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THE NEWLY RENOVATED ZUMBERGE HALL BY AUDRA GAMBLE NEWS@LANTHORN.COM
ver the 2013-2014 academic year, Grand Valley State University students and faculty watched the old Zumberge library transform into the new Zumberge Hall. As the fall semester approaches, members of the GVSU community are anxious to peek inside the renovated building and explore.
The renovations for the building will be completed within the $22 million budget that was originally allotted for the project. “With a majority of administration departments located in one building, students, staff and faculty can handle many issues in one location,” said Scott Whisler, the project manager. “There are many resources for students within
Zumberge Hall.” The concentration of offices and resources is beneficial for more than just students. “Having many departments in one location can make it easier and faster to communicate face to face,” Whisler said. “We have also created shared break rooms within the building to encourage a more collaborative work environment.”
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Study abroad trip highlights differences BY CARLY SIMPSON ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM
fter a 12 hour flight from Detroit to Amsterdam, a 4 hour layover, an 8 hour flight to Tanzania and an hour drive from the airport, 24 education majors from Grand Valley State University arrived in Arusha on May 4. For the
next 25 days the group taught at local schools in the city, located in northern Tanzania. The study abroad trip offered the students a chance to earn college credits while also experiencing life in another country. Instead of listening to lectures about how to teach, these students were able to stand at the front of a classroom
as the teachers. “I thought teaching in Tanzania would be so much more beneficial to me rather than sitting in a classroom for 16 weeks,” said Josh Greene, a senior at GVSU. “There are not too many study abroad programs that allow you to actually teach, and teach quite a bit.” Greene and the other
GVSU students worked with various age groups, ranging from children in primary school to teenagers in secondary schools. They taught Monday through Friday and were in charge of creating the lesson plans. They also attended their own classes in the evenings to earn college credit. In addition to the 24 GVSU students,
there were also three GVSU mathematic education professors and two students from the University of Missouri. On the weekends, the group went on several expeditions, including a safari at Ngorongoro Crater, a hike to the first hut of Mount Kilimanjaro and camping at a village near Mount Meru. The group also visited
the Serengeti and Arusha National Parks. “Although the safari was incredible and a once in a lifetime opportunity, I think my most favorite part was teaching,” said Dawn Glefke, another member of the trip. “That was the reason I came on this trip and I have never taught a class before, so it SEE AFRICA ON A2
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GV faculty salaries rank lower than average Shopping smarter: The Farmers Market at Grand Valley State University has products that are locally grown and fresh. This year, there are 17 area vendors coming to sell their goods.
Farmers Market starts 8th season at GV T BY CARLY SIMPSON
his summer, June 4 marks the beginning of the 8th season of the Farmers Market at Grand Valley State University. On Wednesdays, Lot G will be transformed from asphalt and parking spots into a destination for students, staff, faculty and administrators looking for healthy, fresh food. “We work hard every season to bring the campus and surrounding communities a variety of fresh, local produce and options for shopping smarter and supporting our local economy,” said Kay Hart, the manager of GVSU’s Farmers Market. “With that, we have fun and try to engage everyone that comes to visit the market. It is a bonus that GVSU has a market on campus. We have something for everyone.” This year there are 17 local vendors including Goen’s Produce, the Great Bread Company, Maisy’s Pies and Billi’s Goodies. Visitors can expect to find fresh produce, kettle corn, baked goods, salsas, cupcakes,
micro-greens, honey and fresh flowers, among other things. Each week there will also be live music. “The food you get is so fresh and high quality,” said Shana Kelly, a biostatitiscs graduate student at GVSU. “You don’t have to question what exactly is in it or if it will benefit your health. I love to hear the vendors speak so passionately about the products they have so much pride in. I think it’s great that GV has this farmers market so college students can build healthy habits they hopefully continue the rest of their life.” Oftentimes though, people say eating healthy is expensive. Hart admits that this claim can be true. However, she says that when you look at the big picture, better foods actually end up being cheaper. “I do think that sometimes eating healthy is more expensive up front, but the benefits to your health by eating healthier in the long run will save on doctor visits, time off work for sick days and general overall
health issues,” she said. “Plus, walking around the market you will get some exercise that way too. Most of my vendors are pretty competitive with grocery store prices but the benefit is fresh off the farm.” Hart also believes that the market is a convenient way to support the surrounding communities around GVSU. “The benefits are not only to teach our faculty, staff and students the importance of eating healthy, but to also support the local economy,” she said. “Plus the camaraderie of having a general gathering space so we can see those that we would not normally see during the work day and to meet new people from our surrounding communities. “I truly believe local is best. It helps sustain our local economy, which in the long run saves everyone.” The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday from June 4 through September. For more information visit www.gvsu. edu/farmersmarket/.
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ccording to a recently released survey by the American Association of University Professors, Grand Valley State University’s fulltime professors are paid an average of $96,800. Among the 14 public universities in Michigan that participated in the survey, GVSU ranked 10th. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ranked first in the state, with an average salary of $156,900. Nationally, the average increase of salaries from the 20122013 school year to the 20132014 was 2.2 percent. GVSU’s increase was slightly below that average, at 2 percent. The rate of 2.2 percent is slightly above the rate of inflation.
Professor Robert Hollister, the chairperson of the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee, is not surprised by GVSU’s position on the list. “Our raise last year was 2 percent, a little bit lower than the average,” Hollister said. “Grand Valley used to be in the middle of the pack for Michigan schools, and we’ve fallen to the bottom in the last decade.” Hollister attested the low placement on the list to a low raise rate the previous year. He also attributed it to the growing size of GVSU. “Grand Valley grew a lot, and the state funding has nothing to do with how many students you got,” he said. “Western and Central, they’ve had some declines in student enrollment, but their state appropriations stay the same. They
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get more money per student now. It’s hard for the state to keep pace with the growth of Grand Valley.” However, Hollister is wellaware that low pay raises are not just a problem at GVSU. “If you just look at the headlines of the reports, there isn’t one that says ‘Great year for faculty,’” he said. “This isn’t just faculty salaries, it’s middle-class salaries in general. That’s a national headline.” GVSU receives approximately 20 percent of its funding from the state of Mich., and the growing student body stretches the budget thinner than it used to. Joe Godwin, associate vice president for academic affairs has another explanation for the lower-than-average salaries. ”Nationwide, researchSEE SALARY ON A2
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was a blast to create my own lessons and actually teach.” During the study abroad trip, the GVSU students were required to keep a blog to document the differences they noticed between schools in Tanzania compared to those in America. One difference, Greene said, is that the students stay in the same classroom all day and the teachers travel between the rooms. Greene and Glefke both noticed that some teachers would not show up to
their classes. “Teachers are nowhere near as motivated here in Tanzania (compared to America),” Greene said. “If a teacher does not show up for class, there is no substitute; the kids go without class and there’s no adult supervision.” Most students don’t have textbooks for their classes and many schools in Arusha don’t have libraries, Glefke said. A lot of time is spent copying notes from the board so the students have something to reference later on. “The school I was at was
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nicer compared to most in Arusha because there was a small library with a few copies of the textbooks,” Glefke said. “Overall, they are missing a lot of resources that we take for granted in America. Also, Arusha Meru International School is one of only a few schools in Tanzania that does not discipline by corporal punishment.
Other students’ placements actually have corporal punishment in their schools.” Despite the differences and difficulties, Greene and Glefke both recommend the trip to other education majors. To read students’ full blogs about the trip visit studyabroadtanzania2014.wordpress.com.
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performance has increased,” Hollister said. “There’s a real awareness that faculty salaries have to be near the average or above, because we’re more than an average school. They’re trying to make gains now to get back to the mean.” “Faculty drives much of what happens at the university. I’m hopeful that in the next couple years that investment will be made by the administration. They’ve said they want to make that investment too.” Godwin agreed. “We are hopeful that we can also improve our ranking to be higher than 10th place,” he said. “Grand Valley’s performance on many of the metrics identified by the state has been amongst the best in the state. “That performance is due to the hard work of our faculty and I think they should be recognized for their efforts with pay levels that reflect their hard work.” To view the entire report from the AAUP, visit w w w. a au p. o r g / r e p o r t s publications/2013-14salarysurvey.
intensive universities tend to be supported at a higher level and pay higher salaries than teaching oriented, Master’scomprehensive universities such as Grand Valley,” Godwin said. “We would not expect our salaries to be comparable to U of M, MSU, WSU or Michigan Tech.” However, Godwin recognizes that GVSU salaries do lag behind other Mich. universities. “There are some academic disciplines where we compare very well with the rest of the state’s universities,” Godwin said. “There are also some disciplines where our pay levels may have lagged behind other universities.” Though the salaries of GVSU professors are lower than the state average for a public university, Hollister is sure that the administration is mindful of the value of GVSU faculty members. “While our salaries have fallen across the board, student
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BRIEFS GRCC AND GV TO SIGN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT Grand Valley State University’s President Thomas J. Haas and Grand Rapids Community College’s President Stephen C. Ender will sign an articulation agreement on June 4 at 11 a.m. in Sneden Hall, room 108 at Grand Rapids Community College, located on 415 E. Fulton St. This partnership allows an easier transition for GRCC students studying in all fields coming to GVSU, as well as seamless credit transfers. GV STUDENTS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST UNIVERSITY Two Grand Valley State University students, Erin Jurek and Ashley Short, have filed a lawsuit against the university. The students feel that they were unjustly accused and punished for academic dishonesty after their professor, Jonathan Hodge accused them of collaborating on a takehome exam in Mathematics 345 during the 2013 summer. The students argue that their answers were similar due to studying together before the exam was handed out. The two students also claim that Hodge harassed them based upon their gender. CLAS ON THE GREEN The third annual golf outing sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place on June 18 at the Meadows golf course. The event is open to all Grand Valley State University faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members. Registration is still open, and may be completed at www.gvsu.edu/clas/golfindex.htm. Registration and the driving range opens at noon, and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. A cookout and a celebration with prizes begins at 6 p.m.
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One year and one million down Mary Idema Pew Library staff reflects on first year, looks to future
The Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons is a colossus. Hidden beneath its glassy, post-modern exterior is a combined floor area of 150,000 square feet. For every one of those feet, there is an equal number of books available in its stacks, with additional space for 600,000 more in its automated retrieval system, ASRS. On June 24, the Mary Idema Pew Library hits its first-year milestone, and its staff is looking back on the year’s lessons learned, successes earned and how they will be applied to years to come. “Honestly, I think it’s been amazing,” said Brian Merry, head of operations and user services. “I’m pretty proud with what we’ve done…to take on this project and operate and deliver services…we (worked) tirelessly to make this a smooth transition and to make sure people had a good experience.” Merry and the rest of the staff thought they might be able to rest easy with the first year under their belt, but with over one million guests in a recent tally, and more on the way, rest may lay on some distant horizon. “I thought there would be a lull now that we got through the first academic year, but I feel like I’m busier than ever right now,” he said. “Most of our time now is taken up with kind of showing off the building and building new partner-
ships and that sort of thing. Literally our schedule is booked.” Facing initial technological difficulties and punctuated by an act of vandalism in late 2013, the year has also seen its challenges for the library staff. “Year one, I gather with any new facility, you have a lot of growing pains from a facility standpoint. There’s a lot of things that are a work in progress when you move into a place like this that you need to work with,” Merry said. He added that the efficiency of library staff, including IT and other departments in the building, help to keep setbacks at a minimum. “I wouldn’t call (them) a huge obstacle, but it’s definitely been an adjustment compared to what we’re used to from a library operations standpoint and the beauty of that is I don’t think the students would know the difference. It’s all kind of behind the scenes.” When it comes to ever being finished, the staff takes a more proactive, hands-on approach. “We’ll never be finished,” said Kristin Meyer, library user experience manager. “I think we’ll always be looking for ways to improve the library and the services we offer and we are always interested in user feedback and improving the experience for our users.” Although only being a fixture on campus for 12 months, the Mary Idema Pew Library has affected the students, though only
the library staff could say how. “One of the things we notice when the building is full is that there is this energy in here, and I think that energy motivates students,” said Jennifer Torreano, library evening operations and user services manager. “So they come in and see everyone else studying and getting work done and they’re energized by that.” Torreano, a Grand Valley State University graduate, recalls her experiences at the old Zumberge Library. “Even at peak hours during exam-cram at Zumberge, the volume of students was much lower than it is now. (During the regular school year), we regularly have over 800 people in the building, so there’s just a lot more activity, a lot more life in the building. Really everything has changed.” The Zumberge Library served GVSU students since its opening in 1969. The building has since been renovated and become home to many of the university’s administrative services. Merry sees that the library has not only impacted students, but also the university body as a whole. “(The Mary Idema Pew Library has) also brought a sense of pride to Grand Valley,” he said. “Even more than we had before. Both for students and everybody from undergrad to the president of the university share a great sense of pride with this place.” SEE LIBRARY ON A5
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Women’s equality linked to increase in athletic success EDITORIAL@LANTHORN.COM
Women’s empowerment is a factor that can greatly affect a country’s culture, including its athletic success. The research conducted by Grand Valley State University professors shows that countries with a bigger emphasis on women’s empowerment not only send more athletes to the Olympics but also receive more medals – both for men and women. Robert Deaner, associate professor of psychology, said that he wanted to do this study because of his interest in sex differences in sports interest and motivation. “As we did more reading about predictors of health and economics development across countries, it became clear that women’s empowerment might be an important predictor, which turned out to be the case,” he said. Aaron Lowen, associate professor of economics,
said that he was interested in the economic perspective and that when looking into other studies they found this particular topic had never really been explored. “We wanted to find an area for which there was a lot of data for a lot of different countries around the world and a place that we could neatly compare them,” Lowen said. Lowen said that some of the research findings were not surprising while other results were not what he expected. They found that greater
gender equality within a country is significantly associated with Olympic participation and winning medals. The large, rich, host countries also send more athletes and win more medals. Lowen added that he was surprised at how much emSEE EMPOWER ON A5
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Building success: The Mary Idema Pew Library celebrates its one year anniversary of its opening this month. The building has received over one million visitors.
WGVU teams up to support veterns BY DUANE EMERY DEMERY@LANTHORN.COM
Veterans make up less than 1 percent of the country’s population. A seemingly insignificant minority, until one looks at the numbers. There are approximately 34,000 veterans in Kent County alone – 34,000 people meeting the challenges of everyday life, while also facing the unique challenges that come from serving one’s country. It can be difficult for civilians to understand the trials veterans have to overcome, both in the civilian world and in their continuing service. To combat this, WGVU is teaming up with PBS for the We Are Veterans campaign. This campaign will use informational television and radio programming, as well as online and community discussions, to raise awareness of veterans’ needs and highlight the impact of their service. “It’s about connecting veterans with their communities and communities with veterans,” said Tim Eernisse, the development and marketing manager for WGVU.
While the specifics of the campaign are still in the planning phase, Eernisse said it will focus on key areas that will “artfully and accurately describe and share what it means to be a veteran.” The campaign will cover an assortment of topics, including women veterans, continued education for veterans, employment, military families, homelessness and health. “Health plays into every piece because it plays into employment, housing and being able to go to school,” Eernisse said. From the oldest retirees to those still serving today, military life is difficult. Not only do veterans sacrifice their time, their safety and potentially their lives, but their families make those sacrifices as well. The We Are Veterans campaign hopes to increase awareness so that, through community support, veterans’ lives can be improved. “It is a multigenerational opportunity to have a discussion on an area that can have an impact on a larger scale,” Eernisse said.
The campaign will also focus on services for veterans. While there are many resources and benefits available to veterans, many fail to use them, either because they do not know where to find them or even that they exist. “That’s a huge issue that’s going on. You have a lot of service providers in schools and communities, but the navigation system, the point of entry for veterans has really been a problem,” said Steven Lipnicki, assistant dean of students at GVSU who is part of the campaign. We Are Veterans is a national campaign and will provide informational programming to raise awareness of different benefits that veterans have earned through their service. Its purpose is to improve the lives of veterans by tailoring content for local communities to focus on their most pressing issues. For more information on the programming lineup, go to www.wgvu.org. For more information on the mission and goals of the campaign, visit www. weareveterans.org.
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uring the last month, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend 10 days in Israel with a group of 40 other Jewish college students from Michigan. While I was there, I climbed mountains, swam in the Dead Sea, rode a camel and saw the holiest
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Jewish sites in the world. I became friends with seven Israeli soldiers, saw the borders of Syria and Lebanon and visited an international organization that gives life-saving heart surgery to children in developing nations. If there was one constant during my whirlwind trip of Israel, it was that Israel seems to be a land of contradictions. There are incredibly wealthy people in Israel, and yet there are those who live far below the poverty level. There are those in Israel who love the nation, and those who deny its existence. Even the weather itself is full of opposites. The desert sun is unforgiving during the day, but the temperature at night drops drastically. However, out of all the extremes
and contradictions I witnessed in Israel, one stuck out to me more than the others. When people think about Israel, or hear about it on the news, they generally think about a nation in turmoil -- a nation constantly at war. And to be fair, that is true. Israel is bordered by nations that it generally does not get along with. Sometimes, those wars have religious undertones. Within Israel, there are constant struggles about the Gaza strip and the occupied territories. But when I was in Jerusalem, the epicenter of the nation, I heard one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. I was standing in the Old City, right where the market had been in biblical times. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how old the stones I was
standing on were, or how many people had stood there before me. Standing there, in the Old City, I heard the bells of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ring. The church is located on the exact spot that Jesus is said to have been crucified. Not too long after the bells rang out across the city, I heard the call to prayer ring out from a mosque. Across the way, I saw a boy with his family, reciting a portion of the Torah, having a bar mitzvah near the Western Wall. No matter what your feelings are about religion, it’s hard to deny how beautiful it is to hear the three Western monotheistic religions sharing the air, their sounds mixing together at the same time. This moment -- a brief moment
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Lessons from Israel of tolerance among Christianity, Islam and Judaism -- reminded me that no matter where you are, no matter what the history of the people or the land is, acceptance and tolerance can happen anywhere. Those things are choices, and they are choices that each individual makes every time they interact with anyone even just slightly different than they are. Each one of us needs to constantly make the decision to try to understand our neighbors more complexly. This is the only way that we can ever reach tolerance or acceptance. And while you definitely don’t have to travel to another continent to remember that, it’s a lesson that we all must keep close to our hearts.
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ecently, we’ve been barraged with the message to buy local, to support shops in our towns and to avoid the big, evil corporations. Others say it’s too expensive to buy local, that Walmart is affordable. However, that isn’t the whole picture. It’s time to look at some facts. When people buy local, rather than at a supermarket such as Walmart or Family Fare, twice the money stays in the community, according to a study done by the New Economics Foundation and researcher David Boyle. The money stays in the area rather than flowing outward to other states. It is exciting to us at the Lanthorn to have the opportunity to support our local community here in Allendale and the neighboring cities we often frequent. The Farmers Market starts on June 4 and will continue until September, occurring every other Wednesday. A Farmers Market allows you to meet and interact with the people who are growing and making your food. You have the chance to ask questions and get the answers immediately. You know which farm, field and orchard the products are coming from. You can even drive by that farm. The food isn’t being packed in a truck and hauled across the country. It isn’t sitting on the shelf for days or weeks. In addition to fresher produce, the food you buy at local farmers markets is greener – and we don’t mean under-ripe. When you buy local fresh food, you’re cutting out a sometimes lengthy journey from the field to the store, a journey that is often fossil fuel-intensive. Another upside to food bought at a farmers market is that it often has fewer chemicals sprayed on it, usually because that produce isn’t expected to sit on shelves and look fresher than it is. While going to the farmers market may take a bit more effort and planning than a quick run to the grocery store around the corner, the benefits to the community and the consumer far outweigh the extra effort. Make little changes, buy all your produce from the market over the summer or only eat eggs from locally raised chickens. A little change can make a huge difference. If you can’t make it to the GVSU Farmers Market,
Students and staff should support the Farmers Market, as it plays an integral role in the West Michigan community.
check out some other markets in the area, such as the one in downtown Holland or the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. This year’s vendors include: Goen’s Produce, Ham Family Farm, The Great Bread Company, Wise Farms, Frozen Creek Farms, Farm Country Cheese, JMC Kettle
Corn, Hudsonville Honey, Maisy’s Pies, Healthy Pantry Bars, Lindberg Blueberries (seasonal, usually the month of July), Community Garden, Inge Brummans Fresh Flowers (seasonal, usually begins the last week of June or first week of July), Mike’s Processing, Happy Green’s, Billi’s Goodies and Thunderfoot Meats.
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mazon and The Publishing Gods have been fighting a lot lately. All of their bookish children have been hearing their harsh words through the walls and are choosing which parent they’ll live with if the couple splits up, and it’s been A Whole Thing. On one side, Amazon has opened up self-publishing and allows for cool things like daily deals and Kindle Serials and erotica ebooks that no one will ever have to know that you bought. On the other is Hachette, over-
seers of the Little, Brown and Orbit imprints, which publishes some big-name authors including Nicholas Sparks, J.K. Rowling, and James Patterson. The two giants are in a tiff over some complicated stuff regarding ebook pricing. Basically, Hachette wants to continue making the retail price on their ebooks ridiculously high (like $14.99 or so), which, even after a wholesale discount, forces Amazon to receive a very little profit in order to price the books at a point low enough that they’ll actually sell. Understandably, Amazon’s not into it, and decided to throw a tantrum. Amazon pulled all of Hachette’s pre-orders from its site, which may not seem like a big deal, unless you know that pre-orders are a major component in determining the New York Times Bestseller List, which
is a major component in determining whether a book will find a place in Oprah’s book club or will be used to line gerbil cages. It is also delaying shipments of all of the house’s books by up to six weeks while trying to steer readers towards books published by other presses instead. Frankly, it makes me uneasy how much weight Amazon has to throw around. Right now, they are receiving a lot of bad press, and many customers are choosing to purchase Hachette books from other retailers. But if all of Amazon’s competitors go up in smoke, this boycotting will not be feasible. Amazon holding a monopoly on the book market could lead to raised prices at best or censorship and bullying at worst. I cannot honestly say that I don’t buy most of my books off Amazon. As a college
student, I am often allured by Amazon’s dirt-cheap paperbacks, and I’m stupidly infatuated with the backlight on my Kindle. So personally, I’m not ready to pick sides. I’m not someone who thinks that Amazon should be completely dismantled, but I do think that we need to become more protective of our indie bookstores to eliminate any evil masterminds from taking Amazon’s reigns and really making a mess of things. So maybe every once in a while, probably right after payday, consider supporting a local or indie bookstore, making. That way, we all avoid ending up in a dystopian monopoly hellscape where we can’t buy the books we want and textbooks are even more expensive than they already are, and we still get to enjoy half-priced Kindle vampire erotica. Everybody wins.
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LIBRARY CONTINUED FROM A3 Though, Merry said, it’s hard to measure the impact that it has really had. “I think we’re only starting to scratch the surface really. There’s different ways the library’s been a showcase for initiatives or purposes so, aside the practical use of the space, I think it’s really helped raise the profile of Grand Valley. It’s a worldwide recognized facility.” Since its opening, the library has hosted scores of activities ranging from live music to lectures. Reservations in any of its event rooms are at a premium. The library also regularly hosts representatives of the public and private sectors from around the globe to observe its design and layout. Underlying such a feat is a design philosophy that stems from allowing students to interact freely with their work environments. The structure has made the Mary Idema Pew Library a model to be
EMPOWER CONTINUED FROM A3 powerment affected both male and female athletes though. “I didn’t expect how robust it would be,” he said. “Gender equality not only helped women, but also helped men. We hadn’t seen any results in any papers that led us to expect that result…Gender equality mattered all the time, everywhere, pretty significantly.” Deaner said that, for the U.S., he expected Title IX to have been clearly linked with women’s empowerment and Olympic success, but found that was not the case. “In a general sense, our results strongly support Title IX because they show that women’s empowerment is clearly linked to athletic success,” Deaner said. “In a narrower sense though, our article doesn’t support the idea that Title IX has had some special
emulated. Last year, it was prised when they come here the item of focus in Library and there are almost no Journal’s Year in Architecture signs,” Torreano said. “You 2013 and continues to influ- won’t find signs telling you to ence business design in com- be quiet in places or anything panies like Steelcase, a major like that. It’s your building contributor to the library’s and we want you to use it the development. way that you want to use it.” Meyer brings up the Fun Most of the planning and Theory, a way of organiza- layout went into student betion that encourages players havior and allows them to to interact freely shape the study in work settings, environment of which was a mathe library to jor focus in the their needs. design of the I’m looking “We find that building and its it’s best to let stuforward to the dents do what environment. “The philoso- next million they want and phy we follow just see how it is whenever we visitors. plays out,” Tortry to cue users KRISTIN MEYER reano said. to certain be- LIBRARY MANAGER The library haviors we try to has also designed use the Fun Theory, which is services in the same way. (that) you can change behav- Intentionally, students have ior through fun more than a variety of choices to help having a passive/aggressive them get the information sign put up.” they might need. From meetThese passive/aggres- ing with full-time librarians, sive stimuli are common in peer consultants, the service in a lot of public buildings, desk and live Internet chats, Merry said. there are many options to “People are always sur- choose from. impact on U.S. women. This is because U.S. women were not exceptionally successful in the Olympics in comparison to women from other countries or even U.S. men.” The research conducted differs from other studies, Lowen said, because of how it was carried out and the depth of the research. “It hadn’t been tested in a comprehensive way before,” he said. “We wanted to find out by how much is the claim true. We found that not only does (women’s empowerment) help, but it’s a significant amount – and that was true even after controlling for wealth and size.” Erika Schmitt, a psychology major who graduated in the fall of 2013, also got involved in the research and gathered data. She said that data was gathered from Summer Olympics from 1996 to 2012 for more than 130 countries.
The sci-fi appeal of the library is apparent and appropriate, seeing that the words of famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury are placed near the entrance. “Without libraries what have we?” Bradbury asked. “We have no past and no future.” This is a provocative statement especially for a facility that in recent decades has eroded to the digital revolution. “An academic library still serves that fundamental purpose of being the gatekeeper of scholarly information and the preserver of it,” Merry said. “That’s a pretty important task to serve to the world. I don’t know where else that information is stored or preserved over time, other than a library.” Meyer connects the past with the future, saying that the former invariably affects the latter. “But at the same time, this is the place where new ideas are formed. Students are able to engage and interact with
“I realize now that research does take a long time and teamwork, but it is worthwhile,” she said. “I’m proud of our work and I do want to do more. Sex differences have interested me, as well as health disparities, different classes and cultural differences.” From the results, Lowen said students can learn about the relationship between women’s empowerment and economic growth – that it’s a back and forth between the two. “Economic growth tends to help women and men both, but it doesn’t close the gap. It’s not enough to be the sole driver of it,” he said. “Women’s empowerment can be supported in many ways and one way is through athletics – a way that many people don’t think about… There are a lot of ways and reasons to support women’s empowerment.”
new technology and can be inspired by something new, and that’s where I think the future component comes in,” she said. Growing numbers of people doubt the relevance of libraries in the 21st century. With the pendulum swinging evermore in the direction of electronic consumption, a palace to paper and ink seems increasingly antiquated. “I think the role of the library has changed over time,” Torreano said. “It used to be that coming into a library, you’d really need a lot of direct assistance to find what you needed, but with electronic resources – even with things like Google – it’s really easy to find information.” This approach can yield many results, Torreano said, but finding which pieces of information are useful to students, regardless of their field, is the duty of the library. “(This library is) more than a place to get information – it’s a place to speak to each other, to learn, to exper-
iment, to try new things. So it’s not just a house for books anymore,” she said. For the upcoming year, and all years to follow, the Mary Idema Pew Library is already planning out its longterm goals. “Getting better,” Merry said. “We just never settle. Year one, we learned a lot of how to utilize the spaces and how we need to position ourselves to operate and deliver services at a level we expect. Building off of that with the knowledge that we’ve gained, the data we’ve collected, all the observations we’ve had and having a better year two is really our primary focus.” As for the immediate future, that is almost certain. “I’m looking forward to our next million visitors,” Meyer said. More information on the Mary Idema Pew Library can be found on their website at www.gvsu.edu/library, or by telephone at 616-331-3500.
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Music festivals bring wide array of acts to Michigan
Newgrass: The five-piece Kalamazoo based outfit Greensky Bluegrass blends traditional bluegrass with not-so-traditional distortion pedals and horns during Electric Forest Festival on Sunday, June 30 of 2013 in Rothbury, Mich. The group kicked things off for the day, being one of the first of over 40 performances. BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI SPENDOWSKI@LANTHORN.COM
ach year, Michigan is home to a variety of music festivals featuring artists from all genres on the musical spectrum. Although there are countless concerts and festivals for summer 2014, there are a handful that beckon music lovers -- and many are close to Laker nation. US-131 will once again experience the bumper-tobumper traffic caused by the B-93 Birthday Bash. By bringing in country artists such as Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Lucy Hale and Brett Eldredge,
the US-131 Motorsports Park becomes the largest Honkey Tonk in the state. While general admission for this event is free, parking passes are $60 for the weekend. The motor speedway will transform on June 7 and 8 to accommodate the masses of country fans that will tailgate for the two days. The raving light show, known as the Electric Forest Music Festival, is an annual showcase of electronic music. Held at the Double JJ Resort and Hotel in Rothbury, Mich., this festival continues to grow in popularity and attracts many renowned EDM artists
as well as up and coming musicians in the genre. For $269.50, attendees receive a three-day pass to experience the stylings of Zedd, The String Cheese Incident, Steve Angello, Cut Copy, Flying Lotus and many more. A total of 105 musicians will perform from June 26-29. Our state capital welcomes alternative, rock, hip hop and country artists for the Common Grounds Music Festival July 8-13. The concerts kick off with performances by Circa Survive, Say Anything, Dinosaur Pile-Up and six more musicians. As the week continues, Big Sean, Dr. Dog, Earth,
Wind & Fire, Justin Moore, David Nail, Juicy J and Fitz & The Tantrums will take the stage. Daily tickets, individual concert tickets and week passes are sold for this event and range from $10-$299. The DTE Energy Theatre in Clarkston, Mich. will also feature rock artists in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival on July 17. Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandra, Korn, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count ft. Ice-T, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead and Miss May I are headlining the festival. Tickets range from $30-$225. Two years ago Mayday Pa-
rade headlined Grand Valley State University’s fall concert. Once again, students will get the chance to see them perform this year at Vans Warped Tour on July 18 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Multiple stages will feature hundreds of alternative rock and pop musicians such as We the Kings, Yellowcard, Breathe Carolina, Of Mice and Men and Parkway Drive all for the price of $59.65. Spanning from June 1 to Sept. 7, the Fifth Third Bank Concert Series will feature artists from every genre. The festival, located at Frederick
Meijer Gardens, will keep the city of Grand Rapids and music lovers alike busy. From Santana to CAKE to Gavin DeGraw to the Beach Boys, 30 different artists will light up the stage. Tickets for each individual concert in the series are sold separately, ranging from $35-$155 per person. With their close proximity, these select festivals offer a variety of genres at a wide range of ticket prices. Although many students remain studying for the summer semester, music festivals can be a nice break to forget about the stress caused by classes.
Student jazz quartet raises funds for Cali. workshop BY CENIQUE YELDELL CYELDELL@LANTHORN.COM
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hile this local jazz quartet has only been together for a little over a year, Brad Fritcher + trois has performed in places such as Detroit, Chicago and Flint. Their next stop? Los Angeles. Last summer, Brad Fritcher + trois won the jazz category of ArtPrize and St. Cecilia’s music competition in 2013. They have also had articles published by Local Spins, the Rapidian and Holland Sentinel, and have been featured artists on several radio stations including Lazaro Vegas’s jazz on WBLV 90.3 and WBLU 88.1. Most recently, three of the group’s members auditioned for and were accepted into a workshop held by the School of Improvised Music in Los Angeles. Based on the amount of experience the quartet has built up and the feedback received from the music community, the trip out West seems to be a step in the right direction. While only three of the students plan to head to LA, the group consists of four Grand Valley students: Brad Fritcher, Dutcher Snedeker, Christian VanDuinen and Ryan Wallace. Fritcher, the creator of the quartet, plays multiple instruments and has been playing the trumpet for over a decade. Snedeker plays the piano and has years of classical training and performing
Progressive: Brad Fritcher + trois perform at Detroit’s Jazz Cafe. Since their 2013 debut, the four-man ensemble has worked to break down the strict confines typically found within the genre. As college-aged musicians, it comes as no surprise that the group strives to modernize jazz for a younger audience.
jazz under his belt. VanDuinen plays the drums and Wallace switches between the electric and acoustic bass. While jazz is definitely the base of the music they play, explained Snedeker, the group takes a variety of influences from rock, metal and hip hop. “We try not to pigeonhole ourselves by maintaining a certain criteria of what we should or shouldn’t play,” Fritcher said. “Our goal in music is to create platforms, textures and colors
that represent us as collaborative musicians, artists and as individuals at the highest possible level.” During the weeklong study of improvisational music, Brad Fritcher + trois will be working with other musicians as well as professionals from the jazz and contemporary music fields. The sessions consist of two master classes each day, ensemble coaching, student and faculty performances and private lessons. Some
of the musicians that will be teaching the workshop include Ralph Alessi, John Hebert and Uri Caine. “This group is on the brink of change,” Fritcher said. “I can’t exactly put my finger on it at the moment but I feel that with the accomplishments that have already perspired in just one year’s time, we will be doing some bigger things in 2014 including more out of state performances, more collaborations
with artists in similar and other genres and more writing and recording of original material.” Currently, the four musicians are working on funding their trip to Los Angeles and hope to release their second album by July. Their next performance will be on June 4 at the farmers market on GV’s Allendale campus. For more information about Brad Fritcher + trois visit brotherbearproductions.com/artists.
GV group offers support and paternal advice to fathers on campus BY MADDIE FORSHEE MFORSHEE@LANTHORN.COM
ingle moms’ clubs, mom-to-mom meetings, support groups for new mothers. After perusing the listings, one might wonder where all of the groups for dads are. That was the thought that a Grand Valley State University faculty member, who was a single dad of two children, had back in 2006. With the help of other faculty members and some marketing, “What Daddies Do Best” has been going strong ever since. The group is comprised of roughly a dozen fathers from GVSU, currently all staff members, that meet to talk
about fatherhood and share pieces of advice that they’ve acquired over the years. “(The dads) have children of all ages,” said Susan Sloop, a work life consultant for human resources and co-facilitator of the group. “Some have kids who have just left home or are grandparents now, and some are having their first child. They learn from each others’ experiences.” Sloop also noted that, from her experience with the group, dads have a lot of the same concerns as mothers do, and a lot of people may not realize that because it’s not a typical “dad thing.” As generations come and go, fathers are becoming much
...we don’t give dads enough credit for caregiving. SUSAN SLOOP WORK LIFE CONSULTANT
more involved and concerned with their children’s lives -- a change that is apparent during the group meetings. “Sometimes we don’t give dads enough credit for caregiving,” Sloop said. “(They) want to be involved and take part in their children’s ac-
tivities. They’re much more conscious about how important it is to spend time with their families.” As a co-facilitator, Sloop usually throws out a topic or two during the meeting to spark conversation and the dads usually take it from there. “Our philosophy is that this is their group, so we pretty much go in whatever direction that they want to,” Sloop said. In addition to talking, sometimes the group will do activities together, like making valentines for the dads to give to their kids. Occasionally there are prizes and giveaways for answering questions, such as “Whose kid is the oldest?”
“What Daddies Do Best” is part of the Healthy Choices Incentives Program, which offers GVSU faculty and staff members a holistic approach to wellness. There are programs for physical health and support for mental health, helping faculty and staff members to be totally healthy and happy, and in turn make good decisions regarding their overall wellness. The group plays into the program by providing a space for faculty and staff members who are fathers of all kinds – expecting fathers, new fathers, grandfathers – and welcome all to come talk, share concerns or share
exciting news through a safe outlet of other understanding people. “We know that life doesn’t stop when they come through the doors,” Sloop said. “(The group) is something that I think is a great stress reliever for the dads. It gives them a break from their day. There’s a lot of laughing, so it’s rejuvenating.” The group meets twice a semester during the regular school year and once during the summer. To find out when the next meeting is go to www.gvsu.edu/events. For more information about the Healthy Choices Incentives Program visit www.gvsu.edu/ healthwellness.
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GV NAMES NEW SOFTBALL COACH For the first time since 1990, the Grand Valley State University softball program has a new head coach. GVSU replaced 38-year employee and 24-year head coach Doug ‘Doc’ Woods, who recently retired, with top assistant Dana Callihan on May 30. Callihan has been a part of the Laker program for 17 seasons (four as a player and 13 as a coach). Since she joined the team in 2002, the Lakers have posted a 473-197-1 record, which is good enough for a .706 winning percentage. GVSU racked up 574 wins and four GLIAC titles in that span, and made nine trips to the NCAA Tournament. Callihan was a part of the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011, and is a member of both the NFCA and Alliance of Women Coaches (AWC). LAKERS CLAIM FIRST MCLA CROWN Winning a national championship is sweet. Winning a national championship is even sweeter when it involves revenge. The Grand Valley State University men’s club lacrosse team topped St. John’s University 12-11 to win the 2014 MCLA Division II national championship on May 17 in Irvine, Calif. The victory had multiple layers as SJU defeated GVSU 10-8 in the 2013 title bout. GVSU freshman goalie Kyrn Stoddard made a decisive save as time ran down to seal the win for the Lakers. GVSU junior midfielder Charlie Farmer took home the 2014 MCLA Division II “Godekeraw” Award, the highest MCLA honor given to a player who represents overall performance on the field, in the classroom and in the community. SENIOR NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR One of the most feared hitters in Grand Valley State University baseball history added two more “firsts” to his long list of career accomplishments. First baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni became the first-ever GVSU player to be named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year by Daktronics on May 23 after one of the best offensive seasons in program history. His 17 home runs and 70 RBIs are the secondmost in GVSU singleseason history. He led the GLIAC in both statistical categories, as well as total bases, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He was the first-ever Daktronics First Team AllAmerica player from GVSU (along with junior outfielder Jamie Potts), and earned a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings All-American First Team. He is also a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award (best NCAA Division II player). HARTIGAN EARNS POSTSEASON PLAUDITS After tying the program record for team victories in a single season with seven, the members of the Grand Valley State University women’s golf team raked in a number of postseason accolades. Junior standout Kelly Hartigan, who tied the GVSU record for singleseason victories (seven) and career wins (11), was named the GLIAC Women’s Golf Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. Hartigan also became the fourth GVSU player to earn one of the 10 spots on the WGCA All-America First Team.
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Onward and upward: Grand Valley State University senior Kristen Hixson springs toward the bar during the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championship. Hixson set the Division II record by clearing a height of 4.50 meters to earn the national title. BY JAY BUSHEN SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
ith home fans cheering and her friends, family, coaches and teammates looking on, Grand Valley State University senior Kristen Hixson had one final opportunity to cement her name in program history. Hixson, a pole-vaulting record holder and two-time national champion, felt she still had plenty to prove at
the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championship (May 22-24) in Allendale. She already had the decorated resume of a champion, but true champions are rarely satisfied with past accomplishments. The Remus, Mich. native was in pursuit of something that had never been done before at the Division II level. She wanted to set the bar high -- specifically, at the ever-elusive 4.50-meter mark.
“I had been attempting 4.50 for the past couple of meets,” she said. “I had been really close and I started to get a little frustrated that I hadn’t cleared it. I never had three good, clean attempts at it -- something would always go wrong. “I knew I needed to have three good attempts, and the first two attempts were good not makes -- but good attempts. Then I said, ‘This is it, this is my last chance, this is
my last jump at GVSU.’” Her perseverance paid off. Hixson’s final vault not only set a new facility and GVSU record, but also an NCAA Division II Outdoor women’s pole vault record. It was the eighth-best women’s pole vault in the world this year. “It was very emotional,” she said. “I remember falling down, looking at the bar and making sure that it wasn’t falling with me. When I realized that I hit
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it, I started crying immediately and my teammates ran up to me. I don’t want to say it was a relief, it wasn’t, but it was more of a ‘finally.’ I can’t describe how my heart felt at that moment.” The championship feat provided the No. 1 Laker women with 10 points on day one, but it proved to be the only first-place performance for either GVSU squad. The GVSU women led all w SEE TRACK ON A8
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Armstrong, Lelito to compete for starting job in New Orleans
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Bracing for impact: Center Matt Armstrong snaps the ball to quarterback Heath Parling. Armstrong signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints on May 10 following the 2014 NFL Draft. He joins former GV teammate Tim Lelito in New Orleans. BY JAY BUSHEN SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM
ne of the most dangerous offenses in the National Football League could be handing the ball to a former Grand Valley State
University player next season – for every snap. The New Orleans Saints, who completed their first set of OTAs last week, currently have just two centers on their roster: former GVSU teammates Tim Lelito and Matt Armstrong.
Lelito, listed as a center/ guard, appeared in 16 games and made a pair of starts at right guard for New Orleans last season. He figures to be making line calls for Drew Brees’ offense in the fall after former starter Brian de la PuW.
ente signed with the Chicago Bears in April. Armstrong signed with the Saints on May 10 following the 2014 NFL Draft, and has a chance to challenge Lelito for the starting job. Armstrong, who won the 2013
Rimington Award as the top NCAA Division II center, said he’s been seeking counsel from his former Laker line mate so far in OTAs. “I’m with him every day in meetings,” Armstrong said. “He’s been great. It’s night and day since I last played with him at Grand Valley – he’s progressed so much. I talk to him all the time, and if I don’t know something, he’s the first person I’m asking. He’s been real helpful with technique and learning plays.” If one of the Michigan natives is able to secure the starting spot, they’ll have plenty of help – about 628 pounds of help – on either side in veteran guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs. Evans and Grubbs were both Pro Bowl selections last season, as were Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham. The explosive offense routinely ranks near the top of the league in yards per game, and figures to do so once again this fall as long as No. 9 stays healthy. Snapping the ball to a superstar quarterback like Brees would seemingly have a Division II rookie starstruck, but that certainly hasn’t been the case for Armstrong, a consensus All-American and the 2013 SEE FOOTBALL ON A8
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DiIanni dynasty ends with B1G departure GV icon, 3-time national champion takes job at Iowa BY ADAM KNORR AKNORR@LANTHORN.COM
rand Valley State University women’s soccer coach Dave DiIanni paced back and forth, speaking sharply to his team. His players stood at rapt attention and listened keenly with intent to learn, fixated upon their decorated coach. Then, the tone changed in a split second with raucous laughter. DiIanni found himself looking up at his team, the intense mood long gone. A soccer net interrupted his monologue and trapped DiIanni around the ankles, bringing him crashing to the turf. Just like that, the entire team was relaxed.
Former GVSU standout Kayla Addison recalls that story fondly. Addison describes DiIanni, who recently accepted the head coaching position at the University of Iowa, as a “goofy” coach whose antics and attitude often led to a relaxed and comfortable vibe on the field. That vibe certainly translated into a whole lot of wins for the GVSU program. As DiIanni’s name has become synonymous with success in the last 11 years, his coaching style has become lauded. A teacher before a coach, DiIanni always worked to improve the character and integrity of his players before fine-tuning their dribbling and
passing abilities – and it’s hard to say which he did better. After accepting the job at GVSU in 2003, DiIanni quickly climbed the ranks and became one of the top NCAA Division II women’s soccer coaches in the nation. During his 11 years at the helm, he racked up an otherworldly 221-18-18 record and a .895 winning percentage – the top mark in Division II history. Under his direction, GVSU won three national championships (2009, 2010, 2013), garnered seven NCAA Final Four appearances and took home nine consecutive GLIAC titles from 2005-2013. Defense was often the call-
ing card of DiIanni’s squads. The Lakers amassed 175 shutouts in 257 games under his direction. The 2013 campaign, DiIanni’s last, was especially impressive. The Lakers managed to post 21 straight shutouts en route to a 24-0-1 record and a national championship. Combine the mass of achievements with the time he spent in the Allendale community and it becomes apparent that his decision was anything but easy. When he committed to taking the job with the Hawkeyes, the school year had wrapped up at GVSU and most of his former team had already headed home for the summer. DiIanni
emailed his team, explained the situation and spent the day calling each player individually to talk them through his decision. What was it about the Iowa job that so enticed the former Laker coach? “(The job) appealed to me because of the similarities to GVSU,” he said. “It was an administration that looked outside the box, they didn’t recycle people they’d had before. They were looking for both a teacher of the game and a teacher of life. The community is great, especially for raising a family at a crucial time. “Thank you to the school and the community for the 11 SEE DILANNI ON A8
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(second, fourth) and Ashland University (third, fifth). “We came in knowing that, on paper, we were ranked to win,” senior sprinter Kalena Franklin said. “We were ranked number one, but we were also number one for indoor nationals (and finished fourth). We didn’t want to take it for granted, we were pretty quiet about it and everyone was focused.” Franklin closed out her impressive career with two All-American honors on day three. She took fifth place in the 100 meter hurdles while tying her GVSU-record time of 13.41 seconds before anchoring the women’s 4x4 meter relay team to an eighth-
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teams through two days of action, but finished with 53 points and were ultimately passed by two teams on day three. Lincoln University (Mo.) claimed the national crown with 64 points, while Johnson C. Smith University came away in second place with 59. Meanwhile, St. Augustine’s University won the national championship on the men’s side in convincing fashion after racking up 112 points -45 more than runner-up Adams State University. The No. 7 Laker men finished seventh
with 30.50 points. “Our ambition, our goal is to be in the mix and have a shot,” GVSU coach Jerry Baltes said. “We’re very pleased and proud of our student-athletes. We were shooting for a little bit higher, but third and seventh place finishes are outstanding.” The Laker teams came into the meet with high expectations after qualifying the most individual entries on the women’s side (26) and the secondmost on the men’s side (17). The end result may have been somewhat anticlimactic, but GVSU still finished as one of just three schools to garner a pair of top-seven finishes along with Adams State
Revered leader: Soccer coach Dave DiIanni addresses his team after winning the NCAA Division II National Championship last winter. DiIanni accepted the same position at Iowa.
FOOTBALL CONTINUED FROM A7 GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. “He’s very focused in practice so he’s a good guy to be around, a great leader,” Armstrong said of Brees, “but honestly, you don’t really have time to think about that. You’ve got to get your mind right and compete. “They throw a lot at you
-- a lot of plays in a short amount of time -- so you’ve got to think fast, then go home and study. In this highpowered offense, you’ve got to go home and go over everything again to make sure you perform at a high level. “I’ve just got to make sure I keep progressing and getting better. Everyone’s bigger, faster and stronger and I can’t get away with the same stuff I was able to in DII. Your tech-
nique has to be more crisp and you’ve got to think faster.” Armstrong is one of seven former GVSU players in the NFL along with Lelito, Brandon Carr (Dallas), Dan Skuta (San Francisco), Cameron Bradfield (Jacksonville), Charles Johnson (Cleveland) and Nick McDonald (San Diego). The Saints organization certainly seems to have an interest in former Lakers. Wide receiver Brandan
place finish (3:43.13). GVSU also had top-five performances from sophomore Darien Thornton (second place - hammer throw), junior Bret Myers (second - pole vault), junior Jessica Janecke (third - 10,000 meter run), senior Hannah Osborn (third - steeplechase), junior Allyson Winchester (third 5,000 meter run), freshman Kendra Foley (fifth - 5,000 meter run), junior Trent Chappell (fifth - high jump), junior Jennifer Schornak (fifth - pole vault), sophomore Laura Schroeder (fifth - hammer throw), sophomore Ethan Barnes (fifth - 800 meter run), and the
women’s 4x100 meter relay team (fifth). The event, which returns to Allendale in 2015, certainly seemed to be a successful one for Baltes’ program. About 200 people volunteered to help out for the occasion, and -- with plenty of sunshine and warm weather -- it was an enjoyable meet for those in attendance. “The success of the weekend is due to the incredible support of all the volunteers and officials who gave their time over the course of the week, and the championship meet,” Baltes said. “In addition there is no way the meet would have been the success it was without the leadership
of our athletic administration and the different departments especially Tim Nott and Sports Information, Mark Stoessner, Matt Herrema and the entire Athletic Training Staff, Dan Glowinski and the ticket staff. “These last four people were the backbone of the championship and deserve all the credit for making this an incredible event: Keri Becker, Steve Jones, Jamie Schlagel, and Chelsea Brehm. They were incredible from start to finish. “We in the GVSU track and field department want to send our sincere appreciation to everyone that came out to help and support the Championship and our squads.”
DIIANNI CONTINUED FROM A7 years that they gave our family.” In the wake of his departure, DiIanni leaves behind a program with an abundance of talent and the infrastructure to experience continued success for years to come. This is not the first time GVSU has lost an established coach -- nor will it be the last. “We’re very proud of Dave’s performance and what he did to contribute to the building of our program,” said GVSU Director of Athletics Tim Selgo. “We’re very appreciative of what he did and we’re confident that the program he takes over at Iowa will be successful.” DiIanni replaces Ron Rainey at the University of Iowa, which, under Rainey’s command, finished with a 15-7-1 (5-5-1 Big Ten) record
last season. Meanwhile, in Allendale, filling DiIanni’s shoes will be a tall order, but a search committee is already on the case with hopes to appoint a new hire at the end of June. “One of the most important things is finding a teacher, someone who can really teach the game,” Selgo said. DiIanni taught the philosophy to hundreds of players in his time at GVSU, and -- in addition to the team’s success -- the strength of GVSU’s program is reflected in the numerous individual achievements earned by his players. Five players earned Daktronics, Inc. All-American honors last season, the last of 29 players to garner the award under DiIanni. He also coached 19 NSCAA All-Americans -including two NSCAA Player of the Year award winners (Irie Dennis in 2009 and Jenna Wenglinski in 2010).
He was a coach who seemed to give his players every opportunity to flourish. Addison, for example, will be playing for FC Indiana of the WPSL Elite League this summer after capping off an impressive two-sport career in Allendale. As she moves on to Indiana and DiIanni moves on to Iowa, GVSU begins its journey forward. It has been more than a decade since the last coaching change, but the talented Lakers will likely have what it takes to protect their title when the season begins at home against Quincy University on Sep. 5. The defending champs won’t be forgetting their goofy coach anytime soon, but they’ll certainly be ready to create more memories -- perhaps with another national crown -- no matter who is standing on the sidelines in 2014.
Green was invited to the team’s rookie camp from May 15-17. Although he didn’t get a call back from the Saints, he received high praise from the coaching staff while he was there. “Special teams, that was kind of my angle to go at as far as making the team,” Green said. “I did everything I could do. Every day I was there I got a complement. “We were catching footballs
on punts with our (off) hands and I ended up catching the ball. The special teams coach told me he liked the way I track the ball. He looked at me and said, ‘You guys at Grand Valley are just some athletes.’ “The following day, they pulled a few clips from the previous practice to show how it needed to be done. I was on three of of the clips, basically for my effort.” Green later attended a
workout in North Carolina for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, and was invited to the team’s rookie camp on Sunday. He is flying to Montreal as soon as possible and, if he doesn’t hear from another NFL team, will hope to prove himself at the CFL level. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to continue to play football,” he said. “I can’t thank God enough.”
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It was certainly a big moment for Brugnoni. Not because the team-oriith one swing of ented slugger inked his name the bat, the Grand into the GLIAC record book, Valley State Unibut because it helped the versity baseball team made Lakers push their winning a resounding statement that streak to 12 games, a streak led to an outright conferthat began in mid-April after ence championship. the team was swept by Lake Top-seeded GVSU began the 2014 GLIAC Tournament Erie in Painesville, Ohio. The three-run blast to in Xenia, Ohio by racking up right field simultaneously 29 runs in a pair of victories gave Brugnoni the record, over Ashland University and Detillion a reason to rest Tiffin University, but found senior starter Sean Clancy itself clinging to a 3-2 lead in — who moved to 8-0 on the the bottom of the seventh inyear after giving up just six ning on May 10 against Lake hits — and sophomore pitchErie College — a team that went 3-0 against GVSU in er Patrick Kelly more than enough breathing room to the regular season. Senior first baseman secure the win with a pair of shutout innings. Giancarlo Bru“I was exgnoni — who tremely excited entered the — one of the game needing most emotional just one home It was an home runs of run to break my career,” said the GLIAC ca- emotional reer record set moment. It was Brugnoni, the 2014GLIAC by GVSU coach Player of the Jamie Detillion, awesome... Year. “Not bewho hit 47 at cause of the BRUGNONI Ashland from FIRST BASEMAN record, but be1997-2000 — cause Lake Erie stepped to the swept us earlier this season. batter’s box with two on, That might have been one two outs, a 2-0 count and of the only times we’ve been too much experience to let swept in my career — it was a fastball over the outer part a bad trip for our team — but of the plate zoom by him. when I was rounding second “It was a big moment, and big-time players do big-time I realized it was a recordthings in big moments,” De- breaking home run, too. “It was an emotional motillion said. “He got a good ment. It was awesome, (Depitch to hit — and he stepped tillion) met me outside the up. Not only was it a recorddugout and gave me a big breaking home run, but it hug. He’s been my coach and was also a big moment in the he’s trained me well enough game and it really helped our to come here and beat his repitchers out.” BY JAY BUSHEN
cord in the years that I have. It was a good moment, especially from coach to player.” The coaches and players weren’t done yet, however, as the double-elimination format gave Lake Erie a chance to storm Saginaw Valley State University 13-3 in the nightcap — meaning the Lakers would have to weather the Storm once again in order to obtain the conference title on Sunday. The Lakers, who had 11 different players garner AllGLIAC honors on Wednesday, showed they are much more than a one-man show offensively — and a group of juniors proved it early on. After starter Kevin Hallberg pitched a scoreless first inning, center fielder Mike Nadratowski provided a lead-off single which seemingly sparked the Laker bats. Right fielder Jamie Potts followed it up with a four-pitch walk, then second baseman Kevin Zak hit an RBI single to left before Brugnoni notched an RBI single of his own to make it a 3-0 game. The offense was just getting started. Zak blasted a three-run roundtripper over the leftfield wall in the bottom of the second inning to make it a 6-0 contest, then Brugnoni deposited another solo shot to center as GVSU took a 7-2 lead. “Anyone in our lineup is able to step up and have a huge day on any given day,” said Zak, who went 3-for4 with four RBIs to go with SEE GLIAC ON A10
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Making the play: First baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni attempts to make a play in the GLIAC tournament. Brugnoni broke the GLIAC career record for home runs with 48 roundtrippers.
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conference championship, a conference tournament title and a top-three finish at the regional tournament would be considered a terrific season for most college baseball programs. Not this one. The Grand Valley State University baseball team came up short in the Midwest Regional at the University of Southern Indiana Baseball Field over the weekend after being limited offensively in a pair of 5-2 losses against USI and Drury University. GVSU, one of only two NCAA Division II schools to qualify for a regional tourna-
ment in each of the last 13 seasons, was unable to live up to its expectations after finishing as the No. 3 team in the nation a year ago. “It’s tough right now,” coach Jamie Detillion said on Sunday. “Any time you end your season it’s tough to digest right away, but 3913 is still a pretty good year. We won the conference and the conference tournament and were just a couple breaks away from still playing. “Looking back, it was still a successful season, we just didn’t play well in a few games that we probably could have won -- but we’re right there, there’s nothing to hang our heads about. We’ve got good players and a good
nucleus of returning players coming back next year.” The team, which won the GLIAC Tournament Championship after beating Lake Erie College in back-to-back games, picked up where it left off in the regional on Thursday with a third straight victory against the Storm. Eight different Lakers supplied at least one hit in the 9-4 triumph as junior starter Aaron Jensen moved to 7-3 on the year. GVSU carried the momentum into its second game against another familiar foe, Wayne State University, and led 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning when senior SEE REGIONAL ON A10
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Gaining experience: GVSU golfer Gabrielle Shipley swings to hit the ball. The Lakers had a disappointing finish at the national championships.
REGIONAL CONTINUED FROM A9 first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one more chance to make GLIAC history. Brugnoni blasted one over the left-field wall, pushed his GLIAC record of career home runs to 49 and broke another one of his coach’s career records as the grand slam increased his career RBI total to 205, eclipsing the conference record of 203 set by Detillion (at Ashland University from 1997-2000) and Jacob Petkac (AU, 2007-2010). “He was one of the most productive players in Grand Valley history,” Detillion said. “He was great this year, he was as steady as he’s ever been. He cut his strikeouts down and worked hard every single day. He did the little things to become a good player and he’s going to be sorely missed not only because of his production but also because he was a good teammate and a good person.” The Lakers held on for a 7-2 victory -- their 15th in a row -- and were the only unbeaten team left in the tournament. The team certainly seemed primed for another College World Series run until things started to go awry against host USI on Saturday. After turning a double play in the top of the fifth inning, GVSU went haywire. The fifth-inning box score had “blooper reel” written all over it, as the Lakers committed four errors -three of which came on the same play. The Screaming Eagles capitalized by scoring three runs after the sudden spell of erraticism, and held on for a 5-2 win. “Those were the three go
n outstanding spring season concluded with a middling finish for the Grand Valley State University women’s golf team from May 14-17 at the NCAA Division II National Championship at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. No. 23 GVSU had won four straight tournaments prior to nationals with firstplace finishes in the GLIAC Tournament and NCAA Division II East Super Regional. Consistency was a strength for the team in its impressive spring run, but it was a series of sporadic scores early in the tournament that quickly took GVSU out of contention. The Lakers gritted their way to a 31-over-par 315 on the first day, finding themselves in 10th place overall. Junior Kelly Hartigan was the silver lining for the team, as she fired a 2-overpar 73 to find herself in ninth place. Freshman teammate Ju-
ahead runs and we couldn’t won’t remember his time in dig ourselves out of that Allendale by accolades, rehole,” Detillion said. “We cords or numbers. beat ourselves up and put a “Going to the World little too much pressure on Series is the biggest acourselves for no reason. We complishment out of all of shot ourselves in the foot a them,” he said. “You never few times, left a lot of guys forget those teammates you on base and couldn’t seem celebrate with or going to to get a big hit.” Cary. That’s the top of your GVSU still had hope career, that was definitely in the double-elimination the most memorable time tournament, but struggled with these guys. There’s against Drury pitching in nothing that beats that.” the Sunday matinee with In 2015, the team will have just six hits. to find a new first baseman, Brugnoni, who was shortstop, catcher and closer named the regional player as Brugnoni, Stuart Eisler, of the year by Taylor Banks two different asand Chris Ripple sociations, was will no longer be walked twice in in the starting the game and This group... lineup. However, closed out his the new senior career with an did a great job class appears to 0-for-2 after- leading this be more than canoon. Drury repable. fused to let him year. Right fielder be the hero. Jamie Potts, JAMIE POTTS “They were JUNIOR who hit .412 working around this season, will me a lot,” he be one of four said. “Most of the times Daktronics First Team Allwhen there were runners in Region players coming back. scoring position they weren’t He, Jensen, second baseman giving me anything, and at Kevin Zak, third baseman the end of the at-bat they Aaron Overbeck, utility man weren’t going to give me a Jesse Abel, center fielder chance to hit.” Mike Nadratowski and juThe 5-2 loss may have nior starter Evan Nietfeldt been his last game in a Laker figure to give GVSU another uniform, but the slugger fig- shot at advancing to the naures to have more baseball to tional tournament. play in the coming years. “This group of seniors did The Grosse Pointe, Mich. a great job leading this year,” native finished his five-year Potts said. “We couldn’t ask career with the most home for a better group in terms runs, RBIs, total bases (424), of leadership and skill, and walks (121) and putouts they will be remembered for (1,693) in the school record a long time. We are losing book. This season, his home- these seniors, but we have run total (17), RBIs (70) and a lot of guys who are going on-base percentage (.528) to have to step up -- and we ranked as the second-highest have a talented junior class. marks in GVSU single-sea- We’ll have quite a few seson history. niors on this team next year He will certainly be re- and that will be really immembered as one of the most portant when we move into feared Laker hitters -- but he the postseason.”
lie Guckian, who shot a 74, was the only other Laker to avoid the early struggles on day one. Although the national appearance was the 12th in program history, only two of GVSU’s top-five players had experience on such a stage. For Guckian, freshman Alex Taylor and sophomore Gabrielle Shipley, the territory was foreign. And each player responded differently. “The first round taught me a lesson on how to manage the course wisely,” Shipley said. “I hit my driver terribly and I should have put it in my bag. Just because a hole is a par 4 or 5 does not mean you need a driver. After the first round I thought a few things over and didn’t hit my driver again.” After a tough first day in which she shot a 14-over-par 85, Shipley made some tactical adjustments and played veteran golf over the next three rounds. With her driver in exile for the rest of the tournament, Shipley excelled. She
shot a 75 and 73 to go with an even-par 71 on the final day of competition -- the lowest GVSU score on each day. The team also seemed to improve as the tournament went on, as the Lakers posted a 27-over-par 311 on day two and a 24-over-par 308 on day three. Hartigan scored backto-back rounds of 5-over-par 76 to join Shipley atop the GVSU scorecard, while senior Veronica Ryan notched her best day in the third round with a 9-over-par 80. “The first and last days were not up to our best performance but we played well on the two middle days,” head coach Rebecca Mailloux said. “We took way too many penalty strokes and need to learn to minimize our mistakes. “We’re still a young team and it’s all about the experience we got this weekend.” Heading into the final day, GVSU was sitting in ninth place and was effectively out of contention for the title.
Despite Shipley’s even-par round and Hartigan shooting just two over, the Lakers posted their worst score of the tournament with a 32-overpar 316 to drop into 11th place as the book slammed shut on a strong season. “We played OK for a couple of days but there was plenty of room for improvement,” Hartigan said. “Overall, we had a great season and it just didn’t end the way we wanted. Next season we’ll be back and we know what the competition is like at nationals.” Top-ranked Lynn University took home the title with a 28-over-par total of 1,164. The rest of the field was well behind, as runner-up Barry University shot a 57-over-par 1,193. Lynn’s Louise Manolo earned medalist honors with a 3-over total of 287. Meanwhile, the Lakers have already begun to look ahead to next year and anticipate another strong season – but with a happier ending.
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Eye on the ball: Grand Valley State University junior outfielder Mike Nadratowski watches an oncoming pitch during the Midwest Regional against Wayne State University.
GLIAC CONTINUED FROM A9 three runs. “That’s one of our best strengths. If a guy struggles, someone else behind them steps up and gets a big hit.” Seven Lakers chipped in
with at least one hit in the 10-2 victory while four different pitchers — Hallberg, senior Dan Saier (W, 3-1), junior Evan Nietfeldt and senior closer Chris Ripple — combined to give up just four hits and one earned run. Brugnoni finished with
10 RBIs, eight hits and three homers in the four-game stretch on his way to being tabbed as the tournament MVP. He, Zak, Nadratowski, senior shortstop Stuart Eisler and junior starter Aaron Jensen were named to the GLIAC All-Tournament Team.
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