I listened to a lot of these artists before I moved to Nashville,” Hunt said. “To be in a place now in my career that I am able to share some of the same shows and play with these guys and open up for these guys is really cool.”
He said students will not experience the stereotypical strums of country music but a melting pot of hip-hop beats, lyrics of the south and new-age baseline. Fans have said that Nail, Hunt and The Henningsens all step outside the limits set by the music industry. “What makes it country (music) for the most part is the fact that I am from the country and I grew up listening to a lot of country music. The lyrics tell stories and they are more (traditionally) country, but the Play on: David Nail will be performing on Thursday evening at Grand Valley State University as a part musical elements of Spotlight Productions’ Spring Concert. Spotlight chose country as this year’s theme. aren’t so much,” Hunt and large bags, and weapons. Those not complying with said. “I am from the country, and that is what put me in the country genre, the regulations will be denied access to the event or asked but I really don’t have any issues with not sticking to one to leave. Morford expects the concert to be a positive launch genre.” into summer. For those who bought pre-sale tickets, the Fieldhouse “Country music becomes a very popular genre in the doors open at 7 p.m. The day-of tickets are for sale at the 20/20 Information Desk or StarTickets.com for $15 for summertime, and because the concert is at the end of the students, $15 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $25 for school year, it’s kind of kicking off into summer,” Morford the general public. The security for the event prohibits said. “It will be a great way to get them into the summer outside food, drinks and containers, tobacco products, spirit, get them excited to be done with the school year, cameras and recording devices, illegal drugs, backpacks and a great way to get them to relieve some stress before finals.” COURTESY | MARY CATHERINE KINNEY
BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI
GV interns help bring international films to GR festival BY CENIQUE YELDELL CYELDELL@LANTHORN.COM
he Grand Rapids Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers from across the world, and it also offers a variety of events. With so many things going on, serious planning was needed, and several
Grand Valley State students were given the chance to be a part of the festival’s production. The annual festival takes place in downtown Grand Rapids and includes 46 films that will compete for awards such as best documentary and best student film. The
films range from familyfriendly animations to thrillers, offering a wide selection. Synopses of each of the films are available on the GRFF’s website, as is more information about a young professionals mixer, awards ceremony and Special Olympics event.
“The interesting thing about the films is that they are all diverse, unique and extremely cinematic in terms of production quality,” said GVSU student Nicholas DiCarlo, an intern for the film festival. “There truly is a film for everyone, and the diversity
WEEKEND LISITINGS 4.10-4.14 4/10 BFA Exhibition: Wide Open Performing Arts Center Art Gallery 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
4/12 Grand Rapids Psychic Fair! Riverfront Hotel. Admission is free. 270 Ann St NE. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
4/10 KMK-Jacqui Kyle, Rory Miller, and Emily Krutcsh’s Senior Art Exhibition Padnos Student Gallery of the Calder Art Center 5-7 p.m.
4/12 Jake’s Music Festival Wealthy Theatre. Admission is free. 1130 Wealthy St SE. www.grcmc.org/theatre 6 p.m.
4/10 Pin Drop Concert feat. Teddy Geiger. Tickets are $25 in advance. Seven Steps Up Live Music & Event Venue. www.pindropconcerts.com. 7:30 p.m.
4/12 Grand Valley Dance Troupe presents “Shaping Minds: One Turn at a Time” Allendale High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and can be bought at the door. 2 & 8 p.m.
4/10 Choral and Chamber Ensemble Concert Cook-DeWitt Center 8 p.m.
4/12 Spring Dance Concert Louis Armstrong Theatre 8 p.m.
4/10 Spring Concert 2014: David Nail Field house. Tickets are $15 for students the day of the concert 8 p.m.
is incredible.” In addition to the film showings, there are production workshops to learn about the filmmaking process hands-on from coming up with an idea to producing it, panel discussions on finding a job as a filmmaker and funding projects, and lectures by a Hollywood costume designer and Kendall College of Art and Design’s fashion department. Amy Hallochak is an intern for the festival as the behind-the-scenes team coordinator. She works with students from various colleges, universities and trade schools in the Grand Rapids area, who are put into teams and assigned to capture footage of the events in order to create videos for GRFF’s social media channels. Hallochak is also the homecoming coordinator for the Laker Traditions Team, an organization at
GVSU that helps coordinate campus traditions throughout the year and build a community within GVSU. Since the team’s event ExtravaGRANDza coincides with the festival, it has linked up with the GRFF this year. “Students should attend the festival because there are many free panels for students and film enthusiasts to gain more knowledge about filmmaking,” Hallochak said. “Additionally, the festival is a great way to learn about the filmmaking community in the Grand Rapids area, as well as a way to connect with others.” The film celebration kicked off April 9 and continues through April 13. Tickets are $5 for a film block, $15 for a day pass and $30 for the entire festival. For more information on the GRFF, visit the website at www.grfilmfestival.com.
4/12 GrooVe! Hits the High “Cs!” Grand River Room. 8 p.m.
4/11 Early Music Faculty Recital Sherman Van Solkema Hall 6 p.m.
4/13 Spring Dance Concert Louis Armstrong Theatre 2 p.m.
4/11West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Beloit Snappers Fifth Third Ballpark. Visit website for ticket prices. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t582. 6:35 p.m.
4/13 Norwegian Territorial Band Concert The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. 2500 S. Division. Free admission. 3 p.m.
4/11 GriZ at The Intersection. Tickets are $20 the day of the show. 133 Grandville Ave SW. www.sectionlive.com 8 p.m.
4/13 William Baum Endowment Fund Series: Dmitri Novgorodsky, piano Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall 3 p.m.
4/11 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Louis Armstrong Theatre 8 p.m.
4/13 Monthly Pinball Tournament The Pyramid Scheme. www.pyramidschemebar.com 5 p.m.
4/11 Grand Valley Dance Troupe presents “Shaping Minds: One Turn at a Time” Allendale High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and can be bought at the door. 8 p.m.
4/13 Concert Band Louis Armstrong Theatre 8 p.m.
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MARKETPLACE Announcements Grand Valley Artists is an art organization that is 58 years old. We meet to nurture each other and provide critiques and sketch opportunities. We are currently looking for models for our Sketch Sessions. It's a great way to earn extra money. We pay $15 an hour for clothed modeling and $20 for nude modeling. We have 2 1/2 and 3 hour sessions. You can find any information about GVA at www.grandvalleyartists.com If you're interested in this opportunity please call Kathy at (616) 540-5744 SabrosĂsimo will be hosting our annual BAILA CONMIGO Event. A Latin Dance Showcase and open dance, at Grand Valley State University! FREE ADMISSION, FREE FOOD! Performances from multiple organizations. April 19th, 2014. Doors Open at 5:30pm at Pere Marquette in Kirkhof
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