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UAS looks on past success, future improvement By Lizzy Balboa GVL News Editor


rand Valley State University relies on a number of councils that work to make sure the campus runs smoothly and remains up-to-date. One of these assemblies is the University Academic Senate, which involves administrators and faculty representatives from departments around campus who wish to have a voice in the future of the university. During the 2011-2012 school year, the UAS celebrated a number of achievements, including the establishment of a religious studies program, recommendation to the Provost to accept the General Education program, cancellation of classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and reduction of the number of personnel reviews professors must undergo before being considered for tenure. “I’ve heard from many individuals (students, faculty,

and deans alike) that last year was a very productive year for us in terms of making impactful recommendations to the provost which allows our university to grow and become an even better place to learn and work,” said Figen Mekik, UAS chair. Mekik added that the UAS worked effectively as a group and experienced minimal inner-group conflict, and her vice chair, Cory DiCarlo, agreed. “There were many times that people were on either side of an issue, but that is expected and beneficial,” DiCarlo said. “Even though we all have ideas as different as the subjects we individually teach, the overarching goal of the senate is to continue to shape a university dedicated to providing the best possible education for the students who attend. Every decision starts and ends with this criteria.” Although they said group maintenance is hardly an issue, the vice chair said the UAS will experience some


Slugger: Figen Mikek, chair of the University Academic Senate at GVSU, stands in front of her book collection in her office. Mekik said that although UAS accomplished a lot in the past year, there is still room for improvement this coming year.

internal changes to work more efficiently. One adjustment for the new year is a transition to include more online evaluation of UAS documents requiring multi-group reviews. The

online process will allow for more streamlined editing and revision by groups within the senate, thereby providing the council more time to address more important issues. These topics include the

possibility of a fall break similar to ‘spring break,’ which was brought to the UAS by the Student Senate and would put GVSU in line with many other public institutions; the review of new program pro-

posals, like an LGBTQ minor and new health science program; and the possible revision of Advanced Placement score levels. SEE UAS, A3

I.T. updates servicBy Rachel Cross GVL Staff Writer

The Information Technology department at Grand Valley State University has been implementing new changes to services, starting with the end of July, when IT changed it’s anti-spam solution program from Proofpoint to Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange for faculty and staff. This new program will limit incoming e-mail messages from outside GVSU to 100 megabytes, and a quarantine message will be sent out daily.

This quarantine message notifies faculty if the system recognizes an email as spam or not, and the staff can then determine if they want it to be moved to their junk folder. Bill Fisher, associate director for technical services, promoted the switch to Forefront, at no cost, from a previous three-year Microsoft agreement that Fisher said totaled at $48,000. “Before switching to Forefront, we were paying quite a bit for Proofpoint,” Fisher said. “It made sense to

integrate this program because it already came with our campus use agreement.” Sue Korzinek, director of IT, was another key-player in the university’s switch to Forefront. “GVSU students will benefit from this change because we are continuing to budget resources to allocate money by reviewing products we use,” Korzinek said. “It’s a fiscally SEE I.T., A3


Warm welcome: President Thomas J. Haas speaks with members of GVSU’s Graduate Student Association at the DeVos Hall University Club Wednesday.




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he Graduate Student Association at Grand Valley State University puts on many different events throughout the year to get both new and returning graduate students to feel more welcome and connected to campus and their peers. At their first event of the year, GSA brought in President Thomas J. Haas to their weekly Wednesday night meetings at the DeVos Center’s University Club. The event gave members of GSA the chance to hear Haas speak in a more informal manner and allowed them the opportunity to ask questions. “The purpose of GSA is to build a graduate community,” said Austin Dean, GSA president.

“There is a lot of emphasis on undergraduate students, but graduate students need that too, and we forget that sometimes.” During his talk with GSA, Haas said there are almost 900 new graduate students at GVSU this year, including more full-time graduate students than there were in past years. “We want to help you reach for a goal, but also help you connect with each other and staff,” Haas said. With GVSU adding more new buildings and increasing space, Haas said he wants to make the graduate programs grow even more. “I would like it to grow by 1,000 students in the next five years in full time programs, but it comes down to additional space,” he said. “I want to reach out and SEE GSA, A3






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NEWS BRIEFS 5K run/walk being held to raise money and awareness for blood cancer On a journey to find a cure for blood cancer, raise money for medicine and patient services, and be a support system to those who have blood cancer, GVSU student Jacqueline Dospil has planned an event to raise money and awareness for the cause. Dospil has arranged for GVSU to host a 5K run/walk on campus Sept. 9. Registration has already begun and is taking place on Facebook at Purple wristbands similar to those distributed by Livestrong will be sold at the event to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research, outreach and patient services. Dospil’s goal for this event is $2,000, and she will be accepting donations from those who do not wish to participate in the event.

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures makes new magazine—“Waves” Since languages touch so many people throughout the world and are ubiquitous, just like water and waves, the Department of Languages and Literatures decided to name their new magazine “Waves.” An online version of the magazine is available to everyone through the MLL Department website, and the department members hope for it to spark an interest in students taking languages around GVSU. The magazine includes the work of students, faculty, staff and alumni from the MLL department and has feature stories about the benefits of studying languages. The idea was conceived by MLL Chair Majd Al-Mallah, who is an associate professor of Arabic at GVSU. Al-Mallah said in his first article in the magazine, “learning a language and a culture can open the door to a wide range of career options. Employers are seeking well-rounded individuals, particularly those with a second language.”

Haas sets goals for GVSU GVSU President Thomas Haas filed a report Wednesday called “Expanding Our Reach: 2012-2013 and Beyond.” The report discusses student and university accomplishments, as well as goals to improve the institution this year and in the future. “As we start a new year, I’d like to encourage you to reach forward, to stretch toward our 2013 and 2015 goals and our future as the state’s most innovative, creative and entrepreneurial university,” Haas said. To read the entire report, visit gvnow/files/ckfinder/userfiles/files/GVSU%20Expanding. pdf.



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Cheers for Lakers: Students engage in legal alcohol consumption during last years’ tailgater at Grand Valley State University.

YAE grant activated for first home game BY ANYA ZENTMEYER GVL EDITOR IN CHIEF


n Saturday at 7 p.m., the Grand Valley State University football team will go head-to-head with Notre Dame College at Lubbers Stadium in the Lakers’ first home game of the season. With that in mind, Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Grand Valley Police Department, said students can expect an increased police presence before, during and after the football game. The increased police force is a re-

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often enough) to cover the vast majority of those dates that have historically had a higher preponderance of underage drinking.” BRANDON DEHAAN



sult of an annual grant of $13,000, awarded to GVPD by the Office of Highway Safety and Planning. Activation of the grant allows for university police to bring in officers from the Ottawa County Sherriff’s Department to aid GVPD to monitor underage drinking during events with a “greater likelihood of underage alcohol consumption.” The grant pays OCSD officers timeand-a-half for their work plus regular benefits when activated. Event-oriented dates like the first week of school, home football games, St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween, to name a few, spur the activation of the grant. “(The grant is activated often enough) to cover the vast majority of those event dates that have historically had a higher preponderance of underage drinking,” DeHaan said. Per usual, tailgating for GVSU’s first home game will begin no more than three hours immediately before the scheduled kick-off, and within an hour of the game’s completion, in lots C, F and G. Alcohol consumption is prohibited throughout campus during the actual game itself, with the exception of the Corporate Suites and the

President’s Suite. GVSU’s tailgating policies explicitly state that any violation of tailgating regulations “may result in immediate termination of tailgating privileges and criminal prosecution or disciplinary action through the GVSU Office of Student Life.” Police officers will be checking student IDs, DeHaan said, and added that officers gravitate toward those exhibiting “attention drawing behavior.” “People engaging in criminal activity, assaultive behavior – people trying to run away from the officers… anything that draws attention to themselves,” DeHaan said. Students consuming alcohol who are identified by officers as underage will be cited for minor in possession violations, referred to the Dean of Students Office and required to attend GVSU’s Alcohol Campus Education Services. Parking in Lot C, F and G will cost patrons $5 per car and $20 for motor coaches/homes. Overnight parking is prohibited in any GVSU parking lot. For more information on tailgating policies, look at

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In all, the UAS has about 40 to 50 main changes to work on this school year, DiCarlo said. As the faculty council looks on its long list of discussion points for the year, it is also working to develop its own annual goals. Mekik said one of the biggest objectives at this time is to implement the new General Education program and better define the expectations for faculty. “We hope to see a more diverse and inclusive campus with a strong emphasis on liberal education,” Mekik said. “We also hope to see our many new programs, both undergraduate and graduate, flourish.”

Jon Jellema, associate vice president of academic affairs, said the UAS and its members can be proud of their achievements from last year, but Mekik will not rest complacent. “There is always room for improvement,” she said. “The biggest improvement would be more engagement from faculty and students in issues [the] senate takes up. Everyone is welcome to our meetings, and not only is external input valued at the senate, often times it is necessary. So please get involved.” For a complete list of UAS meeting times, visit, click on the Executive Committee and University Academic Senate, and select this year’s schedule.



see what we can do; that’s my vision.” Haas also encouraged international students who were also graduate students to be proactive in becoming part of the campus community. “Reach out and make those connections,” Haas said. “Connect with your advisor, faculty, and other students in your classes.” Dean said GSA itself provides students a place to meet and connect with other students, network,

and have their questions answered. “For the newer students, they don’t know what Grand Valley is all about, but President Haas will bring that connection,” Dean said. The club has continued to grow from year to year, and eventually, Dean said they would like to expand the club more to have each graduate college make an organization in their field. “GSA is one of the only groups that is all encompassing for everyone,” said Jessie Emdin, who is in her last semester of the MPA program at GVSU. “It


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want to make accessing the web more reliable for students. Lots of upgrades have been made, such as to the MAC labs.” In addition to these changes, students’ private drives have increased in size from 500 megabytes to 1,000 megabytes, Fisher said. As for future projects, IT plans to look for more opportunities to communicate with students via mobile technology. “We want students to pick and choose what notifications they want to receive in a timely manner,” Korzinek said. “We also want to focus on the look and feel of mobile applica-




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or the University Academic Senate here at Grand Valley State University, last year was a big one. In the 2011-2012 academic year, UAS managed to kick-start a new religious studies program, recommended to the Provost to accept a revised General Education program, voted to cancel classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and reduced the number of personnel reviews professors must undergo before being considered for tenure. I know here at the Lanthorn, we are supposed to be against the man, so we’re sorry if this makes us sound lame – but these changes are not easy to make, and they will, in both short-term and in the long-run, ben-

efit the students, faculty and staff at GVSU. So don’t let them float in your peripherals – become part of the conversation. Student Senate, for example, came to UAS proposing a fall break that would put GVSU in line with many other public colleges and universities in Michigan and now, Cory DiCarlo, vice chair, said UAS is putting it on the table for discussion this year; along with, he said, 40 to 50 main changes to work on this school year. 40-50. As a student, workloads can seem insurmountable, and even unfair at times– but imagine having 40-50 big papers to write


each year. True, UAS has more than just one undergrad on its side, but there’s something to be said for that kind of focus. In the article published on A1 of this issue of the Lanthorn, UAS chair Figen Mekik said there’s still room for improvement – but it rests on the engagement of the faculty and students here on campus. “There is always room for improvement,” Mekik told the Lanthorn. “The biggest improvement would be more engagement from faculty and students in issues [the] senate takes up. Everyone is welcome to our meetings, and not only is external input valued at the senate, often times it is necessary. So please get involved.”

We know we sound like the hippie kid on campus who doesn’t wear shoes outdoors, but forward motion and positive change relies first and foremost on the student body. You can’t say you don’t like something and not do anything to change it – apathy is progress’ worst enemy. So if you don’t like the changes to the General Education program, or if you think there’s a department on campus that doesn’t get enough attention from the university – it’s up to you to bring that discussion to the table. Who knows, play your cards right, and there might be one less week of classes to cramp your style.



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Funding: It’s worth talking about BY STEPHANIE DEIBLE GVL COLUMNIST

Funding. It’s a big issue for most us on campus. It’s not uncommon to see people pinching their pennies after buying the textbooks they need to make it through the semester. For many disability-related organizations, though, pinching pennies has a whole new dynamic. A number of the programs put in place to help people with disabilities experience some of life’s simplest activities such as playing sports or even gaining access to educational opportunities are provided by nonprofit organizations and numerous volunteers. This past weekend was the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon. The telethon, which was titled the MDA Show of Strength, was used

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However, it was also tough to watch because I see how important it is for people with disabilities to experience things like summer camp yet, somehow, finding programs like this is often a challenge. A week-long camp may appear to be a simple thing to most of us in college, but it’s not. It allows kids time to just be a kid and take the focus off any medical challenges they may be facing, build friendships and learn. As Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2012 my goal is to help others with disabilities turn their dreams into goals and, frankly, that would not be possible without disabilityrelated organizations. Over the course of my reign, I have worked with various nonprofit organizations such as Think Beyond the Chair, Disability Connection of West Michigan and Alternatives in Motion to help people with disabilities gain resources and build connections. It is those resources and connections that make setting and

achieving goals a possibility. I know every group, company and organization is going through or has experienced some sort of financial struggle. However, knowing so many people with disabilities wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to go to summer camp, the beach, play sports, or even gain access to the medical supplies they need without these organizations makes it an issue worth talking about. Like many of us, I wish money grew on trees. Not because I want a fancy car, but because there will always be a dire need for financial support and volunteers for organizations like the MDA. Until then, I’ll keep plugging along trying to spread awareness and give the next generation of people with disabilities more opportunities. **Read Stephanie’s blog, Beyond the Chair, at www.

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to raise funds and awareness for people with various muscle diseases. MDA is the nonprofit organization dedicated to curing Muscular Dystrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other related diseases that often cause weakness or loss of muscle tissue. Beyond the research, the Association provides people with neuromuscular conditions assistance when they are in need of medical equipment and it also puts on a summer camp for children affected by these diseases. Sitting there watching a telethon full of musical entertainment from stars like Carrie Underwood coupled with stories from people who are directly affected by Muscular Dystrophy and other related diseases was a roller coaster ride full of emotions. On one hand, I was elated because the Show of Strength gave society the opportunity to see people with disabilities who are intelligent and accomplished individuals.

Every semester, I have class with a professor (or two) that I find attractive. It makes sense that students have crushes on their professors: the professors have a position of power in relation to us lowly students, they are usually well-learned, and they must have some level of charisma to keep us off of our smartphones during lecture. Regardless of the reason, I would like to make the case that having the hots for your professor is not such an awful thing. In fact, I find these little crushes quite advantageous.

Here’s why: Reason #1- You come to class. Lets face it, getting our butts out of bed, away from Netflix and to class is way tougher than it should be; especially if you are in baggy sweats and have managed to get your hands on a fresh bag of Cheetos. In that state, I could be in front of the television for days. However, when I’m taught by a professor with a smile right out of a Crest toothpaste ad, for example, or excellent forearms, for another - I seem to have a little drive to ditch the sweats and make it out the door. Yes, I am objectifying these professors, and no, I don’t feel bad about it. Read on. Reason #2- You come to class prepared, and get invested in subject matter. The biggest part of having

a crush is respect for the individual in question, and the desire for them to value you in a similar way. The physical stuff may hook you, but that fades quickly. Admiring your professors means appreciating their areas of expertise- and in a way attempting to be like them. When what you want is your professor to value you as a student and person, you would be surprised how easy it is to become invested in the material you are supposed to be learning. It’s a natural desire to please that comes with having a little crush. Reason #3- You look the part of good student Like I mentioned above, if you think your professor is the cats meow, it’s not likely that you are going to be walking into class looking semihomeless (those damn baggy sweats, WHY are they so

comfy?). No, chances are you will pull yourself together. The kicker; however, is that dressing nicely actually helps you become a better student. You sit up straighter, you are more focused on the lecture, and your confidence sky-rockets. Your teacher may not notice, but your grades will see the difference. In the end, it’s important not to go overboard with your crush (fatal attraction, anyone?). Then again, I think it is safe to say that it is a good thing not to be that creepy in any crush situation- be it a professor or not. Embrace the appreciation you have for your professors, then move on at the end of the semester. And professors- don’t pretend to be offended when you read this, it takes away from your studious charm.


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GV affirmative action program allows FOR self-identification BY emelie milnikle GVL assistant news


n recent years, the concept of affirmative action at public institutions has been a source of legal controversy and communal discourse throughout the US. According to the Grand Valley State University website, the Michigan-based institution is “committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action and multiculturalism both in spirit and according to laws and regulations…” To understand GVSU’s policy means to define the phrase “affirmative action.” To the school community, affirmative action means that a range of thoughtful perspectives is necessary for open inquiry, a liberal education and a healthy community, thus a diverse group of students, faculty and staff are welcomed at the university. GVSU is also a federal contractor, which means that it has an affirmative action program for covered veterans, people with qualifying disabilities, women and minorities. In accordance with federal law, people with disabilities or covered veterans may fill out a voluntary self-identification form. The university specifically encourages its veterans to selfidentify to best accommodate them and to maintain an accurate count for government records, said Dwight Hamilton, the assistant vice president for Affirmative Action. “Under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), GVSU is required to report annually to the Secretary of Labor the number of employees in its workforce who are qualified covered veterans under that act,” Hamilton said. “We must also report the number of new hires during the





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reporting period who are qualified covered veterans.” By filling out one of the voluntary self-identification forms, the Office of Affirmative Action in the Division of Inclusion and Equity can make their annual filings more accurate based on the numbers they receive. “It’s [also] important for veterans to self-identify, not just for our legal compliance obligations, but so that we can better track our progress in hiring, retaining, and promotion of veterans,” Hamilton said. “We certainly value their contributions both to our country and to GVSU.” In order to file a self-identification form, people who qualify may go to and complete it no later than Sept. 7. One may self-identify at any time during their employment at the university, and if one chooses to self-identify or remain unknown, adverse treatment will not be given to the individual either way. The completed self-identification forms are held in strict confidence and separate from one’s personal file. The Office of Affirmative Action in the Division of Inclusion and Equity also deals with complaints of harassment at GVSU and has representatives available to talk to anyone with questions or concerns. assistantnews@

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SAP builds second hoop house BY ellie phillips GVL staff writer


rand Valley State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Project has built a second “hoop house” to allow the growing season to extend into the academic year as far as December and begin again as early as February. Without the hoop houses, the growing season would be forced to end in the winter months due to the cold weather and snow. John DeRuiter, president of GVSU’s Farm Club, said the hoop houses are convenient for students looking to grow all year. “The hoop house is the best way to farm on campus during the winter,” DeRuiter said. “I liked the

Bartels, the Sustainability Manager for GVSU. Hoop houses, unlike normal greenhouses, use neither overhead lamps nor heaters and rely entirely on the sun for energy. An outer wall with two layers enables more heat to be trapped inside, creating a warmer growing environment for the plants. Levi Gardner, manager of the SAP, said the first hoop house was a huge success and that he has high hopes for the second. “More and more students are visiting the SAP to learn and work,” Gardner said. “The new house will more than double our capacity and will provide room for more classes to come and visit.” The new hoop house

“More and more students are visiting the SAP to learn and work. The new house will more than double our capacity...” LEVI GARDNER


idea of the hoop house because it gave us a chance to extend Farm Club into the school year. There is quite a bit of interest among students to be involved with Farm Club, but so many of them leave GVSU for the summer, so this was the best way to get people involved year-round.” Located on Luce Street between 42nd and 48th streets, the new hoop house is an “unheated passive solar greenhouse,” said Bart

is a joint project involving the student-organized Farm Club, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students, faculty and staff all donated more than 300 combined hours of their personal time to build the solar greenhouse. Funds for the second hoop house came from several sources, including Brooks College, CLAS and the Sustainable Community


More than hoopla: The Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project sign welcomes new and old faces to the garden, located on Luce Street in Allendale. SAP now comes equipt with an additional (and bigger) hoop house on site.

Development Initiative. Wendy Wenner, former dean of the Brooks College, also donated money to build the structure. The first hoop house built in the summer of 2011 was erected in only three days, and its success provided the catalyst for the construction of the second hoop house.

About 24 feet longer than the first house, the new hoop house also has 40 percent more growing space and 22 beds. Beginning in October, volunteers from the involved groups will operate stands every Wednesday under the Transformational Link on the Allendale Cam-

pus, where they will sell produce grown in the hoop houses and on the SAP farm space. These stands will move to inside the Kirkhof Center in the winter. For more information about the Sustainable Agriculture Project, visit ableagproject or contact the

Sustainable Community Development Initiative at 616-331-7366. For more information about the Farm Club, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/gvsufarmclub.




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New Lubbers Stadium ready for lift off

With the christening of the new Lubbers Stadium just two days away, fans can prepare to experience a very different stadium on Saturday when the Grand Valley State University football team takes on Notre Dame College. New field turf on a field that has been lowered eight feel to accommodate a more “bowl-like” atmosphere is just one of the many modifications that have been included in the year-long renovation project. There will be 2,300 new seats, including the Huntington Club sections and chair-back seating. Also new are the ESPN 96.1 Zone and Peppino’s Patio, added to the north end zone with the grass hill between the two for fan seating. These improvements come a year after the student section was renovated to allow for more students to fit in the south end zone bleachers. Along with the renovations, fans are urged to wear black to Saturday’s blackout game. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free blackout t-shirt. The stadium will also be rededicated to President Emeritus Arend “Don” D. Lubbers on Saturday. GVSU President Thomas J. Haas has said fans can make donations to the Don Lubbers Excellence in Athletics Facilities Fund to help fund further renovations and improvements to the athletic facilities.


SCHEDULE Volleyball

Friday vs. District of Columbia, 1 p.m. Friday vs. Barry, 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Stonehill, 12 p.m. Saturday vs. Seton Hill, 4 p.m.


Friday at Minnesota Duluth, 5 p.m. Sunday at Minnesota State, 1 p.m.


Saturday vs. Notre Dame (OH), 7 p.m.

M. Cross Country

Saturday at Knight Invitational, 10 a.m.

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Saturday at Knight Invitational, 10 a.m.

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DEFENDING THE SHIP GV looks to stop run, defend home field against Notre Dame College

By Brady Fredericksen GVL Sports Editor


hey’re still a work in progress, and even after a 48-20 victory at Western Oregon University on Saturday, the No. 7 Grand Valley State University football team is looking to build on a dominant second-half performance in anticipation of this weekend’s home opener against Notre Dame College. And before you ask, it’s not that Notre Dame. This Notre Dame — the Falcons, not the Fighting Irish — is a school on the verge of full membership as an NCAA Division II school. They’re coming off a game in which they put up 59 points in a 17-point victory over Mercyhurst College. That effort included five touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Ray Russ and 243 rushing yards from junior running back Pedro Powell -- but also included a defense that, while forcing eight turnovers, allowed 42 points. It’s a game that will pit the GVSU defense against an offense that likes to run the ball, then run some more and then run it again. “We’ve got to go stop the run and get them off schedule, their tailback, Powell, is a big back and you’ve got to get your pad level down,” said Mitchell, whose team held Western Oregon to 3.1 yards per carry. “We’ve got to get them off balance on third down, if we get them

into some third and longs that probably works to our advantage.” The game will mark the first home affair of the season for the Lakers (1-0) and will be the first time fans and the teams alike see the new Lubbers Stadium in action. Junior quarterback Heath Parling and the rest of the GVSU offense were efficient on Saturday, moving the ball up and down the field in the first quarter and throughout the second half. While they only turned the ball over once — on a fumble by sophomore running back Chris Robinson — ball security is still a top priority entering Saturday’s game. “The best thing Heath Parling did was he never threw a ball close to anybody on defense,” Mitchell said. “When they played Mercyhurst they had eight turnovers, and if we even get close to that we’re going to be in trouble, too.” Senior receiver Charles Johnson suffered a hip pointer injury against Western Oregon, but after sitting out practice on Tuesday, Mitchell expects him to suit up on Saturday. Making his season debut will be junior running back Hersey Jackson, who sat last week while rehabbing offseason shoulder surgery. Mitchell expects Jackson to get some carries on Saturday, and said he could have played last week had the younger running backs faltered. Despite the 42 points allowed by Notre Dame College last week, Johnson and the GVSU



Turf wars: GVSU football players tackle during a previous game in spring 2012.

offense aren’t looking at their opponents any different. “There’s always going to be holes there, but we don’t look at it that way,” said Johnson, who had five catches for 28 yards last week. “We strive to put up at least 50 points every game, that’s what we say, we can score 50 if we can just do the little things right and compete.” Defensively, the half back dive play to Powell, one that Thompson brought up

multiple times on Tuesday, is Notre Dame College’s gameplan. Like the choice option that burned GVSU in last season’s game against the University of Findlay, stopping Powell is going to come down to the defense locating Powell and not biting on the play-action passes that will result from the run. With 58 of Notre Dame College’s 83 offensive plays coming on the ground last week, Thompson and the defense know what to ex-


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pect come game time. “It’s mostly just running to the ball, getting all hats to the ball,” he said. “With both situations, if it’s a oneon-one tackle, it’s harder on that one person, but if you get more (players) there it’s easier for the team.” GVSU will take the Lubbers Stadium field at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The action can be heard on ESPN 96.1 FM and fans can follow the action live on Twitter @GVLSports.








The bruising tailback did what bruising tailbacks do. Powell piled up 278 yards on a whopping 38 touches last week. The junior is the Falcons go-to weapon on offense and will be a player the GVSU defense will look to slow down. GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell noted that much of the Falcons’ success through the air — mainly on play-action passes — was dictated by what Powell did on the ground.

The veteran of the GVSU secondary almost added a second interception in last week’s win, but it’ll be Thompson and the rest of the secondary who have to stay honest against the Notre Dame College play-action passing. He noted that the Falcons’ dive play with Powell, one they ran to great success, would be a key to slow on Saturday.



The other side of that play action is Russ. The sophomore quarterback made his presence known last week, tossing five touchdown passes in Notre Dame College’s win over Mercyhurst. GVSU will focus on pressuring Russ, a quarterback with a different skill set than the scrambling antics of Western Oregon University’s Cody VonAppen last week.

The redshirt freshman made his presence known early and often on Saturday in Oregon, recording nine tackles in the win. Horling has the ability to play both safety and linebacker in the Lakers’ defense, and his ability to help stuff the run will be important for GVSU with the run-run-run Notre Dame College offense.













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Rowing looks to continue spring success in fall season


Drive’s seat: The Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team, coming off two season-opening wins, will trave to Minnesota to take on the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State University on Friday and Saturday.

HOLDING SERVE No. 2 ranked GV remain unbeaten, look ahead to Minnesota trip BY BRYCE DEROUIN GVL STAFF WRITER


fter their seasonopening victory over No.3 ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team avoided

a letdown with a 4-1 win over the University of Indianapolis. The Lakers completed the Grand Valley State Kickoff Tournament undefeated with a 2-0 record, but head coach David Dilanni wasn’t entirely pleased with his team’s performance against India-

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napolis compared to their matchup with Armstrong Atlantic State. “I just didn’t think the game had as much energy and magnitude,” he said. “Consequently, we don’t think we played as well either. I think some of that was to be expected when there’s such a buildup when the No. 2 and the No. 3 teams play.” GVSU dominated the ball in the beginning of the match, taking seven corner kicks and six shots in the opening 25 minutes of the game. However, the Lakers weren’t able to put one in the back of the net until the 42nd minute when sophomore Jenny Shaba‘s goal gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead. GVSU added to their lead over a minute later when freshman Katie Bounds assisted senior Maria Brown who scored in the lower corner to send GVSU to halftime with a 2-0 lead. Indianapolis was stifled by the Lakers defense in the first half as the Greyhounds were not able to record a single shot in the first half and took only one corner kick.

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“Our defense is working really hard to communicate with each other, and know what’s going on in front of you and behind you,” said senior Alyssa Mira. “It’s just a matter of the defenders communicating with each other and helping each other.” Freshman Casey McMillan padded the GVSU lead when she beat her defender to the right side of the ball and then sent it into the back of the net in the 67th minute. Sophomore Cassandra Willshire proceeded to give the Lakers an insurance goal in the 83rd minute, securing a 4-1 victory. For Shaba, McMillan and Willshire it was their first goals of their GVSU career. Dilanni was pleased to see his young players score, and sees this as an opportunity for the Lakers to expand their depth in their roster. “It means we have an opportunity to be deeper,” he said. “We can rely on more players in important times throughout the season. You never know what’s going to happen in terms of injuries and things like that, so it was very exciting to see. Next up for the Lakers is a weekend trip to Mankato, Minn. where they will meet the University of Minnesota Duluth and No. 24 Minnesota State University. Dilanni and the Lakers are looking forward to the challenge and to improve in certain areas. “Doesn’t get any easier for us, that’s for sure,” he said. “Both teams are going to be very challenging for us, physically and athletically. We’re going to have to play very smart defensively in defending their forwards, but playing under the pressure they’ll present us. I think it’s going to be an opportunity where we need to capitalize on our chances with our forwards for us to win those games. I think we can do it, but it’ll require us to be a more complete team in both these games.”


Row your boat: The Grand Valley State University men’s and women’s club rowing teams will open their season this month at the Marietta Combine in Marietta, Ohio.



n the athletic world, getting one person to do something technically sound can prove challenging enough, let alone with eight crewmembers. That is the job that Grand Valley State University’s John Bancheri has with the club rowing team. GVSU jump-starts its fall rowing season this month in Marietta, Ohio with the Marietta Combine, hoping to build the base of a winning year. “The bigger the base, the higher the peak,” Bancheri said. Rowing is an endurance sport that requires timing, replication and a desire to push the human body to its maximum potential. GVSU has etched out its spot in the rowing ranks by its commitment to winning at the collegiate level and the realization of team goals, with alumnus Sarah Zelenka reaching the Olympics in London this past summer. Made almost entirely of walk-on athletes, the rowing team provides an outlet for students that want to be a part of a team but aren’t sure how they can fit a collegelevel sport into their time at school. “When I came to Grand Valley, I was iffy on whether or not I would join the team,” said junior rower Shelby Welbaum, “When I joined though, I knew this was what I wanted to do.” Fall racing is a bit different from the spring, increasing to five kilometers. Spring events are sprints and are limited to two kilometers.

“Fall season is distance rowing 3k, 4k, 5k races, the better we perform at longer distances in the fall, the faster we can go for the spring,” said rowing club trustee Keegan Jahnke. GVSU expects to improve vastly on its successful fall season last year in which the women finished third and the men finished fifth at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. The Head of the Charles is like the Boston Marathon of rowing, said Bancheri. The event, which will be held Oct. 20, features rowers from around the world. The collegiate level pits GVSU against the likes of Harvard University and Yale University, two of rowing’s elite collegiate programs. “The Head of the Charles gives our kids an opportunity to represent Grand Valley at a very high level,” Bancheri said. Preparation is key when the stakes are as high as they will be this fall. Club President Andrew Zwierzynski outlines what that preparation is like each day for practice. “First the crew takes a run from the RTC building to the boathouse, then we get the boat ready, drop the oars and make sure the boat is adjusted to fit the rider,” Zwierzynski said. ”Then we row for about two hours doing various drills.” In a normal day the team rows over 20 kilometers, the equivalent of 10.4 miles. “It’s that kind of preparation that allows us to compete with the very best in our sport,” Zwierzynski said. jrodriguez@

“It’s that kind of preparation that allows us to compete with the very best in our sport.” ANDREW ZWIERZYNSKI



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HOMEWARD BOUND GVSU volleyball opens season strong, prepares for return to home court with Hotel Grand Rapids Classic.


First timers: The Grand Valley State University cross country team prepare for this Saturday’s Calvin Invitational. The race in Grand Rapids is the first of the season for both the men’s and women’s teams

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Men’s and women’s cross-country look for younger runners to gain experience at Calvin Invitational BY TATE BAKER GVL STAFF WRITER

When the gun sounds at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a new era of Grand Valley State University cross-country will begin. Although seniors like All-Americans Stephen Fueling and Monica Kinney will not be competing, the Lakers younger talent will have a chance to show on the course. “The first couple of races are key to get a good view on the younger kids that are in the program,” said GVSU head coach Jerry Baltes. “It’s the first big stage for them, something they have been training for the entire summer.” The men’s team will

feature a trio of redshirt freshman in Spencer Pajeau, Joe Duff, and Ahmed Eimi. For these student athletes, it will be their first chance to represent GVSU in a race, something that senior Josh Moskalewski says is an honor in its own right. “There’s a definite sense of pride when we step on the line and you have the feeling that everyone is gunning for us,” Moskalewski said. “It’s also a great feeling when our goal is to win a National Championship and everyone else’s goal is to beat Grand Valley.” As for the women, young stars are frequent and often. Baltes said that redshirt freshman Ann Marie Arseneau

and true freshman Allison Work could very easily be standouts for this year’s squad, which contains 15 members who are either redshirt or true freshmen. Kinney may be more excited than anyone to see her younger teammates get their careers started on Saturday at the Knight invitational in Grand Rapids. “This is a great chance for our freshmen to prove what they can do,” she said. “When you work as hard as we did this summer, with a mixture of leadership from our upper classmen and coaches, it will be hard for our younger girls not to succeed.” GVSU will be aiming for its 12th consecutive NCAA Midwest

Regional Title on the women’s side and its 11th consecutive NCAA Midwest Regional Title for the men. Having that to follow brings a tremendous amount of pressure — something that Baltes says his athletes look forward to. “Its always exciting to see the freshmen get their careers going,” Baltes said. “I expect many of our freshmen to have breakout years, it should reflect all the work they put in this summer.” The butterflies will be floating in the pits of the newcomers’ stomachs Saturday as many of them will kick off their careers close to home at Calvin College.



Soft set: Sophmore Clair Ruhenkamp sets the ball in practice this week. After a fast start to the season, the Grand Valley State University volleyball team hope to continue its strong ways at home on Friday and Saturday.

BY zach sepanik GVL staff writer


ome is where the heart is, but don’t tell the Grand Valley State University volleyball team who opened their season last weekend with a 3-1 record in Monmouth, Ore. at the Western Oregon Classic. To begin the 2012 campaign, the Lakers defeated California State University-Los Angeles in four sets. They continued their strong play by winning two fiveset matches against Missouri University of Science and Technology and Western Oregon University. The team’s lone loss came at the hands of Western Washington University in straight sets. “Beating Missouri S&T really helped us especially since they are in our region,” said sophomore outside hitter Abby Aiken, who led the Lakers in kills in all four matches. “It was also a big character builder coming off our first loss and seeing how everyone reacted.” Beside Aiken, freshman outside hitter Betsy Ronda also stepped up offensively. In the first match, her Laker debut, she surpassed the double-digit mark in kills. Then against Missouri S&T, she helped GVSU hold on to win by delivering a double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs. Versus Western Oregon, the freshman provided another double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs. The strong individual performances were all part of a total team effort that saw the Lakers work collectively to get off on the right foot. “We have a whole new energy and it was obviously a long weekend but we just wanted to finish out and start the season right,” Ronda said. “Just staying upbeat and positive and really trying to push through together, it set the pace for the rest of the season.”

For GVSU, five-set matches were a test they could never pass a year ago. By traveling a great distance to the West Coast, the coaching staff hoped it would not only provide outstanding competition, but also be something that would build greater team camaraderie to avoid tendencies like last season. “Part of the reason I like to travel early on is because when you travel you are going to face some unknowns and we faced a lot of that this weekend,” said GVSU head coach Deanne Scanlon. “When you have the bonds it helps. Last year we did lose those matches. It is a bit of a reversal from where we were. I knew that we were going to see some good competition out there and to come away with a 3-1 record speaks to how hard we competed.” Following their travels, the Lakers were eager to return to practice as soon as they got back in Allendale. They host the two-day Riverfront Hotel Grand Rapids Classic starting tomorrow, marking their home opener. GVSU will have several golden opportunities to work on problem areas they saw in their opening matches and also to continue to execute the positive play that led them in Oregon. “We were actually talking about it on the plane ride home about how excited we are,” Aiken said. “But nothing is going to be set in stone in any game. You have to adapt and that is a big thing we have been working on. The whole traveling built us together as a closer team.” The University of the District of Columbia will be GVSU’s afternoon opponent Friday, before facing Barry University in the nightcap. On Saturday, the Lakers will face Stonehill College and Seton Hill University.

Sacks on Sacks on Sacks Defensive line works to be more of a factor as season progresses


In the trenches: The Grand Valley State University defensive and offensive lines collide in practice last week. BY BRADY FREDERICKSEN GVL SPORTS EDITOR

If you hear something about rushing the passer around the Grand Valley State University football staff, normally from head coach Matt Mitchell, chances are you’re going to hear the phrase “pin their ears back.” It’s football cliché – it defines a reckless abandon to get into the backfield and make a play – but it’s something the defensive line found itself doing throughout the second half of last week’s win over Western Oregon University. That kind of smart effort may have taken a half of play to find the field, but that kind of play is what the defensive-minded Mitchell likes to see. “I think it was one of those deals where we had a couple guys out there playing significant reps for the first time on our d-line and it just took a little while to get into the flow of the game,” Mitchell said of his line on Saturday. “Once (Western Oregon) had to pass it because we had a two-score lead, our defensive line could pin their ears and that’s probably where we’re best at – getting pressure on the quar-

terback.” Inexperience is something unfamiliar in recent years on the defensive line. Last season, seniors Danny Richard and Andre Thomas led a defensive line that was the strength of the defense, even after Richard’s season was cut short by a knee injury. Now, that line doesn’t have the same star power or on-field experience, but as returning starter and lone senior Ryan Pettis said, experience is important but so is the talent on the field. “(Being a senior) is really important. I definitely think we’ve got a lot of talent,” said Pettis, who recorded two sacks last season. “Some of these guys have been in this program three, four years so we’ve got a lot of experience and talent, we just need to put the pieces together.” The pieces, lineman like sophomore Matt Judon and juniors Denzel Rodgers and Hunter Charneski, will come together as those reps continue. Judon, in his first career start Saturday, was a big part of the Lakers second-half shutout. His teardown sack and 41-yard interception return for a touchdown of quarterback Cody VonAppen

were plays that showed what the young lineman are capable of when they erase what Mitchell called erratic play. “We all came here to play football, so obviously sitting out for a couple years it just rejuvenates that feeling,” Judon said. “You just want to get out there that first game and get your feet under you a little bit and after that it just comes down to playing football.” At the end of the day, the line uses that competition to help them improve. Mitchell has repeated it constantly, this defense isn’t a finished product, but as the line continues to improve, and both veterans and young players improve, there will be a lot more pinning back of the ears. “It’s the same thing, at the end of the day I’m just playing football, just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win and put our team in the best situation possible,” Pettis said. “We’re just focused on getting better and competing with each other; right now, we’re just trying to do our assignments and make sure that we know how to do our jobs correctly.”

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REVIEW: Campus Life Night starts semester off

with a bang ROBERT MATHEWS / GVL

Quite the crowd: Grand Valley State University students pack the Fieldhouse, located on the Allendale Campus, for the Sept. 4 Campus Life Night. Student organizations from all four corners of the university gathered in the Fieldhouse with clubs ranging from Alternative Breaks to the Cycling Club all showcasing their clubs and aiming to garner support and new members.



rowds of students flocked toward the Fieldhouse at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus Tuesday, not leaving a single spot available in parking lot C for the annual Campus Life Night event. Inside, rows of folding tables, some wrapped in tablecloths, others strewn with Hershey bars and lollipops, lined the basketball court and surrounding area. By 7:30 p.m., there was

just enough room to walk in a single line up and down the rows. Students occasionally stopped to talk to fraternities, club members and honor society presidents. Glittered neon poster boards and vibrantly dressed officers handed out fliers aimed to draw students in to sororities or the Backpacking Club. “I attend Campus Life Night every year as the faculty adviser for Students for Life,” said Sister Lucia Treanor, affiliate writing professor at GVSU. “Such a joy-

ful and electric atmosphere encourages our students to be involved in GVSU’s oncampus clubs.” Free items such as candy, eye drops, pens, pins, and apples were handed out to interested students. “Campus Life Night is always one of the events to look forward to because of the free stuff and [it] is a way to talk to organizations about joining,” student Nicole VanderKlok said. But more important than the free bag of goodies students left with, Campus Life Night promotes involve-

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ment, which is especially helpful for little-publicized clubs and organizations. “As I was walking around, I heard some students talk about how they had no idea that GVSU had a Cycling Club, but how they have been interested in joining a club like that for some time now,” said Eric Garvelink, club sports coordinator. “Campus Life Night also shows the variety of club sports organizations that we have. Whether you are a student interested in outdoorsmen sports, martial arts, field sports, court

sports, ice sports, or water sports – we have it all.” The event allows both new and returning students a one-stop-shop to see the many opportunities they are offered on campus. “The many tables full of information, crafts and giveaways draw attention to the variety of activities available, offering the opportunity to meet officers and to sign up as a new member,” Treanor said. “I am always amazed at what a grand array of sports, fairs, clubs, and organizations we have on campus.”

To watch coverage of Campus Life Night, including interviews with Student Senate President Jack Iott, and Chad and Dimitri from the Laker for a Lifetime “I’m on a Boat” lib dub, visit GVTVNews on Facebook.

The Women’s Center Annual Art Reception gets new connections


For the first time since it began in 2001, the Grand Valley State University Women’s Center will collaborate with the Heartside Ministry Art studio for the 11th Annual Art Reception held at the Kirkhof Center on Sept. 12. “The art reception is an opportunity for the campus and broader community to view the new collection of art that will be on display in the Women’s Center throughout the academic year,” said Brittany Dernberger, assistant director of the GVSU Women’s Center. The Women’s Center began hosting an annual Art Reception to express women’s experiences to the community. Dernberger said the event is a causal way for students, faculty and other members of the community to come together and enjoy the work of their peers. “Three of the pieces in this year’s collection were produced by local artists in this grassroots community art program,” Derberger said. “The public will see the new pieces on display and have the opportunity to meet many of the artists who have pieces in this year’s collection.” GVSU English professor Kathleen Blumreich is one of the featured art-

“ I feel honored to have my work shown at the Women’s Center, especially because my work dabbles in societal issues about women.” MARGARET VANCE STUDENT ARTIST

ists with her piece “Green Bookcase II,” which took her two months to complete. Blumreich said she received inspiration for the painting from her passion for books and reading. She hopes that when viewing her work that others see as she does, “that books are like magical keys to learning, to pleasure, to understanding.” Leah Burke, a GVSU art student who has her artwork featured in the event, said she heard about it from a friend who graduated from GVSU, and now works at the Women’s Center. Her piece was inspired by the loss of her grandmother, as she brought together all of the belongings she had left from her and displayed their importance in her piece. “It started originally as a personal piece…” Burke said. “I and others, I think, realize the importance of people when it is too late. I am now more grateful for those people in my life.”

GVSU student Margaret Vance’s piece, “A is for Apple, B is for Barbie, and C is for Consumerism,” channels her inner feminist. “I feel honored to have my work shown at the Women’s Center, especially because my work dabbles in societal issues about women,” Vance said. She said people should come to the event for a chance to talk with visitors on a more personal level. “It would be great to make new connections and inspire viewers, but to also engage in a broader conversation,” Vance said. The event is free and open to the public, and will run from 1-3 p.m. in the Women’s Center at 1202 Kirkhof Center. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments and kick off the new academic year with thoughtfully-inspired artwork,” Dernberger said.


Well recieved: “Fertilidad”, 2011, by artist Hankondo Sibalwa. This piece and others will be featured during the Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center’s 11th Annual Art Reception.


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he Fall Arts Celebration showcases the best Grand Valley State University has to offer in the art, dance, lecture, music, opera and poetry departments. The celebration kickoff, next week, is in celebration of National Art and Humanities Month. “Fall Arts is an annual event which celebrates the arts throughout the entire semester,” said Ellen Pool, associate professor of music. “It’s going to celebrate history in addition to the arts. There is historical relevance to this music as well as it being a music experience.” The music department will present “Music for the ‘Era of Good Feelings’: Beethoven in Federalist America” on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. A prelude carillon concert will begin shortly after 7 p.m., with a reception following the main event. Pool, who prepared the arts chorale for the performance, said she thinks it will be a very energetic show. “There will be so much energy because the music is so dramatic,” Pool said. “It’s very charged music.” The music selection will commemorate freedom and liberty in the 200 years since the War of 1812. This music is rarely performed, but is some of Beethoven’s best work. Phipps said they are performing this music because it is rarely performed, because it allows us to remember a time that is not always remembered and because “It’s Beethoven!” “It’s Beethoven!” Phipps said. “Who doesn’t love Beethoven?” Pool said the music being performed isn’t played often. Therefore, students should take advantage of this opportunity. “It’s going to be fantastic,” Pool said. “People should attend live performances! This is an opportunity to experience music by master composers.” Daniel Mendelsohn, lecturer, writer, critic and translator, will speak on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus. He will present “Medea on the Jersey Shore: Tragedy and the Crisis of Reality in Contemporary

Culture.” A book signing and reception will follow. “Forged in Metal: Deshi/ Shihyou-Mentee/Mentor,” an exhibition opening Oct. 4 will feature contemporary Japanese jewelry. The display will represent the work of students and their mentors from Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo, and highlight the relationship between student and teacher. The exhibit is co-curated by Renee Zettle-Sterling, associate professor of art and design from GVSU, and James Bove, associate professor of art at California University of Pennsylvania. The exhibit will open at 10 a.m. and the opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the GVSU art gallery in the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus. Nikky Finney and B.H. Fairchild, both author and poets, will discuss their work in an evening of poetry, on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus. Finney and Fairchild have both received national recognition for their work. The topic of their works includes regional history and cultural issues. The night will conclude with a reception and book signing. “The Baroque Splendor of Venice: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in Dance,” a new interpretation of Vivaldi’s work, by Shawn Bible, GVSU assistant professor of dance, will be performed on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Louis Armstrong Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. The performance, by violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine and Thodos Dance Chicago, will be in collaboration with members of the GVSU dance program. A prelude carillon concert will begin shortly after 7 p.m., with a reception following the main event. “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” in celebration of the holidays, tells the story of a Christmas miracle. The concert will include GVSU music department faculty, students and guest artists. The performance, the final event of the Fall Arts Celebration, will take place on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. All Fall Arts Celebration events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www. or call (616) 331-2180.


Slugger: Mark Pierce, a GVSU student musician, rocks out on stage at a past performance with his band, Something Utopic. Mark and other students will perform in the Kirkhof Center’s Area 51 as part of a free show put on by Spotlight Productions.

Student musicians take the stage in free performance BY SHELBY PENDOSKI GVL STAFF WRITER

The expensive cost of entertainment doesn’t always correlate well with a thinning wallet, but Grand Valley State University students don’t have to break their piggy banks for the Sept. 11 Student Spotlight Showcase – it’s free. The showcase, hosted by student-run event organization Spotlight Productions, features several GVSU students who applied for spots to perform in Area 51, located on the lower level of Kirkhof Center to the left of River Landing. Oh, and free ice cream

and brownies. “It’s a great event that caters to all students and a fun way to get involved on campus,” said Bradley Kosiba, music committee chair for Spotlight Productions. Each act will have 15 minutes to perform, and although the showcase is intended for musical performances, Kosiba said that poets are welcome, too. Mark Pierce, a GVSU student musician, is returning to the Student Spotlight Showcase stage Tuesday night. “Spotlight Productions is good for students who are trying to get use to play-

ing in front of a crowd … to me, it’s a good outlet to simply express myself toward others,” Pierce said. Although Pierce will be performing solo, he is also part of the Grand Rapidsbased band Something Utopic. Like many artists he experiences nerves before a performance. “I used to be really nervous about these kinds of events,” Pierce said. “But if you know your material and are able to play, sing, act to yourself, then what’s stopping you from doing it in front of others?” Pierce encouraged students to try out for a Stu-

dent Spotlight Showcase, he said, because it is a rewarding experience. “This show has always been an important aspect of Spotlight Productions’ music committee. We recognize that there are many musicians at GV who want to perform, and we are glad to make that a possibility,” Kosiba said. Kosiba added that Spotlight Productions is still looking for acts to fill open slots. To sign up, or for more information, email spendowski@


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